Sail-World New Zealand: 29 Mar 2012 - America's Cup sign-off...Tobin wins bronze...Two handed Round NZ

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 29 Mar 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 29 March 2012

Big waves and nose diving onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.   Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 29 March 2012

From Cadiz, Spain comes the news that JP Tobin has won the Bronze medal in the RS:X windsurfing World Championships. Racing was cancelled on the last two days of the regatta. We have a brief report on the final day in this edition, along with details of the other New Zealand placings.

There are two events coming up over Easter which are featured in this edition, the Paper Tiger International in Australia. New Zealand will be sending a big teams thanks to Maersk.

The Auckland to Tauranga classic, will start on 5 April, and Simon Hull's ORMA 60 trimaran, Team Vodafone sailing has entered and will be chasing the race record - her third attempt at the mark.

We have reports on both events in this edition of Sail-World.

Richard Mason explains how the damage occurred the the broken rudder stock on Team Sanya.  Gareth Cooke/Volvo Ocean Race

Staying with Tauranga, Team Sanya is due to ship out, or has just left the port - bound for Miami where she will rejoin the race for the InPort race and start of Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race. We have images of her arrival in Tauranga in this edition.

From San Francisco, it would seem that the game of musical chairs has ended in City Hall, as the Board of Supervisors signed off yesterday on the funding proposals for the 34th America's Cup. The event has now been trimmed down from its original scheme, and San Francisco have managed to come up with some facilities for the event.

2012 World Windsurfing Championships  Vincenzo Baglione

For those who have seen the transformation of the Auckland waterfront, and also that of Valencia and Fremantle, this has to be seen as an opportunity lost for the City and State of California. However they have done this by their own hand, and to be only now cutting a confirmed facilities deal 12 months out from the start of the Challenger Selection Series is just bizarre - even by America's Cup standards.

Sure the Cup will go ahead. Yes it will be a memorable event. However such things are judged in the long term as to the legacy of infrastructure that is left behind for the staging of other events, of which the America's Cup is but the first rung on the ladder, not the top.

Jim Farmer's and Chris Meads' revamped 52-footer, Georgia, powering upwind ahead of Calm at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011.   Andrea Francolini ©

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Richard Gladwell
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JP Tobin takes Bronze Medal in RS:X Worlds in Spain
2008 Olympic silver medlaist, Julien Bontemps has taken the 2012 RS:X Mens World Champipionship, sailing on the bay of Cadiz, Spain. New Zealand's 2012 Olympic representative in the RS:X class, JP Tobin finished thursd overall, after racing was cancelled for another day. Second overall was Nick Dempsey (GBR) with JP Tobin (NZL) seven points adrift.... [more]
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Third time lucky for Team Vodafone in Auckland to Tauranga race?
Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club,
Team Vodafone has confirmed their entry to the International Paints Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race on this coming Easter weekend. Uncooperative weather during the last two years races has foiled their attempts at bettering the existing record of 9 Hours 35 minutes set by the maxi Zana in 2005. They are looking forward to the third time being the charm.... [more]
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RS:X World Windsurfing Championships titles to Bontemps and Korzits
The RS:X World Windsurfing Championship 2012, held in Cadiz in Spain, ended today without any races on the final two days as heavy winds meant cancellations were required. With four race wins to his name Julien Bontemps (FRA) takes the Men's title whilst Lee Korzits (ISR) makes it back to back World Championship titles with another consistent display on the world stage.... [more]
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Strong New Zealand Team head to Maersk Paper Tiger Internationals
Rowdy Leatham,
A strong New Zealand Paper Tiger Team leaves the country this weekend headed for the 2012 Maersk Line International Paper Tiger Catamaran Championships, which will be held over Easter (5th – 9th April). The venue is McCrae Yacht Club, southeast of Melbourne, on Port Phillip Bay. McCrae is familiar to many Paper Tiger sailors from both Australia and New Zealand, and has a strong history of running... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet closes in on Oakland
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race team Gold Coast Australia has set the time to beat for the chasing pack of 68-foot ocean racing yachts competing in Leg 6, as the first to cross the second Ocean Sprint gate at longitude 136 degrees west. The Australian entry passed the gate at 08:53:55 UTC, completing the sprint in 25 hours 53 minutes and 42 seconds.... [more]
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Congressional Cup day 1 - Brady finds his touch
Rich Roberts,
On Day 1 of Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup Gavin Brady quickly found his touch to sweep his five races. Winds for the racing before spectators on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier were a moderately chilly and brisk 10 to 14 knots from the normal southwest, leaving boat handling paramount and the rest of the fleet tightly bunched at 3-2 or 2-3.... [more]
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FLIR release cutting-edge M-Series night vision camera
Drew Valentine,
FLIR Systems has released the latest in its class leading M-Series maritime thermal night vision cameras – the gyro-stabilised M-618CS – which it says has cutting edge features never before offered at this price point.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco Board approves Cup Agreement
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved by a majority of 11-0, the agreement to host the America's Cup in San Francisco September 7 to 22, 2013. The San Francisco agreement calls for teams to be based at Piers 30/32 and for the America's Cup Village – the public Race Headquarters – at Piers 27/29. The pier improvements will be funded by the Port.... [more]
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Vendee Globe skippers seek top form for upcoming race
Vendee Globe,
There are now fewer than eight months to go before the Vendée Globe gets underway and skippers are currently actively working on their physical preparation in order to reach their peak form on November 10. Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) and Kito de Pavant's (Groupe Bel) physical trainers tell us more about the key-elements of an ideal training.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team Sanya arrives in Tauranga
Garth Cooke, Volvo Ocean Race,
Team Sanya, has arrived in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, after breaking a rudder shaft while leading Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, forcing her retirement from Leg 5. She will miss Leg 6, but will rejoin the race for Leg 7. She ships out of New Zealand on Wednesday. Gareth Cooke was on hand to catch the team's arrival in Tauranga.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper aim for Chilean pitstop + Video
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the crew aboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand were in a positive frame of mind on Tuesday as the boat pushed on towards Puerto Montt to repair damage sustained in the Southern Ocean. Temporary repairs have stabilised the bow section and the boat is less than 2000 nautical miles from the Chilean port and sailing in moderate weather.... [more]
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Two Handed around New Zealand Race - Summary and Results
The Two handed Round New Zealand Race started 25 February and finished on 25 March Here's a leg by leg summary of the race followed by Surreal's report on Leg 4.... [more]
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Sailing for Gold
Australian Sports Commission,
The Australian Government has announced a further $640,000 for targeted sports in the lead-up to the London Games. Yachting Australia is one of the leading sports receiving extra funding, with $310 000 now allocated to the Australian Sailing Team through the project.... [more]
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Interview with Mike Urwin, Chairman of the IRC Technical Committee
IRC / Louay Habib,
Mike Urwin, joint Chairman of the IRC Technical Committee, is interviewed by Louay Habib on some detail technical aspects of IRC.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is on Georgia's mind
Rob Mundle,
After a victory against Australia's best in the Grand Prix Division at Geelong's Festival of Sails, kiwis Jim Farmer and Chris Meads now have their sights set firmly on Australia's largest keelboat regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012.... [more]
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ISAF Evaluations - Roland Gaebler's observations
Roland Gaebler,
Roland Gaebler talks about the super sailing in Santander during the ISAF Multihull Evaluation. What a great place to sail! Inshore with flat water and tactical challenges. Offshore with real waves and nice surf. The Club made an amazing job. Its one of the best places for sailing we ever saw. Nice facilities, brilliant beaches and snow on the mountains. Purely one of the nicest sailing scenery.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson explains Camper's situation - Video
Camper skipper Chris Nicholson explains the damage and situation facing Camper as they head towards the Chilean port of Puerto Montt to effect repairs. Camper damaged a safety bulkhead, on the first night of the race, then the port longitudinal frame let go for part of its length, followed by the starboard longitudinal. Two part video by Chris Nicholson... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - A war of attrition ensues + Video
Rory Ramsden,
At the 2012 World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, the Gold Fleets were able to get out on the water and complete three races for the day whilst the Silver Fleet were unable to race. Wind speeds were solidly in the mid 20s and topping out over 30. This world championship is turning into a war of attrition. Attrition on the sailors. And attrition on the equipment.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Mr Smooth comes into his own
Hamish Hooper,
MCM Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper as she cruises towards Puerto Montt, Chile to effect repairs to her structural framing: Last night as we were sailing along trying to keep the boat slow and under control we managed to pop the starboard longitudinal. The fourth-big blow we have had in a row. With each new blow things become that much harder and fragile.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta day 3 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery Images,
International Rolex Regatta images by photographer Ingrid Abery of the day 3 action taking place in St. Thomas.... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Strong breeze for finals
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 RS:X World Championship finals series began with strong breeze and crews were again challenged in Cadiz, Spain. Racing continues until Monday.... [more]
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Congressional Cup - Sailing pros zero in on 48th edition
Rich Roberts,
The 48th Congressional Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club is set to get underway on the 27th March and run to the 31st March. With the start getting closer, professional sailors are zeroing in on the event. If you're an ambitious sailor who wants to make it big in match racing, you couldn't find a better place to start than Long Beach.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations wrap-up in Santander
The decision to cancel the day was made at the 09:30 sailor briefing, but after eight days of evaluating the seven multihull and six skiff boats the panel have enough information, sailor feedback and data to discuss what boats are appropriate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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BMW Auckland Cup: A boisterous and spectacular final day + Video
Ivor Wilkins,
The 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta wrapped up in spectacular fashion today with yachts battling a stiff 30-knot south westerly wind that had the big multihulls smoking, saw one catamaran capsize and several yachts broach wildly under spinnaker. The blustery conditions ensured that the fleet had been well tested in all conditions... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Battle for Olympic qualification spots continues + Video
Rory Ramsden,
At the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships, there was a break from normal practice in which the RS:X men's gold fleet was accompanied by their compadres in the silver fleet for the first day of the final series. It was Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] who was the most consistent posting 1-2-5 to move up the rankings to take over sixth spot overall.... [more]
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