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 16 May 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 May 2012

Sailboats galore at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2012  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 May 2012

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show begins Thursday at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland

While this show has been notorious for not featuring too many 'blow-boats' the yachties are back in force at this years show - which it being the principal dinghy and small boat show.

Half of the Hall 6 (on the right as you enter the Greenland Road gate) is devoted to yachts from Optimists to 18fters. Then there is the Discover Boating Pavilion over the way and down a bit, which has more yachts again.

So if dinghy sailing is your thing, then get along to the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

There's obviously plenty of powerboat, fishing, and diving exhibits for which this show is renowned, and the boat show sale items will be there again for the bargain hunters.

You can download your boatshow program by clicking here

2012 49er World Championships - Top 10, Medal race "Pit Lane"  Nikola Sisko

The World Championships for four of the Olympic classes are underway.

The Finns in Falmouth have been running for three days and are racing tonight (NZT) – so far it has been a very hard regatta with cold SW winds of up to 30kts battering the sailors. Our eyes at the regatta tell us that the fleet is very close for speed, and that the slightest error is punished with the loss of a handful of places, maybe more. Add in the big windshifts which have resulted in some big losses and gains, and you have the makings of a very testing regatta.

We have reports of the Finns, the Laser Radials and the 470 Mens and Womens World Championships in this edition of Sail-World.

Frank Bethwaite testing in the car park again  Bethwaite Design

We'll be continuing to update each day on

While some will be quietly chuffed with the results to date – with three podium places from the world championships sailed to date, and with at least one more looking likely. But never forget that Australia went into the 2004 Olympic regatta with three reigning world champions in three events – and came away with absolutely nothing.

Ben Ainslie in full flight - Day 3 of racing. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Falmouth
Credit: Lloyd Images  Mark Lloyd ©

The Kiteboarding and Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics debate continues, but seems to be losing its way a little over the last day or so.

In this edition of's newsletter we have the latest developments.

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - skippers press conference. Phil Robertson (NZ) in the jandals  Gilles Martin-Raget/©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Day 3 of racing. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Falmouth
Credit: Lloyd Images  Mark Lloyd ©

NZL 49er home from 49er World Championships
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
NZL 49er crew and 2012 Olympic Representatives Peter Burling and Blair Tuke report from between regattas - back in New Zealand: It's a great feeling to have defended our Silver Medal at the just completed 49er sailing World Championships in Zadar, Croatia. Thanks to Yachting NZ and our coach Jez Fanstone.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Belcher and Page stay on winning streak
Craig Heydon,
At the 470 World Championships, Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have kept their winning streak going with another two race wins making it an incredible six from six at the end of qualifying. Belcher and Page have been the crew to beat in Barcelona and that has continued on day three of racing, with a further two wins giving them a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Download your Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show Guide here and plan your visit
The Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show starts on Thursday 17th May so plan your visit by downloading the show guide before arriving. You can find the products and services you need to see then check out the rest of the show at your leisure.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Tense and enthralling action + Video
Luissa Smith,
Day three of racing at the 2012 470 World Championships was tense and enthralling. Seven nations secured their right to be at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 470 Men, whilst six nations in the 470 Women continue to fight their way for the remaining five nations places.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: 470 move up the leader board, Finns flat-line
Two New Zealand Olympic representative crews improved already impressive performances in the 470 Worlds being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. In testing conditions in Weymouth the Finn sailors have not really improved on their slow start and will be looking for some respite form the strong winds. In the Laser Radial Worlds, Sara Winther lies in 18th after the first day of racing.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 16 May 2012 - KIWI testing .7700
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 16 May 2012 - The Political crises in Greece continued to unfold as talks halted with a call for a new election. Germany's GDP rose by 0.5% for the quarter avoiding recession. The risk aversion trade continued with the EUR falling to 1.2740 and the GBP testing 1.6000. KIWI is testing 0.7700 and looks extremely vulnerable... [more]
Share this story - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie dominates in harsh conditions
Robert Deaves,
During the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, if any proof was needed that Ben Ainslie (GBR) is at the top of his game, then day three was proof indeed. After dominating and winning both races in the brutal environment of the cold and windy Falmouth Bay, he now takes a 10 point lead over Ed Wright (GBR) and Andrew Mills (GBR) at the half way stage.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds - Opening ceremony overshadowed by death
Laser World Championship,
The Laser Radial World Championship opening ceremonies got under way in Boltenhagen, Germany, amid a subdued mood. Timo Jacobs, a starboat sailor and member of the hosting sailing club's NRV Olympic Team, had unexpectedly passed away at the age of 29 the night before.... [more]
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ACWS Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill look to extend lead + Video
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) Venice, the penultimate event of the 2011-12 season, gets underway on 17th May. Oracle Team USA Spithill heads into Thursday's start looking to extend its overall lead. Oracle Team USA Spithill leads the overall standings by one point after placing second last month in Naples.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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Win Windsurfing Lessons during the Hutchwilco Boat Show
Brian Haybittle,
Win a BIC Techno Windsurf Lesson during the 'Hutchwilco Boat Show' competition starts the Winter Windsurf Program. Come join a bunch of young sailors who love blasting no matter what the weather. They just want to go fast standing up.... [more]
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America's Cup: Waka Racing's Phil Robertson takes China Team helm
America's Cup Media,
Waka Racing's skipper, Phil Robertson is the latest 'young gun' to gain a foothold in the America's Cup. He will lead China Team into battle in Venice in the fifth event of the 2011-12 AC World Series. At 25, he becomes the youngest skipper at the AC World Series, grabbing the mantle from the 26-year old Nathan Outteridge, skipper of Team Korea.... [more]
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Advertising Budgets – the crowds have moved on line – have you??
Brendan Maxwell and Phil Arane,
It's that time of year... it's been a tough few years but good marketers are taking business in these times of change.... one of the biggest changes is just how potential buyers research their purchase options and that is mostly these days on the Internet.... [more]
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Sailing could be next for Olympic axe, says Neil Pryde
Alvin Sallay, South China Morning Post,
Former Olympian and millionaire businessman Neil Pryde has warned sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics as the fallout continues from the controversial decision to dump windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games.... [more]
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Yachting NZ ready for the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Kristine Lederis,
Yachting New Zealand will again be at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show! Go find them in the Club Marine Discover Boating Centre, and enter to win your chance to participate in a Friday night rum race on a keelboat hosted by YNZ skippers in Auckland.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Belcher and Page a perfect day
Craig Heydon,
At the 2012 470 World Championships, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have had a perfect day on the water with three wins from three starts. The pair won the opening race of the event on Sunday and backed the result up with a dominant display on day two.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Hat trick delivered on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 470 World Championships, three races were held on day three, during a time when it was crucial for teams to rack up good scores and position themselves as solidly as possible ahead of Tuesday's final two races of the qualification series.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Mixed bag for NZers on Day 2 of 470 and Finn Worlds
Two New Zealand Olympic representative crews performed well in the 470 Worlds being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. But in Weymouth the Finn sailors have got off to a slow start. Both regattas are in their second day of competition.... [more]
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470 World Championship - Day 2 images by Thom Touw
Anna Parker,,
Photographer Thom Touw was on hand to capture this gallery of images during day two of the 470 World Championships.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie leads the fleet after day 2 + Video
Robert Deaves,
The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth was an outstanding one for the British sailors as Ben Ainslie (GBR) won the opening race to take the overall lead while Ed Wright (GBR) dropped to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) had another good day to move up to third. The second race of the day was won by Chris Cook (CAN).... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Venezuela splits in ISAF Windsurfing vote debacle
Richard Gladwell,
The Venezuelan national sailing authority is the latest to dissociate itself with the vote of one of its nationals at the recent ISAF Council Meeting staged in Stresa, Italy. In a letter released today, they have expressed their disagreement with the vote of Teresa Lara, one of seven Vice Presidents of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Vale, Frank Bethwaite DFC OAM 26.05.1920 - 12.05.2012
Nicky Bethwaite,
Frank Bethwaite passed away peacefully after a short illness on Saturday 12 May 2012, surrounded by his family. A pioneer in small boat design and research, Frank was the author of 'High Performance Sailing' (1992) and 'Higher Performance Sailing' (2002) and had just completed his third book on apparent wind sailing to be published later this year by Adlard Coles.... [more]
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Groupama Race – New Caledonia - Free entry for first ANZAC
Matthias Balagny,
The third edition of Groupama Race – Sailing around New Caledonia, is not far away. The Groupama Race, the longest windward, leeward race around the biggest lagoon of the world, starts on the 9th of September.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Patient first day in Barcelona + Video
470 World Championships,
On the first day of the 470 World Championships, a patient morning was in store for the first race as the sailors waited ashore for the wind to appear. From early on, it was evident the scheduled start of 1200 hours was never going to happen. The postponement flag eventually came down just after 1430 hours. The ninety-five boat 470 Men were split into three fleets... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1 + Video
Robert Deaves,
The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions. The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the... [more]
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Windsurfing NZ calls for focus to go onto 2012 Olympics
Bruce Spedding,
Rather than squabbling over the spoils of 2016 Olympics decision to switch from windsurfing to kiteboarding, the value of which is still unknown, Windsurfing New Zealand (WNZ) believes we should be focussing on supporting our current 2012 Olympic competitor J P Tobin. They also think the victims of the recent decisions deserve more support than they have received so far.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper shore crew swing into action
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - While the Camper sailing crew have been enjoying a well-earned rest in Miami and making the most of the sights of South Beach, there has been no such break for the Camper shore crew who have swung into action to knock off a substantial job list.... [more]
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