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 17 Aug 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: August 17, 2013 - Ecstasy and Agony

Winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Mike Sanderson, and Director at Doyle sails with the new Stratis ICE fibe. Image: Francesco Rastrelli and Doyle Sails.  
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for August 17, 2013

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie achieved another first, winning the World Womens 470 Championship in La Rochelle, France, adding the title to the Gold Medal won, just under 12 months ago.

It is not New Zealand's first World Championship in the class that being achieved by David Barnes and Hamish Willcox in 1981, 1982 and 1984, and again by Simon Cooke and Peter Nicholas in 2002. Peter Newlands was the crew for a 470 World Championship win in 1988 with Nigel Buckley (GBR).

A great performance too for Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox (son of the triple world champion, who also coached this crew). They finished seventh in the regatta, which is a creditable effort for their first year together in the class.

New Zealand team Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders: Now added to the NZL Sailing Team - 2013 Nacra 17 World Championship  © Laurens Morel

On Friday afternoon, Yachting New Zealand announced three additions to the NZL Sailing Team - a reflection of the breadth and depth that New Zealand currently enjoys in the Olympic classes.

There is no doubt that the changes in the Olympic Event line-up have worked New Zealand's way, and the days are gone of a reliance on strong performances in the RS:X windsurfer which were a cornerstone of New Zealand's Olympic campaigns since 1992.

Oracle flies low and fast mid-course. - America's Cup  Chuck Lantz ©

In San Francisco, the agony which is the 34th America's Cup continues with allegations of cheating being freely bandied about, aided and abetted by a Jury investigation which has now been going for five days or so. It would seem to be a ways from a conclusion, and announcement of a penalty.

Today, two reports were released by the International Jury - the first is from the Chief Measurer, 'clarifying' some facets of his earlier report, which triggered the International, and refers to a re-measurement process taken after a meeting with the team bosses from Oracle Team USA.

However some of the points clarified are contradicted by an earlier report, also released today, written by by Oracle Team USA and submitted on August 4 - some ten days earlier.

By its own admission, Oracle Team USA have broken the rules of the America's Cup World Series, which like its name suggests, is daisy-chained into the current America's Cup Regatta.

Whether they did it in two or three boats is something of a side issue, as is the impact on performance of the changes.

The measurement impasse has created a degree of aggro between the remaining two Challengers and the Defender, which boiled over marginally yesterday at a Media Conference. Any degree of trust between the two camps has completely evaporated..

Louis Vuitton Cup Press conference - Chris Draper - Helmsman Luna Rossa; Dean Barker - Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper; Massimiliano Sirena - Skipper Luna Rossa; Glenn Ashby - Emirates Team New Zealand Trimmer  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi

By any measure the statements made by Oracle Team USA management raise more questions than are resolved. For instance it is widely accepted that the top echelon of the team were genuinely surprised by the claims. However that then begs the question as to how the shore crew can tamper with one of their yachts, in measurement trim, and the team management be unaware of it. Was this a regular practice - or a one-off?

And if that happens in the AC45 campaign, for four regattas, and is only picked up by a independent party by accident - then what is happening in the AC72's?

The way matters stand, the Defender will have been found to be in serious breach of the Protocol, by the International Jury, on two occasions - and the America's Cup Match hasn't even started.

Ironically the 'Weapon of Choice' of the International Jury in their pursuit of Oracle Team USA is the so-called 'Dalton Clause', or Article 60 of the Protocol - bought in to curb comments being made which organisers thought were detrimental to the Event. their target was believed to be Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton. Now that legal flame-thrower is pointing in a different direction.

While the Defender has always worn the Black Hat, in the eyes of the Challengers, particularly at this time of the Cup cycle when tensions reach their zenith. But this latest incident goes beyond the pale. Not for what was done, but how the matter has been subsequently handled by the team, which does them no credit at all.

New Zealand crew training - Red Bull Youth America's Cup - Training August 15, 2013  John Navas

Having done a good job over the past few weeks to get a previously cynical San Francisco media to 'root' for the home team, they too have turned feral over the past week.

Maybe that change in heart by the local media comes off the back of having been misled by an Oracle Team USA media release, sent just ahead of the Jury Notice, where the team announced that a measurement discrepancy had been found, and then took the line that all their actions had been swift and voluntary. They weren't - most of them were ordered by the Jury in their Decision. But then we know from previous statements from the team to the International Jury that media releases are 'marketing documents', nothing more.

Oman Air Musadam flies two hulls on approach to the Fastnet Rock - 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

The local media picked up on that line and held the Defenders to have acted honorably. No mention of the pending Jury investigation. Official documents released later in the week showed more of the gravity of the situation. Things turned ugly when the reality of the matter dawned in San Francisco.

In this edition of Sail-World NZ's newsletter we carry more detail on the story and the documents.

Night and day FRA) overall winner 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - first two-handed crew to win overall  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

The Louis Vuitton Cup Finals start this weekend. In this edition, we carry the details of the Live and free to air coverage in New Zealand, on ONE.

Key point of interest will be the re-appearance of Emirates Team New Zealand and just what changes they have made to their AC72 since the Louis vuitton Cup Round Robin.

Henry Gibbs (l) and Taylor Burn (r) - GBR 420 Open National Winners, Pwllheli, Wales  Rob Burn
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Richard Gladwell
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J70 & J80 National Championships, Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes Isle of Wight. June 14 -16 2013
Race 1 & 2
  Rick Tomlinson ©


Start - 2013 B&G Simrad 100 miler  SSANZ



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America's Cup: Measurement Committee 'clarifies' report to Jury
Richard Gladwell,
The often bizarre world of the America's Cup took a new twist today with the release of two new reports form the International Jury. In fact, only one of the reports was new - that of a clarification from the Chairman of the Measurement Committee - on some points made earlier in his report to the International Jury concerning the taking out of class of three AC45 catamarans managed by OTUSA.... [more]
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America's Cup: The truth takes time to emerge
Bob Fisher,
It wasn't until Friday that the Measurement Committee issued some of its findings. These contradicted earlier reports that all three of Oracle Team USA's AC-45s had been modified out of class. All three had been withdrawn from races in the series and the results were being re-processed.... [more]
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Postcard from Wales - Junior European 420 and 470 Champs, Pwllheli
Rob Burn,
Postcard from Wales - Registration, Measurement & first days racing, Junior European 420 and 470 Champs, Pwllheli. Taylor Burn and Henry Gibbs have a mixed start to the Junior European 420 Championships, a 'midfleeter' followed by a good 'come from behind' win. A fine, clear morning to wake up to, after yesterdays 20 knot plus Practice Race with big waves, rained out Opening Ceremony and cance... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ladies in the spotlight
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Rolex Fastnet Race has had more than its fair share of high profile female sailors this year. Of course Dona Bertarelli was the first to cross the finish line into Plymouth as the new co-skipper of the world's largest racing trimaran and fastest offshore race boat, the 40m long, Spindrift II. This boat won Rolex Fastnet Race line honours for a second consecutive time.... [more]
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Team Jolly: 470 World Champions: One year on...
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie,
You may already know.. But we are now the current 470 World Champions. Well, overall I think we can definitely say we had a great time in La Rochelle (apart from a little thievery – where four of team NZL's mountain bikes got stolen overnight from our hotel). We competed in the ‘Legends Trophy' a day before our worlds started... [more]
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America's Cup: 1983 was the game breaker - New video - Updated
Sail-World,
Maritime Productions presents the second of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis. As Bob Fisher describes below, the 1983 America's Cup was a game breaker in every sense of the word. Not only did Australia II break the longest winning streak in sports history, but their story became an inspiration for the Australian nation... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 16, 2013 - US Recovery underway
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 16, 2013 - US Jobless fell and inflation is on the rise supporting the view that the economic recovery is underway and the time for QE Infinity may be coming to an end. The AUD has moved back to 0.9150 and the KIWI pushing 0.8060 after a rise in Consumer Confidence.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Three new additions to NZL Sailing Team
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Top results at pinnacle international regattas have seen three sailors added to the NZL Sailing Team - Yachting New Zealand's group of top level Olympic class campaigners. The announcements broaden the range of the NZL Sailing Team with a woman windsurfer back on the team and a mixed multihull campaign for the first time ever.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ broadcast and race schedule
Sail-World.com,
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Challenging first day at J/111 North American's in Chicago
Stuart Johnstone,
With fourteen boats on the line, many of whom had never sailed against one another in a one-design regatta, meant no one had really any idea how the chips were going to fall in the inaugural J/111 North Americans hosted by Chicago Yacht Club.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup Final: Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa set + Video
Irene Corosu,
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Airlie Beach Race Week - Tough day at the sailing office for Ichi Ban
Tracey Johnstone,
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Oracle gets some practice in on the SF bay
Chuck Lantz,
Team Oracle had both their AC72 boats out today, taking advantage of a non-race day to practice running the America's Cup course. Their number one boat did most of the work, trying a number of gybes, using a shorter, fuller headsail than usually seen on either of the two boats.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup Media Conference: Sirena says Kiwis ahead
Bob Fisher,
'The Louis Vuitton Cup is a crucial part of the build-up for the America's Cup,' declared Dean Barker, the Emirates Team New Zealand skipper in his opening remarks at the pre-final press conference. For the past 30 years, winning the Louis Vuitton Cup has been an essential step in the dethroning of the defender.... [more]
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2013 Rolex Fastnet Race - Father and son win
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
For the first time in its 88 year history, the Rolex Fastnet Race has been won by a doublehanded crew.The father and son team of Pascal and Alexis Loison from Cherbourg, France on the JPK 10.10, Night and Day, arrived at 07:19:57 BST this morning making their elapsed time 3 days 18 hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds for the 611 mile race.... [more]
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B&G Simrad Two-handed 100 miler - Reports from the boats
SSANZ,
The Shorthanded Sailing Association of NZ's B&G Simrad 100 mile was sailed last weekend, over a 100 mile course. It is the final race in the popular three race two-handed series. Here are reports from two of the competitors... [more]
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Larry Ellison talks America's Cup and his love of sailing + Video
Vieira Weesie, CBS This Morning,
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison sat down with CBS' Charlie Rose for a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed his love of sailing and the accusations that he's made sailing too dangerous in his attempts to ‘modernize' the sport.... [more]
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Postcard from Wales: GBR 420 Nationals, Last day, Final series
Rob Burn,
Winners are Grinners, Taylor Burn and Henry Gibbs, Team NZL win the British 420 Nationals by a clear margin of 10 points. This was the Final Day of the GBR 420 Nationals in Pwllheli, North Wales. The GBR Nationals were sailed over four days of racing before the Junior European 420 and 470 Champs start next week on the same race track.... [more]
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Three new inductees into America's Cup Hall of Fame
Sail-World.com,
Three new members of the America's Cup Hall of Fame were inducted in a ceremony and dinner in San Francisco, timed to start with the start of the Semi-Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The three is year's Inductees are Lucy M. Jewett of San Francisco; Noel Robins of Perth; and Grant Simmer of Sydney.... [more]
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Doyle Sails launches innovative new Stratis ICE sail fibre
Elle Brade,
Doyle Sails has announced that Stratis ICE is available exclusively throughout the Doyle global network of lofts. Part of Doyle's Stratis sail range, ICE is a game-changing product that offers weight savings, performance gains and high durability levels for both performance and cruising sails.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle sailing crew implicated in AC45 Measurement bust
Richard Gladwell,
A previously confidential report by the Chairman of the Measurement Committee reveals that according to an internal inquiry by Oracle Team USA, one member of their sailing crew was involved along with three members of the team Shore crew in the AC45 Measurement incident which broke late last week.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle walking on eggshells over Jury investigation.
Richard Gladwell,
With Louis Vuitton Cup in abeyance for a week, the investigation by the International Jury is expected to continue into the measurement issue relating to three AC45's serviced by Oracle Team USA. The accusation of cheating has been widely bandied around in the media. It is a easy shot, and those who have sat on an International Jury will know that all is often not quite what it seems... [more]
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