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Sail-World March 22, 2013 - Wingsail Does Flyer in Viaduct

22 Mar 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: March 22, 2013
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for March 22, 2013

The Auckland Regatta gets underway today off Eastern Beach, with a big fleet of 80 boats expected.

On the current weather prognosis winds are expected to be light, we'll be covering the event each day on

On Tuesday, a tornado didn't quite hit the Emirates Team NZ bas, but the gusty wind got close - giving the team a major scare as the wingsail broke free in 30knot winds and crashed against the base walls for several minutes before it was bought under control.

Later on Tuesday afternoon, Sail-World was at the base for the presentation of Olympic Pins to many of the past and present (2012) Olympic team. The atmosphere was rather subdued, but with the wingsail going back in the AC72 Thursday morning, the campaign would seem to be back on track with a few lessons learned.

An incident of this type has always been on the cards. It is a very difficult task to 'fly' the 40 metre wingsail over the platform before the rigging can be secured, and maybe the only surprising thing is that it hasn't happened before.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA seem to have gone up several gears with an official video published, backing up what has been viewed on Am-Cam. It shows long and steady flight with some great on board footage. The story is featured in this edition.

On Thursday morning Sail-World stopped by a Waterwise clas as it got underway at one of the North Shore clubs. We feature an image gallery of the day, along with a small commentary on Waterwise. For a program that puts 6,000 school age kids through a six day program, Waterwise does and excellent job of getting new sailors into the sport, but too often it doesn't receive the support or recognition it deserves from clubs.

As mentioned many former Olympic sailors were presented with their Olympic Pins on Tueday afternoon, by the NZ Olympic Committee. Once they have competed for New Zealand every Olympic competitor is given a sequential number - so far over 1200 athletes have represented New Zealand - all the way back to 1935, when New Zealand competitors were part of the Australian team. We have images of the occasion in this edition of

After that event, we shot some of the racing in the penultimate day of theEtchells evening serie. Although the light was soft and fading, the racing was close, and we present a gallery of images in this edition of's newsletter.
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Wellington Cancer Society auctioning signed Emirates Team NZ shirt
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ have kindly donated a signed shirt to support the Wellington Cancer Society Relay for Life event 23rd and 24th March 2013. It is sized Medium Adult, and can be worn or framed as a collectors piece. This could be a very good investment come September, but in any event helps a great cause.... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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Auckland Regatta: Light winds forecast for three day regatta
Zoe Hawkins,
80 boats crewed by about 400 sailors will participate in Auckland's premier regatta this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, under skies that look to be clear and welcoming. The forecasters are offering up light breezes for all three days of racing for the Auckland Regatta, mostly coming from the East and NorthEast, which can be frustrating for some, but a great opportunity for others.... [more]
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America's Cup: Reflections and lessons from the flight of the wingsail
After Tuesday's rogue wingsail incident, probably something that Emirates Team NZ could have done without, but equally could have been a lot a worse. Maybe to the point of striking a different angle and toppling the crane. On Thursday the team rigged up, but didn't launch. See video for reactions to Tuesday's incident... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Etchells Tuesday evening series
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on hand to capture the penultimate round of the Etchells Tuesday evening series, sailed off Westhaven. Normally 10-12 Etchells race however the 30kt winds that earlier crashed Emirates Team NZ's wingsail into the side of the building, reduced numbers to six boats.... [more]
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And in the Beginning - A day in the life of a Waterwise class
Richard Gladwell,
Waterwise, although not highly rated in some circles, is the most successful program in New Zealand in pulling young sailors into the sport, at around the age of ten years old. A typical Waterwise program will consist of six water sessions of two or three hours each, handling up to 20 children and giving them their first taste of sailing, and water sports.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ damage wingsail in launch drama
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have damaged their wingsail, in a launching incident, early this afternoon, NZT. The incident occurred as the wingsail was being lifted into place prior to the AC72 platform being taken from the hangar and placed underneath the wing, before rigging is secured.... [more]
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VX One fleet heads for the Australian Sportsboat Nationals
Andrew York,
Australia's VX One distributor, Andrew York, updates on the growth of this exciting two/three person one design sportsboat in Australia, another active fleet sails in USA, with a third fleet being established in New Zealand.... [more]
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Olympic sailors presented with Olympic Pins
Richard Gladwell,
In a unique ceremony at Emirates Team NZ base on Tuesday afternoon, many New Zealand Olympic representatives were presented with their Olympic Pins, by triple Olympic medalist and International Olympic Committee member, Barbara Kendall.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter Campaign nets 1,500+ applications
Jon Bramley,
The Volvo Ocean Race hunt for Onboard Reporters for the upcoming edition in 2014-15 has been given a resounding response, with over 1,500 applications received by organisers in less than ten weeks. The Volvo Ocean Race launched the search for the third generation of multimedia reporters to sail onboard the boats back on January 11.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: March 21, 2013 - KIWI trade data due
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: March 21, 2013 - The Fed extended the QE Infinity Policy with little changed, as employment improves and the economic recovery remains moderate. Inflation remains under control although GDP growth has been reviewed lower. The NZD pushed north towards 0.8250, but since come off to .8200 as the Dollar remains embattled... [more]
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RYA youth sailors motivated at Etchells Training
Rob E. Goddard,
Seventeen selected young sailors from the RYA attended the trials to have one of two fully funded Etchells yachts and join in the Solent fleet racing for 2013, over the weekend of 16th and 17th March. The loaner boats have been made available by the generosity of Ted Fort, Admiral of the British Fleet, and long term supporter of the Class.... [more]
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Cammas claims Championnat de France Promotion Match Racing title
Franck Cammas claimed a surprise victory at the ISAF Grade 3 Championnat de France Promotion Match Racing in Antibes, France beating Francois Brenac in the final. Building winds up to twenty knots pushed the sailors on the final day with the success of the operation downwind under spinnaker vital for overall success.... [more]
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Independent study on 2013 Islands Race to be conducted by US Sailing
Matt Carter,
The 2013 Islands Race Organizing Authorities of San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club have jointly requested that US Sailing, national governing body of the sport, conduct an independent review of the sailing catastrophe that occurred during the race on Friday, March 8 off the coast of Southern California that resulted in the death of a sailor.... [more]
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Class C World Championships set for Switzerland in 2015
MaxComm Communiation,
Team Hydros, a favourite for this year's World Sailing Championships in Class C in the UK, has already achieved a victory. It will organize the next World Championships in 2015. The 'Little Cup' will be held in September 2015 in Geneva at the Socit Nautique de Genve.... [more]
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Journey to Rio 2016 begins for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
The long road to Rio 2016 begins in earnest this coming week as the first major European event of the new Olympiad gets under way at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofa Mapfre in Palma. It seems a long time since the end of the 2012 Olympic Games, but it has also been a period of transition for the Finn class with a large influx of new sailors joining the class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle flies in San Francisco
Amory Ross, Oracle Team USA,
More video, this time from official sources of Oracle Team USA enjoying fast level and sustained flight on foils. This video seems to have been shot around the same time as Am-Cam video which came available last week. Additionally this video is not as heavily edited, as has been the case previously. The video also shows some great on-board images taken while foiling.... [more]
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Peter Burling and Blair Tuke to campaign towards Rio 2016
Kristine Lederis, Yachting NZ,
New Zealand's Sailing Team is in great shape with 2012 Olympic silver medallists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke today making the announcement that they will campaign again towards the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. The pair has confirmed that they will continue their partnership in the 49er – the Olympic skiff class.... [more]
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Images of the 2013 Sydney Harbour Regatta
Beth Morley,
The Sydney Harbour Regatta was staged by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in the second week in March. It attracted more than 200 keelboats racing in 26 divisions over 10 course areas on the harbour and offshore. Sydney based photographer Beth Morley captured the action... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis goes Aero + Video,
A few weeks ago, Artemis racing announced they were pulling their first AC72 off the training track, for modifications. The decision to take a time out came after initial race training against Oracle Team USA, when Artemis Racing opted to to join the foiling school of the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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5,500 nautical mile Melbourne Osaka Cup 2013 under way,
The 5,500 nautical mile Melbourne to Osaka Race, first held in 1987 to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Osaka, Japan is run every four years to celebrate the City of Melbourne and the City of Osaka Sister City and Sister Port relationship. The race features staggered starts to try and ensure the boats arrive as close as possible together in Osaka. The first start... [more]
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Lion NZ offers chance of a lifetime for seafaring youth in Fiji Race
Zoe Hawkins,
Young people aged sixteen and over will have a unique opportunity to undertake their first offshore race experience aboard one of ocean racing's most stalwart veterans, Lion New Zealand, in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Ocean Race to Musket Cove, Fiji, in June. A voyage on the boat has already kick started the offshore sailing career of Cory McLennan.... [more]
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Red Bull Storm Chase - The most challenging windsurfing contest ever
Red Bull,
Following a ground-breaking day of hurricane-strength windsurfing, six sailors out of the ten who began - Marcilio Browne, Dany Bruch, Victor Fernandez, Robby Swift, Julien Taboulet and Thomas Traversa - advance to Mission 2 of Red Bull Storm Chase. With wind speeds peaking at over 70 knots and angry, 20-ft waves, the ten competitors on Mission 1 completed three rounds.... [more]
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Laser designer takes builder, Class association and ISAF to court
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Bruce Kirby, Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Federal Court District of Connecticut, alleging unlawful counterfeiting of the Kirby dinghy by LaserPerformance principal Farzad Rastegar acting with and through Laser Performance and its associated entities. This case also names the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and ISAF alleging they assisted LaserPerformance.... [more]
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