On Sunday’s Skipper’s Briefing for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) announced a dramatic change to the race.
Change of course announced for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Due to a severe weather forecast for the west coast of Ireland for Thursday 26th August, the RORC have decided to reverse the course so that the fleet will race anti-clockwise around Britain and Ireland. The start remains unchanged from the Royal Yacht Squadron line to the east at 14.00. This should give the fleet a fast running start towards the forts in the Solent.
Andrew McIrvine, Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club explains why the club took the decision:
“The reason for changing the course is consideration for all the competitors. We have been monitoring the weather models for the last few days and they are all in agreement that a deep depression will be arriving to the west of Ireland at the same time as most of the fleet will be there. The RORC weather advisor Mike Broughton, believes that this will bring wind speeds of at least 40 knots, possibly as much as 50 knots on the nose. Worse than that, as the wind direction changes over 180º as the low passes through the sea state becomes very confused. Although the boats are very well prepared, these conditions could cause damage and retirements and the west coast of Ireland has very few places offering shelter. By going east about, the boats will avoid the worst of the depression and the confused sea state and will have far more shelter opportunities as there will be several ports that the boats can go into should they decide to do so.”
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race starts tomorrow at 1400 from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
It was another magnificent victory for Europe today when Igor Simcic’s 100 foot maxi sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 was the first to cross the finish line in Monte Carlo, taking line honours in the Palermo-Monte Carlo Race. The crew onboard Esimit Europa 2 completed the 500 nautical mile course in 2 days 52 minutes, marking the second significant victory for the European team led by Skipper Flavio Favini. Over the last two days, the team faced a full range of unpredictable conditions in this long offshore race but showed their true skills and broke the course record by 3 hours 19 minutes.
Sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 Crew celebrate breaking Palermo-Monte Carlo record - Photo by Andrea Carloni
The rest of the fleet is expected to begin arriving in Monte Carlo over the next 24 hours. Organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco, 2010 is the 6th edition of this race which started in the historic city of Palermo on 18 August. The prizegiving will take place on 23 August at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco.
“The Palermo-Monte Carlo is just the second offshore regatta for Esimit Europa 2 and I am pleased that it is also the second win for the team and a united Europe. This is a new boat and new crew, making a long regatta such as the Palermo-Monte Carlo even more challenging. With three consecutive inshore and two offshore victories I am pleased with the project’s progress and happy about today’s record. Now we will set our sights on the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia,” said owner of the yacht and Esimit Europa General Manager, Igor Simcic.
Commenting on the race, skipper Flavio Favini said: “We are very pleased to be the first team to arrive in Monte Carlo. We faced a range of conditions during this long race, it was demanding on the crew to keep the boat speed up at all times, particularly when the winds were light. In particular, we were fortunate last night to have kept the same breeze we had as we sailed up the Corsican coast all the way into the finish line in Monte Carlo. At the beginning, we didn’t think that it would be possible to break the record but it is an honour to have done so with Esimit Europa 2.”
Sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 in Monaco - Photo by Andrea Carloni
Esimit Europa 2 has a full calendar of regattas in September and October. The next regatta for Esimit Europa 2 is the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from 5-11 September, followed by the Barcolana and Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Looking ahead to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Favini added: “The competition and type of racing in Porto Cervo will be different from what we have done thus far, but we’ll be making a few modifications to the boat and our sail inventory and hope to have a good rating. We will also be training in the Costa Smeralda prior to the start of the regatta to fine tune our inshore skills as we will be racing on short courses that week.”
Enjoy four days of classic yacht racing, steamboats, vintage and classic car displays, from Friday 27 August to Monday 30 August at the National Trust’s magnificent Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh.
The Waterways Ireland Lough Erne Classic Yacht Regatta 2010
Supported by Waterways Ireland and organised by the Lough Erne Classic Yacht Association (www.classicsailireland.com), the Waterways Ireland Classic Yacht Regatta promises to be a great weekend for yachting enthusiasts and families alike, with yachts visiting from all over Ireland and the UK. Not since 1913 when Crom was the social hub, and centre of the inland yachting world will there been such an gathering of classic craft.
Up to 100 classic sail and steam yachts are expected to fill the bays around Crom, and likely to be joined by many other visitors on cruisers converging from across the Shannon-Erne system. While classic yachts will take pride of place at this event the whole of Crom estate will be alive with activity as music, vintage cars and live demonstrations of steam powered Edwardian vessels add to the range of attractions on offer.
Commenting on the yachting extravaganza Paul Louden-Brown, Chairman, Lough Erne Classic Yacht Association said “We have had an amazing uptake in the number and quality of historic yachts booking to race at Crom. One of the many highlights of the bank holiday weekend activity is a series of races between two of Linton Hope’s one-designs. The Broad’s Brown Boats and Fairy Class Yachts from Lough Erne Yacht Club and the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, will compete for a special challenge trophy. This will be the first time these fleets have raced against each other.
Lough Erne Yacht Club was founded in 1837 at Crom, and the waters surrounding the castle and nearby estates are where some of the most technically innovative and historically important yachts were built and raced, many of them by the leading designers of the day like Fife, Watson, Mylne and Payne. For 80 years the leading families of the Upper Lough raced their yachts in fierce competition for magnificent silver trophy cups but all this ended with the beginning of the world war. Once again, in August 2010, yachts will race on these historic waters.”
Martin Dennany, Director of Marketing & Communications, Waterways Ireland added “We are delighted to sponsor this magnificent event combining both water and land based activities. This event will highlight the beauty of Lough Erne and the Crom Estate and encourage more people to visit this beautiful spot. For the first time ever these historic crafts will race against each other and I am sure this event will be a wonderful family event, so Crom Estate is the place to be from 27th to the 30th August.”
Seagull, built for the Shackleton family in 1911, is a beautiful example of a gentleman's cruiser and will make a wonderful addition to the Classic Regatta display. Photo Credit Calssic Sail Ireland
Jim Chestnutt, National Trust Property Manager for Fermanagh concluded “This unique event combines four days of activities around Lough Erne and the magnificent Crom Estate. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk along the banks of the Lough and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the magnificent classic sail and steam yachts. Combined with an array of other activities including vintage car displays and an opportunity for children and young persons to try sailing with Lough Erne Yacht Club, free of charge, the four day event is guaranteed to draw in crowds of visitors.”
Outline Classic Regatta Program:
Friday, 27th August – 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. Two races.
Saturday, 28th August – 11.00 Hrs. First Gun. Two races.
Sunday, 29th August – 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. 15.00 Hrs. Parade Sail and Steam in Crom Bay with cannon salute from terrace at Crom Boat House.
Monday, 30th August (Bank Holiday) – 11.25 Hrs. First Gun. 15.00 Hrs. Closing Parade of Sail & Steam in Crom Bay with cannon salute from Crom Castle Boat House.
The yachts at Day 2 of the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week had a few obstacles – a mother whale and her new calf were frolicking on the course. Photographer Andrea Francolini captured these amazing images, including ones with the Superyacht Kokomo and sailing yacht Wild Oats XI sailing in the background.
Whale with Sailing yacht Wild Oats XI in the background at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Photo Credit Andreay Francolini
Sailing yacht Kokomo and a Humpback Whale - Photo Credit Andrea Francolini.
Whale playing off Hamilton Island at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Photo Credit Andreay Francolini.
Whale jumping at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Photo Credit Andreay Francolini.
Sailing yacht Loki’s winning fortunes are unchanged at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with a perfect series scorecard of three IRC wins from three starts after day two of racing.
Sailing yacht Loki at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010 - Photo Credit Andreay Francolini
Named after the Norse god of mischief, the Stephen Ainsworth owned and Gordon Maguire helmed RP63 has hit its stride this year, winning its division of the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta back in March and following that up with a win overall in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race earlier this month.
Sailing yacht Loki is top dog on the Race Week IRC Grand Prix series pointscore and after today’s two wins is just 0.32 of a point away from taking the yellow leader’s jersey for the Audi IRC Australian Championship off Harvey Milne’s Aroona, which has led the championship from the outset. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is the decider in the four part series.
If any in their division are wondering how to stop the Loki lightning bolt, there’s no trickery as the boat’s moniker suggests. The winning formula according to navigator Michael Bellingham is “the great mood on the boat, plus we have a great sail selection and we are quick to recover from any errors”.
With yacht Loki rounding the top can of today’s first windward/leeward race in the company of the RP66 Wild Oats X and ahead of Black Jack, those two sisterships, which are heavily stacked with sailing royalty must be scratching their heads as to how they can reel the very polished Loki in over the coming five days of competition.
For Peter Harburg, owner of the Queensland based Black Jack, it’s all about the line honours and they have only one boat on their radar, Wild Oats X, which is being helmed by Iain Murray or ‘the Kindergarten Cop’ as he’s been nicknamed.
Murray, an Olympic and America’s Cup sailor and Commodore of Hamilton Island Yacht Club, is in charge of the ‘kid’s boat’ and with the average age of the Wild Oats X crew just twenty something, he’s also responsible for “dragging the average age up slightly”. They certainly aren’t kids in terms of experience though, with the decorated match racer Stacey Jackson and 18 foot skiff champion Seve Jarvin joining North Sails’ Julian Plante and two-time round the world sailor Scott Beavis on the slick red-shirted crew.
Today the IRC Grand Prix division raced two windward/leewards races on the Eastern start area to the south of the Fitzalan Passage in a 10-12 knot sou’east breeze and on a lumpy seaway.
It was a big boat day in terms of the IRC handicap stakes with Loki leading Wild Oats X then Black Jack in the first and second race respectively. The best performing 50 footer amongst the strong pack was Geoff Boettcher’s South Australian RP51 Secret Mens Business 3.5, which picked up a podium place in the first race of the day.
In the series pointscore Michael Hiatt’s Victorian Farr 55 Living Doll is trailing Loki and Wild Oats X.
Near the course area today was a mother and calf humpback whale, both breaching playfully as the superyacht Kokomo slid silently by.
Sailing yacht Kokomo anda Humpback Whale - Photo Credit Andrea Francolini
It will be early to bed for most tonight given tomorrow’s 61 nautical mile Club Marine Classic Long Race for the IRC Grand Prix, IRC division 1 and Superyacht divisions. First off the blocks will be the Grand Prix division starting at 8.40am in Dent Passage followed by the remaining divisions which are sailing a combination of the St Helen Rock Race and an around the islands race.
With their votes cast at the Hamilton Island polling booth this morning, competitors in the 27th Audi Hamilton Island Race Week cast lines and set off to determine their own outcomes in Australia’s premier offshore regatta, which began today with the traditional Molle Islands Race.
The melting pot of keel boats, from Melges to the super sized from around Australia and as far away as the USA, began the week-long regatta with a Dent Passage spinnaker start, most judging the favourable ebb tide as kites were popped for the long run across the Whitsunday Passage to the Molle Islands in a handy 12 knot average sou’east breeze.
Racing yachts Wild Oats X and Black Jack - Day 1 Hamilton Island Race Week
Some took a while to get the cloth out of the bag, last night’s Front Street entertainment, including guitar legend Diesel, proving too great a lure as curfews were momentarily forgotten and crews took the dance floor to mark the official opening of Race Week.
Without naming names, the bowman of L’atitude was today spotted at the pointy end of the West Australian Beneteau 50.5 with numerous fluorescent pink airline-style fragile stickers plastered to his shirt, and a rather guilty smile on his face.
In the opening round of the IRC Grand Prix clash Stephen Ainsworth’s RP63 Loki continued its unbeatable form, helmsman Gordon Maguire staking his patch early with a win by a minute from Michael Hiatt’s Victorian Farr 55 Living Doll which recovered well from an average start.
From a smokin’ IRC fleet Loki was named overall winner of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race earlier this month.
More than 200 yachts have started racing today at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The regatta is Australia’s largest offshore yachting regatta.
The event kicked off with a welcome cocktail party and fireworks at the new Hamilton Island Yacht Club, last night. Photographer Andrea Francolini captured this great image.
Hamilton Island Yacht club - Photography by Andrea Francolini
“We started conservatively and well, and we were able to hang with the 66 footers,” said Ainsworth this afternoon. “We didn’t take any risks and ground out the result. So far so good.”
The Iain Murray skippered RP 66 Wild Oats X and Queensland sistership Black Jack, owned by Peter Harburg and skippered by Mark Bradford, resumed their on-water tug of war for line honours supremacy, Murray declaring this morning “I’ve inherited Ricko’s (Mark Richards) legacy of going after Black Jack’s jugular”.
First points went to Wild Oats X, which is sure to ignite Bradford’s highly ticketed crew including fellow America’s Cup sailors Craig Monk, Gavin Brady calling tactics and Jamie Gale in the pit.
All lined up - close racing on Day one - Photo by Andrea Francolini
After smartly riding Wild Oats X’s coat tails out of Dent Passage, Rob Date’s Victorian RP52 Scarlet Runner managed fifth in race one while it was red faces for Peter Millard’s crew of Lahana which lost miles trying to recover from sail issues as the rest of the fleet sailed inside them at the northern tip of North Molle Island.
Tomorrow the temperature will rise when the IRC fleet heads to the windward/leeward course area to separate the men from the boys.
Two Australian yachts have been nominated for the Audi Hamilton Island Race week, to defend the South Pacific Cup team trophy against New Zealand challengers. TP 52 sailing yacht SHOGUN (Rob Hanna) will go up against New Zealand’s Georgia (Jim Farmer) in the IRC Grand Prix division, and the second tea yacht will be Bruce Absolon’s Hamilton Island based Nikon Spirit of the Maid racing agains Kiwi Rob Bassett’s 52 foot sailing yacht WIRED in the Performance Racing Class. At this stage there are more than 200 yachts scheduled to compete at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, which is starting this Saturday.
Sailing Yacht Limit at 2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Image credit to Andrea Francolini_Audi
In the IRC Grand Prix division they have chosen the highly competitive Melbourne-based TP 52 yacht Shogun (Rob Hanna), to go up against New Zealand’s Georgia sailing yacht (Jim Farmer). Shogun recently won the NSW IRC Offshore championship while the new Georgia is a development of the Audi Med Cup winning TP52, Emirates Team New Zealand. Australia’s second team yacht will be Bruce Absolon’s Hamilton Island-based yacht Nikon Spirit of the Maid. She will be racing Kiwi Rob Bassett’s consistent 52-foot yacht Wired, in the Performance Racing class.
Wild Oats X and Black Jack in 2009 at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Image credit to Andrea Francolini Audi
The Australian team won the South Pacific Cup against the kiwis when it was first contested two years ago.
The broadest cross-section of keelboats – from tiny cruising yachts through to the ultimate Grand Prix level racers and superyachts – will be part of the 27th staging of Hamilton Island Race Week. The scene at the tropical destination – which is in the middle of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and on the fringe of the Great Barrier Reef – is already nothing short of spectacular. While more yachts enter Hamilton Harbour each hour and begin preparations for the week of racing, the surface of Dent Passage, immediately adjacent to Hamilton Island Yacht Club, is dominated by two stunning superyachts – the 50-metre long ketch Perseus, and the incredible new 58-metre sloop, Kokomo. This all combines to promise an exceptional week of sailing and on-shore fun.
Hamilton Island Race Week’s naming rights sponsor, Audi, is Australia’s fastest growing German luxury carmaker, and the country’s largest supporter of yachting.
The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship will be held off Valencia from Tuesday October 5 to Saturday October 9. This was confirmed today by World Sailing Management, organizer of the event along with the City of Valencia, Consorcio Valencia 2007 and the Real Club Nutico de Valencia, with the support of the TP52 Class, the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Valencian Sailing Federation (FVV).
Audi MedCup Circuit Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona Photo Credit Ian Roman Audi MedCup
The base for the 2010 TP52 Worlds will be the Marina Real Juan Carlos I at the heart of the port of Valencia, and the competing TP52 fleet will be docked in front of the iconic Veles e Vents building.
The competition program will consist of a maximum of ten races, including up to nine windward/leewards and one Coastal Race of between 20 and 30 miles scheduled for Thursday, October 7. The Coastal Race will have a coefficient of 1.25.
A maximum of three races are scheduled for each windward-leeward day and the Championship becomes valid after minimum of three races have been sailed. The programme starts on the Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of October for measurement, inspection and registration.
The social programme of the 2010 TP52 World Championship will include a welcome cocktail on Tuesday 5th October, a team dinner on October the 7th, the TP52 Class annual meeting on Friday 8th October and the final prizegiving at 1800h on Saturday October 9th.
The 2009 TP52 World Championship was held in Palma de Mallorca in October last year, involving 10 teams from nine countries and the winner was Alberto Roemmers Matador (ARG).
Nacho Postigo, Technical Director of World Sailing Management:
“Even after two previous editions in Spanish waters, the TP52 Class wanted to organize the 2010 Worlds outside of Spain, but the desires of the city of Valencia to hold the event was too strong an appeal. The sailors who compete in the TP52 Class are among the best in the world, and many have lived in Valencia at least two years of their lives during the 32nd America’s Cup, so for the final decision was carried by both the great sailing conditions of Valencia and the desire of the sailors for a homecoming to Valencia.”
Jorge Gisbert, General Director Consorcio Valencia 2007:
We want to promote the destination of Valencia for top-level international events through the Consorcio 2007. We are therefore very pleased to be hosting the TP52 World Championship, one of the most prestigious classes in the world of high-level competitive sailing. We have already proven our organisational capacity in Valencia over the past two editions of the America’s Cup and we would like that the good profile the city has projected continue to remain a focus for the aficionados and professionals the world over. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 thank the Ayuntamiento de Valencia (town hall), the Real Club Nutico de Valencia and the Spanish and Valencian sailing federations for their support in this project and would like to thank World Sailing Management and the TP52 Class for choosing Valencia as host city for the 2010 TP52 World Championship.
Manuel Pons, president of the Real Club Nutico de Valencia: “We are delighted be able to contirbute to holding the championship of one of the most outstanding professional world sailing classes here in Valencia Without any doubt, this event will have very positive effects for both the development of high-level water sports in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and the city of Valencia in general. At the Real Club Nutico de Valencia, we feel honoured and proud to serve the city, the City Hall and other institutions to ensure that Valencia will become home for the sailing competitions of the highest level. ”
When TeamVodafoneSailing hits the water in August it will be the fastest sailboat in the country, and one of the fastest in the world.
ORMA Trimaran Team Vodafone Sailing
Measuring in at 18m (60 foot), the head-turning trimaran is as wide as it is long, and capable of sustaining speeds of 40 knots – more than 74 kilometres per hour. It is a precision balanced machine that requires immense skill to sail and manoeuvre.
The boat’s New Zealand owner and skipper Simon Hull wants to break sailing records and have the challenge of racing one of the most extreme yachts ever built.
“This boat is powerful and on the edge. It really pushes all the boundaries. We have had an incredible time learning how to sail it, and we know the next year on this boat will be fantastic,” he says.
With Vodafone as title sponsor, the boat’s sailing campaign is designed to showcase the fact that Vodafone’s Extended 3G coverage will take boaties as far as 60 kilometres out to sea.
“Vodafone’s Extended 3G network covers 97% of the places Kiwis live, work and play,” says Vodafone’s Director of Sales Grant Hopkins. “This partnership is about showing boaties you can still use all of our great data services at fast speeds on the water to PXT, surf the net, or send emails.”
The boat’s movements and other key boat data will be tracked via live GPS which can be viewed on the Vodafone website.
TeamVodafoneSailing will be stationed 100m from the Vodafone HQ at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.
The boat will undertake training and preparation through September prior to a record attempt on the famous HSBC Premier Coastal Classic yacht race from Auckland to Russell on Friday 22 October. TeamVodafone will compete extensively in Oceania.
TeamVodafoneSailing is also supported by Line 7, Seatrade, Fusion, Harken, Fineline, B&G, Steinlager and Wilde Media.
“We have a committed professional team and you will be seeing a lot of us this summer,” says Simon Hull.
Watch the video of the TeamVodafoneSailing 60′ ORMA trimaran below.
About the Boat
The ORMA 60 named TeamVodafoneSailing is one of a breed of ORMA 60 trimarans built to excel at two things: sailing fast, and pleasing sponsors. In Europe, ORMA 60s operate as a professionally run fleet that gives instant spectator approval.
Measuring 18m (60 foot) in length and 18m (60 foot) wide, with a mast height of 30m (100 feet), the ORMA 60 targets average speeds of 18 knots to windward in 25 knots of breeze, or 30 knots on a broad reach. ORMA 60s have averaged 25 knots for 24 hours, which means there are very few boats in Australasia capable of racing it for line honours.
The boat carries the following sail area:
Sail area up wind: 285 m² consisting of a 180 m² main sail and a 105 m² solent jib
Sail area down wind : 445 m² consisting of a 180 m² main sail and a 265 m² gennaker
The boat has sail and rig loads similar to an IIAC Americas Cup class yacht, but weighs just 6.2 tons.
Many of the world’s most intrepid ocean sailors have carved out their careers on ORMA 60s, and despite the class’s 20 year history, its dominance is just as strong today in the world’s most important offshore events. In 2006 French sailor Lionel Lemonchois shaved more than four days off the record in the 2006 Route de Rhum, the legendary solo race between Saint-Malo and Pointe-a-Pitre, to cross the Atlantic in less than seven days, and in 2007 Franck Cammas and Steve Ravussin on Groupama 2 completed the Transat Jacques Vabre between France and Brazil in 10 days, 38 minutes and 43 seconds. Single handed average speed targets are 18 knots to windward in 25 knots of breeze, with a real pointing angle of 47 degrees, or 30 knots on a broad reac
About the Team
Simon Hull – skipper, principal investor
Simon’s sailing career began in small sailing dinghies. As a teenager he would sail the islands of the Hauraki Gulf by himself in a 3.5m Laser dinghy. He has owned and campaigned a succession of race boats, the most recent the Transpac 52, V5. V5’s recent wins include the Coastal Classic yacht race in 2007 and 2008, and the Bay of Islands Race Week in 2009. In 1988 he founded Allied Work Force Group Limited, and has served as Managing Director of this successful publicly listed company with the New Zealand Stock Exchange for 18 years.
Patrick O’Reilly – boat manager
Paddy started his long sailing involvement in dingy racing competing to national level in a number of classes. He then moved into keelboat racing and has been involved in a number of local and offshore campaigns with New Zealand boats. For the last ten years he has worked with Simon’s programs, proving invaluable in managing both boat development programs and the boat crew.
Kevin Peet – delivery and corporate skipper and watch captain
Kevin Peet is a highly experienced commercial and racing skipper who has helped to win major regattas both in New Zealand and overseas. Between 2001 and 2005 he was Training Manager at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and has worked as a commercial skipper and as a project manager for Emirates Team New Zealand.
Paul Murray – sail programme manager and watch captain
Paul’s 20-year professional sailing career has taken in four America’s Cups, two Volvo Ocean Races, and numerous international regattas such as the Sydney-Hobart, Trans-Atlantics, Fastnets, Kenwood Cups and Maxi Worlds.
Nick White – navigator
Nick White is a highly experienced and sought after professional navigator. He is a Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race winner, and has consulted to numerous grand prix teams internationally. Nick is a physicist by qualification and owns Expedition Navigation and Yacht Racing Software.
About Vodafone’s Extended 3G Network
Vodafone has a range of mobiles and mobile broadband products available for use on the extended 900 MHz 3G network. All 900 MHz mobile phones can also be used as a modem, giving access to the internet and the ability to make simultaneous voice calls.
Vodafone’s Extended 3G coverage is available up to 60kms from shore.
Water Safety NZ recommends boaties carry at least two means of communication for in-shore trips and three means if travelling over two miles from shore. Water Safety NZ recommends VHF radios, flares, locator beacons and cellphones.
Brad Van Liew’s Eco 60 sailing yacht Le Pingouin and Garry Golding’s Oz sailing yacht have been both released from their sheds after their makeovers, and are ready to hit the waters in order to get ready for the VELUX 5 OCEANS race.
Both Brad Van Liew’s Eco 60 Le Pingouin yacht and Garry Golding’s sailing yacht Oz have made it to the water after months of refitting. Le Pingouin, formerly yacht Pro Form, has been given a stunning golden paint job and proudly sports a penguin logo on its hull. Australian sailor Golding’s yacht meanwhile has been transformed from Dee Caffari’s yellow and blue yacht Aviva 1 into Oz, with white hull and patriotic gold and green topsides.
Garry Golding sailing yacht Oz - Image credit to onEdition
Le Pingouin and Oz are the first boats to emerge from the shed as the VELUX 5 OCEANS racers make their final preparations for the 30,000-mile singlehanded race around the world, which starts in La Rochelle, France, on October 17.
“We’ve redesigned the deck and cabin to suit my sailing style, repainted her with some awesome and eye-catching graphics, and brought every facet, no matter how minute, up to the highest standards possible for an ocean-going racer,” said Van Liew. “This will not only be my home for nine months, but she’s my survival pod, my life raft, and will need to keep me safe for 30,000 miles of wild ocean sailing. Our equipment is the best, our shore team is the best, and we’re ready.”
Velux 5 Oceans 2006/2007 - Image credit to onEdition
Golding added: “Getting the boat back in the water is a real milestone for us. It’s been really hard work but she looks amazing. We are really proud of Oz and are very grateful to everyone who has helped get her this far.”
Golding will step the mast on yacht Oz at the end of the week. Both Van Liew and Golding will then make last minute tweaks to their yachts before setting sail on their qualification passages later this month