The first race
A very special group of boats started on the first leg of four that will take them anti-clockwise entirely round the two islands of New Zealand in The Round New Zealand Race 2012. This will be one of 2012’s most challenging offshore races and SSANZ is delighted to announce that it will be running a virtual version of this race in partnership with Sailonline.
Round New Zealand programme here
Riptides can carry hapless swimmers out into the ocean very quickly – by the time a lifeguard is able swim out to rescue them, it may be too late. Using a Jet Ski to reach struggling swimmers is one option, although such watercraft can be expensive, problematic to store on-site, and difficult to launch for one person. Now, seaside municipalities can get something cheaper and easier for reaching those swimmers-in-distress: an electric remote-control motorized rescue buoy called EMILY.
Today, the 2nd running of the Round New Zealand started off Westhaven Marina in Auckland. I will be following the race, posting news views and links. I will also be putting extra focus on 3 yachts, Sunstone, Pelagian and Coppelia. Sunstone have almost 200,000 miles of ocean experience, Pelagain are setting off on their first adventure and Coppelia are a very accomplished crew.
In this issue:
Americas Cup – 2 years on,
Volvo Ocean Race – Puma audio update,
Round New Zealand Race – the start,
Introducing a new link on yachtyakka – a new online store – where you can buy online all you need to go sailing – check it out.
by MARK HINTON
In essence, racing will be more exciting because there will be more happening on the course, and it will happen faster. “More events, more situations, more errors, and more challenges for the boats,” adds Coutts. “Sailors will have to be more athletic, and there will definitely be more excitement. This is absolutely what the sport needed.”
It’s here Coutts draws on the F1 analogy. Look at the grid before a race, he says, and you understand how difficult it would be to just jump in and race one around the track.
“With these boats people can now relate that this is the pinnacle of the sport. Most people would recognise if they went in this boat they’d probably have a good chance of killing themselves and probably couldn’t get it round the course in those conditions.
“People appreciate that sort of skill level – it draws them in. When I watch golf I see I can’t hit the ball as far Tiger Woods. That’s what attracts me to watch top sports.”
Coutts credits Ellison with providing the leadership and vision to enable change. “A lot of things he’s done in his life have been pretty visionary,” says the Kiwi offsider. “He’s great at providing focus. I’d tell him there’s probably 150 things we should be doing better. And he’d say `there’s one thing you’ve got to do better and that’s make this a much better television product’. I’d say we have to develop a business plan and he’d say `don’t worry about that, just get the technology right then we’ll create the business plan’. I’ve learnt a hell of a lot off Larry.”
This is not a business venture for Ellison, says Coutts. It’s a labour of love. “Everyone’s got these conspiracy theories about why we did multihulls. Let me tell you if we just wanted to win, we’d have said see you in 2013 in 115ft multihulls because that’s what we had ready. Larry wouldn’t have developed television, and we wouldn’t have developed the AC45 [class] which gives everyone access to wing technology and gets the whole thing ramped up. If we had really done what the conspiracy people are suggesting we would have done it in 115fters, and said `bring it on’.”
It’s said Ellison pays Coutts something like US$11 million a year for his services, friendship or not. Which brings us to Coutts’ perception among his fellow Kiwis. Does it bother him how he’s viewed “back home”?
Truxton is the first boat in at 0737. The guys beat in a fast challenging Krakatoa by just under 1 hour with Surreal 4 minutes further back. Revs another 8 minutes behind! This must have been some great racing through the night.
Krakatoa’s skipper, Rhys Boulton has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken foot. He sustained his injury after going forward and got washed aft as the boat surged through a wave. He is waiting on an xray to decide what to do next.
What a great start to the SSANZ RNZ Race ! Even better than the brochure !
On Surreal we got a reasonable start to be second behind Crafty Croftie and Super Sally on Expedition Coppelia. We quickly got that sorted and found ourselves leading the fleet out of Auckland Harbour. We took a fairly cautious approach and two sailed down the ditch before gybing at North Head. Truxton hoisted a gennaker and went screaming past. We waited until clear of Rangi Light before hoisting the gennaker, flying it from the spinnaker pole. This later proved to be an inspired choice as it made for vastly improved control and allowed us to pole back at times when we needed to soak. Krakatoa II proved plenty of entertainment with losing a jib sheet before the start to be well back. They hoisted a big gennaker and had all sorts of control issues before eventually wiping out once too often and tearing it.
Krakatoa II and Truxton flew their gennakers from bowsprits. This meant they had to sail hotter angles and necessitated a few gybes…most of them ending in tears ! Where as on Surreal we just poled back and stormed north bang on course. After Tiri Truxton got their game together and stormed off into the distance but Krakatoa II took until the Hen and Chicks to finally pass us for good. We think Krakatoa would be much better off by being a little more conservative in their sail choices…after all to finish first, first you have to finish.
By Andrew Gourdie
For the first time in 22 years, sailors are circumnavigating the country in just the second ever round New Zealand two-handed yacht race, and described as New Zealand’s ultimate yachting challenge, it is set to test sailors of all abilities.
Competitors say the round New Zealand yacht race is as much about the adventure as the race and that pretty well sums up the lives of Tom and Vicky Jackson – the couple have lived on their boat Sunstone for 31 years, sailing the globe.
“We’ve been as far north as Alaska, as far South as Cape Horn, right around the world – we’ve visited about 40 countries,” says Tom Jackson.
The Jacksons took a detour on their travels specifically to take part in the round New Zealand race.
Photos by Flatkat
Pic from Truxton at the hen & chicks at 6.20pm !
“got heaps on at the moment” at 7pm
Photos by StephenC
Off leigh now wind starting to ease but still 20 to 25 Gennaker up now averaging about 10 boatspeed great ride so far.
Tore spin ring off mast and had all on for about 1/2 hour, broached cut halyard, kite in drink, all on and we not at cape rod
All sails in saloon now, kites banded, No 3 on foredeck, two TV interviews just completed, ready to go.
Off Kawau, kite up for 2 hours where were the surfers on our quarter wave, wind 30SW. V&T
Dolphins before supper of tins of salmon, pots & beans. Sunstone.
the next day: Keep falling into holes. 10 miles to finish. Four spin evolutions. Sunstone
Photos by Hamish Archer
The SOL fleet of Young 11’s are keeping pace with 2nd placed Ross 40 Revs, These 2 screen shots taken at the same time.