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Sail-World New Zealand: 27 March 2009

Magnus Olsson is greeted by Watch Captain Richard Mason (NZL) who missed out on leg 5 due to injury  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 27 March 2009

Late last night Ericsson 3 ghosted across the finish line in Rio de Janeiro to win Leg 5 of the the Volvo Ocean Race. Her 'Nordic' crew led by Magnus Olsson won the 12,300nm leg after seven weeks of sailing, broken by a short stopover in Qingdao, China between Legs 4 and 5, which she started late.

Sail-World is updating its coverage as boats finish Click here to see the latest news and images.

According to the latest sked, Ericsson 4 should be very close to the race finish and Puma Racing will be third home, currently she is 70nm from Rio sailing in in light winds.

Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) finish first into Rio de Janeiro on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the line at 10:37:57 GMT 26/03/09, after 41 days at sea.  Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race ©

In this issue we have the latest updates from the Congressional Cup from both Rich Roberts and BlackMatch Racing, who by their own admission have a bit of work on their hands. We will be updating news from this prestigious event as soon as it is received over the weekend.

Samba Night at the Nations Cup - Brazil  Event Media

Also featuring are reports from a New Zealand Youth team competing in Japan, plus our young ISAF Nations Cup team racing in Brazil.

Upcoming events this weekend inclide the OKI 24 Hour Race on Lake Pupuke and the Zenza Womens Keelboat Championships, we preview each of these events in this issue.

BlackMatch Racing (astern) on Day 2 of the 2009 Congressional Cup  Rich Roberts ©

There was no decision announced by the Appeal Court of New York overnight, in this issue we have featured an interesting opinion piece by Dick Enersen (USA) who has a long time America's Cup involvement. On the slate we have a column on the ramifications of a Deed of Gift Challenge. Suffice to say it is, in our view, a very retrograde step, and by one calculation we have done, would not see a multi challenger America's Cup take place until around 2014 or later - if there were any litigation stemming from the Deed of Gift event.

We have some great news on the contest front, with a new competition to Win a Laser, click on the link or see the entry details button on the top right hand corner of the Sail-World website. A full announcement will be posted on the Sail-World site over the weekend or early next week.

Today is your absolute last chance to 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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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 Friday night (Australian time), so enter right now!!... [more]

Tough day at the office for BlackMatch on Day 2 of Congressional Cup
BlackMatch Media,
Hello again from BlackMatch in California, Four matches were completed today and the first round robin was completed, however we could only manage 1 win over last years runner up and Bermuda Gold Cup champion Johnie Berntsson from Sweden. Our 3 losses today came against the rampaging Terry Hutchinson who has lost only one race, 2007 champion Mathieu Richard and surprise package Franchesco Bruni... [more]

OKI 24 Hour Race to get underway at 2 p.m. this Saturday
Christine Meads,
One of New Zealand's most unique yachting events – the OKI 24 Hour Race will get underway at 2 p.m. this Saturday (28th March) at Auckland's Lake Pupuke. Run by the Murrays Bay SC the OKI 24 Hour Race requires competing teams to sail non-stop in rotating shifts for a period of 24 hours in Laser class boats. Sailing the Legends boat at the OKI 24 hour will be Ray Davies, (ETNZ) and Dan Slater... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 5 finish status and updates as they happen
Richard Gladwell,,
The latest update from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race is that Ericsson 3 has taken Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race crossing the finish line at 1037hrs UTC on the 26 March. Ericsson 4 is within 50nm of the finish and has exited her Stealth Play... [more]

Ericsson 3 finish first in Rio de Janeiro on leg 5 of Volvo Ocean Race
Event media,
Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) finished first into Rio de Janeiro on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the line at 10:37:57 GMT 26/03/09, after 41 days at sea. At 12,300 nm it is the longest leg in the 36-year history of the event... [more]

Congressional Cup: No bonus prize, but there may be a wonder boat
Rich Roberts,
Rich Roberts reports on Day 2 of the Congressional Cup: No sooner did the USA's Terry Hutchinson step off Catalina 37 number 11 after winning all six of his races Tuesday than it proved to be the magic tool to resurrect Finland's Staffan Lindberg from 1-5 oblivion to sweep his way through four races back into contention Wednesday... [more]

America's Cup outcomes - Dick Enersen
Dick Enersen,
Veteran America's Cup aficionado, and television producer, Dick Enersen (USA) gives his overview of the possible outcomes stemming from the America's Cup Appeal decision, expected any day: 'A decision is imminent. Apparently the court only announces decisions on Tuesdays & Thursdays, at 0900 East Coast time. There are three possible outcomes...... [more]

Kiwis dominate in Japan ISAF Youth regatta
Clifton Webb,
Josh Porebski, George Lane and Rachel Basevi along with coach Clifton Webb have dominated the Japanese ISAF Youth World Championship Youth selection regatta in Wakayama Japan sailing in the Laser Radial... [more]

Samba by Night, Nations Cup by Day - Kiwis on Tour Diary for Day 2
Kiwi Nations Cup Media,
Adrian Short, Scott Burling, Peter Burling and Will Tiller are representing New Zealand at the Nations Cup in Brazil. They report: '.Our second day started well. We pushed the American team over the line and managed to win the race despite a very dubious umpire call (where we were forced to tack with a spinnaker and deemed to have not tried to keep clear)... [more]

Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships start Saturday
Tash Paget, Royal Akarana YC,
Royal Akarana Yacht Club is running the Zenza NZ Women's National Keelboat Championships 2009 from 3 – 5 April 2009. This event will be the third high profile event to be held in the new Platu 25 Keelboat Class here in Auckland, NZ. It is also one of the top Women's Keelboat Yachting events in New Zealand, and this year's event has attracted many top female sailors... [more]

Britain's Macgregor fighting for semi-final place at ISAF Nations Cup
ISAF Media,
Six of the eight semi finalists were decided on the second day of racing at the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil, whilst another eight teams qualified for the repechage round including Britain's Lucy Macgregor... [more]

Volvo - Ericsson 3 wins leg 5, Ericsson 4 next to finish
Media/Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
After the euphoric welcome given to Ericsson 3 this morning when she crossed the finish line in Rio de Janeiro to win leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, Ericsson 4's turn will come, but later on today.... [more]

Six semi-final places decided at ISAF Nations Cup
ISAF Media,
Six of the eight semi finalists were decided on the second day of racing at the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil, whilst another eight teams qualified for the repechage round, a second and final opportunity to make the knockout stages.... [more]

BlackMatch have good opening day at Congressional Cup
BlackMatch Media,
BlackMatch Racing reports from the Congressional Cup: 'Today was the opening day of the prestigious Congressional Cup Grade 1 Match Racing Event, in Long Beach California. The event is sailed in 6 man Catalina 37's, which are big powerful boats, so for our two extra crew we have enlisted the expertise of the legendary Rod Davis... [more]

Bundock to helm Extreme 40 BT for iShares Cup series
BT Extreme 40 media,
The 2009 calendar for the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series is confirmed and the BT Extreme 40 is ready for action with a strong crew line up led by Nick Moloney. There is a change of helm for BT, as top Australian Olympic catamaran sailor Darren Bundock steps in. Nick and Darren will be joined by top British Tornado crew Ed Barney. The fourth member of the team is Steve Mitchell from GBR.... [more]

Somali pirates move south, attack Seychelles yacht
BW Media roundup,
Multiple reports considered to be reliable say that Somali pirates have hijacked the yacht Serenity, with Seychelles citizens Gilbert Victor and Andre Conrad on board and are holding them in an area close to Garacad in Somalia... [more]

The Ericssons - where are they going in the Volvo Stealth Play?
Richard Gladwell,,
Yesterday at 1000GMT, Ericsson 3 and 4 went into a Stealth Play, meaning their positions were not revealed to the rest of the fleet or media. Sail-World has kept updating Expedition and PredictWind to see the wind and track the advance of Puma Racing, which has stayed visible. Before calling the Stealth Play Ericsson 3 had altered course to starboard. She emerged with 50nm to the finish.... [more]

Fun, fit and forever young: World Masters Games coming to Sydney!
Jardine Media,
In 198 days time, the sun will rise over Sydney Harbour and shortly afterwards one of the most magnificent fleets ever assembled in this city of sails will take to the water. What makes this particular collection of sailors remarkable isn't that they're particularly fast, fit or competitive. What makes them special is that they are all over 35 and somehow they've managed to scrape together... [more]

Green Dragon in calm seas as fuel situation reaches critical level
Green Dragon media/Ian Walker,
Green Dragon have reached the 40 day mark of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race, the last few days onboard have been long and slow. 'We are still in the grips of the ever expanding high pressure. Last night and this morning was the calmest I have ever seen the sea. We went hours and hours without even seeing a ripple on the surface.' Ian Walker... [more]

Anna Tunnicliffe: Nation Cup Grand Finals: Day 1
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the opening day of the Nations Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil: 'Today was day one of racing at the 2009 Nations Cup Grand Finals. The race committee completed six flights of racing before we had to come in and switch the boats with the men. We had a great start to our racing and finished the day at 4-1.... [more]

Iehl Perfect On Opening Day Of ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final
ISAF Media,
Skipper Damien Iehl lead the French team as they made a perfect start to the defence of their crown on the opening day at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Porto Alegre, Brazil.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Painfully slow progress for Puma
Puma Ocean Racing media/Ken Read,
The Puma Ocean Racing team continues to make painfully slow progress towards Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on their 40th day at sea in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The longest ever leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is becoming longer and longer ........ [more]

Congressional Cup: Flying starts for Hutchinson and Ainslie
Event Media,
Two illustrious sailors---Terry Hutchinson and Ben Ainslie---are the first to say the Long Beach Yacht Club's 45th Congressional Cup is a lot closer than it looks on the scoreboard that shows them with 6-0 and 5-1 records after the first day of racing Tuesday.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Ericsson 3 in stealth mode
Volvo Ocean Race media,
It is day 40 of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race and Ericsson 3, has opted to play her stealth card. She has gone into hiding and will only reappear 24- hours later, or once she is within 50 nm of the finish in Rio. On Green Dragon the fuel situation is critical.... [more]

Vestas Sailrocket ready for another speed record attempt at Walvis Bay
Paul Larsen,
The fact that Vestas Sailrocket now sits outside this here container 100% ready for another assault on the Walvis Bay Speed sailing course bears testimony to the effort put in by the team since the violent crash 13 days ago. - Paul Larsen... [more]

Ericsson 3 expected to finish almost 90nm ahead in Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Gladwell,,
Ericsson 3 is expected to win Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race by almost 90nm. She is expected to finish about 1430hrs (NZT) on 26 March or 0130hrs (UTC) on the same day. Second home will be Ericsson 4 with third placed Puma Racing almost 160nm behind the winner. Ericsson 4 should finish at 0700hrs (NZT) on the 27 March or 1800hrs (UTC) on 26 March. Puma Racing will cross around three hours la... [more]

Burmese 'fishermen' murder British sailor in Thailand
BW Roundup,
A British sailor who had been cruising the world for nine years has been allegedly murdered by three Burmese migrant fishermen aboard his yacht off southern Thailand. They locked his wife in a cabin. The area where he was killed is regarded as safe and usually very busy with cruising yachts. There have been no attacks on yachts in the area for at least the last fourteen years... [more]

Images of the Congressional Cup - Day 1
Rich Roberts,
Top US sailing journalist Rich Roberts had his camera in action on the water for the first day of racing in the Congressional Cup... [more]

Olympic sailor Karyn Gojnich joins Yachting Australia board
Craig Heydon,
Three time Australian Olympic sailor Karyn Gojnich has joined the board of Yachting Australia, bringing extensive experience in the high performance environment to the position.... [more]

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