Sail-World New Zealand: April 10, 2014 - Cup Kiwis free at last?

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 11 Apr 2014

Sail-World New Zealand: April 10, 2014 - Cup Kiwis free at last?

Oracle Team USA competed with two out of class AC45's in four America's Cup World series Regattas  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA ©
Welcome to New Zealand for April 10, 2014

Late this afternoon, Yachting New Zealand released its report into the actions of two New Zealanders named by the America's Cup Jury as being involved in the boat tampering in the America's Cup World Series.

They were two of five named in the Jury decision, handed down just four days before the start of the 34th America's Cup. That decision resulted in Oracle team USA's wingsail trimmer, Dirk de Ridder being excluded from the regatta, and the America's Cup Defender, being penalized a vital two points.

While the decision of the Yachting New Zealand Commissioners, not to proceed further against the two NZers, is not a surprise – their questioning of aspects of the International Jury's process and decision, certainly is.

We carry an analysis and backgrounder on the report and decision, along with the full 27 page decision itself.

The strict one -design AC45's lined up ahead of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Oracle Team USA's illegal alterations took their boat out of class  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©

It is not clear what will happen next. One of those named by the America's Cup Jury, Dirk de Ridder (NED) has already been interviewed and judged by the ISAF, however that decision is believed to be the subject of an Appeal.

It remains to be seen as to whether the ISAF decide to act on the two New Zealanders.
Today's report would seem to be sufficiently innocuous in its conclusions, that further action is not required.

However the fact remains that the International Jury found that two of the five it named, lied to it, which is a very serious matter, and one which can and should be pursued by the ISAF. To a lesser extent the allegations involve tampering with one-design classes, that also goes to the core of the sport.

Yachting New Zealand is also in the news over a statement issued by it yesterday over the National Ocean Water Sports Centre – a term it now uses interchangeably with National Sailing Centre.

One of the illegal AC45's sailing in the America's Cup World Series events in Naples  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©

While most sailors would support the concept of a National Sailing Centre, many of those living around the Takapuna Beach area have very strong opinions on the use of the Camping Ground/Northern Reserve for such a purpose.

Yachting NZ were not successful for an application to have a hard stand area established in the Northern Reserve, with the then Community Board deciding it wasn't urgent and could be deferred until a draft management plan for the Takapuna Beach area was decided.

In that plan, while the NOWSC/National Sailing Centre was considered, but it was not deemed to be an approved activity, meaning that if YNZ wished to pursue the option they would have to go through a Resource Consent process.

Phil Robertson (r.) presses Durant at start - The Congressional Cup 2014  Rich Roberts

That is yet to be lodged, and it will be interesting to see the reception YNZ get from a new less supportive Community Board, and revitalized opponents. In its favour is the fact that the Consent will be considered on its merits, and not in the context of a grand pland for the whole of Takapuna Beach.

This week also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Congressional Cup, widely regarded as the parent event for the sport of Match Racing.

Founded and held at the Long Beach Yacht Club, the Congressional Cup has long stayed true to its core values, and while initially part of the World Match Racing Tour, the event remained true to its principles and declined to bend to accommodate the international requirements of that Tour. The Con Cup, as it is affectionately known, has retained its unique character and as anyone knows who has participated in a Congressional Cup, the regatta is an unforgettable experience.

Adam Minoprio (second from left) with the Luna Rossa team competing at the 50th Congressional Cup  Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

We have reports on the 2014 event in this edition, plus we are featuring live coverage on our website. Racing starts at 7.00am NZT

Competing in the Congressional Cup is former world match racing champion, in fact the youngest winner of the tour, Adam Minoprio (NZL). Previously with Emirates Team New Zealand, Minoprio has switched to the Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, and is in the role of tactician to skipper Francesco Bruni.

50th Anniversary Congressional Cup - 2014  Rich Roberts

Congressional Cup 2014  Long Beach Yacht Club ©
We carry a report on the Luna Rossa Team and Adam Minoprio in this edition, and will be following his progress with interest, along with that of the New Zealand crew led by Phil Robertson.

Stay tuned.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Maxi trimaran IDEC and her skipper Francis Joyon in Bordeaux for their standby prior to sail for a new record between France and Brazil on April 04, 2014  © Manuel Blondeau / DPPI

Young 88 - Day 1, 2014 Bay of Islands Sailing Week, the class nationals are this weekened  © Will Calver - Ocean Photography

Kylie Jameson and her winning crew - 2014 NZ Women's Keel Boat Championships  Tom Macky

America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape action in AC45 rules ruckus
Richard Gladwell/,
The two New Zealanders involved in the ruckus over boat tampering in the AC45 class prior to the 34th America's Cup have not had any action taken against them by Yachting New Zealand.... [more]
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Harken Young 88 Nationals: Team NZ crews back to regain title
Mike Leyland,
The Young 88's reputation for hard but fair and fun racing has brought America's Cup sailor Jeremy Lomas back to one hull this weekend. He is skipper of Flash Gordon with some well know teammates including Dean Barker and James Dagg as crew.... [more]
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50th Anniversary Congressional Cup - Stage two
Rich Roberts,
There were no perfect days as Stage Two of the Congressional Cup got under way Wednesday. Taylor Canfield, speaking for all said afterward, 'We're still dusting a little rust off. We haven't sailed together with our crews in five months.... [more]
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NZ Rigging to present at SailFiji Race seminar at Royal Akarana YC
Rigging expert, Richard 'Bart' Bearda (NZ Rigging) will be giving a presentation tonight April 10, 2014 at Royal Akarana Yacht Club. He will be part of a panel advising on how to prepare sails and rigging for the testing ANZ Sail Fiji race which starts on Saturday June 7. The cruiser rally leaves on June 2, 2014.... [more]
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Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race - Start images by Andrea Francolini
Lisa Ratcliff,
The 468nm Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race got underway on Wednesday April 9th from Sydney Harbour. Photographer Andrea Francolini was on site to capture these images of Shaun Carroll's Morticia and Sean Langman's BOQ Team Australia.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians confirm Minoprio as Match race tactician
A media release from Italian America's Cup Challenger Luna Rossa has confirmed that Adam Minoprio (NZL) has slotted into the tactician's role on the match racing circuit with helmsman Francesco Bruni. Minoprio was formerly with Emirates Team New Zealand, and sailed for the team in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race aboard Camper... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 10, 2014 - Equity markets surge
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 10, 2014 - The AUD moved up towards 0.9400 while the KIWI consolidated just under 0.8700. Gains are a reflection of the contempt the Fed has for the USD, which is being manipulated lower, to stimulate trade growth. At some point confidence in the reserve currency will be undermined and this will be red flagged in the bond markets.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Bitter blow as OneDLL is disqualified
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, although some of the fleet are still to complete the Ocean Sprint, the fastest boat to date, OneDLL, has been dealt a bitter blow by being disqualified by the Clipper Race Committee for failing to report their start time within the required time frame of three hours.... [more]
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2014 Lidgard Sails Evans Bay Regatta: Wrap up from Wellington
Rowdy Leatham,
What a weekend it was, the weather played the game and Evans Bay provided a full range of fantastic sailing conditions from no wind and beautiful sunshine. A total of 63 boats made the most of the weather and the 2014 Lidgard Sails Evans Bay Regatta was a great event... [more]
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Congressional Cup Stage One - Robertson receives the Ficker Cup
Rich Roberts,
Congressional Cup 2014 - This will be the fourth appearance in the Congressional Cup by Canfield. After his humble effort in 2011, he lost to Williams in the semifinals in 2012 and was sixth in 2013 with a nine-nine record.... [more]
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Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre to open in Weymouth
Warren Surtees,
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) is happy to announce that it will soon be opening the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in Dorset, UK.... [more]
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YNZ Statement on the National Sailing Centre
Yachting NZ,
Yachting New Zealand believes that the establishment of a centralised world class National Sailing Centre will be an asset to Auckland and New Zealand and we are continuing to work towards this objective. The Takapuna Reserve Management Plan allows for a revised version of the initially proposed NOWSC (National Ocean Water Sports Centre)... [more]
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Afterguard reveals Heads-up Display for sailboat racing
Oliver Springgay,
Sailboat racing has evolved with the technology era and is now driven by data and instrumentation. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to adapt a carefully orchestrated plan to the ever-changing natural and competitive environment, faster than the competition. Having the right information at the right time can be that difference.... [more]
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Francis Joyon embarks on Bordeaux to Rio de Janeiro route
Agence Mer et Media,
French sailor Francis Joyon crossed the starting line of the Friendship Route in the Gironde Estuary aboard the IDEC maxi trimaran at 1433hrs UTC today (Tuesday 8th April 2014). In a moderate Easterly wind, which is due to strengthen, Francis Joyon set out to tackle this brand new record between Bordeaux and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).... [more]
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Kylie Jameson Wins 2014 NZ Womens Keel Boat Championships
Tom Macky,
The 2014 NZ Women's Keel Boat Championships was sailed in perfect shifty south westerly conditions last weekend. A great improvement on previous years when the girls have had to contend with 20 to 30kn squally conditions on the first day.... [more]
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Weta Marine focused on growing grass roots sailing at Hutchwilco Show
Miranda Powrie,
Weta Marine are passionate about showing people what a great sport sailing is. For the past two years we have organized Sailing Central at the Hutchwilco New Zealand boat show to encourage the wider boating public to check out sailing and hopefully give it a go. The next show is from May 15th to 18th and it promises to be a good one.... [more]
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Volvo 70 winner enters the Auckland Tauranga Yacht Race,
Jim Delegat's Giacomo, the Volvo 70 and winner of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, has announced her entry into the annual International Paints Auckland to Tauranga Yacht Race beginning on Thursday 17th April at 1000hrs. She will be racing under the burgee of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.... [more]
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Congressional Cup 2014 - Perry blasts back to first
Rich Roberts,
Dave Perry's long week of sailboat racing started out with last place in the Heritage Regatta fleet race Sunday but he blasted back to first place on opening day Stage One of the 50th Congressional Cup Monday, winning four of five match races.... [more]
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