Sail-World New Zealand: June 3, 2012 - Slow race to Noumea...Volvo disappointment for Camper...Rainbow 2 returns

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 03 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 3, 2012

Breeze spotting aboard Beau Geste - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 3, 2012

The Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race got underway on Saturday afternoon, in a very light onshore breeze. So far it has been a slow boat to Cape Reinga, with the 50fters still not at the top of New Zealand despite the race having run for almost 30 hours.

We are running regular updates on the race courtesy of Yellowbrick tracking and with weather from Predictwind. We are showing the new realtime wind observations feature from Predictwind. To the north of New Zealand, the winds are boxing the compass, making for a very frustrating time for the lead group of monohulls.

A lack of wind hasn't stopped the two lead boats, the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing and the 80fter Beau Geste. They are well gone, sailing into a building breeze to the north of New Zealand.

Beau Geste chases TeamVodafoneSailing - Start Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012  Richard Gladwell

In Lisbon, Portugal, Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race has ended in disappointment for Camper, with a drifting finish reminiscent of a classic Rolex Sydney Hobart night finish. The Leg finished up a river in no wind, and the roll of the dice did not favour the Emirates Team NZ crew, who lost fourth place right at the end.

Despite the view that there are a lot of points still on the table, one gets the feeling that the 2011/12 Volvo was lost for Camper, in the final hour heading for Lisbon. The points differential off Groupama is now over 20 points which will be hard to pull back - and Camper's result now really depends on the efforts of others to spoil places for others.

So near but so far, the story of Camper's Volvo Ocean Race, being on the wrong end of yet another close race finish, this time in Leg 7 in Lisbon.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Abu Dhabi played a pivotal role in Leg 7 in this regard, winning the leg, even though she has no chance of winning the race. If Camper can get amongst the top two on the next two legs, with Sanya and Abu Dhabi between her and some of the top group, then the gap will close up. But that looks to be a long shot at this point.

Rainbow's One Ton Cup winning crew (from left).- Back row: Arnold Baldwin (manager), Ward Schofield, John Woolley, Alan Warwick. Front row: Roy Dickson, Chris Bouzaid, David Craig  

Another of the four iconic boats of New Zealand sailing, Rainbow 2 is set to return to be restored and put on public display. We have details on the project in this newsletter edition of

In Korea, two New Zealand match racing teams, Waka Racing and Full Metal Jacket have been in action. We have full details of the racing in this edition.

Current Korea Match Cup Champion Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team is headed by NZ team, FMJ - WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012  Andrew Carter/AWMRT

Stay tuned to for the latest updates on the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race.

Asko Appliances in action. 18ft Skiffs  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Noumea Race: Slow progress as leaders exit NZ waters - updated at 1530
Richard Gladwell,
The 17 strong fleet in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012, have made slow progress overnight. Currently the fleet is spread from the Hen and Chickens off Whangarei to north of Cape Reinga. At 0830hrs, Simon Hull's ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing leads Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) by 7 miles with the boats being recorded as sailing at 7-8kts.... [more]
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Korean Match Cup: Full Metal Jacket place 6th
FMJ Racing,
New Zealand match racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report from the Korean Match Cup: At the completion of the round robin FMJ were placed sixth with a score of 6 wins and 5 losses. With a narrow course and obstructions on each side racing was difficult and it was important to win the pre start and protect the favored tack.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Closest ever race develops into a four way battle
Volvo Ocean Race,
Two legs, 2,500 miles and three inshore sprints will decide the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race – and with four boats in with a shot of winning, points have never been more crucial. Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore sailing left to go.... [more]
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Slow but exciting start for the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012
Suellen Hurling,
A spectator fleet of over 100 yachts and powerboats were at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea race off Orakei Wharf yesterday, Saturday 2 June 2012. At 1405 hours Desley Simpson, Chairperson of the Orakei Local Board, fired the official start gun signalling the fleet to start the 995 nautical mile race.... [more]
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Another iconic New Zealand international champion to return home
Alan Sefton,
Rainbow II, the yacht whose international victories in the mid to late 1960s were the catalyst for the astonishing and on-going success story of New Zealand offshore, and international, racing over the past 45 years, is coming home. The Sparkman & Stephens 36-footer has been reacquired by her original owner and skipper, Chris Bouzaid, who has donated her to the Maritime Museum Foundation.... [more]
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Two New Zealand Teams chosen for 46th Gov Cup
Nancy Mellon,
David Hazard and Tim Coltman will lead their teams at Balboa Yacht Club's 46th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship. David and his team mates from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron placed third in 2011, while Tim and his team from Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club placed fourth.... [more]
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Europa Warm-Up Race - Sprint to Leg 2 finish
Europa Warm-Up - Though the passage past the Fastnet light was inspiring it was perhaps a little too quiet for race leader Vincent Riou. The PRB solo skipper saw some of his hard won lead melt away to the pursuing second placed boat, now Francois Gabart on Macif who won the solo transatlantic BtoB in December.... [more]
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Noumea Race starts in light winds, but strong headwinds to come
Richard Gladwell,
Conditions meant slow progress for the 17 boat fleet in the 2012 Noumea Race which started off the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in 5kt winds. The ORMA60 trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing (Simon Hull) and the 80ft Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) tussled for the lead right from the start and at the latest report were still side by side, with TVS having a slight edge.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup – Bjorn Hansen in fine form
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012, the second event in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, is currently underway in Gyeonggi, South Korea. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team has booked his place in the Semi-Final whilst Peter Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing lost out to Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar in their feisty Quarter-Final battle.... [more]
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RC44 Austria Cup - Artemis takes the lead with a star performance
Jo Grindley,
If the RC44 Austria Cup's star performer was the crew on Rene Mangold's AEZ RC 44 Team yesterday, then today's second round of fleet racing belonged to Torbjorn Tornqvist and the crew of Artemis. Racing started on time at 1130 local, with 8-10 knots funnelling up snowy peak-lined Lake Traunsee from the south. This held long enough for Principle Race Officer Peter Reggio to bang off three races... [more]
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Headwinds expected for start of true blue water classic on Saturday
Suellen Hurling,
The Auckland race fleet starts off the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Okahu Bay at 1405 hours on Saturday June 2, 2012. Last week's dream weather outlook of 20 to 25 knot southerly winds for the start has been replaced with a mix of variable light winds and strong squally conditions as the fleet head north.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet prepare for next intense gale
Oliver Dewar,
Since a ferocious gale swept through the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet on Thursday, any thoughts of Distance To Leader figures and losses or gains have been side lined temporarily as the four double-handed Class40s recover from the storm, assess any damage and – unfortunately – look ahead to the next, intense gale sweeping towards them across the North Atlantic.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup - Yanmar Racing through to Quarter Final
Mark Chisnell,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012 final qualifying session was a big one for Yanmar Racing, still clawing their way back from a tough opening day at the second event on this year's Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The day started with the team on three points from seven races and in eighth overall – just the right side of the qualification cut-off for the quarter finals.... [more]
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Samui Regatta 2012- Tight at the top with one day to go
Samui Regatta Media,
Light winds as the boats left the anchorage today looked ominous but the Race Committee headed north to the channel between Samui and Phangan islands and found a steady breeze to get the races underway. AP down at 10:44, IRC Zero into start sequence, and they were off!... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup – Waka Racing lead the pack
Leigh Ireland,
WMRT Korea Match Cup 2012 - A strong field of the world's top match racers has been whittled down to eight. Young Kiwi Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing lead the pack ahead of current Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar at the second event of this season's Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama cross Leg 7 finish in second
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race – By finishing second, a little over five minutes behind Abu Dhabi, Franck Cammas and his men sailed a superb seventh leg, which has enabled them to move up into the lead of the overall standing. Extremely intense throughout the 3,590-mile course between Miami and Lisbon, this leg confirms the determination of the crew of Groupama 4... [more]
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World's richest 18ft Skiff event to be staged on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
The Australian 18 Footers League will stage a bigger event in 2012 on Sydney Harbour. Handicaps will be re-adjusted for the first three placegetters after each race and all races in the ‘Challenge' will be sailed over four-lap windward-return courses with ‘twin' bottom rounding marks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Moves at the top
Volvo Ocean Race,
Abu Dhabi shrugged off seven months of Volvo Ocean Race frustration to seal their first offshore victory in a nerve-jarring transatlantic leg from Miami to Lisbon. Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas, now lead Telefónica by three points overall, with the Spanish team dropping off the lead for the first time since their victory on Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town back in November.... [more]
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Resort heroes aid New Zealand sailors after yacht sinks
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef about 20nm east of Savusavu Harbour at the entrance to Somosomo Strait, between Taveuni island and Vanua Levu in Fiji, normally better known as an idyllic snorkeling and diving paradise.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tortuous night for Camper
Stefano Blin,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the next 24 hours will deliver a tense end to Leg 7, the crew will have battled over 4,800 miles and it may just come down to the last hundred. This 'anything but normal' Atlantic crossing has proved to be a twisted road for the fleet, and last night was one of the most tortuous for Camper as they crossed the ridge of high pressure.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 1, 2012 - Equity markets crash
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 1, 2012 - Equity markets crashed at the close of the week eradicating any gains in markets for 2012. The EUR fell below 1.2400 and looks likely to follow recent trends. Commodities also fell after China PMI also slipped as demand from Europe tanked. AUD and KIWI remained resilient despite commodities being hammered.... [more]
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Finn World Masters - Maier approaches fourth title
Robert Deaves,
At the 2012 Finn World Masters, in some real Welsh weather, Michael Maier (CZE) won both races on day four to close in on his fourth Masters title. Two second places for Allen Burrell (GBR) lifted him to second while Laurent Hay (FRA) dropped to third overall in wet and windy conditions.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi wins Leg 7 + Video
She crossed the line in light winds, followed by Groupama, with Puma third. The next group to finish were Camper, Telefonica and Sanya. The information systems at Volvo Ocean Race have all seem to have got major technical issues or are inoperative.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère heads for the City of Angels
Thomas Lesage,
Following three weeks of trials on the Mediterranean, Alain Thébault's l'Hydroptère DCNS was loaded onto a cargo ship on Monday in Toulon (FRA). The 'flying sailboat' will head to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will be positioned to wait for the best weather conditions for a Pacific crossing record attempt.... [more]
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Three top sailors added to the NZL Sailing Team
Following their sixth placing at the 2012 49er World Championships in Croatia earlier this month, Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski have been added to the NZL Sailing Team, they join Jim Turner, who on Tuesday, was selected for the 2012 Olympic Games in the Star class with Hamish Pepper.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro not out of the woods + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 11 of Leg 7. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: The power of the jinx is a dangerous thing. There are things I might normally say, progress updates and enthusiastic hunches I might ideally give, but I don't want to jinx this thing, not even a little bit.... [more]
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