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Yachting NZ Inclusive Sailing News for 4 August 2011

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Inclusive Sailing News
4 August 2011

Welcome to the third edition of YNZ’s newsletter that is specific to the NZ community for sailors with a disability. This is a monthly newsletter compiled with content from YNZ affiliated clubs and associations, and will include news, information, events, best practice, and anything else relevant to sailors with a disability.

Please help spread the word about this newsletter by forwarding it on to other contacts who can self subscribe to receive the newsletter in the future.

 


NZL Qualified in 2.4mR Class for 2012

Auckland Sailor Paul Francis has qualified a spot for NZL at the London 2012 Paralympics in the single person keelboat. After an outstanding result at the IFDS World Championships in July, the 2.4mR is now the second qualification for the country at this event. Last year, Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel secured a place for NZL in the Skud-18, the two person keelboat.

“I’m really happy with the opportunities for and recent success of our sailors” comments Rob Hielkema, who looks after the Paralympic program at YNZ.  “There seems to be a snowball effect with support and resources. We’ve been working hard with Paralympics NZ and the Sailability organizations, a lot of resources are coming into this area. The future is looking prosperous.”

It is yet to be determined who will be representing NZL in these classes, as athletes continue with their campaigns in order to meet selection criteria.

In the Spotlight: Sailability Wellington

Sailability Wellington continues to sail on both Fridays and Sundays throughout winter. Last Friday they had 17 sailors on the water, and that’s just in the afternoon! Unfortunately, but somewhat to be expected some days have been lost through bad weather.

For this organization, there will be alot of activity in the coming months. Beginning at the start of September, an eight week trial based at Seaview Marina in the Hutt Valley on Tuesdays. This is to enable people who live in the Hutt a chance to give sailing a go and see if they want to continue with it as a recreation, therapy or learn to race. "We are excited about this trial and if it is popular, a possible continuation of it" says Sailability Wellington Trustee Annabelle Tye.

October 30th 2011, they are joining with YNZ and WYA in a display marquee on the waterfront hopefully with some 303’s to “Have a Go” in. This is all a part of Wellington’s Outdoor Activity Celebration. In November members of the Race Squad will be with other sailors from around New Zealand at the Paralympic NZ National Championships at Lake Karapiro whilst one sailor hopes to make it to Sail Sydney and Sail Melbourne. "It’s always great to see people from other yacht clubs and Sailability groups from around the country when we have the opportunity to meet at some of these events" Annabelle continues.

Pictured left: A photo of some Sailability Wellington  sailors who sailed out to Somes Island in May to join in a barbecue with Evans Bay Yacht Club at the end of the summer season.

If you know somebody who may be interested in joining theTrial in the Hutt Valley or coming to “Have a Go” on the waterfront on 30th October, please help spread the word. Contact Sailability Wellington by sending an e-mail to sailabilitywgtn@xtra.co.nz

New sailors are always welcome  to come along any Friday or Sunday to have a trial sail – just send an e-mail or leave a message on our phone (04 4724546) first.

 
Blind Sailors Represent RNZYS at Upcoming Yokohama Regatta

A Blind Sailing team representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has been invited to take part in an invitation regatta, to be held at the Yokohama Cruising Club, near Tokyo, in early September 2011.

This is the Squadron’s second invitation to this event, as 2 teams under the management of Ross Masters competed at Yokohama in 2009. This year’s team, which will race in a fleet of J24 yachts, owned by the Yokohama Cruising Club, consists of both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Blind Sailing New Zealand who are Dick Lancaster of Taumaranui and Dave Allerton of Taranaki. Brian Trubovich of the RNZYS and Paul Moriarty of Taranaki, are the sighted members of the crew.

Following the regatta, the team will inspect the venue for the next World Blind Sailing Championships, to be held in Japan in 2013. The team are looking forward to the regatta, and are anticipating the usual generosity of the host club, which is reknowned for it’s VIP treatment of guests from New Zealand.

Japan and New Zealand Blind Sailing teams historically have very close links, and certainly enjoy each other’s company whenever they meet. Stay tuned to this newsletter for their results when they return.

 

Sailing Simulator Joins International Research Program

In the near future, the Auckland Sailing Simulator Program will be commencing a Research Program along with Melbourne University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital of Baltimore. The research is aimed to test two hypothesis:

  • That the use of sailing simulator technology enables people with disabilities to learn the skills required to sail on the water, but in a safe, non-threatening environment and that these skills are transferable to sailing on the water.
  • That learning to sail by people with disabilities to a stage where they are competent to sail on the water in moderate conditions (wind strength up to 12 knots) shows measurable improvements in quality of life, morale, self-esteem and self-confidence.

 

The Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU) is also investigating a few things on their own including: barriers to transition, the individual’s perception of readiness in transitioning to on the water sailing and quality of life when using the simulator alone.

The sailing simulator is now a regular fixture of the ASRU, and has introduced dozens of sailors to the sport, including accomplished Kiwi Skud-18 crew member Jan Apel. Carol Stead (C6) is a testament to the opportunity provided through sailing at the spinal unit, and the positive influence it has made on her rehabilitation.

Carol writes below about her experience:
"I had been sailing on the simulator at the Auckland Spinal Unit for about 5 weeks and Brendan decided that I would be proficient enough to sail on the water. I was hoisted into the dinghy from the jetty and my job was to control the steering. I was very lucky to have Jan Apel, who competed in the World Champs in England, on the front seat controlling the sails, which included a gennaker.  We tacked out of the viaduct, I managed to avoid the moored boats and once we were out in the open water, we were off.  Soon we were racing along with the gennaker up and we the support boat was having a hard time keeping up. Our approximate speed got to 12- 15 knots.  What a thrill.  I was grinning the whole way around the course and so well rugged up because it was so blustery, the only part that you could see of my face were my eyes. I didn‘t feel the cold. The afternoon was the highlight of my stay at the spinal Unit and I‘m so very grateful to Brendan Tourelle for organising this special trip out as I didn‘t expect to be able to do some-thing as wonderful as this during my stay at the Spinal Unit. Special thanks for Jan for trusting me to go with her."

More information about this research can be obtained through Brendan Tourelle btourelle@gmail.com.

Learn Racing Rules in Depth: Free Judging Seminars

Level one judging seminars offer in depth coverage of parts one and two of the Racing Rules of Sailing and judging processes. These courses are open to all sailors and aspiring judges, umpires and race officers. Dates and locations are listed below:

  • Port Chalmers Yacht Club on 20th and 21st August
  • Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club on 27th and 28th of August
  • Auckland 3rd & 4th September
  • Napier Yacht Club 10th & 11th September
  • Opua Yacht Club 17th & 18th September


This is a really great opportunity for anybody involved in yacht racing to improve their knowledge and understanding of the rules. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible with Gerry@yachtingnz.org.nz. More information can be found on the YNZ Website

 

New Directions for Blind Sailing NZ

After the recent Annual General Meeting for Blind Sailing NZ, some new direction and goals were established for the organization.  Ten people attended a workshop/ planning session to discuss things such as strategies for growing participation, retention of existing sailing membership and the creation of a pathway for sailors to progress from being introduced to the sport to participating at international events.

One element of key importance raised on this day was the value in building and strengthening relationships with yacht clubs, other blind sport organizations, and the Sailability organizations.

“A very productive discussion was had by all” said Dick Lancaster, Chairmanof Blind Sailing NZ.  “Acknowledging our new direction I feel very positive about our future”.

This next year will see more ‘have a go’ style days to attract more blind sailors into the sport, and a support network to keep them in the system for long term. If you or somebody you know may be interested in learning more about this organization, please visit their website.

Sailing Opportunity of a Different Kind

The Spirit of Adventure Trust has scheduled a 5-day ‘inspiration voyage’ for youth aged 16-20 with physical disabilities in February 2012. Each year up to 30 young people with disabilities are able to take part on this voyage, largely sponsored by the Lions Clubs of New Zealand. This exciting trip provides a chance for building confidence and overcoming challenges that would usually be outside the boundaries.

Nominations for youth who are keen to take part are due by September 30th 2011, more information can be found on their website or by emailing info@spiritofadventure.org.nz

Two 2.4mR Boats Available for Loan

Sailability Auckland have two 2.4 mR training boats, available for a long term loan. These boats would be a great starting point for anyone interested in getting some experience in the one person paralympic class keelboat.

Both boats are fully rigged with one set of training sails, launching trolleys, boat covers, and auto/manual bilges. Assistance with transportation may be a possibility.

If you are interested please contact Brendan 0210554929 btourelle@gmail.com.


Submit Your News and Events

This newsletter will be sent monthly, and highlight news, information, events and any relevant content for sailors with a disability. If you would like anything to be included please send content to Kristine Lederis at Yachting New Zealand: kristine@yachtingnz.org.nz

 





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News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Big gains for two boats in Doldrums *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts. Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ... [more]  

Groupe Beneteau today announced its sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Groupe Beneteau is the world's leading yacht builder, and will now become a significant presence in high-performance sailing with its support of both the US national sailing team and North America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. ... [more]  

The 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds kicked off on October 20th in Clearwater, USA, and it was hard work from the start: in 5-6 kt of breeze, offshore to start the day and side-on to close it, pumping was in order for the 54 boys and 28 girls gathered here for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. ... [more]  

In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday. ... [more]  

While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers opportunities for young people to have new experiences, coping with Hurricane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and some are now guests in homes without electricity. ... [more]  

Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ... [more]  

The Atlantic has proved to be a test for the VO65s in the Volvo Ocean Race and their teams as a battle of gybing down the west coast of Africa broke out, keeping all boats in a relatively tight-knit pack for much longer than expected. Having passed Morocco and the Canaries, we were drawn to the tricky-to-handle magnet of Cape Verde. ... [more]  

It’s the dawn of a complicated day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s face it: we’re not having a very good time on Dongfeng. We lost distance last night, and our leading position. The day got dull afterwards. Sailing straight ahead, with the spinnaker up, in light winds. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 10 onboard Team SCA. Two days, eight hours, thirty-four minutes, and ten seconds, nine seconds, eight, seven, six, five… over the last few days the clock has gotten louder and louder as it counts down to October 23rd at noon—the time when we cross the equator and the time when myself and six other sailors join the rest of our crew in King Neptune’s court. ... [more]  

For Pablo Arrarte Elorza, the Volvo Ocean Race is a tough challenge. Not as far as physical effort is concerned because this likeable Spaniard is a very strong guy. For Pablo, the race is mostly a culinary war of attrition because the food that the team has bought with it on the race does little to please his gourmet palate. ... [more]  

The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very happy to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 - 8. The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event's 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season. ... [more]  

After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race. The prevailing wind remains weak, but is expected to strengthen this afternoon coinciding with the arrival of bulk of the fleet t the Egadi Islands. ... [more]  

Last week the Volvo Ocean Race was all about VMG downwind sailing, with Dongfeng being the star performer. After DFRT took the lead, they shortly lost it again 36 hours later after hitting something in the water and losing their rudder. Two hours later they were up and running again with the spare in. Impressive stuff. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 plus Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Igor Simicic's maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race. ... [more]  

Italy won two races (windward-leeward race (ninth race) and coastal race (11th race), Switzerland won the second race of the day (10th race) and Ireland the last one (12th race). A lot of tactics was required to make best use of the little wind. The first race (windward-leeward race, 0,8nm) started at four knots. A second start under black flag happened. ... [more]  

PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ... [more]  

The battle continues for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, with the front running being taken up by different competitors on a regular basis. With the first boats about to enter the Doldrums, anything can happen - with the outcome being decided by navigational skill and experience, rather than being resolved on a computer. ... [more]  

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup, now in its 12th year, is known around the world as an international championship of junior champions. It runs parallel to the penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The Volvo Ocean Race has lifted intensity again on Day 9 with the fleet spread across 100nm of ocean and charging in a line for the turning point of Fernando de Noronha, 220nm off the Brazilian coast. ... [more]  

As expected the third day of the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam proved to be a quiet affair with very light winds throughout the day. After a chilly and overcast start, the sun eventually broke through to produce another beautiful afternoon in La Torche. ... [more]  

The first eight days of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race have been filled with more excitement and tighter racing than anyone could have anticipated. Up until Saturday morning, Leg One has left the fleet with few tactical options and therefore has kept everyone tightly packed as one unit of seven boats. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sun’s out. It’s warm – not too hot, but warm enough for just a tee shirt. Ian Walker is stood at the helm of his Emirati boat, generous Atlantic trade winds whistling past his ears. 'We’re going straight through,' he claims, confidently. 'What Doldrums? - they’re going to say. Azzam isn’t even going to slow down.' ... [more]  

At 1700 CET in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, 113 yachts had rounded Stromboli, the active volcano that marks the most northerly point of the course. Race leader on the water, Esimit Europa 2, was less than 20 miles from Favignana and preparing to turn south with 289 miles to go and is expected to finish the race in the early hours of Wednesday 22 October, which would be well outside the course record ... [more]  

It is with great pleasure that the Star Sailors League announces that two more top Brazilian sailors will be joining the fleet of 20 super-champions taking part in the Star Sailors League Finals 2014 being held for the second consecutive year at Nassau Yacht Club in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team Alvimedica. It’s hard to explain the complexity of the weather in this part of the world. No computer model or forecaster can accurately predict the winds because the air here is dry and warm, 23c now, and the typical barometric pressure gradients that generate them become very weak. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day Nine onboard Team SCA. We’re a boat on a mission: catch the fleet. And they’re getting closer by the mile. The first time I sailed past Cape Verde islands was in 2010 when I was helping deliver a catamaran from Gibraltar to Antigua, W.I. ... [more]  

Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships by Jordan Rumsby, Royal Varuna Yacht Club
Pattaya's Royal Varuna Yacht Club has submitted a bid to host the 2016 International Optimist Dinghy Association World Championships, offering the world's most talented junior sailing teams a chance to experience the steady wind, sunshine, smiles, great food, and family-friendly attractions of Thailand's top dinghy sailing destination ... [more]  

Photographer Ellen Hoke was on the water at the Farr 40 Worlds sailed from the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, and provided this second gallery of images from the Final Day - Day 4 Prizegiving ... [more]  

Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on by Malcolm McKeag, Scuttlebutt Europe, Lymington, England:
Bill Green, San Francisco-born sailor, Navy jet jockey (not a lot of people know that); US Coastguard; shrimp-boat hand (not a lot of people know that either); One Ton Cup winner and most latterly proprietor of Green Marine slipped quietly away from this life ... [more]  

Tom Burton (AUS) retained World #1 in the Laser after a tremendous fight back at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao where he picked up bronze. The Australia had a tough opening day, finishing down the pack in both races but as the week progressed he worked his way up and sealed bronze on the final day to keep hold of World #1. ... [more]  

Photographer Ellen Hoke was on the water at the Farr 40 Worlds sailed from the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - Day 4 ... [more]  

Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night
34th Student Yachting World Cup 2014 - Second race day
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums *Feature
Flying Dreams 'An Ocean Story': The Movie
New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature
Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge - Youngerman wins
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Santander team victorious
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waves continue to pound on day 2
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 *Feature
RS:X Youth World Championships - All set for Clearwater action
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Slow road north
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Dongfeng Race Team - A risky call
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Escaping the shroud of Mount Etna
Farr 40 Worlds: Day 4 Image and Video gallery *Feature
Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leader gambles on Island windshadow
2014 Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Final day video highlights
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Plenty of time
Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 2   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Massive swell on day 1   
Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Al's Ocean Cafe   
Argo Group Gold Cup survives Hurricane Gonzalo   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng regains lead after incident packed Day 7 *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic video of Dongfeng rudder replacement   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica bounces back   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA expecting the expected + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - New record for Mediterranean classic   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Medallists decided across six fleets   
Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive turnaround for Dongfeng Race Team +Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Race closer than leaderboard suggests - Leg 1, Day 6   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team break rudder after collision   
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Famous breeze frustrates   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 1   
Sunfish World Championship - Victory for Argentina's Francisco Renna   
Volvo Ocean Race - Feeling the pressure six days in   
Volvo Ocean Race - Alvimedica cautiously cruising down coast of Africa   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel still within striking distance   


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