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 15 Nov 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 15 November 2011

Michèle Paret - Transat Jacques Vabre 2011  Mirabaud
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 15 November 2011

The Volvo Ocean Race continues to fascinate fans despite the fact that the fleet has been reduced by a third. The first week of the race was the biggest viewing week we have had on Sail-World.

Currently another key phase of the race is about to be entered as the leaders enter The Doldrums, and each believes they have the route for a speedy exit and into the glorious Tradewinds which beckon on the otherside.

In this edition we present the latest update from Volvo Ocean Race. The leaders have slowed a little, and the back runners lifted their speeds. Quite who makes the gains won't be known for probably the next 24-36 hours.

We are featuring graphics from Predictwind.com to illustrate the boats' positions, expected windspeed, and course options.

Stu Bannatyne, watch captain, Chris Nicholson, Skipper, & Adam Minoprio, Trimmer sailing in the Atlantic trade winds onboard Camper  Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race

As you can see in our Volvo Ocean Race section there's a wealth of coverage, including plenty of excellent images and video reports from on board the competitors.

In this edition we have presented the latest update, and a report from Stu Bannatyne aboard Camper, as they enjoy some fast sailing ahead of the Doldrums.

Port City Challenge Day 2 - America's Cup World Series - Day 2, 13 November 2011  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

Over the last two days, the Port Challenge section of the America's Cup World Series has been sailed in San Diego. There was no TV coverage on the first day, however organisers provided a limited broadcast of the racing yesterday on Youtube.

The Matchracing round begins on Thursday, New Zealand time, followed by the Fleet Race Championship on Monday morning New Zealand time.

2011 NZ Matach Racing Champions Left to right: Tim Coltman, Matthew Steven, Matt Clough, Jono Clough, Chris Jones  RNZYS Media

Emirates Team NZ performed well, winning the Port Challenge, even though they were one of the few teams not representing a port.

Bob Fisher provides his unique view of each day's racing, and will be continuing to report all this week for Sail-World.

We're sad to report the passing of two very accomplished New Zealand sailors.

Stu Brentnall, 1977 One Ton Cup winner  
Stu Brentnall (77), a noted keelboat skipper and winner of the 1977 One Ton Cup in which he skippered the Farr designed centreboarder, The Red Lion, ably crewed by Roy Dickson, Dick Jones and friends. Brentnall came within an ace of winning the trophy the previous year in Jiminy Cricket. He passed away on 5 November aged 77years.

Gavin Bornholdt (63), an Olympic representative in the three man Soling keelboat, died suddenly on Saturday after a bike ride. The well known Wellington yachtsman crewed with Chris Urry, under the redoubtable Hugh Pool, representing New Zealand in the 1976 Olympics in Kingston, Canada. Bornholdt remained an active Sunburst sailor in his latter years sailing in the highly competitive Wellington fleet.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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OptiWorldsNZ 2011, Sponsors Thankyou Evening, 16th Nov No.1 Queen St
Brian Haybittle,
You are all invited to come and support the OptiWorldsNZ2011 Organisers and the NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds Team on their quest for success. We have two great door prizes from our major sponsors including an Air New Zealand Full Flight Airbus A-320 Simulator experience and the chance to win a Harbour Race on Team Vodafone Sailings record breaking trimaran.... [more]
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Rod Davis: Thoughts on San Diego - Before and After
Rod Davis,
Coach, Rod Davis writes for ETNZblog.com on his return to his hometown, San Diego for the America's Cup World Series. First he reflects on the Port Challenge Series, and in a prior posting he previews the series and presents an interesting statistic... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing takes back lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing had two reasons to celebrate this morning after snatching the lead back from arch rivals Telefónica and making good ground through the notoriously fickle Doldrums. Ken Read's crew on Mar Mostro have been locked in a 2,000 nautical mile match race with Iker Martínez's Telefónica and it looks set to continue as the pair head through the Doldrums... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 16 - The look and feel of the Cup
ACM,
This week we meet the America's Cup design agency, Designwerk, who is responsible for the look and feel of the America's Cup on TV. The agency was tasked with capturing the new extreme sports look on screen, as well as creating the opening title sequence for use in live TV events, including AC Uncovered... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Beko 3 Buoy Challenge - Victory for Cocko's crew + Video
Simon Brown and Bob Killick,
In the Beko 3 Buoy Challenge, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, and Trent Barnabus finally took one in Sunday's final heat. Video interview with Cocko.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Stu Bannatyne on Leg 1 and approaching the Doldrums
Sail-World,
Camper co-skipper Stu Bannatyne updates us on Day 9 of Leg 1 as Camper eases into the champagne sailing conditions of the trade winds and heads for the warmer weather of the Equator. Currently Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ is on the fringe of the Doldrums, but hoping to pick a better route through the windless zone, and catch up some of the margin between them and the two front runners... [more]
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Bethwaite Challenge - Fay and Chipchase top the Cherubs
Rolf Lunsmann,
Bethwaite Challenge - Current Cherub National Champions Trevor Fay and Nathan Chipchase, sailing Boob Buffer, have taken out the Cherub Division, sailed at Belmont 16ft Skiff Club. With the Cherub class making its first appearance at the Challenge, sponsored by Bethwaite Design and the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club, a small but very competitive fleet of eight Cherubs faced the starters for race one... [more]
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Sayonara's headed home for permanent display
Pressure-Drop.us,
Having been holed up in Holland Michigan since the 2000 Chicago Mackinac Race, Sayonara, Larry Ellison's 80' Maxi is headed home. Her destination, Pier 80 in San Francisco which is currently HQ for Oracle Racing and ground zero for all things Americas Cup on SF Bay until the construction of the new piers on the City Front are complete... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Bruni determined to win Championship title
World Match Racing Tour,
WMRT Monsoon Cup – Francesco Bruni stands on the brink of becoming the first Italian to capture the ISAF Match Racing World Championship this month but remains undaunted by the task that awaits him. Should he win the title, the 1994 Laser World Champion and Olympic and America's Cup campaigner says it will be a career defining achievement.... [more]
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Chris Nicholson reflects on a tough first week for Camper
etnzblog.com,
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reflects on the first week of the Volvo Ocean Race and the highs and lows faced by the Emirates Team NZ crewed entry: Well we always knew that this was going to be a tough race and the first week has left this in no doubt. Conditions have been extreme and taken their toll, but at the same time some poor decisions on our behalf have made things even tougher than they... [more]
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Matthew Steven crowned 2011 New Zealand Match Racing Champion
Kels Gilkison,
Matthew Steven was today crowned the 2011 New Zealand Match Racing Championship beating Scott Dickson 3-2 in a tense and exciting final. Steven joins Scott's brother Chris Dickson, Phil Robertson, Dean Barker, Gavin Brady and Rod Davis on the list of names engraved on the New Zealand Match Racing Cup.... [more]
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Paper Tigers busy this weekend
Rowdy Leatham,
It is a busy weekend for Paper Tiger sailing in New Zealand this weekend, with regattas being hosted in both the North and South Island simultaneously. With over 40 boats expected to be competing across the two locations, competition will be fierce with the regattas being a good prelude to the Nationals taking place in New Plymouth at New Year.... [more]
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ACWS San Diego - Last to arrive but first to the line
ACM,
Emirates Team New Zealand won the Port Cities Challenge, on the preliminary weekend of the America's Cup World Series. But it was Aleph with new skipper Pierre Pennec at the helm, who took a win in race four. But not to be outdone, Energy Team sailed a flawless race six with skipper Yann Guichard to claim their first team win.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: Sunshine adds sparkle to the racing
Bob Fisher,
In a complete contrast to the previous day, there was a regular, albeit light, breeze in San Diego Bay for four races to complete the Ports Cities Challenge, the prequel to the upcoming America's Cup World Series. It proved a triumph for Dean Barker and his crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with a 1-7-2-2 set of finishes to top the leader board.... [more]
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Artemis Racing take third place in ACWS Port Cities Challenge
Artemis Racing,
Racing in the America's Cup World Series Port Cities Challenge got underway today amid 8-10 knot winds from the West which is a welcome change from the previous day's downpours. The winds were fickle and the French teams showed the most consistency on the race course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Doldrums opportunity + Latest positions
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand are eying an upcoming opportunity to finally close the gap on their three rivals as the fleet approaches the windless Doldrums zone. Roughly five degrees of Latitude either side of the Equator, the heating effect of the sun, combined with the convergence of the northern and southern hemisphere trade winds. Includes latest position graphics... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 extend lead
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Virbac Paprec 3 and Hugo Boss, are sliding fast towards the Caribbean and the final 1000 miles stage to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Both continue to open up on a tightly matched pack which are desperately trying to keep up. With close to 500 miles to the passing mark of the Dominican Republic, Dick and Beyou had 240 miles in hand over the third placed Banque Populaire... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet powers towards Ocean Sprint start
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As the rest of the fleet powers towards Tasmania and the start of the Ocean Sprint at 150 degrees east, Singapore is making good speed of seven to eight knots under secondary steering towards Queenscliff at the mouth of Port Philip Bay where they will be able to pick up the specialist tools required to repair their steering system.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego – More images by Bo Struye
Bo Struye Photos,
America's Cup World Series San Diego images from photographer Bo Struye.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch, was on the water today in San Diego shooting for Artemis racing. He presents this gallery of images from the day... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Images by Bo Struye
Bo Struye Photos,
America's Cup World Series San Diego images by photographer Bo Struye... [more]
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Onboard Camper: Come fly with me
Hamish Hooper,
Onboard CAMPER, I am being reminded each day that it is one less day until we cross the equator. Gee I can't wait for that! It will be like a stag party but worse- nothing to drink...While on the topic of the equator and the ITCZ and the doldrums here is a very informative take on our position from someone who knows better than anyone: Our trusty Navigator Will Oxley:... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 - Last big push before record attempt begins
Paul Larsen,
We did two runs today. I wanted to get back in the swing of sailing in punchier conditions. The first run was a little uneventful with a peak around 46 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego - Images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau images,
Christophe Favreau sendsthese images from his short session in the air today on the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series San Diego.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
The inaugural Beko 3-Buoys Challenge champion is Gotta Love It 7. Over the five races the crew finish with an overall total of 26 points. Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) also finished on 26 points but lost to Gotta Love It 7 after the countback went to each team's third best placing in the series.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series – San Diego day 1 not without its drama
ACM,
For the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series – San Diego, conditions were light and shifty and very wet for the nine race crews and at the end of day just one point separates the top four boats. The Chinese won their first race, race 2, in the AC World Series.... [more]
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Fisher's View: ACWS, San Diego: 'It never rains in California?'
Bob Fisher,
'It never rains in California, but girl, don't they warn ya? It pours, man, it pours.' And so it was today on the AC World Series race course in San Diego inside the harbour where it was held for the benefit of the spectators and despite the inclemency of the weather, there was a goodly sprinkling of spectators.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Highlights from Day 1 in San Diego + Video
ACM,
Highlights from Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Diego... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego a wet start for Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
The America's Cup World Series got underway today in San Diego amid torrential rains that fell during the afternoon hours. Artemis Racing shares with us their experience on the Bay thus far. In extremely fluky conditions, Artemis Racing took the first win of the event in what was a race of snakes and ladders.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne medal haul for the Aussies
Lauren Garnet,
At Sail Melbourne, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the medal races were run and won with Australia's home team coming out on top. The 49er class was the first race contested with the Gold medal coming down to any of the top three crews.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series gets underway in the rain
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing the the Port Challenge round of the America's Cup World series has got underway in San Diego, California. Despite an optimist forecast, the races were sailed in light winds and occasional rain. Gilles Martin-Raget provided this image gallery.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne final day action video
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne has now reached the final day of competition. The event, which is part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, witnessed medal races on Saturday that featured numerous thrilling finishes with many of the podiums not actually decided until the final boat sailed across the finish line.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2011 - major decisions from San Juan
International Sailing Federation,
Over the course of the week, the sailing world gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Annual Conference. Meetings took place for three days with the ISAF Council drawing to a close today as final decisions were made which will affect the sport moving forward.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Maitre Jacques claw back the miles
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - Opportunity knocked and it was time to take it. There are three boats in the fleet which have made gains of differing magnitude through being able to sail a more direct route than their opposition.... [more]
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Volvo Legends: Great Britain II - Her builder's story
Derek Kelsall,
The ketch rigged Great Britain II was the first boat to finish in the first Whitbread Round the World Race which started in September 1973. Derek Kelsall was the builder of the 78ft maxi designed by Alan Gurney and skippered by Chay Blyth writes to give his perspective of how the foam sandwich ketch was constructed. She went on to compete in five round the world races:... [more]
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Pete Melvin: What Emirates Team NZ are learning from the SL33 program
Pete Melvin,
Top multihull designer, Pete Melvin blogs from the design office about what Emirates Team NZ has learned from the SL33 programme: The twin SL33s are getting a relentless workout at the hands of the Emirates Team NZ sailing crew that far exceeds anything anticipated during the design process. They are revelling in winds up to 30 knots and sea states... [more]
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Camper: From the boat - On our way at last!
Hanish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ: My first thought of the day as I woke was that the overseas voting for the NZ elections had opened. This is great news, elections are so exciting! I love the drama of election night! The trouble is, I'm not really sure how getting voting papers to the Kiwis on board Camper in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will work?... [more]
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AC World Series crews ready for Port Cities Challenge in San Diego
Stephanie Martin,
With America's Cup World Series action is set to get underway in San Diego later in the month, six of the best crews on the globe were out on San Diego Bay Friday making their final preparations for the start. With racing taking place in six to nine knot Southwesterly wind, several teams took advantage of the situation. to practice their starts and close-quarters race maneuvering.... [more]
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