Sail-World New Zealand: 2 October 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 2 October 2011
|Chuny under enormous pressure - Camper en route to Alicante - September 2011 Camper |
The leaders in the two man Global Ocean Race have been sailing in light to moderate airs as the pass by the Canarie Islands off the NW African coast.
The two lead boats Campagne de France and Buckley System have opened up a 150nm lead on the third boat - which makes it a bit of a procession. A gap of 20nm separates the two leading boats as they head towards the Cap Verde Islands.
We have daily reports in this edition of Sail-World together with a report from Ross and Campbell Field reporting from Buckley Systems.
|Stellar line-up assemble in Alicante - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race |
In just over four weeks the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race will get underway from Alicante, in this edition we preview the field of six very high quality teams from the five regions of the world, and all from different pedigrees and backgrounds.
This is a race that will be followed with great interest and will be a tremendous arm-wrestle.
For all the seriousness in professional sailing there is still plenty of opportunity for some fun. Don't miss the video of Camper/Emirates Team NZ crew member Rob Salthouse's attempts to catch a tuna en route to Alicante.
|Fleet of the Extreme Sailing Series only 10 meters from the crowded beach in Nice. Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - Act 7. Nice. France.
Lloyd Images ©
In Nice, south of France the Extreme Sailing Series is being sailed in light airs. Despite winning the last two America's Cup World Series, skipper Dean Barker has not been able to carry this success into the smaller heavier boat. In this Sail-World.com newsletter we carry reports from the van of the series, with one day left to sail.
Dean Barker has been providing daily reports on the racing, highlighting their frustration with the conditions. Welcome to the joys of stadium sailing.
From Plymouth, we have the latest in the America's Cup Uncovered series which covers an number of aspects of the series, including a look inside Emirates Team NZ.
|On the charge - 34th America's Cup - AC World Series - Plymouth 2011 - Racing Day 1 Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com |
For some time Emirates Team NZ have been engaged in a dispute with the America's Cup Organising Authority over the requirement for the twice America's Cup winners to redirect their website address to that of the America's Cup.com
Late in the week the New Zealand team announced a new social media site www.etnzblog.com it is a joint venture with their technology partners RD2 and Dell and is quite a spectacular site.
|Ted Turner (middle) and Gary Jobson (sitting) reunite aboard American Eagle, overall winner at the 2011 12 Metre North American Championships Billy Black|
As the new season gets underway in New Zealand, this weekend and over the new few weeks, please don't forget the sailors of Christchurch, particularly the young sailors who need to keep their national campaigns going but find it hard to justify spending money on their sport that is needed for other things.
Please have a gold coin collection, and auction dinner or similar function and send the funds through to the Mander Yachting Trust, PO Box 19-733 Christchurch. Currently there are five teams from the Christchurch area trying to get to Kawau Island for the RNZYS Youth training Week in early December. They'd appreciate your help.
|Tonky Frans sliping and sliding - PWA Reno World Cup Sylt Grand Slam 2011 PWA World Tour |
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