Mayday in Tauranga Race squall...New Call in America's Cup...Treleavens inhale Cuba




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Sail-World New Zealand: 10th April 2009

Catabatic flipped off Channel Island in a 50kt squall  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 10th April 2009

Hoping you are having a great Easter break, either on the water or relaxing at home.

Give yourself an Easter treat, and have a test drive of the the new BMW 3 Series. To see the outstanding new features of the latest BMW click on the banner above and download the walk-through. It might take a minute or two for the download, but well worth it. And, once downloaded, can be replayed again and again to see both models, by just clicking on the banner. You can book a test drive or find your nearest dealer there, as well.

The pressure has gone on the parties to sort out the 33rd America's Cup  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

The Int Paints Auckland Tauranga Race got underway in ideal sailing conditions yesterday at 1000hrs and five hours later the fleet was hit with a severe squall of around 50kts, off Channel Island. One multihull flipped, issuing a Mayday, and the rest of the fleet 'had a bit on their hands'.

In this issue we have a report on the capsize, and full coverage, plus images of the start. We will keep updating over the Easter weekend.

The Bakewell-White 52, Wired powers up soon after the start of the 2009 Auckland Tauranga Race   Richard Gladwell

The America's Cup situation continues to percolate away. This morning, an Open Letter was issued by the former Trustees and Royal Yacht Squadron. We have carried the letter together with a 'heads up' story backgrounding its issuance and significance.

My Cuban experience - Ian Treleaven in Heaven  Ian & Andrea Treleaven

If you are at home, this Easter, wishing you were somewhere else, have a read of the Treleaven's latest cruise log, where they have words and images of life in Cuba. It is a very different place as Ian and Andrea found out: 'Our first 24 hours, and Ian feels like he has died and gone to heaven with wonderful music, mojitos and friendly Spanish speaking people. As for me, it is an enlightening experience, full of wonderful images to keep me wide-eyed. ' Click here to read the full story.

Beau Geste just after her deck stepped mast by Southern Spars was lowered into place in Auckland.  Richard Gladwell

Beau Geste, the new Farr IRC80 for Hong Kong owner, Karl Kwok, is now in the Viaduct Harbour. Yesterday morning she had her rig from Southern Spars lowered into pace and set up. We have an image gallery of the process, and some shots of the magnificent rig engineering from Southern Spars, which is not often seen from the dock.

Josh Junior (left) just missed the cut for the Medal race at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma, Spain  Nico Martinez

In Palma, Spain, Michael Bullot is leading the charge for New Zealand in the Laser class in a field of 134 competitors. The medal race is tonight (NZT) and you can follow it live from the URL we have provided in the story. The have been some good performances from other young New Zealand sailors at the regatta, kicking off their 2012 Olympic programmes.

You can get started in your Olympic campaign for free by entering Sail-World's 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.

Once again, have a great Easter, and stay tuned to Sail-World for the sailing news as it happens over the long weekend.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Attitude breaks Auckland Tauranga Race record
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
At 2016hrs Friday evening, Attitude, skippered by Shane Bellingham was first to finish the International Paints Auckland Tauranga Race. She has unofficially broken the record for multihulls under 10.66 metres.... [more]

Mayday call leads to crew rescue in Auckland Tauranga race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
Three crew were rescued from the 9.8 metre catamaran Catabatic, in the Auckland Tauranga race, yesterday afternoon. Designed by Roger Freckington the multihull issued a mayday call at around 1500hrs on Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of Channel island at the end of the outer Hauraki Gulf, Auckland. There were several race yachts in the sixty strong fleet in the area at the time, and two of thes... [more]

Beau Geste has Southern Spar stepped in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
Beau Geste had her mast stepped in Auckland this morning. She was launched yesterday at the Gulf Harbour marina, North of Auckland and motored down to Auckland for her mast to be stepped. The spar is deck stepped and features a five spreader cathedral configuration, with EC6 rigging using clamp tongs.... [more]

3.7's headed for Bay of Islands over Easter
Chris Mitchell,
Chris Mitchell has a quick look at the upcoming 3.7 Nationals: 'The 3.7 Nationals are in Waitangi at Bay of Islands Yacht Club over Easter racing Fri-Sunday. Weather forecast looks lousy, [no wind] but you never can tell. Anyone holidaying in the area would be welcome to come down to see the boats or the racing. We'll file a full report as soon as we can after the event.... [more]

Auckland Tauranga race off to a fast start
Richard Gladwell,
The Auckland Tauranga race got off to a fast start in Auckland this morning. Starting at 1000hrs off Westhaven the 60 strong fleet were propelled down the harbour by a 15kt westerly wind, causing the canting keelboats and others to gybe downwind as they sailed down the harbour.... [more]

Marton Sinclair wins 2009 South Island Finn Nostalgia Cup
Chris Wells,
The 2009 Finn Nostalgia Cup was sailed at the Charteris Bay Yacht Club on Sunday the 5th April. The Finn Nostalgia Cup was kindly donated by the late Roel Winters. This was the 12th Anniversary of the Nostalgia Cup with the inaugural Cup regatta being held in conjunction with the Finn National Champs in Lyttelton in February 1997.... [more]

PredictWind sponsor Brisbane to Gladstone Race with High Res wind info
Nathan May,
This Easter, as part of the 61st Brisbane to Gladstone thanks to TracerTrack and ESRI Australia, race spectators will be able to monitor the race in real time using the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Tracker. PredictWind's high resolution Wind Forecasts have been integrated with Yacht Tracker to show the expected wind over the course of the race.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Cruising in CUBA
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
The Treleavens continue with their tales of sailing the Caribbean, and have just sailed from Turks & Caicos Islands via Guantanamo Bay(see picture of guarding speedboat left) to CUBA.Our first 24 hours in Cuba, Ian feels like he has died and gone to heaven, with wonderful music, mojitos and friendly Spanish speaking people. As for me, it is full of images to keep me wide-eyed... [more]

More images from the start of the Int Paints Auckland Tauranga race
Richard Gladwell,
More images from the start of the Int Paints Auckland Tauranga race sailed on Thursday 10 April... [more]

Bullot lies 3rd overall before Medal race at Princess Sofia Trophy
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Michael Bullot is the onlt New Zealander to have made the cut for the Medal races at the Princess Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event of the ISAF World Cup, on the Bay of Palma, Spain. After losing a day due to light winds, Bullot came back strongly scoring second and third placings in the Gold fleet, but stumbled a little yesterday... [more]

Images from the start of the Int Paints Auckland Tauranga race
Richard Gladwell,
Images from the start of the Int Paints Auckland Tauranga race sailed on Thursday 10 April... [more]

New Canadian yacht first monohull to finish Auckland Tauranga Race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The new Reichel-Pugh design Vela Veloce (Richard Oland) , the newest yacht in the fleet was the first monohull home in the 2009 International Paints Auckland Tauranga race. Sundreamer (Phil Hart) was second multihull and third finisher at 2210hrs. The vintage David Barker design finished well outside her race record of just under ten hours.... [more]

Open Letter from the Trustees about the 33rd America's Cup
Michael Levitt,
An open letter to the Société Nautique de Genève and the Golden Gate Yacht Club calling for a multi-challenger competition for the thirty-third America's Cup from the commodores of the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Perth Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race preview - Leg 6 Rio to Boston
Mark Chisnell,
The Volvo Ocean Race hasn't been to Boston before. The race will start from Rio, close to the southern limit of the south-east trade winds.... [more]

Perfect conditions for Medal Race selections and first Gold
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 2.4m fleet at the western end of the bay was the first to enjoy the wind and started their final racing in the morning. Thierry Schmitter of the Netherlands won the event convincingly after scoring top three results. Andre Rademaker , also Netherlands, was second, while the two British female sailors Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe were respectively third and fourth on equal points... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race bidding process for 2011-12 ports underway
Volvo Ocean Race media,
The Volvo Ocean Race has announced that a formal bidding process to procure stopover ports and the finish port for the 2011-12 edition of the race is underway. Letters requesting expressions of interest were distributed to potential host ports worldwide at the end of March and initial responses are due in by 24 April 2009.... [more]

Luissa Smith (GBR) appointed 470 Class Manager
International 470 Class,
The International 470 Class is delighted to announce that Luissa Smith (GBR) has been appointed to the new role of 470 Class Manager with immediate effect. The International 470 Class decided to establish the role of Class Manager, following a decision taken at last year's Annual General Meeting, in order to provide a professional secretariat for the class.... [more]

Vestas Sailrocket record attempt - And the answer is ...
Paul Larsen - Vestas Sailrocket,
Did we or didn't we???? As I sit here writing this and stuffing a basic chicken and cheese roll nto my mouth, Helena sits down the other end of the container trying to work out if we just broke the nautical mile record or not. I know it was close... We did a 45.68 knot 500 meter average and peaked at 47.6 something...... [more]

America's Cup Trustees expected to urge Multi Challenger Match
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com,
The Trustees (former holders of the America's Cup) are expected to issue a joint statement later today, along with the Royal Yacht Squadron, urging fellow and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve to conduct the next America's Cup on a Multi Challenger basis.... [more]

New Rig for Flying 15 in action at Datchet
Adrian Tattersall,
Following the article in featuring the proposed new rig for the Flying 15 class, the first formal trial weekend was very efficiently organized over the weekend of 4 and 5 of April by the Datchet Water fifteen fleet led by Fleet Captain Phil Tinsley - four boats were equipped with new rigs from Batt Sails, Pinnell and Bax and Goacher Sails... [more]

What is the future for IMOCA and the Vendée Globe boats?
Bernard Schopfer,
On April 20, the General Assembly of IMOCA will meet to discuss the future of the Vendée Globe boats and some of the key issues experienced in the recent round the world race. The World Yacht Racing Forum recently spoke to Vendee Globe yacht designers Simon Rogers and Marc Lombard to ask their views on the future of IMOCA and the Vendée Globe... [more]

Olympic yachtsman to start Brisbane to Gladstone Race
Ian Grant,
Triple Olympic yachtsman Ron Jenyns has accepted the invitation of a late call up to start the Brisbane to Gladstone Race from the deck of his charter vessel South Pacific ll tomorrow.... [more]

Somali pirates head south-west
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor,
.... [more]

America's Cup dates locked and loaded by Supreme Court Order
Richard Gladwell,
The dates for the 33rd America's Cup, if it is to be a Deed of Gift Match have been determined by the New York Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has also determined that the venue should be Valencia, Spain, or some other venue nominated by the Defender, no less than six months before the first race.... [more]

Canting keelers for 2009 Gosford – Lord Howe Island Race
Peter Campbell,
Yachts with canting keels will be accepted as entries in this year's 36th annual Gosford – Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, the popular 414 nautical mile race across the northern Tasman Sea. Gosford Sailing Club's race director Mark Greenwood has announced the change of policy, with the club already having received more than sixteen expressions of interest from yacht owners keen to compete in... [more]

Interview with Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe
Marni Lane,
US SAILING had the chance to sit down with one of the most prominent sailors in the world today. From her Olympic gold medal performance in Qingdao, China to her US SAILING's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award, 2008 was the year of Anna Tunnicliffe. What's next for Tunnicliffe, who is currently the 1-ranked Laser Radial sailor in both the ISAF world rankings and the ISAF World Cup Standings?... [more]

Finn focus at Palma – day four
Robert Deaves,
After excellent sailing conditions for the first two days of the regatta, the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma turned into a waiting game, with no racing for Finns on Tuesday and only one race on Wednesday as the breeze refused to co-operate... [more]

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