Please select your home edition
Edition
The Water Shed - Ronstan

Sail-World Mailbag- Readers comments from the last week or so

by Sail-World Readers on 9 Mar 2011
Courageous - 12 Metre 2010 North American Championships - but for the Olympics?? George Bekris © http://www.georgebekris.com

Sail-World readers comment on America's Cup and other pressing matters.

We have produced their comments below:

(NB We will only publish letters where the writer is identified, unless there is a a very good reason to maintain confidentiality. )


_____________________________________________________________________________________________


Sender: Nis Peter Lorentzen

Message: Yes, foiling Moths with wing masts and kiteboards are part of the answer, but how do we get the 'other' 3 billion people in the developing world interesting in sailing?

Sailing has the advantage over many other sports that spectacular 'equipment' can potentially add a lot to the public image and media attractiveness of the sport. If we go back to the pre-WWII years of the Olympics, the larger keelboats that were used were Skerry Cruisers/Square Meter Yachts and Meter Yachts. At that time these boats were the most advanced, fastest and beautiful yachts ever produced.

I believe that the public image and media attractiveness of Olympic sailing would increase dramatically today if we learned from Olympic sailing a century ago, as well as from the America's Cup, and allowed each country to participate with a 12 Meter yacht again! Our entire Western tradition of recreational sailing was shaped by early sailing heroes like Lipton, Fife, Herreshoff, Vanderbilt, Sparkman & Stevens, etc.

Sailing represents freedom, adventure, heritage, competition, glamor, technology, nature, oceans, wind power, and many other positive attributes.

Would a 12 Meter Olympic keelboat match racing discipline attract the very best sailing heroes in the world (think Conner, Bond, Koch, Bertrand, Melges, Turner, Coutts, etc.)?

Would the size, beauty, majesty, heritage, glamor and inspiration of a 12 Meter Olympic 'flagship' yacht attract millions of potential new sailors to the sport, and thereby indirectly benefit all the less expensive and widespread boat classes, and attract more sponsors than small boats?

Without a doubt!

Furthermore, the America's Cup defender abandoned the 12 Meter Yacht (IACC) just at a time when large developing countries, like China, were finally able to participate. With the ISAF and IOC stepping into this vacuum, and re-introducing the Olympic 12 Meter Yacht (IACC) in 2016, China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, etc. will be able, for the first time, to put together their own national 12 Meter Yacht teams, and significantly raise the profile of sailing in these countries representing 3 billion people, and inspiring millions of new sailors!

Combining the greatest sailing heroes of all times AND the most impressive and beautiful Olympic 12 Meter Yacht 'flagship' would not only help sailing in the Western world, but also bring the sport to a whole new world which has never experienced sailing.

Best regards

Nis Peter Lorentzen
Founder
Scandinavian Cruisers


Related News Item: Kiteboarding on the Olympic menu? Here's why...

Link to News: http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=81092

Message sent from : Asia Racing

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Sender: John Teisen

Message: Dear Sir

I happened to discover your last report on the internet and took particular note of your picture of the new Shag Rubble.

My brother-in-law who lives in Christchurch told me that Cave Rock is also damaged. As it is one of my favorite places to visit whenever I am in Christchurch and is the source of many happy memories over the years, I was saddened by his news. Nevertheless, I have searched the web but found no reference to its post-earthquake condition.

Because you are a local resident (Ed: Sorry we live in Devonport, Auckland), I imagine you are aware of its present condition. Accordingly, could you please advise me in a reply to this message whether Cave Rock is damaged and, if possible, send me a photo or refer me to a website that contains a photo of the damage.

Your assistance will be very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely

John Teisen

Related News Item: Christchurch Yacht Club report from the Commodore

Link to News: http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=80821

Message sent from : Australia Racing
______________________________________________________________________________________________

Sender: Bruce Spedding

Message: Agree 100% - pitting the two 'board sports' against each other, kiteboarding cannot be ignored just like windsurfing could not be ignored before, and selecting only one will be detrimental to the future of sailing sports at the Olympics. The traditionalists still have the rest of the sailing world stage to play with.

Related News Item: Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics?

Link to News: http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=80792

Message sent from : New Zealand Racing

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Sender: Nick Gray

Message: Absolutely loving this initiative to release 1987 Cup video footage.

my best childhood memories are of the cup in freo, 10 mins from our house when i was about 8 years old

well done and keep it going!

Related News Item: America's Cup: The Freo Files - 'A bunch of Pommy lawyers'

Link to News: http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=80615

Message sent from : Australia Racing

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Sender: Pierre A Varreon (France)

Message:

You know I love your Country, thus our thoughts are going to New Zealand and the beautiful people of this extraordinary Nation and especially to the City of Christchurch in where I spent several wonderful days in 2008.

For the third time in less than 6 months Aotearoa had to cope with one major disaster.

Let's altogether tell your Nation that we are spiritually, mentally, friendly, possibly materialistically standing by you in those dreadful times, our thoughts are directed to all of you New Zealanders. I know that once again you will teach us a magnificent lesson of bravery and courage.

Because of New Zealand is constructed from the origin with the bricks of hard labor, the achievement of pride and the cement of love.

I respect and love you very much People of New Zealand who so many times welcomed me so cheerfully.

God bless all of you and lets brace it up altogether in the world and sailing community you so brilliantly represent.

Pierre A Varreon, Paris, France 02 22 2011

Related Newsletter: Sail-World New Zealand
Zhik NZ - YNZBakewell-White Yacht DesignInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
The World Championships just keep on coming
Last week was the finish of the Finn Worlds. Torch passed to the Laser Standard currently in Mexico having their Worlds. While the Olympic torch is being passed from person to person on its trip to Rio 2016, the Olympic and Paralympic classes are doing the same as the World Championships torch passes along on its tour around the world to Brazil.
Posted on 18 May
Paying tribute to Volvo Ocean Race sailor Hans Horrevoets, 10 years on
It was May 18, 2006, that 32-year-old ABN AMRO TWO, sailor Hans Horrevoets, was swept overboard. Ten years ago today, the Volvo Ocean Race family lost one of its own. It was May 18, 2006, that 32-year-old ABN AMRO TWO, sailor Hans Horrevoets, was swept overboard.
Posted on 18 May
America's Cup - Images from the America's Cup World Series New York
Images from the Practice Day and Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series New York. Images from the Practice Day and Day 2 of the America's Cup World Series New York. Official racing was not possible on the first day, but the confluence of the Hudson River, and wind whistling between the New York skyscrapers created challenging conditions for the six teams.
Posted on 17 May
World Superyacht Awards - Unfurled wins Sailing Yacht of the Year
Southern Spars is hugely proud to have built the mast, boom and revolutionary outhaul system for the Frers 46 Unfurled. Southern Spars is hugely proud to have built the mast, boom and revolutionary outhaul system for the Frers 46 Unfurled. She is the 15th yacht to win an award at this prestigious event with a Southern Spars mast. This yacht also won the over 40 Metre classification award.
Posted on 17 May
World Sailing teams up with Andrew Simpson Foundation and Bart's Bash
Andrew Simpson Foundation continues to encourage people to get on the water and promote the benefits it brings. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation continues to encourage more people to get on the water and promote the benefits it brings people of all abilities. In 2016 Bart's Bash will be raising awareness and funds to support grassroots disabled sailing globally.
Posted on 16 May
So much happening off the water at World Sailing
Lausanne hosted the mid-year meeting with important points about future of sailing coming out of Switzerland throughout. In a speech by President Carlo Croce to Council outlining three key areas for the federation going forward, Croce highlighted Better Governance, Olympic and Paralympic development and the Sailing World Cup as priorities moving forward.
Posted on 11 May
Alicante announces deal to keep Volvo Ocean Race for two more editions
The deal will see Alicante maintain its position as the start port for the 14th and 15th editions of the race. The deal will see Alicante maintain its position as the start port for the 14th and 15th editions of the race (2020-21 and 2023-24, under the current format of a race every three years), as well as remain the base for the race headquarters and the VOR Museum during this period.
Posted on 11 May
Volvo Ocean Race - Lisbon to give Race a sling-shot start
Organisers have decided that a short, sharp ‘sprint’ leg from Alicante would be the ideal way to begin the VOR Lisbon, one of the most successful host cities of the Volvo Ocean Race in recent years, has been chosen as the destination for a flying start to the next edition in 2017-18. This time organisers have decided that a short, sharp ‘sprint’ leg from Alicante would be the ideal way to begin the round-the-world challenge.
Posted on 10 May