Sail-World New Zealand: April 2, 2014 - Time for a Cup Shake-up?

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 02 Apr 2014

Sail-World New Zealand: April 2, 2014 - Time for a Cup Shake-up?

America's Cup Final - Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©
Welcome to's New Zealand newsletter for April 1, 2014

Due to unexpected technical issues, largely solved by a complete re-write of our newsletter system, we have missed a week or so. Our website has been unaffected and has continued to run the latest sailing news.

Last week two reports were released on the 34th America's Cup and its impact. Perhaps not surprisingly they were very supportive of the Government's investment in the team.

We have the official release and links to the reports.

With the Protocol not yet announced for the 34th America's Cup, and indeed no word on when that will be, there still seems to be a lot of doubt surrounding Emirates Team NZ's performance in the last America's Cup and on what basis, if any, another Challenge should proceed.

34th America's Cup final Oracle Team USA Race 16
  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

In this edition we feature the first of a three part series looking at the last America's Cup, and how Oracle Team USA was able to gain the time necessary to make the changes to their boat and campaign to eliminate the Kiwi's advantage.

Internationally there is a lot of disquiet on perceptions of what will be in the new Protocol. With a strong potential Challenger group emerging consisting of teams from New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Australia, France and Canada many are asking why it cannot be possible for the Challengers to run their own series independent of the Defender.

With such a broad group, the appeal to a global sponsor should be more significant than pandering to the potential US television audience, for a series in which they don't have an entry.

San Francisco, 34th America's Cup - Oracle Team USA vs Emirates Team New Zealand  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

Maybe the time has come for the Challengers to take control of their own affairs and event. As will be seen in the review of the 34th America's Cup, the former Louis Vuitton Cup has been completely neutered by the Defenders, ensuring the America's Cup will never leave the USA.

In Palma, Spain, the third round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway, and entering its second day.

Nacra 17, ISAF World Cup Mallorca - 31st March 2014  Thom Touw ©

The regatta has pulled a massive entry of 1,130 sailors from 55 countries. That is about double the entry of the Melbourne leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, and underlines the European unwillingness to travel outside their borders.

New Zealand sailors had an indifferent first day, with all lying on double digit places, but improved significantly on the second – we have reports and some images in this issue, on the NZL Sailing Team's performance. We will update daily on our website

Hobie 16 World Championships 2014  Hobie Cat Australasia

Sailing legend Hobie Alter, passed away late last week. Alter was the creator of the legendary Hobie Cat, which not only spawned a whole new genre of sailing and sailors, but also led the way for a similar approach to other areas of the sport – such as the Windsurfer and the Laser, to name but two.

Sail-World's US Editor, David Schmidt, takes a look at his life and contribution to sailing.

Dongfeng Race Team heads for Auckland, March 2014  Dongfeng Race Team

Stay tuned too for the latest on the Volvo Ocean Race.

The plan to sail the Chinese entry Dongfeng to New Zealand has proved too long and too hard, and the crew have diverted to Hong Kong, where Dongfeng will be put on a ship for USA, where she will then sail a Trans Atlantic leg to the race start.

Further announcements are expected soon about more race entries with a Spanish/international team expected to take one of the slots.

Hobie on beach ready to go - Hobie 16 World Championships  Anthony Duchatel
Stay tuned.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Saint Barth Bucket Race 2014 Day 3   Carlo Borlenghi ©

Finn action - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 1  Robert Deaves/Finn Class©

Javelin - Doug Roberts - 2014 Lidgard Sails Evans Bay Regatta  Evans Bay Website

34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 1 - Regaining time
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this three part-series.... [more]
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Andre Raoult, founding President of Oceania Sailing Federation dies
Richard Gladwell,,
Andre Raoult, founding President of the Oceania Sailing Federation, has died in a Marseille hospital after a brief battle with recurring cancer. Originally from France, Andre sailed Olympic class keelboats being in line for Olympic nomination for France, before moving to the South Pacific, living in New Caledonia, and settling finally to the Cook Islands.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Massive gains on Day 2 - Sailing World Cup Palma
Jodie Bakewell-White,
NZL Sailing Team crews made massive gains on day two of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma in now Mallorca, Spain. Conditions were light again today and racing continued into the evening. Plenty of single-figure race results for the kiwi team, including some race wins, has resulted in improved standings with five crews edging into the top ten of their fleet. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are now in 3... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 2 photos from Ocean Images,
Enjoy this selection of photos from Ocean Images, who was present during day two of the ISAF Sailing World Mallorca to capture the action.... [more]
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A personal tribute to Hobie Alter
Phillip Berman,
I first met Hobie at the age of 13, in Newport Beach, California, where he was showing off his latest invention, the Hobie Cat 14 at a local beach club. It was 1969 and Hobie had just created his corky little catamaran. As soon as Hobie cast away from the dock and started 'flying a hull' I was enthralled.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Skipper reports after MOB rescue
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, following Derry~Londonderry~Doire's dramatic North Pacific rescue operation yesterday, crew member Andrew Taylor is making a good recovery, with Skipper Sean McCarter explaining: 'Andrew is in good spirits and has been chatting away with his crew, and whilst clearly shocked, he is quite happy to be alive I think!... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 1, 2014: All rise
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 1, 2014 - Australian New Home Sales rose, ahead of the RBA rate decision today, which has continued to boost the currency. The AUD broke back above 0.9250, with expectations of no action in interest rates, but a bias towards firming. The KIWI has continued to perform well, trading 0.8670,... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Palma - Double digits on the points table on Day 1
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The 2014 European season is underway for the NZL Sailing Team after the first of the major northern hemisphere ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas opened today in Palma de Mallorca Spain. Winds were light throughout the day with an afternoon sea breeze allowing for plenty of racing in all fleets yet the day proved testing for many of the NZL Sailing Team... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 1 photos from Ocean Images,
Ocean Images was on site during the opening day of action at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture these photos.... [more]
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2014 Lidgard Sails Evans Bay Regatta – The Preview
Rowdy Leatham,
This weekend sees the 2014 Lidgard Sails Regatta taking place at the Evans Bay Yacht and Motor Boat Club in Wellington. With the regatta incorporating the Wellington Trailer Yacht Championships, the Javelin North Islands and the Hartley 16 Traveller Series a big turn out is expected for racing on the waters of Evans Bay.... [more]
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Saint Barth Bucket Race - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was out on the water for day three of the Saint Barth Bucket Race to capture these images. Enjoy!... [more]
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St Thomas International: Day 3 - Canfield leaves it until the last
Bob Fisher,
Sunday's culmination of the International Regatta was staggeringly exciting; supremacy changed hands with astonishing frequency, notably in the IC-24 class, where local hero, Taylor Canfield left it to the very last to stamp his authority and claim the week's trophy after twelve grueling races.... [more]
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Honoring and remembering Hobie Alter
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The sailing world lost one of its greatest visionaries this weekend when Hobie Alter, 80, passed away at his home. Impressively, Alter influenced virtually every aspects of sailing, from beach-cat racing to the America's Cup, and is credited as being the father of the modern fiberglass sailing catamaran. Additionally, Alter helped crack the code on creating super fun regatta experiences.... [more]
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Auckland Cup attracts big schools fleet at Bucklands Beach
Laurie Jury,
Last week over 100 sailors from 14 different schools competed in the Auckland Cup, a high school teams racing championships held at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club. High school teams racing is sailed in a team of three 420 yachts, with six sailors and up to two reserves.... [more]
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America's Cup: Critics dealt body blow with Cup benefits to NZ
The 34th America's Cup Regatta in San Francisco delivered a range of direct and indirect benefits for the NZ economy, according to two evaluation reports. We also present an audio interview with an economist commenting of the accuracy of the reports.... [more]
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America's Cup: Five Emmy Award nominations for Video and Technology
Peter Rusch, Oracle Team USA Mediaand Sail-World,
Media production for the 34th America's Cup has received five Emmy Award nominations, including for Outstanding Live Sports Special. The five nominations come on the heels of a previous Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement for AC LiveLive.... [more]
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2014 Harken Young 88 Nationals underway April 12-13
Young 88 Assoc,
New Zealand's premier one design class will embark on a battle of the best at the 2014 Harken Young 88 Nationals set to race 12th and 13th April. Hosted by Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and raced on the America's Cup waters outside Rangitoto, this regatta is set to be one of the highlights of the Auckland racing calendar.... [more]
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Red Bull 49erFX Team: Jetlag, misfortunes, still smiling
Molly Meech,
World Champion 49erFX crew of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech report on their arrival at Palma, Spain, for the next round of the ISAF World Cup, due to start in a week: There are record numbers for the regatta here in Palma this year, bringing most of the worlds top sailors together at the start of the European season. We are really looking forward to getting out there... [more]
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Decisive win in Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship
Young 88 Media,
Close racing and a decisive victory were the features of this year's Knight Frank South Island Young 88 Championship raced out of the Akaroa Yacht Club. The event was sailed on 23 and 24 March 2014 on the picturesque waters or Akaroa Harbour in near perfect racing conditions.... [more]
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For the Record...
Andrew Wills,
North Sails NZ continues to go from strength to strength and has delivered some great results of late. Whilst we have always been at the forefront of international competition we are particularly excited about some of our local class results. From January we have already seen many customers win National titles, and there are many more events coming over the next few months!... [more]
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The Annual New Zealand Multihull Boat Show. Free admission
David Smith,
It's been an exciting couple of years for the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club. The development of foils from the America's Cup is coming down into the classes, we are starting to see a whole range foiling systems and designs.... [more]
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RNZYS Youth Team top IRC and PHRF at Jack Tar Auckland Cup
YTP Media,
What a regatta it has been for the Lion Foundation Youth Training Programme team onboard the XP-44 ‘Lawless'. The team sailed extremely well and at the end of the three day Jack Tar Auckland Regatta achieving first on IRC, first on PHRF, first on Regatta Handicap and third on Line in Division B.... [more]
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