Sail-World New Zealand: September 2, 2012

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 02 Sep 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: September 2, 2012

America's Cup - AC72 - continues to be the top story on Sail-World, world wide, with the first sail yesterday of the first boat for the US defender, Oracle Team USA.

We have plenty of images of the boat which has a number of unusual features, including a centre pod which seems to touch the water in some photos. Its purpose is believed to be a way of reducing drag on the struts underneath, as well as putting an extension onto the wingsail as a means of tidying up flow and reducing drag, rather than producing power.

See the photo gallery in this edition of Sail-World.

L foil and rudder foil - AC72 - First Sail - August 31, 2012 San Francisco  

USA-17 got their first taste of the ridiculous sailing days limitation rule yesterday, when their first test-sail had to be curtailed after two hours when their starboard centreboard broke. That's a full day on their 30day pre-January 31 allowance. In the USA-17 haulout shots we can see that the L-foil is clearly missing, and it is clear from the body language on skipper Jimmy Spithill, interviewed after the incident, that they are a little perplexed as to the reasons why - particularly as you would have expected the crew to be not putting the pressure on the boat for her maiden sail.

Luna Rossa base in Auckland's Westhaven Marina  Richard Gladwell

Luna Rossa have announced they have signed Franck Cammas in a coaching role. Cammas is the winning skipper in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, and former Jule Verne Trophy holder in the super-trimaran Groupama III (capsizing off Dunedin in the first attempt) but taking the world circumnavigation record on his second.

The signing of Cammas comes on the back of signing five key sailing crew, including 2004 49er Gold medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (ESP).

C-Tech to windward - Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta  Christophe Favreau ©

New Zealand's Alex Vallings has won the Nespresso International 18ft Skiff Regatta being sailed in San Francisco. Vallings and his crew of Chris Kitchen and Josh McCormack won from second placed CST Composites, sailed by veteran Howie Hamlin, competing against an 18 boat fleet from three countries.

We have reports on the racing in this edition of Sail-World, along with a tremendous gallery of images from Christophe Favreau.

In St Moritz, Switzerland, a New Zealand crew led by Laurie Jury have finished on top of the leaderboard after the close of the Qualifying Round of the World Match Racing Tour event, finishing with an 8-3 score. the other two New Zealand crews lie at the back of the field and have missed the cut for the Semi-Finals.

Rob hHengst and Greg Wilcox - OK Dinghy World Championship 2012 Prizegiving   Robert Deaves /IFA

Two New Zealanders have been admitted to the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame - Greg Wilcox and Alf Lock. Wilcox has won podium places in four OK World Championships, as well as numerous NZ National Championships. He served for five years as International class President. Lock was inducted in April for his work on the class rules and measurement, bringing to an end a long era of illegal hull shape fiddling, with his measurement jig system. There were some other illustrious sailors inducted, including Paul Elvstrom (DEN).

Yamaha (NZ) - Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta  Christophe Favreau ©

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Australia and Great Britain continue their Olympic rivalry in the Paralympics which got underway overnight.   onEdition ©

The Paralympics got underway overnight NZ time - New Zealand has two crews competing for the first time since 2000 Olympics. Sailing on the Portland Harbour course (effectively a man-made lagoon) the two NZ crews have finished 10th and 11th after the points were tallied for the first day.

We feature images and reports in this newsletter edition of from the Paralympics. We had hoped that there would be live Youtube or delayed coverage, as with many other sports, but that does not seem to be available, save for some clips with the British sailors produced by the RYA, which we have included with the international reports from the ISAF.

Fleet, competing today (01.09.2012), in the Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) event in The London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition.   onEdition ©

New Zealand's victorious C-Tech team of (l-r) Josh McCormack,Chris Kitchen and skipper Alex Vallings

  Rich Roberts ©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC 72 has first sail + Video
The initial commissioning for Oracle Team USA's AC 72 and the testing process was started with the boat displaying an early demonstration of its performance potential. After two hours, the session was stopped due to a daggerboard failure in the starboard hull.... [more]
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Nespresso 18ft Skiffs: New Zealand keeps rolling to runaway win
Rich Roberts,
So how big a deal was the first victory for a team from New Zealand in the Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club? 'We got on the news [Down Under],' skipper Alex Vallings said Saturday.... [more]
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2012 Paralympics: NZL crews poised just out of top ten after Day 1
After the first day of sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing regatta, New Zealand's Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel are lying 10th in the Two handed SKUD 18 fleet, and Paul Francis is positioned 11th in the Single handed 2.4mR. The Singlehanded class is led by a British competitor, Helen Lucas (GBR), the only female competitor in the fleet. In the two handed SKUD 18, British and Australian cre... [more]
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2012 Paralympics: A win apiece for GBR and AUS in Skud 18
Australia's Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch and Great Britain's Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell opened up the Paralympic Sailing Competition with a race victory apiece on the first day SKUD18 racing in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain. Both crews finished behind each other in both races as they set an early marker in the race for gold, ending the day tied on three points.... [more]
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2012 Paralympics: Girl power in the 2.4mR fleet
Great Britain's Helena Lucas is the only female sailor in the 16-boat 2.4mR and it was a case of girl power on the opening day of sailing as she stormed to an early overall lead. The Briton finished behind Athens 2004 gold medallist Damien Seguin (FRA) in Race 1 before going to claim her first bullet of the competition in Race 2.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 31, 2012 - Eyes on Jackson Hole
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: August 31, 2012 - Equity markets continued to tumble as the realisation that Bernanke may not act pre-election. The economic data releases continue to decline but not at a rate that warrants Central Bank intervention.... [more]
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2012 Paralympics: Australian Sonars take early advantage
Australia's Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Stephen Churm sailed consistently on day one of the Paralympic Sailing Competition to lead the 14-boat Sonar fleet. The Sonars were the last fleet to hit the water and in a gentle eight-knot breeze the Australians won the opening race of the series and backed it up with a third in Race 2.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Foncia victorious in Kiel
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
At the MOD70 European Tour in Kiel, Michel Desjoyeaux and the crew of Foncia narrowly collected top points across the six Betfair City Races, just holding off the late charge of Yann Guichard and the Spindrift racing crew who finished the MOD70 European Tour stage in Germany with two back to back race wins to clinch second overall.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Thrilling victories in Alacati
Chris Yates,
On the last day of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup, multiple world champion Antoine Albeau claimed his first event victory of the year, following a simply outstanding performance, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa made a storming return to the women's slalom by coming out on top of the crop, as well as winning the final elimination of the week.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race Day 4 - Qualifying ends with an exciting twist
MaxComm Communication,
Day four of the 2012 St. Mortiz Match Race was action packed with the end of the qualifying session as well as the Quarter Finals and one of the most thrilling twists of the Tour season thus far. In an unusual situation, the bottom of the qualifying table provided a defining contest for the wider Tour standings in the very last match.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen European Championships overall + Video
Elena Giolai,
Flying Fifteen European Championships were held on Lake Garda for the first time and it was a choice that certainly hit the mark as far as the conditions and the bringing together of regatta/tourism/family were concerned. This is an unprecedented achievement for all the staff at the Riva club who have tirelessly worked round the clock to offer their sailing guests the very best of Riva del Garda.... [more]
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Images from the 18's: International 18 Skiff Regatta + Video
Christophe Favreau,
Top photographer, Christophe Favreau, has been covering the Nespresso International 18 Skiff Regatta, hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. He presents this galley of images from the last two days of the event, which attracted a fleet of 18 boats from three countries.... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week day 3
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week,
At SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week today was day 3 of racing for the IRC Racing and Performance Handicap Divisions, while it was a lay day for the Cruising Divisions and the Multihulls... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week images
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week images from Andrea Falvo and Emma Kennedy... [more]
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International 18 Skiff Regatta day 4: C-Tech continues to dominate
Rich Roberts,
Kiteboards, led by Johnny Heineken's record time, celebrated their recent upgrade to an Olympic class in style Friday by sweeping the first seven places in the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race. New Zealand's C-Tech team of skipper Alex Vallings, Chris Kitchen and Josh McCormack, continued its domination of the week with the 18s to wrap up the title with two races remaining Saturday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA is splashed in San Francisco + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Despite not being mentioned in yesterday's short media release from the US Defender, postponing their Media Day, it is now been confirmed that Oracle Team USA, have christened and splashed their first AC72. A video released today shows the 72ft catamaran being christened, and then lowered into the waters of San Francisco Bay by crane. She was also given a tow test, usually done to check for leaks.... [more]
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International 18ft Skiff Regatta Videos by John Navas
John Navas Videos,
International 18ft Skiff Regatta San Francisco. Videos from races 4 to 6, shot by John Navas in full HD.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Foncia out in front
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Following the first three Betfair City Races of the MOD70 European Tour, raced in a light breeze from the north, Michel Desjoyeaux and the crew of Foncia lead after winning the first two short races on the Kiel Fjord in pleasant sunshine. The tight, compact courses – just 600 metres wide at the windward mark – proved to be just the challenge expected.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship – New inductees enter Hall of Fame
Robert Deaves,
At the OK Dinghy World Championship prizegiving held in Vallensbaek, Denmark last month, six more sailors were inducted into the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame. The OK Dinghy Hall of Fame was set up in 2007, on the classes 50th anniversary, to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals in the class, both on and off the water.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Sailing Program under review
Jake Fish,
US Sailing President Gary Jobson has appointed an independent panel to review the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dutchman Tom Touber named COO
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race top management will be further strengthened with the addition of Dutchman Tom Touber who has today been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Touber, 48, who has significant experience with the Race and within sailing generally, will report directly to CEO Knut Frostad and will assume operational responsibilities from Race headquarters in Alicante from September 3.... [more]
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Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials - Candidates announced
Artemis Offshore Academy,
The Artemis Offshore Academy, sponsored by Artemis Investment Management LLP, Selection Trials for 2012 will be held from the 9th to 14th September for sixteen carefully chosen candidates selected from the pool of applicants. The Academy will be moving into its third year since it's inception in 2010 and continues to strive towards producing world-class short-handed offshore sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo Champion signs with Italian Challenger
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, has announced that it has finalized a technical and sports agreement with French sailor Franck Cammas, winning skipper of the 2012 Round the World Race and one of the world's top multihulls experts. Cammas will join the team in the role of coach.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen European Championships Day 3 + Video
Elena Giolai,
Flying Fifteen European Championships 2012 are on the third day of racing at Fraglia Vela Riva, Trentino Garda. This double is popular in only a few countries with its racing philosophy bucking today's trend by having long regattas lasting at least an hour so that they can enjoy sailing windward, keeping in a compact fleet.... [more]
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Platu 25 class is ready for the Worlds in Tuscany 23-29 September 2012
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The Platu 25 World Championship that will take place in Cala De' Medici, Tuscany, from the 23rd to the 29th of September. The Platu 25 class resists and it's gathering one more time around the World thanks to the strategic position in the heart of Italy, in Tuscany, where everybody can easy come, either from North Europe or from South.... [more]
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