The Millennium Cup will take place from 8-11 February 2009 Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 23 November 2008
In this issue we feature two newsletters from two America's Cup syndicates. Not particularly unusual in normal times, however in the current era they are proof positive that the action is lifting on the America's Cup due to the adrenaline shot from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series starting the end of January.
In response to the hiatus that was triggered when Alinghi accepted a paper yacht club as Challenger of Record, several teams have opted to put the America's Cup to one side and instead focus on other events. Team Origin should have been affected more so than most, as one who had not sailed in an America's Cup.
Their newsletter makes interesting reading with Olympic success (two Gold Medals); a transatlantic record attempt in Virgin Money Speedboat; competing in the Desafio Trophy in a borrowed AC yacht; Ben Ainslie being awarded the Rolex Sailor of the Year for a third time; the Extreme 40 campaign; their various match racing campaigns and gearing up for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.
Next week, Aucklanders will have the opportunity to see Team Origin in action when they take on some top match racing talent in the New Zealand Match Racing Championships. We feature a preview of that series, along with images of previous events. The quality of this year's field is such, that who makes the Semi-Finals, will be just as interesting as who wins the event.
BMW Oracle Racing haven't been exactly idle either, with their BOR90 project now trialling off San Diego. Their newsletter features some comment on the current America's Cup scene from Dennis Conner, and they too are going to be in Auckland for the Louis Vuitton series - along with two of their yachts kindly donated to allow the increased entry in the series.
One of the events associated with the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will be the Millennium Cup, first sailed in Auckland for the 2000 America's Cup and attracting a large fleet of superyachts and launches. Organisers have swung into action for the 2009 event, having done in just one month, what took 18mths previously. That will tell you that the old hands are back on the levers for this event, and a fleet of 8-12 superyachts and motor yachts are expected to compete. We have featured the details announced in Auckland on Thursday evening and will be continuing to update. Already there are two confirmed entries, with several other 'verbals', by yacht skippers, awaiting owner confirmation.
Don't miss the photo gallery with the BOR90 flying her main hull off San Diego. As we have previously reported the BOR90 is being reported at reaching 33 knots of boatspeed in just 12 knots of wind speed. Seeing these images of the BOR90 at these speeds brings home the sheer size of this sailing machine.
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In the Volvo Ocean Race, the eight strong fleet is close to the halfway stage on the second leg to Cochin, India with several of the leaders reported to be in sight of each other. Amazingly Green Dragon (Ian Walker) is still listed in third place, in terms of distance to the finish, despite suffering a broken boom.
Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) with five New Zealanders aboard, including two watch captains, still leads both the leg and the race, and will be looking to post their second leg win of the event. After Cochin the race heads for Singapore, then Qingdao, China before heading to Cape Horn.
Closer to home we have the latest newsletter from the Bay of Islands Race Week which starts in just seven weeks away.
Two new division have been introduced - sportsboats and multihulls - and the restrictions for those wishing to compete in the passage racing, instead of the windward leewards, have been eased. Organisers are expecting in excess of 100 yachts to enter this year's regatta in one of the world's great cruising grounds.
Top lineup for NZ Match Racing Championships Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, The 2008 New Zealand Match racing Championships get underway next week with a lineup of 12 crews including one led by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie. Ainslie's main competition is expected to come from Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker - with four of the NZL-92 crew aboard - Don Cowie (main), Ray Davies (tactician) James Dagg (trimmer) and Jeremy Lomas (bow).... [more]
Millennium Cup details announced in Auckland Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, The Marine Industry was, tonight, briefed on the details of the Millennium Cup to be staged during the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in February 2009. The event will be styled along the line of the Millennium Cups which took place during the 30th and 31st America's Cups and again at Plama, Majorca in 2007.... [more]
Regatta Ramblings - Bay of Islands Regatta Lesley Haslar, Two new divisions are announced for the 2009 Bay of Islands Sailing Week, with Sports Boats and Multihulls being announced in this newsletter. Rules for the Passage Division are relaxed.... [more]
Images from San Diego: BOR90 goes hull flying Gilles Martin-Raget, The would-be America's Cup challenger, BOR90, has been undertaking further sea trials in San Diego. Gilles Martin-Raget supplied the following gallery of images of this impressive keelyacht, which is report to have sailed at speeds of 33kts in 12knts of true wind speed.... [more]
Letter from the Indies: Windward & Leeward Islands Andrea and Ian Treleaven, It's amazing how long the arms of a hurricane can extend. The hurricane Omar that passed through the US Virgin Islands five weeks ago created a huge wave system, affecting the usually protected western coast of all the Windward Islands. The four metre high waves travelled 350nm affecting some bays very badly. We were very aware that we would come across destruction and boats washed ashore but I am... [more]
New Look Bavaria Yacht Interiors. Roger Wilson, Bavaria Yachts have appointed an interior designer to update the interiors of all the new larger models. The solid wood trim will be retained, however there will be three new choices of colour, apart from the standard light mahogany, there will be a darker and lighter wood.... [more]
Teen Solo Sailors Zac and Mike: Seeking Records Pete Thomas, Los Angeles Times/Sail-World, Not one but two sixteen-year-olds are sailing solo round the world, on routes that will keep the with the wind behind them most of the way, but there the comparison ends.... [more]
Peyron leads Vendee fleet into Southern Hemisphere Vendee Globe media, Loïck Peyron on Gitana Eighty lead the fleet into the Southern Hemisphere last night about 21h GMT. The skipper of Gitana Eighty is still 21.1 miles ahead of Seb Josse (BT). The top three remains the same overnight, Jean-Pierre Dick (Paprec-Virbac 2) third.... [more]
Sailing in company and other VOR Boat blogs Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors, Life onboard during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town. Telefonica Blue is sailing in company, everything is relative on Ericsson 3, two sail changes and a gybe on Delta Lloyd and on Puma the ride is cold and bumpy. Read on ....... [more]
Brits head for Flying Fifteen Worlds downunder Assoc media, Nineteen British teams are heading for the Flying 15 World Championships in Melbourne this winter. The event will be held between the 9 and 15 January 2009, immediately preceded by the Australian National Championships. Leading the Brits will be Defending world champion Mike Hart... [more]
Gybing north towards Cochin - Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo Ocean Race teams are gybing to the north as they point towards Cochin, India. On the leaderboard, just 78 miles separates first from last after a week at sea. In a good breeze in a Volvo Open 70, that's less than three hours of advantage to the leading boat.... [more]
Two survive on raft three nights after yacht sinks Giles Tremlett, Guardian/Sail-World, Only a wife's call has saved a British sailor and his Belgian crewmate after three nights adrift on a liferaft in a storm-tossed sea. The sinking was so rapid they had been left without food or drinking water after their boat sank off Spain's Balearic Islands... [more]
Gale force winds stop Harken Youth Match Racing Sailsportz, Racing in the Harken International Youth Match Racing has been abandoned for today due to increasing gale force winds on the Pittwater track.... [more]
Team Origin look back on achievements in 2008 Justine Ozoux, Team Origin Meda, Well 2008 is drawing to a close and what an interesting year it has been for TEAMORIGIN, the British America's Cup team. It is hard to imagine now that we started the year looking to a 2009 America's Cup – if that was still the case we would be 6 months away from it now had it all stayed on track. Instead we have experienced a frustrating year given the delays in the Cup programme but we have stil... [more]
Any thing but boring says Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking, Bouwe Bekking, Telefonica Blue, on the first week of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. A tough day in the life of a Volvo sailor', Bouwe Bekking wrote on Wednesday, after sailing day after day in winds consistently blowing 30 to 40 knots and waves up to 6 metres with '70% of the crew out due to a combination of flu, seasickness and throwing up'.... [more]
Int'l 470 Class Association elects new Management International 470 Class Association, The International 470 Class Association has elected it's new Management Committee and President for a new four year mandate.... [more]
Fast and furious for maxi trimaran Sodeb'O Kate Jennings, Thomas Coville onboard Sodeb'O has travelled from Brest to the Canaries in three days. The skipper of Sodeb'O has had to readapt to what is a very special daily routine sailing his multihull single-handed: getting used to the boat's motion, its speed and the noises, as well as seeking to handle the permanent physical exercise combined with the nagging stress... [more]
Gitana Eighty heads into the Southern Ocean Vendee Globe media, For the Vendee Globe leaders it is just about straight lining it, on the breeze into the trade winds, slamming upwind. Loïck Peyron will break over the border into the Southern Hemisphere with a lead of just over 20 miles.... [more]
GGYC America's Cup Newsline: Edition - 1 Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing Media, 'GGYC Cup Newsline' is our new regular report to the media and others interested in BMW ORACLE Racing's activities on the water, in the courtroom, and elsewhere. We'll cover interesting developments in the sailing community, and among sailing fans and sponsors. We hope you find it informative and well-written. As always, you can see the latest photos from Gilles Martin-Raget on our team phot... [more]
Outright Speedsailing Record confusion IKA statement, We have encountered a lot of confusion about the ratification of the 50.26 knots run by Sebastien Cattelan earlier this year in Luderitz, Namibia, and the upcoming claim for 50.57 knots by Alexandre Caizergues.... [more]
Christmas comes early for Olympic sailors Media, The triumphant gold medal-winning sailors from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games reunited today, Friday, to receive an early Christmas present from Panasonic, worldwide Olympic Games partner and Team GB sponsor... [more]
Raja Muda 2008 – Penang to Langkawi Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The breeze built gently all through the afternoon, reaching some 16-18 knots all over the racecourse with occasional patches of stronger stuff – Happy Endings reported a sustained period of 27 knots near the finish line, stern stuff for a Mumm 30! With owner Frank Pong away on business, Jelik stormed up the rhumb line at a steady 12-13 knots with everybody bar none stacked on the rail.... [more]
Ericsson 4 reflect on pirates - VOR Boat Blogs Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Volvo Ocean Race. Reflection on pirates from Guy Salter on Ericsson 4, a good day on Puma, on Telefonica Blue the guys look like soaked cats, more fast sailing on Delta LLoyd and on Ericsson 3 the boat feels in great shape and the crew is all good. Read on ............. [more]
Ship with 2000 Passengers rescues sailors on reef Otago Times/Sail-World Cruising, The 2000 or so cruise passengers on P&O's Pacific Sun are getting more than they bargained for, as their holiday liner, in a real-life drama that could never be included in the attractions of the cruise, was diverted to save four shipwrecked sailors yesterday... [more]
Sometimes I sail naked – Sailor grabs headlines Sail-World, Sailing sponsorships are providing a new trend. British Sailor Samantha Davies has started a new trend and its working for sponsors and for the sailing audience too, because Sex Sells... [more]
Green Dragon and Team Russia through scoring gate Green Dragon media/Team Russia media, Volvo Ocean Race. It was a good day onboard Green Dragon as Ian Walker and his crew stormed over the scoring gate picking up three valuable points along the way. Team Russia, skippered by Andreas Hanakamp, crossed the scoring gate at longitudinal 58 degrees east on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 in fourth position this morning at 09.36 GMT to pick up 2.5 points.... [more]
Brian Thompson, on board Bahrain Team Pindar Brian Thompson, Skipper Brian Thompson, on board Bahrain Team Pindar, in the Vendée Globe. Brian discusses rebuilding the A3 sail, a long and tedious job, but the effort will be well rewarded with the joy to come if the sail goes into the air and stays together... [more]
Day 1 Harken Int'l Youth Match Racing Championship Sailsportz, Only five flights of the 2008 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship were possible today. Defending Champion James Williamson and his crew of Brad Farrand, William Tiller and Jonothan Spurdle from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron set the early pace.... [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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