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 16 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 June 2011

Old vs New - the replica of the schooner America meets the wingsailed AC45 against the backdrop of the Golden gate Bridge  Gilles Martin-Raget/
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 June 2011

In San Francisco, a greatly reduced entry was announced by America's Cup organisers for the 34th Match to be held in San Francisco.

Depending on which maths you use there are either seven challengers and one defender, - that makes eight teams. Or, seven challengers, one defender and one team yet to be announced - that makes nine. Or there are ten AC45's sold (when every team had to buy one, and Oracle has two of the prototypes).

Whatever, there will be four teams from Europe, two from Asia, one from Oceania, and one from North America.

Sadly, the organisers did not provide a connection for international media, as had been done twice in Auckland earlier this year. Sail-World listened to the media conference via mobile phone in the audience, and wrote our analysis based on that, plus other information to hand.

Long story short, is that the entries have greatly reduced from the fifteen announced in Auckland, at the end of March. And that is despite the easing of the financial hurdles posted in the initial Protocol.

10/06/2011 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Oracle Sailing AC45 first trials in the bay  Gilles Martin-Raget/

The new information is the fixing of a date for the San Diego round of the America's Cup World Series, and a new logo for the Louis Vuitton Cup.

In this edition of Sail-World we carry the official media release, and images, plus our analysis of the announcement and what was left out.

Are fans ready for an America's Cup race and maybe Match to be decided by a capsize?  Gilles Martin-Raget/

On the sailing side of the America's Cup. It is a much better picture - with Russell Coutts amply demonstrating that these boats can be 'red-lined ' - in car racing parlance. In this edition, we have more video of the four times America's Cup winner's spectacular cartwheel from Monday.

For Cup fans the reality is now, that they will have to accept that an America's Cup race can be lost by a capsize - a first in America's Cup history (aside from the two previous multihull, Deed of Gift matches).

Finn World Masters 2011 Day 2  Dianthe Chirino ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Eight teams announced in San Francisco for 34th Match
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers have announced a line up of eight teams for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. The numbers are well down on the 15 teams who initially entered by the entry close date of the 31st March.... [more]
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America's Cup: Reduced line-up revealed for 34th America's Cup
America's Cup Media,
Teams representing China, France (with two teams), Italy, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Sweden and USA made their first appearance together in the host city of the 2013 America's Cup at a press conference where organizers introduced the line-up. The ninth team will be announced at a press conference on June 23rd in Europe.... [more]
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Newport J Class Regatta - Report No.1
Ben Stack,
Two of the most competitive yachts in the world are coming together for the first race of the Newport J Class Regatta, R.I. USA - a series of five races from 15-19 June. The yachts, their entourage of support boats, containers and Crew have been arriving over the last few weeks in preparation for this event: bringing the famous J Class yachts back to sail on Newport waters.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseilles Trophy win and upset for Audi Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011 has seen Audi Azzurra Sailing Team take victory in the first race of the day, but they failed to pull off a repeat performance in the second race. Audi Azzurra now moves up to second place, however, in the overall classification for the series.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy slender lead to Quantum Racing
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011's race area opened for the day with two light wind windward-leeward races that were punctuated by delays waiting for the breezes to settle.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts reflects on AC45's + new Video
Bernie Wilson, AP,
Bernie Wilson, long time America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press reports on yesterday's drama on San Francisco Bay: Said Coutts, a 49-year-old New Zealander: 'Sometimes it helps to be a little younger, you know. You've got to get to the point of finding the edge and not going over the edge, and sometimes you're going to go over the edge....... [more]
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Morgan Cup 2011 a tough race to Cherbourg
Louay Habib,
Morgan Cup 2011 participants will face a tough race to Cherbourg in the RORC Season's Points Championship when it continues this weekend.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 Boston
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series is now heading to Fan Pier located in Boston in the United States for Act 4. This will be the very first time the circuit has staged an official event in the U.S... [more]
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Sailing World Cup 2011 - Kiel the final stop
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 will reach its summit 18th of June as the series makes its final stop in Kiel, Germany. The 2011 series has seem a variety of change ups with Women's Match Racing being no exception.... [more]
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RS600 Gul Grand Prix at Highcliffe Sailing Club
George Smith,
RS600 Gul Grand Prix was held at Highcliffe Sailing Club. On arrival we were greeted by the news that the wind was gusting 3-10 knots and numbers looked thin on the ground. Luckily more boats arrived and brought some breeze with them.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day two - Drama in the Blue Fleet
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 day two conditions continued to be perfect with eight more heats across two courses. Both Allen Burrell (GBR) and Michael Maier (CZE) keep their perfect scores, winning both their heats, while Uli Breuer (GER) stays in third after another first and second.... [more]
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Round Britain 2012 heads for Aero Expo UK at Sywell Aerodrome
Stuart McKean,
Round Britain 2012 (RB12), the Land, Sea and Air marathon, heads to Sywell Aerodrome this weekend for the annual UK Aero Expo.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Marseilles Trophy points racing day one
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Marseille Trophy 2011 first day of points racing for the 52 Series and the chase to close the points gap to Quantum Racing, the Circuit leaders, will start with the first of two windward-leeward races due to start with a sequence at 1300hrs.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 15 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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ORCV Safety and Training - PredictWind at the June Weather Course
John Curnow,
This really is something of an absolute coup de grĂ¢ce. Jon Bilger, the founding Director of PredictWind will not only be at both days of the upcoming Weather Course, on Sunday afternoon, he will be giving a thorough explanation of his company's product and how you can benefit from it.... [more]
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Upper Clyde Catamaran Race at Helensburgh SC + Video
Helensburgh SC,
On June 11th Helensburgh Sailing Club hosted the first long distance cat race. Taking in the Gareloch, Loch Long, Holley Loch, Gantocks Lighthouse.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships 2013 set for France
Katie Ashworth,
The SB3 World Championships 2013 has now been set to launch in Coych, Hyeres, France in September.... [more]
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PWA Bonaire World Cup day three on and off
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Bonaire World Cup day three. Steven Van Broeckhoven finally breaks Kiri Thode's stronghold on his home waters, while Offringa continues to dominate.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 14- Drama Day
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media Day in San Francisco and more.... [more]
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21st Birthday Party for the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta
John Curnow,
The twenty-first, consecutive running of the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne's Port Phillip attracted 17 all-female crews. It would be a very auspicious occasion for the event's founder, Gai Clough, who is delighted that her ‘baby' has grown into such a special regatta.... [more]
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Laser SB3 World Championships 2013 set for France
Katie Ashworth,
The Laser SB3 World Championships 2013 has now been set to launch in Coych, Hyeres, France in September.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseilles Trophy practice race
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi MedCup Marseilles Trophy 2011 has seen victory taken by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team in the Marseille Trophy Practice Race. Traditions dictate that the leading boat shouldn't cross the finish line because the team that wins the Practice Race, so the saying goes, does not go on to win the event.... [more]
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Weymouth youngsters meet sailing's elite
Susie Nation-Grainger,
At the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta 2011, it turned out to be a day out with a difference for the twenty-six youngsters who received a special trip to Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to meet the elite of the sailing world.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championships fourth place for Club Marine
Ian Grant,
Zhik World Laser SB3 championship 2011 has resulted in a fourth place finish for Glenn Bourke and the Sunshine Coast sailors Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith when they overcame a relative short preparation to finish fourth in the recent in England.... [more]
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Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race searching for skippers
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, launches search for skippers... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup 2011 entries almost complete
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup 2011 is the penultimate match on the World Match Racing Tour and is shaping up to be a tough battle with eight of nine WMRT Card Holders ready to face off in Bermuda October 4-9 racing for the coveted King Edward VII Gold Cup.... [more]
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