Sail-World New Zealand: 29 April 2012 - FX blasting in 25kts - Video...AC72 Regatta for NZ?...Medals for Kiwis at Hyeres

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 29 Apr 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 29 April 2012

Andy Maloney, Mark Howard, Andrew Murdoch - Semaine Olympique Francaise 2012  Caroline Brisbois
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 29 April 2012

The debate has begun ahead of the Mid Year meeting of the International Sailing Federation over the choice of classes for the , plus the future place of Kiteboarding.

In our last edition we ran the report from the Evaluation Committee, and have since published a response from the RS900, and last night the comments from the FX by Mackay Boats. We publish both in this editon.

The FX includes some spectacular footage, shot yesterday on the Waitemata harbour when the winds were officially recorded as gusting to 31 knots in that vicinity at the time the FX was sailing, crewed by Alex Maloney and Molly Meech. The video was shot partially in response to critics of the FX, who claimed the boat was not up to the mark in a breeze. The reality is that her rig works perfectly and the boat is forgiving and fast.

FX sailing off Takapuna, Auckland with Alex Maloney and Molly Meech  Richard Gladwell

The final blast down the harbour is shown unedited, and is a spectacular piece of sailing. This boat will lift the bar on womens sailing and is set to become the glamour event of the sailing Olympics. The FX also looks destined to become a boat of choice for the Weekend Warriors, keen to have a one design skiff, but with a rig that is more manageable for than the 49er.

The Mixed Multihull choice looks to be set pretty much in favour of the Nacra 17, a new class, with a strong heritage in the current America's Cup multihull thinking. However a world champion in the Tornado class, Roland Gaebler (yes, he won with the Mixed Crew) expresses his concern that increasingly the Olympic classes are becoming the domain of the lightweights. That trend is compounded by the fact that the world population is getting bigger and heavier. We present that case in this edition of Sail-World.

Another area which has not received a lot of publicity, is the report from the Evaluation Committee on the Kiteboarding Trials. It doesn't need a lot of amplification from us and can be read by clicking here. It is highly laudatory of the sport and formats. The dilemma for the ISAF will be how to work Kiteboarding into the Olympic program.

Who said Olympic sailing was boring? Big winds again characterised the final day of the ISAF World Cup, Hyeres  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV

The soft option is to include it as a Demonstration Sport in Brazil. That won't really test the TV pull that Kiteboarding is expected to produce. And the only real way is for it to replace Windsurfing, or introduce a 12 Medal sailing regatta - and add the new event without increasing overall competitor numbers. Even on the current basis, a three person Match Racing crew is being replaced with a two person Skiff, meaning that on the womens side there are an extra 14 places, at least and pulling the other 14 or 15 places off the other nine events should not be too difficult.

But dicking around for another eight years (which is what a Demonstration Event implies) is not an option. Kiteboarding is here NOW, not eight years into the future.

ISAF Kiteboarding Format Trials  Roberto Foresti

The decisions being taken next week in Italy by the ISAF Council are vital for the future of the sport. You only need half an ear around the dinghy parks to hear the sailors express the hope that the ISAF get it right for once, and don't get sucked down with the lobbying and politics that so often surround these decisions. The sport has suffered for long enough.

The fourth round of the ISAF World Cup has completed. New Zealand was represented by a reduced team in the event, an approach adopted by many countries. We have the daily reports and images from Hyeres, France.

North Sail's Paul Murray and crew sneak along the wharves out of the tide - 2012 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge  Tom Macky

The big news of the week is the possibility of a three day regatta in New Zealand involving five of the AC72 catamarans, that will be sailing here between February and April 2013. ACRM Regatta Director, Iain Murray, says the offer has been made - but who, if anyone will take it up? New Zealand needs the international focus that such an event would create, hopefully the players involved can put aside their agendas and do what is best for the sport to create this occasion.

Finally a pause to remember the passing, yesterday, of All Black great, Sir Fred Allen. While he is foremost in the minds of many for his exploits on the rugby field. Those who have read his autobiography will be aware of his efforts to turn around the Manly Sailing Club when it was facing closure. It's a great chapter, and reflects an attitude that is so often lacking amongst sailing and sports administrators generally. Thanks Fred, you're an example to us all in so many ways.

iPods are getting a lot of use in the nice weather. Onboard Puma Ocean Racing during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

 Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Good sailing!

Chris Steel and Owen Rutter's Events Clothing crew struggling to get Harken past Stanley Point - 2012 NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge  Tom Macky
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Racing in the Womens Windsurfer (RS:X) on the penultimate day in the SOF 2012  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV

America's Cup: AC72 regatta offered to New Zealand for summer of 2013
Richard Gladwell,
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Womens Olympic Skiff proves a point in a 25kt breeze + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Mackay Boats, the team behind the FX, one of two preferred boats to emerge from the recent Olympic Womens Skiff Trials have responded to the report presented to the International Sailing Federation and comments made by other parties.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: New Zealand sailors win two medals at Hyeres
New Zealand sailors competed in two events in the Medal Race round of the fourth event in the ISAF World Cup, being sailed at Hyeres, France, winning Silver and Bronze medals. The Kiwi medals came from the keenly contested Mens Singlehander (Laser), where Andy Maloney was able to turn the tables on the already nominated 2012 Olympic representative, Andrew Murdoch.... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW
Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media,
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Too large or just right? The bias on weight in Olympic Sailing
Roland Gaebler,
Is there bias in Olympic Sailing? Perhaps discrimination of athletes that are above average weights? It seems as though lightweights will dominate future Olympic Sailing!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma under attack by Camper and Telefonica
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, at 1900 GMT tonight, Leg 6 leader Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg were under attack from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS), backed up by Telefónica and Iker Martínez/ESP, as they struggled in light air.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet complete Ocean Sprint
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In the last 24 hours Derry-Londonderry, Welcome to Yorkshire, Edinburgh Inspiring Capital and Geraldton Western Australia have thrown their tactical dice and activated their Stealth Mode cards, where they will sail under the cloak of invisibility. In this race, the teams have the opportunity to play this card for a period of 48 hours or two periods of 24 hours... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Black Friday for Financial Crisis
Oliver Dewar,
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America's Cup - San Francisco makes excitement evident
Jane Eagleson,
The first blush of San Francisco's excitement for the 2013 America's Cup was made known today as hundreds of fans and dignitaries joined in celebrating the ceremonial signing of the agreement for the City to host the America's Cup in 2013, complete with popping champagne corks, the America's Cup itself and a digital competition between Mayor Ed Lee and four time AC winner Sir Russell Coutts.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Final day drama and upsets in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
At the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, the French Sailing Week, the double point medal race brought its fair amount of drama and saw many upset in the event's final scores. Event and class leader Tom Slingsby (AUS) had mastered the gruelling conditions all week, but the 30 minutes Medal race was the straw that broke the camel's back!... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussies take top podium spots + Video
Craig Heydon,
At the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise, Australia's sailors have enjoyed a golden day on the water finishing on the top step of the podium in three classes. The final day medal haul included a come from behind gold for Finn sailor Brendan Casey... [more]
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PWA Freestyle World Tour heads to Austria for explosive start
Chris Yates,
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North Sails retains the NZ Marine Industry Sailing Challenge Trophy
Tom Macky,
The 2012 NZ Marine Sailing Challenge was sailed this year in a fickle light easterly breeze which had the fleet struggling to make headway against a strong incoming tide. Owen Rutter's Events clothing team joined the regular competitors and we welcomed back Yachting Developments after a break last year.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Ranking List April 2012 - Little change at the top
Robert Deaves,
The first OK Dinghy World Ranking List of the year sees little change at the top, after the top three down under regattas have been completed. This list includes the Australian and New Zealand National Championships as well as the Interdominion Championships, which this year was held in New Zealand.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Four to contest two Medal Races for New Zealand
Four New Zealand sailors will contest two Medal Races on the final day of the fourth round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup currently underway at Hyeres, France. Strong winds returned for the final day of fleet racing, with the conditions causing a few withdrawals, including New Zealand's Dan Slater... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 27 April - Soft US Bull Run continues
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 27 April 2012 - US equity markets continued the bull run following this weeks sentiment. In Europe markets drifted lower after some weak economic data. A series of confidence reports including Business, Consumer and Industrial all declined reflecting the perception in the EU. The strong rally this week has been on low volume and authenticity... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Extreme conditions and domination
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The Semaine Olympique Francaise has had another day of extreme conditions with the sailors and racing committees having used lots of time and energy on the water over the week. While some classes and especially Women's Match racing being behind schedule, other classes were able to enjoy a full programme dominated by breezy races.... [more]
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Steinlager 2 about to end her overseas sojourn
One of the world's most iconic trans-oceanic racers, Steinlager 2, is permanently returning to New Zealand after more than two decades abroad. Steinlager 2 is best known as the yacht skippered by the late Sir Peter Blake, which won the 1989 Whitbread Round the World race. She won every leg over the line and on handicap, an unprecedented record which still stands.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Kiwis slide as Hyeres competition intensifies
New Zealand's Andrew Murdoch was the top performer for the NZL Sailing Team on a weather disrupted Day 3 of the ISAF World Cup Regatta at Hyeres, France Sailing in one of the three fleets in the Mens Singlehander (Laser) in the Semaine Olympique Francaise, Murdoch won both of his races again in very breezy conditions... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Of snapping tacklines and abundant dolphins + Videos
Hamish Hooper,
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper off the Brazilian coast, South America: At the moment my first action of the day is to go up on deck, scan the horizon and play spot the other Volvo boats. It was a satisfying way to start the day seeing Abu Dhabi had shrunk over night and was now around 3 or 4 miles astern of us. See two videos from Camper in this story... [more]
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Olympic Windsurfers offer support for Kiteboarding's Olympic Bid
Markus Schwendtner,
After the results from the ISAF Kiteboarding Trials in Santander have been published, the IKA's Olympic Campaign gains some unexpected momentum by getting support from the windsurfers themselves.... [more]
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2016 Women's Olympic Skiff Evaluation response from RS Sailing
Martin Wadhams,
Martin Wadhams from RS Sailing has provided the following response following the release of the women's Olympic skiff Evaluation Report which was published by ISAF on Friday: The RS900 and 49er FX have been recommended as the only two boats that ISAF Council should consider when making their final decision. So, this race will go on right until the finish line!... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Wins for Kiwi crews on Day 2 at Hyeres
New Zealand's Andy Maloney leads the Mens Singlehander (Laser) fleet after four races, with two race wins. He sits just one point ahead of reigning World Champion Tom Slingsby. Dan Slater was the other highlight of the day with a win in the first race of the day in the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) class. In the Mens HP Skiff (49er) Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also won their first race.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: Big breeze for opening day of Hyeres
The first day of the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit, started in high gear with a strong south-westerly breeze and athletic racing conditions. Typical Hyères weather! In the Mens Windsurfer (RS:X) Julien Bontemps (FRA) excelled again in the breeze winning the day's two races after claiming the World title in the same windy conditions.... [more]
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