Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for February 19, 2013
The JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs continues in Sydney Harbour, with the third race being sailed this afternoon - well, early evening NZT.
Sailed in a 10kt sea breeze, the race was won again by Gotta Love It 7, which has now won two of the three races sailed. She sports a number of interesting features not the least of which is a new low-drag, lighter, stiffer mast from Southern Spars.
Two wins from three races is a big step in a week for Gotta Love It 7, which seven days ago lay in bits on the floor of the Van Munster Boats after sustaining serious damage in a high impact capsize on Sydney harbour.
Many pundits say that this fleet is one of the most competitive ever - with 32 boats from four countries including a big team of seven boats from New Zealand.
It's a classy field too, with Olympic Gold and Silver medalists competing, along with the legends of the 18ft skiff world, and a few rookie crews who are giving the old hands the hurry up if they get an angle wrong, or slip a gear.
The event is showing sailing organisers how it can be done, with live tracking, and a great on the water commentary team leading fans through a near full length video published the next day.
We feature all of Frank Quealey's reports and excellent images in this edition of Sail-World.com. Unfortunately the series' website doesn't seem to be up to the level of the rest of the production, so there are no overall results that we have been able to find.
New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings) lies in third overall, behind Gotta Love It 7, and with Coopers Rags and Famish Hotel in second. The latter has New Zealand's Mark Kennedy sailing forward hand.
There are two womens crews competing in the event - one from Australia and the other from USA.
We're pleased to be able to update with the news that the two boats involved in the collision with the 12 Metre Steak n Kidney, before the start of the first race, were awarded Redress by the protest committee, Tuesday night.
On Monday, another stopover was announced in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 edition. Abu Dhabi was confirmed as the port, and will also have a boat in the race - the third confirmed. Ian Walker will again be the skipper.
The issue with Abu Dhabi, is one of security - with pirates operating out of Somalia across the Indian Ocean.
In the race's previous edition organisers opted to start the boats in Cape Town, ostensibly sailing to Abu Dhabi. But in reality there was a secret destination in The Maldives, where the boats were finished and then shipped to the Persian Gulf, where they were unloaded and raced for another 20 hours or so to the finish. The same sail/ship/release effort was done on the return trip.
While done with the best interests of the sailors at heart, the move effectively killed all fan interest in Legs 2 and 3 of the Race, and the delayed start to Leg 4 didn't help much either. Now, the piracy risk seems to have lessened. Hopefully less draconian security measures will be required in two years time, and fans can enjoy following a race that is going to finish where it should.
The Millennium Cup has finished after three days of sailing in the Hauraki Gulf - don't miss Paul Gilbert's final gallery of images from the event.
A major youth match racing events gets underway off Westhaven this week, with the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championship being staged by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The event has attracted 14 teams from four countries - New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Canada and USA (3).
Lead billing is 19 year old Sam Gilmour from Perth, ranked at 101st in the World Match Race rankings. He comes fresh from a win in the Centrepoint Regatta last week, in Wellington. Two womens crews have entered - from the Kawau Island Yacht Club and the RNZYS.
A third New Zealand team is trialling for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. We have a report in this edition, on the teams' progress - with links to their Facebook page. This is a bit of a throw together effort, but some top sailors are involved, and after sailing an Extreme 40 in Auckland, they should have a shorter learning curve than others into the AC45.
We'll follow them with interest..
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