Sail-World New Zealand: 10 May 2012 - Volvo Leg finish - Images and Video...Reports from the Olympic Class Worlds...Windsurfer fightback

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 10 May 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 10 May 2012

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand at the Miami, Leg six finish - Volvo Ocean Race 2012  Chris Cameron ©
Welcome to'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'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

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's newsletter. Follow the rest of the finishers on

Yesterday 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.

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Kelvin Harrap (NZL) in a drift towards Miami. Onboard Pumaduring leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma finish first in front of hometown crowd
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew charged to the front of the fleet when they departed Itajai, Brazil, and held on to the lead through the finish of Leg 6. PUuma'ss Mar Mostro crossed the line in Miami, Fla., USA at 14:14:00 local/18:14:00 UTC on Wednesday, May 9, to win a second consecutive leg in front of a hometown crowd.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper crosses Miami finish line in second
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line in Miami earlier today, happy with their performance and the 25 points won for the second place. They completed the 4800-mile leg from Itajai in Brasil to Miami in Florida in 17days 2 hours 21 minutes and 24 seconds.... [more]
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49er World Championships - Outteridge and Jensen lead after day 3
Craig Heydon,
After day three of the 49er World Championships in Zadar, Croatia, Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are in the lead. Outteridge and Jensen went into the final three qualifying races third overall, just three points off the lead, with the pair having their best day of the regatta so far.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 10 May 2012 - KIWI drops further
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 10 May 2012 - Further losses hit equity markets as the political upheaval in Greece threatens the stability of the EC. Markets in the US were impacted by the weakness in risk assets. The AUD continued to slip trading 1.0060 and may test parity soon. The KIWI has also suffered the risk-aversion trade falling under 0.7900.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Slingsby closing in on fifth world title
Craig Heydon,
At the Laser World Championships, Australian Tom Slingsby is a step closer to winning a fifth world title following two consistent races on the penultimate day in Boltenhagen, Germany. The Australian had his lead cut almost in half the day before but bounced back well on Wednesday, finishing with a third and a 10 to open up a 20 point gap over Tonci Stipanovic of Croatia with two races remaining.... [more]
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Rio 2016: The campaign to put windsurfing back in the Olympics
Rory Ramsden,
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write, the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.... [more]
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Are you interested in Kiteboard Racing?
David Robertson,
Everybody who has an interest in kiteboard racing is invited to YNZ's offices on 16th May at 7pm for a discussion around the implementation of Kiteboard racing in NZ. As you are mostly all aware the Kiteboard has been given the vote to be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This is a decision that has come as a bit of a surprise and we need to get organised in NZ as soon as possible.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claims second consecutive leg win + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, American skipper Ken Read led his Puma team to a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday, arriving on home soil in Miami triumphant following an epic 17-day match race with closest rivals Camper to confirm they are back in contention for overall victory.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Puma wins Leg 6, Camper second - all on for third
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma's American skipper Ken Read enjoyed a glorious homecoming and a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday after an intense 18-day match race with close rivals Camper that has thrown the overall race wide open. Read's crew crossed the Miami finish line at 1414 local time, 1814 UTC, with a lead of around five nautical miles over Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand. Plus video of the Leg finish... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - A late show of dramatic slalom on day 5
PWA World Tour,
The fifth day of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup began as a day that looked as if no racing would be possible, but Jinha beach once again produced the goods out of nowhere with a late show of dramatic slalom, upsets and shock exits. The wind on day five was extremely light until 4pm. At this point, the cloud cover increased and the temperature plummeted, resulting in everyone running... [more]
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New Nexus RaceBOX tactical race software for recreational sailor
Tristan Campbell,
The new RaceBOX gives the competitive advantage of Nexus race software in an affordable, compact and robust package. Interfacing with Nexus instruments via the Nexus Network, the RaceBOX provides sailors with a plethora of analytical information to existing Nexus instruments. A micro-processor facilitates processing abilities that were only previously only available with a stand-alone computer.... [more]
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Southern Spars rigged yachts dominate the 2012 Superyacht Awards
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars' rigged yachts once again dominated the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, with S.Y Vertigo taking top spot as she was crowned the 2012 sailing superyacht of the year and best sailing yacht 40m+ size range. Southern Spars' rigged Vertigo, is an astounding 67.2m and is equipped with the latest technology in both racing and cruising performance. She has a full Southern Spars rig and r... [more]
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Maloney shines at World Championships
Kristine Lederis,
The NZL Sailing Team are in Europe with three world championship regattas underway, and three more about to begin. The Laser World Championships in Germany, where five New Zealanders are competing, and the Star World Championships in France have just two days of racing left each.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Success for Percy on day 5 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On day five of the 2012 Star Worlds, another race resulted in Ian Percy scoring yet another bullet with Scheidt now in second and the Irish in third. Nearing the end, it is clear that anything can happen in the final two races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The long and painful chess match + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 day 16. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro: Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Less than two days to a vital finish
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica were preparing to lock horns with arch-rivals Groupama once again as the race to claim a podium position in Leg 6 begins to firm.. Iker Martínez's crew could only watch as Groupama stole third place off them yesterday thanks to a cunning move to the inside of a Caribbean archipelago that took the French team into better breeze.... [more]
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Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy
Byte Class Association,
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Wind arrives on day 4 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On day four of the 2012 Star Worlds, there were medium to strong winds of 18 knots and tough battles between the competitors. The duo of Percy and Simpson, after a great run, are the leaders of the championship.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Final arrivals in Panama
Clipper Round the World Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Race 11-12, the 10 strong fleet of ocean racing yachts is now complete after the final arrivals in Panama. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Singapore and New York arrived last night while Qingdao, Derry-Londonderry and De Lage Landen arrived this morning under the bright Panama sun.... [more]
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Kiteboarding: Branson to attempt Channel crossing for Olympic decision
Sir Richard Branson, one of the IKAs Olympic Ambassadors and supporters from the very first minute added: 'Well we all flew a kite to get kiteboarding in to the Olympics and unbelievably the kite has landed in Rio ! Kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport! To celebrate this, myself, my family and a few friends will this week attempt to kite across the English Channel to show off the beauty of kite-su... [more]
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RS:X and Techno Association of NZ appeal ISAF Decision
Paul Mackenzie,
Windsurfing has been a large and successful part of the sailing world for a number of years, and has been a valuable part of the fleet at ISAF regattas leading into Olympics. Since 2008 with the introduction of the Techno 293 windsurfing has run a successful youth recruitment and development plan catering for all ages.... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light winds and suspense on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 2012 Star Worlds in Hyeres, once again the wind was too light. However, there was lot of suspense in the one and only race with Robert Scheidt losing the lead a few meters before finishing.... [more]
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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix – Round 2 at Calshot Activity Centre
Ben Clothier,
UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix second round is being held at Calshot Activity Centre over the bank holiday weekend (5-7 May). Eight skiff teams entered on day one. The bitterly cold Solent was gruelling enough for the regular day tripper let alone the few that had donned rubber suits for a day on the water. The biting north easterly blew a consistent 14, gusting 16/17kts at times... [more]
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NZL 49er prepares for World Championships in Croatia
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 2012 Olympic representatives in the Mens Skiff (49er) report from Europe heading intio the 2012 World Championships: We are in Zadar, Croatia preparing for the 2012 49er World Championships with racing starting on Monday 7th May (evening NZ time).... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light winds on day 2 + Video
Jason Georgaris,
On the second day of the 2012 Star Worlds, there were light winds which allowed for only a single race to be sailed. Xavier Rohard was victorious is scoring a bullet whilst the shifty and gust weather brought an abundance of ups and downs with top sailors facing troubles.... [more]
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