Sail-World New Zealand: 25 Mar 2012: Volvo racers throttle back in Southern Ocean...Latest from Santander...BMW Cup in Auckland

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 25 Mar 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 25 March 2012

Tom Addis observes Southern Ocean life on deck from the comfort and warmth of the hatch. Puma Ocean Racing   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 25 March 2012

More drama in theVolvo Ocean Race, as Camper has damage to a non-structural bulkhead.

We have been tracking this story for the last few hours and have compiled a series of videos and images which probably tell the story better than a mass of words.

What words can't describe is the horrendous conditions in the Southern Ocean - but the videos do an excellent job. Against that backdrop, you make your own assessment of what is going on. Might pay to pull your sea-boots on, if you are watching these videos in full screen mode - it is amazing footage, and full marks to the crews for shooting it, and getting the video off the boats. It sure ain't easy - and particularly so when you realise that they are in the remotest part of the ocean.

Camper told us this morning that they were not considering a stop in South America, at this stage, but they have buttoned off a lot in the speed department, and are heading further north than the other competitors. Whether this is to provide a better course, avoid a weather system, or is a prelude to a quick stop/supply drop, is not known at this stage.

We will keep you updated as the story unfolds on

Daryl Wislang driving at high speed in the Southern Ocean onboard Camper   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

Latest reports from has all the boats throttled back with winds of 40kts gusting 60kts. Telefonica's Iker Martinez says they could be sailing much faster. 'The boat could sail at 30 knots the whole way. But I don't think it would last more than ten minutes without falling apart like that, so we're going at 18-20 knots.'

On Friday morning, came the news that Team Sanya, which had all Volvo OR fans on the edge of their seats, with their leading of the fleet through the Southern Ocean, relayed the news back that they had smashed their starboard rudder and were returning to New Zealand. We have the story and pictures in this edition.

FX by Mackay Boats - Olympic Womens skiff - 2016 Equipment Evaluations Day 8  ISAF ©

In Spain, the ISAF conducted trials to select the Women's Olympic Skiff and Multihull have pretty well concluded. We don't have any feedback on the multihull. But the news from the skiff is that the FX from Mackay Boats has done exceptionally well in the racing between all the boats. We have the official reports in this edition, which are very politically correct. As soon as we get more information it will be published.

The Two Handed Round New Zealand Race is over - with three boats listed as having finished. We don't have a final report yet.

On the America's Cup scene, the organisation shrink that was expected has taken place - as the organisation trims its expenses to meet anticipated revenues and slows the rate of cash-burn. We have the official release in this edition. We're not sure whether there are more developments to come - but stay tuned to

BMW Auckland Regatta - Day 2  Ivor Wilkins/Offshore Images

Closer to home, the BMW Auckland Cup is underway, with a good fleet enjoying a variety of conditions. As we write, they should be getting a bit of a kicking in the 25-35kts SW winds, but the racing will no doubt be a blast. We have reports and images from Ivor Wilkins in this edition and will have the final report on as soon as it comes to hand.

Team Sanya crew sealing the starboard rudder bearing after sustaining damage during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper update - putting safety first + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The Spanish/New Zealand entry, Camper is still proceeding at a reduced speed towards South America and Cape Horn. The race tracker show the race leader, Groupama as being about four hours away from the third Ice Limit set, before the fleet are expected to dive south to round Cape Horn. Camper and Abu Dhabi who also suffered bulkhead damage, are averaging a speed of 13 and 10kts respectively.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Kiteboarders on day 7
ISAF President Göran Petersson is currently in Santander and today he had a chance to see some of the boats that will be in the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Competition. Sailing finally got underway at 13:30 today after light winds meant the morning session was cancelled.... [more]
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Finn European Championships - Medal races complete, Mitakis victorious
Robert Deaves,
The Finn European titles were decided today in the Gulf of Follonica after a week of tough, tricky racing in unusually light and shifty winds. Overall leader Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) took the senior title in style after leading the medal race from start to finish. Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) took silver with Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) taking bronze.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams re-energise
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet have broken through the 2,000-miles-to-go barrier and all are now beginning to enjoy a much anticipated change in routine. The high pressure system that has dominated racing in the last four days is beginning to move off to the east, allowing a cold front to move in behind it and bring with it a chance for a shakeup... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: War of Attrition in Southern Ocean continues
Volvo Ocean Race,
Furious fifty knot wind and a big swell took a toll on Camper, who lost their lead to Groupama overnight and slowed their speed right down to work on repairs to their bow. 'Camper has in the last few hours had to slow down to assess and repair bow damage sustained after falling heavily off a wave and delaminating a forward structural beam,' the team said.... [more]
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2012 Round NZ Race: From start to finish
Aston Garrett,
The 2012 Round New Zealand Race started on 25th of February, 22 years after the inaugural Berocca Round New Zealand Two Handed Yacht Race. After more than 6 months of preparations, with a significant investment getting the boats ready, SSANZ were pleased to see all 10 entrants made it to the start line.... [more]
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BMW Auckland Regatta: Champagne racing conditions on Day 2 + Video
Ivor Wilkins,
After the light, shifty conditions of the opening day, the BMW Auckland Regatta fleet was treated to champagne racing conditions today with steady northerly breezes in the 15-18 knot range. 'The wind was remarkably steady all day,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course.... [more]
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Ficker Cup - Who will get the ticket to the Congressional Cup?
Rich Roberts,
The Ficker Cup ticket to the Congressional Cup has come down to the last day Saturday. The wind was about as tricky as it gets in Long Beach today. The ultimate winner of the Grade 3 event will claim the open 10th berth in next week's Grade 1 48th Congressional Cup in the same Catalina 37s.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations - Sailors, surfers, and big waves + Video
2016 Equipment Evaluations - Sailors, manufacturer boats, skiffs, multihulls and kiteboarders took to the water outside the channel for the second day running.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper's Southern Ocean sailing lesson Video
The Sail-World Team,
The Volvo Ocean Race crews are currently on the Southern Ocean sailing in Leg 5. The crews are taking head on a challenge that is testing their endurance in extreme conditions. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand video of their sailing lesson so far in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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America's Cup streamlines, re-organizes staff to promote efficiencies
America's Cup,
America's Cup organizers today announced that the agreement on the verge of being finalized with the City of San Francisco will lead to organizational changes and staff reductions at the America's Cup Event Authority, the commercial arm of the sport, due in part to down-sizing of the event footprint in San Francisco.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Pushed to the extreme of human endurance
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the five teams racing in Leg 5 from Auckland are being pushed to the extreme of human endurance by ferocious weather as they race through the Southern Ocean towards Itajaí in Brazil. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) has retained their lead, but conditions are such that it is now not so much about winning, but more about keeping boats manageable... [more]
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RS:X Worlds blasted by 40 knots
Rory Ramsden,
At the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, the morning time had the Bay covered in white caps. The AP wentup. Racing was postponed in the hope that the wind would moderate. It topped out at 40 knots plus mid morning and stayed there until 1500hrs.Up went the AP over A. No racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing Team's serious collision in AC45s
Oracle Racing,
During training today on San Francisco Bay Oracle Racing – Team USA's two AC45s were involved in an accident that left one of the boats with damage to the port hull. 'We're always trying to recreate the intensity of racing that rival challengers have with our own in-house racing,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill. 'Unfortunately, we get it wrong sometimes.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Living is tough onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 5 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Today lived up to much so that I'm running extremely behind schedule. This one will be short! It's blowing 35 knots and our Mar Mostro is zigzagging around the ocean, the very big ocean, like a toy boat in a bathtub.... [more]
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Ficker Cup day 1 - Never too young or to old to match race
Rich Roberts,
Today was day 1 of the Long Beach Yacht Club's Ficker Cup. The ultimate winner after 14 races over two round robins of the Grade 3 event will claim the open 10th berth in next week's Grade 1 48th Congressional Cup... [more]
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BMW Auckland Cup: Light winds test fleet on Day 1 + Video
Ivor Wilkins,
Light and shifty conditions tested competitors' ability to find the breeze and coax boatspeed out of every lift in pressure in the opening day of the 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta today. 'The breeze was shifting up to 70° at times from 210° to 280°,' said Megan Kensington, Principal Race Officer on the Eastern Beach course. 'The conditions were very difficult, but the fleet has been very good in t... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples countdown
America's Cup World Series,
The first championship races in 2012 in the America's Cup World Series are scheduled to begin in just under three weeks. A revised format for the event has been issued which provides a balanced schedule of match racing, fleet racing and speed trials across the five days of competition that climaxes on Sunday April 15 when the winner of the Naples Fleet Race Championship is crowned.... [more]
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MOD70 European Tour hits Marseille this September!
Multi One Design,
Marseille is now set to host the MOD70 fleet from 23rd to 30th of September on the only French stop over during the MOD70 European Tour. The world's leading skippers and their exciting new generation of one-design trimarans will be based from the natural sailing arena of Roucas Blanc concurrent with one of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour events.... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships underway + Video
Rory Ramsden,
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championships are now underway in Cadiz, Spain. The men went out into a building breeze for a 1200hrs start. The wind was 8-18 knots along with big holes, shifts and testing times to say the least. It was the orange group who started first and Shahar Zubari [ISR11] who lead on the first upwind and all the way down to the bottom of the outside loop.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper leads as Sanya go back
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand are leading the fleet across the Southern Ocean as Mike Sanderson turns Sanya round and heads back up the track towards New Zealand after shearing their starboard rudder earlier today. The team is expected to take between four and five days to reach New Zealand and they continue to assess their options... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya returns to NZ for repairs
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya are heading towards New Zealand after suffering damage to their starboard rudder earlier today. The team expect to take between four and five days to reach New Zealand and they continue to assess their options in terms of how to get back in the race as quickly as possible.... [more]
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