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09 Oct 2013
Sail-World New Zealand: October 9, 2013 - Multihulls on the Menu
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for October 9, 2013
Even though the 34th America's Cup now past tense, interest will be high in two major multihull events in New Zealand over the next few months.
Later in October, the 2013 PIC Coastal Classic fleet will make its traditional dash north from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands.
The major focus of the 119nm drag race is always on the race record will again fall.
In the 2013 event that emphasis will shift to the Battle of the Sixties – the two ORMA 60's TeamVodfoneSailing (Simon Hull) and Team Australia (Sean Langman) will have their first contest in New Zealand waters. Previous contests on the other side of the Tasman have gone the way of the Australians with Langman scoring four wins, to the New Zealanders single win.
In the monohulls – and maybe giving the ORMA60's a run for their money will be Giacomo, formerly the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race winner, Groupama and now campaigned by winemaker, Jim Delegat.
Sean Langman's ORMA60 Team Australia Andrea Francolini
In the last encounter between a Volvo 70 and an ORMA60, it was a close-run affair with TeamVodafoneSailing squeaking home just 30 minutes ahead of Camper in the 2011 Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji Race after 1100nm of hard racing.
Currently there are 122 boats entered in the monohull divisions with a further 20 entries in the Multihull divisions.
In February 2014, Takapuna Boating Club will host its 12th World Championship when the 2014 A-Class Catamaran Worlds will be sailed off Auckland's North Shore.
To date there are 46 entries from 10 nations – which is a creditable list for a world championship for this class in New Zealand – with the class here, having a long-standing history extending back into the 1960's.
Leading the entry list from New Zealand are two of the country's top young sailors, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. The two are the 2012 Olympic Silver Medalists in the 49er class, and also the current World Champions. Both have won world titles in other classes – with Burling being a 420 World Champion, and Tuke a world champion in the singlehanded Splash class.
Many of the big names from the class are currently missing – including Emirates Team NZ wingsail trimmer Glen Ashby who has won seven world championships in the 18ft catamaran.
In the past, the A-Class Worlds have attracted many of the leading America's Cup sailors, including Jimmy Spithill. Dean Barker competed in the 2009 Australian Nationals in the class – making a quick transition from the IACC America's Cuppers to the singlehanded catamaran.
The class also attracts many of the top designers, with New Zealand's Mike Drummond – formerly Oracle Racing's Technical Director, and one of Emirates Team NZ's lead designer, Pete Melvin (USA) is a double world champion.
In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have a preview of the World Championship, and will follow up in subsequent editions and on our website www.sail-world.com/nz
This week also marks the one year milestone from the start of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, which will again stop over in Auckland.
Currently only two entries have been confirmed, however organisers and other commentators in Europe are confident of at least seven entries – an increase on the previous edition and may go to more.
2013 Laser Radial World Championship Prizegiving Rizhao Laser Worlds
We are carrying an update on the status of the event in this newsletter.
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