Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailutions - SeldenSail

Kiwi campaigners’ countdown to ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

by Jodie Bakewell-White on 19 Apr 2013
The Maloney (left) and Meech (right) siblings with their medal haul at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma Jodie Bakewell-White
The NZL Sailing Team is getting set for more action with the final regatta of the 2012-13 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series about to get underway in Hyeres, France. The kiwis will join over 800 of the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic sailors to do battle on the water next week.

Racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres will take place on the ‘Rade de Hyeres’ starting on Monday 22nd April and running over six days with the medals decided on Saturday 27th April.

'For our sailors this is another opportunity to test themselves at the highest level,' says Jez Fanstone, High Performance Director at Yachting New Zealand.

'For many of our sailors this will be the third opportunity to race during this trip and they will be keen to put together all they have learned during this time, and to execute well in Hyeres.'

After New Zealand’s triple medal haul at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma earlier this month all eyes will be on the black NZL bibs in the Laser and 49erFX fleets.

New Zealand’s new crop of talent will be back in action. Both Andy Maloney and Sam Meech, who won gold and bronze in the Laser respectively in Palma are getting ready to go in Hyeres, as are their younger sisters who form the world number two ranked 49erFX duo – Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. The girls took the silver medal in their class in Palma and are also in countdown mode for racing in Hyeres.

The Maloney and the Meech siblings were introduced to sailing at a very young age both families independently undertaking global cruising voyages with young children before re-settling in New Zealand. With sailing in the blood Andy, Alex, Sam and Molly all took up junior, then youth dinghy sailing, each demonstrating their talent and drive early on.

Both Andy and Sam were part of the tight knit NZL Sailing Team Laser Squad through the 2012 Olympic cycle, missing out on the one 2012 New Zealand berth to 2008 Olympian Andrew Murdoch. With Murdoch (and Josh Junior) choosing to switch to the Finn class, Andy Maloney and Sam Meech now make up the current Laser Squad, with up-and-coming campaigner Thomas Saunders in the mix as a training partner.

Another one to watch is Andrew McKenzie, who was recently named as New Zealand’s representative in the Laser class for the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships on in Cyprus in July. The 17 year old is honing his skills in preparation by taking on the world’s best Olympic campaigners joining the Laser open fleet in Hyeres next week.

The 49erFX women’s skiff makes its Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games, the inclusion announcement sparking the interest of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech immediately. Alex has stepped up from formerly sailing the 29er skiff, pairing with Molly Meech who previously sailed the Laser Radial.

The young kiwi pair won gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne in December, backing that up with victory at Sail Sydney Regatta soon after earning them their ‘crew to watch’ billing before ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma. And they didn’t disappoint coming away with the silver medal.

Men’s 470 pair Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox went on from Palma, where they finished 11th to sail 2013 International 470 Spring Cup in France, delivering a bronze medal performance there ahead of racing in Hyeres.
In the Finn class New Zealander’s Andrew Murdoch and Josh Junior line up again.

14 kiwi individuals or crews, including five NZL Sailing Team representatives, are entered in six events; they include…

Andrew Murdoch – Finn (NZL Sailing Team)
Josh Junior – Finn
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski - 49er (NZL Sailing Team)
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech - 49er FX
Andy Maloney – Laser (NZL Sailing Team)
Sam Meech - Laser (NZL Sailing Team)
Thomas Saunders – Laser
Andrew McKenzie – Laser (2013 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team)
Michael Cate - Laser
Jack Collinson - Laser
Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox - 470 Men (NZL Sailing Team)
Francisco Lardies and Luke Stevenson 470 Men
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders - Nacra 17
Tomer Simhony and Nicole van der Velden - Nacra 17

About ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres

The 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyeres is set to take place 22-27 April where more than 800 sailors across ten Olympic and two Paralympic events will sail. After regattas in Melbourne, Australia, Miami, USA and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères will bring the 2012-13 series to a close and will feature the world’s top sailors.

To reflect lessons and sailor feedback from ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma modifications have been made to the scoring format in Hyères. The Qualifying Series for ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères has been shortened to two days. The first race of the Final Series shall be a non discardable carry forward race with points equal to a boat’s final rank in the qualifying series. Three days of Final Series racing then culminates in the Medal Stage where the 49er and 49erFX will sail three Stadium Races and the remaining eight fleets will sail two Medal Races.

About the NZL Sailing Team

NZL Sailing Team includes New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners who share the ultimate goal to win Olympic medals for New Zealand at the Rio Games in 2016.

NZL Sailing Team sailors all started out at grass roots yacht clubs around the country and with commitment, dedication and drive have risen to be world class athletes; they work hard in the gym, train long hours on the water and are supported by great coaches.
BIA 2016 Sydney Boat Show 660x82Kiwi Yachting - LewmarNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Entries open for Invited Classes at Sailing World Cup Final
Racing for the 14 classes begin on 8th December, except for the 2.4mR non-classified class who will begin on Tuesday six This year, event organisers have catered for sailors who would usually compete in the Laser Standard, Laser Radial and 49er FX Olympic Classes but were unable to make a top 20 position. These sailors will have an opportunity to be part of the Sailing World Cup scene and compete in close proximity to the highest rated sailors in their class.
Posted on 1 Jul
ThrowbackThursday - Seoul 1988, Here come the girls
The sailing competition of 1988 Olympic Games was first time that a separate event was allocated exclusively for women. The sailing competition of the 1988 Olympic Games was the first time that a separate event was allocated exclusively for women. The 470 class had been added to the Olympic Program in 1976 as a mixed event, but in 1988 it was split into a men's and women's event. In the inaugural women's 470 Olympic competition 21 nations would compete.
Posted on 1 Jul
Olympic Sailing - New Zealand's first Gold Medalist dies
New Zealand's first Olympic sailing Gold Medalist, Jack Cropp died on Saturday. New Zealand's first Olympic sailing Gold Medalist, Jack Cropp died on Saturday. With skipper Peter Mander, Cropp built and campaigned a two man 12 sq Metre Sharpie in Christchurch, even though at the time they decided to campaign for the 1956 Olympics, there was only one 20 year old boat in Christchurch.
Posted on 27 Jun
Rio 2016 - Swiss 49er Grab Final Rio Berth - 49erFX Still Uncertain
It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for Rio 2016 It was a day to remember for Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean of Switzerland who claim the final berth for the 2016 Olympic games and will be competing in Rio. Sebastien was delighted posting, “Who would have thought so two years ago when I quit my little Laser Radial to jump in this crazy boat that is the 49er!”
Posted on 27 Jun
NZL Sailing Team - Burling and Tuke notch up 27th successive win
Emirates Team NZ's crew members Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have recorded yet another regatta victory to their tally Emirates Team NZ's crew members Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have recorded yet another regatta victory to their mounting tally with a win in the 49er class at 2016 Kiel Week in Germany. Going into today’s medal race the kiwis had a 26 point lead rendering them unassailable and they went on to take their 27th straight regatta win.
Posted on 26 Jun
Two young members of the Team Tilt squad selected for the Rio Olympics
Sebastien and Lucien have been racing the 49er together for two years. They have quickly progressed up the ranks Some very encouraging results over the last few months combined with a place becoming available and the Swiss Olympic ‘Newcomer Rule’ mean that Sebastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean will be heading to Rio this summer to represent their country at the Olympic Games.
Posted on 24 Jun
Los Angeles 1984 – All hail the Graels
With the city of Angels their backdrop, The Grael siblings, demonstrated the craft they had honed on waters of Guanabara The greatest stage in international sport, the Olympic Games, is a pressure cooker. While many wilt under the weight of expectation on their Olympic debut, two brothers from Brazil would shine.
Posted on 23 Jun
Rio 2016 - Australian Sailing's gender imbalance queried in Parliament
An MP has questioned the gender imbalance in the Australian Sailing team for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio The gender imbalance in the Australian Sailing team selected for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro was queried in the Victorian State Parliament on Tuesday. Victoria, Australia, is the host state for the Final of the 2016 World Sailing Cup in December.
Posted on 22 Jun
Kiwi Paralympian puts the case for retaining the SKUD18 beyond 2016
Kiwi Paralympic sailor Tim Dempsey makes an eloquent plea for the retention of the two/three person SKUD18 Kiwi Paralympic sailor Tim Dempsey makes an eloquent plea for the retention of the two/three person SKUD18 designed by Julian Bethwaite, as a Paralympic class. The SKUD18 came into the 2008 Olympics as a way of updating the classes, and to draw on the other Bethwaite designed Olympic classes, the 49er and now 49erFX - which uses the 49er hull and a Kiwi developed rig.
Posted on 20 Jun
Australian Gold medalist says bystanders watched armed robbery in Rio
Liesl Tesch recounts being robbed along with coach Sarah Ross on Sunday morning Liesl Tesch, a six time Olympian, along with coach Sarah Ross, was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday morning local time, in Rio de Janeiro in the third incident in a month involving sailors and firearms. 'As we passed the back of the bus stop over the road from our house, two people jumped out from behind/beside the bus stop in front of me.'
Posted on 20 Jun