Sail-World New Zealand: November 4, 2012 - Luna Rossa foils...Olympic Medalists on Kites...Match Racers in Noumea

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 04 Nov 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: November 4, 2012

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for November 4, 2012

In this edition of's newsletter we are pleased to not only bring you the first pictures of Luna Rossa sailing in Auckland, but even one of the Italian America's Cup Challenger foiling on the Hauraki Gulf - and on her first day of sailing.

If you look closely at the image above and the others in the image gallery you will see that she is using only one daggerboard - which is quite remarkable.

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing has taken another step down the path to the 34th America's Cup, with the stepping of her wingsail, and christening. Next is the trial sail.

Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

In this edition of's newsletter we feature images of the launch from both the team and Despite the approach to the International Jury over over an alternative foil arrangement, we see from the images that Artemis Racing, in this boat, are using conventional daggerboards.

Whether an AC72 is able to foil successfully has now become a key question in this America's Cup and it will be interesting to see how Artemis Racing performs in this regard. Will they foil on Day 1 as Luna Rossa were able to do?

Emirates Team New Zealand testing the AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Following on from the Luna Rossa launch we also feature a near transcript of the media conference in Auckland held just before the launch of the Italian's AC72, which has a number of comments from skipper Max Sirena and Patron, Patrizio Bertelli.

The International Sailing Federation's Annual Meeting continues in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. We carry a report from Day 1, when the Youth Worlds Sub-Committee met. Also in this edition are additional stories on the main Event of the week, which will be the vote on whether to re-open the windsurfing and kiteboarding selection for the 2016 Olympics.

Auckland, New Zealand, Luna Rossa AC72  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi

We did some research on the Kiteboarding/Windsurfer issue over the weekend. It is clear that a double standard is being adopted in regard to this debate. On one hand the Windsurfer is being judged on the merits or otherwise of the RS:X, a one design single manufacturer item. The Kiteboards are being judged on their appeal as an event - and are strongly against the adoption of one design equipment - which is really one of the tenets of Olympic competition. If a box-rule windsurfer were being compared with a box-rule kiteboard, then there would be sound grounds for comparison, but that is not the case.

The other issue of course, is that over the years ISAF has made some hasty decisions over Olympic class choice, and have overlooked the rather obvious detail which should have been taken into account. While that approach has been constrained in more recent times, the sport doesn't need another rush of blood to the Councillor's heads.

Zofia Klepacka (POL) Bronze Medalist has some clear thoughts on the Kiteboard and Windsurfer issue  Richard Gladwell ©

On the local scene, we have a report from Brian Haybittle calling in from Noumea where a group of young New Zealand sailors are competing in a Techno Windsurfing Championship. A 100metres down the road another group of New Zealand sailors are competing in a match racing event sailed in Elliott 6 metres.

The Auckland Etchells fleet has a great initiative underway with their Tuesday evening series staged off the Viaduct harbour.

In this edition we have a report from the first series, along with the contact information you need to be able to join the greatest international keelboat class in the world.

18ft skiffs sailing on the Waitemata in 27-35kts winds on Sunday.  Richard Gladwell ©

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

Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Napoli 2012   Stefano Gattini/ Studio Borlenghi
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Elliott Match Racing Noumea, November 2012  Brian Haybittle©

First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ calls time out - boat in shed
Emirates Team New Zealand have suspended their America's Cup sailing program for over 10 days to undertake modifications to their AC72 catamaran which has been sailing twice a week in the Hauraki Gulf. In an announcement this evening, the team said they were ratcheting up its AC72 sailing programme, moving on from primarily conducting reliability and system testing to a focus on racing and spee... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa - Questions from the NZ sailing media
Richard Gladwell,
Last Thursday week, before the launch of Luna Rossa's America's Cup Challenger in Auckland, Team Patron, Patrizio Bertelli, and skipper Max Sirena, held a media conference in the Sofitel for New Zealand media. Most of the key New Zealand sailing media were there. Following is a record of the conference with the general sports media questions stripped out.... [more]
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Elliott Match Racing - Plenty of Kiwis in New Caledonia this week
Brian Haybittle,
Not only are there a bunch of juniors attending the New Caledonian Techno Windsurfing Nationals. 100 metres downwind of them is the New Caledonian Match Racing competition. All in lovely Baie de Sante-Marie. It has been a feast of exciting sailing to watch. From the Pergola of the Beach Bar you can view the technical prestarts of Elliot 6s match racing to our left and to our right the speed of... [more]
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America's Cup: Vital step for Challenger of Record in San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The wingsail was installed and Artemis Racing's AC72 was christened today in Alameda, San Francisco. It was a long day for the Artemis team, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and one which began before dawn. The hull was moved to water's edge in the darkness and loaded via crane slowly as the sun began to rise.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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America's Cup: Join Emirates Team NZ for an AC72 aerial photo-shoot
Chris Cameron,
Join Emirates Team NZ photographer Chris Cameron as he jumps in a helicopter, and for the first time, gets a birds eye view of the AC72 ripping around Auckland Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Youth Worlds to Oman, RS:X stays to 2016 for Youths
The ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-committee met Saturday at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on the opening day of the Annual Conference of the governing body for world sailing, being staged in Ireland. The RS:X has been confirmed in the Youth Worlds until 2016... [more]
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Etchells off to a strong start on Tuesday Night Series
Alex Webster,
A tremendous start to the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season in fickle conditions felt like high-stakes poker, with displays of calculated ambition, misjudged caution and all-in kahunas at each shuffle of the deck. The results (scrawled, fittingly, on a bar napkin) eloquently describe how the chips changed hands often over the three races (although familiar high-rollers ultimately remained... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The level of the Vendee Globe's historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d'Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance.... [more]
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IKA secures African Kite Racing Championship for 2013-2015
Markus Schwendtner,
We are happy to announce that the African Kite Course Racing Championships are to be held in Hurghada, Egypt, in the years 2013-2015. The event will be held every year in the last week of March at the famous Hotel Magawish in Hurghada, and feature a price purse of 20000 Euro every year.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 3, 2012 - Confidence falls
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 3, 2012 - Confidence fell on the equity markets after a slight rise in the US Employment rate and the growing uncertainty surrounding the US Presidential Elections. The RBA may cut rates with many focused on Flemington rather than interest rates! Markets will remain nervous... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup champions announced + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The 32nd Student Yachting World Cup final day was held in La Rochelle this evening. Bad weather conditions have prevented the participants from competing in the 14th course of the week, but the general good atmosphere didn't suffer from this.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboard Association releases Promotional video
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of a crucial vote for the Events for the 2016 Olympics the International Kiteboarding Association has released a promotional designed to to show the sport at its best. Hear from sailors on the format and equipment, get first hand information from RS:X sailors like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Zac Plavsic, and Race Officers like St. Francis' Director of Race Operations, Robbie Dean.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Mirabaud skipper looks forward to monumental challenge
Bernard Schopfer,
On the 10th November, the skipper of Mirabaud will cross the start line of his 10th round the world race, the Vendee Globe. A week out, we take a look at some of the challenges that await him during one of the most difficult ocean races on the planet.... [more]
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Election of ISAF Officers to take place in Dun Laoghaire
The election of Officers of the International Sailing Federation, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on 10 November 2012. The ISAF Annual General Meeting is held at the close of the Annual Conference, and every fourth year is known as the General Assembly and brings together all of the Member National Authorities (MNAs), who represent the nations within ISAF.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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New Olympic Multihull Nacra 17 – Update
Nacra Sailing,
The production of the Nacra 17, which is the new Olympic multihull for Rio 2016, is continuing at pace at Composite Marine International (CMI) in Thailand. By the end of the week, boat number 70 will be laminated and the first containers are underway to Europe.... [more]
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Paper Tigers ready to roar at Showdown Regatta
Steve Price,
This weekend's annual Audi Showdown Regatta hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will see a healthy fleet of Paper Tiger Catamarans take to the River Derwent. The class is experiencing a renaissance in Tasmania with sixteen boats regularly sailing out of the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Hobart's Eastern Shore and another three now sailing from the Midway Point Yacht Club.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge Race 4 preview
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge fourth race, which marks the series halfway point, gets underway on Sunday 4th November on Sydney Harbour. Concept of the series and the 3-Buoys system is to provide an equality of competition in individual races as well as the overall pointscore, and so far this concept has certainly been upheld.... [more]
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Loïck Peyron to sail with Artemis Racing during AC72 training
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, announced today that French multihull legend Loïck Peyron will join the Swedish crew during this month's AC72 training. 'It is fantastic to have Loïck join Artemis Racing. Loïck has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.' said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 bouncing off the ceiling
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, discusses how the crew is bouncing off the ceiling due to the lack of sufficient wind: The Walvis Bay wind machine seems to have broken down. The powers that be that make this one of the best and most consistent speed sailing venues in the world have taken a break and left no message as to when they are coming back.... [more]
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RSYS Etchells Regatta - Matt Whitnall dominates
North Sails,
Matt Whitnall and his team on board Umami dominated the racing at the start of the season with two wins and a third showing good speed and height in the tricky conditions for this weekend's RSYS Etchells regatta. Matt and his team are geared up with the same North Sails inventory that Tom King used to win the Sydney worlds at the beginning of the year.... [more]
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Online Brokerage: Busfield Marine offer great selection of Bavaria's
Christine Bird,
Busfield Marine Brokers are pleased to be able to offer a great selection of used Bavaria Yachts for you to inspect online. These are all in fabulous condition – testament to the quality of construction and finish of these German built production yachts. They really do stand up well to the test of time. These are all privately owned, have never been chartered and well priced in the current market... [more]
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