Sail-World New Zealand: June 17, 2012 - Camper cracks 39kts...oops...Tonga search update...Olympic profiles

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 18 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 17, 2012

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in rough weather, on the approach to the finish of Leg 8  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 17, 2012

Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ performed well on Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race, taking second place into Lorient, and setting the new speed, or greatest distance sailed mark for the race.

By virtue of Telefonica's rudder failures, they have pulled back into third overall on the race – which is set for a thriller on the final Leg.

As mentioned in our special Volvo Ocean Race newsletter, Friday was a dream day for a sailing journalist – particularly the online version.

All the ingredients were there – big winds, fast boats operating at their limit, and a close overall points situation. In other words there was a lot to sail for. The Leg, and maybe the Race, would be determined by a fine mix of boatspeed and seamanship.

Crash at the mark - PWA Catalunya World Cup 2012  © John Carter / PWA

It was enthralling stuff.

But was has emerged over the past month, is that for all the hoo-haa that is made over the America's Cup and other so-called stadium sports, or audience friendly sports – that maybe the long course racing (over the shorter 2,000 mile legs) is far more media attractive than most would have given credit.

Looking back to the Sail Noumea 2012, it is a surprising easy race to cover, provided you have access to race trackers, such as Yellow Brick, backed up by comments from on board the boat via the radio sked. Then with the weather and routing information that can be provided by there's the makings of a good story.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand at pace, on the approach to the finish of Leg 8  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Race is fairly exceptional because of the incredible amount of high quality material, including a 3D Viewer that can be accessed on a 24x7 basis.

The same level of cannot be said of events with less expensive media libraries, like the Sail Noumea event – yet it was not difficult to develop stories, and as the races unfolded there were multiple stories going up each day.

The big surprise with Sail Noumea was how well the stories rated on Sail-World.

Soto 40 - Bigamist - Audi Sardinia Cup 2012  © Alessandro Spiga/YCCS

One day there were four Sail Noumea stories on the Sail-World NZ website, and they were the top four for that day - more than holding their own against the international news, including the Weymouth Pre-Olympic regatta, all accompanied by stunning images. That became the pattern for the week.

So we hope to be able to continue in this vein.

It will be interesting to see how the reader interest holds up.

A member of Ran Racing shows the red flag to Paprec Sailing Team in the start of the costal race - Audi Sardinia Cup 2012  Xaume Ollerous/52SuperSeries©

Bowman Brad Marsh (NZL) looks out from the hatch, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Volvo Ocean Race: Setting a speed record of 39kts is not one you want
Chris Nicholson,
Camper with Emirates Team NZ's skipper Chris Nicholson blogs from Lorient following the finish of Leg 8: The guys are all battered, bruised and absolutely exhausted. But we're all in one piece, the boat is one piece, we set a new 24 hour distance record for the race and with our second place moved back onto the podium. All in all a good leg and result for the team.... [more]
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The Logans: Thelma and Gloriana restored and sailing again in Auckland
Alan Sefton,
The Logans (father and sons) feature large in New Zealand's maritime history. Two of the finest examples of the work of the legendary yacht designers and builders – the Gloriana and the Thelma – have been tracked down and acquired by The Classic Yacht Charitable Trust, brought home to Auckland and fully restored to their original.... [more]
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Detailed land search to start Monday for two missing sailors in Tonga
A more detailed land-based search of the island of Late, west of the island of Vava'u, Tonga, for two men missing since their yacht was wrecked on Thursday, will take place tomorrow, Monday, the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) says. Two full days of aerial and on-water searching have so far failed to locate the two Australian men... [more]
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PWA Catalunya Windsurfing World Cup - Quentel's maiden victory
Chris Yates,
The racing commenced just before three o'clock in winds of eight to fifteen knots. Heat sixteen saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz) come screaming across the line to take an early lead and by the first mark he had a clear advantage over Quentel in second.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race record assault continues
Talbot Wilson and John Rousmaniere,
The assault on the official, 10-year-old Newport Bermuda race record continued into Saturday night. The big boats in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division— ‘Rambler', ‘Bella Mente', ‘Shockwave' and ‘Team Tiburon'— continued to blast down the course.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ray Davies works out the Kinks for Emirates Team NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies is one of the nicest guys you'll meet on the professional sailing circuit. A veteran Cup campaigner who won the Volvo Ocean Race 10 years ago, he's hungry to claim his first America's Cup for his home team in San Francisco in 2013.... [more]
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Kiel Week now in full swing
Kieler Woche,
Kiel Week 2012 is now underway. The event started with good wind conditions, a bit of sunshine and some heavy showers during the day with the races for the dinghies and big boats officially commencing. The traditional first race of the event was for the seagoing boats in front of the party mile and shoreline in Kiel.... [more]
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PWA Catalunya World Cup day 5 - Quentel clinches impressive victory
Chris Yates,
At the 2012 PWA Catalunya World Cup, for the fifth day in a row, Costa Brava produced the goods as elimination five was completed. The racing commenced just before three o'clock in 8-15 knot winds. However, today belongs to Julien Quentel, the Frenchmen claimed his first ever victory after another hugely impressive performance, and he currently holds second place overall.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet re-adjust to life on board
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day two of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. The last 24 hours has seen the teams beating up wind in the North Atlantic. After two days back at sea, the fleet are getting used to the day-to-day challenges of ocean racing again.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Soto 40 and TP52 classes put to the test
Jill Campbell,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 penultimate day of racing consisted of coastal courses winding through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago combined with patchy breeze to put both the Soto 40 and the TP52 classes to the test today. The provisional overall team classification has Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing and the Soto 40 Iberdrola, retaining their lead... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Azzurra Sailing Team gains due reward
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012, the 52 Super Series' second regatta of the season, high value coastal race got underway Saturday, 16th June. The Audi Azzurra Sailing Team gained their due reward for their fighting spirit and cool heads when they narrowly won today.... [more]
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IRC National Championship - Ballistic conditions on Day 2 + Video
Louay Habib,
RORC IRC National Championship second day got underway in ballistic conditions in the Eastern Solent and provided an extraordinary combat zone. With 25 knots of wind gusting up to a full gale, pulses were racing, the conditions were such that many yachts chose not to hoist spinnakers downwind and storm sails and lifejackets were deployed in the lively conditions.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head to Derry-Londonderry
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet have set sail on the first day of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry after a short stop in Halifax. It was an exciting start to the 2,350-mile Atlantic crossing as the teams yesterday afternoon (GMT) lined up at the inshore start line with only minutes to spare.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper moves back into third overall and sets record
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has taken second in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race after a gritty fight that saw the team battle boat breaking conditions to set a new 24 distance record for this edition of the race, and move back onto the podium with third overall position.... [more]
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Phone call home triggers search for two yachtsmen missing off Tonga
Sail-World and Maritime NZ,
A second full day of searching has failed to find two men missing since their yacht was wrecked off the island of Late, west of the island of Vava'u, Tonga, on Thursday night. RCCNZ is coordinating the search for an Australian and an Englishman (also an Australian citizen), both in their sixties, who reported that they had run aground and their 50ft Bavaria yacht, Navillus, was breaking up.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet head from Canada to Ireland
Isabel Hokken,
In the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, the atmosphere was highly charged as the ten strong fleet of racing yachts started their last ocean crossing. The teams left Nova Scotia, Canada this afternoon (GMT) destined for Derry-Londonderry, where a ten day homecoming festival has been organised to celebrate the fleet's stopover in Northern Ireland.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Team USA takes the lead
Jill Campbell,
In the Sardinia Cup, Team USA, composed of the TP52 Quantum Racing and the Soto 40 Iberdrola, has leapfrogged Italy to head the overall team classification. A superlative performance from Iberdrola which claimed three bullets today, combined with a 3-1-4 scoreline from Quantum was sufficient to extend a nine-point lead over the home team composed of the Azzurra Sailing Team and the Soto 40 Alegre.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Near Miss emerges victorious
The overall winner of the 2012 Giraglia Rolex Cup has now been confirmed as being Franck Noel's TP52 Near Miss (SUI). A big boat race was predicted ahead of the historic 60th edition of the race from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo; and so it proved.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup Day 2 - Azzurra in close contention overall
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012 second day of racing got underway in light seabreeze conditions which allowed 52 Super Series crews to reap the benefits of their learning from the first racing day. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team were team to show marked improvements over the three races contested today, ensuring that the crew which represent the host club, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda scored best today.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 15, 2012 - Up for wrong reasons
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 15, 2012 - US Equity markets rose for all the wrong reasons with continued weak economic data increasing chances of action from the Fed next week. The KIWI held ground trading around 0.7800 and the AUD testing parity. All eyes remain on the Greek elections to decide membership of the single currency and the effect on the other stressed member nations.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - Camper secures second place
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - An elated Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand secured second place on Leg 8, bringing them back into overall contention for a podium place as they move into third place in the race for the trophy. Once again, the Spanish/New Zealand team has won the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge for the leg, posting a 24-hour run of 564 nautical miles on the 14th June... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - GBR's Nick Dempsey prepared + Video
Paul Smith, Sportsbeat,
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will be held on the waters of Weymouth and Portland, UK. Nick Dempsey believes windsurfing gold at the Olympics will be won by one of three men – and he is confident he couldn't be better prepared to come out on top.... [more]
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Classic Yachts: Heritage Park at Vos yard
Alan Sefton,
A new facility, along with the historic Percy Vos boatshed and slipway close by, will operate under a new charitable trust, the name of which is still to be established. The board of that Trust will include John Street, Murray Reade, Peter Walker, Baden Pascoe, John Bukowski, and Sam Stubbs. Initially, six classic yachts will be berthed at the newly acquired marina.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Irish sailors are 'Genuine Prospects'
Irish Sailing Association,
London 2012 Olympics - Irish Olympic sailors were in Dublin on 14 June 2012 in advance of their final training camps. The sailors are currently in a rest period following a very successful ISAF World Cup regatta in Weymouth last week at which Gold and Bronze medals were won.... [more]
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Gillard Government solution to sustainable marine legacy is archaic
Australian Marine Alliance,
The Australian Marine Alliance (AMA) today released a first draft cost benefit analysis of the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process (MBPP) that is destined to arbitrarily close large areas of marine environment with negligible environmental benefit but significant financial and social consequences for coastal communities.... [more]
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Sardinia Cup - Back to back wins for Quantum Racing
Jacaranda Marketing,
Audi Sardinia Cup 2012, the second event of the 52 Super Series circuit, finally got underway on Thursday 14th June. With a pair of victories from the first two races Quantum Racing reprised a measure of their world championship winning performance on the same Costa Smeralda waters where they triumphed late last year.... [more]
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