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 14 Aug 2011

Sail-World New Zealand: 14 August 2011

Emirates Team NZ come in on starboard and pass Oracle Racing (Spithill) around the windward mark - Cascais ACWS   VirtualEye
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 14 August 2011

In this edition of Sail-World we conclude our coverage of the 2011 Pre-Olympic Test Event in Weymouth, England, and the Extreme Sailing Series also in England - Cowes to be precise.

For New Zealand just one medal from the Pre-Olympics is probably below most expectations. However getting your comeuppance 12 months out from the Main Event is not a bad thing. Those of us with slightly longer memories, will recall the Olympics when one country (not to far from New Zealand) went into the Olympic regatta with three current world champions - but came away without a single medal. This result from Weymouth, is not an Olympic predictor.

Skandia Team GBR medallists - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  © Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR

Comparisons will be made with the Skandia sail for Gold result a six weeks previously. Many of the team came back to NZ, trained in a very cold winter - which does not give quality training - and then returned for the Pre-Olympics. Essentially the New Zealand crews lost their racing edge between the two regattas in Weymouth.

From a New Zealand perspective the Extreme Sailing Series centred on the performance of the second Emirates Team NZ crew, against the more established crews. To be fair, it was a steep learning curve, in some strong breezes. But the Adam Beashel led crew will emerge stronger for the experience, and will take that into the AC72, when the two crews that have competed in Cowes and Cascais are run together as a single crew on the bigger boat.

Extreme Sailing Series - Cowes

  Daniel Forster

The America's Cup World Series has a day to run. In this edition we have saturation coverage of the event. Our apologies to those who don't follow the AC - we will resume normal programming next week.

It is too early to judge the merits of the top three campaigns, suffice to say that Emirates Team NZ is definitely on the pace.

It is not too early to judge the much vaunted TV coverage, and to our eyes it is a disappointment. Not for the quality of the on board shots, which are great. Not for the on-board audio which is incisive. But for the way the coverage is directed.

In short, it has all the right ingredients (including a TV team we are told of 120), but has lost it in the cooking.

Try a couple of tests for yourself. Go to the replay story and start the full YouTube coverage. Once the racing gets underway count how long the director holds a shot - generally it's about 3-9 seconds with most being around the 6-8 second mark.

August 13th 2011, AC45 World Series. Sixth day of racing.  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

The commentators can't keep up with this machine-gun like direction, and talk in more general terms. As a result, the commentary is rather disconnected from the video. Audio with pictures. And there are some great comments from former America's Cup winner and top 18ft skipper, Rob Brown in particular.

As a second check, think back to one of the classic America's Cup monohull races. When the race has been at a balance point, such as two boats closing on opposite tacks. Do you hold the shot - or do you jump to another angle? Yes, generally, you hold the shot while the commentators take you through what could be a key break-point in the race. That doesn't happen in Cascais.

Cascais (POR) - America's Cup World Series - ORACLE Racing - Racing Day 6  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

Next test. Having seen the race on video, and got a picture in your mind as to what you think happened. Go to VirtualEye (yes, it buried in the Discover section of the AC website), and then replay the race you have just watched in video. (You can speed up VE so it doesn't take long). Get a completely different picture? VE is a very cool viewing tool and by playing with 'camera' angles, you can see how unnecessary it is to rapidly cut from shot to shot, as we have seen over the past few days.

In the ideal world viewers could set up VE to run in a split screen from the video - but that is a trick for another day, or night.

Team Vodaphone Sailing - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011  Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 6 now available
Richard Gladwell,
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Fisher's View: Cascais - A Box of Matches on the penultimate day
Bob Fisher,
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NZL Sailing Team: Burling and Tuke win NZ's only Pre-Olympics medal
Jodie Bakewell-White,
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America's Cup World Series - Artemis Racing images
Sander van der Borch images,
Sander van der Borch images of Artemis Racing winning their match against Team Energy to advance in the semi finals.... [more]
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America's Cup: Television NZ announces schedule for World Series
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America's Cup: James Spithill crowned first match race champion
Oracle Racing,
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America's Cup: A winning streak comes to an end for Emirates Team NZ
Warren Douglas,
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Impressive fleet due to set sail from Cowes
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Australian Regatta Action - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media,
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Ed Sinclair,
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Olympic Test Event – Six medal haul for Skandia Team GBR
Lindsey Bell,
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta–Medal Races 49er and Star
International Sailing Federation,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Perfect trade wind conditions
Heather Ewing,
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Frank Quealey,
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Elliott 6 Sailing,
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Richard Gladwell,
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Artemis Racing - Images by Sander van der Borsch,
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NZL Sailing Team:Two more fourth place finishes for NZL in Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White,
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Extreme Sailing Series,
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Pierre Orphanidis,
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Rupert Holmes,
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Bob Fisher,
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Bob Greiser,
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richard Brown,
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Aon Racing back in action at Sopot Match Race
Aon Racing Media,
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - a third straight winning day
Warren Douglas,
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta -Medal Races 470 and Laser
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Japan's Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata sealed a fantastic gold medal in the Women's 470 after they overhauled Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark on a day that decided the medals in the Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Cascais - Paradise Lost and maybe Regained?
Bob Fisher,
Some days one has to take a break from the pursuit of pleasure – not that I have tired of it, far from that, but I am on another promise and I await developments in that direction with acute interest. Besides, I went to the 'wrong' party in search of rides last evening... [more]
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34th America's Cup and YouTube announce Media Partnership
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America's Cup World Series: Full replay of Race Day 4 now available
Richard Gladwell,
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Laser Masters Worlds day 4 - It's not over 'til it's over
Paige Brooks,
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Solo Sailor turns Southern Corner and heads for home
Terry Travers,
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NZL Sailing Team: Tobin tops medal race for fourth place finish
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand's Andrew Murdoch will start the Laser Medal Race with the lead at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 National Regatta – but with just two points between the top three placed sailors it's set to be an all-time battle. The fleet sailed the final two races of the qualifying series overnight – Murdoch retaining his lead after placing 9th and 2nd. But Tom Slingsby (AUS) was able to close th... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 day 6 - Hold on to the beast
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cowes has reached the penultimate day six in which The Wave, Muscat has managed to hold on to their lead. In the late afternoon, the wind dropped below twenty knots and the turning tide flattened out the sea to allow racing to begin.... [more]
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