Emirates Team New Zealand win the speed trials on day one of the third America's Cup World Series event in San Diego. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 19 November 2011
Our apologies for the lateness of this edition, due to issues with testing the transmission of Sail-World's Olympic newsletter which strained even our mail systems, and is being sent to over 140,000 subscribers. As with the Volvo Ocean Race newsletter these will be sent when there is relevant racing - the first event of which is the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth on the 3-18 December, which will be the main Olympic Qualifier.
The final America's Cup World Series event for 2011 is underway in San Diego, with the Semi-Finals of the Match Racing to be sailed today. Bob Fisher reports for Sail-World on the last two days of racing, and will updating each day for the rest of the regatta on www.sail-world.com
Emirates Team New Zealand has made the Semi-Finals by virtue of having finished in the top three from the seeding racing held earlier in the week, and will sail against Oracle Racing's Jimmy Spithill today. The other Oracle boat sailed by top catamaran sailor, Darren Bundock (AUS) did not make the cut for the Semi-Finals.
In this edition we have featured a compilation of the available videos from the last two days of the series. Several of these are blocked in New Zealand thanks to an agreement between America's Cup Events Authority and Television New Zealand.
New Zealand fans are the only ones in the world subject to these blocks despite other countries, such as France's Canal+ having also signed public broadcast rights agreements, but with no blocking of Youtube coverage.
We understand that there will be no blocking in Italy or Spain when they sign a broadcast rights agreement the same as TVNZ has for the NZ territory.
Three day old slop is caked over inductees of the realm of King Neptune onboard Camper Hamish Hooper/CAMPER/Volvo Ocean Race
Staying with the America's Cup, Emirates Team NZ is being hauled off to the Jury room again by the Defender and Challenger of Record, along with the fledgling Luna Rossa team over their co-operation agreement which was first analysed in Sail-World on 4 November.
Their first snipe at the Kiwis was over their website arrangements, which resulted in Emirates Team New Zealand launching the excellent www.etnzblog.com as their move to attract the so-called Facebook generation.
The point of this latest foray, more of a fishing expedition in the Jury room is not known, as the basis of what they wish to have 'clarified' is not disclosed. To us it all looks perfectly in accord with the Protocol written and signed by the Defender and Challenger of Record, and if they have been hoist by their own petard, then so be it.
Sea farms are a navigational hazard - an issue that will only increase under Government proposals for a four fold increase. Christine Hansen
Mid-week, Yachting New Zealand made a very public stand on its position regarding the new aquaculture legislation, which is intended to created a four fold increase in the economic value of aquaculture. That will effectively mean a four fold increase in the sea area occupied by these farms.
In publishing the Yachting New Zealand statement, Sail-World has added some photos of the Hauraki Gulf and chart extracts from the Marlborough Sounds showing the infiltration of these farms. The extent of their ingress into one of New Zealand's prime cruising grounds is staggering. We have also published a selection of video clips from Canada showing the effects of sea farming on the environment and fish life.
Jean-Pierre Dick & Jeremie Beyou - Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 Alexis Courcoux
As we have said previously, once you have seen an area from which wildlife has been extinguished, you realise the total helplessness of the situation - no amount of money, Government inquiries, admission of systemic failure by governance processes can resolve the problem. The only way to fix the problem is to never let it start in the first place. All individuals, clubs and boating organisations should get behind the stance taken by Yachting New Zealand, and complement that national bodies efforts with their own.
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