Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 May 2012
A number of sailing events have come to an end, and the Volvo Ocean Race is underway once more - heading across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal.
The margins are shrinking on the leaderboard for the Volvo, with three legs left to sail, plus the InPort racing.
At latest report Groupama had jumped the fleet, however as the graphic from Predictwind.com shows, currently the Great Circle route is not necessarily the best option. And, as we have said many times before relying on straight line, least distance to the finish line is not an accurate of predictor of the real finish places - in this case about 11 days away.
Predictwind have announced a partnership with NZ MetService to bring actual wind readings from 84 stations around New Zealand into their PC and mobile (iPhone and Android) applications. We have details of this new feature, which we have been using for several weeks - and gives you the opportunity to have real wind data in your pocket. It's a great option for the racer and cruiser - to be able to see that the wind will do over a five day period and then be able to flick another option and see what it had been doing for the last day or so.
PredictWind now offers real time wind readings in conjunction with the NZ Met Service PredictWind.com
One of the viewing tools we mentioned on the tail end of the last Volvo leg, the 3-D viewer from Virtual Eye is running for Leg 7. Go to www.volvooceanrace.com/en/offshore-viewer to see who is leading, the positions of the fleet and check out their key read-out numbers (Boat speed is at the top and wind speed at the bottom).
The graphic below is from a fix we took last night - you can compare the readouts of two boats at a time, and use the rotary control, plus the slider, the pan control and your web wheel, if you have one to get the perspectives you need. Warning - it is addictive!
Volvo Ocean Race - Virtual Viewer - Positions Leg 7, Day 1 - Sanya is out of picture to the right Virtual Eye/Volvo Ocean Race
The America's Cup World Series has wrapped up in Venice. It was a series notable for huge crowds and light winds.
In this edition we have reports from top international sailing journalist, Bob Fisher, on the 'ground' in the City of Soggy Streets - as he termed Venice.
We also have reports from Dean Barker, who doubles as a Director of Nexus and Kiwi Yachting, as well his other role as Emirates Team NZ skipper.
There are a few issues in Dean's reports which meant that the series didn't get off to the best of starts for Emirates Team NZ. For the first time that we can remember a race in the AC45's had a number of boats scored as DNF, for not completing the course within the time limit.
This is the last round of the ACWS before the entries close for the America's Cup proper in nine days time.
So far there have been no announcements of new teams, and it will be interesting to see the emphasis given to the ACWS by the AC entered teams, once the AC72's are sailing.
The Olympic classes wrapped up their last round of world championships with the conclusion of the Laser Radial Worlds in Germany. Over the last week, the 49ers, Stars, Lasers, 470's and Finns have sailed.
New Zealand's 2012 Olympic representatives came away with top five places in the Womens 470, 49er, RS:X Men, and medals in the last two.
Quite how that translates into Olympic medals in just over two months time, remains to be seen. One rule of thumb is to convert 50% of your top five placings to get the possible medal prospects, but really the venues are different from Weymouth, and the timing of the regattas is also very early in the season.
There will be a better indication from the Skandia Sail for Gold, at the Olympic venue in early June. New Zealand has qualified in all ten classes for the 2012 Olympics, but has yet to announce in which of three of those events it will be entering crews.
The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show concluded on Sunday, with a significantly increased presence from the sailing classes, with Dinghy Central in the area that used to be the Sailing Hall, and the Discover Boating and Sailing Have a Go in an adjoining facility.
The feedback was all very positive, and we look forward to an expanded presence in the upcoming shows.
Congratulations and thanks to Chris and Roger Kitchen and Miranda Powrie of Weta Marine for their initiative in pulling the Dinghy Central idea together and for the great attendance from the classes.
Windsurfers promote their cause - 2012 Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show Richard Gladwell
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