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 02 Nov 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 2 November 2011

Penfold Audi Sport won her first race using a carbon spar from NZ Spars and Rigging  Teri Dodds
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 2 November 2011

We expect some interesting news on the America's Cup front with the formal announcement that Luna Rossa has been accepted as a Challenger for the 34th America's Cup and that the Italian team will be working up with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Details of the arrangement are not known at this stage but we will have them tomorrow, Thursday, on

There's another rather interesting development on at the Viaduct Harbour on the Emirates Team NZ front. Again we hope to have more tomorrow, Thursday.

The New Zealand Womens Match Racing Team, Koru Match, have bounced back nicely from not being selected for the Pre-Olympics in Weymouth to winning the NZ Womens Match Racing Championships and then going on to take second place in the Busan Womens Match Cup and picking up a very useful cheque for USD15,000 (NZD18,720) along the way. A bit more than icecream money - unless your name is Vicenzo Onorato (remember his quip from the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup?).

We have a great story from Koru Match in this edition accompanied by some excellent video - don't miss it.

Koru Match celebrate their win in Korea with a big cheque  Koru Match

We have three stories from NZ sparmakers in this edition of's newsletter. Two from NZ Spars and Rigging on their involvement with Ross and Campbell Field's Global Ocean Race Leg 1 winner, Buckley Systems. Ross Field explains why they ran with the Birkenhead based company. And the second is how a Melbourne sailor upgraded his soft alloy spar to a carbon model from NZ Spars and rigging, flew it to the boat and went out and won his first race with the new kit.

Endeavour under goes sea trials, Auckland with a new set of Southern Spars  

The splendid J-class yacht Endeavour is occasionally seen out on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, as she undergoes sea trials following a major refit, part of which is being fitted with a new set of spars from Southern Spars and a North Sailing inventory. We have the story and initial pictures of one of the world's classic yachts. We understand that she is so new, that as of last weekend her owner had not yet seen her in the flesh, so to speak. Hopefully we will have more images in the weeks to come.

Many have heard of Victor Kovalenko - the now Australian based coach who has backed the winners of 13 470 world championship winners and eight Olympc medal winners in the 470 class. In this edition we feature a profile with the Russian born coach, who never quite made it to the Olympics, but certainly put his stamp on the five ring event as a coach for two nations.

Pro-Am Race day during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Alicante stopover. Camper - Team NZ  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

On Tuesday, Sail-World set a new world record for online sailing media with the biggest ever newsletter - sent to a massive 115,000 subscribers as part of our coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race. Compare that to our previous record of 55,000 sent for the 2008 Olympics and you can gauge the impact the web is having on sailing.

Oh, and we didn't use our full mailing list either. That will come into play for the 2012 Olympics and will have about 140,000 subscribed sailing fans!

If you haven't yet signed up as a volunteer for the Auckland Stopover for the Volvo Ocean race - do it now. Story in this issue has all the details.

We are scaling back our coverage of the Rena Disaster. To date we have run all the daily bulletins and images, but will now only run news from the Rena when there are new developments, and significant photos - of which there are a few in the latest story in this edition. They can be expanded to full screen and are spectacular in their weird and sad way.

Celebrations for Buckley Systems - winner Leg 1, Global Ocean Race 2011  Global Ocean Race

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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Two medals for Koru Match in Wellington and Korea + 3 Videos
Hannah Morris,
Koru Match has proved to be a formidable force over the past few months, competing at the NZL Sailing Team Women's Match Racing Championships, and Busan Women's Match Cup, achieving podium finishes at both of these hard fought events. The girls topped off the first regatta in Wellington with a first place, and after some intensive training they went on to finish second in the Busan Women's Match C... [more]
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Penfold Audi Sport goes carbon
Melbourne based yachtsman Dave Ellis has upgraded his Archambault A31 'Penfold Audi Sport' with a custom designed Carbon mast from NZ Spars and Rigging. Dave sailed 'Penfold Audi sport' last season with the factory issued Alloy mast to some great results under IRC, but with Dave been the perfectionist that he is he wanted more, Everyone knew from Day 1 the alloy mast was on the softside and D... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 2 November: Salvage teams back on board
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 2 November: Three salvage teams are back on board the stricken Rena, after bad weather forced them off the ship on Monday. Rena has remained intact in the same position on the reef and aerial observation this morning confirmed no further damage to the ship or additional containers washed overboard.... [more]
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Auckland Stopover - Your chance to get involved - Volunteer now!
Penny Dain,
The Auckland Stopover team for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race is now recruiting volunteers to work in all areas both on and off the water before, during and after the Stopover. 'We have planned a fantastic Race Village, wonderful facilities for the competing crews and a great entertainment programme for the visiting public,' says Auckland Stopover Port Director Tom Mayo. 'Now we are looking for v... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Conference National Award Winners
Joanne Glassford,
Coastguard Boating Education (CBES) hosted its national conference on Saturday October 29th at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron in Auckland providing an opportunity for their large contingent of tutors and examiners to engage on new developments, and to share ideas. The theme was ‘Staying Relevant in Changing Times'.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 - even 100 nominated
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's richest horse race has been run and won and now another summer sporting icon is on the radar with the close of applications for entry marking the start of the countdown to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - We start tomorrow, this time for real
Jesse Naimark-Rowse,
Transat Jacques Vabre - After many meetings, votes, breaks for coffee and then more meetings racing was postponed three and a half hours before it was meant to start this past Sunday. The postponement was due to a massive depression that was rolling across the North Atlantic and was forecast to bring 60kt winds and up to 40ft confused seas.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday
Richard Gladwell,
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement.... [more]
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Kirby responds - ISAF and Laser World Council now with major Headache
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
This week the Laser Class President Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announced that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change the class rules, they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. The response from Bruce Kirby, was forthright... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dalton reunites with aviators after 21 years
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race competitor and sailing great Grant Dalton has finally been reunited with a long-lost key piece of his equipment – his beloved aviator sunglasses. The reunion comes after a 21 year separation and amid his emotional return on board his old boat Fisher and Paykel.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 2 November 2011
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On... [more]
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Sail Brisbane 2011 Cancelled
Sail Brisbane,
Sail Brisbane - The event has regretfully been cancelled due to disappointing numbers. Due to the ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Perth coinciding with Sail Brisbane this year, entries have been significantly lower than previous years.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Wildcard entries announced
World Match Racing Tour,
Monsoon Cup - The race to win the ISAF World Match Racing Tour just got harder with today's announcement that Tour Cardholders Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing are to be given wildcard entries to the season finale.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards in San Juan
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2011, in Puerto Rico, are being held in just one week. The ceremony will be held in the historic Cuartel de Ballaja, a former military barracks in the mid-19th century, and an impressive backdrop to a night that welcomes some of the best sailing talent the world has seen.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis extends lead from main pack
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Having taken the lead in the second wave of the double-handed Class40s on Monday morning, Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs in third place with Financial Crisis kept the pressure on, consistently averaging above 11 knots overnight.... [more]
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Five medals for Team GBR
Matt Carter,
RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Noelle Finch clinched victory in the RS:X windsurfing U17 fleet on the final day of racing with further podium glory for British sailors in the RS:X and Techno 293 classes taking the GBR medal tally to five. Over the course of the five day regatta Noelle Finch was in fine form from the word go in the RS:X class.... [more]
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North Sails Trim Seminar a huge success for MHYC members
Dave O'Connor,
Recently, North Sails Australia conducted a quite successful North U Trim seminar that was focused on strengthening boat handling skills and maximizing the performance of your boat for various conditions. Conducting the presentation was the expert team from North Sails including Michael Coxon, Billy Sykes and David O'Connor.... [more]
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NZ Spars and Rigging instrumental to BSL's Global Ocean Race success
Ross and Campbell Field victory on Leg 1 of the Global Ocean Race has been attributed in part to spars and systems from New Zealand Spars and Rigging. Ross Field wanted to work with new companies when he embarked on his campaign to race two handed around the world in a 40ft boat, and he elected to team up with New Zealand Spars and Rigging, when it came to readying BSL for the mammoth voyage.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 32
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 31st October 2011... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Annual Conference for 2011 will be held this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will travel from around the globe to San Juan where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities, sailors, event organisers, class associations, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Singapore for final Act
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2011 ninth and final Act is being held between 7th and 11th December in Singapore, where ten Extreme 40 teams will take to the water of Marina Bay. The iconic Singapore Flyer will provide a stunning backdrop to what will be a dramatic end of season match to claim the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Overall Championship.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis lead main pack
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) - Since the second day of racing in leg one, third place has been held by the New Zealand-Spanish team of Conrad Colman and Hugo Ramon with their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation. Since the two leading boats in the GOR fleet crossed the leg one finish line in Cape Town on Friday, Colman and Ramon have held pole position in the main pack... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 5 - Ready to Race
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race has opened with the first In-Port Race in Alicante on Saturday 29 October, with Leg 1 starting a week later, on Saturday 5 November. This fifth edition of our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Southern Spars supplies new rig for iconic J-Class Endeavour
Josh Impey,
The iconic J-Class Endeavour has been fitted with a new 53.7m (176.18') gold-tipped mast and rigging package from Southern Spars as part of her multi-million dollar refit in Auckland, New Zealand which finished in early October.... [more]
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US Olympic Trial victory for Anna Tunicliffe and Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
With US Olympic Trials currently underway, Team Maclaren today experienced an exhilarating victory when they wrapped up the series 4-0 over Team Tulloch after two windy races. We have qualified for the second trials in May in Weymouth UK, the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, and the first three of the 2012 ISAF World Cup events.... [more]
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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers' says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - De Lage Landen set to finish second
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Today saw Gold Coast Australia secure victory in the fourth race as the race for the final two podium positions heats up. Notching their fourth win of the Clipper 11-12 Race, the Australian entry's crew were cheered on by a welcome party of friends, family and local residents.... [more]
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US Sailing Independent Report on the sailing accident at Annapolis
John Rousmaniere,
An Independent Study Report reviewing the youth sailing 420 tragedy on Severn River at Annapolis has been released: Introduction - Following a fatal sailing accident at Annapolis on June 23, 2011, the Severn Sailing Association invited the United States Sailing Association to send representatives to Annapolis to discuss the incident with its officers and staff.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 14 - Coming to San Diego
San Francisco Bay celebrates Fleet Week, United States Coast Guard chats with us about waterway traffic control and the transformation of San Francisco Bay into a perfect sailing stadium for spectators during AC World Series in 2012, Louis Vuitton Cup and AC Finals in 2013. America's Cup legend John Bertrand shares his opinion on the new race format with Regatta Director Iain Murray... [more]
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Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified.... [more]
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Barz Optics demonstrates Floater aquatic prowess
Jeni Bone,
Gone are the days of losing your sunnies to the bottom of the ocean. Floating like no other, Barz has put their new Floater to the test in the surf and haven't been disappointed.... [more]
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