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Sail-World New Zealand: 6 March 2012

Camper during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race)  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 March 2012

New Zealand has been hard hit by a so-called weather bomb today, which has made its impact on the Two Man Round New Zealand Race, plus another singlehanded sailor was airlifted off his yacht from the same area.

Waves were reported to be 9-10 metres high in the area of the race yachts. The highest windstrength we saw was 85kts off The Brothers in Cook Strait -away from the race yachts.

We have the best available updates on the two situations, in this edition of Sail-World.

Those who lurk around dinghy parks may be aware of the new prototype Womens Olympic Skiff that has been presented by Mackay Boats. We have run a couple of stories previously - along with one video in Sail-World. In this edition we feature the latest video, which has a lot of new footage including several onboard cameras.

Isabel Swan (left) and Martine Grael (BRA) take time out, in Auckland from their campaign to sail the FX by Mackay Boats  Richard Gladwell

There is comment from five of the women sailors, on the latest video including Martine Grael (BRA), an ISAF World Youth Gold medalist, and Isabel Swan (BRA) a Bronze medalist from the 2008 Olympics. (They are in NZ for a training session with Forceracing's Andrew Brown.) Three New Zealand sailors also contribute their comments on both the FX, and how forward they are looking to seeing the Womens Skiff make its debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Certainly the new boat is impressive with her speed - to the point where it is difficult to keep up with the boat while filming video, from the shore. The crews have sailed her in winds of 25-30kts and while this is never an easy experience, and the women have as many spills as the guys, boathandling is something all mentioned they would have to put a lot of work into - and relished the challenge.

Molly Meech and Alex Maloney put the 49er FX through her paces off Takapuna.  Richard Gladwell

We loved the comment from Jo Aleh, who said that it would be great to have a 49er hull 'so we can put the 49er rig on it and do some cross-training!' That's the 'Big Kite' attitude that Women's sailing needs.

We think the FX will transform Womens sailing, the FX is not a Girls boat - and will certainly be a media magnet.

The trials take place in Santander, Spain starting on 17 March - Mackay's have shipped one boat, and will be taking two rigs, with the second rig going into a regular 49er hull already in Europe.

Tony Rae, winces with pain in his ribs as he gets changed to go on watch onboard Camper during leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet are 2000nm from Auckland. We are not quite within the nine day range for PredictWind.com to be able to use its full nine day stream of forecast data, but we are close. the best case we have seen is for current leg leader, Groupama to take eight days for the remainder of the race. The fleet should have a reasonable ride into Auckland - with one scenario taking them very close to the direct line for Auckland with favourable winds.

Idyllic French Bay, on Auckland's Manukau Harbour  

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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FX: What the Sailors say about the ISAF Olympic Womens Skiff entry
Ben Gladwell,
In this video double Olympic representative, Jo Aleh, ISAF Youth World Gold medalist Martine Grael (BRA) and Olympic Bronze medalist Isabel Swan (BRA) give their impressions of the FX. And ISAF World Youth Silver medalist, Alex Maloney, and double ISAF Youth Representative in the Womens Singlehanded event, Molly Meech talk about transitioning to the new Event and their hopes for 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Looking to make the most of squalls and thunderstorm
Thomas Pryor and Sail-world,
As the leading boats cross the Equator Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is looking to make the most of the large thunder clouds and sudden severe squalls on the approaches to the Doldrums. As the fleet eases down through the Solomon Islands group they are encountering squall lines packing gusts of wind in excess of 35 knots and rain filled thunder clouds that can significantly help or hind... [more]
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French Bay Regatta succeeds on all levels
Zoe Hawkins,
Titirangi's French Bay Yacht Club hosted 57 centreboarders at its annual regatta on Sunday 25 February, and in the process proved there is little doubt that, in a South-Westerly, the bay is one of the very best places to sail in the City of Sails. Blue skies, flat seas and a moderate breeze greeted the fleet of including a strong travelling contingent from Maraetai and Glendowie Boating Clubs... [more]
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Fast ride for Kharma Police in Blakovic Cup
Rob Shaw,
Rob Shaw sailing the Nexus sponsored Khama Police reports of the recent Blakovic Cup: It was actually a good race for us I think and very happy with where we came on the water. Less than an hour behind Haslar's new RP 42 footer is a good result for a race that was effectively a 90 mile windward leeward. Had a nice first leg to Cow and Calf which was vmg running in mostly 15-20 of breeze wi... [more]
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J Class Arrives on Social Media
J Class Association,
The Official J Class Facebook page and @OfficialJClass Twitter account have both been established to relay news and images to supporters around the world in real time. These J Class Social Media accounts give supporters an opportunity to interact with the class and each other, sharing their own J Class images and stories.... [more]
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Americas Cup: A visit to Ravensbourne
Colin Preston,
Ravensbourne Boating Club, on the shores of Otago Harbour, Dunedin, was Russell Coutts training headquarters in his P class days before moving to Auckland, and winning gold at the 1984 Olympics. Crossing the railway tracks to meet club commodore Warwick Graham, the blustery conditions had cancelled the Optimist training plus 29er and Z Class racing for today.... [more]
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Two Man Round NZ race: May Day issued as weather bomb hits fleet
Sail-World,
In the second edition of the Two Man Round New Zealand yacht race, Surreal, a Beneteau First 47.7 is leading the fleet and is positioned midway down the west coast of the South Island. She is expected in at finish of the second leg at Stewart Island Sunday night or Monday The weather bomb, which has hit central New Zealand has caused three of fleet to shelter in Golden Bay, at the top of the S... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Leg 6
Isabel Hokken,
The Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are preparing for Leg 6 which is set to start from Qingdao in China, bound for San Francisco Bay, on Sunday 4 March at 1330 local time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fingers crossed for the Doldrums + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - As they press onwards toward the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Groupama 4's skipper, Franck Cammas/FRA said 'I've got my fingers crossed for this third passage through the Doldrums: all you need is one bad squall to lose a huge amount of ground as the experience of our previous two equators has shown.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama crew hopeful of smooth Doldrums passage
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race fleet crossed the equator this Friday morning, but the danger zone is still in front of the six VO-70s. Indeed the Doldrums may not appear to be too developed, but they are lying in wait for them at the approach to the Melanesian archipelagos and the navigators will have to avoid cutting too tight a line near the islands... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis close in on Argentine coast
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon with Financial Crisis are closing in on the Argentine coast with headwinds likely for the final miles to the leg three finish line in Punta del Este while Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire have continued upwind conditions as they work north on Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Major America's Cup TV deal announced
Richard Gladwell,
A major announcement has been made on the TV broadcast in the US of the 34th America's Cup. There was no further detail on the arrangement at this mornings weekly international media conference on America's Cup matters. However the arrangement at this stage covers only the America's Cup itself, and not the Louis Vuitton Cup and whatever is conducted as a Defender Selection Series.... [more]
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RS:X Europeans come to a pre-mature end + Video
Rory Ramsden,
The final day of the RS:X Europeans was lacking in the wind department, bringing the event to a pre-mature end with Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] and Byron Kokkalanis [GRE] tied on 34 points at the top of the leader board.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Into the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race sleigh ride of the past two days is coming to an end and Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) is the clear victor. With 2,532 nautical miles (nm) to run to the finish the teams are now setting up for their entry to the Doldrums, where luck will play a big part.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation finish leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
After a slow final 24 hours, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel crossed the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 3 finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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New Zealand yacht lost on reef off Venezuela
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Reports just received indicate that a New Zealand owned yacht, Chinook Wind, has been wrecked on a reef about 100 nautical miles from the Dutch island of Bonaire in the Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela... [more]
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Win an iPad 2! - complete the Awlgrip and International Paint Survey
Chris Toole,
High Standards – We have them, you have them, but do they agree? Now, more than ever, customer satisfaction is the key to a successful business. Many companies talk about improving it, many claim to ‘understand' their customers. How many bother to actually ask!... [more]
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America's Cup - San Francisco's Pier 80 a major player
Erik Simonson,
34th America's Cup - Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) have announced a consolidated venue plan, removing Piers 30-32 for use during the America's Cup events, consolidating all racing teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at Pier 27-29.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Global Party at the Auckland Stopover
Penny Dain,
There's a Global Party lined up for the Race Village in the Viaduct during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. A rolling programme of entertainment for twelve hours each day - from 9am to 9pm - has been put together for the Stopover which runs from 8 - 18 March. And it's all free.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 27 - Luna Rossa fitness tests
ACM,
This week on 'America's Cup Uncovered' we're in San Francisco to celebrate ORACLE Racing's anniversary two years on from their Cup victory in February 2010. Then Luna Rossa Challenge team is pushed to the limits in the gym with their first fitness assessment in Auckland. Then we head to Valencia for some winter training with Green Comm Racing. But not without a behind the scenes on the race commit... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour announces new title sponsor
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour - Alpari, a global association of companies providing online foreign exchange ('Forex', 'FX'), precious metals and CFD trading services, today announced a five-year title partnership with the World Match Racing Tour. Jim O'Toole, CEO of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, today joined David Stuart, COO of Alpari in the City of London to announce the title sponsorship.... [more]
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Video: Star sailing in a 40kt 'breeze'
Valentin Mankin,
After a two weeks stop for his honeymoon, top Star sailor Diego Negri a few days ago started training again in Loano (SV, Italy) with his bowman Enrico Voltolini. In this video, you can see how fast 'an old lady', like a Star, can sail with 40 kts of wind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover: Up close and personal!
Penny Dain,
Spectators will have a great close-up view of the world's fastest monohulls in action as the Volvo Open 70s race in Waitemata Harbour during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Organisers announced the courses today for the Pro-Am Races on Friday 16 March, the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March and the Departure and Start of Leg 5 on Sunday 18 March.... [more]
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Mark Bell wins 2012 North Island Paper Tiger Championships
Rowdy Leatham,
The 2012 North Island Paper Tiger Championships were hosted during the last weekend of February at Stump Bay, Lake Taupo by the Turangi Yacht and Power Boat club. Mark Bell from Ponsonby Cruising Club in Auckland claimed his second Paper Tiger North Island title after sailing a very consistent event including two race victories from the five races completed.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Invitational - Tunnicliffe on top
Chicago Match Race Center,
Chicago Match Race Center Invitational - After three hard-fought days of match race sailing, US Olympic hopeful Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Maclaren crew of Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer have today won. The 2-0 victory over Kiwi Ruben Corbett in the Finals earns the team valuable Open Grade 2 match racing points to further solidify their position as the world's top-ranked team... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 26 - Wing Extensions
ACM,
This week on America's Cup Uncovered we're in Auckland where Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand went head to head for the first time. We have reactions to the testing sessions for the wing extensions, designed to increase the speed of the AC45s in lighter breeze. Then, we are in San Francisco to uncover Save the Bay - partner of the America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project.... [more]
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Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 2012, Race 7 another win for 7 - Video
Bob Killick,
The A team, with Jarvin, Babbage, and Newton brought the 'Red Rocket', Gotta Love it 7 home for their sixth bullet to complete their total domination of the 2012 JJ.... [more]
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Crew Change at Coastguard Boating Education
Isabella Hormes,
With the New Year comes a change of crew at the Coastguard Boating Education national office in Auckland. Neil Murray is now at the helm of the organisation as Manager. You may catch a glimpse of him paddling across the harbour to work in his kayak to avoid the rush hour traffic..... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Giltinan Championship - Gotta Love It 7 defend title
Frank Quealey,
Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Congratulations to the Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage for their brilliant performance in successfully defending their title. Gotta Love It 7 dominated the regatta with six wins from the seven races to finish with an overall score of six points... [more]
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