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 18 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 18 August 2011

The US supermaxi Rambler is righted - Image WestCorkPhoto  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 August 2011

Gee, life is never dull in the sailing world is it?

Just as we were getting over the capsize and recovery of the fastest supermaxi in the world, Rambler100, comes the news that skipper Mitch Booth has parted company with the China Team entered in the 34th America's Cup.

Oh, and if that's not enough, the Volvo race organisers have just announced that there is a course deviation going to be instituted to avoid the pirate stricken Somali coast.

We have more on the plight of Rambler 100 in this edition including an update on our original story with video and images.

Team Sanya 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

From two Irish newspapers we have spliced together a story on the righting of the supermaxi, which has left both her mast and keel behind in the Irish Sea.

One of the video clips, we have featured in the latest update, was taken just minutes before the capsize, and shows Rambler100 about to round the Fastnet Rock.

Conditions are not pleasant, but the seas are not too bad - at least on the video. What is apparent is the fog and murk and poor visibility - which possibly explains why some competitors could sail past without noticing the stricken yacht.

NZL on the podium - Olympic test event  Burling/Tuke Blair Tuke

In another we can see how low Rambler was floating - again not easy to spot. From Sail-World's correspondent sailing in the race, we were told today that they were down to a trisail and No4 jib at times - heading for the Rock in 40kts winds, which are significantly more than reported.

Most of the fleet have not finished the race - only 50 as we write, and we will be continuing coverage for a day or two yet. Plus more stories from the weird world of sailing....

Red everywhere as Team Vodafone Sailing goes through Zoe and Wild Thing - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach 22nd Annual Race Week 2011  Teri Dodds - copyright

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Mitch Booth leaves China Team
China Team Media,
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America's Cup, has decided to part ways with its skipper Mitch Booth after the first AC World Series in Cascais, Portugal, last week. China Team started the week on a strong note with many good results, notably coming third in the speed trial, and had some of the most magic moments of the event.... [more]
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Piracy threat forces Volvo Ocean racers out of the water
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The escalating security problem caused by piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers to redraw the second and third leg routes in the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge. The competing boats were due to have sailed through an East African corridor in the Indian Ocean on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the third leg from Abu Dhabi... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Famous faces to attend
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Superyachts, fashion designers, super models, celebrity chefs and the sailing fraternity will descend on Hamilton Island for Australia's largest offshore yachting regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Model, actress and TV personality, Megan Gale, will make her first visit to the annual regatta to emcee the launch of the Collette Dinnigan Cruise Collection 2011... [more]
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Optimist World Championships New Zealand preview
Nathalie Van Dort,
Optimist World Championships - More than 200 of the world's most talented young sailors will converge on Napier for nearly a fortnight of competitive racing and shoreside activities. The occasion is the Optimist Worlds, an event that celebrates the fun and challenging nature of the Optimist sailing dinghy, and seeks out those that have best mastered the art of racing this popular small boat.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Capsized supermaxi Rambler righted plus Video
The Irish Times is reporting that the capsized supermaxi, Rambler 100, owned by US businessman George David, has finally been righted in Barleycove Bay, Ireland. 'The hull was being pumped out yesterday evening before the yacht was towed into port without its mast and rigging,' says the Times. 'Seán Harrington of Atlantic Towage and Marine Ltd of Castletownbere, Co Cork, said the location of... [more]
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Taylor Burn leads the 2011 Splash Worlds after first day
O'Shea Butler,
Testing conditions for Day 1 of the 2011 Splash Worlds have led to some mixed results for the New Zealand team. Taylor Burn is showing exceptional form and was leading after three races with two wins and a third place. Evangeline Masters and Harris Bindon are both in the top half of the field and will be looking to advance during days two and three.... [more]
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Final day images of Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011
Teri Dodds,
The Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week has come to close for 2011. Victorian photographer Teri Dodds has been fortunate, with great sailing conditions throughout the last week of competition and presents her final day of images.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Cascais Reviewed
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Cascais, Portugal the the America's Cup World Series, in which Emirates Team NZ competed and won: We had the final winner take all fleet race in Cascais today to determine who would take the ACWS trophy. As was the case last Sunday we had one 40 minute fleet race to sort out the placings.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race fleet slows down
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the pace was brisk for the first forty-eight hours but, has now slowed due to high pressure encroaching into the Celtic Sea and towards the south of Cornwall, just west of the finish in Plymouth. Since yesterday afternoon there have been just been five finishers... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup at Western Long Island Sound preview
Andrea Watson,
The Knickerbocker Cup is a qualifier for the World Match Racing Tour, with the winner gaining an automatic entry to the Argo Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious match racing events on the Tour. Twelve teams from around the world have been invited to compete in this year's event. Manhasset Bay, in western Long Island Sound, will be filled with match racing from mid-morning to late afternoon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams cross Scoring Gate
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'It has been a very action packed and fun filled 24 hours!' exclaims Singapore's skipper Ben Bowley this morning. 'After yesterday morning's position report it was clear that with some careful trimming it would be possible to make it to the Scoring Gate at the very least in third place.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Class40's head uphill for the final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - After 72 hours of racing, the Class40 fleet face beating to the finish for the final 70 miles following a predominantly offwind leg from Fastnet Rock to the Scilly Isles. With less than 200 miles of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Course remaining, the leading Class40 pack in the 17-boat fleet compressed even further with the lead constantly changing as the group lined-up in the Celti... [more]
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NZL 49er report on the just completed Olympic test event
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
It was a real buzz to stand on the podium after winning Bronze at the Olympic test event, one year out from London 2012. We're back in NZ now – missed the snow in Auckland, but it's still plenty cold enough. We finished in the top 6 in 11 of our 15 qualifying races, before winning the Medal race to secure Bronze.... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012 - What you need to know
Matthew Woodley,
Over 50 New Zealand boats have registered an interest with Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Sail Noumea 2012. Sail Noumea is an offshore yachting event to be run in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a pos... [more]
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420 and 470 Junior European Championships – Australians youths excel
Craig Heydon,
420 and 470 Junior Europeans – Australian youth sailors Galloway and Gough have won the 420 Junior European Championships in Belgium, capping off a great European season for the Queensland based pair. The win in Belgium for Galloway and Gough follows their Bronze medal at the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Croatia last month and their earlier win at Kieler Woche in Germany... [more]
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Team Sanya announce sailing team lineup and reveal new boat livery
Jess Mulquiney,
Team Sanya, the Chinese entry in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, stood proudly alongside his team members on this important day for the team and showed off their new look race boat to the world.... [more]
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WMRT Tour Card holders set to compete in Argo Group Gold Cup
Talbot Wilson,
The Argo Group Gold Cup will welcome all nine of the World Match Racing Tour Card Holders into the competition which is set to take place from October 4-9 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, though they may not all race each other in the event.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ran across finish line
Trish Jenkins,
Niklas Zennström's Ran crossed the line off Plymouth at 12:53:44 BST, in an elapsed time of 2 days 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. Rán benefitted from the retirements yesterday of 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) and 68-foot Alegre (GBR). According to Gavin Brady, Beau Geste was forced to pull out when some cracking developed in her deck and with conditions set to build around the Fastnet Rock and the onset of... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR).... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos, interviews and righting
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet - Maxi Banque Populaire V sets two new records
Voile Banque Populaire,
Maxi Banque Populaire V carries on expanding her collection of brilliant exploits, which can sometimes be source of great pride. By covering the 608 miles distance between the Solent and the famous Irish lighthouse in 32 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds, Loïck Peyron and his men are dropping a record set in 1999 by ... Loïck Peyron himself.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Weather forecast suggests west is best
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This morning Gold Coast Australia has emerged from Stealth Mode to reveal that the team has chosen a more westerly route towards the Scoring Gate – whether they make a run at the gate or chose to avoid it altogether, as De Lage Landen has opted to do, only time will tell.... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40's in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land's End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC's were still holding the lead... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet race: Azzam takes Volvo Open 70 honours
Richard Gladwell,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Azzam won the three-way battle of Volvo Open 70s in the Rolex Fastnet Race on Day 3 on Tuesday, finishing four minutes ahead of Groupama 4. Team Sanya were still on the course at 0730 GMT. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, finished first in a time of one day 18 hours 39 minutes and 0 seconds. That was well inside the monohull record for the race.... [more]
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International 470 Junior European Championships - Medal races
International 470 Class Association,
International 470 Junior European Championships - The Medal Race course for the top ten in the men/mixed and women's divisions was brought close to shore and adjacent to the beach, but was unable to escape the current which needed to be played carefully today. Some very close racing delivered outstanding medallists.... [more]
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Amazing Day onboard TeamVodafoneSailing
Teri Dodds,
Well, speechless comes to mind when you find yourself onboard TeamVodafoneSailing for a race in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. A slick crew lead by skipper Simon Hull and Kevin Peet calling tactics, sent the Orca 60 multi-hull around the 27nm course in 01:39:06, with their nearest rival Malcolm Richardson's Nacra 36 Malice coming in 37 minutes behind.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [more]
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