Robertson's air shot on Video...Careful thinking needed in Volvo OR...Womens Match Racing stalled?




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Sail-World New Zealand: 13 March 2009

The L-class mullet boat Snatcher - the 88th Lipton Cup is on this Saturday from the Ponsonby Cruising Club with 10 entries expected.  Ponsonby Cruising Club
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 13 March 2009

Life is getting interesting in the Volvo Ocean race as the fleet hits a patch of lighter air with about five days left until they reach Cape Horn. In this issue we have featured some projections using wind data from PredictWind and course optimisation from Expedition.

While Ericsson 3 will struggle for a day or so, she should get across the front of the fleet, but then things get interesting. Click here to see the images - you'll need to go to the large view to see the detail and the relationship between the fleet and the effect of the increased wind.

This is an interesting study for those who want to understand how course optimisation works and the challenges and decisions faced by the on board navigators who are using the same software as we have used to generate these graphics.

Blackmatch rcaing on day 1 of the Marseille International Match Race 2009   Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

On the local scene, Yachting New Zealand have announced the NZL Yachting Trust ISAF Youth Worlds team

A week ago we published a photo gallery of top local boardsailor, and now Kitesailor, David Robertson flying high in strong onshore winds that prevailed for a day or so. We have updated this gallery with the addition of some video posted on YouTube - edited by Tim Scullin. It is a spectacular piece of sailing - and you can see that our images didn't lie!

Audi Etchells Worlds 2009, Brighton Yacht Club, Melbourne (  Andrea Francolini / Audi ©

On the international scene BlackMatch Racing have made a better than average start to the Marseilles International Match Racing regatta after the first day of racing.

Happy faces at the Audi Etchells World Championship 2009, Cowes Mayhem crew Wendy Minns and Charlie Odell  Tracey Johnstone ©

On the subject of match racing, and Womens Match Racing in particular, and especially the new Olympic event, it would seem that all is far from rosy. Read Andy Rice's interview with British Olympic Yachting Manager, Stephen Park to get his very frank views on the situation.

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Taking air at Takapuna - David Robertson's big jump - see the video!
Richard Gladwell and Tim Scullin,
Auckland was beset with gale force winds on 6 March. yesterday. it wasn't great for the Boat Show but great for the kiteboarders off Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, New Zealand. Now on YouTube Tim Scullin has produced a video of David's jumps that day, plus some other antics. It's a must see!... [more]

Yachting NZ announce team for 39th Volvo Youth Worlds
Zoe Hawkins,
Yachting New Zealand has announced the team that will represent New Zealand at the 39th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Buzios, Brazil, in July this year. Often described as a forerunner to Olympic success, the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships is an event in which New Zealand has a successful record, securing second place overall on the nations ranking list in 2008.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 expected to hold lead to Cape Horn
Richard Gladwell,,
The current race leader is expected to hold her lead approaching Cape Horn.... [more]

BlackMatch Racing reports on the first day of racing at Marseilles:
BlackMatch Racing Media,
BlackMatch Racing reports on the first day of racing at Marseilles: 'The first match racing event of the 2009 World Match Racing Tour kicked off today in Marseille, signalling the start of BlackMatch's 2009 campaign. Since securing our 'Tour Card' that guarantees us entry into 9 of the 10 world tour events with our 4th placing on the tour last year, we have been training and doing various regatta'... [more]

Where next for Women's Olympic Match Racing?
This season marks the first year of the new Olympic discipline, Women's Match Racing. Sixteen months after women's match racing was voted in as an Olympic discipline, it appears to be in disarray. Andy Rice of SailJuice rang up Stephen Park, the RYA's Olympic Manager, to get his perspective on the situation. Here is his assessment... [more]

Volvo Race leader Ericsson 3 losing distance to Ericsson 4 and Puma
Volvo media,
As the front-runners pass through the second ice gate from the north and head south into dangerous waters and lighter winds, the leading boat Ericsson 3 is losing miles to its rivals. Ericsson 4 and Puma are compressing behind the Nordic boat, as they navigate their way through the latest high pressure to slow their progress to Cape Horn... [more]

The Classic Yacht Association of Australia launches new Website
Mark Chew,
The CYAA has relaunch its website. It now provides an elegant, simple tool for owners to monitor activity in Australia, share information about their craft and browse past editions of our quality magazine. The news section covers such subjects as the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, The Southern Trust Regatta in Auckland as well as the Classic Series on Port Phillip, Sydney Harbour and Pittwater.... [more]

Images from Marseilles International Match Racing - Day 1
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Who would have believed that after yesterday's 30 knots which prevented any racing taking place, today would witness the opposite. Just 6 knots NW meant that it wasn't before 11am that the first duel, between Mathieu Richard and Ian Ainslie could open the show. Eight flights in a day, a great start for the teams who had been champing at the bit for two days in Marseilles.... [more]

Audi Etchell Worlds - Images from Race 6
Australian yachting photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water again yesterday at the 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds. Here are a selection of his images.... [more]

Paolo Cian leads Marseille International Match Race after Day 1
Dobbs Davis,
Team Shosholoza scored an impressive 7-0 score in the Round Robin action to lead the pack in Stage One of the Marseille International Match Race... [more]

Bromby and Liljedahl rolling to Bacardi Cup victory
Janet Maizner,
Bermuda's Peter Bromby and crew Magnus Liljedhal of Miami held off a late charge by Jon VanderMolen of Gull Lake, Michigan, and crew Geoff Ewenson of Annapolis, Maryland, to win day four at the 82nd Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Miami... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds – Bertrand's back but Muir looks dangerous
Event media / Rob Kothe/Gerald New,
Australian John Bertrand and his crew of Ben Ainslie and Andrew Palfrey have reclaimed the Audi Etchells World Championship lead today after race 6. Although Bertrand leads, it is Muir who holds the best hand going into the final three races. His discard is a tenth place, while Bertrand has an 86 and Childerley a 59, and Laurence Mead, in fourth, has a 53 discard... [more]

Last two competitors in Vendee Globe due to finish this weekend
Vendee Globe media,
Raphael Dinelli (Fondation Océan Vital) and Norbert Sedlacek, AUT, (Nauticsport-Kapsch) continue to return good average speeds and they head for the finish which they are expected to reach this weekend... [more]

US Sailing's Velocity Prediction Program
Jake Fish,
The Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) provides custom performance predictions for individual yachts calculating the speed potential of a boat by measuring all influential factors in racing including weather, wind speed, elements of the boat, equipment, and crew... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds Day 4 - Muir keeping Bertrand honest
Di Pearson,
John Bertrand and his crew of Ben Ainslie and Andrew Palfrey (AUS) have reclaimed the 2009 Audi Etchells World Championship lead today. British sailor Stuart Childerley, winner of the 2001 and 2002 Etchells Worlds, finished the race in third place, just behind Taylor and Bertrand.... [more]

e-Bay auction - New Zealand for $3,000, Lasers for $6.50
In 2006 an Australian sailor tried to auction New Zealand off over the internet, starting at just one Australian cent. Now there is a much more believable auction on e-Bay, Performance Sailcraft, the Asia Pacific manufacturers of the biggest selling boat in the world, the Olympic class Laser, has a range of top class Laser products on e-Bay starting for as little as $6.50... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds – Bertrand's back but GT and Wharro win Race 6
Rob Kothe,
Audi Etchells Worlds at the 2009 Royal Brighton Yacht Club, and it seemed that these titles might go down as one of the lightest weather Worlds of recent years, but in Race 6 along came the northerly winds.... [more]

Green Dragon - Life really is Extreme on a Volvo 70
Chris Main/Ian Walker - Green Dragon,
Latest news from onboard Green Dragon. Chris Main explains how life really is extreme in the Volvo Ocean Race and Ian Walker relates seeing ice bergs on last night's watch.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Its wet and wild onboard Il Mostro
Rick Deppe/Ken Read,
Latest news from onboard Puma, Day 26 of leg 5 (bound for Rio) in the Volvo Ocean Race. Onboard Rick Deppe laments how the living conditions are deteriorating as they head to the second ice-gate and Cape Horn, while skipper Ken Read is upbeat about reeling in the miles on the two leaders. Read on ....... [more]

IRC Owners Forums with Malcolm Runnalls and Mike Urwin
Glen Stanaway,
Boat owners have an opportunity to meet with Malcolm Runnalls and Mike Urwin to hear about IRC and how the rating system works.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Lighter winds forecast for Ericsson teams
Ericsson Racing Team media,
Skipper Magnus Olsson's Ericsson 3 has led the Volvo Ocean Race for the past six days. On Day 26, Ericsson 3 is on the verge of the western end of the second ice waypoint at latitude 45 South and longitude 120 West, more than 1,800 nautical miles from the nearest point of land.... [more]

Mark Mendelblatt and Crew Bruno Prada Win Day Three at Bacardi Cup
Janet Maizner,
Mark Mendelblatt, the 2005 Bacardi Cup champion and America's Cup tactician, and crew Bruno Prada of Brazil won the third race in the six race series at the 82nd Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta on Biscayne Bay, near Miami. Today's first place finish moves them up six slots to third overall... [more]

Sailors geared up for 2009 RYA Team Racing Nationals
A full house of 24 teams will converge on Bough Beech Sailing Club this weekend to try to outwit and outmanoeuvre their rivals to land the 2009 RYA National Team Racing Championship title... [more]

Spectacular Barrel-roll sequence in poster format from Ingrid Abery
Media Services,
Ceramica Panerei was raced by Mario Invernizzi and Giovanni Carpitella. Just seconds after setting a new round-the-Island speed record, averaging 88.5 mph, the boat caught the side of a wave and catapulted the men through the air in a barrel-roll. Having flipped reaching approximately thirty feet up the hull finally landed upright and continued on its course - All captured by Ingrid Abery!... [more]

As Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet splits Chileans take the lead
Oliver Dewar,
The Chilean team of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz had grabbed the lead from Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme after patiently stalking the German duo for four days, taking Desafio Cabo de Hornos to the front of the portimao Global Ocean race fleet .... [more]

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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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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
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2009 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Tour

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Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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