Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for July 4, 2012
Camper sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand surprised most of their fans, not so much with the win on Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, but on being hoisted into a near unassailable second overall on the overall points.
With just an InPort race remaining in which Camper have to come away with zero points, and for Camper to lose second overall, the current third placed yacht, Puma Ocean Racing, must win that final race. To get the single point, all Camper has to do is start, and not get disqualified. Sounds simple enough, but then this is the Volvo Ocean Race - where nothing can be taken for granted.
The New Zealand sailing fans' psyche is to expect a win from every regatta, and anything less is regarded as failure.
But second in this 2011-12 fleet, is a good effort, and certainly better than most would have hoped for after Leg 7.
A win and a second on the last two ocean legs have made a big difference to Camper's result - assisted by some stumbles at critical times by their opposition.
This was the most competitive Volvo Ocean Race ever. None of the pundits would pick a winner before the start of the race. It was hard to bet against any boat. Maybe Sanya was always going to be a long shot, but the other five, were all top shelf. All things considered, this was a good effort from Camper.
In the end the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race came down to the old formula of Potential minus Mistakes equals Performance.
Franck Cammas and his crew were Potentially as good as anyone, in terms of the boat, design and experience. They made the fewest Mistakes, and they came away with the best Performance.
Camper were less strong on Potential, with their boat having a weak performance spot tight reaching, they did make Mistakes at crucial times which cost them points (five minutes of margin across three finishes cost them 15 points). In the last two ocean legs Camper didn't make Mistakes, and that is what pulled their Performance up.
Behind them Puma was always going to struggle to recover from losing their mast on Leg 1, and to their eternal credit Ken Read and his crew made few mistakes after that point, and got right back into the race. But it was always going to be a big ask to expect to beat the other boats scoring points from nine legs, when Puma only scored points on eight.
Telefonica's race effectively ended in two minutes in the final hours of Leg 8 when they broke two rudders.
In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, we have reports and images from the finish of Leg 9, along with several videos of the finish and final Leg.
As the race finished in the early hours of the morning, local time, we are expecting a lot more material to be posted, both from off the boats and ashore.
Certainly Ireland did the race and competitors proud. The finish in Galway also marked the end of an era for the Volvo Ocean Race. Quite what happens with the next edition remains to be seen - a key will be how many of the existing teams come back again.
We will be updating on www.sail-world.com as more news of the Volvo Ocean Race comes through, so stay tuned.
It would seem that the Asian Sailing Federation has moved at its Extraordinary General Meeting held last Saturday to back the return of Windsurfing to the Sailing Olympics. An extract of the media release apparently reads as follows:
A key agenda item touching on the recent decision by ISAF to drop windsurfing (or boardsailing) from the 2016 Olympic program was discussed with the Asian Member National Authorities (MNAs) united in their stand against the decision.
Hong Kong put forth a strong set of supporting reasons outlining the importance of having windsurfing remain as an Olympic event, which was supported unanimously by all delegates present. Members agreed to set in motion the process to seek the overturning of the decision made at the ISAF mid-year meeting in May 2012.
This strong show of accord by the MNAs present, sends a strong signal that Asia stands united in ensuring that the most popular, accessible and equitable event in the Olympic program remains an Olympic discipline.
We hope to have more on this story in the coming days. It certainly puts other countries in an interesting position. Additionally there are a large number of countries which make up the Asian Sailing Federation, including China, Korea and Japan who have both hosted Olympics in 2008 1988, and 1964 respectively.
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