Sail-World New Zealand: November 13 2013 - On top of the World

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 13 Nov 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: November 13 2013 - On top of the World

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh - 2013 Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year, Oman  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie received the highest accolade in the sport of sailing with the presentation of the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year to the World Champion 470 crew in a glittering dinner at Turtle Beach in the Sultanate of Oman, overnight NZT.

Winner of the Mens Award was Australian 470 sailor, and current World Champion, Matt Belcher. Both the New Zealand and Australia winners also won the Gold medal in their respective events.

Belcher sailing initially with the redoubtable Malcolm Page, through the 2012 Olympics, and then switching to Will Ryan after Weymouth, has won an incredible 17 consecutive regattas – and amazing achievement in consistency.

Aleh and Powrie can't match that feat, but have scored podium finishes in all their regattas this year. They should add the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy to their trophy cabinet at the end of November, when the New Zealand Sailor of the Year is announced, despite being up against the most titled field in the 50 year history of the event.

The Womens Olympic Gold medalist crew join an elite group of Sir Peter Blake, Sir Russell Coutts, and Mike Sanderson as previous recipients of the highest honour in sailing. However they are the first of the Kiwi group to be recognized for their achievements in Olympic sailing classes.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie win the Championnat du Monde 2013 de 470 a La Rochelle  470 Internationale ©

We carry the best coverage we can in this edition of, including a photo gallery of their achievements this year, and other activities where they put back into the sport, to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

In this edition we also carry images, and a brief story on a sailing initiative by Wakatere Boating Club, designed to reduce the cost of boat ownership for new sailors and their sponsors/parents.

Those who have been involved in recruiting young sailors into the sport in a program basis, will know that it is largely a numbers game.

After the blessing - RS Feva launch - Wakatere Boating Club November 10, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Take the kids aged around 9-11 who attend school around your club – typically there are about 600 that you can get into a program to give a sailing experience of around six sessions for which Waterwise is the ideal vehicle to deliver. Next step is to get just 10% of those to go on and do the next level of learn to sail at club level – that is 60 kids. If you can get half of those to come into a club membership you are pumping 30 new sailors into the club each year (along with their parents), and you are really getting some new blood into a club and the sport.

The difficulty has always been with the fact that many perceive the boats that are sailed at junior level to be boring, and their parents consider them to be expensive.

Ready to go - RS Feva launch - Wakatere Boating Club November 10, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Our attitude has always been that a club should aim to provide an entry level boat that costs as much as a new or second hand bike. You can talk until you are blue in the face about how you recoup much of your investment in the asset that is Junior's new boat – but tell them that they can get afloat for a boat that costs the same as a bike and the arguments go away.

Wakatere's program built around the RS Feva, kills the argument that the boats are boring. With three sails, and looking hot, the Feva is a great entry option for kids – however the price is a killer for a first boat. Wakatere have got around that by buying a fleet of six that will get used for learn to sail, confidence, and can be chartered for six months for club racing, or used by adults for destination sailing.

- RS Feva launch - Wakatere Boating Club November 10, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Of course the program has parallels with others like it, such as the RNZYS's Lion Foundation Youth program – where again the cost of boat ownership is not an obstacle to being able to be coached and go racing in boats which have a bit of wick and are a challenge to sail.

Of course the two-handed boat provides a complete path through the two handed Youth and Olympic classes as well as the 12 and 18fter skiffs and many others, without having to endure the junior singlehanders – if that is not your style.

The queues of kids standing in the water waiting to have their turn on launch day for the RS Feva, signed off the success of this program.

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

On Tuesday evening we took up a long standing offer to go on the water with the Westhaven based Etchells fleet. Careful not to call them the Auckland fleet - as there are several around the City of Sails, and around New Zealand.

Class designer and builder, NZer Brian Bennett (standing) - Day 3, VX One Design - North American Championships, November 2013   VX One USA

The Etchells fleet have worked to get a good base going down by Z Pier in Westhaven, and seeing 15 Etchells all clustered around the launch Crane ready to go sailing was quite a sight.

On the water the invited group of sailors were an eclectic mix – class regulars, America's Cup regulars, Round the World sailors, Olympic representatives and those who had trodden the local, national and international regatta circuits. The racing was mix of fun and serious stuff. The form might have been a bit rusty, but the class of the sailors was unblemished by time and their relative unfamiliarity with the Etchells. However the racing was close – too close at times – with the starts being more a case of what your conscience would let you get away with, rather than compliance with the nuances of the rulebook.

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

We have an image gallery of the evening's races – play ceased eventually after appeals for bad light – and some of the shots aren't the sharpest, but it was a great evening's racing.

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Three boats finish in half a length - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013  © Richard Gladwell

Wide eyed - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013  © Richard Gladwell
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Day 3, VX One Design - North American Championships, November 2013  VX One USA

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The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing, was awarded today to Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Mathew Belcher (AUS).... [more]
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Two-Handed Round North Island Race: Just two places left
Jon Henry,
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 13, 2013 - ANZAC eases
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: November 12, 2013 - Commodities currencies seem to be suffering risk worries with the AUD back below 0.9300 and the KIWI 0.8200. NZ House prices continue to rise, with sales, so an easing in the pressure on the currency would be welcomed by the RBNZ. Look at economic data and speculation of Central Bank activity to drive markets as equities test record highs.... [more]
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Aleh and Powrie named 2013 ISAF Female Sailor of the Year
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand Olympic class sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have been named Rolex ISAF Female Sailor of the Year for 2013. They were announced the winner, of four finalists, at a presentation ceremony just staged in Muscat, Oman (on Tuesday 12th November) at the end of year ISAF Conference.... [more]
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Wakatere launches new Two-handed sailing and ownership program
Richard Gladwell,
Wakatere Boating Club, one of New Zealand's top small boat clubs and with a long-standing reputation in singlehanded and two handed sailing has broken new ground with the launch of a six boat program using RS Fevas. Purchased with grant funding, the Fevas will be offered as a learn to sail option alongside the Club's existing program with Optimists.... [more]
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Big fleet for Etchells Invitation Series on the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Fifteen crews comprising some of New Zealand top sailors from Olympic and America's Cup ranks competed in an Invitational Series off Auckland's Westhaven Marina on Tuesday evening. Although intended as a fun series, the competitive juices soon flowed as fast as ever and they enjoyed some very competitive racing in light winds and an outgoing tide.... [more]
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Mini Transat - On course for a record breaking
Solene Rennuit,
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award - Winners recognised
Australian Mathew Belcher and New Zealanders Jo Aleh and Olivia 'Polly' Powrie were named male and female winners of the 2013 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards during a ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on Tuesday 12 November.... [more]
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Images from the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards in Oman
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Soazig Guého,
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EUROSAF supports major change in Elite sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year Nomination - Aleh And Powrie
Daniel Smith,
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 8 - Fast, wet and wild
Clipper Ventures,
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Laser World Championships - Nick Thompson gunning for gold
Lindsey Bell,
Nick Thompson, with three World Championship medals already under his belt is in no doubt as to where his sights lie heading into next week's Laser World Championships in Oman (17-23 November).... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record shattered in Salin-de-Giraud
Tanguy Blondel,
On November 11, Alexandre Caizergues shattered the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record over 500 metres with a blinding average of 56.62 knots in the 'Salt and Speed' Volkswagen Transporter Arena located in Salin-de-Giraud, France. In so doing, he has improved on the previous record set by American Rob Douglas by 0.97 knots.... [more]
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VX One North Americans: Doolittle wins an impressive regatta
Christopher E. Howell,
VX One North American Championship, hosted by Rush Creek Yacht Club in Rockwall, TX, concluded today. Rob Doolittle of Mandeville, LA utilized consistent finishes to earn the 2013 VX One North American Championship. The 21-boat fleet completed eight races from November 8-10.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Race record for international entries,
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18ft Skiff sailor dies racing in Brisbane
The Brisbane 18 Footers Sailing Club has issued the following statement following the death of David Hansa (23) while sailing on Waterloo Bay on Saturday. He was trapped under water, before being retrieved, taken ashore, however efforts to resuscitate him failed.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship, Race 1 - Gotta Love It 7 leads the way
Frank Quealey,
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Coastguard Boating Education Legal & Safe Ship Management course
Joanne Glassford,
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Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race - Hickman makes it three in a row
Di Pearson, CYCA Media,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Mason named shore manager for all-female crew
Agathe Armand,
After having sailed four straight Volvo Ocean Races, Richard Mason is joining Team SCA as the shore manager of the all-female crew in a role which will finally allow him to stay dry - relatively - over the next two and a half years.... [more]
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