Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 13 November 2008
There's no shortage of news and action on the local and international sailing scene at present.
In New Zealand, the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships get underway on the Waitemata today with an entry list that reads like the Who's Who of New Zealand keelboat sailing - which is the way it should be.
The event will also be the first for the new fleet of 10 Platu 25's, racing under the auspices of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.
Coming up is the New Zealand Match Racing Championships - with another impressive entry list including Dean Barker and the triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Ben Ainslie (GBR). Two womens crews will compete, beginning the run up to the first Womens Olympic Match Racing Event in Weymouth in 2012.
St George Habour visited in Letter from the Indies Ian & Andrea Treleaven
Ainslie was also announced as the winner of the Rolex Male Sailor of the Year at the ISAF Annual Conference in Madrid. We were first to break the news in Sail-World. The Rolex Female Sailor of the Year was Alessandra Sensini (ITA) Olympic Silver medalist in Qingdao and World Champion at Takapuna, earlier this year.
New Zealand's Tom Ashley was one of four finalists for this Award, which is an honour in itself.
Meanwhile in the America's Cup, the game of point and counterpoint continues.
We have the announcement from the Competitors' Meeting held over the weekend - which one would have thought would have gone some way to satisfying the concerns of the disaffected parties. But no, later today we heard of Mascalzone Latino (who have paid an entry fee) being excluded from the meeting because they would not sign a non-disclosure statement, and BMW Oracle Racing being excluded completely for reasons that we have discussed before.
PUMA Ocean Racing's il mostro is put back in the water in Cape Town after the post leg 1 re-fit Sally Collison/PUMA Ocean Racing
Quite where this one is headed, no-one knows. However one thing is for sure, the America's Cup is the loser.
After reporting on America's Cup Legal, it comes as a great relief to be able to report that Andrea and Ian Treleaven have recommenced their cruise in the West Indies in Cape Finisterre, and we have published the first of their Letters from the Indies- as we have decided to entitle the reports and images from their latest cruise. Certainly it takes you away from the current issues of the world - for a few minutes at least.
New Zealand boardsailor,and one of the icons of world sailing, Barbara Kendall, has just published a book, penned by her sister Wendy. We feature the report from TV3 along with a link to the prime time newsclip, which ran on Wednesday covering her story, her relationship with her brother and sister, and the depression she suffered after winning two of her Olympic medals. The Kendalls are a remarkable family.
From the ISAF Conference in Madrid comes the rather surprising news that the 29erXX is making a very serious run for the Women's Two Handed Dinghy Equipment - having been given the nod by two committees - including the Womens Committee which supported the class by a margin of 11-2 votes.
Barbara Kendall sailing in the Medal Race in Qingdao - her fifth Olympics Richard Gladwell
However don't get your hopes up just yet, there is a long way to go until the Conference finishes in the weekend - and we saw this time last year, the ISAF Council is more than capable of upturning a consistent line of decisions made earlier in the week.
In the Vendee Globe, the competitors continue to drop like flies with 20% of the fleet having returned for repairs at the latest count. In Volvo Ocean Race, more crew changes have been announced, and the fleet makes final preparations for the next leg of 4,400nm to Kochi in India.
We hope to get on the water today and Friday and will be updating the Sail-World.Com/NZ website with images from the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships
Barbara Kendall launches book after five Olympics TV3 News, Barbara Kendall is one of New Zealand's most-loved sportspeople and just this year she competed in her fifth Olympics, finishing an astounding sixth - despite a bronchial infection. Her older sister Wendy has written a book about Barbara's life called Wind Driven. While they have lived very different lives, the two have always been very close, making Wendy the obvious choice to write the book.... [more]
Ainslie and Barker confirmed for NZ Match Racing RNZYS Media, Dean Barker and Ben Ainslie are amongst the 12 confirmed skippers competing for the New Zealand Match Racing Championships. The Open entry list comprises 10 men and two womens crews.... [more]
Letter from the Indies: Grenada, Caribbean Islands Ian and Andrea Treleaven, On the sea again and the islands are lush green from a hot, humid and wet summer that is now ending. Hurricanes in the north this year kept us viewing web weather sites but thankfully none came through the southern islands where we had ‘Cape Finisterre' high and dry in Prickly Bay, Grenada.... [more]
Ainslie and Sensini win ISAF Rolex Sailor Awards Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Alessandra Sensini (ITA) have just been announced as the winners of the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards at a dinner in Madrid, Spain... [more]
20 top crews announced for Club Marine Keelboats Tash Paget, Royal Akarana YC, The Club Marine New Zealand National Keelboat Championships kick off Wednesday 12 November with the Practice Day, Weigh In, Registration, Briefings and the Official Launch of the Platu 25 Fleet. Amongst the 20 skippers and their teams selected for the event are several America's Cup stars, Olympians and several top international dinghy and keelboat sailors.... [more]
Thomson vows to rejoin Vendee Race Event media, Alex Thomson arrived back off Les Sables d'Olonne early Wednesday morning with his damaged Hugo Boss and had to wait until just around midday to get back into the port. Thomson said today that if the boat is repairable within the time frame, before Wednesday 19th at 13:02h local, he aims to continue with the race... [more]
Volvo Race fleet prepare for Saturday's start Volvo media, Leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race begins on Saturday when the crews will race to Asia for the first time in the 35-year history of the race. Cochin, India is the finish port and the leg represents a sea change for the race. The start of leg two is scheduled for 13:00, local time (11:00 GMT), on Table Bay... [more]
Telefonica Black crew change for Leg 2 Volvo Ocean Race media, Telefonica Black have confirmed that Gonzalo Araujo will replace Francisco Rivero. 'It was planned,' said Rivero, who will remain on standby for the team. 'I will be on standby just in case somebody is injured. Besides, I hope to be back in the longest leg of this edition, from China to Rio.... [more]
Rolex announce the ISAF Sailors of the Year Rolex Regatta News, ISAF and Rolex are proud to announce that the female and male winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2008 are Alessandra Sensini (ITA) and Ben Ainslie (GBR)... [more]
Puma's rotation policy - Kirby out till Leg 5 VOR Volvo Ocean Race media, Puma Ocean Racing bowman Jerry Kirby has revealed that business interests in America will keep him out of the team's offshore crew until leg five... [more]
Returned to port - Dejeanty and Hatfield images ThMartinez images, Thierry Martinez took these images as Vendee Globe sailor Derek Hatfield (CAN) on Algimouss Spirit of Canada returned to Les Sables d'Olonne in France with an electrical problem. Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty (FRA) 'Maisonneuve' also returned with a deck structure problem... [more]
Vendee fleet heading south in favourable breeze Veronique Teurlay, Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) is leading the Vendee Globe again, 2.7 miles ahead of Seb Josse (BT). Alex Thomson with the damaged Hugo Boss arrived back outside Les Sables d'Olonne at around 0500hrs GMT, and Derek Hatfield (Algimouss Spirit of Canada) is working on his electrical repairs but is having to lift the rig from his boat to repair his mast track.... [more]
Mascalzone excluded from Cup Competitors' Meeting Mascalzone Latino Media, Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia (R.Y.C.C.S.) and Mascalzone Latino accepted the invitation by America's Cup Management to participate to the November 11th 2008 meeting at Société Nautique de Genève (S.N.G.) in Geneva. The Mascalzone representative was not admitted to the meeting room, nor was she permitted to explain her team's position to those in attendance.... [more]
Race Officials-Regional Games- Day 5 ISAF Conf. ISAF Media, Following on from Sunday when the debate centred around Olympic equipment, Monday provided an opportunity for some of the less high-profile issues to take the spotlight in Madrid at the ISAF Annual Conference.... [more]
29erXX chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF Event media, The 29erXX was chosen by the Women's Committee at ISAF by one vote over the women's 470 as preferred equipment for the women's doublehanded boat for the 2012 Olympics... [more]
Nine back to port, two retired in Vendee Globe Vendee Globe media, After a battering by winds which gusted to over 50 knots and big confused seas on the second night of racing, Jean Pierre Dick on Paprec-Virbac 2 lead the Vendee Globe fleet out of the stormy weather, past Cape Finisterre this morning as speeds accelerated in the favourable conditions.... [more]
America's Cup teams reach consensus in Geneva Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi Media, A large majority of the teams entered in the 33rd America's Cup today achieved another milestone in the process of getting the event back on the water during a second Competitor Meeting at the Société Nautique de Genève in Switzerland.... [more]
Coutts excluded from Competitor Meetings Tom Ehman, Despite public comments in the past week by a senior Alinghi official that GGYC/BMW ORACLE Racing would be invited to participate in today's America's Cup meetings in Geneva 'with no strings attached,' over the weekend Russell Coutts was advised by Alinghi that GGYC/BOR are being excluded from the meetings. Regrettably, therefore, we will not be in attendance... [more]
Vendee Globe - The Strong get Stronger Sail-world.com/uk, The Bay of Biscay has once again proved to be a tough first hurdle for the Vendee Globe fleet. Sailing out into 40 to 45 knot winds the with big, confused seas, the Bay sent eight of the 30 entries straight back to where they came from. Meanwhile Loïck Peyron (Gitana Eighty) and Jean Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) and Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) have the early lead... [more]
Team Delta Lloyd announce crew changes Volvo Ocean Race media, Team Delta Lloyd have rung in the changes for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cochin, India by appointing Roberto Bérmudez de Castro as skipper and naming a further two new crew members, Dutchman Peter van Niekerk and Australia's Morgan White, who step onboard for Bert Schandevyl and Stu Molloy respectively... [more]
Team Russia's Whales Tales Team Russia media/Volvo Ocean Race media, With Hermanus, one of the best land based whale watching spots in the world less than two hours from Cape Town, Team Russia's racing and shore team were invited to learn more about these fantastic animals yesterday in a trip to this whale watching hot spot.... [more]
Paprec-Virbac 2 leads Vendee fleet Veronique Teurlay, Paprec-Virbac 2 leads the Vendee fleet as they approach Cape Finisterre. Roland Jourdain on Veolia Environnement lies in second. Loïck Peyron, leader yesterday evening on Gitana 80, chose to tack first and is now to leewards of the fleet, inshore, closer to the coast of Spain.... [more]
What a difference a J makes! J/Boats Invitational Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Take nine teams and give them nine J/80s (most of us had never sailed one before), give them a quick briefing from Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats (who has definitely sailed one before). And send them out of Wu Yuan Bay, Xiamen, for a 5-race regatta.... [more]
J/World performance sailing coming to Xiamen Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Set to open in the next 30-60 days, Asia's first J/World sailing school. There are J/World performance sailing schools in San Diego, San Francisco, Newport, Annapolis and Stockholm, and soon there will be one in Wu Yuan Bay, Xiamen, China, the place that the President of J/Boats Asia, Jeff Brown, sees as “the future of sailing in China”.... [more]
ISAF Conference Day 4 - Women's Match Racing ISAF, It was full steam ahead in the meeting rooms of Madrid as day four of the ISAF Annual Conference threw the spotlight on women's match racing at the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
Vendee Globe tally now eight skippers back to port Veronique Teurlay, Severe weather on the Bay of Biscay, with big, confused seas has hit the Vendee globe fleet. Alex Thomson is the seventh skipper to have been forced to turn back to the Vendee start port and Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel has dismasted and is also heading back.... [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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