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 31 Jul 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 31st July 2011

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Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 31st July 2011

The 2011 OK Worlds have concluded in Largs with New Zealand's Greg Wilcox finish fourth overall and Alistair Deaves eighth overall. Interestingly a NZ designed Icebreaker hull won every race, along with NZ made C-Spars.

In Hayling Island, England, the Flying Fifteen Worlds have concluded. The best placed New Zealand crew placed 22nd which is a bit of a drop back from leading after the opening day. We have reports on the event and the other New Zealand placings in this edition of Sail-World.

In San Francisco, the Laser 4.7 Worlds are well under way. The first New Zealand sailor is lying in 12th overall - we have the official reports and results in this newsletter along with reports from Rob Burn, as the New Zealanders come to grips with the vagaries of San Francisco.

Laser 4.7 Worlds 2011  Erik Simonson ©

In Cascais, Portugal the preparations continue for the first event in the America's Cup World Series. It would seem that so far all eight teams are on track to make the event. We have some reports and images from the build up.

China Team emerges - AC World Series - Cascais 2011 -   Gilles Martin-Raget/

The first video has been released of a weekly series, again part of the build up for the 34th America's Cup. Don't miss seeing this 24 minute clip. Details of the TV coverage for the ACWS have not yet been announced, however TVNZ are listed as being a broadcaster. The event, we are assurred will be carried live on the internet.

AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - - Greencom starts working on its boat  Gilles Martin-Raget/

After the loss of life in the Chicago - Mackinac race earlier this month, the event organisers have asked the US national body, US Sailing, to conduct and independent study of what happened in this tragedy. In turn US Sailing have appointed a very well qualified group to undertake this exercise. We have details of the appointments in this newsletter.

Quentel goes over the line covered in spray - PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011  © John Carter / PWA

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Richard Gladwell
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America's Cup: First preview program released online - View here!
The first of a weekly series of programs to be produced for the 34th America's Cup is now online and available for viewing In this edition there is a review of some of the major milestones that have occurred so far in the 34th America's Cup, a look at the atmosphere generated by the last home-town Cup - the 31st America's Cup in Auckland, plus a quick look at Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds Day 2: Current frustrations in San Francisco
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the second day's racing in the Laser 4.7 Worlds in San Francisco: Keith, Trent, Taylor and Liam were all in the first flight, leaving Ryan all alone in the 2nd. Early start today, grey skies and the famous 'Finger of Fog' still hanging over the Golden Gate Bridge and the race area but lighter winds supposedly, leaving the girls to start at 3pm.... [more]
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America's Cup: New TV graphics will be a sporting first
Bernie Wilson, AP,
The yellow first-down line that has become a staple of football broadcasts is coming to the America's Cup. Thanks to improved graphics, viewers sitting in front of their TVs or computer screens will easily be able to tell which boat is ahead, see the line the boats will use as a final guide into the next turning mark and know when the fast 45-foot catamarans are within a certain number of boat... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Can Seve Jarvin do it again this season?
Frank Quealey,
Seve Jarvin goes about his business with a minimum of fuss as he and his team prepares and rigs their ‘Gotta Love It 7' skiff for the day's racing. The 23-year-old has amassed a wonderful record since he first began sailing as a four-year-old, then racing at age five.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 3 - Pin end crowd
Paige Brooks,
While the girls start their second race, a gun at the club goes off indicating it's time for the 112 boys to get their boats from the lawn, down the drive, to the ramp, and off the dock before the girls come in. The boys' yellow and blue fleets started on time at 1400 today; after a recall, the races started under black flag.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Arkadiy Kistanov maintains lead to win
Robert Deaves,
Leading from the first race to the end, Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) kept his head on the final day of the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow to win the Junior World Championship after three more races were sailed. Milosz Wojewski (POL) had a great last day to climb to second overall, while team mate Artur Ponieczynski (POL) dropped one place to take third overall.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship to Nick Craig
Mary Reddyhoff,
OK Dinghy World Championships 2011's final day had the sailors awaking to find that the sun had returned and the temperatures were rising but that there was very little breeze. As the morning went on with little change in the conditions, some competitors started to pack up.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura World Cup day 8 hammers the elite
PWA Fuerteventura World Cup day eight set off with 40 knots of wind hammering Sotavento beach. Full throttle slalom between the marks, dangerous gybes, explosive crashes and insane aerials, the third day of racing had it all. The spectators on the beach were treated to an exciting show and mind-blowing display of slalom talent as the world's finest racers did battle in the crazy conditions.... [more]
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420 Open and Ladies European Championships Overall
420 Sailing,
The 420 Open and Ladies European Championships resulted in a nervous morning for many as they tried to stay calm, not knowing if races would or would not happen as the wind repeated its disappearing act from Thursday. Fortunately, the 2011 edition was concluded with a final race 10 for all fleets as the wind kicked in this afternoon in a five-six knot breeze and slight swell.... [more]
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D-One Gold Cup Day 3: Slingsby speeds into first
Elena Giolai,
The third day's racing at the 2011 D-One Gold Cup in Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda has resulted in the second edition being declared a great success. With only one day remaining, the fleet will go into the final day knowing that there will be double points at stake.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds on San Francisco Bay - More images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
The Laser 4.7 Worlds are underway on San Francisco Bay. More action images by Erik Simonson.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
The Laser 4.7 Worlds are underway on San Francisco Bay and photographer Erik Simonson presents these images from the days action.... [more]
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D-One Gold Cup: Tom Slingsby capsizes and goes on to win + Videos
Pierre Orphanidis,
The second day's racing on the 2011 D-One Gold Cup in Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda produced yet another thrilling duel between Australian Tom Slingsby and Great Britain's Nick Thompson. 'Ora', the local southerly breeze, started at 16 knots and dropped to 12 in the second race. Slingsby scored an incredible come-from-behind win in the first race... [more]
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race images from yachting photographer Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds - It's all about the shifts
Paige Brooks,
At the Laser 4.7 World Championships, the St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee is alternating the girls and boys fleets, 165 competitors in total, on a daily basis. This morning was overcast with increased wind from yesterday, ranging from 15-22 knots, and shifty.... [more]
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Chicago Yacht Club asks US SAILING to review Mackinac 2011
Chicago Yacht Club,
After two sailors' lives were lost during the recent Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Commodore Joseph Haas of the Chicago Yacht Club, the race's organizer, asked US SAILING to conduct an independent study of what happened. On July 28 Gary Jobson, the President of US SAILING, appointed the Independent Review Panel for the 2011 Mackinac Race, and directed it to consider what lessons might... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships–Skandia Team GBR claim podium positions
Matt Carter,
470 Junior World Championships - Skandia Team GBR sailors have claimed podium positions in both the men's and women's Championships.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - 470 fleet well prepared
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The 116 470 sailors comprising of 32 male teams and 26 females teams head to Weymouth well prepared following the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Eight of the world's top ten Men's 470 teams will sail in the 32 boat fleet at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.... [more]
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NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 4 and 5
John Jennings,
Report from the NZL team in Singapore for the Optimist Asian Champs - Day 4 and 5: All smiles in the kiwi camp on arrival at NSC as welcomed by a solid 12-15 kts Racing got away on schedule with Sam Simpson first to show conditions more to his liking with a good 12th despite having started the day face first in the little room.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships day 1– Revised placings
Peter Campbell,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - The sailors who originally were placed first and second in overall standings after the first two races for the Laser 4.7 boys world championship have been declared OCS in the second race of the day.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds: A new World Champion with a race to spare
Graeme Robinson,
Napier Sailing Club member, Graeme Robinson reports from the Flying Fifteen Worlds in Hayling Island: Last night, the new Flying Fifteen World Champions, Graham Vials and Chris Turner were honoured at the prizegiving hosted by the Hayling Island Sailing Club. After winning Race 9 earlier in the afternoon they had the luxury of sitting out the final race... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy overall
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 - A return to Cagliari, this time in the height of summer, and light sea-breezes might have been expected of the capital of Sardinia, but for the Region of Sardinia Trophy, a brisk Mistral blew on most days.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show – on show in Sydney
Making its presence felt this year at the Sydney International Boat Show, NZ Marine representatives are spruiking their own event – highlighting the various facets of this year's show and all the many reasons to head to Auckland in September, including the Rugby World Cup 2011.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 Worlds Day 1: A sunny cold windy welcome from San Francisco
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the first day's racing in the Laser 4.7 Worlds in San Francisco: There are parts that look just like Wellington...honest... So windy, so warm, so cold, I can't remember when I have been fried to a crisp while freezing......Mark Twain was right when he famously said 'the coldest Winter I ever had was Summer in San Francisco'.... [more]
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Trans Tasman Tri Challenge on Sydney Harbour
Kim Schwartz,
Trans Tasman Tri Challenge - Well known supermaxi sailor Sean Langman's latest toy, an Orma 60 Trimaran from Europe called Team Australia, and New Zealand sistership TeamVodafoneSailing will line up tomorrow afternoon, 29 July, on Sydney Harbour for a spectacular race dubbed the Trans Tasman Tri Challenge... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships - And they're off
Paige Brooks,
The first day of the 4.7 Worlds comes to a close here at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. In the girls' second race the wind picked up, and the starts got hairy. After the Race Committee posted a black flag start, 18 boats were called OCS. The boys, who finished racing just after 4pm, found again that the current, this time ebbing.... [more]
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PWA Grand Slam Sotavento Fuerteventura day 6 highs and lows
Ed Sinclair,
The opening round of slalom was filled with highs and lows. Disaster struck for Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) and Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) in their opening races. By the semi-finals the sailors were really fired up and willing to work hard for their place in the winner's final.... [more]
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McConaghy - Fastest and fastest All4One TP52
McConaghy Boats,
McConaghy built the Audi sailing team powered by All4One TP52 in 62 days (under nine weeks) - the fastest build in the class history. Now the same TP52 is the fastest boat on the water, beating the the fiercely competitive TP52 Audi Med Cup fleet in the Region of Sardinia Trophy and winning the event by a commanding nine points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica qualifier halfway mark
Team Telefonica,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Spanish boat 'Telefónica' has now completed over half of the 2,000 mile qualifier after setting off from Marina Rubicón on Monday. The Spanish boat, skippered by Olympic champion Iker Martínez and with the VOR 2011-12 crew in its entirety on board, is now sailing at average speeds of 15 knots, some 160 miles to the South of the Island of Sao Miguel.... [more]
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420 Open and Ladies European Championships day 4
Luissa Smith,
420 Open and Ladies European Championships 2011 - On day four the challenge for some was to remain focused after yesterday's lay day spent relaxing. With the six-race qualification series completed and the Open and Ladies fleets seeded into gold and silver after Monday's racing, it was back into battle.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships day 7 - Sweden and Germany hold on
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships have come to a close in Medemblik. It has been a week of overwhelming winds, that finally changed to suitable breezes for the Medal Races that would decide the winners of the 60-boat Men's/Mixed fleet and the 32 Women's teams. Although the British teams put up a good fight, Sweden and Germany held on to the win.... [more]
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Flying 15 World Championship - New Champions Vials and Turner
Gerald New,
The Flying 15 World Championship 2011 title has now been decided. After finishing fifth in the penultimate race, Graham Vials and Chris Turner took the win and headed back to HISC for an early shower. Mike Hart and Richard Rigg won the first race of the final day, second Greg Wells and Mark Darling and in third Arnaud Biet and Fabien Constant of France.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships day 3 fights shifty weather
Mary Reddyhoff,
On day three of the International OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, raced four had to be abandoned after the fleet was plagued with light winds that kept dying before a race could be completed. Principal Race Officer, Chris Hadden, was forced to fly the N flag on the final attempt.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – The Olympic Test Event
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is part of the London Prepares Series and allows the London 2012 Organizing Committee to test its operations at the WPNSA one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. All of the Olympic sailing events will be contested with nations following games time rules where only one athlete per event is allowed.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race – French duo still capable of victory + Video
World Match Racing Tour,
St Moritz Match Race - France can still win its first match racing world title in 17 years, according to the country's elite performance coach. Marc Bouet, coach to the French Match Racing Team duo of Mathieu Richard and Damien Iehl, said the pair are still capable of victory in the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier match racing series.... [more]
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Flying 15 Worlds: One race on the last day but one
Graeme Robinson,
Napier Sailing Club member, Graeme Robinson reports from the Flying Fifteen Worlds in Hayling Island: Yesterday, it was good to see the other three New Zealand crews ahead of us for a change, in the only race held on the penultimate day of the Flying Fifteen World Championships here at Hayling Island in England.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships preview
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 Worlds - While it is tough to make an accurate prediction as to who will emerge as the top ten racers in the Laser 4.7 Worlds Laser Masters Sailor Tracy Usher believes the recent European Championships will be a good indicator. Several of the top-placed finishers in the European Laser 4.7 Championships flew across the pond last week to prepare for the Worlds here in San Francisco.... [more]
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