Sail-World New Zealand: July 22, 2012 - Big Day for New Zealand with AC72 launch...Optimist Worlds...ISAF Youth Worlds

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 22 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 22, 2012

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for July 22, 2012

Last night was a very special night for New Zealand sailing with the official launch of Emirates Team NZ's first AC72, and indeed the first AC72 to be launched in the world.

NZ Prime Minister John Key speaks at the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
While the general public in NZ might still have some mixed feeling about the America's Cup, there can be no doubting the huge footprint that this achievement has made for New Zealand on the international sailing scene.

First it is a major achievement for the New Zealand marine industry, in that it can get behind a project like the America's Cup and produce a boat of this complexity within a week of the planned schedule. That effort doesn't just rest with the likes of Cookson Boats, Southern Spars and North Sails who are the primary suppliers - but the hundreds of companies who have got behind the project. A big round of applause to all involved.

Second, some still quibble with the decision taken by Trevor Mallard, as then Minister of Sport, to back the team for a two campaign cycle back in the days of the Labour Government. There can be no doubting that this project is a massive shop window for the NZ Marine Industry - let alone what can be leveraged off it for the Tourism, Wine and other industries. In percentage terms the spend is just 2% of current exports - a very minimal marketing spend by any commercial standard.

Third, Emirates Team NZ have got a significant jump on the other teams, who are going to launch second boats for the 34th America's Cup. The key date is not so much July 2012, but February 2013, when two boats are permitted to be sailing, and teams can launch their second boat. With the second boat now in the design phase any real data from the first boat will be useful to calibrate computer design tools being used to develop the second.

Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fans behind Official Party as they receive the Maori Challenge  Richard Gladwell

Look at Leg 5 of the last Volvo Ocean Race, when three of the competitors all from different designers experienced structural issues within the same patch of water. Clearly structural engineering is not a perfect science, and it is quite possible to underestimate the stresses involved. And that was for a boat which was on its third rendition - not one that has never been sailed before and for which there is no base sailing data.

So although there are nominally 30 days available for sailing the AC72, the time before the end of September (reckoned to be when the building of the second boat will have to start) will be vital. For sure the design development and boat modification will continue right up to the Cup, but the scope for change becomes more limited as time goes on.

Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for 'New Zealand', the team's first AC72.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In this edition we have reports from the New Zealand team sailing at the World Optimist Championships in the Dominican Republic. These reports are coming in via our submissions system, and are very quick and easy for us to work with at Sail-World. Many thanks to John Adair for doing a great job, and providing images of NZ sailors which are normally very hard to obtain from this event.

In the same vein, take a look at the video posted yesterday of the AC72 passing through the bridge at the Viaduct - all shot on a handheld iPhone 4, we happened to have in our pocket while passing through the area. The shot on top of the story was also taken with an iPhone - and is perfectly acceptable quality - even though the light quality was dreadful. Have a look at this video - shot at night, and again on an iPhone - which has pulled almost 90,000 views. There is no doubt that the coverage of events has changed dramatically with the advent of modern phone and camera technology - all carried around in your own pocket. If you are an event, you can cover it more than adequately off a phone.

Day 3 - New Zealand Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds Team - Optimist World Championships  John Adair

The New Zealand International Yachting Trust Youth Team has finished out of the medals at the 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds. But the team has finished as 10th Nation in the ISAF National Trophy standings - which is a creditable effort given that the team only entered five of the eight events. New Zealand has previously won this trophy - regarded as a measure of the success of individual youth programs, and a pointer to future Olympic success. Clearly the questions will have to be asked, and publicly answered, as to why a full team was not sent, and what will happen in the future. Certainly there doesn't seem to be any drop in numbers in the Junior classes at national level - so why so at the Youth level?

Finally, don't miss the story from double Olympic medallist, Bruce Kendall, updating on the Windsurfing/Kiteboarding debate, which looks set to be re-visited at this year's ISAF Meeting. the start of windsurfing back in the 1970's has several parallels with the current day. In the eyes of many the same mistakes are being made.

The New Zealand Girls crew were the top performers in the ISAF Youth Worlds, placing fifth overall.  David Branigan/Oceansport

This time next week, we'll be working at the 2012 Olympic regatta. Several Sail-World editors are flying in from around the world, and we will have the biggest editorial team at the sailing Olympics. Two of us will be on the water working as accredited photographers. We will be producing a daily newsletter from the Olympic venue, which will summarise the day's racing and action both ashore and on the water. The event will of course be running near live on – with stories and images being posted online as they happen.

All going well, this will be sailing coverage like you have never seen before.

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fireworks after the yacht is named New Zealand  Richard Gladwell

Part of the Boys 420 fleet at the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships sponsored by Four Star Pizza on Dublin Bay, Ireland  David Branigan -
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!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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