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 08 May 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 8 May 2011

The Elliott 6 was on the line at the ISAF Mid year Meeting  Nico Martinez
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 8 May 2011

The International Sailing Federation's Mid-Year meeting took centrestage on Friday and Saturday as the Events for the 2016 Olympiad were determined.

As is usual when such decisions are made, any notions that the best interests of the sport being paramount, are quickly put aside, and the usual power struggle emerges between the Star keelboat and the 470 dinghy as they struggle to remain in the Olympic Sailing Regatta.

Sadly the common tactic, when the going gets tough, is to pick the weakest class and try to throw them out of the equation.

This happened once again on Friday, when the 49er became the target, to the incredulity of many of those at the meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. Even more amazingly, the body firing the bullets at the most spectacular boat in the Olympics, was the ISAF's Executive Committee.

We have several reports in this edition on how the debate and amazing battle unfolded, and what the Events will be for the 2016 Olympics to be staged in Rio de Janeiro.

As discussed in the wrap-up story on the final day of the Council Meeting, we believe the actions of the Executive Committee, and others, will have a far more reaching effect in the ISAF's affairs than just this meeting.

34th America's Cup - AC45 Test Event - Day 9  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

For some time we have been railing against PR sanitising of sailing events. There is no more graphic example of this practice than the official ISAF report on the Mid-Year meeting and the other reports of the same event. Reading the ISAF report one could be excused for believing they were at another venue. To be fair, many other event spin doctors are equally as guilty.

Sailing needs colour - as other sports do - and they make as many headlines during the week as they do in the weekend. Life's not all good news and happy clapping. Reporting what really happened, it's essential to build a fan base. The lows are just as important as the highs. That's what sport is about. Celebrate and report it.

The America's Cup Media Trials have concluded in Auckland and the AC45's are being packed off to Europe.

On the water media boxes get a check over - 34th America's Cup - AC45 Test Event - Day 5  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

In this edition of Sail-World, we have a couple of reports on the final two days. Unfortunately the racing had concluded, due to boat breakdowns, on Friday, when we arrived at North Head, on the appointed time, to see some TV footage.

There will be come footage screened when the television deals are formally announced - however no doubt these will be carefully edited to show the coverage in the best light. It will not be until the first America's Cup World series event in Cascais, Portugal that the success or otherwise of the new media innovations in the America's Cup will be known.

Remember these guys? Alinghi team during the 2nd day of Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs D35 -   Chris Schmid / Eyemage Media Schmid - Copyright

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor


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2016 Olympics: ISAF Half Yearly meeting - a Multihull perspective
Paul Pascoe, Chairman ISAF Multihull Commission,
The International Sailing Federation is a funny beast, and no more so than when the boats are selected every four years to represent sailing at the Olympic Games. When it comes to making these decisions, you have no friends, strange bedfellows frequently arise and knives in the back are not unknown.... [more]
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America's Cup: Over and Out from Auckland
America's Cup Media and Gilles Martin-Raget,
With the conclusion of the America's Cup test sessions in Auckland, most teams are in pack-up mode, heading for Europe. The weekend in Auckland has been devoted to dis-assembling the AC45s and their wings, and fitting them into shipping containers for the move from Auckland. Plus Artemis Racing give their thoughts on video on the AC 45 and the lessons learned in Auckland... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - She sails!
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket 2 headed across to 'speed-spot' with her wing sail in place. We got across to speed-spot and headed for the shore next to the two timing huts. Everything has to be evaluated. Do we pull her up on the shore or just stick the forward rudder in the sand and let the rest pivot around it?... [more]
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RYA applauds 2016 sailing events decision
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has today welcomed the International Sailing Federation's selection of sailing events for the 2016 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup 2011 final day battle lines drawn
Julie Royer,
The battle lines have been drawn for the final day of racing for the Nespresso Cup tomorrow after today's penultimate day produced only one race in the light conditions of Portofino.... [more]
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ISAF confirms Events for 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the ten events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. ISAF President Göran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided.... [more]
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ISAF agree to mixed sailing as an Olympic sport discipline
Roland and Nahid Gaebler,
The victory at the Tornado World Sailing Championship in a mixed team is just 9 months ago and now our sport is an Olympic discipline.... [more]
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Grand Prix Beau Rivage Palace Vulcain Trophy images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid / Eyemage Media,
Grand Prix Beau Rivage Palace images by photographer Chris Schmid.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher.... [more]
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ISAF Exec set to raspberry Events, Olympic Commission and IOC
Andy Rice - Sailjuice,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice column titled '11th hour intervention from ISAF Exec smells fishy' 'ISAF Executive Committee recommendations are out. Supporting Star, mixed Multi, 2x470 but No Skiff!! Holy shit!' This tweet betrays what many in St Petersburg are thinking, yet few dare say in public at ISAF Conference. The lunatics are in danger of taking over the asylum again.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Sailors of the World - Hang your heads and weep!
Richard Gladwell,
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday.... [more]
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Grand Prix Beau Rivage Palace D35 fleet win to Artemis
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard updates us from Geneva on Artemis Racing's D35 fleet victory in the Grand Prix Beau Rivage Palace.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup - Close battles on day one
Julie Royer,
The opening day of the Nespresso Cup in Portofino, produced some close racing and magnificent battles in both divisions.... [more]
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Boards in the Olympic Sailing regatta - mixed, team, and, or, and-or ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A mixed - or 'team' medal - in the boards category means two competitors from one country fighting for one medal. This can either be two kiteboarders (man and woman) for one medal, or one kiteboarder and one windsurfer of the same gender, again fighting for one medal. Examples of other Olympic sports are team ski jumping, team dressage and the recently introduced team luge, amongst others.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup 2011 preview
Emily Caroe,
Nespresso Cup 2011 Wally contenders have arrived in the exquisite Italian harbour as preparations get underway to contest for ‘The Ultimate Cup'... [more]
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IRC52 Highland Fling XII in construction at McConaghy Boats
Reichel Pugh Yacht Design,
Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design is pleased to announce that construction is underway for their latest generation of 52' IRC optimized racing yacht at the McConaghy Boats facilities in Zhuhai, China... [more]
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Open de España lead to Ian Williams
Real Club Náutico de Calpe,
Sun and light breeze greeted competitors during the first racing day at the Open de España in Calpe.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challengers reduce to 14 teams + Video
Richard Gladwell,
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World this morning that one of the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club had been declined. When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March 2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be kept confidential, and two of those were listed as... [more]
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RC44 class joined by Aleph Sailing Team
The RC44 Championship Tour 2011 moves to Lake Traunsee in Austria on the 10th May, where a second new team will join the Tour.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup - Its a wrap
European freestyle enjoys a spell in the limelight after Belgium's Steven Van Broeckhoven secures his first ever PWA Surf World Cup victory on the waters of Lake Neusiedler.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show promotes easy transport options
Kate Duryea,
Visitors to the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will have an additional easy transport option this year when the event opens in less than two weeks on Thursday, May 19.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup - The stage is set in Portofino
Nespresso Cup,
The Wally contenders for the Nespresso Cup 2011 have arrived in the exquisite Italian harbour of Portofino as preparations get underway to contest for ‘The Ultimate Cup'.... [more]
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ISAF finishes voting on mixed multihulls in the Summer Olympics
Roland and Nahid Gaebler,
The ISAF Events Committee just finished the voting procedure at the midyear conference in St. Petersburg and there was no discussion for the comeback of the Multihull.... [more]
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Kite surfers awarded Hanson Rescue Medals
Jake Fish,
US Sailing will award three Hanson Rescue Medals to kite surfers Jeff Spiller, Paolo Frediani and Jeff Harrison for a rescue made off the coast of San Francisco's Ocean Beach on April 9, 2011.... [more]
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Forceracing reports on NZ Optimist Nationals and coaching clinics
Andrew Brown www.forceracing.com,
Forceracing's Andrew Brown updates on the NZ Optimist Nationals, coaching at Kohimaramara, J Sails performance and the NZ Youth team. The NZL Optimist Nationals finished on Easter Monday at Wakatere Boating Club with 310 entries over the open and green fleet. The Opti Nationals is a hard event with a one day teams racing event held and then the main event being scheduled over five days.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutek finishes sprint four
Velux 5 Oceans,
He's done it! Tenacious Polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski brought to an end a gruelling 38-day sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, USA, today as he crossed the finish line of the fourth leg of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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Artemis Racing adds new multihull to its fleet
Artemis Racing,
34th America's Cup Swedish Challenger Artemis Racing has a new addition to the team's fleet of multihulls, a Decision 35.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skipper Gutkowski finishes sprint four
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans polish solo sailor Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has finished fourth in the fourth sprint of the round the world yacht race.... [more]
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Isobel Jennings – Awarded by YNZ for Service
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Forty year member of the Marakura Yacht Club, Isobel Jennings was surprised with the presentation of a Yachting New Zealand Service Award at the Club's 40th Jubilee Regatta held at Easter.... [more]
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Opti Worlds 2012 Update: IODA President visits Napier
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Peter Barclay, of Peru, the President of the International Optimist Association (IODA) recently enjoyed a four day visit to New Zealand in advance of the 2012 Optimist World Championships being staged in Napier over the New Year period.... [more]
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Junior Kiwi Sailors excel at Aussie O'pen BIC Cup
Bevan McKavanagh,
Over seventy sailors, with just under that number of O'pen BIC's sailing, great weather, great company and wind. Such was the scenario for a couple of junior Auckland sailors that crossed the Tasman to compete in the second annual Australian O'pen BIC Cup, with the younger of the two Herbert brothers, (Sean) taking first place in the competitive U12 division.... [more]
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Waka Racing: Welcome onboard KZ Race Furlers as new sponsor
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing is proud to announce a new sponsor ahead of the upcoming World Match Race Tour. We welcome and thank KZ Race Furlers for coming onboard to support our team ahead of what is going to be a big year for us.... [more]
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Retain the Olympic Women's Keelboat Event for Brazil 2016
Elliott 6m Sailing,
In November 2008 when ISAF Council selected the Elliott 6m as the supplied keelboat for the Women's keelboat event at the 2012 Olympics, they catapulted women's sailing into the 21st century. The Elliott 6m is modern, fast and exciting to sail at the 204kg crew weight. The new boat was welcomed by sailors throughout the world. From a variety of different sailing disciplines, the athletes embraced... [more]
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Response to Bruce Kendall on Kiteboarding and the Olympics
Markus Schwendtner,
Markus Schwendtner of the International Kiteboarding Association rsponds to double Olympic Windsurfing medalist and windsurfing world champion, Bruce Kendall's comments yesterady in Sail-World. He writes: Bruce Kendall reflected on Kiteboarding being too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Sailing Regatta.... [more]
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Cervantes Trophy Race success for British Keelboat Academy
The first offshore of the year for the British Keelboat Academy, the RORC Cervantes Trophy Race, proved a successful race... [more]
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Transpacific Yacht Race: Alaska Eagle has openings for Honolulu
Kimball Livingston,
Alaska Eagle, will be back in California in time to accompany the Transpacific Yacht Race 2011 as communications vessel.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup final day - First world cup victory
The freestyle discipline witnesses a changing of the guard on the final day in Podersdorf for the PWA Surf World Cup.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Iehl targets world championship
With the overall winner of the WMRT being crowned the ISAF Match Racing World Champion nothing but success will do for Damien Iehl.... [more]
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ISAF Training Scholarship
The eight week ISAF Training Scholarship will provide candidates with all the training and experience required to help develop and sustain a successful sail training programme.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for May 2011 released
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 4 May 2011 have been released. Great Britain retains its lead as the top nation in the rankings.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2
Richard Gladwell,
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics... [more]
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