Less than six months to the start of Sail Noumea 2012

Mike Wilson (NZ) and Suellen Hurling (AUS) - Sail Noumea
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Counting Down

• Less than 6 months to the start of Sail Noumea 2012
• Sail Noumea Seminar Series - February 23rd Search and Rescue


With just over 100 days until the Auckland start of Sail Noumea the countdown has well and truly begun and now is the time for crews intending to race to ramp up preparations.

There are over 60 New Zealand registrations of interest ranging from premier offshore race boats to cruising crews planning their South Pacific Adventure. With preparations to accommodate yachts in the marina underway now is the time to submit official entries. Entry documents and race information can be found online at the official website or by e-mailing suellen@rayc.org.nz. Make sure your entry is in early to secure your Noumea marina berth.

Sail Noumea is a family friendly regatta. RAYC has negotiated excellent hotel and travel packages. Make sure your family and friends are at the finish to welcome you into port by booking now. Details of accommodation and travel packages can be found at the official website

On Thursday the 23rd of February Royal Akarana Yacht Club in conjunction with the Short Handed Sailing Association is hosting the first Sail Noumea 2012 seminar. Entrants in the SSANZ Round New Zealand race will join Sail Noumea crews for the second RFD safety seminar. This seminar will cover flare and life raft demonstrations as well as preparations for search and rescue including helicopter rescue. The bar will be open and a selection of finger food will be served. This seminar which builds on the 2011 RFD Safety Seminar is a great chance to learn what to do when things go wrong and mingle with the crews about to tackle the Round New Zealand race.

Mark these upcoming Sail Noumea Seminar topics and dates in your diary:

• 23rd February - SAR with SSANZ and RFD
• 8th March - Customs and Immigration with Selwyn Edgerly
• 29th March - The Cat 1 Inspection with Angus Willison (Inspector) and Simon Morley (Lloyd Stevenson Boat Builder)

If you are thinking about competing in Sail Noumea 2012. Have an interest in offshore sailing. If you want to learn more about search and rescue at sea you are welcome at Royal Akarana Yacht Club on the 23rd of February for the RFD Safety Seminar. The bar will be open. A selection of light food will be served. Presentations will begin at 1830hrs.

More information about this Seminar and Sail Noumea 2012 can be found at www.sailnoumea.com. The website is the source of all the latest information and news about the race and includes: A timer counting down the time to the start of the race, boat and crew profiles of current entries, live race tracking when the race is underway, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, an online entry form, and all the forms required for a paper entry.

The Sail Noumea Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sailnoumea will continue to be updated with useful information. It’s a great way for sailors intending to join Sail Noumea to stay in touch.

Anyone who wishes to attend the seminar or to entry the race can do so by e-mailing suellen@rayc.org.nz with boat name, e-mail, and phone contact details.