Sail-World New Zealand: 4 October 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 4 October 2011
|King Edward VII Gold Cup
- Argo Group Gold Cup - World Match Racing Tour 2011 PPL Photo Agency
The action continues at the head of the Global Ocean Race as Campbell and Ross Field duke it out with Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, as they leave the African coast and head for the rounding mark off Brazil.
As of 2100hrs NZT, Campagne de France was 20nm ahead of the two Fields in Buckley Systems. Both yachts were sailing at around 9kts.
While the focus has been on the race, the real concern has been the activities of pirates off the African coast - and there have been several close encounters.
|Campagne de France - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Jesus Renedo ©|
For the last two days, the Fields have been sending blogs from Buckley Systems updating as to progress, life on board and with a wary eye out for pirates. Both stories are below.
Sorry we don't have any pictures from on board - still or video - but the blogs are a great read nevertheless.
Tonight, Tuesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup gets underway in Bermuda. Three New Zealand crews are competing, led by Phil Robertson, Reuben Corbett and Laurie Jury. There are 24 crews in total in the event.
|Counting down - Wellington Spirit Invitational Chris Coad|
We will be carrying daily reports on www.sail-world.com, and hopefully have some reports from the crews themselves.
In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have two reports from the Youth Match racing in Wellington and the Wellington Spirit International. Both events are part of the REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails - contested in rather better sailing weather than enjoyed in the northern end of the island.
The Finn sailors copped it - sailing their first regatta of the season on the Manukau in 15-25kt+ NE winds.
|Close pre-start action - 2011 NZ Youth Match Racing Nationals Chris Coad|
We have reports on all three events in this edition - all via Sail-World's story and image submission system. It's there for you to use as well!
We are also pleased to be able to report that Kiwi Yachting are distributing SOS Marine safety equipment in New Zealand. We feature one of their products in this issue - the SOS Dan Buoy which will be available at retailers around NZ at a cost of $499.00. SOS are a preferred supplier to the Australian Police and emergency services.
|Extended SOS Dan Bouy - now available in NZ Via Kiwi Yachting Consultants |
And don't forget, as the new season gets underway in New Zealand, 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 with their families.
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. Your money will where it is needed.
|Audi Azzurra Sailing Team - TP52 World Championship 2011 Francesco Nonnoi|
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