Sail-World New Zealand: February 21, 2014 - Cats to the fore

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 22 Feb 2014

Sail-World New Zealand: February 21, 2014 - Cats to the fore

Glenn Ashby does a foil jump as he crosses the finish line to win the 2014 Int. A-Class Catamaran Worlds, Takapuna, New Zealand  © Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for February 20, 2014

By any measure Emirates Team New Zealand sailor dominated the Int A-Class Catamaran World Championships, taking four of the top five places. Olympic Silver Medalist and former World Champion, Andrew Landenberger (AUS) intervened, finishing fourth breaking a clean sweep for the Emirates backed team.

Glenn Ashby (AUS) won his eight world title, with Blair Tuke (NZL) second and Peter Burling (NZL, third. Emirates Team NZ Tactician Ray Davies (NZL) was fifth, just ahead of 2012 Olymopic Gold Medalist Nathan Outteridge (AUS),

Of the top six overall, three were Australians and three were New Zealanders.

Only one of that group, Emirates Team NZ's Ray Davies, did not have an Olympic medal. In fact in that group there were four Silver Medalists and one Gold medalist - Nathan Outteridge who placed sixth, and won the final race.

Medal podium aside, it was a great regatta, largely unreported, and bought foiling sailing to new levels in a singlehanded class. The views were always spectacular, and lifted the A-Class to the top of the photogenic class.

Blair Tuke (NZL) A-class catamaran World Championships, Day 3, Takapuna February 13, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Quite were it goes to from here remains to be seen - was the 2014 Worlds an oddity - triggered by the the presence of a high profile Americas Cup team. Or is it more - the start of a new dire in the class - and an entry level for potential America's Cup sailors to show their skills in a class which has all the key characteristics of and AC72 or its 2017 relation.

Very simply, the A-Class now provides a great stage on which the America'as Cup wannabe's can perform.

International interest in the even was high with Sail-World receiving several requests for images to be used at boat shows and the like.

Peter Burling Int. A-Class Catamaran World Championship, Day 5, Takapuna NZ  © Richard Gladwell

In this edition we complete the wrap up of the A-Class Worlds, and have added a lot of new images to the reports from the final days, plus video for the last three days from ARG Marine Media.

We had great feedback on the series of Kaenon Interviews we ran with The Kaenon Team at the A-class Worlds - we have interviews with Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Ray Davies, featuring two, three or the whole four on most race days.

At the end of the regatta, we spoke with former A-Class World Champion, Pete Melvin (USA) who is also with the Kaenon Team, but is one of the lead designers in the America's Cup, having worked for Oracle in its various teams, and was with Emirates Team NZ in the 34th America's Cup.

Pete Melvin (USA) Int. A-Class Catamaran World Championship, Day 5, Takapuna NZ  © Richard Gladwell

Of late, Melvin has been heavily involved in the development of the class rule for the boat to be sailed in the next America's Cup. in this long video interview (17 minutes) he outlines what we can expect to see in the new boat and relates that back to the AC72 with which everyone is more familiar.

Kaenon is fast becoming the sunglass of choice for many sailors at the top end of their sport, including both New Zealand's medal winning crew in the 2012 Olympics, who are also current World Champions, Kaenons were very prominently worn on Emirates Team NZ's AC72. But you can see for yourself by checking for the distinctive Kaenon logos or words when you next see a close up shot of a top sailor.

Of course their website is very well done and features some great action sport videos - all very professionally produced. Well worth a browse.

We are pleased to welcome on board two new advertisers.

Part of the Zhik team, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie celebrate their Open 470 win at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland  © Richard Gladwell

Zhik are well known to all who follow and participate in dinghy sailing and is the sailing clothing of choice of most top sailors, and has been so for many years.

Not widely know is the fact that Zhik were behind the development and production of the clothing for Emirates Team NZ in the last America's Cup, even though it was not carrying the Zhik logo, as it usually does in a very prominent way.

The gear is excellent, evidenced by how many top sailors wear it.

At Sail-World I made the switch to Zhik, last November, and the difference is noticeable - across not just wet weather gear but also what is worn underneath. The shoes, bags and accessories are work well. Zhik is a great clothing system, and from the conversations with various designers and others in the company their dedication to innovation and improvement is just outstanding.

If you click on one of their ads and visit you can see some of the thinking that goes into the product development and testing process to produce the clothing for the stars of sailing.

Taking this relationship further, Yachting New Zealand have signed a clothing agreement with Zhik - cementing in a relation which existed anyway, by sailor choice. We have re-run the story in this edition of

Wilsecure Track and Bracket systems can be fitted anywhere to maximise available space, Just trim the strap when the brackets are fitted, or leave long for multiple container use.   Wilsecure

We are also pleased to have a new company and product, Wilsecure. As the the name suggests they will secure anything in your boat, vehicle, caravan or garage.

The system developed by a New Zealander is ridiculously simple in its concept but very smart in its ease of operation.

Wilsecure is a racking system designed to hold tanks and containers of all sizes in dimension in one place ready for use.

So it can be used to hold fire extinguishers, dive bottles, round and round or square plastic containers, such as flare containers, fuel tanks, medical kits or just large containers to hold all manner of gear.

The beauty of the Wilsecure system is that it creates space in your boat or vehicle, and at the same time gives you the ability to have items which you need quickly, close to hand.

The other key feature, unlike metal brackets commonly used to hold fire extinguishers and the like is that being webbing the system tucks away when not in use and won't injure or damage people or items as they brush against the old style steel brackets.

Emirates Team New Zealand competing in day two of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta being sailed in Singapore. 21/2/2014  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Of course for fishing and trailer boats the system is item, as all the gear used on a trip can be secure in the boat, without having to be transferred to an from your car boot, at the start and end of the day. For the trip home Wilsecure easily and quickly holds all the containers and gear in place - stopping them from flying around and damaging themselves or other gear and people.

Wilsecure is available online sales only, details are in the story in this edition of, you can access their site by clicking on the ad button in this newsletter or on and download the brochure to make your order based on the type size and number of brackets you need. You also deal direct with the manufacturer, eliminating retail margins. Any number of items can be held on a single bracket (adjusted for length) and you can either cut the straps to support just a specific item, or leave them long for multi-use in that spot.

Emirates Team New Zealand competing in day one of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta being sailed in Singapore. 20/2/2014  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Emirates Team NZ have ventured back onto the international racing circuits and are currently competing in the Extreme sailing series in Singapore. Sail-World's Asian editor is in Singapore for the regatta, and we have the first report from him in this edition, along with some great photos, plus the usual team reports and coverage. There are some top sailors and teams at the event, with four or maybe five America's Challengers coming from these ranks.

Emirates Team NZ are lying second overall after two days, with Alinghi leading the regatta by 21pts. Stay tuned to for daily updates.

Also in this edition is news that Oracle Team USA will venture south to train with Team Australia in the AC45's - as one wit commented, 'it will be good to see Oracle competing in their 'home waters'.

Glenn Ashby (AUS) A-class catamaran World Championships, Day 3, Takapuna February 13, 2014  © Richard Gladwell
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Blair Tuke (NZL) A-class catamaran World Championships, Day 3, Takapuna February 13, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Int. A-Class Catamaran World Championship, Day 5, Takapuna NZ  © Richard Gladwell

Olympic Gold Medalist , and Artemis helmsman, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) A-class catamaran World Championships, Day 3, Takapuna February 13, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Extreme Sailing Series Singapore: Emirates Team NZ second after Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand has advanced to second overall in the Extreme Sailing Series Singapore regatta. After two days of racing Dean Barker and crew (Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat) are on 90 points, 21 behind Alinghi and six ahead of third, The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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New Wilsecure system holds your gear in place - ashore and afloat
Richard Gladwell,
Do you get frustrated and annoyed when your dive bottles, chilly bins, water tanks get thrown around while you're out on your boat? If you do then there's a new solution, for this annoying and potentially dangerous situation. Wilsecure Track and Bracket Systems is an innovative product which has a wide and varied range of uses in the marine environment.... [more]
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Weta fun, rum and racing at Charlotte Harbor Regatta
Miranda Powrie,
The fifth annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta was a great success. Luckily only two Weta guys came down from New York this year so the rest of the places were still available for the local folks. Keith Rice (NY) ended up in first place with six wins.... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: Pete Melvin on A-Class and new America's Cup rule
Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Pete Melvin (USA) previous World A-Class World Champion, leading multihull designer and one of the developers of the America's Cup Class rule for the 34th and 35th America's Cups.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2014 in Singapore. This is not a rehearsal.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Flying is truly wonderful, but we are apt to get blasé about it. For example, this morning I got on a plane in Hong Kong where it was a soul-sapping 8˚, and now I am in Singapore where it is a balmy 27˚ and I'm going to have to get more ice for my g&t in a minute - and that's what I mean by ‘truly wonderful'.... [more]
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Zhik: Yachting New Zealand's new Official Technical Clothing Partner
Kristine Horne,
Yachting New Zealand and Zhik have formally teamed up to give New Zealand's best sailors access to world class technical wet gear and clothing. Zhik, the Australian based watersports brand, will be supplying the NZL Sailing team athletes and coaches with on water gear and shore uniform through until Rio 2016 as Yachting New Zealand's Official Technical Clothing Partner.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 21, 2014 - US Dollar rises
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: February 21, 2014 - The Fed minutes reinforced tapering of QE Infinity which had the immediate impact of pushing the big Dollar higher. Commodity currencies reacted swiftly with the AUD dropping to 0.8950 but recovering overnight to 0.8980. The KIWI also fell back but recovered to 0.8280.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series; Emirates Team NZ wins two in Singapore
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand finished the first day of the Extreme Sailing Singapore regatta fourth overall. With two wins in the eight races sailed, Dean Barker and crew (Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat) are well placed in the 12-boat fleet.... [more]
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Close racing in Auckland Etchells Champs
Hayden Whitburn, NZ Etchells Assoc,
The 2014 Etchells Auckland Championships were held over Monday and Tuesday night attracting ten boats. Six races were sailed in total with 10 - 18 Knott gusty winds. The racing was very tight with four different race winners. It was great to see an all Womens crew and some new boat owners mixing it up with the top guns.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand looks to appoint a Disabled Sailing Coordinator
Kristine Horne,
Yachting New Zealand is looking to appoint a Disabled Sailing Coordinator. The main purpose of this role is to develop sailing as an inclusive sport for people of all abilities, through providing support and resources to YNZ member clubs and organizations.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA to head downunder for spring training
Peter Rusch,
Winner of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA, will start its sailing program in Sydney, Australia next month. The team has scheduled practice against Team Australia, representing the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup.... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand update - From the A Class to Extreme 40s
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand is taking to the water in Singapore this week at the first of the Extreme 40 Series 2014 championships. Fresh from a remarkable success in the World A Class championships which ended in Auckland at the weekend, the sailing team steps up a notch in Singapore.... [more]
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2014 Nespresso Youth International: Gautrey wins all Kiwi Final
Amber Roberts,
Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club's George Gautrey pulls off a fantastic regatta to win the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Championships 2014. In the Final – the battle of the Georges - Gautrey, versus RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme member Brasell, lost the first of three matches by 17 seconds before fighting back to take the last two... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Emirates Team NZ sailors a class above the rest
Kerry Ellis,
The final day of racing scheduled in the A Class Catamaran World Championships was basically a drifter when the crews arrived at the Takapuna Boating club this morning. There was one race for the final day, but after waiting on the water for an hour the committee called the boats back to the beach to wait for some breeze.... [more]
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Kaenon Interviews: With Ashby, Burling, Davies and Tuke
Richard Gladwell,,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell talks with Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling who are part of the eight strong team all sponsored by Kaenon sunglasses at the 2014 A-Class Catamaran World Championships. Glenn Ashby has retaken the series lead and drove home his advantage on Day 4 with two excellent races.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Ashby wins eighth World title
Heather Forbes and Sail-World,
The final race was sailed in a building seabreeze, which provided limited foiling opportunities. Another top Australian sailor, Nathan Outteridge is widely conceded to have a sweet spot in these marginal foiling conditions, and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist used this advantage to ease past Ashby on the final downwind leg, to score his first race win of the regatta.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship – Difficult conditions in Race 4
Frank Quealey,
In the 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship 2014 Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, and Scott Babbage gave another outstanding display in difficult conditions to easily take out Race four on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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2014 A-Class Worlds: Nathan Outteridge talks foiling and A-Cats,
Olympic 49er Gold Medallist, Moth World Champion and Artermis AC72 helm Nathan Outteridge talks about the Exploder A13 foiling A-Class he's racing at the 2014 A-Class Worlds in Takapuna, New Zealand.... [more]
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A-Class Worlds: Ashby delivers the goods on Day 4
Kerry Ellis,
.The stars of the fleet shone again on the world of A Class sailors today in race seven and eight of the 2014 A Class Catamaran World Championships. To the relief of many after Thursday's heavy slog the two races were sailed in excellent conditions with flat water and steady breeze.... [more]
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