Two Golds and a Silver for NZL Sailing Team...Olympic sailor missing...Camper moves in

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Sail-World New Zealand: 10 April 2011

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand , VO70 is transported from Cooksons boat yard to the ETNZ base in Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 10 April 2011

Great news Sunday morning from the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta in Palma, where NZL Sailing Team have placed in the top five in five events. The icing on this cake has come in the form of three medals - two Gold and one Silver, which is an outstanding achievement by Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher in the Womens 470 and Sara Winther in the Laser Radial, with Tom Ashley taking the Silver medal in the mens Windsurfer.

To put these results in context, Nerw Zealand won two medals (a Silver and Bronze) at this event in 2010. Last year, there were five top ten placings in the third round of the ISAF World Cup series. New Zealand did not compete in two of the ten Olympic events at this regatta. It should also be remembered that the young 470 combination of Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders won back to back races in the qualifying rounds beating the top two British crews - who had medalled at three successive Olympics between them.

Jo Aleh and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher - Womens 470 - Gold Medal - Princess Sofia Trophy, ISAF World Cup, Plama, Spain  Jesus Renedo ©

Overall this is a very good and encouraging result. The key will be to maintain of improve the standard in the next 12-18 months leading into the 2012 Olympic in Weymouth.

As we mentioned in the last edition of this newsletter the regatta organisers of the Princess Sofia Trophy have excelled themselves in the media department, and we are pleased to be able to present some great images from the event, along with video.

We have gone back and updated the stories from the start of the regatta with video and more images - you can link to these off the bottom of the latest story - which saves searching.

Sarah Winther - Gold Medalist Womens Laser Radial - Princess Sofie Tropy, ISAF World Cup, Plama, Spain  Jesus Renedo ©

Sad news, Sunday morning that one of New Zealand's former Olympic sailors, Geoff Smale, is listed as missing after his light aircraft was reported overdue on a flight from Dairy Flat to Ashburton. The aircraft was capable of making the 800km on a single tank of gas, and was very well equipped with safety gear, none of which has been activated. We have the latest update on the search in this edition and will be updating and adding to the story as more news comes to hand on www.sail-world.com. Our thoughts are with Geoff's family at this anxious time.

Emirates Team New Zealand's Volvo entry made the usual clandestine move from building facility to fit-out facility in the early hours of Sunday morning to get down the motorway system in minimal road traffic.

We have a brief report and images on the move in this edition.

Tom Ashley - Bronze in Mens RS:X - Medal Race - Princess Sofia Trophy, ISAF World Cup, Plama, Spain  Jesus Renedo ©

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NZL Sailing Team: Two World Cup Golds and a Silver for Kiwis + Video
Jodie Bakewell-White and Sail-World,
New Zealand crews have performed outstandingly at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma, Spain taking two Gold medals and a Silver. Other crews also performed well with Sam Meech and Dan Slater taking fourth place in the Laser and Finn class respectively.... [more]
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Top New Zealand Olympic yachtsman missing in plane
Richard Gladwell,
One of New Zealand's top sailors, Olympic representative and 1958 Price of Wales Trophy winner, Geoff Smale, has been reported missing in a single seater plane en route from Auckland to Ashburton. Smale left Auckland's North Shore airfield late Saturday morning, and was due in Ashburton mid afternoon, the authorities were notified of the fact that he had not arrived around 5.00pm.... [more]
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Dan Slater - Leather medal at ISAF Palma World Cup - Finn class
Dan Slater,
NZL Sailing Team member, Dan Slater, reports from the ISAF Palma World Cup event in the Finn class: Today we sailed the medal race in 8-10 knots and although I could gain third place overall I needed to get five boats between the Frenchman and myself. I rounded the first mark in 5th one place behind the Frenchman who I needed to beat. Down the first run not much changed... [more]
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Kiteboards take heart from new Medal Events created by IOC
IKA,
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women's ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER makes journey to the sea
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's new round-the-world race yacht CAMPER has arrived in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. She left the builder's yard in Auckland at 4.30am Sunday; just a year after project was announced.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Slingsby wins silver medal
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won a Silver medal in the Laser class on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Spain.... [more]
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Princesa Sofia Trophy - Champions crowned in Palma
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The medal races and Women's Match racing finals have crowned today the champions in the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - Around the way with tradewinds
Barby MacGowan,
The tradewind fan was still on – set at medium-high – when the sailors at Les Voiles de St. Barth resumed racing today after Thursday's layday.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Women's Match Racing final results
WIMRA,
The Finals and Petit-Finals for Women's Match Racing in the Trofeo Sofia Trophy were sailed in perfect conditions after the sea breeze filled in around midday to a steady 7-10 knots. The Petit-Finals saw Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Deb Capozzi (USA) defeat Claire Leroy, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot (FRA) in two straight matches to win the Bronze medal.... [more]
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Powerboats Thunder Under the Bridge
Cathy Vercoe,
The penultimate race of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series took place on Auckland Harbour today with everyone keen to get out on the course and show the Auckland crowds what they were made of. With so many teams racing on home turf there was a great turnout with crowds lining the foreshore, cheering for their favourite team.... [more]
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Lord Howe Island Race 2011 sponsored by Hempel Australia
Peter Campbell,
The Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2011 continues to be sponsored by Hempel Australia Pty Ltd. The iconic race is ran by Gosford Sailing Club... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class medal race to Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class medal race followed a familiar pattern. Ben Ainslie (GBR) took his seventh race win of the week and the overall prize for the best performance across all classes. On another day of light winds and small choppy waves, Ainslie led from the top mark all the way.... [more]
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Laura Dekker and the Press - reader response
Nancy Knudsen,
As regular readers of Sail-World Cruising will know, this is a news magazine, not a forum. However, we received such a response to my question about teen sailor Laura Dekker last week, that we have decided to print a cross-section of the replies, printing both positive and negative responses in the same proportion as the whole.... [more]
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Princesa Sofia Trophy - Two Aussie crews set for shot at medals
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors will compete for medals in two classes on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma, Spain, with Tom Slingsby holding a slender lead in the Laser class while Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have a fight on their hands in the 470 class.... [more]
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42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Semis today, Petit Finals tomorrow
Anna Tunnicliffe,
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - It was a difficult end to a great day of racing today for Team Tunnicliffe here in Palma as we lost the semi finals by a couple feet in the fifth and final match of the series. We will be fighting for the bronze medal tomorrow against France's Claire Leroy in the petit-finals.... [more]
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Princesa Sofia Mapfre Medal race formality for Percy and Simpson
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Two final races completed on Friday in the 2011 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre have decided the top ten sailors in each Olympic class who will compete in the medal race Saturday. With the same conditions encountered since Tuesday, there was not many surprises as the top three in most classes remain unchanged.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Womens Match Racers take fifth in World Cup event
Koru Match media,
The Koru Match Racing team has made a great start to their new 2012 Olympic campaign with a fifth placing the the ISAF World Cup event, in Palma Spain. The crew only regrouped this season and have turned in a great results against a fleet of very experienced match racers. They report from Palma:... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn class - Ainslie extends
Robert Deaves,
Great Britain's Ben Ainslie dominated proceedings again on the final day of the gold and silver fleet races at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia. Ainslie (GBR) added to his string of race wins with yet another bullet in race nine, his sixth of the series, this time from Dan Slater (NZL) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA), who has been struggling so far in this regatta.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Lead two events, with Medal Race to come + Video
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
NZL Sailing Team members are leading two of the ten events in the Princess Sofie Trophy regatta being sailed in Palma, Spain. Today was the penultimate day in the regatta, tomorrow the Medal races will be staged, which carry double points, however the margins in some classes are such that the bonus points won't have any real effect on the final results for the regatta.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Pascoe claims first British medal in Palma
Lindsey Bell,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Paralympic hopeful Megan Pascoe and the Star duo of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson secured Britain's first medals of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Palma on Friday (8 April).... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Medal races decide champions Saturday
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Two final races completed on Friday in the 2011 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre have decided the top ten sailors in each Olympic class who will compete in the medal race Saturday. With the same conditions encountered since Tuesday, there was not many surprises as the top three in most classes remain unchanged.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Women's Match Racing day five
Women's International Match Racing Association,
The 42nd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing fleet enjoyed another beautiful day on Palma Bay which made conditions excellent for some great racing battles... [more]
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New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series 'Thunder under the Bridge'
Cathy Vercoe,
Round Seven of the Rayglass New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Racing Series is taking place this Saturday 9th April on Auckland Harbour. The race starts at 11am... [more]
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Barcelona World Race podium complete
Barcelona World Race,
Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris, Renault Z.E. Sailing Team, crossed the finish line off Barcelona's iconic W-Hotel this morning at O647hrs (UTC). After Mapfre the pair are only the second of the top three to complete the circumnavigation non-stop.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race Gaes girls push hard to reach Gibraltar
Coralie Rassinoux,
British yachtswoman Dee Caffari and Spanish co skipper, Ann Corbella, are pushing hard to reach Gibraltar and the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea by Saturday evening. The GAES girls are hoping for relatively straight line sailing to the last milestone in the Barcelona World Race before they begin tackling the fickle conditions of the Mediterranean on their approach to the finish line... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Renault Z.E. takes third
Barcelona World Race,
Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris the childhood friends who met nearly 40 years ago as grommet surfers on the beaches of their native Santander, finalised the podium for this second edition of the Barcelona World Race by ghosting across the windless finish line in the bright morning sunshine, making the final metres to complete their third place finish by sheer willpower and motivation.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Slingsby back into the lead in Spain
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - The Australian Sailing Team's Tom Slingsby has regained the lead in the Laser class on day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma, Spain.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Team Tunnicliffe up 2-0 in quarterfinals
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia - Inspite of the fact that I am repeating myself, it was another great day of sailing here in Palma, Spain. The wind filled in around 1:00 pm again, and racing got underway. Today started with two races in the repecharge group followed by our last two races in the gold group.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Two more wins for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Finn Class - Experience won over youth today on the fourth day in Palma, as regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) stamped his authority over the fleet with two more race wins on a day when very few could find any consistency and many of the front runners picked up what turned out to be their discards.... [more]
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