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Sail-World New Zealand: 18 June 2011

Audi MedCup - 2011 - Marseille - Day 3  Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 June 2011

More on the America's Cup in this edition, with several videos from around the Media Event held this week in San Francisco.

Kiwi-born but San Francisco based sailing journalist, Michelle Slade was at the Media launch, plus had the opportunity of a sail on the AC45 on the bay. Michelle gives her take on the events of the day and her ride.

It would be a massive understatement to say that Kimball Livingstone, a die-hard San Francisco sailor and journalist, is enthusiastic about the America's Cup being sailed in his home town. He's counting the sleeps already until September 2013. This week, he too, hitched a ride aboard the AC 45's and we have his report.

Then Bob Fisher, the world's foremost yachting journalist and longtime multihull exponent, chimes in with his take on the America's Cup in San Francisco. He too has the hots for the venue, the format, and boats.

San Francisco provides a fantastic cityscape for the 34th America's Cup  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

Plus we have the real oil on the Team Australia challenge which was not mentioned at the function in the Ferry Building at San Francisco, but looks to be close to being chocks away. From what we have seen it is a little difficult to see why the team couldn't have been named on Wednesday - time will tell.

J-class, Newport, RI, Day 2 17 June 2011  Daniel Forster

On the East Coast of USA, there's another J-class regatta underway in Newport. There were to be three of these magnificent yachts sailing, but one pulled out at the last minute and stayed in the shed. Top photographers, Daniel Forster and George Bekris are on have and have shared several image galleries of these unique yachts.

In China, It has been announced that New Zealand's Mike Sanderson will skipper the Chinese entry in the Round the World Race, using one of the boats for the 2008/09 race. We have the story and images of the announcement in this edition.

Mr. Jiang Sixian (Vice-governor of Hainan Province and Party Secretary of Sanya City) and Mike Sanderson, Skipper of Team Sanya. China launched its first ever sole entry in the Volvo Ocean Race   Team Sanya

In Marseille Audi MedCup is almost over. In this edition we have reports and images from the start of the racing, and we'll feature the final reports tomorrow on www.sail-world.com.

Don't forget to catch Ian Roman's great images from this event.

J-class sailing at Newport, RI, Day 2  George Bekris

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Fisher's View: San Francisco is perfect for the America's Cup
Bob Fisher,
Any underlying fears that the America's Cup was off course should have been fully allayed after last week's tests over the proposed course area for the 34th Cup match in 2013. The two Oracle Racing AC-45s, skippered by Russell Coutts and Jimmy Spithill, showed the world that the venue is perfect and that Catamarans will provide all the excitement due from the Cup in the 21st Century.... [more]
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Audi MedCup 2011 Marseille Trophy - 52 Series contemplate coastal race
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy 52 Series fleet contemplate the spectacular coastal race east to Cassis and back on the fourth racing day of the Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy. Quantum Racing have won on this course over the last two years and hold the Marseille Trophy as outright winners of last year's regatta which was foreshortened due to the Mistral.... [more]
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Images from Marseille: Audio MedCup - Day 3
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from Day 3 of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy... [more]
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NZL 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke reflect on Weymouth
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
NZL Sailing Team members, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, report from on progress in the Olympic 49er campaign: We are just back from the Sail-for-Gold regatta in England, not quite the result we were hoping for, finishing 12th overall. After our bronze medal in Holland a few weeks earlier, it was disappointing to miss the top-10 medal race for the first time in 18 months.... [more]
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J's at Newport by Daniel Forster
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, was on hand at the J-class regatta at Newport Ri and shared these images from Day 1 and 2.... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's on Day 2
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI on Day 2 and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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America's Cup: New videos take Cup to the people
Oracle Racing & America's Cup Media,
Oracle Racing and America's Cup Media have posted three new videos focusing on the Media Events held last week in San Francisco, and clearly aimed outside the wider sailing audience... [more]
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Team Australia down but not out
Peter Baker,
Team Australia's entry to the America's Cup 45 World Series has now been delayed but, the team remains high spirited. Despite securing Team support from the local sailing authorities this week, Team Australia was not announced as a contestant by race organizer's at a press conference in San Francisco. Despite this setback Team Australia are resolved to continue... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy - Azzurra Team victim of wind shifts
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011 has witnessed Audi Azzurra Sailing Team duped by continually changing wind shifts while still leading the fleet in the second race of the day.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day three - Consistency the key
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy has seen three races, each with growing intensity take place on a course rich with littered traps of varying sizes on day three. It was a day when the processing power of each afterguard's brains was constantly loaded and when a keen eye on the big picture, scanning the horizon for developing gusts which might be several minutes away, was essential.... [more]
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Stunning day of J Class racing in Newport, Rhode Island
Ben Stack,
A fantastic day of racing was watched by the thousands of spectators who took to the waters to see Ranger and Velsheda battle in the near perfect conditions of Newport Harbour - 16 knots southerly with sunshine. The two yachts circled and manoeuvred for the best position to cross the start line, laid across the bay from Fort Adams. Both got away cleanly but RANGER quickly got the advantage... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 - Impressive line up
KPMS,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011: There are 194 entrants for the offshore race; 20 countries and territories in attendance; around 2,200 competitors; numerous, challenging hours at sea; 18 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds the line honours record to beat; Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), the largest yacht on the roster at 30.5-metres/100-feet and the Vismara 34 Manida (ITA), one of the smallest.... [more]
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Lest we Forget - the glorious International Offshore Rule
Richard Gladwell,
Remember our interview with leading designer, Greg Elliott a few weeks ago? And the way he spat/spelled out the the racing rules - IOR --- IMS --- IRC. They meant little to someone who designs for performance. But for others, bending the rule to get the biggest boat for the smallest possible rating occupied many hours, and generated tens or probably hundreds of thousands of dollars in design fe... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit Marseille Trophy keeps tacticians on their toes
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit's Marseille Trophy 2011 - Marseille's Rade Sud has kept the tacticians on their toes over the first two days of the event and today will almost certainly be the same.... [more]
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Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2011 skippers feel the pressure
Diana Bogaards,
Zwitserleven Round Texel Race - Pressure is heating up for the race on Saturday, 25 June 2011. Especially those who are aiming for the line honors (first finish) have been busy with innovative changes. Some are secret, others publicly.... [more]
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Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 day five freestyle frenzy
PWA,
Bonaire PWA World Cup 2011 fifth and final day of competition erupted into a freestyle frenzy, as the sailors brought everything they had to the table in an attempt to progress through the double elimination.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2011 at Porto Cervo preview
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2011 - A top quality international fleet, comprising 19 teams from six countries (ITA, CZE, GBR, NED, USA, FRA), has gathered at the YCCS on the eve of the third leg of the Series.... [more]
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Paperwork hiccup overcome for Australian America's Cup Challenge
Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World.com,
A dramatic turn of events in the last few days when the list of challengers announced at a press conference in the host city of San Francisco included two teams from France plus representatives from China, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and the United States but no Australian Team.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race China's Team Sanya skipper announced
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
China launched its first ever sole entry in the Volvo Ocean Race today and announced New Zealander Mike Sanderson as skipper. 'This is a fantastic opportunity to race under the flag of such a great country and culture,' said Sanderson today at the Team Sanya launch in central Beijing.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day four new leader
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 taking place in Punta Ala, Italy, saw lighter winds on day four with numerous new faces coming to the front of the fleet.... [more]
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North Sails take 1, 2, 3 in two major Etchells regattas
Sail-World.com,
North Sails takes 1, 2, 3 in two major Etchells regattas on both sides of the Pacific.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's - Redefining the 'Dolly Ride'..
Kimball Livingstone,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Kimball Livingstone is a passionate follower of things America's Cup. Seeing the AC45's sailing on San Francisco Bay is a small slice of heaven, and sailing on one is probably as good as it gets.. Here's Kimball's take on his Big Day Out. I have to tell it to you backwards. It went like this . . .... [more]
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Newport J Class Regatta – Thursday 16th June
Ben Stack,
Ranger locked out Velsheda at the start of the first race of the Newport J Class Regatta with a stunning textbook manoeuvre. Both boats lined up in perfect conditions - 16 knots northerly and sunny - to give them a beat away from the spectator start area off Fort Adams and up into the harbour under the famous Newport Bridge.... [more]
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America's Cup: Inside Wednesday's Media Conference
Michelle Slade,
San Francisco based sailing journalist, Michelle Slade, was at the Media Conference held in the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday. It was too difficult for ACEA to put on a phone line for the international media to listen in to proceedings. Here's Michelle's take on the day:... [more]
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America's Cup: Aboard the AC45 - Still pinching myself..
Michelle Slade,
It was my turn to clamber aboard the 45, I got a quick introduction to the guys on Coutts 5 - Dirk 'Cheese' de Ridder, Matt Mason, Phillipe Presti, Simon Daubney and Jonno Macbeth - before being shown my spot behind the aft crossbeam. The only instruction: hold onto to the piece of yellow rubber hosing fixed on the crossbeam. And we shot off on a reach... [more]
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Sydney Yachts GTS 43 hits the water for Sydney International Boat Show
Daryl Sharpe,
The very first of the new, Ker designed, GTS 43's will be in the water by the end of June, 2011. This means you'll soon be able to go onboard and look over this most impressive new vessel, from a team renowned for its ability to build and deliver, strong, fast and reliable racing yachts.... [more]
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Images from Marseille: Audio MedCup - Day 2
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from Day2 of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day two for Audi Azzurra team
Giuliano Luzzatto,
The Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011 has seen Audi Azzurra Sailing Team take third and seventh place in day two's races amid light and shifty air that penalized the fleet leaders.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day two rollercoaster
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy day two started off with light winds and no shortage of variety for the 52 fleet as the were able to sail on each of Marseille's main courses.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup 2011 titles on the line in Kiel
ISAF,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011 titles will be decided in Kiel, Germany. The 2010-2011 series has already seen excellent competition as sailors prepare for the London 2012 Olympics to be held in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain.... [more]
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Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Race entry Qingdao named
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race - Qingdao, one of ten internationally sponsored entries competing in the Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has taken one step closer to the race start with the naming of the yacht in a special ceremony at St Katharine Docks in London.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 day 3 head to head
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 being held in Punta Ala, Italy from 10th to 17th June has attracted more than 300 entries from 28 nations worldwide... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy Day 2 on the Rade Nord
Audi MedCup,
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy Day 2 is the second day of racing for the 52 Series and the first day for the 40 Series. Another day of light winds is expected as the Audi MedCup Circuit is due to race on the northern race course, the Rade Nord, today.... [more]
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Images of Newport: The J's
George Bekris,
Top US photographer George Bekris is at the J class regatta in Newport, RI and provides this gallery of images of these spectacular classic yachts.... [more]
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Images from Marseille: Audio MedCup - Day 1
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman presents this gallery of images from Day 1 of the Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation - reduced rates!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2011? Reduced rates now available. Some great options still available at drastically reduced rates - call us to negotiate! 1300 653 997 Several apartments available close to the marina. Or perhaps you prefer to be a little further away from all the action to enjoy some quiet time. Stunning options also available on the... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy 2011 to Winning and Yandoo
Frank Quealey,
The Mark Foy Trophy 2011 has seen the crew of Yandoo take the win with ‘Woody' being regarded in Australian 18 Footer Sailing circles as the ‘modern day Mark Foy' due to his achievements in prospering the present fleet and the introduction of the 3-Buoys handicap system.... [more]
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