sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Young, experienced New Zealand team selected for 2012 Sailing Olympics

Young, experienced New Zealand team selected for 2012 Sailing Olympics

'Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand compete during the yellow fleet race for the 49er Men’s Skiff Class of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships'    Paul Kane /Perth 2011

NZL Sailing Team Logo are New Zealand’s National Sailing team competing in Olympic sailing events  Yachting NZ  
The New Zealand Olympic Committee, at a function at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, today announced a Sailing team to contest seven events at the 2012 Olympic Regatta in Weymouth, England, next August.


Yachting is the first sport to announce its Olympic team, however others may be added to the team announced today. The announcement follow the conclusion of the ISAF World Sailing Championships which were the Olympic Qualification for 75 percent of the places at the 2012 Olympics. New Zealand qualified in nine of the ten events -not contesting the Mens Keelboat (Star).

All those selected placed in the top ten in their event in the ISAF Worlds in Perth, and three won medals.

New Zealand racing in the RSX Men class on day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue. -  onEdition ©?nid=92099  

The contentious decision in the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) has gone the way of JP Tobin (34) - long time rival of 2008 World Champion and Gold Medalist, Tom Ashley. The pair have had extremely close results for the past 12 months underlined by the 2011 World Championships in Perth last weekend, when Ashley led Tobin going into the short medal race sailed on a stadium course. There Tobin was able to turn the tables on the Olympic Gold Medalist and finished in fifth place in the overall standings with Ashley sixth overall.

ISAF Sailing World Championship. NZL. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke -  Alex Ocean Images   Click Here to view large photo

Top 49er pairing of Blair Tuke (22) and Peter Burling (20) are no surprise for selection in the Mens Skiff event. Although the two have only been sailing together since 2008, they have four world championships between them and have steadily improved in the 49er to the point where they won the Silver medal at the recently concluded ISAF World sailing Championships in the 49er class.

Jo Aleha and Olivia Powrie of New Zealand compete on day 11 during the 470 women’s two person dinghy event of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships -  Paul Kane -Perth?nid=92099 2011  

The selection of the Womens Doublehanded (470) crew of Jo Aleh (25) and Olivia Powrie (24) is no surprise. The crew have won a Womens 420 World Championship together and placed second in the 2010 Womens 470 World Championships. After an indifferent opening to the 2011 ISAF World Championships, they recovered well in the tailed end of the regatta to close the gap on the top trio and then won third place overall with a third place in the Medal race. This will be Aleh's second Olympics, having represented New Zealand in 2008 in Qingdao in the Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial) class.

Andrew Murdoch of New Zealand competes on day 13 during the Laser - Men’s One Person Dinghy event of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships -  Paul Kane -Perth?nid=92099 2011   Click Here to view large photo

In the Mens Singlehander (Laser) 2008 Olympic representative Andrew Murdoch (29) has again been selected after a strong performance in the ISAF Worlds, where he won the Bronze medal. Murdoch also established a significant margin over the second NZer Andy Maloney who placed 12th overall in Perth. Murdoch makes few errors underlined by his 2008 Olympic result where he finished in fifth place, just 6pts away from a medal.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders leading the 470 fleet downwind. Photo by Ocean Images.  Alex Ocean Images  

Another young crew of Paul Snow-Hansen (21) and Jason Saunders (21) have been selected to represent New Zealand in the Mens Doublehander (470). They finished in 8th place overall in the 2011 ISAF Worlds and seventh country. Snow-Hansen is a top P-class and Optimist skipper being the only sailor to have ever won the prestigious Tanner and Tauranga Cups along with the NZ Optimist Championships in the one year. On the international scene he has placed second in the World Optimist Championships. Crew, Jason Saunders is a product of the Tauranga Sailing Factory making his mark in Starling class. They have had a speckled career in the 470 class, but will be looking to consolidate on the excellent form they showed in Perth on the build up into Weymouth, also expected to be a fresh-air venue.

Sarah Winther - Gold Medalist Womens Laser Radial - Princess Sofie Tropy, ISAF World Cup, Plama, Spain  © Jesus Renedo?nid=92099  

A first time Olympian, Sara Winther (30) has been selected in the Womens Singlehander (Laser Radial) after placing 10th in the ISAF Worlds in Perth. Winther had an excellent 2010 season, finding form towards the end of the European season, but had some excellent and indifferent placings in key regattas in 2011. However she regained some of her old form at Perth, particularly in the middle of the regatta and again will be looking to build on this platform. Clearly the early selection for Weymouth is aimed at giving her a clear path forward.

Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt, Match Racing December 13, 2011 off Fremantle, Australia. -  Alastair Hyde-Tetley/Perth 2011  

The selection of the Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt in the Womens Match Racing (Elliott 6m) is one of the great comeback stories of NZ sailing in 2011, and NZ sport. After a very indifferent season in 2011, the crew were denied a place in the Pre-Olympics in Weymouth in August - even though NZ had qualified. After a taking of stock and a hardening of attitude coupled with some serious training sessions with top overseas crews, the Koru Match Team began to turn in the results and showed the fight that had been so lacking in their previous racing. In the Perth Worlds, against a fleet of 29 competitors they placed 9th and 8th best country. Their early selection, together with a lack of personal commitments, is expected to sharpen their focus and facilitate their climb up the Match Racing ladder.

No selection was made in the Heavyweight Mens Singlehander (Finn) and Womens Windsurfer (RS:X) although New Zealand has qualified for the 2012 Olympics in both events. In the Mens Keelboat (Star class) a new crew combination may attempt to qualify in the final round of Olympic Qualification where just three places are available.




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=92099

1:11 AM Wed 21 Dec 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on



Related News Stories:

03 Nov 2013  Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
20 Aug 2013  Mat Belcher – 17 in a row - 'The harder I work, the luckier I get'
22 Jul 2013  2012 Olympic Games - Stevie Morrison one year on
22 Jul 2013  2012 Olympic Games - Lucy Macgregor one year on
03 Jun 2013  Ainslie: Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
31 May 2013  A Tribute to Bart
29 Dec 2012  Ainslie knighted in New Year Honours, five others recognised
28 Nov 2012  2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
21 Nov 2012  London Paralympic Games debrief to start in Rio
02 Nov 2012  2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature by John Curnow
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]  

The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada: An international fleet of yachts took part, with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis, crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family. For all the yachts, the adventure started long before the start line. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - A bashing, crashing and punishing first night at sea could well decide the outcome in the race for line honours in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race. ... [more]  

Andrea Francolini was on the water with the US supermaxi, RIO 100 during offshore training session before the Boxing Day Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The 117 yachts in the Rolex Sydney Hobart will face an early test this year, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting a sharp 20 to 25 knot southerly change on Boxing Day afternoon not long after the start. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Just a few days out from Boxing Day and the buzz around the docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is that Ray Roberts is looking like a very good bet to win this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There’s no doubt the returned soldiers aboard Spirit of Mateship and Southern Excellence II are the kind of blokes you want around if things went horribly wrong – and for that matter, you want them for the good stuff too – because they are top blokes. ... [more]  

Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series: This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, is proving to be a huge attraction for overseas entries with over 20 already signed and more than 50 boats expected overall. One of the biggest draws is the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race (21 January), a 60 nautical mile ocean race round the island. There are currently 14 established records in this race. ... [more]  

Barcelona World Race: The challenges of racing as a duo, not just seeking to perform at the highest level over a period of 90 to 100 days but actually co-habiting in a small, confined space whilst also experiencing extremes of discomfort – wet, damp, tired, hot, cold, emotional and physical. Here Ken Way gives an insight into how he helps the relationship between the two skippers work. ... [more]  

Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark concedes that a Rolex Sydney Hobart isn’t the ideal first race for such a big, complex machine, but: 'I am married to an Australian, and I’ve seen the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart a number of times. ... [more]  

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Organizers of the St. Thomas International Regatta are proud to announce that Cruzan Rum and Presidente beer, distributed by Glazer’s Premier Distributors, LLC, will provide major sponsorship in support for the 2015 regatta. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Warwick Sherman never really wanted to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart, he’d done plenty of ocean racing, but bashing his way across Bass Strait to get to Tasmania just didn't grab him. Perversely, all that changed when he was diagnosed with cancer. ... [more]  

The second stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour is coming up next and will be held in Algarrobo, Chile from 24 - 31 January. More than eight yachts are expected to take part in the Chille Sailing Week, a competition noted for its level of competition and close racing, where success is characterized by consistency, precision and teamwork. ... [more]  

The Flying Dutchman, regarded as one of the finest and fastest one-design dinghy classes ever designed, will return to Sydney Harbour en masse when the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts the Australian and World championships, starting next week. ... [more]  

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

An initiative by the SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) led to collaboration with the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and ultimately the creation of a new superyacht handicapping rule - the ORC SuperYacht Rule (ORCsy). ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

Antigua Sailing Week 2015 by Antigua Sailing Week
If you haven't been to Antigua Sailing Week for some years Antigua Sailing Week have a quick overview for you of what has changed and what makes it worth the journey along with information on bareboat and race charters, multihulls and challenges for 2015. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race: The three-man team on Sérénade was the final yacht to complete the inaugural race. Having spent over 18 days at sea, the crew were understandably tired but Denis Villotte, Alain Houchard and Pit Porta were smiling from ear to ear in Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. A large welcoming party had gathered to greet them. ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
Sydney Hobart Race - Crew prepares for a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'
WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Safety Requirements published
Int'l 14 World Championships - Defending champion expects tight racing
WWA Wake Park World Series - Daniel Grant and Aaron Gunn make history
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards
Sailing World Cup Melbourne: Highlights video from Port Philip
Bart’s Bash raises huge total for international sailing charity   
Optim'X (FRA) completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   
Perpetual Loyal unveils 1120 square metre A2 for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
ISAF SWC Melbourne – Girls’ Day Out *Feature   
Website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna is launched   
Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas   
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African   
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!   
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature   
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach   
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return   
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down   
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least   
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT