Aussies exit America's Cup...Bronze for Kiwis in Youth Worlds

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 20 Jul 2014

Aussies exit America's Cup...Bronze for Kiwis in Youth Worlds

NZ SL-16 crew - 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds
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The Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club, has given notice of their intention to resign as Challenger of record for the 35th America's Cup.

In itself, that is not a disaster for the America's Cup. CoR's come and go, and in any event, they exit the scene when they are eliminated during the course of the racing.

The real downside for the 35th America's Cup is that a good team has elected to opt out, reducing the field to five announced Challengers, at this stage.

The Oatley family must be given credit for realising that the America's Cup, the way it is currently structured, is beyond them.

Team Australia AC45 - Sydney, Australia   Andrea Francolini

Many will also be quick to point the finger at them saying they were masters of their own demise, when HIYC signed off on the Protocol. However, one gets the impression that for all the Oatley's good intentions to change the America's Cup, they had gotten tired of negotiating with Russell Coutts and his America's Cup Events Authority.

After the HIYC announcement the spotlight has shifted in Coutts' direction, with many questioning just where the whole America's Cup is headed?

It is not unusual for the Challengers to be at loggerheads with the Defender, in fact, it would be a strange America's Cup if that were not the case.

But this is something else again.

Where is the Americas Cup headed?  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa©

In this edition we feature an interview with Team Australia's Iain Murray as to why HIYC and the Oatley family pulled the pin on their America's Cup campaign, before the entry window had closed.

Time will tell if Coutts and ACEA are on the right path. The strong indications right now are that they are not.

As Iain Murray says at the end of the interview: 'I think it is time for all the parties of interest, Defenders and Challengers, to all work together for the best outcome.'

Coutts and ACEA must start working with the Challengers to make a viable 35th America's Cup.

It looks like being an interesting week or three.

NZ SL-16 crew - 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team have placed 10th in the Nations Cup - a trophy for overall team points at the ISAF Youth Worlds.

The New Zealand 29er crew of Markus Somerville and Isaac McHardie won the Bronze Medal in the 29er skiff. Two other crews finished in the top eight overall.

It is a not a good result for New Zealand, but the Youth Worlds can be a fickle event. In previous years, the New Zealand results have been good, and few would quibble with the team selections.

We have reports from each day of the Youth Worlds in this edition.

Several of the competitors are staying in Europe to compete in other regattas, and their performances will be followed with interest.

Tears of joy - 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship  © Neuza Aires Pereira | ISAF Youth Worlds

New Zealand Laser sailor Michael Bullot had a very close call on his return from Europe, after competing in several regattas as he builds towards the 2016 Olympics.

After being advised that the flight on which he had booked his seat was over-sold, he was one of a group of 20-30 who were juggled between the flight on which they were booked, and the ill-fated MH17 which was downed in a missile attack.

We carry Michael's story in this edition along with a couple of TV interviews he gave on his return to Auckland.

Somehow what might or might not happen with the America's Cup, or how the Youth team performed, seems irrelevant in comparison.

2014 Panerai British Classic Week  © Ingrid Abery
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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