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 13 Mar 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 13 March 2012

Groupama finishes almost 12 hours ahead of the second placed Puma, with the rest of the fleet finishing inside two hours  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 13 March 2012

Auckland was treated to a rare sight in trans-oceanic racing on Sunday, as five Volvo Ocean Racers crossed the finish line within a couple of hours of each other.

The finish was remarkable for the fact that the boats had been sailing for almost 20 days and over 5,300 nm - more if you take into account sailing distance. The chase up the harbour by a flying Camper, was the sort of thing you expect to see in a Wednesday night race.

Now Auckland gets to enjoy what it has missed for the past decade, and the Volvo Ocean Racers get a taste of the ambiance of the new Viaduct harbour - which is just a magnificent facility. If you want to get a taste of what sailing is like in Heaven, go down to the Viaduct during the Stopover, on a bright Auckland summer's day and immerse yourself in the sailing atmosphere and the ambiance.

Sail-World's camera was at the Viaduct today, but the pictures just don't do justice to the venue and atmosphere.

Groupama - Volvo Ocean Race Village, Auckland, Day 3  Richard Gladwell

With a further day left for off the water preparation, the racing will restart on Thursday and continue Friday through to Sunday - when Leg 5 gets underway.

In this edition, we have plenty of images from the last three days, including the finishes of each competitor.

Camper on the charge - Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 4 Finish - Camper  Richard Gladwell

Tomorrow afternoon Emirates Team NZ and Camper are holding a media conference, we'll be reporting after that. And then there will be daily report and images on the racing.

There is a Camper Emirates Team NZ open day from 4.30pm to 8.30pm - just turn up at the base in Halsey Street and follow the signs.

And from 7.00pm to 7.30pm on the stage in the Volvo Village there will be a crew member on stage from each boat ready to answer questions from the public.

A serious Code Zero - Puma Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 4 Finish  Richard Gladwell

On Thursday evening the Prizegiving takes place in the Cloud, and we'll bring you reports from that function as well.

Make sure you check out the Events Centre and see the Marine Industry exhibits - there's some key players in the New Zealand marine industry represented.

Young fans - Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 4 Finish  Richard Gladwell

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Volvo Inmarsat Report: Leg 4 'Too long and hard was the consensus'
Mark Covell,
Groupama romped home on Saturday night with a healthy lead over the chasing pack. The French are the first to beat the Spanish to the top slot. It's a difficult call to start rating the legs as each one brings its own challenges. Seeing the drawn faces of the crews as they pulled into the dock told a story of its own. And when I asked them directly how the leg was, I got a similar tale from all... [more]
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NZL 49er: Training continues in Auckland against internationals
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke update on their 49er campaign heading towards the 2012 Olympic: Training is ramping up nicely with another two overseas 49er crews joining us in NZ this month. We have just finished training with the Irish 49er team who we hosted in New Zealand for the last 10 days. We learnt a lot from the racing against the Irish boys... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: More images from the Race Village
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic. Here's a second gallery of images... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet face punishing conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have faced a punishing 24 hours of conditions as they continue to be tested by gale force winds and waves the size of tall buildings.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 20 - Auckland's new sculpture
VOR Auckland Stopover,
Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, and the Race Village is open in the Viaduct. The Global Party is underway 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 wate... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from the Race Village
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean Race Village is open in Auckland with a range of activities in and around the magnificent Viaduct Harbour. Then there are the shore crews working frantically to get the six Volvo Ocean Race competitors into trim for the Southern Ocean leg of the 39,000 ocean classic... [more]
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Two Handed Around New Zealand Race: Update from Stewart Island
Aston Garrett,
Latest update from the Two Man Round New Zealand race, issued by SSANZ on 8 March 2012. Danaide, Pelagian and Expedition Coppelia are still navigating the treacherous waters (distance to finish respective). Panther, in Nelson, have now officially dropped out of the race along with Krakatoa II, leaving 8 boats remaining in the fleet.... [more]
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Splash Nationals Bay of Islands: Age limit change for Splash Class
Neil Deverell,
If your teenage son or daughter has left home and you find your Splash sailing dinghy is still sitting in the garage maybe it's your turn to give it a go The Splash class has opened the age limit to older sailors in the hope of building numbers in National and international events... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: My daddy is home.
Paul Gilbert,
After a tough and competitive leg into Auckland It was a pleasure to see these hard out race boys reunited with family . All the fatigue and discomfort the race pressure was dissolved on re uniting with the up and coming family crew.... [more]
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Slam Dunk wins Elliott 5.9 National Championships at Marsden Cove
Cameron Horne and Simon Manning,
Cam Horne with Brett Elliott and Nick Bastow of Slam Dunk have again comfortably won the 2012 Elliott 5.9 National Championships. Sailed from Marsden Cove March 8-11th and run by the Onerahi Yacht Club, a great event was put on for nine boats in this highly competitive fleet.... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - Wall to wall talent
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X World Windsurfing Championship entries are now closed and fleets are full. 120 men and 80 women have been accepted to race. There are more sailors from more countries here than raced in the RS:X fleets at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships last December in Perth.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 19 - Race against the Clock
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 is underway 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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Harken Schools Regatta 2012 Champions St.Kentigern College
Sara Tucker,
What a difference a drop makes! In a nail biting finish to the Harken Schools Fleet Racing Regatta, between the two St.Kentigern College and KeriKeri High Schools teams, the final results were a tie for first place and only 1 point difference between the top six crews. Michelle Tait and her crew of Jake Tyndall, Jess Allen & Joseph Kearney were the winners on countback and the 2012 Harken... [more]
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2012 Sanders Cup: Closely contested challenge fought out in Taupo
David Brown,
The Sanders Cup holds a special place New Zealand Yachting History. It is the oldest trophy sailed for in New Zealand under it's original inception. It is the only remaining senior interprovincial challenge competition still sailed for today. Since the inaugural races in 1921 it has been sailed for every year with the exception of 1942-45.... [more]
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Competition fierce at 2012 Knight Frank Young 88 South Island Champs
Craig Edwards,
As the start signal sounded for the final of the seven race series three boats were still in the running to take out this year's Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship. The event sailed on Akaroa Harbour provided a range of challenging conditions and a closely fought contest.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Puma
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, looked gone for all money a few days after the start of Leg 4 slipping back to be almost 300nm astern of the race leader at one point. However she placed her trust in the weather routing software and was quickly back in contact with the pack and then edged up into second place - which she held all the way to the finish line.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Telefonica
Richard Gladwell,
The finish of Leg 4 in Auckland was the first time in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in which Telefonica (Iker Martinez) has not been first home. She finished third into Auckland, just beating fourth placed Camper by 90 seconds - the second narrow victory she has had over the Spanish entry sailed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Camper
Richard Gladwell,
Camper came close to taking a last second victory on the fourth leg, after charging up the Rangitoto Channel and then continuing at full pace once inside the Waitemata Harbour and heading for the finish off the Viaduct Harbour. The margins were more of what is expected on a Wednesday night race than one that has taken almost 20 days and 5,000 nautical miles.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean Race Leg 4 finish - Abu Dhabi
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi finished fifth into Auckland. The Ian Walker skippered entry also caught time on the leading four boats in the final stages of Leg 4, finishing just after Camper and Telefonica.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Volvo Ocean race, Leg 4 finish - Team Sanya
Richard Gladwell,
Team Sanya was the sixth boat home, finishing her second of four legs with the remainder of the six strong Volvo fleet. She performed well in the latter stages of Leg 4 closing up on the other competitors. Skippered by former NZ Sailor of the Year, Mike Sanderson, Team Sanya got a rousing welcome home from many on the water supporters... [more]
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Harken Schools Regatta - 14 teams, 10 races completed on Day 1
Sara Tucker,
A fantastic day on the water with 10 races completed, five for Group A and five for Group B in the Harken Schools Regatta. Leading group A with a perfect scorecard of 5 wins is the St. Kentigern College team of Michelle Tait, Jake Tyndall, Jess Allen and Joseph Kearney.... [more]
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Laser World Masters Championships day 1 - Straight out of the Brochure
Laser World Masters Championships media,
The wind gods read the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's brochure and they dialled in perfect Laser breezes for the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Leg 4 finish and on the dock
Richard and Ben Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water and ashore at the Viaduct Harbour for the arrival of Groupama (Franck Cammas), the first to finish Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, in Auckland and marking the return of the round the work classic to the City of Sails.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 18 - What a Welcome
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: Groupama takes Leg 4 despite some serious drama
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
Groupama sailing team claimed a dramatic Leg 4 victory on Saturday after the discovery of a hole in their bow threatened to sink their lead within 100 miles of the Auckland finish. The French team rallied in eight metre seas and 30 knot headwinds to isolate the leak and drain 1.5 tonnes of water before crossing the finish line at 10:33:47 UTC/23:33:47 local, more than 80 nautical miles ahead of... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 16 - Follow the Race
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: Auckland finish - Rolling Updates
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World will be covering the finish of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race from our Takapuna office, the Media Centre at the Viaduct Harbour and on the water. We expect to have two correspondents covering the finish - and will be covering the finish of all boats, at this point. This story will have the rolling updates of the situation as we know it, and will continue to the finish of the leg.... [more]
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