Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 30 October 2008
Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) has set a new 24hrs distance record in the Volvo Ocean Race, adding yet another major sailing achievement to his Olympic medals.
Sailing in 35-40kt winds and swells of up to seven metres in height, Ericsson 4 set several new record marks as the 24 hour period rolled on before settling on the new mark of 602.66nm.
As Media Crew Member, Guy Salter noted 'All the boys look really drained - sleep is not the easiest on Ericsson 4 – I can only describe the motion as I would imagine re-entry on the space shuttle is like.'
Behind Ericsson 4, both Green Dragon and USA's PUMA Racing were lined up in the same weather system and they too will be looking to set a new mark, in the same way that ABN Amro Two set the previous mark of 562.96nm when not being the race leader.
Five of the crew aboard Ericsson 4 are New Zealanders, Brad Jackson, David Endean, Stuart Bannatyne, Phil Jameson and Tony Mutter (taken off at the Cape Verde Islands with a knee injury).
We have reports on both the latest record and the milestones along the way, in this issue.
In the America's Cup, an exchange of letters between Larry Ellison and Ernest Bertarelli seems to have reinforced the rift between the two. However yesterday, it was announced that Alinghi and Emirates Team New Zealand seemed to have overcome up their differences.
The upshot will be that Emirates Team New Zealand will drop their lawsuit against Ernesto Bertarelli. In return, Alinghi will enter the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to be sailed in Auckland in February.
From Emirates Team NZ's perspective the announcement by Alinghi that they intend to defend the Cup in 2010, was sufficient for them to drop their legal proceedings.
Dave Endean (NZL) and Joao Signorini celebrate on Ericsson 4 as they set a new 24 hour record Guy Salter/Ericsson 4/Volvo Ocean Race
We have featured an interview conducted with Grant Dalton CEO of Emirates Team NZ, yesterday. There, Dalton says his team are fully funded and ready to go for 2010.
On Radio Sport today, Brad Butterworth, the Alinghi skipper alluded to the fact that Team New Zealand might not be out of the legal woods, yet with the comment that: 'They (Team NZ) have their problems with the Arbitration Panel, and still have.'
Quite where this latest resumption of relations between Alinghi and Team New Zealand leaves the US Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing remains to be seen.
The US Challenger is still in San Diego working up the BOR90, as the 90ft x 90ft trimaran is known. As reported earlier she is capable of sailing at three times the true windspeed, however the question now is whether she will ever race.
In other announcements in the America's Cup, it seems clear that yet another new class will be developed - smaller and supposedly cheaper than the AC90 design originally proposed before the so-called financial crisis.
More details on this yacht will be determined at a Challengers Meeting to be held about now, where most of the serious teams will be represented, except for BMW Oracle Racing.
Bertarelli has set a date of 15th December for entries for the 2010 America's Cup, but obviously that will be too soon for the ruling from the Appeal Court in New York. Equally obvious is the fact that if you haven't entered by the entry deadline, then you can't race in the regatta. And, BMW Oracle racing could well find itself cut from the pack if Alinghi prevails on Appeal.
Of course, If BMW Oracle Racing do win their Appeal, then the current Cup cycle will be set aside, and a Match some time in 2009 is likely, between the 90ft multihulls.
Emirates Team NZ fully funded and ready for 2010 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Sail-World spoke to Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, this morning following the announcement they had decided to drop their law suit against Ernesto Bertarelli, and that Alinghi had agreed to enter the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.... [more]
Ericsson 4 breaks 600 mile barrier Cameron Kelleher, Ericsson 4 broke through the 600-mile barrier as their historic run continued with the log reaching 602.66 nautical miles at 18:54 GMT. It eclipsed the previous best 24-hour run for a racing monohull of 562.96 miles set by Sebastian Josse and the crew of ABN AMRO TWO on the second leg of the 2005-06 race from Cape Town to Melbourne. Ericsson 4 added nearly 40 miles to that figure.... [more]
Alinghi welcomes Team NZ's halt to legal process Alinghi Media, Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, confirms that Emirates Team New Zealand has withdrawn its law suit against the team, Ernesto Bertarelli, AC Management and the Société Nautique de Genève and will now join all the other entered challengers in the process of getting the 33rd America's Cup back on the water as soon as possible; starting tomorrow at the Competitor Meeting in Geneva.... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu Report - Record goes in dash south Mark Chisnell, The cliché ‘batten down the hatches' has its origins in the process of securing square rigged sailing ships for bad weather. And over the last couple of days, the crews of the Volvo Open 70s have described their own metaphoric and literal battening of hatches – albeit it with sikaflex and sailing bags, rather than pitch and pine... [more]
Bavaria Yachts Sydney Harbour Regatta Jamie Millar, On a fine Friday in Sydney Harbour, 16 Bavaria Yachts jockeyed for position at the start of the annual Bavaria Yachts Sydney Harbour Regatta. The day dawned sunny and with light, cool easterly breezes, a relief following the three preceding days of weather mayhem!... [more]
590.5miles in 24 hours -new Volvo Ocean race recor VOR media, At 03:55 GMT, Ericsson 4 had sailed 565 miles over the past day, to break the record. But in the hours since, Grael and his crew have kept pushing and have been adding to the total. At 07:10 GMT, the number was up to 585 miles. It had grown to 589 by 07:55 and soon after reached 590.5... [more]
Images from Super Falcon Erik Simonson, h2o, The Super Submersible ' Super Falcon' is now comfortably roosting aboard the MotherShip Maltese Falcon. Both are set to depart San Francisco Bay on October 29th for La Pax Mexico and sub testing in the Sea Of Cortez.... [more]
Velux 5 Oceans to start and finish in La Rochelle Tim Kelly & Associates, Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the Velux 5 Oceans yacht race, have confirmed that the city of La Rochelle will host the start and finish of the original solo ocean race around the world - start date is set for October 17, 2010... [more]
Chinese team leads 19th IODA Asian Championship International Optimist Dinghy Association media, The 19th IODA Asian Championship is underway with Thailand winning the Team Racing Championship. After the first six races. Chinese sailors Yang Yang (25th in last summer's Worlds) and Zhang Xiaotian lead with the main challenge coming from the recently much improved Thai fleet... [more]
Bavaria Yachts announce new Bavaria 35 Cruiser Jamie Millar Bavaria Yachts Australia, Bavaria Yachts is delighted to announce the latest model to join the Cruiser family: the Bavaria 35 Cruiser. Based on the hull and deck of the current popular Bavaria 34 Cruiser, this new model is a three cabin version. Named to reflect the true size of this yacht, the new 35 Cruiser will have the fresh interior design recently introduced with the stunning Bavaria 43.... [more]
Team Origin enter CNEV and Louis Vuitton Pacifics Team Origin Media, TEAMORIGIN, the British America's Cup team, confirmed today that it will enter two forthcoming America's Cup version 5 regattas. The first of these will be the Club Náutico Español de Vela 2nd annual regatta that is taking place in Valencia, Spain, next week (7-9th November) and the second event being the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in Jan/Feb 2009.... [more]
White for Sabots, Smith tackles Volvo Ocean Race Ian Grant, Mooloolaba girl skipper Shelly White has been named as the title favourite for the Sabot 2008-9 Australian championship. On Wednesday Casey Smith was preparing to enter Nature's gateway to the fury of South Atlantic gales as they tracked a fast spinnaker sailing in the VOR towards the picturesque South African port of Cape Town.... [more]
Magazine advertising- Yesterday's Pizza? Bob Maxwell, When advertisers in the 1980's signed magazine advertising contracts, they knew half of their advertising budget was being wasted, but they just did not know which half.... [more]
White and Thomson on track for Vendée Globe start Vendée Globe media, The news remains positive from both the last minute refit of Steve White's Spirit of Weymouth and from the Alliaura Boatyard shed where the Hugo Boss is responding well to treatment... [more]
Francis Joyon sets off on solo Route Discovery Event media, French solo adventurer Francis Joyon, who circled the world in just over 57 days eight months ago, and skipper of the maxi trimaran IDEC, has left Cadiz in Spain to sail the route across the Atlantic Ocean known as the 'Discovery Route', the route taken by Christopher Columbus when he first 'discovered' the Americas - and thought it was India - in 1492... [more]
Boat Blogs Day 18 Leg 1, Volvo Ocean Race Various VOR competitors, Boat Blogs from Day 18 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Green Dragon experiencing 35 knots, Ericsson 4 says life below decks can be extreme and Delta LLoyd is in zone 9. Read on............ [more]
Team Origin to race in ACC event at Valencia Neus Jordi, Team Origin, the British America's Cup team, has confirmed its entry at the 2nd Trofeo Desafío Espanol, CNEV's annual regatta that will be held in Valencia from Thursday 6 November to Sunday 9 November - This will be the first time Team Origin has raced on an ACC yacht... [more]
24-hour run record in danger as storm hits Volvo Volvo media, 'The depression in the South Atlantic has aligned itself perfectly to fire the fleet to Cape Town at record place,' promises Green Dragon's skipper, Ian Walker/GBR. Volvo teams have positioned themselves for a fast run to Cape Town as the storm deepens to the south of them. The leading two boats, Ericsson 4 and PUMA are back in sight of each other, racing just 100 metres apart... [more]
2008 Monsoon Cup 03/12/08 The Monsoon Cup is Stage 9 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. This fourth annual event will be sailed on Pulau Duyong, in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1119
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