In this issue:
Volvo Ocean Race – leg 9,
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Laura Dekker – heading for down under,
NZL 38 – Returns to NZ,
Ariel Photos by Ian Roman/ Volvo Ocean Race
Photo by Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race
Ken Read, skipper, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG:
“Everyone’s shaken off. We had a team meeting this morning and you wouldn’t even know there was a race yesterday. Here we go again.
“[In the next leg] we have an idea to send one or two people down once in a while to get some rest but apart from that it will be full hiking all the time. It’ll be a tight reaching drag race. If you were to draw it on paper it fits – it goes right into the wheelhouse of Groupama. I guess they’re licking their chops over there thinking this couldn’t have been any better, but it’s up to us to try to upset the card a little bit. We’ll see.
“In a leg of this length there probably won’t be too much stretching out, maybe two or three miles. In essence it’s a rhumb-line race — I’d be very surprised if teams separate out laterally across the race course.
“I wouldn’t say it’s emotional now but it will be when we finish the race. Everything you do this morning is like ‘wow, I may never do this again’. It’s been a great team, a great group of people. I’m really proud of this team, win, lose or draw.”
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photo by IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
Franck Cammas’ Groupama Sailing Team celebrates the victory of the Bretagne In-Port Race in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.
Speed is key in Irish dash, says Cammas
Man of the moment Franck Cammas says outright speed will hold the key to success in the final offshore leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race starting on Sunday — and his Groupama crew will approach the 550-mile stage as a long in-port race.
Groupama are firm favourites for victory in Leg 9 from Lorient to Galway having won Leg 8 and the Bretagne In-Port Race on the team’s home waters of Lorient.
So focused on speed are the French team that they have subbed navigator Jean-Luc Nélias for trimming expert Laurent Pagès.
“I think the last leg is more of a longer inshore than a shorter offshore,” Cammas said.
“The track and the routing is very simple so I think Jean-Luc can give us all his skill before the start, we can prepare the navigation very well, but then I think we need a trimmer so we can be very fast.
Sailonline World Race 2011-2012 – Leg 9
The final leg in this 9 leg race across the globe. Leg 9: Lorient to Galway across 485nm in a VO70.
Zeilster Laura Dekker zeilt met vriend naar Polynesië en is op weg naar Nieuw-Zeeland
Hiva Oa (Frans Polynesië) – Het is stil geworden rond Laura Dekker na haar officieuze record als jongste met tussenstops rond de wereld te zijn gezeild. Velen zullen zich afvragen waar de ‘eigenzinnige Nederlandse-Nieuwzeelandse’ sinds haar finish begin dit jaar is gebleven. Het antwoord luidt: gewoon weer op zee. Dekker heeft afgelopen 14 april met haar boot ‘Guppy’ het Caribische eiland Bonaire verlaten, en is deze week alweer op het Polynesische eiland Hiva Oa aangekomen, waar ze een jaar eerder tijdens haar ‘ronde om de wereld’ ook al langs was gezeild.
Laura Dekker sail with Sail Star friend to Polynesia and is heading to New Zealand
Hiva Oa (French Polynesia) – It is silent about Laura Dekker after her unofficial record as the youngest with stops around the world have sailed. Many will wonder where the ‘quirky Dutch-New Zealand “since its finish early this year has remained. The answer is just weather at sea. Dekker past 14 april with her boat “Guppy” the Caribbean island of Bonaire, it is again this week on the Polynesian island of Hiva Oa arrived where she is a year earlier during her ’round the world “even though it was sailing along.
We decided to leave Hiva Oa and go a few miles further to Tahuatu, as life was getting pretty uncomfortable with the big swell coming into the bay. Some good friends from Panama came in just as we were leaving the bay. They’ll be over here in a few days, so that should be cool. In the meantime, we’ve met a lot of other people and had a really nice dinner and evening on a much bigger boat called Wet Lady. The bay where we are now, Baie Hanamoenoa, is so beautiful. There’s no village, just a beautiful white beach with palm trees and high cliffs on both sides. Best of all, the water is really clear and nice to swim in, unlike Hiva Oa. So I can clean the bottom of Guppy again. Tonight we’re having a barbecue on the beach with all the other yachties. I think we will stay a couple of days and then head over to Rangiroa. Pictures will have to wait because there is no internet over here, but I will try to keep everybody up to date about our adventures in paradise.
Emirates Team New Zealand collect their first win at Newport
Photos by Chris Cameron 2012
Smiles ( of relief ) all around onboard Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC45 as they cross the line 58 seconds ahead of Energy Team to take first place in day threes second fleet race America’s Cup World Series Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
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America’s Cup winning yacht coming home
by STEVE KILGALLON
The yachts that won New Zealand the 1995 America’s Cup had very different fortunes. The show pony, NZL32, has been venerated and installed on permanent exhibition at Auckland’s Maritime Museum.
But its sister boat, NZL38 – together they were tagged Black Magic after the 5-0 America’s Cup defeat of Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes in 1995 – came within weeks of being sold for scrap.
After nearly a decade away from home, NZL38 Black Magic II is due home next Monday and, after repairs and re-fitting, will take to the water again in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, just metres from its old stablemate.
NZL38 has spent most of the past eight years in a dry dock in Valencia after a failed attempt to turn it into a tourist boat for Spanish yachting enthusiasts and was due to be sold off for scrap to cover dry-dock fees.
The New Zealand Sailing Trust, which recently repatriated Steinlager II, already owns Lion New Zealand and has long-term plans to bring home other famous boats, has raised the funds to buy NZL38. Once seaworthy it will be used by Auckland tourism operator Sail NZ for both charitable and commercial purposes.
“There is the complementary aspect of having the boats together but serving different purposes, which is phenomenal,” said trustee and Sail NZ boss William Goodfellow.
“I guess she was largely forgotten about but the trust identified her role in our heritage.”