Fields fend off Pirates...REAL Festival of Sail in Wellington...Finns have windy start

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 04 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 October 2011

King Edward VII Gold Cup
- Argo Group Gold Cup - World Match Racing Tour 2011  PPL Photo Agency
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 October 2011

The action continues at the head of the Global Ocean Race as Campbell and Ross Field duke it out with Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, as they leave the African coast and head for the rounding mark off Brazil.

As of 2100hrs NZT, Campagne de France was 20nm ahead of the two Fields in Buckley Systems. Both yachts were sailing at around 9kts.

While the focus has been on the race, the real concern has been the activities of pirates off the African coast - and there have been several close encounters.

Campagne de France - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Jesus Renedo ©

For the last two days, the Fields have been sending blogs from Buckley Systems updating as to progress, life on board and with a wary eye out for pirates. Both stories are below.

Sorry we don't have any pictures from on board - still or video - but the blogs are a great read nevertheless.

Tonight, Tuesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup gets underway in Bermuda. Three New Zealand crews are competing, led by Phil Robertson, Reuben Corbett and Laurie Jury. There are 24 crews in total in the event.

Counting down - Wellington Spirit Invitational  Chris Coad

We will be carrying daily reports on, and hopefully have some reports from the crews themselves.

In this edition of's newsletter we have two reports from the Youth Match racing in Wellington and the Wellington Spirit International. Both events are part of the REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails - contested in rather better sailing weather than enjoyed in the northern end of the island.

The Finn sailors copped it - sailing their first regatta of the season on the Manukau in 15-25kt+ NE winds.

Close pre-start action - 2011 NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals  Chris Coad

We have reports on all three events in this edition - all via Sail-World's story and image submission system. It's there for you to use as well!

We are also pleased to be able to report that Kiwi Yachting are distributing SOS Marine safety equipment in New Zealand. We feature one of their products in this issue - the SOS Dan Buoy which will be available at retailers around NZ at a cost of $499.00. SOS are a preferred supplier to the Australian Police and emergency services.

Extended SOS Dan Bouy - now available in NZ Via Kiwi Yachting Consultants  

And don't forget, as the new season gets underway in New Zealand, please don't forget the sailors of Christchurch - particularly the young sailors who need to keep their national campaigns going but find it hard to justify spending money on their sport that is needed for other things with their families.

Please have a gold coin collection, and auction dinner or similar function and send the funds through to the Mander Yachting Trust, PO Box 19-733 Christchurch. Your money will where it is needed.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - TP52 World Championship 2011  Francesco Nonnoi

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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Close contest at 2011 New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championship
RPNYC Events,
The 2011 New Zealand Youth Match Racing Championships were sailed this past week in champagne sailing conditions on Wellington's inner harbour as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails.... [more]
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New Zealand Sailing team win inaugural Wellington Spirit Invitational
RPNYC Events,
The Wellington Spirit Yacht Racing Team laid down a challenge to other sailing teams, clubs and crews to take them on in the Wellington Spirit Invitational as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails.... [more]
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Waka Racing reporting from Chicago Match Cup
Waka Racing,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing, led by Phil Robertson, report after the final day of the Chicago Match Racing Cup: Wind, wind and more wind greeted us for the last two days of racing here in Chicago. With us qualifying 2nd for the quarter finals we picked USA legend Bill Hardesty. It went to the wire... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 28 - From Plymouth
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 3 October 2011 covering events after Plymouth... [more]
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Award winning life saving Dan Buoy now available in NZ
The SOS Dan Buoy is contained in a compact unit that self-inflates on contact with the water in a man-overboard situation. The 2 meter high marker is visible from up to 1700m away and a keel-like weighting system holds it upright in virtually any sea state where pole markers or life rings might lose visual contact.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 4 - Showcase sells out!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
Running throughout the ten days of the Auckland Stopover, the Marine Showcase, is designed to offer New Zealand's leading marine industry innovators and suppliers a unique opportunity to exhibit products and information to the 200,000+ expected visitors and to build relationships with the international yachting world via access to the Volvo Ocean Race exclusive hospitality facility.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: A very eventful 24 hours on Buckley Systems
Ross and Campbell Field,
Ross and Campbell Field report from abroad Buckley Systems in the Global Ocean Race:... [more]
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Vodafone enables live broadcasting of OptiWorlds racing in New Zealand
Nathalie van Dort,
The latest major sponsor to confirm its involvement with the Opti Worlds NZ is Vodafone New Zealand, and the result promises to be a major leap forward for spectatorship of dinghy racing. The giant of the communications market will be making a significant investment in equipment and systems for the world championship youth sailing event, including Live Streaming of all races and mark roundings,... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup preview
Talbot Wilson,
Argo Group Gold Cup - Winning every race in the qualifying rounds of the Argo Group Gold Cup, starting today, is of utmost importance. Only eight of the 24 teams make the Quarter-Finals, and since there are eight teams in each of the three groups, even one or two losses will throw a top ranked World Match Racing Tour skipper into the six-team Repecarge round-robin.... [more]
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QLD Youth Sailing Development Camp and Championships a success
Sarah Rice,
Last week 59 of the best youth sailors in Queensland rolled into Yeppoon to fight for the title of QLD Youth Champion for their specific classes... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet on the hunt
Oliver Dewar,
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup hopefuls look for a boost
World Match Racing Tour,
Argo Group Gold Cup - Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing has lifted the Gold Cup on three occasions and accepts current Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar is the in-form skipper however he also believes the variables in Bermuda will give the chasing teams a great chance to boost their title hopes.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship feels the heat
Jill Campbell,
The UNO Farr 40 European Championship and the Farr 40 Event 3 competitors experienced stormy, wet weather this past week but, those conditions have now given way to sunshine and blue skies as eight participating teams prepare for two the two decisive Farr 40 regattas in Istanbul, Turkey.... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Europe Cup images
Carlo Borlenghi,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Europe Cup images from photographer Guido Trombetta... [more]
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Y'all come back now, ya hear - Heaven Can Wait, a personal journey
Peter McIntosh,
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TP52 World Championship - Great training for Audi Azzurra
Giuliano Luzzatto,
The Audi TP52 World Championship held a practice race today and together with the other competitors, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team had a productive training day on their home waters in Porto Cervo. The Transpac 52 boats gathered in Porto Cervo for the Class World Championship with the cream of professional yachtsmen aboard... [more]
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TP52 World Championship practice race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the TP52 World Championships, Vasco Vascotto's usual beaming smile tells a story in itself. But the charismatic Italian tactician of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team's entry to this week's Championship representing the colours of the host club, the Yacht Club Smeralda, reaffirmed today that there is no more stress than usual, as they seek to win the world title on their boat's home waters.... [more]
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Artemis Offshore Academy selection trials complete
UK Artemis Offshore Academy,
The 2011 Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials have been completed. A total of sixteen candidates were chosen to take part in the Selection Trials which took place last week at two locations – the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the Wokefield Park Corporate Outdoor Learning Centre.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 - Excellent performance by Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
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OK Dinghy Inland Championships - Title triple for Nick Craig after win
Robert Deaves,
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Champions Galore at MMRC 2011
Monsoon Cup,
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Global Ocean Race: Under way but not under command - Field's Sunday
Ross and Campbell Field,
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Windy start to NZ Finn Season on the Manukau
Ray Hall,
Nine Finns dusted off the cobwebs for the first regatta of the season during a traditionally windy part of spring. The weather did not disappoint with NE 15-25+knts experienced through out the weekend allowing for some fun rides downwind.... [more]
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The Longest Regatta Bar in the World - or, What's in a Name?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
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For 24 Hours - just you, your mates and Lake Macquarie
Heaven Can Wait media,
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Chicago Match Cup win to Swinton and Black Swan Racing + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam event summary
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 7 high suspense French victory + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
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Will the Extreme Sailing Series survive the America's Cup onslaught?
Kate Laven, The Telegraph (UK),
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Global Ocean Race fleet headed down the coast
Oliver Dewar,
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Adris RC44 Cup overall - Team Aqua victorious + Video
Jo Grindley,
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Chicago Match Cup – Spectacular Final + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Cup – Gale force winds continued today on Lake Michigan, yet despite the cold blustery conditions the action always remained hot for sailors and spectators alike in the final day of racing, held off the east end of Chicago's famous Navy Pier.... [more]
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Santa Maria Cup Women's Match Racing Championship overall
Susan Nahmias,
Santa Maria Cup - Anna Tunnicliffe (Team Maclaren - USA) took four exciting flights to win today. Second place went to Julie Bossard (France) and third place to Becca Dellenbaugh (USA). There were consistently strong winds on this final day of the Championship accompanied by choppy water. In the third flight of the final, Elodie Fauve of Team Bossard fell overboard and quickly recovered... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 10 - World Series, Plymouth
The America's Cup World Series Plymouth is drawing to a close, we follow the conclusion of the Match Racing Championships with Team Korea and GB Olympic hopeful Tom Daley. We'll also uncover the jet ski umpires and go behind the scenes with Emirates Team New Zealand, as the kiwis look to end their regatta on a high.... [more]
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