Sail-World New Zealand: 3 Jan 2012 - Optimist Worlds at Napier...Fields finish in Wellington...America's Cup Jury Decisions

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 03 Jan 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 3 January 2012

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 3rd January 2012

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 2011 Optimist Worlds are underway in Napier, being the biggest single world sailing championship ever staged in NZ.

Many would argue that the Optimist Worlds, are the most difficult championship to win of all the world titles sailed, due to the intense qualification process that is involved to select the five person teams that are permitted to represent each country, and keep some control on numbers. Many countries are selecting just five sailors from a selection series comprising over 200 competitors - and the numbers seen at the worlds are the pinnacle of a much larger fleet.

2011 Optimist Worlds Napier, Day 2  Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds

Three New Zealand sailors were recognised in the New Years Honours, including Jim Young for services to boat design and building, solo sailor Graeme Kendall and round the world sailor, Simon Grundry. We have brief profiles on each in this edition of

Also recognised was Ian Taylor, of Animation Research Ltd, the Dunedin based multimedia company, which developed the graphics used in the 1992 America's Cup - about the time email was just making its mark - and which have continued and been expanded into a number of other sports over the ensuing 20 years. We have an in-depth feature on Ian Taylor and ARL together with several clips of their latest work covering Formula 1, Cricket, Sailing and several other sports and activities. The four person team that first developed the systems back in 1991 are still working together 20 years later - and that in itself tells you something else about ARL.

Ross and Campbell Field celebrate their second place finish on leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race, sailing Buckley Systems  Global Ocean Race© - copyright

Three boats have finished the Global Ocean Race, New Zealand team of Ross and Campbell Field remain on top of the leaderboard despite finishing second into Wellington and getting a typical Wellington welcome with 50-60kt winds on the final day. New Zealand's Conrad Colman and Artemis Offshore Academy crewman Sam Goodchild crossed the finish line on Friday. We have reports and video of the finish in this edition of

On the last day of 2011, there were a few interesting announcement from the America's Cup Jury on a couple of cases that it has been considering involving Emirates Team NZ. The first involves a declaration as to whether the SL33's that have been used by the team for training in Auckland for the past six months are street-legal in terms of the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup.

Paper Tiger Racing - 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships  Rachel Leatham

The other is a response to a series of ten questions put forward by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club as to a partnership they were contemplating with an unamed team, but clearly aimed at defining the legality and ground rules for the announced Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa partnership. The Challenger of Record also made submissions on the issue. We have the simple analysis of the answers to the questions in this edition of Sail-World, along with links to the full Jury response for those who like to see the detail.

The course configurations for the 2013 America's Cup have also been announced.

Kelvin Harrap (right) helps Casey Smith (left) with a takedown on the bow. Puma Ocean Racing during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Racers are on a ship, headed for the drop-down point adjacent to Abu Dhabi. We have decided to delay publication of the next Volvo Ocean race newsletter until after the finish of the leg. In the meantime don't miss the video summary of the last two months of the race - it is excellent and in HD.

We are trying to follow the progress of Loick Peyron and his 14 strong crew aboard the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire as they near the end of their Jules Verne Trophy attempt. At last report they were 1,000nm ahead of the record mark for a non-stop circumnavigation, and had erred on the side of caution to sail a longer, but safer course to skirt around some unfavourable weather. We have several reports and videos from on board Banque Populaire and will have updates on their progress as best we are able.

Celebrations aboard Banque Populaire V - Passage de l'Equateur - Day 39, 31 December 2011  BPCE

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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2011 Optimist Worlds: Netherlands takes two of top three after Day 2
Nathalie van Dort,
You could hear a sigh of relief when all 210 competitors, at the 2011 World Optimist Championships, got up this morning in Napier, New Zealand: the sun was out, and there was a bit of a breeze. During the day, the wind changed and the clouds came back in, but at least the rain held off. Dutch sailors dominated the leaderboard - taking two out of the top three spots... [more]
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2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger Nationals - Big winds for Day 1
Rowdy Leatham,
The 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships began competitive racing today with one race completed in conditions that New Plymouth are renouned for around the world, 20+ knots of wind and big waves. Jacksons Flooring Race One saw Dave Shaw of Nelson take the first race of the event with a hard fought come from behind win ahead of Peter Robins and Scott Barker, both of Wellingt... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Buckley Systems second in Wellington
Global Ocean Race,
At 10:38 on New Year's Day in New Zealand (21:38 GMT 31 December), The Kiwi father-and-son team of Ross and Campbell Field took second place in Leg 2 of the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR) with their Class40 BSL, crossing the finish line in Wellington harbour after 32 days 11 hours 38 minutes and 40 seconds and 7,000 miles of racing from Cape Town South Africa - just over one and-a-half days... [more]
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America's Cup: Ian Taylor recognised for VirtualEye development
The lion behind the development of America's Cup graphics technology has been made a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Zealand New Years Honours, announced yesterday. What is now known as VirtualEye was initially created by three people with no sailing experience... [more]
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2011 Optimist Worlds: Singapore shines on first day of Worlds
Nathalie van Dort,
A light breeze stayed in throughout the first races with provisional results showing three Singaporean sailors are tied for first place after the initial races. 210 competitors from 48 countries are divided into 6 groups resulting in three fleets per race and a spectacle on the start line with seventy boats per race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ/Luna Rossa deal gets a tick from Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury has answered the first of a two stage challenge to the joint development and training agreement between the two America's Cup teams, Emirates Team New Zealand and the new Italian Challenger Luna Rossa.... [more]
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Three New Zealand sailors recognised in New Year Honours
Three New Zealand sailors have been recognised in the New Year Honours announced on the last publication day of the year. Jim Young, Graeme Kendall and Simon Gundry have all been named on the List.... [more]
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Optimists: Great finish for Singapore at Harken Invitational Regatta
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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Volvo Ocean race: Life at the extreme - a look back at 2011
Volvo Ocean Race,
Only two months into the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 and already there has been an abundance of drama, incredible racing and both men and boats pushed to the absolute limit. Since the race started in Alicante on November 5 there have been two dismastings, one serious hull breach, two injured crewmen, three leg retirements, countless lead changes and some of the closest racing ever seen in the even... [more]
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2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger Nationals get started
Rowdy Leatham,
The 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships began today with a quiet beginning to registration and measuring, allowing everyone to recover from the festivities of the New Year's Eve Party hosted by the New Plymouth Yacht Club.... [more]
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Jule Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire drops 300nm off record pace
Brian Thompson,
On Day 41, of her non stop circumnavigation attempt, the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire, has dropped from being 1400nm ahead of the record time to being 1100nm ahead of Groupama's mark, at the same points in time after the start of the dash around the planet. English crew member, Brian Thompson updates on the last three day's sailing... [more]
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Australian 420 Championships day 4 shifty conditions
Andrew Gough,
Day 4 of the 2011-12 Australian 420 Championships sailed out of the Moreton Bay Boat Club, provided a change in conditions and a change in placings in the overall standings.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Campagne de France cross finish in third
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) duo Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, onboard Class40 Campagne de France, crossed the leg two finish line in Wellington, New Zealand, in third place at 09:49 on Monday local time (20:40 GMT 01/01/12) after 33 days 10 hours 40 minutes and 15 seconds of racing through the Indian Ocean from Cape Town.... [more]
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Australian A-Cat Nationals 2012 – Ashby fires the warning cannon
Australian A Class Championships media,
The last A Class Catamaran race Glenn Ashby sailed on Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney, was when he won the 2009 World Championship. Today he fired a warning canon in the practice race for what will certainly be one of Australia's most competitively fought National titles, the 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Championships.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Australian yachts battle for lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams continue to tack their way up through the Solomon Sea, hard going through the light headwinds, with the two Australian yachts still in the lead, separated by just a few miles. 'It has been an exciting game of cat and mouse for Gold Coast Australia and Geraldton Western Australia as we battle our way out of the Solomon Sea,' says skipper, Richard Hewson.... [more]
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International OK Dinghy celebrates 50 Years of National Championships
Mark Roberts,
Commencing tomorrow Adelaide Sailing Club will host the 50th Australian Championship for the International OK Dinghy.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton Western Australia take lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The New Year has brought mixed fortunes for the ten internationally backed teams with Geraldton Western Australia starting 2012 in pole position in the marathon race to Singapore. 'What a great way to start the New Year - leading the Clipper Race fleet into a new dawn,' reports the Australian team's skipper, Juan Coetzer.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire 1500nm ahead of the record
Day 39, 31 December 2011: This is the last day of the year and the least we can say is that 2011 has wanted to leave a lasting memory on the fourteen sailors Maxi Banque Populaire V by confronting them with tough conditions. Loick Peyron and his crew had a very turbulent first night in the Northern Hemisphere and are now waiting impatiently for the elements to calm down.... [more]
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Maluka last in for New Year in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Di Pearson,
In the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, three members of the Langman family shared the honour of sailing the last boat to the finish line; crossing it at 4.48pm late this afternoon in the time of five days, three hours, 48 minutes, and 22 seconds.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V shatters Equator time
Caroline Concetti,
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Loick Peyron and his men are back in the Northern Hemisphere and have been since 12:17:30 (French time) on Friday. Their arrival back in the Northern Hemisphere comes 38 days two hours 45 minutes and 48 seconds* after leaving Ushant.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Cessna Citation wins race to Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Conrad Colman and his British co-skipper, Sam Goodchild, crossed the leg two finish line at 08:20:40 GMT on Friday 30 December. The youngest team in the GOR, 28 year-old Kiwi, Colman and 22 year-old Goodchild, crossed the finish line in Wellington Harbour, in first place on their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation after 30 days 22 hours 20 minutes and 40 seconds... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Banque Populaire V 1300nm ahead of record pace
Brian Thompson,
Jules Verne Trophy record attempt, Day 37. Brian Thompson onboard Banque Populaire V reports on the progress being made: It is absolutely fantastic sailing here in the Tradewinds... Loick and Juan are very happy as we are sailing with minimum risk to the boat, and at 100% of our polars. Includes two videos of tradewind sailing - watch on full screen... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - 13th try a charm as Loki takes overall victory
Di Pearson,
In the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Loki's 13th go round has come to fruition after some 12 years spent trying to win. This morning at 8:40am, Stephen Ainsworth's Loki was declared the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Leaders approaching Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race's 21:00 GMT position poll, Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild are leading the fleet to the Leg 2 finish line on Cessna Citation averaging 9.7 knots in Cook Strait with just 54 miles remaining, while Ross and Campbell Field on BSL in second place, are in the Karamea Bight, south of Cape Farewell, averaging 5.4 knots with 134 miles of Leg 2 remaining.... [more]
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