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 04 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 August 2011

O'Shea Butler (NZL) prepares for the Splash Worlds in the Czech Republic  O'Shea Butler
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 August 2011

This afternoon, in deepest Mt Wellington, twice winner of the Round the World race, Ross Field announced that Buckley Systems would be sponsor of his, and son Campbell's, entry in the Global Ocean Race.

The two handed, five stop race gets underway at the end of September in Spain and will stop over in Wellington at Christmas.

For Bill Buckley, founder of Buckley Systems this is yet another major contribution to New Zealand sport, and one which stands an excellent chance of success. The Fields' boat finished second in the inaugural two-handed Global Ocean Race. She is designed by Guillaume Verdier, now a member of Emirates Team NZ's design group.

We have the background to this New Zealand flagged challenge in today's edition of Sail-World.

BSL Global Ocean Race entry to be crewed by Ross and Campbell Field  

First test for Buckley Systems will be the Fastnet Race starting in just over a week, where she will come up against almost 40 of the Class40 rule yachts designed to a box rule, with cost restrictions. In the Global Ocean Race the racing is a test of sailing and seamanship rather than chequebooks and technology.

We are pleased to be able to feature the first edition, well third really, of Inclusive, the new Yachting New Zealand newsletter aimed at sailors with disabilities. It is a great publication, with plenty of news about all manner of disabled sailing activities and achievements. Did you know that New Zealand had qualified for the 2012 Paralympics in two of the three events? And that one of those sailors, who qualified the event for NZ, used to be a top Flying Dutchman sailor? You didn't? Well read on...

Elliott 6m fleet ready for Olympic Women's Match Racing - Weymouth & Portland International Regatta  Elliott 6m Sailing

In this edition we have compiled a series of five videos posted over the past week on the Volvo Ocean Race website. Three of the skippers talk about their entries and the issues that lie ahead of them. We have two walk-throughs on a Volvo 70 – with Mike Sanderson conducting one tour, and Richard Mason doing the same with Ericsson, one of the competitors in the previous edition of the race. Unlike a lot of other video material that is appearing on the internet of late, these videos do tell a story, and do hold a shot for more than a few seconds.

The Today Show with Hannah White, along with all other multimedia content, will now be available through the World Match Racing Tour's iTunes vodcast site.  © Chris Davies/WMRT

At Sail-World, we've simplified our submission system – so you have no reason now, for not submitting stories and images from your regatta, class or sailing experience. Since we started this service, on the New Zealand website alone, we have received almost 500 stories from readers and class publicity officers.

Sail-World is New Zealand's most popular single sports website and we are pleased to be able to offer classes, events and sailors the opportunity to connect directly with our audience. All that is required is just a few clicks of the mouse...

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing starts their 2000 mile Volvo Ocean Race qualifying sail from Cascais, Portugal  Volvo Ocean Race ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Women's Match Racing event first to set sail at Olympic test event
Elliott 6m Sailing,
The Women's Match Racing competition is the first Olympic Sailing Event to set sail at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta when the Round Robin stage commences on Tuesday 2 August. The fleet of brand new Elliott 6m boats has been prepared over the last month. Teams from 12 nations will compete in a round robin, the top eight will go through to quarter, semi and final stages.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Inclusive Sailing News for 4 August 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Inclusive News: YNZ's newsletter that is specific to the NZ community for sailors with a disability. This is a monthly newsletter compiled with content from YNZ affiliated clubs and associations, and will include news, information, events, best practice, and anything else relevant to sailors with a disability.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour brings fans closer to action with iTunes
Fans of the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier match racing series, can now download all the latest top-quality multimedia content from the Tour from iTunes. Whether it's onboard footage from the thick of the racing, a venue profile, in-depth interviews with the sailors or the Tour's flagship magazine shows The Morning Show and The Today Show, you can now download the content for free on... [more]
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Laser Heavy Weather Slalom day 1 - Thrills and spills
Michelle Slade,
Laser Heavy Weather Slalom 2011 - Day one of the Laser Slalom 2011 threw contenders a relatively easy time, starting in a breeze in the high teens, a flood tide and flat water - conditions that prevailed for the first part of racing. But by late afternoon the usual San Francisco breeze was back hitting the low to mid-20s.... [more]
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Volvo Videos: Latest updates from the Volvo Ocean Race
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Five excellent videos from the Volvo Ocean Race: Go aboard with Puma's Ken Read on the Trans Atlantic Race; Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya gives us, and a Chinese crew member an induction tour of the boat; Rob Greenhalgh explains a day's game plan aboard Abu Dhabi as they race against time; Lest we forget it is like down below a Volvo 70, Richard Mason gives an onboard tour and more...... [more]
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Buckley Systems backs Fields for two-handed Global Ocean Race
Ross Field and Bill Buckley will team up again to conquer the sailing world in the Global Ocean Race. BSL, Buckley's company today announced a sponsorship deal to support Ross and Campbell Field's campaign to take on 14 other teams in the double-handed, Class40 race.... [more]
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Four NZers to compete at 2011 Splash Class Worlds in Lipno
O'Shea Butler,
There is little over a week to go before Splash sailors from all over the world flock to Lake Lipno, Czech Republic to compete at the 2011 Splash/Flash World Championships, an event likely to host over 150 sailors. Located in Southern Czech, the event is likely to be plagued by fickle winds and testing conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from training day - Cascais, Portugal
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water at Cascais, Portugal, and presents a second gallery of images, as more of the teams stretched their legs in the AC45 catamarans, and took part in some trial racing, ahead of the series start on Saturday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Cascais - Ahu Dhabi at pace
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from an aerial shoot with Volvo Ocean Race entry, Abu Dhabi in Cascais, Portugal, as she sets off on her 2,000nm qualifying sail. Abu Dhabi is skippered by Ian Walker (GBR)... [more]
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America's Cup: Carrie Howe the only woman sailor in the ACWS
Pierre Orphanidis, Green Comm,
Carrie Howe is not only the only woman in Green Comm Racing, she is also the only woman sailor taking part in the 34th America's Cup. Right after the first day of sailing, Carrie talks about her impressions, her aspirations and advice to young sailor girls.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 2
Dana Paxton,
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, day two has witnessed the Women's Match Racing round robin take place at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event, in Weymouth, U.K. with Sally Barkow's Team 7 Match Race now up to five wins, two losses, standing the team in third overall in the round robin.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from training day + first images of China Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water at Cascais, Portugal as more of the teams stretched their legs in the AC45 catamarans, and took part in some trial racing, ahead of the series start on Saturday.... [more]
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ISAF Technical Delegate gives Weymouth venue a big tick + Video
Int Sailing Federation and Sail-World,
Interview with one of two ISAF Technical Delegates attending the 2011 Olympic Test event at Weymouth, UK. David Kellett (AUS) says 'The venue is fantastic. The layout that the RYA were involved in with the Weymouth and Portland people has shown that they were well ahead of the game.' See video of the onshore facilities as well... [more]
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29er European Championships overall
Robert Allan,
29er European Championships held in Brissago, Switzerland attracted 157 boats from 17 countries including Brazil, USA and Australia. 19 boats with three RYA coaches represented GBR. Saturday saw glorious sunshine with very light winds. However on Sunday the weather changed for the worse with torrential rain causing a lack of thermal winds hence no practice race was possible... [more]
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2011-12 North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series - Dates confirmed
Rowdy Leatham,
Dates and Venues for the 2011-12 North Island Paper Tiger Freshwater Series have been finalised. Last year a total of 51 sailors competing, with the overall series winner being decided in the last race of the last regatta with a match race to the finish line. This year's series promises to be hotly contested by boats from throughout NZ... [more]
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Ben Ainslie on the Pre-Olympics
Ben Ainslie,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Ben Ainslie discusses his road to the Olympics. It has been almost two months since the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta ended back in June. In that time I have been focused on training down in the Weymouth and Portland Olympic Venue with my training partner Mark Andrews.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – GBR girls fight back
Lindsey Bell,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor came out fighting on day two of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, winning four straight bouts in the women's match racing preliminary round today, Wednesday 3 August.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Oman Sail returns to Cowes Week
Nicky Moore,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - In less than a weeks time, Oman Sail will be returning to Cowes Week, with their two Extreme 40's Oman Air and The Wave, Muscat competing in the Extreme Sailing Series, an Authentic Omani experience to enjoy at the Extreme Public Race Village, the Oman Air Parade and the chance to win a luxury holiday to Oman, bringing a real flavour of the Sultanate to Cowes.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day - More images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Laser 4.7 World Championships images of the final day's racing by photographer Erik Simonson... [more]
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US Sailing launches new website for 2012 Olympic sailing teams
Dana Paxton,
In the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Sailing has launched a new website that highlights America's sailing athletes' journey to Weymouth, U.K., the location of the sailing competition. The new!website!new, illustrates the U.S. Team's 'Way to Weymouth' and was created in-house at the sport's national governing body in collaborati... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2011 – Nominations invited
International Sailing Federation,
Nominations are now invited for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - First all Australian team to compete
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy - The Audi MedCup Circuit has become fully attuned to Aussie and Kiwi accents over the years but the Region of Murcia Trophy in Cartagena, Spain will welcome the first ever fully Australian team when 'Soto 40 Team Australia' line up to race the Class president's 'Patagonia' at the popular venue in the south of Spain.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - Today big breeze came out to greet the Laser 4.7 Worlds competitors. These kids have created a strong following around the St. Francis Yacht Club and on the shores of Crissy field with their practiced moves on the water, and their tireless determination and gentle demeanors on land.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Artemis Challenge attracts big name stars
Camilla Green,
Cowes Week - Artemis Challenge is set to continue the tradition of attracting big name stars as Ewan McGregor, Zara Phillips and Natalie Pinkham take to the water in 2011. The Artemis Challenge, a high adrenaline 50 mile race around the Isle of Wight to claim a £10,000 charity prize fund, will take place on Wednesday August 10th in the middle of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Laser 4.7 World Championships images of the final day's racing by photographer Erik Simonson.... [more]
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Images of Cascais: Training day in Portugal - NZ, Korea, and France
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Several of the teams entered in the 34th America's Cup were on the water off Cascais, Portugal yesterday, training ahead of the start the the first round of the America's Cup World series on 6 August. Yet to sail are Oracle Racing and Team China.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Opening day Match Racing
International Sailing Federation and Sail-World,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The 12 Women's Match Racing teams put up with light winds on the first day of racing at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. Seven flights consisting of 21 races took place on the opening day featuring teams from Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and USA.... [more]
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US Sailing to conduct independent study on Chicago Race to Mac tragedy
Jake Fish,
The Chicago Yacht Club has requested US SAILING, the National Governing Body of the sport, to conduct an independent study on the capsizing of a competing sailboat on Lake Michigan during a storm at the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac that resulted in the deaths of two sailors on July 18.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 3 - Southampton to Madeira
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Another night of light winds has continued to test the ten teams competing in the race. The tricky sailing conditions have been added to by busy shipping lanes and the depth of water in which anchors had to be dropped in order to prevent boats moving backwards in strong counter currents and no wind.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Competitors duel for King of the Mountain title
MaxComm Communication,
St Moritz Match Race - For the ninth year running, St. Moritz is preparing to welcome the world's top match racers. The competitors will be duelling for the annual Match Race title, a cash prize of 150,000 CHF and – most sought after all – the 'King of the Mountain' title!... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 5
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - The sun has finally made an appearance here on San Francisco Bay for the second to last day of the Laser 4.7 Worlds. The wind has come up moderately from the cloud covered eight to ten knots of the past few days to a consistent 12 knots, with puffs to 20 on an exceptionally clear day.... [more]
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