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 23 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 23 June 2011

Dean Barker, Skipper Emirates Team NZ with the first of the team's two SL33's   Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 23rd June 2011

Emirates Team NZ have stepped up their 2013 America's Cup campaign with the launching of the first of two SL33's - which are just below the maximum size permitted for Surrogate Yachts under the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.

Built in Wellington, the two SL33's have been assembled in Auckland an will become a familiar sight on the Waitemata Harbour as the crew begin training and design testing ahead of the construction and launching of the first AC72 in 2012.

In this edition of Sail-World, we have an interview with Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker on the SL33 and how they will work in the America's Cup program, plus an outline of how their three catamaran programs are integrated.

Emirates Team NZ's SL-33 leaves the team's base in the Viaduct harbour  Richard Gladwell

There's a gallery of images of the SL33 being rigged, launched and sailing, plus a look at the second boat being assembled in the base. The two boats are expected to be sailing together for the first time on Monday.

Staying with the America's Cup, there is a very full newsletter from Oracle Racing reporting on the reaction to the Media Days held last week. There's plenty of links to video, other articles and images.

Groupama 4 Qualifier - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  © Yann Riou - Groupama sailing team

Certainly the reaction seems to have been very good in USA, and particularly so with the general media, with Russell Coutts' spectacular cartwheel being a great story opener.

Yachting New Zealand have announced the team to contest the Pre-Olympics at Weymouth in August. There's a couple of surprises in it, and New Zealand will be represented in nine of the ten events.

Steven Van Broeckhoven ripping it up - Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011  PWA World Tour

The battle of the ISAF World Cup spin doctors continues with the Germans complaining about the reduced attendance at the final round of the ISAF World Cup in Kiel, which the ISAF themselves have released a story claiming that the World Cup is going from strength to strength.

We have the ISAF story in this edition, along with the German view. The ISAF story does set out the shape of next year's event. Almost by default, Sail Melbourne seems to have picked up the Oceania round of the Tour, which expands from three continents to five in 2011/2012.

Ed Wright (GBR) winner, Kieler Woche 2011.
  Kiel Week ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ starts sailing their two boat program
Richard Gladwell,
There's a new cat, soon to be two, prowling the Auckland waterfront. From the design board of a highly respected US multihull design partnership, and built by a top Wellington based composites builder, the pair of new black cats are here to stay for a couple of years at least.... [more]
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Kiel Week Day 5: GBR's Wright clinches gold in medal race
Robert Deaves,
After trailing the front runners all week, in the seventh round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup, world champion Ed Wright (GBR) turned it around with a third place in the medal race to win the Finn class in Kiel Week. The top three were only split on count back with each tied on 30 points. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) ended up second while the leader this morning, Zach Railey (USA) had to settle for third... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Pre-Olympic Event competitors announced
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the final selections for the New Zealand Team to compete at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, otherwise known as the Pre-Olympics or Olympic Test Event, on in early August this year.... [more]
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Images from the Viaduct: Emirates Team NZ is purring
Richard Gladwell,
This week and early next, Emirates Team NZ will launch their two SL33's - which will be their training boats in the lead up to the 34th America's Cup. On a wet winter's day, Sail-World took a sneak peak at the new catamarans which are just small enough to dodge the Surrogate Rule for the event which prohibits the sailing of catamarans above 10 metres in length.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup goes from strength to strength
The 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup continues to grow after a successful third year which saw 74 nations and over 2,000 sailors compete at seven destinations in three continents.... [more]
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup - Richard finds form in Qualifying session
World Match Racing Tour,
Mathieu Richard found his form in the opening Qualifying Session at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup winning four of his five matches to take the overnight lead. Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team put in a dominant display to claim victory over his rivals on day one of the fourth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, only falling foul to fellow countryman and teammate Damien Iehl.... [more]
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GoPro Match Cup at CMRC
Tod Reynolds,
GoPro Match Cup will use a two-for-one format, where 10 teams will compete in the A and B events, maximizing the opportunity for teams to earn ranking points towards the World Match Race Ranking list. It is the second event in an active season of match race sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 15 - Media Reaction
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media reaction to the America's Cup in San Francisco and more.... [more]
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Texel Dutch Open 2011 rough start
Diana Bogaards,
On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 the Texel Dutch Open, part of the Zwitserleven Sailing Week, had a rough start along the Texel coast in the north of the Netherlands.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup lead to Esimit Europa 2
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) made an impressive start to the 59th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. At 19:00 CEST, Igor Simcic and his star-studded crew lead the pack, followed by Alegre (GBR), Jethou (GBR) and DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) and). Esimit are currently 182.5-nautical miles from Genoa.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 - Groupama 4 qualifies
Welcome On Board,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. It took a little less than six days for Groupama 4 to complete the 2,023 mile qualifier course that the crew had set itself. Ultimately, 2,138 miles were covered at the average speed of 15.5 knots and Groupama 4 is now officially qualified for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup titles decided after Kieler-Woche
The titles for the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup have been decided after the final day at Kieler-Woche, the seventh regatta in the Sailing World Cup series.... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds - Strongest fleet ever fight for the title
Markus Schwendtner,
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Helly Hansen partners with 'Team Sanya'
Jess Mulquiney,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - As the world's toughest ocean race kicks off in October Helly Hansen has partnered with the Chinese Team Sanya to become the exclusive technical apparel and sportswear provider for the race. This is the 10th time Helly Hansen takes part in The Volvo Ocean Race, which exposes sailors to nine months of brutal weather conditions.... [more]
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Nacra Infusion Worlds 2011 - De Koning and Visser dominate
Diana Bogaards,
Nacra Infusion World Championship 2011 - Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser from the Netherlands dominated the fleet and took the victory with an eleven point lead after nine races. Dutchmen Gunnar Larsen and Sam Frank maintained their second position overall, followed by the Australians Adam Beattie and Jamie Leitner.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 racing underway
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 is underway with the 190 participating yachts from 20 different countries beginning the 243-nautical mile adventure from Saint-Tropez to Genoa. The three competing classes started in staggered times: 12:00 CEST for Group B, 12:30 CEST Group A and approx.12:45 CEST for Group 0.... [more]
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Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 Day 3
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 erupts into action seeing Broeckhoven and Offringa emerge victorious in the single elimination. Aruba disposed of its dark cloak of clouds, and unveiled the glorious conditions that have engraved it on the map as one of the world's finest windsurfing locations.... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2011 – Danes rule the roost
International Sailing Federation,
Kieler Woche 2011 - Denmark's Peter Kruger-Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell will go up against compatriots Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang in the 49er Medal Race as the Danes rule the roost after four days of racing at Kieler Woche.... [more]
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Bravery award for rescue of four sailors
Emma Philo, Isle of Wight Radio/Sail-World,
The crew of a coastguard helicopter who saved four sailors on a sinking yacht near the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England are to receive a bravery award from His Royal Highness Prince Philip. The story of their difficulties in effecting the rescue makes gripping reading... [more]
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Team Maclaren fifth at 2011 Kieler Woche
Anna Tunnicliffe,
eam Maclaren finished fifth in this year's Kieler Woche Regatta. We lost the quarterfinals 2-3 to Nicky Souter (AUS). We sailed the consolation round race-offs for five-eighth overall and won our two races to take fifth.... [more]
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 - Qualifiers ahead
World Match Racing Tour,
Tour Card Holder Jesper Radich has vowed to return to the World Match Racing Tour with guns blazing as he gears up to face his rivals on the eve of the first Qualifying Session at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup. But last year's winner Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing Team are sailing consistently.... [more]
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International Moths at Thorpe Bay
UK International Moth Class Association,
The SLAM Moth Grand Prix series 2011 took place over the weekend of June 18-19th as part of Thorpe Bay Yacht Club's annual regatta.... [more]
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RC44 Cagliari Cup has new entries
RC44 Class Association,
The RC44 Cagliari Cup 2011 will set sail in Sardinia on the 29th June and will run until the 3rd of July. The RC44 Cagliari Cup will be the third round of the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour. New entries have joined the class.... [more]
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Joe Harris enters Global Solo Race 2013-14
Oliver Dewar,
Joe Harris has announced that he was entering in the Class40 round-the-world Global Solo Race that is set for 2013-14.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship Day 2: Offshore challenges
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship 2011 are currently underway in Cres, Croatia. The event is taking place from the 18th June to the 25th June. On the second day of racing, light air conditions challenged the fleet.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Witness summer's anticipated event
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Get up close and personal. Pick one of the many scenic spots around Narragansett Bay (Fort Wetherill and Beavertail in Jamestown; Castle Hill, Fort Adams, Goat Island or Brenton Point State Park in Newport) and bring your camera, binoculars, picnic blanket and snacks to witness one of this summer's most anticipated events... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta 2011 latest entry Traité de Rome
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion 2011 latest entry is two-time Whitbread yacht, Traité de Rome. Originally built in 1975 as an Admiral's Cup yacht for German industrialist Willie Illbruck the 51' Traité de Rome is one of the smaller yachts taking part in the Legends event.... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship 2011 in Aarhus
Bryn Wellington,
Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship 2011. The world's best catamaran sailors will converge on Aarhus to compete in the Championship, hosted from the Kaløvig Sailing Center.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup and Northern Area Championship 2011
Fiona Brown,
Dragon Northern Area Championship and Edinburgh Cup 2011 are looking all set for one the biggest and most competitive entries in recent years. A final entry of over 40 boats is anticipated and the quality of competition will be extremely high with teams coming from across the UK and Ireland and from as far afield as Russia, Japan and Australia.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne announce partnership with DB Schenker
Sam Watson,
ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 organisers Sail Melbourne are delighted to announce details of a valuable partnership with DB Schenker, one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics services.... [more]
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2012 blokart World Championships - Entries Now Open
Ross Vickers,
Entries are now open for the 2012 blokart World Championships to be held at Ivanpah, USA next April. blokart sailors from around the world will gather at this iconic venue for two weeks of fast, close racing.... [more]
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New Nexus nGPS Antenna has improved accuracy and transmission speed.
The nGPS Antenna, from Nexus Marine, represents a significant advance: it works on 5Hz updates per second increased from 1 Hz of the old unit and it has 66 acquisition and 22 tracking channels, these features result in reduced start up time, improved accuracy and faster transmission speeds.... [more]
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Half Ton Classics Cup 2011 announces South Boats as new title sponsor
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
Half Ton Classics Cup 2011 - The Half Ton Class Europe and the local Cowes based organizing committee under the banner of the RCYC are pleased to announce that local company South Boats have agreed to be the title sponsor of the fifth Half Ton Classics Cup.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam Day 2: Challenging conditions
PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011's second day was welcomed by scorching sun and torrential rains. The weather has continued to present tricky challenges for each of the competitors that have taken to the water in Aruba.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup in a crisis
Herman Hell,
Kieler Woche 2011. The International Sailing Federation ISAF had created the series by three years ago to draw athletes and the media to all of the most important events throughout the year.... [more]
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