Welcome to Sail-World.com'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 www.sail-world.com 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.
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.
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.
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 www.sail-world.com/nz
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
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