Sail-World New Zealand: February 2, 2013 - Two Volvo venues announced...Oracle's build revealed...Auckland racing round-up

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: February 2, 2013



Two Volvo Ocean Race venues have been announced in the past few days. Both announcements covered the next two editions of the Round the World race.

Late Friday night (NZT) race organisers announced the the Swedish port of Gothenburg would be the venue for the race finish. The port has hosted three previous Volvo Ocean races including two finishes.

On Tuesday, Auckland was announced as a stopover, also for the next two editions, on the back of substantial funding from the NZ Government and Auckland City Council's events funding arms.

In this edition we carry reports and images from the Auckland announcement, along with a video interview with Knut Frostad on the story so far with the Volvo Ocean Race, and where it is headed.

The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden  Volvo Ocean Race ©

We also carry the official NZ Government and Auckland Council statements in full. Not because they are a brilliant piece of writing, but there is a lot of statistical information within them, relating to size and economic contribution of the New Zealand marine industry, along with the economic benefit expected from the 15 day stopover. They are impressive numbers.

On Saturday, the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta gets underway off Royal Akarana YC. There are a few points of interest in the event being both the skiff classes. This will be the first regatta for the new Olympic Womens Skiff, the 49erFX. There is a good fleet for the Mens 49er, too.

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh are all smiles as they cross the finish line to win the Gold Medal  Richard Gladwell ©

In the 470 classes, Paul Snow-Hansen, the 2012 Olympic rep will be racing with a new crew, Daniel Willcox. There is only one entry in the Womens 470 - the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists - and they will be racing with the Men.

In the Finn class there is a lot of new talent, but few real benchmarks. We have all the details and links to the entry list in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.

Boat 1 repair and Boat 2 building Oracle Team USA  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

America's Cup action picks up next week, with the launching of Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 on Monday. Oracle Team USA is expected to follow suit on the same day local time in San Francisco, but not for their second AC72, but their rebuilt/repaired AC72 which capsized back in October 2012.

Sail-World will be on site for the Emirates Team NZ launch and will cover the Oracle Team USA event as best we are able. In this edition we carry an image gallery from inside the building facility at Oracle Team USA, showing the reconstruction of Boat 1 and the building of Boat 2.

GAC Pindar EX40 - Extreme Sailing Series 2013  GAC Pindar

The other New Zealand point of interest came today with the announcement from UK that the New Zealand Match racing team, Full Metal Jacket, had been signed as the crew for GAC Pindar to race on the eight event Extreme Sailing Series. Will Tiller and his crew will take over from Ian Williams (GBR), who has chosen to concentrate exclusively on Match Racing this year.

Regardless of the reason why, this is a big opportunity and challenge for the young New Zealand crew as they step nearer to the centre of the professional sailing stage, and the spotlight will be on them, in the eight event circuit.

Gotta love it 7 trails the leader by one point in the Australian 18ft skiff nationals  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Of course, this is yet another success for the Lion Foundation RNZYS Youth Program - which seems to have become a veritable production line for the professional sailing circuit. What is the count now? One World Champion Match Racing crew (BlackMatch), an America's Cup World Series crew (Team China) with Waka Racing, and now an Extreme 40 crew in Full Metal Jacket. Plus of course the hundreds of sailors who have been through the program and have joined other professional crews in their ones and twos.

Well done to all concerned.

Virbac-Paprec on the mooring in the mining port of San Cibrao, 291 miles from the race finish©Thornado  Vendee Globe ©
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Emirates Team New Zealand, Jack Taylor and Nick Burrige work on the under rigging of the teams second AC72. 15/1/2013  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Ironbound's scoop parts company with her stern - RC44 Cup Oman, Day 1  Pierre Orphanidis/VSail.info




Volvo Ocean Race: Gothenburg named as 2014-15 race finish
Sail-World,
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RC44 Oman Cup: Ironbound has Scoop of the day
vsail.info,
On the first day of fleet racing at the RC44 Oman Cup, Team Aqua's bow hit the stern of Ironbound at the first weather mark of the last race. When Ironbound was rounding the bottom gate, first a piece of the bottom of her scoop came off and then the entire scoop fell off. See the full set of images... [more]
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Shackleton Epic 2013 - Alexandra Shackleton nears historic feat
Kim McKay,
Now into their ninth day at sea, the Alexandra Shackleton is within 180 miles of reaching South Georgia Island and achieving the first goal in the Shackleton Epic historic re-enactment, but the boat is tracking slightly off course and needs to correct its position within the next 36-48 hours to make its landing at King Haakon Bay.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Official briefings on benefits of Auckland Stopovers
Sail-World,
Following are three media statements relating to the announcement of the two-edition Volvo Ocean Race stopovers in Auckland. They are re-published not so much for their news significance, but for the statistics regarding the value of the New Zealand Marine Industry, developed largely over the past 30 years, off the back of New Zealand's involvement in the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championships 2013 - Sydney Harbour thriller awa
Frank Quealey,
Australian 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 is expected to produce a great finale on Sunday with three teams separated by only two points and the possibility of the final result being decided on a count back.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Change of guard on Day 4
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2013 brought new class leaders on the fourth day of battle and established the final-race set-up for Friday's RS:X, 2.4mR and Sonar classes. Americans lead five of the 12 competing fleets: Caleb Paine (Finn), Fred Strammer and Zach Brown (49er), Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes (Men's 470), Sarah Newberry and John Casey (Nacra 17), and Paige Railey (Laser Radial).... [more]
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America's Cup: A look behind the door at Oracle Team USA
Guilain Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA's photographer, Gulian Grenier provides this look behind the building shed door at Oracle Team USA, as they make the final touches on the rebuilt and repaired USA-17, which was badly damaged in a capsize on San Francisco Bay in October 2012.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Three down with nine to go + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, it is three down with nine to go. So François Gabart (Macif), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) may have written the opening lines of the epilogue of the seventh Vendée Globe, but there remains nine pretenders to yet end the tale.... [more]
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America's Cup: Flying High on the AC72
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team NZ crew members describe what it is like to sail aboard the AC72, the 72ft catamaran capable of sailing at speeds of over 40 knots and which will be used in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in just five months time.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup 2013 - Stage set for Selection Series
Irene Corosu,
The Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series will feature 11 national teams battling in two qualifying sessions in San Francisco from 9-24 February.... [more]
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