Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 12 April 2012
Although Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race is not yet over, the debate has begun ashore about the structural integrity of the boats, and the Volvo 70 design specifically.
The debate takes on a new turn with the news that Team Sanya found a significant hull crack, after she was hauled in Tauranga, after breaking a rudder in the opening stanzas of Leg 5. Skipper Mike Sanderson elaborates in this edition of Sail-World.com. Mike also covered a lot of ground on other areas of the Volvo Ocean Race, and we will be featuring these comments soon on Sail-World.com
Earlier today, Juan Kouyoumdjian, currently the most successful designer in the Volvo 70 class, issued a hard hitting statement saying that if there was a design fault, it was not with his boats, which are all in the top three on the race leaderboard. Juan K glosses over the Telefonica pitstop at Cape Horn describing it as 'not a necessity but rather a very clever strategical decision based on having third place assured and a weather window to exploit.'
Team Korea, America's Cup World Series Naples 2013 Day 1
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
The key to the debate is whether you believe that it is the responsibility of designers and structural engineers to get the build specification correct, or if it is the organisers' responsibility to specify the rules in such a way that structures are safe, and competitors are saved from themselves.
There's more to come on this debate.
2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals, New Plymouth
As many would be well aware, it is school holiday time in New Zealand. Two classes have national championships underway, both with big fleets.
At Murray's Bay, the 40th Anniversary of the Starling Nationalshave completed their second day, being sailed in very fresh, and at times, miserable conditions.
In New Plymouth, the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals are underway, but are in their fourth day of competition with a fleet of around 210 entries.
We have reports and images from both regattas in this newsletter edition of Sail-World.com
Paul Rhodes, Ben Morrison,Jake Weeks (Junior Champs) Mike Williams - 2012 OK Interdominions and NZ Nationals, Wakatere BC April 2012 NZ OK Dinghy Assoc
On the keelboat scene, the largest one design keelboat class in New Zealand, the Young 88, will be staging their Nationals this weekend. This is the 30th anniversary of the class, with the regatta attracting a fleet of almost 20 entries.
Traditionally this is a Pro-Am clash, with some of New Zealand's top professional sailors jumping aboard to lock horns with the established crews in the class, who have real jobs. Suffice to say that there have been a few upsets in the regatta, and this year's event will surely be no different.
The America's Cup World Series has got underway in Naples, Italy after a layoff of several months. Racing on the second day is currently underway, being sailed in winds that were considerably lighter than the boat breaking conditions of the opening day.
Three teams are not sailing in this event - being Green Comm, who announced they were going to bypass this event. Aleph who announced last week that they were ceasing all America's Cup and World Series activities. The Oracle Racing backed Ben Ainslie Racing will not start in the event until after the 2012 Olympics in September. New team, Luna Rossa, bump up the numbers with two boats in the fleet, along with Oracle Racing.
We haveBob Fisher's excellent report in this edition of Sail-World, along with several great image galleries as the AC45's raced at the extreme of their crews capabilities. Probably the surprise packet of the regatta has been Team Korea, whose skipper Chris Draper defected to Luna Rossa. But with new skipper Nathan Outteridge doing very well in their first regatta together as a crew. They lay in third place after the first day, and was second in the middle stages of Race 1 on Day 2, dropping back to ffth by race end.
"Houston, we have a problem" - Day 2, 2012 Starling Nationals, Murrays Bay Brian Haybittle
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