ISAF equipment evaluations—Sailing news from Australia and the world
Offshore in the Global Ocean Race, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, aboard Campagne de France, continue to lead the five-strong pack of Class 40s deeper into the Pacific Ocean's notorious Roaring Forties. Campagne de France isn't alone, however, as Buckley Systems and Cessna Citation are in serious pursuit in the fast conditions. 'Our high-speed run yesterday came to an abrupt end soon after dark when the boat spun out of control at speed,' reports Nick Leggatt from much further astern aboard Phesheya-Racing. 'The bluQube A6 got wrapped around the forestay, causing a tear just above the tack. In the darkness, we were lucky to retrieve the sail on the foredeck without too much fuss and then bundled it down below to start repairs immediately.' More, inside.
Meanwhile, in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Puma Ocean Racing's big gamble of taking an easterly hitch failed to pay the dividends that the team had been hoping to realize. 'We're not feeling very special right now,' reported Read 'The move east had lots of promise [but] we got a very unexpected header, a big header taking us back towards Vietnam. Without it we were in the hunt, but with this header it's sending us to the back of the pack of five pretty quickly. There's a sombre mood on board right now. Hopefully it's just a little blip and it will come back soon but every minute it's costing us miles.' The boats are expected to arrive within the next few days and Guy Nowell from Sail-World Asia is heading to Sanya right now. So be sure to check in with the website over the weekend for the latest VOR news.
February 1, 2012 LunaRossa (1) - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Richard Gladwell
And finally, Cup fans should pay attention to Rod Davis' account of what it's been like to work with Luna Rosa, against his old team. 'For me the Prada relationship is a pretty easy,' reports Davis, Emirates Team New Zealand's coach, 'because we speak the same language, no not Italian but the same language when it comes to running drills and races. When I say, ‘we are going to run a 20 second drill or top-mark schmcale drill, both teams know what I mean and how to run the drill.' Get the full story, inside.
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