Sail-World New Zealand: July 4, 2012 - Groupama wins Volvo...Fisher on America's Cup...Two Kiwi crews for Paralympics

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 04 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 4, 2012

Groupama Sailing Team, skipper Franck Cammas from France, celebrates winning the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for July 4, 2012

Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand surprised most of their fans, not so much with the win on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, but on being hoisted into a near unassailable second overall on the overall points.

With just an InPort race remaining in which Camper have to come away with zero points, and for Camper to lose second overall, the current third placed yacht, Puma Ocean Racing, must win that final race. To get the single point, all Camper has to do is start, and not get disqualified. Sounds simple enough, but then this is the Volvo Ocean Race - where nothing can be taken for granted.

The New Zealand sailing fans' psyche is to expect a win from every regatta, and anything less is regarded as failure.

But second in this 2011-12 fleet, is a good effort, and certainly better than most would have hoped for after Leg 7.

A win and a second on the last two ocean legs have made a big difference to Camper's result - assisted by some stumbles at critical times by their opposition.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealandcelebrate winning Leg 9   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

This was the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race ever. None of the pundits would pick a winner before the start of the race. It was hard to bet against any boat. Maybe Sanya was always going to be a long shot, but the other five, were all top shelf. All things considered, this was a good effort from Camper.

In the end the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race came down to the old formula of Potential minus Mistakes equals Performance.

Franck Cammas and his crew were Potentially as good as anyone, in terms of the boat, design and experience. They made the fewest Mistakes, and they came away with the best Performance.

Camper were less strong on Potential, with their boat having a weak performance spot tight reaching, they did make Mistakes at crucial times which cost them points (five minutes of margin across three finishes cost them 15 points). In the last two ocean legs Camper didn't make Mistakes, and that is what pulled their Performance up.

Puma Ocean Racing rounding the Fastnet Rock on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Behind them Puma was always going to struggle to recover from losing their mast on Leg 1, and to their eternal credit Ken Read and his crew made few mistakes after that point, and got right back into the race. But it was always going to be a big ask to expect to beat the other boats scoring points from nine legs, when Puma only scored points on eight.

Telefonica's race effectively ended in two minutes in the final hours of Leg 8 when they broke two rudders.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand arrive to a huge spectator crowd, after winning Leg 9  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

In this edition of's newsletter, we have reports and images from the finish of Leg 9, along with several videos of the finish and final Leg.

As the race finished in the early hours of the morning, local time, we are expecting a lot more material to be posted, both from off the boats and ashore.

Certainly Ireland did the race and competitors proud. The finish in Galway also marked the end of an era for the Volvo Ocean Race. Quite what happens with the next edition remains to be seen - a key will be how many of the existing teams come back again.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand cross the line to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

We will be updating on as more news of the Volvo Ocean Race comes through, so stay tuned.

It would seem that the Asian Sailing Federation has moved at its Extraordinary General Meeting held last Saturday to back the return of Windsurfing to the Sailing Olympics. An extract of the media release apparently reads as follows:

A key agenda item touching on the recent decision by ISAF to drop windsurfing (or boardsailing) from the 2016 Olympic program was discussed with the Asian Member National Authorities (MNAs) united in their stand against the decision.

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Stena Match Cup Sweden Day 2  Rick Tomlinson ©

Hong Kong put forth a strong set of supporting reasons outlining the importance of having windsurfing remain as an Olympic event, which was supported unanimously by all delegates present. Members agreed to set in motion the process to seek the overturning of the decision made at the ISAF mid-year meeting in May 2012.

This strong show of accord by the MNAs present, sends a strong signal that Asia stands united in ensuring that the most popular, accessible and equitable event in the Olympic program remains an Olympic discipline.

Dario one handed back loop - PWA Pozo World Cup 2012  © John Carter / PWA

We hope to have more on this story in the coming days. It certainly puts other countries in an interesting position. Additionally there are a large number of countries which make up the Asian Sailing Federation, including China, Korea and Japan who have both hosted Olympics in 2008 1988, and 1964 respectively.

Camper's Stu Bannatyne on the helm as they pass 2011-12 overall Volvo Ocean race winner, Groupama, on the way to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Gildas Morvan, skipper of Figaro Cercle Vert, after the start of the second stage Solitaire du Figaro  ¬© Alexis Courcoux

Volvo Ocean Race: Camper wins Leg 9, Groupama overall winner
Richard Gladwell,
The Spanish/New Zealand entry in the Volvo Ocean Race has won Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 0100UTC, in Galway, Ireland. Groupama (Franck Cammas) finished second behind Camper, assuring the French team of her overall win in the 39,000nm classic.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Newport - The Master beats the Apprentice
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: The Gods have smiled on the Newport Chamber of Commerce - another hot, sunny day with a slowly building sea breeze - and a capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators at Fort Adams to see not only the final of the match racing and the culminating fleet race of the 2011/2012 season but also the air drop by the Red Bull air force - like gigantic seagulls falling from the sky.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Two NZ crews selected for the Paralympics at Weymouth
Sail-World and Yachting NZ,
With less than two months until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Paralympics New Zealand and Yachting New Zealand have announced the selection of three sailors to the NZ Paralympic Sailing Team. Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel will sail together in the Two Person Keelboat event (SKUD 18) and Paul Francis will sail in the One Person Keelboat event (2.4mR).... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: More Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
More images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
Images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 outright champions
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Franck Cammas and his men are already the outright champions of the eleventh edition of the race: by finishing second in the final leg between Lorient and Galway behind the New Zealanders, Groupama 4 has racked up a sufficient lead to be assured of first place in the overall standing, whatever the result during the last In-Port race on Saturday.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 2, 2012 - Markets surge on EU
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: July 2, 2012 - Markets surged at the close of the week with some positive news from the EU summit. Member nations acted decisively to solve the Banking crises enveloping Spain and other EU Banks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper happy with final leg victory
Lucy Harwood,
Chris Nicholson and his tenstrong crew crossed the finish line in Galway this evening, winning the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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McKenzie wins Wellington Youth Match Racing Regatta on countback
Port Nicholson Yachting Trust,
The RPNYC hosted a Youth Match Racing regatta over the weekend of 30 June – 1 July. The racing went down to the wire! Sam McKenzie with Michael Cook (mainsheet) and Will Eastman (foredeck) as crew claimed the regatta on count back from Tim Coltman with Adam Middleton and James de Lisle crewing.... [more]
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Yacht Racing Unlimited, Platu 25 Peninsula Championship, 2012.
John Weston,
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) Champion of Champions regatta held just a month ago and sailed in the club's International Platu 25 Class keelboats was a great success and attracted crews of quality, all current and ex National Champion sailors. Many of those entrants will soon, again step up for another event in the same boats for more close and exciting racing.... [more]
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2012 470 European Championship day 5 - Hunting the wind + Video
Luissa Smith,
The damp and variable wind conditions that have persisted so far in the 2012 470 European Championship continued for another day. Race day 5 was about hunting out your wind track, in what were some of the most testing conditions so far in the Championship.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro stage 2 - Steering for long hours + Video
La Solitaire du Figaro stage one winner Yann Elies (Groupe Queguiner – Journal des Entreprises) is very much still in the hunt as the front-runner of a large group to the south-east of the leaders. With the leaders around 60 miles from the Raz de Sein they are predicted to arrive at this key section of course around midnight.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Brilliant conditions on day 1
Chris Yates,
Day one of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup saw sailors registering for the week of competition ahead between 10am and 12pm. From the outset, the sailors were greeted with strong winds and waves as brilliant conditions hit the shores of Pozo. By 2:15pm, the men's single elimination was up and running as 12 heats were completed before the end of the day.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day 2 - Camper takes cliffhanger in Galway
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race are running a series of updates on progress on the final 550nm Leg 9 of the race to finish in Galway, Ireland. Camper has won the ninth Leg and her first leg win of the Volvo Ocean Race. Groupama has finished second and confirmed her overall win in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Yanmar Racing leads
In the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup Sweden, several skippers have started strongly with Tour stalwart Peter Gilmour finishing the day as the man to beat on four victories and a loss whilst Australian Keith Swinton also staked an early claim in the race to win in his adopted home country.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth Championships Day 4 - The battles continue,
Sailors from 19 countries are competing in the Laser Radials Youth World Championships 2012 being sailed out of Brisbane's Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Flying start for Yanmar Racing
Mark Chisnell,
In the World Match Racing Tour's Stena Match Cup Sweden, Yanmar Racing sit at the top of the leaderboard after the first qualifying session. It's the first day of the third event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour and Yanmar Racing are seven-time champions on these waters – but they have started as strongly as they could have hoped.... [more]
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RS:X Youth European Championships Day 1
Rory Ramsden,
RS:X Youth European Championships 2012 are being held from 30th June until 7th July in Tallinn, Estonia. Here in the land of the white nights, the day dawns early, really early and it brought with it cloud and rain plus a good breeze. This was most welcome after a registration day of flat calm, blazing sun and no practice race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Day - 1 Fleet on the final stretch to Ireland
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race are running a series of updates on progress on the final 550nm Leg 9 of the race to finish in Galway, Ireland. Wind conditions currently are reported to be 16kts, but are predicted to drop to 9-11kts for the remainder of the leg from Fastnet to Galway. The boats rounded Fastnet Rock at 1030 approx UTC, and the finish is projected for 0300UTC on July 3, 2012... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Newport images by Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series Newport images from Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Kiwimatch Sailing Team - Match Cup Sweden
Kiwimatch Sailing Team Media,
Kiwimatch Sailing Team are ready to kick off phase 2 of the Alpari World Match Racing tour this week with the next two events falling back to back once again. The action kicks off in the Swedish Archipelago of Marstrand from second - 7th July.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth World Championships 2012 – Day 3,
Two races sailed yesterday at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championships, being staged from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Brisbane, Australia.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: InPort Race and Leg 9 Start - Replays
View the InPort Race at Lorient and the start of Leg 9 to the finish in Galway, Ireland. Racing gets underway in the Bretagne In-Port Race (Saturday at 12h45 CEST/10h45 UTC), with the winner taking six vital points. Less than 24 hours day later the final leg of the 39,000nm race, gets underway.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica leads fleet out of Lorient + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefónica were back to their commanding best on Sunday to lead the fleet out of Lorient on the final offshore leg to Galway, Ireland, as Groupama made a patient start to their bid for the top four place that would guarantee overall victory. In a sign of what lies ahead, the fleet raced at speeds upwards of 20 knots around the 6.5 nautical mile inshore course in Port Foll.... [more]
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Oracle Team USA Spithill win the 2011-12 AC World Series Championship
The final day of racing in both the Match Racing and Fleet racing for the America's Cup World Series, was staged today in Newport, RI, USA. The regatta was also the final round in the the 2011-12 America's Cup World Series, sailed in AC45 catamarans. Sailing off Fort Adams, Newport, both races were sailed in front of a large number of spectators, who lined the flat water, largely enclosed cours... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Being a Volvo Ocean Race Virtual Sailor
Lorraine MacIntosh,
We can't all be Franck Cammas or Chris Nicholsons and sail the high seas, but one can be in the race. Over 212,000 registrations for VORG show the appeal of going virtual. But beware; the hazards may not be 40 knot winds or 6 metre waves, but the addictive powers of virtual racing while one tries to live in a normal world.... [more]
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