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 01 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 01 June 2011

NZL 49er - Delta Lloyd regatta,   Margje Tempelaars
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 01 June 2011

The road to the 2013 America's Cup twisted and turned yet again yesterday, and again today, Wednesday, after a Competitors Forum held by teleconference.

There was no announcement, or official comment, following the Forum - but late this afternoon a presser (press release) from the America's Cup organisers set out some basic changes to the America's Cup World Series and also the revised financial arrangements.

To some the moves look like a softening towards the start-up teams, but a deeper read indicates a hardening of attitudes - and a pay-up, or get out, breakpoint looming in a couple of weeks.

We detail the changes and their implications in a couple of commentary pieces in this edition. But several questions still remain unanswered at this stage.

Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page competing in the 470 Class at the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011   

The Auckland Fiji race gets underway on Saturday. Courtesy of Predictwind we are able to approximate the courses and elapsed times of the expected frontrunners, the Volvo 70 versus the ORMA 60 trimaran.

Although boats of both type are competing the the race in the form of Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran, TVS, and Emirates Team NZ's VOR70, Camper, the polars (computer generated predictions of boatspeed for a given wind speed and wind angle) are interesting but not necessarily accurate for this exercise.

If you are near a computer this weekend make sure you follow our coverage of the progress in the race, using the data and images from Predictwind.

It's a fairly safe bet that the record will be slashed, but time will tell.

Day 5, May 28th, Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik  Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011 - ¬© Sander van der Borch

In this edition we are featuring the second part of our interview with Greg Elliott, where he gives his views on the discontinuance of the Womens Keelboat from the 2016 Olympics. He covers a few other topics too, including the establishment of Club youth fleets and the America's Cup. As always Elliott is direct and to the point.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Significant changes for Teams on formats and finance
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers have announced significant changes to the structure of the event and its preliminary, the America's Cup World Series. The smaller AC45 design will stay in use for the America's Cup World Series for a longer period, and the cut-over the larger AC72, to be used in the America's Cup itself, has been delayed.... [more]
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Fast time still predicted for Auckland Fiji Race.
Richard Gladwell,
The current race record for the Auckland to Musket Cove race looks to be under a real threat from Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran, TVS. The race gets underway on Saturday 4 June, and the latest predictions show that sea conditions aside, the former French trans-oceanic racer TVS will take just over two days for the 1140nm trip.... [more]
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Geoff Stagg - The Hum - building Whispers
In the late '60's and early 70's there was a New Zealand yachting culture that for various reasons is not there now. In music terms this was the Beatles Era of sailing. Many great sailors, designers and builders grew out of it. People like Ron Holland, Bruce Farr and many more. Geoff Stagg was one of these... [more]
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NZL 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke latest news from Europe
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, report from on progress in the Olympic 49er campaign: We have just arrived in Weymouth, UK, to prepare for our next World Cup event ... Sail-for-Gold ... having won Bronze at the World cup regatta in Holland. Good to start our European season with some metalware.... [more]
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America's Cup: Competitors Forum breaks up on a promise
Richard Gladwell,
The competitors in the 2013 America's Cup met by teleconference today. Sail-World is informed that the meeting broke up without any decisions being reached. That is somewhat surprising given that there is currently a Protocol in place for the event, a number of teams have purchased AC45's and have active design teams for the AC72 program, and a regatta management and media test event has just b... [more]
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Virtual Records - Auckland to Fiji in under two days?
Richard Gladwell,
While playing around with some options for the upcoming Auckland - Fiji race, using the new routing feature of Predictwind - the route projection and time prediction for the ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafonesSailing, produced a surprising result. Due to a freak of wind conditions and direction, and using the standard ORMA60 polars contained in Predictwind, the predicted time to c... [more]
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America's Cup: Different players - but the arguments remain the same
Richard Gladwell,
Readers will recall at the time of the recent Emirates Team NZ funding announcement that CEO, Grant Dalton advised, in little more than a quick sentence in a 40 minute presentation that one of the tentacles of the NZ Government, NZ Trade and Enterprise would again be one of the principal investors in the 2011-13 America's Cup campaign on the basis of a long-standing contract... [more]
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Dan Slater - A week of wind and cold - Finn class at Medemblik
Dan Slater,
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Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 epic battle comes to an end
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 was an epic battle full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, drama and action – but like all good things it must come to an end.... [more]
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Going it Alone: Failure and Self Reliance at Sea
Daniel Johnston,
Keep the standing rig up and the water out. It is a simple mantra but is the essence of sailing solo. I am not a racer. I don't maintain a strict travel schedule. My boat epitomizes classic plastic, but she is seaworthy. That is until 9000 nautical miles into my singlehanded circumnavigation my forestay parted in the South Pacific.... [more]
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2011 OptiWorlds Update: NZ Clubs benefit from OptiWorlds Boats
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The 2011 OptiWorlds to be held in Napier later this year has been the catalyst for the manufacture of 25 inflatable ribs to be used for coach boats at the event.... [more]
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Jim Lott set to enjoy retirement and cruise to Chile
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Stalwart of the New Zealand marine community Jim Lott has retired from his position as Manager Recreational and Small Craft at Maritime New Zealand and will soon set sail for Chile on his yacht ‘Victoria', in the opening leg of his retirement from the paid workforce.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championship day 2
Platu 25 Worlds amended,
Platu 25 World Championship day 2. The Italian boat 'Euz ll Monella Viziata' helmed by Sandro Montefusco heads the general ranking. As the crews were preparing for the second start a thunderstorm warning forced the Race Committee to hoist a postponement flag and to send the boats back ashore for safety reasons.... [more]
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Sailors flock to Weymouth for sixth ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta
Over 1,000 sailors from 62 nations will make their way to Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, from the 6-11 June 2011. The ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings were shaken up after the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, the Netherlands last week after some early leaders were dethroned. And with many of the world's top sailors making the... [more]
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Mark Foy - The man behind the legend
Frank Quealey,
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World Match Racing Tour unveils seven new yacht designs
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Kieler Woche welcomes Multihulls in Offshore program
Kieler Woche,
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day one clean sweep
The PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw a clean sweep from Albeau on the first day of competition after he had victories in back-to-back eliminations.... [more]
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Bloodhound - a right Royal charter opportunity
Lee Mylchreest,
Want a unique sailing adventure but can't think of anything original? With royal weddings in the spotlight, what better than chartering a piece of British history with a VERY royal flavour? Bloodhound, the 63ft fully restored classic 1930s yacht which once belonged to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, is available this summer for charter in Scotland.... [more]
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Belcher and Page - Road to London 2012
Malcolm Page,
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page took the first place podium spot for the 470 Class at the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011. Malcolm Page reflects on their hard fought victory and what's next on their road to the 2012 Olympics in London.... [more]
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Tacktick launches new and improved site
Sarah Johnson,
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World Match Racing Tour 2011 Danish Open cancelled
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour Danish Open 2011 usually organised by the Kongelig Danish Yachtklub has been cancelled.... [more]
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Antipodean Laser firepower – a chat with Dan Slater
John Curnow, PSA media,
Laser sailors in New Zealand have a very accomplished pair of hands to help helm them through their boat requirements. Dan Slater, a proud Kiwi Olympian and podium finisher at World Championship level, is the Laser distributor for New Zealand. Not only passionate about the sport, because he's very actively involved at the highest level, he also has some very astute observations about t... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championships day one
International Platu 25 Class,
The Platu 25 World Championships saw three highly competitive races in Gmunden.... [more]
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Myth of Malham (Round Eddystone) Race - Ker 40 Keronimo takes IRC One
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Groupama 4 begins offshore trials
Welcome On Board - Communication agency,
Frank Cammas and crew have now taken to the water with Groupama 4 to begin their first offshore trials.... [more]
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Myth of Malham (Round Eddystone) Race won
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Kite Course Racing World Championships attracts international fleet
Markus Schwendtner,
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Weight key to Camper's new sail inventory
Zoe Hawkins,
North Sails has completed the first 3Di inventory for Camper – and while details remain under wraps, the big focus is on weight minimisation. Andrew Lechte is in New Zealand to work closely with Emirates Team New Zealand head designer Burns Fallow on the Emirates Team New Zealand Volvo campaign. Andrew designed sails for the past three Volvo Ocean Races with teams from Sweden and Spain... [more]
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The flying Q capsizes in Sydney Harbour - images,
Ian Oatley's Q, the radically designed Reichel/Pugh 42 capsized yesterday in Sydney Harbour, after a keel malfunction.... [more]
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