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 03 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

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 3 images by Thom Touw,
Photographer Thom Touw was out on the water during day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture these images.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: World Cup Palma - Burling and Tuke lead on Day 3
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have taken the lead in the 49er class as ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma at the regatta's midway mark in Mallorca, Spain today. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie retain third in the Women's 470. Many of the NZL Sailing Team had their best day yet making further gains on day three of the six day regatta, which saw a mix of conditions with solid breeze and waves on some course ar... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo,
Jesus Renedo was out on the water for day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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Laura Dekker presented OCC's Award of Merit Sat 05 April in Whangarei
OCC/Sail-World Cruising,
Laura Dekker, youngest ever solo circumnavigator, is to be honoured by the Award of Merit from the world wide Ocean Cruising Club in her birth city of Whangerai in New Zealand, by local members of the Ocean Cruising Club in a ceremony this coming Saturday, 5th April.... [more]
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