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 05 Jul 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 6 July 2011

Womens Elliott 6 Match Racing Stena Match Cup Sweden 2011  Dan Ljungsvik - Match Cup Sweden ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 July 2011

Emirates Team NZ staged a significant come from behind victory in the last leg of the last race in the Extreme Sailing Series, being staged in Boston USA over Independence Weekend.

In doing so they pipped one of the serious Challengers for the 34th America's Cup.

We carry daily reports, images and video from the Series in this edition of Sail-World.

The win is significant, not just because it is a win, but it is a fact that two former monohull teams are battling it out at the top of what is arguably the world's strongest multihull competition. Not only are there two other former America's Cup teams in the regatta, but there are numerous Olympic catamaran sailors, medalists, and world champions in the fleet.

Winners are Grinners - Emirates Team NZ victorious in the Extreme Sailing Series. Act 4. Boston. USA.  Lloyd Images ©

Further Emirates Team NZ scored their win without regular, and catamaran guru, Glenn Ashby - as part of their program to build a deep team ahead of the step into the AC72 next year.

In this edition we feature a story on the omission or non-selection of the New Zealand Womens Match Racing crew for the Olympic Test event being staged in Weymouth, England, next month. The team finished just four points off eighth place in the ISAF World Sailing Cup final standings, despite missing the final event in Kiel, Germany. Teams all the way down to 17th in the World Cup standings (used to select the teams for the 12 available places in Weymouth) will be at the regatta.

Finn sailor, Dan Slater, heads off for another mid-winter training sail off Takapuna Beach ahead of the Pre-Olympics in Weymouth   Richard Gladwell

In this edition the three sailors involved in Koru Match respond to the Yachting New Zealand decision.

Coming up on www.sail-world.com we expect to have a story on the Australian WMR selection - where a skipper who has been on the helm for just a month will be sailing in the Pre-Olympics.

The maxi-trimaran Groupama 3 - Lorient, France  Ben Gladwell

The Viaduct Harbour in Auckland is often the centre of world sailing attention - mainly off the back of America's Cup action. In this edition we have a gallery of images taken in Lorient, France where a centre has been established to be the base for the numerous French offshore sailing teams. It is a glittering array of monohull and multihull hardware, along with their professional sailing teams, and the businesses that are associated with this high profile side of the sport.

Alcatrax Race Day 1 - Rolex Ilhabella Sailing Week 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Extreme Sailing: Come from behind win for America's Cup team
Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in an epic showdown as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for most of the past 5 days... [more]
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Difficult road ahead for Kiwi Women Match Racers to make Olympics
Richard Gladwell,
Missing from the Yachting New Zealand Pre-Olympic line-up last Friday were the Womens Match Racers. That omission meant that New Zealand would not be fielding a full team in the vital regatta, despite having easily qualified for one of the 12 places available.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - The Wave, Muscat claim podium position
Nicky Moore,
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - A thrilling final day of racing in Boston, USA, saw The Wave, Muscat claim their first podium position this Series, finishing the championship in third, under the guidance of new Skipper, British Olympian Leigh McMillan. After only one hour training with the prior to the event here, Leigh stepped onboard The Wave Muscat securing three race wins in his first day!... [more]
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Australian Schools Team Racing Championship 2011 - The Hutchins School
Peter Campbell,
Australian Schools Team Racing Championship 2011 - Hobart's The Hutchins School has qualified for an unprecedented 19th consecutive year to contest this week's Championship. In that time The Hutchins has won the championship six times in the past 10 years, as well as successfully representing Australia in Interdominion events against New Zealand schools.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - Intense competition
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Pozo World Cup 2011 - The anticipated wait for the opening event on the men and women's wave calendar is over, as the world's most radical sailors descend on the island of Gran Canaria for six days of intense competition. The internationally recognized location of Pozo will play host to the most talented wave sailors from around the globe as they embark on the opening wave event.... [more]
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Yacht club demolished after irreparable Christchurch earthquake damage
Richard Gladwell,
Earthquake damaged Pleasant Point Yacht Club was demolished last week. It is the second yacht club building to be demolished February 2011 earthquake. Earlier a boatshed belonging to the Christchurch Yacht Club was demolished. Both clubs are located in the Christchurch Estuary which borders some of the worst damage and liquefaction from the earthquakes that have struck the region.... [more]
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Images from Lorient: A Slice of Offshore Heaven
Ben Gladwell,
A section of the French port of Lorient is set aside as the first European centre for offshore racing. The City of Sail Eric Tabarly, opened in April 2008, is now the showcase of French sailing. The area is completely open to the public, who are able to get up close with some of the boats that most of us can only dream about.... [more]
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NZL F15s arrive in England for World Championships
Sandra Williams,
The NZL boats have arrived in England ahead of the 18th F15 World Championship at Hayling Island YC 15 to 28 July 2011. The NZ team was selected at the 2011 National Championships and is made up of Murray Gilbert and Jonathan Burgess, Frenetic 3840, Ben Lowe and Kate Gilbert, Ffortitude 3839, John Leydon and Sandra Williams, Fflypast 3838, James Sandell and Graeme Robinson, Busineff 3754... [more]
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WindsurfingNZ and Neil Pryde - Christchurch Earthquake Charity Auction
Bruce Spedding,
This unique book is being auctioned by Windsurfing NZ to raise funds in support of the Canterbury windsurfers who have suffered in the earthquakes. The book has been donated by Neil Pryde and has a personal message from Neil. 'Be strong Christchurch. Our thoughts are with you. Look to the future, the wind will still blow! Neil' Trademe auction finishes on 15 July... [more]
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Transpac 2011 first start underway
Kimball Livingston,
The first wave of Transpac starters left Point Fermin today. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, 'if we can just get to it,' as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Local Women's skipper has semi finals hopes
Stena Match Cup Sweden amended Sail-World,
Stena Match Cup Sweden. The last flight for the day gave the Swedish skipper Anna Kjellberg some hope for the semi finals when her team won against Australian Nicky Souter.... [more]
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IFDS World Championships - Great day for Fitzgibbon and Tesch
Craig Heydon,
Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have had a perfect day on the water at the 2011 IFDS Worlds. Fellow Australians Ame Barnbrook and Lindsay Mason have fought their way up to fourth overall on day two of racing with a second and a fourth on the waters of Portland Harbour. In the Sonar fleet Colin Harrison, Russell Boaden and Rod Angwin are 13th overall after a sixth and a 12th on day two.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand update: Last-minute win at Boston
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand snatched the overall lead of the Boston round of the Extreme Sailing Series from Artemis on the last leg of the last race, in USA. The last race was not at all straight forward. The breeze was light and fluky, with puffs that could change a yachts fortune's in seconds. As Dean Barker remembers it, twice they fell into windless holes... [more]
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Kiwi SKUD 18 Team Report from IFDS Worlds Day 1 and 2
Tim Dempsey,
Day one of the Worlds finally arrived after nearly 5 weeks in the UK. Racing was postponed for 3 hours while the race committee waited for the breeze to fill in. Finally at 2pm race 1 was under way and 21 SKUDS representing 12 countries left the start line in 6 knots of wind.... [more]
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ORC Worlds fleet ITC analysis
ORC Press,
International Technical Committee (ITC) Chairman Alessandro Nazareth was on hand to observe the fleet for the two days of inshore racing at the ORCi World Champsionship, which concluded a week ago in Cres, Croatia.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 - Liesl Tesch Tesch's paralympic dream
Australian SKUD crew Liesl Tesch hopes she and Dan Fitzgibbon's performance at the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 this week will help towards her completing a unique Paralympic medal set, having already won three Paralympic medals in wheelchair basketball!... [more]
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Stena Match Cup 2011 day 1 for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Stena Women's Match Cup 2011. From Team Maclaren: 'Our first race of the day was our closest race. Off the line, we got a penalty for a windward/leeward contact. We had a great start though and got a good lead up the first leg and decided that it was a good time to spin the penalty.'... [more]
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Kite Course Racing Worlds 2011 - Heineken and Bridge crowned champions
Markus Schwendtner,
Kite Course Racing World Championships 2011 - After twelve races and three discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of three+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!... [more]
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PWA Costa Teguise Lanzarote World Cup 2011 - It's a wrap
The first stop on the Canary Island bout of competition saw the world's elite freestylers take to the crystal clear waters of Lanzarote for a four day freestyle clash. The magnificent town of Costa Teguise played host for the competition and delivered exceptional conditions.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 update from Mar Mostro
Ken Read,
Transatlantic Race 2011, skipper Ken Read from on board Puma's Mar Mostro. It's unreal, actually. I wish I could say all was great, but to be honest, it was pretty hard leaving home yesterday knowing that your goal is to sail around the world.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2011 day 2 - Sonar and SKUD teams pursue the pole
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's Paralympic hopefuls remain firmly in the hunt on their home waters with defending SKUD champions Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell, and the Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas in pole position after July 4th's racing.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2011 countdown
Fiona Brown,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - With less than a week to go to the start of the race anticipation is building amongst the international fleet signed up to compete. In addition to the core of regular domestic Quarter Ton Class aficionados who flock to Cowes each year, this year entries have also been received from Ireland, France and the Netherlands, as well as from Russia and New Zealand.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show meets Rugby World Cup
Media Services,
New Zealand's Auckland International Boat Show, from 15 to 18 September 2011 will be the country's biggest ever on-water boat show as it reaps the benefit of major development and investment in the Rugby World Cup 2011. On the Saturday of the boat show, in the evening, Australia will meet Ireland in Auckland at Australia's second RWC game in the tournament.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 appoints two new race photographers
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race has appointed two photographers with a wealth of sailing experience and know how to cover the 2011-12 race. New Zealander Paul Todd is a former professional sailor with over 20 years in the photographic industry. Paul served as picture manager during the 2005-06 edition of the race and has worked for several Volvo Ocean Race teams.... [more]
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Vale: Don Roach
Frank Quealey,
The 18 Footer world is today mourning the sudden death of International Convenor Don Roach who passed away suddenly yesterday (3 July) from a suspected heart attack. As International Convenor, Don had returned only recently from Denmark where he attended the Mark Foy Trophy international regatta.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 Boston pressure mounts
Extreme Sailing Series,
Terry Hutchinson, skipper of Artemis Racing, aka ‘Mr. Consistency' did it again on the penultimate day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 in Boston.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds day 1 consistency the name of the game
IFDS Worlds,
Consistency was the name of the game on day one of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships 2011 as the sailors who mastered the tricky light airs topped the leader board at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy today (Sunday 3 July).... [more]
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Images of Rolex Baltic Race Week, Day 5: Metre Rule classics
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this outstanding galley, from the final day of racing, in Six, Eight and Twelve Metre yachts sailing at Rolex Baltic Race Week, being hosted at Flensburger Segelclub in cooperation with Kieler Yacht Club, Germany... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 final start - Rambler v Leopard
Media Pro International,
Transatlantic Race 2011 final start took place as six yachts set their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of England. Prior to the start, George David (Hartford Conn.), skipper of Rambler 100, paid tribute to the four yacht clubs that came together to make this race a reality.... [more]
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Open Europeans 2011 - New Women's Match Racing champion
Kurt Lönnqvist,
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 conditions at Hernesaari were challenging due to a fickle wind. Early into the day the wind completely died near the shore, which is why the start of Match Racing had to be pushed back until 12:30 from the original 11 o'clock.... [more]
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RC44 Cagliari Cup - Team Aqua rules the waves
RC44 Class Association,
RC44 Cagliari Cup RC44 Cagliari Cup Team Aqua was the team to beat and going into the final day they held a slim three point lead, with no discard allowed. The first race started in eight knots, but as the fleet were half way up the first beat the wind started to shift to the right.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Championships day one
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth and Portland served up light wind conditions for this first day of competition, leading to a postponed start to the six-day Championships.... [more]
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Rolex Baltic Week 2011 - World Champions determined
Emphatic performances among both the 12-Metre and 8-Metre fleets determined the 2011 world champions on the final day (3 July) of Rolex Baltic Week, which brought the culmination of a tough week of challenging breezes and close racing for the classic yachts on Flensburg Fjord.... [more]
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RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme 11/12 begins
Sara Tucker,
The RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme is training more champions in brand new Elliott 7's for its 24th year. Racing has begun and the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme is out on the water every weekend racing off Westhaven.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Drama aboard British Soldier after gybe
Transatlantic Race,
Transatlantic Race 2011. High drama aboard British Soldier on Thursday night. 'The wind got up to 26 knots and shifted 25 degrees to the west. Small matter of a Chinese gybe' reported skipper Nick Bate (Falmouth, U.K.). The chasing pack of yachts that took the second start in the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 29 have caught up with the tail-end of the first starters.... [more]
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Extreme 40's Sailing Series 2011 - Day 3 for Artemis Racing
Morgan Trubovich,
Extreme 40's Sailing Series 2011 - OK. Eight races? They are truly trying to wear us out. But it was the best day of racing so far. Bright blue skies and a very nice 7-12 knot sea breeze. The racing was so close to the shore that the committee boat was actually tied to the spectator wall all day! That was another first for us!... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Extreme 40's in Boston - Barker reports on Day 2 and 3
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Boston, USA on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Sailing with Dean Barker are Adam Beashel (AUS), James Dagg (NZL) and Richard Meacham (NZL).... [more]
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Extreme 40's: Emirates Team NZ wants to improve on third at Boston
Warren Douglas,
Dean Barker and his crew are looking for a strong showing on the water tomorrow to set them up for the crucial last day of the Boston Extreme Sailing Series regatta. At the end of Day 3 Emirates Team New Zealand retained its third place on the overall standings with 158 points, one behind The Wave placed second. Artemis leads after 22 races with 169 points.... [more]
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Extreme 40's: Big US crowd turn out for penultimate Boston day + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
To use a well-coined Americanism, day three of Act 4 in Boston was ‘awesome'! Thousands of spectators filled the Extreme Sailing Series™ Race Village and were treated to a spectacle of 49er racing followed by eight first-class, action-packed Extreme 40 races. A good sea breeze allowed the Extreme 40s to showcase how this style of stadium racing really works, with live onboard commentary from US sa... [more]
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IFDS World Championships 2011 underway at Weymouth + Video
IFDS Worlds,
IFDS World Championships 2011. Racing at the six-day event, which is doubling up as an unofficial rehearsal for next year's Paralympic Games regatta at the same venue, starts at 10.55am tomorrow with a final entry of 155 sailors from 26 countries in 80 boats doing battle in the three Paralympic classes; 2.4mR one-person keelboat, SKUD two-person keelboat and Sonar three-person keelboat.... [more]
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