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 14 May 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 14 May 2011

Camper 2000 Mile Qualifier - Stu Bannatyne  Emirates Team NZ
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 14 May 2011

The fallout from the International Sailing Federation's decision to drop all keelboats from the 2016 Olympic Events slate continues in this edition we have a commentary from 2004 US Olympic representative in the Womens Keelboat, Carol Cronin, who while accepting the fate of the Star, has a lot of difficulty with understanding the rationale behind dropping a boat especially customised for the Olympics, before it has even sailed even a pre-Olympic Regatta.

As noted earlier, Emirates Team NZ have set off on their 2000nm Qualifying Voyage for the Volvo Ocean Race, and we have a mid-ocean report in this edition.

On late Thursday evening New Zealand time came the stunning news from the Challenger of Record for the 2013 America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino, that they were not continuing with their 34th America's Cup campaign. We have their announcement and a commentary on the implications in this edition of

Jesper Radich at Match Race France - Day 4 - Semi finals  © Gilles Martin-Raget

However perhaps even more staggering is that fact that over 24 hours have passed and there has not been any official comment or statement from America's Cup organisers on the matter. Having your Challenger of Record pull out is hardly 'business as usual'. From what we can deduce from the facts of the matter and various 'off the record', 'you can't quote me but ...' conversations the mantle of Challenger of Record will pass to Artemis Racing, of Sweden, who were the second Challenger.

Our information is that Royal NZ Yacht Squadron were the first Challenger, or attempt at Challenger, but hit the send email button a few seconds ahead of the opening of entries, and were not accepted initially, but were taken on the second attempt about 40 minutes later. In the meantime Artemis Racing had got their Challenge into Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Leslie Egnot & crew - New Zealand Womens Keelboat Championships  RNZYS Media

Tomorrow through to Sunday will see the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show running in Auckland. This is claimed to be the largest boat show in New Zealand and certainly has something for everyone.

This weekend is an ideal time for fossicking around the Boat Show. You can see the main attractions by clicking here or peruse the entire show guide by clicking here

CBES Boatshow - Boating Education at the Hutchwilco Boat Show 2011  Coastguard Boating Education

Don't forget to catch the Coastguard Boating Education stand which is just along from the Sail-World stand around the corner from the stage in the Discover Boating Hall.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Challenger of Record pulls pin in unprecedented move
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino has just announced that they will not compete in the 34th America's Cup. No announcement has yet been made by the America's Cup organisers as to what will happen next, in this unprecedented move, which had been tipped for some time.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: One step forward and three steps back
Carol Cronin,
Carol Cronin, US Womens Olympic Keelboat representative at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, gives her views on the recent decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop both the Men's and Women's keelboat events from the 2016 Olympics: During the International Sailing Federation's mid-year meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olympic sailing made one step forward. Unfortunately, it also too... [more]
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NZL 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke latest news
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report from their 2012 Olympic campaign in the HP Skiff (49er): We had our last 49er sail in NZ yesterday before we head to Europe this Monday 16th May. It was a rather windy and wet, gusting at times over 30 knots - even getting the boat up the ramp at Akarana was tricky with the huge waves but all good experience.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 2000 Miles - Hamish's Blog
Emirates Team NZ,
Latest report from aboard Camper, Emirates Team NZ's entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race who are on their 2000nm qualifying sailing in the Southern Ocean for the round the world classic. Their intrepid report, as followers of his blog will know, is prone to sea sickness:... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Womens Match racing moves on after ISAF Decision
Liz Baylis,
Liz Baylis, Womens International Match Racing Association Director comments on the recent decision to drop the Womens Keelboat and March racing event from the 2016 Olympic card: Obviously this is a great disappointment to us and perhaps a decision they will regret. But it is done and we must now look forward and not backwards.... [more]
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Leslie Egnot wins New Zealand Womens Keelboat Championships 2011
Sara Tucker,
Women's Keelboat Racing veteran Leslie Egnot has won the 2011 New Zealand Women's Keelboat Championships, sailed at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand. Egnot and her ‘Team North Sails' crew of Jenny Clarke, Keryn McMaster, Kylie Jameson, Felicity Lind-Mitchell, Sara Tucker & Amy Batchelor won the event which ended up consisting of just the minimum six races.... [more]
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Next Step to Rolex teaches junior women sailors keelboat racing skills
Jake Fish,
Since being established in 1997 as an outreach program of US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC), the Next Step to Rolex program has been a reliable catalyst for junior women sailors looking to broaden their sailing horizons.... [more]
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Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011 day two
Fraglia Vela Riva,
It was an intensive day on upper Garda for the Olympic Garda Eurolymps. The regatta started yesterday and lasts until Sunday.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race completed as We are Water cross finish line
Barcelona World Race,
We Are Water crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race, opposite the W Hotel in the Catalan capital. Sanmartí and Mumbrú have both completed their first round the world race. We Are Water sailed an average speed of 7,94 knots across the theoretical 25,200 nautical mile course, although the true mileage was 30,282 at an average of 9.54 knots.... [more]
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Nations Cup Regional Final Intro
Logan Fraser,
The team is in Sydney this week for the Nations Cup Regional Final. Check out our intro video here............ [more]
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Boating Education at the Hutchwilco Boatshow 2011 stand 420
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education is at the Hutchwilco Boat Show 2011 Stand 420 with specials on courses (both Home Study and classroom courses) come and see us for advice on courses or to register / update your call sign!... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2011
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
This seventh edition of the revived Coutts Quarter Ton Cup will feature for the first time a Quarter Ton crew from Russia, led by skipper Dimitry Borodin from St Petersburg... [more]
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Lasers - Be Quick! A great deal during PSA's Ex Charter Boat Clearance
PSA Media,
Performance Sailcraft Australasia are clearing out all their used and ex charter Lasers. Get in quick for a great deal! All Lasers are in excellent condition, have been factory detailed and are complete ready to race. Ex charter boats will come with New sail + new rope / turbo kits, used spars, used foils and used beach dolly.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup is top World Match Racing Tour event for third time
Monsoon Cup,
All the hard work put in by the organisers of the prestigious Monsoon Cup has paid off once again when it received the coveted title for the Best Overall Event for the third time.... [more]
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Block Island Race Week - Serious competition at a hot vacation spot
Barby MacGowan,
June is just around the corner and competitors are again preparing for Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex. The regatta which has been returning biennially to one of New England's most beloved island getaways since 1965 will be held at the Storm Trysail Club.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship applications open
Jan Harley,
US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship has been a constant and reliable catalyst for junior women sailors who are looking to broaden their sailing horizons.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 5 full of surprises
Velux 5 Oceans,
The North Atlantic is bound to throw up surprises for the fleet in the grand finale of the Velux 5 Oceans. This coming Saturday will signal the starting gun firing and the the beginning of the Velux 5 Ocean's grand finale. The four skippers will race out of Charleston, USA on their way to the dramatic ending of a 30,000-mile race.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour France sees Mirsky's fortune change
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour France saw a steely performance in the second Qualifying Session from Torvar Mirsky has changed his fortunes at Match Race France, where a victory against the plucky French qualifier, Pierre-Antoine Morvan, will see him top the standings ahead of Damien Iehl after the Qualifying stages... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Artemis Racing trying times
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports on day 2 at the RC44 Austria Cup.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup day one Video highlights
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Cup day 1 video highlights. Russell Coutts steering Oracle Racing finished the day undefeated, winning three tough matches against Katusha, with Paul Cayard at the helm, Aleph and Team Aqua.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet to visit Madeira
Zoe Williamson,
Madeira has secured a visit by the ten-strong fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which, at 40,000 miles, is the world's longest race. Quinta do Lorde Marina on the Portuguese archipelago will be the first port of call after the stripped out, ocean racing yachts depart the south coast of England on 31 July.... [more]
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RYA Interactive proving a great success
Emma Slater,
Less than six months ago the RYA launched its first online training course, Essential Navigation and Seamanship and so far it's proving extremely popular with students and training centres alike.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania Match Race Clinic
Jennifer Crooks,
ISAF Nations Cup 2011 Regional Final Oceania, hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, commences tomorrow, Friday 13 May. Sydney Harbour saw perfect sailing conditions today for the Match Race Clinic.... [more]
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Tornado World and European Championships 2011 NORs
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado World Championships will be held from the 20th to 28th August 2011 in Biel, Switzerland and the European Championship on Lake Como, Italy from 8th to 11th September 2011... [more]
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PWA World Cup Ulsan event preview
Vivienne Masters,
The PWA's slalom fleets will be returning to the Far East for the Ulsan PWA World Cup which will take place at South Korea's Jinha Beach.... [more]
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Fly free to Tonga in August 2011 with Mariner Boating Holidays
Maggie Joyce,
Escape the winter to Tonga and ‘cruise in company' in August 2011. Swim with the whales in warm tropical waters. From $2,595.00 per person.... [more]
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Olympic Garda Eurolymp 2011 day 1
Elena Giolai,
Eurolymp 2011 has two hundred and fifty crews competing, giving a total of 326 people from 40 different nations attending the event. Today was the first day of racing and for the Italian crews this is one of the last three events which will select the national Olympic Team.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup day 1 - Team Aqua's first competitive outing + Video
Jessica Gray,
RC44 Austria Cup, Lake Traunsee, Austria. Chris Bake may have missed the first competitive outing of his newly christened Team Aqua, but Cameron Appleton and the team did a great job with four out of five wins, leaving them at the top of the RC44 match racing leaderboard after two events.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Field's Class40 arrives
Oliver Dewar,
The father son duo of Ross and Campbell Field have been anxiously been awaiting the arrival of their Verdier Design Tyker Class40 ex-Desafio Cabo de Hornos. The New Zealand Team's Class40 Global Ocean Race vessel was strategically maneuvered via 60ft truck through the narrow lanes of Lymington in Hampshire on Britain's South Coast.... [more]
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Match Race France - Iehl and Marinho close on quarter-finals
World Match Racing Tour,
Match Race France is turning out well for Marseille local Damien Iehl and the Portugese wildcard Alvaro Marinho who have displayed extraordinary performances on the opening day of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Iehl and Marinho are at the top the scoreboard and are successfully closing in on a place in the Quarter-Finals.... [more]
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Mirabaud LX has innovative new wing mast
Mirabaud LX,
For the 2011 season, Mirabaud LX, the foiling monohull owned by Thomas Jundt will feature a brand new innovative wing mast. Unveiled on Wednesday evening at the Société Nautique de Genève, the famous foiler is now all ready for a new record breaking season.... [more]
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RYA develops fact sheets on increasing club activities
Emma Slater,
The RYA has developed a series of information sheets for boating organisations and clubs to help them develop and increase levels of adult participation in boating activities from sailing and motorboating to windsurfing.... [more]
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Platu 25 Spanish Championship - Vilagarcia triumphs
Pep Portas,
After three days and nine races the brothers Carlos and Antón Paz, on board of 'Vilagarcia' from Galicia, conquered the VI Edition of the Spanish Championship in Marbella and became Spanish Champions for the fourth time. Manel Montesinos's 'Malaita' from Valencia and 'Bribon Movistar' of Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand from Catalunya, respectively second and third, completed the podium.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 receives 603 pre-entries
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
Two weeks prior to the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 the organization received 603 entries including six winners of 2010 and a new record of 61 nationalities.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 under goes modifications
Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket team are at Walvis Bay in Namibia, chasing the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. Paul Larsen reports 'The wing went up effortlessly and we proceded to head up the course to try and go for a sail.'... [more]
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