Optimist North Island Open Championships - Napier October 2011 Tim Whittaker
Welcome to Sail-World.com'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 www.sail-world.com
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 Sail-World.com'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 Sail-World.com in the next day or so. Richard Gladwell
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