Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 13th April 2009
Hoping you enjoyed your Easter break, either on the water or relaxing at home.
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In Palma, Spain, Michael Bullot was the top performer for at the Princess Sofia Trophy for New Zealand in the Laser class taking the silver medal from a field of 134 competitors. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, there have been some good performances from other young New Zealand sailors at the regatta, kicking off their 2012 Olympic programmes.
Ericsson 3, skippered by Magnus Olsson (SWE) at the start of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston
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No real developments in the America's Cup, we are keeping in touch with our contacts around the world, and have pulled together the various snippets of information in a story entitled Off the Record', maybe it will be the start of a regular series.
Oscar Rorvik and James Parsons finishing first and second in race 11. Event Media
We have reports from the Optimist Nationals in Worser Bay which are at an very interesting and historic point right now. And in Gisborne, the Sanders Cup, one of the oldest trophies in New Zealand sailing, has been contested. We have reports, images and results in this issue.
And with the start of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, we have the latest reports plus image galleries from the start of the Leg in this spectacular venue.
Silver for Michael Bullot 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]
Dawson and Mannering lead Toyota NZ Optimist Championships - Day 4 NZ Optimist Association and Sail-World, At the conclusion of racing today - with 11 races sailed in the Open fleet, two girls are tied at the top of the fleet on 34pts. Racing today was staged in wins of up to 25kts and was abandoned in the middle of the afternoon. Oscar Rorvic from Tauranga, the winner of the Tanner and Tauranga Cups, score back to back wins, today, but is well down the points table thanks to some disappointing places... [more]
Manawatu win 85th Sanders Cup in last race Tim Sandall, Five boats had a chance tin the Sanders Cup on the final day. By the last race it was down to two. Manawatu represented by David Brown and Graham Roberts on Flying Circus took charge of the race from the start and lead the fleet around all marks to a very tight finish, taking the gun and the 85th Sanders Cup.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: No wind, large swell and an uncomfortable ride Volvo Ocean Race media, For the Volvo Ocean Race fleet it's been a frustrating 24 hours up the Atlantic as extremely light winds and currents have tested the patience of the sailors.... [more]
Burling and Tuke update on their Olympic 49er camaign Burling Media, Latest newsletter from Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's Olympic 49er campaign: Hope you have had a relaxing Easter. We're currently training in Tauranga, enjoying some home cooking and a beautiful warm spell of weather ... but not much wind. We have both done heaps of sailing since our last newsletter in January including 5 to 6 sessions a week in the 49er. Our NZL 49er 'squad' now has three boats... [more]
America's Cup - Off the Record: 13 April 2009 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, Much of what we have written since the Appeal Court Decision of 2 April has come from various sources close to the America's Cup action, who won't be quoted but are reasonably happy to talk off the record, on a 'not to be attributed' basis. The situation as we hear it today runs something like this... [more]
Eco-warrior sets sail to save oceans from 'plastic death' Robin McKie, The Guardian, In a few weeks, the heir to one of the world's greatest fortunes, David de Rothschild, will set sail across the Pacific - in a boat, the Plastiki, made from plastic bottles and recycled waste. The aim of this extraordinary venture is simple: to focus attention on one of the world's strangest and most unpleasant environmental phenomena: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch... [more]
Images from the Volvo Leg 6 Start - Rio de Janeiro Dave Kneale, Top photographer Dave Kneale was once again on the water for the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
North Harbour win Port of Napier East Coast Javelin Champs in Gisborne Tim Sandall, The 2008/09 East Coast Javelin Champs held in conjunction, with the 85th Sanders Cup were decided on handicap in Gisborne. Young North Harbour team of Stuart Goodes and Ollie Scott-Mackie on Havoc were the winners after 3 days of racing.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Rollin' ever so slowly towards Boston Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors, Latest news from the Volvo Ocean Race fleet during leg 6. Rio was the start port of this leg and Boston is the finishing line. On Green Dragon things seemed strangely normal, on Ericsson 4 the team is slipping back into the watch system and on Ericsson 3 its rollin', rollin', rollin' in the swell. Read on....... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Injured crew member taken off Telefonica Black Volvo Ocean Race media/Telefonica Black, Telefonica Black bowman Michael Pammenter has injured his foot, and was taken back to the Marina da Gloria by a support boat. Under the race rules, the team cannot replace him during this leg. Upon arrival at the marina, Pammenter was transferred to hospital to have his leg and foot examined... [more]
Twelve Foot Skiff National Championships -Gemmell Sails Extends Lead Skiff Ed, Gemmell Sails Extends lead in the Australian Twelve Foot Skiff National Championships... [more]
Erica Dawson leads Toyota NZ Optimist Championships - Day 3 NZ Optimist Association, At the end of Race 8 flight one, Erica Dawson finished first after a close match race to the finish with Andrew Tang. They were followed by Jessica Helm, Lloyd Collings, Keith Inglis from Lake Taupo, Ryan Lo, Douglas Campbell, Andrew Tan from Singapore, Matthew Hughes, Sue Shen Ng also from Singapore, Nathaniel Deverell, Ken Tildesley from Worser Bay... [more]
Ray Roberts Cookson 50 Quantum Racing wins Brisbane to Gladstone race Ian Grant, Champion Sydney blue water yacht racing skipper Ray Roberts successfully steered his high performance Cookson 50 class sloop Quantum Racing to an outstanding win in the Brisbane to Gladstone race. Full results here.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race - Great Pictures from the Rio Start Rick Tomlinson, Photographer Rick Tomlinson was again on the water for the start of the VOR leg to Boston. He was having a 'swell time'.... [more]
Twelve Foot Skiff National Championships -Gemmell Sails leads Skiff Ed, No one thought it possible, but Saturday's breeze on Sydney Harbour was lighter than heat one on Friday for the 2009 Twelve Foot Skiff Australian Championships.... [more]
Eight medal haul for Brits at Palma World Cup Lindsey Bell, Britain's sailors proved a potent force on the final day of the ISAF World Cup event in Palma, Majorca, claiming seven medals from Friday's finals including a clean sweep in the Finn class. Added to Helena Lucas's bronze from the 2.4mR class on Thursday, Skandia Team GBR's medal haul was two gold, two silver and four bronze... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica Black establishes early lead in Leg 6 Volvo Ocean Race media, A light southwesterly sea breeze of 5 – 10 knots allowed the Volvo Ocean Race fleet to make a clean start on time in the Guanabara Bay at 1500 local. Puma (Ken Read/USA) and Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) chose the committee boat end of the line, with Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) at the pin end.... [more]
Images of the Auckland Tauranga Race - from aboard Lion New Zealand Ben Gladwell, Ben Gladwell was aboard the Whitbread Round the World Racer - Lion New Zealand, now owned by Sail NZ for the 2009 Auckland to Tauranga Race, and provided these images of the daylight hours of the race, until after the fleet rounded Cape Colville and headed for Tauranga... [more]
Finn focus at Palma – Giles Scott leads the GBR charge Robert Deaves,, It was always going to be a good Friday for some and not for others, but in the final race of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía MAPFRE in Palma, the chocolates were reserved for the British sailors who filled all of the top four places in the race and ultimately all three medal positions... [more]
Paige Railey wins Gold Medal at Princess Sofia Trophy Marni Lane, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) won a gold medal today in a competitive Laser Radial fleet of 62 boats at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain... [more]
Medal Races at Princesa Sophia Mapfre - third ISAF World Cup event Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, Princesa Sofia Mapfre Trophy, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, concluded with intense racing in the Medal Race staging the best top ten sailors in each class.... [more]
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