sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Noumea Race starts in light winds, but strong headwinds to come
Noumea Race starts in light winds, but strong headwinds to come

'TeamVodafoneSailing is chased by Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

The Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 Race got underway in light winds on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, early this afternoon.

Light conditions meant slow progress for the 17 boat fleet which started off the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in 5kt winds.

The ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) and the 80ft Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) tussled for the lead right from the start and at the latest report were still side by side, with TVS having a slight edge.

Of the group of 50fters, V5 (David Nathan) was third in the fleet, courtesy of a good start enabling her to build a handy lead over Kia Kaha (Chris Homail) and Akatea (Gary Lewis).

Aloft on Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

At 2300hrs on Saturday night the fleet leaders had progressed to Whangarei Heads, having been only at TiriTiri Matangi Island 18nm from the startline at 1800hrs.

The light winds are expected to last for another 24 hours at least, before the breeze increases substantially to 25-27kts average, with 2-3metre seas. The winds will be ahead of the fleet before swinging to the NW and West.

However despite the gloomy forecast, the leaders are only expected to spend 25% of the predicted time of 4.5days sailing to windward and the majority of the race (70%) will be spent reaching.

Steinlager 2 leaves the Viaduct Harbour - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

The star of the beautiful Auckland Day was undoubtedly Steinlager 2, racing for the first time in her new guise as a training and adventure racing yacht. She was sailing well at the latest report being about 6nm behind the group of 50fters. Sailing in light headwinds with her ketch rig, is not the strongest point of sailing for the Round the World racer. She will come into her own in the strong headwinds that lies ahead of the fleet, and the reaching conditions.

At this stage TVS is expected to finish the race in 2.5days, and should be in Noumea on in the early hours of June 5, 2012.

The next group of boats are expected in Noumea two days later. TVS will miss the expected strong headwinds but instead is currently predicted to have a very fast final 24 hours with average boat speeds of over 30kts predicted for the 60ft trimaran.

Rikki - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Kia Kaha - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Part of the fleet, Viaduct Harbour - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

V5 - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Akatea - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

V5 - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo

TeamVodafoneSailing is chased by Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell   Click Here to view large photo


by Richard Gladwell

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97955

12:06 PM Sat 2 Jun 2012GMT


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


Related News Stories:

02 Jun 2012  Headwinds expected for start of true blue water classic on Saturday
31 May 2012  Three top sailors added to the NZL Sailing Team
30 May 2012  2012 Olympics: Three sailors added to NZ Olympic sailing team
30 May 2012  Rat Catcher take out Pied Piper Inter Galactic Champs 2012
28 May 2012  Auckland superyacht development to deliver jobs and economic benefits
28 May 2012  Kiwis at the Delta-Lloyd
28 May 2012  New Zealand fleet ready to go for the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race
27 May 2012  NZ Olympians second in Dutch round of ISAF World Cup
22 May 2012  The Blurr wins 2012 Elliott 5.9 Traveller Series opener at Opua
22 May 2012  Search for Coaching Director at top NZ club
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,
































470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,






























2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3   
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here   
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT