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 04 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 04 June 2011

Ross and Campbell Field shown inverting their new Class40 yacht ahead of the 2011-2012 Global Ocean Race.  Mark Lloyd ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 04 June 2011

With Auckland being pounded by onshore winds, and a gale warning out, organisers very sensibly postponed the start of the Auckland Suva race today, for a 24 hour period.

Ahead of their decision Emirates Team NZ decided to pull their Volvo 70 Camper, with headwinds expected for the whole of the race duration and most likely for the return home. having done mainly upwind work on their 2000nm qualifying voyage, plus the rest of the trip around NZ, they have elected to go with the breeze rather than into it.

We have the story in this edition of Sail-World.

Emirates Team New Zealand's AC45 ahead of her first sail with the new livery.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

The Suva race will see a new piece of web technology come into play with the race track and time-lapse images coming off Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing. Click here to check out the screen and follow her progress in the race. The latest prognosis from PredictWind has TVS doing a big right hander soon after the race start to get the best angle on the breeze - but it is a big call to step that far away from the rhumb line. Follow her course with PredictWind.

This has been a big week of change in the America's Cup. In this edition we analyse the new Protocol that has been published today and the effect it will have on the event.

The bleak weather was good for many at Takapuna Beach, today.  Richard Gladwell

Long story short is that we expect the latest moves to improve the competition tremendously. The America's Cup World Series effectively becomes a 'Junior League' which will act as both a starting position for aspiring America's Cup teams, and at the same time preserving many of the traditions of the America's Cup, which have been withering since 2003.

By the end of next week, we expect to know the teams that are in for the revamped competition. The heat now comes on the America's Cup Events Authority to get the regattas sold in terms of venues and television rights - if in fact those are to be sold. Certainly the America's Cup as an event needs to stamp a new media and event footprint, and just get established.

Vestas Sailrocket 2 in Namibia  Vestas Sailrocket - copyright

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Sweeping changes will ease financial pain for teams
Richard Gladwell,
Sweeping changes have been made to the America's Cup Protocol following a Competitors Forum earlier this week, held be teleconference, and followed by subsequent negotiations and voting. The fundamental change that has been made is for the America's Cup World Series to be split away from the America's Cup itself.... [more]
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New trans-oceanic web coverage for Auckland Suva Race from PredictWind
With the Auckland Suva Race start now delayed until Sunday you will still be able follow progress aboard Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran TVS, and keep your feet dry, thanks to PredictWind. Click on the link below to see a live tracker complete with camera and weather instruments.... [more]
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Rough weather delays start of Auckland Fiji Race
RNZYS Media,
The Musket Cove Race Committee and Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have today delayed the start of the 2011 NZL International Yachting Trust Auckland to Musket Cove Ocean Race by 24 hours.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 02 June 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC45 shows off new livery
Warren Douglas,
The new livery for Emirates Team New Zealand's AC45 catamaran went on display for the first time today when the yacht was re-launched at Auckland. With a bright red wing sail and the traditional black hull, the yacht has the New Zealand flag on each of the bows.... [more]
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Mike Sanderson joins forces with Doyle Sails New Zealand
Mark Angell,
Doyle Sails NZ is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned world class sailing professional Mike Sanderson. Mike will be joining the team at the beginning of June 2011 as Director of Sales and Partner for the New Zealand and Australia operations... [more]
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Fourteen Etchells Winters and Fourteen Winners
Rob Kothe,
The first Etchells Winter Championship was conducted in Mooloolaba in 1997 and in the fourteen regattas since there have been fourteen different winners. In 2010 New Zealander Alastair Gair, the runner up in the 2006 Worlds in Fremantle was the winner, while in 2009 Damien King, took the prize.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Adverse weather pushes Camper to Lyttleton
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has decided on the South Island in the winter rather than tropical Fiji for the next phase of testing sails, systems and crew training on the Volvo Ocean Race yacht CAMPER. Skipper Chris Nicholson decided today to withdraw from the Auckland-Musket Cove race which starts at Auckland tomorrow in favour of a voyage to the edge of the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Accolades for North Sails projects at World Superyacht Awards
Zoe Hawkins,
Two of the biggest projects to come out of the Auckland loft in 2010, won three major awards at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards, announced this month. Now North Sails has two even larger projects underway for 2011-2012.... [more]
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Nexus Marine AB of Sweden announce partnership with Salona Yachts

Nexus Marine AB of Sweden announce partnership with Salona Yachts from Croatia, one of Europe's most prestigious builders of sailing yachts. The partnership will begin with the brand new Salona 38, which will be launched in June 2011 and then extend to the whole of the Salona range including the new flagship Salona 60 designed by Jason Ker.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Turkey - Dean Barker reports on Day 5
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Istanbul, Turkey on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Sailing with Dean Barker are Glenn Ashby (AUS), James Dagg (NZL) and Richard Meacham (NZL)... [more]
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Gitana 11 sets reference time for ArMen Race 2011
Gitana Team,
ArMen Race 2011 saw S├ębastien Josse take up every chance that arose to rack up miles at the helm of Gitana 11.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championships Overall
International Platu 25 Class amended by Sail-World,
Platu 25 World Championships 2011 has come to a thrilling end after nine highly competitive races and the Italian EUK II Monella Vagabonda helmed by Sandro Montefusco, is now the new Platu 25 World Champion.... [more]
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Elan appoints Navsail as New Zealand Dealer
Luka Kepec,
Nautic division of Elan d.o.o. Slovenia, is pleased to announce the appointment of Navsail as the sole Elan Yacht Dealer for New Zealand. Elan sees this move as a consolidation of the two markets, New Zealand and Australia, giving new direction and support for their yacht range in this part of the Pacific with Navsail having held the Australian Dealership for past 8 years.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 day four controversy
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw numerous fluctuations in weather conditions that significantly affected the action in Costa Brava on day four.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie talks Olympics and Sail for Gold
Ben Ainslie,
Sail for Gold Regatta will see triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie compete this year. Ben shares with us his thoughts on the upcoming Sail for Gold Regatta in addition to his visions for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour 2011 heads to Korea
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 is stage three in the World Match Racing Tour and is being held from 8th to 12th June 2011. With two stages of the World Match Racing Tour down the competition is heating up as the teams head to Korea next week to fight for further valuable points in the race to become ISAF World Match Racing Champion.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans next edition set for autumn 2014
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans rich heritage is set to continue after it was announced the ninth edition of the original solo round the world yacht race will start in autumn 2014... [more]
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RHKYC - The Changing of the Guard
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
New incumbent to the post is Mark Bovaird, formerly CEO of the Roehampton Club, previously General Manager at the RAC Golf & Country Club, Epsom, and before that Deputy Asst to the Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace.... [more]
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Bad weather and careful sailing ahead for TeamVodafoneSailing
Zoe Hawkins,
The first day of the New Zealand International Yachting Trust Auckland to Musket Cove Ocean Race could be make or break for TeamVodafoneSailing, which will face an important tactical decision from the very start about how hard to push the boat. The 14-strong race fleet will pound into gale force winds North-Easterly winds of 30-40 knots, and swells of four metres... [more]
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Hobie Class upcoming 2011 worldwide events
Hobie Class,
The International Hobie Class Association has announced exciting Hobie events taking place in locations around the world for 2011.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championships 2011 have a rough day four
International Platu 25 Class,
Platu 25 World Championships started the first race of the day around 9.30 despite seeing a lot rain and bad weather. A weak breeze started blowing from the North West leading the race Committee to attempt the first race start.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day 3 - Standout slalom conditions
The PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw a thrilling return from Dunkerbeck resulting in two elimination victories on a blustery third day in Catalunya.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - New Zealand's Fields duo complete inversion test
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 father and son duo from New Zealand, Ross and Campbell Field, have now completed successfully a mandatory 180 degree inversion test on Class40, Hupane, at Berthon Boatyard in Lymington on Thursday afternoon. This is the first 180 degree inversion test undertaken by a racing yacht in the UK.... [more]
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London 2012 Test Event entries complete
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 which is a London 2012 Test Event, has completed the entry list with 460 sailors making up the 331 teams who are set to compete.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour winning yacht design from UK
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour's 2011 design competition win has gone to UK boat designer Christian Stimson who is one among seven total proposals that will be available to the tour's host venues.... [more]
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UK Figaro National Championships - Artemis Offshore Academy review
Artemis Offshore Academy,
The UK Figaro National Championships 2011 came to a close last week at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy which is also the sailing venue for 2012 Olympics. Some of the competitors took a few minutes earlier this week to share their thoughts...... [more]
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Simpson Marine signs largest-ever China yacht order
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine announced this week that it has signed a contract to supply a fleet of 33 Lagoon sailing catamarans to a customer in China. The fleet will comprise a mix of Lagoons ranging in size from 40 to 62 feet and will be used by the buyer, Guangzhou based luxury members club, Tiger Club World, to introduce its high net worth members to the pleasures of yachting.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 – Record number of entries
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 takes place between 6th to 11th June on the 2012 waters of Weymouth and Portland. This year will officially see the biggest Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta ever, as a record-breaking entry of more than 1,000 of the world's top Olympic and Paralympic sailors bid to claim early supremacy.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - 50 knot bottle remains corked
Paul Larsen,
Well, I'm standing here in a half peeled Musto drysuit. Unfortunately it is coming off rather than going on. We have been on full 'booted and suited' standby with Jeff over on speed-spot giving wind reports via the VHF. The whole base camp has been pulled apart and only Vestas Sailrocket 2 sits out there intact... but not for long.... [more]
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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Round 2 at Exmouth
Ben Clothier,
Round 2 of the UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix in Exmouth, hosted by Exe Sailing Club last weekend. The squalls and short chop combined with a south westerly swell made it more extreme than many had experienced with a skiff in recent years.... [more]
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ForceRacing News for May - new sailing camera arriving soon
Andrew Brown,
Forceracing will be bringing in a cool new piece of kit, being the Sail Pro Cameras; we will be bringing in the Multi Sport Camera as well as the sailing mounts. These will be available from the middle of June. Also on the good news front;J Sail HQ has been great in sponsoring those sailors heading overseas to continental events. On the sailing front the Moth Class in NZL held a regatta in May... [more]
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America's Cup: Bid process opens for World Series venues
AC Media edited by S-W,
The competitive bid process for cities to become 2012 and 2013 America's Cup World Series (AC World Series) host venues has opened. All bids must be received by the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) via email on or before June 30, 2011.... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championship 2011 fleet kept ashore
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Platu 25 World Championship 2011 crew competing in the race had to give up racing. The fleet went out at 11 am as was scheduled in the notice of race. The Committee wanted to attempt at least the first start but the weather conditions didn't allow any race to be completed.... [more]
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New Ker 40 Keronimo from McConaghy Boats - latest race images
McConaghy Boats,
Jonathon Goring's brand new Ker 40, Keronimo was the winner of IRC One and fifth in IRC overall at the recent Myth of Malham (Round Eddystone) Race. Keronimo defeated Tonnerre images + video... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship win for Dark Star
Kirsten Ferguson,
Jeff Janov and Dark Star won six of the eight races at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship 2011.... [more]
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Lewmar EVO Winch limited period Special offer
Lewmar are offering a free award-winning OneTouch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased at participating retailers. The EVO winch is easily converted to electric operation. And Lewmar is so confident with the reliability of the EVO Range, that it has a 7-year warranty.... [more]
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Countdown to Korea International Boat Show
Tim Coventry,
With just 6 days to the opening ceremony on the 8th June the 2011 show at Jeongok Harbour, Gyeonggi Province promises to be the another solid building block in the growth of leisure marine activity in South Korea.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 - Rambler and ICAP Leopard enter
Bill Wagner,
Annapolis to Newport Race 2011 will see Rambler and ICAP Leopard take to the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Both vessels are 100-foot racing machines built specifically for setting course records in ocean distance races.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day two 40+ knots excitement
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011's second day has seen yet another sweep by Antoine Albeau after he has achieved four victories in a row.... [more]
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