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.
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?
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.
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.
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Audi MedCup - Barcelona - Cayard reports a tricky day for Artemis Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Cayard reports: Another solid day for Artemis with scores of 1, 5, 1 on a very tricky day here in the Med. A light seabreeze filled in at noon and the first two races were sailed in 11-13 knots from the southeast. The first race went really well as we led from start to finish. We pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat on the last run... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Day 3 FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: Third day of Gov's Cup. Today was a great day for racing with a consistent 10 knot sea breeze. We had a good day winning all of our races except two leaving us on 15 wins going into the final four races of the round robin. This puts us in second with the leader on 18 wins.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Emirates Team NZ under pressure to score second win Warren Douglas and Sail-World, Tomorrow will be a decisive day for Emirates Team NZ at the Camper MedCup regatta at Barcelona, as the New Zealand flagged professional sailing team tries to score their second series win of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more] Share this story
British Classic Yacht Club Paneri Cowes Regatta 2010 - final day Justin Chisholm, British Classic Yacht Club Paneri Cowes Regatta 2010 - final day. Although light airs prevailed on the final day of the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta, there was just enough wind for the single scheduled race to be started on time at midday.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Artemis bounces back on Day 4 at Barcelona Audi MedCup Media, After an uncharacteristically disappointing regatta in Marseille last month, finishing eighth, Paul Cayard and the crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist's Swedish flagged Artemis have bounced right back ahead on the penultimate day of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth Worlds Day 5: American and Italian go for gold Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship 2010 Day 5 (Largs, Scotland, Saturday 24 July) With 12-13kts of breeze kicking in from the south this morning, the conditions on the Clyde for the penultimate day of the Laser Radial World Youth Championship, could not have been better.... [more] Share this story
European Laser Standard Youth Championship: Eifion Mon still in charge Gdynia Sailing Days, With the rain, in the wind up to 18 knots and unpleasant waves we had first day of finals of European Laser Standard Youth Championship & Trophy 2010... [more] Share this story
Sun shines on the Governors Cup Nancy Mellon, Governor's Cup 2010 - Day three of racing brought improved conditions with good wind, less surf, and sunshine. The sun came out at 1430, bringing additional wind. The good conditions made it possible to complete eight flights for a total of forty-eight matches.... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Day 2 FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: The second day of Gov's cup produced some very light winds and exciting racing for FMJ. We ended the day with 4 wins and 1 loss to last year's runners up Andrew Mason. In our race against Andrew we held the lead around the majority of the race track... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Barcelona - Cayard reports for Artemis Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Quantum who led going into the day had a 1, 11, 1 today. Emirates Team New Zealand had scores of 3, 1, 2 and are now leading. Artemis is second, 5 point backs and Quantum is third, 1 point behind us.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010 - Big entry for Olympic preview Lucy Harwood, Just a few days remain until entries for the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta close on Monday 26th July. Currently over 800 competitors from 53 nations have entered the fifth installment of this ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Many World, European and Olympic champions are entered..... [more] Share this story
AudiMedCup: Last place kills Quantum Racing on Day 3 at Barcelona MedCup Media and Sail-World, A day of late, but fresh breezes, gave good racing but played games with the points table, breaking the tight grouping at the top of the table after Day 2 of the series. when three races were sailed. Three more races were sailed today in the third round of the Audi Med Cup being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. Two wins weren't enough for early leader of the round, Quantum Racing (USA) today, a... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Emirates Team New Zealand pick up the pace on Day 3 Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has taken the lead in the third round of the Audi MedCup series, the MedCup Camper regatta at Barcelona. It was a long day – the breeze did not arrive until 2pm and the fleet did not return to the dock until 8pm... [more] Share this story
470 Worlds, the Hague, Holland - Report from Jason and Paul Jason Saunders + Paul Snow-Hansen, Top young Kiwi 470 crew report on the 2010 470 Worlds: We arrived at the Hague, Holland, and began 10 days of training with the best sailors in the world before beginning the regatta. We had a couple of challenging weeks with a wild variety of conditions, zero knots to 35+, tide, and big waves. Ultimately we came out of it with a good result and enjoyed the experience of sailing in such a tough fl... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race: Camper announce build, crew and workup for VOR70 Warren Douglas, CAMPER, in association with Emirates Team New Zealand have made some key announcements in their project for the Volvo Ocean Race Construction of the VO70 yacht will start in the first week of August. Crew selection is also well advanced and CAMPER said today that experienced Spanish round-the-world yachtsman Roberto Bermudez de Castro has signed on.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Team Artemis has a good opener Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the first day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: The breeze was in from the East and the racing was on. Artemis had a good day with a 7, 2, 4. But it wasn't without a lot of fighting with the other boats as the fleet is incredibly even.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: NZL 380 second at the end of first day Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand has made an encouraging start to the third round of the Audi MedCup, the Audi MedCup Camper regatta at Barcelona. Three races were sailed on Thursday in a 9-16 knot easterly breeze and a 'lumpy' seaway. And at the end of the day, with a first, fourth and eighth placing, NZL 380 sits in second place overall on 13 points.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth World Championship - Consistency pays Ellie Williamson, The wind arrived on the Clyde a little later than predicted today causing yet another long postponement at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship.... [more] Share this story
A Finn for Africa Robert Deaves, For the first time in nearly 25 years, competitive Finns are now available in South Africa, a country with a long and proud history in Finn sailing.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth World Championships - The wind has arrived Sue Pelling, Laser Radial Youth World Championships. The wind arrived on the Clyde a little later than predicted today causing yet another long postponement, but thankfully a light south-westerly made its way up towards the race course area. After today's racing, a pattern is clearly starting to establish itself but there is one day of qualifying races remaining so it is still ‘early days'.... [more] Share this story
OK Dinghy European Championship preview Robert Deaves, With the highest entry for more than 20 years, the OK Dinghy European Championship in Medemblik, Netherlands next week is set to be the highlight of the year for many sailors.... [more] Share this story
British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta Justin Chisholm, At this stage in the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta the top slots in almost all the classes were too close to call and any crews with aspirations of a class win were painfully aware that their two results today could make or break their regatta. With so much at stake throughout the entire regatta fleet, it is perhaps no surprise that the start lines for both of the day's races we... [more] Share this story
Round Britain and Ireland 2010 - Crew selected for BKA bid Ellie Williamson, Eleven of the British Keelboat Academy's young keelboat sailors are celebrating after earning their call-up for this year's Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race as the crew of the BKA-run TP52 John Merricks II.... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Govenor's Cup - Day 1 FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: The first day of the 44th Governor's cup was a slow start to the regatta for FMJ racing. After a 45 min tow to the race course, the race committee got straight into it and managed to get the 7 races they had planned away.... [more] Share this story
SailTV: Audi MedCup - Live and Replay plus VirtualEye Interactive Sail-World, See live and replay coverage of the third round of the Audi MedCup at Barcelona. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the World Match Race tour, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays. Have a look at the new VirtualEye Interactive - run your own replays and angles... [more] Share this story
Platu 25 Worlds: Three races, three different Spanish winners Platú 25 Worlds, Greek team Modus Vivendi-3Alfa maintains leadership, despite retiring from the first race, while Mexillón de Galicia-Movistar and La Revoltosa occupy the second and third place respectively in the general provisional scoreboard... [more] Share this story
British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta - A long day on water Justin Chisholm, Competition to be the first home was particularly keen amongst the bigger boats. The 1987 12 Metre, Italia, appeared to revel in today's conditions and having made a good start close to the Island shore was quickly able to tack and cross the fleet.... [more] Share this story
Emirates Team New Zealand: No wind, no racing at Barcelona Warren Douglas, A light and unstable breeze conspired against the first day of the Audi MedCup Camper Regatta at Barcelona, Spain. The fleet left the dock at 11.45am. The race committee abandoned racing and sent the yachts home at 4.30pm. Temperatures on the water were in the mid-30s and crews waited under awnings set up over the booms.... [more] Share this story
SLAM Kiwi Match report from Poland – Gydnia Match Race Logan Fraser, The SLAM Kiwi Match team report from Poland: The SLAM Kiwi Match team have re-grouped in Poland this time, for the next regatta of their European tour. The team flew into Gdansk and then caught a train to the city of Gdynia, nestled on the South side of the Baltic Sea. The Gdynia Match Race is the second event on the Polish Match Race Tour and has once again assembled a competitive international f... [more] Share this story
Whale dismasts yacht - investigation pending Sail-World Cruising, The advice to stay several hundred metres away from a whale took on new resonance after the latest incident in South African waters. The owners of a well known Cape Town Sailing Academy were dismasted this week by a whale who apparently didn't notice the yacht and breached virtually on top of them.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit-TP52's racing kept on ice in hot, very light winds Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit update: Only the GP42 Series' official practice heat was completed today, the first scheduled racing day of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona. The 11 strong TP52 Series fleet representing 10 different nations, were left waiting, poised and ready for their first ever points racing off Barcelona... [more] Share this story
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