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 24 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 October 2011

Optimist North Island Open Championships - Napier October 2011  Tim Whittaker
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 24 October 2011

Today New Zealand returns to normality having got two monkeys off our back - winning the Rugby World Cup again after almost 25 years, and beating the French in a Final. While the win is sweet, the clawmarks from these two monkeys are deep and memories painful. But well done to the All Blacks and New Zealand for a great win and unforgettable six weeks.

On Friday, TeamVodafone Sailing blitzed the field and the record in the Coastal Classic on Friday, slashing over an hour off the record in near perfect conditions for her.

In this edition we have reports and images from the race. We have plenty more images and will post some of these during the week, so stay tuned to

TeamVodafoneSailing hits warp speed - Coastal Classic - 2011  Richard Gladwell

Tauranga has taken more than a bit of a battering of late, with the Rena Disaster. It appears that sailing life is getting back to normal with Wednesday night racing recommencing.

Early next month the Tauranga Boat Expo gets underway on The Strand on 4 November which will carry the full range of water based activities. Its focus is to encourage people onto the water and to get involved in the range of water based sports which are available in the area. See the story in this issue for full details.

Jody F Millennium sustained a beating from a beam on four metre swell - oil from her was taken ashore in inflatable barges unlike the Rena almost a decade later  Maritime NZ

Staying with Tauranga, and the Rena Disaster, in this newsletter we are featuring a look at what we, and many other believe should have happened in that first few days of New Zealand's worst environmental disaster. We also look at the salvage law generally, as we don't know the specifics of the Rena or the contracts that have been cut. However it is an interesting situation - and we leave you to draw your own conclusions.

The weekend of the Tauranga Boat Expo also covers the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, which stops over in Auckland from 8-18 March, 2012 in just over four months time. Hopefully after the Rugby World Cup, Auckland has learned to party in the waterfront area, and this should be a great event. In this edition we tell you how you can get involved as a volunteer, and make this event a great occasion for sailing and for New Zealand.

Ilex looking forward to a fast ride - Coastal Classic - 2011  Richard Gladwell

Just before the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, the Clash of the Cove will be sailed on March 2,3 and 4. It promises to be a great event, in a great venue at the Marsden Cove marina. In this edition of Sail-World we have the latest update and the options for you and your friends to participate in this great event.

Congratulations to Ralph Roberts on being presented with the New Zealand Olympic Order by International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, on Thursday. We take a brief look at Ralph's contribution to the Olympic effort in New Zealand over a period that began in 1960. His contribution in other areas has been just as significant, if not more - and certainly he on of the few who have put more back into the sport than they have taken out.

Happy times - Tony Bouzaid (left) father Lou Bouzaid (centre) and Chris Bouzaid (right) all made a big mark in the sport in many and different ways.  Bouzaid Family Collection

In this edition of's newsletter we have re-run the editorial story, dedicated to Tony Bouzaid, published late last week, along with a photo gallery of some of the many high points in Tony's sailing life. These images were kindly provided by the Bouzaid family, and will bring back great memories for many.

The venue for Tony's service has been changed, due to the expected numbers and will now take place in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell at the slightly earlier time of 12 noon.

What is this? We'll have the full story and images on in the next day or so.  Richard Gladwell

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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Coastal Classic record slashed as all have a fast ride north
Despite very optimistic forecasts yesterday it seemed almost too much to hope for that the sub-six hour record would finally be broken in the NZMYC Coastal Classic, but Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, did it when they crossed the finish line in five hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds.... [more]
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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain
Richard Gladwell,
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain.... [more]
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Tony Bouzaid: Images from a rich Sailing Life
Bouzaid Family Collection,
Tony Bouzaid, former New Zealand Sailor of the Year and twice winner of the World Half Ton Cup passed away suddenly in Auckland last weekend. His service will be held on Tuesday in Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. Here courtesy of the Bouzaid family we present some images from Tony's sailing life... [more]
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America's Cup: Top young Kiwi match racers sign up with China Team
Richard Gladwell,
Two top New Zealand match racers have signed with the China Team, which is competing on the America's Cup World Series and has entered the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Phil Robertson and Garth Ellingham, who are both members of the Waka Racing Team, ranked tenth on the WMRT leaderboard for 2011. They will join China Team just in time for their participation in the upcoming China Cup reg... [more]
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Auckland Stopover - Your chance to get involved - Volunteer now!
Penny Dain,
The Auckland Stopover team for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race is now recruiting volunteers to work in all areas both on and off the water before, during and after the Stopover. 'We have planned a fantastic Race Village, wonderful facilities for the competing crews and a great entertainment programme for the visiting public,' says Auckland Stopover Port Director Tom Mayo. 'Now we are looking for v... [more]
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Clash at the Cove - October 2011 Update
Paul Shanahan,
You're invited to the ultimate sailor's party - 'Clash at the Cove' It goes something like this; Friday race from Auckland to Whangarei, have a party and prize giving, more races on Saturday then have a bigger party and more prize giving, get up late on Sunday, have breakfast and cruise home. If this sounds like your idea of a great weekend sailing event, read on.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Decision time arrives for fleet
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 has now began week four with a fast dash south for fleet leaders Campagne de France and BSL as a high-pressure system north-east of the Falkland Islands was predicted to spread across the South Atlantic and shut the door for a downwind Leg 1 finish line in Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet face ultimate drawbridge
The Rolex Middle Sea Race's 70 strong fleet set out on Saturday, 22 October and are now headed towards the Sunday evening sunset. A handful of boats in the fleet have found themselves facing the ultimate drawbridge, the Strait of Messina.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – High pressure forces split in fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It's all set for a nail biting final week of the race from Cape Town to Geraldton Western Australia as all of the teams make their move north towards the finish line. The high pressure system, which has dominated proceedings in the last few days, is still influencing decisions of the tacticians on board the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Buckley Systems back in front with six days to go
Ross Field,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - With six days until the finish of the first leg BSL have overtaken their French rivals on Campagne de France. We have finally got back in front - it's a great feeling but the battle will continue to the finishing line - my old mate is not going to give up that's for sure and the next six days are going to be full of drama no doubt.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series Race 2 - Fisher & Paykel lead
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge - It was a day to remember for the Fisher & Paykel crew of Andrew Chapman, Ewan Duckworth and Tim Baraclough when they came from behind to take out race 2 of the series today.... [more]
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Ralph Roberts presented with NZ Olympic Order by Jacques Rogge
During the 100th anniversary of Olympic Movement in New Zealand, Olympic yachtsman Ralph Roberts received the New Zealand Olympic Order. The award was presented by Jacques Rogge, President of the IOC for Ralph's outstanding service to the Olympic Movement in New Zealand.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 23 October: Another small oil release
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Sunday 23 October: 'We've now had 12 days without any significant release of oil from Rena,' Captain van Wijngaarden said. 'We are continuing to clean and re-clean the open stretch of beach and we are confident the amounts of residual oil in the water are low.'... [more]
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Double World champion, Tony Bouzaid, dies suddenly in New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,
The venue of the service has been changed for Tony Bouzaid, past winner of the NZ Yachtsman of the Year, double world champion and winner of numerous titles in the dinghy and skiff classes. He was also a noted conservationist and in conjunction with his brother Chris Bouzaid ran the highly successful Hood Sails loft in Auckland, before he moved to Great Barrier Island, 50 miles from Auckland.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ Camper try All Black training drills - Video
Ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup Final, the crew of Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ are putting into practice some of the training techniques they have picked up from sessions with the All Black coaches. In this video, Tony Rae takes us through some of the key moves during a training session, aboard Camper.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 22 October: Pumping oil continues
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Saturday 22 October: At 2pm today, the total amount of oil pumped from the port tank of the cargo vessel Rena was confirmed at 256 tonnes, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. The weather forecast remains good for further pumping over the next few days.... [more]
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Exciting on and off the water action at the Tauranga Boat Expo

With exhibitor space sold out and a full schedule of on the water activities, TMIA Chairman Brian Kent is confident the Expo will be a real crowd pleaser. ‘We have a large range of on the watercraft including kayaks, powerboats and jet skis' says Brian, ‘in addition there will be marine suppliers who can give people tips on everything from fishing rods and reels, lures and water safety'.... [more]
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Bright start to the 2011 Coastal Classic - Paul Gilbert's images
Paul Gilbert,
In bright sunshine and breeze the Coastal Classic once again defined Auckland as the City of Sails, aquapx photographer Paul Gilbert took a welcome interlude from documenting rugby for his `Outside the Stadium' book, to enjoy the welcomed public access to Devonports Torpedo Wharf... [more]
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Karma Police with Unitec crew competes in Coastal Classic
Gia Dumo,
Karma Police, the first carbon composite race boat built at Unitec based on the design of Marine Technology lecturer Rob Shaw, saw action again in the biggest race in New Zealand over the Labour Day weekend.... [more]
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Team Japan compete in Optimists on the waters of Hawke Bay
Rosie Mannering,
A team of Japanese sailors are competing at the Optimist North Island Open Championships, as hosts of junior members of the Napier Sailing Club which started on Friday. Many competitive junior New Zealand sailors have benefitted from the generosity of a Japanese scheme started 24 years ago. Five kiwis and a coach/mentor have been making the journey across the Pacific to attend the All Japan Re... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego - Edmond de Rothschild Group team with Aleph
Kate Jennings,
The America's Cup World Series will undertake its third edition in San Diego, California from 12-20 November. It has now been announced that Pierre Pennec, Christophe Espagnon, and Thierry Fouchier of Edmond de Rothschild Group will be sailing aboard the AC45 Aleph – Equipe de France for the event.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Teams carry out final preparations
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Dockside tensions are mounting in Alicante as the countdown to the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race in its 38-year history enters its final stage. The Iberdrola In-Port Race, a close-quarters sprint around a short course next Saturday, October 29, will mark the start of the 2011-12 edition of the world's toughest and longest professional yacht race.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Getting used to 50 knots
Paul Larsen,
Well yesterday turned into a pretty wild day. The way the morning was unfolding we knew the wind was going to outperform the forecast. Sailrocket 2 had up to now done four runs within a knot of 50 knots. Two over and two under. We weren't sure if we had hit some sort of flow phenomena relating to the radical new foil around this speed.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 21 October: More oil off in fine weather
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Friday 21 October: Salvage operations on board the cargo vessel Rena are progressing slowly but steadily, with a total of 171 tonnes removed from the vessel by this afternoon. The port number 5 tank from which fuel is being pumped originally held 772 tonnes.... [more]
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TeamVodafoneSailing slashes Coastal Classic record
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) has slashed the record for the 120nm Coastal Classic. After leaving Auckland in a fresh southwesterly at 10.00am, she was soon well clear of the fleet and reached Flat Rock off Kawau Island 55 minutes later.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Countdown to tough challenge for young Brits
Team Concise,
The only all-British crew in this year's Transat Jacques Vabre can't wait to get racing. With just ten days to go, supercharged twenty-three year old Ned Collier Wakefield and twenty-one year old Sam Goodchild are heading for the start-line in France (Thursday, 20th October).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion - Excitement building
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will see the largest ever gathering of yachts and competitors from the first 10 editions of the round the world race. Having sailed from ports around Europe to take part, the 15-boat fleet now assembled in Alicante includes competitors from the very first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74 through to the 2008-09 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Record predicted to be on the line
Richard Gladwell,
Projections from show that on the current weather knowledge, and barring mishaps the record of 6hrs and 43 minutes held by supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) could be smashed by one of the two ORMA60 trimarans entered in the race.... [more]
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Waka Racing invited aboard China Team for America's Cup World Series
Waka Racing,
China Team, the official Chinese challenger for the 34th America's Cup, has invited Waka Racing to join their crew for the upcoming China Cup and America's Cup World Series event. Currently Phil and Garth are in Hong Kong preparing for the China Cup, which will be held in Shenzhen (Oct 28-31, 2011). Here they will meet and compete with the rest of the China Team crew in the Beneteau 40.7 divisi... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 20 October: Start, stop and start again
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Thursday 20 October: The removal of oil from the vessel Rena continues this evening following the re-establishment of pumping lines earlier this afternoon. As at 4:10pm 11.1 tonnes of oil had been removed. The booster pump was also reinstalled to aid the speed of pumping but a circuit blow-out required a back-up booster pump to be installed... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fired, hired and couldn't be happier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Not many people can recall being fired from their job and smiling afterwards. But for Team Sanya's Andres Soriano, being fired from the shore team meant he could be hired just moments later as a member of the sailing team.... [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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Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots
Paul Larsen,
Just a quick one to say that we have punched through 54 knots, 62 mph and 100 kmh. The fun part is that we did it two up and Vestas Sailrocket 2 was far from optimally trimmed.... [more]
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