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Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 26 June 2011
Early Saturday morning, local time just over 1900 yachts started in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. It is an eclectic fleet . The professional and the amateur. Multihull against monohull. One off racer vs one design. The just launched and the classic. Those who do the race every year, and those who are doing it for the first time. The celebrities, the sponsors and the club sailors.
While some are doing it for the challenge and experience, there is a record to be snatched, and a race to be won. This is more about bragging rights, and finishing the course, not season's points.
In this edition of Sail-World we carry some great images from the race. Sure it's a bit of a hoot, but it is a great advertisement for sailing, and a great way to get non-sailing people interested in the sport. Plus like any yacht race, once you get competitors milling around before the start, all the bonhomie ceases, the game faces go on, and she is a serious business.
Out of all the best, the beautiful and fastest, the race was won by a 26ft production boat - albeit an extremely well-sailed one.
Over the past two Saturday afternoons, we've had the pleasure of listening to PJ Montgomery, showing once again that he is much more than just a great yachting commentator as he conducts a six hour sports show on Newstalk ZB. (He also does the sideline commentary for premier rugby matches, most Saturday nights, plus a general Sunday morning sports show - the highest rating radio show in NZ).
But his Saturday or Sunday afternoon shows are a too rare treat. They are also a great opportunity for sailing matters and sailors to get an airing by someone who understands sailing, to a more general sporting audience. In this edition we feature four audio interviews from the past two Saturdays - with Gary Jobson, Dean Barker, Dan Slater and Tom Ashley.
PJ's got that rare ability to get people to say what they probably wouldn't tell anyone else, and these four interviews are no different.
They're not to be missed. (Go to www.newstalk.co.nz and click on the Audio Archive/Week on Demand link to hear the full six hours from noon on Saturday).
On Thursday morning, NZT, the latest America's Cup Challenger, previously unannounced, was unveiled in Valencia, Spain.
These announcements have frankly, become a bit of a yawn. Why? Because in withholding the name of a Challenger a lot of the intrigue and speculation is taken out of the game.
Who is in, and who is not, and who might be is all part of the early Cup cycle.While the teams might find it dreadfully convenient to operate behind this sort of smokescreen. For the fans it is a turn-off. And, when the announcements do come, en masse, they lose most of their impact.
Portimao Portugal Match Cup 2011 Rui Valido
It's a bit like hearing someone has had a baby, when the mother wouldn't tell anyone she was pregnant. That vital mix of intrigue, surprise and anticipation is lost. The team announcements are not the celebration of a milestone reached, that they should be.
Whether the America's Cup will recover from this PR snafu, and the teams can build a domestic fan base, remains to be seen.
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