Sail-World New Zealand: 30 August 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 30 August 2011
|Team Great Britain - ISAF Team Racing Worlds 2011 © Jason Town | Cube Images |
We continue with our round up of the sailing action from around the world in this edition of Sail-World.
The regattas that started last week are finishing, and the last of these is the Audi MedCup sailed in Cartagena, Spain.
For the last two years, Emirates Team NZ have dominated this event, and indeed the Audi MedCup circuit - but have retired this year with other things on their plate in the shape of an America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, and the America's Cup World Series.
The Audi MedCup was expected to drop into a hole in 2011, as some teams moved into the America's Cup, and boats were sold. However it has revived very nicely, and has become even more competitive than ever. The second class the Soto40's have been a good introduction.
|On board Bribon - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011 Guido Trombetta |
Eight teams, from eight different nations - seven of those in Europe mean that this is the largest and most geographically diverse of its the three comparable events for professional sailing teams. The strong European component of both the teams and circuit assures it of a strong following.
Additionally the event has been one of the bench marks of the online sailing circuit - ranking well with the Extreme 40's - and with an online television coverage that is more in the comfort zone of the sailing fans. Certainly we've enjoyed watching it live over the past few nights and enjoyed the after match interviews the next day. You can check these out on our link to SailTV and get the replays.
|Wind Warrior Regatta - North Sails is on this Friday 2 September at 3.30pm |
North Sails are staging their Wind Warrior Regatta on Friday afternoon, 2 September. There's details in this edition of Sail-World. Usually they get 40 competitors for this event, which is sailed in the NW corner of the Viaduct Harbour. So even if you aren't competing - get down to the Viaduct and have a look at some the rock-stars of the sailing scene do battle on a level playing field. Entry details are in this edition.
Despite the quiet on the local sailing front, New Zealand sailors continue to win on the world scene.
In New York, Laurie Jury and friends have won the prestigious Knickerbocker Cup, ahead of the hurricane that hit the east coast of the USA.
|NZL 10 Antje Muller flying the New Zealand flag - Europe Dinghy Veteran World Cup 2011 Andy Greager|
In the Czech Republic, Bay of Island's sailor, Antje Muller has won the Int. Europe class Veterans World Cup. The Int. Europe is a former Olympic Womens Singlehander, but since being dropped from the Olympics has taken on a new life, and has become the class of choice of many lighter sailors.
We have reports on both wins in this edition of Sail-World.
With the current recession (unless you were a recession-agnostic) there were/are a lot of excuses bandied around yacht clubs as to why things were tough, shrinking membership, increasing costs, a search for the easy way out and a complete reluctance to change.
|Jollyboats, designed as a low-cost, high performance two-hander by John Spencer sailing at French Bay Yacht Club Matt Hall-Smith|
In this edition we feature a story of one club that was close to going under, but had a look at what it was doing, why it was formed, and then worked out how to climb out of the mire.
There's a number of small clubs like French Bay, on Auckland's Manukau Harbour. The solution to their failing fortunes is usually the same - get a good learn to sail program running, get some new junior members into the club - preferably those who live locally - get their parents as well, and re-create what started as a community based club. Most clubs didn't start off as eating and drinking holes, but were run off a beach by young people who wanted to go sailing. And if they return to those roots, then they will be successful again - and will enjoy a growing rather than declining membership.
|Waiting for the start - Rolex International Womens Keelboat Championship 2011 © Rolex/Daniel Forster|
Don't be reticent about charging parents for good quality professionally run learn to sail programs. They are generally happy to pay a separate fee - the same as they do in other sports clubs. But what kids don't like is being put through a learn to sail program, by some baby-boomer volunteering his time and with a voice like a sergeant-major on the drill ground. Make sailing fun and the juniors will come back, after those first lessons, and they'll bring their mates.
|Day 1 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011 Georgie Clarke |
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