Emirates Team NZ, the TP 52 returns home after a training sail in winds of up to 40kts today. Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 9 March 2009
Two state of the art TP52's from different design stables, but built and supplied by three leading NZ marine organisations will become a common sight on the Hauraki Gulf over the coming weeks.
Emirates Team New Zealand launched their TP52 over a week ago. Tomorrow the second, Artemis, for a Swedish owner will be launched and the two will work up together until the end of March.
Although Cookson Boats have built 10 of the TP52 class, they have not sailed seriously in Auckland, however that is about to change as the two train together, over the next few weeks.
Click here to see the first shots of Artemis as she awaits the stepping of her mast in Auckland, this afternoon.
The new TP 52 Artemis gets a final fitout before her mast is stepped. Richard Gladwell
In the Volvo Ocean Race, some bold moves are paying big dividends, for the new leg leader click here to read more.
Will Russell Coutts become Sir Russell Coutts? We don't know either, but under a change to the New Zealand Honours system announced yesterday, Coutts as one of the recipients of an honour deemed to be the equivalent of a Knighthood will have the option (along with the other 85 recipients over the last nine years) to take the title of 'Sir'.
If so, he will become only the second New Zealand yacht racing knight, after Sir Peter Blake, although others such as Sir Michael Fay and Sir Tom Clark have been knighted for services to sailing and their contributions to New Zealand's sailing campaigns.
Russell Coutts at the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Will be become Sir Russell? Richard Gladwell
(Sir) Russell, the most successful America's Cup helmsman in history, has until Queens Birthday weekend, at the beginning of June to make his decision.
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Scene at the Auckland International Boat Show Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Sail-World's camera was at the Auckland International Boat Show, late Friday afternoon.... [more]
Second TP52, Artemis, set for launch in Auckland
The second of two TP52's in as many weeks has emerged from Cookson Boats and is being fitted prior to launching tomorrow at Auckland's Viaduct harbour The Judel & Vrolijk TransPac 52 is the third for owner Torbjorn Tornqvist and the tenth TP52 to be built by Cooksons.... [more]
Racing delayed on Day 1 of Audi Etchells Worlds Di Pearson, It's Day 1 of the Audi Etchells Worlds and already racing has been delayed, as race officials from Royal Brighton Yacht Club, which is hosting the event, wait for an east to sou-easterly wind of 5-15 knots to fill in – and at 12.00pm the AP was still flying, but at 1.20pm the breeze was filling in enough for officials to drop the AP.... [more]
Testing conditions for NZ Offshore championships Bob Wonders, Despite boisterous swells and chop, the racing was close as NZ's top offshore boats clashed. Greg Brinck, driver of the 60-mile championship leader, ‘Konica Minolta' and spokesman for the NZOPC, said the leading boats in both classes all finished ‘within two or 300-metres of each other.'... [more]
Vendee Globe finish late Monday or Tuesday for Rich Wilson Vendee Globe media, Vendee Globe. Rich Wilson continues to make excellent speed directly towards Les Sables d'Olonne where he is now expected late Monday or perhaps early Tuesday. The Great American III has been making 11-13 knots and will shortly pass to the north of Cape Finisterre on a straight line route to the finish.... [more]
The Quest for the Holy Grail – The Bacardi Cup Lynn Fitpatrick, The 62-boat strong Star fleet sailed its first race of the 82nd Annual Bacardi Cup Regatta on Sunday in a light easterly breeze that picked up to 9-10 knots as the early afternoon clouds cleared.... [more]
Puma skipper says 'Life is at its simplest while ocean racing' Ken Read - Puma skipper, Latest news from Puma, sailing Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race to Rio. 'In a bizarre way, life is at its simplest while ocean racing. Everything happens in sequential patterns. Unless things go bad of course.' Kenny Read.... [more]
Whale study group needs volunteer yacht for 3 weeks in the Pacific Nancy Knudsen, If you 'have yacht, will sail', this might be a whale project worthy of your consideration. Oceans Watch, well known for undertaking marine conservation projects in conjunction with coastal communities in developing countries, has been approached by the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC) for assistance... and are looking for a volunteering yacht for three weeks in August/September.... [more]
Rag & Famish Hotel wins 18ft Skiffs Club Trophy Frank Quealy, After two months of championship racing, the Australian 18 Footers League returned to Sydney Harbour today when it conducted the Club Trophy 3-buoys race.... [more]
Alice Springs sailor second in Etchells Worlds Practice race Tracey Johnstone, Beaten in the last leg of the Audi Etchells World Championship practice race by New Zealand's Alastair Gair, Alice Springs's Jeff Rose is still very pleased with his team's performance.... [more]
Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta: Images from Crosbie Lorimer Crosbie Lorimer, The breeze built slowly all day as the clouds loomed progressively from offshore on Day 2 of the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta. With the sun peering periodically through dark clouds the light was spectacular by early afternoon and made for some great images. Crosbie Lorimer followed the fleet inshore and offshore to capture these images.... [more]
Grrrrrrreat racing on the Flying Tigers at Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta Lisa Ratcliff, Andrew and Gae Bristow have made a spectacular return to racing following a 12 year break. They finished their debut Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta with a perfect scorecard – six wins from six races. The courses were good and we had plenty of wind. It was a bit like ocean racing surfing down waves at Sydney Heads but without having to go offshore,' grinned Andrew Bristow, the winning skipper.... [more]
Cyclone Hamish passes Whitsundays, but more danger south Sail-World, Hamilton Island, the largest resort island in Queensland's Whitsundays is getting back to business as usual after Cyclone Hamish threatened last night and this morning. But further south the category five cyclone could threaten Fraser Isand.... [more]
Rich Wilson making steady progress towards Monday Vendee Globe finish Vendee Globe media, 635 miles, is all that separates Rich Wilson from the finish of his incredible Vendée Globe. Great American III is making steady speeds in about 15 knots of westerly breeze, heading directly at Les Sables d'Olonne this afternoon.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race fleet takes a pounding Various Volvo Ocean Race Competitors, Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, on Leg 5 to Rio. General concensus is that the fleet is taking a pounding as they continue upwind sailing. Puma is constantly heeled over, however Telefonica Blue is on port tack and life is simpler. Ericsson 4 is still heading upwind and on Ericsson 3, its Ibuprofens all round! Read on ....... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - not like the brochure says Ian Walker Ian Walker, Seems that Ian Walker has seen the latest Volvo Ocean Race position updates - Right I'm in a bad mood today so here are some grumpy quotes for you: 'The incessant banging of crashing off waves is doing my head in. It wouldn't matter if we were getting any nearer Rio but we are hardly even managing that'.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Ericsson 3's brave move pay off Volvo Ocean Race media, The Volvo leaderboard has been turned on its head in the past 24 hours with Ericsson 3's gamble paying off as the fleet reaches the halfway point of this 12,300 nautical mile marathon en route to Cape Horn. Overnight leader Telefonica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED), has, as expected starting to leak miles to the opposition.... [more]
Optimist class visit WPNSA for inaugural Spring Championship Optimist media, 164 Optimist enthusiasts took part in the first Optimist class event at Weymouth since the completion of the 2012 Olympic facilities. Scott Wallis won the Gold fleet and Jamie Calder the very closely contested Silver fleet... [more]
Telefonica Blue vows to fight on despite jury rigged forestay Volvo Ocean Race media, Volvo Ocean Race news from Telefonica Blue. 'I hurried to pull my boots on and rushed upstairs in my thermals only to find the jib dragging in the water down the side of the boat, forestay and all. Luckily, due to some quick thinking by the guys who were on watch at the time, they were able to keep the rig upright and quickly secured it with spare halyards to prevent our situation becoming even wo... [more]
An ugly option to racing to Mexico? Plus your responses Rich Roberts, Noted US sailing journalist, Rich Roberts, takes a look at the attempt by the Reynolds 33 and XS Racing Group to stage their own event starting an hour ahead of the Newport-Ensenada race...'There seems to be few takers. Newport-Ensenada regulars, some spanning three or four generations of participation, are generally outraged at the gall of RX Racing. '... [more]
Olympic girls to take on the men at the Audi Etchells Worlds Di Pearson, Three Australian Olympian women, headed by Beijing gold medallist Tessa Parkinson, are going where most women have feared to tread; they are to take on some of the world's most elite male sailors at the Audi Etchells Worlds in March.... [more]
2009 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 07/03/09 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club is now Sydney's largest, most successful Regatta... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1137
Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 30/01/09 The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is being held in association with the New Zealand Government, Emirates Team New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), Auckland City and Sky City Group... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.one.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1138
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