Emirates Team New Zealand thank the race committee as they cross the finish to win the Louis Vuitton Trophy 2 - 0 against Mascalzone Latino. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 March 2010.
Emirates Team New Zealand have added the Louis Vuitton Trophy to the Omega Cup won a couple of weeks earlier, concluding a great period of racing by the team in front of their home crowd.
In both events Emirates Team NZ were very fortunate to qualify for the Semi-Finals, and could well have missed the cut. If so, there would have been some furrowed brows around the Auckland waterfront today, instead of wide grins of self-satisfaction.
In the Omega Cup, Emirates Team NZ qualified by the barest of margins in a tiebreak to determine the top four. In the Louis Vuitton Trophy a margin of just one metre was all that got them through to the next phase of the regatta.
Emirates Team New Zealand Dean Barker and Grant Dalton receive the Louis Vuitton Trophy from LV CEO Yves Carcelle. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
However in both regattas, once given that hurry up, Dean Barker and his crew seemed to find a new life. They never really looked like missing a race in the semi-finals and finals of the Omega Cup. And it was a similar story in the Louis Vuitton Trophy. In both cases, they proved to be masters of their class.
We have full coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in this issue. And also talk to Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton about the future for the America's Cup team. Replay the racing, by clicking here.
Rob Brown, Grant Simmer, Jimmy Spithill - on centre stage at the RPAYC Spithill/Simmer tell-all Simon Reffold
We are also carrying four stories covering a unique session at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, who put on a little soiree for a number of its members who were part of the 33rd America's Cup - these included James Spithill, skipper of BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17 and Grant Simmer, Design Coordinator for Alinghi. Needless to say the discussion was wide ranging and candid, given that the 33rd America's Cup is past tense, and if you'll excuse the pun, the cat can now be let out of the bag.
Sunday morning, New Zealand time, the French trimaran Groupama 3 completed her circumnavigation of the globe - knocking an incredible two days and eight hours of the race record. She also and broke the 50day barrier, romping towards the finish line at speeds at speeds of around 28kts.
That is an amazing achievement when you consider that it wasn't that long ago that getting around the planet in 80days was a big ask, and it was almost sixteen years ago that Sir Peter Blake and Robin Knox-Johnston set a new mark of just under 75days - Groupama has cut almost four weeks off that mark!
We have the reports from Groupama of the final hours of the record circumnavigation, plus video and images.
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America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 3 Sail-World.com, Why James Spithill did not fall off the boat... and can he get to sail a Moth? What role does the Luois Vuitton series have leading up to 2013/2014?... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media, Racing under the colours of the host Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta Sunday. The Kiwi boat extended on every leg of the deciding five-mile race off Auckland's East Coast Bays against the Mascalzone Latino Audi team representing Club Nautico di Roma, which is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team is second place Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, Auckland has marked the onset of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team in the Louis Vuitton Trophy, which will see them as the host team in La Maddalena, May 22nd. The finals were reduced to a best of three series, due to the weather forecast of light, dying wind. Hence, Mascalzone Latino Audi Team had to win both races today on the home waters of the New Zealanders, who yesterday earned the first point.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 2 Sail-World.com, Simmer admits that Alinghi made some mistakes. Now the discussion gets detailed on all kinds of onboat systems and there is talk from Spithill about 2013 or 2014 and what kind of boats are going to be sailed. And could BMW Oracle do 50 knots..... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiffs - Queen of the Harbour Frank Quealey, Elizabeth Walsh became the 18 Footers Queen of the Harbour when she teamed with Seve Jarvin and Sam Newton to win the annual event with Gotta Love It 7 on Sydney Harbour today... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Oracle and Alinghi face off, one last time Simon Reffold, for Sail-World.com, And the result was, frankly, surprising. Perhaps, after all the shenanigans, legal wrangling, posturing and vitriol of the past two and bit years, perhaps, sailing is going in a truly positive direction. Here's why.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Wakatere's Jack, 14, joins Kiwi crew for final Suzanne McFadden, Fourteen-year-old Jack Simpson has only ever said 'hello' to his heroes on board Emirates Team New Zealand, but tomorrow he will become part of their crew – earning the 18th man spot for winning the Louis Vuitton Junior Trophy in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour today.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: All4One takes fifth overall and targets Semis All4One Media, The Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland just finished today with the victory of local team Emirates Team New Zealand over Italian team Mascalzone Latino. Even finishing fifth again as in Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice, ALL4ONE has sailed a much stronger regatta. Unfortunately, we missed our chances to proceed into the semi finals. This will be our goal for the next Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - Spithill and Simmer on stage (audio) Part 1 Sail-World.com, Grant Simmer, Managing Director and Design Coordinator of Alinghi and James Spithill, Helmsman of BMW Oracle and winner of the 33rd America's Cup at their home club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, with Rob Brown from the 1984 Austraia II Campaign - Part I... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: 'Where to from here?' Grant Dalton on Emirates Team NZ Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Emirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton talks to Sail-World's New Zealand Editor, Richard Gladwell on what lies ahead for the team heading into the 34th America's Cup. Includes some thought on the preferred boat, timing and signing up a team and more....... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - ETNZ wins the regatta Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has won the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland regatta with an emphatic 56 sec win over Mascalzone Latino this afternoon. With the win, Emirates Team New Zealand went 2 – up in the best-of-three final.... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team NZ take the only race sailed and Louis Vuitton Trophy Richard Gladwell, The final day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, although a relief for Emirates Team NZ, proved to be a non-event with only one race being sailed in the shortened series, and the course again being taken out of the inner Waitemata Harbour. For the second day in a row the wind forced direction forced organisers to move the course around to the outer Waitemata harbour.... [more] Share this story
Groupama slashes 2 days 8 hours off Round the World Record Groupama 3 Media, The Jules Verne Trophy now belongs to ten men who have sailed around the globe at an average of 18.76 knots along the optimum course, beating the reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days 08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men crossed the finish line off the Créac'h lighthouse at Ushant (Finistère) at 21h40'45' UTC Saturday 20th March. They are due to make the Port du Château in Bre... [more] Share this story
Groupama 3: Jules Verne Trophy - finish in 45 minutes Franck Cammas, Franck Cammas and crew aboard Groupama are poised to cut over two days off the round the world sailing record and became the new holders of the Jules Verne Trophy. As of 1016hrs NZT they have 18 miles left to sail, travelling at over 28kts and are 1489nm ahead of the record. Finish time is projected for 2245hrs, on 20 March 2010, local time off Ushant. Here is the latest report... [more] Share this story
TeamOrign start MedCup training in their new TP52 Sail-World, After their elimination from the 2010 Louis Vuitton Truphy in Auckland, TeamOrigin took delivery of their new TP52 from Auckland's Salthouse Boatbuilders, who had earlier constructed the team's tender. While the other competitors contested the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, TeamOrigin was out training in the Hauraki Gulf. Ian Roman was along for the ride.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Mascalzone Latino first point for ETNZ Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, The first race of the finals between Mascalzone Latino Audi Team and host team ETNZ took place along the Auckland waterfront in the Waitemata Harbour. It was a hard-fought race, which saw the kiwis dominate in the start and most of the upwind leg. The crew of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team sailed a perfect upwind leg, recovering the distance at the first mark and going on to roll the New Zealanders... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - ETNZ one up in the final Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has won the first race of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland final, beating Mascalzone Latino by 12 sec. It was the team's second good performance of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, Dean Barker and his crew sailed an impeccable race to beat the Italian Azzurra by 27 sec in the third and deciding semi-final match.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy: Semi-finals conclude for Artemis Racing Paul Cayard, Paul Cayard reflects on the Louis Vuitton Trophy series which ended for Artemis Racing, today: It was a long day of waiting for us today and finally we raced Azzurra to decide third and fourth place. The race was over just as it started. The jury decided we fouled Azzurra on the entry and penalized us. From there we hung close waiting for an opportunity to pass... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Home team one up in Finals Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA, Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Racing started in the approaches to the Rangitoto Channel off Auckland's East Coast beaches in the early afternoon, after a long wait for an uncertain sou-west breeze to fill-in and settle. The shifty breeze was moderate all day, ranging between 10 and 14 knots.... [more] Share this story
2010 World Match Racing Tour profiles the nine Tour Card Holders Yvonne Reid / ISAF, With the 2010 Tour Card Holders having recently been announced, each of the teams are gearing up for the tough 10 event challenge against the world's top match racing talent. Find out more about the world's top match racers as they prepare for the start of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour season in Marseille next month.... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team New Zealand come out firing in Louis Vuitton Trophy Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Emirates Team New Zealand put away their indifferent form of yesterday, and have taken the semi-final sailed just after noon today. After allowing Azzurra to take a small lead soon after the start, the Kiwis soon put their stamp on the match, taking a small lead which they defended down the first run. On the second beat, sailing in a 10-12 knot offshore breeze, they built their comfort zone, and... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Goal: Ushant Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's trajectory seems more rectilinear than recent days and, if all goes to plan, Franck Cammas and his men shouldn't have to put in any more gybes. However, they will have to constantly adapt the sail area as the N'ly wind is forecast to be very unstable.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Cape Breton Island extend lead on fleet Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10. It may be just nine days until the clocks go forward by an hour for most of Europe, but in the Pacific they've just put them back - by a whole day!... [more] Share this story
Search called off for missing South African sailor in New Zealand Kiri Gillespie, Gisborne Herald/Sail-World, Mystery surrounds the search for a sailor missing off East Cape on the North Island of New Zealand. Solo sailor Paul Van Rensburg has not been sighted since leaving Tauranga in his 11 metre yacht Tafadzwa heading for Gisborne last Friday 12th March. He is well overdue as the trip normally takes 32 - 36 hours, but none of his emergency apparatus has been set off.... [more] Share this story
Another competitor for Jessica Watson Nancy Knudsen, While Sunshine Coast teenager Jessica Watson is half way across the Indian Ocean and on the home run, and Californian Abby Sunderland is in the 'roaring' 40's in the Pacific Ocean and heading for Cape Horn, another still younger teenager is preparing for her own circumnavigation.... [more] Share this story
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