Sail-World New Zealand - 29 Dec 2011: Sydney Hobart Finish and Protest...Optimists at Napier...Global Ocean Race nears NZ

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 29 Dec 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 29 December 2011

Emirates Team NZ head out for more wingsail testing and pass the magnificent pohutukawa, or NZ Christmas tree, in full bloom on North Head  Ben Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 29th December 2011

Firstly, we 'd like to wish all our readers, advertisers and contributors a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday season and a great New Year.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race experienced a thrilling finish in Hobart last night NZT.

For those who missed the live coverage running yesterday afternoon and through the night and then today on Sky News (Channel 90), we have a couple of the key stories in this edition.

Congratulations to Greg Elliott for designing the Rolex Sydney Hobart winner and to Cookson Boats for her contruction, and to Charles St Clair Brown and Bill Buckley for commissioning the supermaxi, originally launched in New Zealand as Maximus.

She has had a substantial refit over the past year, including being lengthened. Now renamed Loyal Investec the objective of her latest campaign is to raise $1million for charity.

Investec Loyal with Wild Oats XI passing the Iron Pot close to the finish of the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Congratulations to skipper Anthony Bell and crew for their efforts, and to Mark Richards and the crew of Wild Oats XI, for the spirit in which the race was sailed.

Sail-World correspondent, Crosbie Lorimer talked with Investec Loyal's boat captain and crew boss Peter 'Billy' Merrington aboard the boat, moments after the International Jury dismissed the protest and Crosbie asks Billy what were the winning moves.

He starts to explain that it was a year's worth of planning to make sure that they had the right skills for each phase of the race. And then to cut a long story short, Billy's phone rings and then the real secret weapon is revealed.

Winners are grinners, Anthony Bell, owner of Investec Loyal first to finish - Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011   Andrea Francolini ©

It's Billy's young daughter Tamsin, and she and Dad are clearly of the one mind, 'Yes, you're right, it was the lucky elephant' Billy tells his daughter with a big smile on his face, referring to a tiny timber elephant that his daughter had bought at a $2 shop and handed to him on Boxing Day morning to take with him.

At the other end of the scale, the preliminaries for the 2011 Optimist World Championships are underway in Napier, with the Harken Invitational Regatta being sailed with over 200 entries.

Day 1 Harken Invitational Regatta, Napier, New Zealand  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

We have reports from each day of the series, plus images, in this edition of's newsletter.

Stay tuned for regular updates each day from Napier.

Competitors gather, Day 1 Harken Invitational Regatta, Napier, New Zealand  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

In an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet have begun their secure trip to another secret location believed to be off the Sharjah coast n the Persian Gulf, before they sail to the finish of Leg 2 in Abu Dhabi.

We will have another edition of Sail-World's Volvo Ocean Race newsletter, out in the next day or so, covering yet another close finish between Emirates Team NZ's Camper, and the Spanish entry and race leader, Telefonica. We look forward to the race starting properly, when the fleet returns to its current location and heads for China, and then the fans will know where the race is headed, and who is really in the lead.

The fleet of Volvo Open 70's are lifted onto a ship in the safe haven port on stage 1 of leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Cape Town, South Africa  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Nathalie van Dort,
Day 2 in the Harken Invitation Regatta was characterised by shifty winds delaying racing. The regatta is a precursor to the 2011 Optimist Worlds being staged at Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand. Although racing started late, two races with each of the three fleets were held and allowed organisers to complete the regatta with a successful day's sailing.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Closing in on Cook Strait
Global Ocean Race,
The second Kiwi team, Ross and Campbell Field on BSL, came to within 70 miles of Cessna Citation at 03:00 GMT on Thursday as they chase Colman and Goodchild along the coast. After 7,000 miles of pushing their new boat to the very limit and setting a new Class40 24-hour distance record, Colman and Goodchild are hoping Cessna Citation doesn't suffer any major damage or failure.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Loyal's victory secret revealed
Crosbie Lorimer,
Talking with Loyal's boat captain and crew boss Peter 'Billy' Merrington aboard the boat, moments after the International Jury dismissed the protest and I'm asking Billy what were the winning moves. He starts to explain that it was a year's worth of planning to make sure that they had the right skills for each phase of the race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Loyal Investec decision announced + Video
An emotional Anthony Bell, skipper of Investec Loyal, has just announced the decision of the International Jury to a media gathering at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania... [more]
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Strong female line up for Harken Invitational Regatta
Nathalie van Dort,
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Challenging first day of the Harken Invitational Regatta tests sailors
Nathalie van Dort,
It was a challenging first days' sailing for many of the international sailors competing in the Harken Invitational Regatta for Optimist sailors today due to the changing wind and wave conditions. The provisional results show that Chilean male Francisco Ducasse was the overall leader after the first four races. The sailor holding the second position overall is a female, Justina Pacheco from the D... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Cyclone risk in Coral Sea
Heather Ewing,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Boat loading operation a success
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The five Volvo Open 70s are being transported to the start of the second stage of leg two in the northern Emirates in the latest stage of the anti-piracy plan after a nerve-wracking operation to load the 15-tonne boats went perfectly. Sailors, shore crews and race organisers worked round the clock to complete the risky task... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Images from Dockside After Loyal's Arrival
Crosbie Lorimer,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart: Investec Loyal wins line honours but is protested
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Global Ocean Race - Upwind hammering on the cards
Oliver Dewar,
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Last minute rush for Harken Invitational Regatta
Nathalie van Dort,
A last minute rush saw organisors working until the early hours to process all the late registrations for today and tomorrow's Harken Invitational Regatta for Optimist sailors. 'We were looking at 160 registrations yesterday, but all of a sudden we are up to 204 sailors' according to Nigel Rippey, Event Director. New Zealand is represented by 65 sailors, the other 139 are from 32 other nation... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Risky loading operation underway for fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Champagne sailing
Heather Ewing,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Protests fly at Leg 2, Stage 1 Finish
Volvo Ocean Race have reported that both Team Telefónica and Camper have lodged protests against each other following the nail biting finish to Leg 2, Stage 1. Camper skipper Chris Nicholson was the first to lodge a protest, which was related to a manoeuvre made within miles of the finish line, where Telefónica claimed victory by less than two minutes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Merry Christmas from Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Sail-World team
Sail-World Team,
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Round the World Racers: Celebrating Christmas at sea on Video
Compiled by Sail-World,
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Heather Ewing,
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Christmas wish granted + Video
Thomas Pryor,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Five cradles for Christmas
Volvo Ocean Race,
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NZ Marine,
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V rounds Cape Horn + Video
Banque Populaire,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Sanya repairs underway
Leslie Greenhalgh and Volvo Ocean Race,
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Spirit of Christmas catches up with Volvo Ocean Race crews + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
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