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Editorial: Elliott 6 selected for 2012 Olympics

Team New Zealand's Dean Barker gets some advice on the second day of the National Keelboat Championships  Kipsan Beck
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's New Zealand newsletter for 15 November 2008

The Greg Elliott designed, Elliott 6 Metre, was selected earlier today as the equipment for the new Womens Match racing Event for the 2012 Olympic sailing regatta in Weymouth.

Elliott becomes the first New Zealander to have one of his designs used in the Olympic Games, and the move will be seen as a progressive one for the sport and the Sailing Olympics.

The other options were to use an established international keelboat class, however some changing of ISAF regulations opened the way for the selection of the new design. It follows precedent set with the introduction of the 49er and RS:X windsurfer, which were selected after evaluation trials and then class structures established followed by international class status.

The Elliott 6 metre has been selected as the new Womens Olympic Match Racing class  Cruising Yacht Club of Australia ©

For the selection of the Womens Match Racing class, the International Sailing Federation formed a Working Party to consider the various options and that group recommenced the Elliott 6. It is likely that Elliott will continue to work with the ISAF to establish the new class and make small modifications to the design, and it may become known as the ISAF 6 Metre.

Probably the biggest advantage of the new yacht will be its use in fleets purchased by countries to both develop match racing at all levels, but also for sail and youth training. Another Elliott design the 5.9 was the backbone of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth program for many years, and the sportsboat type proved ideal for a number of uses, producing many, many top sailors and developing much of NZ's America's Cup and Round the World yachting talent.

With careful thought, the Elliott or ISAF 6 should be reasonably easy to control in terms of cost and production - however those factors will be the key to its international take up and acceptance.

470 Olympic representative, Peter Burling made the Gold fleet cut, finishing 8th overall on Day 2 2008 of the Club Marine NZ Keelboat Nationals  Richard Gladwell

In the other key decision from the ISAF Council Meeting, the 470 was selected as the Womens Two Handed class. That decision would have surprised no-one before the ISAF Conference, however given that the 29erXX received the endorsement of every other ISAF Committee that considered the matter, the Council decision is a little surprising.

Clearly the conservative thinking that has been the recent hallmark of the organisation prevailed once again. From a New Zealand perspective the decision is a neutral one in the short term. Medium to long term there are obviously other wider issues that need to be taken into account as to the direction and upgrading of the sport.

The vote was 16-19 in favour of the 470, which indicates again the battle of the progressive countries over those opting for a more conservative approach.

In this issue we feature two exclusive stories on the America's Cup.

The first is an interview conducted on Thursday with BMW Oracle's Tom Ehman, giving their take on the breath of the divide that exists between the US team and the Swiss holder of the America's Cup. To many, the whole situation has got very pedantic and with a little more flexibility on both sides, a solution would seem to be able to be agreed and a multi-challenger America's Cup could commence as planned in Valencia in 2010.

Part of the impasse stems from 'progress' made since the last America's Cup in the Protocol for the 33rd Match. Essentially these points of difference are now confined to three principal areas - all to do with the administration and adjudication of the event. It would seem that BMW Oracle Racing have largely accepted the new class, the Defender sailing in the Challenger Selection Series and other sailing issues.

The second story relates to the ten points of issue that have been discussed between BMW Oracle Racing and Team Alinghi, and their respective clubs. These expand specifically on the points mentioned above. Another exclusive to Sail-World.

The 470 remains as the Womens Two hander in the 2012 Olympics  Richard Gladwell

On the Waitemata today, the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships are underway again with the fleet being split into Gold and Silver divisions after two days of qualifying rounds.

Series leader is now Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker, who sailed well in the light and shifting airs yesterday to move past former Etchells World Champion, Andrew Wills who had a difficult time of it yesterday. Sailing in the morning, Wills and his crew were unable to emulate their three wins of the first day, and struggled on the first beat in the two races sailed.

Andrew Wills and friends competing on Day 2 2008 Club Marine NZ Keelboat Nationals  Richard Gladwell

The decision of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club to commission a fleet of 10 Platu 25 yachts for their keelboat program looks, with the benefit hindsight, to be a very smart move. The yachts look very pretty, sail well, and take a crew that is similar to many keelboats in New Zealand. A glance down the result sheet shows that the fleet is a great leveller.

There are two days of racing to be staged on the Waitemata, with the final being sailed on Sunday. With the advent of the Platu 25 this has developed into a tremendous event, and will be one of the highlights on the New Zealand racing calendar.

Vincent Riou (PRB) Vendee Globe - image Benoît Stichelbaut / PRB  © PRB

Stay tuned to the Sail-World.Com/NZ website over the weekend for updates from the Waitemata on the National Keelboat Championships.

Tonight (NZT) the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race gets underway from Cape Town. we'll have updates and coverage from the 4,400nm to India.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

Elliott 6 metre selected for 2012 Olympics
Richard Gladwell,
The ISAF Council followed a conservative approach today when it opted for the same classes to contest the same events in the 2012 Olympic as they had done in the 2008 Olympics. The only addition is the introduction of the Elliott 6 metre in the Womens Match Racing event, which will make its debut at the 2012 Olympics.... [more]

Barker takes the lead in NZ Keelboat Championships
RAYC Media,
Day 2, greeted the competitors of the inaugural NZ Keelboat National Championships with light and shifty breeze from the SE. Pool A started in the morning with light breezes that kept the race committee on their toes having to alter the course frequently.... [more]

America's Cup proves to be a stubborn beast
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Moving this particular pachyderm up the America's Cup staircase has proved rather difficult. Punchlines abound. This week more so than most, with release and counter-release all designed to maintain the high ground in the PR war, given that the legal war is now being put to rest in the Appeal Court of New York State.... [more]

Ten points of solution in America's Cup impasse
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW Oracle Racing have released to Sail-World the previously confidential ten points of issue and their solutions which would see the current legal action dropped and the multi-challenger America's Cup event sailed in 2010. With the exception of point 10, BMW Oracle Racing note that they are based on the points negotiated with the other Challengers in December last year, and reflect further con... [more]

New start date Leg 2 Portimao Global Ocean Race
Brian Hancock,
Organisers of the Portimao Global Ocean Race today announced that they have re-scheduled the start of Leg 2, Cape Town, South Africa to Wellington, New Zealand. The new start date will be Saturday, 13th December.... [more]

Images from the NZ Keelboat Nationals - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Images from the morning of the second day of racing in the Club Marine NZ Keelboat Nationals sailed in the new Platu 25 fleet at Royal Akarana YC. 20 crews are competing in the four day competition.... [more]

World Sailor Ainslie targets Monsoon Cup Crown
Tracey Johnstone,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie has world match racing's Monsoon Cup trophy firmly in his sights as he heads to Malaysia in three weeks.... [more]

Vendée Globe 2008 - Chasing group make gains
Event media,
Loick Peyron (Gitana Eighty) still leads the Vendee Globe but Jean Le Cam (VM Materiaux) continues to advance in second as the leading pack compress slightly. Speeds are dropping slightly among the leaders and the chasing group are making steady gains.... [more]

29erXX falls at final hurdle,
The women's 470 beat the 29erXX 19 to 16 in the final ISAF Council vote for the 2012 Olympics. After the 29erXX gained support from all of the specialist committees over the past week, the ISAF Council voted to stick with the 470.... [more]

Ian Barker is sailing's first UK Sport Elite Coach
Karenza Morton,
Skandia Team GBR 49er coach Ian Barker has become sailing's first UK Sport Elite Coach after graduating from the prestigious three-year programme this week. Barker was part of the second of intake of high performance coaches whose graduation from the programme was celebrated at UK Sport's annual World Class Coaching Conference at The Belfry on Tuesday... [more]

iShares Cup Series up for ESA award
Helen Fretter,
The 2008 iShares Cup Sailing Series has been shortlisted in two categories for the European Sponsorship Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, part of ESA's Future Sponsorship conference in Brussels, on November 20... [more]

A new Finn for Brazil
Robert Deaves,
A joint initiative between a Brazilian Finn sailor, Pata Boats of Hungary and the International Finn Association has resulted in competitive new Finns being built in South America for the first time in 35 years... [more]

Raja Muda 2008 - under starter's orders (almost)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
PRO Jerry Rollin will be in charge when the first start goes off at 1300 hrs tomorrow. 'This is the ultimate Asian regatta,' he believes. 'To win it, you've got to be good at everything – the passage races, as well as the cans racing in Penang and Langkawi. It's a real test of all-round ability. And of course the regatta happens to take in some great stop-overs... [more]

An obstacle course of competing weather systems
Brian Hancock,
It's blowing dogs off chains here in the Tavern Of the Seas. There is a black southeaster blowing in Cape Town and the weather is grim.... [more]

Runnalls appointed to IRC Policy Steering Group
Glen Stanaway,
Malcolm Runnalls, Yachting Australia's IRC Chief Measurer has been appointed to the IRC Policy Steering Group which advises the IRC Technical Committee on issues of interest to owners.... [more]

More Images from the NZ Keelboat Nationals - Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
More images from the morning of the second day of racing in the Club Marine NZ Keelboat Nationals sailed in the new Platu 25 fleet at Royal Akarana YC. 20 crews are competing in the four day competition.... [more]

Council Meeting starts Day 8 ISAF Conference
The ISAF Council held the first of three days of meetings in Madrid today as the key decisions begin at the ISAF Annual Conference. Over three days of meetings, the Council will decided on the issues debated at this year's ISAF Annual Conference, with the main decisions on Submissions and the 2012 Olympic sailing equipment scheduled for tomorrow.... [more]

Andy Rice looks at the strange case of the 29erXX
Andy Rice,
The progress of the 29erXX through the committees of the ISAF meeting taking place in Madrid has caught most pundits by surprise. After the Skiff trials faded away without any recommendation, it seemed that the ISAF was happy to stay with what they had, so where has the pressure come from? Andy Rice has been following the twists and turn in the unlikely bid for Olympic glory by the 29erXX... [more]

Vendee Globe news from Gitana, Safran and Temenos
Kate Jennings - Expression,
Battling at the top of the Vendee Globe leaderboard from the outset, Gitana Eighty is leading the way southbound this afternoon. In its wake, Sebastien Josse and Jean-Pierre Dick are keeping on the pace and Jean Le Cam is in ambush.... [more]

Cheminees Poujoulat restarts Vendee Globe race
Kate Jennings/Thierry Martinez images/SW,
It was at 0425 hours this morning that Cheminees Poujoulat crossed the start line of the Vendee Globe for the second time following a titanic amount of work achieved in record time. Kito de Pavant and Yannick Bestaven made it back to Les Sables and won't be heading back into the race, whilst Bernard Stamm cast off just half an hour later.... [more]

Green Dragon's setback as spreader breaks
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Green Dragon's preparations for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cochin, India were dealt a blow today when they broke a spreader during a practice sail. The team were sailing upwind in 30 knots when the J4 lock strop broke. The team has already made arrangements to fly their spare spreader to Cape Town from storage in Amsterdam.... [more]

BMW Oracle applauds America's Cup moves
Tom Ehman,
'We are heartened by some positive things that came out of the meeting. For example, we applaud their decision to have the America's Cup Race Officials, the Technical Director and Umpires be selected from ISAF officials. This is an excellent step in the right direction.'... [more]

Wills leads NZ National Keelboat Championships
Event Media and Sail-World,
North Sails NZ's Andrew Wills leads the Club Marine National Keelboat Championships after the first day of racing on the Waitemata. Auckland presented a beautiful day, a stunning sunrise, blue skies and not a breath of wind. Ten crews left the dock first thing Thursday morning to head out for Day 1 of the Club Marine NZ National Keelboats.... [more]

3 Down - 1 to Go for 29erXX in 2012 Olympic vote
The Events Committee have added their recommendation to that of the Equipment Committee and the Women's Sailing Committee, for the 29erXX to replace the 470 as the women's 2 Person Dinghy at the 2012 Games. It now goes to the ISAF Events Committee on Friday for the final decision... [more]

California to field yacht in Clipper fleet 2009-10
Clipper event media,
State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has thrown his support behind America's first west coast entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race.... [more]

One crew change for Team Russia on Leg 2 VOR
Team Russia media,
Owner Oleg Zherebtsov (RUS) is on board for his first Volvo leg, as Kosatka begins its race to Cochin, India on Saturday 15 November. The skipper of Kosatka, Andreas Hanakamp, is a man who leads by example. His style is not one to stand high on a burnt out tank and give rousing speeches of ‘how the road is long or the mountain high'... [more]

Perry, Tunnicliffe win 2008 Nations Cup Regional
Nations Cup Media,
The final day of the 2008 Nations Cup Regional Final was held in ideal match racing conditions, with clear skies, temperatures in the high-60's, 10-15 knots of breeze all day. At the end of 57 matches over the three day event, Dave Perry (USA ) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA )came out on top of the Open and Women's divisions, respectively and qualify for the Grand Final in Porto Alegre, Brazil... [more]

Team Mowgli first into Southern Ocean - PGOR
Brian Hancock,
Team Mowgli, co-skippered by Jeremy Salvesen and David Thomson are the first boat into the Southern Ocean as they claw their way to Cape Town on the first leg of the Portimão Global Ocean Race.... [more]

IRC Rising: Congress watch keeping!
International IRC Owners Association,
Today more than 25 nations from all the continents have fleets of 25 or more IRC boats. More than 7,000 yachts are IRC rated, which is a major part of the international fleet using a rating system for racing. Moreover, this figure is increasing each year (increase of 5 % so far this year).... [more]

Into the Unknown, many challenges ahead for Leg 2
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Instead of dodging icebergs and braving Southern Ocean storms, the crews lining up for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race leg to Cochin, India - and indeed the two further trips through Asia after that - are taking measures to ensure the threats of piracy and collisions with small unlit fishing vessels are minimised.... [more]

Thomson vows to rejoin Vendee Race
Event media/TH Martinez images,
Alex Thomson arrived back off Les Sables d'Olonne early Wednesday morning with his damaged Hugo Boss and had to wait until just around midday to get back into the port. Thomson said today that if the boat is repairable within the time frame, before Wednesday 19th at 13:02h local, he aims to continue with the race. Images from Thierry Martinez of his arrival back into port.... [more]

ISAF Specialist Committees agree Olympic Equipment
The ISAF Council decided the ten events for the Olympic Sailing Competition last year and will decide the equipment for those events this year during their meeting on Friday - - Two specialist Committees have made their recommendations to that meeting - they both voted for the 29erXX as the Women's dinghy and the Elliott 6m as the Match racing boat... [more]

Volvo Race fleet prepare for Saturday's start
Volvo media,
Leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race begins on Saturday when the crews will race to Asia for the first time in the 35-year history of the race. Cochin, India is the finish port and the leg represents a sea change for the race. The start of leg two is scheduled for 13:00, local time (11:00 GMT), on Table Bay... [more]

2009 Skandia Geelong Week
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2008 Monsoon Cup
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Vendee Globe 2008-2009
Vendee Globe 2008-2009 - A sailing race around the world, for singlehanders, without any stopover....
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2008-2009 Portimão Global Ocean Race
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2008 World Match Racing Tour

Top skippers and teams begin drive toward World Championship...
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