2012 Olympic aspirants in the 49er class, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke training on Tauranga Harbour Burling Media
Welcome to Sail-World.com'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
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.
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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