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 26 Jul 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 26th July 2011

Harry Thurston (left) and Will Tiller (second from right) on the winners podium, Seven Feet Cup, Vladivostock, Russia  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 26th July 2011

We continue our coverage of New Zealand sailors competing in World Championships in this edition.

On Sunday (NZT), Sam Meech a former ISAF Youth World Champion in the Boys Singlehander (Laser) won the Junior World title in the full-rig Laser.

In this edition, we have a report from La Rochelle, and Yachting New Zealand on this regatta, along with a couple of images from the medal ceremony.

We continue the excellent reports from Graeme Robinson at the Flying Fifteen Worlds being sailed at Hayling Island, England.

Sam Meech on the winners Podium at Laser Standard Junior Worlds in la Rochelle, France  John Bullot

He and James Sandall, both from Napier, led after the first day and had hoped to stay on top after such a great beginning. For those that don't know, Graeme has been based largely in Christchurch since the September and February Earthquakes, where he spends long hours working as an assessor. Sailing at Hayling Island, in a World Championship must be a very surreal experience.

In Largs, Scotland, the Int OK Dinghy Worlds have got underway. Greg Wilcox (NZL) is well placed after the first day, and we have a report in this issue.

Team Telefonica sets off on her 2,000nm qualifier - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Maria Muina/Equipo Telefonica

From Vladivostok, Russia, two members of the Full Metal Jacket match racing team have been sailing Platu 25's in the Seven Feet Cup (quite why the event is called that is not explained), however they have won, and skipper Will Tiller reports in this edition.

Previously we featured a story from Tomer Simhony on his and crew Ellie Copeland's experiences in the ISAF Youth Worlds, where they were the top performing NZers. He subsequently updated his story, and we feature that in this edition.

International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 Day 1  Neil Goodhead

Life on the America's Cup scene is never dull. Yesterday organisers kicked one of the teams out of the competition for non-compliance with the Protocol. A move believed to be triggered by their failure to have an AC45 purchase agreement in place by 10 June - some five weeks ago, plus other financial issues.

It is a moot point as to whether the organisers can summarily boot a team out of the competition, without first placing the matter in front of the International Jury. Normally you could not, but the America's Cup is far from normal. There are also numerous reports of a second team being close to receiving the same treatment. When the question was raised, back in late April, about non-payment of then required Performance Bond, we were told the issue would, quite properly, just be noted and passed over to the International Jury for a decision.

Mens 470 - 470 Junior Worlds 2011  Thom Touw ©

If the response was indeed 'Guilty as Charged' then it could have been a short Hearing, and the outcome could have just been a financial or other penalty. However summarily booting a competitor out of the event by letter from the organiser, accompanied by a media release, and deletion of all reference to the team on the America's Cup website, over what is essentially a commercial matter, is a novel approach.

We have a report on yesterday's developments in this edition. There is a media statement from the team, which was issued in Italian and has lost something in translation. We have not published this as it is so obscure. We will update on

Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE. - -Sardinia AudiMedCup, July 2011  Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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America's Cup: Italian team excused from further competition
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup organisers have announced that Venezia Challenge has defaulted on the requirements to be a competitor in both the America's Cup World Series and the 34th America's Cup. The Venezia Challenge shore team had been in Cascasis, Portugal, assembling the AC45 catamaran which had been allocated to the team for competition in the first round of the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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New Zealand wins Laser Standard Youth World Championships
Jodie Bakewell-White and Sail-World,
Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships, La Rochelle, France. A WNW breeze of 14-16 knots with gusts up to 18 knots and a beautiful sunshine added up to a great day on water. Two good races were run again for all fleets.... [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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Flying 15 Worlds: Into the Finals at Hayling Island
Graeme Robinson,
Napier Sailing Club member, Graeme Robinson reports from the Flying Fifteen Worlds in Hayling Island, where he and James Sandall were leading the event after the first day of racing. Now with into the finals phase of the regatta they have held a place just out of the top ten on the points table after Day 4 of the Flying 15 World Championships at Hayling Island SC, England.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam day 3 - Style master and the rising star
The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam's third day experienced lighter winds and super flat waters in which the style master Tonky Frans and the rising star Xenia Kessler stormed through the double elimination. A gentle day in Fuerteventura placed the sailors on standby throughout the morning, allowing them to soak up the sun, enjoy the relaxing tunes and taste the culinary delights inside the main tent... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships day 1 - The joy of sailing
Mary Reddyhoff & Mike Edwards,
The International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 are now underway in Largs, Scotland. On the first day of the event, spectators were treated to an Opening Ceremony performance by the Boys Brigade in which the sailors again were able to listen to the sound of the pipes play by 14 year old Christopher who is a member of Largs Sailing Club as they launched their boats.... [more]
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World conquer Ireland to win International Match Racing Challenge
Sonja Lee,
The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin played host to the second annual International Match Racing Challenge over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July. Ireland's top Match Racing Teams went head to head against a World Team, consisting of five international teams from Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Atlantic qualifier begins for Team Telefónica
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 entrant Team Telefónica have now set out on their 2,000 mile Atlantic qualifier that is a requirement of the VOR rules. Iker Martínez and his crew departed their base in Lanzarote to begin the journey. 'It's a key test because this is one of the last ones we'll have before we have to make some decisions,' said Mallorca's Jordi Calafat.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Images from spectacular Sardinia
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman (GBR), was at the recent round of the Audi MedCup in Sardinia, and provided this gallery of spectacular images of the event.... [more]
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Clash at the Cove 2012: Mark your calendars
Paul Shanahan,
Event organisers have announced the dates for the 2012 2012 Clash at the Cove regatta. March 2, 3 & 4 have been announced as dates for the 2012 Clash at the Cove regatta. Race and Cruising divisions are welcome for the regatta.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket wins the Seven Feet Cup, Vladivostock
Will Tiller,
Harry Thurston and Will Tiller sailing with two local's from Vladivostok have won the Grade 2 Seven Feet Cup defeating fellow kiwi Laurie Jury 3-0 in the final. The event was held out of the Seven Feet Yacht Club in Vladivostok Russia, an interesting area of the world and a place of much development. Sailing in Platu 25s we were confident of a top performance... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Strong RS:X fleet
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 - Sixty five RS:X sailors will look to set an early marker one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition as they compete in Weymouth and Portland at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. In the 34-strong Men's RS:X fleet Nick Dempsey (GBR) will be hotly fancied after he clinched gold at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in June.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week 2011 overall
Justin Chisholm,
Panerai British Classic Week 2011 saw a wide range of weather conditions which tested the skippers and crews of the 71 vintage and classic yachts to the full. After gales on the opening day of the regatta had sadly put paid to the much anticipated around the island race, competitors then faced challenging 20 knot plus breezes on the second day... [more]
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NZ Optimists build up in America and Europe ahead of the Worlds
Kimberley Sommerville,
Three of the five members of the NZL Optimist Worlds Team; Leonard Takahashi Fry, Isaac McHardie, and Markus Somerville, along their coach Chris Steele (2007 Optimist World Champ) have gone on a training tour in preparation for the Optimist World Championships in Napier this December.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship 2011 day 1
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2011 - Today was for the big boys and girls with 18-22kts average and gusts of some more. Rescue was stretched but nowhere close to breaking point. Medics were on standby though, with their extractor pumps to remove the dangerous excess levels of adrenaline produced.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta 2011 latest entry Dasher
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion 2011 - Two-time Whitbread yacht Adventure, the British Royal Navy entrant in 1973 and 1977, will be represented at the regatta by her sister ship Dasher, raced by original members of Adventure's crew and joined by some of the crew from British Satquote Defender, the British Joint Services maxi boat entry in 1989-90.... [more]
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Governor's Cup 2011 - San Diego Yacht Club victory
Nancy Mellon,
Governor's Cup 2011 - The victorious team from San Diego Yacht Club included the skipper, Nevin Snow, the youngest racer in the regatta. His team mates were Jake LaDow and Jake Reynolds. The team lost only four races in the Round Robin series. The final four teams included Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club.... [more]
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18ft Skiff German Open Grand Prix 2011 days 1 and 2
Frank Quealey,
German Open 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2011 - Strong winds forced the race committee to cancel racing on days one and two in Travemunde. With three British, one Danish and seven German teams set to contest the regatta, day one presented the fleet with 18-knot winds, which gusted to 35-knots, making conditions impossible for the skiffs.... [more]
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Clipper 11-12 Yacht Race - HMS Illustrious to support race start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - With one week to go until the cannon fires to signal the race start, the first global event to set off from the Solent since 2004, organisers are thrilled to welcome the Royal Navy's helicopter carrier, HMS Illustrious, which will attend the weekend's festivities, culminating in the race start on Sunday 31 July.... [more]
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Champions crowned at 2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships
David Wells,
2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships final day was a full one with two course races and a long distance race on the agenda and the tension could be cut with a knife with multiple world titles up in the air. The last day of the regatta followed the trend of oscilating fog banks; one day it's in, the next day it's out.... [more]
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Melbourne sailors success at 29er Europeans
Jane Moffat,
Melbourne sailors James Sly and Tom Dwyer have finished second overall at the 29er Europeans in Switzerland - their first major international regatta.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds day 3 - Alderson and Mcaullay make their move
Gerald New,
Three more races in a good breeze for each of the flights allowed PRO Roger Palmer to get the Flying 15 Worlds back on schedule and complete the qualifiers. The defending champions, Grant Alderson and Dean Mcaullay from Australia, resurrected their challenge with a steady 5, 5, 3, to move from 16th to second.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Monster machine heads north
Tracey Johnstone,
After setting the New Zealand sailing scene on fire with its exciting speeds and record breaking results, TeamVodafoneSailing, has arrived in Australia in preparation for its assault on Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 day 2 - All guns blazing
The PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011 experienced incredible weather conditions on day two with 20 knots of wind, blazing sun and turquoise waters that allowed Jose Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa to bulldoze their way through the single elimination. Consistent conditions allowed the remaining heats of the single elimination and the opening heats on the men's double elimination to be completed.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships 2011 - The battle rages on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships 2011 experienced a tense morning on day three as they waited to see if there would be any racing for the day in Medemblik, Holland. The 92 teams from 26 nations had already been through two hard days of qualifying and today was meant to mark the end of the qualification phase, but after waiting until 1400 hours the Race Committee decided to cancel all races... [more]
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International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 day 1
Mary Reddyhoff,
The International OK Dinghy World Championship 2011's first day welcomed sixty-six sailors from three continents to Largs Sailing Club on the west coast of Scotland to participate in the 49th ‘Scotty Brand' World Championship. The practice race was scheduled to commence at 1400, but a flat sea and limp flags was the view from the balcony of Largs Sailing Club at 1300.... [more]
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420 Open and Ladies Open European Championships 2011 day 1
420 Sailing,
The 420 Open and Ladies European Championships 2011's first day dawned with an overcast sky, the first for several weeks, before the usual blue sky kicked in, whilst the wind struggled to sustain itself. With a final entry of 77 entries in the Open fleet and 62 entries in the Ladies fleet, both divisions have been split into a blue and yellow fleet.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy images by Guido Trombetta
Studio Borlenghi images,
The Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 has now come to a close in Cagliari, Sardinia. This gallery of action images is by photographer Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi... [more]
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Doyle Sails Trophy win to Another Fiasco
Ian Grant,
Damien Suckling steered the Scott Jutson designed Another Fiasco to a 27 second corrected handicap win to keep his prospects of winning the Whitsunday Sailing Club Doyle Sails Trophy alive on Pioneer Bay last week. The Another Fiasco crew better known for their Performance handicap win in the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart race are generally more suited to racing on the longer offshore courses.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - Audi Sailing Team victorious
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - If red and blue were the dominant primary colours in the 52 Series, there was simply no stopping the green Iberdrola Sailing Team in the 40 Series. Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) and his Spanish crew reigned supreme with five race wins from seven starts at the Soto 40's first regatta in Italy.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds: Swings and Shifts for the NZers on Day 2
Graeme Robinson,
Napier Sailing Club member, Graeme Robinson reports from the Flying Fifteen Worlds in Hayling Island, where he and James Sandall were leading the event after the first day of racing. Now with three races completed they have slipped to fifth on the points table after Day 2 of the Flying 15 World Championships at Hayling Island SC.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 final day preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - Having last night put their faith in today's Mistral, Schuemann and Col, have their wishes fulfilled today as the powerful NWíly breeze appears to be building as per the forecast. With a final day lead of 8.5 points the best situation for the Franco-German team, in terms of securing the regatta win, would be for there to be one race or no races today.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championship 2011 – Great practice day
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championship 2011 - The day was characterised by low key intensity. No bother, no hassle, just everyone calmly getting on with it. Final 50 boats registered with the queue never longer than five at its peak flow, first briefings held for the full safety teams and coaches, sailors doing final checks and the race committee laying the practice course... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 images by Studio Borlenghi
Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 images by photographers Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships
International Laser Class Association,
Laser Standard Youth & Radial Men World Championships, La Rochelle, France. A WNW breeze of 14-16 knots with gusts up to 18 knots and a beautiful sunshine added up to a great day on water. Two good races were run again for all fleets.... [more]
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Penutlimate day 4 sets up for thrilling finish at Techno Worlds
David Wells,
Day 4 at the Techno Worlds and as the sailors rigged up for racing the fog itself was racing towards Alcatraz. Adam Purcell (GBR 62) is doing his part to keep things interesting in the boy's Under 17 division.... [more]
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Governor's Cup down to the final four
Nancy Mellon,
Governor's Cup. The Semi-Finals were organized for the top four teams, and the first race was held. The first place team was able to choose their first opponent from the other three teams. Only one race of the Semis was held as the wind faded.... [more]
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470 Class Junior World Championships day 2 lead to British
Rick van Wijngaarden,
Day two of the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships in Medemblik. The Men/Mixed Fleet is split into two divisions of 30 boats. Two race wins by British team Phil Sparks and David Kohler suggests they dominated the day, although they didn't take the lead until the very end of race one.... [more]
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