Welcome to Sail-World.com'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.
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.
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 Sail-World.com.
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 www.sail-world.com for the latest updates on the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race.
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