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 08 Jul 2014

One month remains...Looking to Kiwis in Europe...Youths set sail

Bushido takes off in a squall - RNZYS Winter Series July 5, 2014  © Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand e-magazine for July 7, 2014

In just a month's time entries will close for the 35th America's Cup.

At present it is just a one-Challenger show - the Hamilton Island YC are the only Club to have announced, along with the Defender.

Several teams are on the chocks, with Luna Rossa (ITA) already sailing their foiling AC45. All are to yet to formalise their entries.

This situation is a real contrast compared to the previous Cup, when the second and third Challengers entered on the clock-stroke of the entries being opened.

The word we are hearing is that no-one is on a rush to enter with the Venue(s) and other event cornerstones not being announced. These include whether there will be a Qualifier series at a separate venue, and whether Challenger teams will be allowed one AC62 or two - like the Defenders. Both have a significant impact on budgets - maybe in excess of $15million.

Taeping - RNZYS Winter Series July 5, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

The end of June had been denoted as the time when the venues under consideration by the Defender would be trimmed from three to two.

An embarrassing gaffe by Bermuda sources allegedly had the Premier tweeting that British Oversea Territory had made it to the final two venues. The comment was nipped in the bud with a grovelling retraction by the Royal Gazette.

A similar leak triggered the news that San Francisco had been dropped as a venue. Was it really incorrect, or had the Premier just jumped the gun ahead of the official announcement?.

Previously Bermuda announced they had received a letter confirming that they had advanced to the next stage of selection, prompting the San Franciscans to be asked if they had also received such a letter. Unfortunately it was a 'Dear John' letter in their mail from the America's Cup Event Authority.

Team Luna Rossa AC45 training in Cagliari, Italy  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

Quite how all this unfolds remains to be seen. We'll be the first to let you know.

Last week marked the passing of another key date - 100 days until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race.

With six of the maybe seven entries announced, the Volvo Ocean Race still seems to lack the hard edge that preceded the last event.

For sure the absence of a Team New Zealand, a Groupama or a Puma leaves a big hole in the event.

The latest team - headed by Iker Martinez (ESP) looks better as the announce more crew, and we carry the latest signings with several more to come

Antonio Cuervas-Mons (bowman), Rafa Trujillo (trimmer/helmsman) Nico Lunven (navigator), will be sailing for the Spanish team on the Volvo Ocean Race.  Volvo Ocean Race©

Quite who will run the seventh boat will also be followed with interest. We have heard some rumours, and if they come to fruition, then the hole we mentioned above will be well and truly plugged.

In what remains of July the NZL Sailing Team will compete in the European Championships for the 49er and 49erFX, the Nacra 17, Mens RS:X and Mens and Women's 470.

Natalia Kosinska has finished competition in the European Women's RS:X - which was plagued by strong winds, resulting in several days being lost. Kosinska finished 12th overall.

In the other classes, New Zealand crews are current world champions in three.

Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matt Kelway, winners of the 2014 NZ Nationals competing in the 2014 Etchells Worlds in Newport  Sharon Green/New York Yacht Club

The Europeans are a vital lead into the ISAF Sailing World Championships, at which all the Olympic classes will stage their 2014 World Championships. The event has attracted over 1,000 boats and 1,400 sailors from 80 nations and starts in two months time on September the 8th.

Later this week, the ISAF Youth Worlds get underway in Portugal. New Zealand has entered a full team across the eight classes and will be looking for individual success as well as a good placing in the nations point score.

The ISAF Youth Worlds have been an important first international success for several top New Zealand sailors, including Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts, Murray Jones, Dean Barker and Stuart Bannatyne. New Zealand has won 42 medals at the Youth Worlds including 15 Gold, 15 Silver and 12 Bronze.

Lancer will provide the platform for the world Stand Up Paddleboard record attempt  Isla McKechnie

Team Luna Rossa - Dockside in Cagliari, Italy  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©
Stay tuned to our website for the latest news and developments.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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RNZYS-5 009 - RNZYS Winter Series July 5, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

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ISAF Youth Worlds: NZL Yachting Trust team leaves NZ
Jodie Bakewell-White,
One week from now the first race of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships will get underway with teams from around the globe descending upon Tavira, Portugal over coming days to prepare. The 2014 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team, including twelve sailors and four coaching support, depart New Zealand tomorrow and will arrive in Portugal at the venue on July 9th.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
Team Campos media,
Two newcomers to the Volvo Ocean Race and a 32 years old 'veteran' join the Spanish project in the offshore race that will start next October from Alicante. The team led by Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández confirmed this Monday that Spaniards Rafa Trujillo and Antonio 'Ñeti' Cuervas-Mons and French Nicolas Lunven will be, respectively, trimmer/driver, bowman and navigator of the new Spanish boat.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 5, 2014 - AUD jaw boned lower
Collinson FX,
July 5, 2014: US Markets were closed to finish the week for the Independence Day holiday. The week was optimistic after a surprisingly good Jobs number on the Thursday. The AUD has been jaw boned lower by the RBA and will open the week trading 0.9350 while the KIWI remains bid around 0.8750.... [more]
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Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Isla McKechnie,
The Viaduct Harbour will play host to a world record attempt for the most people on a stand up paddle board, played out in front of visitors to the Auckland On Water Boat Show. Lancer Industries, which has already set the record three times for the world's largest RIB, and which holds the largest catamaran RIB tube record, will be creating the monster SUP which the record attempt will be staged on... [more]
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Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
Domenico Boffi,
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, was very satisfied with the performance of the the team's foiling AC45 catamaran and said: 'What we experienced today is a great start; with wind between 8 and 15 knots we foiled both upwind and downwind and maintained an average speed that we wouldn't have expected on the second day of sailing.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team's Konsinska ends the RS:X European Champs in 12th
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The 2014 RS:X European Open Championships are over for Natalia Kosinska who has finished in 12th overall sailing against the world's best Olympic Women's windsurfers in Cesme, Turkey. Overnight, the regatta came to its conclusion with only the top ten in each fleet heading onto the water for the podium determining medal races.... [more]
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Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
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NZL Sailing Team: Strong winds, no sailing in RS:X Europeans
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Strong winds keep the fleets ashore on the penultimate day of the 2014 RS:X European Champs in Turkey. Dave Robertson, coach to NZL Sailing Team's Natalia Kosinska, reports in from Cesme; 'Unfortunately no racing today due to the 30 plus knot winds and big seas here in Turkey. Very unfortunate for Natalia who was champing at the bit to redeem herself from yesterday.'... [more]
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Richard Gladwell,,
A reduced fleet took to the Waitemata for Race 5 of the RNZYS Club Marine Winter Series. Only one 50fter, V5 (David Nathan) fronted the start line, and her nearest competition was the Elliott 35ss Bushido.... [more]
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Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder
Clipper Ventures,
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Brendan Maxwell,
The key boat buying demographic, the 40 to 65 age group, has embraced online media enthusiastically, with video, imagery and major feature stories providing much more information and entertainment than ever before. More and more people are choosing large-screen smartphones (phablets) over seven to eight-inch tablets says the key industry data group, the International Data Corporation (IDC).... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: RS:X drops in big breeze; Tuke looks to Europeans
NZL Sailing Team,
Day 3 of racing at the RS:X European Champs in Cesme didn't go as Natalia Kosinska would have hoped and she has slipped to 11th in the standings (placing 23, 19, DNC). But with two days to go there's time to improve; Coach Dave Robertson says; 'Unfortunately today went from bad to worse for Natalia. She was starting well but lacked some speed in the +20 knots and big waves. One of 'those days'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Spain's new entry for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 arrived in its home country this week as offshore sailing's biggest event began its 100-day countdown to the start on October 4.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds - Five nations on the podium
470 International Association Class,
Three medals were secured with a day to spare at the 470 Junior World Championships yesterday. So today's medal race was all about who would claim bronze in the Women and Silver and Bronze medals in the Men/Mixed events. Despite closely fought racing and a few close shaves, the same teams holding the podium places going into the medal race retained them to safely secure their medals.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Big month coming up in Europe - Sailing action guide
Jodie Bakewell-White,
During July the big names of the NZL Sailing Team – New Zealand's top Olympic sailors – will race for their respective 2014 European Championship titles including the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra17, RS:X and Men's and Women's 470. Currently NZL Sailing Team windsurfer Natalia Kosinska is lying fifth overall at the 2014 RS:X European Championships on in Cesme, Turkey with three days of racing remaining.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds: Top NZ crew places 13th in Newport
Andrew Wills,
Three NZ crews competed in the 2014 Etchells Worlds in Newport RI. It was the 46th World Championship for the three/four man keelboat and attracted a very strong fleet from the ranks of the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympic classes, as well as the top regular competitors on the international Etchells circuits.... [more]
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2014 RPNYC Moore Wilson's Winter Series – A weekend of two halves!
Paul Davies,
'Come to Windy Wellington' they say. 'It's always really windy whenever I visit Wellington' they mutter. Well – you just cant beat Wellington on a good day – and the second race weekend of the 2014 RPNYC Moore Wilson's Winter Series proved that by turning on two extremely different sets of conditions last Saturday and Sunday!... [more]
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