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 25 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 25 August 2011

Emirates Team NZ's Camper unloads in Felixstowe (UK)  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 25 August 2011

The sailing action is all international in this edition of Sail-World.

Over the Tasman, Hamilton Island race Week is in full swing, we have full reports and images from the event.

In San Francisco, three New Zealand crews are competing in the 18ft Skiff International. We have reports from Rich Roberts and other correspondents in California, plus some video coverage.

Moving over to England, Camper, Emirates Team NZ's entry in the Volvo Ocean race has arrived in Felixstowe, and has been unloaded. She will do a short tour of UK and Europe before arriving in Alicante, Spain for the race start on 5 November.

Half Ton Classic Cup 2011  Fiona Brown ©

The Half Ton Cup continues in Cowes, aside from the former NZ World Champion Waverider, there are no NZ crews competing, however the images from the event are just superb. It is great to see the revival that started in the Quarter Tonners spread to the Half Tonners - and both fleets enjoy some fantastic racing - probably better then in their heyday. And certainly a lot more fun.

Down the coast in Plymouth, the America's Cup World Series is gearing up. We have a couple of stories in this edition. One from noted UK sailing journalist Andy Rice on the physical effort required to sail the new catamarans - and it is substantial. If you know anything about heart rate monitors - these are some impressive numbers indeed.

WILD OATS XI - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day 5  Andrea Francolini ©

We also feature the first four episodes in the America's Cup World Series - Uncovered. These are a weekly magazine on the America's Cup and the behind the scenes action and activities. Running for about 23 minutes (a commercial half-hour in TV broadcast terms) each we'll be featuring these weekly in Sail-World.

In Spain the Region of Murcia Trophy is underway in the Audi MedCup TP52's. We have racing reports and images in this edition, plus there is a story with the live and replay player for the daily race action. There are no New Zealand entries in the event, but international interest is high in this premier monohull regatta.

TURANOR PlanetSolar departing Hong Kong on a (very) good day for a solar-powered boat  Guy Nowell ©

From Hong Kong our Asian Editor Guy Nowell takes us a board Turanor PlanetSolar, which is on a world voyage using just solar power. Certainly she is an unusual craft, and we take you aboard her in this edition of Sail-World, plus some on the water images as she departs from Hong Kong.

Region of Murcia Trophy opening day - Audi MedCup Circuit 2011  © Ingrid Abery

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Camper unloads in Felixstowe
Camper, the VO70 yacht Emirates Team New Zealand will campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race, has been unloaded from a Maersk Line container ship at Felixstowe, England ahead of the start of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean race.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episodes 1-4 - World Series and more
America's Cup Uncovered is a weekly magazine video program is designed to show America's Cup fans the people, places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup. Here are the first four episodes, we'll carry the latest edition each week on Sail-World... [more]
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SailTV: Audi MedCup: Live and Replay
Click on the play arrow below to see live and replay coverage of the MedCup... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - King Neptune visits New York
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'As we crossed the Equator, we were sure that the move south was more psychological than practical,' explains New York watch leader Andrew Priest, as the American entry joins Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Join the Stratis sales team - Do you excel under pressure?
Steve Pinselaar,
If you can shoot the breeze with the best of them about sail shape, innovative fibres and race sail project management we need to talk. Stratis is the new generation race sail membrane engineered at Doyle New Zealand with proven performance on the most demanding racing yachts around the world.... [more]
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Tûranor PlanetSolar: Quiet Achiever
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tûranor PlanetSolar looks very much like one of those educational toys you might buy for a brainy nephew. And with good reason. This boat is a classic example of form-follows-function. A flat top to provide maximum area for the array of solar cells; carbon fibre construction to keep weight to a minimum, an 11-ton array of lithium ion batteries; ultra-slippery wave piercing catamaran hulls... [more]
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Region of Murcia Trophy day 2 preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Region of Murcia Trophy - If the forecast is to be believed the pace should pick up slightly for the second day of racing. There is a promise that the sea breeze should pick up to more than 10kts by the middle of the afternoon. The target is set to try and run three races for both classes, but that seems quite ambitious... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - A pearler of a yacht
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Ruby Charlotte, the first pearling lugger to contest the regatta, turns so many heads and generates so much interest on the dock that her owners have laminated fact sheets chronicling the boat's colourful history ready to whip out for curious passersby.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Race Week day 5 - Victoire secures top placing
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – In the hard-fought IRC Class B Darryl Hodgkinson's slippery Beneteau 45 Victoire has padlocked the top placing and thrown away the key with today's fifth consecutive handicap win from six starts. An island course in a gusty 18-20 knot SE breeze proved another easy hit out for Victoire which is demoralising its Class B competition.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 5 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day five images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Aussie Match Racers continue to lead
Craig Heydon,
Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill continue to lead the way at the Buddy Melges Challenge and are so far undefeated, winning all 11 races they have contested. Fellow Australians Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are hot on their heels with nine wins and two losses.... [more]
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Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 day 3 - The Solent delivers in spades
Fiona Brown,
One of the most marked characteristics of this event is how incredibly close the racing is. Yet again today there were multiple cases of boats finishing within seconds of each other. Each race today had a different winner and whilst many of the familiar faces continued to feature it was great to see some new names making it into top ten as well.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta Day 3 Video
Simon Brown,
At the 18ft Skiff International Regatta being contested on San Francisco Bay, races 5 and 6 were decided on day 3. The second race Thursday is the feature race of this regatta, the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Dedicated sailors
Rich Roberts,
On an off day for the regatta, three members are the only ones in the staging area, working on their outdated boats. All were discarded as charitable donations to the Skiff Sailing Foundation by owners like Howie Hamlin who replaced them with new boats. Growth has been gradual but encouraging.... [more]
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America's Cup: Red-lining the heart rate monitors
Andy Rice,
When your heart monitor tells you that you've gone over 100% of your maximum heart rate, something is wrong. Three times during a race this happened to Sean Clarkson while racing the Artemis AC45 in Cascais. Fortunately Clarkson was still breathing at the end of the race, but there's no doubt he and his fellow AC45 team mates are working to the limits - and beyond - of their fitness.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro King is crowned
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro sailor Jérémie Beyou has crossed the finish before anyone else to win the fourth and final leg from Les Sables d'Olonne to Dieppe. By finishing in Dieppe ahead of the rest of the fleet and scoring his third consecutive victory, the BPI skipper was crowned overall winner of the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro, an edition he dominated from the outset.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Azzurra takes on Cartagena
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi MedCup's Region of Murcia Trophy is currently underway and despite an uphill battle, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have obtained a satisfying position in the first race in Cartagena and closed the gap on Container. Today's light breeze meant that only one race was held on the first day of the fourth leg of the Audi MedCup circuit.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Near photo finish in leg 4
Artemis Offshore Academy,
La Solitaire du Figaro's fourth leg is coming to a close with Phil Sharp crossing the finish line a mere ten minutes behind the first ‘Rookie' and only twenty-four minutes and twenty-two seconds behind Jeremie Beyou. Sharp was aiming for the top ‘Rookie' prize for the final leg and very nearly claimed it, but as the fleet converged on the finish line two other Rookie's beat him to the line.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Strong starts
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Circuit's Region of Murcia Trophy is currently in progress and Russia's Synergy Sailing Team has managed to maintain their impressive record for making solid starts to this season's Audi MedCup Circuit regattas when they won the first race of the Region of Murcia-Cartagena Trophy event.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy opening day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy opening day images from Photographer Ingrid.... [more]
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ISAF Training Scholarship–Iceland and Trinidad and Tobago make it five
International Sailing Federation,
The ISAF Training and Development Department is pleased to announce that the IOC Olympic Solidarity department has agreed to fund two Training Scholarship candidates from Trinidad and Tobago and one from Iceland. Both Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland have become the eighth and ninth ISAF Member National Authority (MNA) to benefit from the ISAF Training Scholarship since its creation in 2010... [more]
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RS100 Stadium Sprint Championship at Weymouth and Portland overall
Suzie Procter,
RS100 Stadium Sprint Championship - With entry restricted to 16 competitors for the RS100 Stadium Sprint, raced in aid of Cancer Research UK, there was fierce competition for the slots before the racing even began – the list including stars such as Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison, Finn champion Giles Scott, 470 and Merlin champ Stu Bithell, OK world and RS400 national champion Nick Craig... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy day one preview
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy, being held in Cartagena, Spain is expected to start today, 23rd August with two scheduled windward leeward races for the 52 Series. It is another very warm morning with only very light winds,for both fleets around the Audi MedCup race village the 52 Series and the 40 Series - which should have their official practice race this afternoon.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 24 August 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Why sail strategy could hold key to victory
Volvo Ocean Race media,
With no one team looking likely to deliver any significant raw speed advantage straight out of the blocks, the 2011–12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race looks set to produce some of the closest racing ever. 'I think the sails are probably going to hold the key even more so this time' Ian Walker Stuart Bannatyne, watch captain on CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, believes that the latest rou... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week–Heavyweights battle for the silverware
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has just passed the half way point. There is a ding dong battle for the coveted regatta silverware going on between two major sailing and business heavyweights. Blackmore's chairman Marcus Blackmore came to Race Week the grand prix favourite but has found himself a worthy opponent in last year's winner, Stephen Ainsworth, former Aristocrat director... [more]
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North Sails Scan - iPhone/iPad App now available in New Zealand
Zoe Hawkins,
The same technology used by top North Sails designers is now available as an iPhone/iPad App. Described as a ‘lite' version of Sailscan – which is the powerful professional program that digitally analyzes photos of sails to provide detailed and accurate measurements and comparisons – the North Sails Scan App will assist customers with collecting and recording information about sailshape and sai... [more]
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Takapuna BC bar manager wins Olympic Kayaking World Championship
Takapuna Boating Club is one of the multi-water sports clubs in New Zealand with a strong kayaking membership, as well as being the foremost small-boat sailing club in New Zealand. While the Club has many World Champions and Olympic medalists amongst its membership, it now has has a world kayaking title under its roof.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Women's Match Racers off to a strong start
Craig Heydon,
Australia's Women's Match Racers have made a winning start to the Buddy Melges Challenge in Wisconsin, USA. Souter, Eastwell and Spithill have made a strong start to their time in the boat together with four wins from their first four races together. Price, Curtis and Whitty arrived in America fresh from their fifth place finish at the recent Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta day 3 - Make room at the top
Rich Roberts,
The three tenors---John Winning, Howie Hamlin and Trevor Barnabas---now need to make room for two more contenders when the competition rolls into the final acts Thursday and Friday. Hamlin's win in the second race Tuesday has him one point behind Winning, the week-long leader now with 11 points after everyone chucked their worst finish after the fifth race.... [more]
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Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 Day 2 - A ten hour marathon
Fiona Brown,
Half Ton Classic Cup 2011 Day 2 race started on the Royal Corinthian start line off Cowes at 07.30 in a 10-12 knot north easterly which got the fleet off to a flying spinnaker reach start.... [more]
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Sydney Flying Squadron challenge - Who has the fastest 18 footer?
Sydney Flying Squadron,
Sydney Flying Squadron has set a challenge - to find the fastest 18 footer in the world on Saturday 24 September 2011.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips during Atlantic record attempt,
Francis Joyon's maxi-trimaran IDEC has flipped during his solo attempt to break the Atlantic west to east record. The American tug Miller Marine Service (over 100 ft) has joined the maxi trimaran IDEC to assist with the recovery operation.... [more]
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Remembering past Olympian Vernon Stratton
In memory of Vernon Stratton: It is with great sadness that the RYA reports the passing of former Olympic sailor Vernon Stratton who died suddenly in hospital last Saturday, 20th August at the age of 83. Vernon Stratton was a huge inspiration in the sailing world.... [more]
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Kiwi junior sailors finish 1-2 in Japan
Stephen Wagstaff,
This year's team of NZ sailors has returned from the All Japan Junior Regatta, held at Gamagori, near Nagoya, Japan.After a practice day of about 15 knots, the regatta turned out to be light winds the whole time. The Kiwis won every race in the Sea Hoppers... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy 52 Series practice race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy scheduled practice race fell victim to a lack of breeze, and when the AP flag hung limply over the A flag and it became apparent that there was n prospect of enough wind to race, the 52 Series fleet scuttled back to Cartagena's marina, seeking relief from the searing afternoon heat.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship preview
Jake Fish,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Many of the women competing aboard the 36 teams – which represent 16 U.S. states and three foreign countries (Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands ) – are packing their pantries with non-perishable groceries, setting up auto reply on their emails, compiling lists for their loving families, and squeezing in a few last minute tacks and jibes.... [more]
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