Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 25 September 2011
The Global Ocean Race gets underway in Palma, Spain as we write. Six two man crews will contest the 30,000nm race which sailed the traditional round the world route with just four stopovers in Cape Town, Wellington, Punta del Este and Charleston (USA) before finishing back in Mallorca, Spain.
New Zealand father and son crew of Ross and Campbell Field sailing Buckley Systems Ltd, must stand a grand chance of winning the race which is in its second edition.
In this edition we have another report from BSL - this one from the night before the start of the event.
Campbell Field below decks on BSL - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Global Ocean Race
Elsewhere in Spain, Alicante to be precise, the six teams entered in the Volvo Ocean Race have also begun assembling ahead of the start on 5 November. Team Sanya (Mike Sanderson) has already arrived, and Groupama (Franck Cammas) is on her way, as is Camper (Chris Nicholson). We have reports on the build up in this issue.
In the last edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we carried the release by the International Sailing Federation of the specification for Evaluations Trials for the new Mixed Multihull class and also the Womens High Performance skiff - both will be used in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Tornado class President and current World Champion Roland Gaebler has identified what he believes are a number of flaws in the specification, and sets these out in this edition. We have added some other information that was passed to us. It would seem that this class is off to a very flawed start.
The Extreme Sailing Series gets under way again on Wednesday, in Nice. There will be 11 teams, competing four past and present America's Cup teams.
Emirates Team NZ will be competing, this time with Dean Barker back on the helm. We name the crews in this edition.
Smeg on Sydney Harbour - Sydney 18ft Skiffs Ali Chapman - copyright
We expect to have some very good coverage of this event, without the nonsense of blocked video content that the America's Cup World Series have adopted.
On that subject, we have as yet had no response to some questions put to the America's Cup Events Authority concerning the blocked vide clips in New Zealand. We hope to have more this coming week.
Certainly for New Zealand sailing fans, who have been able to follow the America's Cup for over 25 years, the events of last week came as a real kick in the guts, and a betrayal of the Kiwi fans by event organisers who had promised that the 34th America's Cup would be a big step up on what has gone before.
Peter Vinton - Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Open 2011 Gair Matthews
The effect of the video block of some Youtube coverage was underlined by an email received today: America's Cup Commentary General Request - I would love to see a piece by Richard Gladwell with his evaluations of the teams, boats, race courses, etc based on the events in Cascais and Plymouth. Of most interest would be his commentary on the teams.
We'd love to be able to accede to this request, unfortunately - because of the actions of ACEA - we can't see the event live, or in full replay, in New Zealand and can't comment. Our apologies, but we aren't the ones who should be apologising. New Zealand sailing fans deserve much, much better than this.
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