Sail-World New Zealand: November 19, 2012: Kialoa insights into another era... America's Cup AC72 round up .... New World Speed Record set

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 19 Nov 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: November 19, 2012

In this edition of Sail-World we feature the first of a two-part story run in parallel with the launch of the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win.

The book traces the story of five yachts by the name of Kialoa, all skippered by Jim Kilroy and takes us to one of the great times in offshore racing - a period spanning several decades when 70 and 80ft maxi yachts, along with their larger than life owner/skippers roamed the waters of the Earth.

This was in the pre-professional and early professional era, where the crews were largely amateur, or certainly plied their trade for reasons of lifestyle rather than monetary reward.

It was a different period in attitude, and one which gave root to the professional sport as we know it today. Probably even more importantly many of the people who got their breaks in the maxi yachts, stayed with the yachting industry, and took it onto the level at which is today - both in the marine and racing industries.

Kialoa crew - Dennis Conner (left) and Jim Kilroy - Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win  

Others, like Peter Allison, the author of Sail-World's review took the lessons learned, from his boat, crew and skipper, and took those ashore into the world of business.

In this story we have been able to assemble a compilation of the formal book review, a perspective on the Kialoas and Jim Kilroy, along with some video taken aboard, plus a full gallery of images showing the boats and crew.

Tomorrow we will follow up with a second story, which will cover the first race of the 1977 Southern Cross Cup off Sydney, when there was a collision between Kialoa and her great rival Windward Passage. Two crew were thrown into the water and the damage was substantial.

In the style of the book, tomorrow we will feature the extract from Andy Rose, tactician aboard Kialoa, and from Peter Allison who was in Adventure Land, as the middle of the boat was affectionately known.

Kialoa 3 looking magnificent - Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win  

The America's Cup continues apace, even with the Defender in the rebuilder's shed. In this edition of Sail-World we have some video from Emirates Team NZ, as their Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Chris Nicholson checked out the AC72 last Wednesday morning.

We have a report on Luna Rossa's launching accident on Friday morning when they damaged their wingsail while it was on the crane and one crew member suffered a broken leg.

We also have images from Artemis Racing's second sail, in San Francisco, this shows the dagger boards being used which are quite different from anything seen to date.

America's Cup Discovered, is all about AC72's with reports from the teams, including Martin Tasker's excellent report that first aired on TVNZ's Close Up. In the same video there's also an interview with Oracle Team USA's Russell Coutts commenting on the team's training accident on October 16, and the ramifications for the team.

Kiwi Spirit will attempt a solo circumnavigation - by the oldest ever sailor.  Billy Black

The Vendee Globe, single handed around the world race, has continued despite a rising attrition rate - with currently just 14 of the 20 entries remaining in the race, and two of those are sailing wounded, one with keel hydraulic issues, and the other with a sail wrapped around the top of her mast - and no outside assistance allowed.

We have daily reports covering all the action at the front of the fleet and the drama behind.

Vestas Sailrocket 2 has seet a new speed mark of 59kts in Namiba, South Africa  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket

In Namiba, South Africa, the British based world sailing record team, Vestas Sailrocket has set a new world sailing speed record mark (ratified at this stage) of 59kts - a jump of four kts on the previous mark, set on a Kiteboard. We have reports and photos in this edition of's newsletter.

A young Ron Holland, another of the Kialoa crew and family - Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win  
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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Action in the Sydney 18's as boats try and avoid a kayaker out for a paddle on the weekend of November 11, 2012   Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win - sailing with Jim Kilroy + Video
Peter Allison,
The autobiography, Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, written by Jim Kilroy is an absorbing account of a truly remarkable life of a man and his yachts. In this the first of a two part feature a Kialoa crew member, Peter Allison reviews the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win, and then gives a personal perspective on what it was like to be a member of one of the great sailing teams and times during the Kialoa dyn... [more]
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America's Cup: Sailing Ups and Downs in two Cities
America's Cup Challengers are once again sailing out of two cities on opposite sites of the Pacific. In San Francisco, Artemis Racing went sailing for the second day - with a little more breeze than on the first, and by all accounts had a good session.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Advancements made as skippers' fight continues
Vendee Globe,
The 20-strong fleet that set off in the Vendée Globe has already been reduced to sixteen and the trauma of this toughest of sailing race continued on the eighth day, with the news that Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ) had suffered a broken hydraulic jack in his keel. With a sudden clean break causing his boat to lurch his canting keel was left swinging loose beneath the boat.... [more]
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Start your planning for the 2013 Auckland Regatta 22-24 March 2013,
Planning for the 2013 Auckland Regatta has begun. It's time to mark the date and book the crew! The Auckland Regatta (formerly the BMW Auckland Regatta), New Zealand's premier keelboat regatta is jointly run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. Entries are invited from all keelboat clubs throughout New Zealand. This prestigious regatta is now in its sixth... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 achieves new PB and smashes nautical mile record
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses the crew's latest record setting achievements. Just in after the most incredible run. A whole nautical mile dipping well into the 60's on each gust. We peaked near or over 64 knots and beat our previous 500 meter average. I don't think we cracked 60 knots as a 500 meter average though. But anyway... we smashed the nautical mile record.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 64 - AC72' s in San Fran and Auckland
This week on America's Cup Discovered we talk all things AC72. We are onboard with Emirates Team New Zealand as their impressive preparations are making news headlines. We have an exclusive interview with Oracle Team USA's CEO Russell Coutts for an update after last months catastrophic capsize. We then catch up with Artemis Racing in advance of their first sail on their newly launched AC72.... [more]
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America's Cup: Launch incident injures Luna Rossa shore crew member
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 shore team member, Fred Gastinet has been injured in a launching incident on Friday, November 16, just before midday. He suffered a compound fracture of the shinbone, requiring surgery. The top of the wingsail for the AC72 catamaran has been damaged. The incident terminated the planned sailing session, and is expected to cause some small delay in the team's workup program... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 5
Frank Quealey,
A gusty 25-knot North East wind hammered the 18ft Skiff crews as they contested Race 5 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour today. Conditions were so demanding on both boats and crews that only five of the 19 entries were able to complete the four-lap course and none, including the winner, avoided at least one capsize.... [more]
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Olympic gold medalist Slingsby named Athlete of the Year at NSW Awards
Craig Heydon,
London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby has been named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2012 New South Wales Institute Sports Awards in Sydney on Thursday night. Slingsby's latest award capped a memorable year for Australian sailing, which made waves on and off the water... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 17, 2012 - Deal on Cliff?
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 17, 2012 - US markets rallied to close a miserable week with the prospect of a deal on the 'Fiscal Cliff'. Speaker Boehner commented that talks between Congress and the President were constructive and had hopes of a resolution.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sam Davies, Saveol end sailing journey
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe has suddenly become a competition among men after the only woman in the non-stop round-the-world sailing event decided to end her journey seven days into the race. Emotions burst out moments after Saveol's skipper Samantha Davis cut loose his injured mast into the ocean, becoming the fourth skipper to retire from the race.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders navigate southerly route on Day 7
Vendee Globe,
Things are starting to shape up going into the seventh day of racing in the Vendee Globe as the fleet of leaders take on a southerly route to further stretch their lead over the rest of the pack. Cheminées Poujoulat's skipper Bernard Stamm has already overtaken Macif's Francois Gabart for second place but yo-yo race is expected in the coming days.... [more]
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The Yacht that fell into foul company - drugs, dead body, wrecked
Lee Mylchreest,
Originally called Jonathan, until this year the 1991 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44 called Jereve lead the normal exotic life of a cruising boat with loving caring owners, sailing between the Med and the Caribbean. So how did she end up washed up on a reef in Tonga with 204kg of cocaine and the decomposed body of one of her crew? Authorities know some of the answers to the mystery but not all.... [more]
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Near collision takes place at Australian 18 Footers League
Frank Quealey,
With a split second separating from what could be a fatal disaster, Asko Appliance's skipper Marcus Ashley-Jones and the Kitchen Maker's Malcolm Page showed their composure and sailing expertise to calmly maneuver their boat off a possible collision with a young kayaker during the Australian 18 Footers League off Sydney Harbour last Saturday.... [more]
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Australian sailing shines brightest at 2012 AIS Awards
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors stole the spotlight at the 2012 Australian Institute of Sports Awards in Canberra after Olympic and World champion Tom Slingsby was named the Male Athlete of the Year by the prestigious award-giving sports body. Australian sailing was also honored as the Program of the Year for the third time in five years... [more]
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Kiwi Spirit and crew to head for Newport
Meaghan Van Liew,
After a busy two weeks of sea trials and tweaking the newborn Paris-63 yacht in Thomaston, Maine, Dr. Stanley Paris will take the helm tomorrow morning for his maiden ocean voyage on the sleek, Farr-designed Kiwi Spirit yacht. Accompanied by crew, Paris will sail to Newport, Rhode Island before heading off to Bermuda and ultimately Antigua.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Lead change and dismasting as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, while Samantha Davies announced her dismasting to the race office last night, Armel Le Cléac´h, (Banque Populaire) took the lead from François Gabart. But for all the skippers in the top eleven, the conditions are much more comfortable than at the back of the fleet.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies reports Savéol dismasted
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe at 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battered and broken but pushing on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Louis Burton was winning his race against time yesterday as he limps back to Les Sables d'Olonne after his collision with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. He had 408 miles to go at 1600hrs (French time) after and making 263 miles in the last 24 hours.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - All or none for the top two in Malaysia
Leigh Ireland,
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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Granted tidal energy project leases spark concern from the RYA
Louise Nicholls,
The RYA is concerned that leases for tidal energy projects at sites around the UK confirmed by the Crown Estate on the 14th November, have been granted with no specific planning parameters that reference the safety of navigation for coastal mariners.... [more]
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