Photo by Rennmaus
The competitive bid process for cities to become 2012 and 2013 America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series) host venues is now open.
Wild Days Rum Tours on Waiheke Island – more details here
Edwin Delaat is heading for Fiji on Outrageous Fortune, follow him here. Live streaming of the race start can be found here
Auckland -Fiji race postponed 24 hours until Sunday 5th June – more updates as they happen – more here
“We are very happy that we can go racing,” Nicholson confirmed. “It will be a good test for the boat and crew. Then we can settle down to do some serious testing on the way home.”
In this issue:
Volvo Ocean Race – 2001 & 2005,
Auckland – Musket Cove,
Mike Sanderson gets a proper job,
Diane Reid – one girls ocean challenge,
Geoff Stagg – The Hum,
Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09 Episode 7,
Vendee Globe – Who can afford it?,
World Match Racing Tour New Yachts,
Sail Race Win talk to Emirates Team New Zealand’s Glenn Ashby and James Dagg,
The Southern Ocean South Georgia Island,
Clever Pig talks to Rod Davis,
Sail-World Asia – latest issue here,
Sail-World NZ – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australian Cruising – latest issue here,
The fleet of 14 yachts competing in the race gathered at the starting area in virtually no wind and glassy seas. However, just as the yachts came under starter’s orders at midday, a light 8-knot northerly began to fill in – providing a gentle send-off on the 1,140-mile race to Fiji.
The race is organized by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in association with the New Zealand International Yachting Trust.
Expectations were that Team Vodafone Sailing might threaten the RNZYS record of 120hrs 21mins 45secs set by Systems Thunder in 2008. However, skipper Simon Hull said the light conditions meant the record was unlikely to fall.
As Camper and TVS led the fleet past Rangitoto Light, the next two yachts out into the Hauraki Gulf were Wired, owned by Rob Bassett and Brett Russell, and the historic Whitbread Round the World racer, Lion New Zealand, skippered by William Goodfellow.
After a storm delivered 30 – 87 knots, race start postponement, and few rain squalls on Saturday. Sunday was a fantastic sunny day, on Waiheke Island the northern beaches were full of standup paddlers enjoying the leftover swell however the wind produced slow sailing progress by the fleet towards Flat Rock. Currently, Vodafone have followed a breeze south of Great Barrier Island while the rest of the fleet have headed north. Edwin Delaat is on Outrageous Fortune following Lion New Zealand and Wired east towards Great Barrier.
Predict Wind weather out look for the next few days
Sunday 5th June 15:00 hours
Sunday 5th June 21:00 hours
Monday 6th June 18:00 hours
Edwin Delaats spot tracker on Outrageous Fortune provided by Sea Safe
Mike Sanderson gets a proper job
In absence of any meaningful rigging news, you might be interested in this instead:
(Source: The Daily Sail)
Doyle Sails NZ is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned world class sailing professional Mike Sanderson. Mike will be joining the team at the beginning of June 2011 as Director of Sales and Partner for the New Zealand and Australia operations.
Managing Director Chris McMaster comments: “We have achieved considerable growth in recent times which puts us in an ideal position now to join forces with one of the most influential professionals in the world of sailboat racing. Mike’s experience and personality perfectly complement our business; this development will allow us to increase the pace of our expansion into the Grand Prix sailboat racing market”.
Noon Saturday June 4, 2011
Contrary to the speed reported by iBoat Track, Diane is making 6-7 knots to the south west in 8-9 knots of breeaze. Her objective is to get back in touch with her competition which has wiggled off to the west.
Currently hoisted is Big Blue (code 2). Diane experimented with some double slotting using the Solent jib as a staysail but there wasn’t enough wind.
The Hum – Geoff Stagg
The Hum is about sailing legend Geoff Stagg, and his yacht Whispers. Directed by Tony Williams and written by Martyn Sanderson, the doco is a paean to the lure of sailing, focusing on Stagg’s colourful personality, and his veteran ocean-racing crew, as they take on the Wellington to Kapiti Island and down to the Sounds race. Fortunately for the film they deliver on reputation. Dolphins, Strait squalls, streaking, ciggies, and some fierce 70s moustaches are all in a weekend’s sailing.
Who Can Afford the Vendée Globe?
by Bruce Gain
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a small community event in Les Sables-d’Olonne, a resort town on France’s West Coast that hosts the start and finish of the Vendee Globe. There, Luc Van Den Heede, who placed third in the first Vendée Globe in 1989 and then second in 1993, and up-and-comer Arnaud Boissières, who placed seventh in the last race, were on hand to speak to a crowd of just a hundred or so at the local community center about their adventures.
Long-distance sailors in France can enjoy a rock star-like status, and setting up just a phone interview often requires convincing PR reps or publicists that it’s worth their sponsors’ time to get their yachtsman on the phone. It was thus a refreshing change of pace to attend such a laid-back event where two of France’s great sailors were so accessible.
Jessica Watson and Deloitte join forces
2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart
Jessica Watson joins forces with Deloitte for the 2011 Rolex Sydney HobartYoung Australian of the Year Jessica Watson plans this year to captain the youngest ever crew to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and she’s turned to Deloitte to help her develop and hone the team leadership skills she will need.
Deloitte consultant Chris Lewin will act as coach and mentor to Jessica, drawing on his own experience in captaining the youngest crew to successfully cross Bass Strait in the 2004 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
31 May 2011, London, United Kingdom: The World Match Racing Tour today unveiled the seven officially approved new boat designs which will be made available to the Tour’s host venues. The designs form a key part of the series’ wider development plan which will see a further six new venues added to its current calendar of eight regattas by 2013.
The concepts were conceived and developed by pioneering boat design houses from around the world and are the result of a hard-fought competition to become one of the limited number of Tour approved boat designs. The new host venues will each pick the boat design that best fits their needs while existing venues will also be encouraged to update their fleet with one of the new designs.
The designers were presented with a tough brief, namely to create a robust, cost-effective boat that is capable of delivering exciting, tactical and fiercely-fought racing across a range of conditions, from variable winds to differing depths and unpredictable currents. The designers were further challenged by the fact the boats need to test performance sailors yet be versatile enough for corporate and club sailors to give venues a diversified income from them.
Interview with Emirates Team New Zealand’s Glenn Ashby and James Dagg
by Anne Hinton
AH: You trained Jimmy Spithill and BMW ORACLE in multihull sailing, and on this AC cycle have switched to Dean Barker and ETNZ. How did this change of team come about, please?
GA: I was keen on a new challenge and was happy to be close to home (Melbourne) and enjoy living in NZ and the culture.
AH: What general things do monohull match racers, like Jimmy and Dean, have to un- or re-learn when switching to multis, please?
GA: Making quick decisions and learning how the multis accelerate more than monohulls and looking further to the edges of the playing field as well as pushing the boats to the edge.
AH: You started with Dean in A cats. Was that a deliberate choice as the best way to learn multihull sailing? Why A cats, please?
GA: Yes as they are light and give you a good appreciation of when you are right and wrong in both steering and trim which gives a good guide to the feelings you have on a bigger boat with more crew.
AH: It seemed that Dean was fastest upwind at the Australian A cat nationals, in his new DNA with curved boards, at his first event in the class. What were the secrets to this, please?
GA: A very good sail!
Note from SailRaceWin: Glenn Ashby is a sailmaker, and both he and Dean Barker, amongst others, used his new 2011 design Ashby Sails MAXX at the Australian A cat nationals this year. It should also be noted that the relatively new DNA A cat, with its curved boards, is well regarded, and has been sailed to many victories around the world. However, ultimately it is the sailor who has to make all the equipment work for him or her!
AH: Are you and ETNZ planning more A cat sailing, or has the switch been made to team sailing with the AC45 and Extreme 40 now, please?
GA: We will continue to sail small and medium sized Cats in our continuous learning on our way forwards to the AC72.
AH: Are you now coaching the crew on multihulls as part of the team (although obviously Rod Davis was team coach on the RIB in Qingdao), please?
GA: I have taken on more of a sailing role as wing trimmer although am involved in some coaching aspects.
CP: What advice would you give to all the young sailors who are at the beginning of their careers? And what advice would you give to parents of young sailors?
RD: Expect to be at the bottom of the “pecking order” for a long time, learn to love it, because when you finally make it to the top, you will be much better than the other guys that did not pay their dues properly. The sailing career has almost gone full circle. If you don’t want/need money then there is more sailing work than you can handle. It will take time, and a few breaks, to get to the point where you can make a profit.
CP: What projects are you working on and what’s in your future?
RD: The biggest project I have is learning along with Team New Zealand how to sail and get catamarans with wings to perform in the next America’s Cup. That is a big challenge as TNZ was, arguably, the best monohull team in the world, now we have to do that in cats. I am doing some coaching with the RC-44s and starting to take on more speaking engagements about coaching. I am still planning to do a bit more sailing for myself. You never know, maybe I will start all over again from the beginning and do a second lap! I love it!