Sail-World New Zealand: 19 Feb 2012 - Volvo Ocean Race start delayed...Womens skiff report and video...PredictWind Mobile App launched

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 19 Feb 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 19 February 2012

Puma Ocean Racing competing in the Sanya Haitang Bay In-Port Race, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 19 February 2012

Camper were lucky to escape with a fourth place from the Volvo Ocean Race - In Port Race, sailed in Sanya, China yesterday evening (NZT). A tactical error on the opening leg when they tacked away from the fleet and lost contact with the top boats, cost Camper dearly.

Ken Read, skipper of Puma Racing had a great saying about banging the corner, as they did in Leg 3 after leaving Singapore 'Welcome to Cornersville, Population 1'- it applies at all levels from Optimists to Volvo as the Kiwi team found out to their cost last night.

Read would have been pleased with their second place - more on morale grounds, but the points are very nice, thank you.

For much of the race Camper were a humbling last, but hauled back two boats to minimise the damage somewhat. They lost more points to Telefonica, but got a small points gain over Groupama.

Waiting for race start - Day 1 Techno Nats  Brian Haybittle

Soon after the finish of the race organisers announced that the start would be delayed for Leg 4 to Auckland, by 12-24 hours to allow the worst effects of a monsoon to pass through. We have the story on what will happen in this edition, however the effect is that a day will probably be cut off an already short eight day stopover in Auckland.

On the first weekend in March the Clash at the Cove, will be staged at Marsden Cove taking in feeder races from Auckland and Opua. Joining the fleet this year will be the TP52 Kia Kaha, the ex World Cup and Med Cup front runner now owned by Chris Hornell from the Bay of Islands. Registrations close Feb 29 - Enter Here

Optimists racing in the first race of the OKI 24 hour race, they were followed by the Lasers (sailing the full 24 hours and the Legends only sailing for three hours on Sunday)  

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Richard Gladwell
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Women's Olympic Skiff Trials: New FX put through paces + Video
Richard Gladwell,
One of the trialists for the new Olympic Womens Skiff event has been put through its paces by several of crews off Takapuna over the past few weeks. The Mackay FX is a response to the need for a high performance skiff, offering low entry cost, and taking womens sailing to a new level.... [more]
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35th Panmure Lagoon SC RSA Regatta won by Pupuke Laser sailor
Chantal Grass,
The 2012 RSA Regatta will be in its 35th year and has its origins with the Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA Club, who generously provided in March 1977 the RSA Laser Trophy. The Trophy escaped largely unscathed an arson to the PLSC club premises in October 2007 and continues to remain a unique trophy won by few and coveted by many.... [more]
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Predictwind announces iPhone and Android app - Wind in your pocket!
Sail-World and PredictWind,
PredictWind have announced an iPhone and Android app which takes the use possibilities to a new level and you can now literally have a weather forecast in your pocket. Sail-World has been using this app for some months and Predictwind is probably the most used app on our iPhone. You can check the weather anywhere in the world and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features... [more]
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Clash at the Cove - Enter now! Enter here!
Paul Shanaghan,
It goes something like this; Friday race from Auckland to Whangarei, have a party and prize giving, more races on Saturday then have a bigger party and more prize giving, get up late on Sunday, have breakfast and cruise home. If this sounds like your idea of a great weekend sailing event, put a crew together, register online and mark out March 2, 3 & 4 on your 2012 calendar... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Mr Consistency looking for second title
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Sailing at the 2012 Etchells World Championshups there are two U.S. World Champion skippers Jud Smith (2006) and Vince Brun (2000) looking for their second World Championship crown, along with three Aussie skippers, John Bertrand (2010), Peter McNeil (2004) and Cameron Miles (1999).... [more]
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Wellington Spirit taste success in Australia at Warren Jones Regatta
Wellington Spirit Media,
Wellington Spirit Sailing Team have just arrived back home after a successful trip to compete across the ditch in Australia. The team, consisting of sailors all from the wider Wellington Region first competed in the Grade 3 Warren Jones Regatta sailed from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth.... [more]
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Al Tharaya, all female crew fire into action in Sail Arabia The Tour
Hannah Morris - Race Crew on board Team Al Tharaya,
Al Tharaya, the all women's team representing Oman in the Sail Arabia The Tour, has now finished the first two legs. Our international team, spanning five countries including France, Britain, America, New Zealand, and of course Oman, left the shores of Bahrain in style, blasting out to the start line in 25 knots.... [more]
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OKI 24 Hour Race: Luna Rossa against Emirates Team NZ
Danielle Wright,
A Luna Rossa team and an Emirates NZ Team will be part of the Legends Race with Hamish Pepper (a NZ representative at the last Olympics) and Andrew Murdoch (an NZ representative for this year's Olympics) being the boat to beat. Other sailors include Ray Davies, an ex-top Laser sailor and former Murray's Bay Sailing Club member... [more]
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Day 2 Techno Windsurfing National Champs
Brian Haybittle,
Day 2's racing was delayed due to lack of wind. Many of the competitors took time out to relax, play guitar, have a swim or kick the soccer ball around. While we waited we even managed to get the RS:X and Techno AGM underway. A great committee was elected and much talk of introducing an RS:X traveller series somehow tied up with the successful Techno Kendal Cup Series.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Extreme conditions test crews
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia has diverted to Taiwan to evacuate an injured crew member after an attempted helicopter airlift proved impossible due to strong winds and a punishing sea state.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race - Camper miss out on podium place
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - It was not Camper's day for the Haitang In-Port race. The shifty conditions got the better of Nicholson and his crew who, after a great start leading the fleet off the line, chose the left hand side of the course. This proved to be a critical decision with the wind shifting to the right and the fleet were split in two. Camper, Groupama and Sanya were left battling at the back... [more]
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Volvo Ocan race: Start in Sanya delayed due to bad weather
Thomas Pryor,
Volvo Ocean Race organisers will split Leg 4 into two stages and hold the six boats in Sanya after Sunday's leg start to allow enough time for dangerous conditions to clear, with fears that waves of up to eight metres in the South China Sea could wreak havoc with the fleet... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Images of Sanya: The In Port Race
Ian Roman,
Top international photographer, Ian Roman (GBR) presents this gallery of images from the In Port Race at Sanya, China - part of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012... [more]
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Day One of NZ Techno Nationals
Brian Haybittle,
The NZ Techno Natationals started on Friday 17th of February 2012. A good mixed fleet turnout of 4 New Caledonians, 1 Australian and 12 Kiwis. Three races were completed in light airs. Some other highlights from the day included NZL291 Luke Holliday who sailed to the race course with his foam fin cover still on. Doh!... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18 footer Worlds Preview The 63rd JJ Giltinan Cham
Frank Quealey,
The 63rd JJ Giltinan Championship gets under way later today when Race 1 of the world's premier 18ft Skiff Regatta is sailed on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Colonist: Gary Wilson re-launches another classic yacht
Daniel Johnston,
Whenuakite famers and active Classic Yacht Association (CYA) members Gary and Karenne Wilson have restored yet another piece of maritime history, the hundred year old Colonist. Completed in a barn on their property the restoration has been a combination of six years work with contributions from both the farming and maritime community.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Tom Slingsby adds Olympic thinking
Tracy Johnson,
Whether they are amateur or professional sailors, for the fleet of 74 boats carrying 238 crew, their goal is the 2012 International Etchells Class World Championship honours.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race leaders confronted with unusual conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) - Exceptional weather continues for the leaders Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis below 56S, while Phesheya-Racing rapidly reduces the distance deficit as the South Africans drop deeper into the high latitudes following severe conditions.... [more]
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London Olympic Games - Interview with Sir Keith Mills of LOCOG
London Olympic Games - Yesterday (Thursday 16 February 2012) saw the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) take temporary ownership of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Village for the summer as it gets ready to house the competitors and team officials taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Sailing events.... [more]
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Global Ocean race: Buckley Systems announces withdrawal
Ross and Campbell Field announced today that Team Buckley Systems is withdrawing from the Global Ocean Race. This is a result of medical advice. Ross injured his back when their Class40 yacht crashed off a giant wave in the Southern Ocean... [more]
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America's Cup - Ogletree leaves China team,
Charlie Ogletree, China Team Skipper and wing trimmer, has decided to resign from China Team. In a statement today Ogletree thanks China Team for their time together and wishes them the best of luck in the future. Ogletree will be mainsail trimmer/tactician on the Oman Air Extreme 40 for the 2012 season as well as be competing in the highly competitive Melges 32 circuit.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation log iceberg sightings
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Late on Wednesday night GMT, as Phesheya-Racing crossed the bluQube Scoring Gate in the mid-Pacific, down in the ocean's south-eastern section at 56S and 1,300 miles due west of Cape Horn, the first visual confirmation of icebergs was logged by Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on the leading GOR Class40, Cessna Citation.... [more]
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Less than six months to the start of Sail Noumea 2012
Suellen Hurling,
With just over 100 days until the Auckland start of Sail Noumea the countdown has well and truly begun and now is the time for crews intending to race to ramp up preparations. There are over 60 New Zealand registrations of interest ranging from premier offshore race boats to cruising crews planning their South Pacific Adventure.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kevin Shoebridge looks ahead to the needs of the AC72
Emirates Team New Zealand chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge outlines how the team are going about planning, discussing and organising the logistics of housing the AC72 catamaran, which will launch in July 2012. The world's most successful sailing team will set up facilities for the AC72 in Auckland and San Francisco... [more]
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Doyle Sails' success at Etchells Pre-Worlds
Guy Waddilove,
Doyle Sails continues to enjoy considerable success in the Etchells fleet with David Clark and team taking first place at the Zhik International Australian Nationals this week, and second place going to Jud Smith and team. Both were using Doyle One-Design Etchell sails.... [more]
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Roots of Olympic Sailing Competition firmly planted in 1912
In retracing the roots of Olympic Sailing Competition, we reach back to when Nynäshamn, Sweden was selected above Gothenburg to host the 1912 Olympic Sailing Competition due to its proximity to Stockholm and its vantage points that allowed racing to be viewed from the land.... [more]
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Millennium Cup: Inshore courses ensure spectacular superyacht views
Members of the public, even those on shore, will this year be able to enjoy close-up views of an impressive fleet of luxury superyachts as they compete in the 2012 NZ Millennium Cup on February 16-18. Racing on the three days of this prestigious event will take place close to shore, in the Waitemata Harbour and inner Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Oracle Racing returns to San Francisco Bay for training session
Oracle Racing,
Oracle Racing, Team USA for the 34th America's Cup in 2013, returned to San Francisco Bay today, commencing the first of two training sessions. The team took its two AC45 wingsail catamarans out for practice with full crews. The wind strength built into the teens in the afternoon and the session was welcomed by the sailors.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's Torbjörn Törnqvist talks to,
Pierre Orphanidis from the top European sailing site caught up with the backer of the Challenger of record for the 34th America's Cup, Torbjorn Tornqvist during a break in the racing at the recent RC44 regatta in Puerto Calero... [more]
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