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23 Nov 2013
Sail-World New Zealand: November 23, 2013 - They're all on the 'Net
Welcome to Sail-World.com'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.
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.
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 Sail-World.com'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 Sail-World.com'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.
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 Vsail.info, 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.
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.
Sail-World has almost completed the upgrading and enhancing of our systems. If you do have issues with the newsletter, or the website, please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org your feedback to date has been invaluable. Thank you to those who have provided it.
Stay tuned to Sail-World.com/nz website for all the latest news.
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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