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Sail-World New Zealand: November 1, 2012

Kiwi and New Caledonian sailors: "Vote wind surfing ISAF!"  Brian Haybittle
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for November 1, 2012

We had hoped to bring you the first photos of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 out sailing in the Hauraki Gulf today, but light winds have put paid to that.

As an off-course substitute read Emirates Team NZ's Coach Rod Davis' story on a training day aboard an AC72 and then click the link below the story to replay TVNZ's Martin Tasker's video report from on board the AC72 earlier this week, as he went foiling in the Hauraki Gulf.

We're pleased to be able to advise that Sail-World has got the use of a RIB and expect to be out on the water capturing the on the water action ourselves, without being shore-bound - not that being shore bound has stopped us from getting some great images (but not even half as good as Carlo Borlenghi's!).

Luna Rossa Team training in Auckland before the first Sailing with the new AC 72  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi

Starting tonight the ISAF Annual Conference gets underway in Ireland.

This is the quadrennial meeting of the World sailing body and looks set to be a real stoush, with a three way battle for the Presidency between candidates from Australia, Puerto Rico and Italy. Only very rarely has the ISAF Presidency been allowed to slip outside the clutches of Europe. However many have been unhappy with the leadership and direction of the world body and the way that it makes decisions - so there could be a mood for a change.

But the event taking centre stage will be the decision on whether to re-open the 2016 Olympic Events slate, approved, some would say, with ambush tactics at the Mid-Year Meeting in May.

The narrow decision by just two votes to run with the Kiteboarding events ahead of the Windsurfer triggered a fury around the world the likes of which has never been seen before on ISAF decisions.

Several countries either dis-owned their delegates, or straight out apologised for their actions. Chief of these were Spain whose substitute delegate admitted to being confused, despite having made an eloquent speech in favour of the Kites.

On Board Emirates Team New Zealand AC72
  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Yachting New Zealand came under pressure, with the windsurfers feeling that they were owed one, having won seven medals including three Gold over a space of eight Olympiads. That return was enough to keep the boats with rudders in the Olympic funding mix, despite the fact that they had won no medals in six Olympiads. Back to back Olympics without medals would normally have had the funding razor-gangs circling Westhaven Drive, three would have seen them queuing at the door.

In many ways, Yachting NZ was lucky to survive, with funding for a full card of classes.

To their credit, Yachting NZ returned the favour and produced an excellent submission 054-12 in support of Windsurfing and made some very compelling arguments as to why that should happen. The NZ resident Councillor for Oceania, Ralph Roberts, spoke well at the May Meeting and was set to do the same at this week's ISAF meeting.

Earlier in the week, Sail-World learned that at a meeting of the Oceania group of nine nations hosted in Auckland, a decision had been taken with the backing of Australia and the Oceania Nations to support Kiteboarding at ISAF Council level.

We published a story on Tuesday in Sail-World which described what we knew of the matter, and where Yachting NZ CEO, David Abercrombie explained that both the ISAF Councillors for Oceania would be voting for Kiteboards at Council level.

Yesterday afternoon, Yachting New Zealand issued a media release where YNZ President Jan Dawson was quoted using almost the same words that Abercrombie had used the day earlier. Both claimed that under the ISAF Constitution the Councillors were required to vote in unison.

2012 Olympic windsurfer representative JP Tobin with Club President and double Olympian, Ralph Roberts (left) speaking at the Takapuna Boating Club's function to honour its Olympic competitors in Sailing and Kayaking  

From our reading of the Constitution, confirmed by others and history, that is not the case. It is true that the views of all nations in the group must be presented, so a Councillor would put those on the table. A minority view is very important in sailing, as the sport is so diverse, and the majority view, prior to a debate is not always in the best interest of the sport. The ISAF Constitution requires the Councillors to 'have regard to the interest of the sport of yachting throughout the world as a whole'. That is quite different from voting along Regional lines.

The relevant clause 39 can be read by clicking here

Quite where matters go from here remains to be seen.

The lovely Bavaria 49 is just one of the fine yachts available to be inspected at Busfield Marine  

In this edition of Sail-World we feature our first ever brokerage story, and what we hope become a regular feature of Sail-World. Busfield Marine Brokers feature an array of second hand Bavaria Yachts, ranging from 32ft to 49ft. There's a boat for every budget. You can see each of the boats on sale, and then click on the link to read more detail and see a full range of images on the Busfield Marine website. Or search the Busfield site to see their full portfolio of fine yachts and powerboats.

49er FX sailing in Denmark - 21 countries now sail the class just six months after launch  Mackay Boats

The selection of the 49erFx as the Womens Olympic skiff last May has proven to be another success story for the Mackay Boats developed concept. In just six months the manufacturers of the FX rigs - North Sails and Southern Spars have shipped or on order 135 rigs which have gone to 21 countries around the world. In this edition of Sail-World's newsletter we feature a gallery of 12 images from 12 countries of the FX in action.

Don't miss Brian Haybittle's great report, received a couple of hours ago from Noumea, New Caledonia where a group of five young New Zealand sailors are having a great week in a Techno windsurfer training camp.

Elliott 5.9 fleet ready for the tow at Marsden Cove  Leonie Anderson

The Elliott 5.9 class have sailed another in their Traveller Series, this time at Marsden Cove. This area of Northland is an excellent sailing venue, with a great marina opening out onto a lovely piece of open water in Bream Bay. Maybe Marsden Cove is a venue you should be considering for your next regatta. It is close to Auckland and the other population centres in Northland and the North Island generally.

And with this being the first day of the new month, we are pleased to report our readership has recovered somewhat from the Olympic hangover, with October being our third best month ever for Unique Viewers and Site Visits.

Marcilio Browne goes big - 2012 AWT Maui Makani Classic  American Windsurfing Tour

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Brazil sailors taking delivery of a new 49erFX  Mackay Boats
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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14 year old Murray's Bay sailor Patrick Haybittle hanging 5 on the way back in after training.  Brian Haybittle




Yachting NZ caught in OSAF 'friendly fire' over Olympic events
Richard Gladwell,
Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of Kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - a day in the AC72 testing life + Video
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis provides some answers to a question he's often asked – 'what do you do out there all day?'... [more]
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The Blurr wins 2012 Elliott 5.9 Traveller Series Event at Marsden Cove
Elliott 5.9 Class Assn.,
12 crews contested the 2012 Marsden Cove regatta sailed over the weekend of October 27-28. Some well known sailors have joined the circuit in 2012. Best known is Mike Sanderson, former world sailor of the year, who has made a return to the class after 21 years away... [more]
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New Olympic Womens Skiff 49erFX - Images from around the World
Sail-World,
The 49erFx has taken off, since being selected in May 2012 as the Womens Olympic Skiff. Here's a gallery of 12 images from 12 of the countries which are sailing the 49erFX - currently 135 rigs have been ordered/shipped by the end of November, going to 21 countries... [more]
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Young gun Kiwi board sailors about to take on New Caledonians
Brian Haybittle,
Five junior NZ Sailors are in Noumea, New Caledonia training and about to compete in the New Caledonia Youth Windsurf racing Competition. They are racing on Bic Techno T293 one design race boards. All are enjoying the warm waters of Baie de Santa-Marie. For over five years young windsurfers have visited here to race Technos. NZ Olympians have all done some winter training here over the years.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand issues media statement on Board Sailing debate
Jodie Bakewell-White,
On Wednesday afternoon, Yachting New Zealand issued a media statement on its position with the expected re-opening of the decision made at the May Meeting of the International Sailing Federation. The statement makes a claim, which would seem to be at variance with ISAF Constitution in regard to the voting and speaking obligations of ISAF Councillors.... [more]
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Brokerage: Busfield Marine offer great selection of used Bavaria's
Christine Bird,
Busfield Marine Brokers are pleased to be able to offer a great selection of used Bavaria Yachts for sale. These are all in fabulous condition – testament to the quality of construction and finish of these German built production yachts. They really do stand up well to the test of time. These are all privately owned, have never been chartered and well priced in the current market.... [more]
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Kiwi boatbuilders excel in Superyacht Awards
Peter Busfield, NZ Marine Industry Association,
New Zealand superyacht manufacturers Yachting Developments and Alloy Yachts have again been recognised for the excellence of their work at the prestigious International Superyacht Society Awards.... [more]
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AWT Maui Makani Classic - Action heats up on day 6
American Windsurfing Tour,
And so the morning of day six at the AWT Maui Makani Classic commenced with the quarter finals of the women's single elimination. The swell was fantastic, with more logo to mast high sets rolling in, super clean and consistent winds about 20 to 25 knots. The first heat saw Sarah Delaunay of New Caladonia pick off some of the biggest sets of the morning and edge ahead of Ingrid Larouche in second.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 1, 2012 - US re-opens thin
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 1, 2012 - US Financial markets reopened for the first time since the devastation wreaked havoc upon the North East of America. Thin trading ensued with damage effecting capacity and preoccupying many. The Chicago PMI rose to 49.9 which is an improvement but remains in contraction mode.... [more]
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America's Cup: Carlo Borlenghi aboard AC72 Emirates Team New Zealand
Carlo Borlenghi images,
Images from on board the new AC72 Emirates Team New Zealand by the photographer regarded by many as the best in the world, Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Vendee Globe Race Village to be closed due to weather
Vendee Globe,
The Vendee Globe Race Village in Les Sables D'Olonne along with the pontoons will be closed from Wednesday, October 31st at 8pm to Thursday November 1st. Meteo France weather forecasts predict that gale force winds are expected to reach up to 90km/ph.... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray talks to Mark Heeley +Video
Bob Killick,
Mark Heeley talks America's Cup with Iain Murray in the 18 footer rigging park Double Bay, Sydney......Iain dropped down to check out Steve Jarvin's new number one rig set up on Gotta Luv it 7 and had a few comments after the race to Mark Heeley's pointed questions.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta 2012 – the view astern
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The brown smog squatting heavily on the hills behind Longcheer didn't look so good, but the breeze felt fantastic. 20kts and some as we poked our nose out from the marina, and that's the way it stayed. The RO probably didn't want another boat-breaker of a day (and probably nor did any of the owners) so where the programme said ‘geometric or islands course', it was geometric.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away
KPMS,
In only one week ISAF and Rolex will announce the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. The ceremony will take place during a dinner hosted at the historic Mansion House in the heart of Dublin and will be attended by a number of the world's top sailors and delegates to the ISAF Annual Conference taking place in nearby Dun Loaghaire.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - First Clipper 70 hits the UK
Ruth Harrington,
The first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race's new fleet of 12 70-foot ocean racing yachts arrived in Felixstowe UK last night, Monday 29 October 2012, marking the beginning of a new era for the race.... [more]
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Heat 3 of the 18ft Skiff 3 Buoy Handicap Series
Simon Brown,
Heat 3 AEG 3 Buoy Handicap Series for 18ft Skiffs provided another winner yesterday, and this time it was Mojo Wine. James Dooran, Matt Searle and Mike McKenzie worked out the downwind puzzle and romped away on the North side of the harbour to put his first bullet on his score sheet for this season.... [more]
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RS:X Youth Worlds - Dual celebrations for young Brits
Lindsey Bell,
The 2012 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships took place from 21st-27th October in Penghu, Chinese Taipei. The event resulted in dual celebrations for Britain's young windsurfers with Kieran Martin and Saskia Sills both claiming podium honours.... [more]
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Youth America's Cup - Best of the best will compete on the Bay
Irene Corosu,
The 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup is set to take place from September 1st-4th and will open with Selection Series Trials in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series Trials will narrow the field through a rigorous training workshop and regatta, February 9-24, 2013.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Busy day 2 in La Rochelle + Video
Student Yachting World Cup,
The 2012 Student Yachting World Cup is now in full swing! At La Rochelle, the first races have taken place, a leader is known and everybody will dispute him in order to be the next World Champion...... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Big surge in viewership says report
Volvo Ocean Race,
Stunning multimedia material produced by the Volvo Ocean Race's unique Media Crew Member programme, plus a clear focus on news production and distribution helped the 2011-12 edition deliver a surge in audience across platforms, figures in the end of race report show.... [more]
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America's Cup: Mental mistake leads to delay for Artemis racing
America's Cup,
Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson said the team made a 'mental mistake' last week that led to the postponement of the planned christening of its new AC72. Artemis Racing was towing its red-hulled platform under the Bay Bridge in calm conditions when team members heard popping noises. Concerned by the noises, the team concluded the towing exercise and returned the platform to the team's ba... [more]
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Techno 293 European Championships - Winners decided in Los Alcazarez
Patrik Pollak,
What a difference a day and two more races has made at the Techno 293 European Championships, as the wind returned to the lighter conditions of the first three days. In the under 17 boys fleet, Friday's leader Yael Paz put in his worst result of the week, which he could not afford to do, and slid down to third overall.... [more]
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