Sail-World New Zealand: July 15, 2012 - Emirates Team NZ launch ... Kiwi Olympic Team previewed...Youth Worlds underway in Dublin

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 15 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 15, 2012

Emirates Team Dalton with the team's first AC72, ahead of her launch on July 21, 2012  Emirates Team NZ
Next Saturday evening, Emirates Team New Zealand will be launching their first AC72 in the Viaduct Harbour at a public ceremony – open to all.

We have been told some of the details, however understand the catamaran will be launched onto a sea of fire – and there is plenty more - and the opportunity for the public to participate.

This will be a significant moment in America's Cup history – the first of the America's Cup AC72 yachts to be launched.

It's your opportunity to personally see some America's Cup history being made. Occasions like this don't come around very often – don't miss it.

Next major event in sailing is the 2012 Olympic Regatta which gets underway in just under two weeks. Sail-World will have a big team in Weymouth, with editors from several regions and two photographers working on the water, plus the world's leading sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, providing a daily perspective on the sailing action – and giving his read on what is happening off the water.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - 2012 NZ Olympic Representatives - 49er pictured training in Kerikeri  

In this edition we take a look at the New Zealand team – using a base of Five Regattas – four of them sailed at the Olympic venue. Using that same base, across the whole team, was a different way of looking at the team form, rather than just taking the peak performances and laying that into the Olympic thinking.

One of the recurring thoughts or memories from the 2008 Olympic Regattas was how the British competitors defined their regatta by whether or not they won a medal. The 2008 post-regatta media conference, held by the British, was notable by the number of their sailors at the front table – then the realisation dawned, that this wasn't their whole sailing team – just the medalists.

2008 Olympics - Finn class   Francois Richard

Another memory, was a conversation with one of the British coaches – when asked about how they had adjusted/coped to the Chinese conditions - including the much vaunted light winds. The comment was that to the Brits, Qingdao was more like a second home. They had spent so much time sailing, training and living at the difficult venue, that what happened in the Olympics was no surprise.

Already several teams are embedded in Weymouth, and have been for some time. Whether that is the correct approach for 2012 will be known in three and a half weeks.

NZL's Open Skiff crew (29er) - Day 1, 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds, Dublin, Ireland  ISAF Youth Worlds

The ISAF Youth World have started in Ireland. The New Zealand team is only competing in five of the eight events, and got off to a good start in the Womens 420 event, with a race win. But that aside the results could be better.

We have the official report in this edition of plus a second report on the New Zealand performance, with links to the official results and a video of the first day's highlights.

Les 5 corsaires de l'Hydroptere pour le record du monde du Pacifique.   l'

Don't miss the video compilation of 25 years of development of the l'Hydroptere program. The French foiler, started in Eric Tabarly's day and has continued apace. Yes they have had their disasters – but all are treated as a learning experience. There's some spectacular masthead video of a high speed pitchpole If nothing else, this video compilation gives an insight as to why the French are the masters of high speed trans-oceanic sailing.

Panerai British Classic Week 2012 - Vagabundo ll  Guido Cantini

Mahia Pepper rounding top mark Day 2 Race 2 - Laser Radial Mens World Championship 2012  Alaine Neilson
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - big night with the big cat + Video
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand will reveal its AC72 catamaran at a public event at Viaduct Harbour on Saturday, July 21. The team is promising a spectacular 'launch day' for the big catamaran which another step forward in the team's campaign to win the 2013 America's Cup at San Francisco.... [more]
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2012 Youth Worlds: New Zealand starts with win in 420 Girls
The first day at the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships concluded after a long seven hours on the water, and two races for all fleets. 'For most of our team, today was a solid start considering the tricky and shifty conditions' said Ian Neely, head coach. 'Ellie and Erica especially did a great job in their first race.'... [more]
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2012 Olympics: A New Zealand team Form Guide for Weymouth
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand will be represented in nine of the 10 Olympic sailing events at Weymouth. Using a base of results from the 2010, 2011, 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold (SS4G) regattas, plus the 2011 Olympic Test event all sailed at Weymouth, plus the 2011 Worlds in Perth, the top New Zealand crew is Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in the Womens Two Hander (470).... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Rankings - Wilcox remains on top
Robert Deaves,
For the OK Dinghy World Rankings for July 2012, Greg Wilcox (NZL) has maintained his world number one status from current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) as the fleet prepares for the 2012 World Championships, due to be sailed in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21-18 July.... [more]
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Exclusive video interview with HRH The Princess Royal
On Thursday 14 June, HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, took time out her busy schedule to meet RYA Magazine Editor Deb Cornick to talk about her involvement with boating, participation, favourite cruising spots, RYA membership and much more.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's new chase cat arrives
Emirates Team NZ's new cat arrived at the base today ...... the chase cat that is! Curly Salthouse and team designer Pete Melvin worked on the concept and design of the 45 ft cat which is capable of speeds of over 50 knots if required. the chase boat also has the pulling capability to right and AC72 if required - hopefully not.... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012: Step aboard V5's for the 2012 Noumea Race - Video
Ben Gladwell,
Join David Nathan and the crew of V5 for the 2012 Auckland to Noumea Race. V5 was the first monohull into Noumea, after experiencing lights winds for the first day or so, then switching to 30-40kt head winds, with a fast ride into Noumea for the final day. Along the way they broke four crew-filled bunks, as they crashed off big seas... [more]
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31st Coastal Classic to start October 19 - 200 entries expected
The 31st NZMYC Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race will start on Friday 19 October, and it attracts up to 200 entries from world class ocean racers, to family cruisers just out for the ride. 'Being on that start line, with so many others, and knowing that you are going to ride up the coast on a yacht, amidst some of the world's most beautiful scenery... [more]
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Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week final day images by Carlo Borlenghi

Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week final day images by Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Strong start for Aussies
Craig Heydon,
Australian crews ended day one inside the top 10 in four classes at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Dublin, Ireland. The multihull crew of Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland are the best placed Australians, with the pair tied for the lead, but second on a count back.... [more]
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PWA Tenerife World Cup day 3 - Fifty knots, big waves and big crashes
Day 3 of the PWA Tenerife World Cup featured incredible action with huge jumps, big waves and some even bigger crashes. The competition started bright and early which meant that by midday the winners of the single elimination had been crowned.... [more]
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WMRT Chicago Match Cup - Williams through to final
Leigh Ireland,
Defending World Match Racing Tour champion Ian Williams (GBR) will feature in tomorrow's Chicago Match Cup Final.... [more]
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Quarter of a century of development of l'Hydroptère DCNS - Video
Amazing video covering a quarter of a century of development of l'Hydroptère DCNS. See the origin of the dream with Eric Tabarly, the scale models, the first flights and the first crashs, the Channel record, l'Hydroptère capsizing at 56 kts, the outright sailing speed records and finally the Transpacific record attempt... Alain Thébault and his crew share some incredible footage... [more]
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52 Super Series - Azzurra Sailing Team closing the gap
Azzurra Sailing Team,
The Audi Azzurra Sailing Team won on the final day of the Royal Cup in Palma and now trail the leader of the 52 Super Series by just six points.... [more]
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2012 Youth Worlds: Tricky start on Dublin Bay
The Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships got off to a tricky start for the 350 crews of 14-19 year olds from 61 nations. Dublin Bay threw up a surprising mix of light to moderate winds, 4-15 knots, with shifts and gusts as clouds passed over, allowing the occasional glimpse of sunshine through.... [more]
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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Rán Racing surge to victory
Jacaranda Marketing,
The Royal Cup 2012, the third regatta of the inaugural 52 Super Series, final day of racing was held in Palma, Mallorca today, Saturday 14th July. Rán Racing claimed the Royal Cup and their first overall victory in a testing day's racing that victorious skipper Niklas Zennström described as being 'as good as it gets'.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 14, 2012 - Black Friday rally
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: July 14, 2012 - Equity markets erased a week of losses on Black Friday. The rally was not sparked by positive economic news or spanking corporate earnings but because of the oversold nature of markets and expectations of further stimulus. The rise in commodites due to expectations of increasing demand from China boosted the AUD to 1.0222 and the KIWI to 0.7950.... [more]
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2012 Youth Worlds: Competition begins in Dublin Bay, Ireland + Video
Nine of New Zealand's top youth sailors are due to start competition at the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships tonight in Dublin Bay, Ireland. This annual week-long regatta is regarded as the pinnacle event of the global youth sailing calendar, and is a significant step for many into the Olympic class pathways.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week - Jap victorious on penultimate day
Deniz Karatepe,
The penultimate day of the 2012 Panerai British Classic Regatta brought formal racing to a conclusion with an inshore race, sponsored by Sandeman Yacht Company, in blustery winds of up to thirty knots from the southwest. While the sky was still overcast, the rain held off - allowing the boats to enjoy a fabulous final blast back and forth across the Solent that put huge smiles on everyone's faces... [more]
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52 Super Series - Azzurra close in overall standings
Giuliano Luzzatto,
In the Royal Cup, third event of the 52 Super Series, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team scored a fourth and fifth in today's two races, and though the team is unsatisfied with the results, they are not out of touch with Quantum on the overall scorecard.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship preview
The Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship will get underway tomorrow when the four years of hard graft by the Dublin Bay 2012 organisers comes to head. Some 350 sailors, aged 14-19 years old from 63 nations, plus their coaches and team leaders, have descended on Dun Laoghaire for the annual highlight of the youth sailing calendar, running from 14th-21st July.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Fleet welcomed in Tonnerres de Brest
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The 2012 Krys Ocean Race MOD70 fleet were saluted by sailors aboard nearly every conceivable sort of floating craft after having completed a lightning fast crossing of the Atlantic. They received a rousing welcome as they docked this afternoon in the very centre of the massive Tonnerres de Brest maritime festival.... [more]
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52 Series Royal Cup - Gladiator pulls off major comeback
Jacaranda Marketing,
On the 52 Super Series Royal Cup regatta third day of racing in Palma, Mallorca, Gladiator pulled off a major comeback to win their first race less than 24-hours after a collision forced their retirement, while world champions Quantum Racing are primed for the final day's racing on Saturday with a six point lead.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Brief history of Finn Class
Finn Class Association,
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Finn Class coverage starts here. Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing exclusive interviews, background information and previews of the sailors, before the daily racing coverage starts on Sunday 29th July, but first a little bit of history...... [more]
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Laser Radial Men's World Championship 2012 - Off and Running on Day 2
Alaine Neilson,
The 2012 Laser Radial Men's World Championship 2012 is being hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, with fifty-two competitors from nine countries sailing on Moreton Bay.... [more]
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l'Hydroptè takes on Blue Ribbon speed record
MaxComm Communication,
The experimental catamaran l'Hydroptè, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, have gone after the mythical Blue Ribbon speed record between Geneva and le Bouveret and back, a record held since 2007 by Décision 35, captained by Philippe Cardis, in 4 hrs 53 mins 19 secs.... [more]
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