Rainy start for Match Racing Cup:
Auckland, New Zealand (February 10, 2018) – With persistent rain falling all day on the Waitemata Harbour, it wasn’t the best day for the start of the Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, but the breeze was steady and allowed Race Management team to get through 11 flights of racing.
This year the event has 15 teams entered and with only 10 Elliott 7’s in the fleet, not all teams have yet had a decent crack.
James Wilson (RNZYS YTP) has a very slender lead over the teams who saw a good amount of race time today, winning six of his eight races and putting his hand up as one to beat over the next three days. Wilson had good wins against the regatta favourite Leona…
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Volvo Ocean Race: Taking the long way:
(February 10, 2018; Day 4) – The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues today the perverse scenario of sailing away from the finish line in New Zealand. While the fleet is split in two, reflecting differing tactical choices, all six boats have pushed well to the north, with the finish line in Auckland far to the south.
The reasoning behind the northerly routing is weather based, a classic trade-off of sailing more miles in exchange for better conditions and speed. The calculation the navigators have made is that the increased speed will more than compensate for the extra distance.
Eventually, the fleet will turn to the south, negotiate the doldrums, and push into the tradewinds that…
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