Sail-World New Zealand: 26 February 2012

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 26 Feb 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 26 February 2012

Puma's Mar Mostro finally hitting stride in the East China Sea after a week of upwind misery.  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to'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.

RS:X European Windsurfing Championship   © Icarus

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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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper loses lead as breakaway group forms
Richard Gladwell,
Some dramatic moves over the past eight hours have seen the lead change in the Volvo Ocean Race, and breakaway group form as two of the boats made a move north, sailing away from their destination. Although Camper is being called as race leader by the Volvo Ocean race, using their snap-shot of current positions, that system does not see projected finishing times, and just calls the lead for those... [more]
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Knut Frostad talks about sponsorship, economics, China, and the VOR
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
While the VOR fleet are bashing their way towards Taiwan and the Luzon Strait, we were quite happy to have had a trip round the bay in somewhat lighter conditions, sun shining etc on board Camper during the Volvo stopover in Sanya. It was an interesting experience, getting up close and personal with not only the sailors but also the movers and shakers behind the scenes.... [more]
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Reigning champion Silvertip retains 2012 NZ Millennium Cup
Mike Rose,
Reigning NZ Millennium Cup champion, Silvertip, was declared the winner of the 2012 NZ Millennium Cup following the late abandonment of the Yachting Developments fourth race on Saturday, February 18. Silvertip is a high performance 33.8-metre sloop built by Yachting Developments in Auckland in 2001.... [more]
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2012 OK Dinghy Hurricane Classic, Worser Bay, Wellington
Bob Smith,
The 2012 Hurricane Classic always looked like being just that, a classic, and it delivered in spades. Current leader of the NZOK Tour (and Worser Bay Boating Club Vice Commodore) Luke 'Colt' O'Connell stepped up to the plate this year and organised a fantastic event... [more]
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2012 Paper Tiger North Island Championships this weekend
Rowdy Leatham,
The 2012 New Zealand Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series continues this weekend with the North Island Catamaran Championships being hosted by the Turangi Yacht Club. The event will see over 40 Paper Tigers (along with up to a dozen 'A' Class Cats) from all over the North Island competing in spectacular fashion on Stump Bay, Lake Taupo with racing expected to produce some very tight resul... [more]
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Team Jolly take out the NZ 470 National Title
Jo Aleh,
The 2012 NZ 470 Nationals was held this weekend in Tauranga, and after a truly terrible first day (not results wise, but torrential rain, no wind and freezing temperatures) the last two days of the regatta were held on two perfect summer days (a rather rare occurrence this summer...)... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Emotional roller coaster for Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I don't remember doing my last blog from the boat. To say it has been an emotional roller coaster the last few days would be a vast understatement. I think I have a splinter in my right hand as well.... [more]
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Manson News: Boss released to market and the Manson Olympics
Manson Anchors,
Latest news from Manson Anchors including: Manson Boss Anchor release onto the market; Bowmaster patented underwater Turning Mechanism; Manson Submarine Anchor launch; Insight on completed projects in 2011; Boat Show round up & updates for Manson in 2012; and the Manson Olympics... [more]
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RS:X European Windsurfing Championship Day 2 - Marina Alabau dominates
Michalis Pateniotis,
RS:X European Windsurfing Championship - The pattern seems to go like this. Absolute calm on arrival at the venue. Not a breath of wind. Then a hint of a breeze from the west and the east as the race committee wait between the two inshore course areas to see which direction will dominate. One wins out and the breeze builds to top out at 16 knots. Anyway that's what happened for the last two days.... [more]
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Fleet at first stopover in Two Handed Round New Zealand Race + Video
The Two handed Round New Zealand Race started yesterday off Westhaven in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, in a stiff southweserly (offshore) breeze. The fleet enjoyed a fast ride to the first stopover at Mongonui, in the Far North.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 final race images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Yesterday was the final day of racing at the 2012 Etchells Worlds, sailed in the waters off Sydney Heads... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Sail-World interviews some of the key players,
After the last race of the Etchells Worlds 2012 interviewed the top four place getters dockside at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron - Tom King (Iron Lotus), Graeme Taylor (Magpie), John Bertrand (Triad) and Jud Smith (Roulette), as well as 2010 Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby (Triad).... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: JJ Giltinan 2012 Race 6 Video
Bob Killick,
Gotta Love It 7's MOB in Race 6 doesn't stop her winning yesterday's penultimate race of the JJ.... [more]
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Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championship 43ft champion crowned
Alice Ekonomou,
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's boat 'Al Zeer' was crowned the new champion at the end of the third and final heat of the Dubai Traditional 43ft Dhow Sailing Championships... [more]
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Entries wanted for 46th Gov Cup Youth Match Race Challenge
Brett Hemphill,
The oldest junior match racing championship will take place at Balboa Yacht Club July 17-22. Competitors will be racing identical purpose built Governor's Cup 21's provided by the Newport Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association.... [more]
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Overwhelming interest in ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials
Markus Schwendtner,
The ISAF and IKA Kiteboarding Format Trials in respect of a possible inclusion of kiteboarding inthe 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition has received overwhelming support by MNAs, National Class Associations and Manufacturers. Originally planned for 8-12 participants, within the application period more than 36 nominations were received from all parts of the world.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis leave the Southern Ocean
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - The trio of boats still racing are split between the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean. At midday GMT on Saturday, fleet leaders Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel are 119 miles off the coast of Patagonia with Cessna Citation making good pace towards the finish having broken through light headwinds.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma heads for New Zealand at 20kts plus
Richard Gladwell,
Puma Ocean Racing, the US flagged entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, is blitzing the fleet, sailing at speeds of around 19kts, while her competitors are sailing at 10-12kts. Worst affected is the leg leader, Camper crewed by Enirates Team NZ, who has been forced to sail the most northerly course of the group, reducing her lead under the on the water snap shot of the boat positions used by VOR... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Defending champions retain JJ Giltinan trophy
Frank Quealey,
Gotta Love It 7 have wrapped up the 2012 Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship with another brilliant win on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Qingdao arrive in home port
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After 22 gruelling days at sea Qingdao has made it to its home port - crossing the finishing line in Fushan Bay at 1828 UTC. It's been a rough journey for the Qingdao crew, being hit by the 'home port curse' and arriving in last place, but spirits were soon lit up, as a spectacular welcome in China's ‘Capital of Sailing' awaited them.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds – The 2012 Champion is crowned
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The ninth and final race in the 2012 Etchells World Championship was scheduled to start on the Manly Circle at 12 noon, Saturday 25 February. The match up everyone was waiting for was between Tom King (Iron Lotus) and Graeme ‘GT' Taylor (Magpie), second on the leader board.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Will the East come through with a dividend?
Richard Gladwell,
East continues to be best in the Volvo Ocean Race, as the fleet tries to get south to the next stop over in Auckland. As she has done for the past couple of days, Camper continues to lead - using the course routing feature of PredictWind - however Groupama is just seven miles astern.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Who is really leading the Volvo Ocean Race?
Richard Gladwell,
The fortunes of the six competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race have been waxing and waning - if you believe the official results which show regular lead changes occurring even over just the space of a couple of hours. Using the routing system, we get quite a different picture from the 'who's closest to Auckland approach' adopted by the Volvo OR reporting and tracking system.... [more]
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Roland Gaebler talks Tornado entries for Mixed Multihull Trials
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado President Roland Gaebler was interviewed by Martin from Cat Sailing News on the Tornado entries for the upcoming Mixed Multihull Trials.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Cup course is placed close to shore
The race course area for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco has been revealed, by America's Cup organisers. Stretching across the city shoreline from Piers 27/29 out to near the Golden Gate Bridge, the course will bring the action closer to shore than ever before in the 160-year history of the Cup.... [more]
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Round New Zealand Race starts on Saturday
The afternoon of Saturday, 25 February 2012 in Auckland will see a very special group of boats start on the first leg of four that will take them anti-clockwise entirely round the two islands of New Zealand in The Round New Zealand Race 2012.... [more]
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OKI 24-hr Race Winners announced
Danielle Wright,
The OKI 24-hr sailing race on Lake Pupuke over the weekend saw Dan Slater (Olympic Representative Finn class) and Andrew Murdoch (current Olympic representative Laser class) win the Legends race against Prada and Emirates NZ teams.... [more]
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2012 International Paints Auckland to Tauranga Race on track
Brian Kent,
The Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club's annual Easter weekend Auckland to Tauranga race is shaping up to be a good one. Early indications of interest are strong and some new plans by the club will mean a good time for all. The start in front of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is set for 1000 on April 5th for which will hopefully be a quick ride down the coast.... [more]
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Evolution Sails revealed as naming rights sponsor for Sail Noumea
Suellen Hurling,
Royal Akarana Yacht Club is proud to announce Evolution Sails as the premier naming rights sponsor for the Auckland leg of Sail Noumea 2012. Evolution Sails have been involved in the Sail Noumea seminar series since its inception and has taken the premier naming rights sponsorship position. The Auckland leg of the race is now named Evolution Sails – Sail Noumea 2012.... [more]
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