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Yachting News 25th June 2012

Jun 25, 2012 No Comments by

Greetings yachties,

In this issue:

Volvo Ocean Race – leg 8 documentary,

Laura Dekker – latest update,

A big day as the cat comes home – ETNZ get their AC72 hulls delivered,

Fisher’s View – The Elephant is in the Room,

Sumner of Sailing – foiling AC45 opti sailor,

Flying like “L” – American Cup Team Oracle put the foils AC45 – Result: totally insane speeds,

Vineyard Challenge,

Oracle Racing Team to base itself in Northland NZ,

Carkeek HP40 ‘Decision’ Wins Onion Patch,

Coney Island Mermaid 2012,

Basics of Sailing,

Race Start Strategy with Peter Isle,

Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,

Sail-World NZL – latest issue here,


Ocean race festival proposed for Wellington


Wellington Harbour could become home to a festival of world-class ocean races if a local yacht club has its way.

The Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club pitched the idea of an eight-week harbour festival becoming the city’s next big event in an oral submission to Wellington City Council on Friday.

The council called for public submissions on its events strategy, which aims to introduce another “iconic” event to the calendar by 2016 to run with the World of WearableArt, the Hertz Sevens and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival. It received 92 submissions.

Yacht club chief executive Dean Stanley told The Dominion Post Wellington’s unique harbour arena was purpose-built for world-class ocean sports and a festival would fit with the council’s wishes for another iconic event.

“Wellington has got a really strong advantage, for one because of the wind and two because of the ampitheatre on the harbour.”

The city would “come to life” with events like the World Match Racing Tour, the Olympic Classes Regatta, the Global Ocean Race and selections for the Youth America’s Cup – all of which the public could watch free from temporary grandstands.

“It is quite spectacular when you get those boats throwing tacks and gybes right in front of the wharf there.

“Sailing has a history of going out to sea somewhere and far away from where the public can see it. But this concept of stadium sailing has developed.

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The wind has totally dropped down over the last day so we’re running the engine, as expected. We still have 130 miles to go. And just like every time before, it feels kind of weird to be so close to land again after a long time at sea. The funniest part is that neither of us actually have any idea how long we’ve been at sea because we don’t remember when we left. It must be something like 22 days now. That’s already 4 more days than last year on the same trip. The squalls stayed away last night so I slept really well in the quiet conditions. Right now there are some dark clouds and showers hanging around us but we still haven’t gotten any rain…too bad. Now there is a little wind from behind, so maybe we’ll be sailing for the final miles.


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39270, the official book of Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, is a high quality publication celebrating the very best of the race. From the start in Alicante to the climactic finish in Galway, 39270 recaps the amazing teams, incidents, people and places that defined this truly global event.

Thrilling sailing action, close finishes and stunning photography made Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 possibly the most memorable ocean race ever. The 39,270nm route was not only the longest course ever set, but also one of the most incident-packed. Hotly contested every mile of the way, Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 captured imaginations around the world.

Containing text and captions in four languages, 39270 makes a perfect memento or gift for anyone captivated by the drama and visual power of this amazing race. 39270 is exclusively available for pre-order here and will be delivered well before the gifting season.

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Friday, November 23, 2012
Category 2, 320 nautical mile offshore race hosted by Royal Akarana Yacht Club.
Notice of Race etc. COMING SOON!

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Photos copyright Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand’s shore crew receive the parts of their future AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 June 2012.

A big day as the cat comes home

The build of Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC72 catamaran entered its final phase today with the arrival of the major components at the Team’s Viaduct Harbour base.

At 22m long and 16m wide the assembled yacht is too big to be transported by road.

The hulls, cross beams and other structural elements arrived separately. The shore crew will assemble the components into the “platform” over the next few weeks

The yacht, complete with the 40m wingsail, will be sailing on Auckland Harbour towards the end of July.

With both the platform and wing at the base the final assembly is now in full swing.

Major changes have been made at the base to house the big cat.  A 65m structure of 12 40ft shipping containers covered by a tent has been erected on the concrete forecourt between the base and the harbour

A second smaller tent structure for the platform has been erected on the site of the original Team New Zealand building in Halsey Street

When the team moves to San Francisco next year, the tents will follow and become our base there.

Grant Dalton: “We have been working towards this day since the end of 2010.  We started building in August last year and we’re now planning a public naming ceremony at the Viaduct Harbour in the early evening of July 21.

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Photos copyright Emirates Team New Zealand

Fisher’s View: Day minus 3 ACWS Newport – The Elephant is in the Room

In a separate interview with Russell Coutts, he admitted that the heavy loadings of these catamarans that would constantly exceed 30 knots would be more than a handful for the 11-man crews and when asked if perhaps he hadn’t taken a step too far, he could only shrug his shoulders in a gesture of uncertainty. ACRM chief, Iain Murray, revealed that the teams that had paid their entry fee for the Louis Vuitton Cup, together with the defender, were still in discussions regarding the length of the courses. He said the downwind legs of three miles could only take six minutes and that would include setting the masthead asymmetric and furling it to round the leeward mark.

Then the matter of hydrofoils reared its ugly head. Oracle Team USA has been trialling on of its AC-45s with L-shaped daggerboards and T-foiled rudders in San Francisco with some success. It also has a backlog of experience gained in the development of USA-17, the 90-foot waterline (trimaran) that won the 33rd America’s Cup. Whether other teams have similarly experimented is not known, but all the AC-72 design teams will have been evaluating the theories.

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Sumner Of Sailing

Hi everybody,

Last Friday I went down to Oracle Racing’s base in San Francisco. I had been invited to see the base and watch them sail. I ended up going out on an AC45! What a fantastic surprise for me. After I put on sailing gear, I was taken out to the AC45 on a chase boat. When I got on the boat I sat next to Jimmy Spithill, a sailing legend and Oracle Racing’s skipper for the 33rd and the 34th America’s Cup. After some instruction, Jimmy handed me the tiller extension and let me steer. It was AMAZING! I couldn’t believe it. I drove the AC45 for about 45 minutes. When I was steering the boat, it got up to 20 knots. When I got back on the chase boat the AC45 got up to 34 knots, the max speed for the day. After a long time on the chase boat I was able to get on the AC45 again. I rode the AC45 downwind back to the base. Even though I got soaked, I had the time of my life. I can see why theses sailors were chosen for Oracle Racing’s America’s Cup team, they are the best in the world and all very kind. When I was inside the base, I saw Russell Coutts, another sailing legend who has won the America’s Cup many times. I talked to him for a little while, another amazing part of the day. I was also able to talk to Jimmy again, it was such a great day! My dad and I left the base and headed to the St. Francis Yacht Club to see Russell speak. His speech was very interesting and inspiring. My new sailing goal is to get to the America’s Cup, thanks to the Youth America’s Cup program I will have an opportunity. Friday was the most amazing sailing experience I have ever had. Go Oracle Racing!

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Photos © Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

Scoop : l’AC45 d’Oracle a chaussé des foils!

After the wings, the stilts! On Monday morning, from 0:01, you’re the first to discover the crazy idea of defending American Cup: put the foils in the floats of its AC45! Result: totally insane speeds, as evidenced by the bending of the leeward foil – yet carbon. The drift-foils, which have been advanced, are “L” returning, rudder, “T” inverted. But, difficult to master, these appendices will they be placed under the AC72 future? / H.H.

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follow the Oracle Team USA blog here

follow the chatter on Sailing Anarchy here

follow the chatter on about foils here

another thread here

Flying like “L”

By Oracle Team USA fb Albums – Sean McNeill

During last week’s training session in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA sailors were learning to fly on hydrofoils. An L-shaped daggerboard and T-shaped rudders were fitted to one of the team’s AC45s and the platform took flight. Foiling is not a new phenomenon. Many high-speed ferries rely on hydrofoils for a smooth ride for their passengers. In sailing, the Moth class has experimented with foils since the early 1970s, about the same time that experimental foiling boats were attempting to set the first officially observed speed trials at Weymouth Speed Week. In 2009 the 60-foot foiling trimaran l’Hydroptere set the record at 51.36 knots. Foils help reduce draft and increase speed. They are a very cost efficient way to gain performance. You can research them extensively in the computer before you build them, and they are small scale, compared with a wing. The foil project is a continuation of one started on USA 17, the team’s 90-foot trimaran that won the 2010 America’s Cup.

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Yachting stars eye Northland

By Russell Blackstock

New Zealand is rolling out the red carpet for the rock stars of yacht racing.

After scouring the world, America’s Cup holder Oracle Racing Team has opted to base itself in Northland to prepare for its next defence of the coveted trophy, known as the Auld Mug.

American billionaire Larry Ellison is bringing his team – including yachting superstars Russell Coutts and James Spithill – to Marsden Cove marina to put his state-of-the-art racing catamarans through their paces.

Oracle ground crew will start arriving in October, with racers coming in early January and expected to stay till the end of May 2013.

San Francisco-based Oracle approached Hopper Development, which controls the marina, and asked it to find 50 houses suitable to rent for the the crew, support team and their families.

“This is massive news and we will pull out all the stops to make everyone welcome,” Paul Shanahan, marketing manager for Hopper Development, said. “We want Oracle to have such a good time that they come back for more because these guys are the rock stars of ocean racing.”

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PHOTO CREDIT: Daniel Forster/PPL

Stephen Murray’s ‘Decision’ wins Onion Patch Series

NYYC Red top Onion Patch team

By Talbot Wilson

Hamilton, Bermuda June 23, 2012- The new Carkeek HP40 ‘Decision’ owned by Steve Murray (New Orleans LA) was the top Onion Patch boat in the Newport Bermuda Race and then the talented ‘Decision’ team put on a top performance in Friday’s Royal Bermuda YC Anniversary Regatta presented by the Butterfield Group to come out as the first place individual boat in the series.

‘Decision’ edged out Lawrence Dickie’s ‘Ptarmigan’ by only .5 points and beat the US Naval Academy TP52 ‘Invictus’ by 2.25. ‘Invictus’ had led going into the Bermuda event but finished that day in 11th place.

As the top individual boat in the Onion Patch Series, Murray wins the Henry B. du Pont Trophy.

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Photos by East Coast Images

30th Anniversary featuring Queen Mermaid/Annabella Sciorra & King Neptune/Jackie Martling

Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island’s forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. Mermaid Parade

The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed.

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