Second dismasting in Volvo...Emirates Team NZ second but first...Fisher eyes the ACWS

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Sail-World New Zealand: 22 November 2011

Onboard medic Tony Rae administers three stitches and anaesthetic to CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand bowman Mike Pammenter from South Africa, after suffering a broken tooth and gash to the face in a fall during a sail change  Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 November 2011

The Volvo Ocean Race jumped back in the headlines with the dismasting of Puma Racing using, we believe a Hall Spar.

As with the dismasting of Azzam (Abu Dhabi) there has been no immediate cause identified of the incident, however given the specification required of the spar by Volvo Ocean Race rules, the first suspect has to be a rigging failure.

The incident has parallels with Ceramco dismasting, even further away from Cape Town, on Leg 1 of the 1981-82 Whitbread Race.

Puma was reported to be reaching in winds of around 25kts, and 8-10ft seas and in a fairly loaded state for a canting keelboat. The underlying message with this Volvo Ocean Race is that it is being sailed in boats which will can be red-lined, and the question is how hard to push and when.

Some would say that has always been part of the Volvo Ocean Race, but the button off level now seems to have dropped below that for previous races. It is also a fact that these boats are superbly fast - evidenced by the fact that Abu Dhabi was able to set a Fastnet Race record this year - coming from behind on the supermaxis which are 30ft longer.

Puma Ocean Racing from the USA has suffered a broken mast on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race - copyright

We have the latest updates on the Volvo Ocean Race in this edition, plus the the Camper injury, along with video of the operation - which a great insight into life aboard the around the world racer.

In San Diego, the America's Cup World Series has concluded, with Oracle Racing making a welcome return to form - and winning the match racing and fleet racing championship.

Their wins were not however sufficient to crank themselves up to the top of the points table for the America's Cup World Series, across the three events sailed this year. Emirates Team NZ stays on top of that ladder.

Quite where things go from here remains to be seen, as there is now a five month layoff until the next event gets underway in April 2012.

Emirates Team NZ in hot pursuit of Oracle Racing - San Diego America's Cup World Series - Fleet Race  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©

Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa would look to have a solid work out ahead of them with the summer in Auckland and two AC45's to play with, as well as a development program in the SL33's.

For the rest their AC45's will go to Valencia, Spain and may well be used for some workup program, however it is winter, and conditions can get very cold and inhospitable for sailing - so quite how much on the water time is possible....

It is expected that the Defender will head for warmer climes and will take their fleet two or four AC45's for the layoff period.

ACWS fleet on their moorings. San Diego Match Racing Championship, November 19th 2011, AC45 World Series San Diego.  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

While Oracle Racing will be buoyed by the improvement in the performance of Oracle Spithill, they also finished well back in the fleet in the regatta in their second boat and the first task is clearly to get the boat and crew up to speed. That is an issue to be faced by all teams - it is just that Oracle Racing's shortcoming in this respect are a little more obvious than others, by virtue of their entering two teams in the third round of the America's Cup World Series.

Certainly one can feel the tension, starting to rise as some teams move into build mode with their first AC72, and get their 30+ man years of construction done by July 2012 - if they are to hit the first allowed launch date.

Artemis Racing digs in America's Cup World Series San Diego  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

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Volvo Ocean race: Camper crew member suffers injury + Video
Thomas Pryor,
Camper's bowman Mike Pammenter has sustained injuries after being thrown into the boat's shrouds while moving forward to do a sail change. Mike suffered a broken tooth, gash to the face and various bumps and bruises in the fall. He was stabilised immediately by onboard medic Tony Rae (Trae). Includes video of the operation on board Camper... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing retire from leg 1
Lisa Ramsperger,
Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg team has officially retired from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 after suffering a broken mast. We've just withdrawn from the leg,' said skipper Ken Read. 'We have [the mast] jury rigged – we have about 15 feet of mast left. We have our trysail and storm jib awkwardly set.'... [more]
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Fisher's View: Fleet Race Final - The End at San Diego
Bob Fisher,
Just as he had promised the boss, Larry Ellison, Jimmy Spithill delivered the double championship victory in San Diego when he added the winner-takes-all Fleet Racing Championship to the Match Racing Championship that he had won the previous day... [more]
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2011 Ngaroto Paper Tiger Regatta attracts almost 30 boats
Rowdy Leatham,
The second regatta on the Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series was hosted by the Ngaroto Sailing Club on 19-20 November. 29 boats travelled from all four corners of the Island to compete at a fantastic regatta in a magnificent location.... [more]
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Purdie wins first outing in Finn Class at Auckland Championships
Ray Hall,
Karl Purdie's recent transition from the Ok Dingy to Finn started successfully with a win at the Eagle Technology Auckland Finn Champs held at Maraetai in conjunction with the Auckland Jolly Boat Champs.... [more]
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ISAF World Match Racing Tour poised for major growth
Rob Kothe,
Internet TV is watch it where you want, when you want, download it ... and it has become very significant for the sport of sailing' says World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) Chief Executive Officer Jim O'Toole. Our Tour Card Holders are our single biggest asset – they are the headline acts that attract live spectators, TV and IPTV viewers around the world to watch Championship events.... [more]
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Sailrocket Sailing World Record attempt - Last time I dare this place
Paul Larsen,
The wind was filling nicely. It was 25 at the timing hut so we went straight to the top of the course. We had changed a few things and wanted to make sure things were right. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was released but once again struggled to bare away from the wind. Something about the wind and waves makes her weathercock in stronger winds. I tried a few tricks but she just sat there head to wind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper belts out the miles in the South Atlantic
Hamish Hooper,
While a second boat has lost her mast in the Volvo Ocean Race, the crew of Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ continue to push on and chip away at the lead enjoyed by the Spanish entry Telefonica, as they head for the first stopover in South Africa. Here Stu Bannatyne and Chris Nicholson talk about what lies ahead.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series heads to Singapore for final Act
Shu Fen,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Tight at the top
Heather Ewing,
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America's Cup: Team Korea now 4th in World Championship
Cliff Webb,
‘Super Sunday' it was, with a thrilling fleet race in the America's Cup World Championships San Diego, that set the adrenaline pumping as Team Korea pushed the world's top stars for the lead around the race track. A superb effort from Chris Draper and the crew lived up to the mantra of the ‘best sailors on the fastest boats'... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ fights back for lead
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand retains its overall lead in the America's Cup World Series at the end of the San Diego regatta. After three events, combined match and fleet racing points put the team one point ahead of Oracle 4.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race:Camper makes small gains and preparing for big breeze
Thomas Pryor,
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The Blurr takes out the 2011 Elliott 5.9 North Island Champs
Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
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Australian 470 Championships: Internationals keep Aussies honest
Will Davies,
Both men and women are sailing in one mixed fleet and Belcher and Page stamped their authority all over the Nationals, firing a clear shot to their rivals by winning both of the races on day one. With a strong international contingent set to keep the Australian teams on their mettle, the 470 Nationals provides local and international competitors with a perfect lead-in regatta.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: AC World Series live shots
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture live shots of the sailing action at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Finals
Gilles Martin-Raget,
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Images from San Diego: ACWS Match Racing Day 3
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international sailing photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture sailing action on the third day of Match Racing during Semi Finals at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego.... [more]
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Watch America's Cup World Series San Diego LIVE NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
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ACWS San Diego Match Racing images of Artemis Racing
Sander van der Borch images,
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NSW 18ft Skiff Championship Race 1 - Capsize and abandon
Frank Quealey,
When the forecast strong winds hadn't arrived for Race 1 of the N.S.W. 18ft Skiff Championship, the fleet prepared to start the race, which had then been set for a three-lap windward-return course. As the teams lined up (all with their bigger 1 rigs) the winds finally arrived.... [more]
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Emirates Team NZ still leads America's Cup World Series pointscore
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has retained its lead in the America's Cup World Series match racing championship. After three regattas, Dean Barker, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg, Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby, with 27 points, have a one-point lead over Oracle 4 (James Spithill).... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego Match Racing - Oracle Racing Spithill 2-0
Stephanie Martin,
The Oracle Racing Spithill crew swept across the finish line ahead of Energy Team to a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon... [more]
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Fisher's View: Match Racing decided in America's Cup World Series
Bob Fisher,
There was a lot of money being placed in the morning on the Energy Team from France as it had shown great speed in the fleet racing. Only the known potential of Jimmy Spithill as a match racer would stand in the way of the French multihull specialists. And so it was to prove – that little extra expertise in the close combat arena was the defining talent to give the America's Cup defenders the Sa... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 World Speed Sailing record attempt - Day 1
Paul Larsen,
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Watch America's Cup World Series San Diego LIVE NOW!
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Banque Populaire takes third
Hélène Tzara,
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America's Cup World Series San Diego: Artemis in the Semi Finals
Sander van der Borch,
America's Cup World Series San Diego day two images of Artemis Racing from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Watch America's Cup World Series - San Diego on Sail-World LIVE NOW
Anna Parker, Sail-World,
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AC World Series - Oracle Racing Spithill to meet Energy Team in Final
Stephanie Martin,
At the America's Cup World Series in San Diego, both of the Semi Final pairings witnessed stunning 2-0 sweeps for the victors with Oracle Racing Spithill and Energy Team becoming to two crews to face off in the Final of the Match Racing Championship.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Diego Photo gallery by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
America's Cup World Series 2011 San Diego - Light winds, some fog and overcast condtions for fleet and match-race eliminations on Thursday and Friday in San Diego. A photo gallery by Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Fisher's View: 'Isn't that a dainty dish to set before the King?'
Bob Fisher,
With owner Larry Ellison in the sixth-man seat aboard Oracle Racing 4, Jimmy Spithill and his crew turned on a strident performance to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in two straight races to go into the final of the ACWS Match Racing Championship. It wasn't totally one-way traffic, but Spithill's match racing ability provided him with an edge that Dean Barker did not seem able to match.... [more]
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Oracle Racing Spithill advances to Final at AC World Series San Diego
Tim Jeffery,
The America's Cup World Series taking place in San Diego has witnessed Oracle Racing Spithill, along with Team Principal Larry Ellison as the sixth member, take victory in the first race by more than one minute and then stage a come-from-behind win in the second race to put them through to the Final of the Match Racing Championship.... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego images from Darrall Slater
Darrall Slater,
Photographer Darrall Slater shares with us images from Wednesday's action in San Diego at the America's Cup World Series.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Nico keeps faith while others lose hair + Video
Lucy Harwood,
The Volvo Ocean Race is currently underway and for the Camper crew who have now been at sea for thirteen days, they find themselves some one-hundred and fifty miles behind the leaders. But fortunes can quickly turn around in offshore sailing – just ask Groupama.... [more]
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