Sail-World New Zealand: February 10, 2013 - Artemis and Oracle hook up ... AC Youth Cup team ... Marine industry successes

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 10 Feb 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: February 10, 2013

The focus of the sailing world shifted yesterday to San Francisco, where the Defender and Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup shaped up briefly in ideal sailing conditions.

Nothing conclusive could be drawn from the encounter, however we have plenty of images in this edition thanks to Guilain Grenier of Oracle Team USA, and US website who were on the water for what was a long day.

We have almost 40 images of the day in this edition of Sail-World, again it is not really possible to draw conclusions from a series of still shots with no video, and no eye witness reports on the trialing. However it would be fair to say that while Oracle Team USA-17 still has some of the residue from the earlier edition, several of the more obvious issues appear to be resolved.

Artemis Racing - San Francisco - February 8, 2013  Erik Simonson ©

Both Artemis racing and Oracle Team USA, seem to sail more in a displacement rather than foil assisted mode upwind, than do either Luna Rossa or Emirates Team NZ's first AC72 catamaran. For USA-17 Mk 2, downwind foiling seems to have improved in consistency and reliability.

The platform twisting which was such a feature of USA-17 Mk 1, has been dampened, but not eliminated. Whether that is now having any effect on the foiling performance and speed of the newer version, is hard to say from images, but we are not seeing much of the rearing and crashing that was apparent previously.

Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA - San Francisco - February 8, 2013  Erik Simonson ©

The images from are significant in that they are taken by an independent source, and not the PR-genre designed to show the boat in a favourable light, as happens with many teams and campaigns.

America's Cup train-spotters will have a field day with these sets of images. It is interesting to go back and look at the extensive galleries of images from Emirates Team New Zealand, in particular, and spot the differences between the Auckland based AC72's and the San Francisco group.

Volvo Ocean race CEO, Knut Frostad with the first spars at the Southern Spars facility in Auckland, New Zealand  Volvo Ocean Race ©

We have several stories from the New Zealand marine scene, in this edition of Sail-World.

Doyle Sails have another success with third place in the Vendee Globe, powering British singlehanded sailor Alex Thompson in his non-stop race around the planet. His full suit of sails was designed and built in Doyles facility in Avondale, Auckland - and that includes laminating the cloth. Catch the full story in this edition of's newsletter.

Southern Spars are already well down the track with production of masts for the Volvo Ocean Race, with three spars and a boom completed. We take a look at the production line that has been set up in Auckland. Southern Spars have a fine record of success in round the world racing for boats finishing with the rigs pointing in the right direction. And it was no surprise, with the Volvo Ocean Race organiser's emphasis on having boats finish each leg, that they went to Southern Spars for the spars for the one-design Volvo Ocean Race fleet.

The things people will do to watch a yacht race. - TP52 Southern Cross Cup  John Curnow ©

Also in this edition is a story of a 50ft yacht holding successfully on anchor during the ex-Cyclone Oswald, which hit Brisbane in late January. Despite all the talk around safety and what to do and what not, most forget that their first line of defence is a reliable anchor, and this was demonstrated once again with the Manson Supreme doing all that was asked of it and more.

Many forget that once you are able to hold you boat in a position in a crisis situation, you are well down the track for surviving. The old adage of 'it is not the first mistake that gets you, but the second or third', is very true in sailing. Being able to anchor your boat securely and in the confidence that it will do the job, is crucial, and stops that first mistake. It is the one piece of equipment where you ignore price, and look solely at functionality and track record. Even so, Manson Anchors are very competitively priced for excellent quality.

35 metres of dock created in just 35 minutes using the Lancer Airodock system  Ronald Winstone

At the other end of the scale, Lancer Industries has announced the first sale of their Airodock, a remarkable inflatable floating dock. This literally allows you to walk on water, and form a portable dock astern - in just 35 minutes. Aimed initially at the superyacht market, the Airodock has a lot of other uses, and we'll follow the development of the Airodock with great interest.

Having fun on the Airodock at Piha  Ronald Winstone

From Yachting New Zealand in conjunction with Emirates Team New Zealand we have the announcement of the Red Bull America's Cup Youth Team, which will be lead by two Olympic medalists. As we write a series of trials are underway in which a second New Zealand team is vying for a place in this regatta.

Stay tuned for the outcome.

Montecarlo, 09-02-2013
XXIX Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse  YCM / Carlo Borlenghi
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Montecarlo, 09-02-2013
XXIX Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse  YCM / Carlo Borlenghi

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing hook up briefly
San Francisco based website reports that America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA and Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) were both sailing in San Francisco, and the two sailed against each other for a brief time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Spar build well underway at Southern Spars
Volvo Ocean Race,
Wondering what's happening with the rigs of the new Volvo Ocean 65? It's well underway at Southern Spars, New Zealand. Our sole spar suppliers are working fast: three masts are already being finished and the first boom is ready to go.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race - Hugo Boss makes podium with Doyle Sails
Guy Waddilove,
When Alex Thomson made the decision to use Doyle Sails for his third Vendée Globe attempt, he bucked the trend of the pack as the only Doyle skipper in the fleet. It was a decision that Thomson and his team believe paid dividends in his race.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 8, 2013 - Jawboning the Euro
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 8, 2013 - ECB President Draghi decided to leave rates unchanged at 0.75% and jawboned the single currency lower with commentary. The EUR plunged to below 1.3400 and the GBP steady at 1.5700. The Bank of England left rates unchanged and talked readiness for more stimulus. The AUD fell to 1.0280 and the KIWI slipped back to 0.8300.... [more]
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Lancer Industries Ltd has delivered the first Transom Marina System
Jamie Lowe,
Lancer Industries has extended the Airodock range and delivered the first Super Yacht Marina System M.V. Ulysses has received a 41 square meter Airodock Transom Marina, made up of three independently deployed docks. The Airodock marina creates more than 35 extra metres of fully fendered mooring space and a huge extended bathing platform.... [more]
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How we survived ex-Cyclone Oswald on our Manson Supreme.
Cindy and John Curby,
Cindy and John Curby of the s/v Beverly Ann, a 50ft displacement yacht, describe how they were able to ride out ex-Cyclone Oswald, off Moreton Island, Brisbane. We recently had a bad experience when our old 65 lb Bruce anchor dragged and left us stranded for a day and a half. After studying the alternatives we decided to immediately upgrade to a Manson Supreme.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwi Olympic medalist to skipper Red Bull Youth AC team
Silver medalists in the 49er class in the 2012 Olympics, will head a group of talented young sailors selected to represent New Zealand in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in San Francisco this September. They have been joined by three other team members from the NZL Sailing Team, and two leading sailors who have already made their mark on the international keelboat scene.... [more]
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Thrilling finish ensured at the Zhik NSW ACT 9er State Championships
David Price,
With an ideal set of conditions and a great NE breeze of 15kts, the inaugural Zhik NSW ACT 9er Championships hosted by Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie was able to stick to the plan with the larger 29er fleet completing three races and the 49er/49erFX fleet squeezing in an extra race to make it four races for their first day of competition.... [more]
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Primo Cup - Day 2 images from Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on site during day two of the XXIX Primo Cup in Montecarlo to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Everyone's happy at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Earlier on in the week, there had been a promise of the breeze being fresh to frightening for Saturday's racing on Port Phillip. This would have been more than good for TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Sailors would have been even more exhausted and spectators would have been completely thrilled.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen and Fyling Dutchman Nationals conclude in Nelson
Nelson Mail,
The former world No 3-ranked duo of Aaron Goodmanson and Alistair Rowlands have won a 10th national Flying Fifteen title, pipping their rivals on the final day of sailing in Tasman Bay on Wednesday. Heavy winds on Monday and light conditions yesterday allowed only seven races to be completed, enough to crown a series champion.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup Team Beau Geste holds out local challengers
Lisa Ratcliff,
TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - The Gavin Brady master class in match racing continued on Port Phillip today, but hot on Team Beau Geste's stern and chalking up their first bullet in race five was Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Day Two Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
Team Beau Geste continued their domination in the TP52 Southern Cross Cup today with Hooligan and Calm 2 hot on their heels, after 5 races. Teri Dodds was again on the water today and shares these images. Racing continues tomorrow commencing at 11.00am.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Artemis Racing
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) was on San Francisco Bay for another day of practice and testing. These images courtesy of [more]
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World class talent galore at the Zhik NSW ACT 9er Championships
David Price,
This weekend will see the waters off Wangi Sailing Club on southern Lake Macquarie alive and buzzing with many of Australia's best Olympic skiff sailors and ISAF youth skiff sailors returning after a break from the nationals over the new year as they battle it out for the state titles in the Zhik 9er NSW and ACT State Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sails in fresh winds at San Francisco
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA was sailing today in fresh winds averaging 15kts - from wind recordings at one location. Guilain Grenier, the team photographer posted these images of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Village coming together on Pier 27
Erik Simonson,,
Good progress is being made on construction at Piers 27-29, on the San Francisco waterfront, as the date draws nearer for the first Concert Series at the spectator villagein mid May, and the Louis Vuitton Series beginning July 4th.... [more]
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Continued RYA and UK Etchells Class partnership benefits young talent
Rob E. Goddard,
Young aspiring keelboat racers are to be given a chance to apply for season-long access to a number of fully race-prepared thirty foot Etchells keelboats, thanks to the continuation of a partnership between RYA Racing and the UK Etchells Class Association into the 2013 racing season.... [more]
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Fill the order book at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
The design of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup stipulated close racing to ensure maximum enjoyment for both competitors and spectators alike. Add in a variety of results with places changing considerably from leg to leg, race to race, a little breeze, plenty of sunshine and you pretty much have the whole order book filled, right there.... [more]
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TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds,
The TP52 fleet today made history on Port Phillip in Melbourne, with the commencement of their inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. Teri Dodds was on the water and presents these images from Day One.... [more]
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Sail Auckland Regatta 2013 - Successful comeback for Aussie Laser sail
Craig Heydon,
Sail Auckland Regatta 2013 witnessed the successful return of Australian Sailing Team's Ashley Brunning from a career-threatening injury after he outclassed his rivals to win the gold in the Laser Class.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 - Shining platinum
Irene Corosu,
America's Cup received major backings from Sailors for the Sea, which is recognizing each of the America's Cup World Series regattas in San Francisco in August and October 2012 with the first-ever Platinum level certification under its Clean Regattas program due in part to an outstanding 98 percent landfill diversion rate at the second AC World Series regatta in San Francisco last October.... [more]
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The gun fires at the TP52 Southern Cross Cup
John Curnow,
Racing begins today at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) in Melbourne for the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup. However, it very much all got underway last night at the opening cocktail party. Based on the success of that and positive comments revolving around the both the regatta format and the host club, this is set to be a really great three days of high-end yacht racing.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emotion and reflection in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Following the arrival of three Vendee Globe skippers in Les Sables d'Olonne in close succession yesterday - to conclude their respective adventures - today was one for the respective skippers, Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding and Bernard Stamm to reflect on their own races in more depth.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Les mots de Bernard Stamm après son arrivée
Cheminées Poujoulat,
Vendée Globe - C'est hier soir, à 22h30, que Bernard Stamm en a fini avec son tour du monde en solitaire. 88 jours 10 heures 27 minutes et 10 secondes après son départ, il a retrouvé sa famille, son équipe, ses partenaires et l'enthousiasme du public vendéen.... [more]
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Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing victory to David Chapman
Peter Campbell,
At the Hardy Cup Under 25 ISAF Grade 3 Match Racing Regatta, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member David Chapman deservedly won the prestigious title on Sydney Harbour at his fifth and final attempt. He will be outside the age limit next year....'what a way to sail your final Hardy Cup,' an excited Chapman said after a final day of incredibly close match racing.... [more]
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Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 - Baptism of fire
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australian TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 marks the birth of sailing's new Formula 1 circuit which starts on Port Phillip Friday at Sandringham Yacht Club.... [more]
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