Sail-World New Zealand: May 29, 2013 - Fun and games in San Fran

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Sail-World New Zealand: May 29, 2013 - Fun and games in San Fran

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for May 29, 2013

The America's Cup has got back into gear in San Francisco, with the first sailings for Challengers Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, and the Defender Oracle Team USA has resumed sailing.

So far there is no answer to the question as to who is the fastest. We have been analysing video as much as anyone and have some ideas as to where the teams are strong, and not so good. But it is a work in progress.

In this edition we have published the videos that seem to be available on the interweb. The ones we pay most attention to are the Am-Cam ones - because they show long sailing sequences without heavy editing, which are a feature of the teams' videos which are produced to sell the sizzle rather than the steak.

Similarly with images from both amateur and team sources.

Boat 2 Sailing Day 2 Oracle Team USA shows one of the contentious Rudder Elevators  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

Currently the teams and Regatta Director, Iain Murray are working through the Recommendations produced by Murray in his role as Chairman of the Review Committee set up after the Artemis fatality.

The bulk of the Recommendations should go through as changes to improve safety. However some are curious, including one which overturns a Measurement Interpretation. We have details in this newsletter edition of

Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72, show the inside tip of her daggerboard, day 2, San Francisco  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

On the local scene we have the latest information from the Auckland to Bluff Race, which is gaining momentum. So far there are eight inquiries or entries, with four of those coming from Australia.

Most significant of the Australian entries/enquiries is that of Sean Langman in the ORMA 60, Team Australia. The 60ft multihull, to the same rule as the well known TeamVodafoneSailing can potentially add some real interest to the race, particularly if she is joined by other large multihulls.

Start of the 2011 SSANZ RNI Race - A2B Ocean Race  Steven Cranch

Surprisingly large multihulls are still not allowed to race alongside the monohull fleets in several of the major Australian offshore events, and potentially the Auckland to Bluff Race could develop into the serious, and very spectacular offshore multihull event of the Southern Hemisphere.

The announcement that the Auckland to Bluff Race will share its start with the Two man Round the North Island Race, is another sound move - with a fleet of up to 60 boats expected to cross the start line in 255 days time on February 9, 2014.

Sean Langman's Team Australia's attempt to break the pasage race record from Sydney to Hobart  Andrea Francolini

Also in the story is a video interview Grant Dalton, one of New Zealand's top trans-oceanic racers, making the point that New Zealand needs a race like the A2B if we are to continue to produce top Volvo Ocean Race sailors, and sailors who can take that experience into the America's Cup and other professional sailing circuits.

This weekend the Auckland to Fiji Race gets underway which could be a shoot out between TeamVodafoneSailing and the top TP52, V5.

2012 Coastal Classic Start - V5 (David Nathan) hits 25kts after the start  Richard Gladwell ©

With a light race predicted, the race record should be safe making for a tight race between the multihull and monohull.

We will be reports and images from the start, and updates on the race itself for the six days it is expected to take the leaders to finish.

Winning New Zealand crew - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie - - Delta Lloyd Regatta   Delta Lloyd Regatta - © Sander van der Borch

The New Zealand Sailing Team have turned in a very encouraging performance in Medemblik, in The Netherlands, with three medals from the EuroSAF Champions Sailing Cup, a circuit put together by the regional European Sailing body to preserve their regattas after the International Sailing Federation restructured the World Sailing Cup, to make it more regionally based. In simple terms that meant removing some European regattas from the circuit.

The EuroSAF Cup is very well supported by European sailors, and these fleets were generally very competitive.

Against that backdrop the performance of the New Zealand Sailing Team was very impressive. Remember too, the fact that some of our top crews did not compete - and winning three medals against that backdrop is impressive.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Wilcox - Delta Lloyd Regatta   Delta Lloyd Regatta - © Sander van der Borch

Don't wear the line that this is an off-Olympic year.

All top crews have to turn in top performances at their world championships to retain their funding for the next year - and this regatta, the Delta Lloyd, was used by many crews who had a layoff following the 2012 Olympics, to come back up to speed going into the 2013 World Championship round.

While conditions at Rio for the 2016 Olympics are a very unknown quantity at this stage, the performances in this very crucial first year of the Olympic cycle, point to a substantial improvement on the 2012 Olympic result for New Zealand sailors.

Luna Rossa - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup -   Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

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Andy Maloney (NZL) - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Mens Laser  Delta Lloyd Regatta - © Sander van der Borch
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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TeamVodafoneSailing expected to win the Auckland Fiji Race  Suellen Hurling ©

Emirates Team NZ - 34th America's Cup - AC72s Training in the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

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Zoe Hawkins and Richard Gladwell,
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America's Cup: Oracle's Spithill retrieved from San Francisco Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA's skipper has been retrieved from San Francisco Bay, after an incident on May 30. Initially it was rumoured that Spithill and tactician John Kostecki had both gone in the chilly water. However the information was unable to be corroborated... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: TeamVodafoneSailing now making good time
Richard Gladwell,
TeamVodafonesailing, the ORMA 60 trimaran skippered by Simon Hull is now making good time heading for Musket Cove in Fiji, in the Auckland to Fiji race which started on Saturday at noon. She is now sailing in winds of 22kts and making 20kts of boat speed having left Auckland almost 24 hours ago.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's in a big breeze - Am-Cam video from San Fran
More Am-Cam from San Francisco, shot on May 30, 2013 local time shows Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ. The videos seem to shot in winds that are quite gusty but in the 20kts range, judging by other boats sailing in the area. Emirates is practicing first reach and gybing manoeuvres, going around a mark gybing before heading on on what would be Leg 2 of an America's Cup course.... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Epic edition concludes
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
At the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, a superb summer's day, with bright sun and a moderate to fresh offshore wind, gave ideal conditions for the 1,459 boats entered. The strongest winds were experienced early in the day, just after dawn, and sped Sir Ben Ainslie's 45ft America's Cup catamaran J.P. Morgan BAR around the Island at record breaking speed.... [more]
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Auckland Suva race: Boats make good time in first hours of ocean race
Zoe Hawkins,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Auckland to Musket Cove Ocean Race departed today in ideal conditions and a row of brightly coloured spinnakers. The breeze was under ten knots, and seas were flat, making for a pleasant start to the 1,150 nautical mile race.... [more]
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Auckland Suva Race: Images from the Start
Richard Gladwell,
The 2013 Auckland Suva Race got underway today at noon in a light westerly breeze. The six entries soon spread, led by Simon Hull's TeamVodafoneSailing, and ORMA60 trimaran, earlier tipped to take the race record, had taken the lead within 100 metres of the start.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to start and finish in London
Adriana Wright,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, setting sail on September 1, 2013, will start and finish in London. The fleet is expected to return in July 2014 after racing 40,000 miles and visiting 14 ports on six continents in the world's longest ocean race.... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Sun shines on Cowes, excitement rises
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
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Korea Match Cup - Defending champion ousted + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
In the Korea Match Cup, Bjorn Hansen was a hot favourite to win a third consecutive event, but today the Swedish skipper and his Ework Sailing Team narrowly missed the cut for the Quarter Finals. Hansen knew he needed to up his game from the previous days, and he did.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 31, 2013 - Riding a rollercoaster
Collinson FX,
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Predictwind tips new record for Auckland Fiji Race for multihulls
Zoe Hawkins,
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