Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni with Giovanni Maspero
Azzurra wins Louis Vuitton Trophy Stefano Gattini/Azzurra
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 November 2009
Emirates Team NZ finished second in the inaugural Louis Vuitton Trophy sailed overnight in Nice, Cote d'Azur, France.
The crew's body language on the New Zealand boat was palpable, and saw them fail to reach the hat-trick of wins in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the Audi MedCup and what could have been a win in the Louis Vuitton Trophy.
Even so, the team remains the top professional racing team in the world.
The Louis Vuitton Trophy event was plagued with light winds, and got away to a difficult start with two boats out of the equation due to a pre-series collision series. That combination of events resulted in a shortened race schedule and sudden death elimination for several teams.
Stuart Banatyne (second from left) receives the Sir Bernard Trophy as joint winner along with Brad Jackson for Sailor of the Year Richard Gladwell
It remains to be seen quite how history will see this first event for the World Sailing Teams Association. Suffice to say, they had to get one under their belts before Christmas. The second regatta will be held presumably after the 33rd America's Cup Match has been sailed, and there should be more riding on that event, than the one just past - assuming the 34th America's Cup will be sailed in 2011, and not spun out until 2013.
That timing is pretty critical in terms of what happens next in professional sailing. If there is not to be an America's Cup sailed until 2013 or later, then team will vote with their feet and go to other events, or just drop out of the game completely. Tonight one of the Spanish teams listed for the multi Challenger 33rd America's Cup will announce that they are entering the next Volvo Ocean Race - joining another Spanish entry, Desafio Espanol. You can follow coverage of the announcement tonight (NZT) on www.ayrechallenge.com
Joint winners of the Young Sailor of the Year were presented their awards by Olympic Gold medalist, Tom Ashley Richard Gladwell
In this edition we also have coverage from the Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards, sponsored by Singapore Arlines, which was held on Friday evening at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. This event is always very heartening, and it is great to see so many of New Zealand's yachting talent come together on the one evening. You can feel the buzz in the room all night as sailors from Optimists to Supermaxis are called on stage and recognised along with the behind the scenes volunteers, who are the lifeblood of the New Zealand sailing scene.
Peter Montgomery again did his usual sterling job of welding it all together - making the event a real celebration of sailing.
While the recipient list might look long - remember that this is trimmed from a long list of nominations and generally sailors have placed on the podium of a world championship event, or have punched well above their weight, in their first year in an Olympic class.
Azzurra ahead of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy
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Ericsson 4 watchcaptains win New Zealand Sailor of the Year Yachting NZ Media, Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne, watch captains on Ericsson 4, the outstanding winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, have been jointly named Singapore Airlines Sailor of the Year, at the 2009 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards. Jackson and Bannatyne, two of the world's most experienced and successful ocean racers, are now in an elite group of three, as the only sailors to have won the famo... [more] Onsend this story
Azzurra shuts out of Emirates Team NZ to win Louis Vuitton Trophy Louis Vuitton Media, Even before the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur began, Azzurra skipper Francesco Bruni spoke of his passion and honour to be leading an iconic sailing brand back into the fray after a long absence. This afternoon he could barely describe his joy. Bruni and his Azzurra crew, including tactician Tommaso Chieffi, defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 2-0 in the Grand Final to win this match race r... [more] Onsend this story
Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup due to depart Tenerife Fabrizio Pirina and Sail-World.com, The Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, will depart from Tenerife, Canaries Island on Monday the 23rd of November 2009. The finish is expected in Sint Maarten at beginning of December.... [more] Onsend this story
Clipper 09-10 Race 4 Dramatic collision at the start Heather Ewing, Race 4 of Clipper 09-10 - Eight of the boats crossed the start line for the 4,700-mile race to Geraldton, Western Australia. California was followed by Spirit of Australia, looking for a win on this race to their home port, and Team Finland.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra defeats Emirates Team New Zealand Azzurra Team, Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice Cote d'Azur 2009. Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni with tactician Tommaso Chieffi, has taken victory over Emirates Team New Zealand to win the event... [more] Onsend this story
Azzurra wins the final of Louis Vuitton Trophy Warren Douglas, The Italian team Azzurra has won the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta at Nice. In light and shifty conditions, Azzurra won the best of three final 2 – 0. Emirates Ream NZ's skipper Dean Barker said Azzurra had sailed well in difficult conditions to win the final. The margin was 23 seconds on the first race and 17 on the second.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Francesco Bruni steers Azzurra to victory Lynn Fitzpatrick, 'I have the advantage of being a Star skipper,' said Francesco Bruni before he took a seat on the dais next to Emirate's Team New Zealand's skipper Dean Barker. The two skippers would face off in the Grande Finale at the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Nice. Francesco Bruni, the Italian Olympic Star skipper in Athens and a contender for the Italian Olympic slot in Qingdao, skippered Azzurra.... [more] Onsend this story
BT snatches line honours in 1O1O Next 3G Around the Island Race OC Event Media, BT snatched victory by just 14 seconds in the annual Around the Island Race in Hong Kong this morning, following a 27 nautical mile marathon. The six Extreme 40s battled their way around the Island with every boat taking the lead at some point during the race. It was an amazing day for not only the sailors, but also the VIP guests onboard, who raced in the coveted 'fifth man' spot, including the Q... [more] Onsend this story
Transat Jacques Vabre - Has Groupe Bel left their run too late? Transat Jacques Vabre and Sail-World.com, In the Transat Jacques Vabre with less than 48 hours or so of the race left to run, is time running out for Groupe Bel's chances to steal victory. Safran's lead is out to 66.1 miles and they are looking safe for the meantime although light winds are forecast for the inshore area off Puerto Limon at arrival time.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Harken Final Day - Tiller wins an all RNZYS final Tom Spithill and Damian Devine, The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team of William Tiller, Donovan Neill, Shaun Mason & Arnau Farras-Knowles have won the 2009 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship following a day of scorching 40 degree heat and breeze ranging from 10 to 25 knots on Pittwater.... [more] Onsend this story
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Three wins in a row Frank Quealey, 18ft Skiffs NSW Championship on Sydney Harbour, Sunday, 22nd November 2009. Third successive win for Thurlow Fisher-City. After leading for a majority of the race, Asko Appliances (Archie Massey, Dan Wilsdon and Cameron Mc Donald) had to be content with second placing.... [more] Onsend this story
Outsider supports female Youth Sailors representing NZ overseas Jim Maloney, The Outsider Youth Girls Scholarship program continues to foster its support of female youth yachting. Since its establishment three years ago, the Outsider Scholarship Program has assisted a number of New Zealand's up and coming female yachties.... [more] Onsend this story
World Match Racing Tour leaders to clash at Sunseeker Australia Cup Rob Kothe & Al Constable, The final and most crucial round of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup is being sailed in Terengganu, eastern Malaysia from December 1-6th. Once, the weeks before this major event provided time for the match racing crews to recharge their batteries, but not any more.... [more] Onsend this story
211 Entrants and growing - offshore yachting event organisers dream Ocean Events Media, It's not often that a yachting event organiser is dealing with a potential fleet in the several hundreds rather than tens of entrants – and many months before entries close. Such is the case with the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and the ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Rally'. Two major circumnavigations of Australia events overlapping.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Emirates Team New Zealand to meet Azzurra Louis Vuitton Trophy/Sail-World.com, Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Petite Final wraps with Synergy overcoming TeamOrigin. Azzurra of Italy advanced to the championship by defeating TeamOrigin of the U.K. in their showdown match. After a close first beat, the Italians luffed the British at the top of the leg to gain an advantage at the first mark.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Harken - New Zealand teams dominate leader board on day three Damian Devine, The three New Zealand teams dominated the top three places after the completion of Stage One in the 2009 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship on Pittwater today. After 20 flights over the two round robins, it with RNZYS's Harry Thurston, with one loss today, on top of the leader board from RPNYC Matt Steven and RNZYS William Tiller in third.... [more] Onsend this story
Crew members alert for massed growlers heading for NZ Merco Press, NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research oceanographer Mike Williams said four icebergs up to 250m in length had been spotted by fishermen about 80km northwest of the Auckland Islands, 400 to 500km off the coast of New Zealand. Satellite imagery showed the icebergs, were now tracking northeast towards the South Island at about 1 to 2km an hour, Mr Williams said.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - All4One defeats Artemis Paul Cayard, Artemis ended the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice event with a loss today against All4One. Racing continues for the top four tomorrow but the bottom four are finished.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - Synergy loses protest Louis Vuitton Trophy media, Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - International jury finds against Synergy in protest hearing. The International Jury for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur has penalised Synergy Russia Sailing Team a half point for a collision with Emirates Team New Zealand... [more] Onsend this story
Team New Zealand face elimination from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand and the Russian team Synergy go into the last race of the semi-finals each with zero points. Both teams were deducted a point after a collision at the end of their second race effectively nullifying two close, exciting encounters. With one race to sail tomorrow, the winner of that race will win the semi-final and go into the final... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Top teams now in sudden death semi finals LVT Media and Sail-World, Louis Vuitton Trophy. TeamOrigin and Azzurra are tied 1-1 while Emirates Team New Zealand and Synergy are locked on 0-0. Team New Zealand, the longest established America's Cup team, who have contested every America's Cup or made the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup since 1987, are now in a sudden death, one race decider to decide the finalists for the inaugural Louis Vuitton Trophy.... [more] Onsend this story
'Stewart 34' the story of where top America's Cup sailors began George Backhus, If you have ever wondered how sailors from a small country in a remote corner of the world came to successfully challenge and defend the America's Cup, here is the story. If you want to know how NZ yachtsmen like Brad Butterworth, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson developed skills that propelled them into the America's Cup and the world's grand prix yacht racing arena...... [more] Onsend this story
Harken Youth - Lightning strikes for Thurston after a perfect day Tom Spithill & Damian Devine, RPAYC, Racing forged ahead in the 2009 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship today with the start of Round Robin Two with eight flights completed. RNZYS's Harry Thurston, unbeaten today, takes over the leader board from team mate William Tiller, who led after day one.... [more] Onsend this story
2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup NOR Royal Ocean Racing Club Media, The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex, is delighted to announce details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Race Date: Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st August 2010.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Inspirational sailing by all Italian Azzurra Team Lynn Fitzpatrick - WorldRegattas.com, Azzurra has been sailing through the Louis Vuitton Trophy series with the passion and performance enough to inspire every Italian to become an ardent follower of their sailing national team. Francesco Bruni, Tomasso Chieffi and the rest of the 17-man team upset the British powerhouse, TeamOrigin by 1:34 in the first race of the Semi-finals and gave their compatriots something to cheer about.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Nice, France Paul Cayard, Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - News from Paul Cayard. We (Artemis) are first up tomorrow with a 0830 start which means 0730 dock out. We race All4One in a one race knock out. The winner of our race will race the winner of BMW Oracle-French Spirit for fifth place.... [more] Onsend this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Azzurra defeats TeamOrigin in only match Azzurra media, At the Louis Vuitton Trophy Italy's team Azzurra, skippered by Francesco Bruni with Tommaso Chieffi calling tactics, has taken victory over Team Origin skippered by Ben Ainslie with tactician Iain Percy in the first match race of the semi-finals.... [more] Onsend this story
Transat Jacques Vabre - Hard Miles, Easy Miles Transat Jacques Vabre, Transat Jacques Vabre update. In the variable conditions which are affecting the leading groups of the Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA Open 60 fleet as the trade winds are decayed, small miles lost are quickly magnified and, conversely, small gains can grow with seemingly equal ease. The undercurrent among most of the IMOCA fleet is everything from objective contentment to stoic resignation, but the d... [more] Onsend this story
New York Court rules in favour of America's Cup Challenger Richard Gladwell, Justice Shirley Kornreich has issued a decision on the matters of the Rules for the 34th America's Cup, and also the report of the Expert Panel. She has supported the view of Golden Gate Yacht Club in the matter of measurement of Load Waterline Length, and has required the International Sailing Federation to appoint an International Jury by 4 December 2009.... [more] Onsend this story
Two Australian Classic Yachts take on Trans Tasman adventure Mark Chew, Two Australian Classic Yachts, 'Wraith of Odin' and 'Fair Winds' are planning to sail 1200 nm across the Tasman to compete in a four day series for Classic Yachts. Despite both yachts having highly experienced crews there are no professionals on board, there is no sponsorship involved and the only motivation is a bit of adventure and the chance to challenge the Kiwis in their own back yard.... [more] Onsend this story
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