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 14 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 14 June 2011

Russell "Crash" Coutts digs in on San Francisco Bay, last week. He did it properly today.  Gilles Martin-Raget/
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 14 June 2011

Sensation today, from San Francisco, as four times America's Cup winning skipper Russell 'Crash' Coutts finished the job he started last week, when he capsized an AC45 during pre-start practice on a Media Day.

His earlier incident near Golden Gate Bridge was faithfully recorded by two cameramen in different locations.

Today's incident was captured on video.

In this edition of Sail-World we have all the images and video - and there will updates on as more comes to hand - as will surely happen.

America schooner replica with AC45 moored at the GGYC  Gilles Martin-Raget/

As mentioned above, this week is a Media event in San Francisco. There is no live online coverage/connection available for international media as was done twice in Auckland during the Media and Management Trials in April and May.

From those on the ground in San Francisco, we understand that nothing new was announced, today. Further media sessions are planned for later in the week.

Bristish Olympic Sailing Team's Iain Percy and Andrew "Bart" Simpson (GBR) Mens Keelboat (Star) opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Weymouth, 6th June 2011.  Ian Roman

From Weymouth we wrap up out coverage from the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta with a look, republished from The Independent , on the inner workings of the British Olympic Sailing Squad. There's some surprising information on what is widely touted to be the best funded Olympic sailing team in the world.

NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater also takes a long hard look at his performance in the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. We have his report in this edition of Sail-World.

Dan Slater from New Zealand racing in the Finn class on Day 2 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue.   onEdition ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Images of the AC45 wipeout at Golden Gate Bridge
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Further to yesterday's spectacular images and video of Oracle Racing's Russell 'Crash' Coutts having a very near miss on the second day of sailing on San Francisco Bay, more photos have been released of a very spectacular incident - or maybe a new view of the same one.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts capsizes in San Francisco - crew injured + Video
Richard Gladwell,
San Francisco sources have confirmed that four times America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts was at the helm of an AC45 which capsized on San Francisco Bay, today. At the time Oracle Racing was participating in some practice starts with the America's Cup Race Management Team. We feature earlier images and a video of today's incident.... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy 2011 on the D35 catamaran images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Photographer Chris Schmid sent these action images from Vulcain Trophy 2011 Sogeti Cup sailed on the D35 catamaran... [more]
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Finn World Masters day one: The thrill of the race
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters Championship 2011's first day has turned out well with everyone enjoying themselves with smiles on their faces. There smiles all around the event in Tuscany, Italy which got off to the perfect start with eight fantastic heats in absolutely fabulous sailing conditions.... [more]
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Marseille Trophy 2011: Audi Azzurra on the water
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team are out on the water today practicing along with the other teams competing in the Audi MedCup Circuit, in preparation for the Marseille Trophy scheduled to take place from 14th to 19th June.... [more]
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Marseille Trophy 2011 preparations underway
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Marseille Trophy 2011 begins this Wednesday and will be the second regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2011, the quest for each of the TP52 Series teams has been to learn how to keep improving.... [more]
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Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week 2011 begins June 24
Rich Roberts,
The Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week is on its way to becoming a large international event. This year for the first weekend of the summer, there wil be more than 140 boats in eighteen classes making it the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta... [more]
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America's Cup: Media day on San Francisco Bay
Richard Gladwell,
A large contingent of media has assembled in San Francisco to launch the sailing side of the 34th America's Cup in the Californian city. Sail-World understands that about 40 or more media have attended the first of a series of media conferences and events designed to acquaint local and international media with the event and the new catamarans that will be sailed in the lead-up to the Match.... [more]
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D35 Sogeti Cup: Excellent scores for Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
D35 Sogeti Cup 2011 is currently underway. Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing updates us on the great scores posted by the team in Geneva, Switzerland.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Redhanded TV nominated for Broadcast Award
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour 2011 live television events and highlights coverage, provided by Redhanded TV, reaches over 180 countries around the world. British television company Redhanded TV has been nominated for a Broadcast Digital Award – Europe's most prestigious digital TV accolade – for its coverage of sailing's ISAF World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Ronstan San Francisco Bay Challenge 2011 update from USA 4
Steve Bodner,
Ronstan San Francisco Challenge 2011 lived up to beyond anyone's expectations and was one of the windiest long distance races ever run on the San Francisco Bay... [more]
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IAG sells 127' Primadonna and 100' Electra
IAG Yachts,
In what's been quite a spectacular year for IAG Yachts, and following on from some successful shows in Miami, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the Chinese-based shipyard have managed to complete sales on both their first two production models, the 127 foot Primadonna to a buyer in Florida and the 100 foot Electra to a buyer in China.... [more]
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Why Britain rules the Olympic sailing waves
Robin Scott-Elliot,
Robin Scott-Elliot of The Independent gets a rare look at how the British Olympic Sailing system operates - producing five medals from the Sydney Olympic Regatta in 2000 and six from Qingdao, China in 2008, including four gold medals. Britain was top country at the recent Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth - winning six medals in the ten Olympic events and two med... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold: Britain's team for Weymouth Test in August
Stuart Alexander,
Top international yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander of The Independent, was in Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Here's his view of the final day of the event, and where to from here for the worlds most successful Olympic sailing nation:... [more]
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Agustín Zabalua dominates D-One regatta in Cattolica
Pierre Orphanidis,
The third stage of the Volvo Cup D-One comes to an end with the 21 D-One skippers sailing three races. Agustín Zabalua dominates the regatta with three bullets, ahead of Italians Alessandro Novi and Paolo Rossi. Nathalie Testa wins again with the smaller 9.5 rig. Next big event for the D-Ones is the Gold Cup in Riva del Garda, Italy, where 45 sailors are expected from across Europe.... [more]
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Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 outstanding conditions on day one
Vivienne Masters,
Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 opening day of competition sees Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa fly their way into first place. Consistent cross-shore winds and blazing sun allowed the competitors to explode into action from the word go... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from San Francisco Bay
Oracle Racing,
Despite all the drama about near capsizes, Oracle Racings two AC45's did stay upright long enough to provide a great insight of the spectacular backdrop afforded by San Francisco for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Antarctic Heard Island taken over by elephant seals and penguins
Australian Antarctic Division,
The Antarctic Heard Island has seen penguins and elephant seals take centre-stage in a series of time-lapse images from a remote monitoring camera.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011: Rohini Rau's road to the Olympics + Video
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 saw Indian Laser Radial sailor Rohini Rau aim to become the first Indian woman to sail at an Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Cup Rankings + Video
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen Australia's Tom Slingsby bring about an eight point lead for the final day of the regatta in Weymouth and after finishing second in the Medal Race he comfortably won the gold medal.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Skud-18, Sonar and 2.4m
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has resulted in a Sonar class gold medal victory for John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (GBR). They have now become the Sonar ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions.... [more]
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Finn World Masters Championships 2011 now open
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 has been officially opened amidst a stunning forest on the shores of the Mediterranean... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 - The wrap
Linda Ambrose,
Annapolis to Newport 2011 has concluded its 64th edition with all seventy boats having crossing the finish line or retiring from the race.... [more]
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Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta images by Alex McKinnon
Alex McKinnon images,
2011 Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta images from photographer Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta June 20-26
Carol Bareuther,
Over 70 of the best Optimist dinghy sailors in the Caribbean and World – including defending champion, Puerto Rico's Jorge Gonzalez – will converge at the St. Thomas Yacht Club for the Sea Star Clinic, June 20-22, the Sea Star Team Race, June 23, and the 19th Annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, June 24-26.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011: Second place for Belcher and Page
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 resulted in a second placed finish on Olympic waters for Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page in Weymouth. The duo shares their thoughts on their continued fight towards the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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Olympians win Australasian Etchells Winter Championship
Musto Etchells Australasian Winters media,
A new Etchells crew lead by 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Tom King show they will be a threat at the 2012 Etchells World Championship in Sydney.... [more]
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Dan Slater - Fitness needed in English cold - Finn class at Weymouth
Dan Slater,
NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater, reports from the ISAF World Cup, Weymouth event in the Finn class. ail 4 Gold this year was two months earlier than last year and there is no doubt the English summer hasn't arrived yet. 62 Nations and 1072 sailors came to this regatta with 320 coachesso as you can imagine it was quite a big regatta.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Race Video highlights
Sarah Alexander,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Races Video highlights, including interview, at Weymouth and Portland.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Thrilling finale to Hansen
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 skipper Bjorn Hansen was named king of the Korea Match Cup for the first time today beating Francesco Bruni in a thrilling finale. Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team held onto his nerve as the Final went to sudden death, eventually defeating Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing by three wins to two.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 5 Video highlights
Sarah Alexander,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 5 Video highlights at Weymouth and Portland... [more]
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Etchells World Championship battle for final podium places
Etchells World Championship,
Etchells World Championship final race day (Saturday) began with lighter winds from a 220 – 250 axis as the fleet arrived in the racing area. As the competitors sorted themselves out, the race committee patiently waited for the breeze to settle in to a relatively stable 10-12 knots at the 240 axis.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Williams and Gilmour out
World Match Racing Tour,
2011 Korea Match Cup. Ian Williams and Peter Gilmour are out of the running after being defeated in the Semi-Finals. 'Of course we are really disappointed,' Williams said. 'We just didn't really adjust to the different conditions out on the water today.'... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland record attempt by Saffran and PRB underway
Saffran Sailing,
With a gap of three minutes between them, Safran and PRB got underway on Saturday to attempt to beat the Round Britain and Ireland record sailing anti-clockwise and following the same course as Aviva.... [more]
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Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds took these action images on the final day of the 2011 Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship, Mooloolaba, Queensland.... [more]
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Vulcain Trophy 2011 third stop images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Photographer Chris Schmid sent these images from the third stop of the Vulcain Trophy 2011.... [more]
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15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship - A new King
Musto Etchells Australasian Winters media,
The final day of the 15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship commenced at 10.00am. It was an uncharacteristically bad start to race five of the series for overall leader Tom King (Iron Lotus), who was back in the third row at the Committee Boat end.... [more]
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America's Cup: Video of Oracle Racing's pitchpole and near capsize
Oracle Racing,
Video of Oracle Racing's near pitchpole/capsize in San Francisco Bay in the AC45, sailing in fresh testing conditions... [more]
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