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Sail-World New Zealand: 22 December 2010

PUMA Ocean Racing Il Mostro crew member Justin Ferris has joined Doyle Sails New Zealand.  Guy Waddilove
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 December 2010

The America's Cup Venue decision continues to be a case of 'Hurry up and Wait'.

While the negotiators are obviously under some pressure after the surprises from San Francisco earlier this month, the effect of the uncertainty on the teams is starting tell.

In an interview yesterday on RadioLive SPORT, Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton pulled no punches on where he thinks the next America's Cup should be sailed, and why.

There is also a lot more in the interview - where he talks frankly of the sponsorship situation, the Volvo Ocean Race campaign, and gives his views of some of the characters of past America's Cups.

Newport (USA,RI) - 33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - East Coast Victory Tour - Day 4  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Staying with the topic. we have just updated www.sail-world.com with the latest from Newport on the state of the America's Cup negotiations with that state. There is a lot of new information in the story. Negotiators will not be looking for a formal bid before the deadline of 31 December 2010.

Clearly with massive unemployment in the building and construction industries in the State, there is a big incentive to dust off previous development plans for the Fort Adams area, and accelerate these for the 34th America's Cup, which offered San Francisco $1.2billion of economic benefit and 8,000 jobs.

Marine VHF radio - Get your VHF Call Sign in an instant click  Coastguard Boating Education .

With the Christmas period almost on us, and the summer boating being planned, take the time to read the story from Coastguard Education on how to obtain qualifications in the use of VHF. While it may seem like a topic that is a bit removed from the joys of Christmas, when you need to call for help is not the time to be trying to learn basic radio procedure. Contrary to a lot of advertising mobile phones do not always work off the coat for a number of reasons, and VHF radio is your best means of summoning help.

Staying with the Coastguard - are you a member? Sign up now before you go away. Getting towed home can be a very expensive exercise for non-members.

Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page winners of the 2010 470 World Championships, sailing a Mackay.  Victor Kovalenko

We'd like to welcome back Mackay Boats as an advertiser with Sail-World. The Silverdale based, second generation boatbuilding company is now arguably the worlds leading builder of Olympic dinghies in the 470 and 49er classes, plus the 29er. As their website notes: 'In the 90s we began building 470s and 49ers. Our boats have won the 470 World Championships 11 times and the 49er World Championship five times and in Olympic competition Mackay boats have won 15 medals.'

Yikes!

Jim Mackay started the company in the 1960's and the company's boats were first used in the 1964 Olympics - that's 50 years of experience. The company was recognised in 2008 by Yachting new Zealand for building the Gold medal winners in three classes at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Ian Mainsbridge has photographed the Rolex Sydney Hobart for over 46 years and this image of Ichi Ban is his favourite - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race  Ian Mainsbridge

Thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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America's Cup: Dalton comes out strongly in favour of San Francisco
Richard Gladwell and Radio LiveSPORT,
In a 40 minute interview on Radio LiveSPORT this morning, he made it clear that a US venue was far more suitable for Emirates Team New Zealand. 'San Francisco would be way better to us, it is not that far away, it blows – like Fremantle and is a natural amphitheater,' Dalton said.... [more]
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2011 Flying Fifteen Nationals and Worlds Qualifiers in Bay of Islands
Sandra Williams,
The 2011 Flying Fifteen Nationals and Worlds Qualifying regatta will be held as part of Bay of Islands Sailing Week from the 18th to 21st of January. The event will see the overall national title, as well as the silver and classic fleet titles, contested by teams travelling from Lyttleton, Nelson, Wellington, Napier, Auckland and Whangarei to compete with the Bay of Islands Yacht club fleet.... [more]
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Big turn out expected for the 30th National Keelboat Championships
Boyd Wason,
On 31st March, New Zealand's best keelboat crews from across all clubs and divisions, and a handful of brave overseas teams, will come together on the Waitemata Harbour to compete over three days for the title of The 2011 National Keelboat Champion.... [more]
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America's Cup: Newport Daily News updates on Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
The Newport Daily News is reporting on the developments in Rhode Island on their bid to host the 34th America's Cup in the state. BMW Oracle Racing have had a negotiating team in Newport for a week holding discussions over staging the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco, previously described by the team as having a 'winning bid', changed the deal that had been under negotiation for four mont... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) 2010 - What a season
WMRT,
2010 edition of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) and on the water, the script could not have been given a more thrilling twist. The Monsoon Cup was a final that went down to the wire. Having led the Tour standings all season, Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team arrived at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia as one of five skippers still in with a chance of winning the World Championship.... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ signs up VOR vet Justin Ferris
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails has bolstered its internationally respected design team in Auckland, New Zealand, signing up renowned helmsman and trimmer Justin Ferris. He has been involved with three Volvo Ocean Races, racing with Pirates of the Caribbean and Puma Ocean Racing as well as some of the worlds top racing programmes including Wild Oats XI, Speedboat, Rambler and Konica Minolta amongst others.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Fruit a non starter
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - Having no valid, up-to-date IMOCA certificate, 'Fruit' team is not allowed to start the race. The 'Fruit' team has now missed the 17th December deadline for IMOCA Open 60's entrance requirements by four days.... [more]
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 21 December 2010
Yachting NZ,
In this issue of Yachting NZ's Briefings: High Performance & International; Youth Sailing; Local Sailing; Admin, Safety & Training; What's On; Of Interest... [more]
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Kieler Woche 2011 - Tornado Class to open new Sailing Arena
Roland Gaebler,
Sail, Fly and Race`nĀ“Rock at its best in Kiel Sailing City We are back. Better than ever. The Kieler Woche management made an announcement to implement our new Speedsailing racing style with Tornados into their program. We will present a new Sailing Arena in the centre of Kiel and we will deliver adrenaline speedsailing races in June 2011 for spectators and the media.... [more]
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Get your VHF Call Sign in an instant click
Coastguard Boating Education .,
The VHF radio is an important means of communication on any boat, large or small, recreational or commercial. Are you aware that maritime radio users are required to hold a Marine VHF Radio Operators Qualification and have a call sign for their vessel (except in an emergency or distress situation)?... [more]
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America's Cup: Letter released inviting Rhode Island Venue Bid
Richard Gladwell,
A letter, dated last Friday 17 December 2010 from Stephen Barclay, lead negotiator BMW Oracle Racing to Keith Stokes Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp has been released. The polite note would seem to be just a welcome mat for a response from the 113 year home of the America's Cup which hosted Defences from 1870 to 1983, when the trophy was held by the New Yo... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing hopes for policy change on Hobart race
Zoe Hawkins,
TeamVodafoneSailing is probably the fastest race yacht in Australasia but it's making no headway in its quest to complete some of Australia's greatest yacht races, including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 60 foot trimaran is one of the Orma 60 designs, a European class boat designed for safe but exhilarating solo and fully crewed coastal and offshore racing and record setting.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sail makers to the Rescue
Brendan Maxwell,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Just a few days before the Hobart race and there's drama everywhere. Crew stuck at Heathrow, boats still on freighters and last minute emergencies at every level. Some problems are bigger than others... though... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships Day 3 - Light Winds in Doha
Luissa Smith,
Race 3 for the 470 Men/Mixed fleet got underway this afternoon around 1415 hours, only to be followed by a general recall. What is disappointment for one team is another's gain, as is the case for defending Junior World Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA).... [more]
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Lewmar – the turn around Pt.II
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how Lewmar, the British leisure marine equipment supplier who designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters, had not long ago had its back up against the wall.... [more]
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International Kiteboarding Association 2010 final rankings
International Kiteboarding Association,
International Kiteboarding Association final rankings for 2010 in all disciplines have been published after the last events of the season. The overall world cup winners are: Andy Yates / Gisela Pulido (Freestyle), Bruno Sroka/Steph Bridge (Course Racing) and Guilly Brandao/Gisela Pulido (Wave Riding).... [more]
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IRC Rules change for 2010 and 2011
Jean Sans/Mike Urwin,
IRC Rule Changes - Following consultation and agreement with the IRC Policy Steering Group, the IRC Technical Committee has decided that the following changes to IRC Rules for 2010 and 2011 will take effect from 00:01 on Monday 20th December 2010.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans announces new South American stopover
Velux 5 Oceans,
Clipper Ventures, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race, today announced a change to the 2010/11 race route. Ocean Sprint 3, which will see the fleet of Eco 60s depart Wellington, New Zealand, on February 6, will now finish in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este, rather than Salvador in Brazil.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - High pressure zone bringing misery the the fleet
Velux 5 Oceans,
It has been a gruelling start to the second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans with the fleet battling strong currents, unpredictable weather and severe sleep deprivation. After starting from Cape Town on Thursday, the ocean racers have been pushing south into the Southern Ocean in search of the prevailing westerly winds that will propel their yachts towards their destination of Wellington, New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Interview with Kevin Reed, head of Canada's AC drive
Valencia Sailing,
Red Maple Racing, led by Toronto financier Kevin Reed, is the project that embodies Canada's drive in the America's Cup. The last time Canada was present in the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 when a combined project from Secret Cove Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron challenged the Defender from the Royal Perth Yacht Club.... [more]
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Sail Down Under Series medals shared by seven countries
Craig Heydon,
Sail Down Under Series 2010 wrapped up on Saturday with the final day of racing at Sail Melbourne after three regattas in three weeks in three states.... [more]
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16ft Skiffs - Fire Stopping fires at the right time
James Bury,
It was the quiet whisper going around Manly 16ft Skiff Club's fleet: Just what was going wrong with two-time national champion Fire Stopping?... [more]
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Newport to update on America's Cup venue status
Richard Gladwell,
Rhode Island's Economic and Development Corp has announced via a media alert that their Executive Director will present an update on the State's bid to become the Venue for the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco had the status of its bid reduced. BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman, head of external affairs for the America's Cup Defender will also be present.... [more]
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RS100 is USA Boat of the Year winner
Michael Weiss,
Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds - Japan scores a hat trick in Qatar
470 Internationale,
470 Junior Worlds brought Japan's Saki Goto and Hiromi Nishiyama a day that you could only dream about as they notched up three race wins out of four races - hat trick and some. On arrival at the venue, the Doha Sailing Club, there was barely a flutter from the flags, but as the women's fleet headed out to the race track the breeze filled in a bit.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - First female team announced
Oliver Dewar,
British yachtswoman, Hannah Jenner, has confirmed that her co-skipper for the double-handed, Class40, Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) is German sailor, Anna-Maria Renken. Between them, the duo has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles including valuable ocean racing and shorthanded sailing experience.... [more]
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Australian Etchells Pre-Nationals – Racing blown away- Photos
Teri Dodds,
Threatening clouds, were an ominous sign for the Etchells fleet racing on Corio Bay today, in this Pre-Nationals precursor for the upcoming Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship.... [more]
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