Sail-World New Zealand: November 22, 2012 - AC72 Challenger roundup...Vendee Globe fallout...NZ leads Harken Youths

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: November 22, 2012



Three America's Cup Challengers are now well under-way with their build up to the 34th America's Cup.

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing is still taking things a little quietly, but seem to be very conscious of the need to get onto a solid development path, without and backward steps or mishaps.

In this edition of Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter, we feature a second video from the team, with comments from several of the 'names-sailors' in the team, a long with plenty of extended video of the AC72 sailing in San Francisco.

Lunna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand in the second race between AC72s. Hauraki Gulf. Auckland.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

In Auckland, the first AC72 practice race has taken place between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand. The outcome of the racing is not known, however we have featured some images and video from the day, including a link to TVNZ's yachting reporter Martin Tasker, who was on hand to report on the action.

In this edition of Sail-World we feature the second of a two-part story run in parallel with the launch of the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win.

The book traces the story of five yachts by the name of Kialoa, all skippered by Jim Kilroy and takes us to one of the great times in offshore racing - a period spanning several decades when 70 and 80ft maxi yachts, along with their larger than life owner/skippers roamed the waters of the Earth.

Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win  

In those times there was a lot more trans-Tasman competition than currently. The major event for keelboats was the Southern Cross Cup which reached its peak in the late 1970's and mid 1980's. The even attracted teams from either side of the Tasman, plus those in Sydney wanting a work out before the Sydney Hobart Race.

Kialoa and Windward Passage were having one of their traditional jousts on the first day of the Cup, when there was a major collision between the two. The crash could be heard in Auckland and triggered a major rebuilding exercise on Kialoa to get her racing in the Sydney Hobart.

Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win  

In this newsletter we feature two accounts of the incident, one from the book Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win in the style of the autobiography - one of which is from Andy Rose (AUS/US), tactician aboard Kialoa, and the other from Peter Allison (AUS/NZL) who was further forward in Kialoa. Peter also takes us through the re-build process and what happened in the maybe most famous of Sydney Hobarts that followed.

The drama continues in the Vendee Globe singlehanded circumnavigation as they approach and pass through the Equator.

To date the fleet has reduced from the 20 that set out from Les Sables D'Olonne, France just 11.5days ago. 14 boats are still sailing. Seven of the fleet have received various time penalties from the International Jury arising from an incident as the boats passed through an Exclusion Zone soon after the start.

We have full reports, images and video in this edition of Sail-World.com

Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe  Christophe Launay ©

The local racing scene is gearing up, with the White Island Race being sailed this weekend, or rather starting at 100hrs Friday morning. Stages by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club the classic offshore race has attracted a good fleet, which looks set to 'enjoy' light winds for much of the race.

Paper Tigers have two regattas on this weekend ahead of their National Championships, with 40 boats expected to compete in this class which has been around for more years than we can remember, and is still running hot.

Adris RC44 World Championships 2012 - Caroline Heerema and Ekaterina Zhilina  MartinezStudio.es ©

The Etchells fleet are enjoying good racing every Tuesday night off the Viaduct harbour. We have another report in this edition. We really enjoy the writing style of Alex Webster. It is not often that we burst out laughing at a sailing report, but certainly we did it on the last two.

There is a real move in Auckland to get recreational racing more established and put some of the fun back into sailing, and Alex Webster and the Etchells fleet have certainly got that one nailed. Their best fleet so far has been 10 boats, but remembering that there are three to four in an Etchells, that is 30 plus out sailing - which would be more than credible if it was a Laser fleet and had 30 singlehanders. It is just that people never really think of fleet sizes in those terms.

Draycote Dash - recreational racing in the UK  © Malcolm Lewin

Another facet of recreational racing, (dare we call it fun racing?), is that it is possible to have mixed fleets racing together instead of class racing. This is a feature of sailing in the UK. On the way back from the Olympics we swung through a couple of old UK haunts at Weston SC, Netley and over at the Hamble. The race that was on at Netley had 50 boats from 25 classes completing. These ranged from Optimists to one of Rodney Pattisson's old Flying Dutchman - and with all manner of boats and classes in between.

Yes we got plenty of photos, and that is another story for another day.

Wetas on the beach at the destination sail  Miranda Powrie

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

The MRX fleet in action in the New Zealand Keel Boat Championships 2012 - 2013 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge  Tom Macky
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Artemis Racing, Day 2 sailing the AC72, 15 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Claudia Pierce and the all female crew from RNZYS - 20th Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships  Damian Devine




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Defending champion Dave Hazard leader after Day 1 of Harken Youth
Damian Devine,
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Etchells Tuesday Night Series: Flight 3 a view from Economy class
Alex Webster,
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Vendee Globe - Penalties given while another one 'bites the dust'
Vendee Globe,
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Kialoa US-1: Dare to Win - The Big Crash off Sydney Heads
Peter Allison and Andy Rose,
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Busy weekend for the Paper Tiger fleet
Rowdy Leatham,
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Invitation to Compete in the 2013 Pacific Keel Boat Challenge
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Family fun at the Weta Summer Rally
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Vendee Globe - Hugo Boss moves into third place
Vendee Globe,
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America's Cup: First AC72 Practice Race happens in Auckland + Video
ETNZBlog.com,
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Vendee Globe,
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Vendee Globe - Rudder scare on board Hugo Boss + Video
Vendee Globe,
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ blasting in the Gulf
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America's Cup: Confessions of a Wingsail Trimmer - Glenn Ashby
ETNZBlog.com,
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America's Cup: Two AC72's sailing on the Hauraki Gulf
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Start your planning for the 2013 Auckland Regatta 22-24 March 2013
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