The rule makers are allowing boat scantlings to become all out of whack and if the issues are not addressed it will happen more often.
In this issue:
Volvo Ocean Race – watch live pro am racing here now,
Loro Piana Regatta 2012 – Day 1, 2 & 3,
$11,900 To Watch The America’s Cup Final in Newport,
Conrad Colman – And …… we’ve arrived,
Rainbow II to return to New Zealand,
Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa – the second half of the race,
Sail-World Cruising – latest issue here,
For the four teams still in contention for offshore sailing’s most prestigious prize the end game will be all about the pursuit of perfection, with less than two weeks of sailing left and no more margin for error.
“These legs are going to be won or lost on smaller details, so it’s going to change in intensity” – Tom Addis, PUMA
As the sailors and the boats creak under the effects of more seven months of battle through the world’s toughest oceans, they must somehow raise their levels of concentration and intensity a notch higher.
With two short legs and three inshore races remaining, starting with Saturday’s Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, just 21 points split four teams all vying for overall victory – and any slip-up in the five remaining scoring opportunities is now likely to be extremely costly.
Legs 8 and 9 are both significantly shorter than the other offshore stages in the 39,000 nm round the world race. Lisbon to Lorient is less than 2,000 miles while the sprint to Galway is under 500 miles — and as the leg lengths decrease, the intensity ramps up in what promises to be the most thrilling finale to a Volvo Ocean Race in its 39-year history.
“Everything has to be perfect on these next two legs,” said Tom Addis, navigator on third-placed PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. “On the longer legs you can afford to make some mistakes and make up for them again but these shorter legs you have to be on the right side of everything.
“You’ve only got to beat another team by one boat length, and those lengths can be determined very early on in such short legs. These legs are going to be won or lost on smaller details, so it’s going to change in intensity.”
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$11,900 To Watch The America’s Cup Final in Newport.
Sailing rights holders promise host venues an uptake in tourism during the course of events. Some sailing events can fill a city’s hotel rooms just with competitors and their entourage while others are staged in cities where the event is a tiny blip in the calendar of events.
Some travel providers like to use sporting events to take profits where they can. The increased demand for rooms can command huge premiums for special events, but $11,990 for two nights to watch the America’s Cup World Series (Final) in Newport is pushing the limits of what most sailing fans would be willing to spend.
Jetsetter.com is advertising a package for America’s Cup (World Series) fans in Newport from June 22nd to June 29. The deal includes 2 nights at Forty 1° North and VIP tickets to the Moet & Chandon Private Lounge at Fort Adams State Park.
Once you have traveled to Newport at your own expense (the deal doesn’t include airfares etc), you can add up the value of the extras to see where the uber-luxury price point comes from.
You get nightly dinner for two at the Gril, one 60-minute, in-room Tandem massage per person, flowers and a bottle of Moet & Chandon plus a Vosges amenity (we think that’s a chocolate) each night. Then there is the private launch service to the Moet & Chandon Private Lounge at Fort Adams State Park; a sunset experience with a seafood tower and hibiscus champagne cocktails for two; nightly turndown service with a high-end gift; and nightly complimentary valet parking for one car.
America’s Cup World Series Newport Tickets On Sale.
The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) is so confident that they have got the new product right that they will charge spectators admission to the Fort Adams State Park viewing area for the Newport R.I. edition of the America’s Cup World Series. But are they charging enough?
There is no doubt that the ACWS will find an audience in Newport. The America’s Cup was staged in the town from 1930 until the Australians beat the New York Yacht Club and their lawyers in 1983.
In 2012, the Americans have decided that since they can’t beat the antipodean sailors, they might as well hire them to wear American flags on their shirts.
ORACLE Racing, perhaps mindful of the disconnect between their sailors and their provenance, have undergone a quiet rebranding to ORACLE TEAM USA, though young fans in Newport won’t be able to find a Skipper on the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s team with an American birth certificate to sign a poster.
And……. we’ve arrived.
Amazing feeling to be in, and to have won. It will take a long time to sink in. Thanks to all for following along during this crazy adventure.
Another iconic New Zealand international champion to return home
Rainbow II seen here racing to Nouméa 1967
by Alan Sefton
Bouzaid observes: ‘New Zealand yachting has a lot for which to thank Rainbow II, and Rainbow II has a lot for which to thank New Zealand.
‘On the back of Jimmy Davern’s 1966 Sydney-Hobart line-honours win the in 62ft Fidelis, this little yacht along with her dedicated crews was originally responsible for putting New Zealand on the international sailing map.
Rainbow 2 training in the Hauraki Gulf prior to being shipped to Germany for the One Ton Cup. -
‘During a short two-year period, she won a total of 121 races, including the Whangarei to Noumea and the Sydney to Hobart races in 1967, Kiel Week (in Germany) and the One Ton Cup (off Heligoland) in July 1969, and then the Channel Race and the Fastnet Classic (in England) in August 1969.
‘Over the years since then, I have often thought of bringing her back to New Zealand. Recently I re-read ‘Go Rainbow Go’ and I realized that it was 45 years since those wonderful days full of excitement and adventure. I also realized it was time for her to come home.
‘With the help of four close friends we have covered the purchase price and the transportation costs to New Zealand where Rainbow II will be donated to the Maritime Museum Foundation in Auckland’.
Big Red finishes!
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Fri, 08/06/2012 – 21:05
Steinlager 2, New Zealand’s iconic racing yacht has crossed in the line in Noumea in her true grand style.
“We know the rest of the fleet had a challenging race but for us it was a delight. A real pleasure on Big Red,” said a tired crew member.
The most wind experienced was about 45 knots but they had big seas and a long list of sail repairs including a large hole in the mainsail which was actually pulled down for a couple of days until they they approached New Caledonia.
Team Vodafone Sailing
- Finished Tuesday 5 June @ 20:59:50
- New multihull record set | 3 days, 6 hours, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
- Beau Geste (structual damage – Norfolk Island)
- Cotton Blossom 2 (Severe Sea Sickness)
- Starlight Express (mast and sail damage – Norfolk Island)
- Carerra (lost navigation equipment)
- Icebreaker (loose keel bolts and damaged forward bulkhead)
Here comes Steinlager 2
Photo by Nathan Bonney with some of the Starlight Express crew Kingston, Norfolk Island
Rikki has finished and M1 is not far away. Steinlager and Bullrush are also close. It’s going to be a busy night at the CNC. Finish times will be posted on sailnoumea.com soon.
From Boyd Wason aboard Starlight Express
“Made it safely to Norfolk Island. Been an adventure that will be hard to fully describe. Just spent 36 hours going north to assist Ice Breaker, got here and she’s at anchor in open rocky bay and crew have gone ashore. Bay rugged, rocky, and has a reasonable break coming in so can’t get to shore and no facilties for anyone to come out. All is well though. We have some rum and plenty of good food”
NZ Update: 1930hrs Sked | 7.6.12
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Thu, 07/06/2012 – 21:33
Akatea All well on board
Blizzard All well on board
Beau Geste Anchored Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island. Retired from race.
Bonaparte All well on board
Bullrush Position given
Carerra Returning to Auckland. Retired from race.
Cotton Blossom 2 Retired from race.
Elysium Position given
Icebreaker Anchored Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island. Retired from race.
Iolanthe 2 Position given – broken boom heading to Nouméa
Kia Kaha Position given
M1 Nothing heard from Vessel
Rikki Poor satelite phone connection
Starlight Express Anchored Cascade Bay, Norfolk Island. Retired from race.
Steinlager 2 All well on board
Team Vodafone Sailing Finished
SOL display showing real life boats in yellow with online racers as red and green dots.
Sailonline World Race 2011-2012 – Leg 8
Leg 8 in this 9 leg race across the globe. Leg 8: A race from Lisbon to Lorient across 1940nm in a VO70. On the way the Azores must be rounded as part of the course. Fair Winds challengers! Race #412 NOR / POLAR. WX Updates: 0430 / 1030 / 1630 / 2230. RANKING: Ocean/SYC/SOL WorldRace Beta Client
Race starts: Jun 10th 11:00 Registration Open here
Charlie’s Dream and her crew after a much looked forward to shower and a few cold beverages in Nouméa!
Sail Noumea Brisbane Leg- Line Honours- Alacrity with a top speed of 19.6knots! The guys enjoying a well deserved rum!
Real life yachts
V5, the rough and tough crew take Monohull Line Honours
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Thu, 07/06/2012 – 15:46
When David Nathan entered this TP52 V5 into the Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa race he said his crew were rough and tough. And he couldn’t have been more spot on. V5 crossed the finish line at 17:16:23 on Thursday 5th June and was the first monohull to Nouméa after a rough and tough five nights at sea.
V5 made a lot of good tactical choices and opted to sail east of Norfolk Island to catch the changing conditions.
Doing well in Auckland-Noumea Race, 260 miles to go, as they have no mainsail…
Information regarding Icebreaker
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Thu, 07/06/2012 – 10:41
It’s been a long 24 hours for the crew on the Ker40 Icebreaker and we can now confirm that they have officially retired from the race and are safely anchored at Norfolk Island.
Icebreaker originally suspended racing and made the decision to head to Norfolk Island to address the loose keel bolt issue. On their way there they suffered another blow resulting in damage to the forward bulk head. They are now unable to continue racing.
Royal Akarana Yacht Club Race Management team worked together with Martime New Zealand Rescue Coordination Center and were communicating regularily with the crew.
At 1200 hours Thursday 7 June, Paul Stubbs contacted RAYC and RCC via Sat Phone to give the final confirmation of their safe arrival and then advised to announce their retirement.
All the crew are safe and well and will assess the boats situation. RAYC will continue to provide updates.
The tracker from Beau Geste will be transfered to Icebreaker.
Starlight Express were instructed by RCC to follow Icebreaker and are also on their way to Norfolk Island. There the crew will rest overnight before continuing to Auckland, New Zealand on Friday 8 June.
0730hrs Sked | 7.6.12
Radio Schedule for: Royal Akarana Yacht Club – Auckland to Noumea June 2012
@ 0630 nzst 6th June, Icebreaker still has a few miles to go to the safety of Norfolk Island and Starlight Express still some 47 miles from Icebreaker. The latest forecast from PredictWind has the breeze dropping and turning south, then building back to 30knots by Thursday afternoon.
Information regarding Akatea
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Wed, 06/06/2012 – 20:54
Update from Akatea at 1930 hours Wednesday 6 June 2912.
All are well on board and the boat is holding up great and it is testament to the very good race prep that was done.
There has been a fair bit of sea-sickness on board and yesterday they had 66 knots of wind over the deck with heavy seas.
The wind never got under 38 knots for 24 hours but now they have 20 knots of breeze from a good point of sail.
Things are getting better and they are toughing it out with a few sea-sick pills.
Starlight Express is escorting Icebreaker to Norfolk Island – Starlight has retired from race with mast & sail damage @ 19:00 nzst ALL WELL ON BOARD ETA 10 hours to rendezvous with Icebreaker approx 0500 nzst
The real boats are highlighted in yellow
Icebreaker have reported; “Heading to Norfolk Island to undertake a keel bolt inspection.” The tracker also shows that Starlight Express have tacked and are now heading towards Icebreaker instead off south towards New Zealand. More here as this situation unfolds.
Tough day in the office for Kia Kaha
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Wed, 06/06/2012 – 17:28
News just in is that Chris Hornell’s TP52 Kia Kaha had a tough day on the race course but are still making their way to Noumea.
They recorded 55 knots and were forced to drop the mainsail as it ripped pretty badly in the early hours of the morning. It’s now fixed (after some handy craft work) and it’s finally up again.
Unfortunately three of the crew are sea sick but otherwise everyone is in good spirits.
Manuela, their shore crew manager, brought a smile to their faces after she shared the news that the Aussie’s were beaten by the Scots in the rugby last night.
They are keen to make to Nouméa to watch the All Blacks play on Saturday night!
Evolution Sail Nouméa – proudly conducted by Royal Akarana Yacht Club
by Lesley Haslar
Team Vodafone Sailing screamed into ‘Baie de l’Orphelinat’ Nouméa at 20.59.50 (NZ time) in thunder lightning and choppy seas, setting a new multihull record for the Evolution Sail Nouméa Yacht race of 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds. A tired but happy crew worked with three zodiacs to manoeuvre the huge hull into an appropriate slip. Not a good night for Media – not a good night for shooting photographs in the stormy weather – lightening, thunder, rain and more rain – we did our best.
Hull was back at the boat early morning to do the ‘Skipper thing’ and check ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ Said Hull “We had a good ride; with a jib-set to starboard early in the race – we just rode out the lumpy seas. We saw 38 knots, sitting on 30 a lot of the time.” When asked about trying to sail along the New Caledonia South West Reef in winds ‘zero to maybe 1.9 knots’, Hull replied “I went to bed. Couldn’t handle being hove-to for the first time in my sailing life.”
There are withdrawals to date: Beau Geste, Cotton Blossom, Ice Breaker, Starlight Express. The balance of the fleet are expected in on Thursday and Friday.
Photos directly from Team Vodafone Sailing.