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Yachting News 10th December 2010

Dec 10, 2010 No Comments by


Greetings yachties,

A busy week on the water – Monday on Promise with the Stewart Sprints, Wednesday night harbour racing on Sudden Impulse, Thursday Rum Racing with the Warehouse on Outrageous Fortune. Time to catch up with other news on Friday. Saturday Gold Cup on Outrageous Fortune and Sunday Waiheke Boating Club on Panui.

In this issue;

ISAF World Match Race Rankings

Sail Auckland 2011,

Southern Spars move,

Laura Dekker update,

Jeanne Socrates,

NZL Sailing Team’s 49er,

Velux 5 Oceans,

Clipper update,


The Warehouse Rum Race,

Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,

5th entry for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013,

Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,

Sail-World Crusing – latest issue here,

Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,

Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,


ISAF World Match Race Rankings

The new ISAF Match Racing World Champion and 2010 World Match Race Tour winner Ben Ainslie (GBR) has today claimed the top position in the open rankings for the first time in his career. Nicky Souter (AUS) maintains her position at the top of the women’s rankings.
Open Rankings

Ben Ainslie’s progress up the open rankings has been sure and steady. In December 2009 he was at #8 and since July 2010 has been poised at #2, ready to pounce on long term leader Adam Minoprio (NZL). With Minoprio at #2, Mathieu Richard (FRA) remains at #3 ahead of Torvar Mirsky (AUS) at #4 while Ian Williams (GBR) moves up to complete the top five.

Ainslie’s rise to the top was secured on Sunday when he finished of the 2010 Tour season in style. Defeating Richard in the quarter-final of the Monsoon Cup left the French team fighting for survival. They could still claim the world title but the job was suddenly a lot more difficult. While Ainslie went on to defeat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) in the semi-final before meeting the Mirsky Racing Team in the final, Richard failed to win his sail off. It was a fitting finale to a nail-biting season and with Richard in eighth, the title belonged to Ainslie and TEAMORIGIN.

For Monsoon Cup qualifier Phil Robertson (NZL) it has been a glittering end to the year. After winning the Asian Match Racing Championship he travelled to Berlin and finished third at the ISAF Grade 1 Berlin Match Race. Back to New Zealand and he claimed the national title and then to Perth, Australia where he won the Sunseeker Australia Cup. Robertson finished the Monsoon Cup in tenth position and his results through November have lifted him to a career best of #9 in the world.

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Excellent Paralympic fleet for 2011 Sail Auckland

By Yachting New Zealand

Sail Auckland 2011 is shaping up to gather the best fleet of Paralympic sailors ever to be seen in New Zealand with a number of international sailors entered and planning to attend the February regatta and line up against New Zealand’s local Paralympic sailors.

Sailing for the 2.4 Metre and SKUD18 Paralympic classes will be staged on the Waitemata Harbour with these sailors launching and retrieving their boats at Westhaven Marina. Racing for these classes starts on February 4th and runs for three days with final races and prize-giving planned for Sunday February 6th on the beach at Takapuna along with the Olympic classes.

Takapuna Boating Club is host to Sail Auckland Regatta for the first time in 2011, and they will provide the Race Management both on and off the water for all classes including the Paralympic events.

Prominent New Zealand Paralympic class sailors include Joshua McKenzie-Brown from Auckland and Andrew May from Christchurch in the 2.4 Metre class plus Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel sailing together in the SKUD18.

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Super yacht mast makers set sail for Avondale

By Donovan Boyd PR

The world’s leading mast makers, Southern Spars, have moved premises to a dedicated factory in West Auckland which becomes the company’s new international headquarters

Construction is now completed on the $17 million custom designed factory in which Southern Spars has taken up a 12 year lease. The building sits on a 1.5 hectare section of a major subdivision totalling 10 hectares off Rosebank Road in Avondale.

The design sees the mast assembly hall freed entirely of columns to allow masts up to 70m to be moved across the factory floor without impediment. The state of the art manufacturing facility comprises an 8,000 m2/12 metre high stud warehouse and 1,250m2 of office space.

Southern Spars Chief Executive David Glen is unequivocal that the new premises will significantly benefit the organisation and allow them to further hone their key competencies.

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Today’s the day that Dutch/New Zealander Laura Dekker sets off for her crossing of the Atlantic, surely a momentous day even for this gutsy and experienced fifteen-year-old. For the last couple of weeks she’s been anchored in the Cape Verde Islands on the island of Tarrafal, and, like any ‘normal’ 15-year-old, has had a girlfriend sleeping over.

Like all well-informed and prudent cruising sailors, she has been three months on the eastern side of the Atlantic, waiting for the hurricane season to be well and truly over. Her boat, Guppy, is a Gin Fizz Jeanneau, a 38ft ketch, a well seasoned, if not fast, cruising boat. She has 2200 miles to go, and the forecast is for pleasant weather and a good breeze in the next few days.

Her next destination will be Sint Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean island that Laura last saw when she ran away from home by using her New Zealand passport to evade European authorities. At that time she had reached a low point in her life, having been made a ward of the state and not allowed to start her pined for circumnavigation.

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From Laura’s blog


There is even more wind today, so I quickly reefed the mainsail this morning. Dark clouds passed over me all day long, and in the afternoon a squall hit. A huge blast of wind and rain struck Guppy, so I took to the helm to steer manually. The first squall was not over yet that the next one was already coming, so in between I rapidly took down the mainsail. With only the mizzen and the storm-jib up, I am still going at a speed of approximately 7 knots. This squall again came with lots of rain, but because of the waves splashing all over Guppy, the rain doesn’t wash the salt  off from Guppy nor me. Everything inside Guppy is now stowed away seaworthy/shipshape, there is nothing flying  around the boat…., except for the Smarties that are now lying just about everywhere. Well, if this should be the worst…


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British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates is this week over the equator and heading for Cape Horn. Timing her voyage so that she will round Cape Horn in favorable conditions, the grandmother, who didn’t learn to sail until she was 51, is hoping that this time she’ll make it around the world non-stop and unassisted in her 38-foot boat.

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A win in Sydney for NZL 49er sailors

By Yachting New Zealand

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, NZL Sailing Team’s 49er sailors, have taken a convincing victory over former World Champs in the class Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen at Sail Sydney Regatta.

The four day regatta which wrapped up in Sydney yesterday, is a prelude to the opening event in the ISAF World Sailing Cup series for 2010-2011 which starts in Melbourne on Monday.

Rivals on the water, and mates ashore, Burling and Tuke are deservedly delighted with their win over the Aussie sailors who have an impressive recent record having won all but one of eleven regattas sailed since joining forces.

“We’re only the second ever to beat them (Outteridge/Jensen) so it’s pretty cool,” said Blair Tuke in the wrap-up report from the event.

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Cape Town to Wellington

The Velux 5 Oceans skippers are about to take on the mighty Southern Ocean in the second sprint of the race; over 7,000 nautical miles and countless obstacles lie between them and their next port of call.

If the first ocean sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town wasn’t hard enough, the Velux 5 Oceans is about to get a lot tougher.

Howling winds, freezing temperatures, mountainous seas, and icebergs await the five ocean racers as they leave the comfort of Cape Town and head into the bleak expanses of the Indian Ocean bound for Wellington in New Zealand. It is here they will encounter some of the worst weather conditions known to man, and they will face them alone.

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Work on the new Clipper 68 build is progressing at a good pace according to Clipper’s Construction Manager, Rob McInally. Here is his latest report from the Double Happiness Ship Yard in Shanghai, China.

Photos: Copyright Nico Martinez / RC44

Team Aqua sparkles at ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami

Appleton lead’s Bake’s entry to match racing season championship
MIAMI (9 December 2010) – Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, led by New Zealand skipper Cameron Appleton, today won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

The close victory over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing, led by American skipper Terry Hutchinson, also gave Team Aqua the season championship under the match racing format.

“It’s a great testament to the team and the work Cam has done,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since its inception. “He’s been consistent all year, especially on the match racing side. It makes me proud to see them win today.”

Hutchinson and Artemis won the start of the race, but Appleton was able to get to the right side of the racecourse and then used the advantage of starboard tack to gain control of the match near the first mark.

Team Aqua then fended off repeated challenges from Artemis to grab the double championship.

“Terry did a nice job in the pre-start and won comfortably, but we broke free and took advantage of a right shift the guys saw, and that was the difference,” said Appleton.

“Winning the match racing championship is a big highlight of the year. We feel we sailed well all year and the guys on board have done a fantastic job. It’s a strong crew to sail with,” Appleton said.

Hutchinson, known for his succinctness, summed the final up in one sentence: “We won the start, let him get to the right, and that was that.”

With the finish Artemis moved into second place in the match racing season championship, leap-frogging BMW ORACLE Racing, which placed sixth today and fell from a tie for first to third overall.

“We’re out there trying to do the best we can each race and whatever happens happens,” said headsail trimmer Ross Halcrow. “It was unfortunate we made a couple of unforced errors at the start of the round robin and that’s put us where we are.”

In other racing today Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino finished third with a victory over Synergy Russian Sailing Team, which placed fourth. Team Sea Dubai placed fifth by beating BMW ORACLE Racing in a close match.

RC 44 World Champion James Spithill guided the yacht 17 to a win over No Way Back to place seventh and relegate No Way Back to eighth.

Katusha beat Ceeref in the race for ninth and 10th, class newcomer Ironbound finished 11th with a win over Peninsula Petroleum, and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned from a broken mast on the first day to defeat AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team to place 13th.

Although Bake watched his crew win the title from off the boat, he’ll be at the helm for the upcoming fleet racing and finds great pleasure in setting aside his day-to-day worries for a brief time.

“For me, with limited time away from work and great passion for sailing, I can’t think of a better format to come out and test my skills,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since Day 1. “I have a challenging time on the water and a sociable and enjoyable time off it. We all have a lot on, but when I step on the boat I park my day-to-day things and focus on the boat and getting into gear, and that feels great. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s got me hooked.”

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A day on the water with the warehouse crew and TCI.

Fifth entry received for 34th America’s Cup

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Event organizers today confirmed the receipt of the fifth entry for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. The official announcement by the team is expected in the coming weeks.

“On the heels of our first major partnership in Louis Vuitton, we’re extremely pleased to make another significant announcement today in the confirmation of our fifth team,” said Iain Murray, Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM).

Nearly 160 years old, the America’s Cup has become one of the world’s leading sporting competitions. Focused on creating a new era for the America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Event Authority is transforming the event for media and online broadcasting to deliver an enhanced viewer experience.

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