Kiwis qualify in Womens Match Racing...Ainslie Jury Decision...Banque Populaire rips through Southern Ocean

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Sail-World New Zealand: 14 December 2011

Light winds at the start of Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 14 December 2011

Action continues in the ISAF World Championships in Perth, with the second week of racing underway – New Zealand is represented in the Mens Single-hander (Laser), Mens HP Skiff (49er), Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) and Womens Two-hander (470). And the Womens Match Racing continues from the first week.

After a reasonable start some of the fancied competitors fell out of bed on the second day, and we will have a full report online on Wednesday on www.sail-world.com

But the short shot is that Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are in 4th overall in the 49er; Tom Ashley is 4th in the RS:X; Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie 10th in the Womens 470; and Andrew Murdoch is the best placed NZer in the Mens Laser at 10th overall.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand compete during the yellow fleet race for the 49er Men's Skiff Class of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 12, 2011 in Perth, Australia.   Paul Kane

Great news of the day is that the New Zealand Womens Match Racing crew of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt have qualified New Zealand for the 2012 Olympics. This is a great result for the Koru Match crew – to qualify in the second round of qualifying as sixth best placed nation (excluding the host GBR) out of the eight to qualify from the Perth Worlds.

The old maxim of 'it's not how hard you fall but how quickly you get back up' certainly applies to the Koru Match team after they were not selected to take the NZ qualified place at the 2011 Olympic Test Event – but bounced back at the World Championships just four months later.

Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt, Match Racing December 13, 2011 off Fremantle, Australia and qulaify New Zealand for the 2012 Olympics.   Alastair Hyde-Tetley/Perth 2011

Ashore the controversy over the double disqualification of triple Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie continues, with the British team in full damage control mode.

We have some more images of the incident in this edition and a fuller report including the full International Jury decision which is at variance with some of the claims being made in media releases.

This is a serious matter, from the perspective of the signal this sort of behaviour sends to others in the sport, particularly young sailors, and the penalty must be substantial. Further action must be taken by the International Sailing Federation.

Not content with having the British Finn nomination for the 2012 Olympics, Ben Ainslie prepares to impress the Swimming selectors, Fremantle - ISAF World Sailing Championships  Robert Deaves /IFA

For sure there is no excuse for media, and particularly TV, to be so close to competitors, but there is a proper way to resolve that issue – which is not by jumping aboard a media boat on the way to the beach and remonstrating with the driver.

In the Volvo Ocean Race, the second leg has got underway in marked contract to the first, with the fleet being plagued by light winds. We feature the latest reports in this edition and will publish a Volvo Ocean Race newsletter in the next day with all the start and stopover coverage.

We've also got the latest report from the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire skippered by Loick Peyron, who is well ahead of record pace to set a new round the world sailing record.

Banque Populaire flying through the southern Indian Ocean  Copyright : Team Banque Populaire / BFBP

Don't miss the review of the 2011 year from Emirates Team NZ's perspective by Grant Dalton taken from www.etnzblog.com We've added some images and a couple of video interviews to illustrate the gains made and the spread of events undertaken by the world's most successful professional sailing team. Theirs is an example others could do well to emulate, instead of hauling them off to the America's Cup Jury Room, whenever Emirates Team NZ have a new angle on the AC sailing game.

Jorge Murrieta and Alejandro Murrieta of Mexico capsize - 49er Men's Skiff Class - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships  Paul Kane

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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Extreme Sailing Series confirms 2012 circuit
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - After an extraordinary and nail-biting finish to what was another ground-breaking, and high quality racing year, the award-winning Stadium Sailing event confirms its 2012 circuit. The same award-winning format, but two new countries and three new venues will accompany five proven Host Cities from the highly-charged 2011 circuit.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper snatches Leg 2 lead stalked by Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper have snatched the lead from Groupama and Puma have slipped into second place as a high intensity and high stakes game of cat and mouse is unfolding on Leg 2 as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet edge towards the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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New Zealand qualifies for 2012 Olympic place in Womens Match Racing
Sail-World,
The New Zealand crew of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt have qualified New Zealand for the 2012 Olympics in the Womens Match Racing event, being sailed at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Fremantle. The young crew finished as sixth qualifier out of the eight to be chosen at the ISAF Worlds.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Just six minutes in it
Heather Ewing,
Visit Finland has denied the home favourite, Gold Coast Australia, their sixth consecutive victory and a coveted home port win in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. For Tasmanian skipper, Richard Hewson and the crew of Gold Coast Australia, the arrival in their home port is bitter sweet.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Dalton reflects on a tough but very good year
Grant Dalton,
Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton, looks back on a busy year for the world's most successful sailing team, now campaigning in the America's Cup, Volvo Round the World race and Extreme 40's .... I guess this can be a Christmas blog. That means I reflect on the year – the good the bad and the ugly. Not so sure about the ugly or even the bad; there hasn't really been too much... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 49er Worlds now underway
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, the 49er Class has ‘sprung' into action on day one of the 49er World Championship. There are now just two points separating the top four positions after three races. Organizers endeavored to start races on time to beat the impending forecast for thunderstorms and heavy afternoon winds on the Centre course... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 10
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailng World Championships,
On day ten of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, competitors and spectators alike were greeted by powerful south easterly winds that went as high as 22 knots; this was in addition to heavy showers, thunder and lightning. The 49er class, Women's 470, Men's RS:X, and Laser class began their title campaigns in this second week of the competition.... [more]
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NZ Sailing Team: Momentum builds for second wave of competitors
Kristine Lederis and Sail-World,
The second wave of NZ sailors started their World Championship crusade Monday in stormy conditions off Fremantle, Western Australia. The Men's RS:X, 49er, Laser and Women's 470 had their first races of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships today.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire knocks over three days off record
Banque Populaire Media,
Less than a week after crossing the Cape of Good Hope and their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, getting once again a new reference time between these two Capes. After 17 days 23 hours 57 minutes and 18 seconds at sea since leaving Ushant. Includes three videos of fast sailing in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race – Frustrating conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As the double-handed Class40s entered the most remote sector of the Indian Ocean and crossed the leg two Celox Sailing Scoring Gate north of Kerguelen Island, a cold front swept through the fleet bringing the long period of reaching on port tack to an abrupt end.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ben Ainslie Rule 69 incident
Lindsey Bell,
ISAF Sailing World Championships – The RYA is awaiting the report from the International Jury, of the Perth 2011 Worlds, in order to consider what further action, if any, to take. The RYA will follow its established procedures for responding to Rule 69 reports.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia takes lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fewer than 100 miles to go for the leading trio, who are separated now by just seven miles, and this race is far from over. 'The atmosphere on board is electric!' exclaims De Lage Landen skipper, Stuart Jackson; 'Nerve wracking,' says Olly Osborne on Visit Finland; and, 'Exciting racing,' notes Richard Hewson as his Gold Coast Australia team move into the lea... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finn images
Robert Deaves,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from the Finn Gold Cup by Robert Deaves.... [more]
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Will kites fly at the Olympics?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
In practical terms, kiteboard racing using the existing kite technology plainly will not fly across much of Europe and Asia. Going forward the push to bring kiteboarding in the Olympic playing field will need either new kites or winder venues.... [more]
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Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play...... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship Race 4 Video of everything but nothing
Bob Killick,
18ft Skiff NSW Championship race 4 Video of everything but nothing in the end... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships medal day race images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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Women's Match Racing gets intense at the ISAF Sailing Worlds
Elliott 6m Sailing,
The Women's Match Racing repecharge continued yesterday on Fremantle's Inner Harbour at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Racing was close and exciting all day and with only four points between the top and bottom teams, there was plenty of opportunity for sailors to advance through to the quarterfinals.... [more]
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North Harbour Tanner Cup Trials: Reefing is for Pussies, or is it?
John Jennings,
North Harbour held their Tanner Class trials over the weekend of 10-11 Dec at Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Conditions in the morning appeared marginal with a strong onshore Easterly, and, of course, at Murrays Bay that means dumping waves on the foreshore. The decision was made to proceed afloat so several of the sailors opted for a reef.... [more]
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Australian World Champions set Gold Medal platform for London 2012
Rob Kothe,
Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page became the 2011 470 Mens World Champions on Sunday afternoon. Malcolm Page's first comment was ‘Winning the world championship in Perth is a great step towards Weymouth.'... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Maxi Banque Populaire V crosses Cape Leewin
Marine CarriƩ,
Jules Verne Trophy - In under a week after they crossed the Cape of Good Hope and made their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew aboard the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, again earning a new reference time between these two Capes.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Not quite there
Paul Larsen,
It felt like it was going to blow all day... and it did! We got in to the container on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club early and quickly pulled Vestas Sailrocket 2 out of her soft hangar. The wing was up in no time and Alex set to raking the whole beam and wing forward six degrees in anticipation for the loads that would need to be balanced if today we found the long sought after flow.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Four new world champions emerge
Perth 2011,
On day nine of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia four new world champions took to the podium as dusk fell; marking the end of a full day of medal racing. It was a day enjoyed by both sailors and public alike, with spectators lining the beach and filling the grandstand at Bather's Bay to witness who would take gold in the Finn, Laser Radial, Men's 470 and Women's RS:X classes... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Career highs for two kiwi campaigns
Kristine Lederis,
After two close medal races today at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships for men's 470 and women's Laser Radial, New Zealand has come out with an eighth and tenth respectively. For Sara Winther and Paul Snow-Hansen with Jason Saunders, these results are personal bests.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation extends lead
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race leading trio of Class40s have crossed the leg two Celox Sailing Scoring Gate at 69E, north of Kerguelen Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild crossed the virtual gate in first place taking the maximum six points with their Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Luna Rossa claims title
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - The Italian team Luna Rossa has won the final Act of 2011 in emphatic style and crowned the Overall Champions of the series. Max Sirena, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson and Manuel Modena, who have raced together on the Extreme 40 all season, hardly put a foot wrong over the 35 races here in Singapore.... [more]
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship - Race 4 abandoned
Frank Quealey,
N.S.W. 18ft Skiff Championship fourth race was to be held on Sydney Harbor today, Sunday 11th December. Unbelievably bad wind conditions for the early part of the Australian summer season continued. Racing had to be abandoned when no boat could complete the course within the three hours sailing time allowed under the regatta rules.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Maxi Banque Populaire V suffers jet lag
Brian Thompson,
It is now day seventeen of the 2011 Jules Verne Trophy for the crew aboard Maxi Banque Populaire V and crewmember Brian Thompson shares the latest on the crew's progress: Out here we have been experiencing 'maxi trimaran jet lag' as the sun time is changing so fast. Yesterday I was woken the usual 20 minutes before my standby started, and had no idea whether it was going to be day or night outside... [more]
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