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Editorial:The action from Pit Lane

Telefonica Black's navigator Roger Nilson from Sweden is reunited with his wife. Image by Rick Tomlinson
  Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 November 2008

The first leg of the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean race has concluded off Cape Town, when Telefonica Black crossed the line yesterday morning (NZT).

Post race comment put their last place position down to a lack of downwind speed and then a broken rudder.

The second is fixable, the first maybe not so easy - particularly when they were in contact with the leading group and then had several competitors come from behind and just sail past. Even so with just one point from this leg, she lies fifth on the points table in the eight strong fleet.

In contrast to the same point in the previous race, the damage to the competitors is relatively minor, and would appear to be eminently fixable.

Telefonica Black's temporary rudder which had to be fitted after the boat sustained serious damage in rough weather earlier in the leg. Image by Rick Tomlinson
  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Green Dragon has a major keel repair after striking an underwater object on Thursday - when the yacht was sailing at 25 knots. The impact bought her to a standstill.

Images of her keel, after being hauled at the Team Shosholoza's base, show the strut is shattered, and it is remarkable that Green Dragon could have finished in this state. However the design of the keel is such that the pieces that have been shattered are designed for sacrifice in a collision, and these would appear to have done their job, with the crew saying the damage is not as bad as they feared.

Also in Pit Lane, will be Telefonica Black as mentioned, requiring a replacement rudder. Her sistership, Telefonica Blue, will also in for rudder checks, having suffered some damage, bit not to the same extent as Black.

Skipper Bouwe Bekking also reported that she assumed a very undesirable bow down position when hard running and surfing, making the Farr design difficult to manage and not able to be pushed as hard as other designs in the race. We have featured Bekking's comments in this issue.

Ericsson 3 have fitted a new keel for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Ericsson 3 will be rectifying their keel measurement issue, fitting a new keel that is free of the minor voids that has cost them three points - one for the inshore race, one for the first gate and one for the finish of Leg 1 - the penalty at each point being imposed by the International Jury for not racing with a valid measurement certificate. The new keel, and measurement certificate, will stop this points erosion.

Ericsson 3 will also be able to remove the corrector weight from inside the hull - the whole 0.65kg of it!

Aside from that, most of the work for the shore crews will be planned maintenance ahead of the 4,400nm leg to Kochi, India taking in the second gate of the race off Mauritius.

Team Delta Lloyd arrives in Cape Town, South Africa after completing the 6,500 mile first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Image by Dave Kneale  Volvo Ocean Race ©

In Madrid, the Annual Conference of the International Sailing Federation gets underway, with the principal topics being the selection of the 2012 Olympic classes and election of the Vice Presidents.

Still on the table from the Mid Year meeting is one from Yachting New Zealand calling on the ISAF to approach the International Olympic Committee. While this is maybe a forlorn hope in some eyes, it does make a lot of sense when when linked to other submissions from some of the major yachting nations calling for the five disciplines of sailing - windsurfing, single handed dinghy, two handed dinghy, keelboat and multihull to be mandatory in the ten event Olympic card from 2016 onwards.

The latter Five Discipline initiative was led by Federation Francaise de Voile (FFV), at the may meeting, and when linked with the Yachting New Zealand submission provides an orderly transition from the current 11 events to ten by 2016, without the black hole that will occur if the current course is maintained through 2012.

It is very hard to argue that the five disciplines should not be represented at Olympic level. To suggest otherwise is to discriminate against one major section of the sport.

Team Russia arrives into Cape Town at the end of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race. They crossed the finish line at 15:29:47 GMT scoring 3 leg points, claiming 6th place overall. Image by Rick Tomlinson
  Volvo Ocean Race ©

The New Zealand submission accepted by the ISAF (and granted by the IOC) means that the 11 events in 2012 will still shrink to 10 in 2016, and means that the existing multihull sailors can stay in the Olympic family. The alternative is for the multihull to be dropped for 2012 and then maybe cold-started for 2016. Such a scenario would mean that few of the current stars of the multihull scene would be around and campaigning in 2016, and much of the attraction of a multihull event would be lost, maybe irrecoverably.

Another vital submission comes from Yachting Australia, calling for an Olympic Commission to be established to take the lead advisory role on Olympic matters, easing the work load on the Events Committee and making the Sailing Olympics work properly, as an even. For too long it has been some obscure joining of the political dots - created following the tradeoffs of the quadrennial ISAF Conference following the Olympic Regatta.

In short, the Sailing Olympics need a proper strategy which is good for the sport, rather than good for those who survive on their lobbying ability.

Will the Five Disciplines policy be accepted for the 2016 Olympics? Multihull action from the Medal Race of the 2008 Olympic Regatta.  Richard Gladwell

There also needs to be input and decision making by a much wider group of stakeholders including media, sailors, officials and event organisers - so the Sailing Olympics work as well as other high profile sailing regattas. And are not dependent for their success on the fact that it is 'THE Olympics'.

Expect little to change by way of classes. That battle was effectively done last year with the selection of events. Being pitted against the Laser, the International (Foiling) Moth has no show for 2012. Most interest will centre on the Womens Match Racing event and the selection of the equipment/class. The Elliott 6 is the working party recommendation, however that solution needs the sanction of the outgoing Council. The vexed issue of Olympic qualification in this Event is still to be resolved.

Desafio Espanol sailing off Valencia yesterday working up for the Desafio Trophy

Coming up this weekend is some America's Cup action of a different type - sailing! Remember that? The second Desafio Trophy will be conducted this weekend with four teams - Alinghi (SUI), Desafio Espanol, Luna Rossa (ITA) and Team Origin (GBR) competing. The first three will all be competing in their yachts from the 2007 Louis Vuitton and America's Cups. Team Origin will be borrowing a yacht from Desafio Espanol.

We have featured some previews of this event, courtesy of ValenciaSailing. The regatta also doubles as the Annual Regatta for the current Challenger of Record - Club Nautico Espanol de Vela.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

Four America's Cuppers train in Valencia,
ValenciaSailing reports from on the water as the four teams start training for the second edition of the Desafío Trophy: Desafío, Team Origin, Alinghi and Luna Rossa train in Valencia. After more than a year with hardly any sailing activity (except Alinghi's and BMW Oracle's catamaran training sessions), Valencia gets to see some America's Cup yachts training on its waters.... [more]

Images of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1
Volvo media,
Images of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 - Starting from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008, it will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race... [more]

Ericsson 3 replace non-compliant keel
Volvo media,
Ericsson 3 have replaced their non-compliant keel and will no longer be penalised to the tune of one point per in-port race, one for each scoring gate and two for every leg finish. The keel arrived in Cape Town on Sunday, one day before the team crossed the finish line in third place... [more]

Entry closes at 113 for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Event Media,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia closed the entry book with 113 yachts entered for the 64th running of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008, Australia's premier blue water event. The fleet will represent the USA, UK, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and New Caledonia as well as every Australian state... [more]

Mid-Atlantic match race in Portimão GO Race
Brian Hancock,
Portimão Global Ocean Race and the racing continues to be unbelievably close as the Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos and the British boat, Team Mowgli race neck and neck through the South Atlantic.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Final days to start
Véronique Teurlay,
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Australian Sailing Team Manager Applications Open
Alastair Snell,Yachting Australia,
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship
Dana Paxton,
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Sportsboats seminar in Hong Kong
HK Sportsboats Assoc,
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Finn photos wanted for anniversary book
Finn media,
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Images of Volvo OR: Telefonica Black arrives
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Images of the arrival of a damaged Telefonica Black in cape Town - the final finisher on Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]

Winds kicked in, speeds up and life is good
Portimão Global Ocean Race Media,
The wind has kicked in and speeds are up for the chasing pack sailing down the South Atlantic on leg one of the Portimão Global Ocean Race. Another small area of low pressure has spun off the Brazilian coast and it is bringing some prefect sailing conditions to the Chileans aboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos and the British aboard Team Mowgli. The system is just starting to effect the leading solo sail... [more]

Founder of Navman, Peter Maire funds Fusion
Jeni Bone,
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Bavaria - Full speed ahead!
Jamie Millar,
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High Performance Manager - Applications open
Alastair Snell, Yachting Australia,
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Boost for RS:X sailing down under
David Mead, Pryde Group,
Neil Pryde Limited (Pryde Group) designed and developed the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Equipment and is the exclusive manufacturer. In a boost to the RS:X class 'down under' CEO Neil Pryde announced that Performance Sailcraft Australasia has been appointed Australasian distributors for RS:X... [more]

Vendee Globe - Four Oceans explained by experts
Vendee Globe,
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Telefonica Black finishes in Cape Town
Volvo media,
Telefonica Black, bruised and battered after a incident-filled first leg, have reached the santuary of the finish port of Cape Town. Fernando Echavarri's men crossed the line at 16:43 GMT - the final boat of the eight-strong fleet to do so... [more]

Green Dragon assess keel damage
Lucy Harwood. Green Dragon Racing,
The Green Dragon has been stripped, the sails, boom, bunks, kit bags, rubbish, spare supplies and mast have been removed. This morning at 1000 local time (GMT + 2), Green Dragon was craned out of the water and into her temporary home. The first job was to assess the damage to the keel. Last Thursday (30/10/08) Green Dragon was stopped in her tracks.... [more]

Images of Volvo OR: Leg 1 - Finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
Images from the finish of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race, off Cape Town.... [more]

Four teams are ready for the Desafío Trophy,
What a difference a day makes. While Port America's Cup looked haunted yesterday afternoon, it was buzzing with activity on Monday. All four teams that were officially announced, or rumoured, to take part in the 2nd edition of the Desafío Trophy were very busy preparing their yachts... [more]

Bekking reveals Telefonica Blue a handful downwind
Riath Al-Samarrai,
Despite Telefonica Blue being a handful downwind, skipper Bouwe Bekking is upbeat. 'We know the next couple of legs will be relatively light and its the light air where we have done really, really well,' he said.... [more]

Delta Lloyd arrives in Cape Town
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Ireland's Ger O'Rourke's last minute Irish/Dutch entry, Team Delta Lloyd safely crossed the finish in Cape Town to night at 2303 GMT (0103 local time), to finish the leg in seventh position. Ger O'Rourke said, 'It's been a big learning curve and it's not going to come overnight. I'm looking at this as a stepping stone for 2011. We're learning how to improve every day. '... [more]

Thailand's Platu Champions crowned
Kipsan Beck,
After five gruelling events, The Lofts Southshore helmed by Scott Duncanson are the winners of Thailand's inaugural Platu Championship. Starting in March with the Platu Open, and finishing in October at the Finals, 20 teams competing in the one design Platus have highlighted the strength of one of Asia's largest OD fleets.... [more]

Mascalzone Latino states their position on 33AC
Vincenzo Onorato,
With reference to the last meeting held on October 30th in Geneva among the Société Nautique de Geneve, Alinghi and the challengers to the 33 America's Cup, Mascalzone Latino apologizes for not having attended due to previous commitments and confirms its participation to the next meeting scheduled on next November 11th.... [more]

Bavaria Charter Australia - Sailing Ahead
Bavaria Media,
As the global financial wobble continues to play out on stock markets around the world and intrude into family lounge rooms each night on the news, one sector of Australian business is sailing ahead, the bareboat charter industry.... [more]

Agony or ecstasy in Portimão Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Incredibly, after more than three weeks of hard racing in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Team Mowgli find themselves dead even in terms of distance-to-go. Indeed, the race continues and fortunately the flat calm conditions that plagued the mid-fleet boats over the weekend seem to be a thing of the past.... [more]

Elections For ISAF President and Vice-President
Full details of the candidates for elections for the President and Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation. The elections for the Officers of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), that is the President and the seven Vice-Presidents, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly on 15 November, held in Madrid, Spain.... [more]

RS:X Youth Worlds set for Pattaya, Thailand
RS:X Event Media/,
The RS:X Youth Worlds will take place in Pattaya, Thailand, from 6 to 14 December, immediately after the RS:X Asian Champs which finish on 5 December. This is the first time that the International RS:X Class Association has staged a Youth World Championship outside Europe... [more]

Joyon loses advantage on Coville
Francis Joyon on IDEC has lost two thirds of the advantage he had managed to build on the time of Thomas Coville in the first four days of sailing on the Route of Discovery... [more]

Move to change Olympic windsurfer for 2012
Bob Maxwell,
At this weeks ISAF meeting in Madrid amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. ISAF required a board that would sail on three knots of wind. Normally windsurfers don't even go on the water unless it's more than 10-12 knots... [more]

2009 Skandia Geelong Week
Skandia Geelong Week 2009 runs from January 23rd to 26th 2009...
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2008 Monsoon Cup
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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
5 legs around the World - the World's first Solo-Double race....
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2008 - 2009 Volvo Ocean Race
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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New Zealand Sailing
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2008 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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Bavaria Yacht News

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