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 21 Jul 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 21st July 2011

Ross Masters, Commodore of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (R) presents the flag to Chris Nicholson, Skipper of Camper (L) and Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand during the Auckland Port's farewell press conference at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron  Getty Images
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 21st July 2011

The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race starts in about 100 days.

The occasion was marked yesterday at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, along with the departure from New Zealand of the Emirates Team NZ sailed entry, Camper, plus the announcement of the Stopover in Auckland in March 2012.

Certainly the Stopover will be a far bigger, and grander deal than that organised for the last stopover ion Auckland in the 2001/2 race - and both sides of the Viaduct Harbour will be embraced in the event which runs from 8 - 18 March 2012.

Emirates Team New Zealand VO70 is loaded on the Maersk container ship, Maersk Dabou to be transported to Europe for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. 19/7/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In this edition we run the 3D video showing the Stopover layout, along with some of the detail of the events that are planned. There will be four pinnacle events during the 10 day period - being the Finish of the leg, which is always a major for Auckland as the boats sail down the Northland Coast, a Pro-Am Race, the In-Port Race and then the Race restart - another marque Auckland event. It will be a great time to be in Auckland.

Camper was hoisted aboard a Maersk line ship earlier in the week, bound for Malaysia where she will be transshipped for Felixstowe in UK.

Emirates Team New Zealand VO70 is loaded on the Maersk container ship, Maersk Dabou to be transported to Europe for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Under the current Protocol for the America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand are not allowed to run the photos of Camper, that appear on this page, on their website - the www.emiratesteamnz.com that has been followed by fans for many years.

It might not be the highest traffic website in the sport, but it is a place where the team can publish its own news, establish an identity, give its sponsors benefit through association and run a good media operation. From our standpoint, it was one of the easiest sites to source and download material.

Volvo Ocean race entry and Groupama skipper Franck Cammas and members of his team racked up some great performances over the 109.5km course of the Étape du Tour Mondovélo  Volvo Ocean Race ©

From 1 July. Emirates Team NZ and all other America's Cup teams were required to switch their URL to americascup.com in an attempt to try an aggregate internet traffic. While there may have been some very limited justification for that in an America's Cup context - why would a team be required to run all their Volvo Race news, Extreme 40 news, and other non-AC events and non-AC sponsorship on an America's Cup website?

The logic defies us. But we've only been following web rating and traffic for about 10 years.

Anyone with even a marginal knowledge of internet traffic would know that the America's Cup site attracts a massive traffic during the period of the Cup. The team sites have a smaller more steady traffic and pulling them across to the americascup.com site will have minimal impact on the event site's traffic.

Competitors from New Zealand and Australia in this close-up - Laser Standard Junior World Championship 2011  Christophe Breschi / ricochets17

All it will do is annoy fans and established professional teams like Emirates Team NZ.

The switch date and requirement was known from the outset of the 34th America's Cup Protocol (and was changed once). So were a lot of other provisions that were unacceptable to the teams - like high entry fees, sky-high performance bonds - even the requirement to continue into the America's Cup itself. All these were changed when valid opposition was raised.

ITALY, Sardinia, Cagliari. 19th July 2011. AUDI MedCup, Region of Sardinia Trophy. TP52 Practice Race. RAN.  Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©

But not on this issue. Instead the Event organisers have lodged a protest against the twice America's Cup winners.

Why? We don't really know. It's a dumb move and reflects badly on the America's Cup. We look at it in more depth in this issue, rather than just publish the media release as others have done.

Last night we received a great story from the top placed crew in the NZL Yachting Trust Youth team who competed in the ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia. Theirs was a very good effort - particularly as they sailed as a mixed crew in an open event - and probably put their hands up for the Mixed Multihull selection in the 2016 Olympics.

WingNuts, the Kiwi 35 involved in the tragedy in the 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac  Event Media

From North America we have been carrying news of the tragedy that occurred when two sailors drowned during the Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac. So far there don't seem to be too many answers as to why the tragedy occurred - which will no doubt come out over the following days and weeks. The sad event follows the death of a UK sailor competing in a recent RORC race, and underlines the fact that sailing can be a very dangerous sport, when things start going wrong.

NZL Youth Trust's Multihull crew -2011 ISAF Youth World Championships, Zadar Croatia  Sime Sokota

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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America's Cup: Team NZ protested for non-compliance by Cup organisers
Richard Gladwell,
Twice winner of the America's Cup and the world's most successful professional sailing team, Emirates Team NZ Emirates have confirmed today that it is seeking mediation in its dispute with the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) over rules that restrict the team's internet presence.... [more]
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New look Viaduct Harbour as Volvo Ocean Race returns to Auckland
Penny Dain,
The organisers of the Auckland Stopover for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race revealed plans for the Race Village and bid bon voyage to CAMPER, the Emirates Team New Zealand entry for the event, today (Wednesday).... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy - Consistency in the Mistral
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup's Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 has experienced Udo Schuetz's German flagged team on Container make an excellent start and finish to their first day of racing on the Gulf of Cagliari with a first and second to lead the overall standings by two points.... [more]
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Int OK Dinghy National Championships off to great start in Scotland
Mike Edwards,
International OK Dinghy National Championships 2011 - Racing got under way today with great conditions for the 42 competitors to enjoy. The UK boys were joined by 16 foreign sailors here early to warm up for next week's World Championship. A north westerly breeze of around 10 knots meant that the Race management Team could set a full championship course in the race area... [more]
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Top NZer reflects on the ISAF Youth Worlds - the Road to Zadar
Tomer Simhony,
Top finisher in the NZL International Yachting Trust Youth team, Tomer Simhony reflects on competing in the ISAF Youth World Championships held in Zadar, Croatia in the SL 16 class together with crew, Ellie Copeland as part of the Yachting New Zealand Trust Youth Team.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper sails for Europe with Maersk
Warren Douglas,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand's Volvo 70 yacht slipped out of Auckland before dawn on Tuesday bound for Europe aboard the container ship Maersk Dabou. CAMPER will be trans-shipped at Petjung Peletas, Malaysia, to the Skagen Maersk at for the 8329 mile voyage to Felixstowe in the United Kingdom.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - Tough conditions expected
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - Despite some lacklustre overall finishes so far this season the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team approach this third regatta of the season buoyed by a level of confidence because they are sailing on waters they know well and have been successful on, not just in the 52 Series but also in other classes.... [more]
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Laser Standard Junior World Championship 2011 – Australians in top 11
Peter Campbell,
Laser Standard Junior World Championship 2011 - Australians Raphael Sulkowski and Luke Elliott are in the top 11 placings overall in the Laser Standard junior world championships being sailed off La Rochelle, France.... [more]
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Cowes Week 2011 – Prince Philip's Dragon 'Bluebottle' on display
Fiona Brown,
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2011 - His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO, PC, is the owner of the famous Dragon 'Bluebottle' and in 2011 has celebrated his 90th birthday. 'Bluebottle' is being specially transported from the Falmouth Maritime Museum and will take pride of place in the sponsors pavilion in the Cowes Yacht Haven Regatta Village... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 - Racers Second Chance rescue kayaker
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Race 2011 - Transpac racers rescue not just any kayaker in the Molokai Channel. Guy Wilding has been out for a paddle in his 18-foot kayak every day for months, since moving to Honolulu from Sydney, Australia. Today seemed like any other day under the blue skies of the tradewinds until, as luck would have it, his paddle broke.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper farewelled, Auckland Stopover launched +Video
Richard Gladwell,
The crew of the Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, were farewelled this morning at a media function at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The Auckland Stopover for the 39,000nm ocean classic was launched at the joint function.... [more]
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Flying 15 British Nationals: Goacher and Evans on track to take title
Gerald New,
2011 Flying 15 British Nationals day 2. In contrast to the edge of the seat sailing Monday, Tuesday struggled to provide a settled breeze, the heavy rain dampening the seabreeze which peaked below 15 knots and then slowly dropped. Two final races have been scheduled for Wednesday with the fleets in final gold and blue flights.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup Day 6 and Radical sailors descend
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day six witnessed the world's most radical wave sailors descend on the Siam Water Park to show case their skills on the radical rides. Lighter winds and smaller waves were forecast for the sixth day in Tenerife, providing the sailors with the perfect opportunity to have a day of rest and relaxation.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy early win for Ràn
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit's Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011. A positive result for the crew onboard Ràn in the 52 series practice race. Their momentum slowed in Marseille last month when their shiny new Vrolijk designed, English built boat was hit and their transom damaged in an unfortunate joust with the British boat Gladiator.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 19 - In Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 18 July 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Galway homecoming for Team Sanya's new MCM + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Irishman Frankie Leonard has been named as Sanya's Media Crew Member and whatever the result he can expect to be the toast of his home town of Galway when the race finishes there next July. The team has several female shore and support team members who feature in this video.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama takes on the Tour de France course + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race entry, Groupama skipper Franck Cammas swapped boat for bike to take part in L'Étape du Tour Mondovélo and finish an outstanding 40th place in a field of over 7,000 cycling amateurs tackling one of the toughest mountain finishes of the Tour de France.... [more]
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A Sad Day on Mackinac Island
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Distance racing is truly a strange sport. Boats can start at similar times and—depending on their speed and the direction that they sail—experience completely different sets of conditions. Such was the case with this year's Chicago—Mackinac Race.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—A Tale of Two Races
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
For the 350 boats racing in this year's Chicago-Mac Race, the sailing truly was a tale of two distinctly different races, governed entirely by when boats finished sailing.Vessels that finished sailing prior to Sunday night's horrible storm reported Champagne-sailing conditions. Mother Nature, however, was not kind to boats that finished later after the storm swept the course.... [more]
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Statement from Chicago Yacht Club on Race Deaths
Chicago Yacht Club,
As of Monday, July 18, it has been confirmed by the U. S. Coast Guard and it is with great regret that the Chicago Yacht Club acknowledges the deaths of two sailors who were competing in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Sasha storms over finish line
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Experiencing the roughest weather conditions of any yacht in the race, Sasha, skippered by Albrecht and Erika Peters, crossed the finish line at The Lizard at 20:10 UTC on 17 July. At sea for over 22 days, the husband and wife team sailed their 1970 Sparkman and Stephens-designed wooden yacht with another couple, Christine Beech and Ron Melton of Picton, New Zealand.... [more]
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Chicago-Mackinac Race—Mac Finishes
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The Chicago Yacht Club's 103rd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot—While the early reports involved tales of downhill sailing, boats arriving later in the evening were dealt a catastrophic bag of conditions, covering the gamut of light stuff to a severe Midwestern thunderstorm that delivered sheet lightning, peak winds in the mid-40s and torrential rain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Irish Media Crew Member joins Team Sanya
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Team Sanya announced today the selection of Frankie Leonard, from Galway, Ireland, as their media crew member who will join the sailing team as they travel around the world competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Frankie, who comes from Ireland, made an immediate impact on the other Team Sanya team members when he joined the group for the delivery trip of their new boat... [more]
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RORC IRC National Championship 2011 Day 3 images by Paul Wyeth
RORC/Paul Wyeth,
RORC IRC National Championship 2011 Day 3 images by Paul Wyeth... [more]
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Finn Europeans 2011, Helsinki - Medal Race Video
Robert Deaves,
Finn Europeans 2011 - Working with the young Finnish film maker Rasmus Tikkanen, the Finn Class has released a cool video of the exciting medal race at the Open European Championships in Helsinki on July 14th. Watch the top ten battle for supremacy in a tight race just offshore from the Open European Helsinki 2011 venue at Hernesaari, just west of Helsinki city centre.... [more]
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2011 Techno 293 World Championship Event Preview
David Wells,
At the 2011 Techno 293 World Championship 200 plus competitors taking it to the water July 19th through the 24th. The event features divisions segregated by age with the biggest fleet comprised of the Under 17 (U17) age division.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011 day 4 defies gravity
PWA Tenerife World Cup 2011's Super-session on day four was whipped to a frenzy of excitement with gravity defying jumps and crisp cut backs from the men and women's wave fleet. Having completed the official competition in record time, the crowds on the beach were hungry for more action from the world's most radical wave sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cayard's Update - AC45 Training in Valencia
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing CEO, Paul Cayard, reports as the team works up in Valencia: Our team has been training on our AC45 here in Valencia for a week now. I went out yesterday and joined them onboard in 18-22 knots of wind. It was quite a ride! 27 knots was the top speed of the day and 20-24 knots is normal downwind speed in those conditions.... [more]
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International OK Dinghy National and World Championships 2011 preview
Mike Edwards,
The International OK Dinghy National Championships are set to take place from 19-21 July. The World Championships will take place from 25-29 July. All of the action is set to get underway at the Largs Sailing Club in Largs, Scotland.... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 – Patches at Transpac Row
Kimball Livingston,
Transpac Race 2011 - Jorge Ripstein's TP52, Patches, made Diamond Head Light and the Transpac finish on Saturday at 20:39:38, eight days out of a July 8 start from the mainland. But the last day of the Transpacific Yacht Race, Los Angeles to Honolulu, packed-in a lot more excitement than anybody was counting on aboard the boat that had seemed firmly the Division Two leader.... [more]
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America's Cup: On the PR schmooze in San Francisco
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, has been conducting a public awareness campaign in San Francisco. The following two videos shows the sailors on Comcast's SportsNet... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea makes first splash in Cascais
Team Korea took to the water in Cascais, Portugal on Saturday morning for its first ever sail, marking another milestone for the first Korean America's Cup challenge. The team are one of nine competing in the first round of the America's Cup World Series - a preliminary series of regattas staged as a prelude to the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.... [more]
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Chicago Mackinac - Latest Weather update
Race to Mackinac - event media,
Race Weather update from the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot. Weather expect Chris Bedford has provided this commentary.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 – Dawn Star claims victory in IRC Class Four
Kirsten Ferguson,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Crossing the finish line in rain and fog, Dawn Star, the C and C 46 skippered by William Hubbard (New York, N.Y.), finished the Transatlantic Race 2011 at 22:03:51 UTC on July 15. Throughout its 20 day crossing, Dawn Star sent regular blog updates which was continued right to the end of the race.... [more]
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