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Editorial: HSBC Premier Coastal Classic concludes

Greg Roake at work on Taipeng's mast at the start of the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic  David Riley
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 28 October 2008

The HSBC Premier Coastal Classic concluded in the early hours of Saturday morning for the catamaran Taeping, skippered by Greg Roake. For the remainder of the fleet the race turned into a protracted affair, with may drifting across the start line.

The non-start and drop-out rate for the event was about 50%, which is significant, however no lives were lost, but there were a couple of serious injuries. So often we hear about it being the skipper's responsibility as to whether they start or continue to race. Well, in this instance many chose not to.

We must respect their decision. crosses V5 at the start of the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic  Richard Gladwell

In this issue we conclude our coverage of the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic, including an interview with Jon Bilger of, the 27ft Ian Farrier design trimaran, which led the fleet to Flat Rock, before being slowly overtaken by the 50ft keelboats and Taeping.

Bilger told Sail-World that he would be taking the family cruising for a couple of days, and then packing the trimaran on a trailer for the tow back to Auckland.

The America's Cup scene continues to fester, with letters being exchanged between various parties. Certainly it is clear that the Alinghi parties are keen to get on with organising an America's Cup for 2010.

Whether they can achieve that against the backdrop of Court action is another issue. The same parties seem rather displeased with the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series planned for Auckland in February and March, with Alinghi team head, Ernesto Bertarelli saying in a letter to his counterpart and protagonist, Larry Ellison: ' We remain concerned that this event has been designed to cheaply ambush the America's Cup and will damage AC Management efforts to find a principal sponsor for the next edition.'

Rick Tomlinson: Telefonica Blue reaches the scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha in 5th place during Leg 1.

  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Russell Coutts, Ellison's skipper and CEO of BMW Oracle Racing responded: 'Alinghi's response to our constructive proposal defies logic and is a huge step backward for efforts to put a truly competitive America's Cup on the water. They not only grossly mischaracterize our position, but also insult the other competitors who have embraced the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series as a wonderful complement to the Cup and our sport, to say nothing of denigrating an important long-term sponsor.

We will have updates on this during the week, and also on the Challengers Meeting planned for 30 October.

We will also have a Volvo Ocean Race newsletter out later today, with all the latest VOR news.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

PredictWind roars in HSBC Premier Coastal Classic
Richard Gladwell,
One of the features of the 2008 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic was the performance of two small multihulls, Hooters and, formerly Need for Speed. PredictWind led the opening stages of the race and was first to Flat Rock (off Kawau Island, 26nm from Auckland). Hooters led the fleet at the next waypoint off Sail Rock , before Whangarei.... [more]

Taeping wins HSBC Premier Coastal Classic
Zoe Hawkins,
The most challenging HSBC Premier Coastal Classic yacht race in many years has been won, for the second year in a row, by Dave Andrews' 44 foot trimaran, Taeping. Taeping finished at 00:23hrs Saturday morning and was followed into Russell by Simon Hull's Transpac 52, V5, at 01:09hrs... [more]

Alinghi give ultimatum to Team New Zealand
Greg Ford, Sunday Star Times,
Team New Zealand will be kicked out of the next America's Cup if they don't drop their legal action against holders Alinghi. In a new and serious development between the two feuding camps, the Sunday Star-Times has been told Alinghi recently sent Team New Zealand a legal letter with that ultimatum... [more]

HSBC Premier Coastal Classic: Roake to the Rescue
David Riley,
Greg Roake at work on Taipeng's mast at the start of the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic to repair the mainsail headboard car. Shots by david Riley from Orakei Wharf... [more]

What a difference a week makes - Portimão GOR
Brian Hancock,
What a difference a week makes. The first week of the Portimão Global Ocean Race was all about loving life. The doldrums, or Pot au Noir as the French like to refer to that hellish region that separates the weather systems of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, has been up to its usual tricks and life has become a lot more interesting.... [more]

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Various VOR competitors,
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Monday update on HUGO BOSS repairs
Gail Willows,
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PUMA edges ahead as the Volvo fleet catch the wind
Volvo media,
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Sailor tells:How the Whale Holed My Trimaran
Mark Cherrington,
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One week left to enter Rolex Sydney Hobart
Lisa Ratcliff,
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18ft Skiffs Club Championship – Race 1
Frank Quealey,
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Beluga Racer first into the Southern Hemisphere
Brian Hancock,
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Quantum Racing is TP52 World Champion
Pierre Orphanidis,
Quantum Racing put a fantastic end to a spectacular season. After being crowned Med champions last month, the American boat helmed by Terry Hutchinson, won the world title after a week of tough racing in Puerto Calero. Vasco Vascotto's Mutua Madrileña takes the silver medal with a similarly good performance... [more]

Maxi yacht streaks away from Lord Howe fleet
Peter Campbell,
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Week Two Leg 1 summary - Mixed fortunes
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The second week of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town saw mixed fortunes as the boats surged up and down the leader board at an alarming pace. Wherever Puma went, Ericsson 3 followed. Conditions below were becoming hot and steamy making sleep harder. Heat means the equator and the Doldrums and there were many ‘equatorial virgins' waiting to see what King Neptune had to say.... [more]

Rolex Middle Sea Race concludes with prizegiving
Regatta News,
The 29th Rolex Middle Sea Race drew to a close today with celebratory prize giving held under the vaulted ceilings of La Valette Hall. The overall victor in the struggle was the forty-foot Spirit of Ad Hoc from France - an appropriately sized yacht - given 2008 is the fortieth anniversary of the first ever race.... [more]

Team Denmark claim Nations Cup Grand Final place
Maritta Buwalda,
Team Denmark helmed by Mads Elber has claimed their place at the Nations Cup Grand Final to be held in Porto Alegre Brazil, 23 to 28 March 2009. It was the weather that won out again Saturday, strong winds preventing any racing on the final day... [more]

Derek Hatfield - A Fighting Spirit
Vendée Globe event media,
Canadian Derek Hatfield, 56, sets out to take on the Vendée Globe. Hatfield's career was in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police before working in compliance in the securities industry, but his ocean racing career goes back nearly 15 years.... [more]

Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards
Jan Harley,
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Roaring Forty back to second Portimão Global Race
Brian Hancock,
The light winds are suiting Michel Kleinjans, the leading single-handed sailor in the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Roaring Forty, was eight mile ahead of the Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos and just over 100 miles astern of the leading boat, Beluga Racer.... [more]

Postcard start for 35th Gosford to Lord Howe race
Peter Campbell,
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Images from Monsoon Cup's 2005,2006 & 2007
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Telefonica Blue forced into fuel rationing
Bouwe Bekking - skipper Telefonica Blue,
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Hugo Boss ready for new replacement section
Lucy Harwood,
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