Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 1 November 2008
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean race is expected to finish this evening New Zealand time - when Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) crosses the finish line off Cape Town having smashed the 24 hour record for a monohull along the way.
With five kiwi sailors in her crew, including two watch captains, she enjoys a a 123nm lead over PUMA Racing (USA) with 155nm left to sail.
Currently sitting in third place, Volvo Ocean Race newbies, Green Dragon's Ian Walker and Delta Lloyd's Matt Gregory caught their first glimpses of some southern ocean legends yesterday. Walker reports:
'We have been kept entertained for hours by two majestic albatrosses and their following friends. You could watch their aerial performance for days and never tire of the sight. I now understand why sailors have such a strong affinity for these birds.'
Gregory, released from his post briefly and given the helm, said: 'I pushed the throttle through the floorboards as hard as I could.
'Then, as if I couldn't be having more fun, this morning became legendary as an albatross pulled up along side us. She glided, without a single flap of her wings, only 50 metres away, for 20 minutes. This is the first one I've ever seen. Overwhelmed with excitement, I realised ‘this is just about as good as it gets'.
Although much has changed since the first Whitbread fleet raced 10 editions ago, it seems that little has changed in the Round the World experience.
Rick Deppe/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race.
Navigator Andrew Cape and skipper Ken Read discuss tactics as they head towards Cape Town, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
On the America's Cup front, the propaganda war continues unabated.
Over the weekend several commentators have chosen to wade into Team New Zealand over the withdrawal of legal proceedings a against Ernesto Bertarelli and the Alinghi parties.
Their move was pragmatic. Team New Zealand has always been pragmatic. And like a professional golfer, have always been very aware of having to make the next cut to survive in the tournament or regatta.
The issue that led to their original agreement with Bertarelli was the need to have certainty as to the timing of the 33rd America's Cup - agreed at 2009. The announcement by the Alinghi parties of that date being stretched to 2011 or beyond, was the point Team New Zealand sued. As the move was an initiative from Alinghi, and caused substantial financial difficulty to the NZ professional team - consequently evidenced by the substantial layoffs, work for no pay, and shrinking of the Team New Zealand organisation to just a handful of staff.
The announcement last week, that the Defender would now stage an event in 2010 bought the timing back onto the range acceptable to Team New Zealand. Again pragmatism prevailed when there was just a year of slide on the original dates, and Team New Zealand had the required substantial funding in place to run with a 2010 regatta.
Over the past two days, the Competitors Meeting has taken place in Switzerland, with 12 teams represented. While the numbers look high, several key payers are missing including BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa and Mascalzone Latino. Additionally Victory (Sweden) did not sign the communiqué from the teams calling on BMW Oracle Racing to drop their litigation and rejoin the fold in the way that Team New Zealand has done.
Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing: Freddie Shanks grinding in rough conditions as Green Dragon head towards Cape Town, on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race
In this issue we have featured an interview with Hamish Ross of Team Alinghi, canvassing some of the issues that still, lie upon the table, including those that Team New Zealand may still have with the Arbitration Panel, which could see them penalised in the 33rd America's Cup.
We will be producing a full Volvo Ocean Race newsletter after the conclusion of the first leg to Cape Town.
Team NZ not clear of legal woods on America's Cup Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Emirates Team New Zealand's move back into the accepted Challengers' fold has drawn some interesting reaction and comment over the past few days. One of these was the remark on Radio Sport, by Alinghi skipper, Brad Butterworth, that they (Team New Zealand) 'have their problems with the Arbitration Panel, and still have, when they sued Ernesto and the Yacht Club when they realised the Cup was n... [more]
Kiwi sports press react to America's Cup decision Various correspondents, On the back of the Team New Zealand decision to withdraw their legal action against the Alinghi parties, including Ernesto Bertarelli, several sports writers have offered their views of the move. John Dybvig: 'That's it! Enough is enough! Let me ask you a question: 'Would you support a sport that continually just puts great wads of cash into the pockets of lawyers?'... [more]
Volvo - Ericsson 4 ETA of 08:00 GMT Sunday morning Volvo media, Torben Grael and his crew onboard Ericsson 4 is on the home strait with just 237 nm to go to the finish of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town. Predicted arrival time of just after 08:00 GMT Sunday morning, with second placed PUMA at approximately 16:30 GMT... [more]
Georgia leads fleet across Bass Strait to Stanley Peter Campbell, The powerful Farr 53 Georgia tonight is the leading the fleet of 32 Victorian yachts across Bass Strait in the traditional Melbourne Cup weekend Melbourne to Stanley Race, a Rolex Sydney to Hobart qualifier.... [more]
Hutchinson leads into final day Melges 24 US Nats Melges media, Terry Hutchinson showed his true class on the third day of the 2008 Melges 24 North American Championships in Annapolis. Hutchinson, sailing USA 751 Quantum Racing, put in two impressive performances, a fourth place in race one and a win in race two, now means that he takes a seventeen point margin into the final day... [more]
Sailors Radio web-cast 8:30am - 10:00am Sun. Sail-World, For six years it has been Australia's only national radio sailing show: it's irreverent always and occasionally informative and possibly best of all, just audio. But now things are going from bad to much worse - there will be another video streaming trial of Sailors Radio from the 2RPH Studios in Sydney, this morning.... [more]
Volvo Ten Zulu report - Ericsson4 charges on Mark Chisnell, The stakes are being cut, trenches dug, bayonets sharpened and ammunition stacked as a wall rises around Cape Town. This is not an impregnable wall, not the thousand years of primacy of Constantinople sort of wall, more your thrown together, desperate-last-stand kind of hasty defensive position.... [more]
New RYA multipurpose facility for Portland Sail-World UK, RYA is to build a multi-purpose facility in Portland that will be the hub of UK performance sailing in the lead up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games and an investment in the long-term future of the sport - The venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events is at the nearby Weymouth and Portland Sailing Centre... [more]
Sailing withdrawn from Olympic Youth Festival Phil Jones CERO Yachting Australia, Yachting Australia after discussions with the AOC has agreed that Sailing should be withdrawn from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, scheduled to take place from 14-18 January.... [more]
Joyon stays ahead of record pace media, Francis Joyon on IDEC is 270 miles ahead of the Discovery Route record pace set by Thomas Coville and his 60-foot trimaran Sodebo. The trick is to stay permanently in the most favourable wind strength and direction and to do this it is sometimes necessary to extend the route... [more]
Hugo Boss expected to sail again Saturday oktopodcy, IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss emerged from the boat shed Friday ready to be slipped back into the water of Les Sables d'Olonne's Port Olona early Saturday morning. It is expected that Hugo Boss will make an initial trial sail Saturday with Alex Thomson and his team progressively increasing the loads on the boat... [more]
Puma in StealthPlay mode for Sunday finish Volvo media, As Ericsson 4, racing in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, continued her record-breaking dash towards the finish in Cape Town, - At 01:00 GMT Friday morning, the black cat, PUMA went into StealthPlay, and hid from the rest of the fleet for 12 hours - ETA for Cape Town is now around 09:00 GMT on Sunday... [more]
Two new speed records for l'Hydroptère l'Hydroptère media, Holders of the absolute speed record over one nautical mile and of the 500-meter record in Category D since April 2007, Alain Thébault and his crew have just improved their performances and established two new records/... [more]
Mast climb then repairs for Kleinjans Brian Hancock, Michel Kleinjans, skipper of Roaring Forty. ' This evening just as the sun was setting I was doing some filming and interviewing myself for the camera when I heard a loud bang,' Michel wrote. Earlier in the day a shackle of his mainsheet had snapped so another bang was not welcome news... [more]
Ten days and counting to Vendée Globe start Vendée Globe media, Only ten days left before the start of the Vendée Globe. The skippers are turning up one by one in the harbour in Vendée, while the shore teams are busy from first light, before the crowds, who certainly do not seem to have been put off by the rain, invade the pontoons.... [more]
A wounded fleet and Day 20 Boat Blogs Lucy Harwood and various VOR competitors, The Volvo Ocean Race last night saw the fleet battle squalls, a volatile sea and all of this, whilst trying to keep the boat en route for Cape Town at the fastest speed possible in the pitch black. It was an eventful evening as the storm took its toll and the war of attrition began.... [more]
Eleven challengers and Alinghi attend meeting Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Eleven challengers entered in the 33rd America's Cup and the Defender, Alinghi, met today at the Société Nautique de Genève. The meeting was called for by the Defender's event organising entity AC Management and chaired by Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth.... [more]
Richard tops ISAF World Match Race Rankings ISAF, France's Mathieu Richard gets a timely boost ahead of the battle for the 2008 ISAF Match Racing World Championship title as he holds on to the top spot in the latest release of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings on 29 October, whilst his compatriot Claire Leroy remaining untouchable in the Women's Rankings... [more]
PredictWind - high resolution weather modelling MaxComm Communication, Four months after its launch, the weather forecast system PredictWind has been widely accepted and used by the international sailing community. PredictWind is now widely used by amateur and professional sailors all over the world.... [more]
Aussie Olympic Sailors share their knowledge Yachting NSW, Olympic Sailors Share their Knowledge to get you to the Front of the Fleet at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Michael Blackburn and Malcolm Page are presenting two outstanding seminars.... [more]
Tunnicliffe heading to Sail Melbourne Jodi Kelly, Reigning Laser Radial Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe of the USA will make Sail Melbourne, round one of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, her first competition since Beijing.... [more]
Vale Mike Campbell '07 Cabo race winner Rick Roberts, Mike Campbell, winner on overall corrected handicap time of the 2007 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race, passed away Friday, Oct. 17 from Carcinoid Syndrome, a rare form of cance... [more]
2008 Monsoon Cup 03/12/08 The Monsoon Cup is Stage 9 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. This fourth annual event will be sailed on Pulau Duyong, in the eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1119
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 10/11/08 Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover.... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=1117
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