In this issue:
Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa – The adventure yachties arrive,
Extreme Sailing Series – Istanbul,
Tasmanian yachtswomen dominate results,
NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by ROLEX,
Volvo Ocean Race – One Design by Bruce Farr,
Volvo Ocean Race – Live in port race here now,
Volvo Ocean Race – live start video here,
Volvo Ocean Race – live audio links here,
Leg 8 Sail on line from Lisbon starts soon – register here,
Lectronic Latitude – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa 2012 – Wrap up and Thanks
Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa 2012 officially ended after 8 days, 1 hours, 32 minutes and 53 seconds when Iolanthe II crossed the finish line in Noumea on the 10th of June just after 3pm NZST.
The ocean race which started in near windless conditions on Auckland harbour was labelled by competitors at the finish line as one of the most challenging to leave New Zealand in the last 20 years.
Two days of light winds after the start gave way to, at times, ferocious headwinds which took its toll on the 17 starters.
Kark Kwok’s 80 foot maxi monohull Beau Geste was the first to retire from the race with structural damage. The crew of Beau Geste called Taupo Maritime Radio just before 7pm on Monday the 4th of June from a position some 100nm east south east of Norfolk Island. The call was quickly upgraded to a Pan Pan when the crew realised the boat had a lateral crack across the deck which extended down both sides of the hull to the waterline. The New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre quickly took control of the incident and requested a Norfolk Island fishing boat offer any possible assistance. A 175m bulk freighter on route from New Zealand to Nouméa was also diverted to provide assistance and a NZRAF Orion was put on standby. It was feared that the yacht might sink before making Norfolk Island. The 18 strong crew of the Beau Geste displayed magnificent seamanship in working to keep the hull together and managed to safely reach Norfolk by 6am on Tuesday morning.
The tough conditions also resulted in sea sickness for many sailors. The crew of Cotton Blossom 2 were particularly affected and decided at 10.52am on Tuesday the 4th of June to retire from the race and return to New Zealand.
At 8.59pm NZST the big red 60 foot Orma trimaran of Team Vodafone Sailing crossed the finish line in Nouméa to record a new Multihull race record of 3 days 6 hours 59 minutes and 50 seconds. Owner and skipper, Simon Hull, said that he was “…pleased with the result but would be back next time to try and break the outright race record.”
About an hour after Team Vodafone Sailing finished the race the Kerr40 Ice Breaker reported loose keel bolts and advised they would make for Norfolk Island to shelter and make repairs. At 12.23pm on Wednesday the 6th of June Icebreaker reported a “…broken front bulkhead..” and via sat phone requested “… please get an escort for us. We will communicate by text”. The issue was upgraded to a Pan Pan and the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre swung into action again taking control of the incident.
Starlight Express which was returning to New Zealand after earlier in the day retiring from the race suffering mainsail and main luff track damage was tasked with diverting to Ice Breakers position to offer assistance.
After 36 hours of slow progress to windward both Icebreaker and Starlight Express made landfall at Norfolk Island safely, much to the relief of race management and worried crew’s families. On reaching Norfolk Island Icebreaker officially retired from the race and set about making repairs to the boat.
Marten 49 Carerra also withdrew from the race and returned to Auckland after suffering water damage to the yachts inverter and failure of electrical systems.
While the mid race drama was unfolding for five of the yachts the remainder of the fleet was making steady progress towards the Nouméa finish line.
First Monohull to cross the line was David Nathan’s TP52 V5 which had sailed an outstanding tactical race to beat Cookson 50 Akatea and Opua based TP52 Kia Kaha. V5 was awarded the Jack White Memorial Ocean Race Shield for first monohull on line and the Alexander Percy Trophy for first on PHRF handicap.
Second across the line was the Gary Lewis skippered Cookson 50 Akatea beating Kia Kaha by just one hour and 29 minutes after more than five days of racing. Akatea took IRC honours and was awarded the Auckland to Nouméa Trophy plus a $1,000 cash prize.
All the yachts which finished the race were greeted warmly by the team of volunteers from RAYC and the Cercle Nautique Caledonien yacht club. Each boat was allocated a local “God Father” who delivered a generous basket of local produce and beverages to the boats when they tied up at the marina. Crews were also given an Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa 2012 t-shirt which they could change into on arrival and the yacht club bar was opened for post race debrief and drinks.
Royal Akarana Yacht Club would like to thank Taupo Maritime Radio and the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre for their outstanding professionalism and assistance during the race. Special thanks also to the large team of amazing volunteers from CNC yacht club who worked around the clock to finish yachts and warmly welcomed all crews to Nouméa.
Finally, RAYC wish to thank all owners, skippers, and crews for their entry and outstanding seamanship throughout the race.
RAYC Commodore & Offshore Committee
Final results. It’s all FINALLY over!
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Sun, 10/06/2012 – 16:45
When Iolanthe II crossed the finish line, the sound signal they received also signalled the end of the 2012 Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa.
It’s been 8 days coming in what has been an extremely eventual race for the Auckland to Nouméa leg.
Iolanthe II finished the race under stormsail after breaking the boom a few days ago. Needless to say, they are pretty stoked to be back on dry land.
Skipper John Morris showed off his head stiches which Dr. Patch (crew member on board) installed after he received a knock to the head.
IolantheII has finished! The last boat to cross the finish line in Noumea did so under Tri-Sail after suffering a broken boom near Norfolk Island. IolantheII was towed into the marina with a broken engine. The skipper proudly showed off the stitches in his head admistered by Dr Patch mid race! All crew are well and very pleased to be ashore.
Bonaparte and Blizzard finished!
Submitted by Suellen Hurling on Sun, 10/06/2012 – 11:44
Peter Parkin (Bonapate) and Blizzard (John Miller) must be two very happy skippers. They and their crew have finally finished!
The bar will be at their beckon all afternoon and into the evening.
Iolanthe II isn’t far away which will signal the finish of the 2012 Evolution Sails Sail Nouméa race.
There are Irish yachties on that boat at least 1.
Photos by Margaret Delaat-Dijkhuis
Penfold Audi Sport dominates Women’s Keelboat Regatta
Tasmanian yachtswomen have dominated results on the opening day of the Australian women’s keelboat championship on Melbourne’s Port Phillip, winning the first two races on corrected time in all three handicap categories, AMS, IRC and PHS.
Sailing the borrowed Victorian yacht Penfold Audi Sport, they got the gun in the third race, winning the IRC category on corrected time, beaten by just five seconds in AMS, and placing third in the PHS category in which handicaps are adjusted after each race.
A fleet of 16 yachts of various design and size, crewed by women sailors, mainly from Victoria, but with one crew each from Tasmania and New South Wales, are contesting the six race regatta sailed over the long weekend.
The Tasmanian crew, variously members of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Bellerive Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Geilston Bay Boat Club comprises Colleen Darcy [BYC], Sally Rattle [BYC], Caroline Walker [RYCT], Heather McCullum [BYC/DSS], Lauren Davison [BYC], Michelle Edwards [DSS] and Sarah Baldwin [GBBC].
The women, who race regularly on various Hobart yachts, including Sally Rattle’s Archie, David Taylor’s Pisces and Ian Stewart’s TasPaints, put the crew together after a close second overall in this regatta two years ago.
fast forward to 14minutes if you just want to watch the start
Photo IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama sailing team are preparing to fight tooth and nail to defend their overall race lead in the closest ever Volvo Ocean Race when the six teams set sail on the Leg 8 race to their homeport Lorient, France (starting today 1300 local; 1200 UTC).
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France are surrounded by spectator boats after winning the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Since knocking Team Telefónica from the top of the leaderboard during Leg 7, the French team have gone from strength to strength, winning the Oeiras In-Port Race on Saturday.
Franck Cammas and his men hold an eight-point lead over the Spanish team, a hard fought one that they’re not prepared to give up easily.
“We need to work hard and push the boat on the next leg because we’ll see windy conditions and that’s hard on us and the boat,’’ Cammas said.
At 1300 local, 1200 UTC, tomorrow the fleet will head out into the North Atlantic where they will have to negotiate the temperamental Azores High before rounding São Miguel island and heading back towards the coast of Brittany.
While Leg 8 is the shortest leg yet, 1,940 nautical miles, it is set to test the teams with complexities including the Azores High low-pressure system that regularly rockets east towards land and temperamental local winds near Lorient.