Sail-World New Zealand: August 22, 2012

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 22 Aug 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: August 22, 2012

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for August 22, 2012

Two significant announcements overnight from the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, plus plenty of action from San Francisco, ahead of the opening round of Season 2 of the America's Cup World Series.

Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (ESP) the 2004 Gold Medalists in the 49er class, 2008 Silver Medalists and double world champions in the 49er, have joined the Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa. Three other sailing crew have been added along with a number of shore crew.

The Italians have a two pronged program running at present with two AC45's sailing on the America's Cup World Series, plus an AC72 currently being assembled in downtown Auckland, ahead of an expected late September launch.

Luna Rossa's two AC345's - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One, Open Training day 2   Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

It is not immediately clear where the Spanish pair will be deployed - whether it be in one of the AC45's, or if they are being held back for the AC72 program. They have both had a hectic racing program in 2012, with the Volvo Ocean racer, Telefonica - which led for the majority of the 2011-12 event, followed by a tilt at the Olympics with very limited preparation (they finished 12th), and now the America's Cup.

They bring to three the number of top 49er skippers involved in the 34th America's Cup - with Chris Draper (Luna Rossa) and Nathan Outteridge (Team Korea) also being involved in the Main Event.

Racing is gets underway tomorrow (NZT) in the first Match Racing phase of the event - stay tuned for reports on Thursday on

Last previous all-woman Volvo Ocean Race crew, Amer Sports Too skipper Lisa McDonald 2001-02 Volvo Ocean Race

  Carlo Borlenghi

From the Volvo Ocean Race comes the news that an All-Women crew are the first entry in the 2014-15 edition of the race. No specific crew have been announced, but the entry is being run by Swedish based Atlant Group, who took a similar role with Volvo Ocean Race winners EF Language in 1998 and Ericsson Racing in 2009.

Whether this is the thin end of the wedge for a two boat campaign remains to be seen.

Richard Brisius, CEO Atlant Ocean Racing AB and Kersti Strandqvist, SVP Corporate Communications SCA and SVP Corporate Sustainability SCA
  Oscar Khilborg

The action has started in San Francisco in the America's Cup World Series - with three capsizes in the Practice Rounds, and plenty more high speed action as the crews test the viability of racing wingsailed catamarans in the America's Cup venue.

We have full reports and images from the Practice Days, along with Emirate Team NZ's skipper Dean Barker's perspective on the venue and action.

Emirates Team New Zealand practice for the first America's Cup World Series Regatta in San Francisco with Artemis Racing.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

The good news for New Zealand readers is that TVNZ will be carrying the racing live, starting tomorrow morning on two Channels. So you have the option of recording on Sky, and watching later - or watching live, as well will be doing.

The racing is on at a very convenient before work time/morning work time for New Zealanders.

We have the broadcast schedule in this edition of Sail-World. Not sure if the YouTube blocking will remain, but who cares if the coverage is Live and able to be recorded?

Mens Skiff (49er) Silver medalists, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) cross behind Gold medalists, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS)  Richard Gladwell

Following their return from the 2012 Olympics, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, Silver medalists in the 49er class give their impressions of the return to New Zealand, including links to two TV interviews. We have added a gallery of images from their Olympic Regatta.

Wellington Spirit in action in Chicago  Isao Toyama

In Chicago, Wellington Spirit match racing team headed by Josh Junior has placed third in the first of a three round Gran Slam circuit. We feature a report from the team in this edition of's newsletter.

The action continues at the Audi Hamilton Island Regatta, where several New Zealand boats are competing including the ORMA60 trimaran Team Vodafone. We have reports and images form the event from the Sail-World team on location in Hamilton Island.

2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds, Day 2, Lake Garda, Italy.
  Th Martinez

From Italy's Lake Garda - sailing's Paradise - we have reports and images of the Zhik Nortica Moth World Championships where three New Zealand registered crews are competing. Suffice to say the images are spectacular - of the both the foiling Moth's and the scenic backdrops.

Team Vodafone - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012  Andrea Francolini ©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Team Australia - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012   Andrea Francolini / Audi ©

America's Cup: Olympic Gold medalists join Luna Rossa Challenge
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, challenger to the 34th America's Cup, has added two Olympic Gold medalists to its sailing team along with three other sailing crew.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: All-Women crew announced for the 2014-15 edition
The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after global hygiene and forest company SCA announced they would enter a women's crew for the next edition in 2014-15. 'The lack of women in the last few editions of the race has meant we haven't been representing half the population of the human race' - Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race, CEO... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Weather halts competition on day 2
Pierre Orphanidis,
On day two of the 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth World Championships, very light and unstable breeze on Lake Garda didn't let the Moths fly. The race committee will try to schedule as many races as possible on Wednesday with an 8:30am morning start.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - GBR's Ian Williams makes final preparations
Nicolle Bloomfield,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour fifth leg, the St Moritz Match Race, gets underway next week at the prestigious Segel-Club, St Moritz in the Engadin region of the southeastern Swiss Alps from 28th August to 2nd September. GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams is making his final preparations ahead of the event.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - Fast and furious becomes old hat in San Francisco
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Again today the breeze was in and we spent much of our practice sailing with Artemis. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to the stronger wind conditions and it makes for some exciting sailing.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week - Perfect pressure for Lindeman Island Race
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Club Marine Classic Long Race and the Lindeman Island Race were held today, August 21st 2012. It was a bright and early start this morning, with the aim to bring most of the fleet ashore in time for this afternoon's Olympic sailing team welcome home and tickertape parade.... [more]
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Chicago Grade 2 Match Race - Wellington Spirit clinch podium spot
Wellington Spirit Media,
Chicago Grade 2 Match Race - The Wellington Spirit Sailing Team kicked off the US Grand Slam with a third placing. This was the beginning of the teams build up for their first ever World Tour Event as St Moritz draws nearer.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 22, 2012 - Apple symbolic
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: August 22, 2012 - In a world where Apple has become the biggest company in US history you have to wonder? A company that produces the iPhone and iPad is selling so many, at such a huge margin, that they are now worth more than many small countries. The company is beloved by stock holders but is symbolic of the current downturn in the US.... [more]
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420 and 470 Junior Europeans - GBR sailors enjoy podium glory
420 and 470 Junior European Championships - RYA Volvo National Youth Squad sailors Annabel Vose and Kirstie Urwin were crowned Ladies 420 Junior European Champions on the final day of racing in Riva, Italy (Friday 17 August), while Skandia Team GBR sailors enjoyed further podium glory in both the Men and Women's 470 fleets.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Official Video of latest edtion
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012. This documentary tracks the fleet during their amazing around the world journey. Catch all the drama and action as the teams sail a 39,000 nautical miles through the world's most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, M... [more]
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Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds: Babbage leads after day 1 - Results + Video
Moth Worlds/,
Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds 2012. Scott Babbage from Australia is leading the Moth Worlds in Italy after three bullets in three races on day 1. With a record-setting 125 entries, organizers split the fleet into two groups that alternated on an inner and outer racing area.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 3 images by Craig Greenhill
Craig Greenhill images,
Craig Greenhill from was at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week capturing the action on day 3.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Crosbie Lorimer IRC Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
The creme de la creme of IRC racing is all here for Race Week and the competition as close as you might expect. Top mark roundings are like those of one design fleets and yesterday's IRC finish off the Island Yacht Club had Yendys, Shogun and Hooligan finishing within 30 seconds of each other after four hours racing.... [more]
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Silver Medalists reflect on the 2012 Olympic Regatta
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
Silver medalists in the 49er at the 2012 Olympic Regatta, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke reflect on their achievement and homecoming..' We're so very proud to have won an Olympic medal for NZ. It was extra special having our silver medal presented by Kiwi board sailing legend Barbara Kendall at the medal ceremony.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: The ACWS spare rig cupboard is already bare
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Another day on the water here in SF and a good step up in whine speed. By the end of the practice session we had breeze up to 28 knots so plenty of excitement!... [more]
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America's Cup: World Series to be broadcast live in New Zealand
Television New Zealand has confirmed the broadcast plan relating to the America's Cup World Series round about to get underway in San Francisco. Full coverage of each day's live racing will be available via following broadcast, including America's Cup Uncovered, the weekly magazine show.... [more]
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420 Junior European Championship title to Pirouelle and Sipan
Luissa Smith,
420 Junior European Championships 2012 final races for each of the gold, silver and bronze fleets were held on Friday 17 August in Riva, Italy. Affirming the spread of young talent in the 420 fleet, eight different nations placed in the top 10 in the open division and eight different nations were in the Ladies top 10.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's drag racing on the City Front + Video
Ahead of the America's Cup World Series, Artemis Racing and Emirates Team NZ continued their practice racing off San Francisco ahead of the start of the America's Cup World Series. Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture the action, along with Jeremy Leonard of Surf City Racing, shot and compiled this video of the action... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week day 3 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 day three images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Australian Sailing team to turn Gold into grass roots participation
Jeni Bone,
Just back in the country from a triumphant performance at Weymouth during the 2012 London Olympic Games, some of the Australian Sailing team is already on the promotional trail.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 - Competition for young and old
Stephanie Hobbs,
Conditions for yesterday's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 2 were in stark contrast to Saturday's balmy opening.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Olympic medallists visiting event
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's most successful Olympic sailing team is heading to Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. After the parade, guests staying on or visiting the island will have the opportunity for autographs from the athletes at the main stage and to congratulate them on their world beating London performance.... [more]
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Top Class fleet for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
In just two weeks it will be the sixth annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, which runs from August 30th to September 5th 2012. Entries for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 close on August 24th.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Images by Craig Greenhill
Craig Greenhill images,
Craig Greenhill from was at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week capturing the action.... [more]
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