Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 6th April 2009
New Zealand crews have got away to a modest start in the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma. This is the first major regatta for NZ sailors since the Qingdao Olympics and is the international start of the 2012 program. We have a report from the first day, and will be carrying reports throughout the week on www.sail-world.com
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James Sandall (192307) gets caught at the top mark on Day 1 of the ISAF World Cup - Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy Nico Martinez
Since the announcement of the America's Cup Appeal outcome on Friday, there have been no further developments that we have heard of, save for a brief communication between the parties soon after the decision was announced. While many hanker for a Deed of Gift match, there are significant downsides for both the event and Alinghi. At this stage, neither party would talk on the record.
In this issue we feature some of the reaction to the Appeal Decision and outcomes emanating from that Decision.
'Fairview Windows and Doors' at wide open throttle as it clears the water surface on its way to the chequered flag at Whitianga last weekend. - kiwi offshore racers battle tough condits Greg Olsen
Talking this afternoon to Paul Shanahan of the Whitianga Festival of Speed, he told us that the event was a huge success, and they are already looking at how to improve the next one. We will have a full report and images later this week. The Whitianga Waterways area worked really well with a event which spanned aircraft, powerboats, jetskis, fast launches, aerobatics and helicopters. It would seem that next year several of these sports will be using the Festival of Speed as legs of major events, or as NZ national championships. Given that organisation of this event started on just the 22 January, the mind boggles as to what can be achieved by the Hopper Development's team with 12 months available. Great to hear that there were no arrests, and a good time was had by all.
A new Eun Mara stretches her sails up Lake Rotoiti - Aquapx.com web site launch Paul Gilbert
Our story on the Manson Racer has been consistently rating in the top ten. If you want to missed it the first time click here to to read about the advantage some are going to have on the water this year.
Modest start for Kiwis at Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy Richard Gladwell, New Zealand sailors generally got off to a very modest start on the first day of the Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event of the ISAF World Cup. The racing was held in light and stable breezes allowing racing in the nine Olympic classes on the Bay of Palma. Top performer for New Zealand was Sara Winther, sailing in the Laser Radial class, she lies in eighth place overall after scoring... [more]
America's Cup View: a win for the Auld Mug www.americascupview.blogspot.com, In a surprisingly simple opinion authored with astonishing clarity by Judge Ciparick (with Judges Graffeo, Read, Smith, Pigott and Jones concurring), the New York Court of Appeals today reinstated the decision by Justice Herman Cahn of the Supreme Court of New York to deny Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) its status as Challenger of Record for America's Cup 33.... [more]
Upto26' Club: Big series for small keelboats - $7,000 in prizes Zoe Hawkins, The Upto26' Club was started approximately five years ago to cater for small keelers that were keen on social but competitive racing, the club's racing programme is this year hosted by the Ponsonby Cruising Club. Starting on Sunday 17 May with racing for the Al McLauchlan Memorial Trophy the season prize pool is more than $7,000 and includes cash and sponsor prizes.... [more]
$16 million into Auckland economy from Louis Vuitton Pacific Series AucklandPlus Media, The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, sailed on the Waitemata Harbour in February, injected at least $16.1 million of additional cash into the Auckland economy according to an independent economic impact report. The draft report, completed by Covec this week, reveals the yachting regatta resulted in a range of very tangible benefits for Auckland.... [more]
Smyth wins Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships Tash Paget, The second and last day of the Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships kicked off today with a more settled breeze, and plenty more sunshine. With only four races to go, teams would be fighting all day to keep their lead and to fend off the sunburn. Overall Jess Smyth and her team took out the 2009 Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships, with Jan Dawson in second and Robin Hilto... [more]
Kiwi offshore racers battle tough conditions Kate Gordon, Rough seas decimate Superboat Lite class with all failing to finish. For the first time this season, five Superboats lined up for the 1000-mile event, with ‘Sleepyhead' (Wayne Carson and Craig Archer) and ‘Profloors' (Wayne Valder and Richard Shores) joined regular contenders ‘Fairview Windows and Doors', Cure Kids' and ‘A1 Homes'.... [more]
All quiet on the America's Cup front Richard Gladwell, There were no public moves on the America's Cup front overnight (NZT). Sources close to the two principal parties confirmed they had adopted a low key strategy, in an attempt to get a positive basis for the negotiations which were expected to start next week.... [more]
Images from Aquapx: NZ's upper eastern coastal cruising grounds. Paul Gilbert, This is the splash from the launch of www.aquapx.com down the ways and into the net. Photographer Paul Gilbert invites you to look through his lens, out onto the waters, around New Zealand's upper eastern coastal cruising grounds.... [more]
Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495 Sail-World.com, What would you do with a new Laser? To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. http://www.laser-sailing.net/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=32!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasi... [more]
Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships 2009 Tash Paget, The first day of the regatta, and a first for the women in the new Platu 25 fleet was held today on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland. The harbour was glassy as the fleet made their way to the race area, and racing was delayed until around 11am when the wind filled in and provided slightly more settled conditions for the Race Committee to set a course.... [more]
Gladwell's Line: Way now clear for more Louis Vuitton Series? Richard Gladwell, The Appeal Court of New York State Decision has, of course, fractured the Protocol signed between SNG and Club Nautico Espanol de Vela (CNEV) and the documents linked off that Protocol, these include the Event and Competition Regulations.This will mean that the teams are then free to sail their own events similar to the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series... [more]
Kiwi first to enter Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2009 Rob Mundle, New Zealand ocean racing yachtsman Jim Farmer has claimed a first for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week by being the first to enter the celebrated regatta. Zana has been purchased by Sydneysider Peter Millard and is about to undergo a development program which has Hamilton Island as a major target. Zana is expected to be renamed before she starts her east coast campaign.... [more]
So near for Vestas Sailrocket Paul Larsen, Latest from Paul Larsen and Vestas Sailrocket. 'I'm getting more and more respect for the mile as I go. We have now done 4 or 5 runs over 41 knots in a variety of conditions. Overall I think we are really well placed for the challenges to come. Our team-work and general approach to the course is the best it has ever been.'... [more]
Top teams set sail for Korea Match Cup '09 Kim Young-ju, Joong Ang Daily, Entering its second year, the five-day Korea Match Cup 2009 will kick off on 3 June. A total of six America's Cup teams are booked for this year's event, setting up what is already being billed as the biggest competition in Korean sailing history.... [more]
Chilean double-handed team dedicates Portimao Global Ocean Race win Oliver Dewar, At 13:02:54 UTC on Thursday 2nd April, Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz sailed into the record books as the first Chilean double-handed team to win a leg of a round the world race on their Class 40, Desafio Cabo de Hornos. Before heading home, Cubillos took time to write a highly emotional email to his supporters in which the Chilean duo dedicated their victory.... [more]
Three way tie after Day One Harken Women's Match Racing Regatta Jennifer Crooks, Three teams finish with 7 wins – 1 loss, Katie Spithill, Amanda Scrivenor and Lucinda Whitty, all sailing for the Australian Sailing & Development Squad and all tied for first place.... [more]
Volvo OR CEO Knut Frostad - Future steps for the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race, On Sunday morning, Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, made the first of a series of presentations covering the current state of the race, and looking forward to the next edition, in 2011-12.... [more]
ISAF World Cup - Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy 2009 Day 1 Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, The first day of the Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event of the ISAF World Cup, was blessed with light and stable wind allowing great racing in all ten classes in the Bay of Palma.... [more]
Gotta Love It 7 team Australian 18 ft skiff Club champions Frank Quealey - Australian 18 Footers League, The Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout became the Australian 18 Footers League Club champions when they took the honours in Race 15 on Sydney Harbour. The 2008-2009 Season has now drawn to a close and the 2009-2010 Season will commence on Sunday 11 October.... [more]
Finn focus at Palma - Tapio Nirkko (FIN) leads after day 1 Robert Deaves, IFA, Finland's number one Finn sailor Tapio Nirkko took the overall lead in the Finn class at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, the first European leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, after two testing races in around 8-10 knots of north-westerly thermal breeze, which produced 'medium sized shifts'... [more]
Telefonica Blue rules Volvo Rio In-Port race Riath Al-Samarrai, The new era of Team Delta Lloyd was welcomed with a maiden podium finish, but Bouwe Bekking had the biggest grin at the end of the 'Light In-Port Race' in Rio de Janeiro today.... [more]
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Online Banner advertising - High impact and brand awareness campaigns Brendan Maxwell, Online marine audiences are much larger than marine magazine audiences and with the much greater flexibility in interactive online media, advertisers can run different types of advertising campaigns.... [more]
Can you run a campaign like this in a Magazine? Not in a Million years Jeni Bone, To celebrate the 2009-2010 season, Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online interactive competition. Chris Caldecoat, CEO of PSA said this morning he is ecstatic with the response so far. 'We could not get the amazing response we are having from the Sail-World online competition from any sailing magazine advertising campaig... [more]
Online traffic audits will make advertising decisions easier Brendan Maxwell, Australia's online marketplace will benefit with the web traffic statistics being reported through the ABA's new Web Audit Service. The service will verify the correct placement and number of tags per page by online publishers and ensure that the web measurement system is capturing web traffic data accurately and reporting in accordance to industry agreed standards.... [more]
IHCA recommends Hobie Tiger for 2012 Olympic consideration David Brookes - International Hobie Class Assoc, The IHCA - International Hobie Class Association - has put forward to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) the recommendation that the Hobie Tiger be considered for the 2012 Olympics.... [more]
12ft Skiff season finale - National Championships 10th – 13th April Nick Press, The 12ft Skiff. The only skiff on Australian waters with an unrestricted number of sail combinations, the sailors of this high performance skiff have always been seen as a bit different. Maybe that's why they sail their National Championships over the Easter Long Weekend.... [more]
Team Shosholoza responds to America's Cup decision Di Meek, Team Shosholoza, Captain Salvatore Sarno has issued the following statement in response to Thursday's ruling by the New York Supreme Court of Appeals: 'I welcome this week's New York Court of Appeals ruling. I am really glad that finally, after almost two years of waiting, there is a decision. 'I think that it is the right verdict and that Alinghi and America's Cup Management (ACM) made a mistake... [more]
Telefónica Blue wins Volvo's Rio In-Port Race Lizzie Ward, It was a great win in the ‘Light In-Port Race' for Bouwe Bekking's Telefónica Blue after a long postponement in Rio de Janeiro today. Puma (Ken Read/USA) put in a solid performance to take second, but the surprise result was the outstanding performance by the rejuvenated Delta Lloyd with Spaniard, Roberto Bérmudez in charge, who took the third podium position.... [more]
Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy - first ISAF World Cup event in Europe Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, The 40th Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, is in full preparation with registration, measurement and last training sessions in the four venues across the bay of Palma. The new status of the Sofia Mapfre trophy as ISAF World Cup event has brought the regatta into a new dimension... [more]
Teen round world solo sailor arrives in Hobart Nancy Knudsen, Teenager Michael Perham, left Portsmouth UK on November 15th 2008, seeking to complete a solo journey around the world, arrived in Hobart last night (Friday 3rd April), having just completed a four week/ 7,000 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean.... [more]
Sydney Hobart champion wrecked on Queensland's Noosa Beach Ian Grant, Bruce Absolon the proud owner of dual Sydney Hobart race winner Ausmaid experienced a yacht owner's worst nightmare when the champion sloop was wrecked on Noosa's north shore beach on the south east Queensland coast yesterday.... [more]
12 Metres grace Newport before September World Championships Jan Harley, The 12 Metre World Championships will be held at from September 22-27 at Newport, R.I. The world championships will be the focal point of what organizers have called 'The Golden Year of Racing,' which launched in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the 12 Metre's debut in the America's Cup... [more]
Star fleet returns to Pittwater Andrew 'Dog' Palfrey, Well, the headline sounds good and it might even be true! For sure it has been many years since the Star class has raced in Australia with any regularity.... [more]
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