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 04 May 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 4 May 2011

Under full tow - the three man bigger rig option for the Elliott 6SS  Elliott Marine
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 4 May 2011

In this edition of Sail-World, we continue our coverage of the America's Cup Media Trials, which wrap up on Friday in Auckland.

On the other side of the world in St Petersburg, Russia, the International Sailing Federation are staging their Mid-Year Meeting, which normally doesn't attract too much attention - except this meeting is to confirm the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio de Janeiro.

The meeting, or series of meetings, are the final play in the process that started in May 2010, when the ISAF's Olympic Commission set out its views on how the Olympics and sport should be shaped.

In this edition we have the first part of a two part series, which looks at the background to the meeting this week and our view as to why things are the way they are.

One of the issues is that the delegates to the meeting, and its predecessors, seem to be unable to disconnect their thinking from the current range of Olympic classes, typified by the view that if you think of a Mens Keelboat, as an Event (which is what they are supposed to be selecting, this week) then you think of the century old Star as the only option.

America's Cup legend, John Bertrand tries the AC45 - Day 4 - America's Cup Trials  Gilles Martin-Raget/Oracle Racing.com

New Zealand designer, Greg Elliott drew the lines of the boat currently used for the Womens Match racing event - the Elliott 6M. Now he has produced some enhanced options which take the Elliott 6M firmly into the two (or three) man keelboat Olympic slot, with the advantage, that like the Laser it uses the same hull, but different rig options for crew numbers and weight.

As can be seen by the image here, she is a very hot boat.

Part of the Elliott design legacy has been the development of various youth training fleets around the world - which have been the stepping stone into the match racing circuit, America's Cup and could be a very good Olympic option - and compatible with the investment made for in the existing Womens keelboat by many countries around the world. Building sailing fleets in so-called developing sailing countries is part of the Olympic Commission prescription. Do you make the connection??

Two man Elliott 6S blasts away on a test sail - a sound two man Olympic keelboat option.  Elliott Marine

From what we hear the ISAF is set to drop the keelboat completely from the Olympic regatta (for Men and Women). That means that the largest part of sailing is not represented at the Olympics.

Later today we will be publishing Part 2 of the Olympic commentary which looks at the Event options.

Also in this edition of Sail-World, double Olympic medalist Bruce Kendall wades in with his thoughts on kiteboarding as an Olympic event. It's a controversial view.

The Volvo Ocean Race is gearing up, first with the launch of Camper - campaigned by Emirates Team NZ. She is currently headed for Dunedin. We have reports of her port tour in this edition, but sadly few images.

On the East Coast of USA, Puma is the second Volvo 70 to be launched and we have images of her first sail and spectacular hull and sail graphics in this edition.

Puma Racing - first sail  George Bekris

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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Richard Gladwell,
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Images of the Waitemata: America's Cup Media Trials - Fleet Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics
Bruce Kendall,
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America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
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Aon Racing win Korea Match Cup Qualifier
Black Sheep Racing Media,
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Sailrocket 2 - on the way to an outright world speed sailing record?
Paul Larsen,
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER's tour of New Zealand continues
Emirates Team NZ media,
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail
George Bekris,
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RORC Cervantes Trophy a blast reach to Le Havre
Louay Habib,
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World Match Racing Tour skipper Peter Gilmour aims for fourth title
World Match Racing Tour,
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Top of the Gulf 2011 - 'must be accounted a success'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 8
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 02 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup standings shuffle
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Platu 25 Alpen Cup victory for Nanuk
Sabrina Bonaiti,
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta entry from French yachting dynasty
Volvo Ocean Race Legends,
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Storm, stunts and victory at the season opener for Team Gaebler
Roland Gaebler + Nahid,
Roland Gaebler updates us on what was the perfect start of the multihull sailing season in north Europe for the team.... [more]
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World Speed Record contender Sailrocket 2's speed transitions
Paul Larsen,
Latest from Paul Larsen on the progress of Vestas Sailrocket 2 and the team in their attempt to beat the outright world sailing speed record. 'Yesterday evening we had our third session of tow testing of the bare platform. The new second 'step' on the rear underside of the hull quickly ventilated from behind at speeds as low as three-four knots.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
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Russian Finn revolution - Interview with Vasiliy Kravchenko
Robert Deaves,
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34th America's Cup and magic buttons
Leighton O'Connor,
Last Wednesday, I was invited to a press conference in New Zealand wrapping up the third day of testing the AC45's. Unfortunately, I had to journey down under via a conference call. The kick off time was 4PM their time - midnight my time. I figured what the heck. Conan is all repeats this week and Letterman has been pretty lame lately.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - great skills and battles
Corinne McKenzie,
Semaine Olympique Française regatta features the ten Olympic sailing events and Paralmypic classes and is the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. This year's regatta has seen many displays of great skill and battles in Hyères, France... [more]
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Perth 2011 Championships promoted by HMB Endeavour
Perth 2011,
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29er Eurocup Number 2, Cavalaire, France
29er Class Association,
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Sailors sail away with the prizes at the Cook Island Sports Awards
OSAF media,
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Korea Match Cup Qualifier 2011 round up from Zoke Kiwi Match
Logan Fraser,
A cold, windy and sporadic final day see's us finish a disappointing fourth in the 2011 Korea Match Cup Qualifier. It was a day marred with delays as a gusty breeze pushing into the mid 20's in the morning meant it was very trying for both crews and race committee to try and complete the full programme of racing.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Australian Championship trifecta for Press and Yabsley
Murray Press,
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Top of the Gulf 2011 – under grey skies
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Hey, what happened to all the sunshine? Who turned the lights out? It was a grey and muggy scene for the start of today's racing, with rain squalls passing along the shoreline to the south of the race course, playing havoc with the breeze. RO Simon James AP'd the starts until almost 1200 hrs while as it settled down (a bit)... [more]
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