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 06 Jun 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: June 5, 2012

Team Vodafone Sailing new multihull record holders - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea  Suellen Hurling
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for June 5, 2012

It has been an action packed 24 hours in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race.

Around 7.00pm on Monday, the leading monohull, the 80fter Beau Geste, advised race organisers that she had sustained a crack in her deck, and would be withdrawing from the race.

She retired to Norfolk Island, arriving at 9.30am this morning under escort from a fishing boat.

Quite what happens to Beau Geste from here is yet to be determined.

Later this afternoon, in an interview broadcast on Radio New Zealand, skipper Gavin Brady revealed that they had been in contact with the designer of the boat, Bruce Farr who advised them to get off the yacht.

They did not do so because of the 50kt winds blowing at the time. We have the interview in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, along with reports, and TV interview links, as they happened, during the last 24 hours.

TeamVodafoneSailing pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race  Richard Gladwell

Less than an hour ago, TeamVodafoneSailing crossed the finish line to set a new multihull record for the race to Noumea. She managed to dodge the worst of the weather system, which has touched the monohulls. She also set a new course record – we update from Noumea.

With Beau Geste out of the running, the top monohull is now V5 (David Nathan), they are expected to be through the worst of the breeze, and should be in Noumea mid-Thursday morning NZT. Currently V5 has a lead of about 50nm over the second placed monohull.

Beau Geste pictured at the start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012. The split in her hull ran across the deck and down her topsides.  Richard Gladwell

One competitor, Cotton Blossom 2 has with drawn from the race. Another, Ice Breaker, is suspending racing, and stopping at Norfolk to check keel bolts.

Last week we commented briefly on the damage to Artemis Racing's wingsail. In this edition we feature an interview from Bob Fisher with Paul Cayard, of Artemis Racing, setting the record stright on the damage sustained, and where to from here for the Challenger of Record.

Wing lift and load testing. Artemis Racing, 13-03-2012, Valencia, Spain  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Sad news over the weekend with the passing of Hugh Poole, a Life Member of Yachting NZ. Hugh was one of those people who put more back into the sport, than they took out.

Hugh Poole working Charade to windward in a solid Wellington breeze.  
Hugh ran a successful engineering business in Wellington, and took a similar approach into his boats. He sailed Finns and Flying Dutchman, before building the X class, Charade, which was launched in 1965 and went on to win four successive Saunders Cups.

Charade featured a flexible rig stemming from the FD and the Finn, but also had the first moulded sail in the world – made by Bud Nalder off a wooden mould that Hugh built. She was donated to the Voyager Museum in Auckland in 2004.

He was as competent an administrator as he was a sailor – being appointed manger of the New Zealand Olympic Team in 1960 and 1968. Hugh Poole was one of three who introduced the new Olympic keelboat to New Zealand, in 1972, going on to win three national championships in the Soling class, and being selected to represent New Zealand in the 1976 Olympics in Kingston.

An extremely tough and determined competitor, Hugh gave no quarter, played very hard, and if you beat Hugh Poole you could be satisfied that you'd beaten one the best. And you could rest assured that he would even up the score, next time you met.

The X-class "Charade" on Wellington Harbour in Hugh Poole's favorite conditions. He won the first race in the 1968 Saunders Cup by over 26 minutes.  Sea Spray
In this edition we have reprinted the excellent profile on Hugh Poole, penned by Jim Bolland, who managed to entice a comprehensive background from Hugh on the basis that he was doing it for a story, when really it was being used to develop the Citation for his YNZ Life Membership nomination.

Fair winds, Hugh.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

nzeditor@sail-world.com

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Ice Breaker - suspending racing to check keel bolts - Evolution Sails sail Noumea 2012  Richard Gladwell




Fisher's View: America's Cup - Paul Cayard on Artemis wingsail break
Bob Fisher,
The amazing factor of America's Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can.... [more]
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Neville 'Croaky' Crichton receives New Zealand Honour
Richard Gladwell,
Champion yachtsman and businessman, Neville Crichton (67) has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and yachting. As well as being a top sailor and winner of the New Zealand Sailor of the Year, Crichton's business interests extend into the superyacht and automotive industries.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 4: TVS finishes first - Update @ 2100
Richard Gladwell,
The 80ft yacht Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) is nearing Norfolk Island where her position will be assessed. In the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race, the leader, TeamVodafoneSailing is becalmed 25nm from the race finish in Noumea. In the monohulls V5 has maintained her lead over Akatea, as winds ease.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing sets new Multihull record for Noumea Race
Suellen Hurling,
At 20:59:50 hours ZST on Tuesday 5 June 2012, the Orma 60 Team Vodafone Sailing, skipped by Simon Hull, crossed the finish line in Noumea, New Caledonia to set a new multihull race record in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea race. The new record stands at 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper
Richard Gladwell,
In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Beau Geste skipper Gavin Brady has compared the 80ft Farr design to being close to doing a 'OneAustralia' after the yacht sustained damage in the Sail Noumea 2012 race. Speaking from Norfolk Island where the yacht is anchored an awaiting assessment, Brady said that she was close to sinking, and they were advised to get off the boat by the designer.... [more]
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Hugh Poole (1924-2012) - one of the hard men of NZ Yachting dies
Jim Bolland,
Hugh David Poole, passed away in the weekend at the age of 87 years. Jim Bolland has had the pleasure of knowing Hugh Poole for as long as he can remember that is, from about age eleven or twelve, and enticed the following story of Hugh's life from him, under the guise of research - while really he was writing on the occasion of the award of a life membership to Poole by Yachting NZ. We republish... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Inconsistent day 1 for Patience and Bithell
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012 - Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell endured an inconsistent first day of racing in Weymouth and Portland. The 470M duo, who will compete for Team GB at the 2012 home Olympic Games, won their first race, but came 11th in their second.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 5, 2012 - Currency against trend
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 5, 2012 - The flood of negative economic news continued with weak data from China, Europe and the U.S..The previous week broke technical levels and erased 2012 gains in equity markets. Currencies surprisingly resisted the moves with the EUR bouncing back to 1.2480 and the GBP 1.5375.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta – Solid start for Ben Ainslie + Video
Ben Baker, Sportsbeat,
Ben Ainslie kicked of his Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta yesterday in solid fashion, but the Finn sailor admits it isn't all about results this week on Olympic waters. The 35-year-old headed to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as the man to beat, having wrapped up a record sixth world title last month in Falmouth.... [more]
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Noumea Race: Beau Geste makes it safely to Norfolk, another withdraws
Suellen Hurling,
After an intense night at sea, Karl Kwok's 80' maxi Beau Geste has made it safely to Norfolk Island the crew are assessing the damage. Everyone is safe and remained uninjured and there are now plans to get the crew to Sydney, Australia. Beau Geste is at anchor off Kingston Jetty on the southern side of the island. It is unknown at this stage what will happen to the yacht.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup, Weymouth: Kiwis off to a slow start on Day 1
Sail-World,
The latest additions to the NZL Sailing Team, 49er sailors Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, were the best performed of the NZL Sailing team competing at the sixth round of the ISAF World Cup being sailed at Weymouth , England. The opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold was plagued with light winds making for a long day with with several fleets racing until after 7:30pm. ??... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta - Battle underway
Jo Grindley,
The Skandia Sail for Gold 2012 got underway today, featuring nearly all of the medal contenders for the upcoming Olympic Games. Over 700 athletes from 59 nations poured out onto Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay, with the cream of world sailing ready to put a marker down for the coming Olympiad.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Massive win for Caleb Paine on day 1
Robert Deaves,
On the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, it was a difficult day on Weymouth's waters. But Caleb Paine (USA) made it look easy with a massive win from Aleksey Selivanov (RUS) and Mark Andrews (GBR) in the only race sailed. Racing didn't actually get under way until 16.30 as the early morning northerly clocked and dropped shortly after the fleet got away for race one at around 11.30.... [more]
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Europa Warm-Up Race – Javier Sansó crosses La Rochelle finish
Windreport,
Europa Warm-Up second stage, from Cascais to La Rochelle, concluded today, Monday 4th June 2012. Javier Sansó crossed the finish line at 13h 12m22s (UTC) to complete his first major competitive test with his new Owen-Clarke designed ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered. He finished with an elapsed time of eight days, 22h, 12m on a theoretical average of 10.79kts.... [more]
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US Windsurfing announces cancellation of 2012 Nationals
US Windsurfing Association,
US Windsurfing Nationals 2012, to be held in Hood River, will not be taking place US Windsurfing regrets to aanounce. A variety of organizational issues has lead us to make this difficult decision. Rather than continuing to struggle to pull together a poorly organized event, we decided that it would be best to cancel the event far enough in advance for travel plans to be adjusted.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta gets underway + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Tim Hall believes this year's event will be the mostly keenly contested yet with the Olympic Games just under two months away. The event director for the Royal Yachting Association spoke as the 2012 event got underway - which will host the sailing competition at this year's Olympics.... [more]
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Noumea Race - Day 3: Beau Geste withdraws - Update @2300hrs
Richard Gladwell,
2200hrs: The 80ft Farr design Beau Geste has withdrawn from the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race with structural damage, which is later reported as continuing to deteriorate. A ship has been diverted to stand by. Beau Geste is heading for Norfolk Island and is expected to arrive in the morning.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Australian team finalised
Craig Heydon,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition - Australia will head out onto the seas of Weymouth with a star studded team determined to become Australia's most successful sailing Olympians in history when competition kicks off at the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - A salute to Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, 10 British registered 68 foot yachts formed up into a spectacular ‘Parade of Sail' in New York with the lead boats flying huge Great Britain spinnaker sails in a salute to Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Change of season on final day + Video
Jo Grindley,
On the closing day of the RC44 Austria Cup, there was a complete change of season on Lake Traunsee, the intermittent rain and unseasonal cold giving way to sunshine. But this came at the expense of wind. After a long wait, finally a sea breeze filled in from the north (opposite of the last two days), allowing the RC44s to rally on the start line for a gun at 1500 (local)... [more]
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Sail Noumea: Slow start but multihull record under threat
Suellen Hurling,
The first two nights have been long and slow on board all 17 yachts racing in the 995 nautical mile Evolution Sails Sail Noumea race with most of the fleet literally parked off the Northland Coast of New Zealand. At one point, Chris Hornell's TP52 Kia Kaha was seen to be going backwards as the race track completely glassed out.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Team GBR prepared
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue will get a final run through its paces this week, as over 700 of the world's top sailors prepare to race. The event – the penultimate leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series – will see 65 Skandia Team GBR sailors competing across the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes... [more]
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Korea Match Cup 2012. Finals. Meet the Guv'nor
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Current WMRT World Champion Ian Williams went into the finals after squashing Torvar Mirsky 3-0, and the reigning Korea Match Cup champ Bjorn Hansen was there after a 3-2 fight against Phil Robertson. The breeze was pumping 12ts+ and often quite a lot of ‘+', and the start line was just metres away from the end of the harbour mole at Jeonggok Marina. It was a grandstand made in heaven.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As Tropical Storm Beryl prowls around the North Atlantic, the GOR fleet of double-handed Class40s has successfully sailed through the second gale in three days. Furthest south in fourth place, Nico and Frans Budel recorded gusts of up 35 knots on Sec. Hayai... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Bjorn Hansen fights off stiff competition
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012, the second event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour 2012 concluded in Gyeonggi, South Korea today, 3rd June. Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar from Mekonomen Sailing Team to win.... [more]
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Etchells – A lot of truth about this boat
ADCO Etchells Australiasian Media,
Heavy weather and king tides are about to hit Queensland's Sunshine coast, but these tough conditions should ease in time for Friday morning's start of the 16th ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Australian Etchells Class President Jake Gunther, the skipper of one of six Victorian boats, is heading 1980 kilometres north on the highways from Melbourne to Mooloolaba.... [more]
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