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 11 Sep 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 11 September 2011

Emirates Team New Zealand in race two on day one of the America's Cup World Series Plymouth regatta. 10/9/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 11 September 2011

In this newsletter edition of Sail-World.com we have full coverage of the first round in the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, England.

We are covering the event each day on our website www.sail-world.com

Go to www.sail-world.com to get the updates of each day of the regatta.

These updates will include the full replays of each day's racing - there are two versions - the commentated version and a version which consists of onboard coverage only, along with on-board audio. It's the nearest you will be able to get to being able to sail on these boats each day, and be a part of some of the top racing crews in the world.

Artemis Racing - Day 1 - ACWS  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

As well we have the usual daily reports from the teams and summary coverage, plus images form some of the top photographers in the sailing world.

The ubiquitous Bob Fisher is in Plymouth and we are running his daily reports which provide an independent offset to the Songs of Joy which emanate from the official sources associated with the America's Cup World Series sailing exhibition.

Part of that exhibition has been the attempt to take it to the people - and depending on who is doing the counting between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators turned up to see the racing on Plymouth Sound on a rather bleak English Autumn Day.

Green Comm racing on Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series - Plymouth, England  Pierre Orphanidis/Green Comm

In the lead-in to the series there was some preliminary comment as the teams looked forward to a prospect of several days of moderate to strong breezes.

While the America's Cup World Series comes up to speed, that should not take our eyes away from the Main Event, and a key date which is looming. First boats for the new AC72 class are allowed to be launched in July 2012 - just over nine months away.

Emirates Team New Zealand ready themselves for race three on day one of the America's Cup World Series Plymouth regatta.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Roll that back to allow for build time - say 20 -24 weeks, or six months, and then roll back further to the design effort required and the realisation is that only a few of the eight teams entered are up to speed, in terms of running a full design effort - which should be in full flight now.

Add to that the reality that many teams are operating on a shoestring, with a focus on staying in the game while the sponsorship search continues.

Team Telefonica put their Volvo Open 70 Telefonica through the pull-down test - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Maria Muina

At present the options are that many, if they can find sponsorship, will be sailing one boat campaigns - using the standard design package that is on offer. Or, the regatta will be dropped back to sail in AC45's in a box-rule. Or, several will not continue and there will be a much reduced fleet for the America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup, from what we are seeing now.

Alegre - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

We'll be having replay coverage of each day's racing from the America's Cup World Series at the Sail-World.com stand at the Auckland International Boat Show - starting next Thursday, and will take in the final days of this event.

Don't forget to buy your tickets online - just click on the banner at the top of this page.

Steinlager 2, winner and new record holder of the Huelva (Spain) to La Gomera (Canary Islands) race August 2011  

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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Fisher's View: The Plymouth Cat and Pony Show pulls local fans
Bob Fisher,
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series : Full replays from Day 1 at Plymouth
Full replays of the first day's racing at the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England - covering the three Fleet Races and Speed Trial... [more]
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Green Comm off to a slow start in America's Cup World Series
Pierre Orphanidis,
The opening day of the America's Cup World Series delivered the big conditions conditions everybody was hoping for. The breeze was blowing from early in the morning and the nine AC45 yachts raced in winds between 20 and 25 knots. It was the first time the Green Comm Racing crew raced in brisk conditions and this was reflected in the scoretable. With just 11 days of sailing under their belts, the O... [more]
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Images from Plymouth: America's Cup World Series Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents this gallery of images from the opening day of the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup concludes in dramatic style
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has now come to an end in dramatic style with the completion of the scheduled programme for all classes. The verdicts are now in and this year's class victors have been declared.... [more]
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Crowds come to watch America's Cup World Series in the big breeze
Big crowds in excess of 10,000 turned out to watch the first day of racing at the AC World Series - Plymouth, and they were treated to a display of excellent racing in challenging conditions. Emirates Team New Zealand won two of three fleet races to open the event. Not to be outdone, Russell Coutts and his ORACLE Racing crew set the pace in the AC500 Speed Trials, posting the fastest time over... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ leads again in Plymouth
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand got a good start to the Plymouth America's Cup World Series regatta, finishing the day with two wins and a third. The results gave Barker, Ray Davies, Glen Ashby, James Dagg and Winston Macfarlane a lead on points at the end of the first day of the 'preliminaries'.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's decisive final day
Jill Campbell,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 concluded today with the victory of Claus Peter Offen's Y3K (GER) in the Wally division, Danilo Salsi's DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) in the Racing/Cruising division, Nilaya (GBR) in the Supermaxi division and Sir Irvine Laidlaw's Highland Fling (GBR) in the Maxi Racing fleet.... [more]
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AC World Series Plymouth - Spithill takes third in prelims
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Today's preliminary round gave spectators an up close visual treat to racing. In the case of one particular spectator boat that closeness resulted in physical contact on the racecourse with Oracle Racing Spithill in Race 3.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth day 1 update from Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series - Artemis Racing's Skipper Terry Hutchinson made the call before going out on the water that today's x-factor would be Mother Nature, but the conditions turned out to be better than the forecast. Racing started just after 1400 BST under grey skies with gusts up to 30 knots.... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship day 2 - Tight at the top
Farr 30 Class Association,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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International 14 World Championships – First race completed
Andy Partington,
International 14 World Championships – After several days of high winds the I14 fleet managed to complete the first race of their Artemis World Championship in a light and variable south westerly breeze. After one general recall the fleet got away with a clean start under the black flag. Archie Massey/Dan Wilsdon made the early move after getting a good start and picking up some breeze... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: The Day before the start of Round 2
Video from the Practice Day of America's Cup World Series, Round 2 at Plymouth England, plus clips from the Skippers Media Conference... [more]
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Barker expecting plenty of action in America's Cup World Series
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand made final preparations on Friday for the start of the Plymouth regatta of the America's Cup World Series. Racing is due to start Saturday afternoon, and the breeze is forecast to be rather stronger than Friday's light southerly that barely moved the flags on shore.... [more]
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Star European Championship - Italian victory
Star Europeans,
Light and shifty conditions followed by a sea breeze completed the regatta that delivered a full range of conditions for the 27-boat fleet from 18 nations at the Star European Championship at Dun Laoghaire on Friday. A wait followed for the eighth and final race of the week but only after a long wait for the sea breeze to build and settle.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series day 2 mayhem and fast fun
Barby MacGowan,
The 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series delivered blazing fast fun for 81 teams sailing in eight classes. Mayhem on the Farr 30 course, which started yesterday in gusts of 30 knots, continued today and included Deneen Demourkas broaching just after her downwind finish in the second race (which she won).... [more]
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America's Cup: Dangerous conditions expected for World Series opener
Stuart Alexander,
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America's Cup World Series: Furler nightmare returns for Emirates TNZ
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: New York leads 9/11 commemoration
Anna Wardley,
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Volvo Ocean Race test tips Telefonica + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images - An expensive way to plug a hole
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a new World Record
World Sailing Speed Record Council,
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kora crash images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kora crash images from photographer Ingrid Abery. Coming into the start at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this afternoon the thirty metre Illusion misjudged the distance and ploughed right into Kora. The crew were thrown across the deck with a few damaged ribs counted, one person in the water and plenty of damage to both boats.... [more]
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Big Boat Series day 1 images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Big Boat Series day 1 images from Erik Simonson... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ tests Plymouth Sound
Emirates Team New Zealand took a short test sail in Plymouth on Thursday, in preparation for the opening fleet races of the America's Cup World Series on Saturday. 'We just went out for a quick sail, but it was good,' said wing trimmer Glenn Ashby. 'There is a lot more current and tide than what we experienced in Cascais, so I think that will play a big part in the decision-making process.'... [more]
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Steinlager 2 wins another offshore race
Stefan Detjen,
Steinlager 2, the big red Whitbread maxi-ketch of late Sir Peter Blake is still sailing strong. This year, the Farr-designed 'Bidg Red' did even better and established a new race record for the 750 nm Atlantic regatta from Huelva (Spain) to La Gomera (Canary Islands).... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's picture perfect mistral
Jill Campbell,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is just this side of a picture-perfect second day of racing and the provisional overall classification sees Niklas Zennstrom's Ràn 2 (GBR) in the lead in the Mini Maxi class... [more]
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EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix preview
John Friend,
EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix is an innovative new event for some of dinghy sailing's most ground breaking classes. The event is aimed at non-Olympic classes, but ones which some time in the future may feature in the Olympic Games. The most imminent of these is the selection of the Women's Skiff for Rio 2016... [more]
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