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Sail-World New Zealand: 7 December 2009

Adam Minoprio (NZL) and ETNZ/Black Match Racing wins the Monsoon Cup 2009. Photo: Sander van der Borch / Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 7 December 2009

The weekend was all about BlackMatch and the Monsoon Cup, as the young Kiwi team won both the World Championship of Match Racing and then the richest prize in sailing, the Monsoon Cup - worth USD105,000.

That is not to forget the fine performance of Waka Racing, who finished sixth overall in their first foray into the Monsoon Cup.

Both crews are products of the Lion Foundation Youth Scheme run by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club, and the fact that this program has been able to put two crews into the top six in the prestigious Monsoon Cup should have all RNZYS members walking a little taller this morning.

The fact that both these crews are in their early 20's and decided to simply have a crack at breaking into the professional circuit is a tribute to their self-belief, plus the excellent coaching and support they have received.

In this edition we feature reports from both crews, plus audio interviews kindly provided by Peter Montgomery.

Adam Minoprio (NZL) and ETNZ/Black Match Racing wins the Monsoon Cup 2009. Photo: Sander van der Borch / Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©

Two crews equates to ten sailors in the Monsoon Cup, and to be able to produce that quantity and quality of competitor is a remarkable achievement for the RNZYS and the Lion Foundation program. At the same time, it is a tribute to the never say die attitude of these young New Zealanders - remembering that BlackMatch only just squeaked into the top eight in the Monsoon Cup, but by taking the series one race at a time, one phase at a time, they slowly climbed back. And, in the end made arguably the hottest property in sailing, Ben Ainslie, look very average in the final.

One of the ways of judging any sailing result is to look at 'who they beat'.

Phil Robertson during his quarter final against Sebastian Col. Monsoon Cup 2009. Photo: Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©

In this test, BlackMatch beat a team that had a haul of six Olympic medals aboard, five of them Gold. In their Semi-Final, they staged a massive come from behind effort, to beat one of the most experienced match racers of all time, Peter Gilmour. Looking down the points table - you'd see the defending World Match Racing Champion, the winner of the last round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy and so on. Most of these big names of professional sailing were beaten by both the New Zealand teams - and even more remarkably Waka Racing and BlackMatch were able to turn these top skippers inside out at crucial points of the race - gaining control and taking a vital match.

The common quality possessed by both these teams is the 'never give up' attitude, self-belief and the realisation that these superstars of sailing pull their pants on one leg at a time - like everyone else - and can be beaten.

For this attitude, Blackmatch were rewarded by hearing the New Zealand anthem played twice at the Awards ceremony. Waka Racing's performance was equally impressive, and they will go from strength to strength.

The Monsoon Cup was also significant for its media coverage. The last event was seen by 30million viewers worldwide, and beamed into a potential audience of 1.4billion viewers.

Broadcast facility - Monsoon Cup 2009. Photo: Brendon O'Hagan/Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©

Those are big numbers for any sporting event, particularly one of just five days duration. In this edition we look at the strategy of the broadcaster and distribution companies involved. There will be more stories to come in Sail-World in this vein, if only to highlight the many inept and self serving attempts to handle the media side of sailing by event organisers and sailing administrators from club level upwards, and how they are short-selling the sport, the sailors and their sponsors.

The live coverage of the Monsoon Cup that has been available to all, via the internet, is compelling TV - as was the live television available on Sky for two hours last night. If you missed that, it will be rebroadcast tonight (Monday) on Sky Sport, or you can click here to view, now, via the Internet.

Black Match crew members push themselves off the committee boat after a pre start incident in their semi final against Peter Gilmour. The came back to win the Match. Photo: Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©

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Phil Robertson (NZL) and his Team New Zealand WAKA Racing team. Photo: Sander van der Borch / Subzero Images  Monsoon Cup ©
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Gladwell's Line: Monsoon Cup coverage sets new standards
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BlackMatch Racing win the Monsoon Cup in straight races
Richard Gladwell,
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BlackMatch Racing Media,
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ISAF Media,
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Minoprio and BlackMatch win the ISAF World Match Racing Championship
Rob Kothe,
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Monsoon Cup pictures from Day 4 of racing
Monsoon Cup,
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Optimist Sail Number ‘6000' auction off to a flying start
RYA Media,
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Paul Cayard at Nestle Brasil Match Cup 2009
Paul Cayard and Sail-World.com,
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BlackMatch sneak into Quarterfinals of Monsoon Cup after Day 3 + Audio
BlackMatch Racing Media,
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Cammas Groupama Media,
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Waka Racing,
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