sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race labelled toughest for 20 years
Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race labelled toughest for 20 years

'V5 pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 officially ended after 8 days, 1 hours, 32 minutes and 53 seconds when Iolanthe II crossed the finish line in Noumea on the 10th of June just after 3pm NZST.

The ocean race which started in near windless conditions on Auckland harbour was labelled by competitors at the finish line as one of the most challenging to leave New Zealand in the last 20 years.

Two days of light winds after the start gave way to, at times, ferocious headwinds which took its toll on the 17 starters.

Kark Kwok’s 80 foot maxi monohull Beau Geste was the first to retire from the race with structural damage. The crew of Beau Geste called Taupo Maritime Radio just before 7pm on Monday the fourth of June from a position some 100nm east south east of Norfolk Island. The call was quickly upgraded to a Pan Pan when the crew realised the boat had a lateral crack across the deck which extended down both sides of the hull to the waterline.

Steinlager 2, Beau Geste and Starlight Express pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

The New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre quickly took control of the incident and requested a Norfolk Island fishing boat offer any possible assistance. A 175m bulk freighter on route from New Zealand to Noumea was also diverted to provide assistance and a NZRAF Orion was put on standby. It was feared that the yacht might sink before making Norfolk Island. The 18 strong crew of the Beau Geste displayed magnificent seamanship in working to keep the hull together and managed to safely reach Norfolk by 6am on Tuesday morning.

The tough conditions also resulted in sea sickness for many sailors. The crew of Cotton Blossom 2 were particularly affected and decided at 10.52am on Tuesday the fourth of June to retire from the race and return to New Zealand.

Bullrush pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

At 8.59pm NZST the big red 60 foot Orma trimaran of Team Vodafone Sailing crossed the finish line in Noumea to record a new Multihull race record of 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Owner and skipper, Simon Hull, said that he was '...pleased with the result but would be back next time to try and break the outright race record.'

About an hour after Team Vodafone Sailing finished the race the Kerr40 Ice Breaker reported loose keel bolts and advised they would make for Norfolk Island to shelter and make repairs. At 12.23pm on Wednesday the sixth of June Icebreaker reported a '...broken front bulkhead..' and via sat phone requested '... please get an escort for us. We will communicate by text'. The issue was upgraded to a Pan Pan and the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre swung into action again taking control of the incident.

Rikki pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Starlight Express which was returning to New Zealand after earlier in the day retiring from the race suffering mainsail and main luff track damage was tasked with diverting to Ice Breakers position to offer assistance.

After 36 hours of slow progress to windward both Icebreaker and Starlight Express made landfall at Norfolk Island safely, much to the relief of race management and worried crew’s families. On reaching Norfolk Island Icebreaker officially retired from the race and set about making repairs to the boat.

Akatea pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Marten 49 Carerra also withdrew from the race and returned to Auckland after suffering water damage to the yachts inverter and failure of electrical systems.

While the mid race drama was unfolding for five of the yachts the remainder of the fleet was making steady progress towards the Noumea finish line.

First Monohull to cross the line was David Nathan’s TP52 V5 which had sailed an outstanding tactical race to beat Cookson 50 Akatea and Opua based TP52 Kia Kaha. V5 was awarded the Jack White Memorial Ocean Race Shield for first monohull on line and the Alexander Percy Trophy for first on PHRF handicap.

Second across the line was the Gary Lewis skippered Cookson 50 Akatea beating Kia Kaha by just one hour and 29 minutes after more than five days of racing. Akatea took IRC honours and was awarded the Auckland to Noumea Trophy plus a $1,000 cash prize.

TeamVodafoneSailingpictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

All the yachts which finished the race were greeted warmly by the team of volunteers from RAYC and the Cercle Nautique Caledonien yacht club. Each boat was allocated a local 'God Father' who delivered a generous basket of local produce and beverages to the boats when they tied up at the marina. Crews were also given an Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 t-shirt which they could change into on arrival and the yacht club bar was opened for post race debrief and drinks.

Royal Akarana Yacht Club would like to thank Taupo Maritime Radio and the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre for their outstanding professionalism and assistance during the race. Special thanks also to the large team of amazing volunteers from CNC yacht club who worked around the clock to finish yachts and warmly welcomed all crews to Noumea.

Finally, RAYC wish to thank all owners, skippers, and crews for their entry and outstanding seamanship throughout the race.

TeamVodafoneSailing followed by Beau Geste pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Results:

First Multihull and new Multihull race record


Team Vodafone Sailing, Simon Hull, 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds

First Monohull

V5, David Nathan, 5 days 3 hours, 11 minutes, and 23 seconds

IRC Handicap

Akatea, Gary Lewis
Rikki, Ray Haslar
Kia Kaha, Chris Hornell

PHRF Handicap

V5, David Nathan
Elysium, Humphrey Sherratt
Bullrush, Anthony Robinson

Akatea at the finish - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea -  Suellen Hurling   Click Here to view large photo

Best performance by a 42 foot yacht or smaller

Rikki, Ray Hasler

Media Award

Kia Kaha, Chris Hornell

All results are available online at www.sailnoumea.com/nz-results

Kia Kaha pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


by Suellen Hurling

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=98311

5:48 AM Mon 11 Jun 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

10 Jun 2012  Noumea Race Day 9: - The final day and report - Update @ 2100hrs
09 Jun 2012  Noumea Race Day 8: - Elysium finishes Update @ 1230hrs
08 Jun 2012  ISAF World Cup: Day 4 - NZ improves on a stormy summer's day
07 Jun 2012  Noumea Race Day 7: Only five left to finish - Update @ 2230hrs
07 Jun 2012  Noumea Race Day 6: V5's skipper interviewed - Update @ 2230hrs
07 Jun 2012  ISAF World Cup: NZ leads in Mens 470 on Day 3 at 2012 Olympic venue
06 Jun 2012  ISAF World Cup: NZL 470 Men win two races on Day 2 at Olympic venue
06 Jun 2012  Noumea Race Day 5: Winds of 55kts+ for Kia Kaha - Update @2100hrs
05 Jun 2012  TeamVodafoneSailing sets new Multihull record for Noumea Race
05 Jun 2012  Noumea Race: Beau Geste would have taken a minute to sink says skipper
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia














Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata by Richard Gladwell,Sail-world.com/nz,


Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   
The Congressional Cup 2014 - Williams hangs on with a classy crowd   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Notice of Race now available   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Sunshine and smiles on day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US