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 30 Jun 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 30 June 2011

Doyle Sails Chris McMaster, Mike Sanderson and Richard Bouzaid at the Stratis loft  Guy Waddilove
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 30 June 2011

Our coverage of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, from the weekend concludes in this edition.

We have a story from on board one of the top yachts, from a New Zealander of our close acquaintance, plus several galleries of images from the race which attracted almost 2000 competitors.

One of the features of the ISAF's Olympic Commission report was that while sailing struggled to get off the bottom rung of the television ladder, in terms of internet coverage it was much closer to the top - and that included only coverage on the ISAF site, which was not all it could have been in Qingdao.

Orion at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race  onEdition ©

For the Round the Island Race the statistics are impressive and we quote:

On Race Day, the total number of page impressions on the Race website amounted to 393,000 which is 100,000 up on 2010's site visitors. The Race Viewer, allowing online spectators to track boats of their choice, was downloaded by over 32,000 people. The interactive Race Progress Blog produced by the Media Centre and Race Control attracted 17,762 visitors over the course of twelve hours with appreciative comments coming in from as far away as Australia, the Philippines, Mexico and the US.

Team Origin at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race  onEdition ©

The global coverage was more extensive than the site lets on - however their point remains.

On Sail-World the story and images were the top rating for three days - across all regions - which is very good for what is essentially a race around an island off the coast of England, which takes about six hours for the leaders to complete.

ICAP Leopard - Transatlantic Race 2011  ICAP Leopard

The point is that properly covered events can generate significant internet coverage and fan following - even though the print and other media are not interested, outside of the immediate geographic area of reader interest.

Predictwind have announced yet another enhancement to their already excellent offering. Read the story in this edition, and follow the links to see the details of the new features and enhancements.

Women sailors get keen - twin wiring in the 29erXX on the shortest day of the year off Takapuna   Richard Gladwell

Not surprisingly, Doyle Sails will be supplying the sails for the Chinese backed entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. In this edition Doyles explain the expertise they will bring to the campaign, and certainly Team Sanya is an entry that will be watched with a great deal of interest.

Recognise this man? Fred Meyers, International Eight Metre Association President and SNG's man in charge if the 2010 America's Cup - Rolex Baltic Week Opening Ceremony. (Clue: He's not very good at pulling up flags when asked by a PRO)  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

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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Flash Gordon lives up to its name in the SLAM Y88 Two Handed Champs
Rick Hackett,
Ten top quality entries saw the SLAM Young 88 Two Handed champs keenly contested once again. The regatta took place on Sunday June 26 over six races on a windward leeward course on the waters off the Eastern Suburbs beaches of Auckland Harbour.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sanderson's Team Sanya announce boat choice
Volvo Ocean Race Media and Stuart Alexander,
Team Sanya, the first sole Chinese Entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, have announced the boat they have selected to compete in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht will be rechristened ‘Sanya Lan' and will undergo a four to five week refit in the UK before hitting the water in early August, ahead of the start of the race on October 29 in Alicante.... [more]
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Round the Island Race: An onboard perspective from Tonnere de Breskens
Ben Gladwell,
Tonnere de Breskens owned and skippered by Piet Vroon (NED), is one of the top performers on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Circuit. A Ker46, Tonnere de Breskens and is sailed by an international crew. New Zealand's Ben Gladwell (23) was aboard for the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and filed this report on one of the great adventures in English sailing.... [more]
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New Zealand OK Tour for 2011-2012 is announced
Bob Smith, B.S. Sports Publishing,
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Rolex Baltic Week day one sizzles
The 2011 Rolex Baltic Week opened on the waters of Flensburg Fjord after the hottest day of the year, with equally heated competition among the Metre classes who began racing for the Robbe & Berking 8-Metre and 12-Metre World Championships... [more]
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From Predictwind, an upgraded weather model
Sail-World Cruising,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya specifies Stratis Sails from Doyle
Guy Waddilove,
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - ICAP Leopard make final preparations
Mark Angell,
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Plenty of records set on the water and online at Round the Island race
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 Laser Radial fierce competition
International Sailing Federation,
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More images from the Round the Island Race
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Global Ocean Race - Hannah Jenner and Anna-Maria Renken
Oliver Dewar,
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 29 June 2011
Yachting NZ,
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Vendée Globe 2012 - Mike Golding announces partnership with Gamesa
Mike Golding,
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Ray Hasler launches new 42fter in Auckland
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Volvo Ocean Race - Hamilton named Puma Ocean Racing's 12th crew member
Ceri Reed,
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Rolex Baltic Week ready to roll
Andreas Kling,
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Team Concise ready for Transatlantic Race start
Team Concise,
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Monsoon Cup 2011 partner with Pulse Group PLC
Miyeera Navaretna,
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Transatlantic Race Start 2 on June 29
Barby MacGowan,
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Superyacht Cup 2011 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
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Dan Armstrong images,
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Kimball Livingston,
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 16 - Latest team outed
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 27 June 2011 covering the announcement of the latest team... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series,
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Race entry from Western Australia
Zoe Williamson,
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Lewmar Deck Switch Advisory Notice
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 countdown begins
International Sailing Federation,
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Volvo Ocean Race Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing announce new sponsor
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Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 8 - Dunkerbeck and Offringa on top
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Spectacular images from the Round the Island Race
TH Martinez/Sea&Co/onEdition,
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Transatlantic Race 2011 marks 26 June as the first start of race
Jan Harley,
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup - Williams victory
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YANMAR Racing second on 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board
Yanmar Racing Media,
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 7 - Dunkerbeck's mistake
Ed Sinclair,
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