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 25 Jul 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 24 July 2010

Thomas Saunders from New Zealand winning the Gold medal in the singlehanded Laser Boys event at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey  Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 24 July 2010

For the past couple of editions we have banged away about the abysmal media coverage of the Silver medal in the Womens 470 Worlds and the Gold and Silver medals in the ISAF Youth Worlds.

Having made the point, twice over, we were happy lower that particular battle flag.

But in Friday's NZ Herald, the whole question of whether mainstream yachting gets a fair treatment by in the media was raised yet again.

Sir Russell Coutts, four time winner of the America's Cup, and Olympic Gold medalist whose international career started with a win in the singlehander in the ISAF Youth Worlds  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
On the front page of the sports section, the lead story was a piece about a young New Zealand athlete who had just won a Gold medal at the World Junior Athletics Championship.

The win was a great, superb effort, and one which was notable for being the youngest ever win in 13 year history of the event. It was compared to that of the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt (JAM) who won the 200 metre event at the same meet eight years previously. 30 countries competed in the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championship.

Compare that coverage and prominence to that of the sailing Gold Medal in the Boys singlehanded event at the ISAF Youth Worlds, a few days earlier. No front page story, no photo, in fact no mention at all by the Herald in in its print edition.


There were 50 countries competing in the ISAF boys singlehander - and one that is the recognised World Youth Sailing Championship by the World body of sailing. Same as the World Junior Athletics Championship is by the IAAF. The two events are at the same level in terms of status and standing.

The Star class medalists from Qingdao. Two, Robert Scheidt (BRA) (left) and and Iain Percy (GBR) centre, have four Olympic Gold and two Silver Medals between them. Both their international careers started with wins in the singlehander at the ISAF Worlds.  Ingrid Abery © Copyright

Several of the Gold Medalists in the Boys single hander at the ISAF Youth Worlds - notably Russell Coutts - four times America's Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist and arguably the worlds greatest sailor.

Another past winner is Ben Ainslie (GBR) - winner of three Olympic Gold medals and one Silver. The skipper of Team New Zealand, Dean Barker is another ISAF Youth Worlds singlehanded winner, and there are many more. This was also the second year that a New Zealand sailor had won the singled handed event - another remarkable feat. It was also the second successive win for a Tauranga Yacht & PB club member - maybe a world first.

There was no shortage of angles on this sailing win. Newstalk ZB picked up on many of them on their Sunday morning sports show, so what is the issue for New Zealand's largest daily newspaper?

Triple Olympic Gold medalist, Ben Ainslie whose international career started with a win in the singlehander in the ISAF Youth Worlds  Ingrid Abery © Copyright

One of the great things about the successes of young athletes is that readers are maybe seeing the birth of the next Usain Bolt, Russell Coutts, Ben Ainslie or Dean Barker. Yet somehow the Herald along with other print media and TV just don't seem to get it.

Or do they have a policy against coverage of yachting outside the America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy (when in Auckland) and efforts of Team New Zealand?

Or do they subscribe to the view that there are hard and soft medals in Olympic and other competition? If so, then maybe the sports jocks should try existing on the water for the long days that the Olympic and Youth sailors put in, and see who is soft.

Emirates Team NZ skipper, Dean Barker, whose international career started with a win in the singlehander in the ISAF Youth Worlds  Crosbie Lorimer

We don't know what's in the Herald's head. Maybe if you care to call or write to their Sports Editor, you might find out.

In most news organisations, calls are logged and eventually the noise from the fans does have some effect. While the days when Auckland newspapers employed fine yachting journalists such as Alan Sefton, Cedric Allan, John Gasparich, Suzanne McFadden and Noel Holmes, may have long gone, yachting remains a sport in New Zealand which is followed with a lot of passion by a significant fan base.

Our Youth and Olympic sailors deserve much better than this.

Make that call to the Herald and find out why.

Three times Volvo race winner, Stuart Bannatyne whose international career started with a win in the singlehander in the ISAF Youth Worlds  Volvo Ocean Race ©

Many thanks to those who have submitted stories and images for this edition. There's plenty of stories in this edition that aren't covered by the mainstream media. 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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