Sail-World New Zealand: 13 May 2012 - Top 49er Worlds result...The Father of High Performance Sailing dies...Bruce Kendall on Kites

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 13 May 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: 13 May 2012

NZL 49er Peter Burling/Blair Tuke, blue bibs (for second boat overall) rounding top mark - 2012 49er Worlds, Croatia  Nikola Sisko
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for 13 May 2012

Sad news on Saturday, with the passing of Frank Bethwaite, the genius of high performance sailing science, who was without peer in his field.

While most will think of Frank as being an Australian, he was actually born in New Zealand, being bought up in Wanganui, before flying in World War II, and then joining TEAL (now Air New Zealand) after the war. He moved to Torbay, on Auckland's North Shore and rose to the rank of Captain with TEAL, before being enticed across the Tasman – where he combined his aeronautical experience with his love of sailing.

I first came across Frank back in the mid 70's when I purchased a set of foils from his company Starboard Products. They were superb foils, and you could really feel the difference they made to the boat. They were almost too good to get wet and would not have looked out of place in a trophy cabinet, or wall display.

And, yes, I went back for a second set for my next boat, and was equally pleased.

Our paths crossed again with the development of the 29er when Frank came to Auckland looking for ideas and feedback on what people were looking for in the boat.

We also ran a series of eight articles penned by Frank, in Sailing New Zealand magazine, which updated his standard text, High Performance Sailing, and backgrounded a lot of the thinking that had gone into the development of the 29er.

Amcerica's Cup World Series - Opening ceremony
Giorgio Orsoni (Major of Venice City)
  Carlo Borlenghi ©

Frank was 80 years old at that stage – but would have easily passed for someone 15 years younger, and was as sharp as a tack. He is one of those few people in sailing who can digest an incredible amount of data, look at it in a number of ways, co-relate it to the various speed and design factors that make for a fast boat, and then extend his thought process into the next step and stage of the project - all with the aplomb of a hungry teenager working his way through a fridge full of food. It was just a completely natural process to Frank.

He wasn't always right in his assumptions, but that was never an issue for Frank, as changing direction in the light of new information was as easy as changing the gear in a car – that was how he learned and honed his thinking.

Frank was very serious and intense – quite professorial. You got the impression that his mind never stopped spinning. He was always thinking. Always questioning both himself, and what the latest data meant.

The podium at the 2012 49er World Championships - Photo Nikola Sisko  Nikola Sisko

Along with many others in the sailing world, we had tremendous respect for Frank and happily got dragged along in his wake. His book High Performance Sailing is the one book that anyone serious about succeeding in sailing should read.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Great news from the Julian Bethwaite designed 49ers, where the New Zealand crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have finished second in the 2012 World 49er Championship – repeating their effort from Perth in December 2011.

Luna Rossa training in San Marco Square, Venezia
  Carlo Borlenghi ©

The most impressive result came from a rookie New Zealand crew of Marcus Hansen and Josh Probeski, competing in their first major regatta in the Olympic Mens Skiff. They finished in sixth pace overall, winning the double points scoring medal race. We have reports from the crews in this edition of's newsletter.

Another good result from the Star crew of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner who have placed seventh in the Star Worlds in Hyeres. They won the penultimate race, and have qualified New Zealand in its tenth Olympic event. They didn't sail in the first round of qualifying in Perth, last December.

2012 Champion of Champions - Photo by Suellen Hurling  Royal Akarana YC

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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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470 World Championships 2012 - In-port race  Thom Touw ©

Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92
Richard Gladwell,
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite.... [more]
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Dinghy Central at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
Miranda Powrie,
Sailing dinghies are returning to New Zealand's largest boat show after an absence of several years. Classes from the children's Optimist to the thrilling 18 foot skiff will be represented in a comprehensive showcase of dinghy sailing called Dinghy Central at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. Dinghy Central is located inside outside of Hall 6, from 17-20 May... [more]
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Team Elliott 5.9 wins 2012 Champion of Champions
Suellen Hurling,
Royal Akarana Yacht Club hosted the 2012 edition of the Champion of Champions regatta over the 11, 12 and 13th May in the Platu 25 keelboats. Seven teams entered the three day regatta with 11 races started and finished across a variety of courses set on the Waitemata Harbour.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Barcelona in-port race + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge's fourth world title and Jensen's third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.... [more]
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Bruce Kendall: Kite racing in the 2016 Olympics?
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist in the Windsurfing Event, Bruce Kendall, presents a very measured view of what lies ahead for both board disciplines, as they contest a 2016 and 2020 Olympic berth: Some say the RSX was not a good Olympic Windsurfing board and had to go. Many say both Kite and RSX should be in the Olympics. Many are also saying Kite should be in the Olympics but not at the... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: New mobile app for sailing fans
Jack Griffin,
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49er Worlds - Outteridge and Jensen world champions
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the final day of the 2012 49er Worlds, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen secured history by taking the win, although under not as joyful times as they would have liked. News arrived as sailors awoke in Croatia that Frank Bethwaite (91), father of Julian and an instrumental partner in the design and continued development of the 49er, had passed away overnight.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Opening ceremonies at the Royal Cornwall YC
Robert Deaves,
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Burling and Tuke win second silver medal at 49er Worlds
Kristine Lederis,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, NZ's 2012 Olympic 49er sailors, have achieved a second consecutive silver medal at the 49er World Championships. Overnight in Zadar, Croatia, two final series races were sailed and then the double point medal race for the top ten competitors in the gold fleet. Nathan Outteridge and Ian Jensen of Australia won this event for the fourth time.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Injury leads to Camper crew change
Lucy Harwood,
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Star Worlds - Scheidt and Prada emerge victorious
Iasonas Georgaris,
On the closing day of the 2012 Star Worlds, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada became world champions following their hard fought battle with Percy and Simpson.... [more]
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470 World Championships all set for Barcelona
Luissa Smith,
The 470 World Championships are set to take place from 12-19 June with 153 teams from 43 nations registered and battling for the World Championship success and Olympic dreams. As the second and final qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, this year's World Championship marks the last opportunity to secure nation slots, and for teams to make their mark and be selected for... [more]
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2012 Olympics: New Zealand qualifies in tenth event for Weymouth
As a result of their seventh place finish at the Star World Championships overnight, Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner have qualified New Zealand's tenth and last Olympic yachting spot for the London 2012 Olympics. Although with the final race they dropped one place down the leader board, a seventh place overall finish in this experienced fleet is no small feat for this relatively new Kiwi pairing.... [more]
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NZL has outstanding penultimate day at 49er Worlds in Zadar, Croatia
NZL 49er association,
Fantastic penultimate day for both NZL 49er crews at their 2012 Worlds in Zadar, Croatia. The penultimate day of 49er racing started the same as every day this week with a light Mediterranean sea breeze coming in before lunch, barely rising to 10 knots each day. With beautiful weather and the air temp rising to nearly 30 deg - sunnies, hats and rash top conditions. Zadar is an absolutely... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Twists and turns on final day + Video
PWA World Tour,
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2016 Olympics: Spanish admit error and apologise to their windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has issued a statement announcing that their representative, Gerardo Seeliger, voted against instructions at the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF. The vote between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing was 19-17 and had the Spanish Councillor-substitute voted according to what RFEV claim were his instructions, then the controversial vote would have been tied 18-18... [more]
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Steinlager 2 returns home - relive the great moments - Video and Audio
Richard Gladwell,
In the 1989/90 Whitbread Race, the Peter Blake skippered ketch, Steinlager 2 won all six legs, taking both trophies for each leg. On May 5,2012 she returned to New Zealand after a six month voyage from Europe. In this video of the arrival we have overlaid a couple of the great commentaries from her career.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 11 May 2012 - Greece bailed out
Collinson FX,
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Star Worlds - Light and sunny penultimate day + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
Day six of the Star Worlds in Hyeres, France, was one of ups and downs with Scheidt scoring a fifth while Percy came in 17th. Things are still open, so stay tuned!... [more]
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Outstanding results for NZ sailors in three Olympic Class Worlds
Kristine Lederis, Yachting NZ,
The NZL Sailing Team produced results to remember overnight, led by Andy Maloney's bronze medal finish at the 2012 Laser World Championships in Germany. Star class keelboat sailors, Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner, won their race and secured the country's qualification spot for the Olympic Games, and the 49er men climbed up the leader board to second overall.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie to be first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read reflects on the race + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Skipper Ken Read reports from the USA after Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg sailed across the Leg 6 finish line in Miami, Fl, USA, in first place... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice - Switchover aboard Energy Team
Pierre Giboire,
America's Cup World Series fifth and penultimate stage will be taking place in Venice from 15th to 20th May in front of the magnificent St. Mark's Square. Aboard the French one-design boat, there will be a switchover between Yann Guichard and Loïck Peyron with the latter back at the helm of the Energy Team AC45.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice - Jimmy Spithill rotates crew
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Venice - With the penultimate event set to begin in one week skipper Jimmy Spithill has rotated the crew that moved into the overall lead at the previous event and team CEO Russell Coutts returns to the fray aboard Darren Bundock's AC45. Both the Spithill and Bundock crews will race the America's Cup World Series Venice under the team's new colors: Oracle Team USA.... [more]
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