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Sail-World New Zealand: 16 July 2011

Big wave for Alonso - PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day two  PWA World Tour
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 July 2011

The ISAF Youth Worlds have concluded in Zadar, Croatia. The New Zealand team has finished in ninth place in the Nations Trophy, the overall measure of a team's relative performance. Best New Zealand place was a fifth, with another crew sixth in their event , and two more in the top ten.

That contrasts with fourth and fifth places in the Volvo Trophy (now renamed the Nations Trophy) in 2010 and 2009, and a Gold Medal in 2009 and a Gold and Silver Medal in 2010.

We have daily reports on the event from the ISAF and also Yachting NZ on the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team.

There's several image galleries of the sailing, which probably give a better insight into the conditions and the racing than many words in a report.

Race Day 5 - 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds, Zadar, Croatia  Sime Sokota/ISAF Youth Worlds

In the previous newsletter we touched on the Australian Womens Match Racing selection for the 2011 Olympic Test Event or Pre-Olympics. In this edition of Sail-World we feature an interview with Katie Spithill, who reflects on missing selection for the Australian entry in the WMR at Weymouth inAugust. Katie has also been sailing on the AC45, and is the first female sailor to helm the mini-America's Cup catamaran. She tells of that experience, too.

IRC National Championship 2011, Cowes IoW  Royal Ocean Racing Club - RORC ©

In Valencia, Artemis Racing is the first of the AC45's to get sailing in Europe, ahead of the opening round of the America's Cup World Series, which gets underway in Cascais, Portugal in three weeks time. We have a report from who are based in Valencia, along with videos of the rigging and launch.

Race Day 5 - 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds, Zadar, Croatia  Sime Sokota/ISAF Youth Worlds

The 470 class has been in the Olympic Regatta since 1976, and has been sailing in New Zealand since 1973. Many young sailors have gone through the 470 ranks, and have gone onto achieve great success on the international stage, particularly in the America's Cup.

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh in full flight in the 470 Womens World Championships  Thom Touw ©

In just over four weeks, on 20 August, a reunion dinner of 470 sailors is being staged at Takapuna Boating Club. We have details on the evening in this edition of Sail-World. If you sailed, or do sail, a 470 this is your chance to catch up with old friends, and meet up with some of the great names in New Zealand sailing.

Triple 8 heads out for the start of the B&G Simrad 50 this morning - she was first boat home, mid-afternoon.  Richard Gladwell

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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ISAF Youth Worlds: Final result - Four top tens for NZ Youth sailors
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The 41st Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2011 has concluded up in Zadar, Croatia for the twelve sailors in the 2011 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team. While the team missed out on the medals this year, four representatives finished top ten, and New Zealand was within the top third of finishers in six of the eight classes sailed in Zadar.... [more]
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Katie Spithill: Helming an AC45 and the Olympic Match Racing Decision
Damian Devine,
Sail-World correspondent, Damien Devine recently interviewed former World 2 ranked match racer Katie Spithill. Katie is currently in Weymouth training with AST and RPAYC mates Nicky Souter and Jess Eastwell. Katie Spithill recently did a trip to San Fran to catch up with brother James and check out the AC45's, the new AC set up and was the first female to be lucky enough to helm an AC45.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 - Belle Mente breaks some hearts
Transpac 2011,
A beaming-through-the-fatigue Hap Fauth hit the beach today in Honolulu, Transpac Barn Door win in the bank, mission-accomplished on the Left Coast tour of his 74 foot sloop, Bella Mente. The 'Barn Door' is awarded to the first finisher of the Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225 miles, Los Angeles to Honolulu, 'and that was our objective,' Fauth said. To finish first.... [more]
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470's to have Reunion Dinner at Takapuna - Book Now!
Dave Mackay,
The NZ 470 Association is having a reunion dinner at Takapuna Boating Club. Many of New Zealand's top sailors have passed through the class, and this is a great opportunity to renew friendships and talk about the great contests, how good you really were or could have been - had a few things gone your way ...... [more]
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Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 - 470 titles awarded
Open Europeans 2011,
The Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 concluded today with the last titles awarded in the 470 class. Spain claims three European titles in the Women Match racing, the Star and the Women 470.... [more]
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Volvo Gill Optimist National and Open Championship 2011 preview
Gail Willows,
Volvo Gill Optimist National and Open Championship 2011 is celebrating its 50th anniversary and racing is expected to be as fierce as ever for the young sailors. Since the first Optimist National Championships in 1961 the class has become the largest youth class in the UK and impressively has over 150,000 young sailors competing across the globe.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2011 day 3 - A case of snakes and ladders
Fiona Brown,
Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2011 - The penultimate day of the 2011 Dragon Edinburgh Cup may have featured only one race, but what a race it was. For the first time this week the wind was well up into double figures and the 43 strong Dragon fleet was able to enjoy a long course with beats of 2 miles plus - the class's preferred format for championship racing.... [more]
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Images from Zadar: Final day of racing in ISAF Youth Worlds
Images from Zadar, Croatia from the final day of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships... [more]
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More images from Zadar: Final day of racing in ISAF Youth Worlds
More images from Zadar, Croatia from the final day of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 – Incredible conditions on day 2
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 - El Medano cements its name as a world class windsurfing location as incredible conditions power Koster and Daida Moreno to into first place and allow the majority of the double elimination to be completed. Winds reaching up to twenty-five knots and mast high waves ensured the action was amazing and the world's elite wave sailors were able to reach astronomical height... [more]
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America's Cup partners with environmental sustainability program
With the first event on the journey to the 2013 America's Cup just over four weeks away, so too begins the Cup's sustainability journey, a key component of the 34th America's Cup legacy program. The America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) is partnering with global and local ocean conservation efforts to reach people around the world who have an affinity for our world's oceans, and motivate them to ac... [more]
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RORC IRC National Championship 2011 gets underway
Trish Jenkins,
Royal Ocean Racing Club's IRC National Championship 2011 - PRO Jamie Wilkinson set three courses over towards Hill Head, the first two being windward-leewards, but as the breeze built so the third was longer, lasting around one and a half hours including some reaching legs back to the main land shore.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Nations Trophy win by France
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship final day in Zadar, Croatia. For the third consecutive year France walk away with the ISAF Nations Trophy with Spain coming in second and Poland taking third place.... [more]
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Transpac 2011 - Meet me at the Molokai Channel
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac 2011. In this corner, approaching from the south, Magnitude 80. And in this corner, approaching from the north, Bella Mente. They shook hands back on the mainland, and they came out fighting on July 8. Now it's decision time. There's plenty of breeze, and both Bella Mente and Magnitude 80 are making speeds in the teens.... [more]
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Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2011 – Diva and Kin neck and neck
British Dragon Association,
Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2011. There are two more days of racing remaining in the competition and tomorrow's forecast is for stronger, and hopefully more stable, winds. Today was about as difficult as it gets. Despite the exceptionally difficult conditions the race committee was able to run two further races today bringing the total races sailed to four out of a possible six.... [more]
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470 European Championships – Belcher and Page shrug off the opposition
Craig Heydon,
At the 470 European Championships 2011 Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, the 2010 World Champions and current world number ones sailed exceptionally well all week. The 470 fleet contested only one race on Thursday with Belcher and Page having their first race outside the top nine all week, with a 25th however their closest competitors were also caught out.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing launch their AC45 yacht in Valencia,
Thursday wasn't the first day the AC45 yacht of the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record was sailing here in Valencia but it was the first time the Swedish team opened its base and allowed media and guests to watch the entire procedure of the wing being mounted on the catamaran as well as the actual launch on the water.... [more]
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Images from Zadar: Fifth day of racing in ISAF Youth Worlds
Images from Zadar, Croatia from the fifth day of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships... [more]
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More images from Zadar: Fifth day of racing in ISAF Youth Worlds
More images from Zadar, Croatia from the fifth day of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds: Breeze arrives on penultimate day in Zadar
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Just one day, and one race remains in each class at the 41st Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2011 as the penultimate days wraps up and the regatta draws to a close in Zadar, Croatia. 'We had 12 to 16 knots of wind which died off throughout the day,' reports Team Manager, Ian Neely. 'Southerly again, that was a bit gusty and shifty.'... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 set for a final day fight
ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 in Zadar, Croatia have resulted in Laser Radial sailors Maxime Mazard (FRA) and Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) going into the final day of racing with just one point separating them. The Frenchman, who has led for the majority of the week, finished 25th and seventh today and has seen his five point overnight lead reduced to a single point.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 readies for battle royale
Barby MacGowan,
Transatlantic Race 2011 readies for a dramatic ending as Class40s Concise 2 and Dragon approach the finish line. Concise 2, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield (Oxford, U.K.), is just a few miles ahead of Dragon, skippered by Mike Hennessy (Mystic, Conn.), and after 16 days of racing the outcome of this duel is too close to call, even with just 100 miles to the finish line.... [more]
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Finn Europeans 2011 - Scott shows greatness on final day
Robert Deaves,
Finn Europeans 2011: Giles Scott (GBR) trod in the footsteps of Paul Elvstrom today at the Finn European Championship at the Open Europeans Helsinki 2011. In winning his first major Finn championship he climbed onto the same podium as the greatest of all Finn heroes did 59 years ago at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - One month to go
Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 - The waiting is nearly over: the 44th edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race, one of the great ocean challenges, is exactly a month away. With a staggering 350 entrants at the ready, 1979's record-breaking tally of 303 participating yachts will almost certainly be surpassed. The sheer size of the fleet is impressive. Its quality and diversity quite breathtaking.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper completes testing and heads for Europe
Boat testing for the Volvo 70, Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, has ended. After sailing 8,000 nautical miles in the last three months, Camper has been lifted out of the water and is being decommissioned before shipping to Europe later this month.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2011 – Challenging conditions on day 3
Justin Chisholm,
Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2011 - The 31 boat international fleet competing were treated to three excellent races sailed in moderate northerly winds on the third and final day of the regatta. The shifty breeze, combined with strongish tides running across the racecourse for most of the day, made for challenging conditions for the tacticians and skippers alike.... [more]
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Zoke Kiwi Match: Chasing the European Summer
Logan Fraser,
As winter finally starts kicking in back home in New Zealand the Zoke Kiwi Match team is back off overseas for the start of our Northern Hemisphere tour. The next 3 months are going to be pretty full on as we head around the world, chasing summer and a spot on the Match Racing World Tour.... [more]
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Wellington to host Global Sailing Challenge during Rugby World Cup
RPNYC Events,
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington has laid down the challenge to sailors visiting New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup to got to Wellington and compete in the Global Sailing Challenge. The Global Sailing Challenge is designed to give visiting sailors an opportunity to participate in a fun sailing regatta during the quarter finals weekend.... [more]
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Young New Zealand windsurfers off to World Champs
Bruce Spedding,
Seven young windsurfers plus coach are heading over to San Francisco this week for the 2011 Techno 293 World Championships. Based at the St Francis Yacht Club, directly in front of the Golden Gate bridge, the event runs from 17 to 24 July. The kiwi sailors, four boys and three girls, are all in their mid-teens, and come from sailing clubs in Whangaparaoa, Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.... [more]
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470 European Championships 2011 day 5 - In a league of their own
International 470 Class Association,
Anticipating light winds tomorrow, the Race Committee decided to run three races for each of the 470 fleets on day five, which means that there is now only one race to be held on Thursday to determine the top 10 boats going through to the 470 Men and 470 Women Medal Races on Friday.... [more]
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Images from Zadar: Fourth day of racing in ISAF Youth Worlds
Images from Zadar, Croatia from the third day of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Open Europeans 2011 - Tricky final races
Kurt Lönnqvist,
Open Europeans Helsinki 2011 experienced shifty and tricky weather conditions which added to the mix as the 49er class concluded its Europeans and the final full races for the Finns decided who would move into the medal race. The 470s got in three races in anticipation of the forecasted light winds on Thursday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 passes second scrutiny
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012's Groupama 4 has now passed a second scrutineering examination. After measuring the boat in every direction for nearly six days, Carlos de Beltran, the class measurer assigned by the Volvo Ocean Race organisation, is leaving Lorient. A third and final test will still be necessary to check the second mast and the sails.... [more]
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'The Fabulous 40s', 15 years of the Farr 40 Class launched
Jill Campbell,
Aptly titled 'The Fabulous 40s' and produced with the support of long-time Farr 40 Class sponsor Rolex, the book tells the story of what is one of the most successful contemporary one-design racing yachts worldwide. The 240-page hardcover coffee table book focuses on the annual Rolex World Championship regattas held across the globe.... [more]
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Offshore Racing Congress expands sailor services
Offshore Racing Congress,
The Offshore Racing Congress has announced that it will be expanding sailor services to include the nearly 50,000 certificates in the database which go back to the early 90's. 'This does not cover all the certificates issued over this time frame, as there are some gaps for various reasons,' says ORC Programmer Panayotis Papapostolou.... [more]
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NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team back in action on Day 4 in Croatia
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Racing resumed last night after a rest day for most at the 41st Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2011 in Zadar, Croatia. With two days to run the regatta heads into the business end of competition for the twelve strong NZL Sailing Team representing New Zealand.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 - Consistency key to finals + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds 2011 has resulted in a victory for Maxime Mazard (FRA) who continues to lead the Laser Radial Boys in Zadar, Croatia. Mazard finished 24th in race eight before discarding his 38th place finish in race nine. Mazard's 12 point lead from the third day has been reduced to five with Giovanni Coccoluto hot on his heels on 79 points.... [more]
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