In the JJ Giltinan Trophy for 18ft skiffs, the unofficial World Championship for the class, a New Zealand 18ft skiff crew narrowly avoided serious injury today, after being run down on Sydney harbour by a former America's Cup 12 Metre, Steak n Kidney. A second 18fter, Southern Cross, was not so fortunate and was written off in the same incident, which occurred before the start of the first race.
We have a report in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.
The opening day of the JJ Giltinan Trophy came as wake-up call to the New Zealand team. Several had their moments, but they were dealt to by the Sydney harbour traffic, despite the racing being scheduled for later in the day to let the worst of the spectator and commercial traffic pass through.
We have full coverage of the lead up and first day of the 18ft event, which has only been won by four New Zealand skippers since its inception in 1937.
Having its premiere today, is the first video of Oracle Team USA foiling with stability. Seems like the US Defender has mastered the art of foiling the AC72 after 17 days of sailing, and most of the foibles previously demonstrated by USA-17 seem to have been resolved. Much as you can tell of a video or pictures.
But how close they are to Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa, remains to be seen. Trying to work out how two boats are performing, relative to each other, when they are 5,600nm and a Pacific Ocean apart, is near impossible - and the outcome won't really be known until August or September this year.
The Centrepoint International Youth Match Racing Regatta is currently underway in Wellington. After the third day, Australian crews lead - we have daily reports and images in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, and will continue to update for the duration of the event.
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Champagne sailing conditions - 2013 CentrePort International Youth Match Racing Championship Chris Coad
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