Become a navigator...ISAF Youths misfire...America's Cup conumdrum

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 18 Jul 2014

Become a navigator...ISAF Youths misfire...America's Cup conumdrum

A Muppet Moment - Medal Races - 2014 470 Europeans, Greece, July 2014  Nikos Alevromytis
Welcome to's New Zealand e-magazine for July 17, 2014

The form guide is being turned on its back at the ISAF Youth Worlds being sailed in Tavira, Portugal.

With a couple of exceptions, New Zealand's performances to date have been disappointing. One crew is in the top three; another is sixth, and the rest are in double digit places.

But it is a similar story with many of the other so-called developed sailing countries, who for once have not dominated this regatta.

In fact, there are a lot of the lesser known countries dotted around the top end of the leaderboard, something that will bring a wry smile to those who believe that sailing is elitist and dominated by a few countries.

The NZL Sailing Trust Youth Team are finding out some of the hard lessons of international competition. The ISAF Youth Worlds, like the Olympics, is one that you can't win on the first day, but you certainly can lose it.

ISAF President Carlo Croce - Day 3 of 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

Many of the young Kiwi sailors will have learned that lesson this week.

Currently, there are two days to run. We have been featuring the Yachting NZ reports each day, along with some excellent images that always seem to come from this regatta, and video.

We're also featuring Rob Burn's inimitable blog from the French 420 Nationals. Despite some character forming results on the water, Rob always seems to remember that it is just a sport, and mistake are learning opportunities. Hopefully, his proteges share his philosophy.

Day 4, 2014 ISAF Youth Worlds, Portugal  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

Over the years, we have used PredictWind extensively in Sail-World. Developed by Olympic and America's Cup sailor, Jon Bilger, the wind and weather forecasting system is constantly enhanced and developed, and now has a reasonable free version, along with the subscription versions including enhanced functionality.

One of the features that has been particularly useful is the weather routing function, which we have run in the last two Volvo Ocean Races, and numerous other offshore events, such as the Sydney Hobart, Coastal Classic, Fiji and Noumea races and many more.

Obviously it is intended for the serious offshore sailor - be it racing or cruiser. However, it is a great exercise whenever there is a yacht race on to slip into navigation mode and see who is in a winning position - whether it is going to be a big or small boat race and just playing around with some of the options.

Your optimum course is shown as a graphic - which is a good sanity check. You may care to make some adjustments to your preferences if it doesn't look right - PredictWind Routing module  PredictWind

in this edition, we have a step by step procedure to show how the weather routing function of PredictWind works, and you can have a shot at doing your own route, pretty well anywhere in the world. Lining these models up with real life is another interesting experience, and you certainly can teach yourself a lot about weather routing, the direction and effect of weather systems, and develop a very good feel for the wind and weather generally.

Of course, there is no substitute for looking at the sky and the natural signs. Again when you can see a weather system about to change in your vicinity n PredictWind, take a look outside and see how all those lines and numbers on the screen translate into the sky above.

There is a mobile version of PredictWind available. it has had a lot of work done on it over the last couple of years, and with the new high resolution smart phones and other mobile devices, it is just stunning in its ease of use and portability. One of the cool features of PredictWind is that you can set many of the functions up on your computer at home or office, and those settings will carry over onto your mobile devices - so it is not a cold start every time you access the application. It just starts up where you left off.

- Day 5 - 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

Many America's Cup fans are just shaking their heads in disbelief as to the developments in the current cycle.

The Independent's well connected yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, has covered some of the points from the Competitors Meeting held last weekend in Los Angeles. Suffice to say the event managers are not making it easy for the commercially based teams, who will have to commit to $3million of fees and performance bonds in the next three weeks.

That is without knowing what the venue will be, with two options on the table - neither is a patch on San Francisco for sponsor-pull. There is no TV plan - and while that is often the case at this stage of the game, teams have not previously had to make such a big financial call, in such a tight entry time frame of just two months.

At the last America's Cup, there were even more financial demands on the teams in terms of Euro 1million Entry Fee and USD 3million Performance Bond, but a much wider entry window. Then when the entries didn't materialise the fees got slashed to just $100,000 - but it was too late to pull more Challengers.

- Day 5 - 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

The same mistake seems to have been made again, with maybe just five Challengers being in the mix - maybe less.

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Stay tuned to our website for the latest news and developments.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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PredictWind's Weather Routing opens your navigation options - try it!,
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ISAF Youth Worlds - Spain's 420 Girls claim gold in Tavira
At the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, Spain's Silvia Mas Depares and Marta Davila Mateu clinched 420 Girls gold with a race to spare on the penultimate day of racing in Tavira, Portugal. The Spanish team have been sensational on the water and sealed the deal with a bullet and a sixth.... [more]
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VOR 2014-15 - Canary Islands test run as 3 from fleet go head to head
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 17, 2014 - KIWI takes hammering
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July 17, 2014: AUD slipped back to 0.9350. The KIWI took a hammering as the tide of the USD and surprising local inflation data pushed the currency down towards 0.8700. The CPI was well below expectations and this will conflict the premature RBNZ.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 5 in Portugal
Images from Day 5 of the ISAF Youth Worlds in Portugal. Light winds prevailed making for challenging racing for the sailors and many of the lesser known sailing countries finished at the head of the fleet - putting an interesting slant on the leaderboard.... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week - New Zealand entry takes numbers to 100
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420 Nationals - France: Day 3 - A view from the Orange Roughy
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Things Kiwi in Ouistreham, Harakeke flax in the beautiful seafront gardens, Cabbage trees, our Flag flying in the main streets, walking past a fishing boat daily called 'Tangaroa' the mythical Maori god of the sea, other called 'Yakka', more good old Kiwi slang, us Kiwis have somehow made our mark here.... [more]
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NZL Yachting Trust Youth Worlds team: Kiwi 29ers back into 3rd
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was back in action today in Tavira, Portugal for Day 3 of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. It was a good day for New Zealand's 29er skiff pair of Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie who have regained third place on the leader-board after some excellent performances today.... [more]
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ISAF Youth Worlds - Playing the waiting game on day 3
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Cameron Appleton joins North Sails
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North Sails is pleased to announce that world-renowned helmsman and tactician Cameron Appleton has joined North Sails. Appleton is a key hire within North's Class Sail Development (CSD) team. His experience and talent across a wide range of classes from Big Boat One Design and Mini-Maxi to Superyacht means Appleton is perfectly placed to take on this new role within North Sails.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - David Carr's views on the first 4 Acts
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If there is anyone that knows the Extreme Sailing Series, it's David ‘Freddie' Carr. The British sailor raced in the inaugural circuit in 2007 – back then for the iShares Cup – before going on to win it in 2009 with Oman Sail Masirah. He is now part of the 2014 broadcast commentary team, and as such he has seen the Series from both sides of the track.... [more]
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New-to-New Zealand products at the Auckland On Water Boat Show
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The Viaduct Harbour will host new innovation this September, as local companies show the best international products to New Zealand's boating public.... [more]
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Auckland on the Water Boat Show: Two new Bavaria yachts on display
Isla McKechnie,
This year's Auckland On Water Boat Show will play host to two yachts, new to New Zealand. Bavaria's Vision 46 and Cruiser 41 are both Farr Yacht-designed to cater to cruising sailors who enjoy spending as much time as they can onboard.... [more]
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NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team: Long, tough Day 2 at ISAF Youth Worlds
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It was a long, tough day for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in Tavira, Portugal on day two of the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. Light winds meant all fleets were kept ashore until late in the day with racing not getting underway until after 4pm when a steady breeze allowed for competition. The last of the sailors didn't get off the water until 9pm.... [more]
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420 Nationals - France: Grey skies, Grey warships, Black Flags....
Rob Burn,
The two NZL 420 crews in Ouistreham, Normandy, have one of those days that is best forgotten. The day started very cloudy and not that warm for Summer, the small French Warship was pretty impressive as it navigated the Harbour locks as the 420 fleet was about to launch but on the course, the two races that were held for each flight were marred by many Black Flag Disqualifications.... [more]
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You are invited to a Boating Safety Conference in Auckland
Joanne Glassford,
Coastguard Boating Education is hosting a Boating Safety Conference on Thursday August 28th 2014 at the Voyager NZ Maritime Museum in Auckland, NZ. General Manager Neil Murray said that the conference is a new concept which will focus on boating safety in New Zealand under three key subject headings, participation, education and legislation.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Gold medalists have Muppet Moment in Medal race
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have taken the bronze medal at the 2014 Women's 470 Open European Championships which wrapped up in Athens, Greece today. Going into today's final medal race, worth double points, laying second overall and assured of a podium finish an uncharacteristic mistake at the first mark rounding sealed their fate and the golden girls have to settle for bronze.... [more]
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