Record fleet hits the rough stuff in Round the Island...Slater, Jobson, Barker and Ashley interviewed...New AC team unveiled

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Sail-World New Zealand: 26 June 2011

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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 26 June 2011

Early Saturday morning, local time just over 1900 yachts started in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. It is an eclectic fleet . The professional and the amateur. Multihull against monohull. One off racer vs one design. The just launched and the classic. Those who do the race every year, and those who are doing it for the first time. The celebrities, the sponsors and the club sailors.

While some are doing it for the challenge and experience, there is a record to be snatched, and a race to be won. This is more about bragging rights, and finishing the course, not season's points.

In this edition of Sail-World we carry some great images from the race. Sure it's a bit of a hoot, but it is a great advertisement for sailing, and a great way to get non-sailing people interested in the sport. Plus like any yacht race, once you get competitors milling around before the start, all the bonhomie ceases, the game faces go on, and she is a serious business.

Lionel Lemonchois helming Prince De Bretagne at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race  onEdition ©

Out of all the best, the beautiful and fastest, the race was won by a 26ft production boat - albeit an extremely well-sailed one.

Over the past two Saturday afternoons, we've had the pleasure of listening to PJ Montgomery, showing once again that he is much more than just a great yachting commentator as he conducts a six hour sports show on Newstalk ZB. (He also does the sideline commentary for premier rugby matches, most Saturday nights, plus a general Sunday morning sports show - the highest rating radio show in NZ).

The Black Pearl at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race  onEdition ©

But his Saturday or Sunday afternoon shows are a too rare treat. They are also a great opportunity for sailing matters and sailors to get an airing by someone who understands sailing, to a more general sporting audience. In this edition we feature four audio interviews from the past two Saturdays - with Gary Jobson, Dean Barker, Dan Slater and Tom Ashley.

PJ's got that rare ability to get people to say what they probably wouldn't tell anyone else, and these four interviews are no different.

They're not to be missed. (Go to www.newstalk.co.nz and click on the Audio Archive/Week on Demand link to hear the full six hours from noon on Saturday).

Wing in the surf - Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2011  Thom Touw ©

On Thursday morning, NZT, the latest America's Cup Challenger, previously unannounced, was unveiled in Valencia, Spain.

These announcements have frankly, become a bit of a yawn. Why? Because in withholding the name of a Challenger a lot of the intrigue and speculation is taken out of the game.

Who is in, and who is not, and who might be is all part of the early Cup cycle.While the teams might find it dreadfully convenient to operate behind this sort of smokescreen. For the fans it is a turn-off. And, when the announcements do come, en masse, they lose most of their impact.

Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2011  Rui Valido

It's a bit like hearing someone has had a baby, when the mother wouldn't tell anyone she was pregnant. That vital mix of intrigue, surprise and anticipation is lost. The team announcements are not the celebration of a milestone reached, that they should be.

Whether the America's Cup will recover from this PR snafu, and the teams can build a domestic fan base, remains to be seen.

The Black Pearl at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race  onEdition ©

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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America's Cup: Green Comm and RCNV launch challenge of sustainability
Green Comm Racing,
The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm Racing announced the details of their Challenge for the 34th America's Cup at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain. The Green Comm Racing team, representing Spain's RCNV, completes the field of nine teams from eight nations that will be on the starting line in 10 AC 45 catamarans at the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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JP Tobin reports from the European and UK Windsurfing tour
JP Tobin,
Top NZ windsurfer, JP Tobin, reports on his sailing from April to June, including finishing second at the highly competitive Skandia sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, United Kingdom... [more]
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America's Cup: Spanish-Italian Challenger announces in Valencia
Richard Gladwell,
European media are reporting that Spain's Real Club Nautica of Valencia and Italy's Green Comm Racing will jointly challenge for the 2013 America's Cup, according to an invitation issued for the official announcement. The Spanish-Italian challenge is the eighth challenger and will bring the total fleet to nine. They are the unannounced challenger alluded to at last week's Media Announcement in... [more]
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Dan Slater will step up for Pre-Olympics in Finn class
PJ Montgomery,
Former ISAF World Youth Champion, Dan Slater, is on his third Olympic campaign, and his second in the Mens Heavyweight Singlehanded event, in the Finn class. Last Saturday, on Newstalk ZB, Slater spoke to top yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery, and reflected on where he is at with his campaign. What he needs to do to be competitive with triple Olympic Gold medallist, Ben Ainslie (GBR) amd more... [more]
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Young Teams Take Top Two Slots at GoPro Match Cup A + Video
Chicago Match Race Center,
The usual suspect - a hot and sunny Chicago summer day with no breeze crept in on the second day of the GoPro Match Cup A Event.... [more]
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Tension high in Elliott 6m Finals at Kieler Week
Elliott 6m Sailing,
Ekaterina Skudina wins another Kiel Week gold medal. USA's Anna Tunnicliffe, finished fifth in Kiel, has comfortably won the 2011 ISAF World Cup on 91 points. Silja Lehtinen (FIN), second 76 points, and Sally Barkow (USA), third 75 points. After an intense SWC battle GBR, USA, FIN, RUS, FRA, NED, AUS, GER, NZL, SWE, ESP, and DEN. have qualified for the WMR at the Weymouth Olympic Test Event in A... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 - Sundowner is victorious
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Round the Island Race 2011 - Nick Roger takes victory at the race today. With more than 1,900 boats and 16,000 competitors jostling for space on a crowded Solent, Rogers mastered difficult conditions to win the Gold Roman Bowl, awarded to the best corrected time around the 50-nautical mile course, after handicaps are calculated.... [more]
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Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week day one
Rich Roberts,
It was Long Beach, home of the notorious summer sea breeze that roars down the San Pedro Channel like an express train. So what was with the wimpy six to seven knots that greeted 150 boats in 15 classes for the first day of competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week?... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker explains the Emirates team NZ campaign
PJ Montgomery,
Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on Newstalk ZB to explain the various campaigns that the New Zealand based team are running ahead of the 34th America's Cup. Barker also revealed their target dates for launching the first of the AC72's that the team will build and the impact on their build up with that boat, that they non-sai... [more]
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America's Cup: Jobson calls for stronger nationality rules
PJ Montgomery,
Former America's cup winner, leading media commentator and now President of US Sailing, Gary Jobson, spoke with top international yachting commentator, PJ Montgomery on his views of the current America's Cup. Jobson believed that there would be more interest in the current America's Cup, if there were stronger nationality rules imposed on the teams, which would in turn generate more of a nation... [more]
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Gold medalist reflects on missing Pre-Olympic selection
PJ Montgomery,
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Tom Ashley, did not have a good regatta - by his standards - in the sixth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup at Weymouth, England, earlier this month. Despite several good results earlier in the year, he was beaten by long standing rival, JP Tobin, who then trumped the 2008 World and Olympic Champion when yachting New Zealand announced its selection for the 2011 Pr... [more]
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Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2011 winners
Diana Bogaards amended Sail-World,
The 34th Zwitserleven Round Texel Race commenced around 13.30 in a spectacular way with a down wind start, with spinnakers hoisted, in a strong force five breeze and a low tide on the Wadden Sea. The combination caused capsizes and collisions and some favourites were out of the race early.... [more]
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Round the Island Race: 470 double medallist takes the Gold Roman Bowl
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Nick Rogers, who usually sails a 470 double-handed Olympic dinghy with crew Chris Grube, helmed Contessa 26 Sundowner to victory at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. With more than 1,900 boats and 16,000 competitors jostling for space on a crowded Solent, Rogers mastered difficult conditions to win the Gold Roman Bowl, awarded to the best corrected t... [more]
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Portimao Portugal Match Cup - Top qualifier out of semi finals
WMRT,
Johnie Berntsson has pulled off a dramatic comeback against Torvar Mirsky to claim a place in the semi finals of the Portimão Portugal Match Cup.... [more]
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New ORCi World Champions
Offshore Racing Congress,
ORCi World Championship 2011 concluded in Cres, Croatia, after a long week that featured weather conditions varying from zero to nearly 30 knots.... [more]
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Portimao Portugal Match Cup - Williams through
WMRT,
In a marked change from the qualifying sessions the forecasted wind arrived blowing up to 20 knots through the waters of Portimão. Williams went into the quarter final clash confident after qualifying in second place with seven wins from 11 matches, just behind a rampant Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 history in the making
Barby MacGowan,
Tomorrow, cannon fire from the iconic Castle Hill Lighthouse will signal the beginning of a historic ocean adventure when six yachts are sent off on the Transatlantic Race 2011.... [more]
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Gary Jobson: An American Sailing Story
Angus Phillips,
An old proverb suggests it's best to live in uninteresting times. That depends on where you stand. Gary Jobson had the good fortune to hit his stride just when the relatively arcane sport he'd built his life around reached a fascinating peak, and he's made the most of it.... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 – Toe in the Water fourth fastest monohull
Camilla Green,
JP Morgan Round the Island Race 2011 - Tri service charity Toe in the Water, competing on the Artemis Ocean Racing IMOCA 60 with a crew of injured service personnel, secured a well fought result as the fourth fastest monohull.... [more]
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John Bertrand is Victoria's Sailor of the Year
Mike Sabey,
Victorian Yachting Awards 2011 winners were announced on Friday 24th June. John Bertrand takes out Victoria's Sailor of the Year Award.... [more]
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Lemonchois takes JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race
Richard Gladwell,
The 80th edition of the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race started in fresh conditions, with a beat to the first turning mark, The Needles, at the western end of the Isle of Wight. Casualties came thick and fast with several collisions, and at least three crew swept overboard. Fortunately all were recovered safely.... [more]
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Images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex
Daniel Forster,
Top international photographer, Daniel Forster, presents this gallery of images from Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex, sailed at Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, USA.... [more]
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Australian team named for 2012 London Olympic Games sailing test event
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia has announced the Australian sailors who will contest the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the sailing test event for the 2012 London Olympic Games.... [more]
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Optimist Ulster Championship 2011
IODAI,
The Optimist Ulster Championships returned to Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club after a three year gap. With over 100 hundred boats and most of the competitors travelling from Southern Ireland, North Down Tourism support to the event couldn't have been more apt.... [more]
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Texel Dutch Open win for Heemskerk and Tentij
Diana Bogaards amended Sail-World.com,
Dutchmen Mischa Heemskerk and Bastiaan Tentij won the Texel Dutch Open again on Friday, June 24, 2011. They prolong their Dutch catamaran title with today's three bullets. Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser from the Netherlands take silver, followed by the Australians Adam Beattie and Jamie Leitner.... [more]
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Portimao Portugal Match Cup five way fight
Audrey Lakai,
With just five races sailed today at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup due to fickle winds, five Tour Card Holders are fighting for the remaining quarter final berths.... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 Press Conference huge success
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Round the Island Race - On the eve of the historic 80th Anniversary Race, commencing with the first gun at 0600 hrs tomorrow, the Race organisers at the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, are delighted with the level of media interest being generated in this year's Race.... [more]
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The Cariad Trophy - Hong Kong's very own sailing speed record
Paul Zimmerman, Dennis Wong, Roger Eastham,
1990 record holders Paul Zimmerman, Dennis Wong and Francis Ong recently had a lunch reunion, and reflected on the events of the record-setting day. Zimmerman commented that he was 'surprised that no one has managed to beat the record since then, given the advancement in recent boat design.'... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 5 action
Ed Sinclair,
Aruba High Winds Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi storm into first place after an epic opening day of slalom... [more]
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Kieler Woche for the Platu 25 German fleet
Sabrina Bonaiti,
Kieler Woche. Less than one month after the 2011 World Championship in Gmunden, on the Traunsee Lake, Austria, here we are with another important appointment for the Platu 25 class.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup: Esimit Europa 2 retains line honours title
KPMS,
Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) crossed the finish line in Genoa to claim line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Esimit Europa 2 completed the course in 33 hours 45 minutes and 20 seconds thus retaining the title they claimed in 2010, when the event finished in San Remo.... [more]
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Busy time for The Wave Muscat skipper Leigh McMillan
Nicky Moore,
It has been an exciting two months for British Olympian Leigh McMillan. In May he was announced as part of the Oman Sail Tour de France à la Voile (TDV) team for their 2011 campaign, and earlier this month, he stepped into the position of skipper onboard their Extreme 40, The Wave, Muscat.... [more]
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Portimão Portugal Match Cup - Collision as the pressure mounts
WMRT,
At the Portimão Portugal Match Cup after completion of qualifying session two, AON Racing and Siragusawa Sailing Team depart the competition. Eight more must fight to advance to the quarter finals.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series 2011 - Wright and Pascoe at the top
Lindsey Bell,
British sailors Ed Wright and Megan Pascoe ensured a golden finale to the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series on Thursday (22 June), winning their respective classes at the seventh and final leg of the series in Kiel, Germany.... [more]
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PWA Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam day 4 freestyle
PWA,
Belgian freestyle maestro, Steven Van Broeckhoven and Caribbean Queen, Sarah-Quita Offringa blow the competition out of the water to secure their places at the top of the freestyle rankings in Aruba.... [more]
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