Team Vodafone Sailing new multihull record holders - Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Suellen Hurling
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for June 5, 2012
It has been an action packed 24 hours in the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race.
Around 7.00pm on Monday, the leading monohull, the 80fter Beau Geste, advised race organisers that she had sustained a crack in her deck, and would be withdrawing from the race.
She retired to Norfolk Island, arriving at 9.30am this morning under escort from a fishing boat.
Quite what happens to Beau Geste from here is yet to be determined.
Later this afternoon, in an interview broadcast on Radio New Zealand, skipper Gavin Brady revealed that they had been in contact with the designer of the boat, Bruce Farr who advised them to get off the yacht.
They did not do so because of the 50kt winds blowing at the time. We have the interview in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, along with reports, and TV interview links, as they happened, during the last 24 hours.
TeamVodafoneSailing pictured at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race Richard Gladwell
Less than an hour ago, TeamVodafoneSailing crossed the finish line to set a new multihull record for the race to Noumea. She managed to dodge the worst of the weather system, which has touched the monohulls. She also set a new course record – we update from Noumea.
With Beau Geste out of the running, the top monohull is now V5 (David Nathan), they are expected to be through the worst of the breeze, and should be in Noumea mid-Thursday morning NZT. Currently V5 has a lead of about 50nm over the second placed monohull.
Beau Geste pictured at the start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012. The split in her hull ran across the deck and down her topsides. Richard Gladwell
One competitor, Cotton Blossom 2 has with drawn from the race. Another, Ice Breaker, is suspending racing, and stopping at Norfolk to check keel bolts.
Last week we commented briefly on the damage to Artemis Racing's wingsail. In this edition we feature an interview from Bob Fisher with Paul Cayard, of Artemis Racing, setting the record stright on the damage sustained, and where to from here for the Challenger of Record.
Sad news over the weekend with the passing of Hugh Poole, a Life Member of Yachting NZ. Hugh was one of those people who put more back into the sport, than they took out.
Hugh Poole working Charade to windward in a solid Wellington breeze.
Hugh ran a successful engineering business in Wellington, and took a similar approach into his boats. He sailed Finns and Flying Dutchman, before building the X class, Charade, which was launched in 1965 and went on to win four successive Saunders Cups.
Charade featured a flexible rig stemming from the FD and the Finn, but also had the first moulded sail in the world – made by Bud Nalder off a wooden mould that Hugh built. She was donated to the Voyager Museum in Auckland in 2004.
He was as competent an administrator as he was a sailor – being appointed manger of the New Zealand Olympic Team in 1960 and 1968. Hugh Poole was one of three who introduced the new Olympic keelboat to New Zealand, in 1972, going on to win three national championships in the Soling class, and being selected to represent New Zealand in the 1976 Olympics in Kingston.
An extremely tough and determined competitor, Hugh gave no quarter, played very hard, and if you beat Hugh Poole you could be satisfied that you'd beaten one the best. And you could rest assured that he would even up the score, next time you met.
The X-class "Charade" on Wellington Harbour in Hugh Poole's favorite conditions. He won the first race in the 1968 Saunders Cup by over 26 minutes. Sea Spray
In this edition we have reprinted the excellent profile on Hugh Poole, penned by Jim Bolland, who managed to entice a comprehensive background from Hugh on the basis that he was doing it for a story, when really it was being used to develop the Citation for his YNZ Life Membership nomination.
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