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World Maritime Day

Aug 03 2015 09:25 AM | Island Time in Articles

Maritime New Zealand media release.
Maritime industry backing World Maritime activities 31 July 2015
With worldwide shortages of over 42,500 officers expected by 2019, the New Zealand maritime industry will focus firmly on education and training for “NZ Careers at Sea” to celebrate World Maritime Day (Thurs, Sept 24).
A cross sector maritime industry group is organising a week of activities from September 21-27 which may include ship and port visits and updated career information for careers advisors to encourage secondary students into a maritime career.
World Maritime Day is promoted by the International Maritime Organisation and this year’s theme is Maritime Education and Training.
Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, who is leading this industry initiative, said that: “for too long maritime careers have flown under the radar and we want to direct more young people to look at the exciting opportunities offered by a maritime career.”
Maritime NZ said 90% of the world’s goods are transported by sea and without mariners and a healthy maritime industry food, clothes, electronics and cars would not get to New Zealand.
Some of the jobs available include – officer, seafarer, deckhand, cook on a 100-1000 tonne oil tanker, navigating a cargo ship or shore-based jobs such as marine engineering, naval architecture, maritime law, stevedoring, logistics or support roles.
Maritime employers, seafarers, maritime workers and trainees will be encouraged to take part in the week of activities and share photos, videos, and tweets of what life is like in the maritime sector.
Organisations involved include Maritime NZ, Careers NZ, Cruise NZ, Maritime Union of NZ, NMIT, NZ Maritime School, PEPANZ, Seafood NZ, Shipping Federation and Shipping NZ.
We will keep you posted on planned New Zealand activities at:
World Maritime Day
For more information about World Maritime Day internationally check out the IMO website:
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Jul 16 2015 10:48 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Groupama 24 : a solid leader
Past the midway mark in the race, Groupama 24 is holding firmly onto its place as leader of the overall ranking in the 38th edition of the Tour de France à la Voile. Having left Dunkirk on 3 July, the four crew, who have been taking it in turns aboard the one-design trimaran Diam 24, are racking up a solid pace and a level of consistency that few competitors are managing to keep up with. As the fleet leave the Atlantic bound for the Mediterranean, Pierre Pennec and Franck Cammas give us the low-down.
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Helmsman on Groupama 24 in the absence of Franck Cammas, who was competing in the World Nacra 17 Championships in Denmark, Pierre Pennec very quickly found the keys to performance: "These results are down to the work carried out by the whole team since March. We've prepared the boat well, the organisation is honed and the crew is as applied as it is relaxed. The upshot of that is that we're not getting overly tired and we're not stupidly wasting energy".

Aside from a fifth place due to around fifty litres of unexpected water ingress in the trimaran's forward section in the first coastal course, Groupama 24 has never finished lower than third place: "We go fast in all the different wind conditions and in all the course types. As a result, we're not taking tactical risks," continues the sailor who represented France in the Olympic Games in Sydney in a Tornado.

Making his grand entrance during the second day of the Roscoff stopover, Franck Cammas replaced Pierre Pennec at the helm: "This change of position went perfectly smoothly, as much for Franck as it did for me when I was switched over to trimming the mainsail and calling tactics. Franck very quickly adapted and found his bearings from the start of the season, which enabled us to secure a win in the Grand Prix de l'Ecole Navale".

For the person who has skippered and helmed the Groupama boats for the past 18 years, the arrival on the Tour de France has been managed in the usual way, namely with precision: "We knew exactly what we had to do. From Denmark I was being kept informed about the crew's performance on a daily basis. They handled the situation superbly well and the presence of our coach, Maxime Paul, has been important. He has a very good technical eye with regards the trimming, both ours and those of our rivals".

As far as that competition is concerned, the presence of CombiWest and Spindrift on the podium comes as no surprise: "Of the five pre-season races, these are the two crews who performed the best along with ourselves. As such, it's fairly logical to see them here. We're more amazed by the fine performances posted by the youngsters on Vannes Agglo and Grandeur Nature Vérandas, who we didn't see at the start of the season".

With a 17-point lead over CombiWest and 28 over Spindrift, Groupama 24's position is certainly appealing, but it is in no way definitive: "We know the value of our rivals. They won't give an inch, added to which they are very strong in the close-contact racing. They just need to be aware that we're not going to drop our guard. We want this Tour," concludes Pierre Pennec, who was in great shape as he set a course for Roses in Spain.

Overall ranking after the first 9 days:
1/ Groupama 24 with 440 points
2/ CombiWest: - 17 points
3/ Spindrift: - 28 points
4/ Grandeur Nature Vérandas: - 34 points
5/ Vannes Agglo: - 52 points
28/ 30 Corsaires: - 215 points
About Groupama
Boosted by its various brands, Groupama, Gan and Amaguiz, the Groupama group, France's top mutual insurance company is expanding its insurance, banking and financial services in eleven countries. The group comprised 13 million clients and 34,000 representatives around the world, with a turnover totaling 13.6 billion euros.
For further information please visit: www.groupama.com

Press Contact
Vincent Borde : +33 (0)6 07 68 18 95

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Groupama S.A.
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Safety at Sea Triple Series

Jul 03 2015 03:21 PM | Island Time in Articles

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SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series 2015

The first race starts on July 11th and with more than 50 boats already entered, this year is promises to be another fantastic and highly competitive series.

This year the courses have been updated to allow for more corners and tactical decisions with some different landmarks chosen to send the fleet around. In addition to the course changes, the order of the races has been rearranged with a medium, long, short format to allow for some after race socialising once the last race in the series has been completed.

The first race is the NZ Spars and Rigging 60 July 11th, followed by the Evolution Sails 100 August 8th and finishing with the Baltic 50 September 5th. Each race has 3 course lengths, Smallboat, Shorthaul and Longhaul. The Smallboat course is designed to allow smaller boats to compete and also combines a cruising division. Shorthaul covers the mid size and sports style keelers and the non spinnaker division. Larger keelers and multihulls go further afield in the Longhaul division and really test the endurance of the competitors.

Briefing is set for 7pm at the RNZYS on Thursday the 9th July. Quite possibly one of the largest gatherings of likeminded sailors, the briefing is always filled with a couple of hundred yachties catching up and checking out the competition. Challenges get issued and bets placed, normally in liquid form to be paid up at prize giving. Prize giving is set for the 2nd October. Each series entry comes with 2 tickets to the prize giving and dinner with additional tickets being available for purchase for people wanting to bring extras.

Entries close 6pm Wed 8th July.

Enter online at www.ssanz.co.nz

Major Sponsor Safety at Sea is back for another year along with NZ Spars and Rigging and Evolution Sails.

Please support the sponsors!

The sponsors are putting up a Major Spot Prize to be drawn from competitors that complete all races and radio scheds, attend briefing and the Prizegiving.

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One World Series

Jul 02 2015 09:19 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Light Airs Challenge Teams In Hunt For Quarter Final Place
Marstrand, Sweden (1st July 2015): Teams were faced with soaring tempand challenging light air conditions today during Qualifying Session three of the Stena Match Cup Sweden in Marstrand, as the final races of the Qualifying round determine which 8 of the 14 team field will advance to the Quarter Finals.

Defending ISAF World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar remains undefeated with a 10-0 scoreline, needing just one more win from his last 3 races to finish at the top of the standings, and thus earn him first choice of his Quarter Final opponent.

“Flight 20 was the first time we have really been behind this week. We had a bit of work to do, Keith [Swinton] had a pretty good lead on us at one point. But it was so fickle out there, so we focused on our own shifts and it came good for us.” said Williams.

Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing sits two points behind Williams with 8 points, with Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One in third with 7 points alongside the Swedish favourites Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing, and Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team.

After his impressive performance yesterday, Berntsson faced a difficult day after being black flagged in his race against Dane Joachim Aschenbrenner, and then dropping three penalties against Taylor Canfield. As if it wasn’t enough, Berntsson then received an unfortunate knock to the head requiring him to come ashore briefly. However he and his Berntsson Sailing Team know the Marstrand waters better than any, and his Quarter Final place seems safe for now.eratures

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Win a Vendee Globe boat free!

Jun 22 2015 09:57 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Win a Vendée Globe’s Boat ... for FREE!

The pro Sailor and sports journalist Sébastien Destremau, is entering into the next Vendée Globe with FaceOcean’s project. After the race, one of his supporters will have the opportunity to win his boat for free. "As far as I know this is the first time such a big boat will be won. It is unheard of and very innovative," said David Brabis, CEO of the Vendée Globe

For Sébastien Destremau, who participated in five America's Cup campaigns, FaceOcean’s goals are simple: create a human-scale project and share it with thousands of Fans, finish this solo round the world race and give the possibility to a lucky winner to take over the helm in 2020.

June 18th 2015 is the beginning of a vast operation of crowdfunding. Especially with the Virtual Regatta players (500 000 competitors during the last Vendée Globe) with which Sebastien has developed a strong relationships over the years thanks to his daily video News (100 million videos views to date).

"The Vendée Globe is the most popular game among our community ad it was obvious for us to support Sebastien in this adventure" said Philippe Guigné VirtualRegatta Founder during the FaceOcean press conference.

The project changed gear with the recent purchase of the IMOCA 60 "Explora-Gartmore". Currently located in South Africa, the boat is simple and very reliable. She has already competed four round the world races, including two Vendée Globe (both in the top 10 finish)

"To embark thousands of fans on this project, we are offering two levels of involvement. The first level is to become a « Fan » and it is completely free. A draw will be done and the lucky winner will be the new proud owner of my boat at the end of the Vendée Globe! Then the fans have the possibility to put their photo on the boat and become a "Crew-member" for a financial contribution according to the size of the photo chosen (from 10 €). We have also developed a unique offer for sponsors interested in FaceOcean’s concept » said the skipper of FaceOcean.

The next steps of this out of the box project include the return of the boat in France in the coming weeks, followed by a thorough technical preparation in Toulon (South of France), with the aim of transforming the boat into a real television studio, then a Transatlantic race in spring and some public relations in the summer of 2016.
Then on November 6th 2016, will be the official start of FaceOcean’s attempt to climb the Everest of the Seas in les Sables d'Olonne.

To become a Supporter: www.faceocean.fr

To become a Crewmember : http://bit.ly/1JWgphI

The English press conference can be watched here=>https://www.dailymot...e_sport?start=1

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6 Medals for NZ!

Jun 15 2015 09:41 AM | Island Time in Articles

Yachting New Zealand Media Release
15 JUN 2015

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Six medals for the NZL Sailing Team at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth
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In what has been one of the NZL Sailing Team most successful international regattas the team has won six medals at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth including one gold, four silver and one bronze.
Gold and silver in the 49er for New Zealand with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke further extending their unbeaten run in the class and team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski sharing the podium for silver.
Both New Zealand’s womens’ double-handers crews have won silver medals, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie beaten on count-back only by long-time rivals Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills (GBR). Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech take silver in 49erFX also overthrown in the final race, by class favourites.
Featuring strongly all week in the Finn standings New Zealand has collected silver and bronze in the class, which will come to New Zealand in November this year to battle out their World Championship title.

49er and 49erFX
Despite a poor start at this regatta, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were back in front in the men’s 49er class and went into today’s medal race with an 18 point buffer over team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski.
All went according to plan for Burling and Tuke and after a 6th place on the water today they collected the gold, extending their amazing unbeaten run to 17 straight victories at the major events in the class.
“Our first win in Weymouth,” says a delighted Burling.
On their approach to today’s race Burling said, "We had a little bit to do, but we had a little bit of a points gap on second so the game plan was to try and stay close to them, and we managed to put together a relatively solid result."
Hansen and Porebski were 7th in today’s medal race and comfortably secure the silver medal making it 1-2 for New Zealand on the 49er podium. Encouragingly, this is their best result for 2015 to date.
Taking the lead into today’s medal race Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech were out performed today by reigning world champions in the women’s 49erFX class, Martine Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze. The Brazilian’s struck out an early lead in today’s medal race and never relinquished it finishing well ahead of the pack.
Maloney and Meech crossed in 9th and have to settle for silver this time.
"We just didn't get the shift right today and we couldn't stay with our competitors which was a bit of a mistake and we just let the Brazilians get away from us,” said Maloney after racing.
"It was a pretty nice week sailing in Weymouth, we got some pretty good races in but we had a disappointing Medal Race and we can learn lot from it."
The 49er and 49erFX fleets will sail their 2015 European Championship next month in Portugal, building towards August’s Aquece Rio International Regatta (Olympic Test Event) and then the 2015 49er World Championship being staged in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November.

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Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have enjoyed being back in Weymouth where three years ago they won Olympic gold, and this time they came oh so close again finishing this regatta on equal points with victors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR).
The kiwis were 5th in today’s medal race, while the Brits were 4th and drawing equal on points the gold goes to Mills and Clark because they placed higher in today’s race.
Aleh and Powrie congratulate them on a great final race; “It was an interesting day on the water, the British girls Hannah and Saskia pulled off a very well executed race and we didn't quite match them this time. So they won this round and we ended up 2nd overall,’ says Jo Aleh.
“It's been a good week of sailing, some great learnings as always. We’re ready to tidy up a few more areas of our racing ready for the next regatta which is European Champs in a few weeks.”
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox sailed well across the first half of the series, but were knocked by some average results on day four and went into the Men’s 470 medal race lying 10th. Finishing 5th on the water today didn’t change their position and they end the regatta in 10th overall.

Josh Junior put up a good fight for gold in the Finn medal race, the young Wellingtonian giving it everything he could to take victory off the on-form Giles Scott from Great Britain.
Knowing that Junior was in with a reasonable chance needing only to finish two places ahead of him in today’s race Scott and Junior ended up towards the back of the fleet and while the kiwi crossed ahead in 9th Scott was right behind him 10th and secured the gold medal.
Junior recently won silver at the Finn European Championships in Split, Croatia and admits that both he and Murdoch have made gains in the class;
Junior says, "I think we are now getting the gear right and are starting to go really fast. Doc [Murdoch] has been a great sailor for many years and I've sailed pretty well and we are both starting to move towards the front, so hopefully that continues and we can do this more regularly."
Andrew Murdoch sailed home with a 6th in today’s medal race coming close to team-mate Junior on points, but not close enough to take silver from him. Murdoch, from Northland’s Kerikeri Cruising Club takes the bronze for his first Finn medal at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.
This November the Finn class will sail the Finn World Cup (their 2015 World Championship) here in New Zealand with Takapuna Boating Club set to host the world’s best in the Olympic heavy-weight dinghy later this year. The kiwis will be hoping to put on a good show on home waters.

Laser and Radial
Two New Zealand sailors were in today’s Laser medal race; Andy Maloney ended the regatta well with a 2nd place today which sees him end the regatta in 7th place overall.
“After a week of ups and downs, I'm pretty happy to finish on a high with second place in the medal race. It was an extremely tight race which moved me up to finish 7th overall. Not the goal but some real positives to take from the week,” reports Maloney.
Meanwhile Sam Meech, who broke into the top ten with great results on day four, has concluded the regatta in 8th after placing 8th in the medal race.
Thomas Saunders ends the regatta in 12th with Michael Bullot close behing in 13th.
In the Laser Radial, Sara Winther ends the regatta in 17th place; Susannah Pyatt in 31st.

Nacra 17
Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson conclude their first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in 26th place.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth (10-14 June 2015)
New Zealand’s Final Results

1st Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 49er
2nd Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, 49er
2nd Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Women’s 470
2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, 49erFX
2nd Josh Junior, Finn
3rd Andrew Murdoch, Finn
7th Andy Maloney, Laser
8th Sam Meech, Laser
12th Thomas Saunders, Laser
13th Michael Bullot, Laser
10th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, Men’s 470
17th Sara Winther, Laser Radial
31st Susannah Pyatt, Laser Radial
26th Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, Nacra 17

ISAF Sailing World Cup website http://www.sailing.o...rldcup/home.php
Yachting New Zealand Latest News http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news
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More about the ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-14 December 2014
Miami - 25-31 January 2015
Hyères - 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland - 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao - 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi - 27 October to 1 November 2015

For more information contact:
Jodie Bakewell-White
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz
Tel. 021 709 065

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NZ Sailing Team

Jun 12 2015 11:36 AM | Island Time in Articles

Brilliant day for the NZL Sailing Team at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth
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New Zealand leads in three events with a total of eight NZL Sailing Team crews lying top five at the end of day two in Weymouth, England where the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth Regatta is underway.
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (picture above © onEdition) were the stand-out performers on the team today and they take the overall lead in the 49erFX. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie retain their lead in the Women’s 470; so does Andy Maloney in the Laser.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are in 3rd and back in the game with a good day today, while Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski also appear towards the top of the board in the 49er lying 2nd.
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox climb to 3rd in the Men’s 470, while New Zealand is lying 3rd and 4th in the Finn.
With two days racing complete another two days of fleet racing remain. Live Medal Races on Sunday - that will be available to view from 11:00 local time in Weymouth here - will bring the competition to a close.

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Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie maintain their day one lead although British rivals Saskia Clarke and Hannah Mills have inched a little closer and now sit just one point behind the kiwi Olympic champions.
“It was an okay day out there for us today. We’re a little frustrated as we made a few basic mistakes that cost us a few places,” reports Jo Aleh. “We got a 4th and a 2nd, so not too bad in terms is results.”
While not able to re-produce their perfect scores from day one, Aleh and Powrie are clearly enjoying being back on the memorable territory of Weymouth and are relishing the blustery, familiar conditions that they often compare to New Zealand’s Takapuna.
“There was good breeze and some great waves downwind, although still rather shifty and lots of pressure differences. It made for some interesting racing.”
In the Men’s 470 Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox take a massive jump up the leader board into 3rd overall, due to the combination of a great day on the race track and their discard coming into play. Sailing two races today they were 4th and 7th and now have 14 points, four adrift of the Aussies in 2nd.

Laser and Radial
Andy Maloney continues to lead the Laser class after day two of racing in Weymouth. He placed 6th and 18th on the water today and holds a four point lead over Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim and Britain’s Philipp Buhl who are tied on points in 2nd and 3rd.
Michael Bullot has broken into the top ten after a great performance today with a win and a 6th. The Murray’s Bay Sailing Club representative is now in 7th overall.
Sam Meech also improved his overall position today with results including a 5th and a 7th which pushes him up into 12th. Thomas Saunders is in 21st place.
In the Laser Radial Sara Winther is in 18th overall, while Susannah Pyatt is 28th.

Andrew Murdoch’s overall lead in the Finn after day one has slipped from his grasp with the on-form hometown favourite Giles Scott taking the top spot in the Finn fleet after day two.
Regardless it was still a good day for both kiwis in the men’s heavy weight dinghy class. Josh Junior has improved to 3rd place overall after a 4th and a 2nd in today’s racing, while Murdoch is just behind in 4th making for two in the top five for New Zealand.
Points remain close at the top of the board and the 24 boat fleet are now half way through the fleet racing which will determine who sails the top ten medal race on Sunday in Weymouth.

49er and 49erFX
Its New Zealand 2nd and 3rd in the Men’s 49er skiff standings with the two kiwi crews the only ones in the class to return three single digit scores on day two.
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski take a jump from 7th up to 2nd with a 3rd, an 8th and a race win to hold a points-score of 26, three behind Sweden’s Victor Bergstrom and Victor Vasternas.
Olympic silver medallists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke came home top five in three races held today in Weymouth and climb up to 3rd overall into more familiar territory on the leader board.
However of all the NZL Sailing Team it was Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech who performed the best today with an outstanding 1-2-1 from their three races which sees them jump into the overall lead in the Women’s 49er FX.
"We had a really good day today. Everything kind of felt easy and we were going quite fast and that always helps," smiled Meech. "It was quite good racing and everyone was going really fast. If you made a mistake you were going to get passed but if you didn't, then you were always going to pass people."
Maloney and Meech are amongst the leading competitors in the 49erFX and have the potential and know how to medal at each event. Most recently they finished seventh at World Cup Hyeres and have been working hard to get back on the podium, "We've got a few things to work on for the rest of this regatta. Our starts have been a focus for us and things are starting to come together. We'll look to push on from that and try to get a great result from this regatta."
Nacra 17
Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson did not compete in the Nacra 17 racing today. They suffered a broken rig on day one of the regatta.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth (10-14 June 2015)
New Zealand’s current standings
1st Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Women’s 470 (1, 1, 2, 4)
3nd Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, Men’s 470 (BFD, 3, 4, 7)
2nd Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, 49er (4, 37, 10, 3, 8, 1)
3rd Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 49er (12, 7, 25, 2, 4, 5)
1st Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, 49erFX (3, 3, 11, 1, 2, 1)
3rd Josh Junior, Finn (15, 1, 4, 2)
4th Andrew Murdoch, Finn (3, 2, 6, :cool:
1st Andy Maloney, Laser (1, 2, 6, 18)
7th Michael Bullot, Laser (9, 12, 1, 6)
12st Sam Meech, Laser (17, 24, 5, 7)
21st Thomas Saunders, Laser (8, 22, 13, 21)
18th Sara Winther, Laser Radial (22, 15, 12, 22)
28th Susannah Pyatt, Laser Radial (28, 18, 31, 26)
30th Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, Nacra 17 (17, 29, 32, DNC, DNC, DNC)

Racing resumes tomorrow at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland. Medal Races on Sunday 14 June will bring the regatta to a close.
ISAF Sailing World Cup website http://www.sailing.o...rldcup/home.php
Yachting New Zealand Latest News http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/news
ISAF Sailing World Cup Facebook http://www.facebook....SailingWorldCup
NZL Sailing Team Facebook https://www.facebook.../NZLSailingTeam

More about the ISAF Sailing World Cup
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-14 December 2014
Miami - 25-31 January 2015
Hyères - 20-26 April 2015
Weymouth and Portland - 8-14 June 2015
Qingdao - 14-20 September 2015
2015 Final Abu Dhabi - 27 October to 1 November 2015

For more information contact:
Jodie Bakewell-White
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz

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Volvo Ocean Race Tracker

Jun 11 2015 09:00 AM | Island Time in Articles

Race Tracker is live now!
Follow the fleet to the finish line in Lorient on app or desktop.

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Finn Focus

Jun 11 2015 08:58 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Kiwi Finns fly on first day of Weymouth World Cup
Andrew Murdoch (NZL) opened his first return to Weymouth since the 2012 Olympics with a great performance to lead overnight from Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Giles Scott (GBR) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland.
Back in 2012 Murdoch placed fifth in the Laser class while Lobert picked up the Finn bronze. Scott had to watch from the sidelines as his arch rival and teammate Ben Ainslie (GBR) took the gold. A lot has changed since then. Scott is now the best in the world and showed some of that form in the opening race with a strong victory after trailing round the top mark in 11th.
The gusty and and shifty offshore conditions took their toll through the fleet with some big scores already on the board for some, including race 2 winner Josh Junior (NZL) who picked up a 15th in the first race, and Scott who dropped to 12th in the second.
The Australians got the first upwind right in race 1 with Jake Lilley (AUS) rounding ahead of Oliver Tweddell (AUS) and Max Salminen (SWE). However first Murdoch and then Scott came past downwind to round opposite gates almost simultaneously. Murdoch tried to break out to the left with Scot following later along with most of the fleet. Murdoch held the initial advantage but as they negotiated the shifts into the top mark Scott's position further in the middle paid off and he took a small lead which he extended on the final downwind to the finish. Meanwhile Lobert had been further right still and moved up to third at the top and passed Murdoch half way down the final run to take second. Murdoch crossed third.
Race 2 produced some different names at the front. Björn Allansson (SWE) won the pin and after pushing out from the fleet tacked back across and let Ed Wright (GBR) continue leftwards. Wright crossed back later on a larger shift and held the advantage at the top mark from Junior and Murdoch. The Kiwis were evidently much faster downwind and piled past to split tacks at the gate. Junior initially gained and then both Murdoch and Wright reeled him in as they approached the top mark again. However Junior is most dangerous downwind and extended away for a 120 metre lead to take the race win. Murdoch again passed Wright downwind to take second and the overall lead, while Wright cruised home in third.
Murdoch said, “It's my first time back since the Olympics. I always enjoy the sailing here and it's good to be back. Today we had 12-17 knots from the north-east. Not a direction I saw much of in all the previous sailing I've done here. There were plenty of shifts and differences in pressure so it was good to come away from today with a couple of keepers.”
Race 1 winner, Scott, said, “I struggled to get off the start line today. The fleet felt really punchy which I think it was after looking at the video. But the first race went well with a good first downwind for me.”
“In the second I got the wrong side of a few shifts and found myself on the back foot. I had got back into it by the bottom but got caught out on the left with a 20 degree righty. So plenty to play for tomorrow in what I think will be similar conditions.”

Racing in Weymouth continues to Sunday. An eight race series will be followed by the medal race for the top 10.

Results after 2 races
1 NZL 16 Andrew Murdoch 5
2 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 9
3 GBR 41 Giles Scott 13
4 ITA 66 Enrico Voltolini 14
5 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 14
6 NZL 24 Josh Junior 16
7 SWE 33 Max Salminen 18
8 AUS 41 Jake Lilley 19
9 FIN 218 Tapio Nirkko 20
10 ESP 7 Alex Muscat 21

Full results

Photos: onEdition

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First day of racing in Weymouth

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First day of racing in Weymouth

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Lancer Sea Blade 20 Debut at Hutchwilco Boat show

May 12 2015 04:09 PM | Island Time in Articles

Sea Blade SB20 to Make New Zealand Boat Show Debut

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The widely talked about and much anticipated Sea Blade SB20 will be released next week at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, May 14-17.

The new fibreglass Sea Blade model range is a joint project between Lancer Industries in New Zealand who will manufacture the vessels, with world acclaimed US Company Navatek providing the patented designs for these unique vessels.

The SB20 Centre Console features an open and non clutter layout ideal for day excusions and fishing. The standard configuration includes features such as a 200L fuel tank, self draining cockpit, transom doors, passenger bench seating and underfloor storage with a large options list also available.

The SB20 is able to be powered by single outboards from 90-200hp or twin outboards from 2 x 50hp through to 2 x 115hp. The SB20 hull will also be offered in a cuddy cabin variant at a later date.

This first production model, fitted with a targa top has already been sold to a prominent New Zealand marine identity.

Unlike a conventional Deep V which can lack stability the Sea Blade is supported by the outer amas. Sea Blade’s patented Ultra Deep V technology utilises a combination of longitudinal steps, chines and pads. This shape has been tested to improve lift, ride and performance characteritics A key change in the design is the increased lifting areas which reduce drag and increase ride stability.

A fine bow and high deadrise allows the Sea Blade hull to slice through chop and waves. Slicing reduces craft pitch and airborne launch and the Sea Blade hull has been proven to minimize slamming force upon landing.

The SB20 is the first of a series of production models to be built with other trailerble models up to 23ft. Sea Blade can also offer large non trailerable models up to 70ft.

The SeaBlade SB20 will on display at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, site EX08 at the ASB Show Grounds, Greenlane.


SB20 Specifications:
LOA: 6.40m
BOA: 2.19m
Draft (@DWL): .42m
Displacement (@DWL): 2000kgs
HP Min Single: 90
HP Max Single: 200
HP Min Twin: 2x50
HP Max Twin: 2x115
Speed: 40 knots.

The first production model of the SB20 will be a centre console and will be on display at next weekend’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

For Further Information:
Lancer Industries
Ph 64 (09) 837 1206

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OK Dinghy News

May 04 2015 09:27 AM | Island Time in Articles

Posted ImagePosted Image Charlie Cumbley wins OK Dinghy Spring Cup in Medemblik Charlie Cumbley (GBR) has won the OK Dinghy Spring Cup in Medemblik for The Rüdiger Prinz Trophy at the first attempt after a win in race 7 sealed the event for him. Jim Hunt (GBR) finished second with Greg Wilcox (NZL) just maintaining third after a late charge from Rene Johannsen (DEN).

The forecast strong winds seemed to blow themselves out overnight leaving a choppy sea and 14-18 knots, which gradually reduced during the day. It was a grey day though with rain coming through later. Wilcox made the best of the first race to lead round the first triangle. Then Cumbley came through on the second beat to lead to the finish for his fifth race win and the overall win with a race to spare.

The wind moderated slightly for the final race with reduced visibility and grey skies. This seemed to suit Hunt, who rounded the top mark in the lead. Cumbley briefly took the lead downwind, but on the second beat Hunt favoured the middle while the rest took the right. Hunt crossed back with a nice lead again and led to the finish.

With Cumbley and Hunt a clear first and second, Wilcox took third by a very narrow margin after Johannsen and Bo Petersen (DEN) closed the gap with some consistent sailing.

It was a very tough weekend, sailed in some testing and tricky conditions across all wind ranges. Charlie Cumbley was the deserved winner of the Rüdiger Prinz Trophy. This is the first year that this trophy has been presented. It was created in memory of long time OK Dinghy sailor Rüdiger Prinz who died earlier this year. It is a half model OK Dinghy in orange, the colour of his boat. The Spring Cup was one of his favourite events, so his friends decided it would be a fitting tribute to his memory. A collection was also taken in the Brakeboer pub last night, where EUR 300 was raised to be given to his family's chosen charity.

1 GBR 2173 Charlie Cumbley 10
2 GBR 1 Jim Hunt 18
3 NZL 544 Greg Wilcox 27
4 DEN 1442 Rene Johannsen 28
5 DEN 1431 Bo Petersen 30
6 GBR 2150 Nick Craig 37
7 DEN 1420 Jørgen Lindhardtsen 57
8 GBR 2177 Alex Scoles 76
9 GBR 2151 Jon Fish 81
10 GER 693 Martin v. Zimmermann 87

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Apr 24 2015 10:10 AM | Island Time in Articles

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres:

Apr 24 2015 09:22 AM | Island Time in Articles

Yachting New Zealand Media Release
24 APR 2015

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Burling and Tuke near perfect on day two
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Racing continued for the NZL Sailing Team in France today at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Regatta where our 2012 Olympic medallist crews hit their stride.
On the skiff course Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were showing everyone else how it’s done, while in the Women’s 470 Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have made major gains on the leader-board.
49er & 49erFX: After a near perfect day on the water Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have opened up a solid leading margin in the 49er skiff class. Adding two bullets and a 2nd place on day two of the five day long regatta, the kiwis are out in front by 21 points with Denmark’s Jonas Warrer and Anders Thomsen now in 2nd place.
Team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski have slipped to 18th.
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech improved their overall position in the women’s 49er FX climbing to 7th overall with a 14th, a 4th and a 9th in today’s three races.
Maloney reports; “After a slow start we connected a few more pieces of the puzzle day two into Hyeres Sailing World Cup. We are determined to make each race more complete in the coming few days.”
470: Women and Men: Lying 11th going into today Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have climbed up the ladder with two solid single-digit race results today – a 6th and a 5th. All three teams at the top of the leader-board, including the kiwis, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) and Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha are lying equal on points.
The Brazilian and Slovenian crews in 4th and 5th aren’t far adrift and the scene is set for another exciting battle over the coming two days of racing which lead up to Sunday’s medal race.
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox are lying 10th in the Men’s 470 class.
Finn: Changing fortunes on the Finn course today have seen Andrew Murdoch slip to 13th on the leader-board suffering from a DNF in today’s first race. In contrast, Josh Junior had a better day and climbed up the ranks to 17th overall after placing 7th and 10th in today’s racing.
Laser & Radial: New Zealand’s Laser sailors struggled for consistency today and only Andy Maloney remains in the top ten of the 40 boat fleet. He is in 10th, Sam Meech is 13th, Mike Bullot is 21st and Thomas Saunders is 25th at the end of days two.
Sara Winther is lying 24th in the Laser Radial.
Nacra 17: Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are now in 16th overall in the mixed multihull.
Women’s RS:X: Natalia Kosinska has moved from 21st up to lie 17th at the end of day two finishing today on a high note with a 3rd place.
Racing continues in Hyeres tomorrow with another two days of racing remaining before the top ten medal races scheduled for Sunday.
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
NZL Sailing Team current standings (full results here)
1st Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 49er (2, 9, 3, 1, 1, 2)
18th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 49er (9, 12, 19, 29, 16, 35)
7th Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – 49erFX (12, 16, 18, 14, 4, 9)
3rd Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – Women’s 470 (3, 25, 6, 5)
10th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox – Men’s 470 (24, 7, 18, 5)
13th Andrew Murdoch – Finn (5, 5, DNF, 28)
17th Josh Junior – Finn (33, 27, 7, 10)
10th Andy Maloney – Laser (12, 9, 18, 7)
13th Sam Meech – Laser (11, 2, 23, 39)
21st Mike Bullot – Laser (21, 18, 12, 22)
25th Thomas Saunders – Laser (16, 30, 14, 30)
24th Sara Winther – Laser Radial (26, 11, 19, 32)
17th Natalia Kosinska – Women’s RS:X (27, 13, 28, 11, 3)
16th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – Nacra 17 (5, 18, 29, 10, 14,14)

High resolution images of the NZL Sailing Team in action each day in Hyeres will be available for media use. Please email jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz.
How to follow the action
Yachting New Zealand Latest News – for daily NZL Sailing Team media releases
NZL Sailing Team Facebook page – for NZL Sailing Team images and updates
Regatta website - For full results, the latest news, interviews with competitors, photos, and videos.

More about 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Documents governing the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup are available here - www.sailing.org/world_cup_documents.php
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in late October.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup consists of five regattas for all ten Olympic events (and where possible, Formula Kite Racing). Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned.
For more information…
Jodie Bakewell-White
Tel. 021 709 065
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz

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Finn Focus

Apr 24 2015 09:19 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Giles Scott (GBR) has taken pole position in the Finn fleet at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres after a day of tough sailing in winds around 16-18 knots. He leads from Ed Wright (GBR) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED).

After another delay to wait for the wind, the Finn fleet eventually got in two slightly late races. The wind was forecast to come in stronger than on Wednesday and did just that. Race 3 started in stronger wind, which completely changed the leaderboard from the day before.

Tapio Nikko (FIN) led Caleb Paine (USA) round the top mark from the right ahead of Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) and Giles Scott (GBR). Ed Wright (GBR) rounded in fifth and moved into the lead on the first downwind. He maintained his lead on the second upwind while Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) moved up to third. However on the final downwind Tapio Nirkko (FIN) moved ahead for the win from Wright and Kljakovic Gaspic.

Most of the favourites were up the front, however it was a disaster for overnight leader Andrew Murdoch (NZL), who suffered sail damage, and was unable to finish the race.

The wind had increased by race 4 and the majority favoured the right again on the first beat. At the first mark it was Paine followed by Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) and Zbogar. Scott rounded in fifth but quickly moved up to second downwind to round the gate behind Zbogar. On the second upwind, Postma and Scott stuck together and Postma just squeezed round the next mark ahead. Björn Allansson (SWE) led the chasing pack in third after making gains on the right. The dual at the front continued downwind with a big gap to the rest of the fleet. Never more than three or four boatlengths between them they battled downwind. Scott made his move with less than 500 metres to the finish as he eased past the Dutchman. Zbogar made some gains right at the end to snatch third place.

A fifth and first moves Scott to the top of the scorecard, while a second and fifth also moves up Wright to second. Wright said, “We had an upgrade in conditions over night. Great hiking conditions and downwinds but there were still some big holes in the wind to keep it interesting. I had two average starts but came through with some good speed upwind rounding top five in each race. The downwind of the first race was magical as I managed to gybe and get clear of the sails and just pulled away with some good speed, which is good as I have been working hard on technique and changing styles recently. Overall a fun day.”

Nirrko followed the win in race 3 with a sixth to move up to tenth overall. “In first race I didn't start so good but managed to get clear lanes until all the way up in good pressure so managed to round first. Ed passed me on the first downwind and we came to the second top mark in same order. On the last downwind I got good groove on and passed Ed to get the bullet.”

“In the second race it was a tricky first upwind after a poor start. Yet I had good speed around the course, which helped me to climb couple of places to finishing sixth. Good day all in all after yesterday's disaster.”

Another big climber was Björn Allansson, now in sixth. “It was full power sailing today and good fun. In the first race I didn't have a perfect start but fought my way back on the first lap. In the second race I had a good start and after that it was a lot easier.”

Overall leader Scott said, “The breeze came in and it was a lot steadier today but it certainly wasn’t straightforward. It was a bit of a hike-off really. It was a very physical day and pretty exhausting, but very good to come away with a five and a one and to just sneak by and get PJ was a good way to end it.”

The opening series is now at its half way stage and will conclude on Saturday, with the medal race following on Sunday. A lot of those in the top 10 already have a high score lurking, so there is still a long way to go for everyone.

Results after 4 races
1 GBR 41 Giles Scott 7
2 GBR 11 Edward Wright 10
3 NED 842 Pieter-Jan Postma 13
4 SLO 573 Vasilij Zbogar 21
5 SWE 6 Björn Allansson 26
6 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 27
7 ITA 146 Michele Paoletti 30
8 ESP 7 Alex Muscat 33
9 USA 6 Caleb Paine 33
10 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 34

Full results here
More photos here

Photo: Ocean Images/British Sailing Team

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NZL Sailing Team prepare for new format ISAF Sa...

Apr 20 2015 02:27 PM | Island Time in Articles

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The NZL Sailing Teamis in France preparing for the up-coming ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres Regatta which gets underway two days from now running from Wednesday 22 April until Sunday 26 April.
Image: Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in action earlier this month at Princess Sofia Regatta, Spain © Sailing Energy
This important Olympic class regatta, which has a 47 year history, is the third of five events which lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi later this year.
Changes to the format of the ISAF Sailing World Cup (the premier international sailing series for Olympic class sailors) mean that fleets are restricted, by invitation, to only 40 in each of the ten Olympic class events being contested in Hyeres, France.
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, New Zealand’s top Womens’ 470 crew arrived in Hyeres a week ago to train and prepare. “We’ve been out on the water in some good breeze today with a few other boats doing some line ups, great fun! Nice to be out again, looking forward to the next few days of training before we get racing next Wednesday.”
“It’s a bit strange, as with this new ISAF World Cup format there are only forty boats in each fleet. So what used to be a fleet of 160 plus Lasers is now 40. Its not as much of a change for us, from a typical fleet of 60 to 40, but it should be nice to be able to race what is essentially the gold fleet for the whole regatta.”
The NZL Sailing Team has 14 separate entries (20 sailors) competing in nine classes.

NZL Sailing Team at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – Women’s 470
Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox – Men’s 470
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 49er
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 49er
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – 49erFX
Josh Junior – Finn
Andrew Murdoch – Finn
Mike Bullot – Laser
Andy Maloney – Laser
Sam Meech – Laser
Thomas Saunders – Laser
Sara Winther – Laser Radial
Natalia Kosinska – Women’s RS:X
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders – Nacra 17

How to follow the action
Yachting New Zealand Latest News – for daily NZL Sailing Team media releases
NZL Sailing Team Facebook page – for NZL Sailing Team images and updates
Regatta website - For full results, the latest news, interviews with competitors, photos, and videos.

More about 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup
Documents governing the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup are available here - www.sailing.org/world_cup_documents.php
The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in late October.
The 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup consists of five regattas for all ten Olympic events (and where possible, Formula Kite Racing). Qualification places for the ISAF Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event where the World Cup Champions will be crowned.

High resolution images of the NZL Sailing Team in action each day in Hyeres will be available for media use. Please email jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz.

For more information…
Jodie Bakewell-White
Tel. 021 709 065
Email. jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz

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ISIS Threat to Yachts

Mar 26 2015 01:29 PM | Island Time in Articles

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued the following Yacht Advisory YSA-1-15
TO: Commercial and Private Yacht Masters, Owners, Yacht Managers, Agents, Classification Societies and Appointed Representatives

Please be advised that yachts and other shipping in the Mediterranean could come under attack from heavily armed ISIS fighters using speedboats to conduct attacks from the Libyan coast. It is feared that luxury yachts could be singled out as part of a piracy campaign that would threaten shipping from Gibraltar to Greece. ISIS pirates would pose a greater danger than the Somalis who have attacked shipping in the Indian Ocean because they are better armed.
Please also refer to previously issued YSA-4-12 Indian Ocean piracy and YSA-2-11 on Piracy in High Risk Areas.

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New Offshore Race Kerikeri to Vavau

Mar 23 2015 08:13 AM | Island Time in Articles

The Kerikeri Cruising Club is organising a race from Kerikeri to Vavau planned for 2016 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the club.
The proposed race will depart Kerikeri late in May and covers a distance of 1180 miles to a new off-shore race destination.
Assistance has been approved from the Tongan Government Tourism Authority and the Vavau Yacht Club as well as several local businesses in Vavau.
The Chairman of the Vavau Race Committee Mark Beauchamp has been working on the proposed race for 12 months and says that all that is required now is to go through the formalities with Yachting New Zealand. This will be the third time Kerikeri Cruising club has run an off-shore race to alternative destinations, the first two being to Port Vila. Beauchamp hopes that the new destination will help revitalise off-shore racing in New Zealand.

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Finn Class

Mar 23 2015 08:21 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Dinghy Academy goes from strength to strength + video
Part 1 - beginnings and skill development

The Dinghy Academy in Valencia is going from strength to strength. Established two years ago by 2000 Olympic Finn silver medalist Luca Devoti as a way to develop the skills of aspiring Olympians in a group training environment, it has come of age and is ready to take the next step forward. More and more sailors are benefitting from his unique experience and coaching style, and the first class facilities offered at the Academy, which is located in the extensive grounds of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia.

In 2013 the Finn class partnered with the Dinghy Academy to part fund up to four sailors each year to train at the Academy, help out with equipment charter and purchase as well as travel to major events. That initiative is continuing with three sailors already signed up for 2015 season. Each sailor has to agree to specific goals and a training/regatta schedule and they can benefit from charter boats, sailing and fitness coaching as well as working in a very focussed sporting atmosphere of continual learning and improvement.

A visit in mid-March coincided with the Open Internacional Vela Olimpica, organised by the Real Club Nautico. Twenty-two Finn sailors of all abilities were taking part in the regatta, many as part of their final preparations before heading over to Palma for the Princesa Sofia Regatta. With six race winners from the six races sailed, it was clear that this is a wide open fleet with a wide range of sailors. There is always someone to learn from

The Real Club Nautico has the perfect location for a training base, with extensive facilities including a gym, restaurant and an Olympic sized swimming pool. The weather and wind is about as pleasant and reliable as anywhere in Europe with wind all but guaranteed on 98 out of every 100 days. The Academy has attracted all types of Finn sailors from juniors setting out on the journey to Masters warming up before a major championship.

One of the race winners last week was Alejandro Foglia (URU). He has already been to the Olympics three times in the Laser, with a best result of eighth in London 2012, before stepping into the Finn in 2013. However his Finn campaign didn’t start too well with a back problem in his first regatta. “I got injured in Palma and had to stop for almost a year. I had a slipped disk in my lower back so it was hard because I was used to training hard. I am an active person, so one year out was hard, but on the positive side I had more time to finish my physical education studies. Now it is back to 100 per cent OK, but of course I need to care of it.”

Foglia was one of the first sailors to receive funding from the Finn Class through its FIDeS programme (Finn International Development Support). “I am very happy to be here. I moved here to train and now live here all year round. We have a very good group here. It is the best option for me if I want to train in a good group.”

He described a typical training period in which recovery is as much a part of the programme as on the water work and physical training. “We have a routine of three weeks training and one week off, which is basically recovery training. During the three weeks the loads are gradually increased. We train on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then recover on Thursday. Then on Friday and Saturday we train harder and then have Sunday off to recover. We do that with increasing loads over the three weeks and then take a week off. If there is a regatta coming then we take a week off before the regatta.”

“We did endurance training from October to January. Now we are just maintaining that and increasing intensity with weights in the gym and sailing of course. The amount we do of each activity depends on the wind. If we look at the forecast and have a hard week coming then the most important thing is to sail, so we train in the gym but not as hard as if the wind is are light, because you want to be fresh when you go sailing to do the best you can.”

Like many sailors his main focus this year is on the world championship in Takapuna in November, the second Olympic Qualifier for nation places in Rio. “New Zealand is the final goal for us as a lot of guys here still need to qualify for Rio. We are working hard to get there but step by step. First we go to Palma, maybe Hyeres if we qualify and then the Europeans. I have some funding but I still need more. I am now involved in some crowd funding to buy a new mast, and many people are supporting me. If a lot of people give a little I can get a new mast. I also have an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship from the IOC. It’s helped me a lot it doesn’t cover everything.”

One of the past Olympians choosing to train in Valencia over the winter is Giorgio Poggi (ITA). He said, “It’s a nice group for training. All the guys training here have different skills so every day you have different guys going well, so every day you have to push because someone will always be sailing well. The conditions are beautiful, with great weather and of course with Luca he knows how to train and gives good advice and how to trim and find perfect speed.”

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The ‘head sailor’ in Valencia is the 2013 European Champion, and double Olympic Laser medalist, Vasilij Zbogar (SLO). “For me Valencia is a great training place where I can focus just on the sailing.”

“For a guy like me that is from a small country with just few Finn sailors, the academy it is a great place to train with other sailors. Valencia is a nice town, and the Real Club Nautico and all the facilities, good weather and wind all year around will ensure a long and successful future for the Dinghy Academy.”

Head Coach Luca Devoti said, “Sailors who come here just get better day by day. The tough training and competition makes them grow at all levels from masters to top champions. The camaraderie between the sailors and the fact that we share all the information makes us grow day by day.”

“Since we started we have had more than 50 sailors coming here over the first three years of life. All kinds of sailors learn, they learn from the champions here and they share their passion. For this, Valencia is magic...I hope the Dinghy Academy will become the reference for dinghy sailing in a modern doping free, friendly and competent environment.”

In Part two we will talk to some of the newer sailors joining the Dinghy Academy and find out what they are getting out of it, as well as looking at what the future holds.

More photos can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/sets/72157649051085874

Or on Facebook here

All photos © Robert Deaves

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The Dinghy Academy

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Giorgio Poggi, ITA

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Alejandro Foglia, URU

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Composting Toilets

Mar 18 2015 11:24 AM | Island Time in Articles

Composting Toilets are becoming more common on boats in NZ. I have just fitted one to Island Time. This is partially due to the increasing prevalence of no discharge zones, and because our old Lectrasan treatment system was starting to smell, and needed another electrode pack...

The advantages of a composting head, when correctly installed and used, are;
  • No Through Hull
  • No pump or macerator
  • Virtually no smell
  • Very simple install, anywhere
  • No holding tank required
  • Zero discharge - use it anywhere!
I've written a bit about installing the unit I chose, the Airhead, (Click "Read Story" below)
If you'd like to order one, or get some more info, click HERE

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Lancer Support Team Alvimedica

Mar 17 2015 08:39 AM | Island Time in Articles

LANCER Sea Blade Support Team Alvimedica During Auckland VOR Stopover

Auckland, New Zealand.

During the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland, Team Alvimedica will be using the SB22 Sea Blade to implement their on water Hospitality program and media requirements
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The Sea Blade’s unique hull form delivers stability and comfort which makes it a perfect platform for supporting the Team. Team Alvimedica Marketing Director Andrea Tagliamacco said, “Having a high performance RIB is key to providing our guests with a unique, comfortable and safe on the water experience”. The Sea Blade initially joined the team 25 kilometres north of Auckland for the arrival where it provided a front row seat for the Team Alvimedica’s media team.

Charles Winstone of Sea Blade, “it has been a great opportunity to work with Team Alvimedica who I think has been adopted by most Kiwis as the boat with the most New Zealanders. It has been fun supporting them and we look forward watching them for the rest of race”.

Team Alvimedica’s racing will resume on the 12th March with the first Pro-Am race with daily in port racing until the leg start on the 15th March. During which time the Sea Blade will be on duty as a support and media boat.

The Sea Blade will launch the first production model at the Hutchwilco Boat show this year and is set to be game changer for sea worthiness and luxury. For more information http://www.lancer.co...nd-performance/ or contact Lancer Industries Ltd 0064 9 837 1206 info@lancer.co.nz

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Yearly Maintenance - Cleaning Heat Exchangers

Mar 08 2015 03:21 PM | Island Time in Articles

I've just done my heat exchanger servicing. This is a job that should be done every year or so. If you don't do it, your engine will eventually overheat, and if you have an engine driven fridge, it may not work properly either!

Heat exchangers 101 (skip this bit if you know about them already!)

So, basically a heat exchanger is a series of pipes inside a container. The pipes carry cool fluid (seawater here) through whatever needs to be cooled in the container (Water, Oil, Refrigerant etc). Heat is transferred from the container to the fluid running thru the tubes, exchanging the heat - hence the name of course!

There are a few issues with seawater as a coolant, which, as boaties, we need to be aware of. Firstly, it is corrosive, secondly it can cause electrolysis in dissimilar immersed metals, and third, it carries sea life and salt!

To combat these, your heat exchanger/s and or cooling system is made of durable materials that (hopefully) don't rust away too quickly! Not much you can do about the construction of the system unless you are replacing stuff, and that's beyond the scope of this article.

The second item, electrolysis. To combat this, your system will likely have an anode, especially if the heat exchanger has no electrical connection (other than sea water!) with the main engine. Make sure you check and replace the anode as required - not to do so will lead to premature failure of the heat exchanger. = $$$

The third issue is sea life and salt. Salt deposits and sea life (mostly small shellfish and barnacles) can block the small tubes in the heat exchangers, and slow or even stop the flow of cooling water. This can lead to catastrophic overheating. More $$$! So, yearly checking and cleaning is a good idea.

Remember you may have more than one heat exchanger. I have three - Fridge, oil and engine. Blockage of one or more will reduce the flow of water from your exhaust. Your exhaust discharge should not be hot enough to steam - if it is, the flow may be partially restricted!!

So, here is the cleaning process. Firstly, the units must be identified and removed. Follow the path of the water from your engine through hull. Here is a pic of my engine, showing the raw water (seawater) pump, and the location of the heat exchangers. The Oil H/E is hidden from view, behind the engine H/E and the alternator.
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To help with access, I removed the alternator, here is a pic showing the small oil cooler (H/E) behind the engine H/E
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So, now you must remove the heat exchangers, and take them apart. CAUTION - the fridge one will contain pressurized refrigerant!! Make CERTAIN that you only remove the water connections!!!

1st Drain the engine coolant. Here is what my Heat exchangers (Volvo 2003T) look like removed;
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The top two pipes with the circular fittings are the oil inlet and outlet for the oil cooler. The water comes from the raw water pump, through the fridge heat exchanger, then the oil cooler, then the engine heat exchanger, finally out thru the exhaust.
So, now take the ends off, and you can remove the cores. In this case the fridge unit had a partially blocked outlet, restricting the water flow. Here is the engine H/E with the core removed;
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As you can see, the core is a bunch of small tubes. In this case, they are about the same dia as a .22 rifle bore, so I use a rifle cleaning brush to thoroughly clean them. They were not bad this time. However, the oil cooler has smaller tubes, and was pretty blocked – mostly with sea life, as you can see here;
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Now, some people use Acids to clean these, and it certainly works well. However, be warned – if there are any damaged joints, or thin piping, acids can ruin the core, and replacements are expensive. A radiator repair shop is your best bet for repairs, and can often supply replacement cores MUCH cheaper than a genuine part. Personally I use a calcium/lime/rust removal product, which is much gentler, but also slower. I left this to soak in CLR for a few hours, then rodded out the remainder with stiff wire.
Finally, reassemble everything, replace the engine coolant including a good corrosion inhibitor, replace the heat exchanger anode/s, check for leaks and you are good for another year or so!
As an aside, now you know your system is clean, change the raw water pump impeller, and then note how much water comes from your exhaust at idle - any reduction over time in this flow is an early indicator of a problem.
Oh, I last cleaned these units about 18 months ago, and the boat is used most weekends, year round. Seems the warmer the water the more of an issue it is! This boat is based at Gulf Harbour in Auckland. The growth here is faster than when we were at Mana in Wellington.
Happy Boating!!

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Mar 05 2015 09:16 AM | Island Time in Articles


No official history of the race has been written but we do know that a race has been sailed in many of the years since the first known event in 1921. The early event was known as the Auckland-Tauranga Ocean Race. It is known the Race was also sailed every year from 1921 to 1930. The Race in these earlier years started on occasions on Christmas Eve. Generally they were sailed over the Christmas break with the finish line off the Strand and timed to coincide with the sailing of the Tauranga Regatta on 27 December. Media interest in keel boat racing was intense in these early years.

The Trophy for many of the early races was the “Tauranga Gold Cup” which was renamed in 1926 the "Colin Norris Memorial Gold Cup" (now generally known as the “Gold Cup”). Colin Norris was secretary of the Tauranga Regatta Committee and the instigator of the Auckland to Tauranga Race.

Auckland yachts that regularly competed in the Race included: Queenie, Victory, Nga Toa, Restless, Prize, Waitangi, Waione, Iorangi, Wairiki, Heartsease, Mahaki, Ladye Wilma and Waiomo.

The line honours results for the year prior to World War II are taken from the Gold Cup.

The 1921 Race started at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve. It was started by the RNZYS at Kings Wharf and finished at the Mount. The Race was won by Waione (CF McWilliam) with the Tercels sailing Restless coming second. In this Race one of the yachts had carrier pigeons sent from Tauranga with progress reports!.

In 1922 the Tercel brothers, again sailing Restless, won the Race and the "Tauranga Gold Cup". In 1923 Restless finished third. By this time the Auckland to Tauranga Ocean Race was established as a major yacht race.

In 1923 the Race was won by Queenie (T. Hill) with Wairiki second. Queenie (T. Hill) won again in 1924.
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In 1925 Vanitie (J. & E. Morris) took line honours. Wairiki (S. Speight) won in 1926.

In 1927 Iorangi (Geo McKenzie) was the winner. Line honours in 1928 were taken by Nga Toa (Winstone Brothers).

In 1929 the Race was won on line and handicap by Wairiki (S. Speight). The programme noted the Race was for keelers and mullet boats. Wairiki took line again in 1930 under the ownership of D. Macky.

In 1931 Clark and Wilson sailed Naiad (Naird or Ngairo appears on the Cup), the first of Lou Tercel’s boats to victory in Race. Naiad won the Race one more time in 1949.

The Gold Cup records further winners after 1931 as: 1932 Ngatoa (Winstone brothers); 1933 Waione (P. J. Thompson); 1934 Tawhiri (R. B. Steadman); 1935 Altair (Tattersfield and Mills); 1936 Waiomo (N. C. Mains); 1937 Tamatea (N. H and J. H. Newcomb); 1938 Tangaroa (J. E. Inkster); 1939 Ngahau (W. Burns).

The first Race sailed after World War II recorded in Club records was in 1948 when the prizes were “suitably decorated pennants”. The Finish was off Coronation Pier. The Gold Cup however records winners from 1944 to 1949. These are: 1944 Speedwell (W. Paterson); 1945 Vanitie (M. Georgettie); 1946 Whakanui (J. Cook); 1947 Mandalay (W. A. Wilkinson); 1948 Vanitie (C. Morris); 1949 Naiad (J. Moulden). It is unclear as to whether these winners were for the Auckland Tauranga Race but the appearance of some of the pre-war entrants would suggest that they were.

Club records show further races in 1952, 1953 and 1954 after which the Race was discontinued due to lack of support. The Race was sailed again in December 1957. The entry fee was one pound. The next Races would seem to be in 1965 and 1966, the latter with only four entries. TYPBC records show that there was a Race in 1970 sailed at Christmas as part of a junior offshore group (JOG) rally. This race was won by Noel Angus on the One Tonner Mustang which set a race record of 16 hours in doing so.

Records show the Race was cancelled in 1977 due to lack of interest. In 1983 the Race was revived with the sponsorship of Malcolm Fowler Motors and the timing moved to Easter. A separate article has been written about this Race. Since then the Auckland to Tauranga Race has been sailed every year with two exceptions. These were in 2001 due to forecast gale force north-easterly winds and again in 2013 when a combination of strong south easterlies and debris from the wreck of the Rena on Astrolabe Reef created a risk of damage to entrants.

Based on the above up to and including the 2011 event the Race has been competed for in all probability on at least 55 occasions.

Much of the above material was gleaned from “The History of the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club” edited by Marion Smith. Further material was taken from the book “Southern Breeze: A History of Yachting in New Zealand” p126. Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club would be delighted to hear from anyone who can assist with filling in more detail about the Race. You can contact the Club by telephoning 07 578 5512 or by email at office@yacht.org.nz .

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Y88 South Island Champs

Mar 04 2015 09:04 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Champs

After successful campaigns in Waikawa and Wellington over the summer Craig Edwards and his team on Flying Machine must be seen to be the favourites to defend their Knight Frank South Island Young 88 title this weekend on Lyttelton Harbour. But Edwards is not expecting have it all his own way.

A very credible challenge is expected from 2013 winner Shibbeen (Humphrey Rolleston) which will be skippered in this year’s challenge by Shane Smith. Smith who’s regular crew on his Elliot 780 Overspray is also in form after a second placing at the Lawsons Dry Hills Regatta in Waikawa in January. It will be the first time that Smith, a past Sunburst National Champion and South Island Zephyr Champion will helm a Young 88 in Class racing. But his experience in trailer yacht and dinghy classes is expected to make him a tough competitor in this class.

Flying Machine has recently returned from the Sovereign Port Nicolson Regatta in Wellington where their polished all round performance made quite an impression on the local fleet. They won the Roger Land Young 88 Trophy with 7 straight line honours wins together with Division B line and IRC victories. Tactician Seamus Tredinnick said of their performance “we have been sailing together as a team now for several years and this really shows”. “Craig and Nicci run a great team and we all enjoy sailing the boat as hard and fast as she will go” he said.

Credible challenges are also expected from Full Circle (Phil Folter) who is last season’s Naval Point Club Champion. They know how to take races off Flying Machine and demonstrated so at last year’s Championship in Akaroa. Colin Lock and his crew on Legacy II also travelled north this summer gaining the experience of close racing at the Waikawa Regatta in January.

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It will be a busy weekend at Naval Point Club, Lyttelton. In addition to the Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championships the club is also hosting the Canterbury Trailer Yacht Championships, South Island 420 Championships, South Island Laser Championships, Canterbury Zephyr Championships and the Naval Point Club Dinghy Championships.

Naval Point Club / Young 88 Association

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Two Handed Three Legged Race

Feb 05 2015 08:46 AM | Island Time in Articles

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Entry form is here;

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Refrigeration - Engine Driven Systems - DIY

Dec 23 2014 01:24 PM | Island Time in Articles

How engine driven systems work, what the parts are, what they do, and how to service them yourself!
I hope this article might help some of you over summer, when fridge techs are hard to get!

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