Sail-World New Zealand: 09 June 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 09 June 2011
|NZ sailors head downwind in Weymouth - Skandia Sail for Gold Hanna Morris|
The action has continued in the NZ Int Yachting Trust's Auckland - Musket Cove, Fiji Race.
As we write it looks like it will be a neck and neck race with the Volvo 70 Camper being in the race with more than a fighting chance against the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing which has launched in the SE Trades
As we noted last night, TVS was 100nm behind, this morning, just 60nm adrift of Camper.
She needs to average around 24kts to take the race win.
In this edition we have twice daily reports using wind predictions and route information from Predictwind. We're hoping that as she nears Musket Cove, that TVS will come within 3G range and we'll start getting images back from the onboard camera.
See www.sail-world.com for updates twice each day until the race is won.
This story has been the top rating story world-wide in Sail-World since the race started - despite being only published in our Australia, New Zealand and Asian editions.
|Grant Dalton and Chris Nicholson aboard Camper earlier in the Auckland-Fiji Race. Emirates Team NZ |
In Weymouth, England the Skandia Sail for Gold in underway. The event is the sixth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup, and got underway in light winds, but has had two days of very fresh airs.
The event has attracted a large numbers of sailors keen to get a taste of the venue for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, just over a year out from the Main Event. For several countries the regatta is doubling as one of their two Olympic Trials - putting a real edge into the racing.
|Weymouth, 7th June 2011. Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Ian Roman |
We have reports on the second and third day's sailing in this edition and will be updating daily on www.sail-world.com through to the end of the regatta.
New Zealand is lying third overall in terms of country standings in this event, ahead of Australia and USA. Britain dominates, and their worst place overall in the ten Olympic events being sailed at this regatta is a 6th.
|Rough day two at Weymouth for CampbellSailing.com - Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 CampbellSailing.com |
We will be covering this event, in depth through to its finale in the weekend.
If you chop around the other Sail-World regional sites (at the bottom of the website www.sail-world.com) you can get the other nations' coverage too.
|US Volvo Ocean Race entry, PUMA Ocean Racing training off, Newport, Rhode Island. © Dan Armstrong Photography |
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