Sail-World New Zealand: July 19, 2012 - AC72 Unveiling and Launch...Youth Worlds...Optimist Worlds...Events Clothing Sale

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 19 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 19, 2012

We cover all sides of the racing spectrum in this edition of's online newsletter.

World's first First AC72 unveiled - Emirates Team NZ AC72 first rigging - Viaduct Habour, Auckland, New Zealand  Richard Gladwell
As those who have been on our website will be only too well aware, Emirates Team NZ unveiled their new AC72 – the first time one of the catamarans has been seen rigged in the world.

We have several sets of images in this edition – has any boat been so oft photographed without getting wet?

Two key days are yet to come. First the launch on Saturday evening or Sunday – however the wind forecast is not too promising - with fresh easterlies predicted for Auckland on both Saturday and Sunday.

The launch should be spectacular, and free to all the sailing fans. The first 1500 get a free t-shirt, so get down to the Viaduct and catch a sight you will never see again. For those of us who have been around for a bit, these public occasions never leave your memory – the launch of KZ-1 being perhaps the best of them all, followed by the high speed tow out into the Hauraki Gulf chased by several hundred spectator craft..

Viaduct Harbour Event Diagram - AC 72 Launch July 21, 2012 - the AC72 is in front of the Events Centre - you won't miss it!  Emirates Team NZ

The second big day will come next week, when she goes for her first sail. The weather isn't looking too promising for that either – the crazy rules regarding limits on sailing days mean that it is not worthwhile going out for a couple of hours to shake down, which is what would normally happen at this time of the year and phase of the campaign – particularly with a new boat.

World's first First AC72 is framed by cranes - Emirates Team NZ AC72 first rigging - Viaduct Habour, Auckland, New Zealand  Richard Gladwell

While you are heading for the AC72 launch – leave a few hours early and get down to the Royal New Zealand yacht Squadron for the Events Clothing sale – there's some fantastic bargains to be had, with several top brands at reductions of up to 80%.

Or, if Saturday doesn't suit, get down there on Friday or Sunday – and don't forget to leave your business card to go in the draw to win a set of Line 7 Offshore Gear.

Your invitation to the Big Night with the Big Cat - witness sailing history with the first launch of an AC72  Emirates Team NZ

The Volvo Ocean Race for 2011-12 has finished -well almost, the boats have to leave the finish in Ireland. In this issue we have the story and video of Camper's delivery trip to Spain, where she will be doing more sponsor projects. Quite what happens to the Volvo 70's will be interesting. Certainly they offer plenty of pace for their length, particularly with sheets eased. Or, will they get snapped up as surrogate Volvo 65's, until the real ting gets delivered.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand arrives in to Palma, Spain, after the end of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Camper

The Optimist World Championships are underway in Boca Chica, in the Dominican Republic. The Opti Worlds are the biggest one design regatta in sailing. Many would argue they are the hardest worlds to win, given that for the 52 teams competing, there are on average another 100 sailors who have trialed for the right to win selection for their team. Sometimes double that number.

We have reports and images from John Adair who is in Boca Chia with the team. Plus there's the official report from the organisers, along with more images and a video.

William McKenzie raising the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony - Optimist World Championships  John Adair

In Dublin Ireland, the Four Star Pizza (hope there's plenty of free sponsor product available) ISAF Youth Worlds are underway, with New Zealand sailors competing in five events. We have the official results, reports, images and video from the regatta along with the daily reports from Yachting New Zealand on the Kiwi team.

Both the Optimist team and Youth team are sponsored by the NZL Yachting Trust, who have done a sterling job of supporting sailing for so long in New Zealand.

Day 4 - Spain's Florian Trittel in the 29er skiff class at the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships sponsored by Four Star Pizza on Dublin Bay,   ISAF Youth Worlds

This time next week, we'll be on the big bird heading for the Olympics. Several Sail-World editors are flying in from around the world, and we will have the biggest editorial team at the sailing Olympics. Two of us will be on the water working as accredited photographers. We will be producing a daily newsletter from the Olympic venue, which will summarise the day's racing and action both ashore and on the water. The event will of course be running near live on – with stories and images being posted online as they happen.

All going well, this will be sailing coverage like you have never seen before.

Day three of Copa del Rey of 52 Superseries on july 18, 2012 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which
The delivery crew for Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand arrives in to Palma, Spain, after the end of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Camper
can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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William McKenzie finishing in second place Race 1 - Optimist World Championships  John Adair

America's Cup: Take a walk around Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a video of their new AC72 which was test rigged and revealed to the world for the first time on Wednesday July 18, 2012 The video is a revealing walk around the catamaran which is due for launch on Saturday July 21, 2012 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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Huge Events Clothing Sale - This Weekend - Line 7, Musto and more!
Emma Hendy,
This weekend Events Clothing is holding a HUGE Winter Sale at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron between Friday and Sunday. Come down and see us at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Westhaven this weekend from Friday - Sunday and get your hands on a huge range of products at never seen before prices. From brands such as Events Clothing, Line 7, Musto and more....... [more]
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2012 Youth Worlds: New Zealand team move up the leaderboard
Yachting NZ,
Day 3 at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championship marked the half way point of the regatta, and again the day started with more rain before the wind dropped completely. Racing was initially delayed but once sailors left shore in the early afternoon, they managed to get two full races in a building breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: Change of course for Defender raises new issues
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have announced a change to its proposed winter training plans in New Zealand. Oracle say they have been working with the management of Northport and the community of Marsden Point on plans for a temporary base in New Zealand's North Island. Instead, the America's Cup champion will continue to keep its activities focused in the U.S, the team says in a statement.... [more]
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America's Cup: A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 unveiled - a world first
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 catamaran was wheeled out of the shed the first time this morning as team members got down to final preparations for Saturday's public show at the Viaduct Harbour. On a brilliantly fine and still winter's morning, the 40m wingsail was wheeled from its tent, lifted and carefully placed on the platform.... [more]
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America's Cup: Cat chase boat ready for the big night + Video,
Emirates Team New Zealand has taken delivery of the catamaran chase boat big and powerful enough to manage the AC72's on-the-water operations. When the yacht can reach speeds of 40 knots, the chase boat has to be nimble, stable and easy on the people who have to work on it.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Reluctant hero Marsh takes seamanship honour
Volvo Ocean race,
The title ‘hero' does not rest easy on the shoulders of Groupama bowman Brad Marsh, but most agree that it is the best way to describe the Kiwi who repaired a sinking yacht, saved a broken rig and scaled a 31-metre mast in a storm front.... [more]
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New Zealand team improve on Day 2 of ISAF Youth Worlds
Three more races were completed overnight on Day 2 of the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships being sailed on Dublin Bay, Ireland. Most of the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team improved their overall standings as a result of completing the fifth race which allowed a discard of their worst score to date.... [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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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 19, 2012 - Good news from USA
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: July 19, 2012 - Ben Bernanke testified to Congress again overnight reiterating the Fed's intention to act if the economy stalled and employment declined. QE3 was not imminent though, as there are signs of life in the economy. Housing Starts rose to a high of 6.3% and Weekly Mortgage Applications spiked to 16.9%.... [more]
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Govenor's Cup day 1 - Great weather, great racing
Nancy Mellon,
The Govenor's Cup exciting match racing began on Wednesday at noon with brisk weather and exceptional competition.... [more]
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50th Optimist World Championships kicks off in Caribbean
John Adair,
Boca Chica, Dominican Republic plays host to the 50th anniversary of the Optimist World Championships where the top 240 sailors from 52 countries compete in the largest fleet race in the world. On Monday evening (16th July) the sailors and coaches gathered for the opening ceremony where each country paraded into the arena displaying national emblems and team colours, led by the Dominican Republ... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - Australians on podium in three classes
Craig Heydon,
Carrie Smith and Ella Clark continue to lead the way in the 420 girls class with the pair now three points ahead of the second placed Italian crew.... [more]
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2012 Youth Worlds: A win in the Boys Singlehander on Day 4
Yachting NZ,
After a day of rest and recovery, the 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships have resumed racing in Ireland at Dublin Bay. The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team had a day of mixed results, but still the overall standings are improving. Auckland based Laser Radial sailor Andrew McKenzie started the day well, winning his first race of this regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships - Spanish on form in Dublin
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships are progressing into the second phase on Dublin Bay in Ireland and after a well-earned layday, the mounting pressure has clearly had an effect today in a number of classes. With two races sailed in very different conditions, the possibility of a completely dry day was scuppered by a huge late afternoon cloudburst.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Tricky conditions on Day 1 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Optimist World Championship 2012 first day of racing got underway in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday 17th July. The 230 young sailors competing prepared their boats early in the morning and took the last advice from their coaches before they hit the water.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: And when the race is over.... + Video
Camper Media and Daryl Wislang,
Camper, the second placed boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, has returned to her Spanish home. She will visit the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca. Sponsored by the Mallorcan footwear company Camper, the return of the joint Spanish and New Zealand flagged boat, marks the end of a round the world adventure that started with the yacht's baptism at the RCNP in September 2011 and the race start from A... [more]
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l'Hydroptè breaks one-hour record around Lake Geneva
Bernard Schopfer,
Whilst attempting to break Lake Geneva's Blue Ribbon record last week the experimental catamaran l'Hydroptè, crewed by Daniel Schmaeh, Stéphane Dyen, Gaël Ledoux, Guillaume Coyon and Cédric Pochelon, broke the one-hour speed record with an average speed of 25.25 knots.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship Preview
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy World Championship is being held in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21st to 28th July 2012. No sailor has ever won five OK Dinghy World titles. Three sailors have won four titles and two of them called it a day after that. The third sailor in question is the current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) and he is about to try for a record fifth title at the OK Dinghy World Championship next week... [more]
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2012 Laser Radial Men's World Championship – the wrap
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Tristan Brown has won the 2012 World Laser Radial Men's Championship. Brown held the regatta lead for the last three days after a series of mid regatta wins.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing - Finn fleet first to face starter's gun
On 29 July 24 Finn boats will line up on the Nothe Course and at midday the starting gun will fire signalling the commencement of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Eyes will beam down on the course with the host nation's hopes pinned on Finn sailor Ben Ainslie (GBR).... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Ben Ainslie Racing team announced
America's Cup World Series 2012-13 gets underway in San Francisco on 23rd August. Ben Ainslie Racing have confirmed the team that will race with Ainslie. The team are no strangers to racing on the wingsailed multihull. Ainslie will be switching from his 15ft singlehanded dinghy to a 45ft catamaran, and with only four days training between the Olympics and the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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Ben Ainslie's Video diary - Last days of training,
Ben Ainslie talks through how his preparation has gone and what he aims to achieve from the last few days of training.... [more]
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