Sail-World New Zealand: 15 Jan 2012 - Slow start for Camper on Leg 3...Cayard on the Luna Rossa/ETNZ partnership...Starling and P class Nationals

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 15 Jan 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 15 January 2012

Tight at the top - Stack 2012 New Zealand P-Class Tanner Cup. Twelve sailors from the 18 eligible provinces around the country contested this year's competition. Not surprisingly there was no entrant from Stewart Island, but Marlborough, Nelson, Otago, Southland and Poverty Bay also)  John Adair
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 15 January 2012

Overnight Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race started off Abu Dhabi, in United Arab Emirates.

It was a case of the last shall be first and the first shall be last.

Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand finished fifth and last in the race, after holding second place through the chicane legs, but dropped back after a tactical choice, coupled with slow straight line reaching speed, on the drag up the UAE coast to the end of the stage at Sharjah, UAE.

The saving grace for Chris Nicholson and crew is that race leader, who had a comfortable lead at the end of the chicane legs, dropped back to fourth at the finish, so a single point was the only damage to the Spanish/Kiwi entry – other than pride, as they have finished in the top three in every leg/stage so far.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Chris Nicholson during the start of leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhab,i UAE to Sanya, China.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Local entry Abu Dhabi, took the double of first place on the Leg 3, to go with her win on the InPort Race and last placing on the stage into her home port. She jumped in on of the chicane legs to go from fifth through to second place – which had been occupied by Camper, and quite comfortable so at that point.

Similarly for Telefonica, which enjoyed a good lead after the chicanes legs, but dropped back in the drag race. And same story for Puma Racing, which was a very safe fifth after losing a luffing match with Groupama – but jumped back to be second at Sharjah.

The start of leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

We have some reports in this edition of Sail-World. More will be available on our website later today and the start, along with the Inport racing, will be covered in depth in our Volvo Ocean Race newsletter.

The war of words continues in the America's Cup.

Paul Cayard speaks on the Luna Rossa and Emirtaes Team NZ partnership agreement.   Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©
In this edition we have the reaction of Artemis Racing CEO, Paul Cayard, to the decisions handed down form the International Jury in response to a query from Oracle Racing between themselves and an unidentified competitor, 'Competitor B'. The Jury's ruling had been widely interpreted as a decision on the Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ partnership.

Paul Cayard presents his view on this issue, in an interview given to top European sailing website and republished in this edition of Sail-World.

Sail-World is still currently researching this vexed issue, and at this stage we stand by our previous view that the Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ partnership can proceed with some changes in regard to the exchange of telemetry data between the boats. The point being that some some surveillance, or reconaissance actions are specifically permitted by the Protocol, provided the two teams have given each other permission.

No doubt there will be more to come on this question, with sailing in the AC45's expected tomorrow, Monday in Auckland. We'll have coverage of this event in tomorrow afternoon.

Six identical fibreglass Starlings complete with new identical carbon masts, sails and foils prior to the start of the 2012 Starling Class Match Racing Championship - 2012 Starling Match Racing Championship  Brian Peet

Three of the major junior sailing regattas have been sailed or are underway at Murrays Bay Sailing Club. In this edition, we have reports on the Tanner Cup for inter-provincial competition in P-class, and the Starling Match Racing.

That event was sailed for the first time in supplied, identical Starlings with hulls and foils from Mackay Boats, spars by Southern Spars and sails by North Sails – an excellent package. They all have very good and interesting websites – check those, too by clicking on the links.

Racing continues at Murrays Bay until Monday. We will have further updates on

Australian Moth National Titles 2012  Kylie Dunstan

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Volvo Ocean Race: Not Camper's day but second place retained
Thomas Pryor,
The first stage of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race has delivered a disappointing result for Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, but the team have managed to hold onto second overall on the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard. The short 106 nautical mile sprint down the United Arab Emirates coast to Sharjah produced a thrilling finish with the entire fleet finishing within minutes of each other... [more]
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2012 Starling Match Racing Championship sailed in identical boats
Brian Peet,
The 2012 North Sails Starling Match Racing championship was completed at Murrays Bay over Jan 10-13. In the event's 21 year history, this was the first event sailed in class association supplied identical boats. The fibre-glass hulls fitted with identical Southern Spars carbon masts, new North sails and new MacKay foils provided the perfect match racing equipment platform for the regatta.... [more]
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Tanner Cup retained for 2012 by Waikato-Thames
John Jennings,
The Stack 2012 P-Class Nationals have well and truly kicked off at Murrays Bay Sailing Club with the conclusion today of the Stack 2012 New Zealand P-Class Tanner Cup. Twelve sailors from the 18 eligible provinces around the country contested this year's competition. Not surprisingly there was no entrant from Stewart Island, but Marlborough, Nelson, Otago, Southland and Poverty Bay also failed... [more]
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NZ dominates Australian youth Laser Radial fleet
Kristine Lederis, Yachting NZ,
Six NZ Laser Radial sailors were within the top 10 at the Australian Youth Championships which finished this week in Queensland. Andrew McKenzie was the top placed Kiwi but equal on points with Matthew Kempkers, they collectively took home Silver and Bronze in a fleet of forty boats. The string of five race wins gave Andrew the jump up on the tie break over his training partner.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Last gasp victory for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Telefónica set a cracking pace in a quickfire inshore course on Saturday. The 106nm Stage 1 race to Sharjah carries 20 per cent of the overall Leg 3 points, with six points up for grabs for first place and the overall Volvo Ocean Race leaders nailed the start and quickly accelerated to a smoking 16 knots. But it was not to be for Telefonica.... [more]
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Nick Press wins Interdominion Championship for a third time
Brett Hobson,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams cross Celebes Sea gate
Heather Ewing,
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard on the latest Cup developments
Pierre Orphanidis,,
Top European sailing website continues their series of new-year interviews with sailing's top personalities, Editor, Pierre Orphanidis catches up with Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing, the 34th America's Cup Challenger of Record.... [more]
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29er National Championships - Grech and Hubbard maintain lead
Clare Murray,
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the start of Leg 3 Live
The Volvo Ocean Race starts on 5 November from Alicante Spain. The six teams are now making the final preparations before they set off from Alicante bound for Cape Town, South Africa, the first of nine offshore legs. Leg one starts at 1400 UTC on November 5 and is expected to take around 21 days to complete.... [more]
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Whale Wars - Australian protesters transferred from Japanese whaler
Sea Shepherd,
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Australian Moth Nationals: Carnage and crashes - Videos
Leigh Dunstan,
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2012 IFDS World Championships - Australians solid day
Craig Heydon,
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Flying Fifteen Nationals - Fifteen legend chalks up another title win
Bernie Kaaks,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Gold Coast Australia retakes lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Gold Coast Australia has swooped down from the north and into first place, making maximum use of the favourable current and nudging out Derry-Londonderry from the position they had been holding as race leaders. But the team had something of a setback this morning when the yacht broached, breaking a spinnaker pole.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race - Abu Dhabi takes top spot + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing scored a commanding victory on home waters taking top spot in the Etihad Airways In-Port Race to the delight of thousands of ecstatic fans at the Volvo Ocean Race's first Middle Eastern stopover. Abu Dhabi, skippered by Ian Walker, produced a faultless performance along the eight nautical mile course to win in a time of 57 minutes 51 seconds... [more]
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London Boat Show - Former WPNSA Directors honoured
Kate Holmes,
At the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, two former Directors of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy were honoured for their contributions during the crucial period of the development of the Academy. Olympic Silver medalist Keith Musto and Natalie Jobling were both honoured and commended for their distinguished contribution to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup Regatta - Demanding conditions on final day
Peter Campbell,
Prince Philip Cup Regatta - Nick Rogers had already won the Prince Philip Cup after six races in his Dragon class yacht, Karabos IX, but he went out to prove a point by sailing in the seventh and final race today, and notched up an extraordinary fifth win in the regatta, by just two seconds.... [more]
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Access Worlds early birds catch the Pro Hart print
Julie Hodder,
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French crew snatch victory at Australian Hobie Nationals
Monica Channer,
Australia's 2012 National Hobie Cat Championship Regatta was held at Mooloolaba last week (2 – 6 Jan). The fleet of 73 Hobie 16s and seven Hobie 18s took to the start on day 1 in tricky conditions with a two metre south easterly swell and a 10 to 12 knot breeze.... [more]
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Update on the condition of 29er sailor Tess Lloyd
Craig Heydon,
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America's Cup: Artemis begin construction of first AC72
Richard Gladwell,
King Marine, based in Valencia Spain, have announced that they have a deployed a construction team to Sweden to construct the first AC72, for Swedish based Artemis Racing. Artemis Racing is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup. One of the world's top boatbuilding companies, King Marine built the current leader of the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica.... [more]
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The Joachim storm lands on the French Coast - Video
Jean-René Keruzoré,
The Joachim storm hit the French coast on Dec. 16th, 2011. The storm caused a cargo ship, the TK Bremen, to run aground on the beach at Erdeven, near Lorient in France. These images are filmed by Jean-René Keruzoré (Air Vide et Eau).... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff Australian Championships 2012
Ben Schooling,
16 entries from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, and one traveller from the UK made up the fleet for the Aussie MPS Nationals at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron at the southern end of Port Phillip, Victoria.... [more]
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Nathan Outteridge turns his attention to a new class with same results
Craig Heydon,
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Downwind trapezing on the A Class Cat - The Drum,
The new boats don't seem to pay a huge penalty if you trapeze. With the curve boards the faster you go the more they lift so the more the boat unweights. You are sailing faster but because the boat has got slightly less wetted surface area your apparent (wind angle) goes forward and you end up sailing in roughly the same depth as what you do when you are sitting in, or very close to it anyway.... [more]
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