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 07 May 2014
 


Sail-World New Zealand: May 6, 2014 - A Week of Change

Emirates Team New Zealand, Dayu 4 of the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qin4/5/2014  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com New Zealand for May 6, 2014

They say a week is a long time in politics, but on the international sailing scene, the one just gone has been even more so.

Mid-last week it seemed that Emirates Team NZ was set to enter the Volvo Ocean Race. The pin was pulled on that deal, late Friday afternoon – in line with our information out of Europe.

There has been no comment from Volvo Ocean Race management in line with their policy of not commenting on who is not competing. But equally, as yet, there has been no comment on what is happening with the two remaining boats that are awaiting teams. VOR management says they are continuing to talk with two teams.

Emirates Team New Zealand, Day 4 of the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Qingdao, China.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

The point remains that the race needs a marque team of the ilk of a Groupama, Puma or Camper.

The move by Emirates Team NZ is surprising, as it is the first time they have walked away from a race – particularly when they have been so close to getting the deal across the line.

In the past, there has been a commitment and then a push to raise more money to close the gap – but not this time.

Even more surprising when Grant Dalton said that the gap was only 10%.

In this edition we have more detail on his decision.

The new AC62 will be a meld of Oracle Team USA and Emierates Team NZ's AC72's  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

While Team NZ was pulling back from the Volvo Ocean Race in Auckland, their new afterguard combination were getting a run in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series.

After an indifferent start, Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and friends more than held up their end, sailing well under pressure, and kept the team in third place overall.

We have full coverage of the racing in Qingdao, including daily updates from Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) who is tactician aboard series leader Alinghi.

The racing was overshadowed by a spectacular collision on the final day between Alinghi and Red Bull, catch the video in this edition.

Regatta Director, Iain Murray - 34th America's Cup   Americas Cup Media

On Saturday we spoke at length with Iain Murray, the CEO of Team Australia and Commodore of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. The former America's Cup Regatta Director is now charged with negotiating the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup with Defenders Oracle Team USA.

Although Murray did not say so, we suspect that much of the delay in cutting a deal has been spent in getting the Cup off its course of the past decade, where the Defender progressively tries to take over the event, or drag it into their vision of the future.

To be fair, all have succeeded to a degree. Ernesto Bertarelli created a regatta in 2007 that returned a surplus that was distributed to the top teams. The first time that has happened in an America's Cup. Next time around, he went a stage too far, and found himself on the losing end of a protracted Court battle and eventually lost it the Match to Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Larry Ellison took the Cup in a different direction in 2013, creating an event that the general public could at last understand and relate to. But its shortcomings were many.

The AC62 will be a smaller purpose designed version of the AC72
  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

During the 40 minute interview, we covered a lot of ground, albeit it at largely a conceptual level, but drilling down as required.

Murray's answers were excellent, leading one to have hope that maybe this next Cup will deliver all that it has promised for so long. And, that at long last, the sport has turned the corner and entered Main Street, as far as the general media and the non-sailing public are concerned.

What was also impressive, and has been touched on by others involved in the design process for the AC62, is that there has been a lot of collaborative effort aimed at designing a good boat and class rule.

Alinghi in collison with Red Bull - during Day 4 of Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series at Qingdao   © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series

Eyebrows will be raised over the notion of the Defender sailing in the Challenger Series. But the reality is that the more involved the Defender involves itself with the Challenger Selection Series, it is depriving itself of the opportunity to two boat test with its second AC62.

Obviously the Protocol for the next America's Cup is not yet announced. This week it was expected to be signed off. Hopefully many have learned from the experiences of the past decade.

San Francisco is the preferred venue by the Challengers  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©
In this edition, we publish the first two parts of the interview with Iain Murray. Tomorrow on our Sail-World.com website we will publish the third and final part.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Smoke sending it at the Nationals 2012/2013 - NSW Sharpie State Titles Round 3  Robert Owe-Young

Day 4, Primo Cup Monaco  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Palmavela 2014 last day  Jesús Renedo Photography




America's Cup: Iain Murray interviewed on the Protocol and AC62
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, talks with Team Australia CEO, Iain Murray who has been representing the Challenger of Record in the negotiations over the 35th America's Cup Protocol and development of the AC62 catamaran. In the first of a three part series he reveals how the Challenge came about, how the racing will work and the AC62.... [more]
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America's Cup: Iain Murray on the Venue and AC62 size, shape and speed
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, talks with Team Australia CEO and America's Cup Challenger of Record negotiator, Iain Murray, in this second part of a three part series, updating on the state of the 35th America's Cup, as seen through his eyes. He gives his thoughts on the next America's Cup venue, the base dimensions of the AC62, and the speeds that can be expected and more... [more]
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Clipper Yacht Race 2013-14 - Great Britain claims top spot in Race 11
Julia Wall-Clarke,
Clipper Round The World Yacht Race 2013-14 - The Clipper Race Committee shortened the Race 11 course in line with the sailing instructions, and announced the new Farallones Finish Line on Sunday morning. The decision was taken after it was advised of maintenance work that is being undertaken on the Panama Canal locks over the coming weeks.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe: A good overall win in the Extreme Sailing Series
Anna Tunnicliffe,
These days, twice Rolex Sailor of the Year and Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) alternates between sailing aboard Alinghi in the Extreme Sailing Series, and chasing a serious ranking in the world of CrossFit. She reports in from Qingdao, China after the Final Day of the Extreme Sailing Series, sailing as tactician aboard Alinghi... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Third-place finish at Qingdao for ETNZ
Warren Douglas,
Big wind gusts blasted across the race course on the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao regatta. The city lived up to its reputation as a tricky, unpredictable race course, giving crews a tough time even with the fleet reduced to two divisions of six boats to minimise the risk of collision.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tour
TV3 News and Sail-World,
You, your colleagues, friends, readers and subscribers to SailWorldNZ are cordially invited to attend the IPENZ Centenary Lecture Battle of the Boats: How technology won the America's Cup. Hear rival engineers - Andy Kensington from Team NZ and Neil Wilkinson from Oracle - debate the technology used which enabled Oracle to make a miraculous turn-around to win the 2013 America's Cup... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ awards inaugural Junior Scholarship Prizes at Optis
Ellie Brade,
Doyle Sails NZ awards inaugural Junior Scholarship Prizes at 2014 Optimist National Championships The team at Doyle Sails NZ are always looking to support up and coming talent in New Zealand's young sailors and in line with this have recently launched a new Junior Scholarship Programme. The inaugural scholarships were presented at the recent 2014 Optimist National Championships.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 6, 2014 - The week splutter-starts
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 6, 2014 - The week spluttered to a start with no real drive from markets in the US. The AUD is steady at 0.9275 ahead of what is expected to be a hold. The KIWI continues to outperform, trading up to 0.8660, in the face of an improving economy and the attraction of rising interest rates.... [more]
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Team Jolly: Into Europe for the first time - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie
Polly Powrie,
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, update after their wins in two ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas at Palma (ESP) and Hyeres (FRA) in the Womens 470 class. This was the first trip of three to Europe for us this year, more or less just to check in with the women's 470 fleet and see how we are getting on. Surprisingly well it would seem as we came away from the two World Cup regattas winning both.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series final day - Alinghi and Red Bull CRASH video
Extreme Sailing Series,
At the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™, Act 3 Qingdao, on the final days racing the Olympic sailing city lived up to its reputation as a notorious and unpredictable racecourse. Even one of the biggest crashes in the Series' eight-year history, that saw Red Bull Sailing Team T-bone Alinghi and knock the Swiss out of racing,... [more]
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Kerikeri, Napier Girls victors at 31st Secondary School Team Sailing
Kirsty Laws,
Kerikeri High School dominated two rounds of the Secondary Schools Team Sailing Nationals, to emerge victors for a record fifth successive year. The event was sailed in squally conditions for the first two days, then light fickle winds causing numerous delays during the second round robin.... [more]
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America's Cup - Oracle Team USA Update: 'We're in a racing phase'
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA Update - The team is scheduled to reconvene next week in Sydney, Australia for its second training camp, and a new American sailor will be on board. 'This next camp we're going into a bit of a racing phase, sailing against Team Australia like we did last time, but with more of an emphasis on racing,' Slingsby said.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Qingdao - Day 3 race + video
Nicola Moore,
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - On a packed-eight race day at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, the battle lines were drawn between the 12 competing international Extreme 40 teams ahead of tomorrow's final showdown on the compact stadium racecourse, which at times resulted in a few near misses, protest flags being pulled, a man overboard for SAP Extreme Sailing Team... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe: Tough racing but Alinghi defends lead in Qingdao
Anna Tunnicliffe,
These days, twice Rolex Sailor of the Year and Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) alternates between sailing aboard Alinghi in the Extreme Sailing Series, and chasing a serious ranking in the world of CrossFit. She reports in from Qingdao, China after Day 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series, sailing as tactician aboard Alinghi... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: A Day 3 of two halves for Emirates Team NZ
Warren Douglas and Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team NZ had a day of two halves on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series In Qingdao, China. In contrast to the previous day of Act 3, winds were light, posing some interesting challenges for all crews.Eight races were sailed, there were a few near misses, protest flags, a man overboard from SAP and a collision in the final race. Teams are tightly bunched on the leaderboard... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Swiss domination in Qingdao + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
On a packed eight race day at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, the battle lines were drawn between the 12 competing international Extreme 40 teams ahead of tomorrow's final showdown on the compact stadium racecourse.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Team New Zealand within 10% of budget to compete
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, says the team were within 10% of making the budget necessary to confirm the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race entry. 'Normally we would take that financial risk, and historically we have bridged the gap. But it is not going to be easy to fund the America's Cup either.' Part of the reason for the decision not to compete is the delay in producing the AC Protocol... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Emirates Team NZ pulls out of Volvo consideration
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team NZ have issued a statement saying that they will not be competing in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race. In recent weeks, the team says it had explored a joint challenge with Spanish interests. Grant Dalton said the team was not convinced it could mount a successful challenge in the time available and the team's energies would be better directed towards the next America's Cup.... [more]
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Kiwi Gold: Former America's Cup sailors on the Road to Rio Paralympics
Alan Sefton,
The Kiwi Gold Sailing team continues to receive great support – from without and within. The team was formed last year to assist two of New Zealand's outstanding sailing talents, David Barnes and Rick Dodson, to achieve their goal of winning a medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,... [more]
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North Sails NZ e-News for April 2014
North Sails NZ,
North Sails NZ presents their latest e-Newsletter, featuring an update on 3DL, and the latest racing successes for the New Zealand loft... [more]
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