Sail-World New Zealand: 20 Mar 2012 - Volvo Auckland action...Three Kiwi World Champions...Foilers at the Leander Trophy

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 20 Mar 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 20 March 2012

Abu Dhabi crosses ahead of Volvo Ocean Race leader, Telefonica as the fleet exited the Waitemata Harbour on Sunday afternoon.  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 20 March 2012

Auckland is in recovery mode from a heady Volvo Ocean Race stopover, which rekindled the old Round the World magic, and attracted much favourable comment from international visitors.

The reaction from those who have been to the other race venues so far, was that Auckland was outstanding.

Where elsewhere a spectator fan fleet of just a handful of boats, (not associated with sponsors) would accompany the incoming and departing yachts, in Auckland there were what - five hundred or a thousand boats on the water? And that was on some very unaccommodating weather.

As anyone who takes images is only too well aware, the backdrop is all important. The backdrop that Auckland provided was that of masses, tens of thousands, of spectators there to see the event, the boats and the sailors.

That view creates the impression that the event is going off, and those taking the images can focus on the big picture, and show the crowd scenes rather than just focus on the close shots of the boats and sailors, and not reveal that ashore numbers are a little thin on the ground.

Groupama and Team Sanya cross tacks in from of a packed waterfront - Inport-Auckland-VOR - Volvo Ocean Race: In Port Race, Auckland March 17, 2012  Richard Gladwell

For the Viaduct Harbour and Events Centre, together with the surrounding watering holes and eateries, the event was a huge success, with close to 300,000 visitors expected to have passed through the area by the end of the event. The Auckland facility also showed how the event and industry could work together, and hopefully this stopover has set the benchmark for Auckland's sailing event future.

On Thursday, we had the privilege of a ride aboard overall race leader Telefonica. It was great to see Iker Martinez, a world and Olympic champion, in action. Catch the story of the day, plus images and an on-board video - so you can share the experience. (Audio is mostly in Spanish - but it is remarkable how little conversation there is on board.)

Yes, Volvo news has dominated Sail-World for the past week or two, and we will revert to our more normal fare from here on.

But we do have a lot of material in the bag, looking at the halfway point in the race, including one outstanding interview we got with Ken Read, skipper of Puma, the day before the fleet left Auckland. We'll be running these over the next week or so, along with some more image galleries from the start of Leg 5.

Crowd Support as the yachts depart at the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Departure   Scott Taylor

The Volvo Ocean Race was also a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new. One who we hadn't seen for years was Scott Taylor, who has made a name for himself for the past 17 years in UK as a professional freelance photographer, he's shot some of the major world sport events, competitors and also some of the great singers and bands. The Volvo stopover was his first sailing event (although he was planning to sail back to NZ). We feature a couple of his galleries, but for some great images check his website

Away from the Volvo spotlight, three New Zealand sailors, Mark Orams, Scott Leith and Michael Keeton won three of the four Laser Radial titles at the Laser Masters Worlds in Queensland. New Zealanders were in the top ten of all other divisions.

We have a report in this issue on the event, along with the Leander Trophy for the R-Class (see how the foilers fared against the non-foiling boats).

Three NZ World Champions after 2012 Laser Masters Worlds  Kristine Lederis

If you are in the market for some new rigging check out the deal on offer for Sail-World readers from NZ Riggingto celebrate the opening of their new loft in Westhaven. /94917 to go straight to the story.

Dean Barker, who is a Director of Nexus Marin takes us aboard for a Wednesday night race and talks about how he uses instrumentation and the feature of the Nexus range. /94917 to go straight to the story, which was one of the highest rating stories on sail-World the day it first appeared on

The FX from MacKay Boats sailing at Santander, Spain, in the Olympic Womens Skiff trials  

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Laser World Masters Championships - New Zealanders dominate
Kristine Lederis,
Laser World Masters Championships 2012 was the most successful event on record for New Zealanders. Twenty Two New Zealanders went to Queensland for a week of racing in March, and three have come home as World Champions. Mark Orams, Scott Leith and Michael Keeton won three of the four Laser Radial titles up for grabs, and New Zealanders were in the top ten of all other divisions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard with Iker Martinez and Telefonica + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was offered the very privileged position of racing with double Olympic medalist Iker Martinez, and the crew Telefonica, overall race leaders in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Here's a gallery of images from the day, together with an on-board video - so you can feel and hear what it is like to sail with a double Olympic medalist and double world champion.... [more]
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Dean Barker talks Nexus on board Karma Police - Video
Tristan Campbell,
Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup skipper Dean Barker had some down time out of his busy racing schedule in the AC45 World Series recently. As a Director of Nexus Marine he took the chance to get out on his local Auckland Harbour and have a blat on some Nexus equipped boats. The 15-20 knot Sou-Westerlies in the late afternoon summer light made for some great footage.... [more]
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NZ Rigging opens rigging-service loft in Westhaven - get 25% discount!
NZ Rigging has opened a dedicated Rigging – service loft in Downtown Auckland, The new loft is located upstairs in the old sail loft in the Pier 21 yard located in Westhaven. To celebrate the opening of the new facility NZ Rigging are offering massive discounts for Sail-World readers- 25% off all Running Rigging Ordered and delivered for the rest of March 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet face the Roaring Forties
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race six boat fleet sheets are cracked. Telefonica is in the lead and the fleet is blast reaching at speeds of 17-18 knots towards 40 degrees south.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation make co-skipper change
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race overall leader Conrad Colman, the Kiwi skipper of Class40 Cessna Citation, is making his fourth co-skipper change for the fourth and fifth legs of the GOR and will be racing with Australian sailor, Scott Cavanough, for the two final legs through the South and North Atlantic.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Geraldton take final Scoring Gate point
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In the last 24 hours two more teams decided to race for the final point to the Scoring Gate, seeing Geraldton Western Australia moving up to fifth place in the overall leader board. After crossing the Scoring Gate at 03:08.12 UTC today, Geraldton Western Australia's skipper Juan Coetzer says, 'It's one point, but it could make the world of difference... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 'The hardest opening night I have ever done' + Video
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper, after their first night at sea on Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race: 'As predicted that was, a particularly torrid night. At times it was blowing 43 knots and the guys on deck were trying to tame the beast under such chaotic conditions. In the bunk about an inch below the carbon fibre deck I could hear the guys yelling as loud as they could... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi leaves New Zealand coast in 55kt winds
Abu Dhabi, the Farr designed Volvo 70 appears to have cleared the Hauraki Gulf and resumed racing on the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. She passed through the Colville Channel at around 2100hrs chasng the other five competitors who are now over 500nm ahead.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Scott Taylor's view of the Leg 5 Start
Scott Taylor,
New Zealand photographer Scott Taylor has returned home after 17 years in UK. An exceptional photographer, with an interest in sailing, he has spent the last couple of days at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Auckland and filed this collection of images of the start of Leg 5.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull + Video,
From 17-25 March 2012, Multihull evaluations for Women's Skiff and Mixed he 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Prince Felipe High Performance Sailing Centre, Santander, Spain.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet splits but regroups in punishing first night
The Volvo Ocean race fleet has split into, two - or three if you include Abu Dhabi now under repair back in Auckland. The bulk of the fleet have headed north marginally led by Camper as they sail into winds of more than 37 knot winds and six metre seas on the brutal opening night of Leg 5 that has already forced Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing back to port with damage.... [more]
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Two Man Round New Zealand Race: Leg 3 finishes
Aston Garrett,
Truxton finished first over the line in Napier today at 1006hs on Saturday morning, placing first in PHRF also. Team Surreal came in second over the line finishing first in IRC. The next two boats are expected to finish late this evening. Only eight boats remain in the race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Abu Dhabi hoping for a 24 hour stopover + video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are hopeful of resuming racing in Leg 5 within the next 24 hours after arriving back in Abu Dhabi to repair damage to their yacht Azzam. Ian Walker and his crew made the decision to return to the City of Sails five-and-a-half hours into the 6,700 nautical mile leg to ItajaĆ­ in Brazil when a bulkhead in the bow of their yacht Azzam, securing a crucial heavy weather heads... [more]
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Leander Trophy -R class Nationals: To Foil or not to Foil
Aaron Jeffries,
The 62nd Leander R class National Championships were staged on Lyttelton Harbour in Christchurch, in early March. This year's event was marked by two major factors - decidedly average weather and the continuing development of the hydro foiling boats. The weather aside, the hydrofoils have seen a distinct splitting of the fleet, with 3 of this year's fleet committing to the foils while the rest... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Scott Taylor's view of the In Port Race
Scott Taylor,
New Zealand photographer Scott Taylor has returned home after 17 years in UK. An exceptional photographer, with an interest in sailing, he has spent the last couple of days at the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland and filed this collection of images of the In Port Race won by Camper with Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya leads Leg 5 after Waitemata maelstrom
Richard Gladwell,
Team Sanya, skippered by local hero and former Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, had another magic moment in Auckland as she led the six strong fleet in the opening stanzas of the 6700nm fifth leg to Brazil. Tthe former Rolex Sailor of the Year, would have been positively fizzing, after getting his approach just right at the start, and was able to avoid tacking into the flood tide as soon a... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of the 'Ams' in the Auckland Pro-Am
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the Pro-Am race of the Volvo Ocean Race, Auckland Stopover. The Pro-Am race was the second event four days of racing planned for Auckland. Here are images of the guest sailors aboard the five Volvo racers who competed in the two race, and delayed event. Regardless of the sailing, we're all sure that they had the time of their lives,... [more]
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Perth 2011 - ISAF Executive Statement on Ainslie case
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - ISAF have issued a statement regarding the Ben Ainslie incident during the event: The ISAF Executive Committee has met to consider the reports from the International Jury of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the RYA Tribunal.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet Pro Am wows Auckland
Jeni Bone,
A brilliant, sultry day in the City of Sails saw thousands of tourists and locals head to the Viaduct marina for the Pro Am race day for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Jeni Bone marvels at her luck to be on board Camper Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing debuts full scale AC72 wing
The Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, Artemis Racing representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) has announced that they have stepped an AC72 wing on their ORMA60 (trimaran) test platform, and have been sailing off their base in Valencia, Spain.... [more]
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Two Handed Round NZ Race: Stewart Island Stopover
Aston Garrett,
The Stewart Island stopover lived up to it's reputation of being the highlight of the race so far with the locals turning out enforce with their warmth and hospitality to make all the competitors feel at home within the community.... [more]
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Two Handed Round NZ Race: Expedition Coppelia leads on Day 2 of Leg 3
Aston Garrett,
All boats making good progress north in moderate breeze overnight. The fleet has closed in and Expedition Coppelia is currently leading the fleet for the first time in the race. Surreal is close behind in second place and Sunstone bringing up the rear is first in IRC.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Crowds turn out for Open Boat at Camper
Paul Gilbert,
In spite of what must be an horrendous schedule, the Emirates Team New Zealand / Camper crew opened their base and boat to Aucklanders on Wednesday evening. Queues were forming well in advance of the base and boat being opened. Photographer, Paul Gilbert was on hand and provided this gallery... [more]
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Kiwis going well at half way mark of Laser Master Worlds
Kristine Lederis,
After three days of racing in Sunny Queensland, several kiwis are proving their form at the Laser World Masters. Championships. New Zealanders are in the top six of every Laser Standard or Laser Radial division. NZ is not represented in the smaller Laser 4.7 fleet, but spread amongst the other divisions is 22 Kiwi sailors from all around the country.... [more]
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Yachting Australia releases sailing research report
Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia has released the findings of a research report into the perceptions of sailing in Australia. Developed over six months the report will shape future Yachting Australia and yacht club programs to increase membership and participation.... [more]
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