Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 20 February 2011
The Two man Round the North Island race got underway on Saturday afternoon, off North Shore's Devonport Wharf.
Despite the light winds the first two finishers have made reasonably good time, with Akatea crossing just after 1300hrs and Karma Police second home just after 1700hrs this afternoon.
In this edition we feature photos from the start, along with several race reports from Sarah Ell and the Short Handed Sailing Association of New Zealand. If you wish to follow the progress of the race some of the boats do have tracking devices aboard reporting back every two minutes. Karma Police is one of these - so you can get an idea of where the race leaders are positioned.
We'll try to give some weather updates via Predictwind or you can get a free forecast from the site. From our preview the fleet should get the benefit of a building south westerly around Wednesday on the next leg down the west coast of the North Island headed for Wellington.
Karma Police (foreground) and Akatea to leeward - SSANZ Round North Island Race 2011 Jodie Bakewell-White
Tonight the first round of the Extreme 40's gets underway in Oman. In this edition we feature some preliminary stories including two from Dean Barker, skipper of the Emirates Team New Zealand entry. There's also an update from Emirates Team NZ themselves on the Extreme 40 and their America's Cup situation.
The round the world races continue, in this edition we have the latest updates from the Velux 5 Oceans and the Barcelona Two-handed Races, with the news that a broken forestay will force Estrella Damm into Wellington for a 48hour stopover.
A cheery farewell from the crew of the biggest yacht in the race - SSANZ Round North Island Race 2011 Jodie Bakewell-White
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Two Man Round NI: First two boats home in Mongonui SSANZ Media, Akatea has finished the first leg of the Round North Island two-handed race, coming in clear ahead of the next bunch of boats. Akatea finished at 13.06.29, completing the 152 mile leg in just over 23 hours. Race director David Cooke says although there is an excellent 15 knot northeasterly in Mangonui itself, further out in Doubtless Bay and south along the coast there is very little breeze... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team NZ on Extreme 40's and America's Cup progress Emirates Team NZ Media, Emirates Team New Zealand's focus switches to the Middle East for the next week and some top multi-hull competition. Dean Barker, Jeremy Lomas, James Dagg and Glenn Ashby are preparing in Oman for the first Extreme 40 catamaran series regatta for 2011.... [more] Share this story
Dean Barker: Three practice races - one win in Extreme 40's Dean Barker and Extreme 40 Media, Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker reports on the preliminaries for the Extreme 40 series in Oman, UAE Today we had three practice races as our final prep for the racing tomorrow. We sailed in a very difficult 6-12 knot onshore breeze which had big holes and shifts.... [more] Share this story
Images from Two man Around North Island start Jodie Bakewell-White, Jodie Bakewell-White was on hand to capture these images from the start of the two Man Around North Island race today. Held every two years the event is in its 11th edition and attracted a capacity field of 40 entries - three of which had to drop out due to last minute issues.... [more] Share this story
Round NI Race: Slow start for two-handers Sarah Ell, SSANZ, Light winds could make for a slow first leg of the SSANZ Round the North Island two-handed race, with the leading yachts barely at Tiri Tiri Matangi Island two hours after the 2pm start off Devonport Wharf, Auckland. The forecast is for the light sea breeze which carried the yachts out the Rangitoto Channel to die later in the day, and with an incoming tide until 9.40 tonight, progress could be... [more] Share this story
CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Champs - Day 3 RPNYC Events, Day three of the CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Champs has been a cracker. A lovely 8-10 knot southerly with smooth waters and plenty of shifts, building to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, provided ideal match racing conditions for the competitors.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: NZL Sailing Team get to sail the AC45 Hannah Davis, New Zealand's young Olympic medal hopefuls from the NZL Sailing Team, the Yachting equivalent of the All Blacks, were given a chance to experience the ‘next step' in their sailing careers when they spent the afternoon sailing the AC45. For Jo Aleh, Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke it was second-time lucky after sailing was cancelled earlier in the week due to lack of breeze.... [more] Share this story
Centreport International Youth Match Racing Championships - Day 2 RPNYC Events, The CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championships is being held in the Wellington Inner Harbour and features the top Under 21 skippers in Australasia plus Valerio Galati who is an exciting newcomer from Italy's Lega Navale Italiana Trani.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona RW race: Broken forestay forces stop in Wellington Barcelona World Race, Estrella Damm have confirmed this morning that they will make a technical stopover in Wellington after their forestay is reported to have broken and their Solent furling drum. 'We were 15 miles from the southerly point of Cook with Bel five miles behind when the forestay broke. The mast stayed up because of the staysail and the Code Zero stays. The Solent furling drum is also in two pieces. It... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Oman - Artemis Racing images Sander van der Borch images, Artemis Racing during the practice racing before the Extreme Sailing Series starts in Muscat, Oman. Artemis Racing posted a third and a first. This gallery of images is presented by Sander van der Borch.... [more] Share this story
SB3's carving a place on the Australian scene Brendan Maxwell, Rod Jones, the SB3 Australian head honcho, was all smiles at the 2011 Audi Victoria Week's – Audi King of the Docklands event which showcased the SB3 class last month ‘This is the fourth year at Docklands and the first year in this ‘skins' format though, which is a more exciting format.... [more] Share this story
RORC Caribbean 600 - Final preparations Trish Jenkins, Yacht crews are busy at work making final preparations for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Caribbean 600. Yachts representing 15 Nations have come to Antigua to compete in the 600-mile spectacular, but none have come as far as Chris Bull's Cookson 50, Jazz, from Australia.... [more] Share this story
North American Windsurfing Championships videos day 1 and 2 Patrik Pollak, North American Windsurfing Championships for the RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula Windsurfing and Raceboard are being held in Cozumel, Mexico from February 17 to 20.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Back in the black Barcelona World Race, Estrella Damm and Groupe Bel get moving again after a long, frustrating period making very slow progress.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Cup San Diego - Ready to do battle Dobbs Davis, International high-tech sailing comes to the very front steps of downtown San Diego as nine RC44 Class yachts have arrived at the Broadway Pier in preparation for the Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego. Tilted provocatively in their innovative shipping containers, these carbon fiber yachts will soon join two already launched to compete in a series of match & fleet race sailing on San Diego Bay March 2–6.... [more] Share this story
Artemis Racing ready for Extreme Sailing Series Andrew Palfrey, Final stages of what has been a very solid prep for Act One of the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 here in Muscat, Oman. Today the guys sailed in a 9-12kts Norwester with a lumpy seaway and sunny skies. All of the 11 boat fleet were out for some practice.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Spanish duo say Non-stop is non-stop Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - As second placed Mapfre passed Wellington today, the first of the BWR fleet to pass through the Cook Strait without stopping, the Spanish 2004 Olympic champions raised the bar, adding pressure on the pack which is pursuing them but most of all on the race leaders Virbac-Paprec 3 who are heading SSE into the Pacific.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series - Tension building ahead of start of act one Extreme Sailing Series, Extreme Sailing Series - Final preparations are underway for the 11 teams ahead of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 that starts tomorrow the twentieth of February at The Wave, Muscat, and the tension is building for the 44 skippers and crew.... [more] Share this story
Young 470 crew to split up - 'looking to go and try new things'
The young 470 crew of Finn Drummond and Frankie Lardies have announced that they have decided to split up for the time being at least, to pursue other options and over the lack of clarity on the 2016 Olympic Events. 'We have decided to stop sailing in the 470 together as we are both looking to go and try new things. We both felt like doing different things this year....'... [more] Share this story
World Champion enters North American Blokart Sailing Championships Ross Vickers, Santi Oliver, Spain's dual world blokart champion has officially entered the 2011 North American Blokart Sailing Championships, lifting the field up a notch and adding a second world champion to the fleet. The event to be held on the dry lake bed from the 25th through to the 30th of March... [more] Share this story
New sailing app for iPhone: Come Sailing 1.0 John Conrader/Sail-World Cruising, Come Sailing 1.0, an app designed for sailboat owners and bareboat charterers, is now docked at the iPhone App Store. The Come Sailing app is a sailor's assistant providing nautical information, checklists, a hull speed calculator, and a sailing log book... [more] Share this story
Hugh Styles appointed as World Youth Sailing Trust coach ISAF, ISAF is delighted to announce that Hugh Styles (GBR) has been appointed as the World Youth Sailing Trust's coach and will be present at the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Zadar, Croatia to coach sailors on ISAF's Athlete Participation Programme.... [more] Share this story
RYA concerned over windfarm development site announcement Emma Slater, Eneco, the project developers behind the proposed offshore wind park off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts and to the west of the Isle of Wight, today (18 February 2011) announced their preferred location for the wind park to be positioned.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Pole after Wellington stop-over Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - After two days on land, making key repairs to the rig and boat, Virbac-Paprec 3 is back on the racecourse and in pole position this afternoon. Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron (FRA) slipped their lines at exactly 1111hrs (CET) today, having completed the mandatory 48-hours on shore for their technical stopover.... [more] Share this story
2011 Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi season starts in Oman Alinghi, Alinghi begins an exciting new journey in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series this weekend with the first event of the championship taking place in Oman. The Swiss team, back on the X40 multihulls after an absence of two years following their victorious 2008 campaign, is embarking on this new adventure with the ambition to consistently compete against eleven other top international teams.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Fleet expected to round Cape Horn within a week Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans – The fleet continues to make quick progress through the Southern Ocean bound for the ultimate landfall for sailors: Cape Horn.... [more] Share this story
North American Windsurfing Championship 2011 - Day one Patrik Pollak, North American windsurfing championship - The North American championship in RS:X, Bich Techno 293, Formula windsurfing and Race board is now in Cozumel island Mexico.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 - Soto 40 fleet is taking shape Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup - With confirmation this week that Iberdrola will campaign a Spanish entry, the 2011 circuit is looking forward to an inaugural season for the Soto 40 class starting with at least six boats representing six different nations at the first regatta of the season in May.... [more] Share this story
Extreme Sailing Series Oman - Artemis Racing joins teams at The Wave Artemis Racing, Extreme Sailing Series - Following on from two intense weeks of training in Extreme 40s, Artemis Racing have joined ten other teams at The Wave in Muscat in preparation for the start of the Extreme Sailing Series on Sunday. Newcomers to the Class, this will be the first Extreme 40 regatta for Artemis Racing.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - Tasman Sea beckons for Caffari and Corbella Coralie Rassinoux, Barcelona World Race update from Gaes Centros Auditivos. Record breaking yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, and her Spanish co skipper Anna Corbella will be exiting the south Indian Ocean later this evening as they start the climb north through the Tasman Sea towards the Cook Straits... [more] Share this story
2011 Farr 40 Australian Championship - Barking Mad leads after day one Sam Crichton, Sydney turned on a picture perfect day for the first day of racing. Leading the series after three races is Jim Richardson's Barking Mad from the USA. Richardson is on equal points with defending 2010 Farr 40 Australian Champion Guido Belgiorno Nettis' Transfusion who finished the day with two second places and a fifth.... [more] Share this story
TeamGaebler welcomes the Gulf States Ladies on board Team Extreme Roland Gaebler, TeamGaebler - We rarely had so many nations on board with us. Young girls from Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, UAE and Saudi Arabia visited us in preparing for the first Grand Prix of Extreme Sailing Series, which starts at 20 February in Muscat/Oman.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona World Race - The Wellington question Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race - To stop or not to stop? That is definitely the question for the 20 sailors in the BWR yet to announce whether they will make a pit-stop in Wellington (NZL).... [more] Share this story
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