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Sail-World New Zealand: February 24, 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: February 24, 2013

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for February 24, 2013

The JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs has finished in Sydney Harbour, with two sensational days - the first when sailing was cancelled in Race 6, because of conditions that were considered over the top for sailing - an average of 27kts with gusts being recorded at 40kts.

Sure you can race 18fters in such conditions - but we bow to the judgement of officials on the water, who despite what the sailing rules say, do take the legal liability if there is a serious incident. Even if there is just an official investigation, the time, effort and worry involved, just isn't worth it. The sailors can walk away, the officials can't.

Today, the final Race 7 was sailed, in conditions that were still boisterous, but less so than on Saturday.

Eight boats elected not to race.

Gotta Love It 7 sailed a very controlled race, keeping the pressure on her rivals, winning the race from C-Tech of New Zealand, and took her fifth JJ Giltinan Trophy win.

We have coverage of Race 7 and the cancellation of Race 6.

On Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, the Harken International Youth series has been underway since Thursday.

In this edition of's newsletter we carry reports of the final three days, plus videos of each day's racing. The event was won by a crew from RNZYS. Great to see a womens crew reach the top four in the regatta. They were one of several womens crews competing in the regatta which attracted a fleet of 14 crews from four countries.

Over the same period Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club has being running the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta, one of a number of events being staged in Wellington in February.

Top honours and centrepiece of the regatta, have gone to the two 52fters competing in the regatta - Kia Kaha and Georgia, with the latter top scoring.

We have reports and images from each day of the regatta.

Team Australia, sailing an ORMA 60 trimaran, (sdimilar to TeamVodafoneSailing) has just posted a Sydney to Hobart time of less than 30 hours, that is some 12 hours faster than the previous record held by the 100ft supermaxi Wild Oats XI. We have reports on this new record in this edition.

Following on the announcement of the Sail-World toolbar (loaded this into your web browser yet?) Sail-World has now have stretched past our 200,000 unique viewers per month readership of English-speaking sailors to readers of the 15 top languages in the world. In a arrangement exclusive to Sail-World readers, Google's translation tool has been modified to incorporate sailing terminology, meaning Sail-World we can now reach more than 90% of the world's sailors with our news - which is translated by Google into their preferred language.

While these translations work generally in Google, the engine does trip over sailing terminology, which is now enhanced for Sail-World readers. For advertisers this means that if your stories are published in Sail-World, they will be read by a much wider audience, particularly in Europe, in their own language. The enhancement is expected to increase our non-English speaking audience, as they can now access all the latest sailing new from the world's largest sailing news network.
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Wild day gives Gotta Love It 7 fifth JJ 18fter win
Frank Quealey and Sail-World,
Gotta Love It 7's Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when the took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today. Following yesterday's wipe out in Race 6 of the championship it all came down to today's final race in a strong North-East wind with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on a net 8 poin... [more]
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IRC and PHRF National Champs crowned at 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
RPNYC Events,
After three superb days of sailing in the Port Nicholson Regatta on Wellington Harbour the 2013 New Zealand IRC and PHRF keelboat champions have been crowned. Georgia took a clean sweep of the A Division winning both the IRC and A Division PHRF national titles while Real Deal won the B Division PHRF national title.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: RNZYS crew wins by a 3 second margin
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes and his team of Jackson MacFarlane, Rawiri Geddes and Michael Boucher representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron win the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship 2013! Barnes beat Adam Middleton (RPNYC) 2 nil in this afternoon's final. Barnes took the first race by 36 seconds, and in the second Middleton came back on the second beat. The wind was shifty and Midd... [more]
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MRX championships taken out by David Woods
Brian Trubovich,
Over a weekend of somewhat testing conditions in the Northern Leading region, David Woods and his team on boat 2001 took out a very close contest. Nine boats took part and many of those teams enjoyed the opportunity to do well in a race, given the variable nature of the wind direction and speed,... [more]
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Australian Farr 40 Championship 2013 - Double celebration
Lisa Ratcliff/Farr 40 media,
Aberdeen Asset Management Australian Farr 40 Championship 2013. Quick responses, crew handling and keeping the mast pointing towards the sky in the gusty NNE winds on a wild and woolly Sydney Harbour were key ingredients on the final day of the John Calvert-Jones Trophy to decide the Australian Farr 40 champion for the 2012-13 season.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Strong breeze again for Race 7 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A strong breeze is forecast for the final race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at 3.00pm. PredictWind is showing a breeze at increasing through the day to an 18kts average at the race start time of 3.00pm - less than yesterday and which should be sailable.... [more]
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Murray's Bay SC's Oki 24-Hour Race to be sailed March 9 - 10
Danielle Wright,
The North Shore's beloved OKI 24-Hour Race will this year be from 2pm Saturday March 9 until 2pm Sunday March 10. Sailors will once again be racing on Lake Pupuke with a Le Mans-style start, as they have done since the race began in 1967. There will also be a solo division, which means some sailors will sail through the night in a test of extreme endurance. There will also be a sub-youth catego... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - normal start 3.00pm, Sydney
Richard Gladwell,
Normal start time for Race 7 - 3.00pm. Organisers of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Trophy are running a great website which features live tracking. Click on the links below to follow the live race tracking (all things willing). A video of the Invitation race and Races 1 & 2 are available for viewing, other races will be posted on the Video channel as they are uploaded.... [more]
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18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 - Gusty winds scrap Heat 6
Bob Killick,
The 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan International 2013 had to abandon Heat 6 due to gusty winds on Sydney Harbour. The East Coast low moving along the NSW Coast put paid to Gary Linacre's patience yesterday.... [more]
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Champagne sailing on Day 2 at the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
RPNYC Events,
With the worst of the Southerly over in done with it was a case of the old saying 'You can't beat Wellington on a good day' on day two of the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta.... [more]
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Harken Youth International: Barnes leads; top 8 go to Quarter Finals
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes (RNZYS) stole the lead from his previous first equal place holder Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) after 4 impressive wins today to take the top spot with 12 wins and only 1 loss at the completion of the Round Robin. Second overall Gilmour added 2 more wins taking his total to 10 wins and 3 losses.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footers Race 6 blown away
Frank Quealey,
All sailing on Sydney Harbour had been cancelled for the day, so officials of the Australian 18 Footers League left their decision as long as possible before deciding whether to race. With Race 6 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship holding so much importance, they were always trying to 'make it happen'.... [more]
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Team Australia's Sydney Hobart express ride
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sean Langman's radical 60-foot trimaran Team Australia took the Tasman Sea express lane and this evening smashed the previous fastest time from Sydney to Hobart by a whopping 12 hours and a half hours.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Tom Slingsby takes turn to helm Oracle
Lisa Ramsperger,
The America's Cup World Series is headed to its final event before the big race in September. Tom Slingsby, one of the biggest names in Olympic sailing, will take the helm for Oracle Team USA after serving as a tactician in the last two years. The London Games gold medalist will skipper the team's entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.... [more]
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Farr 40 John Calvert-Jones Trophy - Gale warning halts racing on Day 2
Lisa Ratcliff,
A gale warning for Sydney closed waters has given Farr 40 crews contesting the John Calvert-Jones Trophy an unplanned layday to make a lunch booking and catch up with friends.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Strong breeze for Race 6 - PredictWind
Richard Gladwell,
A strong breeze is forecast for the penultimate race of the 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship being sailed on Sydney Harbour, at the later time of 4.00pm... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Di Benedetto, Team Plastique across the line + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alessandro Di Benedetto (FRA - ITA) on Team Plastique crossed the finish line at 15h 36 mn 30 s (French Time). He finishes eleventh in the race. In completing his race 26d 00h 17min 50s after race winner Franois Gabart, completed the course he ensures this seventh edition makes history with the shortest gap ever between the first and last finishers.... [more]
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British Keelboat Academy set for busy racing season
Matt Carter,
The British Keelboat Academy, a joint keelboat racing initiative between the RYA and UKSA, is now ready for a busy racing season following the conclusion of what has been an intense winter training programme at the UKSA headquarters in Cowes, Isle of Wight.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Prize giving set for Antigua Yacht Club
Louay Habib,
At 0900 on day five of the RORC Caribbean 600, four yachts are still racing following a surge of arrivals last night and early this morning. With all of the class winners now decided, there will be a fantastic atmosphere at tonight's RORC Caribbean 600 Prize Giving, which will start at 1800 at Antigua Yacht Club.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm
Extreme Sailing Series,
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week's time where Team Korea, the Korean America's Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.... [more]
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UK Sailing superstars at RYA Dinghy Show 2013
Emma Slater,
Not one, not two, but eight of the UK's finest dinghy sailors will be heading to the RYA Dinghy Show 2013 over the weekend of 02-03 March to share their top tips, answer your questions, sign autographs and much more.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Trophy: The Rag gets it right in 18fters Heat 5 + Video
Bob Killick,
Race 5 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan International saw Rag & Famish Hotel make all the right decisions, both in the rigging park, and on the No. 3 SE race Course. With Rag opting for its big rig, and both Gotta Luv it 7 and Thurlow Fisher Lawyers going with their small rigs Once on the start line it was very clear that the big rigs were advantaged, especially on the downwind legs, and the two s... [more]
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Barnes & Gilmour lead on Day 2 of the RNZYS Harken Youth International
Amber Roberts,
Scott Barnes (RNZYS) and Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) still hold the lead with 8 wins each on day two of the RNZYS Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships 2013. After another day of impressive close racing on the water, the duo hold a two point advantage over the four next placed skippers all tied on 6 wins each.... [more]
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Wild and windy start to the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta
RPNYC Events,
Wellington laid on its traditional welcome to racing yachts in the 2013 Port Nicholson Regatta. The regatta, which doubles as the IRC and PHRF national championship, got underway with a stiff southerly gusting into the early 30kts providing some entertaining and exhilarating sailing for competitors.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart Passage Record Challenge - Team Australia begins quest
Lisa Ratcliff,
The leash was firmly on Team Australia when it began its Sydney to Hobart record attempt this morning from between Sydney Heads, but once the giant trimaran made it through the worst of the nasty chop between Sydney Heads and hit open water, the speed machine was given its head.... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 - Decision day coming
Irene Corosu,
The 12 teams hoping to qualify for September's main regatta will know on Monday whether their dreams have been realized. Last week, six international teams were in San Francisco for the first qualifying session. This week, a second group of six teams from Europe, South America and New Zealand is working to impress selectors at the grueling training camp/selection series.... [more]
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