Sail-World New Zealand: May 17, 2013 - Artemis aftermath... Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show ... NZ wins in Japan

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 18 May 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: May 17, 2013 - Artemis aftermath

Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for May17, 2013

The aftermath of the Artemis Racing incident continues to dominate the sailing news, and in fact gathers pace.

A second America's Cup Teams Meeting is being held Friday in San Francisco. Luna Rossa owner, and long time America's cup campaigner, Patrizio Bertelli is flying in for the meeting. Earlier in the week, he had some fairly blunt comments to make to La Stampa, a leading Italian newspaper. We have those remarks in this edition of

Then late Friday night (New Zealand time), all teams were recommended by the six person Review Committee to suspend racing, until next Wednesday. That date is May 22nd, Emirates Team New Zealand were scheduled to start sailing on May 23rd in San Francisco. Luna Rossa had been expected to have been sailing ahead of the latest suspension.

This follows a voluntary suspension by Oracle Team USA, for initially three days following Andrew Simpson's death, then extended for a week, and now effectively for a further six days - giving a total time away from racing of almost a fortnight, and that is assuming that they sail again from next Wednesday.

ACEA Press conference following Artemis Racing capsize and loss of Andrew Simpson  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing©

The Review Committee, to look at all aspects of the 34th America's Cup, but particularly those affecting safety - both within the event, as well as the boats themselves, following the structural breakup of Artemis Racing.

Grounding the fleet is normal practice with an aircraft incident, until is ascertained whether the fault lies with just one operator, or with all planes of that type.

The Committee can only recommend. The real teeth lie with the US Coast Guard who must issue Special Local Regulations ahead of the event being held. These SLR's are effectively the conditions under which the event is permitted to take place, or a Permit, in everyday language.

Quite what these SLR's will contain is a matter of conjecture, but clearly the reason for having the US Coast Guard in a close liaison role with the Review Committee is to try and ensure that the event can in fact be conducted under the terms set by the US Coast Guard. It would come as a surprise to those outside of the US, that with less than 50 days to run until the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, those regulations are not already agreed and published.

Emirates Team New Zealand sail NZL5 for the last time in New Zealand before being shipped to San Francisco.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

Much has been made of comments from Tony Outteridge, father of Nathan Outteridge, the helmsman of Artemis Racing, and published in the Australian newspaper, the Newcastle Herald. Artemis Racing, along with Event organisers have gone to some pains to claim that the events described did not occur, most sailing media that did republish either withdrew of retracted.

Sail-World contacted the newspaper and has had several conversations with the reporter involved, and has obtained a transcript of the interview between Tony Outteridge and the journalist. All we can say at this stage is that the Newcastle Herald was very restrained in what it published. An Australian television news story also aired with some of the comments repeated on camera, others were paraphrased by the reporter.

We expect further developments in the coming hours, and days, on the future of the America's Cup, the teams and individuals.

Melinda Powrie on the wire on the Viper - Hutchwilco Auckland Boatshow 2013 - Day 2  Richard Gladwell ©

A key to the future lies with Emirates Team NZ, being the most experienced team with the AC72 type, and how they cope with sailing on San Francisco Bay. If they handle it with the same ease they have done on the Hauraki Gulf in winds of 30knots or more, then the situation will become very interesting.

On the New Zealand sailing front, plenty is happening both on the water in New Zealand and overseas, and on the land with the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

The 68' classic yawl Black Watch last year at NYYC Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. The boat will be competing in the Classic division this year at Block Island Race Week.  © Rolex/Daniel Forster
The first two days of the show have concluded, and we haven't moved outside the Sailing Hall which is just the best and a real credit to the clubs, classes and Yachting New Zealand who have really got behind the Show, and produced a new jewel in the New Zealand crown.

Stay tuned to

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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The Waka Racing team in new Events/Line 7 gear.  Brian Carlin

George Gautrey (NZL) with Gold after winning the Laser 4.7 class - All Japan Junior Yacht Club Regatta  Brad©

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa start a practice race on the Hauraki Gulf.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

America's Cup: All teams recommended to suspend sailing
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup website has posted a note advising that following the first meeting of the America's Cup Review Committee on Thursday in San Francisco, teams have been asked to suspend all sailing in AC72 and AC45 catamarans until the middle of next week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Andrew Simpson MBE remembered
Bob Fisher,
Andrew Simpson died doing what he did well – sailing a high-end racing craft. He was a leading figure in the development of the Artemis Racing 72-foot wing-sailed catamaran for the upcoming America's Cup. Simpson, known universally among his fellow sailors as 'Bart', was trapped under the boat when it capsized on San Francisco Bay during a routine training exercise.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'We will not participate in the slaughtering game',
Patrizio Bertelli, owner of America's Cup challenger Luna Rossa, flew to San Francisco overnight in order to be present at Friday's meeting between the teams and organizers. The day after Andrew Simpson's tragic death Bertelli talked to La Stampa, one of Italy's major newspapers, and warned America's Cup organizers his team would require 'assurances' and 'formal commitment' to changes in order to... [more]
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Grant Dalton's thoughts on the A2B Ocean Race
Speaking about the 2014 A2B Ocean Race, Dalton said – 'over recent years there has been quite a decline in the off-shore racing circuit in NZ. It really needed a shot in the arm to get people ocean racing again, and to blood the next group of round the world sailors. The A2B Race starting on February the ninth next year could do that'.... [more]
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Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show: Around the Show - Sailing Hall - 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is at the Hutchwilco Auckland Boatshow in the Sailing Hall which features all racing boats from Optimists and P-Class to the Olympic Gold Medal winning 470, and the Silver Medal winning 49er. Centrepiece of the Sailing Hall is the Hoist a Kite 'competition' where anyone can try out their ability to hoist a spinnaker and drop it back into the bag.... [more]
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Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show: Around the Show - Sailing Hall - 2
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World is at the Hutchwilco Auckland Boatshow in the Sailing Hall. We've a big screen running showing all the best we can find of sailing - from Youtube to Video and some material we have shot ourselves. Interestingly the 18ft skiffs seem to pull the most crowd attention, but we'll be putting them up against Volvo Ocean Race and more America's Cup sailing in the AC72's and 45's.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 17, 2013 - AUD falls further
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: May 17, 2013 - A slew of unexpectedly bad economic data did little to deter equity markets which seem impervious. The KIWI traded 0.8150 after a predictable budget charting a course to surplus. Conservative Budgets will reassure rating agencies although the NZ economy still faces huge challenges as Global Market conditions deteriorate.... [more]
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US orders new Protector for America's Cup
Mike Rose,
A new Rayglass Protector 11.5-metre Cabin SL is on its way to San Francisco after being ordered especially for watching the Louis Vuitton and America's Cup regattas later this year. The new model features a custom interior, including a cockpit lounge suite for entertaining, and a teak cockpit sole, and will be powered by two 300hp-plus outboards.... [more]
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Women's Int'l Match Racing Series - Flying start for Lucy Macgregor
Joakim Hermansson,
The inaugural Women's International Match Racing Series got underway today with the first event in St Quay-Portrieux, France. Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain summed up seven straight victories, shining alone undefeated at the top of the scoreboard. But her day wasn't at all as relaxed as the results may imply; 'No, we had a few close matches, also coming from behind,' she comments.... [more]
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Robertson with Waka Racing are back on the WMRT in 2013
Nick Catley,
New Zealand based match racing team Waka Racing report from Germany: The first World Match Race Tour event of the year is upon us, we find ourselves in Langenargen, Germany. We are looking forward to it after a good warm up event in Hong Kong last week.... [more]
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President's Report on the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in Copenhagen
ISAF President Carlo Croce reports on the 2013 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.... [more]
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Kiwis dominate in International Friendship All Japan Junior YC Regatta
Brad Davies,
Recently a young Kiwi team headed over to Japan for the annual three day youth regatta – the International Friendship All Japan Junior Yacht Club Regatta 2013 from the third – fifth of May. The team of three young and upcoming Kiwi sailors was led by North Sails New Zealand Purchasing Manager Hayden Whitburn who himself has competed in the very same regatta back in 2000.... [more]
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America's Cup: Committee to report on AC72 safety measures
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup organisers, Golden Gate Yacht Club, have appointed a six-strong team to investigate and report on the facts of the Artemis incident, last Thursday, and to recommend on safety issues for the event. The group is working in conjunction with the US Coast Guard who must issue SLR's (Special Local Regulations) for the event to proceed.... [more]
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AEE Sportscam video: Mark Orams 2013 Paper Tiger Nationals - Race view
Colin Preston,
Join Mark Orams on Race 1 of the Paper Tiger Nationals, held off Maraetai Beach Auckland earlier this year, as viewed from bow and boom mounted AEE Sportscam cameras.... [more]
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Volvo partners New Zealand youth sailing
Yachting NZ,
achting New Zealand is proud to announce a new partnership with Volvo Cars to support the drive for youth sailing development around the country. A long term investment, Volvo will sponsor New Zealand's flagship school sailing programme Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! as well as contributing to youth development camps and clinics.... [more]
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FMJ Racing win the 1010 4g Match Racing Grade 2 at Royal Hong Kong YC
FMJ Racing,
FMJ Racing have won the 1010 4g Grade 2 Match Racing Regatta held out of The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The competition was world class with tour card holders Waka Racing and Ian William's GAC Pindar in the mix and also a lot of local talent.... [more]
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America's Cup: Barclay expects Cup to proceed as planned
Richard Gladwell,
TV3's that America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay is confident regatta director Iain Murray will take every step to ensure the America's Cup goes ahead, and does so as safely as possible. 'I have every expectation that the event will proceed as planned. But I'm going to give Iain Murray the time he needs to really look at it with his expert panel and get it right.'... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Tragedy in San Francisco + RYA Tribute Video
Richard Gladwell,
Following is the editorial published in Sail-World NZ's newsletter published on May 10, NZT. It is republished for those who don't subscribe to's New Zealand newsletter. Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Includes RYA tribute video to Andrew Simpson... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Three Gold medals won in EUROSAF regatta
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand has won three gold medals at Vela Garda Trentino – the first of five regattas in the inaugural EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup. The five day regatta wrapped up overnight in picturesque Lake Garda, Italy where yet another new format for scoring was being trialled.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's damaged AC72 is pulled from the water,
Artemis Racing's first AC72 has been hauled from the water in San Francisco after it destructed during a bearaway on its final sailing day on May 9, 2013. The wreckage and incident is now the subject of two inquiries - one by San Francisco Police Department, and the other by America's Cup Events Authority.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video of Artemis Racing's final run
Video shot on May 9, 2013 of Artemis Racing's final run on San Francisco Bay, before she had her fatal capsize later in the day. Second shows Oracle Team USA sailing very quickly in a fresh breeze, easily the fastest we have seen to date.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tributes flow after Gold Medalist dies in AC72 capsize
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing have confirmed that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Star keelboatclass, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has died in a training incident in San Francisco. Simpson was pulled from the water after the incident, and CPR was attempted on the water and ashore, but was not successful, and he was pronounced dead.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second AC72 capsize - San Francisco Police investigate
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray will lead a review into the events surrounding the capsize of Artemis Racing's first AC72 and the subsequent tragic death of crewman Andrew Simpson. During training on San Francisco Bay yesterday, Artemis Racing capsized in winds between 18 and 20 knots. The boat broke apart and Simpson, 36, became trapped.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two inquiries underway in fatal capsize - Updated
Richard Gladwell,
At an international media conference today, America's Cup Events Authority, Stephen Barclay, announced that two inquiries were running into the Artemis incident. The first is being conducted by the San Francisco Police Department, as is standard practice in any fatality. The SFPD have impounded the boat as part of their accident investigation.... [more]
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Kirby files to cancel Laser Trademark and Sunburst Logo for Boats,
Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed the below petition to cancel US trademark registrations directed to both the word LASER and the Sunburst logo for boats. According to US Trademark Office records, these US registrations are owned by Karaya (Jersey) Limited based in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.... [more]
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