Sail-World New Zealand: August 2, 2013 - Round Robin Reviewed

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 02 Aug 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: August 2, 2013 - Round Robin Reviewed

The Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins are officially over.

Now is the time for them to be judged.

One aspect aside, the record books will show they were undoubtedly the biggest non-event in the history of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Just two of the three boats competed. The winner won eight races, of which four were contested. The second placed boat came away with four points - all from uncontested races, and scored two DNF's for finishing later than five minutes after the winning boat.

Louis Vuitton Cup - Round Robin - Luna Rossa and the fans  Gilles Martin Raget ©

In previous, recent Louis Vuitton Cups, there would have been seven to 13 entries. While the winner and maybe second placegetter would have been determined three quarters of the way through the series, the final races were usually heart-stoppers in the last races of the Round Robin, as several teams vied for the final two spots.

While lacking numbers the 2013 edition of the Louis Vuitton Cup broke all records for America's Cup boat speeds, and maybe spectacle - depending on whether you prefer AC72's or 12 Metres.

According to shore side organisers, the spectator numbers have exceeded expectations. Certainly the YouTube numbers are very good, all things cosidered - with some races attracting viewership in six figures. And bear in mind there are oft-criticized Youtube blackouts in territories where TV rights holders had exclusive rights to providing race viewing, and didn't, depriving many fans of being able to see the racing live - free to air, or on subscriber TV.

Being watched - Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing on the America's Cup course July 30, 2013  Chuck Lantz ©

Even harder to understand, is the decision midway through the series that the uncontested races would no longer be put on YouTube. That was despite the viewer numbers being only 10,000 a day shy of the contested races. That also despite at least one of the aforesaid TV rights holders posting all races on their website - but that wasn't deemed to be an option for Youtube viewers.

Why did the uncontested, solo races in the Louis Vuitton Cup hold their audience? Because the commentators/producers were smart enough to adapt the style of the show, and get in some excellent guests who could talk viewers through the nuances of just a single AC72 sailing at 40kts plus. Experts who could explain a foiling gybe and what happened, or should have happened, and along the way educated a new breed of armchair experts.

Artemis Racing - San Francisco, July 31 2013  John Navas

What happens in the Semi-Finals remains to be seen. And when they are done, they too will also be compared to previous Louis Vuitton Semi's.

In this edition of's newletter, we have plenty of video and still image coverage of the later stages of the Louis Vuitton Cup regatta. Plus there are videos and images of the two Defenders racing on the America's Cup course.

Waiting to launch, 420 Worlds. NZ Team 420 Worlds Day 7, Valencia, Spain  Rob Burn

In Valencia, several New Zealand crews have been sailing in the 420 World Championships. It was a big fleet of over 100 boats, with plenty of challenges for the young New Zealand crews.

We have the excellent daily reports from Rob Burn, in this edition of's newsletter, along with daily reports and more images from the 420 Association.

E5.9 regatta, Bream Bay. July 2013.
  Gareth Cooke

Last weekend, Doyle Sails' Mike Sanderson took out the Elliott 5.9 Traveller Series at Marsden Cover, sailing against a 13 boat fleet. We have a full report and plenty of great images from Gareth Cooke. Also included is a full update on what's new in the Elliott 5.9 class, including a great new building deal.

On Tuesday we posted the first of the America's Cup rent to view video from the Maritime Productions archive. It features a recreation of the first ever America's Cup Race in 1851, which was produced in 1968 by Gerald Schnitzer, a noted Hollywood producer and director.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing the trailers for additional titles along with galleries of images form the era.

Scene s from Sail to Glory, the reenactment of the first race for the America's Cup, Cowes 1851.  Maritime Productions LLC

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Emirates Team New Zealand takes Tom Cruise for a ride on NZL5 after the Round Robin 5 race against Luna Rossa. Louis Vuitton Cup 2013. San Francisco.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Emirates Team New Zealand takes Tom Cruise (in black helmet) for a ride on NZL5 after the Round Robin 5 race against luna Rossa. Louis Vuitton Cup 2013. San Francisco.  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

2013 Copa del Rey  © Max Ranchi Photography

Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the final Round Robin
Dean Barker,
Emirates Team New Zealand have sailed their last race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robins. Writing on his blog at Kiwi Yachting Consultants' websites, of which he is a substantial shareholder and director, skipper Dean Barker gives his view of the day out with Tom Cruise in the Louis Vuitton Cup.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 2, 2013 - ANZAC's dragged down
Collinson FX,
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29er World Championship - French regain the lead
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the 29er World Championship, the racing was close today on Kaløvig Bay with the lead for the Gold fleet changing at each race. Four races were held starting at 3pm after a postponement on shore waiting for a front to pass, but leaving behind light winds for the sailors.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds get an early start
International 470 Class Association,
There were starts at opposite ends of the day for the 470 Junior Worlds and Masters' Cup fleets in La Rochelle, with the junior fleets benefiting from the early morning breeze and a more sedate start for the Masters in the afternoon.... [more]
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Stratis Icebreaker wins Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series Regatta at Marsden
Elliott 5.9 Class Association Media,
After finishing a close second in the previous regatta, Mike Sanderson with his FMJ Racing crew of Matthew Steven and Ash Hammond (Auckland) ran away with their first title in the 2013 Elliott 5.9 Traveler Series - finishing a comfortable first overall in Stratis Icebreaker with four race wins from six heats.... [more]
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2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Notice of Race published
Elisha Keating,
The Notice of Race is now online and entries are now being accepted for ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, which is the second regatta of the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup series. The regatta will run out of the world acclaimed Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia, from the 1st-8th December 2013.... [more]
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Postcard from Valencia: 420 Worlds Final Day - Lifts and Knocks
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the Final Day of the World 420 Championships: For sailors they describe the wind direction relative to the sailors as they head for a Mark. Almost the same, but completely different, a over large group of Kiwi parents and sailors trapped in a lift while the rest of us sat at the restaurant waiting for them to arrive at the Team Dinner... [more]
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Doyle Sails offering big discount at Sydney International Boat Show
Ellie Brade,
Doyle Sails Australia and Doyle Sails New Zealand will be exhibiting at the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show (held 1-5 August) on Stand 142. On offer is a boat show deal of 20% off all retail price sails, valid for orders placed this week only*.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Match Race Practice - Video
John Navas,
John Navas presents the first video of Oracle Team USA staging a match race on the America's Cup Course in San Francisco between their first AC72 Boat 1 and the more recently launched Boat 2.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challenger of Record hooks up with Defender + Video
John Navas,
The Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing (SWE) hooked up with the Defender, Oracle Team USA, on a foggy day on San Francisco Bay. Earlier Oracle Team USA had sailed their two AC72 catamarans on the America's Cup course, again in foggy conditions. John Navas caught the action from both sessions today on San Francisco Bay. Includes video.... [more]
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Postcard from Valencia: 420 Worlds Day 7 - The rain in Spain stays ...
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the seventh day of the World 420 Championships: The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain. Some rain on some sailor's parade but others had something to smile about. It was a long night waiting for the results of Protests. The day started much as yesterday, hot and clear, but wind from wrong direction and we were told the AP would be up for at least an hour... [more]
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Sail to Glory: The dramatised story of the first America's Cup - Video
Maritime Productions presents the first of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis. It features an ambitious docu-drama, which is the only film ever produced of the original race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. In 1968 Gerald Schnitzer, a noted Hollywood Producer/Director wrote and directed this epic story.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: More than a mile apart . . . closer but not closest
Bob Fisher,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: It's Luna Rossa vs Artemis Racing for Semis + Video
Bob Fisher,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Top Gun's Maverick helms Emirates Team NZ + Video
Hollywood A-Lister, Tom Cruise watched today's race in the Louis Vuitton Cup aboard the superyacht Imagine, with his son. After the race they hopped aboard the AC72 catamaran, for a spin around San Francisco Bay, with Cruise and his son trying to out-do each other for top speed of the day, while helming.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Ultimate challenge delivered in Porto + Video
Extreme Sailing Series,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Cheap point for new helmsman
Bob Fisher,
For the first time in the Louis Vuitton Cup races for six years, Dean Barker was absent from the wheel of Emirates Team New Zealand, and his place as helmsman was taken by Glenn Ashby, normally the wing trimmer. Ashby's credentials for the job are more than sufficient, having won 14 world championships in three multihull classes and ten Australian A-class catamaran championships.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Kiwis wins Bronze in Finns and top 10 in Multihulls
Jodie Bakewell-White,
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Nacra 17 World champions decided in The Hague
Diana Bogaards,
At the Nacra 17 World Championship on Saturday July 27 at 15:30 hours, it was finally clear that Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France were the first ever Nacra 17 World Champions. After another long day of waiting, the thunderstorm left The Hague without any breeze and the Race Committee had no choice but cancelling the decisive Medal Race.... [more]
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51st Optimist World Championships - Final awards ceremony
Media Fraglia Vela Riva,
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OK Dinghy European Championship - Victory claimed in Carnac
Robert Deaves,
The OK Dinghy European Championship in Carnac, France, came to a close on Friday without another race being sailed. Very light winds kept the fleet on shore all day in the sunshine. So Bo Petersen (DEN) won the title from Stefan Myralf (DEN) and Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE).... [more]
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America's Cup: Safety now in Class Rules - but no elevator changes
Bob Fisher,
The after-shock of the Artemis accident on May 9th is met with rule changes announced by the Measurement Committee and approved by Race Director, Iain Murray, early on Friday July 26th. As yet, there are no changes in the rudder 'elevator' rules.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing Blue at it again
Sander van der Borch,
Images by photographer Sander van der Borch of Artemis Racing during the second day of sailing on the new blue boat. A long day of sailing with a lot of goals achieved.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa hits fish, breaks rudder, takes point
Bob Fisher,
Luna Rossa sailed alone around the five-leg course in her scheduled fourth Round Robin match with Artemis for ten minutes. Then the Race Committee hoisted a black flag, indicating that Artemis had not crossed the start line within the allotted time and the race was awarded to the Italian team, who could add another point to its scoreline.... [more]
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