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 02 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 2 August 2011

Over and out from Dunkerbeck - PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2011  © John Carter / PWA
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 2 August 2011

The Laser 4.7 World Championships continue in San Francisco. The New Zealand Team is having its ups and downs - all part of the learning experience for these young sailors. And hopefully, the lessons from their personal and team debriefs will be lessons well learned for the future.

Rob Burn has been keeping us all entertained with his great reports, written in his own inimitable style. Rob does what so few seem to be game to do, which is to realise that while sailing is only a sport, it is also a great lesson in life. Part of life is being able to learn from your mistakes. Another part is being able to laugh at yourself, and see the humour in every situation.

Laser 4.7 Worlds San Francisco, August 2011  Chuck Lantz

We have several of Rob's fine reports in this edition - usually accompanied by some excellent images from San Francisco photographer Chuck Lantz.

In this edition of Sail-World, we have previews of a couple of major events, which get underway later this week, and no doubt we will hear more of a third.

Elliott 6 Olympic Womens Matchracing - Olivia Price (AUS) against Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) in Medemblik - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011  Sander van der Borch ©

The Pre-Olympics get underway in Weymouth in a few days, with the Windsurfers leading the charge. This is really the penultimate event in the build up to the 2012 Olympics - the ISAF Worlds in December in Perth being the last serious crack for all crews.

The first round of the America's Cup World Series also gets underway on 6 August, with a couple of days of practice racing before the Match Racing phase begins on Wednesday. Sailing in Cascais, Portugal, it looks as though there will be the full complement of seven Challenger teams and two Defender teams.

With just three days to go to the start of the ACWS there is still no announcement of public channel television coverage, however we are assured that web based coverage will be available.

Emirates Team New Zealand first training in Cascais  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

Today was also the closing date for the payment of USD100,000 entry fee for the 34th America's Cup. More of that later in the week, we assume.

Off Cowes, Isle of Wight, the Extreme 40's will continue their world circuit of regattas, with 12 teams competing, including four present and past America's Cup teams, and many Olympic and World Champion catamaran sailors. To date all the events in the Extreme 40's have been real spectacles, and we assume that this one will be no different. There is no live coverage, but we expect the usual excellent clips of the racing on YouTube.

All of this will be covered on www.sail-world.com on a daily basis - which is going to be quite a task editorially, but we'll deliver it for you.

Emirates Team NZ's AC45 is assembled - AC World Series - Cascais 2011 -   Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

This weekend will really be the beginning of what will be a sleigh-ride of sailing coverage - running for the next 12 months - with the Olympics, Extreme 40's, America's Cup World Series, Volvo Ocean Race and World Match Racing Tour.

At Sail-World we had an all-time record month in July - smashing our records for Unique Viewers and Visits.

Yes, it was an even bigger month than February 2010 - when Larry Ellison's giant trimaran went head to head with Ernesto Bertarelli's catamaran to contest the America's Cup. Also in July we twice broke our previous record for viewers per day.

Whatever major event you want to follow in sailing - we'll have it all on Sail-World, with an editorial team, spread around the world, that is on deck 24x7.

Cranking the gybes - PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2011  © John Carter / PWA

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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Laser 4.7 Worlds Day 5: Going all Biblical
Rob Burn,
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Optimist Open and National Championships – Tricky shifts on day 1
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Living Doll IRC overall winner
Di Pearson,
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 21 - In Cascais
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Rob Burn,
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The Aussies prepare
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Olympic Test Regatta - Skandia Team GBR prepares to do battle
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Monsoon Cup 2010 Delivers
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Laser Radial Youth World Championships day 6
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Zoe Hawkins and Sail-World,
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Record fleet for Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011
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Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship video
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Di Pearson,
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Volvo D-One Gold Cup - Tom Slingsby takes top spot
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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 11.am 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,
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