ISAF decisions, AC45 heads for Cascais, the latest sailing news from Europe and beyond

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 10 May 2011

ISAF decisions, AC45s and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to's latest European newsletter.

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.

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.
In this edition of Sail-World, we have a couple of reports on the final two days.

05/05/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 Test Event - Day 9  Gilles Martin-Raget/

There will be 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.

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While the focus was on ISAF, other things did happen this week and we have all the latest sailing news from around the world on our website Team

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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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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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.'... [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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World Match Racing Tour skipper Bruni leaning from past mistakes
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour skipper Francesco Bruni admits that he needs to learn from the mistakes of 2010. 'It was our first season as Tour Card Holders so we gained a lot of experience and we are ready for this year.'... [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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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials
Richard Gladwell,
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presents a new approach
Jan Harley,
The proactive approach is the common thread that extends to The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, scheduled for September 10-17, which has announced that extensive on-the-water umpiring will be used for the competition.... [more]
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Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs, D35 Vulcain Trophy images by Chris Schmid
Chris Schmid images,
Vulcain Trophy, Grand Prix Les Ambassadeurs D35 images from photographer Chris Schmid.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup emphatic victories on final day
Julie Royer,
The second edition of the Nespresso Cup came to a conclusion today in Portofino with Andrea Recordati's Indio delivering a near emphatic victory in the Overall Division.... [more]
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Finn UK National Championships - Burrell takes UK title
Robert Deaves,
The Finn UK National Championships at Christchurch Sailing Club ended in fine style with two fantastic races in near perfect conditions in Christchurch Bay.... [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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Open de España win to Ian Williams
Pierre Orphanidis,
Britain's Ian Williams defeated Pierre-Antonie Moravan 3-0 in the Final of the Open de España in Calpe.... [more]
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Yngling European Championship to Dutch crew
Elena Giolai,
The 2011 edition of the European Spring time Yngling Championship, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva, Italy, came to a close today with all eight scheduled races completed.... [more]
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Dragon Guyader Grand Prix 2011 final day
International Dragon Association,
The Dragons drew their reverence among two fabulous races to finish the Dragon Guyader Grand Prix 2011.... [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 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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ISAF Conference - 2016 Olympics : 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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Velux 5 Oceans grand finale
Velux 5 Oceans,
In just over one week the stage will be set for the grand finale of the Velux 5 Oceans as the fleet heads back across the North Atlantic to La Rochelle, the place where their epic adventure began more than eight months ago.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race closing ceremony attended by Royalty
Barcelona World Race,
HRH The Prince of Asturias and Girona attended the Prize Giving Ceremony and official closure of the second edition of the Barcelona World Race, won by French skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on board Virbac-Paprec 3 having covered 25,200 nautical miles of the course in 93 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds.... [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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Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta adds Cruising Class for 2011
Diana Bogaards,
As of 2011, recreational sailors can participate in the offshores of the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta. The annual Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta always commences with the Vuurschepenrace along the Scheveningen coast.... [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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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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