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 21 Sep 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 September 2011

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Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 September 2011

The America's Cup World Series has concluded in Plymouth, England with plenty of crash and burn in the final race, sailed in winds of up to 30 kts.

Emirates Team NZ were not able to make it a clean sweep, but survived the day intact, and exiting the second round of the ACWS, with a four point lead. Bob Fisher and Ben Gladwell report for Sail-World on the final day. Plus there's some great images of the action from some of the world's top sailing photographers.

Those who follow the ratings of the ACWS will be only too well aware that there is a big spike when there is a spot of carnage, particularly if it is caught on video. But straight competitive racing with a good tactical battle and a few lead changes does not pull the punters to the same extent.

Ratings spike with every bit of carnage at America's Cup World Series   Gilles Martin-Raget/

The Youtube blocks are continuing unabated with the collaborating parties, America's Cup Event Authority and the NZ rights holder, Television New Zealand sticking to their guns and blocking the replay coverage on Youtube for a period of seven days.

We've provided a full schedule of the commentaries for the seven days of the event. If you can't stop the location blockers, then watch each day as the videos are progressively unblocked.

America's Cup World Series - Day 7, 18 September 2011  Gilles Martin-Raget/

There's plenty of great action from Day 1 and 2 available already.

There are ways around these Youtube blocks - but they work on some systems, and not others. We will be publishing what we know and have been able to find out on the whole saga over the next day or two. However like most things with the America's Cup - if you want to find out the truth, then follow the money.

Emirates Team New Zealand in the final fleet race of the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth. 18/9/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Staying with the AC45's don't forget to catch Dean Barker's thoughts on the ACWS at Plymouth, before he headed off to a Nexus board meeting in Southampton.

Camper, Emirates Team NZ's Volvo Ocean Race entry has arrived at Camper HQ. After a tour through the impressive facilities and the opportunity for some rather excited Camper staff to meet their sailing ‘stars' things really kicked off with a BBQ and party ably encouraged by the Camper in-house band. Click here to read the full story on Emirates Team NZ's Facebook page.

Camper crewman and rock star, Tony Rae joins the band at the Camper HQ welcome  Emirates Team NZ

The Auckland International Boat Show is over for another year. As we mentioned in the last edition there have been some bold moves made. In this newsletter we carry a story on the Superyacht Captains Forum which was conducted during the show, and Rebecca Hayter sums up the highlights of the four day show.

Laurie Jury NZL - ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final 2011  Sail Sheboygan - copyright

Laurie Jury and crew have won the prestigious ISAF Nations Cup for matchracing, sailed in Sheboygan, USA. It's Jury's first win in an ISAF Level 1 regatta, and continues the run of success that Jury and his crew have enjoyed this year in USA.

Nice downwind sailing conditions for Ambassadors - RPNYC 129th Opening and Ambassador's Race  Chris Coad

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: A War of Attrition as 'Super' Sunday - gusts to 30kts
Bob Fisher,
It would appear that there are those who listen in the AC hierarchy, or maybe it is simply because daylight diminishes early in San Diego. There will be 'seeding' racing on the Wednesday of the AC World Series in November, as well as on the Thursday, with Friday and Saturday reserved for match racing. See the extended highlights video (able to be viewed in New Zealand)... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Reflections on 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: Reflecting on our win in the preliminaries last week, our second in the Match Race seeding regatta, winning the Match Race Championship of Plymouth, and then second in the Fleet Race today it has been a v... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Welcome to Yorkshire separates from fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Rupert Dean, skipper of Welcome to Yorkshire, said his team is aware that they have chosen a high risk strategy by heading out on a limb and have taken a 'big hit' in terms of their distance to the finish and position in the fleet.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Mike Golding's monohull relaunched
Vendée Globe,
The monohull Gamesa came out of the Green Marine boat yard in Hythe, Great Britain, last Tuesday and will be christened by Princess Anne at the Southampton Boat Show, on 20th September. For Mike Golding, this is the first step on the way to his ultimate goal of becoming the first British sailor to win the Vendée Globe.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefónica returns to Alicante
Team Telefónica,
Volvo Ocean Race - On the 17th of May this year, now some four months and three days ago, the Spanish team's Volvo Open 70 'Telefónica' set off from the port of Alicante bound for the team base at Mariana Rubicón, in Lanzarote. Right now the Spanish boat is covering the last few miles ahead of the approach to the port hosting the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Viewed from the Water - Fleet Racing Final
Ben Gladwell,
The final day of racing at the Plymouth Americas Cup World Series event was to be a three lap fleet race around Plymouth Sound in 19-22 knots of breeze with gusts of up to 30 knots. Expectations for some exciting racing were high and the crowds of spectators that lined The Hoe were not disappointed, with dramas unfolding right from the get-go until well after the winners crossed the finish line.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Mirabaud duo start intense preparations
Bernard Schopfer,
Transat Jacques Vabre – The Mirabaud offshore duo start the race on the 30 October. They stepped the new mast last weekend and have started an intense preparation phase ahead of next month's race. Last Friday, Mirabaud went for its first sail since limping into Argentina under jury rig during the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie amongst sailors named in Team GB for 2012 London Olympics
Matt Carter,
London Olympic Games - The road to 2012 glory has just got one step closer for some of the nation's top sailors who today (20 September) became the first British athletes to be officially selected to compete for Team GB. Ben Ainslie, the triple Olympic gold and silver medallist and Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association... [more]
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WSSR Council ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both administered and claimed by the RORC.... [more]
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REAL NZ Festival of Sails underway with RPNYC Ambassador's Race
RPNYC Events,
The REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails, three weeks of back to back sailing action on Wellington Harbour, running from 17 September through to 10 October, got under way this past weekend with the Ambassador's Race coinciding with 129th Season Opening for Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Full commentary videos - Plymouth, 2011
Below are the links to Youtube America's Cup channel for the full race commentary videos for the America' Cup World Series sailed in Plymouth. For New Zealand viewers these will be blocked for a period of seven days, due to an arrangement between America's Cup Event Authority and Television NZ for which neither party will admit responsibility. Each points to the other.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Fleet Racing - Final day of America's Cup Worlds
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water at Plymouth, England for the final day of the fleet racing in the America's Cup World Series and submitted this gallery of the day's racing... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia extends lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The ten teams are enjoying a welcome respite from the punishing weather conditions experienced over the weekend after the strong winds moderated. However, the wind direction is not doing the fleet any favours as it is blowing from the very place the crews are trying to reach, forcing the ten skippers to head off at a tangent.... [more]
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Strong sales reported from Auckland International Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
The 13th Auckland International Boat Show was opened by Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday evening and closed at 6pm Sunday, 18 September, having launched a new era in the New Zealand marine industry with a new venue and new time of year.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ leads America's Cup World Series standings
Warren Douglans,
Emirates Team New Zealand leads both the match racing and fleet racing sections of the America's Cup World Series. After two regattas the team has 19 points of a possible 20 in each.... [more]
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Superyacht Captains flock to Auckland to Captains' Forum
Clive Bennett,
The inaugural Superyacht Captains Forum in Auckland, New Zealand from 14 to 16 September achieved its ambitious schedule of superyacht-related topics and gave international superyacht captains a comprehensive overview of New Zealand and the South Pacific as a superyacht cruising and refit destination.... [more]
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Australian Multihull Championships - Line honours to Mad Max
Ian Grant,
Australian Multihull Championships - Specialist multihull racing skipper George Owen cleverly mastered an unstable soft southerly wind to steer the Victorian catamaran Mad Max to a runaway line honours win on Moreton Bay today. Mad Max racing for honours over the unfamiliar course was unmatched for boat speed in a breeze which rarely gusted above five knots... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final – Laurie Jury and Claire Leroy victorious
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final – Laurie Jury and Claire Leroy won the ISAF Nations Open and Women's division in racing marked by strong winds and big waves. Sunday's conditions were brisk, with a strong onshore southeast 15- to 18-knot breeze with gusts to 20, and the seas built to three to six feet, with larger breaking waves roaring through the starting area, putting boat handling at a premium.... [more]
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Images from Plymouth: America's Cup World Series Final Day
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture the sailing action and carnage on the final day of the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, England - where the AC45's raced in winds of up to 30kts.... [more]
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Laser fleet sailing for Perth
PSA Media,
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships being held between Saturday third and Sunday 18th December 2011, by the far the largest fleet in combination will be the Laser Radial and Laser Standard. The task of building the 275 brand new Lasers for the World Championships is reaching its final stage in the Performance Sailcraft (PSA) factory.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final- Aussie sailors win Bronze
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have won Bronze on the final day of the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Australian Women's Match Racing Team trio of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty defeated the Dutch crew, skippered by Mandy Mulder, two wins to one in the Bronze medal match.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012: Hardesty to defend Worlds title in Sydney
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty will take time off from his many professional sailing commitments to return to his favoured class, the Etchells, to compete in the 2012 World Championship to be held in Sydney in February 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Team Korea shake up Plymouth
Taewoo Kwon,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, a new Challenger and the only new nation to enter the 34th America's Cup, Team Korea is shaking up the establishment as after the first two regattas of this inaugural Series, they are in a remarkable second position overall in the Match Racing Championship behind two of the powerhouse teams in the sport, and fifth overall with the combined results... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Close finish to Act 6
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 6 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Trapani has now come to a close with Leigh McMillan's team on The Wave, Muscat making it two in a row after they took the victory in Act 6. The team added to their success this year as they also took victory in Act 5 of the series which took place in Cowes, UK.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup event summary + Video
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now come to a close Klitmoller and the locale has lived up to its name of Cold Hawaii as insane conditions for the third stop on the men's wave tour were served up, allowing Philip Koster to claim the world title with one event to spare.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Artemis Racing capsize images
Sander van der Borch,
At the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, it was a big day for the crew on Artemis Racing with a collision, a near capsize and then a capsize rounding out the day.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing first and third
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing ended the America's Cup World Series Plymouth on a high note by placing first and third in a raucous race on Plymouth Sound. 'We're very happy with today's performance,' said winning skipper Jimmy Spithill who passed teammate Russell Coutts to the ACWS Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Mixed fleet at Prologue Race
Oliver Dewar,
With one week remaining to the start of the Global Ocean Race on Sunday 25 September, two of the event's double-handed Class40 teams joined the Regata Social de Bienvenida al Camper on Sunday in the Bay of Palma. The organisers, Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), is hosting a week of events for the Camper team and invited the GOR fleet to join the racing on Sunday.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Artemis Racing - a collision and a capsize
Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Boat speeds over 50 km/hr and winds gusting up to 35 knots made for exciting racing on the final day. A collision just seconds before the start between GreenComm and Artemis Racing ultimately meant the race for Skipper Terry Hutchinson and the crew. It was a port starboard incident and the umpires swiftly gave the penalty to the Spanish team... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper arrives in Lorient, France
Camper, the Volvo Ocean Race entry sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand has arrived in the French port of Lorient as she heads for the race start in Alicante.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Trapani more images by Stefano Gattini
Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini,
Extreme Sailing Series Trapani 2011 more images from photographer Stefano Gattini of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Trapani images by Stefano Gattini
Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini,
Extreme Sailing Series Trapani 2011 images from photographer Stefano Gattini of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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Be Your Own Sailing Coach – A 'must read' for Dinghy sailors
Rob Kothe,
Jon Emmett's book ‘Be Your Own Sailing Coach' is fast becoming a performance dinghy sailing classic. He has roped in some mates to add their perspectives; the 2008 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist Paul Goodison, Simon Hiscocks (dual Olympic 49er medallist) and Joe Glanfield (dual Olympic silver medallist 470 Class).... [more]
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