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Sail-World New Zealand: 18 September 2011

Emirates Team New Zealand sailors Dean Barker, Ray Davies, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg and Glenn Ashby receive their first place trophy and medals on stage at the presentation for the match racing stage of the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth. 17/9/2011  Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 September 2011

Emirates Team New Zealand have continued their winning ways at the America's Cup World Series, taking the Match Racing section of the four headed regatta, sailed at Plymouth, England.

New Zealand fans and viewers will get their first opportunity to see their team in action, outside of a highlights package, when the coverage is broadcast for the first time tonight. We have the schedule in this edition of Sail-World.

At the Auckland International Boat Show, we have had a constant string of bewildered sailing fans bemoaning the fact that they have to wait for a week to see their home team competing in the ACWS, while everyone else in the world can see it on demand.

What views have these walls seen in days gone by? America's Cup World Series Match Racing Finals  Ben Gladwell

The sailing world is only too well aware of the anguish that the sport has been put through over the past four years, since the America's Cup started appearing on the hearing schedule in the New York Supreme Court. The damage done to the rest of the sport, by this action was immense.

After three years the sport had rebuilt quite nicely around events like the Volvo Ocean Race, Audi MedCup, Extreme Sailing, World Match Racing Tour, and the Olympic sailing circuits amongst others.

Alex Mussolini having fun - PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup 2011 Day 6  PWA World Tour

Now when there is the chance to get some credibility back into the America's Cup, we see a situation where the fans of the most successful team in the game are marginalised by the uncaring, arrogant and deliberate actions of America's Cup Event Authority.

Despite the actions of ACEA, the New Zealand fans are still interested in seeing the AC45 racing (highlights packages only) which have been running on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show - regularly being five and six deep around the big screen.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - Conde de Godo Trophy 2011  © Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup

Sail-World has two correspondents in Plymouth to cover the regatta. The doyen of sailing writers, Bob Fisher, provides a daily insight into the action and side-issues at the regatta. Ben Gladwell has travelled down from Cowes and is on the water - he gives his first report on the racing and provides a gallery from on the water, in this edition of Sail-World.com

The Auckland International Boat Show is over for another year. The show has grown to an amazing size – which now takes at least a day to get around. Certainly there have been issues with a new Events Centre and waterfront location. But everyone can see the potential, and already the improvements are being noted for next year's show.

Boats on display at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland International Boat Show  

In this edition we have several stories and image galleries from around the Auckland International Boat Show. The weather wasn't always this great – and another week in Spring could have been a different story.

However everyone seems very positive about what has been achieved. This event is long on potential, and will set the staging point for many other such events in the Viaduct Harbour - which is now set to become a world maritime centre.

AC45 Match Race Finals - America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011  © Ingrid Abery

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
NZ Editor

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Fisher's View: Earth to ACEA: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it!'
Bob Fisher,
We are aware that the America's Cup (and its associated regattas) is in a state of flux, but ACEA cannot grasp the concept of 'If it's not broke, don't fix it.' It would seem that its idea of improvement is in reducing the number of races... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Viewed from the Water - Match Racing Final
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water for the final day of the Match Racing at the second round of the America's Cup World Series. he's his view of how the racing unfolded: The first races of the day were the second semi-final with Artemis Racing pitted against Team Korea. Artemis led the first race until the final top mark when they misjudged their layline and were forced to complete two mor... [more]
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America's Cup organisers block Youtube for seven days for Kiwi fans
Sail-World,
America's Cup Event organisers have confirmed a seven day block on full commentated coverage 'available' for New Zealand fans from the America's Cup World series in Plymouth. The reasons for the block have now been confirmed and stem from the fact that America's Cup Events Authority have signed a broadcast agreement with local broadcaster, Television New Zealand. TVNZ were the first broadcaster... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Trapani images by Stefano Gattini
Studio Borlenghi/Stefano Gattini,
Extreme Sailing Series Trapani 2011 images from photographer Stefano Gattini of Studio Borlenghi.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Match Racing - Final day of America's Cup Worlds
Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World's Ben Gladwell was on the water at Plymouth, England for the final day of the Match racing in the America's Cup World Series and submitted this gallery of the day's racing... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ struggle to reach potential in Extreme 40's
Warren Douglas,
Fickle puffs of breeze opened a whole new chapter of lessons to Emirates Team New Zealand in the penultimate day of racing of Act 6 of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series in Trapani. Emirates Team NZ reports form the Extreme 40, at Trapani Italy: light, wafting westerly winds that never lifted above seven knots, the full programme of nine inner-harbour races on Day 4 was contested with reaching star... [more]
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Emirates Team New Zealand: Match racing champion of Plymouth
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has won the final of the America's Cup World Series at Plymouth, beating Team Korea in two straight matches. The losses ended Team Korea's five-race match racing winning streak on Plymouth Sound in which skipper Draper despatched, among others, Oracle Racing 4's James Spithill and then his boss Russell Coutts.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 6 out-powers sailors
PWA,
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the sixth day of competition in Klitmoller and at the end of the day, PWA judge Thijs van der Meer out-powered the sailors in the King of KIA car pulling contest. As one of the main sponsors for the KIA @coldhawaii world cup, KIA have donated a number of cars to ensure the smooth running of the event... [more]
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America's Cup World Series images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid,
Great images from photographer Chris Schmid of the America's Cup World Series action in Plymouth.... [more]
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AC World Series Plymouth images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth action images of Artemis Racing from photographer Sander van der Borch. Enjoy.... [more]
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AC World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing take fourth and fifth + Video
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, brisk winds ensured that the 10,000-plus crowds were treated to seven matches and some slick racing, especially from Team Korea who are mounting their country's first-ever America's Cup challenger.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Emirates Team NZ take title
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Emirates Team New Zealand won the Plymouth Match Racing Championship after halting the rapid rise of Team Korea with a 2-0 victory in wildly variable winds on Plymouth Sound. 'It's nice to win the match racing here after coming second in the last one,' Barker said.... [more]
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Audi MedCup champions crowned
Sabina-Mollart Rogerson,
The Audi MedCup Circuit has concluded with the closest finish since the conclusion of the 2007 season. Quantum Racing secured the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series title on the year's penultimate race.... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images of the Match Race Finals from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Lighter conditions expected
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Historically the South Atlantic leg of the race has produced some of the closest finishes of the competition – in Clipper 07-08 two of the top three teams crossed the line just 40 seconds apart after 3,500 miles of racing. Clipper 11-12 is shaping up to provide some more edge-of-your-seat viewing for those of us watching events unfold on our computer screens.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Superyacht builders create hi-tech outriggers
Rebecca Hayter,
Australia and Ireland tangled on the water at the Auckland International Boat Show today in a precursor to tonight's big game. The boat show is based in the new Viaduct Events Centre in the Viaduct Harbour from 15 to 18 September. Teams of apprentices took part in the NZ Marine Industry Training Organisation's International Boatbuilding Competition... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final - Goncalves and Haddad into Semis
ISAF,
Haddad joins Mads Ebler (DEN), Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Laurie Jury in the open division and Goncalves accompanies Claire Leroy (FRA), Mandy Mulder (NED) and Olivia Price in the women's division.... [more]
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Spectacular Green Comm Racing wins first match race ever
Pierre Orphanidis,
Green Comm Racing's match races start with a bang. The Spanish America's Cup challenger finish their first ever match race with a victory against France's Aleph and will now focus on Saturday's race against China Team for seventh place in the America's Cup Plymouth Match Racing Championship... [more]
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America's Cup: Korean Giant Killers through to ACWS Match Race Semis
Clifford Webb,
Three straight wins have propelled Team Korea, the White Tiger Challenge, into the semi-finals of the Plymouth Match Racing Championships as they proved themselves the team of the day in the second America's Cup World Series regatta. Having finished as sixth seed in the qualifying races yesterday, Korea went into the all Asian battle against China Team where there was certainly more on the lin... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 5 – Upsets aplenty seen from the Committee Boat
Bob Fisher,
Aboard the Committee Boat for the America's Cup World Series: The invitation to join PRO John Craig and his worthy number two, Harold Bennett, was not to be missed. It was eye-opening. I was prepared for the racing to be anticlimactic, but it was far removed from that. The bookies would have made a fortune because the upsets were more regular than the predicted results most of the time.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ through to the Finals - America's Cup World Series
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand today won through to the finals of the Plymouth Match Racing Championship, beating Oracle Racing 5 2-1. The team's opponent in the finals will be decided tomorrow when top seed Artemis Racing races Team Korea in the second semi-final.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us this stunning gallery of images from all the action taking place out on the water. Enjoy!... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Oracle Racing bounced out of Match Racing
Sail-World,
Six teams were scheduled to be knocked out of contention for the Plymouth Match Racing Championships title on the penultimate day, but the big surprise was that both Oracle Racing boats would be among them. After beating China Team in his opening match of the day, Chris Draper and Team Korea pounced on Oracle Racing Spithill when his team was struggling with a faulty jib clutch... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 5 fierce winds back off
PWA,
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup competition has now completed day five which witnessed Kauli Seadi and Danny Bruch show that they have got the skills in the KIA @coldhawaii community SUP session but it wasn't enough to fend of local hot shot Casper.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day 3 first class performances
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day three witnessed the first day of stadium racing in Trapani with stunning performances amid excellent racing conditions. The Wave, Muscat crew were on form and delivered a first class performance. 'It was a really fantastic day for us, we are ecstatic,' said The Wave skipper Leigh McMillan.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy champagne awaits
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Conde de Godó Trophy - With the pressure on them to extinguish the late season charge towards the 2011 52 Series title of Spanish favourites Bribon, the Quantum Racing crew stepped up to the plate and delivered what was probably their most accomplished performance of the five months long season.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Stands - Gallery 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the third gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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Superyacht builders create hi-tech outriggers at Boat Show
Rebecca Hayter,
As Rugby World Cup fever warms up, the Auckland International Boat Show is displaying what may be the world's most glamorous outrigger canoes.The boat show is based in the new Viaduct Events Centre in the Viaduct Harbour from 15 to 18 September.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Show - Gallery 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the second gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Stands - Gallery 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the first gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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ZOKE Kiwi Match represent Oceania at Nations Cup
Logan Fraser,
ZOKE Kiwi Match qualified to represent New Zealand by winning our National Qualifier in Auckland and then the Regional Final in Sydney last May. The event fits perfectly in our schedule so we were thrilled when we qualified and are proud to be here, representing our country and the Oceania region.... [more]
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Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights.... [more]
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Danes and Aussies lead after ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final Round Robin
ISAF News,
Mads Ebler (DEN) continued his domination of the open division in the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final as Olivia Price (AUS) won all of her Thursday matches to top the women's division at the end of the Round Robin sailed on Lake Michigan.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Action images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid,
Photographer Chris Schmid was in Plymouth capturing the action at the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 4 – Seeding complete
Bob Fisher,
The technology surrounding the AC World Series never ceases to amaze. And it's not just the technology associated with the boats, but that which concerns the racing. Electronic positioning of the boats, marks and course limits has been the concern of Stan Honey from the outset and there is no one better qualified to deal with all the problems.... [more]
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Barker to face Coutts in semi of America's Cup World Series
Warren Douglas,
Dean Barker faces off against his former team mate Russell Coutts in the match race semi-final of the ACWS Plymouth regatta. Emirates Team New Zealand was seeded second and Oracle 5 third after six fleet races on Wednesday and Thursday.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day 2 fast and furious as Alinghi hold on
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the second day of competition in Trapani and on this day, fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet were delivered. The fleet took to the water amid sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots.... [more]
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