Sail-World New Zealand: April 3, 2013 - NZL Sailing Team up in Palma...Am-Cam AC72 video ...Auckland Cup Images and Video

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 03 Apr 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: April 3, 2013

Our apologies for the paucity of newsletters since March 22. Sail-World has been recovering from a very serious hacking attack, which came as we were upgrading to become a cloud-based website.

Fortunately we had in place certain process which meant that the website continued with only very minor outward issues, but our mail system has had to be rebuilt - which is at the heart of our newsletter production to our large subscriber base of over 85,000 sailors.

We have been very active on the water, with several image galleries in this edition from the Auckland Cup, the 420 Nationals, Etchells Evening Series, Auckland Tauranga Race and others.

49er - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  Thom Touw ©

As well we have all the news from around the world, including the AC72 action in San Francisco and Auckland.

There is a new set of Am-Cam videos from San Francisco of Oracle Team USA, doing two runs - we leave you to judge these. There are some parts of their performance which is very impressive, others need more work. We are hoping to have a major interview with Oracle Team USA on in a day or two.

The Auckland Cup was an excellent event, in our view - having been fortunate enough to be on the water for the final two days. There was come great racing from the quite diverse fleets covering sportsboats, one-designs, multihulls and the open keelboats. In this edition we have image galleries from both days.

Currently the third of the ISAF World Cupevents is underway in Palma, Spain. Sail-World has a team in Spain covering the event, which has attracted a fleet of 850 sailors.

VO65 mast construction - Southern Spars  Volvo Ocean Race ©

We feature reports from the first two days of racing - including the international news coverage, image galleries and the reports from the NZL Sailing Team.

New Zealand is off to a good start in several classes. racing was blown out on the first day for the 49er classes - but on Day 2, the 49erFX crew turned in a good performance and lie in second overall. The Mens Laser and 470 have also turned in good opening races, but as we note in the reports, the points system has been changed to the old 49er system, where the qualifying rounds, just roll into a single place carried forward into the score for the latter part of the series.

Wired - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 3  Richard Gladwell ©

Some don't like this system, but it does work well enough and rewards those who sail well at the end of the series against the top competition, rather than giving too much credit for the wins in the qualifying rounds against a seeded fleet.

We also feature the story of two World Champion sailors, Rick Dodson and David Barnes, who developed multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s and have now teamed up to compete in the three man Sonar class for a shot at the2016 Paralympics.

Kia Kaha (TP52) crosses the startline - Start Auckland Tauranga Race March 28, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

Although they have eight world championship wins and two America's Cup wins between them, neither has sailed at an Olympic Regatta and at the 2016 Paralympics will be endeavoring to make New Zealand sailing history by winning the nations first medal at the event.

They will be having a major fundraiser, details of which are in this issue - one of the prizes at auction will be a ride on Oracle Team USA's AC72. An experience that would be an every sailor's bucket list.

Day 2 - 2013 420 Nationals Takapuna  Richard Gladwell ©

Stay tuned to for all the latest sailing news from around the world.

Great to be back.

Hope this all works

Sonar racing on Day 4 of the 2012 Paralympics at Portland  David Staley - IFDS ©
< Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson helmed Stratis in the Elliott 5.9 fleet (55) - 2013 Auckland Cup, Day 3  Richard Gladwell ©

Day 2 - 2013 420 Nationals Takapuna  Richard Gladwell ©

ISAF World Cup: NZL Sailing Team on the rise in Palma after Day 2
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It has been another excellent day for the NZL Sailing Team in Spain for ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, where Day 2's racing has concluded. Racing got underway in the much talked about 49erFX women's skiff class, and kiwis Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech are lying second overall after four races in the fleet of 34 boats.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 3, 2013 - Equities' virgin land
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 3, 2013 - The Bernanke Equity bubble continued to grow as equities reached further virgin territory. The AUD held 1.0450 and the KIWI moved to 0.8400 with an improving mix of local commodity prices. Markets will continue in this fashion, save any eco-political surprises from Europe or a dramatic reversal in major economic fundamentals.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 2 images by Thom Touw
The Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Photographer Thom Touw was on site in Palma to capture this gallery of images on day two for the 470, 49er and 49er Fx classes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Southern Spars ready to deliver first VO65 rigs
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two rigs done, five more underway: Southern Spars is on schedule to deliver the first Volvo Ocean 65 rigs next month. The New Zealand rig specialist will supply all the masts, booms and rigging for the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races.... [more]
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New Zealand claims South Pacific title in the Javelin class
Antje Muller,
This year, it was New Zealand's turn to host the Interdominions in the 14-foot Javelin Skiff. The Bay of Islands put on some superb racing conditions for the fleet with sunny weather and anything between 5 and 18 knots of wind. True to its purpose, the practice race was held in a steady moderate breeze, and even Flying Circus made it around the course upright although stand-in skipper David Ro... [more]
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Etchells Tuesday Night Series: Valsheda takes win from 15 boats
Alex Webster,
Auckland's long belt of sunny days and good afternoon breezes have provided great sailing conditions for the Auckland Etchells fleet. Well, it was a fitting end to an excellent season with Valsheda taking a clean sweep in perfect conditions and thereby hermetically sealing her victory in the series overall. A southerly breeze, lacking its usual icy bite, was livelier at the start than some had ima... [more]
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2013 Optimist Nationals: Australians take two of top five places,
The 2013 NZ Optimist Nationals have concluded in Timaru with a win for Henry Haslett (Wakatere/Gendowie) and with Australia's Annabelle Davies (Perth) taking second overall and top girl skipper. A second Australian competitor Alec Brodie (Sydney) placed fifth in the regatta.... [more]
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April 1: As seen by David McCreary of ScuttleButt Europe
David MCreary,
Every year, on April 1, various sailing media around the world follow the lead set, way back from David McCreary of Europe. He's in a league of his own on this day, and we don't even bother to try and compete. Here's the 2013 offering:... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Kiwis start strongly in wind and waves at World Cup
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Wind and waves delivered exciting and challenging racing on day one as competition got underway for the NZL Sailing Team sailors in Palma de Mallorca, Spain at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, also known as Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre Day 1 - 470 action shots by Thom Touw
The Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Photographer Thom Touw was on site in Palma to capture this gallery of images on day one for the 470 Class. Enjoy!... [more]
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OK Dinghy Worlds 2013 - Blasse extends lead in perfect Pattaya
Robert Deaves,
It was 'more of the same' on day two at the Singha OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, with slightly less wind and tide making the racing exciting and close. Race wins went to Nick Craig (GBR) and Mike Williams (AUS) though Roger Blasse (AUS) continues to lead overall.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing: NZL 470 Mens team on video
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox,
New Zealand 470 Mens team, currently sailing in the Princess Sofia Regatta Palma, Spain compiled this video from their training in the Olympic 470... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA more foiling in San Fran - Am-Cam video
Oracle Team USA's revamped AC72 USA-17 was videoed again by an independent cameraman who captured the AC72 training on San Francisco Bay, this time in a series of seven videos covering two runs and a gybe. In the set, Oracle Team USA has an interesting day foiling showing a reasonable level of control, but not at the level of stability being displayed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ reveal secret weapon
Emirates Team NZ Media,
34th America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand has been training throughout the southern hemisphere summer in home waters and prior to heading to San Francisco, California, where the racing for the 34th America's Cup set to take place, the team today reveals a new performance enhancing innovation on board the 72-foot multihull.... [more]
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Images from Takapuna: 420 Nationals - The Endless Summer continues
Richard Gladwell,
More images from the opening day of the 2013 420 Nationals at Takapuna. Light winds prevailed making for some testing and close racing. Sail-World's camera caught the action on the penultimate race of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 ride aboard Oracle Team USA to be auctioned
Richard Gladwell,
Two America's Cup and winners of multiple World Championships, now Paralympians, have joined forces to in a campaign to win a Gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics. To raise finance for their campaign in the three man Sonar class, two of the adversaries in the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, Sir Russell Coutts and Grant Dalton will speak at a dinner in Auckland where a ride on an AC72 will be auctioned... [more]
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Greenpeace yacht restored and relaunched in Auckland
Alistair Deaves,
The former Greenpeace vessel Vega has been relaunched at Westpark Marina after an extensive 10 month refit. Initially just out for a repaint by Jason Hamilton and Global Yacht Finishers, it was soon apparent that more work was needed. The whole cabin top was replaced along with all 36 cabin side bolts. The interior was also extensively modified while the deck hatches, skylight and companionway... [more]
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Doyle Sails New Zealand win their largest ever superyacht order
Doyle Sailmakers have announced that they have secured their largest order to date and will supply a complete sail inventory for the upcoming 60m performance sloop under construction at Perini Navi. The upwind inventory will be constructed of Stratis membranes which have proven themselves on many of the world's most glamorous superyachts.... [more]
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Hutchwilco New Zealand BoatShow - Eight weeks to go!
Dave Gibbs,
The 2013 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is now less than 8 weeks away! The show, which will feature even more prizes and attractions than usual, will take place at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane Auckland on May 16-19. Mark these dates in your diary (or on your phone/tablet/computer) because you will not want to miss the chance to win some of our great prizes....... [more]
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The Blurr takes out a close fought 2013 Elliott 5.9 Nationals
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Association,
For their 2013 Nationals the Elliott 5.9 Class Association chose to join the Auckland Regatta to celebrate 30 years of Nationals event racing for the E5.9. The fleet is growing steadily and involves some well known sailors, with a successful Traveller Series that focuses on five weekend events each year, followed by the class Nationals.... [more]
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Auckland Tauranga Race starts in very light winds - follow on tracker
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland to Tauranga race started off the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, on Thursday morning, in very light winds. The outgoing tide was a major challenge for the competitors forcing then to congregate to the west of Auckland Harbour Bridge, before using the tide to cross the line. Follow the Race on the new Predictwind Tracker. Instructions here.... [more]
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Images of the Auckland Cup - Day 3 - Gallery 4: Keelboats
Richard Gladwell,
The 2013 Auckland Cup Regatta was sailed on four courses on the Waitemata harbour. Sail-World's NZ Editor, was on the water today and filed this the final of four image galleries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Spy vs Spy: Information and Misinformation, and more
Rod Davis/,
Coach Rod Davis revisits his blog on the art of 'espionage'..... After my blog on spying on the competition, people have been asking how teams manage to keep secrets when the opposition can approach to within 200 metres because cameras are more than capable of getting in close at that range.... [more]
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Images of the Auckland Cup - Day 3 - Gallery 1: The Big Boats
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland Cup Regatta is being sailed on four courses on the Waitemata harbour. Sail-World's NZ Editor, was on the water today and filed this the first of four image galleries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ race training in the Channel
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ wrapped up their Friday training session with a series of windward leewards inside Rangitoto Light at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour. The session and crew-work, in particular, was very impressive and slick. There was not enough wind to make foiling viable at the bottom of the course, with the rounding mark again 200 metres off Narrowneck Beach.... [more]
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America's Cup: James Spithill on Oracle Team USA AC72 modifications
America's Cup Media,
AC UNCUT's Genny Tulloch catches up with Oracle Team USA skipper James Spithill six months after their AC72 capsize. James talks the psychological benefit of going through the capsize, and how he believes Oracle Team USA is stronger than ever because of it.... [more]
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Auckland Cup: Video of TeamVodafoneSailing's dismasting
ARG Marine Media,
Simon Hull's ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing dropped her rig for the second time at the start of the third race on the first day of the 2013 Auckland Cup. ARG Marine Media were on hand to video the action... [more]
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