Welcome to Sail-World.com'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 PredictWind.com. 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.
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.
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 www.sail-world.com/NZ/kiwinews 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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