Sail-World New Zealand: August 20, 2012 - Three AC45's capsize ... Kiwis at Hamilton Island...America's Cup updates

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 20 Aug 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: August 20, 2012

We are back on deck after returning from the 2012 Olympics, but are still recovering from 18-20 hour days for the full 15 days of the regatta, plus a bit of jet-lag.

We'll have more to say about the Olympics, once our thoughts are a little more collected. There are still quite a few stories to be told - off the back of the media conferences and the like, that we did not have time to get to air during the Olympics themselves. They are generally looking a little down the track, such as the Windsurfing medalists thoughts on Kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics, rather than the cut and thrust of the daily Olympic action.

A packed media centre at Weymouth after Ben Ainslie won his fourth Olympic Gold Medal - the British sailing superstar played to an adoring media all week - despite a tense competitive situation on the water.  Richard Gladwell

Sail-World's readership jumped in major way during the course of the Olympics, peaking at just under 40,000 visits a day in the last week of the regatta - in perspective, that is 10,000 more viewers than previous records - from the first day of the 2010 America's Cup, and the launch of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 in July. Viewership stayed in the 35,000 viewers per day range for the duration of the regatta - which more than justifies the big Sail-World presence at the 2012 Olympics.

There was a huge media presence for the last week of the Olympic Regatta, which the British and Australian teams worked to their advantage for the duration.

While we were in England, Emirates Team NZ's AC 72 sailed for the first time, and we believe had three outings. See the stories and images in this edition.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing their recently launched AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

With the Emirates Team NZ sailing team now in San Francisco for the next round of the America's Cup World Series, the AC72 has been packed away in its box for three weeks, and will not sail in Auckland until their return.

In San Francisco, the America's Cup and ACWS teams have been working up for start of the series and have had a wet and windy introduction to San Francisco,

Two of the Gold medalists from Weymouth, Ben Ainslie and Nathan Outteridge, have been let down to Earth with a big bump after their charges capsized during practice.

All told three teams have capsized in two days of practice - and the Main Event is yet to get underway. We expect to be carrying full coverage of the regatta, our first look at how the AC 45's will handle San Francisco - with top sailing journalist Bob Fisher, on location to give his first hand view.

America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One, Luna Rossa Swordfish wing damage after capsize  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Somehow we don't think that Bob will be looking for a slot on the back of the boats - but there night be a bit more fight in the sea-dog, than we think.

Closer to home, the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is underway with several top New Zealand boats competing including the 52fters Georgia, Kia Kaha and Icebreaker all competing in IRC Class A. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the TP52 Hooligan, formerly Emirates Team NZ's twice winner of the Audi Med Cup, now raced by an Australian owner.

NZ yacht Georgia, Audi IRC Australian Championship - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, Day 2.  Craig Greenhill

The other contest to keep an eye on is the battle of the ORMA 60's with NZ's Team Vodafone competing against Team Australia - with two races sailed, the score is 1-1.

The Sail-World team in Hamilton Island is providing full coverage of this premier event on the Australian racing calendar.

Team Vodafone Sailing ORMA 60 - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, Day 2.  Craig Greenhill

While the Olympics were underway the NZL Yachting Trust 420 team were competing in the 420 Worlds in Austria and then the Junior Europeans in Italy.

We have the official reports from both regattas, plus Rob Burn's reports on the New Zealand sailors.

Flashback: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie - World Womens 420 Champions for 2007 at Takapuna /AUS ©

It was the 2007 420 Worlds at Takapuna that set three of the New Zealand medalists in Weymouth on the path to Olympic success, with Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie being the top womens crew, and Peter Burling, crewing for Carl Evans, winning the Open and Youth World Championships.

Team Korea digs in during practice before the America's cup World Series in San Francisco  Erik Simonson ©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Up Periscope - Oracle Teamn USA - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

America's Cup: Three AC45's capsize in two days at San Francisco,
A strong San Francisco sea breeze of 15-25 knots with gusts to 30 gave the America's Cup World Series AC45 fleet another taste of the week to come on Saturday. Two yachts capsized – that's three in the last four days – as the breeze built from a range of17-18 to the mid-20s to gusts approaching 30.... [more]
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America's Cup: Several teams capsize during Practice in San Francisco
San Francisco Bay took a bite out of the AC World Series teams on Saturday as training intensifies ahead of Championship Racing next week. Nine of 11 race crews were on the water during the afternoon, in building conditions. Team Korea was the first to capsize. Before leaving the dock, skipper Nathan Outteridge had spoken of the need to be conservative in the early stages of training, but said... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 2 - IRC Australian Championship
Lisa Ratcliff,
Hamilton Island Race Week second day got underway with the Audi IRC Australian Championship. Three windward/leeward races were held for classes A, B and C on the eastern course area in a 12-14 knot SE breeze. A top shelf selection of Australia's finest grand prix keelboats met on the start line to commence their run for Audi IRC Australian Championship supremacy.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete
The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds are set to take place from 19th-26th August with a record-breaking fleet of 125 Moths from 20 countries set to take to the waters of Lake Garda. A talent-filled lineup promises to deliver what could very well be the most exciting worlds ever. Only a fool will dare make a prediction about the top 10, let alone the winner with such a quantity of red-hot talent.... [more]
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420 Junior Europeans - Big Shifts, small gain
Rob Burn,
The final days racing was scheduled for an early start to get the final two races in for the 420 Gold Fleet and three races for the Silver and Bronze Fleet. With the high humidity and lots of cloud, again the wind refused to do what it so consistently does here. Finally well after lunch the hooter went, the flags changed and the Fleets were sent out into a very light breeze, every one hoped wa... [more]
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Zhik Moth Italian Championships - Flying Hellfish takes sixth overall
Lulu Roseman,
At the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Italian Championships, Josh McKnight on Flying Hellfish powered by Easy Tiger Racing finished sixth overall on Lake Garda - behind a swag of red hot Australians peppered amongst the 83 strong international fleet.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Testing day 8 on the Solent
Rupert Holmes,
Following a week of predominately moderate to fresh winds at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, competitors were tested by lighter airs on day eight. The thin cloud over the Solent began to break up at midday and the Solent was soon bathed in bright sun, although the wind became patchy for a while in the mid-afternoon, especially in the eastern Solent.... [more]
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Bic Techno 293 World Championship day 4 + Video
Techno 293,
It is now day four of the Bic Techno 293 World Championship and excitement is building as the first competition rounds have been completed, scores have been added up, the worst result discarded and competitors now race the final round in Gold and Silver groups.... [more]
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420 Junior Europeans: Wind, Calm and Torrential rain
Rob Burn,
With two races scheduled today and some refocusing needed, Taylor and Oscar had a productive session with our Austrian 'Technical advisor', Christophe Seebar, the Gold Medalist windsurfer from the Sydney games. The launching ramp again descended into anarchy as the Club volunteers didn't materialise and it wasn't a job for a good, keen man alone.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 18, 2012 - Markets flatline
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: August 18, 2012 - Markets remained flat for the week although closing up on extremely low volume making many nervous. The European debt crises fell from the headlines with Merkel endorsing Draghi's Bond Buying program. Next week will see a summit between the major protagonists of Merkel and Hollande.... [more]
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420 Junior Europeans - Pirouelle and Sipan lead after day 5
Luissa Smith,
Day 5 of the 420 Junior Europeans was not quite the best day of racing as only one race was completed for the 420 Gold fleet. Racing got underway in a strong and stable fourteen knots from 180 degrees, but about three-quarters of the way through the gold fleet race on the outer loop, the wind started to drop with the Race Committee shortening the course in order to have a finish in the time limit.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 19 September 2012.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie Racing announce new sponsor
Four times Olympic Gold Medal winner Ben Ainslie, was greeted by the people of London as he sailed past his namesake Big Ben to celebrate his historic fourth gold medal at London 2012. Crowds gathered on the banks of the Thames to watch him celebrate his historic achievement on the waters of Weymouth and Portland, which saw him secure his place in the record books as one of Britain's greatest O... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ stops testing, starts racing + Video
Emirates Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker is acutely conscious of the fact that in only a few days he'll be back on the water racing rather than testing. And he will be at the helm of an AC45 rather than the AC72.... [more]
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Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week day 6 - And the winners are?
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week media,
The Sports Boats were the last to start. Series leader Raptor (Mark Buchbach) swung outside the fleet at the Mandalay mark with her asymmetric kite powered up. She dropped her kite at the Bluff mark and slid across the sterns of the much larger Hammer of Queensland and Condor and inside the mark.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA on countdown to AC72 launch
Oracle Team USA,
By the end of the month, Oracle Team USA expects to have tested and launched the first of its two AC72 wingsail catamarans... [more]
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London Olympics: NZ Team returns to massive media turnout
Richard Gladwell,
The only show in town, today, was the return of the New Zealand Olympic Team, to Auckland. Arriving in two waves, most of the medalists were on the second flight including the NZ Rowing Team and the NZ Sailing team. Sail-World's camera was there to capture the moment and see the medal winning sailors get the full treatment in the media scrum... [more]
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London Olympics – Russia files application to Court Of Arbitration
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition was held in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain. On 11 August 2012 ISAF received notification of an application filed by the Russian Olympic Committee to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The application challenged the result of the Women's Match Racing Semi Final result between Spain and Russia.... [more]
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London Olympics: All Done but for the Partying
Mark Chisnell,
It was the last day and school was almost out. All the lessons had been cancelled, except for twelve girls from the lower fourth who'd been made to stay and do extra lines... And so, while everyone else partied, the Women's Match Racers finally finished what they had started two weeks earlier. It was finals day, on the final day of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Spain wins Gold in the Women's Match Racing
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
In a nail-biting best-of-five match-racing series that went boiled down to the last run of the last race, the Spanish-flagged Women's Match Racing team of Tamara Dominguez, Sofia Puga and Angela Menendez captured Gold, leaving the 'Speedy Sheilas' team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty (AUS) to settle for Silver. In the petite finals, Finland beat-out Russia to bring home Bronze.... [more]
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420 Worlds - another title for Singapore
Singapore Sailing,
Going into the final day of racing yesterday, the Singapore team featured prominently in the Ladies standings, in second, third and fifth positions. Rachel Lee and Cecilia Low snatched victory from Chilean pair of Nadja Horwitz/Sofi. Middleton who had been leading the event throughout the week, by finishing ahead in the final race and securing victory by a single point!... [more]
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The Blurr wins a close fought Onerahi event in the E5.9's
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
Nine Elliott 5.9's contested the Onerahi Sprints, the second event in the 2012 Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series. Numbers were slightly down on expectations due to a couple of boats being late no-shows due to illness or other circumstances.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ put caution ahead of valuable testing
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 went sailing for the second time Friday August 3, taking advantage of a stronger breeze on the Hauraki Gulf. The cat left the dock under tow about 9.30am, headed north towards Tiritiri Matangi Island and the Noises 30km north of Auckland.... [more]
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America's Cup: Southern Spars completes work for first wingsail
Josh Impey,
The massive 40m carbon fibre wing on the newly-launched Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) AC72 catamaran is made up of components supplied by carbon fibre specialists Southern Spars for the incredible new class of America's Cup yacht. Southern Spars has been involved in producing much of the leading edge technology used in America's Cup yachts since the company was formed in 1989, and as Americ... [more]
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America's Cup - Energy Team will not go ahead with AC72 build
Americas Cup - Energy Team,
Energy Team have decided not to go ahead with the idea of starting work on the construction of an AC72 with a limited budget. Sharing a place on the podium at the end of the first season in the America's Cup World Series with Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, the team led by Bruno and Loïck Peyron have decided to commit themselves to a second season of racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC 72 sails for first time
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand took its AC72 sailing for the first time July 31, 2012 - on a cold, wet Auckland winter's day. As a very watery dawn glow started to light Auckland, the AC72 was wheeled from the shed, mated to the wingsail and lifted into the Viaduct Basin.... [more]
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