Sail-World New Zealand: 18 Jan 2012 - Luna Rossa splashes in Auckland...P class double to Hamilton...Simon McKeon profile

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 17 Jan 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 18 January 2012

Tanner and Tauranga Cuop winner, Isaac McHardie - Final Race, 2012 Stack P class Tauranga Cup, Murray's Bay  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to'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's newsletter.

Scott Babbage - KA Sails 2012 Australian Moth National Titles  Russell Bates - copyright

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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P class: Stack Interiors Tauranga Cup - Race reports and Images
P Class Media,
Over forty young sailors competed in the 2012 Stack Interiors Tauranga Cup. The event was sailed off the Murray's Bay Sailing Club on Auckland's North Shore. Most of the top young sailors in New Zealand competed in the event, including several from the recent World Optimist Championships, sailed at Napier.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa AC45 launches in Auckland + Video
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
The very popular America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, set up and launched their new AC45 in Auckland, this morning, marking a major milestone in their America's Cup campaign. Currently the team has 20 people in Auckland, working out of the old Team New Zealand base, and will expand this team to 60 people when the team begins sailing their AC72, currently under construction in Italy.... [more]
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Key West 2012 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery captured the action at Key West 2012.... [more]
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Images of Stack Interiors Tauranga Cup - Murrays Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was on the water for the final day of the Stack Interior's Tauranga Cup sailed in the iconic P-class, which has played a vital part in the development of New Zealand sailors who have gone on to achieve in many aspects of the sport from design, to the Olympics, America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and ISAF Youth Worlds.... [more]
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Optimist and 29er Championships 2012 - And the wind blows
Clare Murray,
A strong wind warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on the morning of the second day of racing for the Optimists and the fourth day of racing for the 29ers at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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Solid show of hands for Victoria's oldest sporting trophy
Lisa Ratcliff,
Organisers are delighted with the late surge of applications, which pushed the fleet size to a very respectable 316.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds 2012 final day - Medals decided + Video
Nancy E. Spraker,
It was a short day, with only one race for each class on the final day of the International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS Worlds).... [more]
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Key West 2012 off to a roaring start
Bill Wagner,
Samba Pa Ti was among eight boats that posted a pair of bullets on Monday and Quantum Racing began Key West 2012 in impressive fashion by topping the eight-boat IRC class.... [more]
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America's Cup Alinghi Team Online auction - Sailing Navigation Equip,
Online Auction, Lots closing from: 3 Feb 2012 11:00 PM AWST - By order of Alinghi Team Over 150 lots comprising - meteorological equipment, boat electronic equipment, sailing equipment, Audio/Visual equipment, tooling and metal working machinery and professional kitchen and catering equipment to be sold in an online auction.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya blast towards safe haven + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Sanya spent a few painful days crossing the Doldrums and are now able to stretch their legs as the today blast towards the safe haven port where they will be reunited with the rest of the race fleet for the first time in over a month.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race confirms Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race will have the fleet rounding Cape Horn, Chile as the make their exit from the Southern Ocean and enter the South Atlantic en route to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay. At the longitude of Cape Horn, the boats will pass through the Felipe Cubillos Cape Horn Gate.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre's new racing programme
Neus Jordi,
The opening European stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup now has online entries open and is set to include two official training days. The 43rd edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Mapfre will be held in the bay of Palma from 31 March to 7 April with the new racing programme.... [more]
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Hamilton sailor wins Tanner and Tauranga Cup P class double
Isaac McHardie (Hamilton Yacht Club) has achieved a mark made by only a few young New Zealand sailors, winning the P class double, after he secured a very well deserved victory in the Tauranga Cup, for open fleet competition. Many of New Zealand's top sailors, including Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Chris Dickson have their names on one, or in a few cases, both trophies.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Rolex Miami OCR preview
US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR gets underway on 22 January 2012 and is the second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. The Rolex Miami OCR, being held on the waters of Biscayne Bay, will bring together some of the world's best sailors in all of the Olympic events for the first time since the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet divided into groups
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Nine of the ten yachts are now in Stealth Mode for the cruise phase between the first and second parts of race seven. The fleet is divided into three groups, accompanying each other through the Celebes and Sulu Seas for safety reasons.... [more]
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Push the Boat Out Day - Support the British Sailing Team
Emma Slater,
Push the Boat Out Day takes place on the 21 July 2012, one week before the start of the London 2012 Games. With flags waving and the sound of confetti cannons firing the RYA officially launched the event at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at the weekend (14 January).... [more]
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Olympic Mixed Multihull Evaluation invitation
Nahid and Roland Gaebler,
Olympic Mixed Multihull Evaluation is being held in Santander, Spain, from 17th to 25th March 2012. Sailors from all classes are welcome to test the catamarans. Star class sailors and Match Race women, who lost their boats for 2016 Olympics, have a new chance to start an Olympic campaign for 2016 with ultra fast catamarans.... [more]
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Australian Optimist National Championship - Hard sailing on day 1
Clare Murray,
Australian Optimist National Championship 2012 got underway today, Monday 16th January, at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly. Racing was abandoned after one race in each of the four open fleets. The breeze built throughout the morning reaching 20 to 25 knots around midday with gusts up to 30 knots recorded.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship Race 1
Bob Killick,
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was very impressive in taking Heat 1 of the 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship 2012.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - MOB and lesson learned for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
During the closing stages of Leg 2 in the Global Ocean Race, a difficult lesson was learned on Cessna Citation via quick thinking; instinct and training when Conrad Colmanand Sam Goodchild rapidly dealt with a Man Over Board (MOB) off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's homework
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race crew aboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are now looking forward to conditions that should better suit them on the long route to Sanya after a disappointing sprint stage from Abu Dhabi which saw the team off the podium for the first time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet loading complete after Shamal delay
Volvo Ocean Race,
The five strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet were safely loaded onto a ship in Sharjah on Sunday following strong desert winds which had earlier caused a delay. The fleet arrived in the port late last night at the end of the opening stage of Leg 3, a high adrenaline 106 nautical mile, six and a half hour blast from Abu Dhabi, won by Ian Walker's home team on Azzam, their second victory in two days.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Australian Championship Race 1 to defending champion
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18ft Skiff Championship for 2012 got underway on Sydney Harbour today. The breeze freshened a little over the final lap of the course which suited Smeg as they edged out appliancesonline at the final windward mark. A capsize for Gotta Love It 7 on the second spinnaker run added to a disappointing day for the red flyer.... [more]
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Latest news on injured 29er skipper Tess Lloyd
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to provide another update on the progress of injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd. Tess suffered a severe head injury in a collision on the final day of the 2012 Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012. Following the collision Tess was placed in an induced coma and as of Sunday, 15 January, she remains in a coma.... [more]
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Simon McKeon – Multihull sailor and Australian of the Year (Part 1) Team,
Simon McKeon was helmsman of the successful Australian syndicate between 1985 and 1996, sailing for the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, more commonly known as the 'Little Americas Cup'. McKeon became the Australian of the Year in January 2011.... [more]
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Hooligan wins Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy at 10th RLIR
RLIR Event Media,
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2012 wound up in good style with Hooligan, skippered by Marcus Blackmore, enjoying all five days of action-packed sailing experience to win the Prime Minister's Challenge Trophy. This is Hooligan's first victory in the annual regatta and in the Asian region. Blackmore described the RLIR 2012 as one of his 'best regattas and a great place to sail'.... [more]
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IFDS Worlds day 5 - Steady as she goes + Days 2, 3 and 4 Videos
IFDS Worlds,
On the fifth day of competition at the 2012 International Association for Disabled Sailing World Championships (IFDS), in the Sonars the Norwegian team of Alexander Wang-Hanse, Marie Solberg/Per Eugen Kristiansen kept their first place position with a first and third. The SKUD course saw some changes in lead boats.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya punished
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya were still being punished by the Doldrums as they vanished off the public radar under the cloak of the ‘stealth zone'. At 0140 UTC on Saturday Sanya reached the zone, which is part of a series of security measures implemented by Volvo Ocean Race organisers to combat the threat of piracy. The team's exact position will continue to be withheld... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Not Camper's day but second place retained
Thomas Pryor,
The first stage of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race has delivered a disappointing result for Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, but the team have managed to hold onto second overall on the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard. The short 106 nautical mile sprint down the United Arab Emirates coast to Sharjah produced a thrilling finish with the entire fleet finishing within minutes of each other... [more]
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