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 22 Jun 2013
 


Sail-World New Zealand: June 22, 2013 - America's Cup - Laugh or cry?

San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America's Cup - Oracle trains on the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for June 22, 2013

After getting some issues resolved with our website, we seem to have been flying fast and level for the past few days and are now hopeful that the newsletter functionality will work as intended.

Unfortunately while we can do some some testing, there is only way to run a live test, and this is it.

Looking back on what we wrote in our last newsletter on June 6, we predicted that the outstanding issues with the America's Cup would be headed to the International jury for Mediation or a full Hearing.

Finally the Mediation process started this week, and will enter its third day. We are expecting to see it go to the full International Jury.

Oracle and ETNZ train on the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©


Back on June 6, we made the comment: 'The fact the the premier trophy in the sport could be in a situation where a month from the regatta, the number of races and racing schedule are still being worked out is bizarre, to say the least.'

Well here we are just 13 days from the so-called start of the America's Cup Regatta, and we don't know (a) when it will actually start (b) what the format will be (c) what the rules will be and (d) whether one of the competitors will be allowed to sit out the first few weeks of the regatta.

For what is supposed to be the pinnacle event in the sailing world, this situation is nothing sort of pathetic, and is below the level of organisation most would expect in an Optimist Green Fleet regatta (with apologies to the Optimists).

Emirates Team New Zealand practice session with AC72, NZL5 on San Francisco Bay.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©


For sure the focus is on the local San Francsico fans, and it is clear the organisers don't care about international fans - particularly those who have booked flights and accommodation to see the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and are now incurring some very expensive costs to cancel, or have to watch a charade as two competitors sail the Round Robin - largely alone to get the point for the day.

The local fans get a refund on their tickets for the non-racing days. The international fans get nothing.

It is disappointing to see the organisers round up on Emirates Team NZ for going in to bat for their sponsors and fans. One of the founders and former Executive Director of Team New Zealand, Alan Sefton, sets the record straight on some of the comments made.

As things stand right now Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa will sail against each other just five times for the only contested racing of the Round Robin - the remaining races they will sail alone. In our thinking, the America's Cup Regatta gets underway on August 15 - with the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final - a best of 13 race series, with two 30 minute races being sailed each day with a 30 minute gap between.

ETNZ train on the Bay  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©


In reality, the so-called Summer of Sailing is now a Month of Sailing for San Francisco. Saving grace for the America's Cup will be the 18fter International to be sailed at the same time from the St Francis Yacht Club, with the 18's racing being scheduled around the AC race calendar.

And yes, the 18fters will take place when planned, 30 boats are expected to compete including seven from New Zealand, crews will be coming from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe and UK. Yes, the 18's do know what the rules are (not a lot!). It should be a terrific event.

Trying to stay positive about the America's Cup, at present, is a trying time for any fan. But one ray of sunlight came across our desk this afternoon with a short video clip of Emirates Team New Zealand doing a most beautiful flying foiling gybe. Don't miss it.

There is a lot of other video on our site www.sail-world.com/nz, and we posted 60 minutes of am-cam video today, alone.

A rower gets too close to the AC72's - action from San Francisco Bay - 34 America's Cup practice sessions  John Navas


Two Sail-World advertisers, Southern Spars and Events Clothing were amongst the nominees in various categories at the Auckland Export Awards. We have features on both in this edition of Sail-World, and our congratulations to Southern Spars for winning the Commercialisation of Innovation for Export category.

Another Sail-World advertiser, NZ Rigging has a great deal on at present, with a full rig check for just $150 inc GST.

See details in this edition of Sail-World.com and contact Richard Bearda and the team to arrange for your boat - racer or cruiser to be checked.

J-Class - 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma  © Ingrid Abery


We have the first update in the Kaenon Polarized Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup series, where three sailors - Peter Burling (NZL), Will Tiller (NZL) and Charlie Buckingham (USA) update on their latest sailing activities as they head towards the event which will be sailed in AC45's in San Francisco, ahead of the 34th America's Cup.

The New Zealand Sailing Team, is starting to fire up quite nicely as crews head towards their pinnacle events for 2013 - which is generally their World Championships.

In this edition we have a report on the 470 European Championships where the 2012 Gold Medalists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie won the Silver Medal in the Womens event and Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox placed eighth. The Mens crew - a new combination this season - are building nicely, and have made, or finished close to the top ten cut in their last five events.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) - 470 European Championships 2013  gianlucadifazio.com


As earlier reported New Zealand crews have been performing well in the Mens Finn class, the Mens Laser and the Womens 49er FX. With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke being waylaid by other commitments to date, they too are expected to pick up where they left off after the 2012 Olympics. If you run a quick count - New Zealand has strong performers in six of the ten Olympic classes. What is even better is that now seems to be some depth in the fleets - and that gets NZ out of the position of being dependant on just a single sailor or crew in the classes.

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Medal ceremony - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie NZL - 2013 European 470 Championships  © Gianluca Di Fazio
Stay tuned to Sail-World.com/nz website for all the latest news.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox (NZL) 2013 470 European Championships Day 05 Race 01  P.Jaffredou/G.Cazade


J-Class - 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma  © Ingrid Abery




America's Cup: The slickest foiling, flying gybe on the West - Video
John Navas,
The always excellent John Navas caught Emirates Team New Zealand doing a foiling gybe, in full flight, on San Francisco Bay. We've see a few before but this is something else - in fact it was so slick we missed it, the first time. An amazing piece of sailing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video Oracle and Emirates Team NZ in breeze
Sail-World,
More video action from San Francisco Bay as Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ went through a couple of hard training sessions in the AC72's in fresh conditions. Both teams look very slick. Bad news for Emirates Team NZ fans is that it looks like Oracle have improved their gybing - although the gybes seen are rounding up to head to windward or on a reach... [more]
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America's Cup: Blake aide hits back over Team NZ conduct comments
Sail-World,
On June 16, Golden Gate Yacht Club Vice-Commodore, Tom Ehman, commented on a story that had appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. His attack on Emirates Team New Zealand, and the way they had conducted themselves on various campaigns, prompted a response from one of his long-time adversaries, Alan Sefton, former Executive Director of Team New Zealand and very close friend of Sir Peter Blake.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 21, 2013 - Fed spooks markets
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 21, 2013 - Commodities were hammered but currencies fell disproportionately with the AUD dropping to 0.9160 and recovering to 0.9200. The KIWI fared similarly, falling to 0.7711 but regaining 0.7750 after some disappointing local GDP growth numbers soiled economic confidence.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam video AC72's play dodgems as they blitz the Bay
John Navas,
John Navas presents another excellent piece of extended (20 minutes) Am-cam video from San Francisco Bay, as the AC72's of Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ, play dodgems with a myriad of other traffic on the harbour from kayakers and cruisers to Optimists and fishing boats.... [more]
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America's Cup: Protagonists believed to be well apart on key issues
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that while the teams have agreed on many of the basic safety issues proposed for the 2013 America's Cup Regatta, they are very entrenched on a few others affecting the broad format of the regatta. Sources spoken to by Sail-World believed that a full International Jury Hearing would be required next week to sort out the outstanding issues... [more]
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Inaugural Nacra 17 World Championship set for The Hague
Diana Bogaards,
Starting on Sunday July 21st, 2013 and running until Saturday July 27th, the first ever Nacra 17 World Championships bring the global Olympic top of multihull sailing to The Hague, Netherlands. With one month to go, there are now fifty entries from 22 countries. This new sailing discipline is part of the program of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.... [more]
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America's Cup: Törnqvist takes the helm of Artemis AC45
Jennifer McHugh,
Artemis Racing's owner, Torbjörn Törnqvist, touched down in San Francisco this week, where he spent time with the team—working out, taking part in dive training, and sailing on the AC45 (even notching a new speed record). It was Torbjörn's second visit in the last month.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup: Day 2 J-Class images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Ingrid Abery was present for day two of the Superyacht Cup in Palma to capture this selection of images of the J-Class racing action.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: 40 Years of the Volvo Ocean Race - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Volvo Ocean Race, VOR's media team have created a short film about the spirit and the people behind sport's ultimate test of character. Since its beginnings as the Whitbread in 1973 to the present day, the Volvo Ocean Race has been about passion, courage and pride.... [more]
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Oceanair case study: Interior facelift and refit of Savaras
Oceanair & Kiwi Yachting,
The owner of Savaras, a 49ft Oyster moored in La Ciotat in the south of France, approached Oceanair to help freshen up his much loved yacht before the sailing season commences. With the interior of Savaras looking a little tired after over 10 years use, the owner wanted an effective yet affordable solution.... [more]
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Southern Spars make two finals at the 2013 Auckland Exporter Awards
Sail-World,
Southern Spars NZ, an Auckland-based world leader in carbon spars and rigging is a finalist in two categories at the 2013 Auckland Exporter of the year Awards. Southern Spars NZ has been selected as a finalist in the Auckland Export Awards 2013 in two categories - The Westpac Exporter of the Year award (total sales over $25 million) and the Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Commercialisation... [more]
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America's Cup: Images and video from two AC72 boat racing in San Fran
Sail-World,
While the Mediators from the International Jury try and bring some certainty to the Louis Vuitton Cup, two of the teams involved, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa put in the time on the water with some more practice racing on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: Four teams face-off San Francisco's AT&T Park + Videos
America's Cup Media,
The first competition for the America's Cup Summer of Racing was seen by baseball fans today as the four skippers fought good-naturedly over who threw the fastest pitch and who pounded a perfect strike into the mitts of Sergio Romo and Nick Noonan of the San Francisco Giants. See images and video from Emirates Team NZ and America's Cup TV on the day with the Giants... [more]
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FMJ Racing looking for your support for Red Bull Youth America's Cup
FMJ Racing,
The Red Bull Youth America's cup is now only months away and FMJ Racing are training hard in the gym and on the water to be the best prepared team come September! The team has set up a Thrill Pledge with some awesome little packages which are well worth a look.... [more]
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Events Clothing Company strong contender for Exporter of the Year
Kate Gordon,
Events Clothing Company, an Auckland-based superyacht, marine and business clothing specialist is a finalist for the 2013 Auckland Export QBE Exporter of the Year (sales under $25 million) Award. The company celebrated many successes since its start in 1991. Events' first big win was supplying uniforms to Team New Zealand in the 1995 America's Cup challenge headed by the late Sir Peter Blake.... [more]
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ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing takes another course record - Video
Stu MacKinven,
TeamVodafoneSailing, formerly the ORMA60 named G3 was originally built for the french multihull skipper Michel Desjoyeaux and was launched in 2002 to compete in the ORMA Multihull Championship.... [more]
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Kaenon Polarized: The Road to the Red Bull Youth America's Cup - 1
Sail-World,
Kaenon Polarized are backing three sailors involved in three teams in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, to be sailed in San Francisco in August 2013, as a lead-in event to the 34th America's Cup. Follow Olympic 49er Silver medalist, Peter Burling, top Match racer, Will Tiller, and top Laser sailor, Charlie Buckingham on their respective journeys all headed for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's Iain Percy - 'We want to race'
Sail-World,
Artemis Racing's Sailing Director, Iain Percy, has spoken out for the first time since the team's training accident, on May 9, 2013, which resulted in the death of his fellow double Olympic medalist, and long time friend and crew, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Interviewed by Genny Tulloch of America's Cup Uncut, Percy spoke of the loss of his 'best mate' and the impact on the team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Extended play Am-Cam video of Practice Race
John Navas,
John Navas was shoreside on San Francisco Bay and shot this excellent video of the warm-up and practice racing between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ, on Thursday. The video is 20 minutes long and opens with a foiling gybe from Emirates Team New Zealand, followed by other manoeuvrings from both boats. The racing sequence starts with the first short reach, with Emirates Team New Zealand climbi... [more]
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Francis Joyon shatters North Atlantic record by more than 16 hours
Mer et Media,
In his quest to beat the North Atlantic record, Francis Joyon on board IDEC, has smashed Thomas Coville's 2008 record by 16 hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds. Joyon completed his journey in a time of 5 days, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 10 seconds.... [more]
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Get your winter rig check with a great deal from NZ Rigging
Sail-World,
Winter is here, so if you are anywhere within reach of Auckland, why not take advantage of a full four page Mast and Rigging inspection for the low price of $150.00* inc GST? When was the last time your mast and rigging were checked? Do all your lights work? Is there damaged standing and running rigging? When did you have an inspection done last?... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Silver for Aleh and Powrie at 470 European Champs
Jodie Bakewell-White,
By winning the today's medal race at the 2013 470 European Championships in Formia, Italy the NZL Sailing Team women's 470 pair of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have won the Silver Medal. Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox have finished 8th overall in the Men's Open 470 European Championship – another strong result for this new partnership.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship – The finale in Rosignano
Laura Jelmini,
On the final day of the Etchells World Championship in Rosignano, Tuscany, Italy, there was no wind and therefore no racing action at the Yacht Club Cala de' Medici. After eight races out of the nine scheduled the winner is 'The Martian' skippered by American helmsman Marvin Beckmann, from Houston, sailing with tactician Steven Hunt and Ezra Culver.... [more]
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