Sail-World New Zealand: 4 April 2012 - Camper starts repairs...Tauranga race cancelled...Kiwi Stars at Palma

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 04 Apr 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 April 2012

Camper's shore manager, Neil Cox in a container size workshop, back in Auckland. The team will work out of two containers in Puerto Montt  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 4 April 2012

And then there were four. Well, three really.

Two competitors have now dropped out of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and a third is the subject of a major repair operation, in the Chilean port of Puerto Montt. Perhaps better known as the as the hub of the worlds largest salmon aquaculture industry, than as an impromptu Volvo Ocean Race stopover.

In this edition of Sail-World we cover the drama at the tail-end of the fleet, as hard decisions are made. For New Zealanders the memories came flooding back of the dismasting of Ceramco, just south of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic in the first leg of the 1981 Whitbread Round the World Race. The 3500nm sail under jury rig set the mark for the 'never say die' attitude that has characterised New Zealand sailing since that time. And so it will be again, over the next couple of weeks, as Camper and her crew have their work cut out to make the start line in Itajai, Brazil, ready for the In Port Race on 21 April

Andrew Mckenzie,Laser Radial,NZL - RYA Volvo Youth National Championships  Paul Wyeth / RYA

At the front of the fleet there is a 1,000nm match race under-way between Puma and Groupama, while about five hours astern, overall race leader Telefonica tries to get in between, and be the Itajai party pooper.

We have reports on all the latest action in this edition of's newsletter, and stay tuned to for the latest news - often beating the official sources.

From Australia come a couple of breaking news stories. First that Melbourne has been awarded the Oceania round of the ISAF World Cup until 2016. Second that David Kellett, accomplished yachtsman and long standing ISAF servant will offer himself for election as President of the International Sailing Federation, when elections are held at the end of this year. It is not known if there will be other candidates. We feature an interview with David Kellett in this edition of Sail-World.

The fleet starts Race 1 of the 2012 Mistral Championship  Ludovic Marthe

The third event in the ISAF World Cup is under way in Palma, Spain. Best performed is the new crew of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner, who are leading the glittering two man keelboat, Star fleet. None of the other New Zealanders are in the top ten overall - but there are some that will move up significantly when discard performance are allowed.

We have several reports from each day of racing, at Palma, in this edition of Sail-World's newsletter and once again, stay tuned to for the latest daily stories and images.

Racing in the Womens Match Racing event, Day 1 Princess Sophia Regatta, Plama, Spain  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

In the America's Cup, the expected fall-out has started with one team announcing that they are pulling the pin on the World Series and AC72 programs. A second team Green Comm Racing, are not listed as a competitor for the Naples round of the America's Cup World Series.

And just as we were about to pick up the phone to sort out a ride for the start of the Auckland Tauranga Race, came the news that the fallout from the wrecked of the Rena had forced cancellation of the race. We have the full story and images in this edition.

MV Rena being pounded by 7-10 metre seas on the Astrolabe Reef, 4 April 2012  Maritime NZ

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Yacht race cancelled due to wrecked container ship debris
Floating wreckage and oil spilled from the wrecked container ship MV Rena, has forced the cancellation of the Auckland to Tauranga Race, less than 24 hours before the race was due to start on Thursday 5 April. There 22 entrants listed for the race, which included the ORMA60 trimaran Team Vodafone Sailing, which was expected to break the race record, on her third attempt.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Kiwi Star continues to shine brightly at Palma
The New Zealand Star crew of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner continue to lead the two man keelboat event in the third round of the ISAF World Cup at Palma, Spain.Despite only placing ninth and eighth in the two races sailed the New Zealand crew extended their lead over the second placed Spanish crew... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper shore team ready as Abu Dhabi diverts + Video
Neil Cox,
Camper's support team led by Shore Manager Neil ‘Coxy' Cox are in Puerto Montt, Chile and have started repair work on Camper, the Emirates Team NZ Volvo Ocean Race entry. Camper was forced to divert to the Chilean port, to effect repairs after suspending racing on Leg 5 of the round the world classic.... [more]
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Perfect scoreline wins 2012 Mistral Class Championships
Katharine Davis,
An excellent weekend racing at Tamaki Yacht Club has just concluded for the 2012 Mistral Class Championship. The sun came out on both Saturday and Sunday and the wind was enough to add a little excitement. The Handicap prize was won by Rob Mason and Stephen Atkinson in 77, Mistarius... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Second competitor withdraws from Leg 5
Before reaching the Chilean port of Puerto Montt, the Emirati entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has withdrawn from Leg 5. An announcement from the team tonight said they have officially retired from the Volvo Ocean Race's gruelling Southern Ocean Leg 5 today to carry out urgent repairs to its yacht Azzam and ensure full competitiveness for the final four legs of the global sailing event.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5 - Puma's fight for first place continues
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 17 of Leg 5. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: And so the match race continues. Another day, another few tacks. Groupama and us are always within sight of each other and realistically, this could be the way it stays until the finish. We've long ago accepted the fact that we wont be getting much of a break before then!... [more]
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International Laser 4.7 World Youth Championship - Australia in second
Peter Campbell,
International Laser 4.7 Class World Youth Championship is currently being sailed on the River Plate at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Teenage Hobart sailor Anna Vaughan is holding second place overall after the second day of racing. Following her 1-2 result on day one, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Dinghy Group member again sailed well for a fifth and a seventh place in the 43 boat fleet... [more]
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Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth World Championship day 4
Laser Youth Worlds edited,
Today the 117 competitors sailed races three and four of the Laser 4.7 and Standard Youth World Championship.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential Candidate plans to sail a new course,
There will be an election for a new ISAF President at the annual conference in Dublin Ireland in November 2012. Australia's David Kellett, who for 14 years has been on the ISAF executive - ten years as a Vice President and four as ISAF treasurer - was the first person to formally advise his intention to stand for the ISAF President at the end of 2011.... [more]
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Melbourne wins bid to host ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 to 2016
Lauren Garnet,
Yachting Victoria's major event arm Sail Melbourne, in conjunction with the State Government of Victoria, are delighted to announce today their successful bid to host the Oceania Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne for the next four years. The event will be held at the Sandringham Yacht Club later in the year, kick starting the Oceania leg of the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup series... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Injured crew members recovering
Isabel Hokken,
After 30 days at sea, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race entry Geraldton Western Australia made its way into the marina at Oakland, California.... [more]
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America's Cup: French National team withdraws from ACWS and Cup
Equipe de France announces its withdrawal from the 34th America's Cup and from the America's Cup World Series 2011/2012 circuit.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing - Day 2
Day two of the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre was another long yet productive day on the Women's Match racing Course as the Race Committee caught up on the matches lost Monday due to the light winds in the morning. At the conclusion of Stage One, the top three from each of the two groups advance to the Gold Group and automatically qualify for the Quarter Final... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes narrow lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have closed down Groupama to take the lead at 1900 GMT tonight by 0.10 nautical miles (nm). Telefónica is back in contention for the lead, but a secure third place on the podium in Itajaí, even if Groupama posts another win, would be enough to keep the Spanish team at the head of the overall table, if only by five points.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Kiwi Stars on top after opening day at Palma
The New Zealand crew of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner were the top performers of the Kiwi contingent, on the first day of racing, at the Princess Sofia Regatta at Palma, Spain. Sailing in the two man keelboat, the Star class, Pepper and Turner placed fifth and third in the two races sailed on Day 1 and lead the regatta by just one point... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper suspends racing and begins motoring + Video
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has officially suspended racing in Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race and began the 180 nautical mile trip up the fjord to Puerto Montt. Camper suspended racing at just past 1400h NZT, near the southern entrance of the fjord and under race rules must return to this point when racing is resumed after the repair is completed.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre Day 2 - Great racing!
Corinne McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre second day provided great racing with all scheduled races completed by mid afternoon. The southerly breeze started at seven knots to build to ten towards the middle of the afternoon, but remaining patchy, the wind made racing tricky.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40s Leg 4 + start Video
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race Leg 4, from Punta del Este to Charleston, started at 15:00 local (19:00 GMT) on Monday, 2nd April. Four Class40s crossed the start line and are now heading for South Carolina. Throughout a windless and cloudless morning, the GOR teams continued to load their Class40s with the final necessities of fresh vegetables and bread on the shadeless pontoons in the blistering sun.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Youth Championships day 1 - Australia's lead
Michael Vaughan/Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian sailor Anna Vaughan is sharing the lead after the first day of sailing in the International Laser 4.7 world youth championships at Buenos Aires, Argentina.... [more]
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Injured crew in hospital damaged Clipper vessel expected soon
Shelbi Okamura,
Injured crew from Clipper Race yacht safely ashore – yacht with rest of crew expected to arrive at Jack London Square, in Oakland early Tuesday, April 3, at 2:30 a.m.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race nip and tuck battle plays out
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, it's all change again tonight as the nip and tuck battle between first and second place on Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí plays out. Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) in third continues to make steady gains, while Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) close on the coast of Chile.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Palma Day 1
Corinne McKenzie,
Sunshine and light breeze provided for gentle but technical sailing for all classes engaged in the 43 Trofeo Princesa Sofa Mapfre, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup defense team Oracle Racing announce competing crews
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup 2013 defense team today announced its two crews that will compete at the America's Cup World Series. The team's two AC45 catamarans – Oracle Racing Spithill and Oracle Racing Bundock – will be skippered, respectively, by Jimmy Spithill and Darren Bundock.... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour preview
Alpari World Match Racing Tour is just over seven weeks away and with established names set to be pitted alongside a new breed of Tour Card Holder, old rivalries will be rekindled and new ones ignited this season. The story of 2012 could not have been better written for Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. After early season dominance from Francesco Bruni and then Torvar Mirsky, he rose to the top... [more]
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London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition at WPNSA
London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition is being held from 1st to 5th September. A total of twenty three nations have qualified to sail in the waters of Weymouth Bay. As the host nation, Great Britain has filled their quota with sailors in all three of the Paralympic events. Joining them with sailors in the 2.4mR, SKUD18 and Sonar will be Australia, Canada, Italy and the USA.... [more]
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Will Sailing be Australia's number two Olympic sport in 2012?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
For the last fifty years most Olympic medals have come to Australia from Swimming with a scatter of sports including athletics, cycling, equestrian, rowing, shooting and sailing gathering Gold behind the water babies. Will this be the Olympiad that Australian sailors step into second place?... [more]
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RC44 Cascais Cup - Coutts directs Katusha to victory in Portugal
Jo Grindley,
The RC44 Cascais Cup has thrown everything at the fifteen competing teams in Portugal, from boat breaking conditions to light sea-breeze, sun, a storm and even a couple of hours of torrential rain. With four times America's Cup winner, Russell Coutts calling tactics, Katusha (RUS) went into the final day of racing with a strong 13-point lead.... [more]
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RYA Youth National Championships - Record breaking numbers
Matt Carter,
RYA Volvo Youth National Championships which is the premier event on the RYA's Youth Racing calendar kicks off tomorrow (Monday 2 April), and will welcome the largest number of sailors it has ever seen in the event's history. A staggering 390 dinghy, catamaran and windsurf racers across six Youth classes are now set to battle it out for Championship honours... [more]
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