In full flight in the Fremantle Doctor, ISAF Sailing Worlds, Perth
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 28 November 2011
In all the years we've been covering the Volvo Ocean Race and it's predecessor, the Whitbread Round the World Race (going back to the 1981-82 event) there has been no weirder photo than the one that features on this page today.
Stopping off for a round of golf on the remotest inhabited archipelago in world, while the first leg of the race is till running? You've got to be kidding! But no, the camera doesn't lie and the shot of the crew of Puma hitting out over nine holes on Tristan da Cunha is priceless.
On the course, or rather in port in Cape Town - are Telefonica and Camper, hopefully to be joined in 24 hours or so by Groupama.
Then it will be the race of the shore crews to get six boats back for the start of Leg 2 on 11 December.
One will have to have a mast fitted. Another fitted with a new bow section. And the third hoisted aboard a cargo ship and freighted the last 1800nm before being fitted with a new rig.
Who said the adventure had gone out of this event?
In this edition we have final coverage of the Monsoon Cup, in which two New Zealand crews competed, and at the time of our last newsletter were on top of the points table.
We've also got news of the (NOT) Round White Island Race, courtesy of Lesley Haslar. The fleet had a bashing - and we've got the photo's to prove it!
Team RNZYS - debrief on the day's racing under the watchful eye of Roy Dickson - 2011 Harken International Youth Match Racing Championships Damian Devine
Don't miss the video that came in today from Fremantle of three windsurfers, including New Zealand's JP Tobin caning it in the the Fremantle Doctor. Aside from the action - which is outstanding, this video is a great example of what can be achieved through small strap on cameras - and then editing the captured video on a laptop ashore. All this was shot using Go-Pro cameras and a small video camera in the coach boat - producing HD quality video.
Same song second verse for the video off Camper showing a crewman clearing debris off the keel in mid-ocean. Remarkable stuff, and you certainly don't need a big production team and cast of thousands.
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, finishes second on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race
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