Sail-World New Zealand: November 1, 2013 - The Week that Was

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 01 Nov 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: November 1, 2013 - The Week that Was

Due to a combination of technical upgrades, and spending the long weekend and early part of the week in an internet free area we missed producing our regular newsletter for earlier this week.

The PIC Coastal Classic last Friday, was much as forecast by Predictwind – headwinds for much of the race, and the course routing function of Predictwind was accurate for the three finishing times of the ORMA60. Volvo 70 and TP52.

That's an indication of a few things. First Predictwind got its forecast right a couple of days before the race. Second the standard polars used by Predictwind to predict performance are pretty accurate. Third the Routing function is accurate. And fourth, the lead boats sailed a very accurate and fast course in the conditions.

Team Australia (Sean Langman) - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

As an aside, after the Day 10 of the America's Cup, when the race overran the 40 minute time-limit, it took us less than five minutes to use the Predictwind routing function, with the standard AC72 polar to work out that a wind strength of at least 9kts was required to complete the course within the time limit. Pity that didn't happen earlier, but we digress.

All told the Coastal Classic was an excellent race with a real quality field. No records were broken – but that should not detract from the interest and intensity of the race.

In this edition of's newsletter we carry some stories from the race. The rest are available on the website.

Omega 8 - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Don't miss the compilation of reports from boats using Doyle Sails – particularly from Volvo Ocean Race winner, Mike Sanderson, who was aboard the first boat to finish – Sean Langman's Team Australia.

And staying with the sailmakers, don't miss two parts of the three series by Sail-World's US Editor, David Schmidt on new North Sails' President, Kenny Read. These are great read both from being able to talk to one of the nicest guys on the planet, who always has a great angle on sailing issues. Read also looks at what is ahead for Norths as the long standing sailmaker transitions in an era of very fast moving and developing technology.

Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, skipper Ken Read from the USA, t  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

Read is more recently known as the skipper of Puma from the last Volvo Ocean Race. The current edition, due to start in October 2014, announced its third entry yesterday, joining Team SCA, and Abu Dhabi. The latest entry is from China, but perhaps more significant is its backing for the ground-breaking British based sports company OC Sports – which now has a portfolio of several very significant events including the Extreme Sailing Series. You can find out more at Not clear is how many Chinese nationals will be aboard or involved in the campaign which is backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles. OC Sport will be seeing other sponsors to share the exposure.

SCA's first seven sailors: meet the team.  Rick Tomlinson / Team SCA

Staying with the Volvo Ocean Race, we have another video interview story from the all women's team, Team SCA, answering the question of whether the women can compete with the men in the 39,000nm round the world race.

When opening stories on the website, you will see a new feature – if you look to the bottom of the story, the stack of news stories will be there for you – so that there is no need to flick back to the homepage and work your way down – the latest stories are there, waiting for you.

Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals fleet in action.  RHKYC/Lindsay Lyons

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Stealth Mission dismasted - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell
Stay tuned to website for all the latest news.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Crusader (Elliott 35) - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Giacomo (Volvo 70) (Jim Delegat) - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Go - Start of Coastal Classic 2013, Waitemata Harbour, October 25, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

The Professional - Part 2 of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Dennis Conner shoulder tapped Read to serve as his helmsman during the 2000 and 2003 'Stars & Stripes' campaigns, and Read has also served on the afterguard of plenty of high-profile big-boat campaigns, including George David's all-conquering 'Rambler'. More recently, Read served as the skipper of Puma Ocean Racing's entries in the 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).... [more]
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America's Cup: Martin Tasker shaves it off for Movember
One of the icon's of TV sailing and sports news, Martin Tasker, is doing his bit for Movember. That's when all sorts of normal males take leave of their senses and sprout facial hair for charity. Martin's making a clean start after the 34th's America's Cup and is shaving off his 'moustache' for a good cause. Or, should he not grow it back?... [more]
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JP Aloha Classic PWA World Cup - Exciting sailing on day 8
Vivienne Masters,
A slower than expected start at Ho'okipa Beach Park on day eight of the JP Aloha Classic - presented by Nalu Kai - soon turned into a pulsating and extremely exciting day of sailing as the title race headed towards its climax.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Leg 1 cancelled, Bay of Biscay wins
Solene Rennuit,
Without doubt, the Bay of Biscay wins this year. Although the Mini Transat fleet had eaten up nearly two-thirds of the Bay of Biscay, the grib files are showing a further deterioration in conditions compared to those expected at the time of the start. At 19.00 tonight the Race Director took the decision to cancel the first leg to allow competitors to reach port safely.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 31, 2013 - Stimulus stays
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: October 31, 2013 - Commodities remain steady but the associated currencies continue to decline, with the AUD dropping to 0.9470 and the KIWI 0.8230 ahead of RBNZ statement at 9.00 am NZT this morning. Risk is the issue, with these currencies and appetite on the wane.... [more]
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Doyle-powered yachts dominate at the Coastal Classic 2013
Elle Brade,
The 2013 edition of the Coastal Classic saw more than 160 yachts of all shapes and sizes line up for the 119nm race from Auckland to Russell. The race was hotly contested, particularly in Division 6 where visitors Team Australia were aiming to claim victory over title-holders Team Vodafone, who had taken line honours for three years previously. With the pair considered to be the fastest yachts in... [more]
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Spindrift 2 on the Discovery Route
Virginie Bouchet,
Spindrift 2 – the world's largest racing trimaran - crossed the start line on the Discovery Route on Wednesday October 30th at 15hrs, 19 ms, 34 seconds GMT this afternoon ( 16hrs, 19ms, 34 seconds Paris time) on a bid to smash the record between Cadiz - San Salvador in the Bahamas, via the Canaries, set in 2007 by Franck Cammas and the maxi trimaran Groupama 3.... [more]
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VX One Australian National Championships
Andrew York,
The VX One is an exciting modern one design keelboat with the looks and performance of a dinghy. With speeds in excess of 20 knots attained when the breeze is up and a clean and simple layout the VX Ones are so much fun to sail and are turning heads every time they take to the water.... [more]
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Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals - Light winds on Day 2
Lindsay Lyons,
For Day 2 of the Flying Fifteen Hong Kong Nationals, a slightly lighter day on the water today, with around 10 to 14kts of breeze from 075°, and Race Officer Jerry Rollin chose the same area of the Lamma patch as Tuesday to set up the committee boat.... [more]
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Yachting Australia AGM - New President, New Directors
Phil Jones,
Well known offshore racer and owner of Ichiban, Matt Allen, was elected as President of Yachting Australia at the AGM in Sydney on Saturday 19 October.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Third entry confirmed for 2014/15 Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
A team from China backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing experts OC Sport will race in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15. Team Dongfeng will have the interests of Chinese sailing at its core with a significant number of Chinese in the final race crew as well as its support team.... [more]
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Elliott E5.9 Traveler Series Regatta - Retro claims first victory
NZ Elliott 5.9 Class Association,
The latest round of the 2013 Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series was sailed at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club over the weekend of 20-21 October 2013. Despite a few boats being forced to miss the event, a fleet of 10 boats raced in shifty but beautiful moderate conditions.The newest boat in the fleet, Retro, fresh from being exhibited at the Auckland Boat Show won overall in what was her second event.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Can women compete with men?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Can women compete with men? That's a question the Team SCA girls hear a lot and they are not afraid to give a straight answer. Watch the video to see how the all-female team view the competition with their male counterparts and how they train hard to rise to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 challenge.... [more]
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William Shapland wins the 2013 New Caledonian Optimist Nationals.
Angus Haslett,
Ten New Zealand Optimist sailors as part of the 2013 New Zealand International Optimist Association Development Team, aged between 10 and 12 years old from throughout the country, spent ten days in Noumea training then competing in the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals - a four day regatta - held in Noumea.... [more]
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Elliott yachts perform well in Coastal Classic

The Coastal Classic always attracts a number of Elliott yachts and this year was no exception. First Elliott to finish was Crusader, Anthony Leigh's E35SuperSport, launched 12 months ago. In Div 1 Crusader was ninth on line, after 14 hours 37min 54 secs. A remarkable result for a 35 footer.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 3
Frank Quealey,
Today, Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack and Aron Everett made it two-in-a-row victories when they steered their Panasonic-sponsored Lumix 18ft Skiff home an easy winner of Race three of the 3-Buoys Challenge series on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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The Professional-part one of a conversation with Ken Read
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Ken Read (52) has been commanding sailing headlines for the past thirty-plus years, starting with his collegiate days at Boston University where he was a three-time Collegiate All American and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's College Sailor of the Year (1982), through his time as a J/24 and Etchells champion and a respected sailmaker in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Team Australia wins - Langman interviewed - Video
ARG Marine Media,
Tommo from ARG Marine Media was on the water to catch the winning finish of Team Australia in the 2013 Coastal Classic, and talked with skipper Sean Langman and Volvo Ocean race winner, Mike Sanderson, who was recruited for the race.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Volvo 70 and the Fifties arrive in Russell - Video
ARG Marine Media,
Video from ARG Marine Media of the finish of the fifty footers - Georgia, V5, Wired and Kia Kaha arriving in Russell within a few minutes between each other after the 119nm Coastal Classic... [more]
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America's Cup: Dutch take no further action against de Ridder
Richard Gladwell,
No further action will be taken against Dirk de Ridder (NED) after his suspension from the 34th America's Cup) following an adverse report by the International Jury during the 34th America's Cup. Dirk de Ridder (wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA) was excluded from the Americas's Cup Regatta. A shore crew member was also suspended fro the whole regatta, and another sailing crew member was suspended... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the start of the 2013 Coastal Classic and filed these images - third of three galleries. The multihull Stealth Mission was dismasted just short of Rangitoto Light - no-one was injured and she returned to Auckland under her own power.... [more]
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Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water for the start of the 2013 Coastal Classic and filed these images - second of three galleries. A feature of the race was the debut of Giacomo, the former Groupama 3, winner of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, and now owned by Jim Delegat, a leading winemaker. She soon steeped out on the monohulls, with the 50fter fleet enjoying their usual close racing.... [more]
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Safe Anchoring with Easy Installation with New AA570 Wireless Counter
Tristan Campbell,
The latest Auto Anchor rope and chain counter, the AA570, integrates functionality, with the installation advantages of wireless technology.... [more]
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