Sail-World New Zealand: July 8, 2012 - Kiwis scoop Volvo trophy table...NOWSC on the move...VX One flies DownUnder

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 12 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 8, 2012

A focused Brad Marsh, on the bow of Groupama Sailing Team, in the practice race, in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for July 11, 2012

In this edition of Sail-World we reveal the graphics for the proposed new location of the National Ocean Water Sports Centre, which was originally proposed for a location alongside the Takapuna Boating Club, on Takapuna Beach.

The centre is intended to be a centre of excellence for high performance sailing however after two years of planning and consultation, Auckland Council has decided to move the location away from the Takapuna Boating Club and into the current Camping Ground at the northern end of Takapuna Beach.

Whether the proposal will fly remains to be seen.

Already a Facebook page with over 3,000 followers is fighting for the retention of the Camping Ground - a battle that has been fought and won several times in the past.

Artist's impression of the revamped Takapuna Camping Ground with no motorhomes permitted  Auckland City Council

The NOWSC was announced initially by Prime Minister John Key in 2010, followed by a more detailed presentation by Minister of Recreation and Sport, Murray McCully in June 2010. It was to be one of several major sports facilities, and centres of excellence throughout NZ, including the Millennium Centre and the already established national Rowing Centre at Lake Karapiro.

New Zealanders scooped the major selected awards in the Volvo Ocean Race, final Formal Prizegiving. We have details in this edition of Sail-World along with several videos outlining their involvement, or key points of the race.

Emirates team NZ's Hamish Hooper took the overall Media Crew Member prize. Dave Swete, already a New Zealand Sailor of the Year winner took out the Rookie prize, or Hans Horrevoets Trophy in memory of the Dutch sailor swept off ABN Amro Two. Team Sanya's Shore crew led by Nick Bice won the DHL Shore Crew Award.

David Swete checks for leaking onboard Team Sanya during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.   Andres Soriano/Team Sanya/Volvo Ocean Race

And from Groupama, Nick Marsh won the Seamanship Award, particularly for his trips up the mast of Leg 8 to free the mainsail in atrocious conditions and assure Groupama of the overall race lead and eventual race win.

Sail-World understand that there is considerable interest in the next edition of the race, to be sailed in Volvo 65 one designs, and that organisers are being flexible with some of the conditions announced to ensure that the fleet is maximised for the 2014/15 race.

VX One will be featuring at Hamilton Island Race Week  

We also have an update on the VX One Design, designed by NZer Brian Bennett. The one design sportsboat is already in Australia and will be competing at the 2012 Hamilton Island Regatta.

We feature a report, video and images of early sails for the VX One on Sydney Harbour. Reports are of speeds of 128kts in 18kts of breeze, with the VX One Design being able to be sailed by two or three crew.

Foncia - Krys Ocean Race 2012  © Sea & Co / Team FONCIA

A New Zealand crew has finished 6th in the 29er 2012 Mid-Winter Youth Championships sailed on Waterloo bay, Brisbane.

We have reports and plenty of images in this edition of's newsletter.

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

VX One doing 18 knots in 18 knots of breeze  David Mason
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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VX One heading to Hamilton Island Race Week 2012
VX One Australia,
The VX One is a new concept in one design sailing boat that is being introduced to Australia this season. The idea was to design an affordable sports boat with exceptional performance. At 5.8metres long she packs well in shipping containers so that freight is economical. The low price of the boat and economical shipping will enable international fleets to grow.... [more]
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National Ocean Water Sports Centre moves after two years of planning
Richard Gladwell,,
The National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) which was announced two years ago by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and then North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams, has now been moved to a location in the Takapuna Camping Ground... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet hit by light winds
Isabel Hokken,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet has been hit by light winds, as the ten teams fight for position in the important last 24 hours of racing to the Netherlands. 'Sailing frustration is when you wake up to the sound of flapping sails and the boat is too calm to believe that we are in open seas and miles offshore,' says De Lage Landen skipper.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Strategic options running out
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Leader of the Krys Ocean Race is the MOD70 Spindrift Racing. Skipper Yann Guichard considers the strategic options for their nearest rivals, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Foncia, are running out as the finish line is less than 900 miles away.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 11, 2012 - NZ Home Sales spike
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: July 11, 2012 - The economic slowdown is now impacting the previously sterling corporate earnings. The EUR pushed to new lows at 1.2250. Further risk aversion has put some pressure on the AUD now down to 1.0175 and the KIWI slipping to 0.7925. NZ Home Sales spiked along with House Prices and now stand at pre-GFC levels fueled by low interest rates and lack of supply... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Sailing Team announced
Dana Paxton,
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team is comprised of seven women and nine men. Zach Railey was selected Team Captain by his team mates.... [more]
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Tour de France à la Voile 2012 - Bay racing ahead of offshore leg 3 Sailing,
The third offshore leg of the Tour de France à la Voile 2012 starts tomorrow at 11.00am. \Tthe first technical races started today at 12.30am. After hoisting spinnakers the fleet compressed. Courrier Dunkerque 3 led at the second upwind mark, in front of Nicolas Troussel's men, then Elodie Jane Mettraux and Jérôme Clerc's Swiss team.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Regatta day 2 - Thrills and spills
Fiona Brown,
2012 Panerai British Classic Regatta day 2 brought fast-paced action and more than a few thrills and spills.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Fleet pass Start Point
La Solitaire du Figaro,
La Solitaire du Figaro – Eric Bompard Cachemire fleet are in English waters today. Fabian Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) holds firm in first, while British skipper Sam Goodchild is racing in the top ten.... [more]
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52 Super Series - Royal Cup practice race in Palma
Jacaranda Marketing,
The Royal Cup, being held in Palma, Mallorca at the Real Club Náutico, got underway today with the practice race. Sailing's elite including Olympic medallists, America's Cup winners and world champions are among the crews preparing to compete in the third regatta of the 52 Super Series which starts at 1100 UTC tomorrow, 11th July 2012.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race plunges towards halfway mark
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
The Krys Ocean Race, currently underway, is plunging towards the halfway mark on the headlong sprint from New York to Brest. With the incredible pace scarcely relenting during their third night at sea Yann Guichard and his crew of Spindrift Racing have continued to maintain the small advantage over their nearest rivals.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Perfection never enough for Franck Cammas
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 skipper Franck Cammas, at the age of just 39, is already assured of his place in sailing history thanks to Groupama's debut victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Here we profile the charismatic French sailor for whom perfection is never good enough.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Family tradition continues
Craig Heydon,
At this month's 2012 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Sydney sailor Paul Darmanin will be continuing a family tradition... [more]
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Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week 2012 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week 2012 Race 1 images from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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2012 Australian Schools Teams Racing Championship preview
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 Australian Schools Teams Racing Championship takes place over four days of competition with each team consists of six students sailing two up in Pacer dinghies.... [more]
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46th Annual Governor's Cup Teams announced
Nancy Mellon,
The recently selected Governor's Cup teams have been notified that their applications have been accepted for Balboa Yacht Club's 46th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week - Simply sublime day 2
Deniz Karatepe,
On the second day of the 2012 Panerai British Classic Week, the weather forecasters got it wrong for the Solent again and the anticipated rain held off once more allowing the fleet to enjoy One Sails Race Day in a lovely 14-17 knot breeze from the west-south-west.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Fierce battle for overall supremacy
In the La Solitaire du Figaro, some 24 hours after the start from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie in the final leg, the battle amongst the four contenders for first overall is as fierce as ever. Having taken the lead early this morning, Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) this afternoon showed the way through the Raz de Sein, less than half a mile ahead of Morgan Lagraviere (Vendée).... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race – Fast paced onboard Foncia
Team Foncia,
The Krys Ocean Race is certainly living up to all expectations. The pace is fast on the MOD70 Foncia and her rivals as they traverse the North Atlantic. Propelled by favourable winds both in terms of strength and direction, a phenomenon generated by a cold front, the 30 crew members participating in this first transatlantic sprint are maintaining a crazy pace... [more]
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RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships - Podium glory for GBR
Matt Carter,
RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships 2012 concluded on Saturday 7th July in Tallinn, Estonia. Britain's Youth sailors have claimed further podium glory for Great Britain on the final day taking the RYA Volvo National Youth Squad medal haul to four from three World and European regattas over the past week.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Selected Awards announced at Formal Prizegiving
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The selected award category winners were announced at the final formal Volvo Ocean Race prizegiving in Galway Ireland. We present a gallery of images and video of the category winners and their feats including the Media Crew member Award, the Rookie Award, the Seamanship Award, the Shore Crew Award as well as the Designer Award and Speed Trophy presentation.... [more]
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Panerai British Classic Week - Cherete victorious on day 1
Fiona Brown,
The 2012 edition of the Panerai British Classic Regatta, organised by the British Classic Yacht Club, got underway in outstanding style off Cowes with a massed fleet start for the Around The Isle of Wight Race, which is raced clockwise around the Island, honouring the course used for the original America's Cup in 1851.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - Groupe Edmond de Rothschild takes the lead
Krys Ocean Race,
In the Krys Ocean Race, Seb Josse and the Groupe Edmond de Rothschild team have taken the lead from Musandam-Oman Sail. They lead by six miles, but only 9.4 miles separate the leader from fourth placed Foncia. The crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild said this afternoon: 'A sharp transition for us on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild for the first day...'... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race day 2 - High speed conditions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Krys Ocean Race Day 2 - Finding the level, whether to try and set the pace or simply stay with it; those were just some of the questions which occupied the minds of the five Krys Ocean Race skippers before they left New York, Saturday for the first ever trans-oceanic race for the exciting new one design Multihull class.... [more]
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Krys Ocean Race - MOD70s set record pace
Spindrift Racing,
Krys Ocean Race between New York and Brest in Brittany, France is underway and the five big MOD70 trimarans are setting a record pace on the southern border of a low system coming down from Canada. With over 530 miles covered on the first day, Spindrift racing keeps up with the high speed shown by leader Musandam-Oman sail.... [more]
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