Elliott 6's racing in the fifth round of the ISAF World Cup, Medemblik Margje Tempelaars
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 May 2011
Yesterday we had the privilege to sail aboard TeamVodafoneSailing - Simon Hull's ORMA60 which has become a familiar sight on the Waitemata.
We've sailed aboard a few fast boats, several supermaxi's, AC45's and now the ORMA60.
Never before have we done 30kts in a sailboat - and certainly not in less than 15kts of breeze. But we did yesterday.
What's it like? We try and give you some idea in this edition of Sail-World as we clambered and clung to the netting and crossbeams with camera and microphone to get it on video.
TeamVodafoneSailing winds up in a puff hitting close to 30kts on the Waitemata Richard Gladwell
Oddly enough, like with all the quick boats we have mentioned, there is little real sensation of speed. The sensations are more of a low level flight - and trying to read a speedo that looks like it has an electric drill running its mechanism.
On board TeamVodafoneSailing was Jon Bilger from PredictWind.com. After the ORMA60 had docked he gave a quick demonstration of the software and hardware which make up the wind and routing package aboard TVS. While sailing TVS was very impressive - so too is this package.
What PredictWind have done is develop a set of hardware and software, at a very reasonable price, which is completely integrated - meaning that it is designed to fit and run together. It is also cheap to run in terms of mobile communication costs - is simple to drive, and easy to read and comprehend. The detailed information is there at the end of the report as well.
In this edition we have another video, shot in very cosy conditions down below TVS, as Jon Bilger takes us through the features of PredictWind and what it can do for you, whether you are a cruiser, a racer or just sitting at home wondering what the wind and weather is going do over the next few days.
Last Friday afternoon, we interviewed yacht designer Greg Elliott, who never seems to be too far from the spotlight. He was certainly firing on all cylinders - before we turned the recorders on - over the decision by the International Sailing Federation to drop the Keelboats from the 2016 Olympic Games.
He'd quietened down a little for the formal interview - which stretched to two parts. The first, in this edition, covers his design development and philosophies for both cruisers and racers. Elliott talks about how he started as a designer and grew from the Elliott 5.9 project into the 140ft schooner, Mari Cha IV which nailed the TransAtlantic record for a manually winched yacht in 2005, and then talks of his more recent projects.
Mari Cha IV, the 140ft schooner for Robert Miller (HKG). Elliott Marine had a five year involvement in this project which set a TransAtlantic Speed Record
Elliott certainly makes some interesting points. He has stayed true to his design philosophies without being perverted by rating rule considerations. We've always liked his cruising boats, they are fast, simple and different. His racing boats speak for themselves.
Read the story, and watch the video, to get the true nuance of what Elliott is saying.
We'll have the second part of the interview later this week, where he talks of the ISAF decisions and gives his views as to where the sport is headed.
Lancer in the Sub Antarctic islands
Lancer are one of the success stories of the New Zealand marine industry. It is hard to believe that this company has been operating for almost 40 years producing inflatable boats, also known as RIBS. In this edition of Sail-World we profile the company and its commitment to quality. If you flick onto the link at the bottom of the story, you'll be taken to their 'skite-sheet' of achievements and milestones over almost 40 years of RIB construction. What is impressive is that while most think of RIB's as small tenders, which is certainly one use, Lancer has certainly moved on the large RIB side of the market, including developing RIBs for the military and others of a similar ilk.
One of the things you soon learn about the New Zealand marine scene, is that there is a very close relationship between the sport and the industry. The the three stories we have featured above certainly underline that relationship, to the point where it is sometimes hard to see where the sport stops and the industry starts.
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