Bob Fisher reports from San Diego...Yachting NZ makes stand on Aquaculture intrusion...Camper crosses the Line

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 19 Nov 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 19 November 2011

Emirates Team New Zealand win the speed trials on day one of the third America's Cup World Series event in San Diego.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 19 November 2011

Our apologies for the lateness of this edition, due to issues with testing the transmission of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter which strained even our mail systems, and is being sent to over 140,000 subscribers. As with the Volvo Ocean Race newsletter these will be sent when there is relevant racing - the first event of which is the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth on the 3-18 December, which will be the main Olympic Qualifier.

The final America's Cup World Series event for 2011 is underway in San Diego, with the Semi-Finals of the Match Racing to be sailed today. Bob Fisher reports for Sail-World on the last two days of racing, and will updating each day for the rest of the regatta on

Emirates Team New Zealand has made the Semi-Finals by virtue of having finished in the top three from the seeding racing held earlier in the week, and will sail against Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill today. The other Oracle boat sailed by top catamaran sailor, Darren Bundock (AUS) did not make the cut for the Semi-Finals.

Watch the America's Cup World Series San Diego 2011 on Sail-World  © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

In this edition we have featured a compilation of the available videos from the last two days of the series. Several of these are blocked in New Zealand thanks to an agreement between America's Cup Events Authority and Television New Zealand.

New Zealand fans are the only ones in the world subject to these blocks despite other countries, such as France's Canal+ having also signed public broadcast rights agreements, but with no blocking of Youtube coverage.

We understand that there will be no blocking in Italy or Spain when they sign a broadcast rights agreement the same as TVNZ has for the NZ territory.

Three day old slop is caked over inductees of the realm of King Neptune onboard Camper   Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race

Staying with the America's Cup, Emirates Team NZ is being hauled off to the Jury room again by the Defender and Challenger of Record, along with the fledgling Luna Rossa team over their co-operation agreement which was first analysed in Sail-World on 4 November.

Their first snipe at the Kiwis was over their website arrangements, which resulted in Emirates Team New Zealand launching the excellent as their move to attract the so-called Facebook generation.

The point of this latest foray, more of a fishing expedition in the Jury room is not known, as the basis of what they wish to have 'clarified' is not disclosed. To us it all looks perfectly in accord with the Protocol written and signed by the Defender and Challenger of Record, and if they have been hoist by their own petard, then so be it.

Sea farms are a navigational hazard - an issue that will only increase under Government proposals for a four fold increase.  Christine Hansen

Mid-week, Yachting New Zealand made a very public stand on its position regarding the new aquaculture legislation, which is intended to created a four fold increase in the economic value of aquaculture. That will effectively mean a four fold increase in the sea area occupied by these farms.

In publishing the Yachting New Zealand statement, Sail-World has added some photos of the Hauraki Gulf and chart extracts from the Marlborough Sounds showing the infiltration of these farms. The extent of their ingress into one of New Zealand's prime cruising grounds is staggering. We have also published a selection of video clips from Canada showing the effects of sea farming on the environment and fish life.

Jean-Pierre Dick & Jeremie Beyou - Transat Jacques Vabre 2011  Alexis Courcoux

As we have said previously, once you have seen an area from which wildlife has been extinguished, you realise the total helplessness of the situation - no amount of money, Government inquiries, admission of systemic failure by governance processes can resolve the problem. The only way to fix the problem is to never let it start in the first place. All individuals, clubs and boating organisations should get behind the stance taken by Yachting New Zealand, and complement that national bodies efforts with their own.

Artemis Racing - Day 2 - America's Cup World Series San Diego 2011  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Challenger and Defender take Kiwi-Italian deal to Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record and the Defender for the 34th America's Cup, have both protested the announced partnership agreement signed between Italy's Luna Rossa and the New Zealand entry, Emirates Team New Zealand. The specific grounds for the protest, or 'application', are not specified by the Challenger of Record or Defender... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: First day of the match racing
Bob Fisher,
It was a Grade A grey day in San Diego Bay to decide which of the six teams should join the three pre-selected semi-finalists in the match racing championship. Despite the fading breeze there was plenty of exciting matches to watch and the last of the five matches was described by the winning helmsman, Terry Hutchinson, as 'a f***king legendary race.'... [more]
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Watch America's Cup World Series - San Diego on Sail-World - 1300 PST
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
Catch the America's Cup World Series - San Diego Live from 1300 PST... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Day 2
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the second day of Match Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: The Fish smiles again
Bob Fisher,
OK, the America's Cup World Series has begun – last weekend was merely an event to tease the general public into seeing the boats in action, so it was time for me to get a fix – I did with a sixth-man seat with Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Racing 4 – and it was every bit as good, if not better than it was last time.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Fleet Racing Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the first day of Fleet Racing at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand makes stand on Aquaculture intrusion on cruisers
A New Zealand national sports organisation, Yachting New Zealand has issued a statement setting out the organisation's position on legislation and application and licence approvals that will enable the aquaculture industry to achieve its goal of becoming a $1 billion contributor to the New Zealand economy.... [more]
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Harken Performa winches to feature on new Class 40 yacht
Daniel Johnston,
The latest in the line of Class 40 racing yachts is well on its way to completion at Hakes Marine in Wellington and will feature the latest in a new line of winches from hardware specialist Harken. The Harken Performa is based on the popular Harken Radial winch which has quickly gained a reputation as an efficient and lightweight option for the racer/cruiser.... [more]
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Manson introduces new Manson Boss Anchor at METS 2011
New anchor from Manson 20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. 2011 seen the end of two years of research, design and rigorous testing for Manson Anchors which has culminated in yet another milestone. Today Manson proudly launches the most robust, technically advanced, and safest anchor to ever hit the world market.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America's Cup World Series San Diego day two images of Artemis Racing from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Green Comm Racing give Oracle Racing Coutts a run for their money
Green Comm,
The Green Bears fought hard on the San Diego bay and were and neck with Oracle Racing Coutts throughout the entire race. Conditions were much lighter on Thursday was marked by the haze that covered the entire San Diego bay and brought very light and shifty conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea - It's never over until it's over...
Clifford Webb,
In a light breeze of 8-10 knots, it was always going to be tough to repeat the achievements that Team Korea have shown at the previous regattas, and from there Draper stared at Aleph's ‘derriere' for much of the race. On the final beat however, the ‘White Tiger' began closing fast, and as Draper was heard to say over the TV Microphone, ‘we are higher and faster'... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Virbac-Paprec 3 set new monohull record
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre tenth edition has been won by Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou, who crossed the finish line at 08h 15mn 54s, UTC/GMT this Friday morning (02h 15mn 54s local time). The French duo set a new monohull record for the race course from Le Havre - Puerto Limon. They improve the previous 2009 record by one hour and seven minutes.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Purple Beastie wins Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - 'Yesterday after pushing ourselves and the Purple Beastie right to the edge, we were rewarded by becoming the fastest boat in the race five Ocean Sprint. We are totally stoked that all of our hard work paid dividends and we had a wee dance on the deck in the moonlight to celebrate,' reports a jubilant Gordon Reid from on board Edinburgh Inspiring Capital.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 starts world record period
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket 2, the radical speed sailing craft, started its first 28 day world record period today, 18th November 2011. It is aiming to break the outright world speed sailing record which involves setting the best average time over a 500 meter course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper crosses the Line + Video
Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, has made it across the Equator in the Volvo Ocean Race. Time for the infamous rituals.... Rotting food, flying fish and cross-dressing sailors have been the order of the day for Camper as they crossed the Equator overnight and observed the centuries old tradition of ‘crossing the line'. Hamish Hooper and Adam Minoprio cop it....... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego – Artemis Racing defeat Aleph
Artemis Racing,
San Diego Match Racing Championships - In today's match racing qualifiers the French team Aleph was the team to beat, winning all three races to face Artemis Racing in the final race of the day. The all-important match to determine who would move into the semi-finals on Friday.... [more]
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ACWS Match Racing San Diego - Aleph's fairytale run ends
Stephanie Martin,
Artemis Racing prevailed in the last match of the day was but the result was in doubt until the very end. Aleph skipper Pierre Pennec led his crew into battle five times on Thursday (although only four counted), bullying his way through the fleet from the lowest seeded pair.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Dick and Beyou on the cusp
Transat Jacques Vabre,
French duo Jean-Pierre Dick and Jérémie Beyou are on the cusp of winning the tenth edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.... [more]
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Oracle Racing Coutts bows out in qualifying round of AC World Series
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series – While possessing a ten second lead early on, Oracle Racing Coutts misjudged the optimum course to the leeward gate. Skipper Darren Bundock and crew had to perform an extra maneuver which allowed the crew aboard Aleph to take the lead and extend to an unassailable advantage.... [more]
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RC44 World Championships day 1 delivers unexpected results
Jo Grindley,
The first day of the RC44 World Championships in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote delivered unexpected results in the form of challenging, shifty conditions which resulted in a shake-up on the leader board for the 14 competing teams. An unfamiliar face emerged at the top of the leader board, John Bassadone (GBR) and the team from Gibraltar have recruited Italy's Vasco Vascotto as their pro skipper... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand update - through to the semi-finals
Warren Douglas,
A fight to the finish in the third fleet race of Day 1 of the San Diego America's Cup World Series gave Emirates Team New Zealand a second overall on points and, with it, a ticket straight through to the match racing semi-finals. After being crowded out in the pre-start by Oracle 4 – for which the Americans were penalised for failing to keep clear – Dean Barker and crew fought back from last plac... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 – Three teams swap co-skippers
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Three of the double-handed, Class40 teams are taking the ‘Team Option' of changing co-skippers in Cape Town. Marco Nannini with Financial Crisis; Conrad Colman with Cessna Citation and Nico Budel with Sec. Hayai are all swapping co-skippers for the 7,000-mile journey through the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Gamesa to raffle stowaway Pudsey for Charity
Gamesa Sailing Team,
Transat Jacques Vabre – If Paddington Bear was the first bear to arrive from Peru, then perhaps Pudsey Bear will be the first Pudsey to cross the Atlantic on an IMOCA Open 60 state of the art racing yacht with one of the world's most successful solo sailors, Mike Golding OBE.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore heads back out to sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - At first light this morning in Queenscliff, Australia, Singapore‘s crew slipped lines and headed back out through the Port Philip heads and into the Great Australian Bight after successfully repairing their steering quadrant. Happy to be helming with a wheel again and not a tiller, skipper Ben Bowley has sent a note of appreciation at today's 0600 position report.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma leads around Fernando by an hour
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing led the second placed yacht Team Telefónica, by an hour, as they passed the first mark off the western end of Fernando around 0400hrs UTC on 17 November.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Energy Team on top after seeding races
Stephanie Martin,
The America's Cup World Series is currently underway on San Diego Bay and on Wednesday afternoon, consistency was the key for the French Energy Team who took victory in the third of three races to top the table at the end of the seeding races for the San Diego Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Artemis Racing fourth
Paul Cayard,
The America's Cup World Series has completed the first day in San Diego in which three races took place amid ten knot winds and flat waters. Now in the third event of this series, the fleet is getting much more competitive resulting in closer racing and lots of mixing of the results.... [more]
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Double celebration for Team Aqua after RC44 Match Race win
Jo Grindley,
Team Aqua already have the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour safely in the bag but, the team still had one more series title remaining in which they would seek another victory. Having lead the match race rankings since Austria, Cameron Appleton and the team made sure they did enough to make 2011 a double celebration for Team Aqua (GBR), at the final destination in this year's RC44 Championship Tour... [more]
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Hall of Fame secures new high profile home at ASB Showgrounds
Mike Rose,
The New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame has secured a new, highly visible home in the foyer of the ASB Showgrounds. The New Zealand Boat Show Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the country's largest boat show and the marine industry.... [more]
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Elliott 5.9 Traveller Series - 2011 North Island Champs, Turangi
Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
The weekend of November 19-20 2011 sees the final regatta in the 2011 E5.9 Traveller Series with the North Island Champs. The Elliott 5.9 fleet will be hosted as usual by Turangi Yacht Club, Stump Bay. The event will again be sailed in conjunction with the OK's.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 16 November: First container lifted off
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 16 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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Volvo Ocean Race: Knut Frostad explains the Doldrums
Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race,
With the first boats preparing to cross the dreaded Doldrums from around midnight on Monday, we take a look at this notorious area of the ocean, with the help of someone who has negotiated them more times than he cares to remember, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.... [more]
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Rod Davis: Thoughts on San Diego - Before and After
Rod Davis,
Coach, Rod Davis writes for on his return to his hometown, San Diego for the America's Cup World Series. First he reflects on the Port Challenge Series, and in a prior posting he previews the series and presents an interesting statistic... [more]
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