Please select your home edition
Edition
Fever-Tree 728x90

Noumea Race Day 4- TVS finishes first - Update @ 2100

by Richard Gladwell on 5 Jun 2012
TeamVodafoneSailing pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

The ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing, skippered by Simon Hull is the first yacht to finish the Evolution Sails sail Noumea 2012 race. She crossed the finish line off Noumea at 2105hrs on June 5, 2012.

She was expected to finish early this morning, however the winds dropped and she was becalmed within 30nm of the finish for much of the day.

Eventually a 9kt breeze moved her to the finish off Noumea at speeds around 10kts.

The nearest monohull,V5 (David Nathan), is off Norfolk Island and has 420nm to sail to the finish. She is 50nm ahead of the third placed yacht Akatea.

Report at 1030hrs: The 80ft yacht Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) has arrived at Norfolk Island Island where her position will be assessed. She arrived at 0930hrs NZT.

Her skipper, America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, veteran Gavin Brady says the yacht came close to sinking, and the crew were advised to get into the liferafts, but did not do so because of the 50kt winds.

A statement issued by Maritime New Zealand, on the arrival of Beau Geste is as follows:

START

The damaged yacht Beau Geste is now safely anchored off Norfolk Island’s capital Kingston, after suffering hull and decking damage 100 nautical miles east of the island while participating in the Auckland to Noumea yacht race

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) search and rescue mission coordinator Neville Blakemore said all 18 members of the crew were safe and well ashore and in good spirits.

The 24-metre Beau Geste sought assistance from RCCNZ around 7pm yesterday (Monday 4 June), and RCCNZ arranged for the yacht to be accompanied by the fishing vessel Advance 2 as it made its way to Norfolk Island.

Beau Geste is now anchored off Kingston Jetty, where its damage will be assessed.

'It would have been a long night for the crew, in difficult conditions, but the boat has made safe anchorage under its own power,' Mr Blakemore said. 'A support vessel was on hand throughout the night in case the crew had had to abandon ship.'

The crew is made up of New Zealanders, Australians, Chinese, with one American on board.

END

In the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race, the leader, TeamVodafoneSailing is becalmed 25nm from Noumea. Her finish time is unknown, as she is sailing at less than 1kt.

In the monohulls V5 has maintained a 50nm lead over the Cookson 50 Akatea, and leads Kia Kaha by a margin of 70nm. These margins have been calculated on a distance to Noumea. The wind has dropped in the area to around 16kts average.

Earlier, TVS, an ORMA60 trimaran skippered by Simon Hull was expected to finish in Noumea at 1630hrs, however the winds have eased and shifted causing TVS's speed to drop from 35kts to under 1kts.

The latest position report as at 0730hrs, this morning can be read by http://www.sailnoumea.com/news/nz-update-0730hrs-sked-5612!clicking_here.

There are no reports from the boats as to the conditions at sea, however all report that all is well on board. One boat M1 did not report. Two other boats reported via SSB radio rather than Sat Phone.

Conditions in the vicinity of V5 are believed to be 30kts headwinds, which are causing the TP52 to swing away from the direct route to Noumea. However that should change around 1100hrs this morning when the winds change and the yacht can tack and point straight at Noumea, winds are then expected to ease for the next 24 hours or so. V5 is expected to finish in Noumea around 0600hrs on June 7, 2012. She has currently 550nm of sailing distance to the finish.

On board V5, Ben Gladwell writes in his daily blog of their need to reduce to half rations due to a gas issue on board:

As my 4am till 8 am watch finished, I smiled, thinking of our navigator Millsie, who accidently filled half the crew's bottles with salt water.

This discovery was made some four afters after he'd made himself a cup of tea, which tasted terrible, and led to him feeling sick for the next few hours.

As I lay here on the foredeck, sailing along with a code zero (our biggest upwind sail) in very little wind, I think about my next hot meal which will most likely be in Noumea.

I wrote yesterday about being nervous about running short of food and an incurring the wrath of the crew as this was my responsibility before we left. Thankfully (well sort of) Mike, the boat captain, has taken the heat off me well and truly. A slight oversight when checking that the gas canisters for the cooker actually fitted, has led to us to having no way of heating the water to make our freeze dried food.

We have some fresh food on board so in order to preserve this we are now on half rations - until Mike can come up with some kind of jury rig to make he the gas canisters fit.

Suffice to say, if he comes up with something, he'll be on cooking duty for the reminder of the trip. And in case he doesn't, at least Millsie won't have to worry about having to drink any more salt water cups of tea.


For the full Ben's Blog http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating/7040124/Bens-Sail-Noumea-blog-Cuppa-anyone!click_here

The latest update from Maritime NZ on the Beau Geste situation, issued at 0830 is as follows:

START

Wind and sea conditions are slowing the progress of the damaged yacht Beau Geste as it attempts to reach the sheltered waters of Norfolk Island’s capital Kingston.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) search and rescue mission coordinator Neville Blakemore said the yacht was making its way around Phillip Island, to the south, in order to reach safe anchorage off Norfolk Island. This was a longer but more sheltered route to the capital.

The 24-metre yacht was being accompanied by the fishing vessel Advance 2.

A bulk carrier, Katherine, is making its way towards Beau Geste to provide some shelter from the wind and sea conditions as it approaches shore.

RCCNZ is coordinating the rescue of 18 people on board the yacht, which sustained damage while participating in the Auckland to Noumea yacht race.

Beau Geste sought assistance from RCCNZ around 7pm yesterday, advising the yacht had suffered damage to its hull and decking and was in difficulty around 100 nautical miles east of Norfolk Island.

Mr Blakemore said the yacht was now around 15 nautical miles from shore.

However, he said it was difficult to estimate how long it would take for Beau Geste to reach a point where it could be safely anchored.

'It could take a while for Beau Geste to reach sheltered waters as the damage is significant and the crew has to take a great deal of care as they turn into the conditions.

'However, they are very experienced, and are well supported with the two nearby vessels assisting.'

Kingston does not have a port or marina, so it is expected Beau Geste will anchor in sheltered waters so the damage sustained yesterday can be properly assessed.

The crew is made up of New Zealanders, Australians, Chinese, with one American on board. They are all safe and well.

END


At 0600hrs Maritime NZ advised:

START

The yacht Beau Geste is making its way towards Norfolk Island, accompanied by a fishing boat that joined the stricken vessel overnight.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue of 18 people on board the yacht, which sustained damage while participating in the Auckland to Noumea yacht race.

Beau Geste sought assistance from RCCNZ around 7pm yesterday, advising the yacht had suffered damage to its hull and decking and was in difficulty around 100 nautical miles east of Norfolk Island.

Overnight, the yacht made good progress towards the island and is now around 17 nautical miles south east of Norfolk Island with all 18 crew on board.

The fishing vessel joined Beau Geste about 3.30am NZ time and is accompanying it towards shore.

RCCNZ search and mission coordinator Tracy Brickles said the cargo vessel Winchester Strait, which had responded to RCCNZ’s call for assistance, had been released overnight.

'The Beau Geste is working to get as close to Norfolk Island as possible and they are making good progress at the moment.

'The crew will wait for daybreak (around 7am NZ time) to properly assess the damage on board and ideally look to anchor the yacht as close to shore as they can.'

Ms Brickles said a nearby bulk carrier was also available to provide shelter to Beau Geste from the conditions if required.

The wind and sea conditions were currently easing.

The crew was made up of New Zealanders, Australians, Chinese, with one American on board. They are all safe and well.

END

For a full description of the Beau Geste incident http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Noumea-Race---Day-3:-Beau-Geste-withdraws---Update-@2300hrs/97986!click_here

Protector - 660 x 82Selden 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

America's Cup - Russell Coutts takes charge at Manly Sailing Club
Sir Russell Coutts has gone from running the America's Cup to running a small yacht club on Auckland's Hibiscus Coast, 'He can be commodore as long as he wants the job,' Bennett said. 'We don't have set terms here. 'He's said he's done with the America's Cup so has time and he's also said he needs something else to get his teeth into. All of a sudden, he's like a big dog with a bone.'
Posted on 25 Jul
Twice Whitbread Round the World Race skipper Digby Taylor dies
Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Racers has died of a heart attack. Digby Taylor who master-minded, built and skippered two Whitbread Round the World Race campaigns, has died of a heart attack. He was in his early 70's. Taylor was the leading force behind two Whitbread Round the World race campaigns.
Posted on 20 Apr
Gold Medalists Burling and Tuke named NZ Team of the Year
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won the Team of the Year Award at the 54th Halberg Awards Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won the Team of the Year Award at the 54th Halberg Awards, held at Vector Arena in Auckland last night. Named after Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) the Halberg Awards is the country's pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate New Zealand sporting excellence.
Posted on 10 Feb
470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
Sydney supermaxi sets monohull record in White Island Race
The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls in the 320nm White Island Race. The Sydney based supermaxi CQS has set a new record for monohulls, but missed the allcomers record by less than an hour, in the 320nm White Island Race. After the race start just after 10.00am on Friday, CQS reported she was about to round White Island around 6.30pm having taken 8hrs 30 minutes for the 160nm leg or an average speed of around 19kts.
Posted on 26 Nov 2016
Images of radical supermaxi CQS sailing on the Waitemata
Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today Ludde Ingvall’s revamped supermaxi, CQS, was trialling on the Waitemata Harbour today in a moderate south westerly breeze and sunshine - a welcome break from the strong winds that have plagued Auckland for the past few days. The supermaxi which started life as the 90ft Nicorette has been stretched to 98ft in a design project led by Bakewell-White Yacht Design
Posted on 18 Nov 2016
Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul 2016
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun 2016
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun 2016
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May 2016