Sail-World New Zealand: December 14, 2012...AC72 retired after 30days...NZers in Sail Sydney....Gold Medalists back in 2016

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: December 14, 2012

Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for December 14, 2012

Our apologies for the delay in getting this newsletter out due to a combination of Internet unavailability in New Zealand, gremlins in Sail-World, and getting some great content.

The New Zealand Womens 49erFX crew of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have continued their winning ways in the Sail Sydney regatta, currently in its second day, the Olympic skiff crew have won all six races sailed against a nine crew field, and have taken a commanding lead in the event.

The regatta has attracted a big fleet, in Olympic and international classes.

We have reports on the first day of racing in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

The America's Cuppassed a significant milestone, albeit with a strange twist on Wednesday as Emirates Team New Zealand finished their allowed 30 days of sailing prior to the January 31, 2013 cut-off.

Emirates Team NZ's AC72 heads for home, leaving Luna Rossa to sail another beat alone, on the NZ teams final day of sailing on Wednesday.  Richard Gladwell ©

In an America's Cup touted as being one of cost-reduction, it seems odd that we have entered the era of the throw away boat, with the decommissioning of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 after just 30 days sailing. She will not be sailed again, and will probably go down in history as the fastest boat never to have raced.

Already parts are being stripped form her and will be re-used on the team's second boat scheduled for launch in February.

In this edition of Sail-World, we feature video interviews with Grant Dalton and Technical Director Nick Holroyd on the state of the Challenge, with Holroyd covering technical issues and progress. Dalton focuses on the bigger picture and describes their hair-raising run back from Tiri last Thursday week in an NE breeze which hit 30kts and big sea and ebbing tide.

The new 49er FX class racing on Sydney Harbour  Robin Evans

The AC72 buried both bows on occasions, going into the main beam - but was able to drive out on her foils on each occasion.

The team are now confident of their ability to sail in the conditions prescribed in the Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.

Haylee Outteridge rigging up her 49er FX  Robin Evans

The Auckland Anniversary Regatta is expected to attract around 500 boats at the end of January. Two classes, the Starling and Optimists, will be using the regatta as part of their Auckland Championships. Zoe Hawkins outlines the main features of the regatta in this edition.

Top yachting photographer, Will Calver, is a common sight on Auckland harbour, and at other major sailing locations. He will be on the water for the 2013 Auckland Anniversary Regatta. Zoe Hawkins profiles him in this edition.

Will Calver on the job for Ocean Photography  

In San Francisco Artemis Racing has sailed for the eighth day. Courtesy of our friends at www.pressure-drop.us we are able to reproduce a gallery of images showing the red AC72 sailing at speed in winds reported to be blowing up to 20kts. No, she doesn't seem to have foiled yet. No comment from the team on this, and increasingly the view is that she has not been designed to fully foil (at least using the current set of dagger boards).

Actually, there is no certainty that foiling is the silver bullet of the 34th America's Cup. Whether a team need that option as part of their boat speed and tactical arsenal will only be determined in September 2013.

The Bakewell-White designed supermaxi Lahana - 2012 Solas Big Boat Challenge  Howard Wright

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

Artemis Racing December 12 2012  Erik Simonson/ pressure-drop.us ©

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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A wet ride on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 - last day of sailing December 12, 2012  Richard Gladwell ©

The Lion Foundation RNZYS Youth Program are supported by Nespresso for National Youth Week  RNZYS Media




A stunning first day greets competitors at Sail Sydney
Andrew Hawkins,
A stunning day greeted the competitors for the first day of Sail Sydney. With a 12 to 18 knot North Easterly and some short chop on the courses, the sailors all had a rewarding introduction to the regatta. Over 460 boats are now entered showing that sailing is continuing in its popularity after the Australian Sailing Team's success at the Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims
Richard Gladwell,
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72... [more]
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America's Cup: End of the sailing road for the first AC72
Warren Douglas,
On Thursday the Emirates Team NZ shore crew began to decommission the yacht while the team concentrates on finishing Boat 2. Winch drums and some hardware will be removed from the yacht and fitted to Boat 2. Boat 1 will be refitted in the near future and held in reserve, to be commissioned quickly in the event it's needed.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 14, 2012 - Reality check
Collinson FX,
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Vendee Globe - The fight for supremacy continues
Vendee Globe,
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72
Richard Gladwell,
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Yamaha's new lightweight 200hp 4-stroke a four-cylinder powerhouse
Mike Rose,
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Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Ocean Photography support historic event
Zoe Hawkins,
The founder of Ocean Photography and the Ocean Gallery in the Viaduct Harbour is now an official supporter of the Auckland Anniversary Regatta – and he has a story to tell. The rat race of British life had Will Calver entirely fed up when he and his wife Catherine packed up their lives and two young children and set off on a world cruise aboard their yacht, Finale, in 2003.... [more]
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Ken Read named as new President of North Sails Group
Sail-World,
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Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Two Championships part of Regatta
Zoe Hawkins,
At least 500 boats are expected to grace Auckland's harbour for the city's Anniversary Regatta, and amongst them will be young sailors competing for two Auckland Championship titles. These are the Auckland Championships for the Starling class, to be held at Maraetai Beach, and the Auckland Championships for the Optimist Class, to be held at Wakatere Boating Club, on the North Shore.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Race Week - Enter now
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Nespresso celebrates involvement in RNZYS National Youth Training Week
Mel Benton,
Proud sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand, Nespresso have teamed up with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to support the next generation of America's Cup sailors. As principal partner of the National Youth Training Week at Kawau Island, Nespresso are investing in the best young sailors in the country with ten teams of four sailors in attendance from clubs stretching from Kerikeri to Wanaka... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing on Day 8
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
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OKI 24 Hour race is on again in 2013
David Gunn,
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NZ Freestyle Nationals 2012 - Wellington turns it on for windsurfing
Eric Torvelainen,
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview
Richard Gladwell,
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Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award goes to Kurt Arrigo
Bernard Schopfer,
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Vendee Globe - Small gains as leaders head for Australia West gate
Vendee Globe,
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Tackers seeks to develop future sailing champions
Craig Heydon,
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Youth America's Cup Selection Series invites extended
Irene Corosu,
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Need a Christmas gift idea? Zhik ZKG water shoes are sure to please!
Zhik Christmas Present Help Team,
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Images of Sydney: 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge
Howard Wright,
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Big Boat Challenge images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Photo gallery of the 2012 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Gold medalists stay with 470 for 2016 and pick up Christchurch backers
Sail-World,
2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in the Womens Two hander (470), Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have announced they will campaign for the 2016 Olympics in the Womens 470. The announcement came at a function in Christchurch organised by Apollo Projects, a Christchurch based project management and design company, who has got behind the Gold Medal winning crew.... [more]
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Waka Racing: Finishing 2012 on a high
Waka Racing,
One of New Zealand's top match racing crews, Waka Racing, reflect on their 2012 year: It's been a pretty hectic two weeks for all of us involved with Waka Racing with it all coming to a head with us making the final of the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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