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 27 Oct 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 October 2011

Vestas Sailrocket 2 damaged in crash  Vestas Sailrocket - copyright
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 27 October 2011

In this edition of Sail-World we give you a world exclusive first look at one of the entrants in the ISAF Trials to be conducted for the Womens Skiff to be sailed in the 2016 Olympics.

Put together by Mackay Boats, the prototype features a 49er hull and a reduced rig.

We were on the water last weekend in 12-15kt winds last Saturday off Takapuna Beach, to have a look at the prototype.

She was very impressive - both from the ease with which her crew was able to put her through her paces, and from the perspective of being able to get an idea of what the new Womens High Performance Skiff could look like.

Mackay Womens High Performance Skiff Trials entrant - Takapuna October 2011  Richard Gladwell

It is great to be in an RIB that struggles to keep up with a Womens boat - which are usually slower versions of their male equivalent.

This one looks the part as well, and the whole package is very photogenic - even on a dull day.

Is this the Womens Beach Volleyball event of the Sailing Olympics?

The ultimate test of any boat is what do the test crew do after they have had a photo session? Our team grabbed the boat and headed out into the rain and murk for yet another blast. Say no more.

Downtime between races is a good time to have a chat - HARKEN Labour Weekend Regatta  Rosie Reid

Off Capetown, the New Zealand entry in the Global Ocean Race, Buckley Systems looks set to take the first leg of the Global Ocean Race. We have the latest report from onboard in this edition of Sail-World and will update again from the finish in about a days' time.

Our story on the slow start to the Rena salvage, and oil pumping in particular , in the last edition of's newsletter, proved to be on the mark according to letters we have received from those inside the operation.

Greg Wilcox (NZL) - leads the OK Dinghy World Ranking List October 2011  Fotoboat

One talked of an organisation laden with bureaucracy that took several days before they could get signoff on plans - losing that vital fine weather window. Another of the organisation lacking key people on the permanent staff who could understand and sign off plans, and that it took three days to engage specialist contractor to fill a vital role in the approval process. The common thread is that there should have been a process/person who would get the vitals underway quickly.

We are continuing to run the daily reports on New Zaland's biggest environmental disaster. In the latest fine weather break the focus has been to get the 'easy' oil off - which has been achieved, and is welcome - as every litre saved is a litre less to be spilled into a pristine environment and cosatline. Fortunately the fine break looks set to continue for some days. to come.

Race 3 - 18ft Skiffs: Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence... [more]
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Syman dominates Horowhenua Cup for Paper Tigers
Rowdy Leatham,
Glenn Syman (Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club) has won the first regatta in the Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series in a dominant display at the Horowhenua Cup at Lake Wairarapa over Labour weekend. Lake Wairarapa put on zero to six knot conditions for the first regatta of the season with the race committee lead by Paul Davies doing well to get any races completed let alone the five tha... [more]
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More sun than wind at the Harken Labour Weekend Regatta at the BOIYC
Andy Greager,
A mixed fleet of skiffs, catamarans and single handed dinghies got together this weekend for the annual HARKEN Labour Weekend Regatta at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club. Everyone enjoyed the three days in the Bay of Islands. In contrast to the fun reaches on Saturday, the course races on Sunday and Monday suffered from light and shifty winds.... [more]
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Tricky conditions test sailors at Vanaheim Finn North Island Champs
Ray Hall,
Labour weekend threw up light and testing conditions at the Vanaheim Technologies Finn North Island Champs held at Thames Sailing Club. A solid turnout of 11 Finns saw good racing including a welcome return to the NZ Finn scene by Rob Coutts. Day 1 saw 3 races in lumpy seas with a NW varying between 3-10knots.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Into the end game for Buckley Systems
Ross Field,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - With 188 miles to go in the first leg of the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race, Ross and Campbell Field on board BSL are current fleet leaders, but not without a spectacular battle with their closest contenders Campagne de France. BSL has certainly lived up to expectations and the father and son duo have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 suffers damage in crash + high speed run video
Paul Larsen,
After a few good, high speed runs - disaster has struck! Vestas Sailrocket 2's main beam failed .. read on as Paul Larsen explains ....... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 27 October: Pumping stops after easy oil
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Thursday 27 October: Salvors have now pumped as much oil as possible from the port number five fuel tank on the stranded vessel Rena, allowing attention to shift to the more difficult to access tanks on the ship. Maritime New Zealand Salvage Unit Manager Kenny Crawford said the port number five tank was now almost empty,... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Final countdown commences
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race – It used to be said that by the time the yachts hit the start line of the first leg, the Volvo Ocean Race was already won or lost. Historically, the teams with the biggest budgets and best preparation would have the greatest shot at glory – and more often than not they would be the ones lifting the trophy nine months later.... [more]
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Barz Optics demonstrates Floater aquatic prowess
Jeni Bone,
Gone are the days of losing your sunnies to the bottom of the ocean. Floating like no other, Barz has put their new Floater to the test in the surf and haven't been disappointed.... [more]
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5th Annual Cup Regatta - Classic yacht racing in Melbourne
Peter Costolloe,
Fifth Annual Classic Yacht Regatta is being held this weekend on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay (28 to 30 October). Conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, the Regatta is an international Classic Yacht Racing event in partnership with kindred Classic Yacht Associates from New Zealand and the Couta Boat Association.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - BSL approaching Cape Town
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race leader BSL, being crewed by Ross and Campbell Field, has now been at sea for a total of thirty-one days. The main pack of four Class40s are north-west of the leaders by 1,500 miles and spread over 360 miles, with the variety of options taken to avoid the high-pressure system blocking their route to Cape Town coming into play.... [more]
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Macau Yacht Show 2011 - starts tomorrow
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tomorrow the inaugural Macau Yacht Show launches itself with an Opening Ceremony and Gala Dinner. With ever more numerous Yacht Shows and Boat Shows trying to elbow each other off the edge of the Asian chart in recent years, the real question is not ‘why?', but why nobody has done this in Macau before. After all, the Macau Special Administrative Region of China is the epicenter of gambling in Asia... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland wins Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race - After clinching the bonus point for the Ocean Sprint in race four yesterday, Visit Finland has stormed up the leader board overhauling two boats into sixth place. Olly Osborne and his team declared an elapsed time of 26 hours exactly for covering the distance between 90 and 95 degrees east. This time proved to be 70 minutes speedier than the second fastest boat... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - A struggle to the finish
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Over the night and into this morning, a dozen boats crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour after struggling on the ten-mile leg from Comino to the finish. The breeze had been solid on the leg from Lampedusa, and then drops off dramatically as yachts reach the Maltese archipelago, making for a tactically challenging last ten miles... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge Series - Team Lumix performs well
Frank Quealey,
Beko 3-Buoys Challenge Series - What a difference a week makes in 18ft Skiff Racing. The brand new Panasonic-sponsored Lumix skiff (Jonathan Whitty, Greg Dixon, James Hozac) finished second behind Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton, Scott Babbage) in race one.... [more]
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Phuket Kings Cup 2011 - A Royal Bird at a Royal Regatta
Event media,
This year's 25th Anniversary Regatta is attracting a lot of interest from around the world with a number of boats and skippers appearing for the first time. Boats of all shapes and sizes are going to be coming but few are going to be as resplendent, or as regal, as the 82 feet (25m) Swan 82 named Chao Ren Plus One, who will be making her first appearance at a regatta outside of Chinese waters.... [more]
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Sail-World set for huge coverage of Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics
Brendan Maxwell,
The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race starts in just over a week on 5th November in Alicante Spain. The Sail-World team is planning detailed coverage, as it will be with the Olympic newsletter series starting with Perth 2011. Between the two series there will be over eight million newsletters to our world-wide audience.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 13 - Bertrand on the new race format
San Francisco Bay celebrates Fleet Week, United States Coast Guard chats with us about waterway traffic control and the transformation of San Francisco Bay into a perfect sailing stadium for spectators during AC World Series in 2012, Louis Vuitton Cup and AC Finals in 2013. America's Cup legend John Bertrand shares his opinion on the new race format with Regatta Director Iain Murray... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 fastest
Gorazd Mauri,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has now ended in Valletta, Malta for Esimit Europa 2 after the yacht crossed the finish line in first place. The Rolex Middle Sea Race also marked the last challenge of the season for Esimit Europa 2 and her crew.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 26 October: Claims about breakup denied
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 26 October October: Last night, TVNZ ran an alert on their 10pm news, and a comment on Twitter, saying the Rena was breaking up. This was an error at TVNZ's end – they accidentally ran some pre-prepared material. They have since corrected the error. This is incorrect – Rena's condition has not changed since the last substantial change reported by us around 12 October,... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized new, hand-painted sunglass styles
Kaenon Polarized, the Newport Beach-based Lifestyle and Luxury Performance sunglass brand, announces the launch of its 2011 Anniversary Collection, in celebration of reaching its 10 year milestone as a company. The Anniversary Collection is available in November, online and through Kaenon's authorized dealer network.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race challenging for Rán
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Crossing the finish line at 1110 CEST this morning, Niklas Zennstrom's J/V 72 Rán (GBR) was the second boat to complete the 606-mile race. With Esimit Europa 2 taking line honours, Rán is dockside in Valetta having beaten Esimit Europa 2 on corrected time.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leader Williams prepares for Monsoon Cup
World Match Racing Tour,
Current World Match Racing Tour leader Ian Williams is leaning on past experience to keep a cool head as the series heads into the Championship decider, with just over six points separating the Brit and arch rivals Francesco Bruni and Torvar Mirsky.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - First boats cross the finish line
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Early this morning, at 0054 CEST, the maxi Esimit Europa 2, crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Valetta, Malta, to take the line honours win. The Slovenian maxi completed the course in an elapsed time of 61 hours, 24 minutes and 35 seconds. In 2010, Esimit Europa2 was also the line honours winner, with an elapsed time of 54 hours, 52 minutes, 32 seconds.... [more]
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Ultimate Fishing Boating and Navigation iPhone app launched
iApps Pty Ltd,
Fish Boat Nav features a fish almanac that can be accessed from multiple areas within the app, including species, types of bait, bag limits, size requirements and other regulations specific to the area you are fishing in. Available exclusively for the iPhone, Fish Boat Nav is the ultimate Fishing, Boating and Navigation app that is ready for download on the iTunes app store now.... [more]
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Kudos for New Zealand yacht builders with international awards
NZ Marine Export Group Inc,
Kiwi yacht builders and marine industry suppliers feature among the finalists of two significant international design awards with the winners being announced later this month.... [more]
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Manly 16ft Skiffs: Chris Thomas had an offer to good to refuse
James Bury,
Southerly has been more than competitive over the first two months of the 2011/12 campaign, winning the handicap division and finishing third on scratch in Saturday's Harken Trophy spring pointscore race. Attention next weekend swings to heats one and two of the NSW 16ft Championship on Lake Illawarra.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: Long drought over for Fisher & Paykel - Video
Bob Killick,
The long drought is over for Fisher & Paykel and Skipper Andrew Chapman after a clever last beat in last Sunday's heat 2 of the Beko 3 Buoy Challenge Series.... [more]
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French sailor in Transat race hits 'metal object', sinks
Veronique Largeau/Sail-World Cruising,
Was it a whale? The skipper didn't think so. A runaway container? We all thought they had perforations that allowed them to sink these days. An abandoned vessel? The bad news for cruising sailors is that we shall probably never know, but there ARE still hard objects in deep oceans. A French sailor in the Transat race has had to abandon his yacht mid-Atlantic when he hit a 'metal object'.... [more]
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In too deep- Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy-U.S. SAILING comments
Dawn Reiss,
U.S. SAILING has now commented on this article. Before the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac 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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AC World Series San Diego - Oracle Racing Coutts crew change
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) - Oracle Racing Coutts will contest next month's event in San Diego with a revised crew line up. Darren Bundock will take the helm at the third ACWS event whilst fellow Australian Olympic sailor Tom Slingsby also comes aboard for the first time. Russell Coutts Oracle Racing's CEO, will attend the San Diego event but won't be racing.... [more]
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Vendée Globe skippers to compete in Transat Jacques Vabre
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe - Out of the thirteen monohulls that will be setting sail in the Transat Jacques Vabre on 30th October from Le Havre, 11 will be sailed by skippers that will be lining up for the start of the 2012 Vendée Globe. With a year to go to the start of the non-stop solo round the world race, this transatlantic race resembles a rehearsal for the skilled sailors... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – The will to win
Volvo Ocean Race,
Taking on the challenge of the Volvo Ocean Race requires the very highest calibre of professional sailors and the six crews competing this time are packed with a tantalizing cross section of Olympic medalists, world champions, America's Cup veterans and offshore sailing record breakers.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Rule breach applications rejected
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Two formal submissions by teams competing in the race, claiming that the race organisers had breached protocol by changing one of the strict Volvo Open 70 measurement rules, have been dismissed by an independent arbitration panel.... [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 - Waiting for the wind + short video
Paul Larsen,
We took the opportunity to re-skin the wing where it needed it.... [more]
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