Sail-World New Zealand: 26 Jan 2012 - Bay of Islands Sailing Week...Dalton Amendment published...470 Junior Worlds

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 26 Jan 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 26 January 2012

Puma Navigator Tom Addis taking a bearing on Camper, 11 miles to weather, during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 26 January 2012

Sailing life has been a little quiet over the past few days.

Not that there is nothing happening. And not that it will stay that way for long.

The Bay of Islands Sailing Week started on Monday, in this edition we have reports from the first two days, along with some excellent images form Will Calver of Oceanphotography who is in the Far North for the duration of this outstanding regatta.

The Volvo Ocean Race rumbles on, with the fleet on a long port tack in light to moderate winds.

Overnight we have got our positioning system running, which was shut down while the boats entered and exited the Stealth Zone. A look early this morning showed that while Puma and Camper are currently shown as leading, the north is poised to come into play. That is where event leader, Telefonica is positioned, and we expect to see her take the lead soon.

The course for the Leg involves a lot of island dodging, plus the weather feed is not that reliable long term (two weeks out), so today we will break the leg into two pieces and get a more accurate fix on what we believe will happen in the coming days and will report on The leg finish is currently predicted for 10 February.

Day 2 - Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2012   Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

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Skipper Chris Nicholson and navigator Will Oxley discuss the latest report and look for the other boats to leeward onboard Camper during Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

On the New Zealand website (we run 19 sites worldwide on Sail-World) we have introduced a new navigation button New Zealand Sailing. We have to tread a fine balance between the mix of international news which outside of America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and similar events don't really make it into the mainstream sports media. Sometimes on Sail-World, the local sailing news gets pushed off the main page very quickly. The New Zealand Sailing section will have NZ Sailing news only. We have done a retrospective update back to mid-January. Sail-World ran 400 stories in the last 12 days, with a dozen or so of those being NZ News. If you wish, you can set a bookmark for the NZ Sailing News site, and go straight there. All news (NZ and international) will still be on the main Sail-World site.

All is not quiet on the America's Cup scene. We are aware of three cases running with the International Jury on the subject of partnerships and team collaboration. One has already been decided, another is in the same vein (believed to be Oracle Racing asking for further interpretations on a hypothetical competitor), and the third on specifics of the Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ partnership.

In first place after Day Two racing are USA's Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in 49er class - Rolex Miami OCR  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

We will be publishing a view on these issues in due course. Suffice to say that for an event that looks set to have just three teams contesting the Louis Vuitton Cup, we would have thought that there would have been more emphasis on getting more teams up to AC72 level rather than trying to hobble new players.

Secondly for an event that set out to reduce the level of rule interaction that had bedeviled previous regattas, seeking an interpretation of a rule that contains two clauses each over 100 words in a single sentence and which is rated as 'incomprehensible', is just a nonsense.

Thirdly we believe the initial Jury Interpretation, was unbalanced for reasons and logic which will be explained.

And finally most informed sailing media are wondering how a three boat Challenger Selection Series can be staged over almost a two month period, and maintain the interest of sailing fans. At the end of that phase, just one team will be eliminated before the remaining two contest the Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup itself.

Can you imagine that happening in any other sport? We can't. The recent Rugby World Cup ran for six weeks to eliminate 18 teams before the Final - and many thought that elimination process lost its way.

Day 1 - Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2012  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

At the Competitors Forum to be held in Auckland at the end of March, it is maybe opportune for some to take a long hard look in the mirror. Stopped trying to get one up on the other team in the Jury Room. And started acting in the best interests of what was the most prestigious event in sailing.

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race - There's no holding back for Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
The overall leader of the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefonica, are not holding back with Spaniard Iker Martinez in charge, as they have now gained some ten miles on the Leg 3 leaders, thus jumping two places higher up the rankings. For the entire afternoon, Telefonica has threatened the fleet from her controlling position to windward and, at 1600 today, she rolled Groupama 4... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds get underway at Takapuna on Saturday
Kristine Lederis,
Takapuna Boating Club is about to host their fourteenth world championship event: The 2012 470 Junior World Championships begin on 26th January 2012. With the Pre-worlds event finished, this popular sailing club on Auckland's North Shore is ready for the main event to start.... [more]
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Oceanbridge Anniversary Day Regatta salutes maritime heritage
Event media,
The Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta is the oldest sporting event in the country, open to all sailors in different classes of craft from the professional workboat skipper, a sea scout, an all out racer waiting to gun the engines in the Harbour Blast, a youngster in his first dinghy or an enthusiast who has spent thousands of hours restoring one of the great kauri- hulled classic sailin... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Final teams arrive in port
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The final three teams have arrived in Batam after completing Race seven of the 40,000-mile marathon. Race seven has proved challenging for the whole fleet and the yachts have motor-sailed in company for the past week due to lack of winds and increased piracy risks, which saw the Race Committee deciding to finish the race earlier than originally planned.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 2 - Another great day
Lesley Haslar,
Another beautiful day in paradise. All divisions got their first races away before noon with winds fluctuating between 4 and 9 knots SSW. David Nathan on V5 is thoroughly enjoying the regatta - today winning their share of line honours.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Rag and Famish a chance at Giltinan Championship
Frank Quealey,
The three members of the Rag & Famish Hotel 18ft Skiff team all have family members who are part of 18 Footers history. Their three year old Rag & Famish Hotel boat was brought up to current specification only six months ago when class builder Van Munster Boats added a new deck to the existing hull.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Day 2 catchup and new leaders
Barby MacGowan,
Finn sailor Zach Railey could do nothing wrong as he methodically picked off his competition at the Rolex Miami OCR. In the 49er Class, Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla.) are still holding on to first place. Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) hold first place in the 470 mens.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 wide open for top players
Tracey Johnstone,
It's the main game for the Etchells class in 2012; the Etchells World Championship, to be held offshore of Sydney from the 16th to 25th February and and that game is wide open with defending world champion, Bill Hardesty, confirming last week that he will not be in Sydney to defend his title. This is good news for Noel Drennan who finished second to Hardesty in last year's World Championship.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - A game of chess for the leading pair
Sophie Luther - Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it is a head to head battle for the leaders with Chris Nicholson and the Camper crew nipping at the heels of Ken Read and the crew of Puma. They are 3.4 nautical miles astern and to windward. Nicholson is fully fired up to snatch whatever opportunities he can to take the red boat into the lead. Nip and tuck, a game of chess, it's as close as it can be for these two teams.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation ready for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
There are now just four days until Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race is set to get underway in Wellington and South African sailor, Adrian Kuttel, has made his arrival in New Zealand to join Kiwi skipper, Conrad Colman, for the 6,300 mile trek through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn, and through the South Atlantic to Punta del Este, Uruguay, on the Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Internet outstripping print as preferred medium
Jeni Bone,
Around the world, as internet connectivity leaps ahead with the popularity of Smart phones and tablet technology, as well as soon to be commonplace web-enabled TV, online advertising is outstripping all print media.... [more]
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Camper tightens the grip as the drag race continues + Video
Thomas Pryor,
On Day 2 of of Leg 3B of the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand is closing the gap on first placed Puma in the long drag race across the Indian Ocean to the turning point off the north west tip of Sumatra. Camper has continued to build their preferred position to the north of the fleet and is now just over one mile behind Puma.... [more]
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Southern Spars opens new website
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars has launched a brand-new website at With an emphasis on quality information, imagery and interactive elements, the new website provides existing and prospective customers and suppliers with considerably more detail about the Southern Spars' global operation than the previous version of the site.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 1 - You should have been here!
Lesley Haslar,
Bay of Island's Sailing Week 2012, Day 1 was blessed with a clear blue sky, a south easterly at 10 knots, and sixty eager crews ready to take on the world. At pin end Division One Race One, V5 stepped out with both Wired and M1 Snapping at her heels. As the first major race for Kia Kaha, she showed a conservative stance at the start.... [more]
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Miami OCR day 1 - Heavy to light
Barby MacGowan,
Opening day at the Rolex Miami OCR regatta started out as a perfect day with sunshine and 12 knots of breeze. In the 470 Women's class, with 16 boats, Great Britain's Olympic-bound Hannah Mills and crew Saskia Clark battled the light wind and came out on top, taking first in the only race of the day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton Amendment put into Protocol
Richard Gladwell,
The Code of Conduct for the 34th America's Cup has been included in the revised Protocol for the 34th America's Cup, and is the first time such a clause has been applied in the event. It is clearly aimed at teams and individuals making comment that is at variance with the 'party line', in an event that has been notorious for the characters of the America's Cup doing just that.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring'
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach Rod Davis muses on the times we live in ..... It has been a bizarre time for the America's Cup; the war of words and press releases has been nonstop for five years when Oracle questioned Alinghi's Challenger of Record. Since then we have been fed a fatty diet of spin doctoring. Some would say 'situation normal for the America's Cup'.... [more]
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Injured 29er sailor Tess Lloyd showing positive signs in Brisbane
Craig Heydon,
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is showing more positive signs as she continues to recover from a head injury sustained during the Australian Youth Championships on Tuesday, 10 January 2012.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - bluQube scoring gate confirmed for Leg 3
Oliver Dewar,
Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race will commence at 02:00 GMT (15:00 local) on January 29 in Lambton Harbour off the city of Wellington, New Zealand. There, the five double-handed Class40s will begin their 6,200 mile journey through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic to the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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2012 New Zealand National Laser Championship – Update after Day 2
Edmund Tam,
On Day 1 of the New Zealand Laser National Championships competitors were greeted with a light and lingering southerly breeze and a forecasted northerly change. This resulted in a delay while the light southerly died away and immediately made way for spectacular Wellington day with the sun shining and an enjoyable but challenging northerly of 18 to 22 knots and a building sea state.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet prepare for Chinese New Year
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Team has arrived in Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Indonesia, where the yachts are due to muster ahead of next Saturday's arrival in Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore, and now all that's needed to complete the picture is ten 68-foot yachts, each emblazoned with the name of an international city, state, country or corporation.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Australian Championship - Defending champions tighten grip
Frank Quealey,
2012 Australian 18ft Skiff Championship Race 2. Today's race was sailed in an unpredictable south-east breeze which fluctuated in strength and direction throughout the race and made conditions tough for all teams.... [more]
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