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 23 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 23 August 2011

Rambler before righting - Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland  Baltimore Sea Safari
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 23 August 2011

In our last edition of Sail-World's NZ newsletter we reported Taylor Burn's win in the World Splash Championships in the Czech Pepublic.

Another New Zealand sailor, Scott Leith pre-dated that win, when Leith successfully defended his World Laser Masters Championship title in San Francisco. While we carried reports of the Masters Worlds in Sail-World, we are now able to bring you a report on the efforts and success of the 16 strong New Zealand team at the Laser Masters Worlds, which culminated in the World title win.

The Rambler capsizing continues to make the news. In this edition we feature a photo sequence of the New Zealand built yacht being righted in Barley Cove, Co. Cork. It wasn't a straight forward operation, taking several attempts. The extent of the damage to the yacht can be clearly seen - although the hull itself seems to have come through the capsize and tow very well.

18ft Skiff International Regatta  Erik Simonson/ ©

Staying with the Rolex Fastnet Race, in this edition of Sail-World, we have featured a four minute video compilation shot from aboard the Farr52, Bob - which takes in the start, rounding Fastnet Rock and more all using 'Rail-Cam'. If you have ever sailed this classic, then enjoy some of the memories. And if you have never sailed it - then this video is as close as you will get. Again this video underlines how easy it is to shoot and produce very viewable video and images - using gear that most of the so-called Facebook generation have as standard kit.

Back to San Francisco, this time for the 18ft skiff regatta, in which two New Zealand plus Australians and US crew are competing. We have daily reports and some great images from Rich Roberts, plus stories of a few of the past champions once more getting a fast ride.

Former World Half Ton Cup winner, Waverider (NZL) - sailing on Day 1 of the Half Ton Classic Cup, Cowes  Fiona Brown ©

We also report on a story that has been building for some months, and which came to a head in early August with major US online and retail chain, West Marine, offering a refund on 13 models of Rocna anchor that were sold by them. The issue over the Chinese manufacture of the New Zealand developed anchors has raged back and forth in the online forums for months, and we believe will be picked up by some very reputable print publications in their September editions.

Shogun and Georgia blast through the rinse cycle - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011  Crosbie Lorimer

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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Georgia on fourth spot mid-way through Hamilton Island Race Week
Zoe Hawkins,
Nearly midway through Hamilton Island Race Week, Georgia is sitting in fourth spot in the IRC Grand Prix division, after consistent performances in three races and, hopefully, breathing space to drop its worst result so far, an eighth in the windward-leeward longhaul course of Saturday's Lindeman Island race.... [more]
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Come and take up the Coastguard Boating Education challenge!
Isabella Hormes,
Coastguard Boating Education will again be running its popular Powerboat Handling Challenge for all those attending the Auckland International Boat Show this year. The Challenge consists of negotiating a tight fl oating course at a low speed aboard a MAC 420 training boat – under the watchful eye of a professional RYA Powerboat Instructor.... [more]
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West Marine offers refunds on Rocna anchors over manufacturing issue
Richard Gladwell,
West Marine, the biggest distributor of Rocna anchors in USA has issued a 'Product Specification Notice' in regard to 13 types of anchors sold by the New Zealand based company. The West Marine notice reads in part: 'One of our suppliers, Rocna, recently notified us that beginning in 2010, their anchors (with the model numbers listed below) were manufactured using a different, weaker grade of steel... [more]
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Images of Barley Cove: Rambler100 righting and pumping out
Baltimore Sea Safaris,
Images of the righting and pumping out of the supermaxi Rambler 100 in Barley Cove, Co Cork, Ireland. The world's fastest supermaxi capsized just five miles away from Fastnet Rock during the Rolex Fastnet Race. All her crew were rescued.... [more]
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Four cubes for New Zealand at the 2011 Laser Masters Worlds
NZ Laser Association,
The 2011 Laser Masters Worlds has finished up in San Francisco with New Zealanders Scott Leith and Ed Tam first and second in the Apprentice Radials, and James Quinn and Mark Page also getting cubes. The Masters were hosted by a very up market but friendly and well organised St Francis Yacht club on the city shoreline between the CBD and the Golden Gate Bridge.... [more]
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2011 SSANZ B&G Simrad 60.... a Young 88 'Tail'
Rick Hackett,
As a little boy (and still today), I loved a story about Scuppers the Sailor Dog. Scuppers wanted to go to sea, and like myself he found a little boat with a sail, that had a hook for his coat, and a hook for his hat, and when it was dark he made his bed and went to sleep. Well he did, however I was on the harbour in this month's Simrad 60, but still with that childhood dream.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy – Tensions rising
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy – A light, slow start to the first morning masks the tensions which are almost inevitably rising among the leading contenders. This time last year there was one dominant team which were odds on for the title. This season, the stifling heat of high summer in Murcia and one of the circuit's most difficult race tracks finds the top teams squeezed ever tighter since Cagliari... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 24 - In Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 22 August 2011 covering the racing in Cascais... [more]
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If you excel under pressure, Stratis can put you in a prime position.
Stephen Prinselaar,
It's been a very exciting few months at Doyle sails loft in Auckland as they start seeing the on-the-water race results of their Stratis sail development progamme currently in two of the world's most significant yachting events – the America's Cup and the Rolex Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Boats fly in big winds
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - From all the screaming spinnaker runs to Double Cone Island in today's fresh sou'easter, David Turton's Mooloolaba based FT10 Likatiger had one of the most exhilarating rides. Starting 25 minutes ahead of Wild Oats XI, Turton and his crew of five had the 33 footer nudging 20 knots and laid it over a couple of times.... [more]
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Oceania Sailing Federation hosts Congress at Pacific Games in Noumea

Oceania Sailing Federtion is hosting its Congress meeting of Oceania National Sailing Organisations in Noumea, New Caledonia during the Pacific Games. The congress will consider strategies for the development of sport in Oceania... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
Christophe Favreau's images from today's 18ft Skiff International Regatta races... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 4 - Loki tears mainsail
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - The wind howled all night and 30 plus knots of south easterly breeze greeted the starters on the race track, packing plenty of punch. Second on the IRC Class A Grand Prix pointscore heading into day four, Stephen Ainsworth's RP63 Loki was the highest profile casualty, less than five minutes after their start in Dent Passage.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Erik Simonson images from day 2 of the 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Day 4 Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
It was a day to test the resolve and endurance of all the crews that were sent off on a long islands course in a heavy duty south easterly, gusting to 30 knots at times. Crosbie Lorimer chased the IRC and Performance fleets down the Whitsunday Passage as they blasted their way north to Double Cone Island. Here are some of his pictures from that wild ride.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Out of control? Not quite
Rich Roberts,
The 18ft Skiff International Regattais being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. The two skippers with three of the wins---Trevor Barnabas on Thurlow Fisher Lawyers from Australia and Howie Hamlin on CST Composites of the USA---aren't immune to the unstable characteristics of the craft they're sailing, which must be comforting to the stragglers.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta San Francisco - Video interviews
Bob Killick,
Micheal Coxon out Trevor Barnabus in and with a bullet in race 2.... Up steps Trevor who came over to San Francisco to enjoy spectating with his family, straight into the danger seat on the wheel of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and nails a bullet in Race 2.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 4 - Wind to 34 knots - First photos,
Plenty of breeze, wind against tide and some serious pressure lines made for an interesting day on the water.... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012 - New Zealand boats are rushing
Sail-World Cruising,
Over 50 New Zealand boats have registered an interest with Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Sail Noumea 2012. Sail Noumea is an offshore yachting event to be run in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a pos... [more]
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Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 day 1 - From strength to strength
Fiona Brown,
The 2011 Half Ton Classic Cup entry list represents a true cross section of the original Half Ton fleet with the oldest boat being the 1977 Davidson designed Waverider. In the opening race Half Ton Class Chairman and defending champion Philippe Pilate's General Tapioca took an early lead on the water.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Photos Day 3 Andrea Francolini,
More images from Hamilton Island. Andrea Francolini was in the air yesterday for day 3 of Audi Race Week... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race has the Swiss promising a battle
World Match Racing Tour,
The St. Moritz Match Race will get underway on the 30 August and there are two Swiss teams that will be looking to shake things up on the World Match Racing Tour as they join the world's top match racers in Switzerland. The event will take place until September 4.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The drag race to Rio
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's second race which takes the fleet from Madeira to Rio De Janeiro is now underway. Richard Hewson's team Gold Coast Australia has taken the lead while Derry Londonderry's skipper Mark Light curses the Coreolis effect.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.5
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 22 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
18ft Skiff International Regatta is being conducted on San Francisco Bay. Images by Erik Simonson of today's action.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Int. Regatta San Francisco: Barnabas back in the harness
Rich Roberts,
Trevor Barnabas tagged along from Australia to watch his son Trent crew for defending champion Michael Coxon in the 10th annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Coxon, suffering from a severe crick in his neck, handed off the skipper's role to the elder Barnabas on a few hours' notice Sunday morning. But Winning and Hamlin just keep on going, no matter what t... [more]
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Detroit Cup victory taken by Aussies
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup 2011, which is an ISAF Grade 2 event, has witnessed an impressive display of determination, patience, and skill beyond his nineteen years by Australian Jordan Reese and his team of Henry Kernot and Harry Thurston who have won the title in an exciting five match final at the Bayview Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Fastnet Race in Four Minutes - Crewcam Video
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell (NZL) crewed aboard the 52fter Bob for the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race, and compiled this four minute video clip of the race, shot using a headcam. Join the crew on the rail and bow of Bob for the start, leaving The Needles, being passed by the supermaxis ICAP Leopard and Rambler, rounding Fastnet Rock and more.... [more]
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Detroit Cup - Three of four semi-finalists now decided
Luiz E. Kahl,
The Detroit Cup has experienced a day that began with a whimper and ended with a bang, as light air postponements transformed into enough pre-frontal breeze and squalls to conclude the Round Robin and almost all the Quarter-Finals at Bayview YC's ISAF Grade 2 Detroit Cup.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro fourth and final leg underway
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro fourth leg started at 12:12 precisely today, Sunday 21st August from Les Sables d'Olonne. Among several dozens of spectator boats, under a bright blue, sunny sky and in perfect flat sea conditions the 46 skippers set off for the 437 mile long final leg to Dieppe, where this year's champions will be crowned.... [more]
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RC44 Sweden Cup wrap up from Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
RC44 Sweden Cup wrap up report from Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing: Good sailing conditions were served up today in Marstrand. With 10-15 knots of wind from the South, Peter Reggio was able to get three races in for the RC44 fleet. Neither Artemis Racing nor Katusha had a very good day which capped off not a very good regatta for us. Artemis finished eighth for the series and Katusha 10th.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Day 2 Crosbie Lorimer IRC Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
There are just some days when, as a photographer, you know you're in for a treat - and today was one of those days. Solid 15-18 knot breeze, a short sea and sun all day.... [more]
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Blackmore's Hooligan clear ahead in Audi IRC Australian title tilt
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
When Sydney sailor Marcus Blackmore set his sights on winning the 2011 Audi Australian IRC Championship, he commissioned weatherman Roger'Clouds' Badham to determine the wind speed his new TP52 Hooligan, the former Emirates Team New Zealand boat should be optimised for, with new bulb.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 fast racing in strong conditions
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week's IRC Class A Grand Prix and B riders and starters had their first day of taxing windward/leeward races in bumpy seas and a brisk 18-20 knot south easterly trade breeze.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Photos from Day 2,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 and giant 4.8 nautical mile legs for the IRC Class A windward leewards sailed on Catseye Bay today. Breezes were in the 13-18 knot range, classical winter trade winds, but as the tide flooded south, there was enough lump to excite the yachting photographers.... [more]
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