Sail-World New Zealand: January 27, 2013...Bay of Islands Sailing Week Image and Video...Vendee Globe nears end...Mahurangi Classics

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: January 27, 2013



Plenty of local news in this edition, with several major championships underway over the three day Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

Plus, on Monday the Auckland Anniversary Regatta will be sailed, attracting an additional fleet of 500 boats to the 250 who have been competing in Auckland or National Championships this weekend, which will conclude on Monday.

Promise of conditions this weekend, maybe too strong for sailing, have not eventuated. The winds have been onshore and fresh for sure. But the high temperatures have helped reduced the density of the breeze, making for great sailing conditions.

Jesse Logan - 2013 Mahurangi Regatta  Richard Gladwell ©

In this edition of Sail-World we have coverage of the Starlings, Paper Tigers and Optimist regattas, plus the Access Nationals which concluded today at Royal Akarana Yacht Club.

From Christchurch we have a report from the A-class catamaran Nationals, won in very convincing style by Blair Tuke, 2012 Olympic Silver medallist. Tuke was up against a very classy and experienced field, in the technically challenging single handed 18ft catamaran - and a win in his first A-class Nationals, is a very good effort indeed.

Brendan Toruelle sailing Access Liberty on Day one   Suellen Hurling ©

On Saturday, we dove north for an hour to the Mahurangi Regatta, which was our first for a few years.

For sure it is an outstanding sailing event - with the Auckland Classic yacht fleet being seen at its best in the Mahurangi Harbour which has the ideal attributes, of affording shelter for the boats for the start and finish, while allowing them to get a modest bash to windward outside the harbour before making the return leg.

With the staggered start for the various classes, there is literally a parade of sail for several hours. While the sailing is serious, it is not too much, with everyone being there to enjoy themselves.

Jonquil - 2013 Mahurangi Regatta  Richard Gladwell ©

The variation in designs and types of craft is fascinating. No matter where you look there is a talking point. maybe that is why so many newer boats, just anchor and watch..

The Mahurangi has a long historic connections with maritime history - having supplied several shipments of kauri spars for the Royal Navy back in the 1830's. Ironically it's the closest harbour to America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA's building facility at Core Builders Composites, located at Warkworth, at the head of the harbour.

In this edition we have three galleries of images from this iconic regatta.

Prize (port) and Ngatira - 2013 Mahurangi Regatta  Richard Gladwell ©

Bay of Islands Sailing Week has concluded for another year. This event just seems to get better and better with each passing year. While the winds were light for the first two days, the competitors got a dusting on the final day. Catch the latest report, video and images in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter

Day 3 Bay of Islands Sailing week 2013  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

In France, the winner of the Vendee Globe Race a single handed, non stop circumnavigation is expected to cross the finish line about 1300hrs local time. As we write, Francois Gabart (Macif) is just 19nm from the finish line and will finish in just over 78 days - which is a remarkable time. Second will be Armel Le Cleac in Banque Populaire - 80nm from the leader.

In third place will be Alex Thompson (GBR) will be third, and after the euphoria of the finish has died away, all eyes will be on Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), currently in fourth place, as he attempts to make the finish line without a canting keel, and having only water ballast to maintain stability.

Bowman, Day 3 Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2013  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL

Follow this story as it unfolds on our website www.sail-world.com.

Sean Langman and Andrew Cheney blast through the chop - F18 Australian Nationals   Crosbie Lorimer
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Rawene - A11 digs into a big one - 2013 Mahurangi Regatta  Richard Gladwell ©

Day 3 Bay of Islands Sailing Week 2013  Will Calver Ocean Photography NZL




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Images of Mahurangi Regatta - Gallery 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, crewed in the Mahurangi Regatta, sailed on Saturday January 26. The event is the highpoint of the Classic Yacht season, and has grown steadily in size each year since its inception. It is now raced in various divisions from true classics to modern classics and some of the older dinghy classes including the Mistrals and Frostbites.... [more]
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Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club 50th Jubilee Celebrations & RSA Regatta
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Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 3: With the wind comes the wipe-outs
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New Zealand Liberty Nationals won by Tourelle, again
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Tight racing for final day of Auckland Starling Championships
Sail-World,
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Australian Open Champion leads Auckland Optimists
Sail-World,
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Images of Mahurangi Regatta - Gallery 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, crewed in the Mahurangi Regatta, sailed on Saturday January 26. The event is the highpoint of the Classic Yacht season, and has grown steadily in size each year since its inception. Following is a second gallery of images were taken while racing, and in the wind-down afterwards.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: January 25, 2013 - Rallies continue
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Paper Tiger Nationals expected to tighten on final day
Sail-World,
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Vendee Globe Race - Gamesa still putting pressure on SynerCiel
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championships 2013 - Light wind drama
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Images of Mahurangi Regatta - Gallery 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, crewed in the Mahurangi Regatta, sailed on Saturday January 26. The event is the highpoint of the Classic Yacht season, and has grown steadily in size each year since its inception. Following is a third gallery of images were taken while racing, and in the wind-down afterwards.... [more]
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US Sailing announces selection process for the US Sailing Team
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Olympic silver medalist dominates A Class Catamaran Nationals
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Access National competition heats up at Royal Akarana YC
Kristine Lederis,
The 2013 NZ Access Class National Championships are now well under way; after two days of near perfect Auckland sailing conditions, just one day of racing remains to decide who is the best Access Liberty, and Access 303 sailor in NZ.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Emanating the spirit of sportsmanship + Video
Vendee Globe,
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Vendee Globe - The final day at sea
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Vendee Globe,
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Vendee Globe - The battle will be bitter to the end
Vendee Globe,
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