Tanner and Tauranga Cuop winner, Isaac McHardie - Final Race, 2012 Stack P class Tauranga Cup, Murray's Bay Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 January 2012
The premier regattas in the iconic P class concluded off Murray's Bay, yesterday. Another sailor joined the ranks of those who have won the double - the Stack Interiors Tauranga and Tanner Cups - being the open and interprovincial champion. Isaac McHardie from Hamilton Yacht Club, took the double. He represented Waikato-Thames in the interprovincial competition.
In this edition of Sail-World we have reports on the Tauranga Cup and image galleries from the final day of the event. For those who want more have a read through the P class website or the Murrays Bay Sailing Club website and follow the links to their Facebook page for more stories and photos.
Final Race, 2012 Stack P class Tauranga Cup, Murray's Bay Richard Gladwell
Yesterday, the 2013 America's Cup passed a significant milestone when the Italian team Luna Rossa, launched their first AC45 and sailed on the Waitemata.
The team has done well to get this far. Their AC45 was delivered on 9 January and it has taken the team less than a week to fit out and assemble the AC45 including graphics. The team is operating out of the old Team NZ base - where their AC72 will be assembled and launched.
New Zealand will be the first country to have two AC72's sailing together, and there is no doubt the teams will gain significantly from this co-operation.
Luna Rossa's AC45 launch - 16 January 2012, Auckland Richard Gladwell
The issues arising from the Jury Decision governing the operation of such partnerships seem to be diminishing. Luna Rossa will be building just one AC72 - already under construction at the Perisco yard which has 40 years of experience in moulds, composites and engineering from the aerospace, automotive and marine sectors.
The fact that Luna Rossa will be building only one AC72 pulls some teeth from the Jury decision, which did put in some constraints when two boats were built by two teams in a co-operative development program. While both teams say they have been stopped from sharing telemetry, they say they will be running racing - which for fans can only add to the spectacle.
New best friends, Grant Dalton (ETNZ) and Max Sirena (Luna Rossa) AC45 launch - 16 January 2012, Auckland Richard Gladwell
The Italians will be sailing two AC45's, and will be sharing Emirates Team NZ's two SL33's.
Certainly Auckland is going to be a great place to live in 2012, with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover from 8-18 March and the America's Cup action running through to March 2013. Luna Rossa will build to a 60 strong sailing and support team from July 2012, and will be a big presence on the Auckland waterfront.
While there is talk of more teams entering the America's Cup World Series, it does not seem that one of those will be the twice winner of the America's Cup, Alinghi, which is auctioning surplus gear - see the story in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.
Scott Babbage - KA Sails 2012 Australian Moth National Titles Russell Bates - copyright
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