Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Noumea Race- Slow progress as leaders exit NZ waters - updated at 1530

by Richard Gladwell on 3 Jun 2012
V5 with Steinlager 2 - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

The 17 strong fleet in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012, have made slow progress overnight, however speeds are now increasing.

Currently the fleet is spread from the Hen and Chickens off Whangarei to north of Cape Reinga.

1530hrs While the body of the fleet lies either becalmed or in light winds, the two front runners, TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) have got into the advancing breeze from the north and have stepped out into the Southern Pacific ocean. They are sailing at speeds of 8-10kts, while behind them in the Tom Bowling Bay area, the lead 50fters are making just 2kts - better numbers than they have been achieving earlier in the day.

The 50fter group have now taken a course out to sea, as per the optimised route from www.predictwind.com!Predictwind published earlier today (see graphic).

Conditions in the area remain light as evidenced by the second Predictwind graphic showing light variable winds in the north of New Zealand. These are from the newly announced feature of Predictwind, which can now show wind predictions, optimised course routing, and realtime observations being recorded in the coastal area in which the competitors are located.

The strong wind forecast for the race fleet, is now easing further, while winds are expected to peak to an average of 26kts for a short period, generally conditions are now forecasted to be lighter in the high teens generally, and the arrival time for the first 50fter plotted, V5, is now late on June 6, 2012 at 2330hrs.

From 0700hrs tomorrow, Monday, until just before the race finish, V5 is expected to have double digit average speeds, with a peak of 15kts average for one period.




At 0830hrs, Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing leads Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) by 7 miles with the boats being recorded as sailing at 7-8kts.

Behind them the three 50fters are having a serious contest, swapping the lead. While David Nathan's V5, a canting keel TP52, led off the start, and for much of the trip to Whangarei, she lost the lead for a time, as the other two 50fters took a more offshore course. There Akatea and Kia Kaha found better breeze and moved through to leeward of V5.

However the breeze appears to have favoured the inshore boats and at the 0830 sked V5 enjoyed a five mile lead over the other two.

Steinlager 2 is 14nm astern of V5 and is also inshore, passing Cape Brett at 0830hrs.

The race tracker can be viewed by http://yb.tl/noumea2012nz!clicking_here

The strong winds predicted to hit the fleet seem to have moderated in the latest prognosis from PredictWind, and the latest routing shows the 50fters fast reaching at speeds of 15kts for much of the trip to Noumea, which is now predicted to take the 50's three more days, with a finish time in the early hours of June 7, 2012 NZT.






Bailey InsuranceProtector - 660 x 82PredictWind.com

Related Articles

Twice Whitbread Round the World Race skipper Digby Taylor dies
Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Racers has died of a heart attack. Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Race campaigns, has died of a heart attack. He was in his early 70's. Taylor was the leading force behind two Whitbread Round the World race campaigns.
Posted on 20 Apr
NZ Optimist Nationals - Murrays Bay's Seb Menzies wins in fine style
Murrays Bay sailor sailor Seb Menzies has convincingly won the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nationals sailed over Easter Murrays Bay sailor sailor Seb Menzies has convincingly won the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nationals sailed over Easter in Napier. Only two races were able to be sailed on the Final day due to light winds and a general recall, delaying the final start beyond the allowed time limit.
Posted on 19 Apr
Starling Nationals - Sean Herbert takes series win on final day
Only one race was able to be sailed on the final day of the 2017 Starling Nationals at Wakatere BC Only one race was able to be sailed on the final day of the 2017 Starling Nationals at Wakatere BC, on Auckland's Narrow Neck Beach. A light southerly breeze of 6kts prevailed for the day and unusually was spread right across the east and west coasts of Auckland.Series winner, Sean Herbert (Torbay).
Posted on 19 Apr
Starling Nationals - Locals dominate first two days racing at Wakatere
Host Wakatere Boating Club has two sailors in the top four after two days of racing in the 2017 Starling Nationals Host Wakatere Boating Club has two sailors in the top four after two days of racing in the 2017 Starling National Championships. The club has three sailors in the top ten overall, with Bay of Islands Yacht Club and Murray's Bay Sailing Club holding two spots each, with sailors from Torbay, Worser Bay and Royal Akarana rounding out the top bracket.
Posted on 16 Apr
Toyota Optimist Nationals - Teams and Adventure racing on Day 3
The Toyota Opti Nats held their Teams Racing Day on Day 3, while the Green Fleet had a terrific Adventure Race The Toyota Opti Nats held their Teams Racing Day on Day 3, while the Green Fleet had a terrific Adventure Race off Hardinge Road, Napier. After Day 2, Sunday April 16, Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies stamped his dominance during the qualifying series at the 2017 Optimist National Sailing Championship in Napier on Sunday.
Posted on 16 Apr
Toyota Optimist Nationals - Menzies has handy lead after Day 2
Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies has made an early break on the leaderboard after two days of racing Murrays Bay sailor Seb Menzies has made an early break on the leaderboard after two days of racing at the Toyota Optimist Nationals being sailed at the Napier Sailing Club. The five day event has attracted a fleet of 177 from four countries in the Open Fleet and a further 67 sailors in the Green Fleet for first year Optimist sailors.
Posted on 15 Apr
NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals sail away on on Friday at Napier
On Friday 14th April 177 Optimist sailors will be on the start line for the beginning of the 2017 Toyota Optimist Nation On Friday 14th April 177 Optimist sailors will be on the start line for the beginning of the Toyota Optimist National Championship to be held in Napier and hosted by the Napier Sailing Club. The event welcomes visitors from all over New Zealand, but also New Caledonia, Australia and Tahiti.
Posted on 10 Apr
MRX Ladies Keelboat Nationals and Etchells International - Day 1
It was a slow drifting start to the 2017 Etchells Internationals and NZ Women’s Keelboat Championship It was a slow drifting start to the 2017 Etchells Internationals and NZ Women’s Keelboat Championship with racing able to get underway at 1pm when the wind filled in, and we were able to get 3 really tight and competitive races in. RNZYS has a six-team strong fleet competing for the coveted title of the 2017 Line 7 NZ Women’s Keelboat Champion this year.
Posted on 1 Apr
Jack Tar Regatta - Wet and windy makes for champagne sailing on Day 3
Centre piece on Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta were the Division A TP52’s If you were out on the course for Day 3 of the Jack Tar Regatta, it would have been hard to take your eye off the Division A TP52’s battling out off Browns Island, with the supreme conditions ensuring these guys were sending it up and down the course in spectacular fashion.
Posted on 26 Mar
Olympic sailing team return to form 2017 NZL Sailing Team
The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in NZ Olympic history have been named in the NZL Sailing Team. The majority of one of the most successful sailing teams in New Zealand Olympic history have been named in the 2017 NZL Sailing Team. Eleven of the 12 who competed last year in Rio have been named in the high performance squad, including Olympic 49er champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Posted on 25 Mar