Sail-World New Zealand: June 12, 2012 - Volvo drag race...Dressing the Crew...Sail Noumea final review

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 12 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 12, 2012

Skipper Chris Nicholson takes a compass bearing of the other boats, onboard Camper   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 12, 2012

Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race is well underway, and after two days of fast sailing the fleet has slowed to single digit speeds as they hit the lighter winds of the Azores High, which is parked over the rounding point of Sao Miguel.

The effect has been for the fleet to compress.

This leg is different in that it is more of a passage race, several Fastnet races rolled into one, if you will. The tactics are similar, with not too many navigational options and more of a test of speed, than picking the best part of the ocean.

In this edition, we have an extended report posted this morning, and with a video added this afternoon from aboard Camper. One of the crew, makes the comment that normally at this angle of sailing they are 1kt slower than the Juan K yachts, that occupy the first three places overall.

Team Telefonica, stacking up to the rail, at the start of leg 8 from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

That's a big giveaway, and it will be interesting to see whether Camper can pull back their deficit once they hit the hard running conditions expected for the final 30 hours of the leg into Lorient.

One of the several New Zealand Match Racing teams, Full Metal Jacket, has taken out the Sails of the White Nights regatta sailed in St Petersberg, Russia. Catch their story and video in this edition.

Phil Robertson and his Waka Racing crew celebrate winning Match Race Germany 2012 - World Match Racing Tour 2012 - dressed by Events Clothing  Andrew Carter/AWMRT

FMJ are one of five teams competing on the international match racing circuit, who are outfitted by Events Clothing. In this edition of's newsletter we background how Events Clothing is working with these teams, and how proper crew uniforms can help make a statement about the crew and their professionalism - which in turn reflects well on their sponsors.

Saint Tropez, Rolex Giraglia Cup 2012  Studio Borlenghi/Guido Trombetta

Owen Rutter, managing director of Events Clothing, goes right back to the Ceramco campaign in the 1981/82 Whitbread Race. There, like all campaigns in which Peter Blake managed, the crew had to look like a crew – and being smartly presented was vital for the boat and its backers. Even though 30 years have passed, the point is just as relevant today, as then, and properly designed crew gear can give a great return for sponsors, create a unique identity for the campaign, and be great to wear, as well.

Robert Scheidt and crew Bruno Prada in action in the Star class, they are part of the Zhik Sailing Team  © Juerg Kaufmann

Don't miss the great video on the Zhik Sailing Team shot and produced by Juerg Kaufmann (SUI). It is a great piece of video, not just for the sailors involved in it, but for the very clever camera work and artistry of the editing, which makes the video a unique experience. See dinghy and Olympic sailing as you have never seen it before. And make sure you flick your PC onto full screen mode, to really appreciate the action.

Akatea pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race  Richard Gladwell

Stay tuned for the latest action and reports in the Volvo Ocean Race as the leg unfolds – and is expected to finish mid-Friday afternoon, local time, or in the early hours of Saturday NZT.

Neal McDonald and crew looking out on the rail, onboard Team Telefonica during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France.   Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Saint Tropez, Rolex Giraglia Cup 2012  Studio Borlenghi/Guido Trombetta

Kiwi sailors dressed for the world
Rebecca Hayter,
Five new racing teams from New Zealand have gained a technical edge and enhanced team profiles with sponsorship from marine apparel specialist, Events Clothing. Wearing uniforms in specially developed fabrics, Waka Racing, Kiwimatch, FMJ Racing and 36 Below are competing in world matchracing regattas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper - playing for a draw until the Azores
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper on Day 2 of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Lisbon to Lorient via the Azores Its been a bit of a slow motion arm wrestle since leaving Lisbon- like a tense and closely fought first session of a cricket test where barely any runs are scored or wickets taken.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Battle for lead intensifies
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Overnight, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) relinquished their lead to Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) in a game that will only intensify as the fleet makes the approach to the turning mark of São Miguel in the midst of the light air Azores High. At 0700 GMT, Telefónica had inched ahead of the French by 0.2 nautical miles... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tightly grouped fleet in a drag race to the Azores
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica's bid for redemption and the return of their overall lead was well underway on Monday with the Spanish team leading the Leg 8 race to Lorient, France, though the sight of current race frontrunners Groupama on their shoulder is a sobering thought. Includes the latest onboard video from Camper, along with the comment that they are 1kt slower than the Juan K boats in these conditions... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Final showdown set for Newport
Jane Eagleson,
The inaugural champion of the America's Cup World Series will be decided in Newport, Rhode Island on July 1, the final day of racing in the series. Under the spotlight of a nationwide audience on NBC, the grand finale will witness one of eight teams win the title.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 12, 2012 - Moves fail to impress
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 12, 2012 - Last week's correction rally was the biggest of the year but was sparked by negative news rather than positive economic data. The 'May Sell-Off' eliminated all the 2012 gains on equity markets and hit asset values as demand plummeted with the European crises materialising. This pushed the AUD lower to 0.9880 and the KIWI now looking at 0.7700.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup day 2 images by Guido Trombetta
Carlo Borlenghi,
Giraglia Rolex Cup day 2 images from photographer Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket win Sails Of White Nights
FMJ Media,
Full Metal Jacket Racing have won the 2012 Sails Of White Nights taking out Russian Vladimir Lipavsky in the finals! It has been a good week here in St Petersberg with good breeze and also sun for about 20 hours of each day, not so good for sleeping! The regatta is held in the heart of the city on a river that has about two knots of water moving under you making for some interesting racing.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Pressure continues to mount in Leg 8
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefónica and Iker Martínez/ESP have continued to put the pressure on, needing to win Leg 8 to regain their position at the top of the overall leaderboard, a place that Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA), just 0.7 nautical mile behind at 1900 GMT tonight, is not going to relinquish without blood on the tracks.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Champagne sailing on day 2 + Video
Kate Holmes,
There was champagne sailing on the second day of the Giraglia Rolex Cup with beautiful sunshine and up to 30 knots of wind in the Gulf of St. Tropez. But the thing that really determines a sailor's mood, regardless of the blue skies or azure seas, is the scoreboard.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Boisterous conditions
The 60th Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 second day of inshore racing took place in Saint-Tropez today, Monday 11th June. . A 30.3-nautical mile course was set for most of the fleet, a 25.4-nm course reserved for the smaller classes. Conditions were again boisterous, with winds reaching speeds of 30 knots.... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Record holders return to defend titles
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race gets underway in the Isle of Wight on Saturday 30th June 2012. Organisers,The Island Sailing Club, welcomes back the Race monohull and multihull record holders this year, both of whom are returning to defend their titles.... [more]
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Multimedia reinforcements for Boat Shows
Jeni Bone,
Two additional TetraMedia staff brightened up the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this year, in the form of Rosalie Taylor and Sarah Ruggiero, Bond University students and interns for the duration of the event, and based on their quality work, for Sydney International Boat Show in August.... [more]
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Weymouth Sailing coverage - Online advertising packages - consider now
Brendan Maxwell,
We live in a ‘now' world, sailors want NOW news! Forget about an audience waiting two months for print news, many of them can't wait two hours!!... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gains and losses
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the fifth day of race twelve from New York to Nova Scotia. It has been an exciting and highly tactical 24 hours for the ten strong fleet of 68-foot ocean racing, as the battle for a more favourable leader board position draws to a close.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro nails Leg 8 start + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 8. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: This whole race restart thing is getting easier and easier with every leg. The routine begins with the In-Port Race's finish on Saturday, and it ends the second we leave the dock on Sunday; there is a lot that has to happen in between those two times... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 8 Day 2 - A tight match race to Lorient
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Overall race leaders Groupama made a steady climb through the order on the fleet's first night at sea on Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient, powering their way into third place behind Team Telefónica and Puma. At 0600 UTC the French team were 0.5nautical miles (nm) behind Puma Ocean Racing and within 2.7nm of leaders Telefónica.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Groupama power into third
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 overall leader Groupama 4 has made a steady climb through the order on the fleet's first night at sea on the eight leg, from Lisbon to Lorient, powering their way into third place behind Team Telefónica and Puma. At 0600 UTC the French team were 0.5 nautical miles behind Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg and within 2.7 nm of leaders Telefónica.... [more]
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Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race labelled toughest for 20 years
Suellen Hurling,
Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 officially ended after 8 days, 1 hours, 32 minutes and 53 seconds when Iolanthe II crossed the finish line in Noumea on the 10th of June just after 3pm NZST. The ocean race which started in near windless conditions on Auckland harbour was labelled by competitors at the finish line as one of the most challenging to leave New Zealand in the last 20 years.... [more]
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Victor Kovalenko honoured with an Order of Australia Medal
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Head Coach, Victor Kovalenko, has been recognised for his contributions to the sport of sailing with an Order of Australia Medal in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours. Kovalenko, 61, has played a significant role in the development of the current group of Australian World and Olympic Champion sailors with his contribution key to the country's continual success... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
In the Global Ocean Race, at 21:54:44 GMT (23:54:44 local) on Sunday, the fourth and final double-handed Class40, Sec. Hayai, crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne, France, with the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel taking fourth place in Leg 5 and fourth place overall.... [more]
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Nacra Infusion Worlds Overall
Marjolein Brandt - Amended,
Nacra Infusion World Championships 2012 came to an early end on Friday. Day 1 leaders and defending Champions coming into the event Coen de Koning and Thijs Visser ended with the same score as the winners. But Larsen and Frank took four bullets on day two, enough to be crowned the new world champions.... [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, and sailing videos for the past year, step aboard to see Robert Sheidt (BRA) and other top sailors as you have never seen them before.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup – Testing conditions
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 - Today, under alluring blue skies in Saint-Tropez, the first of three days of inshore racing took place with the event's international fleet, in excess of a hundred yachts, divided into two groups. The larger boats, including the Maxi yachts (measuring over 60-feet), attacked a 31.9-nautical mile course, whilst the smaller classes were confronted with a 26.4-nm challenge.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg - Camper ready for big breeze
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 eighth leg, a 1,940 mile race between Lisbon and Lorient, France got underway on Sunday 10th June. The Portuguese capital once again provided a spectacular back drop as the six-boat fleet started racing. The route will see the crews head east from Lisbon to the Azores, where they will tackle the Azores High.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: See the Start of Leg 8 - Replay
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Catch the start of the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 replay coverage here. The fleet has a 'sprint' ocean leg from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France. Commentators Martin Tasker and Peter Lester... [more]
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