Sail-World New Zealand: March 15, 2014 - Riding the Storm

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 15 Mar 2014

Sail-World New Zealand: March 15, 2014 - Riding the Storm

The Signal Station on Mt Victoria, Devonport looks out into the murk of Cyclone Lusi, Auckland, March 15, 2014  © Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for March 15, 2014

This newsletter marks the end of an era for Sail-World New Zealand, as we switch to a new site and newsletter format in the next couple of days, God and Geeks willing.

The change is just the front end of a series of changes and expansions that have been underway since early 2013.

That process is still ongoing - but without the technical disruptions that we faced in the early days.

The reasons for the changes are essentially to allow Sail-World to cope with the expansion of the site. When I started in 2005, Sail-World was just five sites – Cruising, Australia, Asia, UK and NZ. With the next flight of sites to be launched in Europe, we will be up to 25 sites in total world-wide.

Four of the five editors who were with us in 2005 are still onboard.

Still a favorite shot - ABN Amro One skippered by Mike Sanderson flies past the Lizard, winning six of the nine trans-oceanic legs in the 2005/06 Volvo Ovean race  Volvo Ocean Race/Oskar Kihlborg

Each of those sites is unique, meaning that effecting a global change is not easy, and with the shift to the new format and other changes that have been made and are planned we are looking to make changes more easily, improve speed, and enhance stability.

We do expect to have transition issues, as nothing is ever quite as simple as it should be. And it is a rare day in IT when everything goes as planned, and all issues are foreseen - and dealt with ahead of time.

Please bear with us.

PredictWind March 1000hrs, 15, 2014 - Cyclone Lusi,   PredictWind

Right now Auckland is being battered by the tail of Cyclone Lusi, which hit the Northland Coast late Friday and hit Auckland earlier this morning.

Fortunately Auckland seems to have been spared the worst of the wind and rain, however a few miles away winds have been gusting to 60kts and that is fairly typical for any area exposed to the full force of the easterly. In the old money that is Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale – and to put that is perspective is well under what has been experienced around Great Britain recently, where winds of Force 11, have been almost commonplace at sea.

We have been covering the forecast and progress of the cyclone using the functions of!PredictWind!new, and have run three stories over the past 48 hours or so.

Rain map - Sunday March 16, 1000hrs - Christchurch - PredictWind Cyclone Lusi

As with any weather forecasting system, reality is sometimes different from the forecast – particularly when there is an official tendency to overstate the danger – and then scale that back at a later time.

With PredictWind it is easy to check the accuracy of the forecasts, by checking out the actual latest observations from MetService's recorders around New Zealand. In fact you can do this within PredictWind itself.

PredictWind did get the landing time of the cyclone time correct, and the wind strengths have been very close to forecast.

The luxury yacht A, rides out Cyclone Lusi - Auckland, March 15, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Probably the most disturbing aspect is that the latest models now show Christchurch and its catchment area on the surrounding Canterbury Plains receiving a lot more rain than was previously expected.

We will monitor the path of the storm, and continue to provide updates throughout the weekend.

The remains of Cyclone Lusi are expected to have spun off into the Southern Ocean by Monday morning.

Alex Thomson the skipper of the Hugo Boss IMOCA Open 60 race yacht jumps after walking up the mast of his yacht whilst sailing.   Lloyd Images/Alex Thomson Racing

In other stories in this newsletter, we update on solo sailor Alex Thomson's mast walk on the 60fter Hugo Boss, with the republication and link to a story by Kate Laven, yachting correspondent for the Daily Telegraph (UK). All was not quite what it seemed with the stunt – spectacular as it was.

As the America's Cup bubbles away, waiting for the announcement of the Protocol for the 35th Match, we carry a story of the signing of past New Zealand Sailor of the Year, and 2010 World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio, by Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) Team Alpari FX, at the Argo Group Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.   © OnEdition / WMRT

Nothing has been said officially and we speculate as to his role in the Luna Rossa team – both on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, and beyond.

Another signing, or re-signing, is the announcement that top multihull sailor Loick Peyron (FRA) will join Artemis Racing Team, and will sail for Sweden. We carry a report and video in this issue of's newsletter.

Loick Peyron debriefs- Artemis Racing - Blue Boat - First Sail, July 24, 2013  John Navas ©

Rome Kirby, the sole US sailor aboard America's Cup winner Oracle Team USA, tells how it felt to be able to successfully Defend the America's Cup – which came on the back of a third place in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. From Sydney where he is sailing the team's AC45 against Team Australia, he reflects on both experiences.

A first photo on - 2005 at Murrays Bay SC   © Richard Gladwell
Providing all goes well on the technical front, we will have our next newsletter out early in the new week.

Stay tuned.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Oracle Team USA - training with Team Australia, Friday March 14, 2014  Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA - training with Team Australia, Friday March 14, 2014  Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA - training with Team Australia, Friday March 14, 2014  Beau Outteridge/Oracle Team USA

Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi Update 3: 60kts in Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,,
Tropical Cyclone Lusi hit New Zealand, on late Friday night bringing strong winds and rain to the top half of the North Island. Winds gusting to 60kts have been recorded at several points on the east coast including Cape Reinga, Channel Island and Tiritiri Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Auckland appears to have been spared the worst of the onslaught, with Rangitoto Island providing some protection.... [more]
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America's Cup: Kiwi World Champion signs with Italians
Richard Gladwell,,
New Zealand's Adam Minoprio, the 2010 World Match Racing Champion, has signed with the Italian Luna Rossa team for the 2017 America's Cup. The former New Zealand Sailor of the Year, competed in the 2010/11 Volvo Ocean Race, as part of the crew of Camper, managed by Emirates Team New Zealand, but did not transfer over to the team's America's Cup program after the conclusion of that race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from Oracle Team USA training on Sydney Harbour
Richard Gladwell,
Beau Outteridge provided these images from on and off board Oracle Team USA's AC45 as they train with the Challenger of Record, Team Australia on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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US Sailing names 12 to 2014 ISAF Youth World Championship Team
Will Ricketson,
US Sailing has revealed the names of twelve athletes that have made in onto its 2014 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth World Championships Team. The premier youth event in international sailing, ISAF Youth Worlds represents the ultimate stage for America's best young talent. The 2014 edition will take place from July 12-19 in Tavira, Portugal.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – Another win confirmed for Great Britain
Julia Wall-Clarke,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Great Britain has been confirmed in first place of Race 9.1 to China's ‘Sailing City' of Qingdao, its third win in the 2013-14 edition.... [more]
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ISAF Personal Safety Course Providers train in Great Britain
Daniel Smith,
Back in 2003, the International Sailing Federation introduced a standard basic syllabus for the training of safety courses in order to establish an internationally recognized qualification. The training requirements form part of the ISAF Offshore Special regulations and courses have been established and run, conforming to ISAF standards, within 20 Member National Authorities.... [more]
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Busan confirmed as bidder for 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships,
Inside the Games reports that the South Korean city of Busan has made a late entry into the race to host the 2018 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - Details on the upcoming action
Delta Lloyd Regatta,
There are just ten weeks left until the 30th Delta Lloyd Regatta (May 20-24). We want to inform you about the format being sailed, the committees responsible for race management, the internationally formed jury, our PRO and the 2014 facilities you may expect.... [more]
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Melges 32 Australian Championships - Spectacular action on the harbour
Heath Walters,
he Melges 32 fleet started their 2014 Australian Championships today on Spectacular Sydney Harbour. The fleet were fired up for some tough close racing, ready to settle a few scores off the back of last weekend's Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]
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Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi Update 2: Storm due late Friday
Richard Gladwell,,
Tropical Cyclone Lusi is predicted to hit New Zealand, on Friday and is expected to bring strong winds and much needed rain to the top of the North Island. In these four sets of images we show the path of the storm and how you can check its progress and strength using Predictwind's functions on your mobile or laptop... [more]
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America's Cup: Rome Kirby: 'What we did was pretty cool'
America's Cup Media,
It took about three months. That's how long Rome Kirby, a trimmer with Oracle Team USA, says it took him to realize what his team had achieved with its comeback win over Emirates Team New Zealand in September.... [more]
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RS Feva – A number of events on the horizon
Golly Tucker,
The RS Feva European Championships are set to take place 29th - 31st May. Entries for this three day event are now open. Bruinisse, Netherlands, the terrific venue of the 2011 World Championships is where we are headed to for this great event.... [more]
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Alex Thomson reflects on the Hugo Boss mast walk - Never Again!
Kate Laven, The Daily Telegraph (UK),
The Daily Telegraph's yachting correspondent, Kate Laven, talks with Alex Thomson after his his mast-walking exploit and video, which is getting close to the million views mark.Despite having a fear of heights, he walked the length of his 100 foot mast as his boat Hugo Boss was heeled at a 45 degree angle somewhere off the coast of Cadiz in Spain and dived fully suited, into the water.... [more]
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25th Airlie Beach Race Week 2014 - Entries are now open
Heidi Walton,
2014 Airlie Beach Race Week - Entries are now open for the 25th anniversary of Airlie Beach Race Week with many competitors eager to register in this year's celebratory event.... [more]
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Yamaha's latest 4-strokes announced and available
Mike Rose,
Yamaha, New Zealand's most popular outboard brand, has added a new F175A and a new F115B to their award-winning range of 4-stroke outboards. An important addition to the company's market-leading range, the new F175 fills the gap between two of Yamaha's most popular 4-stroke outboards: the powerful F150 and the award-winning F200. Orders are now being taken for the new F175A and F115B outboards.... [more]
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Arenal Training Camps Trophy - All set in Palma de Mallorca
Neus Jordi,
Nearly 450 sailors participate from tomorrow morning until Sunday at the Arenal Training Camps Trophy, an Olympic classes regatta which is a training for the Trofeo Princesa Sofía, the next to last stage of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Predictwind: Tracking Cyclone Lusi as she hits New Zealand
Richard Gladwell,,
Tropical Cyclone Lusi is predicted to hit New Zealand, on Friday and is expected to bring strong winds and much needed rain to the top of the North Island. In these four sets of images we show the path of the storm and how you can check its progress and strength... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 action on the horizon + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
With only one week to go on the EDOX countdown clock before the Extreme Sailing Series action continues on the Extreme 40 stadium racecourse, the 11 international teams and their crews of elite level sailors, are preparing to return to the Sultanate of Oman for a fourth consecutive year.... [more]
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Head West for hot Etchells.
John Curnow,
23 Crews are in Western Australia ready for that State's 2014 Championship. To be sailed on the picturesque Swan River over March 15 and 16, the best news is that once more, competition will be feature. Like all Etchells regattas, that will be evident no matter whether your fighting for first spot or aiming to ensure someone else is going to be in 13th place, meaning you finish in the top half.... [more]
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America's Cup: Loick Peyron re-signs with Sweden's Artemis Racing
Irene Corosu,
Artemis Racing announced today that French sailing legend Loïck Peyron has committed his future to the Swedish team as a member of the design group and helmsman. Following his role as technical coach and helmsman during the 34th America's Cup, Loïck brings his renowned versatility and unparalleled experience to Artemis Racing. Includes video... [more]
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Sail the Gulf Regatta a great success + Video
Icarus Sailing Media,
The 22nd edition of Sail the Gulf Regatta hosted in the beautiful city of Doha, Qatar from 18th till 22nd of February was a great success having attracted sailors from around the world. Perfect racing conditions combined with the outstanding organization and hospitality of the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation, made this an event not to miss.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Durban resident prepares for ocean crossing
Amy Martindale,
For the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, a young Durban resident is preparing to take part in what is dubbed as the most challenging ocean crossing of the 40,000 mile long race.... [more]
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