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 13 Sep 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 September 2011

Philip Koster arched back loop - PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup 2011 Day 1  PWA World Tour
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 September 2011

In this newsletter edition of we continue our coverage of the second round in the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, England.

We are covering the event each day on our website

Go to to get the updates of each day of the regatta - which resumes Wednesday night or early hours of Thursday morning (NZT).

Day 2 was marked by strong winds and the most ferocious racing that the AC45's have experienced to date. There were three capsizes - most of which is on the replay video - see story on this edition.

11/09/2011 - Plymouth (UK) - 34th America's Cup - AC World Series - Plymouth 2011 - Racing Day 2 - - America's Cup World Series, Plymouth England  Gilles Martin-Raget/

At the media conference, we filed an online question about the top speed of the AC45 to Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker, who responded that it was around 26-27kts.

That seemed to be the top of the performance envelope on Sunday. Not answered in the media conference was the second part of the question - as to the most tricky point of sailing for the AC45. We had the answer to that on Sunday - as the 45ft catamarans buried both bows back to the main beam as they accelerated around the windward mark and headed downwind.

RP PLY2D2 3456 - - America's Cup World Series, Plymouth England  Ricardo Pinto

Same answer to the question in the speed trial when we saw capsizes and spin-outs - even by the top competitors when the pressure of a gust became to much for them. Oracle skipper, James Spithill performed a spectacular spin-out and recovery during the speed trial - again see it in the replay.

There's more crew changes coming in the teams, with Oracle Racing announcing a shuffling of their pack - and the introduction of a second Australian helmsman.

Darren Bundock (left) and Glenn Ashby return to the ramp in Qingdao, China after winning the Silver medal in the Tornado class at the 2008 Olympic Regatta  Richard Gladwell

On Thursday, the Auckland International Boat Show gets underway, timed to take advantage of the crowds of fans attending the Rugby World Cup.

In this edition of Sail-World we have several stories of points of interest at the show and will be running more in the lead up to the great event, and will be running more stories and photos during the show itself.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy 2011  Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©

Internet connection permitting, we'll be having replay coverage of each day's racing from the America's Cup World Series at the stand at the Auckland International Boat Show - 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. You'll save money, too!

Spithill spins out Speed trial - Day 2 - America's Cup World Series, Plymouth - Day 2  Ricardo Pinto

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Dean's Diary: Burning up the track in Plymouth - America's Cup WS
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Plymouth, England at the America's Cup World Series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing: The breeze was up a notch on yesterday with winds gusting up over 30 knots at a couple of points. In general the racing was sailed in mid to high 20's which kept everyone on their toes... [more]
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Images from the Audi MedCup: Conde de Godo-City of Barcelona
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman, was on the water ahead of the start of the the final event of the 2011Audi MedCup Circuit, the Conde de Godó-City of Barcelona Regatta... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama work hard to perfect inshore techniques
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race -In-port racing will deliver less than 20 percent of the points in the Race, yet dominating the high-profile one-dayers could deliver a big psychological advantage for one of the teams. To that end, Groupama sailing team are working hard at their Lorient base to perfect their technique in a form of racing that will deliver points at all 10 of the Host Ports.... [more]
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Conde de Godó Barcelona Trophy - High levels of tension
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Barcelona Trophy looks set to have a slow start today with a relatively light sea breeze forecast to build steadily during the afternoon. Already on land the fierce sun has been burning down on the race village which is situated in the heart of the Catalonian capital on the Moll de La Fusta, almost at the foot of the Columbus statue.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Superyacht captains to provide blueprint
Rebecca Hayter,
No one knows better than an experienced superyacht captain what makes a perfect berth away from home for a superyacht and her crew – which is why the inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland, New Zealand will ask the experts, the superyacht captains: what makes the ultimate superyacht facility?... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: New Zealand's biggest on-water show
Rebecca Hayter,
Kiwis love rugby and boating – so when New Zealand scored the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the NZ Marine Industry moved the 13th Auckland International Boat Show from its March timeslot to 15 – 18 September to ensure two of New Zealand's favourite sports would coincide.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12: Walker on taking on the Southern Ocean
Volvo Ocean Race,
Walker said he and his crew on board Azzam would be sure to have their wits about them during Leg 4 of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Despite the fear-factor Walker said there were moments in the world's toughest and longest professional sailing race when he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.... [more]
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Collections of classics on display at Auckland Int Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
During the 2011 Auckland International Boat Show, there will be more than 20 immaculately restored, classic yachts and launches within the Viaduct Harbour area. Thanks to the inherent longevity of New Zealand's native kauri timber and several family dynasties of skilled boatbuilders, New Zealand has a large collection of classic yachts dating back to around the turn of last century.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: The boatbuilders' apprentices
Rebecca Hayter,
The International Boatbuilding Competition runs over three, entertaining days at the Gateway Plaza, Auckland International Boat Show. Five teams of four boatbuilders, each representing a country competing in Rugby World Cup 2011, will compete to build and race boats at the show. The teams will be made up of apprentices and boatbuilders from companies in the superyacht industry... [more]
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Yachting Australia conducting national sailing research project
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is asking for members of the sailing community to take part in an online survey designed to assess how Australians perceive the sport of sailing. The results will assist in the development of future programs to increase participation in the sport at clubs around the country.... [more]
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New Elliott 57 Sport launched
Elliott Sailing,
Recently launched in Kiel, Germany the new Opal an Elliott 57 Sport. Designed by Greg Elliott and built in Kiel by Knierim Yachtbuilders this exciting racer cruiser is ideal for short handed sailing. It sports a combination of a canting keel and a comfortable three cabin interior.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat shares the Rugby World Cup spotlight
Marine NZ,
The Auckland International Boat Show, from 15 to 18 September 2011 will be the country's biggest ever on-water boat show as it reaps the benefit of major development and investment in the Rugby World Cup 2011.... [more]
Share this story plans 3.5 million newsletters in Olympic Coverage 2012
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2012 London Olympic Sailing Regatta in Weymouth is now just 10 months away (29th July -11th August 2012) with large audiences around the world will have its largest ever Olympic media team and it will break new ground with a record 3.5 million event newsletters.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup set for start
The 22 teams, representing yacht clubs from 16 nations and six continents, have traveled far and wide to get to Newport for the second biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex. Racing will run from Tuesday, 13 September through Saturday, 17 September.... [more]
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Farr 30 Worlds - A decade's journey for new female World Champion
Farr 30 Class Association,
Southern California's Deneen Demourkas won when it mattered, becoming the first female skipper to win a big boat one-design World Championship in decades – if ever. With her first lead of the entire regatta, nine-time Worlds skipper Demoukas could finally use her dominant boatspeed and flawless starts to clamp down on the competition.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 1 radical wave action
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup is now officially underway. On day one, Klitmoller burst into life for the world's most radical wave riders allowing a dramatic start to the opening round of competition as the sailors ripped, slashed and turned their way through each heat.... [more]
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RS:X European Windsurfing Championships Day 1
Rory Ramsden,
The RS:X European Windsurfing Championships are now underway amid champagne racing conditions in bright sunshine. Three races were able to be completed in all fleets with the men tracking along the top reach from buoy one to two at 25 knots while the women were at 21 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ announces schedule for World Series
Television New Zealand have advised that their TV coverage schedule for the second round of the America's Cup World series will start on Monday 19 August. The coverage is as follows, and will feature a mix of live coverage, highlights and Ondemand replays (which start on Monday 12 September).... [more]
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International 14 World Championships – High winds hamper racing
James Fox,
International 14 World Championships – The fleet have been shore based since Saturday and the race committee were forced to cancel today's racing due to 44kt gusts being recorded at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. With the forecast looking more favourable tomorrow, the fleet remain hopeful of commencing Race two.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts moves up, second Australian helmsman comes in
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Oracle Racing have announced that multiple World Champion and Australian double Olympic silver medalist Darren Bundock will be given the helm of their second boat, Oracle Racing Coutts. Bundock will com aboard for the third round of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Current helmsman Russell Coutts will stay onboard. It has not been announced who will move off the boat... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Finale - A piece of cake
Barby MacGowan,
A single 'Bay Tour' distance race showed seven classes (IRC A, B, C, D J/105, J/120, Express 37) the four corners of San Francisco Bay. Spectators, too, were treated to the true beauty, emotion and power of sail when, before racing, all boats paraded in honor of 9/11 victims.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series : Full replays from Day 2 at Plymouth
Full replays of the second day's racing at the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England - covering the the only fleet race and a speed trial. Today we have the full replay of the fleet race and speed trial, and two on-board commentated video and audio. Welcome aboard!... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 2 – Screamin' Sunday
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: Super Sunday delivers on new AC vision
Team Korea Media,
It was on the edge, seat of the pants sailing at the America's Cup World Series event in Plymouth, UK, as ‘Super Sunday' delivered spectacular racing conditions for the America's Cup teams in the long fleet race, complete with three dramatic capsizes.... [more]
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America's Cup World Serries: Tough luck for Green Comm Racing on Day 2
Pierre Orphanidis,
Luck wasn't on the side of Green Comm Racing's Olympic champions during the second day of racing in Plymouth! They managed to be competitive under grueling conditions throughout the entire race, where another three boats were forced to abandon, holding on to sixth place, only to capsize a mere 50 meters before the finish line!... [more]
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Long road to WSSRC World Record + Video
Terry Travers,
On September 11th the World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a new World Record for Mooloolaba sailor Bruce Arms sailing his self-built 46' catamaran. Aboard the aptly named ‘Big Wave Rider' Arms battled 60 knot winds rounding Western Australia's Cape Leeuwin, strong headwinds in the Southern Ocean, and frustrating calms as he passed the bottom of Tasmania.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Tough luck for Green Comm Racing
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing had a spectacular start and rounded the first mark in fourth place. As the breeze picked up, the nine AC45 yachts on the Plymouth Sound were on the edge and the first incidents started on the race course. The team will now use the two off days to repair the damage and get ready for Wednesday's races.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ wins Preliminary Round at Plymouth
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has won the 'preliminaries' of the America's Cup World Series regatta at Plymouth. Finishing second in today's long-course fleet race, Dean Barker, James Dagg, Winston Macfarlane, Glen Ashby and Ray Davies earned 37 of a possible 40 points from the four races held at the weekend.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Carnage in Plymouth + Videos
Three capsizes tell the story of an epic final race in the Plymouth AC Preliminaries with winds gusting close to 30 knots (35 mph; 55 kph) across Plymouth Sound. The race course was pushed up close to The Hoe, and once again, the crowds on the hill were rewarded with thrilling racing just meters from shore.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing teams in top 3
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing's two crews placed first and third in today's thrilling fleet race on Plymouth Sound. Oracle Racing Spithill won the physically taxing race in winds steadily around 25 knots, posting a neat come-from-behind victory over Emirates Team New Zealand after leading at the first mark rounding.... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images - Team Korea capsize
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series - A Big day on the Bay
Barby MacGowan,
Sailors at the Rolex Big Boat Series sensed it was going to be a difficult day. For the last two days it had taken at least until an early fog lifted for the wind to reach its peaks in the 20s, but this morning it blew 20-25 right out of the box, with gusts nearing 28.... [more]
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