Sail-World New Zealand: June 14, 2012 - Volvo record broken...Team Jolly on Weymouth Gold...AC72 Wingsail arrives in San Francisco

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 15 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 14, 2012

Water over the deck onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France.   Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 14, 2012

Around 9.00am, as you down that fluffy coffee, struggle to concentrate in yet another interminable meeting, or just plain wish you weren't at work - spare a thought for the crews in the Volvo Ocean Race.

About that time they will be sorting out a gybe in the Bay of Biscay, in 40-50kt winds, and will have a bit on their hands. More than a bit, actually.

We've been following the race solidly for the last 18 hours or so.

The breeze has been steadily buildings as a depression moves in from the Atlantic. As the wind increases, so the speeds climb - and tonight comes the news that the race distance record, set by Camper on Leg 1, has been broken by Telefonica.

Brad Marsh is sent up the mast to try and free a stuck mainsail, onboard Groupama Sailing Team  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

The new mark is expected to be shoved out even further, before the finish in Lorient around 9.00pm on Friday night NZT. Quite whether it gets to beat the 593nm set by Ericsson 4 in the last Volvo Ocean Race, remains to be seen.

The other issue facing the fleet will be whether they take their foot off the pedal, and decide that discretion is the better part of valour.

Already today there has been issue on one of the boats, and in these conditions there could be more.

The optimum time to gybe will be at 2100hrs - trouble is that the breeze is predicted to be 42kts (average) possibly 50kts. leg 8 Volvo Ocean Race

For the last couple of days, we have been doing a rolling daily story, with a mix of original content, and some from the Volvo Ocean Race site, plus material from the crews themselves.

Buried in today's report is a great interview with Puma's Ken Read, who is one of the great people in the sport, and always great to be with. In this session he is at his best with 35kts of breeze blowing, water pouring down the deck and Ken is chatting and wisecracking with the world at large via the interweb. Great stuff.

Saint Tropez, Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012
Esimit Europa 2   Guido Trombetta

Stay tuned for the latest action and reports in the Volvo Ocean Race as the leg unfolds – and is expected to finish mid-Friday evening, NZT.

The Olympic windsurfer debate continues. In this edition we publish and open letter from a top US Womens Windsurfer querying the ISAF decision and why it has to be.

June 12, 2012 Oracle Racing's wingsail arrives in San Francisco  © Guilain Grenier / Team USA

Yesterday, the wingsails for Oracle Racing's AC72 were delivered to their based in San Francisco.

In this edition we have the story, courtesy of a San Francisco website - along with plenty of images of the wingsail and the main beams.

From what can be seen of the beams, the first AC72 looks to be a conventional sort of design approach, in this regard. The wingsails, or any other part are not allowed to be shrouded, so we can be reasonably sure of the final unwrapped shape.

Brad Jackson meets a wall of water while trimming and grinding the mainsheet, onboard Puma Ocean Racing   Amory Ross ©

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Gold medalists at the recent Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England report on the regatta in this edition of's newsletter. These sailor reports always reveal more than gets out in the official PR spin, and this one, like Sara Winther's on the Womens Singlehanded event, has its own insights.

At the 0400hrs sked on Day 4 of Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, the fleet were all closely grouped but Groupama had passed Camper  Virtual Eye/Volvo Ocean Race
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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ISAF World Cup: Team Jolly on winning the Gold Medal at Weymouth
Jo Aleh,
For the last week, we have been racing in the Sail for Gold Regatta - the last World Cup event for us of the year, and pretty much the last big regatta we will do until the games. Nicely for us, it went rather well.... The 470 course for the regatta was out in the back paddock, a good 25-45 minute tow from the launching ramp (the tow being the coldest part of the day)... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's wingsail arrives in San Francisco
Pressure Drop US,
The new wingsail for Oracle Racing has arrived in USA, after being shipped from New Zealand a few weeks ago, plus Video. Also in this video is a sequence of one of the cross beams being unloaded. Under the current America's Cup Protocol shrouding is prohibited, and only shrink wrapping and normal packaging are allowed, meaning that the shapes of the components are able to be seen.... [more]
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Laser Radial sailor Sara Winther settles into Weymouth
Sara Winther,
New Zealand Laser Radial sailor Sara Winther reports from Weymouth on her preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Well things have been a bit up and down over here. After the worlds Marko (Mark Orams) and I had a good trip to Weymouth and both settled in to Weymouth life etc. The weather was awesome and did some really good sailing prior to the event with the GBR radial squad.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: The red runaway freight express train to Lorient
Hamish Hooper,
MCM on Camper, Hamish Hooper, whose role on the boat is to handle media and cook, writes of the blast across the Bay of Biscay: Generally I sleep pretty soundly onboard Camper, but last night was definitely an exception. Such was the violet motion back forward, up down, side-to-side and everything in between. As well as the usually rainforest dripping from above.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 offshore race, from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo is currently underway. At 03:16.16 CEST this morning, Igor Simcic's 100-foot Maxi Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) crossed the finish line in Sanremo and claimed line honours, making short work of the circa 242-nautical mile course.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Pushing to the limit onboard Puma + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 4 of Leg 8. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing, reports: The Northern Atlantic feels a bit like the Southern Ocean on days like these. It's really windy, it's really wet, it's not nearly as cold, but the waves are pretty big too. I went back to jamming my feet in the bunk/hull seam as I slept last night to keep me from sliding off the end into the nav station... [more]
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RYA Sail for Gold Ball - Royal send off for Britain's sailors + Video
Matt Carter,
The sixth quadrennial RYA Sail for Gold Ball 2012 was held on Wednesday 13th June. With 42 days to go until the 2012 London Olympic Games, the sailors of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams received a send-off to remember. More than 850 guests showed their support to the 22 Olympic and Paralympic team sailors who will compete in Weymouth and Portland this summer... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Day 4: IWC Schaffhausen Speed Challenge mark smashed
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
The six Volvo Open 70s are going at full pace in the North Atlantic with plenty of runway ahead of them and Camper's leading mark in the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge under threat. Telefónica have claimed the lead in the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge with a 24-hour run of 557 nautical miles, though the record could yet fall again with plenty of runway left for the teams.... [more]
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Windsurfing: Why was it voted out?
Lanee Beashel,
Top US Womens Windsurfer, Lanee Beashel writes: To say that I've been completely shocked and heartbroken since I heard the news that windsurfing was kicked out of the 2016 Olympic Games, would be an understatement. I sail, windsurf and kitesurf, but since I have been 15 years old, my passion has been windsurfing. Even now, when I take my two young boys out on my board with me, I love every minu... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 14, 2012 - Greeks grab cash now
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 14, 2012 - Greeks are withdrawing EUR$800 million per day from their banks so the mattresses must be bulging. Equity markets remained volitile with upside limited by the EU crises. The RBNZ meets today and is expected to leave rates unchanged despite weakening economic news... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica leads the charge
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is leading the charge not only towards the finish of Leg 8 in Lorient on Friday but straight towards the centre of a particularly nasty north-Atlantic depression. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) faltered briefly, allowing Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA) and Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) to overtake.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup images by Guido Trombetta
Carlo Borlenghi,
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 start images by photographer Guido Trombetta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day 3 - Groupama drops back as gale approaches
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
At 1500 UTC Team Telefónica held a 1.6 nautical mile lead over Groupama sailing team, followed by Puma Ocean Racing , Camper, Abu Dhabi and Team Sanya in sixth place. But an hour later Groupama had dropped back to fourth place, being passed by Puma and Camper. No reasons has been given for the change in placing on what should be a drag race.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup - Action aplenty on day 2 + Video
Vivienne Masters,
Day two of the 2012 PWA Catalunya World Cup in Costa Brava started very calm and overcast, but just after two o'clock the wind kicked in, enabling the completion of the first race. Bjorn Dunkerbeck stepped up to the plate to win the opening elimination, as he kicked off his event with a perfect start.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup – Youngsters welcomed onboard Azzurra's TP52
Giuliano Luzzatto,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 opening day was cancelled due to Mistral wind but didn't stop the youngsters of Yacht Club Porto Rotondo's sailing academy pay a visit to Audi Azzurra Sailing Team. The Mistral was blowing all day at over 30 knots, preventing the fleets of the TP52's and Soto40's that take part in the Audi Sardinia Cup from racing.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Record number of countries entered
International Melges 24 Class Association,
Melges 24 World Championship - With three days still to go until the late entry entry surcharge kicks in we already have 105 entries and we've broken the record for the number of countries that will be represented at a Melges 24 Worlds!... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Mistral wind on Day 1
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012, the second event of the 52 Super Series circuit, was due to get underway today, 13th June, in Porto Cervo. The only winner on the first scheduled day of racing proved to be the strong Mistral wind which prevented racing. The 52 Series fleet and Soto 40's representing six international teams stayed tied to the dock at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda throughout the day... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Queen of the Mediterranean + Video
Giraglia Rolex Cup - Its alluring light has inspired some of the world's greatest painters from Paul Signac to Henri Matisse, and its association with screen icon Brigitte Bardot attracted the rich and famous to its quintessential Mediterranean setting. Saint-Tropez is a captivating place, a byword for sophistication and glamour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender's first AC72 wingsail is delivered
The 12-story tall wingsail and hull crossbeams for the first of Oracle Racing's first of two AC72 yachts aimed at the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco were delivered to the team today. The components arrived in Oakland from New Zealand on the Cap Vilano by shipping partner Hamburg Sud before being delivered to the team's base at Pier 80 on the west side of San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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52 Super Series: All ready in Porto Cervo
Six TP52 teams, partners to six Soto 40's, are lined up at the dock, fully prepared for whatever Sardinia's famous Costa Smeralda waters might deliver them for the Audi Sardinia Cup, the international team regatta which starts Wednesday. A buffeting Mistral put paid to Tuesday's official practice race, the race officers deciding that too much was at stake on the eve of regatta's first races to ris... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - What it takes to win sailing's toughest challenge
Volvo Ocean Race,
Of the 60+ sailors competing in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, only ten know first-hand what it takes to win sailing's toughest challenge. Mike Sanderson and Rob Greenhalgh won the 2005-06 race together with ABN Amro One -- and here they talk about just how tough it is to make it over the line in first place.... [more]
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Coast Guard has increased reward for New Jersey hoax caller,
The hoaxster behind two calls alerting the Coast Guard of a motor yacht exploding off New Jersey calmly told authorities Monday that three of his fellow passengers had died, the boat was taking on water and the water level on the bridge was about three feet high.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Game time for Puma + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, day 2. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro. It's game time. And we started about as well as we could have. Lisbon, Portugal, was a fantastic stopover. Lots and lots of fans. An amazing and historic city that gave the Read family a lot to do outside of sailing. All in all it was about as much rest as I have had since this adventure began.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup images from Borlenghi and Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 images from photographers Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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Soto 40 European Championship - Sardinia Cup Trophy preview
Alfredo Mella,
Soto 40 European Championship kicks off on Tuesday 12th June, with the practice race and then will continue in full earnest from Wednesday until Sunday 17th June. There was frenzied activity in Costa Smeralda Yacht Club today, where Soto 40 European Championship teams have just started training off the waters of Porto Cervo... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper moves in on front runners
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 first section of the eighth leg, from Lisbon to Lorient, is drawing to a close as the fleet approach the Azores High. The lead the front runners have held over Camper is being eaten away as the boats compress in the light airs of the high pressure system that dominates the area.... [more]
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Vendée Globe entrants list unveiled
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Vendée Globe gets underway from Les Sables d'Olonnein on November 10, 2012. The entrants list, unveiled by Vendée General Council President Bruno Retailleau on Tuesday - 150 days before the start - in Paris, is growing longer and, as of today, 19 skippers have confirmed they will be on the start line. The upcoming seventh edition of the race doubtlessly promises to be a riveting one.... [more]
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