Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Star power for Olympics

by Greg Ford on 5 May 2009
Hamish Pepper and former crew, Carl Williams (NZL and BMW Oracle Racing) after finishing the Medal race in the Star class at the 2008 Olympics, Qingdao BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget http://www.bmworacleracing.com

Greg Ford reports in the Sunday Star Times:

In a rare piece of good news for sailing in this country, America's Cup hero and Olympic medallist Craig Monk has decided to make a surprise comeback to dinghy sailing in a bid to qualify for the London Games in 2012.

Monk, who won a bronze sailing a Finn in Barcelona (1992) in what he says feels like an age ago, will team up with another of New Zealand's more accomplished sailors Hamish Pepper in a two-handed Star.

The move has caught the sailing community on the hop.

Both men were, and still are, heavily involved in two of the last remaining active America's Cup syndicates. Pepper is a member of Russell Coutts' BMW Oracle afterguard while Monk, who sailed for Oracle at the last cup, is now aligned with the Ben Ainslie-led British challenge, Team Origin.

Both men will sail in the various fill-in regattas with their respective syndicates as billionaires Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli fight it out for the Auld Mug in monolithic multihulls some time next year, if they can settle their latest legal squabble.

Instead of dwelling on the injustice of it all, as many around the sailing world are doing, Monk and Pepper decided to do what they do best and 'get back to grassroots' sailing.

'I have sat on the couch watching the last three Olympics all the while wishing I was there,' said Monk. 'That never leaves you, I think. Once you have competed in the Olympics, it gets in your blood and never leaves you.

'So when Hamish gave me a call and asked if I wanted to launch a campaign, I didn't hesitate to say yes.

'I had actually given it some thought already.'

Pepper has been similarly affected by the America's Cup delay. However, his motivation for attending the Olympics is slightly different.

His previous three Games campaigns have all ended unsatisfactorily. So, against his partner's better judgement, he's giving it one last shot.

'She wants to kill me, in fact,' he joked.

'But as Craig said, it gets in your blood. I need to try and win that gold that's so far eluded me.'

www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/sport/2380484/Sailing-Star-power-for-Olympics!Click_here For the rest of this story

Sail-World comments: Both Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk are team members of the US America's Cup Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing
Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZNaiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May
Olympic board sailor lashes out as Spanish hope for Olympic windfall
2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio 2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio that has left the boardsailing classes vacant for August's Games, according to a story published on the stuff.co.nz website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May
Rio 2016 - Yachting NZ fails to nominate in three Qualified Classes
Yachting NZ have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Yachting New Zealand have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Two singlehanded sailors have been added to the Kiwi Olympic team in the two Mens singlehanded classes - the Finn and Laser. Appeals are being lodged today by two sailors in the Womens events.
Posted on 10 May
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted on 2 May
Sailing World Cup Hyeres - First leg lottery dictates RSX leaderboard
2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska had another trying day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska (NZL) had another character-testing day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres in the Women's RSX Windsurfer. However, she moved up the leader board to lie 28th overall in the 40 strong fleet and placed ninth in the first race of Day 2.
Posted on 29 Apr
Gladwell's Line - Strong team but is Yachting's policy too extreme?
On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five double-handers On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five events at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. However despite qualifying in all ten Olympic classes, will only seven be sent?
Posted on 14 Mar
NZL Sailing Team - Three World Champions named in five events for Rio
The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events, this morning at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore. Three of the crews named have won world championships in the current Olympic cycle in their respective classes.
Posted on 13 Mar