Sail-World New Zealand: 24 October 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 27 October 2011
|Vestas Sailrocket 2 damaged in crash Vestas Sailrocket - copyright|
In this edition of Sail-World we give you a world exclusive first look at one of the entrants in the ISAF Trials to be conducted for the Womens Skiff to be sailed in the 2016 Olympics.
Put together by Mackay Boats, the prototype features a 49er hull and a reduced rig.
We were on the water last weekend in 12-15kt winds last Saturday off Takapuna Beach, to have a look at the prototype.
She was very impressive - both from the ease with which her crew was able to put her through her paces, and from the perspective of being able to get an idea of what the new Womens High Performance Skiff could look like.
|Mackay Womens High Performance Skiff Trials entrant - Takapuna October 2011 Richard Gladwell|
It is great to be in an RIB that struggles to keep up with a Womens boat - which are usually slower versions of their male equivalent.
This one looks the part as well, and the whole package is very photogenic - even on a dull day.
Is this the Womens Beach Volleyball event of the Sailing Olympics?
The ultimate test of any boat is what do the test crew do after they have had a photo session? Our team grabbed the boat and headed out into the rain and murk for yet another blast. Say no more.
|Downtime between races is a good time to have a chat - HARKEN Labour Weekend Regatta Rosie Reid|
Off Capetown, the New Zealand entry in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems looks set to take the first leg of the Global Ocean Race. We have the latest report from onboard in this edition of Sail-World and will update again from the finish in about a days' time.
Our story on the slow start to the Rena salvage, and oil pumping in particular , in the last edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, proved to be on the mark according to letters we have received from those inside the operation.
|Greg Wilcox (NZL) - leads the OK Dinghy World Ranking List October 2011 Fotoboat |
One talked of an organisation laden with bureaucracy that took several days before they could get signoff on plans - losing that vital fine weather window. Another of the organisation lacking key people on the permanent staff who could understand and sign off plans, and that it took three days to engage specialist contractor to fill a vital role in the approval process. The common thread is that there should have been a process/person who would get the vitals underway quickly.
We are continuing to run the daily reports on New Zaland's biggest environmental disaster. In the latest fine weather break the focus has been to get the 'easy' oil off - which has been achieved, and is welcome - as every litre saved is a litre less to be spilled into a pristine environment and cosatline. Fortunately the fine break looks set to continue for some days. to come.
|Race 3 - 18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League|
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