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 Sail-World.com'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.
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 www.sail-world.com later today and the start, along with the Inport racing, will be covered in depth in our Volvo Ocean Race newsletter.
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 www.vsail.info 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 Sail-World.com 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 www.sail-world.com
Australian Moth National Titles 2012 Kylie Dunstan
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