Sail-World New Zealand: 20 April 2012 - VXOne heads for NZ...Anzac crews sail FX..Oracle Racing at Marsden Cove

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 20 Apr 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 April 2012

Haylee Outteridge (helm) and Alison Dale sailing the FX - Development and Training April 2012, Takapuna  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 April 2012

As we wait for the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, this weekend, in Itajai, Brazil, plus another round of the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres, France, we have several feature-type stories interspersed with all the regular sailing news.

We have an update on the FX, one of the trialists for the Olympic Womens Skiff Event. Two of the boats from Mackay Boats have been sailing in Auckland this week with top crews from Australia and New Zealand. We interview the Australian crew of Haylee Outteridge and Alison Dale in this edition and get their impression of what they would like to see in the Womens Olympic Skiff.

We're also featuring the VXOne's launch in New Zealand and Australia. The sportsboat won both Sailing World magazine's 2012 overall boat of the year award, and Sail's best boat award for 2012. Designed by New Zealander Brian Bennett, the VXOne is selling very well in USA and will feature at two Australian boat shows, plus have open days. Details of the NZ launch will be made on

VX One features sails by Norths and spars by Southern Spars  Dan Phleps

With the Volvo due to re-launch but maybe with only four starters, depending on whether Abu Dhabi's shore crew can pull off mission impossible, we feature an interview with Team Sanya's Mike Sanderson on the future of the race.

He's seen both ends of the Volvo spectrum - from being the winning skipper in the 2005/06 Volvo Ocean Race, to mounting a lower-budget campaign on an older generation boat in the current edition. Mike has some interesting observations on the issues that face the Volvo Ocean Race as organisers try to reduce program costs and get more entries.

Whangarei Heads with the Northport facilty in the background and Marsden Cove in the right background  .. .

Probably the big news of the week is the confirmation from Oracle Racing that they will be sailing their two AC72's off the Northland Coast from February to the end of April 2013.

For New Zealand America's Cup fans, this means that a third team will be sailing in New Zealand waters in their giant 72ft wingsailed catamarans ahead of the 34th America's Cup, which gets underway in July 2013.

Close racing in the Secondary Schools Teams Racing Championships  Darryl Torckler

Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ will both be sailing in Auckland in this period. Whether the three groups get together for racing, is yet to be announced. We think it is unlikely, but certainly the sight of five of the AC72's sailing of the coast of New Zealand would be very memorable.

The announcement of the Oracle Racing training base establishment in Northport, is also great news for the Marsden Cove marina and residential facility which will be right alongside the AC72's in Northport, and will offer an excellent means of people getting out to see the AC72's in action. Check out their fine waterside properties which are available on their website.

The Wave, Muscat flying a hull in Qingdao - Act 2, Day 3, Extreme Sailing Series 2012  Lloyd Images ©

On the other side of the America's Cup world comes the news that Spanish based Green Comm Challenge has withdrawn from the America's Cup World Series. There's a bit of collateral damage from this circumstance which is outlined in the story in this edition of's newsletter.

On the local sailing scene the Secondary Schools Teams Racing is underway at Algies Bay, and we have reports on each of the two day's racing staged to date.

This weekend the Farr MRX Nationals will be staged in Auckland on Saturday and Sunday.

2012 Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme Graduation  Sara Tucker

On Monday evening, 15 young sailors graduated from the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Program. We have a report and images from the evening, together with a list of the graduates. Looking back it is quite inspiring to see the sailors who have come through this program and gone on to significant achievements on the international sailing scene. Probably the leading light is Adam Minoprio - former World Match Racing Champion, New Zealand Sailor of the Year, and now crew aboard Emirates Team NZ's Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper.

Great to see some of the more experienced sailors like Roy Dickson actively working with the Program and imparting his knowledge and values to the group. Roy's forgotten more than most of us know, and one hopes that Youth sailors realise and appreciate the input of one of the treasures of New Zealand sailing, and that this is an experience they will carry with them for the rest of their sailing lives.

Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2011 -  Guy Nowell ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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VX One sets course for Australia and New Zealand
The all new VX one ballasted dinghy by New Zealand sport boat designer, Brian Bennett, is headed for Australia in late April. The VX One won both Sailing World Magazine's 2012 overall boat of the year award, and Sail's best boat award for 2012.... [more]
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FX continues development after Womens Olympic Skiff Trials
Richard Gladwell,
Development is continuing on the FX by Mackay Boats, even though the report from the Evaluation Committee for the Olympic Womens Skiff and Mixed Multihull is yet to be publicly released. Two top womens crews, one from Australia, and the other from New Zealand, have been working on a two boat training, tuning and development program all week in Auckland.... [more]
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Mike Sanderson on the present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,
Mike Sanderson was the youngest ever skipper to win the Volvo Ocean Race when he skippered the Volvo 70 ABN Amro, otherwise known as Black Betty, to victory in the 2005/06 edition of the round the world classic. Sail-World caught up with Mike Sanderson while he was in Auckland, after pulling out of Leg 5, and sought his views on a range of issues overhanging the future of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second challenger withdraws, leaves substantial debt
Richard Gladwell,
A second challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Green Comm, based in Spain, has announced it has withdrawn from the 34th America's Cup. The team has left America's Cup organisers with a substantial debt at the time of the withdrawal following a collision in one of the America's Cup World Series events. That debt had not been paid when the team withdrew on 10 April... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: To Squid or not to Squid? That is the Question.
Join the team from Puma Ocean Racing as they exercise their minds around the squid graphics aboard Puma's Mar Mostro - the Monster of the Sea. She is covered in hand painted tentacles. But are the octopus stripes attracting other monsters of the sea? And what of the Sea Cat? What will the Southern Ocean bring with whales that eat squid. Should they fit a fish finder as an early warning system?... [more]
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Sailing boats make spectacular return to Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Some of New Zealand's favourite sailing dinghy classes and their clubs and associations will make a spectacular return to this year's Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland on May 17-20.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Against the world's best
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise is the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit and is now all set to get underway on Sunday in Hyeres, France for a week's worth of thrilling racing action. With less than 100 days to the Olympic Games, the stakes are high for some of the teams playing in Hyères their last chance for London.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Weather puts a stop to day 1
Chris Yates,
On the first day of the PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup, with Mount Etna providing a stunning backdrop, the elite of the PWA waited patiently on the beach ready to explode into action but, they will have to wait until the wind returns. Late in the morning, a few sailors were tempted out onto the water as there were some teasing gusts, however the wind never materialized enough... [more]
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Final Day of Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals at Algies Bay
Kirsty Laws,
The final day of the Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals looks likely to be a nail-biter, with top teams having performed quite variably in the three round robins.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 20 April - Anzac dollars fall further
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 19 April 2012 - Markets continued to ease with failing confidence in the global economic growth story, dragged down by the EC debt crises. G20 Finance Ministers gather to discuss the situation and have been warned by the 'best Finance Minister' in the world to get their fiscal house in order.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela - Early leaders emerge + Video
Eva Dallo,
On the opening day of the 2012 Mapfre PalmaVela regatta, British Magic Carpet 2 with Jochen Schumann at the helm and Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou lead the Maxi class. On Friday the Soto 40, ORC, One Design and Vintage and Classic classes will join the rest of the fleets on the water.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai restarts racing from Fortaleza
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Dutch team of Erik van Vuuren and Yvonne Beusker, at 20:30 GMT on Wednesday night, restarted racing from Fortaleza, Brazil, coming out of the blocks going fast, hitting ten knot averages as they pulled away from the coast with Class40 Sec. Hayai and remain the only double-handed team south of the Equator.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyéres - Women's Match Racing preview
Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, the ISAF Sailing World Cup second European stop, is being held in Hyéres, France from 22nd April. As was the case in Palma, there will be no shortage of talent in this week's field: Seventeen teams from eleven countries. All of the countries who have qualified for the Olympics in women's match racing will be in Hyeres with the notable exception of the Dutch... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Tightly packed fleet approach Scoring Gate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet is on the sixth day of race ten from Oakland, California to Panama and the yachts are tightly packed as the teams approach the Scoring Gate, which is making for some thrilling racing. The more westerly boats are closest to the western end of the gate with less than 100 miles to run and should be able to reach it within the next 24 hours.... [more]
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15 young sailors graduate from RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Programme
Sara Tucker,
Another 15 young sailors, ranging in age from 18 – 20 years, graduated from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme on Monday night. Thanks to this world-renowned program these graduates are now fully equipped to represent the RNZYS, and quite possibly New Zealand, in the next exciting stage of their sailing careers!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Another Speed Record Challenge trophy for Camper
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, though they may not have a leg win to their name yet, Camper are proving the team to beat in the competition to set the highest 24-hour distance. Chris Nicholson's men have scooped their second IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge trophy in five legs for their 528 nautical mile run on March 23, five days into Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí.... [more]
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America's Cup: Three teams to train in New Zealand in AC72's in 2013
Richard Gladwell,
Three America's Cup teams will be sailing the giant AC72 catamarans in New Zealand during the summer of 2012/2013. America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing today confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks around Auckland, that they would be sailing their giant AC72 class catamarans off the northern New Zealand coast. They will join the Italian Luna Rossa team and the Emirates Team New Zealand... [more]
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TP52 ‘Container' is heading to Melbourne, Australia
Lulu Roseman,
After several rounds of negotiations in Palma, Majorca, Melbourne yachtsman Jason Van Der Slot has successfully purchased the TP52, Container. Van Der Slot together with his tactician, Barney Walker journeyed to Palma last week to inspect the boat along with one other fifth generation TP52 built for the Audi MedCup Circuit that is currently for sale.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 6 - Shannon Falcone joins Puma crew
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 winner Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg announced today that Shannon Falcone will sail onboard Puma's Mar Mostro for Leg 6 from Itajaí, Brazil, to Miami, Florida, USA. Falcone takes the place of bowman Casey Smith who injured his back during the last leg of the race from Auckland, New Zealand, to Itajaí.... [more]
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Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals begin at Algies Bay
Kirsty Laws,
Over 200 sailors representing 28 school teams from as far away as Timaru and the Cook Islands are at Algies Bay this week for the Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals. Light winds for the first two days limited racing and required frequent recalls and changes of course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper finishes month long Southern Ocean Tour +Vid,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand epic Leg Five is over. A month after leaving Auckland CAMPER crossed the finish line off Itajai at just past midday April 17th local time/0300h 18 April NZT It marks the end of a marathon leg for the team where they had to sail close to 3000 extra nautical miles and spend ten days more at sea than their rivals... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper finishes, Leg 5 is completed
VolvoOcean Race,
After 31 days racing Camper finally crossed the Leg 5 finish line in Itajaí, Brazil, just after noon, at 12:35:44 UTC, having sailed an average of 1,400 nautical miles further and 11 days longer than their counterparts on the podium. Relief was visible on the faces of the 11 crew as they claimed fourth place in the race from one of their home ports, Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil, earning them... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Williams to begin bid for fourth victory
World Match Racing Tour,
Reigning Alpari World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams will begin his bid for a fourth Tour victory next month, a feat that would put him level with Peter Gilmour's record and affirm his status as a legend of match racing. It would be a remarkable performance from the Brit who only won his first World Championship in 2007... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi double up on Azzam repair
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have brought in four extra boatbuilders for the repairs to Azzam in order to make the start line on April 22.... [more]
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