Keeping the Record straight for Jessica Watson

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 07 May 2010 has attracted a lot of flak these past few days for daring to suggest that Jessica Watson's Around the World record attempt might be technically flawed (ie. she didn't go far enough to qualify).

So consider this: if you're OD or Class racing next weekend, on an 8nm harbour course, and you cross the finish line first - but having missed out one leg of the course -  have you won? Probably not.

But then you say that you have won, really, because what with all that tacking and gybing, you covered more than 8nm across the water anyway..? The polite version is that you might be laughed out of the bar.

So please read the first two stories in this newsletter.

Nobody is trying to knock Jessica Watson's achievement, but there are some of us out here who would like to see some accuracy in reporting. Mistakes are one thing, but being “economical with the truth” is another. As Bob Fisher says, “Lies, Damn Lies and PR Spin”.

Next time we cover an event, we'd like you to be entitled to believe what we are saying. We'll tell you when we think a regatta is well run, or provides close and exciting racing – but we'll also tell you if we think something doesn't really cut the mustard.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen.,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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Groupama unveils its strategy for the Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama - Cammas,
Groupama and its team, revealed the reasons behind their commitment to the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the purchase of Ericsson 4, winner of the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama Team can boast an excellent platform for training and analysis. Rechristened Groupama 70, the Koujoumdjian design is performing an increasing number of sail trials offshore of Lorient in B... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 16
Clipper Ventures PLC,
A common theme on this leg has been the extremely localised weather conditions and the varying effect they have had on individual team performances. However, last night all the teams shared the experience of some of the most prolonged and heavy squalls they have had to deal with since racing out of the Humber last September.... [more]
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America's Cup expected to be re-energised by collaboration process
America's Cup Media,
The oldest trophy in international sport is expected to be re-energised by unprecedented collaboration between the Defender and the Challengers, an assembly of dignitaries and media were told today at the first media conference staged for the 34th America's Cup, in Rome. The group was addressed by Russell Coutts, of the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing and Vicenzo Onorato of... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender and Challenger of Record to reveal plans today
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing the holders of the America's Cup have advised that Russell Coutts and Vincenzo Onorato, representing the Defender and Challenger of Record respectively, will reveal details of the 34th America's Cup Match during a press conference in Rome on Thursday 6th May. The pair will usher in a new era of cooperation and consultation between teams... [more]
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ValenciaSailing talks to Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race,
Leading European sailing website, have published an outstanding interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. ValenciaSailing don't pull any punches in this session and cover the state of entries; why the Billionaires aren't in the event; whether Alinghi will enter the race and much more:... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 15
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Team Finland, second behind Spirit of Australia in the overall standings, has climbed another rung on the leader board in the last 24 hours, nosing ahead of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital who has put in a solid performance on this race.... [more]
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Ten teams front for Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddalena, Sardinia
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The best sailors in the world will be in Italy later this month as Sardinia prepares to host 10 top sailing teams at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena from 22nd May through 6th June. Three Italian entries, including the host Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, Azzurra and Luna Rossa will be battling with teams such as the Defender of the America's Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing... [more]
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How big is a Finn sailor?
Robert Deaves,
At the end of 2009 the Finn class carried out a survey of its top sailors to accumulate data regarding the weight, height and age when they started sailing the Finn, to try and build a picture of the current fleet and to examine how these factors have changed over the years.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – Only three points separate the top two!
MaxComm Communication,
The fight for the third place of the podium also proved superb, with four teams separated by one point ahead of the last race.... [more]
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