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 09 Mar 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 9 March 2012

Casey Smith and Brad Jackson (Puma) scout the clouds, or are they trying to spot New Zealand?  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 9 March 2012

As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet closes in on Auckland with just over a day to sail, the City of Sails can feel another attack of Round the World Fever, coming on. Having not experienced this 'ailment' for a decade, take it from us the best thing to do is to forget about work, get down to the Viaduct and enjoy it!

We had a preliminary view on Wednesday, and the Event Village is very impressive. The Volvo Stopover will be Auckland's first experience of a major sailing event in the City, with the new Events Centre in place and all the fine restaurants and cafes on the North Wharf complex available for a full road test.

The Volvo hybrid car is one of the many superb exhibits at the Volvo Pavilion  Richard Gladwell
Check out the Events Centre itself - where there are a number of magnificent exhibits from companies that are at the cutting edge of the New Zealand Marine industry.

Then there is the Volvo Pavilion which makes you realise the diversity of the Volvo product range - with everything from hybrid cars, rally cars, heavy vehicles, boat engines and outdrives on display.

Plus there are some great simulator games where you can test yourself against the best.

The Volvo Stopover Village is another entertainment epicentre, and of course there are the fine bars, cafes and restaurants which surround the Viaduct Harbour. All just waiting to be sampled.

In the race itself, we have seen some remarkable changes as the boats have neared with New Zealand coast, with the big margins being heavily reduced, and maybe one place change already.

We are expecting this situation to continue. While it is hard to see anyone but Groupama winning, the podium places are certainly up for grabs, and even the battle for fifth and sixth home will be very keen. At the latest sked, Groupama has had her lead chopped back to just over 80nm, by Telefonica. While that is still a big gap, yesterday it was out to 130nm - if she dropped another 50nm in 12 hours - then life would get exciting.

Similarly astern, with both Puma and Camper getting a sniff of the up front action and of each other.

Doyle Sails inside the Marine Expo at the Viaduct Events Centre - Viaduct Harbour, Volvo Ocean Race  Richard Gladwell

We will be switching to a higher resolution prediction model from Predictwind later this afternoon, as the boats near North Cape, and we expect to be able to be more accurate with some of the predictions with more detailed weather data than is available for the trans-oceanic routing.

At that point we expect to have more accurate arrival predictions. Late last night we analysed the four weather streams available under Predictwind (the Volvo boats only have two streams available) and formed a view of the fleet, however that changed overnight, although the overall situation didn't change significantly - but the options look to be opening up quite nicely.

Knut Frostad (right) remembers the good times in Auckland, with Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton  Richard Gladwell

Sail-World will have the best coverage we can of the race finish from out on the water, and then capturing the scenes back in the Viaduct, as the boats finish.

Stay tuned to www.sail-world.com

Top yachting broadcaster Peter Montgomery will be hosting the Scoreboard program on Newstalk ZB (yes, you can catch it live on the internet) from noon to 6.00pm on Saturday and will be carrying coverage of the fleet as it runs down the Norhland Coast. In these days of mobile phones it is easy to communicate - if you are on the water and can give PJ a report, call 0800 801080, and tell everyone about it.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Volvo Ocean Race: The battle tightens as North Cape beckons
Richard Gladwell,
While the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race looks to be Groupama's to lose, the battle for the other two podium places has tightened over the past 24 hours. A trough of low pressure in the Tasman Sea may work in favour of both Camper and Puma as they try to make landfall at North Cape.... [more]
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Rena Disaster: Interim report released citing combination of factors
Richard Gladwell,
The first interim report into the grounding of the 230metre containership, MV Rena, on the Astolabe Reef near Tauranga, off the East Coast of New Zealand has been released today. The incident occurred at 2.14am on 15 October 2011, and is New Zealand's biggest environmental disaster, an as yet incomplete recovery operation has cost over $130million and killed over 2000 sea creatures... [more]
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Kiwimatch 'On Tour'
Kiwimatch Media,
New Zealand match racing team, Kiwi Match, have become one of only 9 teams internationally to have qualified for a World Match Racing Tour Card. Team Kiwimatch join fellow New Zealanders, Waka Racing, in the fight to become the World Match Racing Champions, following in the wake of past New Zealand champions Russell Coutts, Chris Dickson, Dean Barker and most recently Adam Minoprio.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 14 - Kia ora Knut!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Podium battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leader Groupama 4's 84.7-nautical mile lead could be unassailable. After 19 days at sea the pack is chasing hard, but concentrating on beating each other rather than mounting an assault on Groupama, who have just over 400 nm to go in Leg 4.... [more]
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Will Tiller and crew win the 2012 NZ Keel Boat Championships.
Tom Macky,
The 2012 NZ Keel Boat Championships were run on the third & 4th March by Royal Akarana Yacht Club in the one design Farr MRX Fleet. The fleet had talent a plenty with past winners Andrew Wills, Rod Davis from Team NZ, (with Anthony Leighs from Christchurch), and Phil Douglas, (with Pete Waters), sailing.... [more]
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Knight Frank South Island Young88 Champs - Rebuilding In Canterbury
Craig Edwards,
Christchurch yachts are expected to be at the fore at this weekend's Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs in Akaroa. The event being hosted by Akaroa Yacht Club is billed as the best class keel boat sailing outside of Auckland. Up to 8 teams from Canterbury, Dunedin and Wellington are expected at the event to be raced over 2 days. The 7 race series will be sailed under strict class rules en... [more]
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Serious Fun - 2012 Quayside Marine Elliott 5.9 Nationals, Marsden Cove
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Assn Media,
The 2012 Elliott 5.9 Nationals will be sailed from Thursday March 8 to Sunday March 11 2012 from the Marsden Cove Marina, hosted by Onerahi Yacht Club. The course area will be the waters of Bream Bay, outside the Whangarei harbour.... [more]
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Wired crushes the Auckland keelboat fleet again
Sail-World,
The Bakewell-White 52'Wired' underlined her current dominance of the Auckland keelboat fleet with another crushing performance in the Balokovic Cup race, sailed in late February. Rob Bassett and Brett Russell and their crew started the season with a clean sweep of the 120nm Coastal Classic taking line honours and a first on PHRF and IRC.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big ecomomic benefit and visitors confirmed for NZ
Richard Gladwell,
The benefits of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover to Auckland were spelled out by Rachael Dacy of Auckland Tourism and Economic Events. 'This event does means a lot to Auckland, injecting $30.3million into the Auckland economy.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing suffer raincloud induced agony
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing make new enemies as Amory Ross, MCM, reports: There are very few things in this world I hate. Alarm clocks. Creamed spinach. Spiders. Ghost stories. Tequila. The Boston Red Sox. Well, effective immediately – I'm adding clouds. I hate clouds. They're beautiful and they do look like ice cream, I know, but I still hate them.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The Race Village is opened in Auckland
Penny Dain,
The fleet may still be two days away but that didn't stop the celebrations at the Auckland Stopover Race Village. Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing completes podium
Oliver Dewar,
In Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race, the South African duo of 45-year-old Nick Leggatt and 28-year-old Phillippa Hutton-Squire, crossed the finish line in Punta del Este in third place with their Akilaria Class40, Phesheya-Racing at 16:26:20 local (18:26:20 GMT) on Wednesday 7 March, taking 38 days 16 hours 26 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the 6,300-mile course from Wellington to Uruguay... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Squalls and a shakeup
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race this afternoon, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) moved up to second place on the Leg 4 leader board as Groupama 4 continued to dominate. The fleet is racing towards Cape Reinga, the turning point at the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, which lies 437 nautical miles ahead of Groupama.... [more]
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Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part II
John Curnow,
This weekend, Matt Allen's new Farr 400 will debut at the Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta. In Part I, of this article, Dee Smith, who is the Project Consultant for the pretty purposeful Farr 400, explained in terrific detail, firstly the creation of the boat and then the strict class controls that will be applied to these vessels. Now in Part II, we get to hear what owner, Matt Allen, has to s... [more]
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Brazil selects London 2012 Olympic team members
Christine Mendes,
With the Brazilian Sailing Week having taken place back in February, the Brazilian Sailing team is nearly complete with Jorge Zarif (Finn), Adriana Kostiw (Laser Radial), Bruno Fontes (Laser Standart), Patrícia Feritas (RS:X), Ricardo Winicki (RS:X) and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (Star) all booking places for London 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing drop into third
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing have had a tough night. Amory Ross, MCM, reports on the crew's progress: Now we're getting to the tough part of this race. I'm not talking about 35 knot headwinds, six-meter swells, or soaking wet living conditions. I'm not talking about sleepless days, exhaustive malnutrition, sunburn or frostbite. I'm talking about getting close to a finish line... [more]
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AC China Team setting up shop in Sanya
China Team ACWS Media,
China Team, the sole Chinese challenger for the AC 34, to take place in San Francisco in the summer of 2013, is delighted to announce that they will set up a training base in Sanya, at the Serenity Marina. Serenity Marina will host China Team's boats and sailing requirements for the upcoming training of China Team.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Williams to defend title
Rich Roberts,
The Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup is set to take place from 27-31 March with the world's number one match racer, Ian Williams of the UK, returning to defend his crown - though he will not be the only sailing celebrity on the boat.... [more]
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Please Note - Its Google Analytics not Google Statistics
The SEO Guy & TetraMedia,
Google Analytics is NOT designed to record website traffic statistics accurately. Google Analytics is far from accurate, especially when compared directly against server log files. G A is intended to track and analyse what people do when on the site. That's why its called 'Google Analytics' and not 'Google Statistics'... If you want webstats you must use server log data stats.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Saturday party, Sunday finish predicted for Leg 4
Richard Gladwell,
The latest projection of the finish time for Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean race is being put at the early hours of Sunday morning. Ideal for the Auckland party set at the Viaduct harbour. The top three places would seem to be locked in, with Groupamaprojected to be first to finish, by both weather feeds used by PredictWind. She is variously four and six hours ahead of the second placed boat Puma... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 13 - The man at the helm
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 5 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 12 - The containers arrive
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 5 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland amps up as Race Village opening nears
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race fever is sweeping through Auckland as the city prepares for the opening of the Race Village on Thursday and the imminent arrival of the six-strong fleet. The Race Village, at Viaduct Harbour, will throw open its doors to the public at 9am on Thursday, kicking off 10 days of celebrations marking the Volvo Ocean Race's return to the City of Sails and the completion of Leg 4.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Ferry Patrons Trophy - Staying upright key
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiffs Ferry Patron's Trophy race sailed on Sydney Harbour today, took a heavy toll on the fleet. At least nine of the fourteen starters capsized at some stage of the race.... [more]
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Farr 400 – Pretty purposeful – Part I
John Curnow,
Hull number 8 of the acclaimed Farr 400 was recently delivered to Australian yachting icon, Matt Allen ahead of the 2012 Helly Hansen Sydney Harbour Regatta this coming weekend. This is important, for Matt has been an active member of the Farr 40 clan, competes regularly in Asia and has his former Volvo 70 for serious ocean work, so his choices of weapon are always closely scrutinised.... [more]
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Volvo Auckland Stopover: Don't they look good!
Penny Dain,
The A team gathered in the Volunteers Centre in the Race Village on Saturday for a final briefing session and to pick up their official uniform. Some 200 volunteers braved the wind and rain to travel to the Viaduct for a session with the Auckland Stopover Heads of Department and Team Managers before donning their orange volunteers uniforms for a group photocall.... [more]
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