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 25 Nov 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 25 November 2011

2011 Entrant - Rikki (Ray Haslar RP42) - 2011 (Not) Round White Island Race  Lesley Haslar
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 25 November 2011

Two New Zealand teams sit on top of the points table going into the quarter finals (top eight) in the Monsoon Cup being sailed in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, using yachts from Bakewell-White Yacht Design, who are also lead designers for the Korean America's Cup Team.

For both New Zealand teams it is a remarkable story.

Full Metal Jacket, skippered by Will Tiller, only won entry into the regatta through qualifying via the Asian Match Racing Championship. Now they are sitting on top of the pile of the biggest names in match racing, with eight wins to their credit.

Phil Robertson in driving rain on day 3 at the Monsoon Cup 2011.   Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images Monsoon Cup - copyright

Waka Racing, skippered by Phil Robertson, got away to a very slow start in the series, but recovered fantastically to also have eight wins, and are second overall.

We have reports on all the racing in this edition of's newsletter

The Volvo Ocean Race is in the final stages of the first leg with the winner expected to finish within 36 hours (from 0100 NZT on 26 November).

For Kelvin Harrap (NZL)(close) and Brad Jackson (NZL)(far), watch routines and life below after the dismasting has not changed much.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

In this edition we feature reports from Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ. Don't miss the latest story which feature audio, video, a report, still images and a graphic. Five media elements all in the one story - certainly a multi media experience.

In just a week, the ISAF World Sailing Championships get underway in Perth, Western Australia. This regatta is the main Olympic Selection regatta - with 75% of the places for the 2012 Olympics being allocated in Perth. The rest will be decided in various class championships staged in Europe in the first few months of 2012.

We will be running full coverage of this event in Sail-World.

Will Tiller and his Full Metal Jacket Racing team qualifying for the quarter-finals - WMRT Monsoon Cup 2011  © Chris Davies/WMRT

The New Zealand 470 crews have performed well in the Australian Open 470 Championships in the ISAF World Championships venue, with Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders placing second in a good quality fleet - winning two races. Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were second womens crew, pulled down by a couple of poor places. But they excelled themselves in penultimate race - finishing second in the open fleet and beating the current world mens champion crew!

If you are in the Tauranga area over the weekend, take the time to check out the Clipper Round the World Race fleet, which is on a stopover having sailed in from Geraldton, Western Australia on a 3,800nm leg. The fleet is in the Tauranga Bridge Marina for 10 days.

Rob Salthouse does his dishes with a pretty plentiful commodity onboard Camper during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race: Fishing net gets between Camper and speed record
Thomas Pryor,
Camper - Emirates Team NZ report from the South Atlantic with only 1,000nm left to sail to the finish. At the current rate of progress that is just two days sailing! Here's the latest report, video and audio off the boat: At the 1340 UTC report CAMPER showed 550.05 nm of distance sailed in the last 24 hr period, averaging 22.95 kts boatspeed... [more]
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2011 (Not) Round White Island Race diverts because of Rena
Suellen Hurling,
In previous years the Round White Island Race would see yachts race, around White Island! However in 2011 there has been a change of course due to the MV Rena disaster. The number of missing containers was cause for concern and therefore host club, Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) has opted for a change of course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dramatic finish expected for Telefónica
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race leg one leader Telefónica is expected to cross the finish in Cape Town later tomorrow afternoon. A dramatic daylight finish is in prospect as high winds of over 25 knots are forecast. Martínez and his men have protected their lead and, by remaining in a southerly position for as long as possible, they were able to achieve high speeds as they rode the westerly cold front... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Goodchild joins Colman onboard Cessna Citation
Artemis Offshore Academy,
Global Ocean Race - Artemis Offshore Academy sailor Sam Goodchild will be taking on the Southern Ocean in the double-handed GOR with Conrad Colman onboard the 40-ft monohull, Cessna Citation. At just 22 years of age, Goodchild will be the youngest sailor competing in the 7,500nm leg from Cape Town (South Africa) to Wellington (New Zealand), starting at 12:00 (GMT) this Sunday (27th November).... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup 2011 - A shock exit on day 3,
Day 3 of the Monsoon Cup 2011 in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia was always going to be an interesting one with four highly regarded teams fighting to ensure they were in the top eight. As the day drew to a close along came the most important match of today. It was Mirsky versus Bruni and with both skippers on just five wins, the loser would miss the cut.... [more]
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Waka Racing: On the rise at the Monsoon Cup
Waka Racing,
New Zealand match racing team, Waka Racing report in from the Monsoon Cup, Malaysia, an ISAF Level 1 regatta which is part of the World Match Racing Tour: For us it was good day, going undefeated for most of the it, unfortunately only losing our last race. Leaving us with a score card of 5 wins and 3 losses.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - New co-skippers for Cessna Citation
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - With two days remaining until the start of leg two this Sunday in Cape Town, Conrad Colman has announced the recruitment of two fresh co-skippers for his Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation. Artemis Offshore Academy winner, Figaro specialist and rising star of British solo and shorthanded sailing, Sam Goodchild, will race with Colman on the forthcoming leg two... [more]
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James Spithill special guest for 19th Harken Youth MR Champsionships
Damian Devine,
James Spithill, current America's Cup winning skipper and one of RPAYC's favourite sons, has come back home especially to be the special guest for the 19th annual Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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North Sails continues to dominate Australian Melges 24 and 32 racing
North Sails Australia,
North Sails has been at the fore front of the Melges 24 and the Melges 32 fleets this season with the top teams maximising their performance using North Sails latest designs and technology.... [more]
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Three World Champions and Number One fight for Monsoon Cup quarters
Yanmar Racing media,
At the Monsoon Cup 2011 four very highly regarded teams are fighting to ensure they are in the top eight after the 11 qualifying matches. YANMAR Racing is one of those teams and today they have a battle on their hands.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia take five
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2011-12 has ten 68 foot yachts currently competing and the crew aboard Gold Coast Australia were the first to close in on the race 5 finish line in Tauranga, New Zealand after beating into a strong north westerly breeze at 03.26 local time on Friday 25 (1426 UTC Thursday 24) sealing their fifth consecutive win in the fifteen race series.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia pushed to limit
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Despite being within striking distance of the finish of race five, the team on Gold Coast Australia has been pushed to the limit as the Bay of Plenty greeted them with an abundance wind resulting in a ripped mainsail. Mother Nature is ensuring that the formidable team on Gold Coast Australia battles for every last mile... [more]
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470 Australian Championship – Belcher and Page victorious
Craig Heydon,
470 Australian Championship, hosted by Fremantle Sailing Club, has been won by Australian Sailing Team's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, continuing the pair's incredible run in the event. Between them Belcher and Page have now won the last 11 straight 470 Australian Championships, either together or in competition with each other.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup – Full Metal Jacket Racing team in peak form
World Match Racing Tour,
WMRT Monsoon Cup – Will Tiller, the young Kiwi skipper who qualified for the Monsoon Cup after winning the Asian Match Racing Championships, put in an inspired performance today to reach the quarter-finals of the WMRT season finale. Tiller's winning streak included the scalps of five Tour Card Holders including current Tour leader Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar and Torvar Mirsky The Wave Muscat... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup day 2 images by Gareth Cooke
Gareth Cooke images,
WMRT Monsoon Cup day 2 images by Gareth Cooke... [more]
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Musto Int'l Youth Match Racing - True Blue Racing takes semis lead
True Blue Racing,
Day three of the Musto international saw the completion of the double round robin... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Olympic Class sailors ready for World Championships
Kristine Lederis,
New Zealand's top tier Olympic class sailors are in the final stages of preparation for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and all sights are set on the podium. This regatta, opening on December 3rd, is set to be the most prestigious regatta before the 2012 Olympic Games, and is the principal qualification regatta for the Olympics.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre – Class 40 takes first
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre duo Yannick Bestaven and Eric Drouglazet, onboard, crossed the finish line in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica this morning, Thursday 24 November at 07hrs 59min 08 sec UTC/GMT. After leading the race continuously since the start in Le Havre on Wednesday 2nd November, the duo scored a convincing victory completing the course in an elapsed time of 21d 17h 59m 08s... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour leader under pressure at the Monsoon Cup,
In 2007 Ian Williams (Team GAC Pindar) squeaked into the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup on a count back. To date, 2011 has been another stellar year for the 34 year old British lawyer. Going into the final event of the Tour, he was atop the 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board. But this regatta has produced some shocks for Williams.... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship - Griffin leads
Jennifer Crooks,
For Jay Griffin the day was a mixed bag as he won five matches and lost one race. Chris Steele was the most improved competitor today finishing Round Robin two with five wins and one loss; then adding to his winning total with the first match of the semi-final.... [more]
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470 Australian Championship - Conditions test crews as Aussies lead
Craig Heydon,
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, the reigning World Champions and current world number ones have finished first in five of the eight races so far at the 470 Australian Championship. It is an ideal lead in to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego photo gallery by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz images,
This photo gallery from the recently concluded America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego is provided by San Francisco based photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Vice Admirals Cup 2012 will welcome SB3 Class
Katie Ashworth,
The 2012 Vice Admirals Cup will be hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and will welcome the SB3 fleet in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The 2012 event will mark the very first occasion on which the class will be invited to take part in the competition. 'We're looking forward to some tight racing in the central Solent.....'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Wet, wet, wet - Camper blasts to Cape Town + Video
Camper-Emirates Team NZ are blasting east towards Cape Town, check out the reality of life on deck with Trae and we catch up with Mike as he heads back into the watch system... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia hanging on
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia is hanging onto the lead despite a long day battling fickle winds as they round East Cape, the north easterly tip of New Zealand's North Island, towards the Bay of Plenty and the finish line for race five. The chasing pack continues to eat into the Australian team's lead... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup lives up to its name
World Match Racing Tour,
WMRT Monsoon Cup - Bjorn Hansen finished the opening Qualifying Session at the top of the standings on a day in which the event dramatically lived up to its name after 40 knots of wind and torrential rain swept across Kuala Terengganu. If the opening Qualifier is about gaining early confidence and momentum then Hansen Mekonomen Sailing Team did just that, posting an overnight 3-0 scoreline... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon at the Monsoon Cup 2011,
Today presented crews with the toughest ever match racing conditions in the Monsoon Cup's history. The crews in the first flight were about to be released from the Pulau Duyong marina when a heavy line squall came through with driving rain from the north.... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship - All tied up
Jennifer Crooks,
Griffin, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) was on top at the completion of Round Robin One on countback from Tim Coltman, representing the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, New Zealand.... [more]
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International OK Dinghy built from kit produced by Damien Smith Design
Bill Tyler,
For some time now members of the International OK Association of Australia have been talking about the construction of a home built timber OK Dinghy from a kit designed by Damien Smith back in 2006.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2012 TV series creates a buzz
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series - At the world's largest trade show for sports rights owners, buyers and broadcasters, the Extreme Sailing Series 2012 TV series created a bigger buzz than ever before. Eighteen TV channels around the world are broadcasting the 2011 six-part series but after pitching the Extreme Sailing Series at Sportel in Monaco, up to 41 broadcasters are now interested in taking the TV se... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fight to the finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With four of the podium contenders racing within six miles of each other and another team in the vicinity opting to go into Stealth Mode, the closing stages of race five are set to culminate in a nail-biting climax. Welcome to Yorkshire is currently trailing the front runner, Gold Coast Australia, by less than a hundred miles... [more]
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Monsoon Cup – Gilmour waiting for a top three 'crash and burn'
Yanmar Racing media,
The Monsoon Cup, the final event of the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour, is to be sailed in Kuala Terengganu Malaysia December 22-27 and will decide the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Champion. Peter Gilmour, the Monsoon Cup winner in 2005 and 2008, has been in Terengganu preparing for this week's event with his YANMAR Racing team.... [more]
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