Sail-World New Zealand: 21 Feb 2012 - Etchells Worlds in Sydney...Honey on navigation...Volvo Race Village begins build in Auckland

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 21 Feb 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 21 February 2012

Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2012  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 21 February 2012

At latest report Camper seems to be in the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race - having been racing for just under 40 hours.

We are a little hesitant to make further predictions at this stage due to the rather erratic course being taken by the fleet as first they spread around the direct line to the Philippines (set down as a waypoint), with some to the north and some to the south. Then, late last night (NZT) the southern boats headed north, and at the time of writing the fleet are headed well to the north of the Philippines, before turning for Auckland.

We will contact a higher authority and update on Wednesday on However we are pleased to see that the wind strengths we have seen on are close to those being reported by the fleet and not the stronger winds reported by race organisers.

Camper and the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet start leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Our heart goes out to the crew of Puma, who in our view, got a very rough deal out of the arrangement for the delayed restart. Not only were they forced to start 39 minutes astern for sailing into a hole when they had been leading the inshore 40miler the day before - but were then forced to watch as the fleet sailed away ahead of them in a building breeze.

This is the second instance, in a month, when race organisers have made decisions which have had unexpected consequences. The Global Ocean Race being a prime example. But in the Volvo Ocean Race - what was really achieved by staging the impromptu coastal race?

Manu Goyard from New Caledonia - Bic Techno Oceanias and RS:X Nationals  Brian Haybittle

No problem with it being unseamanlike to start the race in poor conditions. Wouldn't the crews have been better to have had the extra day off ahead of what was going to be a very tough opening to the fourth leg?

Too often we are seeing professional and top-level sailing events being made 'media-friendly' by race organisers - when the reaction of most media, who have sailing experience, is just to cringe at what is being done in their name. The Olympic Medal Race is another prime example.

The FX gets put through her paces, off Takapuna, ahead of the Womens HP Skiff Trials in Santander next month  Richard Gladwell

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Richard Gladwell
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Final Report BIC Techno Oceania's and RS:X Nationals
Brian Haybittle,
February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light for running events. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting courses. The boards again took to the water after lunch and only managed one short race in each class before the wind dropped. Even though the wind was onshore it proved to be very shifty.... [more]
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International 2.4mR Championships – Matt Bugg defends title
Peter Campbell,
International 2.4mR Championships - Tasmanian sailor Matt Bugg has successfully defended his Australian title in the International 2.4mR class in which he is expected to represent his country at the London Paralympic Games. Bugg won by just one point in a closely-fought series on Canberra's Lake Burley-Griffin on Sunday and Monday... [more]
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Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Championship race 3 win to Thurlow Fisher Lawyers
Frank Quealey,
Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Championship - Thurlow Fisher Lawyers won race three today, but the other winners were those lucky spectators on the harbor who witnessed two great crews tame the elements in a wonderful sailing display. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 were superb in the 25-knot (gusting to 27 knots) Southerly wind which tested the skills of every competitor in the regatta.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Two 12 year olds join the ranks
Tracey Johnstone,
It is rather unexpected to also see two 12-year-old sailors joining the Etchells class. Tiana Wittey and Harry Smith are competitors in the 74-boat Etchells fleet contesting the Worlds.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan capsize images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
There was plenty of action for the 18ft Skiffs at the JJ Giltinan regatta. Maybe even a bit too much for some to handle! Andrea Francolini images from an interesting day at the office.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 day 2 abandoned
Tracey Johnstone,
The Etchells Worlds 2012 race committee abandoned racing for today. It is intended that there will two races tomorrow. Then two races on Thursday, two on Friday and one on Saturday. 'The forecast for tomorrow looks absolutely perfect and improving as the week goes on. We are confident we can get back on track,' said PRO Wilson.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Day 2 – Horror seas means racing abandoned,
Etchells Worlds Day 2. Fleet held in Watson's Bay. As Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson explained 'The conditions today with wind against a two knot south flowing set, are huge. We are in no hurry to drop the AP; we are very concerned if if we start racing we might sink half the fleet.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - More day 1 images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
Etchells Worlds 2012 - Photographer Ingrid Abery was on hand to capture this amazing gallery of images on day one. Enjoy!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper moves to the front of the pack
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, there is a new crew at the head of the pack. After tacking north around midday today, at 2200 UTC tonight Chris Nicholson/AUS and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are the leaders of the pack as fleet bashes upwind across the South China Sea towards the ominous Luzon Strait, 446 nautical miles (nm) ahead.... [more]
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2012 US Youth World Team named
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing has announced the names of 11 youth sailors that have qualified for the 2012 Youth World Team and who will alsol receive invitations to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championship in Dublin, Ireland, from July 12-21.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Magpie on form + Day 1 Video
Tracey Johnstone,
Etchells Worlds 2012 - On day one of competition, the Aussie team of Graeme Taylor, Grant Simmer, and Steve Jarvin aboard Magpie, were back on form. Taylor finished fourth in race one and then a firm first in race two of the day to place first overall with five points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 11 - Race Village build begins
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 15 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Sickness and slamming take their toll + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Sea sickness and waves as high as five metres are making life difficult for all six teams on the first day of the second stage of Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland. Conditions on board have been brutal as the crews struggle to rein in their Volvo Open 70s to avoid teeth-rattling crash landings off the backs of the monster waves left over from several days of gale force winds.... [more]
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Stan Honey on navigating Groupama 3 to Jules Verne record in 2010
Vincent Casalaina,
Here's what Stan had to say about guiding Groupama 3 around the world in 48 days 7 hours and 44 minutes shaving two days off the previous record circumnavigation. He talks about how the navigator plays a crucial role in getting the boat in the optimum wind and wave pattern.... [more]
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2012 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships
Michelle Tait,
Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th February five sailors from Bucklands Beach Yacht Club competed in the Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on the Elliott 7's.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Etchells Worlds 2012 images from day one racing by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour Leg 3 overall
Nicky Moore,
Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2012 - Described by the skippers as the most tactically challenging leg of the tour to date, the third leg of Sailing Arabia – the Tour could have gone to any one of the first three teams home with less than ten minutes separating first to third, after a challenging 232-kilometre race.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Race 2 Video
Bob Killick,
Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs 2012 Championship race 2 was emphatically won by Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - 27 years and still on the bow
Tracey Johnstone,
For the Etchells Worlds, it's been 27 years since the Sydney Etchells Fleet hosted and in the ensuing years, many of the competitors have raced on other boats, in other classes and at other events. One competitor from the 1984 Etchells World Championship who has done the full circle finishing back in Sydney, at the Etchells Worlds, on the start line today and still on the bow, is Paul Westlake.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis savour lead position + Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The third week of racing (12th to 19th February) began with a taste of downwind sailing for the trio of Class40s in the Pacific. For the fleet leaders, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel on the Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation, swift progress was brief as the Kiwi-South African duo ran straight into a high pressure ridge with speeds dropping to sub-three knots.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Gold Coast Australia returns to racing
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It has been a memorable 24 hours on board Gold Coast Australia, one of the two Australian entries taking part in the race, after a drama packed day which saw the successful diversion to Taiwan to evacuate two injured crew members. Tim Burgess was on the foredeck when he broke his leg changing a headsail in the gruelling conditions.... [more]
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2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Gotta Love It 7 again
Frank Quealey,
The Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage dominated Race 2 of the 2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Stirring farewell for Camper
Penny Dain and Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER left the dock for the start of Leg 4 to Auckland on Sunday 19 February with a stirring haka farewell from performing group Pounamu. The start has been postponed for 17 hours, due to the influence of a monsoon in the South China Sea.... [more]
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Entries closing soon for Sydney Harbour Regatta 2012, March 10-11,
Sydney Harbour Regatta Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2012, Sydney's premier yacht racing event with over 300 yachts and 2,500 crew members expected to be sailing both inshore and offshore, on as many as ten course areas and up to twenty-five divisions. Entires closing soon... [more]
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