Missing yacht mystery...Kiwis firing in Palma...Powerboats rough it in Wellington

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Sail-World New Zealand: 30 March 2010

Tafadzwa comes alongside the wharf in the Chatham Islands  
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 30 March 2010.

New Zealand's Olympic Squad have generally got away to a good start in the first international regatta of the 2010 season. Sailing from the Spanish resort of Palma - an island offshore from Valencia and Alicante, where the Kiwis are holding top five places in three classes, after two days of racing.

In this edition we have reports and images from the first two day's racing.

The points table, class by class, tells a different story - with some fleets being split for qualifying, and others racing in large single fleets.

Of special interest to New Zealanders will be the performance of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion in the RS:X class, Tom Ashley, who is returning to the international circuit after a year off. So far, Ashley is sailing well and has made a good comeback.

Womens Match Racing in the Elliott 6's, Day 2, Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma, ESP  Nico Martinez ©

The television and front page news in New Zealand has been dominated by the finding of Paul van Rensburg's yacht off the Chatham Islands, having been on a relatively short voyage from Tauranga to Gisbourne. The search was given up in rather controversial circumstances after just three days.

At this stage no-one knows how he went overboard, it is a little surprising how the yacht got so quickly into the area in which she was found, and also that his dog seems to have survived for the fortnight that the yacht has been listed as missing. In this edition we have some composite news reports and video. It is standard practice for the authorities not to comment until a full investigation has been carried out including a coronial process.

Day 2, Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma, ESP  Nico Martinez ©

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Jason Geale and Mike Leigh in Smales farm (windward cross the finish line to win the OKI 24 Hour Race 2010  Richard Gladwell

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The Bakewell-White designed Doosan on her way to winning the NZ Offshore Powerboats race in Wellington  Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com

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Kiwi and Canadian Laser sailors take OKI 24 Hour Race
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealander Jason Geale and top Canadian Laser sailor, Michael Leigh won the OKI 24 Hour race sailed on North Shore's Lake Pupuke over the weekend. The completed 94 laps of the windward leeward course, one lap ahead of Aaron Hume-Merry and Blair McLay. Third placed overall crew were Chris Steele (a former World Optimist champion) and Thomas Saunders, who also took the prize for top Youth crew.... [more]
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Images from Palma: Princess Sofia Trophy - Day 2
Nico Martinez,
Top international photographer, Nico Martinez presents a gallery from the second day of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta being sailed in Palma, Spain - the third leg of the ISAF World Sailing Cup... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Trujillo leads Finns
Robert Deaves,
Rafael Trujillo (ESP) the Spanish sliver medalist from 2004 and the 2007 World Champion sits on top of the 53 boat Finn fleet after day one at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre in Palma... [more]
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Kiwis in top five in three classes on Day 2 in Princess Sofia Trophy
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Shifty and difficult conditions challenged sailors competing on day two at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain. Members of the NZL Sailing Team returned mixed results on the second day of the six day regatta. Tom Ashley remains the best placed of the New Zealanders retaining third position in the Men's RS:X fleet, who added two races overnight. Ashley was se... [more]
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Maritime NZ defends decision to call off search early
Maritime New Zealand has defended its decision to call off the search for missing yachtie Paul Van Rensburg after three days. Van Rensburg had not been seen since March 12 when he left Tauranga on his yacht, Tafadzwa. His yacht was finally found by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion on a training flight, about 110km west of the Chatham Islands, shortly before 2.00pm on Sunday... [more]
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19 year old sailor signs up for Velux 5 Oceans Solo Round the World
Velux 5 Oceans Media,
One of the UK's most exciting young sailors has confirmed his entry into the oldest solo round the world yacht race – the 2010 VELUX 5 OCEANS. Nineteen-year-old Oscar Mead will line up against some of the world's top sailors for the 30,000-mile VELUX 5 OCEANS race which starts in France in October. Oscar hit the headlines last year after becoming, at the tender age of 18, the youngest person ev... [more]
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Princess Sofia Trophy: Finns start racing, mixed Day 2 for Kiwis
Event Media and Sail-World,
After 'a difficult day' and with the help of the wind, Spanish sailor Rafa Trujillo takes the lead of the Finn class overall standings with a second and third place in the two races sailed today, on Day 2 of the Princess Sofia Trophy. 'There are top level sailors with very equal level' said Trujillo after beating his rivals. The Spanish sailor was happy with his regular performance and said his go... [more]
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Challenging conditions produce mixed results on Day 1 in Palma
Neus Jordi/ISAF,
The 41st Trofeo SAR Princesa SofĂ­a MAPFRE kicked off today with light and unstable winds producing mixed results for competitors on the Bay of Palma for regatta three of the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup season. The overall results show some familiar names in the top five in most classes but there are some surprises. A clear example is found in the 470 men, with 93 boats divided in two groups... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Canada's Cape Breton Island leading into San Francisco
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 09-10 They have been racing for four weeks now and with three of the yachts competing in Clipper 09-10 now fewer than 1,000 miles away from their goal and Cape Breton Island closing in fast on the Golden Gate Bridge, the end of this gruelling marathon across the vast expanse of the Pacific is tantalisingly close for some of the crews... [more]
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Formula Windsurfing - Thrilling race ends 2010 Worlds in Argentina
Formula Windsurfing,
The Governor of Mendoza joined the Race Officer, Antonio Lamadrid, on the starting boat for the last race of the 2010 Worlds on Lake Potrerillos. He was then treated to a thrilling, and fitting, finale to this years championship. The wind built throughout the race, and once again delivered a challenging spectacle.... [more]
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Riggtech – Build it -Rig it -Sail it
John Curnow,
It's impossible to talk about Riggtech without first looking at its founder, Phill Bate. As Phill, himself explains, 'I've been at it since I was a kid. Dad and I built boats, rigged them and then sailed them. I was always sailing, but it was at this time that I got very interested in the rigging. It was a great grounding for understanding loads....... [more]
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'Absolutely Positively' action packed Wellington Offshore Powerboats
Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com,
The talking was done on the water with the Bakewell-White designed Team Doosan winning by half a lap from Team 3 and one lap from Fairview Windows and Doors. It was a race was full of action and some near disasters, with Fairview completing a 360 degree barrel roll on lap 3 to land the right way up. It was amazing that the crew managed to get the boat going and made a creditable third place.... [more]
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Princess Sofia Regatta kicks off in Palma, Spain
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
Racing is underway for members of the NZL Sailing Team competing at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain, the opener on the 2010 Olympic class European circuit. Light and unstable winds, in the order of 6-8 knots, prevailed across the race courses on Day one. Tom Ashley has made a strong start in the Men's RS:X board sailing sitting in third place overall after... [more]
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Kiwis Olympic sailors off to good start in Spanish World Cup regatta
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand sailors have generally got off to a good start in the Princess Sofia Trophy, the regatta is sailed from Palma on the island of Mallorca, off the Spanish coast offshore from Valencia and Alicante. The regatta marks the international return of Tom Ashley, 2008 Olympic Gold medalist in the RS:X Mens event. Ashley scored a sixth and second in the two races sailed... [more]
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Dog only aboard missing yacht found off Chatham Islands
Missing man Paul van Rensburg has not been found on his yacht, drifting off the Chatham Islands, but his dog has been recovered alive. The 40-year-old South African went missing after leaving Tauranga for Gisborne on March 12 with his dog, Juanita. He was reported missing four days later and his 11-metre steel-hulled yacht, Tafadzwa, was spotted by an Air Force P3 Orion 110km west of the isl... [more]
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Butterworth - I'll defect if it means a crack at the America's Cup
Brad Butterworth is determined to sail in the next America's Cup, unequivocally shunning retirement talk, admitting he would sail for a new syndicate to chase his dream of winning back the Auld Mug, should his current team fold. The Alinghi skipper was back in New Zealand during the past week for a holiday after (for once) sailing in the losing syndicate during last month's deed-of-gift match... [more]
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Whitianga Festival of Speed: Big Boat race - Two for McGill??
Paul Shanahan,
Was Bruce McGill a one show wonder or will he be able to uphold Riviera's reputation and repeat the 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed big boat race win? The word around the docks is that he is quietly shivering in his sea boots, knowing the competition may have got his measure this time.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Azzurra the Crimson Blazer holders
Rich Roberts,
Francesco Bruni and his team Azzurra crew squeezed the last bit of breath out of the 46th Congressional Cup Saturday. Unusually capricious conditions for the venue bedeviled the four semifinalists with a simmering offshore Santa Ana desert breeze arriving at 18 knots from the east... [more]
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Heavy seas prevent boarding of missing New Zealand yacht
Richard Gladwell,
A fishing vessel in the vicinity had diverted to the yacht but heavy seas meant it was too dangerous to try to board it. 'The skipper of the fishing vessel has told RCCNZ he used a loud hailer to try and attract the attention of anyone on board but received no response,' Lunt says.... [more]
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Australian 18 Footers Club Championship Race 15
Frank Quealey,
The Thurlow Fisher Lawyers team of Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas took out Race 15 of the Australian 18 Footers Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today, which also gave them an overall win in the series... [more]
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Hydroptere aims for 40 day circumnavigation in 2013
Jeni Bone,
The team that built the massive 'flying' boat that has smashed world records for speed on water is now poised to sail round the world in under 40 days.... [more]
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