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 07 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 07 June 2011

Mens Two Handed (470) opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Weymouth, 6th June 2011..  Ian Roman
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 07 June 2011

The action has started in the NZ Int Yachting Trust's Auckland - Musket Cove, Fiji Race.

Before the event started, most pundits were just chewing over by how much TeamVodafoneSailing would break the race record.

But sailing is an unpredictable sport, and now the question is whether TeamVodafoneSailing will in fact be the first to finish. Two boats are ahead of her - one the Volvo 70 Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ leads by 100nm.

In this edition we have twice daily reports using wind predictions and route information from Predictwind. It is a fascinating exercise in weather routing, the options that can be taken and their outcomes.

TeamVodafoneSailing has been chasing the elusive fresh breeze necessary to make her fly  Ivor Wilkins

We will continue to update this race, which looks like being a neck and neck battle right to the finish at Musket Cove, Fiji.

See for updates twice each day until the race is won.

In Weymouth, England the Skandia Sail for Gold in underway. The event is the sixth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup, and got underway in light winds.

Triple Olympic Gold medalist, Ben Ainslie in the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) on the opening day of the Skandia sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth.  Ian Roman

The event has attracted a large numbers of sailors keen to get a taste of the venue for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, just over a year out from the main Event. For several countries the regatta is doubling as one of their two Olympic Trials - putting a real edge into the racing.

We have reports on the first day's sailing in this edition and will be updating daily on through to the end of the regatta.

On board Camper - Day 2 Auckland-Fiji Race  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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TeamVodafoneSailing hits the elevator in the Auckland - Fiji Race
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing has hit the elevator at last in the Auckland-MusketCove, Fiji race. After languishing in light winds, or no wind, and stuck on a course to the east of the rhumbline, TVS, skippered by Simon Hull has picked up the breeze and at the last sked received by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was recorded as sailing at an average speed of 14kts.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Finns day one
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 started on a flat note with most classes being postponed ashore waiting for the wind. When it finally arrived the Finns got just one race in with Dan Slater (NZL) taking the gun from Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO).... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: A win in the Finn in Weymouth
Jodie bakewell-White,
One of the year's key events for the NZL Sailing Team is underway in Weymouth, England where racing at 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold started overnight. Dan Slater made the best start of the 30-strong kiwi team opening the regatta with a win to hold the lead in the Finn event.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show 2012 – Bookings now open
Phuket International Boat Show,
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Etchells World Championship 2011 day one to Hardesty
Etchells Worlds,
Etchells World Championship 2011 is underway in San Diego. Bill Hardesty and Vince Brun were at the front of the fleet for nearly the entire day. AUS 1278 Michael Hiatt is the top foreign boat in sixth place overall.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011: Light airs dominate on Day 1 of Olympic Trial
Lindsey Bell,
Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 kicked off with light and blustery wind conditions which gave rise to many postponements and quite a long opening day at this ISAF Sailing World Cup event. In what is a crucial regatta for many international crews with aspirations of making a return to the Weymouth and Portland waters for next year's Olympic and Paralympic regattas – Skandia Team GBR's sailors included –... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day one for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011's first day has turned out quite well for Team Maclaren in Weymouth. Anna Tunnicliffe shares the exciting recap of the day's events.... [more]
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Camper doubles her lead in the Auckland - Fiji Race + Camper report
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean race entry, Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ has doubled her lead overnight in the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. We look at the latest reports from PredictWind and navigator Will Oxley reports from CAMPER as dawn breaks on Day 2 of Auckland-Musket Cove race.... [more]
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Spectacular racing and close competition at Dutch 420 Nationals
Evert Jan van/Tony Mapplebeck,
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Skandia Sail for Gold: Racing gets underway in Olympic venue
Skandia Sail for Gold PR,
This year's Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is almost as big as the Olympics, according to triple gold medal legend Ben Ainslie. The reason is that many national teams are using the event as a crucial component of their selection process. So anticipation was high this morning when the sailors arrived at the Olympic centre, but the wind had other ideas, toying with the race officials as they tried... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold: Finn sole NZ winner on opening day of World Cup
Richard Gladwell,
NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater was the only NZ winner on the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, which got underway overnight in Weymouth, England. The event is being used as an Olympic Selection trial by many countries and competition is intense for what is also the sixth round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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International One Metre Class World Championships 2011 + Video
International One Metre Class World Championships took place this past week at the West Kirby Sailing Club in Great Britain. The event was graced with an international fleet of 22 nations that gathered from as far afield as Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada and Israel to name a few.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava wrap
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Dragon East Coast Championship 2011
Martin Makey,
The Dragon East Coast Championship 2011 took place over a long weekend with racing run by Edwin Buckley, Kim Allen and their team of helpers. Three tight races were knocked out on the Saturday in a blustery south westerly.... [more]
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Volvo Match Race Cup and Swiss Match Race 2011
MaxComm Communication,
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Camper gets a navigational work-out in Auckland Fiji Race
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean race entry, Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ started the 2011 Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race with the objective of getting in some serious, fast downwind sailing. Instead they have found themselves in a a trans-oceanic match race, with a big separation between them and their opponent, Simon Hull's ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay
Oracle Racing PR,
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Round the Island Race 2011 starter
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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North Sea Regatta 2011 a tough cold beat to Scheveningen
Louay Habib,
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Etchells World Championship 2011 - All ready
Etchells Worlds,
The Etchells Worlds Championship 2011 will be sailed from June 6th to 11th in San Diego. San Diego Yacht Club has transformed Etchells sailing headquarters, and the competition is ready to explode on Monday with the first race of the series.... [more]
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German Tornado Grand Prix win to TeamGaebler
The racecourse for the German Tornado Grand Prix was just in front of the wonderful island of Lindau with the Alps in the background - perfect scenery for the Tornado Class. On top of this was the great hospitality of the Lindau Sailing Club.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ mentor recognised in Queens Birthday Honours
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ mentor, Matteo de Nora has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours list just published in New Zealand. He is recognised both for his support of the world's premier professional sailing team, as well as funding private neurological medical research involving experts from around the world, including New Zealand, into tinnitus. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race many options for naviguessers as Camper reports
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo 70, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ continues to lead the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race by a margin which has not really changed significantly overnight and remains at 18nm, on the basis of who is closest to Fiji. The wind predictions have changed for the race area and the stronger winds earlier predicted to greet TeamVodafoneSailing to the east of the fleet at around noon today will... [more]
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Sara Winther reports ahead of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta
Sara Winther,
NZL Sailing Team member, Sara Winther reports from the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, which starts tomorrow. Sara is sailing in the Womens Singlehanded event (Laser Radial) and is looking for another top performance, in this event, which is also the sixth round of the ISAF World sailing Cup.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 show time
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 starts tomorrow Monday 6th June at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue. There are 418 days to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. Between now and then, there are two events that have been in marked in the diary in red ink for every ambitious sailor en route to the London Opening Ceremony.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Australian sailors prepare to race
Craig Heydon,
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 tough test for British sailing team
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011, which is the fifth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, kicks off on the 2012 waters of Weymouth and Portland on Monday 6th June. British sailing team manager Stephen Park says his charges will face their biggest test of this Olympic cycle so far at the regatta.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race tests navigators and routers
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race started at noon today, in light airs, which continued throughout the day. At midnight, 12 hours after the race start in the Rangitoto Channel, the Volvo 70 Camper was the race leader, holding a 15nm lead over Simon Hull's ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing.... [more]
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Gentle breeze replaces gales for Fiji race fleet
Emirates Team NZ Media,
After a 24 hour delay the Auckland-Musket Cove race started at Auckland at noon today. In complete contrast to yesterday's conditions, which saw winds gusting to more than 40 knots, the fleet crossed the line under very light airs, blue skies and bright sunshine. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand led off the start line for the 1141-nautical mile race to Fiji.... [more]
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Annapolis-Newport race 2011 : First Out of the Bay winners decided
Chip Thayer,
Annapolis to Newport race started on Friday 3 June... [more]
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Audi Winter Series 2011 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Audi Winter Series 2011 images from Sydney's best known Yachting photographer Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Auckland Fiji race starts in light airs and with recall
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race started at noon today, in the Rangitoto Channel, in light airs, bright sunshine and a light sea mist. The conditions were in stark contrast to the scheduled start time, the previous day when the same location was being buffeted with headwinds gusting to 35kts and driving rain.... [more]
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Camper to rejoin Auckland to Musket Cove - Fiji Race
Richard Gladwell,
Apparently Emirates Team NZ have changed plans and according to RNZYS Commodore, Ross Masters, the Volvo 70 Camper will now sail the Auckland to Musket Cove Race. Speaking with Peter Montgomery on Newstalk ZB, this morning, Masters advised that with a complete change of weather today, in Auckland, that the Volvo 70 would be sailing north, rather than heading south.... [more]
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Isle of Wight record attempt by l'Hydroptère
Bibiana Jurado,
The Trimaran l'Hydroptère is on her way to England and is preparing to challenge and beat the record around the Isle of Wight. The current record has been held since November 2001 by Steve Fosset's catamaran Playstation.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day five tension
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 saw tensions mount in relatively calm weather on day five.... [more]
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WMRT Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 – Win a trip of a lifetime
World Match Racing Tour,
Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 is the fourth stage of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Win a VIP trip for two to watch the racing in person. Head to Portugal's stunning Algarve coast to watch the world's leading sailors battle it out in Portimão Marina as they bid to win the prestigious 2011 Match Racing World Championship... [more]
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Superyacht Cup Palma 2011 announce new sponsors
The Superyacht Cup,
The Superyacht Cup 2011 is being held at the Muelle Viejo in central Palma from 22nd to 25th June. Racing will take place from 23rd to 25th June. With less than a month before the start of the 16th edition of the Superyacht Cup the organisers are pleased to announce a full entry list and several new sponsors.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation available now
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week yet? Great options still available. Rates now negotiable. Call us to discuss options ranging from 1 bedroom through to 5 bedroom luxury homes. All properties are fully self contained, bbq on balcony, water views and complimentary buggy. View options Call us to discuss on 1300 653 997.... [more]
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