Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 28th March 2011
In this edition we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week at the Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which are expected to be replicated for the 34th America's cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.
Most people will be unable to get to Halsey Street to see this launch process. It is very different from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.
Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely as possible, and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.
Artemis Racing prepare to leave for a Practice Session Richard Gladwell
The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are slow learners.
Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.
Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.
It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.
Maybe a wander around Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.
In Hamilton Island the 505 Worlds are underway, and we have reports and some great images in this edition of Sail-World.
We will be continuing this coverage on www.sail-world.com during the remaining days of the event.
The Fleet - 2011 Sanders Cup Antje Muller
Although the Clash of the Cove yacht racing to and at Marsden Cove was cancelled on Friday and Saturday, due to inclement weather, the remainder of the events continued, including the offshore powerboat racing. We have reports of the event in this edition - which make special mention of the impact on the racing of two ships who choose to cross into the race area - which had been declared to be a closed area to other traffic.
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