Starling and P-class Nationals at Napier...Paper Tigers have it all in Wellington...Barker flies in A-Cats

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 06 Jan 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 6 January 2011

Stu Sutherland - 2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals  Rachel Leatham
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 January 2011

There's plenty of New Zealand news in this edition of Sail-World - we have the latest reports from the Paper Tiger Nationals being staged at Evans Bay, Wellington. The regatta has attracted almost 50 competitors which is extremely good for this evergreen class, designed by Ron Given back in 1968.

In Napier, the Tanner Cup and Starling Match Racing have concluded and the Tauranga Cup (effectively the national championship ) is underway along with the National Championships for the Starling class. Both events have attracted strong fleets - we have reports and results in this edition of Sail-World and are carrying reports daily on www.sail-world.com

Matthew Kempkers leading Jack Simpson - 2011 Tauranga Cup and Starling National Championship  Kevin Hayton

In Langkawi, Malaysia the NZ Optimist Team supported by the NZ Yachting Trust is competing in the 2010 World Optimist Championships. We have daily reports from the New Zealand team in this edition.

And in Northern Queensland, America's Cup skipper, Dean Barker would seem to have successfully made the transition to catamarans with a strong showing in the Australian A-class Nationals, competing against a fleet of 70 boats. We report in this edition.

Danish female sailors Lin Ea Cenholt Christiansen and Stine Quorning - 29er Worlds - Day 3  Matias Capizzano ©

Have a great holiday, if that's what you are doing!

We are out of Auckland, working off a mobile connection, at present and will be in Melbourne next week.

Scott Babbage lr3 - Zhik Moth Australian Championships 2011  Sail-World.com /AUS ©

Thanks to our contributors for their help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. A special thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

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New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals - Big Breeze for Day 3
Rowdy Leatham,
Thursday 6th January - Linton Sails Race Day 3 Day Three saw a typical Wellington breeze start to build with only one race managing to be sailed.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominion Invitation Race - Kiwis come out swinging
Di Pearson,
Sailing and swimming joined forces in the Invitation Race ahead of the first day of racing at the 51st SLAM 12 Foot Skiff Interdominion Championship on the Parramatta River this afternoon - and it was a Kiwi crew that handled the squally conditions better than the rest.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – Crash sequence
Sail-World.com,
Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – There are two International Moth sailing configurations High ride and Low ride. IMCA Australian President Scott Babbage has selflessly demonstrated one of the two downspeed transition methods for the benefit of Sail-World readers world-wide.... [more]
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New Zealand Team report from Fleet Racing of Optimist Worlds
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report form the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: Today was a rollercoaster ride, a nice breeze that shifted to and fro and up and down, and huge highs and lows for most. Again some of the regatta leaders found themselves dead last and the Kiwis were mostly mixed but with some really, really good results too.... [more]
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America's Cup - San Francisco celebrates
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup - San Francisco will play host to a very different America's Cup Finals. With a focus on enhancing the overall event experience, substantial enhancements are being added to both on and off the water elements.... [more]
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29er World Championship day 3 - Argentine teams hold top spots
Jerelyn Biehl,
29er World Championship day 3. The conditions were quite different then the previous days with lighter wind, a little rain and confused seas left over from the previous day. Argentine teams currently hold the top six positions going into the finals.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - CSM takes the Southern Ocean in his stride
Velux 5 Oceans,
For many sailors the thought of taking on the mighty Southern Ocean at all is enough to send shivers down their spines, let alone facing it singlehanded. 'Getting knocked down was just one of those things,' Chris Stanmore-Major said. 'I feel very respectful of what's possible in the ocean but I am very conservative when it comes to heavy weather and I am looking forward to the next blow.'... [more]
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A Class Nationals - Day 3
Rob Griffits,
A Class Nationals - Glenn Ashby is relentlessly tightening his grip on yet another major A Class event. After six races, Glenn has a solid overall lead, having won five of the six races, whilst capsizing when leading in other remaining race. A formidable record.... [more]
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420 World Championship - Great Britain and Argentina take Gold
420 Class Association,
Last day of the championship with nine knots from the 290ยบ open and ladies races starts with papa and clear... [more]
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Zhik Moth Australian Championship Day 1 - Foiling like crazy
pat Langley/Sail-World.com,
Day one of the Zhik Moth Australian Championship had a record-breaking 108 foiling Moths on the start line. The mixed fleet of international sailors suffered more than a few general recalls and black flags dragging out the three races to a staggering 6.5 hours.... [more]
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IODA World Sailing Championship - Asia dominates top five
IODA,
Three more races were sailed today and even when positions can still change, sailors at the top of the ranking can start feeling more 'at ease'... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Different emotions
Barcelona World Race,
They may be in separate oceans, dealing with very different conditions, but the moods of the Barcelona World Race skippers today spanned a full range of emotions and each did not necessarily directly reflect their current fortunes.... [more]
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Mildest Bloody Mary in years forecast
Andy Rice/SailJuice,
Bloody Mary - The long-range weather forecast for this weekend suggests that this will be one of the mildest Bloody Marys that we've seen in some years. With temperatures pushing up to 10 degrees Celsius and moderate to strong breezes from the south-west, the conditions are looking a good deal kinder than they did for last year's sub-zero freezathon.... [more]
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P Class and Starling National Championships under way
Nickolas Radovanovic,
The Tauranga Cup and Starling National Championship, hosted by Napier Sailing Club, kicked off today in light conditions with three scheduled races completed.... [more]
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Surf life savers set off on 40 day circumnavigation record
Stuff.co.nz,
After a year and a half of planning, the adventure of a life time has finally begun for six surf lifeguards. The team set out this morning from Auckland's Viaduct Harbour on a 40-day circumnavigation of New Zealand in two specially modified Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs). The 40-day trip will see the crew visit 32 of New Zealand's most popular and remote beaches.... [more]
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Wellington turns on a big fog for Paper Tiger Nationals
Rowdy Leatham,
Barton Marine Race Day 2 got underway against a backdrop of in heavy fog in Wellington harbour, however this did not deter any of the almost 50 competitors in the 2011 Paper Tiger Nationals. Three races were completed in lighter conditions than yesterday (around 5-12kts), with three separate race winners indicative of the tight racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker making excellent transition to catamarans
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand's skipper Dean Barker is making a sensational transition to the world of multihull sailing in the Australian A-class Championships being sailed at Lake Cootharaba, 400km south of Rockhampton, Northern Queensland. In late November, Barker was in Dubai, UAE, sailing his final event in the 24 tonne America's Cup Class, to take the Louis Vuitton Trophy for the fourth time... [more]
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Grafham Grand Prix - Musto Skiffs star
Musto Perfromance Skiffs,
Grafham Grand Prix - Musto Performance Skiffs are star at event - The start of 2011 saw four Musto Performance Skiffs attending the first of four winter handicap events; The Grafham Grand Prix. Our very own Andy Rice has combined this event, along with the Bloody Mary, Tiger Trophy and Steve Nicoloson Memorial to make the Sailjuice Series.... [more]
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Australian Laser Champions - Burton, Wearn, Weir, Walkemeyer, Bennett
Laura Baldwin,
The champions were crowned at the Australian Laser Championship after a spectacular, nail biting finally on Botany Bay. The final two races in the Laser Standard fleet were gripping for the spectators, coaches and jury on the water as match races took place between the leaders, Tom Burton and Christoph Bottoni and Australian Sailing Development Squad team mates, Ashley Brunning and Ryan Palk who w... [more]
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29er Worlds Day 2 - Tied at the top
Jerelyn Biehl,
The return to Club Nautico Mar del Plata was hectic with a rescue underway at the harbor entrance causing the sailors a delay in returning to shore. Racing continues on Wednesday, January 5 with one more day of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series.... [more]
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Day 1 of the Over the Moon Promotions Flying Fifteen Championships
Nicole Douglass,
The 42 crews taking part in the championships on Lake Burley Griffin were welcomed for the day of racing with a 5 to 12 knot nor-easterly breeze. Three heats were completed with a different winner in each. This means and very cosy leader board with the top three boats very close on points with two races programed tomorrows with light winds and storms predicted.... [more]
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A Class Australian Championships Day 2 - Cream Rises to the top
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
A-Class Catamaran Australian Championships. perfect conditions for day 2 of the Nationals. The first race of the day was underway after one general recall. On the second start the sailors were more respectful and PRO Stacey Brown sent them away.... [more]
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2011 Finnports Australian Finn Championships - World Champ in command
Tim Castles,
Another cloudy day greeted competitors on day 2 at the 2011 Finnports Australian Finn Nationals. Thankfully the lightning stayed away and all 23 competitors enjoyed a chance to stretch their legs. After three races in moderate southerly conditions Ed Wright (GBR) is the runaway leader.... [more]
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Noted US Yacht Designer dies at age of 55

Noted international yacht designer Bill Langan, died on December 31 after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was 55 years old. He was former Chief Designer at Sparkman & Stephens where he was involved in several America's Cup 12 Metre design projects, including Freedom and latterly America II.... [more]
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420 Worlds: Argentina and France lead half way in Argentina
420 World Media,
France leads the Ladies' Championship and Argentina, the Open Fleet at the 2011 Worlds in Buenos Aires, Argentina which are now at the half way point. The challenging conditions, which have surprised the locals, have seen several teams take the lead during the six races so far in the twelve race series.... [more]
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Optimist World Championships - Thailand Team Racing winners
IODA,
Stage two of the Team Racing competition began with just 16 teams, reduced from the 43 teams of yesterday. The 16 teams getting through from Stage 1 were: Norway, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Australia, Spain, Chile, Malaysia, Finland, Argentina, Slovenia, USA, Peru, Croatia, Great Britain, Thailand. This was a geographically diverse group demonstrating the strength of Optimist team racing worldwide... [more]
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Cantabrian wins Starling Match Racing Series
Sail-World Correspondent,
A Canterbury sailor has taken out the 2011 Starling Match Racing Series today in Napier, holding off a strong challenge from Northern District's Alice Noyer to win the best of five final by three wins to two.... [more]
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2011 New Zealand Paper Tiger Nationals - Day 1
Rowdy Leatham,
The first day of racing on the NZ Paper Tiger Nationals started off a lot more promising than yesterday with a 15 knot northerly which provided the fleet with great racing conditions. There were three races held today once the fleet behaved after two general recalls testing the race committee and bringing out the 'I' flag.... [more]
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29er World Championship day 1 - Argentina takes an early lead
Jerelyn Biehl,
The Argentine team of Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz started off winning the first two races and finishing second in the final race for today. Racing continues on Tuesday, January 4 with two more days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Southern Ocean storm set to pummel fleet
Velux 5 Oceans,
The Velux 5 Oceans skippers preparing for howling 40 knot winds and huge seas. After 20 days at sea the ocean racers have covered around 5,000 nautical miles but still have more than 2,500 left to sail to the finish line in Wellington, New Zealand.... [more]
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Amazing Australian A Cat titles - The New Kids did well on Day One
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
It is certainly the strongest ever with an exciting bunch of ‘newbies' - America's Cup Dean Barker helmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand, a number of team members from Artemis, William Howden Great Britain Tornado Sailor and Extreme 40 specialist, Tornado dual Olympic Silver medallist Darren Bundock and seven times Tornado World Champion and back to join the A Class Mitch Booth, who as a feather... [more]
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New Zealand sailor starts Barcelona World Race without skipper
Hugo Boss Media,
On Saturday, New Zealand sailor, Andy Meiklejohn, started the 90 day round the world epic Barcelona World Race with substitute skipper Wouter Verbraak on the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss race yacht - despite the team's entry being thrown into following Alex Thomson undergoing emergency surgery for acute appendicitis just two days before the race start.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - First to Gibraltar this evening
Barcelona World Race,
In the first edition of the Barcelona World Race back in November 2007 it was Jean-Pierre Dick who was first to Gibraltar, escaping from the Mediterranean on Paprec-Virbac 2 with co-skipper Damian Foxall after setting the inaugural record of 3 days 14 hours and 25 minutes.... [more]
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Napier's New Year Regatta wraps up
Nickolas Radovanovic,
The third and final day of Napier Sailing Club's New Year Regatta brought no shortage of sun and heat out on the water but the breeze chose to make itself scarce and shifty, making conditions very challenging for the sailors.... [more]
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13 year old Waikato sailor takes out Tanner Cup
Nickolas Radovanovic,
A young sailor from the central North Island, has won the Tanner Cup, showing skill beyond his 13 years by winning the first two races today in very light and shifty conditions in Napier, making it three in a row and ensuring victory with a race to spare.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - A North South split?
Barcelona World Race,
It is the southern group, those who chose to profit first from the riches held by the Moroccan coast, stronger westerly winds, who have profited initially in an engaging puzzle which is being presented by the Alboran Sea. Those who went north have had a slow night of variable winds.... [more]
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Gilles Martin-Raget: My Year in Review - Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, presents this YouTube clip of the the sailing regattas, events and people who have some into his range of focus during the past year. It's a must see.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Crosbie Lorimer's Second Cut Race Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
Back in Sydney and reviewing his images from the start and finish of this years's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Crosbie Lorimer selected a second cut of shots from a race that most involved described as a 'classic Hobart'.... [more]
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America's Cup: Work begins on creating a world class event venue
Michelle Slade,
New Zealand born journalist, Michelle Slade, now based in San Francisco, interviews Craig Thompson, CEO of America's Cup Event Management for the Marin Independent Journal: We've already surveyed office space in San Francisco and are planning to be there this month. We're going to start building up a staff in January and will continue building that staff up until we get to the America's Cup... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 – Who is who in the Zoo
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Sail-World.com will be on the water for both the 2011 Zhik Moth Australian titles and the Zhik Moths Worlds- here we present, with the help of Pat Langley from the Zhik Moths Media centre, our Sail-World form guide on the big guns from the 115 boat fleet.... [more]
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Moth Worlds 2011 - Solid Wing Fact or Rumours?
Brendan Maxwell,
There was a flurry of activity of recent weeks, culminating in the acceptance of the solid wing sail for this event. It has been expected that the 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) and George Peet (USA) would use the solid wing sail, but many commentators thought this would be an extremely high risk strategy, looking at what happened when a C Class cat with a solid wing sail capsized.... [more]
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New Zealand Team report from Team Race Day 1 of Optimist Worlds
Robert Burn,
New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Team report form the Optimist World Championships being staged in Langkawi, Malaysia: The sailors woke to a fine, sunny day with a nice breeze. The way it seems to work here is when the cloud disappears, the sun burns down and the wind increases from the most stable direction..The draw was for 48 teams but there were only 43 so there a few byes first up.... [more]
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Australasian Championship - Dragons to race for Prince Philip Cup
John Curnow,
Racing for the International Dragons begins on Port Phillip in Melbourne tomorrow, Tuesday, January 4, 2011. The Prince Philip Cup is the Australasian Championship and it is taking place immediately before the 2011 International Dragon Class Worlds, which are from January 9 to 15.... [more]
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A Cats lead small Cat development says seven times World Champion
Rob Kothe,
With the switch to Multihulls for the America's Cup, the focus has swung to multihull development at both big boat and small boat level. Australia's Glenn Ashby, who was the BMW Oracle sailing coach for the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia and is the six times A Cat World Champion talks about recent developments in the A Cat class ahead of the star studded Australian Nationals, which begin today... [more]
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I14 National Championship images by Peter Muirhead
Peter Muirhead images,
Photographer Peter Muirhead sent these images from the International 14 (14 foot skiff) National Championship.... [more]
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Wild Oats X expected to cross Pittwater Coffs finish line at 1205hrs
Damian Devine,
The navigator of the 66 foot RP 'Wild Oats X', skippered by Mark Richards has made radio contact a short while ago and reported its ETA with Marine Rescue Coffs Harbour as per the Sailing Instructions, with an ETA of 1205hrs and is now 18 nautical miles from the finish.... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Championship Day 4 - Krystal Weir leads
Laura Baldwin,
The Laser fleet had a blast on the first day of the New Year with the first race was started in 16knots and finished in 25knots. By the time the second race should have started the race committee were recording wind speeds up to 30knots and so the decision was made to abandon racing and send the sailors home.... [more]
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Optimist World Sailing Championships - Team Racing begins
IODA,
Optimist World Sailing Championships - Days 1 and 2 reports from Malaysia. The day began with a briefing from Chris Atkins (Chief Umpire), who reminded sailors of the importance of displaying their protest flags clearly and promptly and to hail loudly.... [more]
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Day 2 of Napier Sailing Club's New Year Regatta
Nickolas Radovanovic,
The sun was back for Day Two of Napier Sailing Club's New Year Regatta and again Hawke's Bay provided champagne sailing conditions, as described by Principal Race Officer, Tim Sandall. The day started lightly, with a 5 knot northeasterly gradually increasing to around a 12 knot easterly into the afternoon... [more]
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