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 07 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 7 October 2011

Television NZ makes a statement along with ACEA on the Youtube blocking controversy  
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 7 October 2011

New Zealand is facing a major potential environmental disaster with the grounding of the Liberian registered Rena on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga.

The reasons for the incident are not explained as the ship was 30 minutes from port.

Of more immediate concern is the removal of fuel oil from aboard the vessel - reported to be 17,000 cubic metres.

Latest news is that a fuel ship is leaving Auckland and will be ready in Tauranga on Monday. However by then the wind is expected to be in the east and increasing in strength and the calm conditions that are prevailing at present will not continue.

In this edition we show the five day forecast courtesy of and also an option from Lancer Industries involving the use of inflatable barges which are capable of operating in reasonably heavy seas. We also feature several photos of the inflatable barges in action, and out of the water showing their enormous volume.

A Lancer oil recovery inflatable owned by US Coastguard  Lancer Industries

Today we spoke to Ronald Winstone, Technical Director of Lancer Industries who has practical experience in oil recovery practices around the world. The barges from Lancer are capable of being deployed very quickly - they fit into a package the size of an office desk and can be flown in from anywhere in the world.

Two of these barges capable of taking 100 tonnes each are in Auckland. Much larger ones destined for the US Coastguard are also believed to be in Auckland. Already over 48 hours have elapsed with a vital calm weather period being wasted.

According to one expert, the Rena is a 20year old ship, well onto the reef and is expected to break up. She will surely break her back in any sort of a sea, driven by 20kt plus onshore winds expected early next week.

We'll update this story over the weekend.

What NZ fans were stopped from seeing - AC45 Energy Team in Plymouth - America's Cup World Series 2011  © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In this edition we also feature the story on the blocking of America's Cup World Series coverage into New Zealand - both on the Livestreaming on Youtube on the first two days of the event, and then the full length delayed coverage into New Zealand, which was blocked for a period of seven days.

Some people who should know better made some defamatory comments about Sail-World, and our use of video from the ACWS in our coverage of the event.

In the story in this edition, we set the record straight.

Quite what happens from here is anyone's guess. Questions we have asked in that regard are yet to be answered.

Rod Davis, Coach Emirates Team NZ writes of the Extreme 40 experience in Nice and the changes ahead  Emirates Team NZ

Staying with the America's Cup, or rather Emirates Team NZ, we are pleased to be able to run a couple of stories from their new site

These are both written in a refreshingly open way by Rod Davis (Coach and a very good yachting scribe in his own right), as well as Camper skipper Chris Nicholson reporting in from Alicante, Spain ahead of the race start.

We haven't yet featured the videos being posted regularly by the team on - again they swing away from the technically very perfect, carefully sculpted pieces from the site and also Oracle Racing. Instead the Kiwi team uses iPhones and similar - with team boss Grant Dalton going down to the ground floor and interviewing a couple of team members about their role in the team and their contribution. This 'fly on the wall' technique is very different, works well in its own way, and we look forward to more.

Reuben Corbett v Peter Gilmour - WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup 2011  © Chris Davies/WMRT

In the Argo Group Gold Cup, only Phil Robertson has made it to the Quarter-Finals. The other two New Zealand teams missed the Repechage phase.

We have reports and images from the event and will continue to update over the weekend.

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.

A typically close Y88 top mark rounding - 2010 North Sails Y88 Owners Champs  Rick Hackett

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 go where it is needed.

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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America's Cup: Television NZ admits error over Youtube block in NZ
Richard Gladwell,
Two weeks after having the America's Cup Event Authority block Youtube video of the America's Cup World Series in to New Zealand, TVNZ's General Manager of Sport, Murray Needham has admitted that the Youtube coverage published by did not breach copyright and that claims made by him to that effect were incorrect.... [more]
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Time running out fast for oil recovery from stricken ship on NZ reef
Richard Gladwell,
The spell of fortuitous weather that has blessed salvage recovery operations at the Astrolabe Reef are expected to end around midday Sunday, when the offshore wind swings to the east. According to a wind prognosis from America's Cup winning software from, the winds will change around noon on Sunday and will swing east. The wind change will produce much bigger waves... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 set for Almeria + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is set to take place in the Spanish city of Almeria, in the region of Andalucia from the 12th to 16th October. Almeria is the perfect setting for the penultimate Act of the 2011 series which will bear witness to the passions of the 11 Extreme 40 teams as they battle for victory... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Argo Group Gold Cup - Williams looks goods
World Match Racing Tour,
In the WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup, Ian Williams has continued his great run of form by qualifying for the knock out stages after an epic third Qualifying Session in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. Wildcard Staffan Lindberg was the sole non-Tour Card Holder to automatically qualify for the knock out stages after finishing top of his group.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Nico's Blog: A hectic first week in Alicante
Chris Nicholson,
Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson updates on the first week of buildup in Alicante: it has been a hectic first week in Alicante. After arriving at the end of our European tour the boat was hauled out immediately and we went straight into our final date with the rules ‘policeman' in order to get the boat signed-off. Five days later and we are just now getting towards the end of that intense process... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet enter Cape Verde Islands
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leader Campagne de France reached the Cape Verde Islands shortly before midnight on Wednesday after ten days of racing in Leg 1 from Mallorca to Cape Town. As the Franco-British duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron left the island of Sal to port and entered the 150-mile wide archipelago, Ross and Campbell Field on board BSL followed in second place... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Coach's Blog - Up-skilling in the Extreme 40
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's Coach and sailing scribe, Rod Davis writes on the method behind the multi-multihull event racing program being undertaken by the worlds most successful professional sailing team: 'What I should add is that we were not good to ourselves as well. We made way too many mistakes in the lead up to the regatta and on the water. Thus we got beat up pretty good, and it hurts...'... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 3 – Quantum Racing on count back
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi TP52 World Championships - Patience may have been a key virtue as the early lack of breeze again imposed a delay to the start of the third day of racing. Defending world champions Quantum Racing lost no time in establishing themselves at the front of race four which they lead from start to finish.... [more]
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Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships round two
Sharon Allison,
Traditional 22ft Dhow Sailing Championships – The teams are gearing up to race again this weekend. Team Dahees, who was the overall winner of the 2009/2010 season slipped in form during 2010/2011 to finish a disappointing twenty-ninth in the league. ‘We hope winning the first race is a good omen for us and we're excited about racing at the weekend,' said Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al Marzouoqi... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Energy Team heading for The Cup
Pierre Giboire,
America's Cup World Series - After getting to grips with the AC45 one design catamaran just two months ago in Cascais, Energy Team led by Bruno and Loïck Peyron showed in Plymouth last month that they had made a lot of progress and were starting to pose a real threat to the top teams. The team can feel more relaxed about the next leg of the AC World Series, in San Diego (USA)... [more]
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PWA Reno World Cup Sylt - Youth Slalom Champions
Ed Sinclair,
PWA Reno World Cup Sylt - During the Sylt world cup prize giving, French slalom whiz Jules Denel (Exocet) was awarded the 2011 Youth Slalom Champion award. Since the prize giving it has come to the attention of the PWA that Turkish slalom talent Enes Yilmazer (JP / NeilPryde) should have been awarded the title.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup day 2 – Fast and furious
Talbot Wilson,
WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup - While day one was a drifter, day two in the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup was a mad, day-long dash. From 9:00 until after 6:00 in the evening, the race committee got off sixteen races for Group 2, sixteen races for Group 3 and twelve for Group 1 for a total of forty-four on the day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Uncomfortable night for teams
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'Gutted, absolutely gutted, that's how we feel on Welcome to Yorkshire at present,' reports a disappointed Rupert Dean this morning. Explaining the reasons for his dark mood, the skipper of the English entry says, 'We started this race to Geraldton in fine form, got ourselves into a good position over the start line and were in third place at the windward mark... [more]
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Catamarans at EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix
European Sailing Federation,
When it comes to high performance there are few boats capable of outpacing catamarans and two such classes have been invited to the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix.... [more]
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Princess Letizia to christen Telefónica ahead of qualifying race
Volvo Ocean Race,
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia will bring a touch of royalty to the Volvo Ocean Race. The Princess will also present a Spanish flag to Team Telefónica, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Iker Martínez, before joining Prince Felipe, an Olympic sailor himself and the heir to the Spanish throne, to inspect the fleet.... [more]
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2011 North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs on this weekend at Bucks
Mike Leyland,
The North Sails Young 88 Owners Champs will be contested by fifteen boats this coming weekend on the waters bounded by Browns Island, Rangitoto and the city. The Owners Champs require owners to be 'drivers' and is a Corinthian counterpart to the white hot competition of the professional crews battling it out in the Harken Y88 Nationals held in April.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine closes its doors
Jeni Bone,
Iconic Sydney dealership, Andrew Short Marine has gone into liquidation, only days before the second anniversary of Andrew Short's death in a yachting accident.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup - Unexpected wins and unexpected defeats
World Match Racing Tour,
The 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup burst into life today after several Tour Card Holders tasted defeat against wildcards and qualifiers in the second Qualifying Session in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. In the opening exchanges, the headlines were all about Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team ISV and Lance Fraser (BER) Freelance-Digicel.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 4 to Geraldton WA underway
Heather Ewing,
The ten teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. Race 4 started under cloudless blue skies and a brisk south easterly breeze of 15 to 20 knots. Gold Coast Australia was first to cross the line, marked at one end by the South African Navy mine hunter, San Umzimkulu.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet gets a taste of Trade Wind sailing
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet were given a taste of Trade Wind sailing conditions on Tuesday night in the midst of a north-easterly breeze. While the race leaders, Campagne de France with BSL in second place, were already stretching away from the coast separated by 29 miles at dawn on Wednesday with the Cape Verde Islands 190 miles off their bows... [more]
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TP52 World Championships day 2 - Paramount Park Murcia on top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championships - The long wait for wind on the Costa Smeralda was rewarded with enough for just one late afternoon windward-leeward race. A first win in the colours of new sponsor Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) for the Spanish team headed up by Ignacio Triay promoted the crew to step clear at the top of a tight leaderboard with a margin of just one point ahead of Tony Langley's Gladiator... [more]
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Cup Regatta for Classic Yachts on Port Phillip Bay preview
Peter Costolloe,
Fifth Annual Cup Regatta for Classic Yachts to be held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, October 28-31, sustains the tradition that began in 1888 with the Centenary Intercolonial Regatta for Australian and New Zealand yachts held on Port Phillip Bay. The regatta will be conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria on behalf of the Classic Yacht Association of Australia.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings October 5 - Wright tops Finn rankings
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 5 October 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 30 November and will include Sail Melbourne, the first of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race launches Keep the Oceans Clean! initiative
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race is mounting a global campaign to encourage action against the pollution swirling in our oceans, threatening sea-life and washing ashore on beaches across the world. Together with artist collective Skeleton Sea, the Volvo Ocean Race aims to raise awareness of the problem while voicing a call for everyone to help reduce pollution... [more]
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NSW Youth Championships finishes with ideal conditions
Mainsheet Media,
Final day of the 2011 Nautilus Marine NSW Youth Championships on Lake Illawarra had a pleasant 20 knot breeze blowing. The NSW sailors had something to prove as the visiting teams from Victoria, Queensland and the ACT had provided stiff competition over the regatta so far.... [more]
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The show versus the competition: the biggest question of all?
Rod Davis, Seahorse,
The show versus the competition. There is a new breed of regatta that I call the 'show', because they have stepped into that murky bog that separates competition from theatre. The Extreme 40 and America's Cup World Series are the leaders in 'show' regattas, and if you believe everything you read in the media you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the way of all sailboat racing. Thankfully... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup slow start
Talbot Wilson,
The first day of the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup saw Bermuda's top match racer Blythe Walker (BER) and Team RenRe fall to Jesper Radich (DEN) and Adrian Lee & Partners on a day when rain and shipping movements blotted out much of the programme. In that opening match, both Walker and Radich were over the line when the start gun fired, and had to turn back to re-start.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet welcomes the breeze
Oliver Dewar,
Part of the Global Ocean Race fleet were hampered by pockets of breeze going into Monday evening off the coast of Western Sahara. Separated by 62 miles, Cessna Citation in third and Financial Crisis in fourth fell into a hole of two to four knots around 70 miles off the coast in the mid-evening before 11 knots of NNE breeze arrived before midnight, pushing the two Class40s south at seven knots.... [more]
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RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup puts champions face to face
Talbot Wilson,
The RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup is set to begin on Thursday but today, the world's best young Opti sailors, ages 11 to 15, set out in Bermuda's Hamilton harbor for a first practice race. Meeting each other on the water and on the docks for the first time today, these youngsters come from all corners of the world and are true ambassadors of their sport.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup first day frustrations
World Match Racing Tour,
The 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup is the penultimate stage of the World Match Racing Tour and is being held from fourth-9th of October at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Today's opening day witnessed ISAF Match Racing World Championship contenders Jesper Radich, Bjorn Hansen and Francesco Bruni take victories in their first matches on what proved to be a frustrating opening day of racing in Bermuda.... [more]
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ZOKE Kiwi Match Step Up To The Big League
Logan Fraser,
Zoke Kiwi Match Racing reports ahead of the Argo Group Gold Cup, part of the World Match Racing Tour, in Bermuda: Coming off our recent successes in the USA, ZOKE Kiwi Match is about to step things up a level. The team is off to Bermuda, for stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour - the Bermuda Gold Cup. This will be our first World Tour event for the year and timing couldn't be better, given ou... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper Emirates Team NZ measure up
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson says that one of the biggest challenges of this campaign has been getting through the race's stringent measurement process and that the most regular book he has read for the last two years is the Volvo Ocean Race rulebook.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma enters the spotlight
Volvo Ocean Race,
With less than one month until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Puma Ocean Racing skipper Ken Read is urging his crew to keep their ‘blinders on', ignore the bar-talk and remain focused as they arrive in Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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