Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 20 March 2009
Today is an early edition of Sail-World due to other business.
We have another Volvo Ocean Race analysis, as the leaders have made a turn to the east, and there are tricky times ahead. Also featured are some great images and videos from onboard PUMA Racing, which are a must see.
There's several items of NZ class nationals news, plus the latest update and images from the World Blind Sailing Championships being sailed in Rotorua. Stay tuned to out website www.sail-world.com/nz for the latest updates.
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Minoprio takes early Tour lead with victory in Marseille WMRT media, Adam Minoprio (NZL) and his Emirates Team New Zealand/BlackMatch Racing team have taken an early lead in the Tour standings over some much more established teams.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Cape Horn a thing of the past now for the Falklands Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors, Latest news from the fleet as the boats head to Rio, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Nearly all the news is about passing Cape Horn, a huge milestone for everyone sailing this leg. Onboard Puma, its time to head to the Falklands. Read on....... [more]
Maurauders score top prize for regatta Ivan and Ruth Berry, The Marauder National Championship regatta was held in the Tamaki Strait off the Pine Harbour Marina in near ideal conditions for the two day competition. The annual event is organised as a joint effort by the Marauder 8.4 Owners Association Inc and the Pine Harbour Cruising Club Inc.... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Into the history books for the Chileans Oliver Dewar, Portimao Global Ocean Race. At 0050 GMT this morning, (19/03), Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz sailed into the history books on Desafio Cabo de Hornos when the Chilean duo rounded Cape Horn earlier today. Desafio Cabo de Hornos passed three miles south of the Islas Ildelfonso: nine jagged, uninhabited and unlit stacks of rock at the western entrance to Drake Passage.... [more]
Italy and NZ lead in B1 at IFDS World Blind Sailing Champs Jacky James, Norway has lost the overall lead in the B1 fleet of the World Blind Sailing Championships for the first time since racing started in Rotorua on Sunday. Four races were sailed on Lake Rotorua today pushing Italy into the lead in the B1 fleet on 20 points, followed by the New Zealand team on 25 points. Norway follows closely, rounding off the top three with 26.5 points.... [more]
Capture the spirit of winter Etchells sailing, enter today Tracey Johnstone, Already thinking about your winter sailing program ? Now is the time to enter the Musto Etchells Australia Winter Championship and get organised to enjoy another sunny winter in Mooloolaba.... [more]
Volvo fleet leaders turn right and head east. Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, As predicted earlier the race leaders in the Volvo Ocean Race will have to sail well east of the great circle route (the shortest sailing distance) en route to Rio de Janeiro and the finish of Leg 5. At the latest sked, the first three boats have made their move east. Here we plot out the final stages of the leg.... [more]
Slam Platu 25 National Championships 2009 - Preview Hamish Brown, The very competitive Platu 25's will be racing next weekend, 21-22nd March to contest the New Zealand's first ever National Championships. Organized by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, and sponsored by Slam, 10 skippers, will go head to head in this one design keel boat on the inner Waitamata Harbour.... [more]
RYA releases updated Youth Classes selection policy Karenza Morton, The RYA has published the latest RYA Youth Classes selection policy and selection notice for the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. The policy has undergone a number of significant changes with the aim of providing greater transparency regarding selection decisions while also providing more clarity... [more]
New Marten 49 Debut at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Azzura Marine Media, The internationally acclaimed Marten 49 will make its Queensland debut at the 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show to be held on the Gold Coast from May 21st – 24th. The uber-stylish cruiser-racer, constructed by Australian yacht builder Azzura Marine, has attracted clients from across the world including London, Germany and the Mediterranean through to Auckland, Sydney and Perth.... [more]
Latest PUMA racing video including Ocean Racing for Dummies Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, PUMA's Leg 5 Week 4 video is now available for download or viewing. As well as some great footage from the Southern Ocean on the approach to Cape Horn, this week's video includes a guide on how to be an ocean racer, taught by the PUMA Ocean Racing crew. At the bottom of the video, click on one of nine other clips to see video from PUMA Racing and other yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race as they... [more]
PUMA Racing around Cape Horn - images slideshow Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, The US Volvo Ocean Race entry, PUMA Racing has rounded Cape Horn and currently lies in third place on Leg 5 If she holds this place to the finish will move into second place overall. Click on a link to see a slideshow of shots capturing the celebrations on the rounding of the greatest landmark in sailing.... [more]
ISAF announces Key Appointments for 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition ISAF, The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is delighted to announce the early appointment of the Executive Technical Delegate and the Race Officials Management Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games Sailing Competition.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read's reaction to Puma's Cape Horn rounding Ken Read - Puma skipper, Latest news from onboard Puma, on Day 32 during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race. 'Roaring into the most famous of all great Capes, our entire team has been asked collectively a thousand times what they believe they will feel while rounding Cape Horn.' Ken Read... [more]
Audi Etchells World Championship Winning Formula Tracey Johnstone, Piece together a puzzle made up of a well-prepared boat, excellent crew work, good weather forecasts, a fast boat and a top ten result in every race and you have a winning formula. Two years in the making, the Australian team of Jason Muir, Matthew Chew, Paul Wyatt and Bucky Smith delivered a quiet and confident program which gave them the coveted Audi Etchells World Championship 2009 title... [more]
Portimao Global Ocean Race - Who will reach Cape Horn first? Oliver Dewar, The two leaders in the Portimão Global Ocean Race are in a duel 70 miles off the coast of Chilean Tierra del Fuego. For Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz, leading the fleet around the southernmost outpost of their homeland has been a priority since the start of the Portimão Global Ocean Race in October last year.... [more]
World Champion tactician Bucky Smith talks about his Etchells win Tracey Johnstone, Tactician Bucky Smith was a key member of the Australian team that achieved a resounding victory in the Audi Etchells World Championship 2009 held in Melbourne in early March. Aboard the Jason Muir skippered Etchells, Racer XY, Smith and his fellow crew members Paul Wyatt and Matthew Chew worked as a highly polished team to finish 20 points ahead of the next team and to walk away from the... [more]
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