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 18 Jan 2011
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 18 January 2011

AC45 launch and first sail in Auckland 17 January 2011  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 18 January 2011

The first sail of the prototype AC45 took place in Auckland yesterday, ahead of strong winds and very English weather predicted for today and later in the week.

We have not yet made it down to Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, but feature commentary and images from those who have.

We are assured that the AC45 looks very cool, and sails spectacularly. However there is a lot of water to flow under the America's Cup bridge yet. And as we were told over the New Year by one, who has a foot in both the Formula 1 and America's Cup camps - what is being attempted with the 34th America's Cup, in just one cycle, took 30 years of change in Formula 1 under supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Make what you will of that comment.

Lawrie Smith (GBR) - 2011 Int Dragon World Championships - returning after 12 years out of the sport  Richard Gladwell

There has been plenty of sailing action on the other side of the Tasman - with the Dragons Worlds coming to a conclusion and a win for sailing icon, Lawrie Smith. He was up to the usual laconic and acerbic commentary at the prizegiving a couple of nights ago. Yes, we do have the audio and will publish a few extracts in the days to come.

The Musto High Performance Skiff Worlds were completed a day later, and within 30 minutes of the completion of the last race, the famous Melbourne seabreeze made an appearance - after being absent for the 10 days of both regattas. An English sailor again won this World title and scored the double by taking the Youth title - which is quite a remarkable effort. After the regatta we did an interview with him and looked at his options in sailing.

Shouldn't the Musto HPS be at least trialled as an Olympic Singlehander alongside the Finn and Foiling Moth? 2011 Musto HPS Worlds, Melbourne - Final Day in about 7kts of breeze.  Richard Gladwell

Sadly there aren't too many. The Olympic path in UK is home to many aspirants in the 49er class, and he doesn't want to be part of the queue looking for that berth. Which begs the question once again, as to why the Finn can hang onto its Olympic place on the basis of being the 'heavy man's singlehander'. The winner of the world title was around 74kgs and 6ft tall. Previous World Champions have been up to 95kgs. So why couldn't this boat be at least given an Evaluation Trial as an Olympic singlehander, along with the Foiling Moth? With a spinnaker and trapeze, the Musto will clock up to 27kts in a breeze (and yes the Moth has been clocked at more than that) - what is the issue for an Olympic event which is supposed to have television appeal, show athleticism and agility - and those Olympic attributes of 'stronger, higher, faster'?

Last finals day. Nathan Outteridge (AUS 3750) 2011 Moth World Champion.  ThMartinez / Sea & Co - Copyright

On the plane on the way home, we finally finished editing a long interview done with ISAF Olympic Commission convenor, Phil Jones (AUS), done in late November/early December. It covers a lot of ground on the blueprint for the new Olympics and World Cup. We will be publishing this over the next few days, all things being equal.

Maybe it doesn't answer all the questions, however after reading it you can be in no illusions about the challenges ahead of the sport to bring the significant changes that are just two years away.

Beating up the Devonport shore - AC45 launch and first sail in Auckland 17 January 2011  

Thanks to our contributors for their help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves. A special thanks to those who have contributed to this edition.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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