Belts tighten in Volvo OR...Gold for NZ at Blind Worlds...Moko the Dolphin stars at Wairoa




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Sail-World New Zealand: 23 March 2009

New Zealand won the B2 Event in the 2009 IFDS Blind World Sailing Championships at Rotorua   David Staley
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 23 March 2009

New Zealand sailors performed outstandingly in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships in Rotorua, winning medals in each of the three events sailed, including one Gold medal. Ten nations competed in the event, and we have full reports, results and images from the event.

Also on the international stage the young New Zealand crew is building up for the start of the Nations Cup in Brazil. In this issue, we preview the event.

In the Volvo Ocean Race, belts are being tightened as the light winds are projected to continue through to the finish. Food is running short, and the expected trade winds are not making an appearance. We have updated the prognosis by PredictWind and Expedition for the rest of the Leg 5, with a close up of the positions at the finish in Rio de Janeiro

Moko teased sailors by coming up close and then racing away with the rudder for over an hour - Mahia Regatta  Peter Manson

And take the time to have a look at the fantastic images and report from the Wairoa Yacht Club's annual regatta when Moko the friendly dolphin came to play with rudders and centerboards - even pushing some of the competitors!

Rick Deppe tries a new angle with Puma Racing's pole cam   Volvo Ocean Race ©

And for those who would rather be somewhere else, feel free to goof off to the Caribbean for a few minutes with Ian and Andrea Treleaven aboard Finnisterre and see their latest images and log as they cruise in these idyllic waters.

Make sure you enter the sweepstake to win Line 7 clothing. Enter online now to win a choice of Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket, or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. Enter here NOW!

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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New Zealand, Great Britain and Italy win at IFDS World Blind Sailing
Jacky James,
New Zealand has successfully defended its world championship team event title at the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championships sailed on Rotorua this week. Itlay and Great Britain won the B1 and B3 events respectively. New Zealand wins the 2009 title after securing a gold in the B2 fleet, and two silver medals in the B1 and B3 fleets.... [more]

Moko the Dolphin, Star of Mahia Regatta
Tim Sandall,
Moko the dolphin a local identity at Mahia, a popular holiday town on the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand, entertained young and old during the Wairoa Yacht Clubs annual Mahia Regatta... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race finish time stretches, food supplies short on Leg 5
Richard Gladwell,,
Predictions made four days ago that the Volvo Ocean race would finish on 24 March UTC, now appear to be rather optimistic as the leaders are beset by light winds which will last all the way to the finish off Rio de Janeiro. The race is now expected to finish at least a day later.... [more]

Puma Racing: 'Plodding along at a snail's pace right now..'

Ken Read reports from on USA's board Puma Racing: Plodding along at a snail's pace right now, frustrated because we can't make any real progress on the Ericssons and are making painfully slow progress on the finish line. At least if we are to be out here longer than projected, give us a weather window to make a run at the two leaders!... [more]

Young Kiwis prepare for the ISAF Nations Cup in Brazil
Burling Media,
The ISAF Nations Cup is 'a global competition to find the world's top match racing nation and develop match racing infrastructure around the world'. The 2009 Grand Final will be sailed next week in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Around the world, trials have been held to select representatives from each region (N America, Sth America, Oceania, Asia, Europe x2)... [more]

Challenges ahead for Volvo Ocean Race fleet
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
High pressure is blocking the front runners from a quick passage to the finish line and the final stage of this marathon leg is turning into a challenge bigger than anyone anticipated.... [more]

Portimão fleet pass Falklands
Olivier Dewar,
In the latest 0620 GMT Sunday position poll (22/03), the two race leaders, Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Beluga Racer have passed the Falkland Islands obstruction and are reaching north-east with the Chilean duo of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz maintaining a 60 mile lead over Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme during the past 24 hours.... [more]

ForceRacing finishes 4th in inaugural Platu 25 Nationals
Andrew Brown,
The first Platu 25 Nationals were held over the weekend at Royal Akarana Yacht Club. With a big high pressure area over the country there was very little wind, and on Saturday we only managed one race. On Sunday we did however manage to get six races completed in 6 knots of wind dropping to around 2 to 3 knots in the last race.... [more]

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their tales of sailing in the Caribbean in their yacht Finnisterre: 'With only a day to spare to rendezvous with Mike and Di Quaife in Grand Turk, we are given permission to leave Luperon in the Dominican Republic. What a lot of bureaucratic nonsense!... [more]

Wot Chicks quest for Olympic selection begins
Lisa Ratcliff,
With the women's match racing class decided for the 2012 London Games, Australia's highest ranked female match racer, Katie Spithill and her Wot Chicks crew can begin their quest for Olympic selection in earnest, starting with the New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championship, 26-29 March 2009, hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]

Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. Competition closes in three days, so enter right now!!... [more]

A big ocean is getting smaller for Puma
Rick Deppe - Puma Ocean Racing,
Latest news from onboard Puma. 'We are slowly starting to move into a rationing situation. No-one's going to die of starvation but it's not going to be much fun either and definitely not an ideal situation.' Rick Deppe MCM.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Tuesday in Rio for Ericsson 3?
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Magnus Olsson and his boys on Ericsson 3 is still in control of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet with 902 miles to race to the finish. But Ericsson 3 was dealing with yet another high-pressure system, which was slowing their progress considerably. Computer routing software is currently predicting a finish in the Maria Da Gloria, Rio, on Tuesday 24 March for Ericsson 3.... [more]

Dragons to celebrate their 80th birthday at Grand Prix Petit Navire
During the 10th anniversary of the Grand Prix Petit Navire, the celebrated Dragon will celebrate its 80th spring. Norwegian naval architect, Johan Anker, created this little 8.90 metre marvel in 1929.... [more]

Seawind Whitsunday Rally is on again in June
Seawind media,
Due to overwhelming demand, we are excited to announce that the third Seawind Whitsunday Rally will be held this June 20 - 27. Seawind enthusiasts are invited to join us for a week of social racing, beach parties and island resort functions in within the 74 Whitsunday Islands.... [more]

New dilemma for Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet
Oliver Dewar,
With the Portimão Global Ocean Race fleet entering the South Atlantic, a new dilemma has faced the four boats: leaving the Falkland Islands to port or starboard.... [more]

1,000 miles and counting for Volvo leader, Ericsson 3
Volvo media,
Ericsson 3 crew has added to their lead overnight as they enjoy more favourable conditions than their pursuers. It's been a powerful 24 hours for the team as they close in on the finish line, now less than 1000 miles away. The team has over 11,000 miles behind them, and just 957 to run until the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro... [more]

B14 crosses Bass Strait to save Tasmanian Devil
Sail-World Cruising,
Two sailors, Adrian Beswick, and crew Josh Phillips, who planned to cross Bass Strait, one of the most difficult crossings in ocean racing, in a B14 racing dinghy to raise awareness of the near extinction of the Tasmanian Devil, have made it to the other side.... [more]

Volvo: Boat breaking conditions, Telefonica Blue has more mast issues
Ericsson 3 and Telefonica Blue,
Latest news from Ericsson 3 and Telefonica Blue, sailing leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. A rough night onboard Ericsson 3 and more mast issues for Telefonica Blue. Read on ........ [more]

Solo sailor Michel Kleinjans rounds Cape Horn - Portimao Ocean Race
Oliver Dewar,
On Leg 3 of the Portimao Global Ocean Race, Michel Kleinjans has kept pace with the double-handed teams. Yet Kleinjans has raced across two oceans entirely alone; physically alone on his 40ft yacht, Roaring Forty, but also in terms of direct, single-handed competition.... [more]

Emirates Team NZ goes sailing - images and video of the new TP52
Richard Gladwell,
Since her launching after the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, Emirates Team New Zealand 's TP52 has been a regular sight on the Waitemata Harbour as she works up against another newly launched TP52 Artemis, before both are shipped to Europe for competition on the Med Cup Circuit. Hulls, sails and spars are by Cookson Boats, North Sails and Southern Spars. See two sailing videos here... [more]

New Zealand certain of a gold in World Blind Sailing Champs
Jacky James,
New Zealand seems certain to receive one gold and two silvers in the IFDS World Blind Sailing Championship, even before the fleet sails its final two races on Saturday. New Zealand skipper Paulien Eitjes is assured of a gold medal in the B2 fleet, despite missing her first win of the series today.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Counting down the miles to Rio finish line
Volvo Ocean Race media,
As the miles to Rio and the close of Volvo Ocean Race leg five start to click off, onboard Ericsson 3 Magnus Olsson and his team are keeping focused on the finish. Race meteorologist, Jennifer Lilley, says the fleet can expect another slow down before they reach the southeasterly trade winds.... [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]

Derek Hatfield forced to stop in New Zealand on way back to Canada
Vendee Globe media,
Derek Hatfield confirmed today that he has been forced to carry out a pit stop in New Zealand. The recurrent problems with the autopilot were not solved during the long stopover in Tasmania. He also lost the use of his wind instruments, making it impossible to use real wind mode on his Algimouss-Spirit of Canada.... [more]

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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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