Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 11 May 2011
The fallout from the International Sailing Federation's decision to drop all keelboats from the 2016 Olympic Events slate has been rather muted, however at least one player, Andrew Campbell, the 2008 US Olympic representative in the Mens Singlehander (Laser) made the switch to the Mens Keelboat (Star) - only to find that he will be on a one cycle Olympic campaign.
We have his commentary on the matter in this edition of Sail-World.
Emirates Team NZ has set off on their 2000nm qualifying voyage from the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race. In this edition we have a wrap up on their highly successful ports tour, and have a couple of videos from that event as well - including some on board footage.
Tomorrow through to Sunday will see the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show running in Auckland. This is claimed to be the largest boat show in New Zealand and certainly has something for everyone.
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker visits the CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand VO70 yacht during it's visit to Lyttelton. Pictured here left to right Dean Barker, Bob Parker, Chris Nicholson and Kevin Shoebridge. 7/5/2011 Emirates Team NZ
The weekend's weather looks a little bleak - ideal time for fossicking around the Boat Show. You can see the main attractions by clicking here or peruse the entire show guide by clicking here
Tom Ashley and Dave Robertson before the Medal Race - SOF Hyeres 2011 - ISAF World Cup Tour Georgia Schofield
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