Sail-World New Zealand: August 20, 2012
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for August 20, 2012
|Emirates Team NZ sailing past Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, before the start of the ACWS Chris Cameron/ETNZ |
We are back on deck after returning from the 2012 Olympics, but are still recovering from 18-20 hour days for the full 15 days of the regatta, plus a bit of jet-lag.
We'll have more to say about the Olympics, once our thoughts are a little more collected. There are still quite a few stories to be told - off the back of the media conferences and the like, that we did not have time to get to air during the Olympics themselves. They are generally looking a little down the track, such as the Windsurfing medalists thoughts on Kiteboarding for the 2016 Olympics, rather than the cut and thrust of the daily Olympic action.
|A packed media centre at Weymouth after Ben Ainslie won his fourth Olympic Gold Medal - the British sailing superstar played to an adoring media all week - despite a tense competitive situation on the water. Richard Gladwell|
Sail-World's readership jumped in major way during the course of the Olympics, peaking at just under 40,000 visits a day in the last week of the regatta - in perspective, that is 10,000 more viewers than previous records - from the first day of the 2010 America's Cup, and the launch of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 in July. Viewership stayed in the 35,000 viewers per day range for the duration of the regatta - which more than justifies the big Sail-World presence at the 2012 Olympics.
There was a huge media presence for the last week of the Olympic Regatta, which the British and Australian teams worked to their advantage for the duration.
While we were in England, Emirates Team NZ's AC 72 sailed for the first time, and we believe had three outings. See the stories and images in this edition.
|Emirates Team New Zealand sailing their recently launched AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf. Chris Cameron/ETNZ |
With the Emirates Team NZ sailing team now in San Francisco for the next round of the America's Cup World Series, the AC72 has been packed away in its box for three weeks, and will not sail in Auckland until their return.
In San Francisco, the America's Cup and ACWS teams have been working up for start of the series and have had a wet and windy introduction to San Francisco,
Two of the Gold medalists from Weymouth, Ben Ainslie and Nathan Outteridge, have been let down to Earth with a big bump after their charges capsized during practice.
All told three teams have capsized in two days of practice - and the Main Event is yet to get underway. We expect to be carrying full coverage of the regatta, our first look at how the AC 45's will handle San Francisco - with top sailing journalist Bob Fisher, on location to give his first hand view.
|America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One, Luna Rossa Swordfish wing damage after capsize Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup© |
Somehow we don't think that Bob will be looking for a slot on the back of the boats - but there night be a bit more fight in the sea-dog, than we think.
Closer to home, the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is underway with several top New Zealand boats competing including the 52fters Georgia, Kia Kaha and Icebreaker all competing in IRC Class A. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the TP52 Hooligan, formerly Emirates Team NZ's twice winner of the Audi Med Cup, now raced by an Australian owner.
|NZ yacht Georgia, Audi IRC Australian Championship - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, Day 2. Craig Greenhill|
The other contest to keep an eye on is the battle of the ORMA 60's with NZ's Team Vodafone competing against Team Australia - with two races sailed, the score is 1-1.
The Sail-World team in Hamilton Island is providing full coverage of this premier event on the Australian racing calendar.
|Team Vodafone Sailing ORMA 60 - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012, Day 2. Craig Greenhill|
While the Olympics were underway the NZL Yachting Trust 420 team were competing in the 420 Worlds in Austria and then the Junior Europeans in Italy.
We have the official reports from both regattas, plus Rob Burn's reports on the New Zealand sailors.
|Flashback: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie - World Womens 420 Champions for 2007 at Takapuna Sail-World.com /AUS ©|
It was the 2007 420 Worlds at Takapuna that set three of the New Zealand medalists in Weymouth on the path to Olympic success, with Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie being the top womens crew, and Peter Burling, crewing for Carl Evans, winning the Open and Youth World Championships.
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|Team Korea digs in during practice before the America's cup World Series in San Francisco Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us|
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|Up Periscope - Oracle Teamn USA - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event One Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup© |
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