Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Editorial- Home and Away

by nzeditor@sail-world.com on 24 Apr 2006
Tom Ashley is the top placed Kiwi, holding fifth overall in the RS:X Board © Gilles Martin-Raget http://www.martin-raget.com/
Welcome to the Monday edition of Sail-World, it’s been rather a disjointed week or two in New Zealand with Easter and now Anzac Day, effectively giving a second Easter break for Kiwis.

With the holidays there has been plenty of action on the local sailing scene ranging from the Oceania qualifier for the ISAF Nations Cup, to the Javelin Nationals, Youthsail down in Christchurch, plus a raft of international events.

The 38th 2006 Semaine Olympique Française is being sailed in Hyeres, France with over 1,000 sailors from 50 nations competing. It is a big regatta by any standards, but even more so for the special place it occupies in the Olympic classes calendar. There is a strong contingent of Kiwi sailors competing – some to cement their Olympic campaigns, others to get theirs properly underway. The overnight results were not good – with a couple of exceptions and some of the 2006 Olympic Squad, have probably picked up their discard score for the regatta, already.

The Mens RS:X Boards are turning in another very solid performance. Last week we bought the news that Tom Ashley had been added to the YNZ 2006 Olympic Squad – and he has justified that confidence, lying in fifth place overall after the first day of racing, closely followed by ISAF #1 ranked sailor in that event, JP Tobin. In the Womens Board, Hayley Thom has also improved significantly after her result in Palma.

The Star class isn’t racing at Hyeres, but Hamish Pepper, who was another recent addition to the YNZ Olympic Squad, has turned in a sterling performance in the Eastern Hemisphere Star Championship. In three big Star regattas, Pepper has finished in the top ten in each – an outstanding effort for someone still in their first season in this highly competitive class.

We also feature another piece on Komutu, which won the 18ft World Championship in 1949, and has recently been restored and put back into sailing condition by Robin Williams and friends. We’ve posted more photos taken at her launch, which underscore the differences between this amazing sailing craft and the modern era.

Komutu is from another time in New Zealand sailing - a complete contrast to the plastic boats and off the shelf rigs and gear which are the norm nowadays. Komutu is from the era when to win you had to be able to design, build, rig and sail your boat – without regard to any rating rule – and carry as much sail as you dared. And, the race started at 2 o'clock!

For keelboat sailors, looking for an Australian regatta or two, you can enter both the Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Week online now.

Good Sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

PS please keep the contributions coming from your event – all gratefully received – just email a report, photo and results or website to nzeditor@sail-world.com

Barz Optics - FloatersZhik ZKG 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Brawn v Brain? The Bar or The Room?
Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Interesting questions and can they possibly be linked in any way. Is it just the one connection, or could there indeed be several ways to address this conundrum? Well the route of the answer could be SailX, the online inshore racing game.
Posted on 7 Jul
Practice makes perfect?
There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can. There are a lot of us who try to get out on the water whenever we can - be it a club race, a weekend open or a championship. The general feeling is that the more we sail, the better we get, but is that actually the case?
Posted on 27 May
America's Cup- The End of the Beginning
We are now in the Year of Cup - in fact, in just over five months, the first racing will be under way in the Louis Vuitt We are now in the Year of Cup - in fact, in just over five months, the first racing will be under way in the Louis Vuitton Cup. The end of January also marks the end of the first limited sailing period - where test sailing and racing by the AC72's is limited to just 30 days.
Posted on 30 Jan 2013
Melges 24 World Championship victory to Uka Uka Racing
Melges 24 World Championship’s final day in Corpus Christi, Texas saw the regatta saw a close with some thrilling racing Melges 24 World Championship’s final day in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw the regatta saw a close with some thrilling racing action out on the water.
Posted on 22 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championship - Showdown for the podium
Melges 24 World Championship’s international fleet is currently competing on day five of the event in Corpus Christi. Melges 24 World Championship’s international fleet is currently competing at the 2011 event in Corpus Christi, Texas and enjoying two more breezy races on day five of the regatta.
Posted on 21 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championship battle for second
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas day four. Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas day four. Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle turned in a 6,4, scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into second place overall.
Posted on 20 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day three - Leader extends
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas reached its midpoint today. Melges 24 World Championship 2011 in Corpus Christi, Texas reached its midpoint today. Race 5 started bang on time on in a solid 15 knots of breeze. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first time of asking, with the boats quickly splitting into two distinct groups on either side of the first beat.
Posted on 19 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championship day 2 and a new leader
2011 Melges 24 World Championship is underway in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event continues until Saturday May 21st Day two of the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas delivered two spectacular races sailed in near perfect conditions, under crystal clear skies and in a solid breeze which built from 15 up to around 19 knots throughout the day.
Posted on 18 May 2011
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one + Rick Tomlinson images
Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw two closely fought races completed Melges 24 World Championship 2011 day one in Corpus Christi, Texas, saw two closely fought races completed in sparkling conditions. The expectation was always for light to medium conditions to prevail on the first day and race one was started in an unstable eight - ten knots of breeze, with direction swings of up to twenty degrees.
Posted on 17 May 2011
Melges 24 Pre-Worlds win to Melleby on Full Medal Jacket + images
The Melges 24 World Championship will take place at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club from May 11 to 21. The Melges 24 World Championship will take place at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club from May 11 to 21. Soling Olympian and America's Cup sailor Espen Stokkeland, tactician aboard Full Medal Jacket, said that the Norwegian team were looking forward to the coming week.
Posted on 16 May 2011