Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo crosses the finish line at Russell to take line honours and the race record for the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic CoastalClassic
Welcome Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 24 October 2009
The HSBC Coastal Classic dominates this edition of Sail-World.
In near perfect record conditions, well not quite, Neville Crichton's supermaxi Alfa Romeo, stormed up the Northland coast at speeds well above 20kts to take the record for the 119nm race. Alfa Romeo took 37minutes off the record, and over an hour off the monohull record. The first multihull Taeping, finished just seven minutes outsde the race record, set by Split Enz 13 years ago, in the perfect conditions of a fresh SE breeze.
Crewed by some of New Zealand's top professional sailors, the supermaxi only needed a sniff of a good breeze from the right angle to take the record. In this edition we feature the on board reports from TVNZ's Martin Tasker (and will be adding video if we can get it).
Alfa Romeo with Neville Crichton and his "boys" at the helm during the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic Richard Gladwell
While Neville always likes to have the top professionals aboard, don't forget that many started out their sailing careers with Crichton aboard his succession of Shockwaves, going back into the Admirals Cup in 1983 and the Clipper Cup before that.
The Bakewell-White 52 Wired's foredeck crew set up office Richard Gladwell
So he is quite entitled to call them 'the boys', and still does. While all would have gone onto compete in much bigger events than the Coastal Classic. For them the trip north would have been a great chance to all sail together again. There's always a great atmosphere aboard Neville's yachts, and from Martin Tasker's comments, this race was no different.
We also feature the story of the 49er crew who amazingly were able to complete the course, despite two pitchpolings, and four capsizes. sailing for over nine hours on the trapeze is quite a feat, let alone finishing amongst a group of the top 50fters.
The 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke at the start of the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic start Richard Gladwell
From the start of the classic we have plenty of image galleries, including one sequence from photographer Paul Gilbert showing the complete dismasting of Frenzy at North head. If you have some time over the weekend, check out Paul's gallery at www.aquapx.com it really is something else, and the quality of the photography is just out of this world.
As we go to air, the bulk of the fleet has finished, there are still yachts to round Cape Brett and they face a long slow one today. We will keep updating the website www.sail-world.com with reports and images, as they come to hand.
Frenzy 2 loses her mast - HSBC Coastal Classic Paul Gilbert
Away from the Coastal Classic, congratulations to Terry Kohler for the awarding by US SAILING, of its prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the U.S. over many years. Kohler is President and CEO of the Windway Capital Corporation, a holding company for subsidiaries including North Sails Group. Under Kohler's leadership, North Sails has become a world leader in sailmaking through an ongoing commitment to designing and producing faster, lighter, and stronger sails. We have the full story and details of Kohler's many contributions to US and world sailing in this editon.
Waka at the start of the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic, sadly she had to retire at Kawau Richard Gladwell
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Montgomery talks to the Coastal Classic winners Sail-World and Peter Montgomery, Top New Zealand and international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery caught up with the Coastal Classic winners on his Saturday morning radio show on Newstalk ZB. Alfa Romeo skippered by Neville Crichton averaged 17.9 kts for the 119nm race, and broke the seven hour mark for the first time, completing the course in six hours 43 minutes. Taeping owned and skippered by Dave Andrews just missed t... [more] Onsend this story
Coastal Classic: Olympic 49er completes 120nm Canonball Run Richard Gladwell, Sail-World spoke to the Olympic 49er crew, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who paralleled the HSBC Coastal Classic fleet, in the 119nm dash to the Bay of Islands. After taking 9.5 hours for the trip, the pair were a little sore, their legs ached, and they were strugging to be able to walk, but were otherwise fine.... [more] Onsend this story
Frenzy blows mast - full sequence of images Paul Gilbert, A good start in HBCS Coastal Classic for`Frenzy' ended prematurely, at the first corner when she lost her mast. Paul Gilbert / www.aquapx.com caught the action... [more] Onsend this story
Historic Auckland to Russell sailing record tumbles Zoe Hawkins, At 4.43pm today, Friday 23 October, the supermaxi Alfa Romeo set HSBC Premier Coastal Classic history when she crossed the finish line to set a new race record of 6 hours, 43 minutes and 32 seconds. Starting at Devonport Wharf in Auckland, and finishing at Russell Wharf in the romantic Bay of Island township, the boat wiped more than 36 minutes off the 13-year old record held by the pink multihull... [more] Onsend this story
Coastal Classic: Images from the Start - 2 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World presents another image gallery from the start of the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic... [more] Onsend this story
Coastal Classic: Images from the Start - 1 Richard Gladwell, Sail-World presents another image gallery from the start of the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic... [more] Onsend this story
Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 50fters Richard Gladwell, Interest is high in the performance of the 50fter fleet in the 2009 Coastal Classic. Soon after the start, the Bakewell-White design Wired looked to have the measure of the fleet, however there was a long way left to sail. Georgia Racing, with a smaller spinnaker was also well placed.... [more] Onsend this story
Coastal Classic: Alfa Romeo smashes the Race Record Richard Gladwell, The 100ft Reichel-Pugh design owned by New Zealander, Neville Crichton, has set a new race mark of around 6hrs 45 minutes - a time to be confirmed by race officials. ONE Sport's Martin Tasker was aboard for the ride north and told Sail-World that she had stayed above 20kts all the way up the Northland coast before dropping back to 12 kts for the final stage, on the wind from Cape Brett.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 HSBC Coastal Classic gets underway in record setting conditions Richard Gladwell, The fleet of around 200 starters in the 2009 HSBC Coastal Classic got underway today at 1000hrs in a southwesterly breeze of about 20kts. two hours later the fleet was making fast time up the coast and seemed to be on track for the race record.... [more] Onsend this story
Olympic 49er crew attempting Coastal Classic dash Sail-World, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who won the Silver fleet at the 2009 49er World Championships will be paralleling the Coastal Classic fleet in their 49er. Burling represented New Zealand at the 2008 Olympics in the 470 class. Obviously the young crew cannot officially enter due to the safety regulations, however they are keen to do the course unofficially if the weather is right.... [more] Onsend this story
ONE Sport covering HSBC Coastal Classic live from Alfa Romeo Sail-World, International sailing reporter, Martin Tasker, from ONE Sport will be covering the HSBC Coastal Classic live from Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo as she attempts to take line honours and break the course record. The live broadcast times will be in the ONE News at 1200hrs, at 1630hrs and during the Sports News at 1800hrs on Friday 23rd October.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Coastal Classic – Race Day Forecast by PredictWind Nathan May, PredictWind is expecting traditional conditions for the 2009 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic. A moderate South Westerly wind ranging from 15-20Knts is expected to build as the boats move northwards over the 119nm course. As the fleet approach Cape Brett the wind is expected to shift more towards the South with a SSW forecast as the fleet arrive in Russell.... [more] Onsend this story
Rotorua Sprints: 3-7 Class Chris Mitchell, The 3-7 Class took part in the Rotorua Yacht Club Sprint Regatta October 16/17th. There were seven races on Saturday and a further five races on the Sunday. We all lost count of how many races we had done, how we did and how many were left. It was so much fun, it is sure to be a permanent fixture on the 3-7 Calendar for many years to come.... [more] Onsend this story
Canada's Cape Breton Island fourth in Clipper 09-10 Leg 2 Sail-World.com/Clipper Ventures, The Clipper Race - Race 2 from La Rochelle to Rio de Janeiro, officially ended at 12.00 GMT today following an issuing of amended Sailing Instructions which were received by the fleet 24 hours ago. Teams that had already crossed the finish line will be awarded the relevant finishing position, while the others will be awarded the position based on their distance to finish as of noon GMT... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Some Class trophies yet to be decided Sail-World.com/KPMS, Rolex Middle Sea Race. As of 17:30, thirty seven yachts had completed the 2009 race, with Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR) taking line honours and Andy Soriano's Alegre (GBR) now confirmed as the Overall winner.... [more] Onsend this story
Alinghi 5 sails with new, longer mast Alinghi Media, The team stepped the new Alinghi mast yesterday at the base on America's Cup Island of Al Hamra and were eager to try it for size during the training session today. As Murray Jones hopped off the boat at the end of the day, we got his reaction as design team responsible for the mast and rig programme: “It went really well.... [more] Onsend this story
Terry Kohler awarded Herreshoff Trophy Jake Fish, US Sailing, national governing body of the sport, has awarded its prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy to Terry Kohler for his outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the U.S. over many years... [more] Onsend this story
The Latest Sail-World competition - Prize value over $300,000 www.sail-world.com, Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Lion New Zealand returns Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2009 - iconic Kiwi yacht Lion New Zealand has this week been stamped the 60th applicant entry. Skipper for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart will be Alistair Moore who will be joined by a number of the offspring of those heroes from 1984 to commemorate the silver anniversary of Lion New Zealand's win.... [more] Onsend this story
Vestas Sailrocket - One of those days as Mother Nature refuses to play Paul Larsen, Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team, who are running out of time on their final attempt at breaking the World Sailing Speed record.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Osprey Cup, Day 1: Tunnicliffe 7-0 Anna Tunnicliffe, After day one of racing, our team finished the day with 7-0 at the 2009 Rolex Osprey Cup. It was a great day of racing with steady winds from six - ten knots... [more] Onsend this story
Top UK performance for NZ Opti Coach Sail-World, Laurence Fauchelle from NZ Sailing Academy (NZSA) has been coaching the UK's South West Optimist Squad this winter and has had some exceptional results. The team was made up of four sailors in the UK's top 30 and after three months of coaching with Laurence, three members of the team ended up in the UK's top six and the other sailor ranked 15th overall.... [more] Onsend this story
70 boats expected for Traditional 22 ft Dhow Sailing Championships Sail-World.com/Sharon Allison, Heat 1 of the Traditional 22 ft Dhow Sailing Championships takes to the water on Saturday 24th October. It will be interesting to see who wins and to take a good look at the design of their boat and sail. The 22 ft dhow is the training boa,t not just for new sailors, but it is also the prototype for the 43 ft & 60 ft racing dhows... [more] Onsend this story
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