Sail-World New Zealand: 17 April 2012 - Starling, Optimist and Young 88 Nationals...Marine Trades Challenge...America's Cup action and impressions

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 17 Apr 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 17 April 2012

Erica Dawson, 2012 Starling National Champion  Murrays Bay Sailing Club
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 17 April 2012

It has been a very busy few days on the New Zealand sailing scene, with a three of key National Championships being concluded, the America's Cup World Series being sailed in Naples, plus Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearing its conclusion.

History has been made off Murray's Bay in the National Starling Championships, which have been won for the first time by a female sailor. Erica Dawson (17) won the regatta from a fleet stacked with talented young sailors, and is clearly one to be marked for the future. We have reports and image galleries from the Starling Nationals in this edition of Sail-World.

Dangerzone winning the 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals  Richard Gladwell

The Young 88 Nationals, for the largest one design keelboat fleet sailing in New Zealand, were staged over the weekend, with the winds being not altogether co-operative.

Sail-World was on the water for what proved to be the final race of the day on Sunday, before the pin was pulled on the racing. In this issue, we have reports from each day of racing, links to the results, images from both days, and video from the Saturday and Sunday of the regatta. Comprehensive coverage indeed, but it is not all our work - and many thanks to those who contributed.

Leonard Takahashi-Fry has won the Toyota National Optimist Championships for a second time, and we have a final day report in this issue.

Emirates Team New Zealand on Day 3 of the America's Cup World Series Naples 2012  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

The America's Cup World Series was concluded in Naples on Sunday night NZT. It was the first event for the 2012 year, and was received very well by the Italian fans. For the first time in four events we have seen a home crowd getting enthusiastic about their home team. While everyone is expecting to see more of the same for the next event in Venice, it remains to be seen what happens when this Euro/USA circuit returns to the USA.

The world's top international yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, reports for Sail-World from Naples, and gives his always incisive view of the action. Coach Rod Davis also reports on the Emirates Team NZ perspective.

In this edition we have Dean Barker's comments on the Naples regatta. He's critical of the format of the series, particularly with what happened in the last two days. Unfortunately we weren't able to access full replays of the regatta, except for the final day (yes, it is in one of the reports in this edition). So not too much weight should be placed on the points outcome of the racing, given that some races carry far more weighting than others.

The home crowd goes wild - America's Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Final day  Gilles Martin-Raget/©

What is important to look at the nuances of the racing, and see who dominates/gains in conditions where there are reasonably fair and straight winds. Certainly in this regard Emirates did far better then the end of series points table would suggest. They also won four out of seven races in the fleet racing, three other teams won a single race each. Maybe that tells a different story to the points table.

Dean Barker also makes some comment on the Match Racing aspects of the series.

Sunshine draws a crowd on deck, onboard Camper during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

Emirates Team NZ, sailing Camper is expected to finish Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, late tonight or early Wednesday morning NZT, bringing to an end the month long saga of their fifth leg. Despite the time taken, this being a points event, the choices Emirates Team NZ have made on the repair seem to have paid off, and the team should arrive in Itajai in good time, with the Inport Race being sailed on Saturday, and Leg 6 on Sunday, local time.

Meanwhile Abu Dhabi are yet to arrive on a ship, and will then face a very rapid rebuilding exercise to be ready for the InPort Race. Stay tuned to for the latest developments. Several of the skippers give their views on the structural issues debate that has dominated this leg.

Plenty of right of way issues at the first mark - 2012 Marine Trades Challenge  Richard Gladwell

And that is not to forget the Main Event of the weekend, which was the Marine Trades Challenge, featuring teams from 15 marine companies in and out of Auckland, plus three schools - all from out of Auckland. This annual event has that interesting juxtaposition of participation of the young teams of apprentices from the marine trades, but also introduces the friendly, but intense rivalry between the companies, which has been the hallmark of improvement in the New Zealand marine industry which leads the world.

In this edition we have images galleries from the racing and carnage that is an inevitable and vital part of the learning experience.

2012 New Zealand Paper Tiger Team - 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger International Championships  Rachel Leatham

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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Fisher's View: Day 5 Luna Rossa thrill their America's Cup home fans
Bob Fisher,
Day 5: It dropped a little and rained hard as the boats came up to the line. ETNZ were blocked out at the committee boat by LR- Swordfish while Luna Rossa - Piranha took it from the leeward ahead of Oracle Racing - Bundock to lead by five seconds at the turn and 12 seconds clear of China Team with Luna Rossa - Swordfish a further seven seconds later Includes full replay video of Final Day... [more]
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Dangerzone wins the 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals
Mel Benton, RNZYS,
Day 2 of the 2012 Harken Young 88 Nationals started with a better breeze than forecast, however as predicted it steadily dropped off leaving four boats in the last race of the regatta out of the time limit. Race 6 started in plenty of breeze at 10 – 12 knots and rain but by the third race of the day they were starting in 6 knots which had a tendency to drop off at times to below 2 knots.... [more]
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Starling Nationals Day 4: Erica Dawson wins National Championship
Julia Hamilton,
Erica Dawson has become the first female to win the Starling National Championship. She is the first female in Starling history to make it into the top three, let alone win the Nationals. Erica sailed consistently throughout the regatta and ‘it was great to finish with a bullet,' she quipped. Her domination of the last race set her clear to win the title. Oscar Rorvik finished in second, after... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals - Takahashi-Fry takes title in New Plymouth
Ginger Rogers, edited by Barry Upson,
Final day of racing for the 2012 Toyota Optimist National Championships here in New Plymouth. Stills loads of smiling kids. The New Plymouth Yacht Club has gone all out to make this regatta such a success. The likes of Les Wheeler, Commodore and local legend who cracks us up with his large personality and renowned 'Pink Crocs.'... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Final day in Naples - another toss of the coin
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series:... [more]
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Forceracing updates on Optimists, 470 Womens and more
Andrew Brown updates from Forceracing: Well it has been another busy time of the year for Forceracing, with Andrew coaching in Palma at the Princess Sofia Trophy, while the Optimist Nationals were happening in New Plymouth. The Optimist nationals were another great success for Forceracing, with the Winner J Sail combo taking out first, second and third!... [more]
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Images from the Harken Young 88 Nationals
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was out on the water for the second day of the Harken Young 88 Nationals. We've put together this gallery from the Final Race of the series for New Zealand's largest one design keelboat class.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper 24 hours out from the finish in Itajai
The end of Leg 5 was in sight for the crew of Camper on Monday as they approached 24 hours until the finish. But despite the high spirits, buoyed by thoughts of an end to almost a month of ocean racing, one final challenge was playing on their minds -- the windless zone off the coast of Itajaí that has so far snared all of the Leg 5 finishers.... [more]
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Dave Shaw dominates 2012 Maersk Line Paper Tiger Internationals
Rowdy Leatham,
Dave Shaw dominated the 2012 Maersk Line International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships held over Easter weekend (5th – 9th April) with a near perfect scorecard. Five race wins and a third place left Shaw (Nelson, NZ) 18 points ahead of second placed Bryan Anderson (Australia) with Scott Barker (Wellington, NZ) sailing a strong regatta to finish third overall.... [more]
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Images from the 2012 Starling Nationals: Final Day at Murray's Bay
Brian Haybittle,
Brian Haybittle has been doing a sterling job on the water with camera in hand at the 2012 Starling Nationals, sailed at Murray's Bay Sailing Club. He writes: It was a real pleasure to take watch and try and take photos of the 2012 Starling Nationals. Well done to all of you for turning up and racing in one of NZ's largest one design regattas.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Emirates Team NZ 'sailed well, bar two races'
Warren Douglas and Rod Davis,
On America's Cup World Series Naples final day Emirates Team New Zealand's good record in the fleet racing championship came to naught. Going in to the start on 52 points with four wins from six races, the massive scoring of the final race (50 points for the win then 30, 20, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 – compared with 10 for the win during the week) skewed the final result.... [more]
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Images from the Marine Trades Challenge - The Carnage
Richard Gladwell,
The Marine Trades Challenge was staged again this year with teams of young apprentices from 15 organisations and three schools participating. Their task was to build a boat from supplied kit inside three hours, and then then paddle, sail and finally motor their craft around a triangular course. And yes, there were a few casualties - but all was taken in good humour... [more]
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Images from the Marine Trades Challenge - On the water action
Richard Gladwell,
The Marine Trades Challenge was staged again this year with teams of young apprentices from 15 organisations and three schools participating. Their task was to build a boat from supplied kit inside three hours, and then then paddle, sail and finally motor their craft around a triangular course.... [more]
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ISAF Presidency – Candidate Kellett explains his plans
‘I have received overwhelming support from ISAF MNA's to continue my campaign to be the next President of our great sport. ‘I now take this opportunity to outline the direction, which I feel ISAF must follow during the next four years. - I have identified four principal goals: Leadership, Governance, Service and Development... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Day 3 in Naples - Frustrations with ACWS format
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series:... [more]
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Big breeze a false promise for opening day of Young 88 Nationals
Melanie Benton, RNZYS,
The Young 88 Fleet started with the promise of 20 knots plus at the briefing for their first race of the their 2012 Harken Young 88 National Championships. The weather forecast this morning was not so great.... [more]
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AC45 Designs - Lines and sail plans - first time published on the web
Jacques Taglang,
French designer, François Chevalier , has kindly provided a set of lines planes for the AC45 - the first time these have been published. Also included are the two sail plans for the stock wingsail and with the five metre extension.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video
Bob Fisher,
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best. Includes 23 minutes of Video highlights from Day 3... [more]
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AC World Series - Day 3 a Black Friday in Naples for Emirates Team NZ
Rod Davis and Warren Douglas,
At the America's Cup World Series Naples, a light and fickle off-shore breeze and a difficult seaway left-over from strong winds of previous days, played no favourites on day three. First the wind turned the race programme upside down. Match races between Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis and Energy Team v Luna Rossa were delayed until after two fleet races were sailed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Skippers comment on Leg 5 attrition
Volvo Ocean Race,
Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí saw the highest attrition rate on the fleet to date, with just one boat making it all the way without stopping, one of the three finishers so far coming home under a jury rig, two others loaded on cargo ships and one still to finish.... [more]
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Starling Nationals Day 3 - Another day in the big breeze
Julia Hamilton,
Day 3 of the 2012 Starling Nationals got underway with another windy day for the sailors at Murray's Bay on Auckland's North Shore. With a strong and shifty southerly the experience of the sailors prominently came into play today. It was challenging for the sailors, with lots of boats capsizing on the downwinds, and some spectacular saves. The winds also resulted in a few injuries for sailors... [more]
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Scott retains title 3-7 Nationals - Easter, Takapuna
John Elliott,
Derek Scott (Tanner & Tauranga Cups double 1995) retained his 3-7 Class National Title in a fleet of 18. He was, however, pushed very hard by the 2005 and -06 Champion Mark O'Brien, who contested the title this year for the first time since he left the country in 2006.... [more]
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Three way tie in Manukau Regatta
Aaron Lowe,
A keen fleet of 21 boats fronted for the first race of the Manukau Regatta, staged on Auckland's Manukau Harbour over Easter, with teams from the host club Weymouth, and the defenders French Bay YC. The largest fleet was from Taikata SC, who were not eligible for the Manukau Shield, and instead were racing for their inaugural Frostbite Travellers trophy... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Two wins on Day 2 in a more moderate Naples
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was a very good day for us out on the waterin Naples. In a stark contrast to yesterdays conditions, today we raced in much flatter water and a steady 8-12 knots.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
Bob Fisher,
The first race of the day proved a triumphal march for Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew. They led around every mark to finish 2:27 ahead of Chris Draper in Luna Rossa - Piranha. More importantly, Jimmy Spithill was way back, in seventh place; it put the Kiwi team six points clear in the overall standings.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two wins: 'A good solid day, not perfect but solid'
Rod Davis and Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand is leading on points after four fleet races at the America's Cup World Series Naples regatta. Starting the day equal first with Oracle Racing 4, Barker began where he left off yesterday - with a win. The team's scoreline for Naples reads 8,10,10,10, which translates to 38 points on the regatta leader board, nine ahead of Oracle Racing 4, skippered by James Spithill.... [more]
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