Sail-World New Zealand: August 30, 2012 - AC72's in Auckland and USA...Olympic Review...NZ leads 18's and Match Racing

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 30 Aug 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: August 30, 2012

America's Cup - AC72 - news is the main point of interest today.

Yesterday Emirates Team NZ took their AC72 out for her fourth day of sailing, and according to some reports, were able to get the catamaran up on her foils and clear of the water.

Emirates Team NZ have released some photos from yesterday's session, and a video, which we have featured in this edition of Sail-World. However while they do show that she is using L-foils, there is nothing out officially which shows the foiling flight.

If Emirates Team NZ were a bit grumpy after the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, yesterday's sail seemed to be the right antidote.

Oracle Team USA in the shed in San Francisco  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

In San Francisco, the launch planned for this morning by Oracle Team USA of their AC72. The launch and planned media event were called off for unspecified reasons, and will take place next week. We do have some images from the event - most unfortunately are badly lit, and deliberately so. However there is enough to be seen of the boat and her wingsail from a previous day.

America's Cup sailor, double Olympic medalist and top coach, Rod Davis, continues his commentary series in this edition looking at how far the America's Cup multihulls have progressed from 1988 to 2012. And there's a few subtle life lessons in there, too.

Emirates Team NZ AC72 sailing at speed in Auckland, on her fourth sailing day  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

New Zealand's Alex Vallings continues to lead the Nespresso International 18ft Skiff Regatta being sailed in San Francisco. Vallings and his crew of Chris Kitchen and Josh McCormack have a lead of seven points over the second placed CST Composites, sailed by veteran Howie Hamlin, sailing against an 18 boat fleet.

We have reports on the first three days of racing in this edition of Sail-World.

In St Moritz, Switzerland, a New Zealand crew led by Laurie Jury have taken the lead after the first day of the World Match Racing Tour event, scoring five wins from five races. A second NZ crew led by Josh Junior lie in 10th overall, and Waka Racing (Phil Robertson) fresh from duty on China Team in the recent America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, trails the fleet - however they are a crew who has only sailed three matches, while others have sailed five, thus far in the regatta.

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Sail-World has set new all-time visitor records for August, and look set to go through the 800,000 visitors mark for the month of August - that is an increase of almost 300,000 visits per month from March. And to count as a visit in our statistics a reader has to actually open a story, not just flick over the front page and be counted as an impression.

That represents a big gain in reach for Sail-World advertisers - with no increase in rate - and compares more than favorably with other media.

Team Australia takes off at over 30 knots in the APC Logistics LCMR2011 - Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta 2012  Doug Cuming

Much of the gain comes from our Olympic and Australian offshore regatta coverage - which really jumped our readership, and we expect that to settle back in September, but even so we expect a substantial portion to remain.

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2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) in action during the Womens Match Racing event at the 2012 Olympics  Richard Gladwell

In this edition we feature the first in a series about the 2012 Olympics, and what happened from an inside perspective. The first, is a scene setter. A little boring perhaps, but it is important to understand the background to the venue, before we get into a couple of other areas - being the media and what happened event by event, and commenting on where we see the Olympics heading, with so many classes changing.

l'Hydroptere - International 18 Skiff Regatta 2012 Day 3  Rich Roberts ©
With 30,000 images from the 2012 Olympic Regatta there is no shortage of illustrations - but finding the right one is not always easy! We will be featuring a lot of new material in these review and commentary stories.

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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Luna Rossa at the finish of the final Fleet Race - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 August, Final Race Day  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Star class start against the backdrop of Weymouth Bay - 2012 Olympic Regatta  Richard Gladwell

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ claims near 40kts in AC72 + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are claiming that their AC72 launched in July, achieved speeds close to 40kts sailing yesterday on the Hauraki Gulf. The speeds were achieved on just the fourth day of sailing in the 72ft catamaran which is the first of its type to be launched in the world.... [more]
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All go for the 2012 Auckland On Water Boat Show!
Auckland On The Water Boat Show,
welcome to this news update about the 2012 Auckland On Water Boat Show, which takes place from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September. This year you'll be able to see a wide variety of boats on and off the water and speak with over 200 exhibitors who will fill the Viaduct Events Centre and three further pavilions with a vast array of marine products and services.... [more]
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International 18 Skiff Regatta day 3 - Fortunes change
Rich Roberts,
Rollerson moved up from fifth to third in the 18-boat battle, a point behind the USA's Howie Hamlin, whose 3-3-4 day left him seven points behind pacesetting Alex Vallings.... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week - Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.......
Peter Hackett,
This place is like sailor's heaven, and getting here a few days early has made us all realise why this regatta is the sleeping giant that is clearly taking on the others.... [more]
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'Best of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week' images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 images by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle fits wing but delays AC 72 launch
Oracle Team USA have postponed their Media Day, which was to have seen their first AC72 catamaran launched, but not sailed. Instead, the first dry-fit of the 12 story-high wingsail on the platform of the the AC72 was completed at their Pier 80 base in San Francisco today.... [more]
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Dutch youth team hunting down the America's  Cup + Video
Thijs Visser,
The America's Cup is the oldest sport trophy in the international sport and is the most prestigious in sailing. The trophy started with a race between Great Britain and the United States of America 160 years ago. Once in every three or four years, the race is organised. The last one was held begin 2010 and the 34th edition will take place from the 4th-7th September 2013 in San Francisco.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 30, 2012 - All quiet
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: August 30, 2012 - The European markets remained quiet with the month of August a holiday month. The AUD fell further to 1.0350 as global demand for commodities weaken and locally Construction dropped 0.2%. The KIWI has been hit too and now looks set to test the BIG figure of 0.8000 on the downside.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Non-stop drama on day 3
Chris Yates,
On day three of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup a further two eliminations were completed, once the wind settled in, after a somewhat frustrating morning. However, the wind soon swung more cross-shore which resulted in an afternoon of spectacular slalom, with high, lows and non-stop drama.... [more]
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International 18ft Skiff Regatta day 2 - Hamlin's surprise
Rich Roberts,
Harry Hamlin and crew defended against all the ferocity that San Francisco Bay had to offer, on an otherwise cool but cloudless sunny day. Harry Hamlin and crew defended against all the ferocity that San Francisco Bay had to offer, on an otherwise cool but cloudless sunny day. That's what it took for the USA's six-time winner Hamlin to collect a runaway win, which was no easy task... [more]
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Rod Davis: Back to the Future - Have we progressed since 1988?
Rod Davis,
While sitting in LA Airport waiting for the plane home, professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis penned these insights on the 1988 America's Cup, and asks if we really progressed in 2012? 'Sometimes when you get beat, you are hurting so much you can't see or appreciate the effort and magic of the other team. '... [more]
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Ferretti plans to open China plant,
The Italian yacht maker is considering plans for the facility in Qingdao, Shandong province, Tan Xuguang, chairman of the company and of its majority-owner Shandong Heavy Industry Group-Weichai Group, told reporters in Beijing yesterday. The plant will customise vessels for the local market, he added.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA to launch of AC72 this week
Tim Jeffery,
Oracle Team USA has started the countdown to launching its first AC72 wingsailed catamaran this week. Friday 31 August is the first scheduled sailing day for the boat that will play a central role in the San Francisco team's bid to win the America's Cup again next year. Today, the giant 12 story high wing was lifted at Pier 80 in a successful test of the new ground handling systems.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Reflections on the Olympics - the Venue
Richard Gladwell,
We came away from the 2012 Sailing Olympics with mixed feelings. Compared to the much maligned Qingdao four years earlier, this was a step sideways rather than a step ahead - from a working media perspective. But some things worked, and others didn't.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco a success
Jane Eagleson,
The luster of the AC World Series San Francisco still radiates two days after racing ended. The debut of wingsail catamaran racing on the Bay has generated great excitement throughout the AC host city. Even track and field star Michael Johnson, the four-time gold medalist the greatest long sprinter in the history of track and field, admired the athleticism required to race the AC45.... [more]
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Busfield Marine appoints new sales manager, launches new website
Mike Rose,
Busfield Marine Brokers, one of Auckland's leading brokerages, specialising in new and used yachts and launches and the New Zealand agents for the popular Bavaria range of cruising yachts, has appointed experienced yacht broker and marine industry identity, Christine Bird to be their new sales manager.... [more]
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London Paralympics 2012 - Golden trio ready for battle
Gold medallists from the previous three Paralympic Sailing Competitions in the 2.4mR class, Heiko Kroeger (GER), Damien Seguin (FRA) and Paul Tingley (CAN), will make up part of a highly competitive fleet going for gold at the London Paralympic Sailing Competition from 1-6 September 2012.... [more]
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Riviera's super sized new models make their New Zealand debut
Stephen Milne,
Riviera's new super sized 63 Enclosed Flybridge and 75 Enclosed Flybridge will make their New Zealand debut at the Auckland On Water Boat Show in September.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Mathieu Richard seeks third win
MaxComm Communication,
The St. Mortiz Match Race gets underway tomorrow and Mathieu Richard, who has won the event two times previously, will be joining this fifth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour as a wildcard. With Bjorn Hansen battling with Ian Williams for top spot on the overall Tour leaderboard, there is much at stake as the world's top match racers begin their battle to become ‘King of the Mountain'.... [more]
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International 18 Skiff Regatta Day 1 - Kiwis on top
Rich Roberts,
Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, is currently underway in San Francisco, California. From first to last to first again ... what sort of Kiwi capers are these bold intruders from New Zealand pulling in the Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta?... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - The heat is on in Alacati
Chris Yates,
The opening day of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup had a quiet start to proceedings as the sailors registered for the upcoming week of competition between 10:30am and 12pm. With just a light breeze gracing the shores of Alacati, the skippers' meeting was delayed until 2:30pm, however despite the postponement, the wind remained absent on day one of the competition.... [more]
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London Paralympics 2012 - Introducing the Classes
London Paralympics 2012: Want to know your Sonar from your SKUD? Or how to simply understand what types of disability are able to sail which type of boat? Matt Grier, the RYA Disability Racing Development Coach, provides a very simple introduction to the three Paralympic classes that will be competing.... [more]
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