Prime Minister, John Key makes a point at the Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum, September 2011 Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 15 September 2011
Prime Minister, John Key, opened the Auckland International Boat Show and Super Yacht Captains Forum, on Wednesday evening to a packed Viaduct Harbour Events Centre.
The AIBS has been moved from sunny February to an inclement mid-September to take advantage of the crowds expected for the Rugby World Cup.
First piece of advice is to bring a warm jacket.
Much of the show is outside - spanning the width of the Viaduct Harbour - it is literally shore to shore coverage. So don't think that when you hit the channel in the middle that you've seen the Show - you're only halfway.
Prime Minister, John Key (right) with Peter Busfield (centre) and Ian Cook - Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum, September 2011 Richard Gladwell
There is absolutely everything imaginable at the show to do with boats. It is truly a marine kaleidoscope of which Auckland and New Zealand have never seen before. If you take previous shows and double or triple that experience - you can start to imagine the size and variety that is on at the Auckland International Boat Show.
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The Millennium cup, the Volvo Trophy and the Louis Vuitton Cup - Opening Cocktail Function - Auckland International Boat Show and Superyacht Captains Forum, September 2011 Richard Gladwell
On the racing scene, the America's Cup World Series continues at Plymouth. The Match racing will run today, Friday and Saturday and on Sunday the grand finale fleet race will take place.
According to the latest prognosis from Predictwind the competitors are in for another squirt of windy weather for the final two days - and we should see more action similar to the first two days of the event.
The situation with the coverage of this event for New Zealand viewers is quite unclear. We are assured that TVNZ will be covering the final day live from Plymouth - set your recorders for the early hours of Monday morning.
We have a story in this newsletter about coverage being blocked on the main America's Cup event channel provided by YouTube. We are uncertain as to what is happening. At the time of writing some replays are blocked, others are not. We are assured the main coverage is available live in New Zealand - whether that is the case is another matter - and we're not keen to get up at 1.00am to find out. Those who have done so have been treated to the BBC News instead of the World Series.
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