Sail-World New Zealand: July 1, 2012 - Camper second in Lorient...Bob Fisher in Newport...Magnificent J Class

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 01 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 1, 2012

The Old and the New - America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Racing Day 2  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for July 1, 2012

Have a read of the Sunday papers, as we have just done, and you'd be excused for thinking there was no sailing on in the world at present - aside from one sailor profile, relating to the Olympics three weeks away.

Even if the daily print media had done yesterday's news today, which is slightly understandable given their deadlines, there are still plenty of of good sailing events out there that never get covered. But we have it all here...

There's the Volvo Ocean Race, remember - that's the one that stopped over in Auckland a few months back, and never even got a report in the daily print media on the thrilling Leg 8 finish. Camper, the boat of the Emirates New Zealand team (remember them?), took second in that Leg, and did the same overnight in the InPort race at Lorient, France. We have full coverage in this edition of

For Camper it was an outstanding performance out of of the blocks, but an error on the final run cost them first place. We have the story in this edition of's newsletter, along with full coverage and video links on the race.

Camper competing in the Bretagne In-Port Race, in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Race is down to the wire, for probably the first time in its history, with the result all hanging on the outcome of the final Leg, and as we saw in the thrilling closing stages of the NZ-ignored Leg 8, a certain winner can lose everything - as evidenced by Telefonica. The start of Leg 9 gets underway tonight. We have the video link for the start, so you can see it live and then continue to follow the action - which will be near constant and online, with plenty of video interviews from the boats which were just sensational in Leg 8. Will the placings go down to the final InPort Race in Galway - we think so.

Emirates Team NZ - America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Racing Day 3  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Another event that has slipped off the daily print media radar, the the America's Cup World Series.

Yep that's the one in which Emirates Team NZ has a boat competing. The regatta is being staged in Newport, RI, the historic home of the America's Cup. The world's leading sailing journalist, Bob Fisher has been in Newport covering the on and off the water action, for and we have his reports, some great images, and all the unblocked video we can in this edition of

The final of the final round of the ACWS, is being sailed tonight. You can't see it live on the interweb in New Zealand due to Youtube blocking. But if you run a Firefox browser with a Proxy Tube addon - you can probably get the full replay - as soon as it is posted, and have it running on the quite in the office, or wherever tomorrow.

The magnificent J Class are sailing a series of three regattas along the South Coast of England building into the 2012 Olympics.

Ranger - Day 3 - J class UK Series, Falmouth  J Class Association

We have been covering these all week, with daily reports and as many images as we can. These 120ft originals and replicas of the 1920 and 30's are just magnificent to see. There's a new Zealand angle (or two) - again missed by the hapless print media - with several New Zealanders on board in key roles. As well most of the sails for these yachts, are made in New Zealand - a great export story for the NZ marine industry. We have been covering this aspect in a two-part series looking through the North Sails loft - on a visit earlier this year. The sheer size of the sails and gear on these yachts can only really be gauged when you see a close up of a crew member alongside a winch or other gear.

Actual, the French Multi 50 Trimaran, bears off for maximum speed around the Needles, eventually taking line honours in today's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2012  onEdition ©

The Round the Island Race around the Isle of Wight, England took place last night. We have a report in this edition of Sail-World, along with several great images, and will be adding to this story. It is one of the largest yacht races in the world - making for some spectacular photography, particularly when sailed in fresh conditions such as prevailed yesterday.

The Laser Radial Youth Worlds are underway in Brisbane. Several New Zealand sailors are competing in the Boys and Girls events - and with two days racing completed - well one really, after yesterday's racing was abandoned.

There are 19 nations competing in the regatta - not that you'd know that from the daily print media, because again the event is ignored. We have reports from the first two days of racing, plus results - but only off the water images at this stage.

Launching from rigging lawn - Laser Youth Worlds 2012  Alaine Neilson

On Thursday night, the new Volvo 65 was announced for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. It is clearly a boat for the times - media friendly, with a reduced budget aimed at getting more teams involved, plus a one design to keep the racing close - and stretch the fans' interest.

In this edition of Sail-World, we have a brief reaction from Grant Dalton of Emirates Team NZ, and an update on our editorial from the last issue. Plus the top designer Juan K gives his comments via a link to a two part story appearing on

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand lead the fleet in the Bretagne In-Port Race, in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Juan K is very critical of the approach taken, and makes some interesting points about what is/not being saved by the cost reductions. But clearly organisers have made the trade-offs of a smidgen of performance, for an increase in structural strength, to give a surety of all boats finishing each leg. This will help keep the race close right to the end. Plus the media friendly interior boat design will be able to use the tenfold increase in broadband upload organisers they will have for the next race, which will make a huge difference to the size of the fan base.

Returning to our comments about the paucity of coverage of the sailing given by daily print media. Often it is opined that Sailing is not followed in NZ, as much as other sports. So how can be the highest rating single sports website in NZ according to's rating system - which draws on a sample of 10million viewers around the world?

Emirates Team New Zealand in Day 3'second fleet race where the team finished first. America's Cup World Series Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

If people weren't interested in the sport, they wouldn't be following it on the web, would they? And rugby, or cricket or one of the other big sports would be top of the pile, wouldn't they?

You are, and will be what you print. The so-called lack of sailing coverage in the daily print media is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

And maybe a few of the local sports editors would be well advised to have a look over the Tasman at the rumblings in the Fairfax and Murdoch empires as they make the hard calls for transitioning to the internet. And then look at the great coverage that is available on the web for sailing, and then look at where the Volvo Ocean Race is heading in terms of its media coverage. Not hard to work out where the sports media world is headed, is it?

America's Cup Hall of fame
Russel Coutts, Patrizio Bertelli (CEO, Prada and Team principal Luna Rossa) and Halsey Herreshoff
Photo:   Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi ©
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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Oracle Team USA Coutts, America's Cup World Series Newport 2012, Racing Day 3  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Volvo Ocean Race: InPort Race and Leg 9 Start - See it Live - Here!
View the InPort Race at Lorient and the start of Leg 9 to the finish in Galway, Ireland. Racing gets underway in the Bretagne In-Port Race (Saturday at 12h45 CEST/10h45 UTC), with the winner taking six vital points. Less than 24 hours day later the final leg of the 39,000nm race, gets underway.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Newport - The old and the new at Newport
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: I saw three Twelves come sailing by, on this Saturday in the morn. The America's Cup's heritage lives on in this nautical playground and the old warhorses of yesteryear - Intrepid, Heritage, Columbia and their likes - are sailing around in Narragansett Bay. Then there were eight AC-45s sailing by at a far more rapid rate trying to prove themselves in the 500-metre speed trials.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ hits their straps on penultimate day
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand got back into stride at Newport today, in the final round of the America's Cup World Series, taking a third in the first fleet race of the day then stormed home to win the second. The winning margin was an emphatic 58 sec over Energy Team of France which stole second place from the Oracle 4 right on the finish line.... [more]
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J Class, UK Series: 22kts and perfect sailing on final day at Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The last race of the Falmouth J Class Regatta took place in perfect sailing conditions; approximately 22 knots of wind and sunshine. The required results needed for each boat promised an exciting race as the regatta was Velsheda's with any result except a Ranger win.... [more]
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America's Cup Hall of Fame - Bertelli, Wright and Lambert inducted
Marcus Hutchinson,
The Herreshoff Marine Museum's America's Cup Hall of Fame inducted Patrizio Bertelli - head of four time Italian challenger syndicate the Luna Rossa Challenge, Jonathan Wright - trimmer for five America's Cup syndicates and Gerard Lambert - member of four defender syndicates between 1930 and 1958, at a gala dinner at the Marble House Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island last night.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Grant Dalton welcomes new Volvo 65 concept
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, and many time round the world sailor, and skipper, Grant Dalton, describes the new concept for the Volvo Ocean Race as a positive move. Speaking from Lorient, France, venue awaiting the start of Leg 9, of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Dalton believes the concept for the boat and the next two races do address the central issue, which is cost.... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Overall winners confirmed
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The overall winners of the 2012 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race have been confirmed, with the 81st edition of the event resulting in triumph for boats both large and small. The winner of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for first boat overall on IRC handicap is Tony Langley's TP52 Manroland Sheetfed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama almost secure Overall Race with InPort win
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama took a dream home victory in the Bretagne In-Port Race on Saturday to take a big step closer to an overall race victory, while Camper finished second to tie with Puma at the top of the in-shore series. Skipper Franck Cammas and his Groupama crew scored six points for winning, taking their total to 225 points overall -- 25 points ahead of their closest rival with just one leg and one in... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship podium decided
ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship,
At the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, it was another perfect day for sailing with a southerly, rather gusty, 16-18 knots of wind and sun. The World Champions and podium places have now been decided in Gothenburg, Sweden. In the semifinals, Silja Lehtinen had no trouble defeating Claire Leroy 3-0. Anna Tunnicliffe won over Sally Barkow (USA) 3-1 in four very tight and intense matches... [more]
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Musto Skiff World Championships overall
Rick Perkins,
At the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship, a gala dinner was hosted by the class for the 180 competitors and friends as well as guests of the event sponsor, ACO, who had invited Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority. The dinner was a huge success and the assembled were well entertained by double medalist Simon Hiscocks who was the after dinner speaker.... [more]
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470 European Championships - Pole position to Great Britain + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
At the 2012 470 European Championships, the Team of the Day Award unquestionably goes to Great Britain's Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth, who notched up three race wins in the 470 Women fleet in challenging conditions to shift up the leader board and claim pole position.... [more]
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Round the Island Race – Race record missed by 60secs, three injuries
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race management team at the Island Sailing Club have reported four incidents. There have been two head injuries and one spinal injury. Families have been informed and the Island Sailing Club will provide updates as further information becomes available. A small multihull capsized North of Hamstead Ledge on the North-West of the Island.... [more]
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America's Cup: Barker and the boys bounce back
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand bounced back today, scoring a second place in the Friday fleet race. It was the team's only race for the day. Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies Jeremy Lomas and Derek Saward, led away from the start and around the first mark.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA dominate
America's Cup World Series,
Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Team USA crew couldn't have had a better afternoon of racing at the AC World Series. Emirates Team New Zealand made an impressive recovery from Thursday's capsize and wing damage, bursting out of the starting gate to lead the fleet race from the first mark until the very final moments.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS Newport - Spithill and Barker in thriller
Bob Fisher,
Day 2: The good news is that Emirates Team New Zealand's shore team, working all through the night, managed to have the team's boat out on the water in time for a practice before the racing began. Gone was much of the advertising decals, replaced by clear film panes of the new wing sections - the rig was there and efficient as Dean Barker and his crew were to prove.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youths World Championships Day 1 – Big spread in top 20 Team,
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth Championships are underway at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly (Brisbane), Australia. On the water postcard conditions prevailed on day 1, with bright blue winter skies and a good breeze.... [more]
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J Class: Valsheda wins again - Day 3 of UK Series, Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The third race of the J Class Falmouth regatta started at twelve o'clock as scheduled, with the first weak rays of sunshine and patches of blue sky that anybody had seen all week. The race began with Lionheart, Velsheda and Ranger approaching the start line together. Rainbow started to windward, locking the others out. Rainbow edged into the first lead, with Velsheda just to leeward, and Lionhe... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ to be back on the water tomorrow
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand plans to be back on the water tomorrow after a capsize in the first race of the quarter-final at Newport today. Three elements of the wing were extensively damaged in the capsize. One will be repaired overnight, one has been bought from the event and one will be cannabalised from the Youth America's Cup AC45.... [more]
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Americas Cup: Emirates Team NZ capsize carnage - Images and Video
Emirates Team NZ capsized their AC45 during the match racing in Newport, after a gennaker sheet jammed during a bearaway, and the catamaran became overpowered and flipped. Normally that would not have been a major issue, but the top section extension filled with water and pulled the boat over backwards.... [more]
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ACWS Team New Zealand capsize images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
America's Cup World Series. Team New Zealand capsize images from day 1 of the series in Newport by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 29, 2012 - A double blow
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 29, 2012 - Obamacare passes in the US dominating headlines and overshadowing the EU summit. The news from the US was great politically for Obama and the Democrats but not great for the US economy. The bottom line impact will be immence as they are effectively adding 50 Million people to the health system.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS Newport - Barker's world turns upside down
Bob Fisher,
Day 1: Today had all the attributes of the Curate's egg - good in parts, but evil in others. Ask Dean Barker. He went up and down the ratings in the opening fleet race, which provided the seedings for the subsequent match racing, in the light and fickle morning breeze, and then dramatically and spectacularly capsized at the first mark in his opening match race.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Robertson the stand out performer
Leigh Ireland,
Going into his second full season on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Phil Robertson has been the stand out performer from several exciting young teams on the world's premier sailing series this year. He now believes that the upcoming Stena Match Cup Sweden and Chicago Match Cup will be key tests of how far his Waka Racing team have progressed.... [more]
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