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KEN READ NAMED PRESIDENT OF NORTH SAILS GROUP
Veteran sailmaker and world champion sailor Ken Read to take over as president of North Sails Group in early January, 2013
NEWPORT, RI: (December 12, 2012) -- North Sails announced today that Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January, 2013. Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years, and who plans to retire within the next 4 months.
"This is an important and exciting time in the world of sailing, sailmaking and in the history of North Sails,” said North Technology Group CEO Tom Whidden. ”We are absolutely thrilled to have Kenny back in the mix transitioning into the role of North’s president."
"Gary has done an absolutely fantastic job and he will be missed dearly by not only me, but all North Sails employees who have gotten to know him so well during his 39-year career at North," Whidden continued. "Gary plans to stay involved with the company in the short-term and he and Kenny will work closely to make the transition as seamless as possible."
Read started working for North Sails in 1996, yet has taken four sabbaticals to participate in some of sailing’s elite events. He was the CEO of PUMA Ocean Racing and skippered PUMA’s Mar Mostro during the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) and il mostro in the 2008-09 edition of what is known as the "world's toughest sailboat race." Prior to the Volvo Race, Read skippered two America's Cup teams for Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes in 2000 and 2003.
Lancer Industries Ltd. continues to drive forward with the appointment of new Sales and Marketing Executive.
Auckland 29th October 2012: Leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and products, Lancer Industries Ltd, announced today the appointment of Mr. James Lowe as their new Sales and Marketing Executive.
Mr. Lowe joins the highly recognized manufacturing team from the super yacht world where he has captained prominent vessels within the multi million-dollar charter yacht sector. Having spent 15 years working in one of the elite sectors of the marine industry, he brings a wealth of both international and maritime experience.
Director Ronald Winstone said “Lancer have been building inflatables for more than 40 years and are arguably the industry standard in Hypalon products. We welcome Jamie’s energy and expertise promoting the wide range of services we offer.”
Mr. Lowe’s role will be developing marketing strategies for the company as well as project management of the custom-build and refit options in which Lancer Industries Ltd specialize.
Speaking from their purpose built premises in Auckland his comments were, “I feel very privileged to be joining this long standing team. Their approach to business is all about quality and customer satisfaction. It is a great pleasure to be promoting excellent products and services, on behalf of a company that stands by them.”
Lancer Industries Ltd hold multiple awards and patents for Hypalon tube design. Their product range spans the entire marine sector from Super Yacht Tenders to Lancer Oil Recovery Barges. With 4 decades of experience developing techniques, and their products in service in over 30 countries, Lancer truly are “World leaders in inflatable boats and products”
For more information on Lancer Industries and their products please contact the team on +64 (0)9 837 1206 or visit their premises at 99 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand.
Beau Marine is proud to announce the all NEW BEAU MARINE WEB SITE is up and running.
It includes the specs and measurements of the entire range including the new 012TD TOP DOWN model.
Also included is the CARBON 012R and the new TOP DOWN ADAPTOR.
The ever popular 010S CODE ZERO furler still offers great value to small boat owners.
Safety at Sea launches new website
Marine safety products specialist Safety at Sea has
re‐launched its website, www.safetyatsea.co.nz
The new e‐commerce website has a
comprehensive product catalogue, showcases the
company’s servicing capabilities, and provides
visitors with useful safety information and advice.
“The upgrade to our website was long overdue,”
says Safety at Sea Managing Director, Jonathan
“The new site provides boaties from across New Zealand and the Pacific with easy access to high quality marine
safety products,” adds Mr Gravit.
The Safety at Sea website has a DPS‐based shopping cart facility where visitors can purchase from more than
200 products and services online using a secure credit card facility.
Safety at Sea is an Auckland (Westhaven) based marine safety specialist that sells and services marine safety
products that help people stay compliant and safe on the water.
25 February 2012
Come along and join us in this great race, Trailer Sailers, Keelers and Multihulls are all welcome. The race starts out from the Maraetai S.C and we will take Waiheke Island either to Port or Starboard depending on the wind direction. Check out the NOR and SAILING INSTRUCTIONS on www.phcc.co.nz you may enter online, by mail or there will be someone at the Maraetai S.C on Friday evening with entry forms. There is also parking at the club for any Trailer Sailers who wish to stay on Friday night with the prize giving on Saturday night. This Race is a lot of fun, so get those entries in and we will see you there.
PINE HARBOUR CRUISING CLUB
24 February 2012
The final four:
24 February 2012
23 February 2012
Continuing our introduction to the entrants:
22 February 2012
The 2012 New Zealand Paper Tiger North Island Freshwater Series continues this weekend with the North Island Catamaran Championships being hosted by the Turangi Yacht Club.
The event will see over 40 Paper Tigers (along with up to a dozen 'A' Class Cats) from all over the North Island competing in spectacular fashion on Stump Bay, Lake Taupo with racing expected to produce some very tight results.
The event will see competitors throughout the fleet fighting for every position as they attempt to take out the North Island Title as well as gain points towards the overall North Island Freshwater Series Title which concludes in Taupo mid March.
Contenders for the overall North Island Title include class stalwarts Terry Valder, John Thomson, Glenn Syman, and Mark Bell. 2011 champion Rowdy Leatham will also be back in an attempt to defend his title.
The event will also double as a final shakedown for the New Zealand Paper Tiger Team who will pack their boats into the container next weekend in preparation for the 2012 Paper Tiger Internationals to be held in Melbourne over Easter weekend.
Scott Pedersen is currently leading the North Island Freshwater Series and a solid performance could see him tighten his grip on the trophy for the third time in four years. However, the series is still wide open with multiple contenders chasing hard and Glenn Syman (the 2011 series winner) not willing to give up the series trophy without a fight.
The Paper Tiger is a catamaran designed by Ron Given of New Zealand in 1968. It is widely sailed in New Zealand and Australia.
Paper Tiger Overall Dimensions
Length: 14 ft (4.3m)
Width: 7ft (2.2m)
Minimum Weight: 110 lbs (50kg)
Sail Area: 100 sq ft (9.2 m2)
For further information please contact Ryan (Rowdy) Leatham on 027 636 6465 or email@example.com
22 February 2012
Thanks to our ace reporter Stephen C , Crew.org.nz brings you:
Question for Ross:
Sad to hear that you guys arn't continuing on with the race....how is Ross these days? and how are the injuries coming along?
RF:MY BACK IS STILL VERY SORE WITH TORN MUSCLES ETC. IAM CONSULTING A SURGEON RIGHT NOW.
Question for whoever wants to answer it:
When interviewed by TVNZ Ross seemed angry that things had gone wrong because of a 'told you so' situation with the race organisers. How hard was the decision to pull out of the GOR? and are there still any thoughts of legal action?
RF:IAM STILL HIGHLY P……ED OFF WITH THE GOR ORGANISATION. IT WAS THE HARDEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS CORRECT. WE WERE LEADING ON THE WATER AND LEADING THE RACE OVERALL SO IT WAS EXTREMELY TOUGH. WE DO HAVE A CASE FOR REDRESS ETC, HOWEVER WE HAVE DECIDED TO MOVE ON.
THE MOST DISAPPOINTING PART OF THE WHOLE THING IS THAT THIS CURRENT ORGANISATION HAS RUINED AN INCREDIBLE CONCEPT.
FOR AN EVENT TO TAKE PLACE THEY NEED COMPETITORS, AND FOR COMPETITORS TO COMPETE THEY NEED AN EVENT ORGANISER SO ITS A MARRIAGE, NOT TWO SEPARATE FACTIONS BATTLING AWAY. IN THE GOR, VOLVO, AC ETC THERE NEEDS TO BE TEAMS AND ORGANISATIONS OPERATING TOGETHER AND I AM AFRAID THAT THIS IS NOT ALWAYS HAPPENING.
THIS ICE GATE WAS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THE ORGANISERS NOT LISTENING. THEY MADE THE SITUATION MORE DANGEROUS EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE TOLD THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN. THEY MOVED THE GATE BECAUSE THEY REALISED, TOO LATE, THAT THEY HAD STUFFED UP.
ANYWAY, I HAVE MOVED ON, PUT THIS BEHIND ME AND I'M LOOKING FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE.
Question for both
What does the rest of 2012 possibly hold for you?
CF: I fly back to the UK this Friday evening. I spend a lot of time in Europe racing professionally – usually as navigator, and have started booking up events, first one is towards the end of March in St Barts. Probably the biggest thing happening for me this year is the pending birth of no.2, that’ll keep me busy for a while!
RF: GET MY BACK RIGHT AND THEN LOOK AT THE NEXT CHALLENGE. I HAVE SOME IDEAS WHICH I AM WORKING ON WITH A FEW GUYS.
Question for Campbell
Is there anything wrong with the boat that has forced you into selling it?
CF: Absolutely nothing wrong with the yacht, in fact quite the opposite. The boat had a good going over and most areas fully serviced in Wellington. Rig stripped, inspected, rods NDT’d, engine fully serviced, winches serviced, electrics and electronics thoroughly inspected, pilot motors and pumps replaced etc. This is prudent being the half way stage of the race. Nothing amiss was discovered, and she is in great shape – better than new.
Question for both
Do you plan on entering more class 40 events beyond the 11/12 GOR?
CF: The Class40 is an unbelievably fantastic concept, the proof is in the 120+ boats launched to date. Although no firm plans to get involved directly, I would welcome the opportunity to sail on any Class40, and will be keeping a close eye on the development of the class.
RF; INCREDIBLE BOATS, GREAT CONCEPT. YES WE ARE LOOKING AT CLASS 40 EVENTS. WOULD BE GREAT IF NZ’ERS WOULD GET INTO THEM.
THERE ARE NO CREW HASSLES – WE DID THE FASTNET RACE FULLY CREWED WITH FOUR GUYS. YOU COULD DO THE FIJI RACE WITH FOUR GUYS, TAURANGA RACE 2 HANDED ETC.
Question for Ross
What do you think of the new Volvo course and all the stopping and starting?
RF:ONE OF THE THINGS THAT ATTRACTED ME TO THE GOR WAS THE COURSE. I BELIEVE THAT THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE HAVE LOST THEIR WAY A LITTLE BIT WITH ALL THE STOPS, SHIPPING ETC. THERE HAS TO BE A MIX BETWEEN THE COMMERCIAL SIDE AND YACHT RACING. MAYBE VOLVO HAVE STEPPED A LITTLE TOO FAR INTO THE COMMERICAL SIDE AND FORGOTTEN THE YACHT RACING? ONLY AN OBSERVATION.
Question for both
If you could pick a current Volvo boat to sail on at the moment, which one would it be and why?
CF: To be honest, have paid very little attention to this edition of the VOR. I am friends with or have worked with people on each team. A quick glance at the fleet in Cape Town and a few bar based chats is no basis to form an opinion of which boat is best…however…. The JK boats seem pretty similar but with each teams influence on design showing (how did they arrive at such different conclusions???) so it is down to the people sailing them. Telefonica seem to have gone again for low windage moderate airs focus, Groupama more to heavier airs, Puma – well not sure there. Abu Dhabi have potential but probably not able to exploit it, Camper, well the results so far speak for themselves, maybe they have a speed problem?
RF: THE JK BOATS HAVE AN EDGE. CAMPER IS OBVIOUSLY A GOOD UPWIND BOAT, HOWEVER THE RACE IS A REACHING RACE.
Question for Both
What do you guys mainly eat while sailing around the world
CF: We were well stocked with Back Country freeze dried food, great meals, and enough variety to not get too sick of it. The food program really stepped up a level from Wellington with great snack packs put together by Jan. My personal favourite – Fish Pie, but was very disappointed to discover they changed the cheese topping for the Leg 2 meals! Haven’t sent a letter of complaint yet…
RF: I AGREE WITH CAMPBELL – THE BACK COUNTRY FOOD IS GREAT. WE TOOK HEAPS OF FOOD AND NEVER RAN OUT. WE WERE BOTH SO EXHAUSTED DURING EACH LEG THAT WE COULDN’T RISK RUNNING OUT OF FOOD.
Questions for Both
What do you do to relax once you have come off a watch?
CF: No such thing as relaxing! Well there is, when the conditions allow – to sit and have a cup of coffee and chat in a quiet evenings sunset . Basically if there is any opportunity to sleep, you take it. No books, iPod, videos etc. We drove each other pretty hard and there is always something to do, sailing, moving the stack, bailing out, cooking, writing blogs, downloading weather and analysing or running routes, getting pos reports and figuring out what the other guys are thinking….
RF: WE DIDN’T RUN A STRICT WATCH SYSTEM. BASICALLY YOU ARE EITHER SAILING, OR SLEEPING, SO RELAXING WASN’T REALLY ON THE AGENDA.
Question for both
What has been your best sailing experience as well as your scariest?
CF: Best? Really hard to say, I have been privileged enough to sail in some beautiful places and witnessed some spectacular sights. Recently in the GOR memories of running hard in huge southern ocean swells with clear blue skies in 35 odd kts – wet, cold and tired, but exhilarating - something that doesn’t get to be done very often. Scariest? I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly scary recently…even entering the Cook Straits in 50+ knots wasn’t scary, we had a plan, knew what we were doing and had it under control. Maybe a bit concerned, but not necessarily scary.
RF: I REMEMBER REACHING IN ABOUT 25 KNOTS OF WIND, RAINING, WARM, FLAT WATER (A FRONT HAD JUST PASSED OVER US) AND THE BOAT WAS FULLY POWERED UP AND WE WERE JUST FLYING. WE WERE DOING 15 – 25 KNOTS AT AN ANGLE THAT THE BOAT LOVES – IT WAS BLOODY INCREDIBLE TO BE ON THE BOAT, REALLY ENJOYABLE. THE BOAT IS A BULLET.
THE WORST – MAYBE COMING INTO COOK STRAIT. WHEN I SAW ALL THAT WHITE WATER, 50 KNOTS OF WIND, I THOUGHT – WHAT THE F… AM I DOING THIS FOR. IT WASN’T SCAREY, JUST A LITTLE WORRIED THAT WE MIGHT GET ROLLED.
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN A WAVE STARTING TO SURF THAT YOU THINK – MAYBE ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO CATCH THIS ONE, AND THEN YOU ARE OFF. YOU FEEL A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE UNTIL YOU LAND SAFELY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WAVE AND THEN YOU ARE OFF AGAIN.
Question for Campbell
Whats it like sailing with your dad and being in such a close environment for long periods of time?
CF: Novel! We have done a lot of sailing together, and spent a lot of time working on projects. It is just like going sailing with a really good mate, except the stories you tell are a bit different!
Question for both
What has been the quickest that you have sailed BSL?
CF: I believe that I hit 24 knots running in 30 with a mast head spinnaker up and 1 reef in the main. Probably a bit much, and on a big surf am pretty sure I saw 24 but we were under water and I had my head between my knees!
RF: WHEN WE ARE HEAVY RUNNING WE ARE BOTH ON DECK SO I SAW THE SAME AS CAMPBELL. WE PUSHED THE BOAT, SOMETIMES A LITTLE HARD AT TIMES BUT WE GOT GOOD RESULTS.
Question for Ross
What do you miss the most when your sailing around the world? and whats the best part about arriving at a port?
RF: I DON’T MISS ANYTHING. I LOVE IT, I LOVE THE ISOLATION, I LOVE THE COMPETITION, I LOVE SAILING. MAYBE I MISS A FEW HOME COMFORTS NOW AND AGAIN, BUT NOT TOO MUCH. YACHTING IS A FANTASTIC SPORT.
THE BEST PART ABOUT ARRIVING IN PORT IS HAVING A SHOWER. YOU DO START TO STINK AFTER 30 DAYS AT SEA.
Question for Campbell
What sailing event or regatta do you best remember and why?
CF: The GOR brings some pretty good memories, but I would have to say the Americas Cup Jubilee was the most spectacular event I have ever been involved in – I was navigating the J Class Shamrock V (an original, not a recent imitation) – manoeuvring a museum piece worth millions around the Solent and pushing her as hard as we could is something I’ll never forget. A 1930’s Americas Cup yacht racing 70 odd years later – don’t see that happening with any of the more recent models…
Question for Both
In the inshore/coastal race of leg 4 we saw Mike 'boat whipping' Sanderson adding a bit of humour into the race while trying to get more performance out of his boat. What do you do to have a laugh while sailing in an important situation or to relieve some stress?
CF: Ask Ross to service a winch! And we had nicknames for each boat, and usually got a few laughs out of our own running commentary each time a position report came in speculating about where they were going, what they were thinking, why the gained (or lost) miles in the last 3 hours.
RF; WE HAVE PLENTY OF LAUGHS, DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT. TWO HANDED SAILING IS IN INCREDIBLE SIDE TO OUR SPORT. ITS SO ENJOYABLE.
22 February 2012
Two more competitors headiing around:
22 February 2012
Another cool piece form Jim Bolland:
In 1968 a bunch of Kiwi sailors, namely Chris Bouzaid, Alan Warwick, ‘Sticky’ Armitage, Roy Dickson and Peter Shaw took Bouzaid’s Sparkman and Stevens designed one-tonner ‘Rainbow II’ to Heligoland to, as Kiwi’s say, ‘have a go’ for the One Ton Cup.
It was a first for New Zealand sailing and there was a lot of interest in this keel yacht that was heading north to do battle on the North Sea.
The ‘boys in black’ raced the cream of the world’s ‘One Ton’ crop and in a fleet of twenty-two finished a close runner up to the German yacht ‘Optimist’, a Dick Carter design ably sailed by Hans Beilken and crew.
Chris Bouzaid never accepted second place at anything he did! Very quickly he decided that, finance permitting, ‘Rainbow II’ would return the following year to relieve the Germans of their trophy. The team had learnt a lot about optimising their rating. ‘Rainbow II’ had been set up well for any breezes over twenty knots, but was short on sail area for lighter conditions.
On returning to New Zealand the Kiwi boat gained a heavier hull, taller rig and more sail area. There was a crew change. Ward Schofield and Dave Craig replaced ‘Sticky’ Armitage and Peter Shaw.
To make short of one story that can really go on for hours, ‘Rainbow II’ returned to the North Sea in 1969 and on the waters about Heligoland the boys in black won the One Ton Cup! In ‘69 ‘Optimist’ was the runner-up!
And that is where this story really begins! In 1969 my enthusiasm for writing, as well as drawing and painting, had seen me become a ‘stringer’ for the local lWellington, New Zealand morning newspaper ‘The Dominion’ and following the return of the ‘Rainbow II’ crew I spent the best part of a day with the new national sporting hero Chris Bouzaid. He was on a national tour, speaking to sailors and being honoured at civic receptions and my story on the events in the Capital City completely occupied the entire lead sports page of the ‘Dominion’.
Among many aspects of the One Ton Cup that Chris and I discussed that day, one of them was Hans Beilken. Chris considered his greatest opponent in the One Ton Cup contest was a very good helmsman and had created the leading sail making business in Germany at that time. Often during the intervening 38 years since, I have wondered what happened to Hans Beilken and sailboat racing?
Of course his brother Berni was well known during later years, with his association with the Admirals Cup yachts that bore the name ‘Diva’, but not a lot was mentioned about Hans on the International circuit.
And where is Hans Beilken now? He lives near the beautiful Lake Constance, has retired from sailing and is an avid golfer. If he’s half as good a golfer as he was a sailor, his name will be on the honours board!.
21 February 2012
Another entry, often seen floating around Crew.org.nz:
21 February 2012
I just go tthis in my inbox from Cameron Thorpe,(just ignore the obvious plug for his own boat).
I’m hearing a quite a few yachties are still unaware of the SSANZ RNZ race. (prob unaware women are allowed to vote, we no longer live in caves etc too !)
Could you please put a short blurb on the home page.
Some key points…
Starts this Saturday at 1400hrs right off Westhaven
Yellowbrick Trackers link from the SSANZ site.
Various crews will send updates to crew.org and/or www.facebook.com/ssanz.inc
Everyone should support Team Surreal http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Team-Surreal/362894123735032 ;-)
10 boats entered for NZ’s toughest race.
I'm planning some background on the competitors here over the next few days, let's start with this, after all he is a Crew.org.nz regular:
20 February 2012
They came from Wellington, they came from Picton and one boat even came all the way up from Christchurch, to join with twelve local boats in a thirty two boat fleet for the third Nelson Regatta. The boats ranged in size from an eight metre Thomson to the twenty metre Kanter Cruising Sequel II. So this this year's fleet was split into two sections - Romeo for the faster boats and Juliet for the slower ones, who had shorter courses round the buoys.
The feeder races from Wellington and Waikawa produced some very wet crews, and indeed one of our boats, Peter Gray's Nonstop, was the only boat to finish the Waikawa race. A superb party on Saturday evening, for Skippers and Sponsors, hosted by Woodi and Jonny Moore of Sail Nelson at their lovely waterfront property, set the scene for four days of sailing and fun. On Sunday morning after sign-on and presentation of excellent welcome packs donated by our main sponsor Dimension Polyant, we headed out for the first day's racing. Light winds saw the first race abandoned, but a strong southwesterly kicked in and exciting racing was on for the rest of the day. By late afternoon the wind was approaching thirty knots, one boat was knocked down, one boat lost its propeller, and one committee boat member had a very wet transfer from the mark boat to the deck of the Willie Bolton.
Light winds again started the day on Monday, which saw a combined fleet race up the Boulder Bank and round Boulder One before heading off across the Bay, through the Astrolabe, and finish in a strong sea breeze, North of Pitt Head. The BBQ on the Anchorage beach with spit roast pork and hogget, was a masterpiece of organisation and culinary skill by Frank Carter and his team, and the reunions, tactical discussions, and wine appreciation lasted long into the night. A prompt start to racing at 10.30 next morning saw a number of boats struggling to reach the start in time, and a short race from Pinnacle Rock round Tonga Island and back put crews back into racing mode before the race back to Nelson, when the leading boat, Andiamo, made it back in very moderate winds in just under three hours.
More short course racing (one of them very short!) on Wednesday, sorted out the final regatta placings and the events on the water were concluded by a fusillade of canon shots from tug boat Little Toot, and the now traditional farewell salute from the Gucci Girls. (I wonder what those girls would make of a bare-boat charter?) A packed Cruising Club hosted the third prize-giving of the regatta, and popular winners Nefertiti (Romeo Fleet) and Gucci (Juliet Fleet) each recieved a most generous $1500 voucher from Bridon NZ. Both runners up, Wild Oats and Fourth Dimension, were local boats, and an abundance of other awards for all manner of performance were presented by our pair of prize-giving, pirouetting, party girls.
Visitors and locals alike were lavish in their praise of the event and two people even said to me " best Regatta in New Zealand. "
See you next year.
19 February 2012
The Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club’s annual Easter weekend Auckland to Tauranga race is shaping up to be a good one. Early indications of interest are strong and some new plans by the club will mean a good time for all. The start in front of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is set for 1000 on April 5th for which will hopefully be a quick ride down the coast.
“In the last 12 months TYPBC has worked hard to improve our use of technology for our yacht races.” says Commodore Wayne Eaton. “For the first time, our new club website will feature real time updates from the yachts during the race which will include photos and short video clips. We have listened to what participants would like to see, and now we are in a position to provide it. TYPBC sailors are keen to be great hosts and showcase our area.”
The unfortunate situation with the Rena is being monitored closely, but at this stage does not appear to present any issues for the race. Race Chairman Ross Sherrin says “We will monitor the Rena situation prior to and during the race and respond accordingly. We have direct access to officials and up to date information. In the unlikely event that the race has to be canceled, TYPBC will refund 100% of entry fees back to competitors.”
Plans for the traditional Friday night prizegiving and blowout party are set in place. Visiting yachts will be able to complete the race, enjoy a great night, and have plenty of time for the return trip home. TYPBC will be rolling out the red carpet for race entrants.
Now is a great time to step up and support the Tauranga area and have a fantastic weekend at the same time! The NOR and Entry Forms can be found on the new Club website at www.yacht.org.nz Have questions, want more information? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the info.
Make plans now to be part of the fun!
18 February 2012
Steve Raea is in Dubai covering this event and has sent us these reports. He started eith this:
There is a kiwi angle with an all women crew participating that will include Hannah Morris from Auckland. I haven't met Hannah yet but her bio suggests she's done a fair bit of sailing with the squadron and local coastal races CC ect. Anyway she's part of the all-women crew
Sailing Arabia - The Tour 2012
Nine teams - seven destinations – six flags
Gulf yacht race sails Sunday
Staged on the spectacular Arabian Gulf with its kaleidoscope of desert colours and shifty, fickle conditions, the second edition of Sailing Arabia- The Tour (SATT) sailed today (February 13) from Manama, Bahrain.
Postponed for a day because of high winds in the Gulf of Arabia, the fleet started in a brisk 20-25 knot northerly for what should be a fast downwind sail to the first scheduled stopover in Doha, Qatar.
Attracting some of the world’s best offshore and Olympic sailors – Bertrand Pace (FR), Daniel Souben (FR) and Dee Caffari (UK) - SATT is the Gulf region’s first fully-fledged offshore yacht race.
Traversing 755 nautical miles of spectacular Arabian cruising grounds, SATT sails southwards from Manama, Bahrain, traversing the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, concluding at The Wave, Muscat, Oman, on February 27.
The race will play out over five short offshore stages ranging from 45 to 160 nautical miles with scheduled stopovers in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khalmah, Musandam and Musanah.
The event is organized by Oman Sail in association with Gulf regional authorities with the dual purpose of promoting the Arabian Gulf as a premium sailing destination and encouraging greater regional participation in the sport of sailing.
Based on the French Le Tour de France a´ la Voille, offshore regatta, SATT 2012 will be contested by nine teams representing six nations and will be fought out on Farr 30 (Mumm 30) one-design race yachts.
A recent addition to the international yacht racing circuit, Sailing Arabia – The Tour is attracting European interest and gaining popularity as an ideal training platform for professional sailing teams in their build-up to the European racing season and Farr 30 circuit.
Entries for SATT 2012 have increased from six to nine with four crews representing Oman along with entries from Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and France.
Confirmed competitors include former French Olympic sailor and 2010 Farr 30 World Champion Daniel Souben and countryman Bertrand Pace´ – sailing director of the French America’s Cup World Series team Aleph and ten-time winner of the Le Tour de France ´a la Voille.
Pace´ won the inaugural 2011 SATT with his professional French crew onboard Team New Caledonia and returns in 2012 to lead a mixed crew sailing the Qatar-flagged entry Team Commercialbank.
Pace´ and Souben are clear favourites for SATT 2012 given their experience and formidable track record sailing the Farr 30 but it is Souben’s professional French Courrier Dunkerque crew that is likely to have the wood on Pace´ with his mix of amateur and professional sailors.
An entry to watch will be the Oman-flagged BAE Systems skippered by France’s Cedric Pouligny, a Le Tour de France ´a la Voille veteran and third behind Pace´ and Souben in SATT 2011.
Another notable starter in this year’s race is the all-women crew onboard the Oman-flagged Team Al Thuraya Bank Musket, skippered by the UK’s Dee Caffari, (Vendee Globe 2008/9) and the first and only woman to have completed non-stop circumnavigations in both directions.
Caffari’s crew will include four Omani graduates of Sail Oman’s unique women’s sailing programme, a sailing initiative that has been recognized by ISAF as the first and only dedicated women’s sailing school of its type.
And while boasting a host of international talent, the race also creates valuable offshore exposure for the Gulf’s best local sailors who have offshore sailing CVs that are impressive in their own right.
These sailors include Oman’s talented Laser sailor, Moshin Al Busaidi, the first Arab sailor to sail non-stop around the world. Al Busaidi competed onboard last year’s third-placed entry Team Commercialbank. This year he steps up as skipper of Team Muscat 2012 from Oman.
Another local sailor to watch is Ahmed Al Mamari, the first Arab to circumnavigate and another successful graduate of Sail Oman’s professional sailing development programme. Al Mamari was a member of last year’s second-placed Team Renaissance crew and will take over skippering duties for Team Renaissance in SATT 2012.
Despite the short nature of each offshore leg, SATT is a difficult race where tactics will ultimately win over pure boat speed, says Souben.
“We’re not going to encounter strong conditions but the sailing will be difficult in light and medium breezes along what are often steep-sided desert coastlines. Added to that, there are various obstacles to negotiate including gas terminals, oil tankers and a lot of shipping.”
Souben says he expects close racing and is relishing the opportunity to do battle with Bertrand Pace´ and his Team Commercial Bank crew and turn the tables after Pace’s victory in the last Tour de France a´ la Voile.
“I think Ce´dric Pouligny’s crew will be another formidable adversary too.”
This will be the last time Souben and his French team sail onboard their yacht which will remain in Oman at the conclusion of the race.
“The boat has given us a huge amount of enjoyment and success with two Tour de France a´ la Voile victories, various French championship titles and a World Championship in the class.”
French victory in the first leg of Sailing Arabia – the Tour
The first leg of Sailing Arabia - the Tour concluded in darkness in Doha, Qatar, last night (13 February) with Daniel Souben’s Courrier Dunkerque claiming a leg one victory for the all-French team.
Souben’s crew led the nine-strong fleet from start to finish, rounding the windward top mark in clear air ahead of closest rivals Bertrand Pace on Team Commercial Bank, and Cedric Pouligny, Team BAE Systems.
Souben continued to pile on the pressure in fast downwind sailing conditions and eventually crossed the finish line 31min 32sec ahead of Team BAE Systems with Team Commercial Bank finishing a close third.
The yachts started the first leg from Manama, Bahrain with a fresh 20 knot northerly promising an exciting downhill run all the way to Doha but with the wind forecast to ease throughout the race, early pace was the key and it was here Souben’s crew excelled.
Despite the gap between Souben and Pouligny at the finish the remainder of fleet remained tightly packed for most of the race with little opportunity for tactics or cunning to come into play. Souben commented:
“We’re very happy with the win and I am pleased with the way my crew sailed. Winning the start and getting around the top mark with clear wind was important and we achieved that. The downwind conditions were perfect and we were able to sail clear of the fleet and stay out in front.”
Pouligny says that despite the 31minute winning margin his crew remain wary of the potential of Team BAE Systems and Team Commercial Bank and will have to fight hard to maintain their record.
Pouligny, who is skippering the same Omani crew that finished fifth in the 2011 Tour du France a la Voile onboard BAE Systems, commented:
“It was a great start. Most of the racing was downwind all the way to the finish line so it was quick - I would say it was pretty perfect sailing conditions for the first leg”.
“There was a pretty close battle between us, Commercial Bank and Team Renaissance, so we are very happy to finish second. The three were fighting for a pretty long way. I think that is normal in these kind of conditions and as the boats are so evenly matched the level of racing was very good”
Another notable performance was that of Arabian sailor Ahmed Al Mamari and his all Omani crew on Team Renaissance which finished a credible fourth after holding onto second place for all but 20 miles of the 241 kilometre leg.
Al Mamari says it was a good result for his crew and that things might have played out differently had they not had a brief encounter with a wayward fishing net.
“We were in second place and holding position against Team BAE Systems and Team Commercialbank when we ran into the net. Despite stalling for a few minutes while we cleared our keel I’m proud of the way my crew sailed and we’ll continue to improve as the race progresses.”
One spot back, the UK’s Dee Caffari’s all women-crew sailing Al Thuraya BankMuscat finished a close fifth and was amongst the front runners for most of the race.
Commenting at the end of the leg, Caffari said her amateur Omani crew sailed the race of their lives and believes there is a lot more gas in the tank yet.
“The crew work onboard was pretty good but it will get better and I believe that we’re a real podium chance as our communications as a crew improve. It was a great downwind leg and valuable time for the girls sailing with a spinnaker from the top mark to the finish.”
The second leg of the race sails from The Pearl Marina, Doha south to Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club on Wednesday February 15 (1000 hours local time) and is the longest and most challenging of the tour covering 296 kilometres. Meanwhile the fleet will get valuable practice today (Tuesday) with a series of short in-shore races where they will sail with a extra non-professional guest onboard, giving a chance for VIP’s and media to be part of the action. These races do not count for points but will give the crews some valuable time on the water.
Over the course of 15 days of racing, the fleet will cover 1,408 kilometers, sailing from Bahrain, to Qatar, before heading to the UAE where they will visit Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. They will then take in three stops in Omani waters – Musandam, Mussanah and the final port in Oman’s capital, Muscat.
Sailing Arabia – The Tour
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French dominate second leg of tour
Upwind from start to finish, the second and longest leg of Sailing Arabia – The Tour was as mentally exhausting as it was physically demanding for crews in the nine-strong race fleet.
Unlike the relatively easy first downhill run from Manama, Bahrain to Doha Qatar, the second and longest leg of the tour to Abu Dhabi was a test of stamina and resilience in what race director Jean Michel Gaudon described as a very tough race.
“Conditions were difficult with light to moderate headwinds for the entire 160-mile leg and navigating around oil rigs, restricted no-sail zones and dense shipping in the Strait of Hormuz was tricky and complicated.
“It is a credit to the skippers and crews that the entire fleet arrived safely in Abu Dhabi in darkness after 36 hours at sea and there are some very tired sailors. Everyone has earned a rest day.”
Gaudon said the race was extremely tight and competitive with little over an hour separating second to sixth place, heightening the emphasis on slick crew work and smart tactical decisions.
The start of the second leg was not without incident with a general recall and the restart was costly for the all-women crew sailing the Oman-flagged Team Al Thuraya Bank Muscat and Team Muscat 2012, also from Oman.
Both were over the line and had to return to the start line to complete their penalty turn.
However it was the French-skippered yachts that proved once more their class and experience in the Farr 30 class and again led the fleet out from the start with tour favourite and first leg winner Daniel Souben’s professional French crew onboard Team Courrier Dunkerque arriving at the first of three ‘gates’ ahead of countrymen Bertrand Pace on Team Commercialbank (Qatar) and Cedric Pouligny’s Team BAE Systems (Oman).
Sailed in mostly light and shifty northerly-sector winds, the first leg saw close fleet racing with little separating first to last but as night fell and the breeze freshened from eight to 14 knots the tactical experience of the French began to show through.
By the time the fleet arrived at the second gate on the morning of day two Pouligny’s BAE Systems had stolen a march on Team Commercialbank and sailed through in second place ahead of Pace’s Team Commercialbank close behind in third.
With fresher winds on day two Souben’s Team Courrier Dunkerque showed why they’re favourites to win the second edition of SATT and continued to stretch their lead, eventually winning the leg by 42 minutes over Team BAE Systems with Team Commercialbank18 minutes further back for third.
Despite the penalty recall at the start, the UK’s Dee Caffari showed her class and sailed her Omani-flagged all women yacht into fourth place ahead of Team Renaissance and Team Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Caffari maintained her position until the finish and crossed less than one minute behind Team Commercialbank.
Oman’s third entry, Team Renaissance, sailed by local Arab sailor Ahmed Al Mamari slipped one place back on his first leg performance to finish a highly credible fifth and less than one minute behind Caffari.
Team Bahrain first-time skipper Qassim Abdul Razaq sailed a good race with his Arabian crew to come home seventh ahead of Team Muscat 2012 skippered by Mohsin Al Busaldi.
The UAE-flagged entry Team Ras Al Khaimah skippered by John Curran and largely crewed by first-time sailors rounded out the placings in ninth, finishing at 3,28.25 am, less than two minutes before the 3.30am time limit.
Curran commented after the race that to finish a 36-hour race within two hours of second place was a great result and testament to the determination of his crew to put in a worthy performance.
“When we consider the crew came together less than a week before the race and half hadn’t sailed before it’s an encouraging result given it was a very tough and long race.”
Race Positions Leg Two
Team Courrier Dunkerque France 22.58.50
Team BAE Systems Oman 23.40.27
Team Commercialbank Qatar 23.58.17
Team Al Thuraya Bank Muscat Oman 23.59.38
Team Renaissance Oman 00.00.25
Team Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 00.57.59
Team Bahrain Bahrain 02.58.02
Team Muscat 2012 Oman 03.22.30
Team Ras Al Khaimah UAE 03.28.25
17 February 2012
Auckland (February 17, 2012): Changes to the OKI 24-hour sailing race on Lake Pupuke will mean Legends and those in the 24-hour race will finish at the same time on Sunday 19 Feb.
Optimist Dinghies/6-hr Race: (7am to 1pm Saturday 18 Feb)
24-hour Race: (2pm to 2pm)
Legends Race (now 11am – 2pm Sun 19)
A Prada team and an Emirates NZ Team will be part of the Legends Race with Hamish Pepper (a NZ representative at the last Olympics) and Andrew Murdoch (an NZ representative for this year’s Olympics) being the boat to beat.
Other sailors include Ray Davies, an ex-top Laser sailor and former Murray’s Bay Sailing Club member, as well as Rod Dawson and World master laser champion Scott Leith, who will be in the over-40 age group.
Olympic representative Sara Winther and Miranda Powrie lead the female entrants and World Top 20 laser sailors Andrew Maloney and Sam Meech will also be competing.
There will also be two Korean teams and a Dutch team, who were in New Zealand for the summer training.
In the Youth Division, James Jennings will be sailing for the first time in the lasers race, having won the Optimist six-hour race last year.
“It’s a fun event, but it’s always hotly contested and these sailors are in it to win, so it will be a great spectacle,” says Murrays Bay Sailing Club Commodere, Craig Moss.
The events are fundraisers for Murray’s Bay Sailing Club to develop youth sailing and local business Comworth, distributor for OKI fax and telecommunications products, has been sponsoring the race since 1989.
17 February 2012
17 February 2012
The 2012 RSA Regatta will be in its 35th year and has its origins with the Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA Club, who generously provided in March 1977 the RSA Laser Trophy. The Trophy escaped largely unscathed an arson to the PLSC club premises in October 2007 and continues to remain a unique trophy won by few and coveted by many.
Mr Leon Matthews, President of the Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA was pleased to provide continuous support to this event and will be donating miniature trophies for the winners to take home with them. To mark this anniversary an RSA official will be handing out the trophies at the prize giving.
The RSA Regatta is to be held on the 26th February and is generally raced over one day with a schedule of 5 races sailed on Panmure Lagoon. This throws up a challenge to any sailor brave enough to pit their wits against not only the local sailors but the trickeries of the basin. This is a place where nerves of steel, determination & sheer skill are required to succeed.
Last year’s winner for the 2nd year in a row was Luuk Van Basten Batenburg from Pupuke Boating Club taking away the first prize of a Laser top section. This year we have another section up for grabs as well as many other prizes for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd placings, there will be as well a spot prize draw. Most sailors are almost guaranteed to come away with some spoils to remember the days battle on the water thanks to our Regatta sponsors: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, the Water Shed, Boating NZ, Coromandel Cacti, Sugarcraft, Yeehah Fishing Tackle, Joy Adams Sails and Wettie Wetsuit. They will certainly have a great day to remember, sailing at Panmure Lagoon followed by a friendly BBQ
Lastly just as a reminder; this Regatta is for the brave at heart, so if you have those qualities put this Regatta into your Diary. For more information and a copy of the Notice of Race, consult the Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club website. http://www.plsc.org.nz .
17 February 2012
16 February 2012
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- Less than 6 months to the start of Sail Noumea 2012
- Sail Noumea Seminar Series - February 23rd Search and Rescue
With just over 100 days until the Auckland start of Sail Noumea the countdown has well and truly begun and now is the time for crews intending to race to ramp up preparations.
There are over 60 New Zealand registrations of interest ranging from premier offshore race boats to cruising crews planning their South Pacific Adventure. With preparations to accommodate yachts in the marina underway now is the time to submit official entries. Entry documents and race information can be found online at http://www.sailnoumea.com/sites/default/files/NZ-SAILNOUMA-ENTRY.pdf or by e-mailing email@example.com. Make sure your entry is in early to secure your Noumea marina berth.
Sail Noumea is a family friendly regatta. RAYC has negotiated excellent hotel and travel packages with Royal Terra Beach Resort & Spa and North Harbour Travel. Make sure your family and friends are at the finish to welcome you into port by booking now. Details of accommodation and travel packages can be found at http://www.sailnoumea.com/accommodation-flight-packages. The team at North Harbour Travel can customize an itinerary to suit your requirements and their package prices will not be beaten.
On Thursday the 23rd of February Royal Akarana Yacht Club in conjunction with the Short Handed Sailing Association is hosting the first Sail Noumea 2012 seminar. Entrants in the SSANZ Round New Zealand race will join Sail Noumea crews for the second RFD safety seminar. This seminar will cover flare and life raft demonstrations as well as preparations for search and rescue including helicopter rescue. The bar will be open and a selection of finger food will be served. This seminar which builds on the 2011 RFD Safety Seminar is a great chance to learn what to do when things go wrong and mingle with the crews about to tackle the Round New Zealand race.
Mark these upcoming Sail Noumea Seminar topics and dates in your diary:
- 23rd February - SAR with SSANZ and RFD
- 8th March - Customs and Immigration with Selwyn Edgerly
- 29th March - The Cat 1 Inspection with Angus Willison (Inspector) and Simon Morley (Lloyd Stevenson Boat Builder)
If you are thinking about competing in Sail Noumea 2012. Have an interest in offshore sailing. If you want to learn more about search and rescue at sea you are welcome at Royal Akarana Yacht Club on the 23rd of February for the RFD Safety Seminar. The bar will be open. A selection of light food will be served. Presentations will begin at 1830hrs.
More information about this Seminar and Sail Noumea 2012 can be found at www.sailnoumea.com. The website is the source of all the latest information and news about the race and includes: A timer counting down the time to the start of the race, boat and crew profiles of current entries, live race tracking when the race is underway, Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, an online entry form, and all the forms required for a paper entry.
The Sail Noumea Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sailnoumea will continue to be updated with useful information. It’s a great way for sailors intending to join Sail Noumea to stay in touch.
Anyone who wishes to attend the seminar or to entry the race can do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with boat name, e-mail, and phone contact details.
15 February 2012
It's good to see our old friend Wellington artist Jim Bolland back in print with his new blog. Here's a sample of his work:
|'Flight of the Oystercatchers.' Oil on canvas. Jim Bolland 2011|
‘Oystercatcher XXVIII’ was launched at the Seaview Marina, on Wellington Harbour’s north-east corner in mid-October 2010.
Built by Hakes Marine to a design by Tom Humphreys of Humphreys Yacht Design, this 54 foot IRC racer was the second race boat from the Humphrey’s studio, for Richard Matthews, a British yachtsman of vast experience.
This yacht was an exceptional example of modern race-yacht construction, featuring full carbon pre-preg construction from direct female hull and deck moulds. The foam cored hull shell offers significant toughness for slight IRC benefit, while deck and internal structures are of nomex honeycomb cores.
Hakes Marine has a powerful reputation for the highest quality workmanship and it was evident in every area of this yacht's construction.
The October launching coincided with the spring season and in Wellington, New Zealand, that means plenty of wind! ‘Oystercatcher XXVIII’ had a workout after launching that should probably have been called a work-over? There were continual days of 20 to 30 knot breezes that tested everything that should be tested. And through all this, the yacht passed her test with honours.
For the painting of this exciting yacht, I placed her in more tropical climes, the Caribbean where she was programmed to race after shipping from Wellington NZ. But the inspiration was born while watching her on Wellington’s windswept harbour, ably beating to weather and then, in a cloud of spray, reaching down wind in excess of twenty knots! Posted by Jim Bolland
15 February 2012
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
HARKEN YOUTH INERNATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
10 – 14 February 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
After a gruelling day on the water with shifty, light winds the last two flights of Round Robin Two were finally completed at 1530hrs this afternoon. The Race Committee then decided that in order to have the semi-final races completed in the best conditions they would have to move to the Northern side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Chris Steele had this to say at Prizegiving “thanks team, Stu Dodson on main, Rawiri Geddes on trim, Jay Prestt on bow and thanks Guy Pilkington our coach. This was a great result for a team that have been selected from the RNZYS Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme. The results don’t really show how close the racing was. Ash (Rooklyn) pushed us hard in the semis and it was close racing. We had a tough match against Jordan Reece, as well, in the finals. Full credit to the Race Committee and thanks to all our supporters form the YTP including our fellow Training Programme Members.”
Jordan Reece and his crew were out to cement their placing on the leader board right from the beginning today.
Reece, Henry Kermot, Arnau Farras-Knowles and Jaiden Stevens have sailed together for a year now and it showed with some great wins. Reece beat Steele first off this morning with a convincing 38 second win.
The CYCA team helmed by Ashlyn Rooklyn were fortunate to have last year’s winner Jay Griffin sailing with them. Although Rooklyn had a win and a loss in the final flights he held his own and pushed hard in the semi-finals to earn 4th place.
David hazard who placed second in this event in 2011 had an unfortunate first two matches with a loss to Adam Middleton in Flight Eight and to rival Squadron team Chris Steele to place fifth.
George Brasell and his team from Bucklands Beach Yacht Club has to be the most improved team in the regatta with a 6th placing. Brasell had two tough matches today the first with the first match against Ashlyn Rooklyn and the second against Tim Coltman.
In 7th place the third RNZYS team made up of Katie de Lange, Hannah Osbourne, Paige Cook, Holly Hamlin and Janelle Peat also had some tough matches. The first was against Nicholas Howe from RSYS and the second match was against Jordan Reece. De Lange did well to keep Reece to a 27 second lead.
Adam Middleton in 8th place, whose team is relatively new to sailing together had a couple of great matches beating Dave Hazard by 27seconds in the first match and then Carla Sexton in his second match. Unfortunately not enough to climb the table.
Unfortunately Nicholas Howe whose team has also joined him at short notice and are relatively new together didn’t find their groove until today. They placed 9th. Howe sailed against de Lange this morning and against Rooklyn in his final Round Robin Two match. Howe kept his cool and stayed in the groove to win convincingly in light and shifty winds that threatened to die completely.
In 10th place Carla Sexton and her team of Gemma Rasdell, Lucas Price, Kasja Doyle and John Nairn from the CYCA Youth Scheme and this is their first regatta together. A big learning curve in trying conditions.
A big thanks to all our sponsors, Race Management, Umpires and Coaches, without whom a regatta of this nature couldn’t be run. Also many thanks to the Boat Owners who billeted our teams, Debbie Whiting and Jim from Tequila, Tony Whiting of Taranui, Christiaan Arnes from Notorious, Steve and Anna Mair of Valiente and Rupert Wilson and Kristen Percy of High Octane and also to Quintin Fowler and family for hosting Carla Sexton, her crew and coach from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney.
Semi Final One
Coltman beat Reece by 2m20s
Steele beat Rooklyn by 21s
Semi Final Two
Reece beat Coltman
Steel beat Rooklyn
Final - 3rd and 4th Placing
Tim Coltman v Ashlen Rooklyn
Final - 1st and 2nd placing
Chris Steele v Jordan Reece Final Placing
1st - Chris Steele - RNZYS
2nd - Jordan Reece - RSYS
3rd - Ashlen Rooklyn - CYCA
4th - Tim Coltman - RPNYC
5th - David Hazard - RNZYS
6th - George Brasell - BBYC
7th - Katie De Lange - RNZYS
8th - Adam Middleton - RPNYC
9th - Nicholas Howe - RSYS
10th - Carla Sexton - RPNYC