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Yachting News 12th June 2012

Jun 12, 2012 No Comments by

Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

Calliope Sea Scouts Tramp to “The Pinnacles” in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsular,

Beau Geste – Norfolk Island to New Zealand,

Laura Dekker,


Clipper – Halifax update,

Volvo Ocean Race – leg 8,

Sail-World USA – latest issue here,

Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,

A Brush with Sail – latest issue here,

PUMA Ocean Racing’s Mar Mostro –  is now on the market for €1.6 million or best offer,


Photo Edwin Delaat. Beau Geste, Starlight Express and Icebreaker shelter in the bays of Norfolk Island

unknown random yachties and a Westie locked up in Norfolk Island.

more photos by Edwin here


Well the temp repairs are complete and a couple of us are heading up to give Cam and the guys a hand to bring the BG home this Saturday.

We have a crew of Six the guys have been running a watch system on the boat moving as the weather does around the island for over a week now.

Davie Norris and his team had a good weather window to get plenty of wet lam and c-plate on the boat.

The weather for the trip home is in general pretty good with the possibility of a bit of breeze approaching North Cape.

We will have a Ocean going tug standing by during the passage they leave for Norfolk tomorrow 10 knot average for the tug.

We will keep you posted.


Rodney Keenan

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Hartley 16 North Island Champs 3-4 November 2012 at Lake Ngaroto Boating Club in TeAwamutu.

47th Hartley 16 National Championships 16 – 19 January 2013 at New Plymouth Yacht Club

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The wind has come back a little and Guppy is doing 5 knots again. We’re just over halfway, with 1490 miles still to go. I love the mornings out here since the temperature is still really nice then, and you can see the day coming. I saw a huge fin which turned out to be two orcas–or at least I think it was two orcas because I just saw black and a little white under water and it was just really really huge. They were so big I was stunned for about half an hour. Definitely really cool. Bruno is still sleeping which he does for most of the day. Bruno comes alive more at night when I want to sleep, so that works 😛 Kiwi is also mostly active and really hyper at night which doesn’t work out quite so well since she loves jumping on my tummy. Bruno is getting a little bored and wants to see land again but I still love it out here. I’m also looking forward to the Marquesas and French Polynesia again but time out here is good too. Life is simple and the sailing is easy. I’m actually really happy with it.


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The Story of Sir Peter Blake

Tessa Duder tells the story of Sir Peter’s life for young readers

The Sir Peter Blake Trust, together with Oratia Media and award winning children’s author Tessa Duder, are proud to present our new storybook for young readers – The Story of Sir Peter Blake.

One of the greatest challenges we face is keeping Sir Peter Blake alive for young kiwis, and this wonderful novel addresses the challenge head-on. Tessa Duder tells the gripping story of Sir Peter’s life – from his childhood, through his ocean racing career, the America’s Cup campaigns, and the environmental work he dedicated his last years to.

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Sir Peter Blake on Yachtyakka here

Busy day in Halifax as fleet completes Race 12 – 11 June 2012

The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax has been a hive of activity today with all ten entries in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arriving after completing Race 12, from New York to Halifax.

Gold Coast Australia claimed victory in Race 12, their tenth of the campaign while Visit Finland and Welcome to Yorkshire respectively bagged the final two podium positions.

Scottish entry, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital went one better on their result into New York during Race 11 and finished fourth, just seconds before Singapore in fifth. New skipper, Piers Dudin, leading the Scottish team to their best finish of the race so.

This 600-mile sprint from New York has been one of the most tightly fought races yet with around a minute separating fourth and sixth place.

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Photo by Nathan Bonney

View from the galley.

Generally I sleep pretty soundly onboard CAMPER, but last night was definitely an exception. Such was the violet motion back forward, up down, side-to-side and everything in between. As well as the usually rainforest dripping from above. I lost count of the times I seemed to be momentarily levitating above my bunk. But the real awakener was the catapult from my bunk forward into the nav seat. Luckily no one was sitting in it.

The red runaway freight train express to Lorient has all aboard and is not stopping until it reaches France. The concerning thing is the wind is still building from what we have right now where we are fully blasting along averaging mid 20’s- before we topped over 30 knots.

The miles are clocking down at a fantastic rate, with what seemed like minutes 100 miles just disappeared.

There is constant conversation on how hard to push the boat, already we have seen Groupama have a problem with their mainsail, but they seem to be right back in the thick of it with not too much downtime.

Every sail change has to be totally thought out and planned with what weather is ahead, just because slowing down for 20 minutes can cost you 10 miles.
Despite this I think across the fleet there is one eye on the 24-hour speed record for this race. That and getting more points on the board are motivation enough for us right now.s record breaking speeds

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Survival mode as fleet nears record breaking speeds

The North-Atlantic storm has ramped up the fleet to near record breaking speeds overnight with the top four teams each notching more than 500 nautical miles in the past 24 hours, but it is Team Telefónica who continue to have an edge.

The massive low pressure system hasn’t disappointed, delivering winds in excess of 40 knots that have tested the boats and crews as they slipped into survival mode overnight.

But while fighting to survive the top four of Telefónica, PUMA, Groupama and CAMPER have been pushing themselves to the brink in a bid to earn vital points that could ultimately decide the entire race, with just 23 points separating them on the overall leaderboard.

“Without a doubt this leg will be won by they boat who can find the right balance between pushing and boat conservation, and with the top four boats so close, we really could see anything happen,” Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson said.

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, current holders of the IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour record for the race, continued to stamp their authority as the fastest boat on the track racking up the top 24-hour distance with 514.2 nautical miles and an average of 21.4 knots.

Telefónica followed closely behind with 513.3, followed  by Groupama, 512.4 and PUMA with 512.2, while Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Sanya are yet to crack the 500 mark, with plenty of runway still to go.

At 0400 UTC just eight nautical miles separated the leading four boats, with just over 600 nm remaining until the finish at Lorient, France.

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Photo Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team/Volvo Ocean Race

Brad Marsh is sent up the mast to try and free a stuck mainsail, onboard Groupama

Groupama bowman Brad Marsh pulled off a daring mid-sea fix to keep overall leaders Groupama in with a shot at a podium finish in Leg 8 after their mainsail jammed in the path of a storm.

Kiwi sailor Marsh climbed Groupama’s 31-metre mast three times in more than 20 knots of breeze and rough seas to try to free the mainsail, which got stuck when the crew tried to make the sail smaller in light of rising winds, forecast to reach gale-force strength in the coming hours.

Media crew member Yann Riou said the problems arose after skipper Franck Cammas made the call to ‘reef’ the mainsail, whereby the sail is lowered partially to reduce its size.

“It’s when we had to take this reef that we noticed the main sail was stuck at the top of the mast,” he said.

“After several attempts, we had to admit we needed to find other solutions.”

The solution came in the form of Marsh, who braved the swinging of the mast three times to solve the problem and keep Groupama in the running.

“To give you an idea, it’s already tough to stand up on deck in these conditions,” Riou added.

“So, up in the air with a 30-metre lever… I don’t understand how he did it! If you’re looking for the hero of the day, he is here!”

With speeds almost halved for around two hours, Franck Cammas’ men slipped from second to fourth — but at 2200 UTC on Wednesday they were just 10 miles behind leaders Telefónica.

And, with an average speed over the previous three hours of 24.4 knots, they were the quickest boat in the fleet.

“Since we started again, we’ve got the knife between our teeth and a cracking pace,” Riou said.

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Live Video Conference – Puma Ocean Racing Powered by BERG here

Mr Clean talks to Ken Read here

Chris Nickolson talks about the latest conditions here


Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) is leading the charge not only towards the finish of Leg 8 in Lorient on Friday but straight towards the centre of a particularly nasty north-Atlantic depression. Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) faltered briefly, allowing PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) to overtake.

With around 800 miles to go before the fleet will need to gybe – a tricky manoeuvre at the best of times – the worst of the weather is yet to come. Gusts of over 40 knots and swell of six or seven metres is expected, but as yet the fleet is showing no sign of easing up. The pressure is on for the leaders and no one is going to back off unless it’s really necessary.

“We’ve thrown a rock on the accelerator so that no one can take their foot off and driving the boat is pretty exciting right now,” said Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. According to Read, the weather has a Southern Ocean feel to it. “We are heading for a bashing,” he said today in a live interview from the boat. With a fractional code zero headsail set and one reef in the mainsail, Read said the waves were just starting to build, something for which the Bay of Biscay has a notorious reputation.

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where are they now

where are they now

Can’t get no satisfaction

by Hamish Hooper blogs from on board CAMPER

I take back what I said yesterday- it does suck being overtaken and left behind, and you would be kidding to say it doesn’t effect you in anyway. Its been a bit of a downer day, just sailing the boat as fast as possible, but knowing that no matter what we do, we still lose miles every sked, we just can’t get no satisfaction.

Our hope is the satisfaction will come if we can manage to catch the leading bunch while in they are flopping around in the middle of the approaching high before they sneak into the big low pressure system to far ahead of us that will fire the fleet towards Lorient at high speed.

From what I heard from the nav station today about the expected conditions a couple of days away, I have decide not to listen to anymore. It sounds like it is going to be pretty full on, so will just do my best to deal with it as it comes.

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“Sooner smack his thumb with a hammer”

Photo Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race

Skipper Chris Nicholson takes a compass bearing of the other boats, onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France.

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson said he would “sooner smack his thumb with a hammer” than continue leeching miles to his competitors, but with the fleet soon to head into fast running conditions he is preparing to mount a comeback.

Nicholson said the team have been working hard on the reach to the turning mark at São Miguel island, as they try to hang on to the top three teams who all have Juan Kouyoumdjian designed boats that revel in the conditions.

Nicholson said if his team could remain within 20 miles of the leaders once the fleet reach the islands then they would be in with a shot of reeling the frontrunners in on what is expected to be some fast and furious running.

“I reckon if we can get to the Azores, to the parking-lot as such, within 20 miles of them, that’d be OK,” he said. “Several days ago I thought it could be worse.”

For now, Nicholson and navigator Will Oxley are focusing on how they can capitalise on the opportunities that are to be had at São Miguel, which is enveloped inside the centre of the Azores High, where there is little to no wind.

“There’s big gains and losses to be made getting around the island,’’ Nicholson said. “Then it’s a pretty fast trip if you keep it all in one piece.”

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Telefónica and Iker Martínez/ESP have continued to put the pressure on, needing to win this leg to regain their position at the top of the overall leaderboard, a place that Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA), just 0.7 nautical mile behind at 1900 GMT tonight, is not going to relinquish without blood on the tracks. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (Ken Read/USA) in third, 4.6 nm behind the leader, are waiting in the wings to take advantage of any opportunity coming their way as the leading pair spat for overall honours in the closest contest this race has ever seen.

Throughout the day, the pace has heated up as the leading trio gave a master class in speed as the fleet beam reached towards São Miguel, the Azores island that is a mark of the course, and the end of what could be the theoretical first section of Leg 8 to Lorient.

The notorious Azores High is situated almost directly over São Miguel, 320 nm ahead of the fleet. Speeds are predicted to drop as the fleet compresses at the archipelago and faces a light airs upwind section of the course on Tuesday.

For the chasing pack of three, it is simply a case of waiting until the wind changes or some tactical opportunities open up, and try to hang on to the coat tails of the three Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed boats, which excel in the current conditions.

Once clear of the Azores, the third stage of the leg will begin when an aggressive depression throws out winds of up to 40 knots for the crossing of the Bay of Biscay.

“The big questions on my mind are how much of a shakeup the light wind section could bring tomorrow and, in particular, will we be able to fend off CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) through that stage,” Ian Walker said from fourth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. “How windy will the last few days get and what opportunities could that present,” he asked and wonders which teams will try to sail the fastest route that negotiates the gale force winds in the north, and who will opt for a more conservative approach further south. Either way there is no room for error on this the penultimate offshore leg of the course, and a breakage at this stage could be very costly.

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where are they now

What it takes to win the Volvo Ocean Race

As the fleet take on the penultimate leg of the race with just 23 points splitting top four teams Groupama, Telefónica, PUMA and CAMPER, we asked the two ABN AMRO ONE crewmates about their experiences and predictions.

Sanderson, now skipper with Team Sanya, believes with four boats still able to win overall so late in the race, the frontrunners are in unknown territory.

“It’s hard to imagine what the guys who are in with a shot now are going through,” he said.

“When we won the race it was something we just chipped away at from the start.

“We built a lead from the first night of the race really, so it was a very different situation.”

Sanderson said old adage of taking one day at a time and not focusing on the overall points tally had been widely adopted so far, but as the race winds up towards the Galway finish, he said the leading pack would be feeling the pressure to perform.

“If you think of it as another regatta, many of us have been in a position where you have to go out and perform on the last day of the event. What they will tell you is to treat it as just another day, just another race,” he said.

“But there’s no doubt the stress levels are high, the nerves are on edge,” Sanderson added. “At the end of the day, one of these four teams is going to have on their CVs that they won the Volvo Ocean Race.”

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