Yachting News 22nd June 2011

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Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

Crash Test – Dismast,

Spithill talks,

ETNZ 3 Cat Programme – Sail-World story here,

PJ talks to Gary Jobson – listen on Sail-World here,

PJ talks to Dean Barker – listen on Sail-World here,

Latest news from the Viaduct on Sailing Anarchy here,

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – latest news here,

Soto 40,

Portimão Portugal Match Cup,


Wild Nights Cocktails,

Coney Island Mermaid Parade photos,

Moose 66 – Sailing Anarchy Innerview of 2011-12 VOR Skipper Mike Sanderson from Team Sanya,

NZL Sailing Team – details here,

Des Top News,

Wooden Boat Show,

Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 – Episodes 17, 18, 19 & 20,

Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,

Marine Business-World – latest issue here,

Black lace and Bikini.com All Star Jen Keller,

Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,

Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,

Sail-World UK – latest issue here,

Sail-World USA – latest issue here,


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SB: What’s going through your mind when you capsize?

Spithill: S…T, I’d better find something to hold onto! It goes from us all working together to every man for himself! We have a procedure in place though – you want to get the boat back up as quick as possible. I think capsizing is fantastic for the racing – it’s great for TV, it’s great for the sport. It’s like crashing or spinning out in auto racing. You gotta have it – otherwise it’d be like restricting the Formula 1 guys to first gear. No-one would watch it. The good thing with these boats is that you get rewarded for pushing hard but then you are going to go too far. What we want is if you have a capsize in a race, the chase boats are allowed to come and pick you up and you can keep racing, like a pit crew. That’s something for the commentators/TV to focus on. We want to make these wings bullet proof enough so we can capsize them – just the top needs to be bullet proof as that’s the part that sits in the water.

SB: How do you think a capsize in the 72 will compare?

Spithill: A lot more dramatic. You’ll never want to capsize a big one. But, these 45s are a different story. You want to go out there and show you are pushing hard, and if you do make a mistake, it’ll be great to be able to pull them up, just like a small boat, and carry on. Most of the teams have capsized now and they just pick them up and sail back to the dock. You don’t have to get towed in. Like yesterday, we broke a few frames during a maneuver because we left the runner on. But we sailed the rest of the day no problem and that’s the key – keeping the boats out on the water.

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“To win here is a fantastic feeling,” Williams said. “We struggled a bit with some matches and we had some really close calls so to walk away with a win is amazing. Although we have come close to winning events in recent years it has been a few years since we won an event so it’s great to have another one under our belt. It’s a great result for us – now we need a few more.”

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Five-Way Fight For Quarter Final Places At Portimão Portugal Match Cup

A five-team showdown is shaping up at the Portimão Portugal Match Cup going into the final Qualifying Session tomorrow. In order to ensure progress to the Quarter Finals, World Match Racing Tour skippers must reach at least six points during qualifying – but with just five races sailed today in fickle winds in the waters off Portimão, five Tour Card Holders have not yet made that tally.

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team booked their places in the Quarter Finals with respective wins over Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team and Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team. They join Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar in the next stage of the event.

Marinho’s defeat at the hands of Bruni ended his chances of progressing to the next stage, and he joins Lumijarvi and Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing who are going home from the event with respective scores of 2-9 and 3-8.

Out of the six sailors who will race tomorrow, only Mirsky is safe. For the remaining skippers their fates hang in the balance and could go either way, depending on their results tomorrow.

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Wild On Waiheke and Wild Days Rum offer Wild Nights Cocktails at Fairtrade in Auckland made by the Wild Days Rum Pirate Girls

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2011 Mermaid Ball

Photographs by Virginia Rollison

First came the Mermaid Parade, then came the Mermaid Ball. The official after-party took place at the New York Aquarium last Saturday, where the parade mermaids were able to frolic with seals and other aquatic brethren.

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ACRM’s Iain Murray on the new format of the America’s Cup

Going from monohulls to wing-sailed catamarans was a big pill to swallow for sailing traditionalists. But when it comes to re-making the America’s Cup, Iain Murray and America’s Cup Race Management are just getting started. In this podcast, the on-the-water boss of sailing’s premiere competition provides a glimpse of how he and his team are remaking the regatta.

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Moose 66 – Sailing Anarchy Innerview of 2011-12 VOR Skipper Mike Sanderson from Team Sanya

Watch live video from onthewateranarchy on Justin.tv

Laser: Andrew Murdoch,
Laser Radial: Sara Winther,
Women’s 470: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie,
Men’s 470: Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders,
Star: Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk,
Finn: Dan Slater,
49er: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke,
Men’s RS:X: Jon-Paul Tobin,
Women’s RS:X: Natalia Kosinska,

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