Emirates Team NZ head out for more wingsail testing and pass the magnificent pohutukawa, or NZ Christmas tree, in full bloom on North Head Ben Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 3rd January 2012
Firstly, we 'd like to wish all our readers, advertisers and contributors a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday season and a great New Year.
The 2011 Optimist Worlds are underway in Napier, being the biggest single world sailing championship ever staged in NZ.
Many would argue that the Optimist Worlds, are the most difficult championship to win of all the world titles sailed, due to the intense qualification process that is involved to select the five person teams that are permitted to represent each country, and keep some control on numbers. Many countries are selecting just five sailors from a selection series comprising over 200 competitors - and the numbers seen at the worlds are the pinnacle of a much larger fleet.
2011 Optimist Worlds Napier, Day 2 Matías Capizzano/Optiworlds
Three New Zealand sailors were recognised in the New Years Honours, including Jim Young for services to boat design and building, solo sailor Graeme Kendall and round the world sailor, Simon Grundry. We have brief profiles on each in this edition of Sail-World.com
Also recognised was Ian Taylor, of Animation Research Ltd, the Dunedin based multimedia company, which developed the graphics used in the 1992 America's Cup - about the time email was just making its mark - and which have continued and been expanded into a number of other sports over the ensuing 20 years. We have an in-depth feature on Ian Taylor and ARL together with several clips of their latest work covering Formula 1, Cricket, Sailing and several other sports and activities. The four person team that first developed the systems back in 1991 are still working together 20 years later - and that in itself tells you something else about ARL.
Three boats have finished the Global Ocean Race, New Zealand team of Ross and Campbell Field remain on top of the leaderboard despite finishing second into Wellington and getting a typical Wellington welcome with 50-60kt winds on the final day. New Zealand's Conrad Colman and Artemis Offshore Academy crewman Sam Goodchild crossed the finish line on Friday. We have reports and video of the finish in this edition of Sail-World.com
On the last day of 2011, there were a few interesting announcement from the America's Cup Jury on a couple of cases that it has been considering involving Emirates Team NZ. The first involves a declaration as to whether the SL33's that have been used by the team for training in Auckland for the past six months are street-legal in terms of the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup.
Paper Tiger Racing - 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships Rachel Leatham
The other is a response to a series of ten questions put forward by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club as to a partnership they were contemplating with an unamed team, but clearly aimed at defining the legality and ground rules for the announced Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa partnership. The Challenger of Record also made submissions on the issue. We have the simple analysis of the answers to the questions in this edition of Sail-World, along with links to the full Jury response for those who like to see the detail.
The course configurations for the 2013 America's Cup have also been announced.
The Volvo Ocean Racers are on a ship, headed for the drop-down point adjacent to Abu Dhabi. We have decided to delay publication of the next Volvo Ocean race newsletter until after the finish of the leg. In the meantime don't miss the video summary of the last two months of the race - it is excellent and in HD.
We are trying to follow the progress of Loick Peyron and his 14 strong crew aboard the maxi trimaran, Banque Populaire as they near the end of their Jules Verne Trophy attempt. At last report they were 1,000nm ahead of the record mark for a non-stop circumnavigation, and had erred on the side of caution to sail a longer, but safer course to skirt around some unfavourable weather. We have several reports and videos from on board Banque Populaire and will have updates on their progress as best we are able.
Celebrations aboard Banque Populaire V - Passage de l'Equateur - Day 39, 31 December 2011 BPCE
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