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 15 Sep 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 September 2011

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.

Don't forget to buy your tickets online - just click on the banner at the top of this page. You'll save money, too!

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.

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, Racing Day 1  © Juerg Kaufmann www.go4image.com

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.

Luna Rossa on Day 1 at Trapani for Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2011  Lloyd Images ©

Other events we will be covering this weekend include the Audi MedCup being raced in Spain and the Extreme 40's sailing in Trapani, Italy. Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com for the latest updates.

America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, Racing Day 1  © Juerg Kaufmann www.go4image.com

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Prime Minister opens Auckland International Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
The Right Honourable John Key opened the 13th Auckland International Boat Show at a function in the new Viaduct Events Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 14 September. It is believed to be the first time, a boat show in New Zealand has been opened by a prime minister.... [more]
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Conde de Godó Trophy – Quantum moves closer to title
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy – With just three days to go the battles for the overall 52 Series title are still closer than they have been, at least since 2007 when Artemis won in Hyeres, France. In the overall standings for the season Bribón lie just half a point behind Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, who today really need to get their title back on track with a pair of strong results.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Jürg Kaufmann's perspective
Jürg Kaufman,
Top Swiss-based international sailing photographer, Jürg Kaufmann was in Plymouth for the opening two days of the second round of the America's Cup World Series, and compiled this galley of images, taken from a different perspective.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Reminders all round on ACWS Day 3 in Plymouth
Warren Douglas,
Day 3 the ACWS Plymouth regatta served up a few reminders to just about everyone. The established teams re-learned what they knew already – that big or small any team has the potential to win an AC45 short-course fleet race.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'An Absorbing Interest' goes into limited reprint
Top America's Cup and yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, will have his definitive work, 'An Absorbing Interest' reprinted in a limited edition of 500 copies only. All copies of 'An Absorbing interest' were quickly snapped up and now, due to constant demand, the decision has been taken to reprint a further 500 copies.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta Extends Invitation for Phuket Dinghy Series
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta will host the 2011 Phuket Dinghy Series following the success of last year's youth-orientated event, starting this coming weekend, September 17th and 18th.... [more]
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China Team, ready to sail the day after their major capsize
China Team ACWS Media,
The impact of the rig on the water was so hard that the rig just folded. The boat was battered, but the whole crew was safe and uninjured. The wing was destroyed and the extent of the damage on the wing was very visible as the boat sailed back to the base, while the damaged hull only came into light after thorough inspection.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour agrees exclusive partnership with Garrard
World Match Racing Tour,
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) has today signed a new exclusive partnership with Garrard, the world's oldest jewellers, to become the Official Jeweller and Silversmith to the Tour. The partnership with the world's leading professional sailing series will complement Garrard's rich heritage and association with sport where its famous hallmark can be found on renowned trophies... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 3 – Nursing the wounds
Bob Fisher,
There is no doubt that all the crews at the AC World Series are in need of practice, but this can prove counter-productive. Last night some of the teams were working round the clock to have their boats ready for today. China Team, after a spectacular series of cartwheels on what was a day off, needed to replace its wing.... [more]
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29er Harken GP at Lymington Town SC
Bill Tucker,
29er Harken GP is possibly the fastest and most 'furious'ed' GP of the year. Despite a forecast more suited to Mordor, 34 boats made the trip. Saturday was epic heavy weather racing for four races. Sunday was just biblical so even the one race was surprising.... [more]
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Conde de Godo Trophy - Pursuit slows for Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the Conde de Godo Trophy, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have achieved both a fourth and an eight place which has slowed their pursuit of Quantum who took seventh place today in order to control the Italian boat. Meanwhile Bribon got to work and back in the game.... [more]
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AC World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing gets tripped up + Video
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing's two crews were tripped up on Plymouth Sound in streaky and shifty winds. Oracle Racing Coutts placed fifth after the three races and Oracle Racing Spithill placed sixth.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Artemis Racing on top
Artemis Racing,
The America's Cup World Series Plymouth has today witnessed racing resume amid light air and gusty conditions which have made for challenging sailing amongst the nine professional teams competing in the event.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 - Day 1 off to a great start
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the first day of competition and Britain's multi-Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie had a great start after he took the victory in two races on the opening day in Trapani (Sicily). Driving Oman Air at his first ever Extreme 40 event, Ainslie and his team had put in a few days training but were managing expectations pre-start... [more]
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America's Cup coverage blocked for New Zealand fans - Updated
America's Cup Event organisers have blocked some of the coverage available for New Zealand fans from the America's Cup World series in Plymouth. The reasons for the block have not been confirmed but are believed to stem from the fact that America's Cup Events Authority have signed a broadcast agreement with local broadcaster, Television New Zealand.... [more]
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Conde de Godó Trophy title charge continues
Sabina-Mollart Rogerson,
The Conde de Godó Trophy being held in Barcelona, Spain is the fifth and final event in the Audi MedCup Circuit. Today, Niklas Zennstrom's RAN crew showed an impressive level of consistency amid light seabreeze conditions after they and the Spanish flagged team on Bribon both proved the ability to exactly repeat Tuesday's excellent opening day results and so step further clear of the pack.... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Energy Team fourth
Energy Team,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, it was a great day for Energy Team with a fine performance enabling them to finish the day in fourth place after three fleet races. The French team led by Loïck Peyron, who was very encouraged after his good result on Sunday (fourth), got off to some excellent starts and sailed smoothly and at speed in the light conditions.... [more]
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Veteran Big Boat Rally day 2 - Mariette takes victory
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda,
Veteran Big Boat Rally -The reign of Mariette of 1915 continues on the second day of racing. The 38 metre schooner leads the overall classification with victories in corrected time in both races held. Second in the overall classification is Moonbeam IV, Xavier Tancogne's 35 metre Fife-built gaff cutter. Moonbeam IV is currently on equal points with third-place Elena... [more]
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International 14 World Championships – Racing finally gets underway
Ed Clay and Glen Truswell,
International 14 World Championships - Race two and three finally happened today in Portland Harbour. The fleet launched into a gusty 20 knot breeze, for two races – the first combined the Prince of Wales (PoW) Cup and race two of the World Championship series.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Teams prepare for race start
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - With 11 days remaining until the start of the race, the five teams already based in the event's start port of Palma, Mallorca, continue the build-up process to the start gun on Sunday 25. On Friday, the GOR Race Village officially opened in Palma Marina and the teams are already in a rhythm of pre-race preparation for the 7,000 mile Leg 1 from Palma to Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Protesting – the ins and outs in brief
Event media,
Regatta racing for some can be very competitive whilst for others it is a great day out on the water. However, everyone is bound by the same rules of racing and need to be aware of them and what to do if they are broken. Most people spend their racing lives never involved in a protest whilst others attract protests like moths to a flame, so what should you do if you want to protest?... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Downwind dramas
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A day of downwind sailing has resulted in gear damage and torn sails across the fleet after the long-awaited wind filled in. With the spinnakers flying again, frustration has turned to excitement and in some cases drama, as a number of teams have reported damage overnight on the fourth day of race three.... [more]
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OK Dinghy gear review 2011
Robert Deaves,
Looking at the gear used by the top 10 sailors at the recent OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, Scotland it would be easy to assume that New Zealand has somewhat of a monopoly on fast OK Dinghies. Five of the hulls, six of the sails and all 10 of the masts were of New Zealand origin in some shape or form.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 1 - Canada at the top
For the first day of racing, the NYYC Race Committee opted to send the fleet 'inside', up Narragansett Bay. The south-southwest breeze ranged from seven to eight knots, building to the higher teens by the afternoon, and providing perfect conditions for the three races contested.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 2 howling winds
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the second day of competition in which Klitmoller's coastline was given a good thrashing by howling winds and enormous waves, ensuring insane action and allowing Ricardo Campello to fly through the single elimination.... [more]
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More images of San Francisco: Rolex Big Boat Series
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off San Francisco for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series and presents this second gallery of the best images of the regatta.... [more]
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New superyacht for Alinghi's Ernesto Bertarelli?
British media are reporting the that a stylish super-yacht said to be worth much more than £100million has been built in Plymouth for a super-rich client believed to be Ernesto Bertarelli. At 96 metres long, Vava II is the largest private motor yacht ever constructed in Britain... [more]
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ACWS - China Team Capsize + Video
China Team has capsized during a training sail on Tuesday. All crew are safe, although their wing is damaged. When China Team sailed back into the harbour in Plymouth there were sharp intakes of breath as sailors, shore crew and spectators gathered round to survey the damage on the broken wing of the AC45.... [more]
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Conde de Godó Barcelona Trophy fifth for Audi Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the Conde de Godó Barcelona Trophy, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have taken fifth place in both of the day's races. The team will be guests of AC Milan at the Champions League match against Barcelona this evening.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Double Trouble sweep
Rolex Big Boat Series 2011 - Sometimes things just happen to go your way. A few months ago, that wasn't the case for Andy Costello and his crew on the J-125, Double Trouble. Having just started the Trans Pac in Division 4 the day before, DT had moved into seventh overall in the fleet in short order, and begun to crack off and plan away from the much large boats when things went south in a hurry.... [more]
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Sail-World.com 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) Sail-World.com 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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Extreme Sailing Series gets underway tomorrow with rockstar crews
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 will get underway tomorrow. Jean-Pierre Dick, confirmed he will race an Extreme 40 team under the colours of his home town. Dick will race with Transat Jacques Vabre co-skipper, Jérémie Beyou who recently won the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro for the second time, and Billy Besson and Arnaud Jarlegant.... [more]
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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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