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 13 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 October 2011

Rena pictured to starboard as 4-5 metre seas break aboard.  New Zealand Defence Force
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 October 2011

The Rena Disaster has dominated the news this week - both on Sail-World and the mainstream news.

It is New Zealand's most serious environmental disaster and has already badly damaged some great sailing, cruising and beach areas, however it has the potential to be a lot worse. Particularly if the slick moves north blown by the moderate offshore winds that are predicted for the next five days.

One person we spoke to regarding the disaster, and with many years experience in oil clean up, told us the spill could reach Auckland and that the effects would last for many years - based on experience with other such spills.

Oil booms being prepared at Maketu Estuary. - Rena Disaster - 13 October 2011  Maritime NZ

There are still no definitive answers as to the delay in getting the oil off the Rena. Certainly people we have spoken to outside Maritime NZ circles find the situation very difficult to believe. And as one told Sail-World this was NZ's opportunity to show the world how to quickly avert a potential ecological disaster. Maybe the answers will come out one day, in the course of an official inquiry, but at this stage there is no point dwelling on might have been.

Sadly much of what has happened, was totally predictable. A look at the weather five day prognosis as soon as she rammed the Astolabe Reef showed good weather for five days, but with signs that was going to end around Sunday. On Saturday it was obvious that the weather was going to turn to custard this week. And on Sunday evening we predicted the Rena would break up on Wednesday - which is what happened.

Oiled penguin - Rena Disaster 12 October 2011  Maritime NZ

It is more than a little galling to hear each day's developments portrayed as being something completely out of the blue. The die was cast on the first three days of this incident, and what has happened since has flowed from those decisions.

You only get one chance with the sea.

From what we hear, it is expected that sailing will be shut down for some months in the Tauranga and Mt Maunganui area.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing past the race village - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8  Lloyd Images ©

Far from the slicks of Tauranga, the Extreme 40's are sailing again - this time in Almeria, Spain.

Emirates Team NZ have got back on the pace after the first day of the regatta, and are lying in the top three - their best start yet - and with Adam Beashel on the helm. We have the report on the first day of racing in this edition, and will be updating on as the regatta progresses.

Oracle Racing are now running a four boat AC-45 campaign - and will also build two AC-72's - a total of six boats  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

We are also featuring an update on several aspects of the America's Cup - most of them as yet unannounced but we are reasonably certain the information is accurate. As with most things to do with this phase of the America's Cup, it is a moving feast, and what may be on the money this week, is not going to happen come the next.

Winner - Yacht Racing Images 2010  Thierry Martinez ©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup: Oracle Racing acquires two new boats for training
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing (USA) has returned to the host city for a fall training session. In the last training session in June, coinciding with a Media Week, Team CEO Russell Coutts capsized his AC45 wingsail catamaran in full view of the cameras... [more]
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REAL NZ Festival of Sails concludes with NZ Business Games
RPNYC Events,
The REAL New Zealand Festival of Sails concluded this week with its final event being the New Zealand Business Games yacht race. Sixteen teams arrived at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club to meet their skippers and crews and head out onto the harbour.... [more]
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Koru Match wins NZ Womens Match Racing title in close final
Five women's teams descended on Wellington for the New Zealand Sailing Team's Women's match racing championships with the aim of impressing the selectors and perhaps gaining one of the two spots available for New Zealand at the ISAF Sailing Championships. The event started on Thursday 06 October running to to Sunday 09 October... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Qualifier- Asian Match Racing Championship day 2
Monsoon Cup Media,
It's Day 2 of the Asian Match Racing Championship and seven teams from across the Asia Pacific are vying for just one precious spot at the Monsoon Cup, the final event on the ISAF 2011 World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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STACK Winter Champs 2011 Coaching programme wraps up
David Gunn and Brian Haybittle,
The coaching programme for the STACK Winter Champs 2011 wraps up today after two days of intensive on the water coaching. 120 of New Zealands best young sailors were coached in some testing conditions by 20 of our best young coaches. The annual Winter Champs Regatta is being sailed off Murrays Bay Sailing Club 14th to 16th October. Sponsored again by STACK the Business Interior Specialists.... [more]
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Rena Disaster brings competitive and recreational sailing to a halt
Richard Gladwell,
The Rena Disaster has impacted on both centreboard and keelboat sailing in Tauranga. The disaster will have a significant effect on another of New Zealand's top sailing centres, with sailing also being badly disrupted in Christchurch after a multiplicity of earthquakes. Sailing outside the harbour is fraught due to half submerged containers floating towards the harbour entrance... [more]
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Maritime NZ Public Update and Advisory - Rena Disaster - 13 October
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Thursday 13 October, issued a media release/public notice in regard to the Rena Disaster updating on the situation and containing public information relating to the environmental disaster. All media outlets have been asked to run this information.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup Qualifiers: Asian Match Racing - Giving it a red hot go
Monsoon Cup Media,
The field is tight after day one of the Asian Match Racing Championship (October 12-15). Seven teams from across the Asia Pacific are fighting for a single berth at the final event on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 1 - Tricky and challenging conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is now underway in Almeria and the public literally arrived in the thousands on the opening day, making the most of Spain's national Bank Holiday. Soaking up the party atmosphere and enjoying the activities and entertainments on shore ahead of the main event when the 11 Extreme 40s took to the water... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders nearing the equator
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race Class40 leaders are digging into the South-East Trades whilst the two mid-fleet boats are getting snared by the Doldrums and the tail-enders are proceeding to pile into the pack. During the night and into Wednesday morning, Mabire and Merron succeeded in pushing Campagne de France around one knot quicker than Ross and Campbell Field on BSL... [more]
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BMW Berlin Match Race preview
Anne Stadtfeld,
The BMW Berlin Match Race is set to take place from second to 6th November 2011. The event will this year be hosted by the Sailing Club House at Wannsee (Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee, VVSaW), together with the Berlin Yacht Club (BYC), and is advertised as a Grade One event by the International Sailing Federation. There will be 12 skippers, 48 top sailors, 186 head-to-head duels on the water... [more]
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EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix preview
John Friend,
EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix - Prior to the start of racing proper on Thursday, competitors today have been getting to grips with sailing on the Murcia region's Mar Menor. One of Spain's best kept secrets to the sailing world, this 170sqkm salt water lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a 22km long spit of sand, known as La Manga.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Major repairs at sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland and Derry-Londonderry are considering how to repair their badly damaged mainsails after piercing large holes in them with their spinnaker poles in strong downwind conditions.... [more]
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Asian Match Racing Championship - Nicholas and Tiller lead the pack
Monsoon Cup Media,
The Asian Match Racing Championship (AMRC) commenced today as seven sailing teams from around Asia congregrated at Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu, home to the Monsoon Cup. The winner of the AMRC will be assured of a place at the Monsoon Cup, the final leg of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour at the same venue from 22nd to 27th November.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Public Update and Advisory - Rena Disaster - 12 October
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 12 October, issued a media release/public notice in regard to the Rena Disaster updating on the situation and containing public information relating to the environmental disaster. All media outlets have been asked to run this information. Also included are Youtube clips from the daily Media Conference held in in Tauranga this afternoon:... [more]
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Eclectic fleet and big names for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011
Jennifer Crooks and Di Pearson,
Starting on 26 December, at 1300 hours AEDT on Sydney Harbour, among the applications are serious line honours and overall race victory contenders, international yachts, young female skippers, single-handed round the world sailors, America's Cup yachtsmen and home grown entries from every Australian state.... [more]
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Sailing around Britain to save lives - Oliver is almost home
Sail-World Cruising,
For almost seven months, Oliver Rofix, a leukaemia survivor, has been sailing around Britain. In July, 2005, this previously athletic young man was diagnosed with leukaemia and, with the help of a donor and time, he was cured. Wanting to 'give something back' He started the sail to convince other young people to become donors - so far, he has an amazing 35 volunteers - 35 lives to be saved.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Chaotic for some, stable for others
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have now been at sea for fifteen days in Leg 1. The Class40s are currently straddling the Doldrums with the leaders some 200 miles north of the equator and sailing over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Both Cessna Citation in third place and Financial Crisis in fourth are locked into the exhausting and potentially boat-damaging cycle of squalls and calms... [more]
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Stricken ship's Master arrested as containers topple in Rena Disaster
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
There have been two significant developments in the Rena Disaster.Seventy containers have fallen off the ship overnight as she continues to be pounded by 4-5 metre seas off Tauranga. Rena has now broken amidships. This story is being updated through the day - including on the water photos and video from media briefings ashore.... [more]
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Yacht Racing Image of the Year Award at World Yacht Racing Forum
Maisam Rattansi,
The best yacht racing photograph of the year will once again be awarded during the World Yacht Racing Forum by the event's Gold Partner Mirabaud. Professional yacht racing photographers from around the world are invited to submit their best yacht racing image from 2011 before Monday 31st October... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Almeria for Act 8 - Preview + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8 is being held in Almeria, Spain from tomorrow 12th October 2011. The 11 Extreme 40 racing machines are ready to race. Some of the teams have been out training today on the official practice day including the new multinational team, Team TILT, led by Swiss multihull specialist Alex Schneiter, three-time of the Bol d'Or.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crash gybes cause mayhem on Singapore and Visit Finland. 'No skipper likes to be woken up to find his boat sailing, on her side, backwards down waves in the pitch black at a fair speed,' according to Ben Bowley, skipper of Singapore. The 28-year-old refers to the situation he found himself in the early hours of this morning following an accidental gybe.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Update: Tue 11 Oct - Rena rotates through 25 degrees
Maritime NZ,
The latest update from Maritime NZ on the Rena grounding was provided in a media release at 1900hrs Tuesday evening. Four to five metre high swells coupled with a high tide are moving the 236 metre vessel, and she has altered her list from 11 degrees to port to 15 degrees to starboard - rotating over 25 degrees. Additionally she has pivoted on the reef in the 30kts winds and moderate seas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta – L'Esprit d'Equipe joins fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta – Lionel Péan, the original skipper of Whitbread 1985-86 winner L'Esprit d'Equipe, will reunite with his crew and his boat for the regatta and reunion. The 58' sloop will join a growing fleet of boats from the first 10 races including race winning yacht Steinlager 2.... [more]
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WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup – Mirsky defeats Berntsson in close final
Kinley Fowler,
WMRT Argo Group Gold Cup – The Wave Muscat won the Bermuda Gold Cup in fine form, defeating Sweden's Johnnie Berntsson in a closely fought finals that went right down to the wire. Both teams left the dock after the final of the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup final, with The Wave Muscat up one point, having won the first race of the day sailed in the morning.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Update: Tue 11 Oct - Mayday as Rena shifts big oil spill
Maritime NZ,
The latest update from Maritime NZ on the Rena grounding was provided in a media release at 0930 Tuesday morning. The short story is that onshore seas have caused the Rena to shift, and come more upright. While the authorities claim that this is a result of rock crushing below her bow. There has been a major oil spill with 130-350 tonnes released... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Emerging from the Doldrums
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet are negotiating the Doldrums while the leaders are rapidly closing-up some 360 miles north of the equator. The remainder of the fleet are scurrying west in an attempt to avoid an area of light airs ballooning towards them from the southeast.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to complete qualifying miles
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have agreed to sail a further 111 miles to complete their qualification following their retirement from a test race over the weekend. During the 360-mile qualifying race from Alicante to Palma, Mallorca and back, the six boats were required to carry out several safety drills.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Fisher & Paykel latest entry
Lizzie Ward,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Fisher & Paykel, which fought fiercely with fellow maxi ketch Steinlager 2 for the entire 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race, will join her old rival on the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race Legends, the first regatta and reunion for veterans of the first ten Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races.... [more]
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Malaysian Match Racing Championship - Jeremy Koo defends his title
Monsoon Cup Media,
Malaysian Match Racing Championship (MMRC) - Jeremy Koo (Abdullah Chan/KRT) emerged winner of the MMRC held at Ri-Yaz Heritage Spa and Resort in Pulau Duyong, Kuala Terengganu. Following a dramatic race to the finish, Koo emerged victorious and won the chance to represent Malaysia at the Monsoon Cup, which will take place at the same venue in Terengganu from 22nd to 27th November... [more]
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