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 21 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 21 August 2011

Taylor Burn, 2011 Splash Worlds  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 21 August 2011

New Zealand has another World Champion, this time in the form of Taylor Burn, who has won the 2012 Splash Worlds at Lake Lipno, Czech Republic - and done so with a convincing margin.

In this edition we have the report from the the final day of the Worlds from Rob Burn, who has been with the team from San Francisco at the Laser 4.7 Worlds through to the Splash Nationals and then the Worlds.

We've been a bit remiss in not running Rob's excellent reports from the Czech Nationals and 2012 Worlds, but have caught up in this edition, with three stories covering the Nationals, Worlds and Final Day of the Worlds. All with some great images. Rob calls them his postcards, and indeed they are.

Rambler100 moored in Baltimore. Anne Minahane  

There's a very interesting story in the aftermath of the Rambler capsize - involving some vital pre-race training the the whole crew went through. Clearly this training made the difference, and saved the lives of several of the crew. Make sure you read and have a think about your safety training and Plan A and Plan B's etc. We're picking that there will be quite a lot to come out of this incident, both in terms of what worked and what could have been better. However the bottom line, is that if a crew of top professionals on a top, well funded boat could go this close to disaster - what about us further down the food chain?

Full marks to owner George David for his proactive stance on safety for this race, and not just doing the minimum required for compliance with the race rules. His actions certainly saved his partner's life, and probably his own and three other crew members plus a couple of others trapped in the boat.

Matthew Stevens - Detroit Cup 2011  Detroit Cup

In Chicago a young New Zealand crew led by Matthew Stevens leads the Detroit Cup an ISAF Grade 2 event, from a second New Zealand crew, led by Laurie Jury - a very familiar name on the international match racing scene. This is a great result for the Wellington match racing program and the result of a lot of hard work by clubs and people behind the scenes. We have reports from the first days of the event in this edition of Sail-World and will be updating on

Wild Oats XI - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day One  Andrea Francolini / Audi ©

Hamilton Island Race Week is underway. We have coverage in this newsletter edition of Sail-World, along with some great image galleries. There's plenty of current and past New Zealand boats competing, and we'll be updating daily on

TeamVodafoneSailing - Hamilton Island Race Week 2011  Crosbie Lorimer

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Taylor Burn becomes New Zealand sailing's latest World Champion
Rob Burn,
Taylor Burn is the latest New Zealand Sailing World Champion. Taylor sailed hard and consistently over a wide range of conditions experienced in the eight races of the 12th Splash Class World Championship. His points tally was just 15 including one discard which gave him a 54 point lead on his closest competitor.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup day 4 and it all changes
Jo Grindley,
At the RC44 Sweden Cup, thirty knot winds and a three metre swells kept the fleet at the dock in Marstrand during the morning but, by 14:00 there was much talk of golf and siestas. Just as the race committee thought the sea state and wind were not going to relent, it all changed.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro - Brits prepare for leg 4 + Video
Artemis Offshore Academy,
Solitaire du Figaro - For the British Artemis Offshore Academy sailors Sam Goodchild (Artemis), Phil Sharp (The Spirit of Independence) and Conrad Humphreys (DMS) this has been their first experience of the Solitaire du Figaro; however, for Nigel King (E-Line Orthodontics) it is his third time in this highly competitive race.... [more]
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Rambler crew received safety training at LRSE
Dan O'Connor,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the crew of Rambler capsized and were subsequently rescued. The entire crew of twenty-one underwent advanced man overboard and safety training just prior to leaving Rhode Island for the Transatlantic Race and the subsequent Rolex Fastnet Race.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro leg 4 preview
La Solitaire du Figaro,
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Musto Skiff UK Nationals Overall
Musto Skiff,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Teams tackle the Doldrums
Heather Ewing,
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Magic Marine RS500 Worlds event summary
Debbie Darling,
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Rolex Fastnet Race lives up to its reputation
Trish Jenkins,
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Rolex Fastnet success for McConaghy
Blue Robinson,
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Splash Worlds: Daily reports from Lake Lipno, Czech Republic
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the Czech Splash Worlds Days 1-4 from Lake Lipno, Czech Republic: First Blood to the Kiwis. Taylor Burn opens his account of the first day of the Splash Class Worlds at Lake Lipno, Czech Republic. Two wins in the first two races, a third in the last race of the day put him 13 points ahead of his nearest rival.... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Stevens and team still on top
Luiz E. Kahl,
Detroit Cup - With three flights left to complete the round-robin and five teams already finished this round, the scores suggest some potential qualifiers are already emerging in the ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup. The uncertainty lies with the weather forecast and how many more flights can be squeezed in to the remaining two days of competition.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Images Day 1
Crosbie Lorimer,
It's hard to imagine a better start for Race Week than today; sun, 25 degrees and just enough breeze to give the fleet a warm up without overstretching those winter-bound muscles. Crosbie Lorimer was on the water following the fleet's trip around Lindeman Island and back through Dent Passage, capturing these images on the way round. [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 1 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 1 images by Andrea Francolini... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day One - right out of the Brochure,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day One - It was a day right out of a Whitsundays Sailing Brochure 10-15 knots and glorious sunshine.... [more]
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Born a New Zealander, but solo teen sailor 'gets no support'
Des Ryan,
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Chicago Match Race Center Grade 2 Invitational wows 30,000+
Chicago Match Race Center,
The Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 2 Invitational now has its official count in and the event last weekend drew a whopping 30,000+ people to Navy Pier, making this one of the most-watched match race sailing events ever held in the United States.... [more]
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A-Class Catamaran World Championship win to Steve Brewin
Thomas Capitani,
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RC44 Sweden Cup day 2 for fleet racing
RC44 Class Association,
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - onboard with Wild Oats XI - New image
Andrea Francolini,
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Rolex Fastnet Race prizegiving ceremony at the Royal Citadel
Trish Jenkins,
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La Solitaire du Figaro leg 3 overall
La Solitaire du Figaro,
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Heather Ewing,
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Detroit Cup – New Zealand's Mathew Steven undefeated
Luiz E. Kahl,
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Etchells NSW States 2011: Pittwater awaits international fleet
Tracey Johnstone,
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Peter Campbell,
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Rob Burn,
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RC44 Sweden Cup - Tumultuous times for the fleet
RC44 Class Association,
At the RC44 Sweden Cup, just after a relaxing morning waiting for the breeze to fill in, the sixteen teams competing were sent afloat after a two hour delay. The breeze stayed long enough to complete one race and it was Team Ceeref who continued their great form to take the only race win of the day.... [more]
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European Youth Sailing Games completed
Elena Giolai,
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Niamh Byrne,
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Rolex Big Boat Series introduces the 'Fast Forties' Class
Barby MacGowan,
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Rolex Fastnet Race - First double win in 50 years
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler owner and crew interviewed in Baltimore
Southern Star, Ireland,
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Government of Canada Supports 2011 Cork OCR and International Regatta
Canadian Heritage Media,
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