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Sail-World New Zealand: 18 March 2009

Navigator Aksel Magdahl celebrating the cape Horn rounding in classic style with cigar  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 16 March 2009

In the Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson 3 rounded Cape Horn last night (NZT) at 0122, about when Sail-World had predicted using Expedition and PredictWind. Changing conditions at the Cape moved the ETA around a little, however all that is past and there are some very interesting options ahead of the two leaders in particular as the move up the South American coast.

In today's feature story we have looked ahead over the next five days as to where the weather and course optimisation software are suggesting the navigators could head their yachts - well to the east, where the more conservative live would be to stay closer to the Great Circle Route. To the see the options, outcomes and explanations click here. It is an intriguing study and the next 24 hours could see some big moves.

Aksel Magdahl and Eivind Melleby check their position at the navigation station of Ericsson 3  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©

The IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships continue in Rotorua, we have a great image gallery from David Staley and full reports and results from the event. Yesterday was very much New Zealand's day at the World Championships.

On board Emirates Team New Zealand's TP52 during a practice and tuning session on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

From the weekend we have reports on the Jolly Boat Nationals sailed at French Bay, and won by one of New Zealand's top sailors, with his son as crew. And from Rotorua, Andrew Brown reports on the 12ft skiff Nationals with 15 boats from both islands competing.

On Monday we reported on BlackMatch Racing's outstanding win at the Marseilles International Match racing regatta. Today we have the full and frank regatta report from the team themselves. Certainly the substantial prizemoney won has turned many a young kiwi sailor's head over the past couple of days. Beats working for a living - but match racing at this level is still pretty hard work. Well done, guys.

We see that Blackmatch now head for the Congressional Cup where they are listed as a favourite for the title by US sailing writers. Read that story in this issue, too.

The proposed final development for Wynyard Quarter, looking south.  Sea+City

Finally there has been a lot of talk on the redevelopment of Auckland's downtown area, in particular, the Viaduct Harbour, Tank Farm and the eastern side of Westhaven. Yesterday the Auckland media were updated on progress on the the Wynyard Quarter's ambitious project to link the marine industry, with the City and public to create something of practical use and beauty from this eyesore.

In this issue we have a report and images of the area as it is now, and how it will appear on the completed four stage development. So great is the transformation, that it is hard to recognise the finished development from the street level graphics. We have picked the easiest ones, which underline the huge change planned, with large areas set aside for the public enjoyment of Auckland's unique sailing and marine environment.

Make sure you enter the sweepstake to win Line 7 clothing. Enter online now to win a choice of Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket, or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. Enter here NOW!

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Interesting options ahead for Volvo Ocean Race naviguessers
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
here are some interesting options facing the Volvo Ocean Race navigators, tacticians skippers and fans as the race leaders head up the South American coast. A patch of strong wind off Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands backed by ab area of light winds has the routing and optimisation software urging the yachts to take an offshore course to stay with the strong tailwinds and veer offshore... [more]


Images from Day 2 of the IFDS Blind Sailing World Championships
David Staley,
David Staley presents this gallery of images from Day 2 of the IFDS World Blind sailing Championships, being sailed on Lake Rotorua... [more]


Steady progress with Wynyard Quarter vision on Auckland's waterfront
Melanie McKay,
Sea+City Projects Ltd is making steady progress in Wynyard Quarter - the tanks are being removed; the upgrade of North Wharf will be completed this year; the design team for the first retail/entertainment precinct in Jellicoe Street has started work; and collaboration with the existing marine sector is achieving promising results.... [more]


Eventful racing on Lake Rotorua for Day 2 of World Blind Sailing Champ
Jacky James,
Despite a forecast of no wind, the second day of racing got underway on Lake Rotorua in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships with a solid nor-nor-easterly wind that blew between 10 and 17 knots across the day.... [more]


Emirates Team NZ goes sailing - images and video of the new TP52
Richard Gladwell,
Since her launching after the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, Emirates Team New Zealand 's TP52 has been a regular sight on the Waitemata Harbour as she works up against another newly launched TP52 Artemis, before both are shipped to Europe for competition on the Med Cup Circuit. Hulls, sails and spars are by Cookson Boats, North Sails and Southern Spars. See two sailing videos here... [more]


Minoprio steps up as a Congressional Cup favorite
Rich Roberts,
The 10 teams in the Congressional Cup will arrive in Long Beach over the weekend and draw for boats and practice Monday. Double round-robin racing starts Tuesday off Long Beach Memorial Belmont Pier, which will have seating and commentating for spectators. The top four advance to the sailoffs on Saturday.... [more]


BlackMatch reflect on first World Tour win
BlackMatch Media,
The Marseille International Match Race was our first win on the World Match Racing Tour and at the age of 23 Adam is by far the youngest skipper ever, to win a World Tour Event. After qualifying for the Monsoon Cup in 2007 and narrowly losing to the legendary Peter Gilmour in the quarterfinals, we committed to a full year on the Tour for 2008.... [more]


Groupama 3 leaves base in Brittany for Turkey
Groupama 3 media,
Groupama 3 has left her base in Lorient, Brittany. For this initial Mediterranean campaign, Groupama 3 is heading for Istanbul in Turkey. With a little less than 3,000 miles to the gateway to the Orient, it's a beautiful course which awaits the crew of Groupama 3.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 and 4 around Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Magnus Olsson and his team of Nordic sailors onboard Ericsson 3 rounded the legendary Cape Horn at 1222 GMT today in pole position gaining maximum points at the scoring gate. The sistership, Ericsson 4, picked up 3.5 points for rounding in second place at 14:48 GMT. For the leading duo, the treacherous conditions anticipated at the Horn did not materialize.... [more]


Sailors fight for NZ title at Titirangi's French Bay Yacht Club
Zoe Hawkins,
Mark Orams added his 14th New Zealand title to his list of sailing achievements this weekend when he won the Jollyboat Class Championships run out of French Bay Yacht Club in Titirangi. The holder of three world masters sailing titles was part of Sir Peter Blake's Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race winning crew aboard Steinlager 2, and a member of Team New Zealand... [more]


Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet's Fast Blast to Cape Horn
Oliver Dewar,
With a projected Cape Horn ETA of 1800 GMT tomorrow (18/03), Cubillos and Muñoz are already primed for the rounding and a glimpse of their homeland.... [more]


ForceRacing: 12ft Skiff Nationals - runner up ain't too bad
Andrew Brown,
The 12 foot skiff nationals for 2009 were held on Lake Taupo from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th of March, it was held as a part of the Mighty River Power Regatta. Fifteen 12's turned up from Wellington and Auckland to make it a good fleet on the startline (especially with all those extra long prods on the bows of the boats!).... [more]


Australian Sailing Development Squad creating champions of the future
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has begun the search for Olympic champions for London 2012 and beyond with the announcement of the 2009 Australian Sailing Development Squad.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race: Around the Horn at Lunchtime
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
According to the latest projections and wind data, we are expecting to see the first of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts round Cape Horn at 1200hrs GMT/UTC 17 March or 0100hrs NZT. The two leading yachts Ericsson 3 and 4 are expected to round in lighter winds of 15 - 20kts, while the two yachts astern Puma Racing and Green Dragon are experiencing very strong winds.... [more]


US Sailing announces 2009 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Marni Lane,
US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, is proud to announce the new 2009 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG). Based on results at US Sailing's 2009 Rolex Miami OCR, US Sailing selected the top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class for the 2009 USSTAG.... [more]


NZ Offshore racers to clash on Wellington Harbour
Kate Gordon,
Intense battle forecast on challenging course. 'Wellington is one of the best races of the season for spectators,' Cary Gleeson, vice-president of the NZOPA and throttleman aboard ‘Doosan', currently holding second spot in Superboat Lite.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race - Cold and brutal, no heater and in different weather
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Latest news from the Volvo fleet as they head towards Cape Horn. Not an average day on Ericsson 3, onboard Telefonica Blue they have no heater and are in different weather from the leaders and on Green Dragon Ian Walker says its been a brutal and cold 48 hours. Read on........ [more]


Vendee Globe summary - Dismastings, rescues and battling on to the end
Vendee Globe media,
From 9th November 2008 to the 15th March 2009 - here is a brief summary of the major events in this sixth Vendée Globe. Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia on 1st February. The race had everything; dismastings, rescues and capsizes as well as brilliant sailing, determination and sportsmanship.... [more]


Volvo Ocean Race fleet face brutal conditions towards Cape Horn
Volvo Ocean Race media,
As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet heads down to 54 degrees south, Ericsson 3 has extended her lead in conditions that Green Dragon's skipper Ian Walker describes as 'brutal'.... [more]


Olympic classes hit the water at the 2012 Olympic venue
Karenza Morton,
Hannah Mills and Katrina Hughes got their 2009 season off to a winning start with 470 Women's victory at the year's opening RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event this past weekend. Reigning National Ranking Series Finn champion Giles Scott also picked up from where he left off with a comfortable Spring Series 1 success... [more]


18 Footers League - Southern Cross Constructions wins Race 14
Frank Quealey,
Southern Cross Constructions took out Race 14 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship last weekend on Sydney Harbour. Southern Cross Constructions crossed the finish line 21 seconds ahead of a fast finishing Project Racing with Rag & Famish Hotel in third place... [more]


Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet hammered by hurricane strength winds
Oliver Dewar,
The Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet have been hammered by hurricane strength, Force 12, south-westerly breeze as they descend through the Furious Fifties towards Cape Horn.... [more]

2009 Audi Etchells Worlds
05/03/09
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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
10/11/08
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
12/10/08
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
01/01/08
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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New Zealand Sailing
01/01/08
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2009 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour 2009...
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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