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 01 May 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 1 May 2011

(Medal Race) Sanra Winther (NZL) Laser Radial - Semaine Olympique Francais 2011  © Guillaume Durand
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 1 May 2011

In this edition of Sail-World, we have featured several stories relating to the America's Cup Regatta and Media Trials which are currently underway in Auckland.

Last week, the Regatta Management systems were trialled, and on Friday afternoon we stopped by North Head which is the technology base for the trials and had a look at the new remote umpiring system (RUS) which is in action.

Although still very much in test and development, the system worked well - and we have a story and video of one race in this edition.

AC test umpires working in the booth, using the remote umpiring screens. The screen on the left is a zoom view of the one on the right. The views can be altered to suit.  Richard Gladwell

Afterwards we talked to Stan Honey one of the key team members behind the development of RUS and who will be adapting the technology he originally developed for Sportvision in the late 1990's for the America's Cup. Honey explains the issues behind both systems, certainly it looks as if America's Cup TV is in for a big boost.

If you have been wondering what the catamarans would look like on TV in the matchracing format, then have a look at the video from Oracle Racing of a couple of minutes of pre-start. It's match racing like you've never seen before - and is very cool.

The Big day Out on the AC45's for five NZ Optimist sailors  Gilles Martin-Raget/Oracle

During the week, five Optimist sailors who will go on to represent New Zealand, later this year at the Optimist Worlds had the opportunity to sail aboard Oracle Racing's AC45's - we have their story in images by Gilles Martin-Raget, and one of the young sailors, Tim Adair tells us what it was like on the big day out.

On Thursday, there was Competitors Forum in Auckland - and the Media session afterwards covered a lot of ground about what to expect in the World Seroes and America's Cup. We have a report of the media session in this edition along with a full audio - or if you want to watch the videos - we have those, too.

Stay tuned to for the coverage from the television trials which start this week.

Emirates Team NZ and Oracle Racing - Day 5 of the AC45 Test Event  Gilles Martin-Raget/Oracle

There's been plenty of other sailing action, besides the America's Cup.

In Hyeres, France, Sara Winther has scored her second successive Gold medal in the ISAF World Cup. She turned in a very gritty performance, and we carry daily reports on her races, plus a profile. Other members of the NZL Sailing Team performed well and some will come away determined to improve for the next event. We are starting to get close to the final run up for the 2012 Olympics, with just two World Cup events left, before the Qualification starts in Perth in December this year.

Close quarters - Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals  Darryl Torckler

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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NZL Sailing Team: Sara Winther wins second World Cup Gold Medal
Richard Gladwell and YNZ Media,
Sara Winther overtook two boats in the dying moments of the Medal race for the Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial) Medal race overnight, to win her second consecutive gold medal in an ISAF World Sailing Cup event. Of the medal race itself she says, 'I had a terrible start and was battling at the back for most of the race. This result has given me a lot of confidence in my program leading up to the... [more]
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America's Cup: The Kids are all right - Opti sailors taste the AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
After the Toyota National Optimist Championships concluded in Auckland, New Zealand on Easter Monday, the five sailors in the New Zealand team were invited out for a sail on Oracle racing's AC45. A good picture speaks a thousand words, but the looks on these young sailor's faces speak volumes. Does it get any better than this when you are a kid?... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup investment a smart move for New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
On the back of the Emirates Team NZ funding and America's Cup challenge announcement there has been a lot of media comment, most of it negative on whether NZ Economic Development should be investing in the New Zealand team. During the week on Radio Live Emirates Team NZ CEO discussed the economic impact of the New Zealand investment, and the issues of this America's cup Challenge... [more]
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Kerikeri High School Win Secondary Schools Team Sailing Nationals
Kirsty Laws,
In a fresh breeze at Algies Bay today the second round robin and finals of the Team Sailing Nationals were completed, with Kerikeri High School coming out ahead of St Kentigern College in the final. Both teams were without their coaches, Reuben Corbett and Laurie Jury respectively, who are racing against each other in the Korea Match Cup Qualifier this week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Stan Honey on TV and Umpiring systems for AC45's
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with Stan Honey, one of the key players behind the development of the remote umpiring systems and television systems intended for the America's Cup World Series and then the America's Cup itself.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sit in on the Remote Umpiring System + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World sat in on the final day of testing for the remote umpiring system to be used for the America's Cup World series and America's Cup itself in the new multihull competition. Developed to avoid the need for umpires to be chasing the competitors at speeds of up to 35 knots and making decisions, the on screen system effectively slows down the action and enables very accurate calls to be made... [more]
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America's Cup: Competitors Forum Media Conference + Video + Full Audio
Richard Gladwell,
Another Competitors Forum was held in Auckland today. Sail-World understands it was attended by 14 of the 15 teams entered, with about eight in physical attendance and others participating by phone in. Following the Forum, designed to allow the Challengers and Defender to discuss issues and concepts relating to the the 34th America's Cup, a Media Conference was held in the America's Cup Regatta... [more]
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America's Cup: From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams
Tim Adair,
From Opti to AC45 – the stuff of dreams On a damp Wednesday morning on 27th April 2011, six excited young sailors – selected from the recent 2011 NZ Optimist Nationals – were lucky enough to be invited to crew on the AC45. To my surprise, skipper James (Jimmy) Spithill invited me to take the helm as we entered the Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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America's Cup: Match racing trials begin in earnest in Auckland
Oracle Racing Media,
The name of the game today at the America's Cup Race Management trials was match racing, and the AC45s proved nimble with blazing speed. More importantly, they showed that the game of match racing can be just as compelling in multihulls as in monohulls. While the action was exciting to watch, it was a drain on the crews. The races lasted between 15 and 20 minutes around the windward/leeward cou... [more]
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America's Cup: Can multihulls matchrace? You bet! Catch the Video!
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing have just posted a video showing a minute or so of the pre-start between two AC45's in moderate breezes. It gives us a first glimpse of what match racing could be like in wingsailed multihulls with their rapid acceleration and ability to spin on a dime.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Six crews make medal races in World Cup, Hyeres
Richard Gladwell,
Six New Zealand crews have made the Medal Races of the fourth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup in Hyeres. Two of those are in with a serious chance at a medal in the regatta staged for the Olympic and Paralympic classes. The five crews are spread across four events. On the last day of finals racing the ups and downs of the New Zealand team continued.... [more]
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America's Cup: The week that Was - Video from the Regatta Trials
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media,
Catch this summary, in video, of the first week of the America's Cup Regatta Management Trials.... [more]
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Long life assured for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Despite rumours in the media, from esteemed mastheads that should know better than to publish industry gossip, and from quarters of the industry who should also be above the 'scuttlebutt' as it was described, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is alive and well and fully supported by its owners, Mulpha Developments.... [more]
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup Act 1 victory to Superbusi
Sabrina Bonaiti,
After three very competitive races, the Swiss team 'Superbüsi' is leading the provisional ranking list in Malcesine, Lake of Garda, where the Act 1 of the fifth edition of the Platu 25 Alpen Cup is taking place, coinciding with the first Act of the Platu 25 Italian Circuit (29 April - 1st May).... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week images by Tim Wright
Tim Wright images,
Gallery of images from the racing action during Antigua Sailing Week by photographer Tim Wright.... [more]
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Groupama 4 arrives in Lorient
Kate Jennings translation,
Groupama 4, Franck Cammas' new Volvo Open 70 arrived at Groupama Sailing Team's base in nearby Lorient at 0830 hours. Prior to the launch, scheduled for 10 May, there is still a substantial jobs' list for Groupama Sailing Team. Ten intense days are in prospect then for Groupama Sailing Team but their spirits are high and the desire to go sailing is very much in evidence...... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Team GBR's female sailors win six medals
It was Ladies Day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Hyeres (FRA) on Friday (29 April), with Britain's female sailors picking up six medals on the final day of competition.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis racing at AC45 test regatta in Auckland
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard updates us on Artemis Racing at the AC45 test regatta in Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - The battle to the top
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the Sailing World Cup circuit has seen a great display of skills and battles at the top.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 accommodation available
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodation up to 7 from $500 per night. Or if you prefer luxury with a private pool - we have several houses to cho... [more]
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Audi Sailing Series Melges 32 Marina Di Scarlino images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi images,
Gallery of image from the Melges 32 action in Marina Di Scarlino during the Audi Sailing Series shared with us by photographer Maxi Ranchi.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise Finn - Silver and bronze medals decided
Robert Deaves,
The Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres drew to a close Friday with the medal race for Finns settling who took home the silver and bronze medals.... [more]
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Women's International Match Racing and the Olympics
The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) shares highlights on the vision of women's match racing in the Olympics.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise 2011 - Sara Winther the raging radial
Shauna McGee,
New Zealand Laser Radial champion, Sara Winther is working her European Campaign with dexterity and solid training. Sara leads the fleet into the final stages of the 43rd Sailing World Cup in Hyères – France. She's in good company and traveling with top, international athletes and fellow New Zealanders... [more]
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London 2012 Paralympic Games nomination criteria released
Craig Heydon,
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussie crews shoot for medals
Craig Heydon,
Two Australian Sailing Team crews are set to race for medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Hyeres, France.... [more]
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RORC Cervantes Trophy Race - Over 100 boats bound for Le Havre
Louay Habib,
RORC Cervantes Trophy Race starts Saturday, April 30 from RYS. First warning signal at 0750. Organised by RORC in association with the Société des Régates du Havre and the Royal Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Full blown action on day five
Louay Habib,
A full blown easterly with trade winds touching 25 knots provided for some high speed thrilling action at Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]
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Jean-Pierre Dick is IMOCA World Champion for 2010
Mer et Media,
With the completion of the Barcelona World Race, the 2010 rankings have now been established. Quite logically, it is Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) who is crowned after his faultless performance over the past two years. The weighting given to the Barcelona World Race also means that the Spanish racers make their entrance into the top ten, making it the most international line-up ever.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Seven gold
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The last day of finals in the Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyères has concluded on Thursday with seven early winners in the Olympic and Paralympic classes.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Neusiedler See preview
Vivienne Masters,
The men's freestyle fleet heads to Europe to compete in the second leg of the freestyle world tour at Austria's famed, Lake Neusiedler in the PWA Surf World Cup Neusiedler See.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup 2011 second edition preparations under way
Nestlé Nespresso,
With only one week to go until the start of the Nespresso Cup eight Wally yachts representing a diverse range of these unmistakable sleek and stylish yachts will be gathering in the beautiful harbour of Portofino in the coming days ahead of official registration on Thursday, 5th May.... [more]
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