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 22 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 21 July 2010

Emirates Team New Zealand prepare starting the official practice race. Regata Camper - Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 21 July 2010

Our comments, on Monday, regarding the pathetic media coverage given to the winning of three World Championship medals by New Zealand sailors, certainly drew some comment and phone calls.

We have run the email we received in a mail-bag.

Emotions aside, the statistics are damning.

Out of 49 pages of sports coverage in four publications from Saturday to Tuesday inclusive, the three World Championship medal wins attracted just 45 column cm of coverage including headline. That's less than one column total of coverage - in a total of about 300 column cms of sports 'news', or a third of one percent.

It is true that one paper burst into print on Tuesday (having ignored the two Youth medals completely), and published a 18column cm story, generated by the NZ Press Association, from a news release put out by Yachting New Zealand.

That story (all 18col cms of it), was placed alongside a 45 col cms story previewing the world rowing championships in three months time. Puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 2010 - Day 1   Chris Boynton

This is absolutely pathetic coverage, and boldly underlines the collective and complete ineptitude of sports journalism, and the editorial imbalance that is so pervasive in New Zealand sports reporting.

And we haven't mentioned television - because there was no-one home there either.

There are a couple of things that can be done - first write letters of complaint to the editors and producers. And for those who place corporate advertising with these publications and media - the power is in your hands!

We are pleased to be able to present the story that you won't read elsewhere. In this edition of Sail-World, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie tell their story of the 470 Womens Worlds Silver Medal - don't miss this great and inspiring read.

Team Jolly with Silver - 470 World Champs 2010  ynz ..

In Barcelona, the venue of New Zealand's greatest yachting Olympics in 1992, the next round of the Audi Med Cup gets underway. We will be carrying coverage on each day, along with images galleries and all the usual coverage you've come to expect from Sail-World.

Many thanks to those who have submitted stories and images for this edition, thanks for your help and input, we're here to help sailing, and help those who wish to help themselves.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Warren Douglas,
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Jennifer Crooks, CYCA Media,
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Yachting NZ Briefings for 21 July 2010
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Supplying the boats from optimist sailor to Olympic champion
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470 World Championship to Belcher and Page
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
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