Sail-World New Zealand: 22 May 2012 - Olympic Worlds conclude...Volvo off to fast start...ACWS Venice ends with bulk DNF's

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 22 May 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 22 May 2012

ACWS Venice - Oracle Team USA.  © Guilain Grenier / Team USA
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 22 May 2012

A number of sailing events have come to an end, and the Volvo Ocean Race is underway once more - heading across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal.

The margins are shrinking on the leaderboard for the Volvo, with three legs left to sail, plus the InPort racing.

At latest report Groupama had jumped the fleet, however as the graphic from shows, currently the Great Circle route is not necessarily the best option. And, as we have said many times before relying on straight line, least distance to the finish line is not an accurate of predictor of the real finish places - in this case about 11 days away.

Predictwind have announced a partnership with NZ MetService to bring actual wind readings from 84 stations around New Zealand into their PC and mobile (iPhone and Android) applications. We have details of this new feature, which we have been using for several weeks - and gives you the opportunity to have real wind data in your pocket. It's a great option for the racer and cruiser - to be able to see that the wind will do over a five day period and then be able to flick another option and see what it had been doing for the last day or so.

PredictWind now offers real time wind readings in conjunction with the NZ Met Service

One of the viewing tools we mentioned on the tail end of the last Volvo leg, the 3-D viewer from Virtual Eye is running for Leg 7. Go to to see who is leading, the positions of the fleet and check out their key read-out numbers (Boat speed is at the top and wind speed at the bottom).

The graphic below is from a fix we took last night - you can compare the readouts of two boats at a time, and use the rotary control, plus the slider, the pan control and your web wheel, if you have one to get the perspectives you need. Warning - it is addictive!

Volvo Ocean Race - Virtual Viewer - Positions Leg 7, Day 1 - Sanya is out of picture to the right  Virtual Eye/Volvo Ocean Race

The America's Cup World Series has wrapped up in Venice. It was a series notable for huge crowds and light winds.

In this edition we have reports from top international sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, on the 'ground' in the City of Soggy Streets - as he termed Venice.

We also have reports from Dean Barker, who doubles as a Director of Nexus and Kiwi Yachting, as well his other role as Emirates Team NZ skipper.

There are a few issues in Dean's reports which meant that the series didn't get off to the best of starts for Emirates Team NZ. For the first time that we can remember a race in the AC45's had a number of boats scored as DNF, for not completing the course within the time limit.

ACWS Venice Final day in Venice Luna Rossa - Swordfish
  Carlo Borlenghi ¬©

This is the last round of the ACWS before the entries close for the America's Cup proper in nine days time.

So far there have been no announcements of new teams, and it will be interesting to see the emphasis given to the ACWS by the AC entered teams, once the AC72's are sailing.

The Olympic classes wrapped up their last round of world championships with the conclusion of the Laser Radial Worlds in Germany. Over the last week, the 49ers, Stars, Lasers, 470's and Finns have sailed.

New Zealand's 2012 Olympic representatives came away with top five places in the Womens 470, 49er, RS:X Men, and medals in the last two.

Quite how that translates into Olympic medals in just over two months time, remains to be seen. One rule of thumb is to convert 50% of your top five placings to get the possible medal prospects, but really the venues are different from Weymouth, and the timing of the regattas is also very early in the season.

Team Sanya chasing the fleet in light winds, at the start of leg 7 from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

There will be a better indication from the Skandia Sail for Gold, at the Olympic venue in early June. New Zealand has qualified in all ten classes for the 2012 Olympics, but has yet to announce in which of three of those events it will be entering crews.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show concluded on Sunday, with a significantly increased presence from the sailing classes, with Dinghy Central in the area that used to be the Sailing Hall, and the Discover Boating and Sailing Have a Go in an adjoining facility.

The feedback was all very positive, and we look forward to an expanded presence in the upcoming shows.

Congratulations and thanks to Chris and Roger Kitchen and Miranda Powrie of Weta Marine for their initiative in pulling the Dinghy Central idea together and for the great attendance from the classes.

Windsurfers promote their cause - 2012 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show  Richard Gladwell

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Ryan Godfrey watches the fleet advance from onboard Puma Ocean Racing during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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The fleet attempt to sqeeze between a mark and the sea wall in the final fleet race. America's Cup World Series Regatta Venice.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Dean's Diary: First four days in the City of Soggy Streets
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from Venice, Italy from the America's Cup World Series: The last two days for us have been incredibly frustrating as we struggle to repair damage sustained when tensioning the trampoline that connects to both hulls.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama gybes to perfection
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the North Atlantic is a playing field that Franck Cammas/FRA and Groupama sailing team know well and today, they played Tropical Storm Alberto to perfection, extending their lead by gybing at the critical time. 'We might actually be faster than this low,' said Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand navigator Will Oxley earlier today.... [more]
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PredictWind and MetService partner for live wind data
Zoe Hawkins,
Real-time observations of wind speed and direction are now available from 84 weather stations throughout New Zealand, thanks to a new partnership between Auckland company PredictWind and the NZ MetService. The new service will make real time observations of wind data available for as little as $1.60 per month, via PredictWind's website and Android and iPhone Apps.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Fleet endures tough reintroduction
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet's first night at sea was wet and lumpy - proving a tough reintroduction to offshore racing following their stopover in Charleston, South Carolina, as they sailed straight into headwinds and cleared the coast of the USA.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds conclude, with NZ in mid-thirties
A busy month at six Olympic class world championships for New Zealand crews came to a close as Sara Winther placed 34th in the Laser Radial. Winther had mixed results in what was a predominantly windy and shifty weather regatta where consistency was key. Over the 12 races, she had several races inside the top ten including two second and a third... [more]
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Scene at the Show: Images from the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show
Richard Gladwell,
As the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show show came to a close today and the crowds began to fade, Sail-World did a quick tour of the ASB Showgrounds and took in the sailing action and a couple of other stands that caught our eye... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 7 starts from Miami as tropical storm looms
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet headed out of Miami and directly towards a tropical storm on Sunday after making a slow start to Leg 7, potentially one of the most critical stages of the 39,000 nautical mile marathon. With a gentle breeze blowing off Miami's famous South Beach it was Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, winners of Saturday's Port Miami In-Port Race, who lead around the six-mile course... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Venice - Big crowds for slow day in Venice
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: The ACWS has certainly captured the imagination of the Venetians. For Saturday's racing there were in excess of a thousand spectator boats (counted from helicopter-shot images) and over 100,000 spectators along the shoreline. The attendance in the AC Village was 14,500 and you can take it from me that that was probably understated - it was extremely crowded.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 22 May 2012 - Markets rebound
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 22 May 2012 - Markets rebounded overnight as last weeks losses sparked bargain hunters to return. The Chinese Premier backed calls for growth with inflationary pressures subsiding and everything to gain from economic stabilisation of its markets. KIWI stabilising at 0.7620 and the AUD moving to 0.9870. The EUR remains weak trading 1.2770. G8 members advocated suppor... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ: Only four boats score in in final race in Venice
Warren Douglas,
Light winds ruled on the final day of the America's Cup World Series regatta at Venice. The final fleet race – scheduled to take 35 minutes – took winner Energy 57m25s to complete. The scoreboard will show five yachts did not finish because they ran out of time when they did not finish within 10 minutes of the winner. They get no points for their efforts in what was the most intense race of t... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Final day images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series - Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images on the final day of action in Venice, Italy.... [more]
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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Another InPort clanger costs Telefonica dearly
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Team Telefónica are lamenting their second successive in-port race loss at the hands of a simple error that racing veteran Neal McDonald described as heartbreaking. The error has cost the overall points leader dearly on the overall points table. Their once comfortable lead has now been cut to just seven points ahead of Groupama... [more]
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2012 Olympics: NZ Olympic 470 Women finish fourth in Worlds
New Zealand's Womens 2012 Olympic representative crew, Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie, have finished fourth at the Womens 470 World Championships which ended overnight in Barcelona, Spain. The Auckland duo went into the final double point medal race for the top ten competitors ranked third with only one point separating them from the lead boat.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Venice - Light winds make for short courses
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: Lighter winds than previously and a shift from South-East to East halfway through the fleet racing caused the second of the races to be over eleven legs of a much smaller course - boats were lapped by the leaders - and there was a shake-up in the pecking order with teams having good and bad results. Luna Rossa - Swordfish, for example had a first and a last. Includes Video highlights.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - 'not easy to win, but easy to lose'
Warren Douglas,
The America's Cup World Series fleet moved close inshore at Venice today. The racecourse was tight (only 140m wide at its narrowest) and the breeze was light (6-8 knots) and shifty too. These factors – and a very competitive fleet – conspired to make for a tricky day, where the only certainty was uncertainty. It was not easy to win, but easy to lose.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS - Huge crowds on the Grand Canal, Venice
Bob Fisher,
Day 2: Includes Video highlights. It was a day for the huge crowds that gathered along the shores leading into the Grand Canal; short-course racing at its best and once more the defenders all but eclipsed while the French team led by Loick Peyron moved into a near commanding points lead after the day's two races, which were held in light south-easterly breezes of 5-7 knots.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in Venice, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Finn World Championship - Ainslie wins sixth world title
Lindsey Bell,
The Finn World Championship 2012 concluded in Falmouth today, 18th May, with Ben Ainslie confirmed as winning an unprecedented sixth Finn World Championship title but was denied the chance to finish the regatta in style, as light winds put paid to the final 10-boat medal race.... [more]
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Iconic New Zealand yacht enters Sail Noumea
Suellen Hurling,
One of New Zealand's iconic yachts, Steinlager 2, which recently returned home after two decades abroad, is set to race in the Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted Auckland to Noumea race, Sail Noumea. Steinlager 2 is best known as the yacht skippered by the late Sir Peter Blake, which won the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World race. She won every leg over the line and on handicap.... [more]
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Wellington Spirit invited to mayoral reception to celebrate success
James Sandall,
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown invited the Wellington Spirit Sailing Team to a mayoral reception to celebrate their recent success in regattas in Perth and Spain, crucial first steps in their quest to win the World Match Racing Championship for Wellington.... [more]
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Its easy to put our Website icons on your iPhone and iPad!
Anna Parker,,
On the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad you can put bookmarks for any site, creating one-tap shortcuts to your favourite websites. Sail-World, Marine Business World, Powerboat World, and Fishing Boating World now have custom icons for you to save for quick, easy access!... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 1 ACWS - Venice turns on perfect racing conditions
Bob Fisher,
Day 1: Today's racing, which was fowards the fleet racing championship and also for Match-race seeding, was in sunshine and 8-10 knot southerly breezes outside the Lido - almost perfect conditions for the nine teams racing around the three lap courses. It provided some new faces on the leaderboard. Includes Video highlights.... [more]
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Bruce Elliott Memorial 20 May 2012: Record fleet expected in Young 88s
Mike Leyland,
The Young 88 fleet is once again proving its popularity as an all purpose racing and cruising boat with a record number of entries for this Sunday's regatta to be hosted by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Short handed sailing is becoming increasingly popular as evidenced by the growing numbers of boats participating in one, two and three handed events, for which the Young 88 is ideally suited... [more]
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