Rena pictured to starboard as 4-5 metre seas break aboard. New Zealand Defence Force
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 13 October 2011
The Rena Disaster has dominated the news this week - both on Sail-World and the mainstream news.
It is New Zealand's most serious environmental disaster and has already badly damaged some great sailing, cruising and beach areas, however it has the potential to be a lot worse. Particularly if the slick moves north blown by the moderate offshore winds that are predicted for the next five days.
One person we spoke to regarding the disaster, and with many years experience in oil clean up, told us the spill could reach Auckland and that the effects would last for many years - based on experience with other such spills.
Oil booms being prepared at Maketu Estuary. - Rena Disaster - 13 October 2011 Maritime NZ
There are still no definitive answers as to the delay in getting the oil off the Rena. Certainly people we have spoken to outside Maritime NZ circles find the situation very difficult to believe. And as one told Sail-World this was NZ's opportunity to show the world how to quickly avert a potential ecological disaster. Maybe the answers will come out one day, in the course of an official inquiry, but at this stage there is no point dwelling on might have been.
Sadly much of what has happened, was totally predictable. A look at the weather five day prognosis as soon as she rammed the Astolabe Reef showed good weather for five days, but with signs that was going to end around Sunday. On Saturday it was obvious that the weather was going to turn to custard this week. And on Sunday evening we predicted the Rena would break up on Wednesday - which is what happened.
Oiled penguin - Rena Disaster 12 October 2011 Maritime NZ
It is more than a little galling to hear each day's developments portrayed as being something completely out of the blue. The die was cast on the first three days of this incident, and what has happened since has flowed from those decisions.
You only get one chance with the sea.
From what we hear, it is expected that sailing will be shut down for some months in the Tauranga and Mt Maunganui area.
Far from the slicks of Tauranga, the Extreme 40's are sailing again - this time in Almeria, Spain.
Emirates Team NZ have got back on the pace after the first day of the regatta, and are lying in the top three - their best start yet - and with Adam Beashel on the helm. We have the report on the first day of racing in this edition, and will be updating on www.sail-world.com as the regatta progresses.
Oracle Racing are now running a four boat AC-45 campaign - and will also build two AC-72's - a total of six boats Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing
We are also featuring an update on several aspects of the America's Cup - most of them as yet unannounced but we are reasonably certain the information is accurate. As with most things to do with this phase of the America's Cup, it is a moving feast, and what may be on the money this week, is not going to happen come the next.
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