sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Noumea Race: Slow progress as leaders exit NZ waters - updated at 1530
Noumea Race: Slow progress as leaders exit NZ waters - updated at 1530

'V5 with Steinlager 2 - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

The 17 strong fleet in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012, have made slow progress overnight, however speeds are now increasing.

Currently the fleet is spread from the Hen and Chickens off Whangarei to north of Cape Reinga.

Predictwind course at at 1530hrs June 3, 2012 for the TP52 V5, leading the 50fter group - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  PredictWind.com  
1530hrs While the body of the fleet lies either becalmed or in light winds, the two front runners, TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) have got into the advancing breeze from the north and have stepped out into the Southern Pacific ocean. They are sailing at speeds of 8-10kts, while behind them in the Tom Bowling Bay area, the lead 50fters are making just 2kts - better numbers than they have been achieving earlier in the day.

The 50fter group have now taken a course out to sea, as per the optimised route from Predictwind published earlier today (see graphic).

Conditions in the area remain light as evidenced by the second Predictwind graphic showing light variable winds in the north of New Zealand. These are from the newly announced feature of Predictwind, which can now show wind predictions, optimised course routing, and realtime observations being recorded in the coastal area in which the competitors are located.

The strong wind forecast for the race fleet, is now easing further, while winds are expected to peak to an average of 26kts for a short period, generally conditions are now forecasted to be lighter in the high teens generally, and the arrival time for the first 50fter plotted, V5, is now late on June 6, 2012 at 2330hrs.

From 0700hrs tomorrow, Monday, until just before the race finish, V5 is expected to have double digit average speeds, with a peak of 15kts average for one period.

Yellowbrick plot of the race fleet as at 1530hrs June 3, 2012, showing TVS and Beau Geste well to the north of NZ, while the 50fters approach Tom Bowling Bay - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  PredictWind.com   Click Here to view large photo

Predictwind realtime observations at 1530hrs June 3, 2012 for northern New Zealand. Wind strength is expressed in kts - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  PredictWind.com  


PredictWind optimised route for the 50fters to Noumea as at 0900 June 3, 2012 -  PredictWind.com  
At 0830hrs, Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing leads Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) by 7 miles with the boats being recorded as sailing at 7-8kts.

Behind them the three 50fters are having a serious contest, swapping the lead. While David Nathan's V5, a canting keel TP52, led off the start, and for much of the trip to Whangarei, she lost the lead for a time, as the other two 50fters took a more offshore course. There Akatea and Kia Kaha found better breeze and moved through to leeward of V5.

However the breeze appears to have favoured the inshore boats and at the 0830 sked V5 enjoyed a five mile lead over the other two.

Steinlager 2 is 14nm astern of V5 and is also inshore, passing Cape Brett at 0830hrs.

The race tracker can be viewed by clicking here

The strong winds predicted to hit the fleet seem to have moderated in the latest prognosis from PredictWind, and the latest routing shows the 50fters fast reaching at speeds of 15kts for much of the trip to Noumea, which is now predicted to take the 50's three more days, with a finish time in the early hours of June 7, 2012 NZT.

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

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

Someone cracks a joke amongst the V5 crew - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 -  Richard Gladwell  

Starlight Express - 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

Kia Kaha - 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=97966

8:44 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:

03 Jun 2012  Another iconic New Zealand international champion to return home
03 Jun 2012  Two New Zealand Teams chosen for 46th Gov Cup
02 Jun 2012  Noumea Race starts in light winds, but strong headwinds to come
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
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
















































ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   
Clipper Race - Californian crew member continues fundraising journey   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 2 images by Jude Robertson   
Les Voiles de St Barth - Images by Christophe Jouany   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet sets sail in race 11   
Congressional Cup - Canfield and Team US One best star-studded field   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Race 11 to get underway to Panama   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Rolex China Sea Race - Hi Fi collects the coveted IRC Overall title   
Rolex China Sea Race - First arrivals in Subic Bay   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - a sniff of a hat-trick for Neil Pryde   
America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Switzerland drops trou for charity   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - 27th edition underway   


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