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 27 Jun 2014
 


Team New Zealand back on song... Ashby leads A-Class in France

Reach for the Sky - Chris Nicholson - Day 3: A-class Catamarans European Championship, Bordeaux, France  Paula Kopylowicz / Exploder.info
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for June 27, 2014

Taking a different tack, on Wednesday afternoon, Emirates Team New Zealand announced that they were still in the America's Cup game.

Different because this announcement came in the form of a media release only, and there was little said publicly by the team.

The low-key approach seemed to outrun their critics, who were deprived of an opportunity to resume their pack-attack of less than a fortnight past.

Just before the Kiwi's announcement the Swedish Challenger, or rather potential Challenger, Artemis Racing (SWE) set out their concerns over the Cup and its Protocol in an interview with top yachting commentator, Matthew Sheahan (GBR).

That's a lot softer way of getting your message into the market than holding a media conference for some clearly focussed on bringing a team down.

Dean Barker - Day 3: A-class Catamarans European Championship, Bordeaux, France   Paula Kopylowicz / Exploder.info

There has been little reaction to the Artemis comments. No phone calls to Radio Sweden taking their team to task. No onslaughts on Swedish TV suggesting that a change of team management is required if they didn't like the latest chart for the 35th America's Cup.

Artemis echoed many of the concerns that had been said before - the venue selection, particular disappointed at losing San Francisco, and the wind options on those said to be in the running. Also being questioned is the early elimination of teams with the split Qualifying venues and system. 'To have events in two different parts of the world seems a completely unnecessary cost,' was one comment.

Staying in the same frame, they note that the regatta cannot stand consecutive lost days due to lack of wind, or wind from the wrong direction. Clearly Artemis are placing sailing criteria above the financial drivers of the Commercial Cup. In this edition, we feature an extract from the interview and a link to the full story. It is a very interesting read.

Like the other Challengers, America's Cup intent teams have been announced, but no Challenges lodged. That's the America's Cup equivalent of voting with your feet.

Emirates Team New Zealand in the mid night convoy taking the fleet of yachts up the Neva River into the heart of St Petersburg in preparation for racing in Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in St Petersburg, Russia  Hamish Hooper/Emirates Team NZ

In the last America's Cup, fans will recall that when entries opened, two teams entered on the crack of midnight. There was even a Jury Hearing over which team had entered first. The reason for their haste was the fact that Challenges have to be dealt with in order of receipt. If the current Challenger of Record withdraws (as happened last time), then the next Challenger in queue steps into the recently vacated docksiders of the Challenger of Record, and picks up their right of Veto on rule and Protocol changes.

Potential entrants seem to be keeping their powder very dry for some reason.

Reptilian elements of the NZ media still seem intent on their campaign to pull Team New Zealand own at every opportunity. Despite a good news story that the Team had found funding to proceed into 2015 without the need for further NZ Govt advance money, we have the usual re-hashing of the old negative lines. It seems that each new development is just a coat-hook on which some media can hang their worn prejudices.

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Coutts Quarter Ton - Cowes - Day 1  Fiona Brown ©

On the positive side, two Emirates Team NZ sailing teams are in operation at present.

In St Petersburg, Russia, Peter Burling is once again skippering in the Extreme Sailing Series, which is taking place on the river. After the first day, the team is in fourth overall, competing in a fleet of 12 including several America's Cup teams. The series is lead once again by Alinghi.

In France, Emirates Team NZ wingsail trimmer, Glenn Ashby leads the 75 boat fleet in the European A-Class Championships. His skipper Dean Barker is up to fifth place on the leaderboard, having had a good third day when the breeze came in, and the foiling catamarans could strut their stuff. The team's Volvo skipper, Chris Nicholson, is currently in 12th place overall - another good performance.

Coutts Quarter Ton - Cowes - Day 1  Fiona Brown ©


Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 - JP Morgan BAR  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series
Stay tuned to our website www.sail-world.com for the latest developments.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Face plant - Day 3: A-class Catamarans European Championship, Bordeaux, France   Paula Kopylowicz / Exploder.info

Coutts Quarter Ton - Cowes - Day 1  Fiona Brown ©

Action in the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2014 - Day 2, Cowes, Isle of Wight.  Rick Tomlinson ©




Gladwell's Line: Team New Zealand remains in the Cup game despite ...
Richard Gladwell,
Taking a different tack, on Wednesday afternoon, Emirates Team New Zealand announced that they were still in the America's Cup game. Different because this announcement came in the form of a media release only, and there was little said publicly by the team.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 27, 2014 - KIWI flies high
Collinson FX,
June 27, 2014: The KIWI is flying high, moving up to 0.8770, fuelled by the growing and attractive interest rate differentials. RBNZ Governor Wheeler is suffering collateral damage from his hawkish and presumptuous monetary policy moves. This has long been an error of NZ Central Bankers, acting without patience, thus causing unnecessary volatility and pressures on the currency.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ in the top group after Day 1
ETNZblog,
The Extreme Sailing Series' St Petersburg regatta kicked off on the river Neva today in typical fashion – tight racing on a confined and tricky race area where again consistency was king. Some teams did well, others suffered on the tight race course which is just 300 metres wide at its narrowest point. Testing conditions saw the crews battle massive wind shifts and a four-knot current across th... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup - Tight, fast and furious on day 2
Fiona Brown,
The second day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2014 brought stronger winds and some thrilling racing for the 31 competing teams. Quarter Ton racing is always close but today's three races were particularly tight with fast and furious action at every mark and a few classic IOR broaches to keep the spectators entertained.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series: Big shifts test crews on Practice Day
ETNZblog.com,
Testing conditions on practice day at the St Petersburg Extreme Sailing Series Regatta had crews battling massive wind shifts and a 4-knot current across the River Neva course. Neither the fickle breeze nor the current got in the way of the Emirates Team NZ crew's twin missions for the day: get to understand more about the course and work on crew combinations. Barker has jumped in the A-Cats Euros... [more]
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French Bay Yacht Club introduce exciting new regatta
Miranda Powrie,
The Young Challenger's Cup is a youth focused sailing event where emerging sailors will have a chance to experience the speed and precision of high performance fleet racing in small multihulls. Yacht clubs from around NZ are invited to put forward a team of four sailors between the ages of 12 and 17 to battle with up to 15 other teams for the Young Challenger's Cup trophy.... [more]
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2014 Etchells World Championship: Former hockey star takes the lead
New York Yacht Club,
Hank Lammens (USA) has taken the overall lead in the 2014 World Etchells Championships being sailed off Newport RI. He overtook the overnight leader Bill Hardesty (USA) after the second day of sailing in the regatta. 'We're starting with 100 boats, anything can happen,' said Lammens.... [more]
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Devonport Yacht Club: Boats and Clubhouse open to public
John Webley,
The Devonport Yacht Club is to open its doors to the public with an Open Day on Sunday 13th July. Boats hauled out for the winter will be open for inspection and a number are for sale.... [more]
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Weta numbers reach the four figure milestone
Miranda Powrie,
Weta has reached 1000 boats! With a lot of hard work, Roger and Chris Kitchen have achieved a milestone in the NZ marine industry. Check out our video, a fun retrospective look at Weta 1 to 1000... [more]
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Kiel Week: Mike Bullot finishes sixth in Lasers
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand Laser sailor Mike Bullot has ended his European tour on a strong note with a sixth place at Kieler Woche Regatta in Germany. The Olympic class regatta concluded overnight in Germany after five days of racing; Bullot (pictured above) was the sole kiwi to feature in the 88-strong Laser class.... [more]
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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup: Outstanding opening day on the water
Fiona Brown,
Warm sunshine, sea breezes and an excellent fleet of Quarter Tonners are ingredients guaranteed to produce an outstanding day on the water and the opening day of the 2014 Coutts Quarter Ton Cup certainly lived up to everyone's expectations.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ confident to mount Cup Challenge
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team New Zealand chairman Dr Keith Turner has announced that the team has now reached the point where it has the confidence to mount a challenge for the 35th America's Cup. He says the team has secured sufficient private and sponsorship funding to proceed to the next stage without needing Government funding during this period.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing expresses concern over Protocol aspects
Sail-World,
Former Challenger of Record for the America's Cup, Artemis Racing (SWE) has expressed some reservations about key aspects of the Protocol, announced in early June, for the 35th America's Cup. Their concerns cover the elimination of San Francisco as the Match venue; the costs of dual venues; and the elimination of teams being eliminated early along with issues already raised by others.... [more]
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A-Cat Europeans: Team NZ's Ashby leads after two days in France
Sail-World,
Glenn Ashby leads the 2014 Europeans Championship organized by Cercle Voile Bordeaux, France, after two days of sailing. Today Lake Hourtin saw decent winds for the third and fourth qualifying races. Ashby won both races in fleet A and Jason Waterhouse did the same in the B fleet.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: The Winners and Grinners + Video
RAYC Media,
Royal Akarana Yacht Club's ANZ Sail Fiji Ocean Race has drawn to a close amidst a sea of celebrations which spanned from country to country. It all began on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Saturday 7 June at 1300 hours with 20 boats in the racing fleet staring off Orakei Wharf amongst a flurry of shore side and water based supporters, well wishers and fans.... [more]
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Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts
Sail-World,
As part of the PredictWind forecast site and app redesign Predictwind have increased the features to which the free accounts have access. All Free accounts have been extended to a full seven day forecast. Now the seven day forecast is the standard across all PredictWind packages.... [more]
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Composite Rigging launches new campaign for ECsix
Josh Impey,
Composite Rigging is proud to introduce their new When Your Mast Must Stay Up campaign for ECsix, the most innovative continuous carbon rigging in the marine industry. The campaign centers around the product's standout features; high performance, value and longevity in grueling ocean conditions.... [more]
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Sail Nelson named as the RYA New Zealand School of Year 2014
Joanne Glassford,
Sail Nelson has been named as the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) New Zealand Sailing School of the Year 2014, at the RYA forum held in the Coastguard Boating Education office last Friday. Richard Falk, British based Training Manager of the RYA, together with Neil Murray, General Manager of Coastguard Boating Education, presented the award to John and Woodi Moore of Sail Nelson.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Line honors victory for Shockwave + Video
Talbot Wilson,
In the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race, George Sakellaris' big white Richel/Pugh mini-maxi Shockwave crossed the finish line off Bermuda's St. David's Lighthouse Monday morning at 5:34 race time EDT (6:34AM local time). Her elapsed time was 63:04:11.... [more]
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America's Cup: Butterworth - 'I just thought that I could help.'
Sail-World and TV3,
Four times America's Cup winner, Brad Butterworth appeared in a prime time news show interview in New Zealand to explain why he wanted to rejoin Team New Zealand. Over the weekend it was disclosed that Butterworth had written to the new Board of Team New Zealand, offering to help in whatever way he could.... [more]
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America's Cup: Coutts takes media to task over Protocol inaccuracies
Russell Coutts and Sail-World,
Writing on his Facebook page, Oracle Team USA CEO, Russell Coutts, has picked up several comments made in a recent story published in the New Zealand Herald over aspects of a story criticizing the 35th America's Cup Protocol. Coutts wrote: I have even taken the time to write a letter to the Editor, in the hope they would correct the facts. After two days, no luck... a pity.... [more]
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