NZL Sailing Team outstanding in Weymouth...Crash Coutts has a spin in San Francisco...Dramatic win at Musket Cove

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 12 Jun 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 12 June 2011

NZL Sailing Team's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie stand on the highest level of the medal podium at the medal presentation for the 470 Women class on the medal day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta  onEdition ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 12 June 2011

The NZL Sailing team has performed outstandingly in the sixth round of ISAF World Cup in the 2012 Olympic venue in Weymouth.

New Zealand's national team won a Gold medal, two Silver medals, placed as third top country, and had nine sailors/crews place in the top ten overall finishers. Outside the NZL Sailing team members, there were some encouraging individual sailor results - boding well for the future and classes where NZ is currently not so strong.

Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth 2011 was regarded as an Olympic test regatta by most. Some used it for one of their Olympic selection trials. Others used it to help select competitors for Pre-Olympics.

In any event, this was the premier World Cup regatta for 2011. It was probably the fourth most important regatta in the 2008-2012 Olympic cycle (the others being the 2011 ISAF Worlds, the 2011 Olympic Test regatta and the Olympics themselves).

NZL Sailing Team's JP Tobin (Blue bib) won the Silver medal in the RSX Men class sailing on Day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue.   onEdition ©

By any measure the New Zealand effort was a good one, and there is still areas for improvement in many events.

In this edition of Sail-World, we feature several reports from each day of the racing, together reports from the Paralympic crew, Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel racing in the Two-Handed event.

In San Francisco, the AC45's have been out for a first spin on the Bay - well the two boats from Oracle Racing are sailing against each other. The other teams will come together in August in Cascais, Portugal.

NZL Sailing Team's Andrew Murdoch, Silver medalist in the Laser class on the medal day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue.  onEdition ©

San Francisco turned on some of its renowned sailing conditions, yesterday, and Russell 'Crash' Coutts made a serious attempt to justify his nick-name which extends back to his days as a P-class sailor. We have some great shots of Crash Coutts latest attempt to prove there is still some life in the old reputation.

Next week, several America's Cup related media conferences will be held in San Francisco. One of these is expected to announce the teams that remain in the 2013 game, and put an end to the secrecy that has swirled around the event. Whoever heard of a yacht race which had confidential competitors? For all its bluff and bluster, the America's Cup is just a yacht race. America's Cup sailors pull their sailing pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.

"Crash" Coutts working on his reputation - Oracle Racing - AC45's San Francisco  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

While attempts to lift the profile and prestige of the event are laudable, there is no need in the course of that process to alienate the sailing fan base, and sailing media, in the way that has been done with the cloak of confidentiality, surrounding entries, and other matters. In the end, such actions just generate speculation and disbelief at the substance and credibility of the event.

Maybe these concerns will be erased to some degree next week. Maybe not.

A nervous skipper, Chris Nicholson checks behind - Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ. 2011 Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race  Emirates Team NZ

In this edition we conclude our coverage of the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. It was a remarkable sailing event in many ways, not the least for the tight outcome, and how a 1,140nm race can go down to the wire in such a dramatic way. The match between a Volvo70 and an Orma60 would have been regarded as a mis-match by many. Indeed some predictions based on the original start date had the trimaran taking just under two days for the trip. However a delayed start and light weather changed the complexion of the race completely.

We have the story of the final day in this edition, along with a report from on-board Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, and pictures from her.

Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel from New Zealand racing in the Skud class on Day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue.   onEdition ©

The Korea Match Cup is well underway. As is usual on the World Match Racing Tour, today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster. Some of the big names have already been rolled from the event. Two New Zealand crews are competing along with other Kiwis scattered through the ten boat fleet. We have daily reports form the event, and will be continuing coverage on our website. Go to www.sail-world.com and follow the latest action on this, and all the other sailing events in New Zealand and the World.

Oracle Racing blast around San Francisco Bay  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 update from Kiwi Skud 18
Tim Dempsey,
We got around the top mark with the leading bunch and managed to stay in contact to finish in a credible fifth place... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Triple medal haul from 2012 Olympic venue
Jodie Bakewell-White,
2011 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is over and the NZL Sailing Team took one gold and two silver medals, and a total of nine in the top ten. This makes New Zealand was the third best performing nation, behind Great Britain and France, at this crucial ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta just concluded at Weymouth, England – the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011 final day Finn victory to Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 has come to a close and Ben Ainslie's march to return to the top continues with a third successive ISAF Sailing World Cup victory.... [more]
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Groupama christened by legend Gerard Petipas
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. On June 11, 2011 in Lorient, France, Gerard Petipas, the French sailing legend dawned a new era for his country by the christening of Groupama.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing snatches Auckland-Fiji race win in last miles
Richard Gladwell,
TeamVodafoneSailing has snatched a narrow win in the Auckland-MusketCover, Fiji race after a chase-down of Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ over the last 36 hours of the race. The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing, crossed the finish line off Musket Cover just before 7.30pm, Thursday evening.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Weymouth's Olympic pre-Judgement Day
Jo Grindley,
The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 has reached the final day of competition with the closing action being described by Ben Ainslie as ' Tougher competition than the Olympics.' The final day of the regatta was the medal race day and tension could be felt all over the boat park as the elite of each Olympic discipline were preparing to be tested.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Team Maclaren takes Gold
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's final day has resulted in a Gold medal victory for Team Maclaren. Anna Tunnicliffe recaps the day's events.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011 overall victory to Highland Fling
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011 hosted a spectacular fleet of 27 sailing superyachts. The fourth and final day of the Regatta saw westerly winds of up to 30 knots put paid to hopes of another spectacular race day off Porto Cervo.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta: World Cup standings after Weymouth
International Sailing Federation,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 is the the penultimate regatta on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. The International Sailing Federation has just released the updated ISAF World Cup standings after the conclusion of the sixth event on the seven race circuit... [more]
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Auckland-Fiji Race: TVS dramatically reduces Camper's lead
Richard Gladwell,
TeamVodafoneSailing has run down most of a lead of 60nm in the space of just eight hours in the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. She trails the Volvo 70 Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ, by 15nm at 3.00pm NZT.... [more]
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D35 Geneve-Rolle-Geneve update from Artemis Racing
Paul Cayard,
D35 Geneve-Rolle-Geneve 2011 is taking place on Lake Geneva. Paul Cayard of Artemis Racing updates us on all the action from on the water.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Defending champion knocked out
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 defending champion Mathieu Richard's dreams of retaining his title were shattered today after being knocked out in the Quarter Finals by come-back kid Bjorn Hansen... [more]
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America's Cup Events Authority bulks up in San Francisco
Michelle Slade, Sailblast,
it's business as usual at 160 Pacific Ave, downtown San Francisco, home to the 40-50 employees of the America's Cup - both ACEA and ACRM. Still running on a somewhat 'skeleton' staff and in 'start-up' mode, finding qualified individuals willing to risk the security of their current comfy job for the wild waters of the America's Cup is the least of the challenges facing the administration of this n... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of San Francisco - Oracle Racing on the Bay
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer Guilain Grenier presents this first gallery of images from Oracle Racing's jaunt around San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images of San Francisco - Oracle Racing on the Bay
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer Guilain Grenier presents this second gallery of images from Oracle Racing's jaunt around San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold: Kiwis at Weymouth - Image Gallery
onEdition,
NZL Sailing Team has crews in every class at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth. Currently the team lies third overall in the country points standings - with only Great Britain and France ahead. Several other sailors are competing as individual entries.... [more]
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America's Cup: Close call for Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing had a first taste of San Francisco Bay's reputation for strong winds and choppy waters that makes yacht racing in these conditions a real challenge. The pair had a close call today, and one came close to a first capsize in the bay. 'It was a typical San Francisco day,' said Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2011 crowns a winner
Etchells Worlds,
The Etchells World Championship 2011 regatta is a nine race series with a single throwout score. San Diego Yacht Club's Bill Hardesty, Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck only needed to achieve wins in eight races to secure the World Championship title.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 - Australians claim gold and bronze medals
Craig Heydon,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day five has witnessed Australia's Paralympic sailors take victory by claiming a Gold and a Bronze medal in the Skud 18 class.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy day 4 tricky conditions
Mason Woodworth,
Four races were scheduled today at the Mark Foy Trophy and as the sailors arrived at the beach they were greated with the welcome sight of sunny skies and white horses on the waters off Sonderborg.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 Day 5 Finns - Ainslie or Scott?
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 Day 5 saw lighter winds which brought race wins in the Finn class for both Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Giles Scott (GBR). Scott and Ainslie happen to be the only two sailors who now have the ability to win the regatta. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) currently in third is within striking distance of Scott.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team set to Sail for two Golds in Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The NZL Sailing Team has double gold in their sights as the 2011 Sail for Gold Regatta comes down to the final day and the kiwis still lead in the Men's RS:X and the Women's 470 events. Another medal looks likely in the Laser. The penultimate day has just wrapped up at this important ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta being staged at the 2012 Olympic venue and just the high-pressure, podium determi... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 Day 5 down to the business end
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 Day 5 was the final day for three of the classes and with medals on the line there was a significant amount of tension on the Paralympic race course.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy begins
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit, Marseilles Trophy 2011 has officially begun in France's second city and on the water this coming week the hopes will be reslihed between the TP52 Series where the Franco-German team ALL4ONE will be on a mission to get to the podium with their brand new Vrolijk design, skippered by Jochen Schuemann and Sebastien Col.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 4 Video
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Day 4 Video highlights... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Iehl comes out fighting
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 - Current World Match Racing Tour leader Damien Iehl kept his hopes of winning the Korea Match Cup title alive today defeating Peter Gilmour in one of only three races sailed. The victory moves Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team back up into the top half of the rankings and on to equal standings with Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing with four wins and three losses.... [more]
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34th America's Cup – Loick Peyron committed to Energy Team challenge
Pierre Giboire,
34th America's Cup challenger Energy Team are the seventh team entered into the competition to be staged in San Francisco in September 2013 So it is to be Loïck Peyron, who will be at the helm of the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V for the Jules Verne Trophy this winter. This decision in no way affects his commitment to the Energy Team challenge to conquer the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy day 3 - Winning leads
Christophe Favreau and Sail-World.com,
At the Mark Foy regatta in Denmark, the wind came in after two days without having any racing. John Winning and crew (AUS - Yandoo) lead the fleet, from early leader James Mears (GBR - Pica) with Alex Vallings third (NZL - CT Sailbattens)... [more]
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Etchells World Championship - Hardesty extends + Video
Etchells Worlds,
On Day 4 of the 2011 Etchells World Championship regatta in San Diego, CA, one race was scheduled. Eager to gain the early edge, and appearing to see a perceived advantage in the center/left of the line, boats piled over the start line early near the center R/C start boat Corinthian for the first General Recall.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay - First Images!
Erik Simonson,
Oracle Racing has been out sailing for the first time on San Francisco Bay, today. The two AC45's feature new graphics from those seen at their launch in Auckland, ahead of next week's media functions and announcement/outing of the teams who have been accepted/remain as Challengers in the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's boat race and a half to Fiji
Hamish Hooper,
Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ had a real work-out on the final day of the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. The entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race led the event for the first four days, and surprisingly managed to head off the ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, which was expected to make a fast time of just two days or less to sail the 1,140nm course, and smash the race record.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day four for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's Finn fleet caught up with its programme on day four with three cracking races in excellent conditions in Weymouth Bay.... [more]
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Mike Sanderson pushes Stratis Production plant to near capacity
Guy Waddilove,
Production at Doyle Sails NZ has been pushed to near capacity since Mike Sanderson became a very active part of the company in recent weeks. The grand prix side of the business has taken off with the design and production teams at full speed on major international projects. Super-maxi 'Leopard 3', fitted with a new Stratis main for the Annapolis - Newport Race, continued on her successful road... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold heads into the endgame - Day 4 Report
Nicky Moore,
A relative calm descended on Weymouth Bay this morning, after the battering from the day before. But there was no less tension or aggression in the racing in Day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, as the fleets moved into the endgame. Skandia Sail for Gold is also the penultimate round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Leading in two events after Day 4 at Olympic venue
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The NZL Sailing Team tops the leader board in both the men's windsurfing and the women's 470, and hold second spot in the Laser as 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold reaches the business end. In the overall country standings, New Zealand is in third place behind hosts, Great Britain and France.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 3 Video highlights
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 video highlights from day 3, including interviews, in Weymouth and Portland... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Williams beats Gilmour in exciting duel
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 A controversial umpiring decision saw Ian Williams snatch victory from Peter Gilmour in the most exciting duel of Qualifying Session Two at the Korea Match Cup... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing to continue AC45 racing in San Francisco
Sail-World,
America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will conduct testing sessions on San Francisco Bay beginning on Monday June 13th, ahead of the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais in August. Oracle Racing will participate in the sessions with two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans - the same boats the Cup teams will be racing over the next two years in the AC World Series.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Venezia Challenge welcomes Torvar Mirsky on board
Venezia Challenge,
34th America┬┤s Cup official challenger Venezia Challenge welcomes Torvay Mirsky and Ganga Bruni to the team. Torvar Mirsky has signed an agreement to helm Venezia Challenge to the America's Cup's adventure. Born in 1986, Australian, Torvar began very early his sport career, bringing home his first victory when he was only 12. Nowadays, Torvar, just 25, is fifth in the ISAF world ranking (second in... [more]
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