Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 January 2012
The Volvo Ocean Race gets underway tonight at 8.00pm tonight, New Zealand time (0800UTC).
The venue for the restart will be the idyllic Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, which has been the safe haven for the two stops and ship loading exercises - deemed necessary to avoid pirates operating out of Somalia and elsewhere.
For Emirates Team NZ, sailing Camper, a good performance is essential to stop the points leeway they are giving away to series leader Telefonica. Equally important for all competitors is that they finish a testing leg intact.
A glance down the points table shows the big gap between to those who have, and those who have not completed a leg. In this edition we have a preview story, and will be publishing a Volvo newsletter a day or so, after the race has restarted.
The fleet of Volvo Open 70's arrive onboard a ship into the safe haven port where they will be unloaded, ready for the start of stage 2 of leg 3 to Sanya, China. Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The America's Cup scene is never still. In this edition of Sail-World.com we report on a discussion withAmerica's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray who casts a fairly wide net – expressing his views on a lot of the changes that have taken place on the international sailing scene, and how these dovetail with the America's Cup. To the surprise of some, Murray says they cannot produce AC45's quickly enough, and will have 16 racing by midyear in the America's Cup World Series. He also comments on the Audi MedCup situation, the ISAF Worlds in Perth and the incident he calls 'Bengate'.
We have updated the America's Cup Uncovered Series – with the latest edition – 22, and also with the previous ones 17-21. So if you are looking for something to view on a wet day ....
Final Pier 27-29 from Water Side, San Francisco Americas Cup Media
Shark attacks are to the forefront of the news in Australia, at present. We have a story in this edition describing these as ‘accidents' together with a video shot underwater by Sail-World's Ben Gladwell when he was free diving with sharks in the ocean off Mossel Bay, a holiday resort in South Africa, in October.
Some of the 20 strong fleet in the 2012 Hartley TS16 Nationals at Whangarei
In local news we have reports on the Hartley TS16 Nationals sailed in Whangarei, which attracted a great fleet of 20 boats, plus Andrew Brown of Forceracing updates on his latest activities and the success of J Sails at the recent Optimist Worlds, at Napier, where 16 of the top 20 sailors overall used J Sails.
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JSails dominated the Sir Peter Blake Regatta taking eight out of the top 10 places overall, and also the 2011 Optimist Worlds taking 16 out of the top 20 overall Richard Gladwell
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