Sail-World New Zealand: 11 Feb 2012 - Field on Global Ocean Race issues...Coutts reveals Cup TV deal...Reaction to Ainslie decision

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 11 Feb 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 11 February 2012

Ross Field outlines the options at Ascot Hospital, Auckland  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 10 February 2012

There has been plenty of sailing action over the last few days.

On Thursday and Friday morning, Sail-World participated in two online media conferences with Russell Coutts and Iain Murray, both had some common themes and specific points of interest. We have one of those in this edition - the statement that a significant US TV deal is imminent.

While TV coverage in NZ is taken very for granted, with every race, of every Louis Vuitton and America's Cup being covered either live or on a highlights program since October 1986. That is not the case elsewhere in the world.

So the Free to Air broadcaster announcement in US is significant - both for the fan base there, plus the America's Cup generally, and the exposure it will give Challenger sponsors and the event.

Shore Crews make repairs to the Volvo Open 70's in the Sanya race village, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.   Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

The other area of focus has been the crew numbers of the AC72, and the realisation that with just 11 crew, and six of those grinding, there aren't going to be any spare hands aboard. We'll cover this in more depth on

There were a few more issues raised, which will be explored further. Despite the doom and gloom that emanated from Murray's comments earlier about their being only three Challengers for the Louis Vuitton Cup, there has been a lot more optimism from other sources we've spoken to - who aren't connected. But time will tell.

Thelma and Rawhiti - Southern Trust Classic Yacht Regatta  Colin Preston

Yesterday afternoon, we caught up with Ross Field on his way to the specialist to consult on the treatment for his injured back. Recovery is likely to be several months. We talked to him about what happened in the Global Ocean Race, and where to next for Buckley Systems. Field didn't pull any punches in his comments about the race organisers, who would seem to have only two of their five competitors on side. Quite where this race is headed remains to be seen, however in our view you can't do what has been done in this race, without granting the affected parties redress and allowing them a reasonable opportunity to get back into the race.

Naiad will build four tenders for Oracle Racing  

Staying with the America's Cup, there's been another success story for a New Zealand company, with Nelson based Naiad being commissioned to build four inflatable support vessels for the Oracle Racing AC72 program. We have details in the issue. The boats are designed in Nelson, and constructed in Newport.

The decision of the Royal Yachting Association is out on the Ben Ainslie case from the 2011 ISAF World Championships in Perth. Predictably it was 'he has been punished enough'. Whether the International Sailing Federation see it that way is another matter. It is hard to see Yachting Australia taking action - given that ISAF is the superior body in this issue.

!8fters, Sydney Race 18 10 February 2012 - Commodore Cup 2012  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Global Ocean Race: Ross Field vents frustrations and looks at options
Ben Gladwell,
Former winner of the Volvo Ocean race, Ross Field, is back in Auckland a week after having to withdraw from Leg 3, of the Global Ocean Race. Sail-World door stopped Field on his way to see medical specialists about the back and other injuries he sustained after the race leaders were forced to beat to windward for a week. He had just heard that race organisers had moved the mark. His reaction ........ [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 9 - Oversubscribed!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover It's now just 26 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Southern Trust Classic Yachts Regatta
Colin Preston,
Sail-World's Colin Preston was on hand yetserday evening to catch the J-class Endeavour being loaded aboard a yacht transporter, and took in some of the classic yacht fleet in the Viaduct Harbour for the Southern Trust Classic Yachts Regatta... [more]
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Olympic contender Viper strikes ahead of evaluation trials
Viper International Class Association,
At the Pattaya International Multihull Festival, multiple Olympian Carolijn Brouwer and crewmate Brett Goodall sailed their Viper to victory with the boat outperforming its rivals for a spot on the 2016 Olympic program at the week-long event.... [more]
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RYA Tribunal on Perth 2011 incident reactions from Ainslie and Park
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 - Reactions to the RYA Tribunal decision from Ben Ainslie and Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager, are as follows: Ben Ainslie: 'I welcome the RYA Tribunal's decision and am looking forward to fully focussing on my Olympic preparations. I deeply regret the incident, but would like to thank all the governing bodies involved for their thorough investigation.'... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen in pole position
Heather Ewing,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day seven of race eight, from Singapore to Qingdao. The sprint to the Scoring Gate has quickly become a three horse race as Dutch entry De Lage Landen look to pip rival entries Geraldton Western Australia and Gold Coast Australia to the gate securing a valuable three extra points in the process.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Commodore Cup win for Rag and Famish
Frank Quealey,
The 18ft Skiffs Commodore Cup was held today, Friday 10th January, over a 3-buoys course on Sydney Harbour. The event was sailed as a twilight race in a 20-knot North East wind, with threatening skies, and resulted in a win for the Rag and Famish Hotel team of Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris by 1m18s.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Field calls for Leg 3 to be suspended
Ivor Wilkins,
The Global Ocean Race organizers should suspend racing in the current leg and restart the race in Uruguay following their decision to shift the mandatory Southern Ocean scoring gate in mid-race, says Ross Field of Team Buckley Systems. Within hours of Team Buckley Systems and the French Campagne de France yachts arriving back in New Zealand, the Race Committee put out a notice that the scoring... [more]
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America's Cup: Naiad to build four Oracle Racing support boats
Oracle Racing Media,
Naiad is proud to announce that it has recently signed an Official Supplier agreement with ORACLE Racing, the champion America's Cup team based in San Francisco. Naiad has been appointed to design and build four support vessels for the Defender's AC45 and AC72 yachts.... [more]
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Australian Women's Match Racing Team ceases campaign
Craig Heydon,
Nicky Souter, Katie Spithill and Jessica Eastwell have made the difficult decision to cease their Olympic campaign. From the team: 'we do not believe the new combination can develop its obvious potential sufficiently in the short time remaining, and therefore it is with considerable personal disappointment that we have decided it is fairer to everyone to conclude our campaign at this point.'... [more]
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America's Cup: Major free to air US television deal imminent - Coutts
Richard Gladwell,
In a media conference this morning, Russell Coutts revealed that a major broadcast deal was imminent for the USA. When pressed further Coutts said the deal was with one of the major US broadcasters and was a free to air package.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea sign two current Olympic World Champions
Team Korea have announced that their America's Cup sailing team has been joined by two current World Champion sailors. Australian Nathan Outteridge comes aboard as new skipper and helmsman,looking to continue the success that the team has had with its policy of using young skiff talent to lead its challenge for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Camper calling in the coaches
Skipper Chris Nicholson is keen Camper set themselves up well for the fourth leg with a strong showing in the Sanya In-Port race and Coach Rod Davis and team video analyst Joey Allan are flying to Sanya to work with Chris Nicholson's crew on their short course racing.... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Josh Junior heads the leaderboard
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron/Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup 2012, an ISAF Grade 3 under 25 match racing regatta, third day of racing got underway on Sydney Harbour. New Zealander Josh Junior and Australians David Gilmour, Jordan Reece and Jay Griffin and their crews emphatically won their way through to the finals today.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - New Zealand's resurgence
Frank Quealey,
New Zealand's 18ft Skiff sailors will make their strongest challenge in recent years when they contest the JJ Giltinan. The New Zealand resurgence can only be good for the class as it continues its international progression.... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2012: Light airs plague racing on final day
Kristine Lederis,
The final day of Sail Auckland 2012 was plagued by light winds and extremely shifty conditions. There were no races completed today in the 470, 420, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn, so final results in those divisions are the ones that remain from yesterday. The RS:X, SKUD 18 and 2.4mR were the lucky three classes to finish both of their races as scheduled, and the 29er and 49er skiffs had just one... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Intense competition on Sydney Harbour
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron/Peter Campbell,
Hardy Cup - Hardy Cup 2012, an ISAF Grade 3 under 25 match racing regatta, finally got underway today, Tuesday 7th February, on Sydney Harbour after Monday's abandonment due to strong southerly winds. Despite a light and flukey morning breeze and a later shift in wind direction the event produced intense competition between the young sailors from Australia and New Zealand... [more]
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Hardy Cup - Reece confident he can stem Kiwi tide
Peter Campbell,
Racing in the Hardy Cup, the prestigious under 25, ISAF grade 3 match-racing regatta is expected to start this morning. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron member Jordan Reece is confident he can stem the Kiwi tide... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing battered
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - Throughout Sunday, thoughts of competitive racing were temporarily suspended for one of the Class40s in the Southern Ocean as the South African team on Phesheya-Racing was forced to heave-to in strong headwinds and confused seas. Furthest south at 48 degrees leading the trio, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel missed the worst of the gale with Cessna Citation... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2012's Penultimate race day
Kristine Lederis,
Just one day remains for Sail Auckland 2012, New Zealand's premier Olympic and Paralympic class regatta. Today saw slightly lighter winds and choppy water on most courses due to the influx of Waitangi Day holiday goers enjoying some time on the Waitemata Harbour.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 8 - 26 days to go!
VOR Auckland Stopover,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China). Read the latest news here. It's now just 28 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is racing towards Sanya (China) and the end of Leg 3. Read the latest news her... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Volunteers Oversubscribed for Auckland Stopover!
Penny Dain,
Hundreds of applicants have signed up as volunteers for next month's Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race and the organisers have now closed volunteer registration. 'Just under 500 volunteers have registered on the database and we've been blown away by the quality and commitment,' says Port Director Tom Mayo... [more]
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New Plymouth Yacht Club hosts Optimist Pre-Nationals
Wayne Holdt,
The 2012 Opti Pre Nats have finished with Sam Simpson KYC winning the 68 boat open fleet from Leonard Takahashi Fry MBBC and William McKenzie KYC in third. The regatta was sailed in light winds with five of the six races sailed in the open fleet and all four races sailed in the green fleet.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team lead at Sail Auckland after Day 2
Christine Lederis,
Sail Auckland 2012 is now half completed and the results are starting to take shape for competitive finishes. New Zealand's selected Olympians for 2012 are all proving their status as top in their fleet of NZ, and two National Champions are about to emerge as favourable conditions continued today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dalton claims expense at root of low challenger numbers
Contrary to claims elsewhere, Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is reported in the Herald on Sunday as saying that expense is the main reason there are so few challengers in the next America's Cup and not the oft-blamed world economy. Earlier in the week, America's Cup organisers were keen to damp down comments by America's Cup Regatta Management's Regatta Director, Iain Murray... [more]
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Sail Auckland 2012 begins with ideal conditions
Kristine Lederis,
After much anticipation, Sail Auckland 2012 has begun in near perfect conditions for 237 sailors in the Olympic, Paralympic and other invited classes.... [more]
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