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Editorial: Racing around the world

Sam Davies and the Mouldy Orange - on board Roxy in Vendee Globe 2008  Sam Davies
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 17 November 2008

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker, won the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships on Sunday, after getting the hurry up from 17year old Olympian, Peter Burling, sailing for the Tauranga Yacht Club.

Although Burling closed to within a point of Barker going into the final day, the America's Cup skipper eased away on Sunday scoring three wins and a second to win by a 10 point margin.

Former World Etchells champion, Andrew Wills dropped back to fourth - one point behind top Wellington sailor, Josh Junior.

Team Russia under full tow at start of Leg 2 at Cape Town, Africa to Cochin, Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009
  Paul Todd ©

As we have said previously it was a great move to use the Platu 25's, and Royal Akarana's initiative has developed a great resource for NZ keelboat sailing which will sit well alongside the facilities and fleets offered by other keelboat clubs in New Zealand.

In this issue we have covered the conclusion of the International Sailing Federation Conference in Madrid, which saw the Elliott 6 metre adopted as the Womens Match Racing equipment in IOC/ISAF parlance, or class in sailor-speak.

Team Russia under full tow at start of Leg 2 at Cape Town, Africa to Cochin, Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009
  Paul Todd ©

The 29erXX did not make it through as the Two handed Womens dinghy, and we understand the 11th medal and fate of the Tornado is very much in the balance with a final decision not expected until mid-2009.

The final day of the Conference was taken up with the election of the seven Vice Presidents, who along with the Treasurer and President make up the Executive Committee of the ISAF. The final vote saw three Vice Presidents elected from the America's, three from Europe, one from Asia, with the President, from Scandinavia, being elected unopposed, and the Treasurer is expected to be appointed from Oceania - so there is some degree of geographic balance. The Executive Committee can only recommend to Council, however they do have their own vote.

A submission from Yachting Australia, to put in place an Olympic Regatta strategy was approved. Surprisingly for a sport which draws 65-70% of its revenue from the Olympics, and rates 26th out of 28 sports in terms of TV coverage, Sailing doesn't have a special group covering this event - with the work being carried by a plethora of other Committees as part of their wider business. The submission from Yachting Australia is very well written, blunt, and It will be interesting to see how/if it is progressed.

Dean Barker and crew are presented with the Club Marine National Keelboat trophy  Royal Akarana YC

Eight competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race left Cape Town on Saturday heading for the next stop in Cochin, India. We have reports and images from the start and opening stanzas of the leg. As that fleet pulled out, the next arrived in the shape of the inaugural Portimao Global Ocean Race. Two solo and four double handed competitors are competing in this event, which sails a traditional Round the World circuit. Next stopover will be in Wellington before proceeding to South America, USA and the finish in Portimao, Portugal.

You can read more about this 30,000nm race at

Table Mountain overlooks Ericsson 4 approaching the rounding mark at the start of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town, South Africa to Cochin, India  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

Meanwhile the 26 competitors remaining in the Vendee Globe are in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands, as they race single-handed, non-stop around the world, again on a traditional Round the World Race course, click here to see the full website for the race.

We are featuring stories and images from all three races. There are no New Zealand sailors in either Portimao or Vendee Globe events, but there are 12 New Zealanders sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race, including five aboard the race leader, Ericsson 4

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

Barker wins National Keelboat title from Burling
Tash Paget,
A steady 15 to 18 knot breeze made the last day of the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships 2008 an intense battle between the top two crews, young Olympian Peter Burling and regatta-hardened Dean Barker from Emirates Team New Zealand. The stronger winds today saw most of the Platu 25s including Barker's crew come close to laying the mast in the water due to the excitable nature of these br... [more]

Earthrace announces Australian Tour Dates,
Over the last two years of promotions, the amazing Earthrace boat has had nearly 150,000 people walk through her, and she's been seen on TV networks, and in Newspapers and Magazines around the globe.... [more]

Small low upsets Coville's record attempt plans
Kate Jennings - Expression,
A small low upsets the tradewinds and forces the skipper of Sodeb'O to postpone his departure by around 24 hours. For the past 24 hours the routers of Sodeb'O have been watching this situation with the attention you might give to a saucepan of milk on the boil.... [more]

Day 8 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe
Justine Ozoux,
Day 8 onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe - Sam Davies' daily log - Lots of manoeuvres and almost the end of fresh food - Unfortunately, the wind decided to play games today. After a couple of hours of great spinnaker running, the wind increased... [more]

British yacht Team Mowgli third into Cape Town
Brian Hancock,
The British yacht, Team Mowgli, co-skippered by Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson, finished Leg 1 of the Portimão Global Ocean Race as a stiff southeasterly wind had them scrambling to reduce sail the last mile into Cape Town.... [more]

ISAF votes for Olympic strategy overhaul
A major overhaul for ISAF's approach to Olympic sailing looks set to come into fruition after the Council accepted the need for an overall strategy towards the Olympic Sailing Competition. - This decision is by far the most important to come from the 2008 Madrid Conference and as far as Olympic sailing probably one of the the most significant of the last decade. Submission 082-08 in full here.... [more]

Ericsson's 24 Hour Monohull World Record ratified
Victoria Low,
The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSRRC) confirmed today that Ericsson 4 were the holders of the new Monohull 24-hour record. The previous record 562.96nm was held by ABN AMRO TWO, skippered by Sebastian Josse in the 2005/96 Volvo Ocean Race. Ericsson 4 recorded 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours between a start position at 290 49.21 S; 230 42.41 W at18:55 on Monday, October 28,2008.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma breaks North
Cameron Kelleher,
PUMA navigator Andrew Cape was first to reach for the Allen keys and break from the pack. The shoe boat spent three and a half hours on port gybe before gybing back again. At 16:00 GMT they lead. As the Southern Ocean makes its presence felt, Ian Walker's Green Dragon took the brunt of it with a wipe-out gybe... [more]

Young Guns Blast on to World Championship scene
Tracey Johnstone,
Monsoon Cup skippers facing the final event in the World Match Racing Tour in a few weeks will be anxiously looking over their shoulders at two young gun skippers.... [more]

Vendee Globe - Loick Peyron regains lead
Vendee Globe media,
Leaving the tricky Cape Verde Islands astern, it appears to be business as usual for Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty as he emerges back at the top of the Vendée Globe fleet with 24.3 miles over Jean Le Cam on VM Matériaux... [more]

Coville due to start World Record attempt
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodeb'O, is on standby to commence his single-handed round the world record attempt aboard a multihull. A favourable weather window is due to open tomorrow, Tuesday 18th November.... [more]

SailRocket on Speed Record standby
Paul Larsen,
Vestas SailRocket will make its first WSSRC ratified attempt on the outright world speed sailing record for a 28 day period commencing on the 23 November. The radical UK designed and built boat is currently based in Walvis Bay, Namibia... [more]

Boat Blogs from Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race
Various VOR Competitors,
Boat Blogs from Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Delta LLoyd is testing, testing .... as Matt Gregory relates and Ericsson 3 is experiencing crazy wave sets. And On Green Dragon Guo Chuan double checked all his equipment packing and time is flying on Telefonica Blue. Read On............ [more]

Ericsson Twins play Tag at top of VOR leaderboard
Volvo Ocean Race media,
On the 04:00 GMT position report, it was the Ericsson twins at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard. The entire fleet has turned east just shy of the Roaring 40s. Torben Grael's Ericsson 4, the boat furthest south, is at nearly 39-degrees south latitude, while PUMA remains close in step, just five miles to the north and a shade behind as well.... [more]

RYA laments exclusion of 29erXX at 2012 Olympics
RYA Media,
RYA's John Derbyshire: 'I am disappointed, however, that the sport has missed an opportunity to showcase a new women's class to the world in 2012 with the 29erXX, which I think would have seen many young British girls continuing to compete after their youth days were over.'... [more]

Outside Images at the Volvo start in Cape Town
Paul Todd,
Paul Todd of Outside Images was at the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean race in Cape Town and filed the following images from the start.... [more]

Last competitor restarts Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe media,
At 16h17'33' GMT Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty became the final competitor to re-start. Having repaired small cracks in the deck and hull of Maisonneuve, he set off more than 400 miles behind Derek Hatfield, CAN, (Spirit of Canada).... [more]

First two in Cape Town -Portimao Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Beluga Racer took line honours to win Leg 1 of the Portimao Global Ocean Race. Three hours later Desafio Cabo de Hornos arrived. The German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme did a superb job all the way to the finish line coaxing everything they could out of their stunning blue and white Class 40.... [more]

Yandoo wins 18ft Skiffs -NSW Championship Race 2
Frank Quealey,
The most experienced crew in the fleet showed their class today when Yandoo took out Race 2 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour. Skipper John Winning and his crew of Andrew Hay and David Gibson gave a polished exhibition of boat handling in the 18-knot South East breeze to record a comfortable win... [more]

Raja Muda - up and running
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There was a ferocious stream running down the river, an ebbing tide of 6 or maybe 7 knots was the figure quoted, giving the fleet a ride on a brown conveyor belt down to the sea. PRO Jerry Rollin had everything in position in good time, and was obliged to reposition the Committee Boat more than once due to a dragging anchor... [more]

Beluga Racer approaching Cape Town
Brian Hancock,
The leading boat in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, German entry Beluga Racer is currently 38 miles from the finish line in Cape Town. The second boat, Chilean entry Desafio Cabo de Hornos is 38 miles astern. They have an ETA of 14:30 UTC - 16:30 local time.... [more]

Ericsson 4 and Puma at it again - Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race media,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson 4 leads the charge to the south, with Puma just behind on her hip. The pair are separated by less than two miles. On the leaderboard, Telefonica Blue shows up at the top of the table (on the 04:00 GMT report) in terms of distance to finish. But if you look at the race viewer, she appears to be more mid-fleet than at the leaderboard would indicate.... [more]

Bruno Trouble interviewed on the two Cups
Paul Lewis, NZ Herald,
Bruno Trouble once again has a smile playing around his lips. Louis Vuitton are back in the 'America's Cup world', as he calls it, and the best field of match-racing skippers seen since the Cup regatta in 2003 is set to take off in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland in the new year. Not even his doubts over two of the 12 entrants - Greek Challenge and Team Germany - actually making it... [more]

Vendee - Golding leading International skipper
Mike Golding still top Vendee Globe international skipper. Ecover 3 lies ninth, losing around 30 miles on leader Peyron overnight as the leading trio made a 20 miles gain on the next group of boats. American Rich Wilson (Great American III) also gained two places overnight despite a suspected cracked rib... [more]

Telefonica Blue is early Volvo Race leader
Event media,
On the leaderboard, Telefonica Blue shows up at the top of the table in terms of distance to finish. But if you look at the race viewer, she appears to be more mid-fleet than at the leaderboard would indicate. If the leaders are able to hook into that strong westerly breeze they'll be off.... [more]

Sixteen-year-old to Circumnavigate Solo Unassisted
BW News Roundup,
British Teenager Michael Perham, 16, set off from Portsmouth England yesterday at 11.10am to sail alone and unassisted around the world, aiming to be the youngest sailor to do so. Currently the sailor holding this record is Australian Jesse Martin who achieved the feat in 1999, aged 18. If Perham arrives back in Portsmouth on his planned date of March next year, he will be just 17.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - best IRC fleet in the World?
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
Does the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race have the best IRC fleet in the World?... [more]

More images from the Volvo: Start of Leg 2
Rick Tomlinson & others,
More images from the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town to Kochi, India... [more]

Images from the Volvo: Start of Leg 2
Rick Tomlinson & others,
Images from the start of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town to Kochi, India... [more]

Images from Leg 2 start of the Volvo Ocean Race
Various Volvo Ocean Race photographers,
Images from the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 start, Cape Town to Cochin, India.... [more]

Volvo fleet splits and heads for Cape of Good Hope
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Eight hours into the second leg and the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is zig-zagging its way southwards having cleared the Cape of Good Hope. An ever-changing leader board had Delta Lloyd nomimally leading the way from Telefonica Blue and Ericsson 3 with over 110 miles covered.... [more]

Monsoon Cup field confirmed
Monsoon Cup Media,
The confirmed skippers line-up for Monsoon Cup 2008, the final round of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour has been announced. The Monsoon Cup will be raced in Terengganu Malaysia from December 3-7th 2008... [more]

ISAF elects President and Vice-Presidents
Goran Petersson of Sweden has today been re-elected to serve a second term as President of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) at the ISAF General Assembly in Madrid, Spain. The seven Vice-Presidents for the next four years were also elected.... [more]

Puma leads after spectacular start to Volvo Leg 2
Volvo event media,
Under the gaze of a huge spectator fleet, and a clutch of helicopters buzzing in the sky, the 4,450 nautical mile leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Cochin in India got underway today at 11:20GMT (13:20 local time) in beautiful, classic Cape Town conditions... [more]

Burling puts Barker on notice in Keelboat Natonals
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
18 year old Peter Burling (Tauranga) dished out a couple of sailing lessons to Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker on the third day of the Club Marine NZ Keelboat Championships sailed on the Waitemata harbour today.... [more]

Skiff in as ISAF Youth Worlds event from 2010
Richard Gladwell,
The Council of the International Sailing Federation has accepted the Skiff as a new Youth Event from the 2010 Youth Worlds in Turkey. The class will be an Open Skiff, meaning that it can be sailed by mixed crews, the class used will be the 29er. The move was passed by 33 votes to 3, and the slate for the ISAF Youth Worlds will now be single hander (Boys and Girls), doublehander (Boys and Gir... [more]

Gitana Eighty still ahead but lead halved - Vendee
Vendee Globe media/Various competitors,
The Vendee fleet between Canary Islands and Cape Verde. Consistent Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) has a steady night but sees his lead halved by Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) to 13.8 miles.... [more]

America's Cup proves to be a stubborn beast
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Moving this particular pachyderm up the America's Cup staircase has proved rather difficult. Punchlines abound. This week more so than most, with release and counter-release all designed to maintain the high ground in the PR war, given that the legal war is now being put to rest in the Appeal Court of New York State.... [more]

Ten points of solution in America's Cup impasse
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing have released to Sail-World the previously confidential ten points of issue and their solutions which would see the current legal action dropped and the multi-challenger America's Cup event sailed in 2010. With the exception of point 10, BMW Oracle Racing note that they are based on the points negotiated with the other Challengers in December last year, and reflect further con... [more]

2009 Skandia Geelong Week
Skandia Geelong Week 2009 runs from January 23rd to 26th 2009...
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2008 Monsoon Cup
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....
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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

The Bavaria Match series are starting to make waves on the racing scene world-wide...
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