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Sail-World New Zealand: 13 August 2010

Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk (NZL) in the all black NZL Sailing Team strip compete in the Star class at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.  onEdition ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 13 August 2010

Today is Black Friday.

Every Black Friday I think of my late grandfather, who was an engineer aboard the Strathcona, the magnificent Bailey designed and built cable ship who left Auckland on the 13 June 1916, a Black Friday, on her maiden voyage, with 13 crew aboard, and left at 1.00pm (1300hrs) in the afternoon. If ever this was tempting fate...

Sadly but surely she sailed into Minerva Reef six days later, and was a total wreck. Thankfully all the crew were rescued some weeks later - and for that I will always be thankful....

For some members of the NZL Sailing Team, New Zealand's national sailing team - dressed appropriately in the all black strip, Black Friday will have a special significance about 12,000 miles away from Minerva Reef.

Will Black Friday be a good or bad day for them and New Zealand's chances in this Olympic preview regatta?

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke competing in the 49er class, 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta  Yachting NZ

For most the event is very delicately poised - some are still in medal contention, several have made the slope very steep for themselves, and others will be putting this one down to experience.

A key point of interest tonight will be whether 2008 World Champion and Gold Medalist, Tom Ashley can make the cut for the Medal Race. His compatriot, JP Tobin is lying fourth overall and is virtually assured of making the cut, but his task will be to take a medal at the event and give the New Zealand Olympic selectors a taste of the selection headache they could have in 12 months or so time.

This edition of Sail-World is dominated by coverage of the event, and we are featuring a quality and depth of coverage that you will see nowhere else in the World.

NZL Sailing Team's Star crew against the white chalk cliffs of Dorset - Skandia Sail For Gold - Day 4 - NZL Sailing Team  Yachting NZ

Initially we were quite critical of the media set up for this Olympic preview regatta. Day 1 was very average, in fact worse than that - but organisers have improved their game significantly each day, and we are now getting a good glimpse of what sailing and Olympic sailing can really be like as a TV spectacle.

There are plenty of raw edges in what is happening on the media scene in Weymouth right now, but the basics are quite visible and the live racing is potentially enthralling and with some work in key areas could be a lot, lot better.

Maybe here in Weymouth 2010, we have a glimpse of what sailing can be like in the new media, without massive camera saturation, on board audio, tricky graphics, and all the hoo-ha we have been led to believe is essential for the sport to lift its visibility.

NZL Sailing Team Mens 470 - Skandia Sail For Gold - Day 4   Yachting NZ

Overlay that with the changes put on the table by the International Sailing Federation's Olympic Commission, and several of the professional circuit events should be concerned with their prominence in the sport. What the Olympics and the World Cup events have, which all the others lack is Nationalism - and as TV producer Paul France told us a week or two ago, everyone wants to see how 'their' competitor is running in the race.

So shout yourself a broadband upgrade (costing about $20), if you need it, and catch the action from Weymouth tonight and Saturday night, its not to be missed. We'll be continuing our in-depth coverage over the weekend on www.sail-world.com

Dan Slater (NZL) in action in the Finn class on day 3 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

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Scenes from the boatpark at the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta  Yachting NZ

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SailTV: Skandia Sail For Gold
Sail-World,
Live and replay coverage of the Skandia Sail For Gold being sailed off Weymouth, England. This event is our first look at the venue and form for the 2012 Olympic venue and competitors. Live and replay coverage of the World Match Race tour, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays. Have a look at the new VirtualEye Interactive - run your own replays... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: More from Day 4 - NZL Team on the water
Yachting NZ,
Yachting NZ presents this gallery of images from the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth, venue for the 2012 Olympics... [more]
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Dan Slater: Offshore racing on Day 4 Finn at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 3 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Today I thought I sailed really well and had great starts in the very shifty conditions with 12 –18 knots of wind. I had good pace and was able to hang in with the big guys upwind to have really good first beats. In the first race today I had a good sta... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Australians on track for medal harvest
Craig Heydon,
The competition is heating up on the water at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta as the fleets head towards the business end of the event with a number of Australian crews in contention for medals with two days of racing remaining.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Kiwi's tackle tough conditions on Day 4 at Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
The transition from qualifying to the finals series at 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth was heralded with shifty and tricky conditions on the Weymouth race track. From here the regatta moves into the penultimate day when, for those within reach, it is all about being in the top ten of the fleet to make the medal race on Saturday in England. After last night's tough conditions nine o... [more]
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RYA boating books now available on the CBES website
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education (CBES) is now selling RYA (Royal Yachting Association) books and DVDs through the CBES website, www.cbes.org.nz. It is a convenient and secure way to purchase your favourite book for yourself, or as a gift.... [more]
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North Sails 3Di - The How and Why
Rob Kothe Sail-World.com,
During the lead up to the 32nd Americas Cup, the Swiss Alinghi team hoisted sails on their boat so unique, that it had tongues wagging and people speculating as to just what were those unique, solid black looking sails with no apparent Mylar film.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Skandia Team GBR update
Lindsey Bell,
GilesScott relishes the strong British competition in the Finn fleet at Skandia Sail for Gold. In spite of a tough day on the water, results of 7,5 were enough for Nick Dempsey to maintain his overall lead in the RS:X windsurfing event. Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes are the top Brits in the 470 women's fleet.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Leaderboard shuffle
Robert Deaves/IFA,
The leader every day so far Jonathan Lobert (FRA) slipped to second while Ed Wright (GBR) climbed to third after winning race eight. The highest climber on Wednesday, Giles Scott (GBR), did it again in race seven leading round the top mark from Allen Burrell (GBR) and Tapio Nirkko (FIN).... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: NZL Sailing Team on the water - Day 4
Yachting NZ,
Yachting NZ presents this gallery of images from the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth, venue for the 2012 Olympics... [more]
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Waka Racing: Locked, Loaded, and Ready To Go
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from the Sweden: For the past three days the we have been in camp just out of Stockholm, in Sweden. We have been preparing for the upcoming Baltic Tour that starts tomorrow. The tour consists of three ISAF Grade 2 regattas sailed ‘back to back' and is held over nine consecutive days in Sweden, Estonia and Finland in August. At the conclusion of each... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Day 4 - The first cut was the deepest...
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Today we saw the gold fleets split off. The majority of the sailors were dispatched to silver and bronze fleets – with no more chance at the podium. But if that was a deep cut, then the next will hurt even more, as many top seeds have just one more day to rescue themselves. Tomorrow night the top ten will be decided for Saturday's medal races, and if you have to be in... [more]
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PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey - Day four wind fails to blow
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey – Another windless day in paradise leaves Buzianis and Arrighetti sitting pretty at the top whilst their rivals eagerly await the return of the Meltemi.... [more]
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Both superyachts racing at Hamilton Island use Doyle Sails
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails dominance in the superyacht (100ft+) sector is clearly illustrated by the fact that both of the superyachts racing at this years Hamilton Island Race Week have chosen to exclusively use sails from Doyle. Both Kokomo (58 metres) and Perseus (50 metres) have complete sets of Doyle sails onboard and can compete with the knowledge that they will receive full support from Doyle Australia.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Kiwis have another roller coaster in the breeze
Richard Gladwell,
The NZL Sailing Team had another mixed day at the 2012 Olympic venue, competing in the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta as the breeze straightened and freshened over the course of the day. Although predicted to only get to 11-14kts the NW breeze came in much stronger at 20kts plus later in the day causing many competitors to struggle - particularly in the Finn class with lighter gear.... [more]
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Solitaire du Figaro - Adrien Hardy King of Kinsale
La Solitaire du Figaro,
Solitaire du Figaro update: Wednesday 11th August at 20 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds, Adrien Hardy crossed the finish line first of the third stage of La Solitaire du Figaro. It took to the young Agir Recouvrement skipper on 2 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes and 45 seconds to cover the 349 mile from Brest to Kinsale at an average speed of 6.45 knots.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Closer on the water, more popular ashore
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Three of the five regattas which comprise the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit has now seen three of it's five regattas contested, as the world's leading regatta circuit visited three different countries, Portugal in May, France in June and Spain in July.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Best ever UK stage in numbers
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series' UK round that took place over Cowes Week between the 31st July to 5th August exceeded expectations both on and off the water. Six days of racing, instead of a normal four-day event, saw a total of 36 races mixing long ‘Solent' style courses, and the short sharp format the series is best known for.... [more]
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PredictWind: Strong breeze for ShortHanded Series this weekend
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting strong northerly winds for the second leg of the Simrad Shorthanded Series this weekend.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Winther wins first Laser Radial Gold fleet race
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand Womens singlehanded competitor, Sara Winther, won the first race of the Gold fleet in the Womens Laser Radial class at the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth. Winther has improved her performance markedly since finishing in 30th place overall at the 2010 World Championships in Largs, Scotland, just a month ago.... [more]
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PredictWind: Steady breezes for Day 4 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting steady breezes for the fourth day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy breezes from a north westerly direction.... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: NZL Sailing Team ashore and on the water
Yachting NZ,
Yachting NZ presents this gallery of images from the 2010 Skandia sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth, venue for the 2012 Olympics... [more]
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18ft Skiffs in San Francisco - Images by Erik Simonson
Frank Quealey,
With the International 18ft Skiff Regatta due to commence in San Francisco on 22 August, Erik Simonson Editor of Pressure Drop and website www.h2oshots.com sent some of his brilliant photographic images taken at the 2009 event.... [more]
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SLAM Kiwi Match at the Chicago Match Race Cup
Logan Fraser,
SLAM Kiwi Match are on a new continent this week as the team continue their summer season with the Chicago Match Cup. The team have been keeping themselves busy over the last couple of weeks with other commitments but we're all excited to be back in Chicago for another shot at the Chicago Cup.... [more]
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Dan Slater: Offshore racing on Day 3 Finn at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 3 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Today the breeze was 10-15 knots with about 1 knot of current pushing us up the course. This made for a one way track upwind and very long downwinds. As we only got 1 race yesterday they sailed 3 races today. We left the marina at 930 am and arrived back at... [more]
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velux 5 Oceans - Polish sailor Gutkowski purchases Eco 60 yacht
Velux 5 Oceans,
Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski one of Poland's best known and most experienced sailors, has spent several months carefully choosing the right boat to take him 30,000 nautical miles around the world in The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Double win closes points at the top
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold - Double win for Scott closes points at the top - Overnight the top 10 had changed slightly. A protest for redress for an error in moving the windward mark from Dan Slater, Ben Ainslie and Ed Wright gave them all average points which significantly improved their position after day two and gave them something to consolidate on Wednesday.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Shake up on Day 3 at Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is now at the halfway point with three days of racing completed and three to go in Weymouth, England – the site of the next Olympic Sailing Regatta. A lovely sunny day in Weymouth with good consistent breeze provided sailors with opportunities to consolidate on their results after the turbulent conditions yesterday (Tuesday). There are some shake-ups in the overall st... [more]
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Mostly good for Kiwis on Day 3 of Skandia Sail For Gold
Richard Gladwell,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er) along with Andrew Murdoch remain New Zealand's best performing crews after four days of racing in the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at the 2012 Olympic venue in Weymouth, England. Conditions moderated after yesterday's tumultuous condition and rain, and traffic was a major issue in the race area as officials struggled... [more]
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The Medal Maker celebrates his 60th birthday
James Boyd (The Daily Sail),
As one of the world's most renowned sailing coaches, Victor Kovalenko, celebrated his 60th birthday on 5 August. One of the not so secret weapons behind the success of the Australian Olympic team is their Ukrainian born Head Coach, Victor Kovalenko.... [more]
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PredictWind: Lighter winds for Day 3 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting a lighter breezes for the third day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy much lighter winds than yesterday's breezes of up to 25 kts. The direction will generally be parallel with the coast, or maybe offshore.... [more]
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Dan Slater: Interesting times on Day 2 Finn at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 2 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Today we saw plenty of rain, current and wind and wind shifts. We went out to the start and waited 2 hours before the breeze became good enough to get a race started. The course today was a 3 lap windward leeward course in a 15-25 knot breeze. The first t... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Big breeze and shake ups on day two
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold - The breeze built rapidly during the middle of the day to shake up the leader boards across the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Wild and Windy on Day 2 at Sail for Gold
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
A wild and windy day on the water tested the NZL Sailing Team competing at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England. It was all about survival out on the race course today with gusts of up to 25 knots. After day two of the six day series Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk hold onto their lead in the Star event, with plenty of snakes and ladders on the leader board for the rest of the kiwi... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Vive la France!
Into the Blue media,
It was forecast to be big Tuesday, at the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta, a couple of days ago – Doug Charko, the USA Team AlphaGraphics weather man told us on Sunday it would be 15-20 knots and gusting 25 - and so it was, with 49ers, Stars and Finns all sent back to the harbor early, and the SKUD-18's not racing at all. Unfortunately for Doug, when the fleet was greeted with a flat calm this morni... [more]
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PredictWind: Mixed bag of breeze for Day 2 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting a mixed bag of breezes for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind the competitors will experience a mix of breezes today with the winds being light for the morning and then changing direction as the strong sea breeze comes in for the afternoon.... [more]
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Beau Geste, just truckin' along...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
You've been here before, right? Quietly trucking up the beat, concentrating on staying in the groove, when all of a sudden a quick glance on the rear view mirror and... 'What was that?', and something BIG shoots past making you feel as if you are standing still...... [more]
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