Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 10 May 2012
The first of the rallies to get the windsurfer back into the Olympics has been staged in Auckland.
In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we have details of the moves by the international class association for the RS:X to get their class back in the Olympics.
In our opinion, the chances of the International Sailing Federation turning around and voting by a two thirds majority to change the decision of the ISAF Council, are somewhere between Zero and Zip.
The Windsurfers would be best advised to take a leaf out of the Star keelboat book who managed to bounce back into the Olympic fold, via the good grace of the International Olympic Committee, after one of the Star's several Olympic droppings.
Course racing formats will probbaly be used for Kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympics The Kiteboarder www.thekiteboarder.com
The Volvo Ocean Race finished Leg 6 this morning, NZT, and with Puma Ocean Racing picking up valuable points to close her margin down to just two points behind Camper. Overall the points lead hasn't changed, however the margins have compressed and the race is opening up, with three trans-oceanic legs left to sail. Groupama has crossed the finish line to be third home, meaning overall race leader will be fourth into Miami.
We have details of the race finish, along with images and video in this edition of sail-world.com's newsletter. Follow the rest of the finishers on www.sail-world.com
Yesterday Sail-World.com featured a new image feature of the Volvo Ocean Race, with the new 3-D viewer from Virtual Eye. This new feature can be found by clicking here and allows the race to be seen from any perspective by the race fans. Just click here to try for yourself. You can be literally anywhere – in the Space Station for a view of where the fleet is currently on Earth's Oceans. Or, you can be in a RIB alongside your favourite boat looking at their instrument read-outs. The system is driven by a toggle on the top right hand corner, which takes a little time to become familiar, but it's worth the effort.
Behind Camper and Puma, Groupama puts a cover on Telefonica - Leg 6 is vital for vital leg points - which will squeeze up the margins on the points table for the Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Eye/Volvo Ocean Race
Of course, only a sophisticated route and weather projection application like Predictwind can actually show where the fleet will be going in a week, and who should be winning. But for the here and now, the Virtual Eye system is excellent. Our favourite view is to set it up for two or three boats and then look at all three instrumentation readouts - like you are in a helicopter astern.
Congratulations to Southern Spars for once again dominating 2012 World Superyacht Awards, where Southern Spars rigged yachts took honours in four categories. This included Superyacht of the Year S.Y Vertigo and also the best sailing yacht 40m+ size range. Southern Spars' rigged Vertigo, has a full Southern Spars rig and rigging package, a 64m main mast and a 48.10m mizzen mast, both with Southern Furl booms and both equipped with EC6 rigging. Click here for the full story.
Outteridge and Jensen now lead the fleet at the 2012 49er World Championship - Nikola Sisko Nikola Sisko
Three New Zealand teams are competing in Olympic class world championships this week. We have one New Zealand report in this edition, plus daily updates on all three regattas. Currently New Zealand crews lie in 4th place overall in the Mens Laser class, 5th in the 49er skiff, and 10th in the Star class keelboat. We will carry daily updates from these regattas, and also the three additional world championships which start next week.
If you are looking to buy a newish Laser then check out this deal. There's contact details for a New Zealand outlet.
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