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 28 Jul 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 28th July 2011

AC World Series - Cascais 2011 -   Gilles Martin-Raget/
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 28th July 2011

Once again there is plenty of action in this edition of Sail-World.

The Flying Fifteen Worlds continue in Hayling Island, with the wind not playing ball. We have the official reports, plus Graeme Robinson continues his excellent series on the New Zealander's fortunes.

From North America - San Francisco to be specific - there is a report from the Laser 4.7's as they start their Worlds - and had the privilege earlier in the week as the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made a flying visit - taking in the Technos at Chrissie Field as well. John Key also checked out the proposed America's Cup base area in San Francisco.

In Singapore, the New Zealand Optimist team are in action in the Asian Optimist Championships - we have a report on the first couple of days. Another group of Optimist sailors are on a training tour of USA and Europe ahead of the Worlds in Napier in December - they report in and we have links to their blogs, so you can stay up to date with their progress.

International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011 Day 2  Alan Henderson

In Largs, Scotland, the OK Worlds are in their third day with two New Zealanders competing. Greg Wilcox leads. We don't have an overnight report - as there was no sailing. But we do feature coverage from the first two days in this edition of Sail-World. Stay up to date with this regatta on

Over the next few days three substantial events get underway in England and Europe - being the Pre-Olympics at Weymouth, and then on 6 August the Extreme 40's start in Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (but it's not really part of England, as the locals are quick to point out).

AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - Aleph Shakedown   Gilles Martin-Raget/

In Cascais, Portugal the first round of the America's Cup World Series gets underway on the same day.

In this edition of Sail-World we have previews of three events. The PR machines are running hot from both the catamaran events as they try and take the high ground ahead of their regattas.

Certainly the America's Cup World Series is not assured of centre-stage in this period - that is their choice, as they came into the sailing game preferring this time-slot to avoid a clash with an RC44 event later in August.

Extreme Sailing comes to Cowes, Isle of Wight, in 2011  Extreme 40s©

Despite widespread speculation there has been no further fall-out from the America's Cup ranks since the summary dismissal of Venzia Challenge (Italy), by America's Cup Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club. The next milestone looms on 1 August with the requirement to pay a USD 100,000 entry fee.

Further to our earlier story about the Seven Feet Cup in Vladivostok Russia, we have an explanation from Andy Pilcher of Doyle Sails as to some background on the event, and how it got its name.

Cascais 2011 - Energy Team Shakedown   Gilles Martin-Raget/

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ look forward to World Series opener
Warren Douglas and Sail-World,
The America's Cup takes a step into the future in Portugal next month as teams race in the first AC45 World Series multihull regatta. EmiratesTeam New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton says the event will be unlike any America's Cup regatta in the past. 'Eight 45ft wingsail multihulls will be at the start line, courses will be unlike the standard upwind, downwind configurations... [more]
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Top Olympians and World Champions in Extreme Sailing Series Cowes
Extreme Sailing,
The Extreme Sailing Series is once again in coming to Cowes. Despite the unnecessary clash of dates with the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais, all 11 series teams will be present including Emirates Team NZ and Artemis Racing, with a top class line up of sailors from 15 nations with participation in 30 Olympic Games and 82 World Championships between them.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds Day 6: Leaders extend on sole race of penultimate day
Gerald New,
lying 15 World Championships at Hayling Island SC have continued in the finals phase with the main Worlds fleet completing one race which was won by Graham Vials and Chris Turner. Second was Ian Cleaver and Steve Milne, third Brett Dingwall and Jonathan Clark. Vials and Turner now have a 15 point lead ahead of Mike and Gemma McIntyre, with two more races possible... [more]
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Energy Team: 10 days to start of America's Cup World Series
Energy Team,
The French challenger for the 34th America's Cup, ENERGY TEAM has its base set up just ten miles from Cascais, near the Belem Tower at the entrance to the Tage, close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The team led by Loïck and Bruno Peyron has been in possession of their AC45 since 20th July and have been out training each day preparing for the first leg of the AC World Series... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura World Cup day 5 finishes on high
PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2011's fifth and final day for the freestyle fleet reached its end on a high after witnessing both Taty Frans and Laure Treboux spin their way into first place in the super-session. The sailors were greeted with winds blowing 20-25 knots for their final day in Fuerteventura.... [more]
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RORC Channel Race preview
Royal Ocean Racing Club,
The RORC Channel Race is set to begin on Saturday, July 30th with the first warning signal to be at 0850. The Flexi Course is designed to last 24-36 hours starting and finishing in the Solent. Sunburn rather than windburn could well be a factor for this weekend's RORC Channel Race, 98 yachts are entered and no doubt valuable experience will be on offer prior to the biggest race of the RORC Season.... [more]
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NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 2 and 3
John Jennings,
Report from the NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 2 and 3: Day opened with a stiff breeze whilst rigging up but quickly disappeared and led to a brief hold on shore.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Seven extreme days at Cowes
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 will take place at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with 48 of the world's very best sailors. Twelve teams and sailors from 15 nationalities will be on the startline in Cowes for the only UK stopover on the 2011 circuit. The Extreme Village will once again be at Egypt Point.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Finn and Star Fleets
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - An experienced field of Star and Finn sailors will head to Weymouth to test the venue of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. A whole host of former World Champions, Olympic medallists and seasoned Star sailors will make up the 24-boat fleet at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show begins, 10am Thursday 28 July
Media Services,
The largest boat show in the southern hemisphere will open at 10 am Thursday 28 July. Boasting more than 28,000msq of undercover exhibits, plus a specially built marina that hosts more than 200 large vessels, more than 70,000 visitors are expected during the 5 days of the show.... [more]
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Yachtshare comes on board with Laser Radial sailor, Miranda Powrie
Miranda Powrie,
One of New Zealand's top Laser Radial sailors, Miranda Powrie has announced a new sponsor for her 2012 Olympic campaign. Yachtshare, a pleasure craft leasing company have recently announced that they will be getting behind my campaign to be selected for the Olympics with a generous donation.... [more]
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Glenn Bourke interview
Rachele Vitello,
Meeting with Glenn Bourke it's not an easy task, he's not unfriendly, on the contrary, he was happy to talk to us, and it's not even the ten hours time difference the obstacle...he is just so busy with his ‘new' job. After winning three Laser World Titles, Glenn Bourke today is the General Manager of the Hamilton Island resort.... [more]
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Seven Feet Cup and Vladivostok remembered
Andy Pilcher,
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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Flying 15 Worlds: Light winds on Day 5 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 5 of the Flying 15 World Championships at Hayling Island SC, England.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 27 July 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 20 - Working up in Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 26 July 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images from Cascais - Aleph and Energy Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents a second galley of images as the AC45's of the two French teams Aleph and Energy Teamwarm up ahead of the first event in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Cascais - Aleph and Energy Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents this galley of images as the AC45's of the two French teams Aleph and Energy Teamwarm up ahead of the first event in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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Kiwis on Tour: San Francisco - John Key and Laser 4.7's + Video
Rob Burn,
On a whistle stop tour of the United States, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key made a special stop through San Francisco, and Rob Burn sent this report after the NZL sailors 4.7 North Americans success: Taylor Burn and his team mates, Ryan Amlehn of Nelson and Liam MacDonald of Auckland have been on the water working hard trying to get a grip on the San Francisco currents.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy marks 1 year to go
Katie Holmes,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has released a series of new aerial images taken of the award winning sports venue to mark the landmark date of one year to the Games today, July 27... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing announce team for Cascais
Jennifer Hall,
With ten days until the start of the inaugural America's Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta in Cascais (Portugal), Artemis Racing is pleased to announce the team's crew for this event. The Artemis Racing shore team has arrived in Cascais to begin building the base and preparing the AC45 catamaran, which left Valencia by truck on 22 July... [more]
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Volvo D-One Gold Cup preview
D-One Sailing,
Volvo D-One Gold Cup - The D-Ones will undoubtedly put on a spectacular show in Lago di Garda in this second edition of the Gold Cup, the highest-level regatta of the innovative and high-performance single-handed dinghy with mainsail and gennaker, designed by Luca Devoti. The event has summoned more than 40 skippers from various nations at the Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda.... [more]
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German 18ft Skiff Grand Prix at Travemunde
Frank Quealey,
Jarrod Simpson was the master of the light and shifty winds and took the championship with two wins and a third placing in the three races contested by the 10-boat fleet.... [more]
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All Girl fundraising crew prepares for Summer season
All Girl Crew Media,
Twenty women from NSW and VIC have joined forces forming an All Girl Crew (AGC). The women who have come together as the 'Sisterhood', out of a love and passion for sailing will participate in a lengthy and intensive training program coached by professional sailor and 17 times Sydney to Hobart and America's Cup participant, Matt Pearce, along with sailing instructor Jean Cane.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships day 1 registration
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 Worlds sailors and their entourages from around the world have trickled in to practice, measure in, and register. Racing commences July 28. 165 girls and boys from 28 countries (and 25 coach boats), most with more than one representative are gathering at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.... [more]
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Flying 15 World Championship Day 5 racing abandoned
Gerald New,
Flying 15 World Championship all racing abandoned for the day - Tuesday 26 July.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup opens with local sailors taking early lead
Corinne McKenzie,
The 2011 Finn Silver Cup for the Jorg Bruder Trophy was officially opened on Monday in Moscow with the raising of the flags from Russia, the Moscow School Khlebnikovo, and the Finn class. The Junior World championship returns to Moscow after four years, welcoming 38 sailors from 14 countries and three continents.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships day 2 in paradise

The International OK Dinghy World Championships day two was yet another day in paradise abundant with blue skies, bright sunshine, and temperatures in the 20s. Many of the sailors commented on how they were running low on summer clothing as they had packed initially expecting it to be cold and rainy.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships day 5
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships experienced the Swedes bullet to the top on a race day that was frustratingly filled with light winds and rain. This was breakthrough day for the Swedes, who again demonstrated their prowess in the light airs despite being one of the heaviest and tallest of the 92 teams competing in Medemblik.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Competitive Laser fleet
International Sailing Federation,
Over 100 Laser and Laser Radial sailors will make the trip to Weymouth and Portland for the Olympic Test Event, as the sailors' countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Fifty six Laser sailors and forty nine Laser Radial sailors will represent their nation in a bid to get the upper hand on Olympic waters with one year to go.... [more]
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Southern Spars take top three overall in the Region of Sardinia Trophy
Southern Spars congratulate the Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, and complete with a Southern Spars' TPT rig, for obtaining their first victory in an Audi MedCup event on 24 July. After finishing second in two of the MedCup regattas last year, a win was exactly what Jochen Schuemann, Sebastien Col and the international crew needed at the Region of Sardinia Trophy in the Gulf of Cagliari.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships - Sparks and Kohler hang on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The reigning Junior 470 Womens World Champions are Victoria Jurczok and Josephine Bach. Jurczok was relieved the strong winds of the past few days had given way to something lighter, albeit at times it was barely windy enough to fill spinnakers.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships reshuffle of the pack
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The reigning Junior 470 Womens World Champions are Victoria Jurczok and Josephine Bach. Jurczok was relieved the strong winds of the past few days had given way to something lighter, albeit at times it was barely windy enough to fill spinnakers.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds Championship Day 4 - Into the end game
Gerald New,
For Series leaders Vials and Turner it was a great recovery performance. Seventh at the first mark, they misjudged the tide and hit the mark, after turns they were in tenth place. Slowly making places they were able to round the final mark in fourth.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show preview at Sydney
NZ Marine,
The Sydney Boat Show will provide a fitting opportunity to promote the next big maritime event in the South Pacific: the Auckland International Boat Show, 15 to 18 September, in Auckland, New Zealand.... [more]
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