Wild Days Rum, available at all liquor stores on Waiheke Island – more here
When I told friends in Sydney that I was sitting on a beach in New Zealand the comment was met with no small amount of wonderment. New Zilund, for the record, does have beaches. Very nice ones at that. It was whilst en route to one of my favourite spots in the Auckland region – Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Beach – that I came across another surprise for my Australian friends. New Zealand makes rum too.
In this issue:
The launching and blessing of the new AC45,
Energy Team backed by the Yacht Club de France become the 6th entry for AC34,
Team New Zealand line up for Extreme 40 without the Emirates – more here,
TeamVodafoneSailing toppled rig,
Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA – latest issue here,
Sail-World Cruising – latest issue here,
Laura Dekker – latest news from her blog here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
more later 🙂 uploading to my YouTube channel now,
Russell Coutts, CEO, ORACLE Racing: “It’s fantastic that we’ve got another team in the America’s Cup and what should be a very competitive one. Obviously Loïck and Bruno Peyron have a lot of multihull experience and they know how to campaign these boats and Loïck was very involved in the last America’s Cup. So I think it’s fantastic that they are in this. I know they have been wanting to get into this and it’s great to see they have lodged their entry.”
Full Team Line-Ups Unveiled
World Champions and ocean racing record holders, will be squaring up against Olympians and America’s Cup hotshots, in the impressive roll call for the Extreme Sailing Series™ this year. The full crew line-ups are unveiled today ahead of the first Extreme Sailing Series™ Act to be hosted in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in February (20th-24th, stadium days 22nd-24th).
With a wealth of new teams and crew representing 15 nationalities, the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series season promises to be the most competitive yet with 11 boats manned with talent from every corner of competitive yacht racing – and the stats are impressive:
12 Records set/broken
97 World Championships contended
11 Round the World navigations
69 America’s Cup sailed
4 Olympic Gold Medals
2 Olympic Silver Medals
2 Olympic Bronze Medals
TeamVodafoneSailing drops rig
It was business as usual for TeamVodafoneSailing tonight in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Wednesday night race, until a shroud breakage led to a toppled rig.
The boat was sailing at 25 knots of boatspeed on a Beam Reach off Devonport Wharf in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, when a cap shroud termination gave way.
“The rig went over the side, but it has caused minimal damage to both boat and rig,” says owner Simon Hull.
TeamVodafoneSailing was sailing head to head with the AC45 when the breakage occurred in the lower section of the mast
Team VodafoneSailing seen here blasting up the coast to Kawau last Friday night.
With its technical shakedown now complete, it was handover day for the new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America’s Cup. America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be used in the 34th America’s Cup.
A traditional Maori blessing started the day as competitors, prospective competitors and New Zealand dignitaries converged to see the latest in America’s Cup technology and celebrate the tireless effort of the New Zealand marine industry to make this occasion possible.
“To see the AC45 come together from just a concept in September to a full-fledged racing machine by January is a true testament to the skill of the New Zealand marine industry,” said Iain Murray, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) CEO and Regatta Director.
Catamaran ready to race after sea trials
By Dana Johannsen
Associate Minister of Tourism Jonathan Coleman, who was at the ceremony, dropped further hints ETNZ would be involved in the next regatta, relaying details of a text sent by Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton about the performance of the new cats.
Coleman also confirmed the Government would help fund some of Team New Zealand’s campaign.
“We’re hoping Team New Zealand will be involved and if they are there is money ring-fenced from the Government to make sure they bring the Cup back here,” he said.
Coleman said the Government was also very keen on securing Auckland as a stop for the America’s Cup world series and it seemed that sentiment was shared by the chief executive of the ACRM, Ian Murray, who acknowledged the importance of getting the buy-in from the New Zealand public for the event.
Murray said there had been preliminary discussions and “there are certainly encouraging signs”.
“There’s a realisation that the America’s Cup is a significant event for New Zealand,” he said.
Yesterday’s ceremony was as much about giving the New Zealand marine industry a pat on the back as it was a celebration for the dawn of a new era in the America’s Cup.
Celebrating the AC45 in New Zealand
Boat One Officially Commissioned Upon Its Hand-Over to America’s Cup Race Management.
With its technical shakedown now complete, it is handover day for the new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America’s Cup. America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be used in the 34thAmerica’s Cup.
A traditional Maori blessing will start the day as competitors, prospective competitors and New Zealand dignitaries converge to see the latest in America’s Cup technology and celebrate the tireless effort of the New Zealand marine industry to make this occasion possible.
Photo by yachtyakka
Edwin Delaat and yours-truly at the launch and blessing of the AC45.
more photos of the celebration by Gilles Martin-Raget here