Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 26 February 2012
The Volvo Ocean Race has taken a rather bizarre turn - well several, actually, as the fleet tries to dive south for New Zealand, but can't because every time one of the boats tries to break out, they lose the breeze.
Last night two boats moved north, in search of the bigger breeze - sailing away from their destination in Auckland..
Puma Ocean Racing which seemed to be headed for a stop in Japan just over a day ago, was called at being 270nm behind the race leader. She has now caught up most of that deficit, and as we write is sailing at over 17kts to the north of the fleet.
This afternoon, the fleet seem to have given up any notion of heading south and all are headed east.
We have been running projections every couple of skeds, and currently it is not possible to accurately predict who is leading. It could be one of three, maybe four boats, and the other two are not out of it by any means.
In this edition we have published the projection we ran earlier this morning. However that was before the fleet straightened and headed east - with a lateral separation of 160 nautical miles from north to south, at speeds which vary from 9kts to over 17kts.
Life seems to have been a little more straight forward in the Two Man Round New Zealand Race, with the fleet finishing the first leg to Mongonui in just over 24 hours, with the first boat crossing the finish line just after 7.30am this morning.
Winners are Grinners - Tom King and his Iron Lotus crew - 2012 Etchells Worlds Ingrid Abery - Copyright
In Sydney, the Etchells Worlds have concluded, with a rout for the locals. However in this increasingly professional world of sailing it was great to see the world championship won by a Corinthian crew.
And on the subject of professional sailing, don't miss the interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race who spoke with our Asian Editor, Guy Nowell, who was in Sanya for the recent stopover.
Molly Meech and Alex Maloney put the 49er FX through her paces off Takapuna. Richard Gladwell
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