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Editorial: Olympic hero skippers Ericsson 4 to win

Skipper Torben Grael,
Ericsson 4 wins leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 05.54 GMT. Image by Dave Kneale   Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 3 November 2008

Torben Grael (BRA) a winner of five Olympic medals and skippered Ericsson 4 and the international crew across the Leg 1 finish line of the Volvo Ocean Race, to lead the Volvo Ocean Race.

Grael was the tactician aboard Luna Rossa in the 2000 and 2003 America's Cups in Auckland. Renowned for his erratic tactical brilliance in those series, he played the oceanic tactics to perfection on Leg 1, scoring a new 24 hour sailing mark along the way.

There were five New Zealanders in the crew of Ericsson 4, including the two watch captains - Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne. Others include Phil Jameson, David Endean and Tony Mutter - taken off at the Cape Verde Islands with an infected knee.
Rob Salthouse writes home to his family, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Image by Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing:
  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Second home was PUMA Racing, the US flagged entry skippered by another top round the buoys racer, Ken Read - perhaps better known in New Zealand as the helmsman of Denis Conner's Stars and Stripes in the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland.

Aboard PUMA, were two Kiwi sailors, Justin Ferris and Rob Salthouse

Third home was the other boat in the Ericsson team - Ericsson 3 with the Nordic crew.

The 600nm in 24hours mark was broken for the first time in history by a monohull on this leg of the Volvo Ocean Race - smashing it by a massive 40 miles.

However there has been a spate of record breaking over the past few months. Our UK Editor, Gerald New, has compiled a summary of the world marks that have been set and attempted, along with some great images of the various craft. It is an impressive read.

Royal Akarana YC have announced the line up of competitors for the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships.

There are several of the top names on the list who will be competing against the local talent, keen to get bragging points at least, from an upset win.

One slot is being held open for a top international skipper. We hear from overseas sources that it is triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, however that will have to wait for the official announcement.

The event will be the first sailed in the new Platu 25 keelboats which are being assembled at Royal Akarana, prior to their official launching later this week.

Delta Lloyd, closing in on Cape Town on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Sander Pluijm/Team Delta Lloyd  Volvo Ocean Race ©

In this issue we have featured full race reports and image galleries from the finish and closing stages of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1.

We will be producing a full Volvo Ocean Race newsletter after the conclusion of the first leg to Cape Town.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


nzeditor@sail-world.com




Ericsson 4 wins first Volvo Ocean Race Leg
VOR Media,
At 05:54 GMT or 07:54am local time, Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, drifted across the finish line off Cape Town to win Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]


Club Marine NZ National Keelboat Nationals Entries
Tash Paget,
Championships to be held from 12 to 16 November 2008 and hosted by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. The regatta is also notable as the first for RAYC's new 11-boat fleet of one design Platu 25 keelboats, whose official launch will be held after the National Keelboat Championships briefing.... [more]


Green Dragon finishes in Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race media,
At 0712 GMT (0912 local time) today, Green Dragon crossed the finish line in Cape Town. She is the fourth boat to finish leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, which was won by Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA). After being at sea for 22 days, 19 hours, 12 minutes and 35 seconds (22:19:12:35), skipper Ian Walker said, 'It is definitely good to be here.... [more]


Sunrise finish for Ericsson 3
Volvo OR Media,
Ericsson 3, skippered by Sweden's Anders Lewander crossed the finish line at 0408 GMT (0608 local time) today, after 22 days, 16 hours 08 mins and 50 secs at sea. She is the third boat to arrive in Cape Town at the end of the 6,500 nautical mile leg, which started from Alicante in Spain on October 11. Her stablemate, Ericsson 4, is already in Cape Town and flying the leg winner's flag and leadi... [more]


113 nominated for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Event Media,
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A look over the transom - week 3 of PGOR
Brian Hancock,
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Bob Maxwell,
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Images from Melges 24 North American Championship
Bobby Grieser images/Melges 24 media,
Photographer Bobby Grieser – www.outsideimages.co.nz - captured the action on the final two days of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championships.... [more]


RS:X Youth Worlds 2008 in Pattaya, Thailand
RS:X Event Media/AsianYachting.com,
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Images of the Volvo OR: Action from the Deep South
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Images from the last stage of Leg 1 in the South Atlantic as the fleet head to the off Cape Town... [more]


Bahrain Team Pindar named, Hugo Boss's night move
Véronique Teurlay,
With one week to go before the start of the Vendée Globe, Hugo Boss left the dock not long after dawn this morning for a full day of sailing with a seven strong crew on board. Bahrain Team Pindar was officially named ‘King Hamad' with carbonated rose water. Steve White's Spirit of Weymouth has been relaunched.... [more]


Images of the Volvo OR: PUMA Racing second Leg 1
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
US entry PUMA Racing (Ken Read) has finished second on leg 1 of the Volvo, Ocean Race... [more]


Puma second to Volvo finish in Cape Town
VOR media,
At 17:44 GMT Sunday, PUMA, skippered by America's Ken Read, a first-time skipper in this event, crossed the finish line today in Cape Town to take second place in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, after 22 days, five hours, 44 minutes and 50 seconds (22:05:44:50)... [more]


Volvo OR Images: Finish of Leg 1 - Ericsson 4
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Images from the finish of Leg 1 off Cape Town of the first leg winner, Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael)... [more]


Volvo Ten Zulu Report - What about the rest?
Mark Chisnell,
Skipper Torben Grael and his team aboard Ericsson 4 are sipping cold beers and downing some burgers in the Race Village in Cape Town – hot showers, dry clothes and warm embraces all round after a great performance - Puma set for second - then it's anybody's guess... [more]


18 footers tangle on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey 18 footers league,
Yet another North-East wind (the fourth from as many races) greeted the 23-boat fleet for the Mick Scully Trophy 3-buoys race on Sydney Harbour today. For the former Australian champion Micah Lane and the Macquarie Real Estate crew of Paul Schulz and Niall Kinch it was a great result for the newly formed team.... [more]


Records tumble as Sailing Speed season continues
sail-world.com/uk,
The speed sailing season continues with Paul Larson's Vestas SailRocket and Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère both posting improved speed figures.... [more]

Sail-World's coverage - 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is followed around the world and its media coverage is much more intense than with other blue water passage race classics like the Fastnet Race and the Bermuda Race.... [more]


Shogun and Chutzpah take honours -Hobart qualifier
Peter Campbell,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant Shogun has dramatically won Line honours in the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Bass Strait race from Melbourne to Stanley, the historic port town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, which finished early today.... [more]


Testing time for Hugo Boss, with one week to go
Véronique Teurlay,
With just one week before the start on the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson started the testing process for his freshly repaired IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss today off Les Sables d'Olonne. Hugo Boss went back into the water today in the commercial dock and at 1630hrs this afternoon Thomson and some of his team took the boat out for a two hours trial to load up and check the repairs which were made to hull an... [more]


Boat Blogs Day 22 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Boat Blogs from Day 22, Leg 1 Volvo Ocean Race as the fleet approaches Cape Town. E4 carried on in stealth mode, time for reflection on Puma and on Green ragon they are rebilding spinnakers. Read on ............. [more]


Team NZ not clear of legal woods on America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team New Zealand's move back into the accepted Challengers' fold has drawn some interesting reaction and comment over the past few days. One of these was the remark on Radio Sport, by Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, that they (Team New Zealand) 'have their problems with the Arbitration Panel, and still have, when they sued Ernesto and the Yacht Club when they realised the Cup was n... [more]


Kiwi sports press react to America's Cup decision
Various correspondents,
On the back of the Team New Zealand decision to withdraw their legal action against the Alinghi parties, including Ernesto Bertarelli, several sports writers have offered their views of the move. John Dybvig: 'That's it! Enough is enough! Let me ask you a question: 'Would you support a sport that continually just puts great wads of cash into the pockets of lawyers?'... [more]

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