Peter Montgomery with the winners of the OKI Opti Six Hour Race, Lake Pupuke Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's NZ newsletter for 30 March 2009
We have plenty of news on the national and international sailing scene today. But first up congratulations to Don Mason, winner of the Line 7 sweepstake. Don will be well known to Sail-World readers as the force behind blind sailing in New Zealand. He played a substantial role in the recent IFDS Blind Sailing Worlds in Rotorua, and was recently elected President of Blind Sailing's international body. A very worthy winner. Thanks to the other 1500 plus readers who also entered.
As announced on Friday we have some great news on the contest front, with a new competition toWin a Laser, click on the link, the banner on this newsletter, or see the entry details button on the top right hand corner of the Sail-World website. Also see the feature in this edition for full details.
Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race has concluded. All five entries have finished, we have the detailed reports on each - plus images of course. Don't forget to catch the story from CT-Sailbattens on how their product has been used by all eight entries in the race.
Whitianga Festival of Speed - 4 and 5 April 2009 Whitianga Festival of Speed
Another Sail-World advertiser has a major event on this weekend - the greatest free show in New Zealand, the Whitianga Festival of Speed will be staged close to Hopper Developments' Whitianga Waterways. There is a great program of events, from powerboat and helicopter racing to aerobatic displays - covering two days.
The Congressional Cup has finished for another year in Long Beach, USA. We have reports from Rich Roberts and BlackMatch Racing on the on the regatta.
Blair Tuke (right) and Chris Dawson with Ray Davies (ETNZ) at the prizegiving for the OKI 24 Hour Race, Lake Pupuke Richard Gladwell
On the local scene the OKI 24 Hour Race and a new event the OKI Opti Six Hour Race was sailed in the weekend, on Lake Pupuke. We have images and reports from both events. There wasn't a lot of wind on the Waitemata, however there was just enough on Sunday to get the New Zealand Womens Match Racing Championships to a conclusion - with two New Zealand crews heading off the best of the Australians who finished third.
An Australian crew in Macquarie Innovation has set a new sailing speed record for a sailing boat, as opposed to a a kite or windsurfer. We have a report in this issue, and will have more on this project in the coming weeks.
Matthew Steven takes Wellington Youth Yachting Supreme Award Youth Scheme Media, Mayor Kerry Prendergast announced Mathew Steven as the Supreme Award winner at the Wellington Yachting Talent Development Programme Awards.... [more]
Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495 Sail-World.com, To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. Enter online now to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasia in its Australian factory.... [more]
BlackMatch fall short in California - Congressional Cup, Day 4 BlackMatch Media, BlackMatch Racing report from the Congressional Cup: After winning five straight matches in a phenomenal effort yesterday, we needed only one win today to progress through to the semi finals, meanwhile Johnie Berntsson needed to win all three of his matches to progress and in true Swedish style, Johnie did just that while we suffered three losses and fell short of qualifying..... [more]
New Zealand Team reports on the final day at the ISAF Nations Cup
The New Zealand Team report on the final day at the ISAF Nations Cup: 'We had one race on day four that was the playoff for 7th/8th place. The USA team lost the repechage so we were up against them after the semi finals were completed.'... [more]
Closey and Deverell win OKI Six Hour Optimist Race at Lake Pupuke Christine Meads, Thirteen year old Liam Closey of Murrays Bay in Auckland crossed the finish line today, making him and team mate Nathaniel Deverell overall winners in today's OKI 6 Hour Yacht Race. Second place getters were Nick Egnot-Johnson and James Jennings, while Alex Burrow and Matthew Hughes picked up third place.... [more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 5 finish status and updates as they happen Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, The latest update from the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race is that Telefónica Blue has eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race. The elapsed time for leg five for Telefónica Blue was a daunting 42 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes.... [more]
Tuke and Dawson take top spot in OKI 24 Hour Race Christine Meads, Blair Tuke and Chris Dawson have won the Open Class of the OKI 24 Hour Race. Winners in the Women's Class were Briar Dye-Hutchinson, Jessica Barrell and Erica Dawson. Travis Dow and Spencer Loxton picked up first place in the Youth Class. James Roberts, Alex Munro, Sam Schofield and Hamish Chadderton took the top spot in the Sub Youth Class... [more]
Smythe wins a frustrating NZ Womens Matchracing Championshp Barry Davies, Day 3 of the NZ Womens Matchracing Championships started off much more positively with a forecast of sea breezes developing but yet again, this took longer than expected to arrive. At the start of the day, Jess Smyth and Miranda Powrie (both NZL) and Katie Spithill (AUS) were all unbeaten on 2 wins... [more]
Whitianga Festival of Speed gets underway this Friday Sail-World.com and Whitianga FOS, Destination Mercury Bay in conjunction with Events Whitianga have confirmed dates for a Festival of speed next weekend April 4 & 5 2009. Fast boats, cars, motorcycles and aircraft will all be part of the action. It is hoped to have many of the participants arrive on the evening of Friday April 3. Getting to Whitianga will be part of the fun and many may use the travel aspect of the event... [more]
Young Kiwis take the triple - Japanese National Youth Championship Clifton Webb, The Japanaese National Yoith Championship, finished today in dramatic style on Lake Hamana Shizuoka Prefectural Mtsukabi, with Josh Porebski (NZL) winning on count back over Rachel Basevi with George Lane one point further back. Going into today Rachel and George were tied on 8 points with Josh in 3rd on 11 points. Rachel and George were guilty of locking horns too early and allowing Josh t... [more]
Images from the OKI 24 Hour Race Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.Com, Sail-World was there for the finish of the OKI 24 Hour Race on Sunday. The event was sailed on North Shore's Lake Pupuke and had some of New Zealand's top Youth, Open and Masters sailors competing. The event was joined for the first time by a new event the OKI Opti Six Hour race.... [more]
CT Sailbattens provide reliability during Volvo Ocean Race Lara Cooper, CT Sailbattens are once again proving their strength and success in the extreme conditions provided by every leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. Surviving the toughest racing challenges faced by professional sailors CT Sailbattens are proving extremely reliable as a product and are used on every VOR70 in the 37,000nm race around the world.... [more]
Top Kiwi Sailors take on The Duel JP Tobin, Current NZ RS:X Champion, JP Tobin won the challenge of 'The Duel' a 50km bike race around Mototapu and Rangitoto Islands, along with a number of top New Zealand sailors. Here he describes the unique event: The day started early with a 6 A.M ferry departure from Devonport ferry terminal bound for Home Bay on Motutapu Island (event base) off the ferry piled 600 + MTB riders ready for racing and... [more]
Gary Jobson to be nominated as next US Sailing president Jake Fish, US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport, announced Saturday at US Sailing's Annual Spring Meeting in Denver that the Nominating and Governance Committee intends to nominate Gary Jobson of Annapolis, Md. as the organization's next president.... [more]
Shreeve windsurfs 125 km across Bass Strait for CoastCare campaign Event media, Allison Shreeve has successfully completed windsurfing 125km of the Bass Strait Challenge. In doing so she has exceeded CoastCare's 'Life on the Edge' campaign target for people from all walks of life to travel 100km of Australia's coastline using non-motorised activity.... [more]
Telefónica Blue wraps up Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo media, At 03:55 GMT, in the early hours (00:55 local time) of a rainy Sunday morning, Telefónica Blue eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
BlackMatch go unbeaten on Day 3 of the Congressional Cup BlackMatch Media, BlackMatch Racing report on Day 3 of the Congressional Cup: 'A miraculous come from behind victory in our first race today against Ben Ainslie pretty much set the scene for the rest of the day, as we went on to win 5 straight matches to put us in a strong position for the semi finals. Again the sun was out and racing got away in very light and shifty condition. Today we did a great job using the w... [more]
Berntsson sweeps Bruni, 2-0, for Sweden's first Con Cup Rich Roberts, They hugged and slapped high fives, sprayed champagne all over the boat and smiled like the Northern Lights. Johnie Berntsson and his crew are the first team from Sweden---or all of Scandinavia for that matter---to win the Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup in its 45 years as a traditional match racing classic.... [more]
109.57 knots makes Richard the fastest sailor on earth Claire Bates, Mailonline/Sail-World, While on water Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo have just broken the speed barrier of 50 knots in their sailing boat Macquarie Innovation, a British engineer has become the fastest human on earth powered by the wind alone, in a land sailing boat.... [more]
Green Dragon completes Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race Event media, Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker/GBR led his hungry crew over the finish line outside the Marina da Gloria, in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday afternoon to claim fourth place in Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, crossing the finish line at 18:59 GMT (15:59 local time)... [more]
Images from Day 4 of the Congressional Cup Rich Roberts, Top US sailing journalist and photographer, Rich Roberts presents these images from the fourth day of the Congressional Cup being sailed at Long Beach... [more]
Anna Tunnicliffe: Chasing the Bronze at the Nations Cup Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe reports on the Nations Cup in Porto Alegre, Brazil: At our morning meeting today we were informed that the breeze would be very light for the next two days. Well, racing started on time in a pleasant 8 kts of breeze that quickly built up to the high teens with puffs into the 20's. That said, we got off a lot of great racing today. We completed the semi's ....... [more]
Brazil And Britain take early leads In ISAF Nations Cup Final ISAF Media, Brazil in the open division and Great Britain in the women's both took an early advantage against their French opponents in the final matches to decide the winner of the 2009 ISAF Nations Cup.... [more]
Portimão Global Ocean - Brazilian ETAs stretch into next week Olivier Dewar, As the four boats in the Portimão Global Ocean Race approach the finish line off the Brazilian island of Ilhabela, the forecast is looking increasingly light with projected ETAs stretching further into next week.... [more]
Support offered to VELUX 5 Oceans entries Event media, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman of Clipper Ventures PLC, organisers of the VELUX 5 Oceans, has announced an unprecedented investment in skippers who enter the 2010-11 edition of the classic solo round the world ocean race. The support will be offered as a minimum to the first 12 teams who officially enter the event... [more]
Bad anchoring results in three deaths - Gulf of Mexico. Des Ryan, A 21ft boat carrying four men capsized last month because it was improperly anchored, a Florida agency reported Friday. The four men were on a fishing trip when they went overboard on February 28, only one surviving until rescued. The latest report enumerated a number of errors in the way the boat was handled at anchor that caused the capsize.... [more]
Nations Cup: Layday at Porto Alegro Anna Tunnicliffe, Today was our lay-day of racing. As we advanced to the semi-finals yesterday, the repechage was held today to decide who the fourth person in the semi's would be. After a long postponement for lack of breeze, the fleet finally went out and started racing around 1:30pm. Three flights were sailed... [more]
Another frustrating day in the NZ Womens Match Racing Barry Davies, Racing in the Womens Match Racing Nationals didn't get underway until after 4.00 pm when the Race Committee, after searching several possible venues on the Waitemata Harbour, chose the waters between the Chelsea sugar works and Watchman's Island to the West of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.... [more]
New World Speed Record: Macquarie Innovation breaks 50 - hits 54 knots Sail-World.com, Australian sailors Simon McKeon and Tim Daddo leapt back into the history books Thursday night when Macquarie Innovation powered down the Sandy Point speed course, near Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, at an average speed of 50.43 knots... [more]
Bruni, Berntsson lead multi-national Final Four at Con Cup Day 4 Rich Roberts, Italy's Francesco Bruni figures he has earned some respect, and Sweden's Johnie Berntsson may be about due to win a Crimson Blazer. The racers were finally blessed by a relatively steady 'normal' Long Beach southwest sea breeze topping at 12 knots, which favored the right side of the course through the later races.... [more]
International Rolex Regatta - Tricky time for navigators Event media, The strength of the wind was typical but the direction atypical when it blew 12-18 knots out of the east-northeast on opening day of the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI.... [more]
Dragon A Hit At RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Patrick Gifford, For the first time a Dragon has been shown at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show on 7 and 8 March. People did come, lots of them. There were several different categories. The most encouraging were the sailors from Abersoch who had decided to join their reborn fleet. Everybody commented on the sheer elegance of the boat (and the engineering of the trailer!) and this clearly is a major selling point for us... [more]
Nations Cup: Day Two at Porto Alegre - Light and Fluffy Anna Tunnicliffe, Day two of racing at the 2009 Nations Cup Grand Finals provided very shifty/puffy racing as the race committee wrapped up the first round robin. The wind was off shore again as the women completed their last three flights of racing. We had a great day and won all three of our races to finish the round 7-1 and are in first place overall.... [more]
SLAM Platu 25 Nationals plagued by light winds Hamish Brown, The SLAM Platu 25 Nationals were held from Royal Akarana Yacht Club on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of March. 10 races were scheduled but with light winds over the full weekend this played havoc with the schedule and provided headaches for the race committee and sailors alike!... [more]
Puma finishes leg 5 of Volvo Ocean Race Puma Ocean Racing media, Puma Ocean Racing team crossed the finish line of leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro at 01:47 local/04:27 GMT/23:27 EST. On the dock in Rio Skipper Ken Read (USA) commented: 'I don't think any of us, before we began this leg, knew quite what it would be like. It was not only a boat race but a real adventure.... [more]
Frustrating opener to NZ Womens Match Racing Championships Barry Davies and Sail-World, Frustration was the order of the first day of the 2009 New Zealand Women's Match Racing Championships, sailed on the inner Waitemata Harbour off the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The fleet of 10 teams was towed out into the racing area twice during the day, only to be sent back inshore because what wind there was, just died away.... [more]
Congressional Cup: What a day! Ainslie 0-5, Richard and Minoprio 5-0 Rich Roberts, Rich Roberts reports on Day 3 at the Congressional Cup, Long Beach. A recent series of small earthquakes in the California desert not far away was felt on the water here Thursday. How else to explain the virtual tsunami that swept over the Long Beach Yacht Club's 45th Congressional Cup and turned the battle for the Crimson Blazer upside down?... [more]
Paul Goodison wins first Laser Spring Qualifier James Gray, Olympic Gold medallist, Paul Goodison from Ulley SC won the first Laser Standard World and European Qualifier of the season, held at Stokes Bay SC. Second place went to Mark Powell of Hayling Island SC and third to Irishman, James Espey... [more]
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