Sail-World New Zealand: June 22, 2012...ISAF Councillors under the pump...End of a Medal Era for NZ...Fire at America's Cup venue

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 22 Jun 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: June 22, 2012

Fire at Pier 29, San Francisco June 20, 2012  Erik Simonson ©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for June 22, 2012

Windsurfing and the Olympics dominate this newsletter edition of

First up we have an investigative commentary on the voting at the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in Stresa, Italy where the discipline of Kiteboarding was promoted to the 2016 Olympics ahead of the existing event Winsurfing which had been in the Olympic sailing Regatta since 1984, and as a Mens and Womens event since 1992.

Since the announcement in May by the ISAF, the sailing world has generally been shocked by the unexpected promotion of Kiteboarding, the impact on Windsurfing, and the destruction of very significant investment in both equipment and development programs by effectively a single vote.

More perturbing was the fact that the ISAF Council chose to over-ride a recommendation from its expert Events Committee that had a very clear 17-2 vote in favour of a more gradual introduction process.

Since the Mid-Year meeting a number of parties have outed various Council members, saying the Councillors were voting against some very specific advice. Quite why that happened has yet to be explained. It should be noted that New Zealand's Ralph Roberts, one of two Councillors for Area L, both spoke and voted, in favour of retention of Windsurfing, and turned the thinking of some delegates who were set to vote in 29erXX over the 49er FX, when the debate started within the Council on the selection of the Womens Olympic skiff. The other Area L delegate, from Australia, voted for the 49er FX and Kiteboarding.

Barbara Kendall sailing in the Medal Race in Qingdao - her fifth Olympics  Richard Gladwell

Since May, the the focus has shifted off the intermediate issue, and more onto the way the ISAF Council operates. They appear to be a group that is increasing remote from the sport they are charged with administering, and with elections looming for President, Vice President and Committees the timing is fortuitous for the sport. Councillors are appointed by the regions they represent, and clearly some will be doing some serious thinking about their representation, and whether they can afford the luxury of the detached free-thinking of some of the incumbents.

At this stage, the outcome of the Kiteboard/Windsurfer issue is unknown, however the level of unrest amongst the Windsurfers has not diminished.

Kite Surfer - Roy Rodwald - Kieler Woche 2012
  © / Christian Beeck

Kiteboarding has nevertheless made its debut at Kieler Woch, Germany and we have a report and some photos from that event.

We also feature an open letter from an exasperated parent of a British board sailor, describing the impact of the ISAF Council decisions. Many around the world will be equally affected, and in times of world recession it is not a trifling matter to find that an Olympic pathway in which you have invested time and money, as an individual or an organisation, is suddenly tossed aside, and the advice of expert committees is ignored.

While it is easy to tell people to harden up, or just change, it is not that easy in the current financial times, which cannot easily withstand radical course changes.

Where to now for Noelle Finch after the ISAF's decision to drop the Windsurfer?  Paul Wyeth / RYA

Finally, in New Zealand we mark the end of an era for Windsurfing, with the unannounced decision of Yachting New Zealand to reject the qualification place for the 2012 Olympic Regatta for the Womens Windsurfer event (RS:X). The decision was found by a perusal of 2012 Olympic entry lists. Five other spots were relinquished by countries - most of whom had qualified in the 2011 Qualification Round.

We outline the some of the background behind the last four years of Womens Windsurfing, and have comment from triple Olympic Medallist, Barbara Kendall on what is effectively the close of a five Olympiad era, in which she won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for New Zealand.

l'Hydroptere will make a world speed sailing record attempt from Los Angeles  Francis Demange

We also feature a report and some stunning images from the French foiler l'Hyroptere, which is en route to Los Angeles ahead of an attempt to set a new trans-Pacific speed record. This is new territory for the French foiler, which has set speed record but over much shorter courses.

There's also a brief report and images on the fire yesterday in San Francisco on Pier 27-29, the construction site for facilities for the 34th America's Cup. The incident is not expected to affect America's Cup preparations.

First day of training - Newport RI, Emirates Team New Zealand  Gilles Martin-Raget/©

Coming up the America's Cup World Series gets underway on Sunday, and the Volvo Ocean Race also starts its circuit of Practice, ProAm, Inport and Start for the final Leg to Galway, Ireland.

Stay tuned to for full coverage of these events.

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

Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain pull into the dock at the finish of leg 8, from Lisbon, Portugal, to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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RS Feva World Championships 2012  Golly Tucker

2012 Olympics: Olympic place rejection signals the end of an Era
Richard Gladwell,
The rejection, by Yachting New Zealand, of a place in the Womens Windsurfing event at the 2012 Olympics brings to a sad close a five Olympiad era, in which Barbara Kendall won three Olympic medals. Commenting on the decision and non-selection, Kendall told Sail-World that while she was disappointed that Yachting NZ aren't sending a competitor, she felt that no-one had met the criteria.... [more]
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French Bay Yacht Club has booming 2011-2012 season
Zoe Hawkins,
French Bay Yacht Club's prizegiving and Nosh Night was a chance to enjoy the company of new friends and on the water rivals, and to celebrate the year's high notes. Like the fact that membership has grown by 66% this season. That there were 65 boats at the club's annual regatta. That a team of up-and-coming youths competed in the Starling National Championships. That our very own Jim Quinn was... [more]
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ISAF vote to axe windsurfing from 2016 Olympics - A parent's view
Fran Finch,
I am writing this as the parent of a young windsurfer who, in the debate about the decision by ISAF to axe windsurfing. We feel that the RS:X class has met all the requirements placed on it by ISAF and ticks all the criteria for being an Olympic discipline. Noelle... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Further retributions follow 2016 Olympic Events vote
Richard Gladwell,
Protests and revelations continue to roll on the back of the controversial decision by a 19-17 vote by the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year Meeting in early May to select Kiteboarding as a 2016 Olympic event. After publication of the voting lists, the Spanish Federation were forced to issue an apology for the actions of Gerardo Seeliger, who it was said was confused by the voting system.... [more]
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Southern Spars announces appointment of Rig Pro New Zealand manager
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexis Reeves as Rig Pro's New Zealand Manager. Alexis is a highly experienced rigger whose knowledge of the marine industry is second to none, and he is well positioned to provide the world class level of service and expertise for which Rig Pro is renowned.... [more]
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NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds FUNdraiser this Saturday
The NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds Team 2012 are hosting a fundraiser at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club on Saturday 23 June 2012. Anybody is invited to come along to this fun party to support the team before they head off for the 2012 Optimist World Championships at Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic in July.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: June 22, 2012 - Train crash speeds up
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: June 22, 2012 - Good news from the Fed has been welcomed by global markets with a sell-off in equities and commodities. The Fed has finally worked out that debasing the economy and the USD by printing more money to pump in to failing banks is not helping the situation. The USD rallied with the EUR falling to 1.2550 and the GBP 1.5590.... [more]
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Superyacht Cup now underway
James Pleasance,
The 2012 Superyacht Cup's 12-strong fleet was graced in Palma with clear blue skies and a healthy 15-20 knot breeze for the opening day of racing. The fleet was split into two classes to shorten the start sequence, the 35m Hoek designed Firefly having the best start of the day just one second off their allocated start time, crossing the line at full speed.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica aims for a positive finish
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Team Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez says his Spanish team are focused on finishing the 2011-12 edition on a high after two broken rudders during Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient all but dashed their hopes of overall victory.... [more]
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Kiel Week - Kiteboarding makes it's Sailing World Cup debut
Markus Schwendtner,
Kieler-Woche hosted two Kiteboarding demonstrations in Kiel, Germany yesterday, Wednesday 20th June 2012. After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy, earlier this year, the new sailing discipline made it's first appearance during this final event of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Kiel.... [more]
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RS Feva World Championships at Hayling Island SC preview
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva World Championships get underway in one month's time, 21st to 27th July, at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The Olympics start one week later, immediately after our prize giving! This exciting two person junior sailing boat sees the return of the reigning world champion, Matt Whitfield (15) from Penarth to defend his crown won last year in Holland but this time with James Taylor(15) as crew.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race fleet prepare for challenging conditions
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on day six of race thirteen from Nova Scotia to Derry-Londonderry. What a difference a day makes in the life of an ocean racer as the ten international teams have been doing all they can to keep approaching tropical storm ‘Chris' at bay.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS makes it into the Pacific
Thomas Lesage,
On Tuesday morning, l'Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal aboard a cargo ship which is heading for Los Angeles, the starting point for her Transpacific Record attempt. 24 days have passed since she set out from Toulon at the end of May and, barring any unexpected circumstances, the flying trimaran, which is in good company on deck alongside some massive wind turbine blades, is set to reach... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup standings - Australians top three classes
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have had their best ever year in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, topping the final standings in 2011/2012 series in three classes.... [more]
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Tonga wrecking: Search for crew from yacht is suspended
The search for two men missing after their yacht was wrecked last Thursday near the island of Late, west of Vava'u, Tonga, has been suspended. An extensive air, sea, and land-based search coordinated by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has failed to locate the two Australian men, both in their sixties.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fire blazes for several hours on Cup construction site and Sail-World,
A blaze broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29 at 1:50 PM and burned for several hours, forcing a 4 alarm response which closed down the Embarcadero and snarled traffic. The shed behind the bulkhead and the adjoining work going on at Pier 27 was not effected.... [more]
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ACWS - Training and statement on Pier 29 fire
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Kiel Week final day glory
Kieler Woche,
The Kiel Week medal race was once again the crowning highlight at the close of racing for the Olympic classes and again the final of the Lasers, with a live broadcast in front of the Audi Lounge, attracted the audience. Philipp Buhl (Sonthofen) took revenge for the previous year, finishing first in the last race and thus managed to slip in front of Simon Grotelueschen (Kiel) overall.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship preview
The 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from the 26-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden in what will be the last big test for the Women's Olympic teams ahead of London 2012. Sixteen of the world's top 25 teams will take to the waters in Gothenburg with the twelve teams selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing amongst those who have been named.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics – Unused sailing qualification places assigned
London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition is being held in Great Britain from 29th July to 12th August. Sixty three nations will be represented after the unused qualification places were assigned. Tripartite places, which are aimed at the world's smallest National Olympic Committees, were assigned by the International Olympic Committee to the Cook Islands and St Lucia in the Laser Radial... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings announced
Kieler-Woche, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta 2011-12, was held in Germany at the Kieler Yacht Club. After the conclusion of the regatta in Kiel today the World Cup Standings have been decided. The Finn title was up for grabs in Kiel with Caleb Paine (USA) and Brendan Casey (AUS) fighting it out to claim the honours.... [more]
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Musto Skiff World Championship preview - Fantastic festival of sailing
Rick Perkins,
Musto Performance Skiff World Championship 2012 will be the largest ever gathering of single-handed spinnaker dinghies in the history of the sport. With 106 entries already on the event website the event is set to be a fantastic festival of high-performance single handed sailing at the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Carina steals the show
Talbot Wilson,
In the Newport Bermuda Race, going into Monday evening, LLwyd Ecclestone's ‘Kodiak' crew was hopeful of winning the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy, the most coveted of the three main Newport Bermuda Trophies awarded to the corrected time winner of the large amateur division. Then came ‘Carina' to steal the show.... [more]
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24th PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup all set
Chris Yates,
The 24th edition of the PWA Pozo Gran Canaria World Cup arrives all-new and improved to kick off the 2012 PWA Wave Tour in style. The Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival will take place from the 2nd-7th July at Pozo Izquierdo (Gran Canaria), and promises to be better than ever.... [more]
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Giraglia Rolex Cup 60th anniversary edition overall
Few editions of the Giraglia Rolex Cup will live as long in the memory as the 60th running of this Mediterranean classic. The 2012 race had it all: thrilling conditions over a week's competitive sailing, a course record that was not only beaten but pulverized, and an incredibly consistent and determined performance from the event's overall winner.... [more]
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The Bol d'Or from the inside
Jean Philippe Jobé,
The Bol d'Or is one of the most popular inland races in the world. It is Saturday morning, we leave the harbour early so we avoid the crowd on the first starting line of the monohulls.... [more]
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