Sail-World New Zealand: November 26, 2012 - America's Cup appeal rejected...Kiwis win Harken Youth MR ... TVS take race record

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 26 Nov 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: November 26, 2012

The International Jury for the America's Cu has declined an appeal from Artemis Racing requesting it to reconsider an earlier decision in regard to the measurement of the displacement of the AC72 catamaran hulls.

This is in response to the International Jury's decision of October 7, the effect of which was to declare legal the use of larger volume daggerboards by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa.

That decision, many believe, has led directly to the excellent foiling performance of the two Auckland based AC72's. But others are not of the view that foiling, in the America's Cup itself, will be quite so vital. But more of that at a later time in

We have an analysis of the decision in this newsletter.

TeamVodafoneSailing crossing the start line off Royal Akarana YC around 1000hrs on Friday at the start of the White Island Race   Richard Gladwell ©

Staying with multihulls, Simon Hull's ORMA 60 trimaran scorched around the White Island Race course over the weekend, setting a new record in the process - by a margin of 3 minutes - testimony to the light winds that plagued the entire fleet. Hull and his merry crew could spare a thought after their 27 hour sprint for the last placed finisher who crossed the line around 0600hrs Monday morning, taking just under three days for the 320nm course.

Read Stu MacKinven's report from aboard TeamVodafoneSailing in this newsletter.

In the Vendee Globe, the attrition rate continues with the 20 boat fleet cut to 13 after Vicente Riou aboard PRB collided with a metal horbour buoy. Riou hit the buoy two days ago, but only today made the decision that it could not be repaired at sea, and it is clearly not seamanlike to head into the Southern Ocean with that type of damage.

Damange to PRB - 2012 Vendee Globe  © Vincent Riou / PRB / Vendée Globe

The loss of so many entries, so early in the race, will call into question the safety issues surrounding singlehanded sailing, and the fact that to sleep there must, by definition, be no-one on watch. However the Vendee Globe is widely reckoned to be the toughest race of any sport - and that is its challenge and what makes a win so prestigious.

Dave Hazard, right, in action against Steele - 20th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships  Damian Devine

In Sydney two New Zealand crews have contested the final of the Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship. Dave Hazard from RNZYS has become just the fourth skipper to win back to back titles. He contested the final against former Optimist World Champion, Chris Steele, also from the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Program. It is great to see this program, which has been running for 20 years continuing to produce increasing numbers of top sailors.

On Friday night at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was the venue for the Sailor of the Year award ceremony. Given New Zealand's Olympic success, it was not surprising to see the Olympic classes dominating the major awards, with Gold Medalists Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie taking the overall award, and their coach, Nathan Handley winning the Coach/Official of the Year. We have a report and images, on the evening, in this edition of's newsletter.

Team Jolly (Olivia "Polly" Powrie and Jo Aleh) celebrate after the Medal race - 2012 Olympic Regatta  Richard Gladwell ©

More from the Vestas Sailrocket team, not content with upping the World Sailing Speed Record by 5kts, the British team is focused on taking the record over the magic 60kt barrier, and who knows there the top end may lie.

We have a further report from the team from their base in Walvis Bay, South Africa.

At Sail-World we get numerous reports from Maritime New Zealand on the subject of EPIRBs - particularly the need to carry a person one.

Westpac helicopter parked close to Luna Rossa, November 19, 2012 Westhaven on an EPIRB hunt ©

In this edition of Sail-World we carry a couple of stories on how EPIRBs have definitely saved lives. However spare the authorities a thought the other night when the Westpac helicopter was dispatched to try and find the source of an EPIRB that was emitting a signal from the Pier 21/Orams Marine area - it was like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack - or was that boatstack?

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

2012 18ft Skiffs: AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 6  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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TeamVodafoneSailing leads Squealer at the start of the RAYC's White Island Race  Suellen Hurling ©

Dave Hazard from RNZYS wins back to back Harken Int'l Youth crowns
Damian Devine,
After four solid days of racing, Dave Hazard from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has joined James Spithill, Seve Jarvin and Michael Dunstan, to become only the fourth dual winner of the Harken Youth Match Racing Championships with a win today in the final on Pittwater, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club... [more]
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America's Cup: Jury deflects Artemis claim over error on daggerboards
Richard Gladwell,
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing, have lost an appeal to the International Jury over their earlier foil measurement decision. On October 7, the International Jury ruled on an application from Emirates Team New Zealand, that the Measurement Committee had erred in their interpretation of a Class Rule governing the AC72 catamarans to be used in the America's Cup... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing sets White Island Multihull race record
Stu MacKinven,
TeamVodafoneSailing boat captain, Stu MacKinven reports on a record breaking While Island Race, organised by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. 'We started off Orakei in a light noreaster and slowly made our way out the Motuihue Channel, short tacking up the Rangitoto shore against the tide. Once clearing Emu point we found a nice 12kts had come in, and just as well... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Riou bows out, only thirteen remain + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the news broke this morning that Vincent Riou, onboard his boat PRB, has retired from the race. Two days ago he collided with a large floating metal buoy and damaged his hull. After 48hrs of assessing whether a repair was possible, this morning, he reluctantly decided to retire from the race. He is the seventh boat to retire in the race in 15 days and there are now 13 boats re... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Virbac Paprec 3 sails into second place
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the tallest skipper in the fleet - Jean Pierre Dick, has leapt into second place from fourth overtaking the golden boy, François Gabart, (Macif) during the night. Since the start he has maintained that he has two priorities, to keep the boat moving and to sleep.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Asko Appliances wins AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 6
Frank Quealey,
In Race 6 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, the Asko Appliances team of Marcus Ashley-Jones, Ash Rooklyn and Geronimo Harrison handled the light ENE breeze to perfection to score an easy all-the-way victory on Sydney Harbour today. Always near the lead from the start, Asko Appliances established a big lead at the first windward mark and totally dominated throughout the four-lap course to win by 3m8s.... [more]
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Venee Globe - Riou, PRB forced to retire
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, even though he thought he was going to be able to fix the hull of his boat, Vincent Riou found himself unable to find a solution regarding the shroud underneath his outrigger. It was therefore just not possible to consider sailing in the Southern Ocean and Vincent Riou's decision came this morning: He's surrendering in this 2012 Vendée Globe and retiring from the race.... [more]
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Napier Sailing Club stage prelude to Laser Nationals
Michael Shields,
The Laser North Island Championship was sailed at the Napier Sailing Club with the Club's Summer Regatta. The regatta is a prelude to the Laser National Championships which will be organized by the Napier Sailing Club and sailed in Hawke Bay from the 16th to the 20th January 2013.... [more]
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Dent makes another mark on Paper Tiger Trophy
Rowdy Leatham,
Richard Dent sailing Ultra High Modulus and representing the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club has won the 2012 Ngaroto Paper Tiger Regatta over the weekend of 24-25 November. Dent puts his name on the trophy once again after winning it five years ago and finishing a close second for the past two years.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Trimble readout leaves Larsen speechless
Paul Larsen,
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 focused on outright record over 60 knots
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, project leader and pilot for Vestas Sailrocket 2, gives insight on the big day that lies ahead for himself and the crew - Well the big forecast is playing out. It's 1017 here and the wind is already in. Our little corner of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club is buzzing as we prepare for the big day that we know lies ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: New angles, amazing footage for next edition
Volvo Ocean Race,
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America's Cup: More to learn from the C-Class?
Will Clark,
Much of the current America's Cup is borrowed from the C-Class, who ironically sailed for the Little America's Cup. Since the 1960's the C-Class have been built to a restricted class rule, or near-'box' rule, like the AC72's. Renowned as one of the fastest boats on the planet, the 26ft C-Class have been the design hot-bed for catamarans, multihull and wingsail development for several decades.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa skipper reflects on the opening days
Luna Rossa Challenge skipper Max Sirena is embarking on his fourth America's Cup challenge with the Italian syndicate. He joined the fledgling team in 2000 as a mid-bowman, but now has chosen every man on the team. Sirena took time out yesterday to review how the team has progressed after its late entry into the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Incidents on the water and ashore highlight need to carry EPIRB's
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 23, 2012 - Surge in Equities
Collinson FX,
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Hazard and Steele into all NZ final - Harken Int'l Youth Match Racing
Damian Devine,
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White Island Race: TeamVodafoneSailing first home and sets race record
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA 60, TeamVodafoneSailing, skippered by Simon Hull, has finished the 2012 White Island Race at approximately 1.08pm on Saturday, taking just over 27hours to complete the 320nm course. The first monohull, Equilibrium, was off Pauanui between Tauranga and Whitianga at the last report at 3.00pm . The smallest boat, Unitec II, and Elliott 8.5 metre is yet to round White Island, but is in a grou... [more]
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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh honours Royal Southern YC luncheon
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
In the closing event of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary year, a private luncheon was today hosted for Members of the Hamble-based Club at the invitation of its Commodore, and honoured by the presence of its Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.... [more]
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Yachting NZ announces 2012 Sailor of the Year
Orbit Corporate Travel Sailor of the Year for 2012 has been awarded to Olympic golden girls Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, while their coach, Nathan Handley has been named 2012 Singapore Airlines Coach/Official of the Year. These and other Awards were presented at the 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards where a crowd of around 300 filled the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on Friday evening.... [more]
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Kiwis dominate, semi finalists decided, Day 2 of Harken Int'l Youth
Damian Devine,
Racing forged ahead today in the 20th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the RPAYC with the completion of the round robin stage of the regatta. Dave Hazard from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron led the way with a perfect scorecard of nine from nine to be the leader going into tomorrow's semi finals.... [more]
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Elliott 5.9 North Island Champs goes to 'The Blurr'
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
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Jørgen Svendsen rises to the top of the OK Dinghy World Rankings
Robert Deaves,
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NZ National Match Racing Championships: New Video from FMJ Racing
Mel Benton,
Will Tiller and the FMJ racing team won the recent RNZYS 2012 New Zealand Match Racing Championships. Will Tiller and the FMJ racing team won the recent RNZYS 2012 New Zealand Match Racing Championships Skipper Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Harry Thurston and Shaun Mason from Full Metal Jacket Racing beat top professional sailing crew of Gavin Brady and his crack crew of Ryan Houston, Rob Sal... [more]
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470 Olympic champ Mathew Belcher names Will Ryan as new sailing buddy
Craig Heydon,
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