Sail-World New Zealand: September 14, 2012 - AC72 Foiling Flypast...Rod Davis on AC72 training...Sailing Media Response

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 14 Sep 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: September 14, 2012

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for September 14, 2012

Emirates Team New Zealand dropped in in the regular Friday afternoon Rum Race, giving the fleet a tickle-up as she did another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata.

Sail-World's cameras were in position and caught the AC72 as she reached down the Rangitoto shore before gybing and flying up the harbour.

The sight was spectacular to say the least, with a 12kt seabreeze - not much more. The AC72 was very quickly onto her foils, and was very steady in flight - not an easy feat on foils.

Gybing, she looked very good through the eye of the wind, dropping into the water briefly before the power came back on and she was foil-borne once again. The time taken through the gyble was about the same as an 18fter takes to wire to wire gybe.

AC45's foiling on San Francisco - September 7, 2012  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

One thing is for sure in San Francisco, we won't be seeing too much match racing if these boats are foiling - just a matter of keeping out of the way of the right of way boat, and then letting/hoping your boatspeed is sufficient to carry the day.

In this edition of Sail-World we have several stories on the AC72's including one on a new Measurement Committee ruling on a new style of l'Hydroptere style hydrofoil that will be permitted.

Hinged Hydrofoil, with external strut, in the lowered position.   Americas Cup Media

In another story we look at the edge that Emirates Team NZ would seem to have gained over the two other AC72's - which are sidelined through daggerboard or wingsail damage. Emirates Team NZ is now in her seventh day of testing - of the 30 days allowed before February 1, 2013. But as we note in the story, these early days are vital to get test data which can then be used to develop and refine the second boats which will be built for the three teams.

Emirates Team NZ's AC72 drops in on the Friday night Rum Race after her seventh day of sailing.  Richard Gladwell

Overall sailing team between the teams currently building is likely to be the same as Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa will lose time in transit to San Francisco, but the early days are vital - and it was certainly not in the game-plan of the two San Francisco based teams, to be sitting in the shed right now, while repair work takes place.

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh are interviewed by one media group in the Mixed Zone - after their Gold Medal win in the Womesn 470.  Richard Gladwell

We've had a bit of reaction to the commentary piece on the Media and the 2012 Olympics. We feature the letters in this edition - along with further comment. The point of the commentary is to highlight the differences in approach to the media by teams. Too often the media is criticised for poor, sloppy or non-existent coverage of the sport - but the responsibility often lies with the teams, and this has a bounce-down effect on the rest of the sport. Others really milk their media coverage and get the profile for their sport that they deserve - which brings in new sailor and talent many of which could have gone elsewhere.

Vestas Sailrocket 2  Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket

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Formula 18 World Championship 2012  Rich Roberts ©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet.... [more]
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Rod Davis: Working out in the shed - AC72 style
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, looks at AC72 land base drills...The show must go on. The team programme calls for crew drills and we are looking to create an AC72 cat racing environment complete with tacking, gybing and rounding marks. Never mind the weather forecast is foul, we go anyway.... [more]
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Coastal Classic 2012 : New names and old favourites line up + Video
Zoe Hawkins,
Only six weeks out from the NZMYC Coastal Classic, we take a look at some of the new and notable boats likely to grace the fleet for the great race north. Division One is going to welcome, for the first time, Kia Kaha to the fleet. Kia Kaha is the TP52 formerly known as Valkyrie, Lexus and Bigamist, and sailed by Russell Coutts and some of the then young breed of Team New Zealand sailors in 2005.... [more]
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Download your Auckland on Water Boat Show map to plan your visit
Sail-World .,
With the Auckland on Water Boat Show opening on the 27th Sept visitors can start their visit before arriving, with all exhibitor locations labeled on this downloadable site map. This PDF file can be zoomed in to locate the products and services you need to see allowing time to check out the rest of the show at your leisure and/or print off the A3 map to bring along.... [more]
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Massive expansion for NB Sailsports with Bethwaite acquisition
Media Services,
Australian sailing sport retail and services group NB Sailsports is already a major Laser, Optimist and Finn retailer, but their product range and depth and facilities are poised for massive expansion.... [more]
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NZL 1348 wins North American Etchells Championships

Andrew 'Willzy' Wills, Anatole Masfen and Dirk Kneulman won the North American Championships, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI from September 4-8, 2012. After discarding a ninth place in the seventh and final race, NZL 1348 finished with 14 points overall - less than half the points of second-placed Argyle Campbell in USA 1375 (29 points overall).... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: September 14, 2012 - Bernanke acts
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: September 14, 2012 - Bernanke finally acted as promised/threatened to do!? He has announced a open ended purchase of Mortgage Debt of $40 Billion/month to counter weak economic data especially unemployment.... [more]
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Dragon Gold Cup Day 5 images by David Branigan
David Branigan/Ocean Sport,
Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup is being hosted by the Kinsale Yacht Club, Co Cork, Ireland from 9 to 14 September 2012. Here are images of the action on day five from photographer David Branigan of Ocean Sport.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship kicks off with Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
Farr 40 Class Association,
Farr 40 Pre-Worlds 2012 kicks off tomorrow when twenty teams from eight countries will be lined up to race for two days in the opening act of next week's 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship held at Chicago YC. And while the Pre-Worlds marks the beginning of the Worlds, it also is the last two days of racing in the five-event North American Circuit leading up to this final showdown... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship images by Elena Giolai
Elena Giolai,
The best pictures of 49er European and Youth World Championship 2012 being held in Riva del Garda, Italy.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 project returns to Namibia
Paul Larsen,
This September the Vestas Sailrocket 2 project will be returning to the waters of Walvis Bay in Namibia with a new hydrofoil package which they hope will bring them an outright world speed sailing record. The record currently stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was built in the Vestas R+D facilities on the Isle of Wight... [more]
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Steinlager II and Lion New Zealand star at Auckland On Water Boat Show
New Zealand Marine Industry Association,
Two of Sir Peter Blake's most famous yachts, Steinlager II and Lion New Zealand, will feature at this year's Auckland On Water Boat Show which runs from 27 to 30 September in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. With a huge variety of boats of all sizes on the water and on land around the Viaduct Events Centre, Steinlager II and Lion New Zealand will be key attractions... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship Day 4 - Shifty conditions
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the 49er European and Youth World Championship fourth day the thunder rumbled between the mountains as the 49ers clocked three races each for the Gold and Silver fleets on Lake Garda. Sailing out of Fraglia Vela Riva, one race was held in light conditions with an 8:30am start and the fleet sent back to shore once the rain began.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Readers respond to the Olympic Media Commentary
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on Gladwell's Line: 2012 Olympic Review - The Media - Friend or Foe? 'What a strange article from Mr Gladwell. I am not sure what point he is trying to make. Foxtel, the Australian Subscription TV rights holder for London 2012, broadcast every medal race live... [more]
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America's Cup: Your chance to buy a piece of sailing history
Graeme Swan,
On August 28, 2012 Emirates Team Team NZ's AC72 caught fully foiling on the Waitemata Harbour by photographer Graeme Swan. The photograph that stunned the sailing community world wide is now being offered as a collectable in A2 and A1 sizes together with documents of authenticity and provenance.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hinged foils approved by Measurement Committee
Richard Gladwell,
While the sailing world is still coming to terms with the concept of seeing 72ft America's Cup catamarans charging at 30kts plus, while fully out of the water on foils, the design teams are several steps further down the path.... [more]
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Rod Davis: Where angels fear to tread - Kites vs Windsurfers
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and coach, Rod Davis, enters the Windsurfer and Kiteboard debate. Several months ago, the International Sailing Federation, the sailing's world governing body, decided to take Kite boarding to the 2016 Olympic Games. The collateral damage of that decision is: Windsurfing is out.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwis on Day 6 and counting
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was sailing Wednesday in the Hauraki Gulf in a session that lasted for around six hours in 15-20kt winds. Already the team has burned through 20% of its allowable sailing days, and by the end of next week will have been launched and sailing for two months.... [more]
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Rolex Swan Cup images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
2012 Rolex Swan Cup - Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship - Images by Elena Giolai
Elena Giolai,
49er European and Youth World Championship images by photographer Elena Giolai.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship - Day 2 action
Rich Roberts,
Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship 2012 second day's results had just been posted when Billy Besson was told that his Swiss team was in first place among the 118 boats from 13 countries.... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship - Locals claim the lead
Jerelyn Biehl,
On day three of the 2012 49er European and Youth World Championship, local sailors Jacopo Plazzi and Umberto Molineris (ITA) used local knowledge and years spent on Lake Garda to move into the lead for the 49er European Championship. With an impending front approaching, the winds were light for Garda standards, with 8-10 knots maximum for the day.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket takes back to back wins in Grand Slam Series + Video
FMJ Racing,
The New Zealand match racing team, Full Metal Jacket Racing, have taken out the Oakcliff Invitational in Oyster Bay to win the last two events on the Grand Slam Series. Following on from the Knickerbocker cup, two bays over in Oyster Bay, Oakcliff Sailing Centre held the 2012 Oakcliff Invitational.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour - Hot pursuit en route to Cascais
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
In the MOD70 European Tour, since leading around the famous Fastnet Rock at around 0730hrs UTC this morning, Yann Guichard and the crew of Spindrift racing profited from an initial gain but as they passed the latitude of the Scillies and then Ushant – the NW tip of France – they had their four rivals astern abreast in a line, all in equally hot pursuit.... [more]
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Viper 640 North Americans - Bliksem team sails to victory
Leighton O'Connor,
On the fourth day of the Viper 640 North Americans, Pieter Taselaar, Willem van Waay and Nick Thompson aboard Bliksem erased Saturday's two point deficit in Sunday's only race to win the title by four points over Glyn Locke's Fer de Lance program. The win is Taselaar's first in the Viper 640 NAs.... [more]
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