Sail-World New Zealand: 30 Jan 2012 - 470 Junior Worlds action...Highs and lows in Volvo Ocean Race...Team Buckley Systems restarts Global Ocean Race

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 30 Jan 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 30 January 2012

Puma, Groupama, and Telefonica all reunite in the Malacca Straits. 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 30 January 2012

The 470 Junior Worlds are well underway in Auckland with 30 crews from 13 countries competing.

While Kiwis are well used to seeing these home worlds dominated by the local talent, that is not happening at Takapuna, with only one New Zealand crew in the top three overall. Others are learning that there is a step up, if they are to perform at the next level in this Olympic class.

Of course from the other countries - and 13 countries sailing in an event like this in New Zealand is a very good turn-out - we are seeing their talent of the future on display for the first time - and it is very impressive.

Racing continues until Friday, when there will be three medal races sailed. We have daily reports on Sail-World, plus a photo gallery for the first two days, at least.

Racing for the finish - 470 Junior Worlds Day 2  Richard Gladwell
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the action is furious if not fast, with the Malacca Straits turning into a bad night at the casino for some.

Winds are very fickle in the area, with one cloud and its accompanying wind making all the difference. Camper with Emirates Team NZ had some bad moments as they were parked in the Malaysian coast, while the three front runners raced away in a good breeze sailing at 14kts.

Their fortunes have been up and down since then. There was some catch up, but then another slide and currently they are in fifth place on the Volvo Ocean Race leader system. We have some reports developed using But from here on accurate predictions are impossible to make as the weather is so unstable in the region, due to the effects of clouds which cannot be predicted. Plus there are 12 waypoints that have to be negotiated through the straits to avoid shipping and we will just report on what is happening until the fleet clears the final waypoint, a lighthouse at Selia island, east of Singapore.

Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner (NZL) in Star fleet - Miami OCR 2012  © Rolex/Daniel Forster
The Bay of Islands Sailing Week is over for another year. This great event looks to have lived up to its already high reputation and we have daily reports in this edition of sail-World along with some great images from Will Calver of Oceanphotography.

On the New Zealand website (we run 19 sites worldwide on Sail-World) we have introduced a new navigation button New Zealand Sailing.

Ross and Campbell Field at the start of Leg 3 of the Global Ocean Race in Wellington, New Zealand  Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images
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. 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.

Kantime - 45th annual Waitangi to Whangaroa yacht race   Wayne Henderson
For those submitting stories via our submission system, you will now get a double exposure in two sites - the main Sail-World site and on the Kiwi News site - which will have a longer viewing life and be much easier to just follow the New Zealand news over a period of time.

For Auckland readers, don't miss the action in the Oceanbridge Auckland Anniversary Regatta - where you will be able to see at least one, maybe two America's Cup AC45's competing along with one of the greatest classic yacht fleets in the world, plus the full range of kellboats, multihulls and dinghies.

Bruce Yarnton & Rhonda Steele sailing "Good News" being followed by Amanda Hargreaves & Amanda Young sailing "Bad News" approaching the top mark in Race 1. - Sunburst Nationals 2012 : Day 1  Nigel Price

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Richard Gladwell
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470 Junior Worlds: Italy and Netherlands cement their lead on Day 2
Richard Gladwell + NZ 470 Assoc,
The Italian crew of Simon Kosuta and Jas Farneti have finished at the top of the leaderboard after two days racing in the 470 Junior World Championships being sailed off Takapuna, Auckland City. Conditions for the racing were bleak, despite it being the height of the New Zealand summer, with cold offshore breezes, and leaden skies.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 23 - Luna Rossa launched
This week's Episode 23 This week's show heads to Auckland to check in with Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian team has just launched their new AC45 and we hear what skipper Max Sirena has planned for training with Emirates Team NZ. While in New Zealand we stop by the factory to uncover the new wing extensions... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie in fear of being banned
Daily Mail UK,
Ben Ainslie, 35 on Saturday, will not discover whether he is to be robbed of the chance to go for his fourth Olympic gold on the water at Weymouth until a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be held by the end of next month rules... [more]
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Sunburst Nationals 2012 : Day 1 - Three wins for Wellington crew
Nigel Price,
The first day of the Sunburst 2012 Nationals has been dominated by Wellington Sailmaker Brett Linton, sailing with daughter Alice, who won the three races convincingly. Sailing conditions have been good with a gusty southwesterly wind up to about 20 knots in the Rangitoto Channel race area off Narrow Neck beach in Auckland.... [more]
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45th annual Waitangi to Whangaroa yacht race
Wayne Henderson,
All focus has been on the weather of late in anticipation of favorable seas and breezes for the 45th annual Waitangi to Whangaroa yacht race organized by the Bay Of Islands Yacht Club. The day dawned overcast but promising and competitors gathered to enjoy a breakfast fit for a round the world race crew at the clubrooms giving them a good start to the day.... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Ten years strong
John Roberson,
The tenth annual Warren Jones International Youth Regatta starts on Tuesday 31st January on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 3 to Uruguay underway
Oliver Dewar,
The five Global Ocean Race Class40s face a 6,200-mile course through the Pacific Ocean, around Cape Horn and through the South Atlantic for leg 3 to Punta del Este, Uruguay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Which way will pay?
Volvo Ocean Race,
At the head of the field and in the centre lane of the Malacca Strait, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is in a closely fought battle with Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA) and Puma's Mar Mostro (Ken Read/USA). It's almost too close to call with barely a mile between the top trio.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Southern Ocean and Cape Horn lie ahead for Fields
Ivor Wilkins,
With more than 6,000 miles of the planet's most hostile ocean ahead of them, the Global Ocean Racing fleet left Wellington in unusually benign conditions today. Despite its daunting reputation for storm force winds and massive waves, overall race leaders Ross and Campbell Field of Team Buckley Systems were looking forward to the Southern Ocean blast to Cape Horn.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper parks off Malaysia, leaders sailing at 11kts
Warren Douglas,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand became becalmed on the Malaysian coast this afternoon losing the hard-earned miles clawed back earlier in the day. As race leaders Telefonica, Groupama and Puma found better breeze offshore and were able to maintain average speeds of 10-12 knots, Camper along with Abu Dhabi were in trouble closer inshore, barely able to maintain 2-3 knots.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Images from Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Images from the second day of the 470 Junior World Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland City. The conditions were fresh, testing the crews in the furthest offshore areas of the course. Sailors from 13 countries, aged under 22 years are competing for the World title in Open and Mens, and Womens events.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Team GBR finishes event with eight medals
Lindsey Bell,
Finals day at the Rolex Miami OCR proved a lucrative one for Skandia Team GBR with six more medals claimed by British crews in four of the Olympic classes.... [more]
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Miami OCR final day decides medals in ten Olympic classes
Barby MacGowan,
Ten Olympic classes competed in their final medal races to determine gold, silver and bronze winners at the Rolex Miami OCR for 2012.... [more]
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NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship Round 1
Kelly Smith,
The NZ Offshore Powerboat Championship is set to take place at Taupo this weekend where roaring engines, screaming fans, and hugh clouds of spray will once again dominate the waterfront. New Zealand Offshore Powerboats will come to town for their annual visit to kick off their racing season.... [more]
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Australian brothers lead after long first day for 470 Junior Worlds
The fleet were on the water for around five hours for just two races on Day 1 of the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, hosted at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. The races were sailed today with the 10 women's crews and 23 men's crews sailing as one fleet, scored separately things are very tight at the top, especially in the Open fleet.... [more]
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Images from Takapuna: 470 Junior Worlds, Day 1 - Fast rides
Richard Gladwell,
The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze The first day of racing in the 470 Junior Worlds got underway off Takapuna, Auckland City, today in a fresh southerly breeze, and generally overcast, and cold conditions. There was plenty of action and good rides in the 12-20kts winds... [more]
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470 Junior World Championship preview
International 470 Class Association,
470 Junior World Championship - Teams from 13 nations and four continents have gathered in New Zealand ready to do battle for the 470 Junior Men/Mixed and Junior Women World Championship titles. The Pre-Worlds Regatta has been an initial indicator of form and included New Zealand's 470 Olympic representatives who were impressively beaten by the junior team of Matthew and Robert Crawford (AUS).... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker outlines race training progress
Richard Gladwell,
The two America's Cup teams based in Auckland are expected to do some training on the Hauraki Gulf, this week, and will race against each next weekend. The two teams Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, will be competing in their AC45's.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 4 - Racing concludes + Video
Lesley Haslar,
The racing on this 10th anniversary of Bay of Islands Sailing Week has come to a close. Today was another great day for competitors, a little cloudy but still a reasonable breeze - NW 12-15 knots. Visiting Aussie Judge Stephen Merrington is full of compliments about ‘this Kiwi regatta' - 'it's very similar to Airlie Beach. The new tent setup is perfect, it feels really tropical.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder receives Honorary Doctorate
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, has been awarded with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Hull. The award was made in recognition of his work with the Clipper Race and the legacy youth programmes established in the wake of Hull and Humber's participation in Clipper 07-08 and Clipper 09-10.... [more]
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Images from Takapuna: Opening Ceremony 470 Junior Worlds
Richard Gladwell,
The Opening Ceremony for the 470 Junior Worlds was held this evening at Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore. Major supporter of the event is the Auckland City Council and Mayor Len Brown attended and opened the regatta. The World Championship is the 14th held at Takapuna and which has a fleet of 33 crews from 13 countries.... [more]
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Rolex Miami Olympic Regatta: 49er skipper hit by bowsprit - Video
Spectacular aerial video of a mark rounding incident from the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, which sees a 49er skipper flicked off the back of his boat, by an incoming competitor's bowsprit - all at full pace.... [more]
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One Week Later - Images of the Costa Concordia accident + Video
Anna Parker,
The Costa Concordia is a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Giglio, Italy, after smashing into a reef and partially sinking on the 13 January. There was number of passengers that survived while deaths were reported, and others are still missing. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi journeyed to Giglio Island to snap these images.... [more]
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week: Day 3 - Beach Party at Roberton Island
Lesley Haslar,
There was zero wind at the scheduled start of 1030 hrs for Day 3 of Bay of Islands Sailing Week. Little puffs frustrated the boats as they watched for an expected notice of delay. Gerry Martin (Race Officer) waited patiently (about one and a half hours), when sure enough the local sea breeeze kicked in.... [more]
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Images of Takapuna: Measuring 2012 World 470 Youth Championships
Richard Gladwell,
Today was the final day of measuring for the 2012 World Youth 470 Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand. The 33 competitors from 13 countries were completing measurement today and preparing for the Practice race tomorrow afternoon - weather permitting. A short, sharp front is due to pass through the race area tomorrow from noon through the afternoon.... [more]
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Artemis Racing prepares for AC teams defining year
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing is preparing its two AC45s for an upcoming training session in Valencia. At the same time, our first AC72 is well underway in Sweden, the culmination of many months of research by Juan K and his talented team.... [more]
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