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 30 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 30 August 2011

Team Great Britain - ISAF Team Racing Worlds 2011  © Jason Town | Cube Images
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 30 August 2011

We continue with our round up of the sailing action from around the world in this edition of Sail-World.

The regattas that started last week are finishing, and the last of these is the Audi MedCup sailed in Cartagena, Spain.

For the last two years, Emirates Team NZ have dominated this event, and indeed the Audi MedCup circuit - but have retired this year with other things on their plate in the shape of an America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and the America's Cup World Series.

The Audi MedCup was expected to drop into a hole in 2011, as some teams moved into the America's Cup, and boats were sold. However it has revived very nicely, and has become even more competitive than ever. The second class the Soto40's have been a good introduction.

On board Bribon - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011  Guido Trombetta

Eight teams, from eight different nations - seven of those in Europe mean that this is the largest and most geographically diverse of its the three comparable events for professional sailing teams. The strong European component of both the teams and circuit assures it of a strong following.

Additionally the event has been one of the bench marks of the online sailing circuit - ranking well with the Extreme 40's - and with an online television coverage that is more in the comfort zone of the sailing fans. Certainly we've enjoyed watching it live over the past few nights and enjoyed the after match interviews the next day. You can check these out on our link to SailTV and get the replays.

Wind Warrior Regatta - North Sails is on this Friday 2 September at 3.30pm  

North Sails are staging their Wind Warrior Regatta on Friday afternoon, 2 September. There's details in this edition of Sail-World. Usually they get 40 competitors for this event, which is sailed in the NW corner of the Viaduct Harbour. So even if you aren't competing - get down to the Viaduct and have a look at some the rock-stars of the sailing scene do battle on a level playing field. Entry details are in this edition.

Despite the quiet on the local sailing front, New Zealand sailors continue to win on the world scene.

In New York, Laurie Jury and friends have won the prestigious Knickerbocker Cup, ahead of the hurricane that hit the east coast of the USA.

NZL 10 Antje Muller flying the New Zealand flag - Europe Dinghy Veteran World Cup 2011  Andy Greager

In the Czech Republic, Bay of Island's sailor, Antje Muller has won the Int. Europe class Veterans World Cup. The Int. Europe is a former Olympic Womens Singlehander, but since being dropped from the Olympics has taken on a new life, and has become the class of choice of many lighter sailors.

We have reports on both wins in this edition of Sail-World.

With the current recession (unless you were a recession-agnostic) there were/are a lot of excuses bandied around yacht clubs as to why things were tough, shrinking membership, increasing costs, a search for the easy way out and a complete reluctance to change.

Jollyboats, designed as a low-cost, high performance two-hander by John Spencer sailing at French Bay Yacht Club   Matt Hall-Smith

In this edition we feature a story of one club that was close to going under, but had a look at what it was doing, why it was formed, and then worked out how to climb out of the mire.

There's a number of small clubs like French Bay, on Auckland's Manukau Harbour. The solution to their failing fortunes is usually the same - get a good learn to sail program running, get some new junior members into the club - preferably those who live locally - get their parents as well, and re-create what started as a community based club. Most clubs didn't start off as eating and drinking holes, but were run off a beach by young people who wanted to go sailing. And if they return to those roots, then they will be successful again - and will enjoy a growing rather than declining membership.

Waiting for the start - Rolex International Womens Keelboat Championship 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Don't be reticent about charging parents for good quality professionally run learn to sail programs. They are generally happy to pay a separate fee - the same as they do in other sports clubs. But what kids don't like is being put through a learn to sail program, by some baby-boomer volunteering his time and with a voice like a sergeant-major on the drill ground. Make sailing fun and the juniors will come back, after those first lessons, and they'll bring their mates.

Day 1 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011  Georgie Clarke

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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Titirangi sailing club opens doors to visitors
Zoe Hawkins,
The 2011-2012 sailing season commences in October, and French Bay Yacht Club – which is West Auckland's only yacht club - offers terrific opportunities for Auckland sailors. Five years ago, French Bay Yacht Club in Titirangi was down to a handful of members struggling to keep the club afloat.... [more]
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North Sails Wind Warrior Regatta on this Friday at the Viaduct
The North Sails Wind Warrior Regatta will take pace in the in the newly developed Viaduct Harbour, this Friday second of September. Racing will start at 4pm with practice from 3.30 and will conclude with the Prize giving at about 5.30 at the new Jack Tar Bar in Wynyard Quarter.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup win to New Zealand's Laurie Jury
Andrea Watson,
Knickerbocker Cup - Racing at the Knickerbocker Cup is by invitation only, but Mother Nature must have missed that email and sent Irene to leave her calling card. By end of day Friday, the local Office of Emergency Management had closed to bay to all activity and began evacuating residents with homes on the perimeter of the bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: This week in the Cup No.6
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup newsletter for 27 August 2011 - covering the racing at Cascais, and a look ahead top Plymouth in September.... [more]
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New Zealand Champion wins Womens Division in Int. Europe class
Andy Greager,
Despite light winds on the man-made Nove Mlyny, International Europe Class New Zealand Champion Antje Muller wrestled the Europ Class Veteran World Cup trophy from her Czech competitors. Fresh from the World Championships in Italy, the New Zealand team consisting of Andy Greager and Antje Muller arrived at the venue of the 2011 Veteran World Cup for the Int. Europe Dinghy Class on Wednesday... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - No races on Day 1
Jan Harley,
The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship encountered an almost total lack of breeze for the first day of racing which prevented the 36 teams who traveled to Rochester Yacht Club from starting their assault on the championship title.... [more]
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Solent Series Day 4
Solent IRC,
The fourth race day of the Solent series Championship was the Saturday of the Taittinger Royal Solent yacht Club Regatta 2011.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship sailors take to the water + Video
Brian Carlin,
At the ISAF Team Racing World Championships, Monday witnessed each nation hit the water for the first time with offical training and boat amiliarisation being the main focus of the day.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 images by Beth Morley
Beth Morley,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week images from photographer Beth Morley.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 5 - World Series, Plymouth
America's Cup Uncovered Episode 5 picks up at the first AC Match Race Championship, with Terry Hutchinson and Loick Peyron providing a behind-the-scenes view of the race in action. Next, meet Green Comm Racing's 'rockstar' Carrie Howe, the only female sailor in the America's Cup World Series. Then listen to Aleph's Alain Gautier and Philippe Ligot as they follow their team for the Cascais title.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Being at the front of the fleet is never a relaxing place to be, especially when the wind dies and the chasing pack starts to close in. But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of race two.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - The Wave Muscat Team in great form
Kinley Fowler,
St Moritz Match Race has always been one of the preferred events of skipper Torvar Mirsky and his team, with the fast paced Blu26 Swiss lake boats suiting their style. The tricky mountain venue doesn't lack challenges though, with the surrounding bringing gusty and sometimes unpredictable winds.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 2 - Stunning conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - All eight skiffs were greeted with a stunning morning at Sandbanks. Sunny, moderate conditions, with breeze from the west enabled the Jon Gorringe and his Parkstone Yacht Club race management team to move the course close into the shore to give spectators a better view of the racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Year of the Tiger for Team Sanya's Teng
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - Teng Jiang He, a 37-year-old businessman who goes by the nickname Tiger and only started sailing last year, will become the first Chinese sailor to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race after being named on the Team Sanya crew for 2011-12. Team Sanya became the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race when they launched their campaign in Beijing in June.... [more]
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Solo record at Mooloolaba awaits ratification
Bruce and Suzanne Arms,
Solo sailor Bruce Arms, in his 14 metre catamaran Big Wave Rider, crossed the finish line at Mooloolaba on the 18th August 2011 at 9:41:06 am AEST setting a new round Australia record. The new time is subject to official ratification by World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).... [more]
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Access Class Combined World and International Championships preview
Middle Harbour Yacht Club,
Access Class 2012 Combined World and International Championships are being held from 7 to 13 April 2012. Middle Harbour Yacht Club has been busy preparing for the event. With racing in four classes and seven divisions, the event is expected to attract over 120 sailors from 12 countries.... [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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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship 2011
Jan Harley,
Racing at the 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship begins tomorrow, Monday, August 29, with the warning signal for the first race sounding at 12:00 p.m. The four days of racing on Lake Ontario, under the leadership of Principal Race Officer Hank Stuart, will culminate with the crowning of a new champion on September 1.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Surfing waves and climbing masts
Lisa Blair,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race update from crew member Lisa Blair representing Queensland on Gold Coast Australia. Day eight of our first race down to Madeira ended with the birthday celebrations of crew member Patrick Cooper who was fortunate enough to be helming in ideal sailing conditions surfing waves with regular speeds of 14 knots.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships on hold
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships were all set to go with 36 teams from three countries, but the remainder of measurement, launching, and the practice race have all been cancelled due to the high winds and huge waves created on the North Shore of Lake Ontario with a north wind from Hurricane Irene.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds welcome sailors to Schull
Vincent Ahern,
ISAF World Team Racing Championships will take place at the seaside village of Schull, West Cork, Ireland. On Sunday, amid bright sunshine, locals and visitors alike turned out in huge numbers to welcome sailors from around the globe to a world event based in a village setting.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy image gallery
Carlo Borlenghi,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy images shared with us by photographers Guido Trombetta and Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more final day images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - The kings of Cartagena
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The MedCup Region of Murcia has now crowned the kings of Cartagena. Unmatched consistency on a very difficult race area ensured that the Spanish crew secured the 52 Series regatta title of the first Spanish regatta of the season as long as they finished. Such regularity was only slightly exceeded in the Soto 40 Class where the British crew of Ngoni overhauled the Spanish favourites on Iberdrola... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy final day images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy final day images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta final day
Simon Brown,
The 18ft Skiff International Regatta has resulted in Howie Hamlin and his fine team of Matt Noble (sheet) and Paul Allen (bow) toughing it out in Heat 10 to win the event.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Drag race to the finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It could be an interesting day's watching on the Race Viewer today as, with fewer than 600 miles to go, the lead yachts are expected to reach an area of lighter winds which will slow their pace slightly and allow those chasing to close the distance between them.... [more]
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The Tornado proved to be the best boat for the Olympics Mixed Sailing!
Nahid and Roland Gaebler,
With this strong and gusty winds and over four races in a row at one day !!!, the women crews showed that is possible to handle a Tornado in a very good way. Better than many male teams. So what....? What else we should show the ISAF and the sailing world? The Tornado is the very best and proven Formula for Mixed Olympic Sailing.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Tricky final day
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - As they head on to the race area for two final windward-leeward races of the regatta Spain's Bribon stand on the cusp of what would be a popular victory at the first of the Audi MedCup's two Spanish regattas of the season. Jose Cusi's crew lead by five points over Italy's Audi Azzurra Sailing Team but the wind conditions for the finale promise to be tricky.... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 1 - Spectacular sailing
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - Day one was a windy and wild adventure. Sailing off the beach at Sandbanks, Parkstone Yacht Club and the Watersports Academy teamed up to provide a superb both shore based and on the water race area for the premier event of the UK 18ft Skiff Circuit.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more images by Studio Borlenghi
Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more images from photographers Stefano Gattini and Gudio Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy images by Studio Borlenghi
Stefano Gattini and Gudio Trombetta,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy images from photographers Stefano Gattini and Gudio Trombetta of Studio Borlenghi... [more]
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Tornado World Championships challenging final
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado World Championships – On the last and decisive day the wind gave the 37 Tornados reported from eleven nations, a extravagant, yet challenging final. The anticipated cold front brought fresh westerly wind of four to six Beaufort. Shortly after ten clock, there was no holding back on the start line. Two false starts were the result. The teams then sailed three races in quick succession.... [more]
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Australia's newest womens match racing combination takes bronze
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill have won Bronze on the final day of the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Azzurra's outrageous misfortune puts them sixth
Stuart Alexander,
Sport can dish up some cruel misfortunes, not least for the resurgent Italian crew of Azzurra in the Audi MedCup. After a great start in the 21-mile coastal race the big blue TP52 was leading only to be pipped at the first mark by its red sistership of the Franco-German All 4 One.... [more]
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Hamilton Island wrapped in fog!
Andrea Francolini,
Photographer Andrea Francolini shares with us images of the fog that has encased Hamilton Island. Enjoy!... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - A brighter outlook
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy, Quantum Racing have taken victory in the Cartagena coastal race while second place has ensured that Bribon leads into the final day of competition. In the Soto 40 fleet, Ngoni is on course to win the Murcia title.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy more Day 4 images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy Day 4 images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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