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Sail-World New Zealand: 25 March 2009

Erle Williams (NZL) taking notes 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 ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 25 March 2009

The suspense would look to be over for sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the winds steady and they can head directly for the finish. We have been running a lot of analysis over the last couple of days using PredictWind and Expedition to evaluate the weather data and optimum course options.

For those who have been following these stories, we have tried to write them in a way that lifts the veil on the navigator's black box, and hopefully Sail-World readers now have a better appreciation of the process and decisions involved.

Ericsson 3 on the home straight to Rio de Janeiro, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race  Gustav Morin/Ericsson Racing Team/Volvo Ocean Race ©

With the advent of on board computers and technology it is often thought that much of the navigator's art has been taken away. To some extent it has, but as we have seen over the past few days a new set of questions have to be answered. You can run course options for hours and still never get a definitive answer. In the end it comes down to a choice based on sailing experience and intuition.

Click here to see the latest prognosis , finish times, predicted winner and margins.

Phil Jones (AUS) will head the new ISAF Olympic Commission  Yachting Australia
The International Sailing Federation have announced the formation of an Olympic Commission to be headed by Yachting Australia CEO, Phil Jones. The appointment initially appeared the minutes of the last Executive Committee meeting held in February, and the focus of the new Commission is to lift the Olympic game for Sailing. The test for ISAF, and others, will be whether they listen to the advice of the Commission and act upon it.

Working on the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series was an absolute pleasure compared to the 2008 Olympics, and anyone who is serious about improving the presentation of sailing would be well advised to take a long hard look at that Series. Sadly those involved in the 2012 Olympics and other major sailing events were notable for their absence. To read an interview with Phil Jones click here.

Four-time winner Rod Davis, tactician for Adam Minoprio this time, weighs in for Camille Daniels at the 2009 Congressional Cup  Rich Roberts ©

The Congressional Cup is underway at Long Beach. In this issue we feature a preview and images of the buildup for the event from Rich Roberts and will be running regular daily coverage on www.sail-world.com/nz New Zealand team BlackMatch Racing is one of the favorites for the traditional winner's Crimson Blazer.

Part of the fleet involved in club racing at Wakatere BC on the North Shore, on Sunday.   Richard Gladwell

For those wanting to understand the new Racing Rules we have short piece from Int Judge and expert rules commentator John Doerr. You can download your own PowerPoint rules explanation from another leading commentator and Int Judge, Trevor Lewis - all courtesy of the Royal Yachting Association. Click here to download the presentation, there are other explanations here

An exhausted Tom Braidwood looking at a broken generator, onboard Green Dragon, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro  Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Dickey with Team Oceanbridge win the New Zealand Platu 25 Champs
Simon Dickey,
The Platu Nationals regatta was held in Auckland over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of March: The first and only race sailed on Saturday had the wind coming out of the south east with everyone jostling around for the boat-end advantage at the start. We took a more conservative approach and started a few boat lengths down the line so we could escape the start box with good speed and clear air.... [more]

Major Changes for Sailing with appointment of ISAF Olympic Commission
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the members of the newly formed Olympic Commission, which is tasked with developing and promoting long-term strategy for the sport of sailing at the Olympic Games. The major overhaul for ISAF's approach to Olympic sailing came into fruition after the Council accepted the need for an overall strategy towards the Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]

Volvo Ocean Racers straighten up and head for Rio
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Latest position reports and weather data would seem to have put an end to the suspense for leading crews in the Volvo Ocean Race. Although winds remain light in the race area as of 0700hrs (NZT) this morning, the breeze is expected to fill in to around 10-15kts, and Ericsson 3 should carry this breeze through to the finish, with a spinnaker run all the way to Rio.... [more]

Last Day to enter Line 7 Emirates Team NZ gear sweepstakes
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 TONIGHT (Australian time), so enter right now!!... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Rick Deppe on Puma dreaming of a Rio finish
Rick Deppe - Puma Ocean Racing,
Onboard Puma Ocean Racing, on day 39 of leg 5, Volvo Ocean Race to Rio. 'Right now the only thing connecting Qingdao and Rio is a thin red line on Capey's (Andrew Cape) computer ..' Rick Deppe.... [more]

Flying 15 class consider rig update
Gerald New,
The British Association of the Flying 15 class are to trial a new rig over the coming months at open meetings, with new genoa and mainsail designs from three of the major suppliers. First spotted at Hayling Island SC was the new design from Pinnell & Bax... [more]

Telefonica Blue the envy of a hungry Volvo fleet
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Unlike the other Volvo Ocean Race teams rationing food and diesel on leg 5, Telefónica Blue has been well provided for by MCM Gabriele Olivo. Ericsson 3 still holds her lead (DTF 424 nm). The real boat race now seems to be between becalmed Green Dragon (DTF 918nm) and the limping Telefónica Blue (DTF 983 nm), who has made a more sophisticated repair to the checkstays on the mast.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: When will Green Dragon get to Rio?
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race update. 'We were supposed to have finished three days ago. We've managed an entire one hundred miles today in 24 hours at an average of just over four knots.' - Ian Walker... [more]

Interview with Phil Jones about new Olympic Commission
ISAF Media,
The ISAF Olympic Commission is scheduled to hold their first meeting in Warsaw, Poland this May, during the ISAF Mid-Year Meetings. Here is an interview with Chairman Phil Jones on his his views on Olympic Sailing and a strategic approach.... [more]

29er Harken Grand Prix - Round 1 at Rutland
Phil Walker,
Bleddyn Mon and Nick Redding of Red Wharf BaySC won the first of the Harken 29er Grand Prix Series at Rutland Water SC over the weekend of the 21 and 22 March. Max Richardson and Alex Groves set the pace from the opening race to lead at the end of the first day, but Mon and Redding were in top form in the increasing winds, racking up three wins on the second day to take the overall win... [more]

Andrew Capbell - A steady hand at the tiller, an old cliche but true
Andrew Campbell,
'A steady hand at the tiller.' One of the easiest ways to improve your upwind speed is to make it easier on yourself by finding the groove quicker and staying in the groove longer. - Andrew Campbell... [more]

Rules expert, John Doerr, packs them in at RYA Volvo Dinghy Show
RYA Media,
There were two full houses as eager amateurs keen to get the lowdown on the new Racing Rules of Sailing swarmed to get a unique insight into the rule changes for 2009 – 2012 from the chairman of ISAF's Race Officials Committee on both days of the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009. Get your free rules explanation here from Trevor Lewis and the RYA... [more]

RC 44 Class continues to develop as it goes green
MaxComm Communications,
RC 44 Class - with six international regattas on the program, many of the world's best sailors, new teams and the arrival of Oracle as partner alongside DHL, BMW and SLAM, the Championship Tour pursues its development at a steady rhythm.... [more]

Congressional Cup starts today
Rich Roberts,
A double round-robin featuring 10 sailors from seven countries, including top-ranked Sébastien Col of France, Olympic triple gold medalist Ben Ainslie of Great Britain and U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson, runs Tuesday through Friday off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, followed by semifinals and finals for the top four Saturday- and who says sailing isn't a spectator sport?... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Puma slogging it to leg 5 finish
Kate Fairclough,
Volvo Ocean Race - Puma is plagued by light winds and the 11 man crew have already begun rationing food given the further light weather expected for the final approach to Rio.... [more]

Portimao Global Ocean Race fleet compressing as light airs hit fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Portimão Global Ocean Race - a barrier of light wind now grips the two race leaders Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Beluga Racer. Team Mowgli and Roaring Forty have stayed with stronger breeze, but the high pressure system blocking the route will halt their progress later today.... [more]

Spectacular racing at finals of NZ Powerboat Championships
Bob Wonders,
New Zealand powerboat championships in highly successful conclusion. With seven classes vying for a National crown, the racing was fast and furious throughout.... [more]

Volvo to support racing talent in six RYA Youth classes
Karenza Morton,
Volvo Car UK have agreed to extend their support for Youth and Junior racing in Great Britain. Volvo will be supporting the cream of Britain's top under-19 racing talent in the six RYA Youth classes; Laser Standard, Laser Radial, 29er, 420, Hobie 16 and RS:X windsurfers... [more]

Models predict close finish to Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
The course optimisation and projected position applications used by Sail-World, the same as the navigators use aboard the actual Volvo Ocean Race yachts, is predicting a close finish to Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race. Today the output from the models is very similar. Both show the last stages of Leg 5 developing into a very close run affair - with one having all three leaders in a near match race a... [more]

Volvo OR - Green Dragon's Ian Walker explains their bleak outlook
Ian Walker,
Ian Walker - Three days ago we had a pretty solid ETA in Rio of the 25 March (two days' time). We had a fast route according to the weather models. Next the wind heads too much to lay the Falklands and we lose precious hours having to tack through the islands... [more]

Audi Med Cup Circuit new teams and old register for season opener
Med Cup media,
The 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit starts on May 12th with the City of Alicante Trophy. 11 TP52s from nine countries will race for the The City of Alicante Trophy, including a new team: Emirates Team New Zealand, formed by the America's Cup syndicate and skippered by Dean Barker. The fleet of GP42s will compete on the Audi MedCup Circuit for the first time.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Ericsson 3 watching their back
Volvo Ocean Race media,
For Ericsson 3, the finish of Volvo Ocean Race leg five cannot come soon enough. Indeed, the finish cannot come fast enough for all of the baots. Rationing is in force, and hunger is setting in amongst the crews.... [more]

Grand Final Of 2009 ISAF Nations Cup Begins
ISAF Media,
Twenty of the world's top match race skippers have arrived in Porto Alegre, Brazil to represent their country at the Grand Final of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup, which begins with the Opening Ceremony today, Monday 23 March.... [more]

Ainslie and Percy join World Match Racing Tour
Wolrd Match Racing Tour Media,
TeamOrigin, the British challenger for the 33rd America's Cup skippered by triple Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie will compete on the 2009 World Match Racing Tour having secured the final Tour Card.... [more]

Cowes Week to go ahead without sponsor
Focus PR,
It's business as usual for the world's oldest and largest sailing regatta, Cowes Week. The team at Cowes Week Limited, the organisation behind the world famous event, announced today that despite no new title sponsor being signed to date, they want sailors and spectators alike to rest assured the regatta will sail ahead as usual... [more]

Images from Alamitos Bay Olympic Classes Regatta
Rich Roberts,
Top US sailing journalist and photographer, Rich Roberts, took these images of the action in the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's Olympic Classes regatta.... [more]

Olympic Classes Regatta: sunny, windy and 'scary'
Rich Roberts,
Day one of a sailing event for little singlehanded boats this weekend was cold, gray and short on wind. Day two Sunday was everything Saturday was not: sunny, windy and, as Chris Raab described it, 'Scary.'... [more]

Allison Shreeve to attempt new world speed record - across Bass Strait
Event Media,
Four time World Champion Windsurfer Allison Shreeve will be in Stanley (Tasmania) on Tuesday 24th March 2009 preparing to set a new world speed record across Bass Strait landing in Inverloch (Victoria) this week.... [more]

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
The 2008-09 event will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon...
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New Zealand Sailing
Information on all New Zealand Yachting stories...
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2009 World Match Racing Tour

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

News and information on products from Navico, including Simrad...
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