Sail-World New Zealand: 7 October 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 7 October 2011
|Television NZ makes a statement along with ACEA on the Youtube blocking controversy |
New Zealand is facing a major potential environmental disaster with the grounding of the Liberian registered Rena on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga.
The reasons for the incident are not explained as the ship was 30 minutes from port.
Of more immediate concern is the removal of fuel oil from aboard the vessel - reported to be 17,000 cubic metres.
Latest news is that a fuel ship is leaving Auckland and will be ready in Tauranga on Monday. However by then the wind is expected to be in the east and increasing in strength and the calm conditions that are prevailing at present will not continue.
In this edition we show the five day forecast courtesy of Predictwind.com and also an option from Lancer Industries involving the use of inflatable barges which are capable of operating in reasonably heavy seas. We also feature several photos of the inflatable barges in action, and out of the water showing their enormous volume.
|A Lancer oil recovery inflatable owned by US Coastguard Lancer Industries |
Today we spoke to Ronald Winstone, Technical Director of Lancer Industries who has practical experience in oil recovery practices around the world. The barges from Lancer are capable of being deployed very quickly - they fit into a package the size of an office desk and can be flown in from anywhere in the world.
Two of these barges capable of taking 100 tonnes each are in Auckland. Much larger ones destined for the US Coastguard are also believed to be in Auckland. Already over 48 hours have elapsed with a vital calm weather period being wasted.
According to one expert, the Rena is a 20year old ship, well onto the reef and is expected to break up. She will surely break her back in any sort of a sea, driven by 20kt plus onshore winds expected early next week.
We'll update this story over the weekend.
|What NZ fans were stopped from seeing - AC45 Energy Team in Plymouth - America's Cup World Series 2011 © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget |
In this edition we also feature the story on the blocking of America's Cup World Series coverage into New Zealand - both on the Livestreaming on Youtube on the first two days of the event, and then the full length delayed coverage into New Zealand, which was blocked for a period of seven days.
Some people who should know better made some defamatory comments about Sail-World, and our use of video from the ACWS in our coverage of the event.
In the story in this edition, we set the record straight.
Quite what happens from here is anyone's guess. Questions we have asked in that regard are yet to be answered.
|Rod Davis, Coach Emirates Team NZ writes of the Extreme 40 experience in Nice and the changes ahead Emirates Team NZ |
Staying with the America's Cup, or rather Emirates Team NZ, we are pleased to be able to run a couple of stories from their new site www.etnzblog.com
These are both written in a refreshingly open way by Rod Davis (Coach and a very good yachting scribe in his own right), as well as Camper skipper Chris Nicholson reporting in from Alicante, Spain ahead of the race start.
We haven't yet featured the videos being posted regularly by the team on www.etnzblog.com - again they swing away from the technically very perfect, carefully sculpted pieces from the AmericaCup.com site and also Oracle Racing. Instead the Kiwi team uses iPhones and similar - with team boss Grant Dalton going down to the ground floor and interviewing a couple of team members about their role in the team and their contribution. This 'fly on the wall' technique is very different, works well in its own way, and we look forward to more.
|Reuben Corbett v Peter Gilmour - WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup 2011 © Chris Davies/WMRT |
In the Argo Group Gold Cup, only Phil Robertson has made it to the Quarter-Finals. The other two New Zealand teams missed the Repechage phase.
We have reports and images from the event and will continue to update over the weekend.
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.
|A typically close Y88 top mark rounding - 2010 North Sails Y88 Owners Champs Rick Hackett|
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