Sail-World New Zealand: November 23, 2013 - They're all on the 'Net

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Sail-World New Zealand: November 23, 2013 - They're all on the 'Net

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for November 22 2013

We've had a patchy week technically, with further upgrades to the Sail-World site, this time to allow full site mirroring – which should be simple enough - but in our case we are doing it across the 19 sites in the Sail-World network. However the upgrade seemed to work well.

Having got that through relatively cleanly, we tried upgrading to faster internet capability in NZ and have been on mobile phone connection ever since. Hopefully all will be sorted next week.

Right now it feel like the proverbial piece of string between two Raro cans.

Several of out our international editors have been hit this week with freak weather conditions knocking out their web connections., and have also been working of limited connection with mobiles.

CV26 GREAT Britain Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Southern Ocean  Clipper Ventures PLC © .

All of which underlines how dependent we have become on the interweb, and how generally we have two or more ways of connection.

The usage of the high usage of the internet in New Zealand was underlined in a report in the NZ Herald today, based on a survey of almost 2,000 respondents with 73% logging in at least once a day via some device, with 80% of that number spending more than an hour online each day, and rating it as a very import ant information source (by comparison the offline media of television and radio rated 47% and 37% respectively).

Almost 100% of those under 40 were online each day – with many being online for more than three hours per day.

So if you have been wondering about how to reach new audiences for your club, class, event, product or service, then the best way to get your message across is via the interweb.

Speared 'em good - Australian 18 Footers League, Sunday 17 November, 2013  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

On the water, we have a mixed bag of results.

In the White Island Race, the first boat has finished – not unexpectedly Simon Hull's ORMZ60 trimaran zipped around the 300nm course to be first boat home early this evening, behind her the monohulls are not expected in until Sunday morning.

There have been many withdrawals including two of the high profile competitors, the Volvo 70, Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and the two handed Bushido (Wayne Woods). Many other boats have elected not to continue and we carry the latest report in this edition of's newsletter.

After winning three World Championships in the Olympic classes, this year, the NZL Sailing Team are struggling in the 2013 World Laser Championships, being sailed in Muscat, Oman.

Exciting match racing on Day 1 of the Harken Youth Match Racing  Damian Devine

It is the first world championship being sailed in the Sultancy, and the sailors have experienced a variety of conditions.

Sam Meech is New Zealand's top place competitor lying in ninth place overall, after six days of racing, again we carry reports from each day of racing in this edition of's newsletter.

On Sydney's picturesque Pittwater the 21st Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship is in its third day.

Crews from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron are dominating the regatta, with two crew in the top three overall.
Leading the fleet with 10 wins from 10 races is former Optimist World Champion, Chris Steele (NZL).

Stories continue to trickle through from the America's Cup, past and future. We feature a coiuple in this issue.

Tom Slingsby on the wheel of Oracle Team USA, Day 8 America's Cup 34  © Richard Gladwell

First, Sail-World publisher, Rob Kothe presents the second part of a three part interview with Oracle Team USA's strategist and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Slingsby (AUS), who has re-signed with the America's Cup Defender.

From Pierre Orphanidis of, a European sailing site based in Valencia, we feature an extract from an interview he conducted with Artemis Racing's Iain Percy. The British Gold and Silver Medalist, is highly respected in elite sailing circles for his competitive attitude and leadership. His views on the Artemis campaign of 2013 and that for the next Cup, leave you in no doubt that the team which promised so much last time can re-form into a major competitive force for the 35th America's Cup.

Iain Percy - Skipper Artemis Racing - 34th America's Cup, San Francisco  Luna Rossa - Carlo Borlenghi ©

Beau Geste, one of the entrants in the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, Karl Kwok's (HKG) new Botin Partners 80fter was splashed in Auckland on Thursday afternoon.

Sail-World was on hand to capture the occasion and we feature a gallery of images in this edition. Built by Cookson Boats, with sails by Norths Sailing NZ, and rig by Southern Spars, Beau Geste has all the ingredients to be a very interesting performer. She will conduct her build up in Auckland over the next couple of weeks before heading to Sydney.

Beau Geste is splashed in Auckland- November 21, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

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Harken International Steele coming to the finish in his match versus Parker to end round one with a perfect 10  Damian Devine

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Beau Geste - is launcjed in Auckland - November 21, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Part of Southern Spars rig yard - November 21, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup 35 and the boats (Part II)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This is part two of three part Sail-World interview with Tom Slingsby Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist who is returning to the Oracle Team for AC35.... [more]
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Beau Geste splashed in Auckland - first images
Richard Gladwell,
Karl Kwok's new 80ft Botin design was splashed in Auckland's Westhaven marina this afternoon from the Southern Spars yard. She was constructed by Auckland's Cookson Boats and will be fitted with a Southern Spars rig Sail-World was on hand to capture the moment and provide the first images of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart entrant, as she entered the water for the first time.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: 64 entries and counting down to February 2014
Sailing Events Takapuna are proud to present the 2014 A Class Catamaran World Championships and Nationals as sanctioned by the IACA in February 2014. The event will be held at the picturesque Takapuna Boating Club right on the foreshore of Takapuna Beach on Auckland's North Shore from the fifth to the 16th February.... [more]
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3.7 Grand Prix Series and North Shore Champs
Chris Mitchell,
The 3.7 Class raced the North Shore Champs; the second of their Grand Prix Series events at Takapuna Boating Club over Nov 16/ 17 combined with an A Class regatta. There was little or no wind both days and only two races were completed, not enough for the North Shore Champs to be awarded.... [more]
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Optimist North Island Champs: Kiwi first, Australia second
Angus Haslett,
The final day of the Optimist North Islands got underway in the continued light conditions of 4-6knots so it was a true day for good clear thinking and strategic sailing. It was a Kiwi, Scott McKenzie from Kohimarama Yacht Club in the Gold Fleet who led the way with a great display of skill in reading the shifts and good boat speed in the conditions, taking two firsts to pull away from Australi... [more]
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Thunderstorms rain on the parade on Day 3 of Harken International
Damian Devine,
The penultimate day of competition in the 2013 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club only saw the completion of stage one on a benign Pittwater today with just four matches sailed.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 23, 2013 - Equities rise more
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 23, 2013 - Equities continued to rise with the unprecedented avalanche of liquidity the Fed continues to flood markets with. Records continue to be breached, but this bubble must burst, and not through the realisation/reality of the Fed but through markets rejecting the policy.... [more]
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One week until 2013 Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards
Jodie Bakewell-White,
One week from today, and 50 years on from the inception of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year Award, the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy will be presented to the winner of the 2013 House of Travel Sailor of the Year. After an incredible year on the water for New Zealand sailors the much anticipated announcement will be made at the 2013 Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards on the evening of Friday 29th... [more]
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White Island Race: TeamVodafoneSailing finishes a long way ahead
RAYC Media,
A tired crew on board Team Vodafone Sailing crossed the finish line at Orakei this afternoon at 17:49:17. After crossing the finishing line the crew admitted to being very thirsty for a beer, definitely well deserved for the regulars who are led by skipper Simon Hull.... [more]
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2013 Laser Worlds: Meech into 9th with one day remaining
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It was a day of incremental improvements for all three New Zealand sailors racing in the gold fleet at the 2013 Laser World Championships drawing to a close at Musannah, Oman. With one day remaining Sam Meech has moved up one position into 9th, Andy Maloney up two places to 14th while Thomas Saunders has climbed one place into 19th.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Fleet advances between squalls
Solene Rennuit,
Mini Transat - Douarnenez to Pointe-a-Pitre. From beautiful straight lines to course changes at the mercy of the oscillating trade winds. The competitors' routes show a guilty penchant for zigzaging back and forth reflecting the instability ot the conditions they are encountering.... [more]
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Kiwi leads after opening day of Harken Youth Match Racing
Damian Devine,
21st Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship 2013 - Pre championship favourite Chris Steele representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron led the way after Day 1 of the Harken Youth Match Racing Championship with a perfect eight wins from eight starts in the stage one round robin on Pittwater yesterday... [more]
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Laser Standard Worlds - Day 6: Mistakes and mixed fortunes + Video
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Standard World Championships, a day of mistakes and mixed fortunes among the main contenders for the title has paved the way for a thrilling finale in Oman with the last two races on Saturday set to determine medals and futures.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics smash race record
Clipper Ventures PLC,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, PSP Logistics had much to celebrate yesterday as it found itself a new gear, smashing the golden ‘300 mile in 24 hours' mark, whilst also setting the new fastest time for the ocean sprint of 18 hours and two minutes.... [more]
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Harken International Youth Match Racing Day 2 - Weather Gods dictate
Damian Devine,
It was the weather Gods dictating terms on Pittwater today for Day two of the 21st Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Only three flights and ten races all up were able to be completed with the nor' easter tipping the scales at 25 knots and forcing an abandonment to racing shortly after 2pm.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Two skippers with the same idea = collision - Images
Frank Quealey,
When two 18ft Skiff skippers, with reputations for being good starters in a quality fleet, each decide to do the same thing in a 15-18knot Southerly on Sydney Harbour then something has to give. Last Sunday at the start of the Australian 18 Footers League's Race 5 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series, Dave Witt (Sydney City Marine) elected to start alongside the Starter's Boat and thought it was al... [more]
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Clear start for the Round White Island Race despite crew injury
Suellen Hurling,
After a brief postponement at the start, the fleet competing in the 2013 Round White Island Race began their 320 nautical mile journey to the volcanic location off the Bay of Plenty at 1005 hours Friday 22 November. There were 16 monohulls lined up for the start due to a late decision to withdraw by the Volvo 70.... [more]
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Line 7 Marine & Events Clothing's Huge Clearance Sale in Wellington
Claire Skellon,
For the first time in Wellington! LINE 7 MARINE & EVENTS CLOTHING'S HUGE CLEARANCE SALE is COMING to the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Where to now, for Artemis? Iain Percy gives the answers
Pierre Orphanidis,
Iain Percy, the three-time British Olympic medalist is in Puerto Calero, calling tactics for Torbjörn Törnqvist oboard Artemis Racing at the RC44 World Championship. European sailing website's Pierre Orphanidis caught up with Percy and talked about his new role as Team Manager and the present and future of the team and the America's Cup.... [more]
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2013 Laser Worlds: Meech creeps into into top ten - one race sailed
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It was light and shifty again in Oman for the penultimate day of the 2013 Laser World Championships where kiwi campaigners Sam Meech, Andy Maloney and Thomas Saunders are all fighting it out in the gold fleet. Just one race was possible after postponements and big shifts meant selecting the right side of the course was critical and the majority of the top placed sailors recorded a race where th... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup (Part I)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist Tom Slingsby confirmed to Sail-World last week that he will return to Oracle Team USA when it mounts its defense of the 35th America's Cup. Sail-World talked at length with Tom in recent weeks. Here is the first part of our three part interview series with him.... [more]
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Laser Standard World Championships - Throwing caution to the wind
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Standard World Championships, Nick Thompson threw caution to the wind in the first of the Gold fleet races in Oman today and landed his second outright victory of the event as sailors start to refine tactics for the sharp end of the competition.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Entries surge ahead of closing date
ISAF SW Cup Media,
An important 15 entry team from China led by London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Rolex Female Sailor of the year, Lijia Xu, spearheads excellent support from Asia at the World Cup in Melbourne. With Japan now set to stage the 2020 Olympic Games, the Melbourne event will become even more important in years ahead says Event Director and Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Turnbull.... [more]
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2013 Laser Worlds: Conditions turn light in Oman to help Kiwis
Jodie Bakewell-White,
After solid wind through the opening half of the 2013 Laser World Championships in Oman, Day 4 provided sailors a new challenge with light and very shifty conditions. Two races were sailed and Sam Meech was the New Zealand sailor to best meet the challenging conditions beginning the day with a second place in the first race and going on to record and eighth in the second race of the day.... [more]
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