Blind Worlds underway in Rotorua...BlackMatch takes some big scalps at Marseilles...Volvo leader 36hours from Cape Horn...Lipton Cup images




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Sail-World New Zealand: 16 March 2009

Norway competing on Day 1 of the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships   Event Media
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 16 March 2009

Great news overnight from France with Adam Minoprio and the Emirates Team NZ BlackMatch Racing team winning the Marseilles International Matchracing Regatta. Those who have been following the event on will know that along the way Adam Minoprio and friends took some big scalps including that of Ed Baird and the America's Cup Defender Alinghi - the Swiss team's second defeat at Kiwi hands in a month.

Adam Minoprio and the BlackMatch racing crew enjoy their moment of glory on the podium at the opening event of the World Match Racing Tour 2009 at Marseilles  Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / MIMR

The IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships got underway in Rotorua on Sunday. New Zealand is not leading any of the three fleets but is well placed Click here to see the latest report and a full set of images from the World Championship.

Taotane - 2009 Lipton Cup  Richard Gladwell

On Saturday, the 88th edition of the Lipton Cup for L-class mullet boats was sailed on the Waitemata, with Jim Mackay trying for an unprecedented fifth straight win. We have the report on the event and two galleries of photos of these superb racing boats. Take a special look at Taotane in traditional gaff rig showing the awesome sail area carried in the 'good old days' - and handled by a man and a boy as they bought back fish to the Auckland markets - dating back to the 1840's.

Skipper Ken Read prepares a celebration sign for the rounding of Cape Horn, onboard PUMA Ocean Racing, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro  Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race ©

In the Volvo Ocean Race, we have the latest images and course optimisations from PredictWind and Expedition and are able to give a prediction of 1600hrs tomorrow, Tuesday NZT for the rounding of Cape Horn by leg leader, Ericsson 3. This prediction may change as the weather systems around the Cape are quite volatile and this prediction has reduced with a wind change that came through in last night's wind data. For those who wish to understand how weather and course optimisation works, these images are an interesting study.

Vestas SailRocket on 26/02/09 when Larsen did a 44.02 knot 500 metre run and a peak of around 46.   Vestas SailRocket

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Three nations lead IFDS World Blind Sailing Champs after Day 1

The first day of the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships has seen some close racing on Lake Rotorua, with a first equal in the second race of the B1 category - the first time a dead heat has been seen by anyone involved in the event in more than 20 years. After three races, Norway leads the B1 category, Japan (Team Flying Fish) leads the B2 category, and Great Britain leads the B3 category.... [more]

BlackMatch Racing takes Marseilles International Matchracing
BlackMatch Media,
Today we managed to defeat Frenchman Damien Iehl 2-0 in the semi finals and then went on to defeat the defending champion Mathieu Richard in a hard fought final. It is great to win our first world tour event and a great way to start off our 2009 campaign.... [more]

Minoprio defeats Richard to win Marseille International Match Race
Dobbs Davis,
Marseille International Match Race has been won by New Zealand's Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing Team. In true understated Kiwi style, Minoprio was modest in expressing his pleasure about the win, saying 'We got two seconds last year, and to finally break the curse and earn a win here is great.'... [more]

Robertson wins Lipton Cup
Richard Gladwell,,
The 88th Lipton Cup was sailed from Ponsonby Cruising Club, in the face of a wind warning and with four times winner Jim Mackay, trying for his fifth successive win. The New Zealand Lipton Cup is contested in 22ft mullet boats - the original fishing workboat of the Hauraki Gulf, originally sailed by a man and a boy and easily able to fish the shallow areas and estuaries of the area.... [more]

Images of the 88th Lipton Cup
Richard Gladwell,,
More images taken at the 88th edition of the Lipton Cup sailed in 22ft L-class mullet boats.... [more]

Ericsson 3 expected at Cape Horn at 1600hrs Tuesday, NZT
Richard Gladwell,,
The leg leader in the Volvo Ocean race, Ericsson is expected to reach the turning point of Leg 5 at 1600hrs NZT tomorrow, Tuesday. The expected strong winds are not expected to impact the fleet as much as previously predicted, with the winds easing slightly but coming from a much more favourable direction, south west, instead of the previous north west to push the fleet towards the Cape.... [more]

Southern Cross Constructions wins Race 14 Aust 18 Footers League
Frank Quealey,
Southern Cross Constructions took out Race 14 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour. Southern Cross Constructions crossed the finish line 21s ahead of a fast finishing Project Racing with Rag & Famish Hotel in third place.... [more]

Norbert Sedlacek completes the Vendee Globe and sets a new record
Vendee Globe media,
After 126 days 5 hrs 31 mins and 56 secs at sea Sedlacek crossed the Vendee Globe finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 17 hrs 33 min GMT. Norbert Sedlacek set a new ocean racing record for landlocked nation when he became the first Austrian to complete a solo non stop round the world passage when he finished the epic sixth edition of the Vendée Globe in 11th place.... [more]

Unlucky Friday 13th crash for Vestas SailRocket and Paul Larsen Larsen,
On Friday the 13th, the Vestas SailRocket team scheduled another world record attempt, which resulted in Vestas Sailrocket crashing at high speed and injuries to Paul Larsen. Larsen was hospitalised, but later released. Larsen was shaken but is determined to carry on.... [more]

The race is on to Cape Horn for the Volvo fleet
Volvo media,
Sunday at 13:00 GMT, Torben Grael's Ericsson 4 had closed to within 33 nautical miles of stablemate Ericsson 3, who has led the leg since taking a brave northerly course after crossing the first scoring gate on day 19, 4 March. But, it is Ian Walker's Green Dragon, who is posting the fastest 24 hour run of 477 nm... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma skipper fascinated by Cape Horn
Ken Read - Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from Puma. Skipper Ken Read emails they have a race on and relates how the crew are looking forward to a rain shower. Read on ........ [more]

Fast trip to Cape Horn forecast for Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
MRCC Punta Arenas provided a weather forecast for the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet Saturday predicting winds would switch to northwest, before swinging round to the south and southwest and building rapidly. Jeremy Salvesen, Team Mowgli: 'After 24 hours of strong headwinds we managed to find ourselves bang slap in the middle of the low pressure system this afternoon with hardly any wind at all'... [more]

BlackMatch comes up trumps against Alinghi in Marseilles
BlackMatch Media,
Today served up great conditions here in Marseille, beautiful sailing with an 8 knot breeze in the morning rising to 12 knots by the afternoon in a day that saw some very exciting racing and the completion of the quarterfinals. We had a tough day against the Alinghi team helmed by America's Cup winner Ed Baird but came out eventual winners, taking it to the wire and winning by a 3-2 margin.... [more]

Etchells Worlds - What happened to Bertrand, Ainslie and Palfrey?
Andrew Palfrey/,
Andrew ‘Dog' Palfrey sailed with John Bertrand and Ben Ainslie at the Audi Etchells Worlds. They were leading the series going into Race 8, but then it went pear shaped as Andrew reports.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - big winds expected before fleet reaches Cape Horn
Richard Gladwell,,
The leaders in the Volvo Ocean race are around 48 hours from rounding Cape Horn. There is plenty of action yet to come as winds of 35- 40kts are expected to hit the race fleet for a period before easing as they reach the Horn.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 slipping back to the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The hard-earned lead that Ericsson 3 has built up over the past week is slipping away today at an alarming rate as the boats to the north begin to benefit from a fresh low pressure system.... [more]

Plenty of upsets in Quarter Finals at Marseilles
Sophie Claudon and Richard Gladwell,
Conditions (6-8 knots Westerly) were excellent for the quarter-finals of the Marseilles International Match Racing regatta. And there were plenty of surprises as both the current world champion Ian Williams and world No. 1 Sebastien Col were knocked out.... [more]

BlackMatch to face Alinghi in quarterfinals at Marseilles
BlackMatch Media,
After another extremely tough day in trying conditions here in Marseilles, we managed to qualify in 6th place at the end of the round robin and qualify for the quarterfinals. Qualifying in first position was Ed Biard and his Alinghi team which gave them the choice of who would be their quarterfinal opponent. Ed put his decision down to 'Science' when he justified choosing us... [more]

Tomahawk Foils: a whole new foiling experience!
Jane Allardice,
At this year's RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, Weymouth-based Tomahawk Foils unveiled its Tomahawk foil, the surface running, ventilated hydrofoil it has invented and patented for both sailing and powered water craft. The foil was fitted to a windsurfer on display in the Palm Court and was seen on the Ovington Boats' concept dinghy... [more]

Team GBR back on the Olympic trail at WPNSA
Karenza Morton,
Britain's up-and-coming Olympic Classes sailors have their first chance of the season to shine as the RYA hosts its opening 2009 Spring Series event this weekend. The first of two Spring Series events, with racing taking place in the Finn, 470 (men and women), 49er, 2,4mR, RS:X 9.5 (men) and RS:X 8.5 (open) classes... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Puma facing massive storm and rough Cape rounding
Puma Ocean Racing Team,
Puma Ocean Racing team are preparing to face heinous conditions in the Volvo Ocean Race over the next four days, as they make their way towards Cape Horn. Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, is fabled for the hazardous conditions commonly encountered by boats rounding it.... [more]

Ed Baird wins Round Robin at Marseille International Match Race
Dobbs Davis,
At the Marseille International Match Race Alinghi's Ed Baird (USA) wins the Round Robin clear by only one point. His 5-4 win-loss record of the day would not seem remarkable except that he managed to defeat not only the top two seeds in the competition yesterday - Ian Williams (GBR) and Sebastian Col – but also yesterday's undefeated Paolo Cian (ITA) and his Team Shosholoza.... [more]

Funding available for Australian competitors of International Classes
Glen Stanaway,
Yachting Australia and the ASC is offering financial support to skippers and crews who competed successfully in recent World Championship events of International and Recognised Classes.... [more]

Jason Muir wins the 2009 Audi Etchells World championship
Skip Lissiman,
Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Jason Muir and his crew of Matthew Chew, Paul Wyatt and Bucky Smith from Brisbane when they won the 2009 Audi Etchells world championship.... [more]

Audi Etchells Worlds - Taylor wins Race 8, but Muir secures title,
Graeme Taylor was never headed and crossed the finish line ahead of a fast finishing Ian Johnson, with Jon Andrews in third. Damien King slipped back to cross in fourth place, followed by Jake Gunther and Mark Bulka. Jason Muir finished in eighth place in Race 8 and has provisionally secured the Audi Etchells Worlds title.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Green Dragon makes gains overnight
Green Dragon Racing team,
Last night Green Dragon had pulled back over 150 miles on current leg leader Ericsson 3. But conditions today have seen them slow again and lose some miles as Puma and Ericsson 4 followed the Nordic crew through the gate and took the dive south.... [more]

Extreme 40 Gitana arrives at base in Brittany and hits the water
Kate Jennings,
Wednesday 11th March, the launch of the new Gitana craft saw the first tacks in the bay of Quiberon. It was an opportunity to discover the craft as well as being a big first for all the crew who will be sporting the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group throughout the season on the European circuit of the iShares Cup.... [more]

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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
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