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 08 Nov 2010

Sail-World New Zealand: 8 November 2010

The America's Cup visits the Royal Canadian Yacht Club   BMW Oracle Racing ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 8 November 2010

The 2010 World Rowing Championships have captured the New Zealand over the past week, and the particularly so the Finals last weekend.

There are a number of parallels between Rowing and Sailing.

Both are Olympic boat sports and both are top performing sports for New Zealand, in terms of past delivery of Olympic success.

Unlike sailing, Olympic rowing doesn't have the distraction of a professional side, or industry, in the way sailing does with the America's Cup and other major events, professional teams and a major marine export industry.

Sailing, in New Zealand, lacks the tremendous facility that Rowing now possesses at Lake Karapiro - either for high performance training, or to run multi-world championship events of the type seen over the past week.

Ironically the Rowing Worlds occur at a time when the International Sailing Federation is about to start debating major changes to the structure of the Olympic sport, and its supporting events, which will be reshaped by design or default to be more like the Rowing model.

Part of the media centre, jammed with mostly international media at the 2010 World Rowing Championships.   Richard Gladwell

Also undergoing major overhaul is the America's Cup with changes taking place to that event and its supporting acts. The Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour and Extreme 40's are also on the move and expand.

Sadly New Zealand doesn't have the facilities to properly stage major sailing events like a round of the Sailing World Cup, the ISAF Youth Worlds (which attract more countries than the Rowing Worlds), or to be able to bid for the ISAF World Sailing Championships for which bids just closed for the 2014 event.

The international exposure, which such multiple championship regattas attract, can best be illustrated by the media centre at Karapiro. The size of a couple of basketball courts, the Karapiro media centre was jammed with mostly international media sending images and words out each day generating publicity that money could not buy. Couple that with the spend locally and within New Zealand by competitors, supporters and spectators - and the impact of attracting such events to New Zealand is very significant indeed.

While New Zealand has run many World Championships, and two America's Cups out of a wharf complex, what is required is a permanent facility such as Karapiro, which can be used to develop top sailors, plus stage great sailing events, as opposed to just great championships.

The two matched Louis Vuitton Trophy pairs provided by ETNZ and BMWOR are waiting in Dubai  Louis Vuitton

A feature of the weekend's rowing medals, was success obtained by those who had stuck with the sport despite adversity.

Joseph Sullivan won three Gold medals in 30 minutes at the National Secondary Schools Championships (Maadi Cup) in 2004, but was passed over for selection at the Junior Worlds that year. Same again in 2005 with another three Gold medals at Maadi - and was again passed over for selection. But after a media outcry, he was a late selection in the Double Sculls, and went on to win a Bronze medal at the Junior Worlds. Five years later that Bronze became a Gold at Karapiro in the same event.

The point being for young rowers, and sailors, is that the stairway to success is not always a straight climb, but has a lot of twists and falls along the way. The key thing when faced with an adversity is not to give up. As Sir Michael Fay said of an America's Cup defeat, 'it is not how hard you fall that matters, but how quickly you get back up.'

Kiteboarding - will it be on the card for the 2016 Olympics?  Marc Weiler@go4image.com

The first announcement of an entry for the 34th America's Cup is expected tonight from Sweden. We'll be carrying full coverage here on www.sail-world.com, tomorrow.

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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