Sail-World New Zealand: 12 April 2012 - Volvo design debate fires up...Starling and Optimist Nats...Sanderson reveals hull split

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 13 Apr 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 12 April 2012

America's Cup World Series Naples 2012 - - America's Cup World Series Naples 2012  Gilles Martin-Raget/©
Welcome to'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 Mike also covered a lot of ground on other areas of the Volvo Ocean Race, and we will be featuring these comments soon on

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

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.

A bit of argy bargy on the race course - Macquarie Access World Championships 2012  Andrea Francolini ©

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.

The crew on watch in the Southen Ocean onboard Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©

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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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Volvo Ocean Race: Broken rudder masks hull split for Team Sanya
Richard Gladwell,
Team Sanya skipper, Mike Sanderson revealed to, today that a significant crack was found in the hull of the Volvo 70 Team Sanya, when she was pulled out of the water to be shipped to Miami. 'As it turned out we were very fortunate to have come back to the dock,' Sanderson told 'When we hauled the boat we found a 1.5metre crack in the bottom.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Opening Day, Naples - The unexpected breeze + Video
Bob Fisher,
It seems almost ironic that wing extensions were designed and constructed especially for the light and fluky winds of the Bay of Naples . . . not the conditions that the competitors found on the opening day of the AC World Series regatta. Instead the first race began for the nine boats in 19 knots of south-westerly that blew from a grey sky causing a lumpy sea.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Ken Read - the adventure so far + Audio and Video
Richard Gladwell,
Listed as one of the oldest sailors in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Puma skipper Ken Read impresses many with his boyish enthusiasm and approach to life. We caught up with him the night before the start of Leg 5 and talked to him about the race so far, playing golf on Leg1, the relative speeds of the boats, campaign costs, that horrendous start to Leg 4 and more.... [more]
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Macquarie Access World Championships - Tough Competition
Di Pearson,
Macquarie Access World Championships, being hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, are currently underway on Sydney Harbour. Greg Hyde, a Clontarf, NSW sailor who represented Australia at the 1984 Olympics in the windsurfer class, has an unassailable lead in the Liberty single-person class going into the final day.... [more]
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Toyota Optimist Nationals: Five wins pull Australia up the leaderboard
Ginger Rogers,
Another happy day dawns at the 2012 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and it's manic at the Ozone Coffee Roasters keeping the black gold flowing, even making the odd thermos and loads of yummy hot chocolates for the kids and mums.... [more]
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Images from Murray's Bay: Day 2, 2012 Starling Nationals
Brian Haybittle,
There were thrills and spills as day two of the Starling Nationals got underway. With gusts of 25 knots, it was a testing day for the Starling sailors. Accompanying the wind were many breakages, with rudders, rigs falling down and booms breaking under strain. Despite the windy conditions, the girls were footing it with the boys..... [more]
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Starling Nationals: Fresh winds test sailors on opening days
Julia Hamilton,
A record number of Starling sailors are battling it out in the first two action packed days at the 40th Starling Nationals. With gusts of 25 knots, it was a testing day for the Starling sailors. Accompanying the wind were many breakages, with rudders, rigs falling down and booms breaking under strain.... [more]
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Harken Young 88 National Championships this weekend
Mike Leyland,
The ever popular NZ Young 88 Keelboat National Championships take place this weekend and the winners are guaranteed to take away bragging rights as one of New Zealand's best sailing crews. The list of skippers and crews will once again include seasoned professionals from The Americas Cup, The Volvo Ocean race, and The World Match Racing Tour. These respected sailors will have their reputatio... [more]
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Ben Morrison wins OK Interdoms with one race to spare
Miranda Powrie,
Ben Morrison dominated the 40 strong fleet of 25 Kiwis and 15 Aussies, winning the OK Interdominions and New Zealand Nationals sailed from Wakatere BC over Easter with one race to spare. Ben sailed a consistent regatta, and with three race wins and a drop of only fourth place going into the last day he could afford to skip the last race and watch from a chase boat.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Top designer speaks out on structural issues
Juan Kouyoumdjian,
Top designer in the Volvo Ocean Race, Juan Kouyoumdjian, has spoken out in the midst of the controversy surrounding the structural issues that have occurred in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, on Leg 5. With our three boats safely in Brazil and under the risk of sounding arrogant, I'll break away from my golden rule of not speaking until the end of the race to put the record straight since I believe... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 11 April - Markets return positive
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 11 April 2012 - After a week of losses, equity markets returned to the positive as risk appetite stabilised boosted by Alcoa, which kicked off the US earning season beating all expectation revealing an increased global demand for Aluminum. Commodities also staged a rally with the AUD improving to 1.0305 and the KIWI 0.8180.... [more]
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AC World Series Naples opens in spectacular fashion + Video
America's Cup,
The America's Cup World Series Naples opened in spectacular fashion as strong winds and big waves created thrilling racing conditions. The AC45 catamarans, powered by their powerful wing sails, were leaping out of the water, launched into the air by the heavy sea state.... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Day 1 in Windy Naples
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Naples, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: Today was the first day of racing in Naples and what a day it was! The fleet was greeted with big waves and a 18-22 knot breeze which provided many ups and downs for the teams. We finished the day in a three way tie for the lead with Oracle an... [more]
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2012 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team named
Kristine Lederis, Yachting NZ,
Yachting New Zealand has announced the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2012. Nine sailors will represent New Zealand at the prestigious ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships to be sailed at Dublin Bay Ireland 12-21 July 2012 .... [more]
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AC World Series Naples - Day 1 for Emirates Team NZ + Video
Warren Douglas,
At the America's Cup World Series Naples, Emirates Team New Zealand finished the first day of racing with a win and third in the two races sailed. Racing was called off for the day as the wind got up to a steady 22 knots with gusts and the seaway increasing, making conditions potentially dangerous.... [more]
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America's Cup: The waves were big all right - Naples Day 1
Rod Davis,
With one team racing off Cape Horn in the Volvo Ocean Race and another in the America's Cup World series in Naples, weird as it may seem, both had the same weather... [more]
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Ponsonby Cruising Club: Anzac Day Regatta
Dianen Telford,
Ponsonby Cruising Club is extending this invitation to ALL Auckland yachties. Come on and take up the ‘Challenge'. This is a race day for everyone to sail 'Around the Cans' Fantastic CASH Prizes to be won !... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper passes the landmark of ocean sailing, at last
Hamish Hooper,
Finally we have reached and rounded one of the Holy Grails of ocean sailing- Cape Horn... without as much as a glimpse of it. Unfortunately when we rounded it was dark, no moon to even lighten it for a slight sighting. Includes Video... [more]
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Toyota Optimist NZ Nationals: Welcome to Surf City!
Ginger Rogers,
Wednesday morning dawns at the 2012 Toyota NZ Optimist Nationals, and the visiting Australians have been welcomed to Taranaki weather. Overcast and a littler cooler after rain during the night. A steady northerly made the day look promising – although clouds building to the south were a black as the inside of a Great White Shark.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ looks to defend lead
Warren Douglas,
Racing starts in earnest tomorrow in the America's Cup World Series regatta at Naples, Italy. Leading the series by a one-point margin, Emirates Team New Zealand is looking for consistent results through the five days of racing. Skipper Dean Barker agreed with a questioner at this morning's press conference that it won't be an easy task to maintain or extend the slender advantage... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Kiwi bowman slashes wrist during mast cut away
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama bowman Brad Marsh needed five staples in his wrist, as well as treatment for shock, after accidentally plunging a knife in his wrist in the immediate aftermath of the team's dismasting on Leg 5. Marsh revealed the extent of his injury for the first time in a video from the boat, released after the team -- with a recovered Marsh on board -- resumed racing under jury rig on their way to... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Abu Dhabi in for the big chop in Itajai
The ship carrying Azzam from Puerto Montt in Chile is en route to Itajai with an ETA of April 17 -- four days before Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are due to return to competition in the In-Port Race. She is expected to arrive in Itajai about the same time as the newly repaired Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama cross for third under jury rig
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama sailing team kept their hopes of overall victory alive on Tuesday, overcoming the loss of their rig to claim the final podium position -- and a crucial 20 points -- for Leg 5. Groupama raced over the finish line under a cleverly jury rigged mast at 1358 UTC on Tuesday after a painfully slow final approach which saw their speed drop to as low as three knots in the fickle winds off the B... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Highlights of Banque Populaire's speed record
Banque Populaire,
Join Loick Peyron and the crew of the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire, as they set the new world speed sailing record for a circumnavigation earlier this year.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper Blogs from the Horn .. dreamin' of Hooters
Hamish Hooper,
MCM Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ, as they near Cape Horn By this time tomorrow, all things going well and going to plan we should be around Cape Horn by now... I hope... So far the weather is playing ball nicely with us, but as everyone knows the weather at Cape Horn can be a temperamental beast, so we are doing out best not to upset things.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet pinned to the coast
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s are pinned to the coast by light NNE wind and a foul current, picking their way through the oil and gas fields on the Brazilian continental shelf. The two leading Class40s, Cessna Citation of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough and Financial Crisis with Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo tacked away from the coast early... [more]
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New Zealand Optimist Nationals: Day 1 Three wins for Fry and Young
Gina Rogers,
Yet another superb sunrise greeted the 212 Opti sailors this morning at Ngamotu Beach, New Plymouth for the 2012 Optimist Nationals. The sailors were a calm lot in the morning sun with a hum of anticipation for the first day of the fleet sailing. The off the beach departure was delayed due to a lack of wind with the Green Fleet finally heading out into an incoming tide.... [more]
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