Sail-World New Zealand: 19 Dec 2011 - Three medals for NZL Sailing Team... Global Ocean Race tested in Southern Ocean... Team Sanya jumps in Volvo OR

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 19 Dec 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 19 December 2011

ISAF Sailing World Championship. medal races 49er. NZL Peter Burling and Blair Tuke   Alex Ocean Images
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 19 December 2011

The NZL Sailing Team has emerged from the 2011 ISAF World Championships in Perth, with three medals - one Silver and two Bronze - a creditable result, which compares with the two silver medals won at this event in 2007.

In this edition of Sail-World we have the daily coverage from the regatta, both from the Sail-World team and Yachting NZ sources.

New Zealand also qualified in nine of the ten events, with the Mens Keelboat (Star) not being represented in Perth.

In the Indian Ocean, the Volvo Ocean Race continues to change and baffle.

The latest report from organisers has the oldest boat in the fleet, Team Sanya (Mike Sanderson) almost 200nm ahead of Camper with the rest of the fleet reasonably closely bunched over a spread of 70nm.

Rob Salthouse takes a bearing of Puma Ocean Racing off the starboard horizon onboard Camper during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

We have expressed our reservations, in this edition, over the methods used to calculate the lead, given that the fleet is racing to a virtual destination. The same methods were used to give Groupama a massive lead in the first leg, yet they finished in a very safe third and final place. While prediction methods using weather routing give a different, and as it proved on the first leg, a more accurate result.

However the race is certainly at an interesting juncture as Team Sanya made an early break with the fleet and now faces a tropical storm, while the others are more to the east and in lighter winds.

We will update on this story on as it unfolds. Will there be more boat-breaking action? We shall see.

Team Sanya during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.   AndrĂ©s Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo

The Global Ocean Race are copping a pasting as they for the Leg 2 finish in Wellington. New Zealand entry Buckley Systems has blown out sails and report they are really unable to force the pace on the race leader. Further they are being forced north into an organiser imposed gate which is pushing them into a region of stronger winds. We have an extract from Ross and Campbell Field's blog in this edition - written from on board and deep in the Southern Ocean.

In slightly warmer climes, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron with the staged the National Youth Training Week at Kawau Island with ten clubs sending teams from throughout New Zealand, using boats from the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Program. 40 sailors from 10 clubs competed in the event which has given many young sailors from through New Zealand their first taste of sailing in a camp environment that is used by so many other sports on a developmental basis.

Gennaker ride into Bon Accord Harbour - National Youth Training Week - RNZYS Lion Foundation  RNZYS Media

We have a report and some great photos from the National Youth Training Week, in this edition of Sail-World.

Finally we have managed to get our statistics updated for November and are pleased to report a record month with an estimated 540,000 visits to Sail-World, an increase of about 45,000 visits over the previous record from July 2011.

We must be doing something right!

Dorian van Russelberghe of the Netherlands celebrates winning the World Championship on day 16 after the RS:X Men's Windsurfer Medal Race of the 2011 ISAF Sailing Worlds  Paul Kane /Perth 2011

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Jerelyn Biehl,
The 49er Worlds, taking place as a part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, now have medals decided with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen adding another trophy to their cabinets and titles to their credit as they claimed the 2011 49er World Championship title on home waters.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships come to a 'golden' end in Perth
Perth 2011,
The closing day of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia allowed for the very best of grandstand sailing to be displayed in the midst champagne conditions. Spectators snapped up every available seat and space around Bathers Bay to watch as the final four world titles were decided in the women's 470, 49er, men's RS:X, and Laser classes.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders beyond the ice limit and dropping south
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, the five strong fleet of double-handed Class40s were battered as they crossed the most remote area of the Indian Ocean in the midst of a cold front and deep low pressure system. The two lead boats, Cessna Citation and BSL, have dropped to 48S after their crossing of the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate at Kerguelen Island.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Richard Langdon and Paul Kane,
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Volvo Ocean Race – Team Sanya take the lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
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40 young sailors complete the National Youth Training Week at Kawau
Sara Tucker,
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron National Youth Training Week ended on Sunday, with another 40 young sailors completing an intensive sail training camp at Kawau Island. Young sailors from 10 clubs as far south as Bluff Yacht Club and as far North as KeriKeri Cruising Club took up the challenge of six days of racing on the Elliott 7m yachts provided by the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Trainin... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships images by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Six medals for Great Britain
Lindsey Bell,
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NZL Sailing Team: Three medals at World Championships
Kristine Lederis,
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18ft Skiff NSW Championship win to Coxon, Links and Barnabas
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Two more Gold medals for Aussies
Craig Heydon,
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Australian World 49er champions add to the pot of gold
Perth 2011,
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: New RS:X Men's World Champion
Rory Ramsden,
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ISAF Sailing World Championships: Slingsby magic turns to gold
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Deciding day for the 470 fleet
Luissa Smith,
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World Laser Masters Championship 2012 entry now open
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Action shots from the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth
Various Photographers,
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Gladwell's Line: Volvo Ocean Race enters the Theatre of the Bizzare
Richard Gladwell,
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems pushing hard
Ross and Campbell Field,
Ross Field reports from aboard Buckley Systems deep in the Southern Ocean as they are pushed around by 40 knot winds in the race to Wellington: Some would question our sanity if they saw what went on these small 40 footers, deep in the southern ocean. It is freezing cold and all those things we have talked about, but the motion is unbelievable... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Latest images
Various photographers,
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Kristine Lederis,
NZL Sailing Team will be represented in each of the final four medal races on Sunday, and all are within striking distance of the podium. Saturday was the penultimate day of racing for most sailors at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, and now just the top ten remain of each class in the pursuit of precious medals.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 45 nations qualify for London 2012
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Over the last two weeks of racing in Fremantle, Australia, 45 nations have qualified their country to compete at the London 2012 Sailing Olympics being held in Weymouth and Portland next summer. On the penultimate day of racing at Perth 2011 the final Laser spots and the Men's RS:X and Women's 470 places were taken ahead of tomorrow's live Medal Races... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team has four medal chances on final day of ISAF Worlds
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies on fire
Rob Kothe and the Team,
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Emirates Team NZ: The Camper onboard Food Exchange trading rules
Hamish Hooper,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sleepless nights and long hours for Camper + Video
Compiled by Sail-World,
Camper is seeking a pot of gold to the east, after a week of frustration in boat-breaking conditions on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The going has been extremely tough in an east-moving low-pressure trough of unstable weather that has battered the fleet, while numerous sail changes and constant manoeuvring has resulted in very little sleep for the exhausted crew... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Southern Ocean bares its teeth
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have been at sea on a journey that has reached 17 days and a distance of 4,000 miles of hard racing. They are now set to undergo the toughest sailing so far in Leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand as the Southern Ocean bares its teeth.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team approach podium steps at ISAF Sailing Worlds
Kristine Lederis and Sail-World,
The NZL Sailing Team sailors are close to the steps of the podium as they head toward the final day of fleet racing Saturday at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. On Friday, only the Women's 470 and Men's 49er classes sailed off the shores of Fremantle, as crews tried to improve their fleet standing ahead of Sunday's medal races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: In search of the pot of gold
Volvo Ocean Race,
They're the most easterly boat in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – but Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson says his crew haven't yet found the ‘pot of gold' waiting for them on the other side of a weather front. A band of low pressure currently blocks the path east for all six teams, slowing their progress and keeping them at bay from the northerly winds... [more]
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Perth 2011 - USA's Tunnicliffe Women's Match Racing World Champion
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The toughest match racing contest in sailing history finished at Perth 2011 this afternoon. 29 Womens match racing teams from around the world competed in some 440 matches over 13 days.... [more]
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