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20 Oct 2013
Sail-World New Zealand: October 20, 2013 - Tasman Record set
We were on the water relatively early morning yesterday to catch the ,b>ORMA60 Team Australia arriving in Auckland, and setting a new, provisional record for the Sydney to Auckland Trans Tasman crossing of 2 days, 19 hrs 2 mins and 45 secs to civer the 1260nm course.
When skipper Sean Langman talked of doing the trip in under three days, prior to leaving Sydney, many thought he was being a little ambitious - a characteristic not unknown in those from the Western Island. However Langman and his crew more than delivered on their predictions.
Seeing Team Australia in the early morning light was an impressive experience, sailing at speeds we recorded of around 20kts, and occasionally flying her main hull, she seems to be very fast - aided by a big rig and massive Doyles mainsail.
Next Friday, Team Australia resumes their battle with her New Zealand counterpart, Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing. They have met previously, with the Australian having the better of the four encounters in Australian waters.
The race north in the PIC Coastal Classic promises to be an interesting one – with the two ORMA60's going head to head to try and beat each other and the race record of 5hr 41m 44s.
In the monohulls the centre of interest will be Jim Delegat's Volvo 70 Giacomo, the former Groupama, winner of the last Volvo Ocean race, and whether she can reduce the monohull record of 6hr 43 m 32s set in 2009 by the supermaxi Alfa Romeo.
The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup has got off to a flying start for New Zealand crews, with 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie adding a win in the Womens 470 to their recent World Championship.
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (centre) - 2014 ISAF World Cup, Qingdao October 2013 Yachting New Zealand
In the Mens event, Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox turned in their best result of the year with a third place in the overall results.
Thomas Saunders placed 8th in the Mens Laser, with Susannah Pyatt finishing 7th in the Wormens singlehander with Laura Lowther 17th overall in the same event.
Fleets were generally small in the regatta, staged for the first time at the 2008 Olympic venue of Qingdao. Racing was only held in five of the 10 Olympic events.
Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox - 2014 ISAF World Cup, Qingdao October 2013 Yachting New Zealand
The entry level was disappointing, with very few European sailors making the effort to travel to the first Asian World Cup venue.
It will be interesting to see how many Europeans make the trip south to the second round in Melbourne in early December. Historically the Europeans and Americans have only turned up at the Miami event, and then sailed the rest of the circuit which has conveniently been sailed in Europe.
With the 2014 World Cup reduced to just five regattas, two of which are in Europe, a rethink of the circuit is underway, as signaled earlier in Sail-World.
In short the European and American reluctance to travel is deplorable. Have they forgotten the dictates of the 2008 Olympic Commission which highlighted the dominance of the European countries in the Olympic fleets and the number of Olympic places they take? What is their plan to expand the sport beyond its current boundaries, if they won't travel to the so called developing counties and lift the profile of the sport in those regions?
Hopefully ISAF has the courage to address this issue, and take on the powerful EuroSAF lobby, which seems to have a myopic view of the future of the sport. Maybe it is time to bring in the regional system of Olympic Qualification outlined by the 2008 report.
The International Moth Worlds have concluded in Hawaii, with the regatta being sailed in most un-Hawaii like conditions. New Zealand's Peter Burling did not have a good first half of this regatta, but improved in a big way in the latter half of the event to finish tenth overall.
We have plenty of reports and video of the Moth Worlds in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.
Peter Burling (NZL) wins the Dash for Cash prize at the 2013 Int Moth Worlds. Thierry Martinez/International Moth Class
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