Sail-World New Zealand: June 10, 2012 - Sail Noumea 2012 finishes...Two NZ Medals at Weymouth...Drama filled Volvo In Port Race

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 10 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 10, 2012

The crew of Akatea - second monohull to finish - enjoy a quiet rum in Noumea  Sail Noumea 2012
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 10, 2012

The Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race wrapped up this afternoon, as the final finished, Iolanthe II crossed the line under storm trysail and jib.

17 boats started the race, with five being recorded as retired, after a testing race marked by extremes of weather. Light winds for the first two days, and then a pummelling as a front crossed the fleet on Monday night.

The 2012 fleet was a long way short of the 48 entries for the 1967 event, in the days when it was organised by the Whangarei Cruising Club. But that was a different era – when most people worked a five day week, and Gay was still a girl's name.

Certainly Sail Noumea 2012 has been an interesting race from a coverage point of view. The advent of tracking systems and Predictwind has made a huge difference to the way offshore racing is covered.

V5 enters the marina at Noumea, and was the first monohull to finish Sail Noumea 2012  Sail Noumea 2012

At Sail-World we are able to see the ratings for various stories. Since Sail Noumea started last Saturday week, the stories were the top raters in New Zealand. At one stage we had four stories on site, and they took the top four slots. That's against the major international news – Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup, Skandia Sail for Gold and the myriad of other international sailing stories that get covered each week on

That's a long way from the '67 days, when the interweb wasn't on the scene, and daily race reports were only possible when the RNZAF flew over the race fleet - and reported back maybe with pictures.

Team Telefonica, is surrounded by support and spectator boats, in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Also finishing overnight was the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta. A mixed bag of results for New Zealand. Two crews won medals in the 10 events contested, and another three made the cut for the top ten for the Medal races. By implication New Zealand didn't make the cut in five of the Olympic events. It was a passable result for the Paralympians competing in two events.

With 48 days left to the Olympics it is very unwise to go into Medal predictions at this stage. Too much can happen when the regatta gets underway. Maybe after the Olympics have been underway a couple of days, one can form a few as to how things might shake out on the medal front – but not before.

Jo Aleh and Olivia Polly Powrie (NZL) Gold medal winners racing in the 470 Women class on day 6 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth   onEdition ©

For the train spotters, one way to test the results is not so much to look at where a competitor finished at this point in time, but who they beat. That will tell you the depth of the fleet, and a similar exercise across several World Cup events will give a better view.

One of the things must be remembered is that the top international competitors (especially the British) do not go into every regatta, with an intense, must win attitude. Instead some are used as events to try gear, and development. The result is less important than the learning experience.

Telefonica (blue sails) establishes an overlaop to leeward of Puma soon after theb start of the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Race is in its final stages, with just 10 days of ocean racing left, and is definitely not in the learning experience category. Every point is vital for the four boats in the hunt for the top places, and the slope got a bit steeper overnight for those who performed badly in the In Port race in Lisbon, on Saturday night (NZT).

The race was notable for the penalty imposed on Telefonica. After the race, skipper Iker Martinez vented on the Umpire decision. We have the report in this edition.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL) racing in the 470 Men class on day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth   onEdition ©

Tonight (NZT) Leg 8 gets underway, headed for current overall leader, Groupama's home port of Lorient, France.

Stay tuned

The crew of Kia Kaha seem pleased to have finished Sail Noumea 2012  Sail Noumea 2012
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Medal Race winner Marazzi De Maria SUI takes on a big sea in the Medal Race Princess Sofia Trofeo Mapfre.March 2012
  © Juerg Kaufmann

ISAF World Cup: NZ crews win Gold and Bronze medals at Olympic venue
Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie won the Gold medal in the Womens Two-handed (470) event at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta sailed at the 2012 Olympic regatta venue. The New Zealand crew in the Mens Two-Hander (470), Paul Snow-Hansen with crew, Jason Saunders, won the Bronze medal, after earlier leading the regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama stamps their authority + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, after knocking Telefónica off the top spot at the end of Leg 7, Franck Cammas' men dealt another blow to their rivals with a stellar performance on the waters of Lisbon's River Tagus to take their points tally to 189. Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg moved clear at the top of the in-port series rankings as they scored with a tactical gamble to grab second place... [more]
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Sail for Gold - Aussies claim four gold medals
Craig Heydon,
On the closing day of Sail for Gold, the last event in Weymouth ahead of next month's London 2012 Olympic Games, Australian sailors won four gold medals and a silver medal. The final day haul included gold medals for Laser sailor Tom Slingsby, 470 pair Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, 49er crew Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and Women's Match Racers Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Double Olympic medallist slams vital Umpire Call
The tension in the Volvo Ocean Race boiled over today, after the InPort race in Lisbon, Portugal, when a controversial penalty soon after the start, relegated former overall race leader, Telefonica back to sixth place in the race. The incident came seconds after the start, when Telefonica sailed through to leeward of Puma Ocean Racing (Ken Read).... [more]
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Top sailors wear Zhik: The world's top sailors up close - Video
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top Swiss photographer Juerg Kaufmann worked with some of the world's top sailors to come up with this video, with a lot of onboard and close up images, and some very unique angles. Noted for taking a different approach to the art of photography, now sailing videos, step aboard and see Robert Sheidt (BRA) and other top sailors as you have never seeen them before.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 9: - The final day and report - Update @ 2100hrs
Richard Gladwell,
The final finisher in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race crossed the finish line off Noumea, this afternoon. Iolanthe II, the last finisher in the race crossed the line under jib and storm trysail, after breaking her boom in the middle of the race. Due to a broken boom, she is sailing under headsail alone, and is making 4.70kts.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing cross Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race (GOR) 2011-12 Class40 Phesheya-Racing, skippered by the South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt, crossed the Leg 5 finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 23:40:21 GMT on Saturday 9 June (01:40:21 Sunday 10 June local)... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Overall victories claimed
Jill Campbell,
In the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, the 39-metre Ganesha, designed by Dubois and built by Fitzroy Yachts, took first place in the Cruising Division to claim overall victory. Second place went to the 29-metre Scorpione dei Mari designed by Tony Castro and built by Jongert while the 45-metre Salperton, another Dubois/Fitzroy creation, took third place.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma returns to the podium
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew returned to the podium with a second-place finish in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, Portugal. On the Tagus River, Puma stormed down the course to come from behind and collect five points, finishing 22 seconds back from winner and overall leader Groupama Sailing Team.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta – Medal race day overall
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold - One storm had passed, but another was brewing and the drama was just beginning on medal race day. There were ten classes and thirty medals to decide, and not one of them was a certainty. After a week of tumultuous weather, the sun finally came out and the wind moderated to a perfect 15 knots for the opening races, building to a fresh 20-22 knots for the final medals.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Women's Match Racing title winner announced
Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is currently underway in Weymouth, Great Britain. Today, Saturday 9th June, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (USA) have taken the Women's Match Racing ISAF Sailing World Cup title.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper secures In-Port Race podium position
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Oeiras In-Port Race was held today, Saturday 9th June, in Lisbon. The spectacular course up the Rive Tagus and along the Lisbon waterfront saw a battle for the lead with four lead changes over the twelve nautical mile course.... [more]
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Boat Show exhibitors report increased sales as attendance tops 36,000
Mike Rose,
Many boat manufacturers from around the country are looking forward to a busy 12 months after sales from this year's Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show exceeded all expectations. By the time show closed a large number of exhibitors were reporting significantly increased levels of sales, with several saying the level of both sales and genuine inquiries was the highest in at least four years.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta – Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold for Australia
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold - Australia storms home in four classes at Olympic venue. There were ten classes and thirty medals to decide, and not one of them was a certainty. After a week of tumultuous weather, the sun finally came out and the wind moderated to a perfect 15 knots for the opening races, building to a fresh 20-22 knots for the final medals.... [more]
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Noumea Race Day 8: - Elysium finishes Update @ 1230hrs
Richard Gladwell,
Humphrey Sherratt and his Elysium crew crossed the finish line in Noumea this morning bringing their Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race to an end. The Elliott Tourer completed the course in 6 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes and 6 seconds.... [more]
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Asian Optimist Championship 2012 underway
Asian Optimist Championship 2012 is hosted by Yachting Association of Sri Lanka. Just one day of competition is left. Countries include China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Sri Lanka, Malaysia plus Australia, Czech Republic, New Zealand and USA from outside of Asia... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Strong wind calls an early halt for some on Day 5
Kristine Lederis,
All racing was cancelled on day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta Skandia sail for Gold, as Thursday afternoon's storm continued overnight and all day Friday at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth. The Paralympic classes were the first to be cancelled in the morning, but other classes had longer to wait until racing was called off for everybody at 2:30pm local time.... [more]
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Sail for Gold - Early end for Paralympic sailors + Video
Jo Grindley,
As athletes departed Skandia Sail for Gold on Thursday afternoon, the storm was growing to its peak and overnight, it blasted Weymouth and Portland with winds in excess of 50 knots. Waves broke over the famous Chesil Bank, the rain poured down and the venue was cleared in case of flooding. What a welcome to the British summer!... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta proving to be perfect Olympics warm-up + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, hosted by WPNSA in Dorset, Great Britain is currently underway. It has been a testing week for those behind the scenes. Conditions have varied from torrential rain and heavy winds to hot and bright with a light wind, leaving sailors in all classes facing a re-schedule of their races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Every point vital from Race Weekend in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race,
A four-way scrap for overall honours and a three-way tie in the inshore series are set to light up Saturday's Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon (starting 1300 local, 1200 UTC) 24 hours before the teams set out on the penultimate offshore leg to Lorient.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Rob Salthouse - We've got nothing to lose
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the second of the series, the Volvo Ocean race media team talk with some of the most experienced sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, here they catch up with three-time competitor Rob Salthouse, helmsman/trimmer on fourth-placed Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 8, 2012 - World up Europe tanks
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 8, 2012 - Market rallies continued globally despite the continuing storm overwhelming Spain and Europe. Fuel was added to the week-long rally by Chinese interest rate cuts. The intervention immediately sparked confidence despite the bad news from Europe. Commodity currencies rallied with the AUD 0.9935 and the KIWI 0.7710... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Penultimate offshore test
Volvo Ocean race,
The penultimate offshore test for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet starts on Sunday. Despite its relative shortness, Leg 8 is shaping up to test the crews in a variety of ways with key factors likely to be the location of the Azores High and the possibility of finding a volatile low pressure system on the way back.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Day 4 - NZ improves on a stormy summer's day
Womens Two-handed (470) crew Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are top of the leader board after Day 4 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup event Skandia Sail for Gold. The regatta is being sailed at the 2012 Olympic Regatta venue at Weymouth, England. On a stormy day in the peak of the English summer, New Zealand crews performed better across the board, and overall there was a significant team improvement... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis takes second overall
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, with nearly 40 knots blowing and an enormous swell rolling in from the Atlantic, the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo crossed the finish with Class40 Financial Crisis off the French port of Les Sables d'Olonne, taking second place overall in the fleet of the four remaining boats in the circumnavigation.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Day 4 – Full on racing + Video
Jessica Gray,
The weather battered Skandia Sail for Gold causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there. The racing schedule had already been moved forward to an early start to try to beat the inbound gale – forecast to arrive in the afternoon. But the weather system hit fast forward and by early morning it was already too windy for any Paralympic racing.... [more]
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