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 16 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 16 October 2011

2012 Olympic aspirants in the 49er class, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke training on Tauranga Harbour  Burling Media
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 16 October 2011

The Rena Disaster has hit sailors in Tauranga this weekend, with the cessation of sailing on the harbour and closure of at least two boat ramps.

The issues are several - being striking submerged containers. oil on boats, and sucking oil into the cooling systems of coach and rescue boats.

We are continuing to run the daily releases from Maritime New Zealand, but combining these into one story per day which is updated at least twice a day.

Stack Business Interiors WinChamps - Murrays Bay - 15 October 2011  Murrays Bay SC

Suffice to say the environmental situation is very serious, despite beaches being cleaned and appearing to be back in their state prior to the oil spill. The real areas of damage are in the rocky foreshore where organisms at the start of the foodchain will be badly affected, and that works its way up to larger fish and birdlife.

Hopefully Tauranga will not get to the level we saw in Qingdao, China in the 2008 Olympics - where we didn't see any sea or bird life for a week - and then it was a solitary cormorant. The reason being attributed to the destruction of the sea bed by dumping of waste from fish farming.

Emirates Team NZ suffer damage to their port hull - 15th October 2011. Extreme Sailing Series 2011 - Act 8. Almeria. Spain

  Lloyd Images ©

While humans tend to measure everything in dollars and look for compensation on that basis, unfortunately nature doesn't work that way. And once destroyed you quickly realise that no amount of money will bring sea life back. The scene on the water without the sealife we all take for granted, is eerie. Suddenly the place we knew and thought would always be there, is no more. Will Astrolabe Reef be the epicentre of New Zealand's Silent Spring?

The PUMA Ocean Racing team's Volvo Open 70 'il mostro' will be sold by auction  Puma Ocean Racing

One of the features of the keelboat racing scene has been the recycling of top trans-oceanic racers into harbour and coastal race boats. Team Vodafone Sailing, the former ORMA 60 which as Geant won several transatlantic races. There are several examples in Australia. Now the former 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Racer il Mostro - campaigned by Puma Racing is on the market - and will be sold by auction. /89665 to see the details - the auction closes in two weeks.

Emirates Team NZ are out of the Extreme Sailing Series after sustaining a collision in Almeria, Spain. We have images and some video in this edition.

Will Tiller and his Full Metal Jacket Racing Team after winning the finals of the Asian Match Racing Championships 2011  Gareth Cooke - Subzero Images ©

Plus we have the next installment in the excellent series by Emirates Team NZ Coach, Rod Davis - which while aimed at the Extreme 40's is applicable to any sailor, in terms of goal setting, and the thinking behind the strategy. Remember this series is about how Emirates Team NZ were going to improve the performance of their second crew in the Extreme Sailing Series. Don't miss it - and have a good think afterwards.

The sailboat WingNuts floats upside down in Lake Michigan off the coast of Charlevoix, Michigan, on July 18, after it capsized during the annual Race to Mackinac. (2011)  AP Photo/John L. Russell

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. The grueling two-and-a-half or three-day slog this year saw two sailors lose their lives after the fleet was struck by strong winds at night. Both came off one boat - a Kiwi 35 which capsized. In this edition of Sail-World we feature a backgrounder on the events that led to the disaster. The full inquiry report will be in the hands of US Sailing at the end of October.

Mirabaud at full throttle in front of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy 2010  Dorset Media

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Another Kiwi team heads for WMRT Monsoon Cup
Moonson Cup Media,
The Asian Match Racing Championship has been decided in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Will Tiller (Full Metal Jacket Racing) won 3-1 against David Gilmour (Team Gilmour) in the Final.... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 1 win to Gotta Love It 7
Frank Quealey,
Today was Race 1 of the 18ft Skiffs Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour. Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage kept Gotta Love It 7 near the lead throughout the race. Conditions played a big part through the fleet with many positions fluctuating for several of the top teams.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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Images of the Stack Winter Champs 2011 - Murrays Bay - Day 1
Murrays Bay Sailing Club,
The annual Winter Champs Regatta is being sailed off Murrays Bay Sailing Club sponsored by Stack the Business Interior Specialists. Here's a gallery of images from the first day of sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 12 - A look at the man behind Artemis
Skipper James Spithill gives AC commentator and USA Olympic hopeful Genny Tulloch something to talk about with a race on board ORACLE Racing. Then we head to Lake Geneva in Switzerland to uncover the man behind Artemis Racing. But not before we hit the gym with Emirates Team New Zealand's Winston Macfarlane, who gives us the lowdown on how he became part of a team who carry the weight of a nation'... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 11 - after the World Series, Plymouth
The America's Cup World Series is moving on from Plymouth, we canvas spectators on the viewing experience and preview San Diego, the third stop on the World Series. Also featuring GB Olympic coach Jim Saltonstall and China Team's search for sailing talent.... [more]
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Eurosaf High Performance Grand Prix goes remote
James Boyd,
While the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix may be a first in bringing together the kiteboards, skiffs, foilers and catamarans in one regatta, another technical innovation being showcased here on Murcia's Mar Menor is that of a remote control model helicopter from which high definition video can be shot.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Public Update and Advisory - Rena Disaster - 16 October
Maritime NZ,
This morning, the team expects to use extractor fans to remove gases from the fuel tank. Maritime NZ, on Sunday 16 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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Rod Davis: Making Emirates Team NZ's Game Plan for Almeria
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team New Zealand's Coach Rod Davis continues his behind the scenes look at the riding instructions for the the team going into the Extreme sailing Series at Almeria, Spain: Last week I mentioned 'making a game plan' for our Extreme 40 regatta in Almeria, which very soon we are about to start racing. So come with me while we go through this. It all starts with regatta targets.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ out of Extreme 40 regatta after serious collision
Emirates Team New Zealand has withdrawn from the Extreme Sailing Series Almeria regatta, being sailed in Spain, following a collision in the second to last race of Day 4. The yacht was holed in the port hull and started taking on water forcing the crew to retire from the race. No one was hurt.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 4 smashing action + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 welcomed 18 knot winds to Almeria on day four which ramped up the action a few gears. Attending spectators were treated to an exciting day of close Extreme 40 combat within the stadium of the port of Almeria. Alinghi, the Swiss team, lead overall scoring three firsts and three seconds in the ten races that took place.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet enter the South-East Trades
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race is currently underway and late on Friday, the final two Class40s broke free of the Doldrums and dug into the South-East Trades. Both Phesheya Racing in fifth place and Sec. Hayai in sixth place are gaining speed after three days of nerve racking conditions. Shortly after 23:00 GMT on Friday, Cessna Citation sailed across the Equator in third place... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams avoid icebergs
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - An eventful 24 hours has seen some of the yachts having to take evasive action to avoid icebergs in their path and Gold Coast Australia reach the Southern Ocean Scoring Gate first. It is unusual to see icebergs as far north as 45 degrees south, especially at this time of year.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 joins the 50 knot club + Video
Paul Larsen,
We just got back in from a great session and I'm happy to say that Vestas Sailrocket 2 is now in the 50 knot club. We did three runs culminating a great final sprint where she just surged over the 50 knot mark recoding a peak of 50.53 knots. On the previous run she hit over 46 knots.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Public Update and Advisory - Rena Disaster - 15 October
Maritime NZ,
Two boat ramps have been closed, and a boat cleaning station will be established. Maritime NZ, on Saturday 15 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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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 Day 3 - Team GAC Pindar on form + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is currently underway in Spain and on day 3 the ISAF World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams, has helmed Team GAC Pindar to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage in Almeria. This is the first time his team has ever led the overall standings in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series global tour.... [more]
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EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix day 2 excellent racing
John Friend,
The second day of the of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix provided weather that allowed for a full day of racing on the Murcia region of Spain's Mar Menor. The fleets of catamarans, skiffs and kiteboards were joined today by the singlehanded A-Class catamarans and the foiling Moths.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders Mabire and Merron through scoring gate
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race's two leading boats have sailed into the Southern Hemisphere and through the Fastnet Marine Scoring Gate whilst on the western side of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, the main four vessels are gradually working themselves clear of the Doldrums.... [more]
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ISWC European Speed Windsurfing Tour final leg at Weymouth
Kate Holmes,
Simmer Style Weymouth Speed Week takes place from 15 to 21 October 2011 at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The official British Championships will ensure that all possible is done to allow Harbour records to be broken, by kitesurfers, windsurfers and sailors. The event is centred on an accurately measured 500 metre course located in Portland Harbour.... [more]
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Eurosaf High Performance Grand Prix day 1 - Light conditions
John Friend,
Eurosaf High Performance Grand Prix - It's like being back in summer here in Murcia, as racing got underway for four of the five classes yesterday, with the A-Class Cats starting today, 14th October. A vital ingredient for a Eurosaf High Performance Grand Prix is wind and on the Murcia's land locked sea, the Mar Menor, this was late coming for this the first day of competition.... [more]
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Gilmour versus Gilmour on the World Match Racing Tour?
Monsoon Cup Media,
Might the sailing world be seeing history unfold as 20 year old West Australian match racer David Gilmour edges closer to a possible Monsoon Cup berth?... [more]
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Team Telefonica announced for Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Telefónica officially unveiled their crew for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 during a ceremony in Madrid today. Spain's Iker Martínez will skipper Telefónica, which boasts three Olympic gold medallists, two America's Cup winners and one Volvo Ocean Race winner.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 2 a mixed affair + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 has now wrapped up the second day of competition in Almeria. It was a mixed affair comprised of four open water races that were staged outside the port of Almeria and a stadium race inside the harbour which led to some dream starts and some nightmare endings.... [more]
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Maritime NZ Public Update and Advisory - Rena Disaster - 14 October
Maritime NZ,
Photos from onboard the stricken container ship on Friday 14 October. Maritime NZ, on Friday 14 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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Artemis Offshore Academy Development Squad new recruits
Artemis Offshore Academy,
After a grueling 52-hour selection process, seven British sailors from the 16 participating in the Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials have now been recruited to join the Development Squad.... [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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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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