Sail-World New Zealand: July 26, 2013 - Kiwis in action on world stage

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 26 Jul 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: July 26, 2013 - Kiwis in action on world stage

Yesterday was a big day for Artemis Racing, and the 34th America's Cup, when the beleaguered Challenger of Record, took their spectacular AC72 out on San Francisco Bay, and after a few adjustments, the team got her foiling.

We have images and video of the occasion in this edition of, starting with John Navas' video of the dock-out from Alameda and followed by team videos of the foiling session. Whether she can come up to speed by the semi-finals, remains to be seen.

Today it was Luna Rossa's turn to make the headlines, in her solo race, when she struck an unidentified underwater object, ultimately breaking a rudder.

We have coverage of the incident, in this edition of including a video clip from John Navas, who was filming at the time. It seems the strike occurred upwind, and the break occurred while foiling on the next leg. See for yourself.

First day of sailing on the "Blue Boat". Artemis Racing. 24th of July, 2013, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Meanwhile Emirates Team New Zealand has qualified for the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and has set the benchmark for the America's Cup Regatta. Whoever can beat the New Zealand boat will surely win the America's Cup.

Tuesday's race with Luna Rossa, was won in a convincing manner by Emirates Team New Zealand. While many are critical of the Italian performance, an analysis of the race using Virtual Eye indicated that they are not as bad as the margin would indicate.

The differences seem to lie in the upwind performance, in terms of sailing height, foiling gybes - where a good one gains 200 metres over a belly-flop gybe, and general positioning on the course.

Emirates Team New Zealand NZL5 shows Luna Rossa her transoms - Round Robin four match of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. 23/7/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

But make no mistake, Emirates team NZ are a class act. They have the longest time sailing of any of the teams. They got started on the design phase on time. They have had no major setbacks, and they got onto the foiling breakthrough well ahead of the other teams. Oracle Team USA can tick some of those boxes plus they have the legacy of the knowledge carried forward from the 2010 America's Cup conducted using similar technology.

Internationally, New Zealand sailors are performing very well indeed.

Four regattas are underway, well three and one about to do so.

New Zealand team Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders: 'It was tricky sailing' - 2013 Nacra 17 World Championship  © Laurens Morel

The first world championship for the Nacra 17 class is underway in The Netherlands. This is the class that will be used in the 2016 Olympics for the new Mixed Multihull event, meaning that a crew must comprise one member of each gender.

New Zealand is represented by several crews, with Gemma Jones (daughter of multiple America's Cup winner, Murray Jones and 1992 Olympic Silver medalist, Jan Shearer) and Jason Saunders - another product of the Tauranga sailing factory, and crew with Paul Snow-Hansen in the 470 class in the 2012 Olympics. They lie in fifth position overall, having been placed second at the beginning of the regatta. Two other new Zealand crews are competing, in a very competitive fleet.

Andrew Murdoch (NZL) - 2013 Finn Europeans, Germany  Robert Deaves/Finn Class©

In the Finn Europeans, Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch are battling to be the top New Zealander. Sailing in Germany, after six races sailed, Junior lies in 3rd overall with Murdoch is fifth.

Both regattas finish on Sunday NZT.

In the Optimist class, the World Championships are over, with difficult conditions on the Final day, Leonard Takahashi-Fry was in 15th place overall, going into the last day, and is the top New Zealand sailor, dropping to 28th overall in the 255 strong fleet.

We carry reports on all three regattas , in this edition of

NZ Optimist Team Day 6, 2013 World Championships  NZ Optimist Team

In Valencia, Spain, the 420 Worlds have got underway - it is a big fleet with 374 sailors from 27 countries. Rob Burn has been reporting from the French Nationals and continues his excellent job from Valencia.

Mackay Boats is in the news for two reasons.

The Silverdale based company is the dominant boatbuilder in the of the Olympic classes - the Mens and Womens 470, and the Mens 49er, new Zealand sailors won Gold and Silver Medals with Mackay Boats in the 2012 Olympics. They are expected to also dominate a fourth Olympic class, the 49erFX at the 2016 Olympics.

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

Not content with that achievement Mackay Boats are taking their technology to the next level, with a new mould manufacturing technique for the 470, and this will be carried across to other classes. We feature an update in this edition of all the classes built by Mackay Boats.

Bennett Yachting, based in New York, but headed by NZer Brian Bennett, have announced that they will hook up with top UK builder, Ovington Boats, and Mackay Boats in New Zealand to produce the VX ONE Design boat on three continents.

Also planned for the VX ONE is the creation of a Gold Cup circuit in 2014 and other events. We have full details in this edition of's newsletter.

VX ONE will be built in three continents by three of the world's top builders  VX One

Protector started as a product and has now become a brand name in the RIB market. Protectors really made their name in the two America's Cup's in Auckland, where they were the first choice of the New Zealand Team and race management. Other teams bought the local product, and that is the way it has stayed. As the Cup has moved offshore the Protectors have move moved with the trophy.

In this edition, Mike Rose backgrounds the genesis of the protector and where they are today – working as hard as ever on the America's cup on San Francisco Bay

Emirates Team New Zealand Protector chase boat. Louis Vuitton Cup 2013.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

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Team NZL at Opening Ceremony 420 Worlds, 2013   Rob Burn
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Emirates Team New Zealand NZL5 leads over Luna Rossa in their Round Robin four match of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. 23/7/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Oracle showing their clean under-body design. - America's Cup  Chuck Lantz

Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam video - Luna Rossa hits fish while foiling
John Navas,
Am-Cam video of Luna Rossa hitting a fish/seal or underwater object while foiling fast during Round Robin 4, Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco. The Italian challenger broke a rudder in the incident and sailed the rest of the course slowly to finish and get the point for the day.... [more]
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2013 Optimist Worlds: NZL Yachting Trust Team Day 8 at Lake Garda
Angus Haslett,
The final day of racing has produced a mix of highs and lows. We were hoping for three races today but by mid morning it was evident we'd struggle for two. The race committee decided not to sail early which may have been a pity as a nice peler breeze stayed in until about 11am.... [more]
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Postcard from Valencia: 420 Worlds Day 3 - Kiwis win race
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from second day of the World 420 Championships: The two Courses are far, far apart. The Girls launched later and finished an hour earlier so this humble writer is reliant on second hand information on what happened on Course Alpha, the Girls. The Open Course, Bravo, took sailors and coaches much longer than anticipated to reach... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Broken rudder slows Luna Rossa in solo race
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013,
Luna Rossa Challenge today raced alone for the fourth time, as Artemis Racing still was not ready to race. Once it was clear that the Swedish team wouldn't be on the start line, the umpires terminated the race ten minutes after the start, black-flagging Artemis Racing and awarding the point to Luna Rossa Challenge (note: rules 60.5 and 44.1c of 34th America's Cup Racing Rules).... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Three in top five as major Olympic regattas near end
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Three New Zealand crews are placed in the top five overall as Finn Europeans and Nacra17 Worlds head into penultimate day. Racing at both major Olympic class regattas on right now - the 2013 Finn European Championship and the 2013 Nacra 17 World Championship – rolled on overnight with three New Zealand crews now placed in the top five.... [more]
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420 World Championship - Italians dominate, Angolans debut on day 1
Luissa Smith, Int'l 420 Class,
On the opening day of the 420 World Championship, a light breeze of around seven knots greeted teams as racing got started under a clear blue sky and dazzling sun. By the time race 2 was underway, the wind had increased to around 10-12 knots.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 26, 2013 - Jawboning the rates
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 26, 2013 - The Reserve Bank left interest rates unchanged in NZ, with the usual hint at action if the housing bubble continues. Jaw-boning will not impact a market short on supply and long on demand. The KIWI slipped earlier but surged overnight to trade above .8000.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa hits fish, breaks rudder, takes point
Bob Fisher,
Luna Rossa sailed alone around the five-leg course in her scheduled fourth Round Robin match with Artemis for ten minutes. Then the Race Committee hoisted a black flag, indicating that Artemis had not crossed the start line within the allotted time and the race was awarded to the Italian team, who could add another point to its scoreline.... [more]
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OK Dinghy Europeans - Tricky conditions on day 4
Robert Deaves,
On day four of the OK Dinghy Europeans in Carnac, France, only one race was managed in the ongoing tricky conditions. Dawid Kania (POL) seems to know what is going on though with his second race victory for move up to sixth overall.... [more]
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Nacra 17 World Championship - French extend lead in The Hague
Diana Bogaards,
On the first day of the final series at the Nacra 17 World Championship, the French Billy Besson and Marie Riou extended their lead in The Hague, Netherlands. As expected, it was again a sunny and quiet day. The sailors got more time to recover from a full day of action yesterday, as AP was up until 16:12 hours. The race committee managed to get in one race for the Gold Fleet.... [more]
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Finn European Championship - Zbogar extends lead in Warnemünde + Video
Robert Deaves,
On day four of the Finn European Championship, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) has taken a six point lead going into the final qualification day in Warnemünde, Germany, after winning the only race sailed. Ed Wright (GBR) moves up to second while Josh Junior (NZL) is up to third.... [more]
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Missing your sailing and boating eMail newletters? Blame Gmail - Yahoo
Richard Gladwell,
In the process of breaking in Sail-World's new newsletter package, we have found that several of the major email systems have taken it on themselves to decide what you should and shouldn't read. Apparently sailing is a hot topic on their naughty news list.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing - WOW!
Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE), got foiling after a few adjustments early in the day - turning in a very convincing performance for her first outing on San Francisco Bay. There were a few smiling faces, according to team photographer Sander van der Borch who provided this gallery. Includes two videos... [more]
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America's Cup: More images as Artemis foils on Blue Boat + Video
Second gallery of images as Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing foils with the new AC72, the Blue Boat, on her first sail on San Francisco Bay. John Navas was on hand, and provided this gallery of images from on the water and her departure from the base in Alameda.... [more]
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Latest from Mackay Boats: New 470 Moulds, 49er and FX Production, 420
Mackay Boats,
Mackay Boats congratulates all sailors who achieved great results this season. We look forward to following your performances at the World Championships. Our mission to make our boats better and faster never ends at Mackay Boats. Below is some news on the 470, 49er, FX & 420.... [more]
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Awesome Weta West Coast USA Championships set for San Francisco
Miranda Powrie,
The 2013 West Coast Champs promises good sailors, good fun and tall tales over a few drinks at Richmond Yacht Club, San Francisco Bay this September 21st and 22nd. Toni Sacco and Randy Smyth, the double handed duo who dominated the nationals on the East Coast earlier in the year are flying over for the event; will they continue their form on the Bay? Chris Kitchen will be back too, look out on... [more]
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World's top builders to produce VX ONE design in three continents,
A collaboration of three of the top one design builders in the world has been formed around the exciting VX ONE Design sportsboat. US based Bennett Yachting has announced that it has teamed up with Ovington Boats (UK) and MacKay Boats (New Zealand) to establish international VX ONE builders in three continents.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ are dangerously dominant
Bob Fisher,
There were two boats out on the racecourse, but it was difficult to depict this fourth Round Robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup as competition. Emirates Team New Zealand simply strode away from her opponent, Luna Rossa. There was no competition from 15 seconds before the start and the Italians must have been embarrassed to be 15% slower around the 15.43-mile course.... [more]
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Womens 49erFX crew update on European campaign
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech,
Mid June we left NZ for a six week stint in Europe. Our first stop was Aarhus, Denmark. Aarhus hosted the 2013 49er & 49erFX European Championship. With a great skiff fleet in Denmark, the Danish proved to be excellent hosts. The Olsen family opened their home to us during our time in Denmark and made us feel very welcome and at home.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ's Protector shines on San Francisco Bay
Mike Rose,
Emirates Team New Zealand's 12.5-metre Centre Console Protector has been making a big splash in the often rough and unpredictable waters of San Francisco Bay. The New Zealand designed and built Protector has been drawing admiring glances and lots of attention for the effortless way it is coping with the Bay's notorious weather conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing launches new AC72 and fits wingsail
Bob Fisher,
Before a crowd of almost 300 members of Artemis Racing, including family and friends, the team officially launched their second AC72 this morning during a private christening ceremony. Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and represents Royal Yacht Club of Sweden.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: One sail on my weapon - Emirates Team NZ win again
Bob Fisher,
Emirates Team New Zealand today proved that it can win at will. Even without a headsail for much of the race, the Kiwis' boat was demonstrably faster than Luna Rossa, winning the seven-leg, 15.42-mile race in the third round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup by 2':20' in 16 knots of west-south-westerly breeze.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ broadcast and race schedule,
Television New Zealand have released their broadcast schedule for the 2013 America's Cup, which is also an excellent race schedule, showing the dates of races, lay days and the start times in local and NZ times.... [more]
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