Kiwis in Medal hunt at Pre-Olympics...Emirates Team NZ on top in Cascais...Full video replays from AC45s

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 12 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 11 August 2011

Oracle Racing Spithill in race one on day three of the first America's Cup World Series event. 10/8/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 11 August 2011

Emirates Team NZ continues to dominate at the America's Cup World series in Cascais. We will have full updates later today on

For the second consecutive day, the Emirates Team NZ earned maximum points, after beating Artemis Racing in a match racing duel for first place.

Probably the surprising aspect of the series to date is the performance of many of the newer teams, who have proved to be more than capable of their task - and can easily mix it with the more established teams, who were expected to enjoy an initial advantage at least - as the newbies got to grips with the wingsailed AC45's.

Emirates Team New Zealand in race three on day three of the first America's Cup World Series event.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In this edition of Sail-World we have featured two stories with links to the full replays of the last two days racing, which are good viewing, particularly the first - which is just onboard audio and video coverage. You can have the privilege of sailing a race with Russell Coutts, and then switch boats, and sail with Dean Barker in the same race. Sounds weird, but it works - and is a great insight into how two great America's Cup sailors run their races.

The second day's replay features the new graphics overlaid on live video, that have been a much vaunted part of the 34th America's Cup.

Star class, Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  © Ingrid Abery

In Weymouth, England the NZL Sailing Team are in action in the Olympic Test Event/Pre-Olympics. Going into the final day, Andrew Murdoch was the best performed of the NZers, holding a two point lead going into the Medal Race in the Mens Singlehander (Laser). We will update on final day's racing on

Buzianis and Albeau hit the gybe - PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup 2011  © John Carter / PWA

Emirates Team NZ has had a better day in the Extreme 40's sailing in Cowes, after yesterday's racing was blown out. There looked to be a repeat of the same conditions for a second day - however latest reports have it that condition eased, and racing took place - finishing at 7.00pm, with crowds packing the foreshore.

Again we will update later today on

The fleet at the start of leg 2 - La Solitaire du Figaro 2011  Artemis Offshore Academy

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Fisher's View: Day Six – Belle jour with Loick Peyron
Bob Fisher,
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Stephen Prinselaar,
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - GBR medal count rises
Lindsey Bell,
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Chay Blyth 40th anniversary
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Warren Douglas,
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America's Cup: Watch the World Series live on Sail-World
Richard Gladwell,
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Extreme sailing Series: Live Race Viewer - Catch the action at Cowes
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images
Ingrid Abery,
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420 European championships day 2 – Heavy weather sailing suits Aussies
Peter Campbell,
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470 Junior Europeans Championships day 2 another big wave day
International 470 Class Association,
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Aboard Team Vodafone Sailing ORMA 60 Trimaran
Ian Thomson,
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 3 now available
Richard Gladwell,
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America's Cup: Green Comm improves on Day 3 of AC World Series
Pierre Orphanidis,
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NZL Sailing Team: Battle lines drawn for Kiwi Gold in Pre-Olympics
Jodie Bakewell-White,
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Weymouth and Portand International Regatta day 4 Finns
Robert Deaves,
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ sets pace on Day 1 of Match Racing
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Extreme, dangerous, and cancelled
Extreme Sailing Series,
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images by Ingrid Abery
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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 09 August 2011 covering the racing in Cascais... [more]
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Ian Roman,
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Robert Deaves images,
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Jodie Bakewell-White,
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - The descent on the leaderboard
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cowes has recovered from the drama that just yesterday cart-wheeled the Extreme 40 Aberdeen Asset Management. It has also a day that many well-known faces from the world of sailing and sport dropped by to sail on board as a fifth man guest or just enjoy the atmosphere.... [more]
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America's Cup Emirates Team NZ calls for vote on website dispute
Warren Douglas,
Following a mediation session convened yesterday between the parties, Emirates Team New Zealand wants all challengers for the 34th America's Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America's Cup content mirrored with the 34th America's Cup site.... [more]
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Bruno Peyron of Energy Team talks AC World Series
Pierre Giboire,
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New Zealand wins 50th UK Open Optimist National Championship
Sarah Alexander,
The 50th Volvo Gill Optimist National and Open Championship came to a close today (Friday 5th August) after a week of fantastic sailing in a mixture of racing conditions. The week started light with no wind for the 450 sailors but increased as the week progressed. Racing finished today with sunshine but challenging conditions and 30-40 degree shifts.... [more]
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