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Sail-World NZ - Mar 21 - AC36 win anniversary...Blair & Tuke on 49ers...Method in ETNZ's 'madness'.

21/03/2022


Sail-World NZ - Mar 21 - AC36 win anniversary...Blair & Tuke on 49ers...Method in ETNZ's 'madness'.

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Peter Burling, Blair Tuke and Andy Maloney - NZSailGP team in a practice session ahead of SailGP San Francisco - March 2022 - photo © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP


Dear Recipient Name

Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for March 21, 2022.

Slowly but surely, New Zealand sailing seems to be emerging from the various Covid mandates that have had a significant impact on all sports at all levels for the last couple of years. Hopefully most will be dropped on Wednesday.

The NZSailGP team is working up in San Francisco ahead of the final round of Season 2 of the SailGP circuit. SailGP San Francisco has the biggest prize in sailing - USD$1million hanging on the Final Race outcome.

New Zealand has three skippers in the fleet - Peter Burling on the NZSailGP entry, Nathan Outteridge JapanSailGP, and Phil Robertson on SpainSailGP.

Liv Mackay driving - NZSailGP team in a practice session ahead of SailGP San Francisco - March 2022 - photo © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP
Liv Mackay driving - NZSailGP team in a practice session ahead of SailGP San Francisco - March 2022 - photo © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP

Throughout the two year Covid saga Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been the worst affected Kiwi sailors by the various mandates and multi-national rules, including Tokyo2020 being postponed for 12 months into 2021. That rammed their 49er campaign into the America's Cup Defence year, which was not ideal. All considered they did well to come out of it with a Cup win and a very near miss on the Olympic Gold medal.

The 2021 America's Cup was punctuated with Covid lockdowns and more so by international border restrictions. The Match itself was due to start on March 6, but the NZ Government did not reduce alert levels until four days later, delaying the start to March 10.

Auckland's Viaduct Harbour - venue for the 36th America's cup - photo © ACE | Studio Borlenghi
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour - venue for the 36th America's cup - photo © ACE | Studio Borlenghi

Burling and Tuke's buildup for the re-scheduled Tokyo2020 Olympic Regatta was also marred by Covid-shortened training sessions internationally. Like all competitors, they were not allowed to start sailing at Enoshima until July 14 - a couple of weeks before the start of racing. Covid also triggered the postponement of the final Pre-Olympic Regatta at Enoshima and then its cancellation. All athletes went into the Olympics underdone - a situation compounded by the weather being unexpectedly light - making for a challenging experience.

Pete and Blair's SailGP racing has been wedged in around various Covid mandates in New Zealand and overseas. The Final Round in San Francisco will be the first where they have had a close to normal build up into the event, and their performance will be watched with great interest.

It is too easy to take the taciturn view of "just working with what is in front of you" which has been the way for the past two years. Hopefully those days, along with the MIQ/re-entry requirements for international travel, are behind us.

In New Zealand, sailing has fared better than most sports that can't properly operate under the stricture of the Covid mandates - and many events have been cancelled. Some sailing regattas have been cancelled, but overall, NZ sailing's bounceback from Covid has been impressive, with big entries in the regattas that are being sailed and, in many cases, double the expected entry.

The New Zealand SailGP Team F50 catamaran is craned onto the water in the technical area prior to a practice session ahead of the San Francisco SailGP, Season 2 in San Francisco, USA. - photo © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP
The New Zealand SailGP Team F50 catamaran is craned onto the water in the technical area prior to a practice session ahead of the San Francisco SailGP, Season 2 in San Francisco, USA. - photo © Ricardo Pinto/SailGP

There's no diminution in numbers at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore, with large numbers of mostly junior sailors out mid-week training for their major regattas over Easter. It would be a surprise if that situation were not repeated be repeated at other clubs.

Traditionally Kiwi sailors have always done well when faced with adversity. It's great to see that trait coming out in the succeeding generations. The old sailing maxim "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" appears to once again summed up sailing's response to the pandemic and its mandates. Regatta organisers deserve a big pat on the back for their efforts. Running a regatta is difficult enough on a good day, but complying with the Covid rules and being subject to individual fines running into five figures is very worrying.

RS Quest sailing on Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel.in the Mackenzie Country - photo © Thompson Family
RS Quest sailing on Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel.in the Mackenzie Country - photo © Thompson Family

There have been some sea changes that probably wouldn't have happened but for the lockdowns.

Recreational or expedition sailing has come into vogue, with people beginning to understand that trailing a small boat to one of New Zealand's many lakes, and sailing surrounded by spectacular scenery is a great experience. The RS Quest has sold well into this market - providing a seaworthy sailing boat that performs well and with the room to take non-sailing friends, or young sailors getting their first experiences in the sport. Same song second verse, if you have a bach by the sea or lake and just want a boat that can be left rigged and go sailing in five minutes.

Homebuild construction of kit boats has also taken on a new life, with Cherubs and OK Dinghies being to the fore. A few basic tools are required, and with a bit of help from more experienced friends, the build process is quite enjoyable, and errors are usually easily fixed. The old maxim of "its not how well you build that counts, but how you fix your stuff ups" is something home builders should always bear in mind. For sure everyone wants to build the perfect boat, but provided it measures and is down to weight, there's not a lot that will go wrong that can't be fixed. With a kit boat it is quite hard to make a serious error, and there is a real sense of accomplishment in getting a framework set up that looks just right, ready for the plywood to be laid on.

Back on the circuits

As proof of a another step back to sailing as we used to know it, the European international regatta season is getting under way.

Opening ceremony Rio 2016 where Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were flagbearers for New Zealand - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Opening ceremony Rio 2016 where Peter Burling and Blair Tuke were flagbearers for New Zealand - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Several New Zealand teams will be competing. including the first major international Olympic class regatta, the Trofeo Princesa Sofía, sailed from the island of Mallorca, Spain.

New Zealand is also expected to have a team entered in the Youth Sailing World Championships scheduled for The Hague, in mid-July. New Zealand last competed three years ago in the 2019 Youth Worlds. World Sailing claim 450 sailors from 69 countries - which is a good turnout.

Brad Collins, Matt Steven and Dave McDiarmid - Honda Marine - JJ Giltinan 18ft Championships - March 2020 - Sydney Harbour - photo © Michael Chittenden
Brad Collins, Matt Steven and Dave McDiarmid celebrate their three-peat in March 2020 - Honda Marine - JJ Giltinan 18ft Championships - Sydney Harbour - photo © Michael Chittenden

Last weekend, the JJ Giltinan 18ft skiff Worlds were sailed on Sydney harbour - and was won again by an Australian crew.

Due to Covid and being unable to get back into New Zealand, the three-time champion Dave McDiarmid, Matt Steven and Brad Collins could not defend their championship title for the second year in a row. They won their third JJ Giltinan in March 2020, and New Zealand was put into a lockdown a few days after the finish of the event.

Burling and Tuke look back on 49ers

In this edition, we have run an interview, courtesy of Yachting New Zealand, with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke as they look back on a three Olympiad career in the 49er class.

In that era, they have won an Olympic Gold medal, two Silvers, and six World championships. The focus of the interview is on their 49er sailing and how they got from where they started in 2009, with no experience in the class to winning a Silver medal three years later; then to win the Gold medal in Rio, and tie for the Gold in Enoshima seven or so months ago.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - Silver medalists - 49er - Tokyo2020 - photo © Sailing Energy
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - won their second Silver medal - 49er - Tokyo2020 - photo © Sailing Energy

In between, Pete and Blair won two America's Cups, competed in a Volvo Ocean Race, launched their SailGP campaign and their Live Ocean marine conservation foundation, which has five employees and has several projects under way.

That's quite an impressive list of achievements.

There's not a lot in the YNZ interview on the America's Cup. However, we have plenty of that in this edition.

Last Thursday, March 17 marked the anniversary of Royal NZ Yacht Squadron/Emirates Team NZ's successful Defence of the America's Cup. It was the club's fourth America's Cup win, and the second time it has conducted a successful Defence. Outside the New York Yacht Club, RNZYS is the only club to have twice Defended the most prestigious trophy in sailing. In this edition we look back at that final day of the 2021 America's Cup, and Emirates Team NZ provide their look at the project and achievement in the 12 months since the win.

On the day of the win anniversary, Peter Montgomery was interviewed by Radio New Zealand mostly on the first America's Cup win in 1995, and how that set up subsequent wins in 2000, 2017 and 2021. The 28 minute long interview is a great review of NZ's Cup history.

One cohort of Optimists - Wakatere BC - Optimist and Starling Auckland Championships - February 5, 2022 - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com/nz
One cohort of Covid separated Optimists - Wakatere BC - Optimist and Starling Auckland Championships - February 5, 2022 - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com/nz

Method in ETNZ's "madness"

There are several updates on Emirates Team New Zealand's various projects - the AC40, the Wind Powered Land Speed project, and the hydrogen-fueled foiling chase boat. Many don't understand how these projects work together - so late last week, we looked at all the component projects.

It's quite apparent when all the components are spread out as to why the team has taken the direction it has, and how they can test a lot of new ideas in full scale, without infringing the rules around the use of Surrogate boats (which can't be longer than 12metres or 39ft, or any other sailing yacht longer than 6 metres "capable of producing design or performance information for the use either directly or indirectly for use in the design, construction or sailing of an AC75 yacht").

Emirates Team New Zealand Wind Powered Land Speed project - March 2022 - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team New Zealand Wind Powered Land Speed project - March 2022 - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand's projects sit just outside those restrictions, and are an alternate path to a formal hookup with a F1 design team in the style of INEOS Britannia and Alinghi. Based on what we saw overnight with the performance of some of the new F1 car designs from the previously top performing teams, took a bit of the gloss off the merits of having an F1 partnership with an America's Cup team. But it is early days.

There's been plenty of speculation around ETNZ's sailing crew and whether there was some issue with Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. There was - in that they couldn't do everything they had on their plate - and had to decide between the 2024 America's Cup and Paris2024 and trying for a fourth medal. It's a decision that hasn't had to be made before by any current America's Cup champion - and arises largely through the two events being held within 4-6 weeks of each other.

The Finn sailors, Andy Maloney and Josh Junior, who are in the ETNZ sailing crew, don't have the Pete and Blair's dilemma as the Finn has been dropped for Paris2024. Their Paris2024 decision has effectively been made for them.

2022 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 8 - photo © Frank Quealey
Series winner Andoo (Seve Jarvin) leads the second overall Tech2 (jack Macartney) - 2022 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship Race 8 - photo © Frank Quealey

Nathan Outteridge sailed with his sister for Australia in the Nacra 17 - but was not selected for Tokyo2020. He could have continued with another Olympic campaign but for the date clash with the America's Cup and Paris2024.

In its buildup to the 2024 AC, ETNZ is in a pretty good place, with five of its six sailing team competing on the SailGP circuit and coming up against several of their competitors in the 2024 America's Cup. Whether that remains the case for Season 3 is yet to be seen, but the NZSailGP F50 will definitely be competing.

Emirates Team NZ being chased hard by Challenger Luna Rossa. - photo © © ACE | Studio Borlenghi
Emirates Team NZ being chased hard by Challenger Luna Rossa. - photo © © ACE | Studio Borlenghi

Ten days to venue announcement?

We also have a look at the venue situation in this edition - not that Emirates Team NZ are saying anything about the venues, or process. As we have noted previously ETNZ are notorious for doing the unexpected - and any commentary on their venue decision next Thursday week, must be seen in this light.

Ostensibly the options are well known - as of mid-February, being Malaga and Barcelona in Spain and Cork in Ireland. Auckland has always been in the mix. But the last time we heard, ETNZ put odds on Auckland as an option, rating it at about a 3% chance. However the world has moved on since then.

Grant Dalton, in the center, and next to him, Damià Calvet, Jaume Collboni, Aurora Catà and Ángel García, before embarking at Barcelona for a venue evaluation. - photo © Mane Espinosa
Grant Dalton, in the center, and next to him, Damià Calvet, Jaume Collboni, Aurora Catà and Ángel García, before embarking at Barcelona for a venue evaluation. - photo © Mane Espinosa

In our earshot, ETNZ hasn't mentioned Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for a few months. There have been a few indicators pointing to Jeddah being excluded. It is interesting to note that F1 is still planning to hold an event in Jeddah next weekend. However an F! event being in town for a couple of weeks, is quite a different situation from being the 2024 AC venue. The way the America's Cup Protocol is worded, teams are effectively required to be at the venue for almost 12 months. That is a long time, with security issues in Jeddah being a concern for some teams. Others weren't that concerned.

It remains to be seen how the war between Russia and Ukraine affects the America's Cup and other sports events in Europe. The events of the past 24 days dominate the news in Europe, and it is hard to see how a very commercial yacht race can be run on the European continent against that backdrop. This conflict has been festering since 2014 or earlier. No one can predict how it will end or how long that will take.

However, the America's Cup is not alone. The Paris Olympics are also due to take place in 2024, and it is hard to see that event taking place if the hostilities remain at their current level.

Racing cancelled on day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft World Championships - photo © Frank Quealey
Racing cancelled on day 3 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft World Championships - photo © Frank Quealey

The difference between the two events is that the venue for the 2024 Olympics is already determined, and as with the Covid pandemic in the run-up to Tokyo2020, it is a matter of waiting to see how the military situation pans out.

The America's Cup teams, and the event, need venue certainty for commercial, logistics and sailing reasons.

ETNZ's CEO Grant Dalton left for Europe as soon as the NZ Government started opening up the international border and is seeing the venues for himself, and how those could work, and meeting the people behind the various bids.

Emirates Team New Zealand's Te Rehutai had several unusual design features - photo © COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi
Emirates Team New Zealand's Te Rehutai had several unusual design features, some of which will be in the AC40 - photo © COR 36 | Studio Borlenghi

It is up to those venue bid backers as to whether, in the current circumstances, they will sign on the dotted line and commit to putting up the money and starting the infrastructure build process - and can guarantee the completion deadline.

Given that the Protocol says that the teams are only allowed to sail at the Venue from June 1 to September 30, 2023, that means the team base facilities must be ready by March 2023 - which gives 12 months from now, to get the necessary construction consents in place and for the team base construction area to be completed. If one of the venues already had the infrastructure in place, the decision would be a lot easier. But that is not the case, from what we've been able to determine.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - Mens 49er - Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, 2021 - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com/nz
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - Mens 49er - Tokyo2020 - Day 4 - July, 28, 2021 - Enoshima, Japan. - photo © Richard Gladwell - Sail-World.com/nz

In the circumstances, there needs to be some consultation with the teams - which is another advantage of Dalts being in Europe, and in the same time zone. The venue decision should not be made by ETNZ/RNZYS alone - as happened in 2007 and 2017 when the America's Cup was not sailed on the waters of the Defender. But the venue decision won't be by democratic vote - more a decision by a benign dictator.

For a variety of reasons, it would seem that ETNZ will do what they did for the 36th Match - name a preferred venue and deadlines along with a backup that already has the infrastructure - which is probably Auckland - even if a few dead rats have to be swallowed to make it happen.

A decision is due in about ten days - stay tuned.

Emirates Team New Zealand Wind Powered Land Speed World Record - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand
Emirates Team New Zealand Wind Powered Land Speed World Record - photo © Emirates Team New Zealand

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Those of use who have been around longer than most will be well aware of the sad depletion of the Hauraki Gulf over the past 50 years or more - a situation that has to be reversed before it becomes the Dead Sea, like so many other coastal environments.

 
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Ocean Globe Race: Auckland in viewfinder for stopover in 50th Whitbread RTW
Auckland is competing with two Australian ports to host the Southern Ocean stopover for the Ocean Globe Race which will feature previous entries from the Whitbread Round the World Race, many of the boats have previously stopped over in Auckland.

SailGP: Phil Robertson interviewed on SailGP and the F50 -“The racing is almost the easy part,”
One aspect of SailGP that Robertson believes goes un-noticed is the focus and skill required just to get the boats from the dock and back again each race day. “The racing is almost the easy part,” he says.

Experienced Jack Ford joins L&B Tauranga as new Internal Account Manager
Jack Ford, a vastly experienced, technically-minded sales representative has joined Lusty & Blundell as their new Tauranga branch Internal Account Manager.

 
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Lomas wins again at the 2022 Harken Young 88 Nationals against star-studded fleet
Last month's Harken Young 88 Nationals ducked, tacked and gybed to avoid infringing against Covid and its tricky rules. A typically varied and competitive fleet assembled with strong representation from the Americas Cup Alumni on Dean Barker's Danger Zone

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Yachting NZ: Briefings - March 9 - Keep it Clean launch..Regional Roundup..Kiteboard Nationals..79 Fastnet recalled - Broad Reach Radio..Situations Vacant..Womens Keelboat Nationals..City of Sails Regatta..RNZYS Youth Training Program applications here

Central Triangle: Wasabi leads in second leg from Akaroa to Napier
The eight boats departed Akaroa on Monday on their way to Napier, and Wasabi holds a narrow lead over Satellite Spy. The fleet are enjoying nice sailing conditions as they make their way up the North Island coast in the second leg of the Central Triangle.

 
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Zhik takes command of the coast with its new look performance coastal range
Arriving for Spring 2022, Zhik's new CST500™ performance coastal range integrates a variety of weight-saving, ergonomic and comfort improving features.

Bright lights at a dark time
It's difficult to know where to start when the situation in Ukraine dominates the headlines and our thoughts. We can all feel helpless when a despot leader seems hell-bent on destruction.

New York Yacht Club American Magic Core Sailing Team confirmed
Today, New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. sailing team challenging for the 37th America's Cup, confirmed the initial core sailing team roster.

 
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Dutch Olympic sailor PJ Postma winds back the clock at NZ Finn and OK regattas
Postma won every race at the Finn nationals sailed out of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club to finish on top and then backed it up by finishing fourth at the OK Dinghy nationals in the Bay of Islands

Meech named as one of 15 women worldwide selected for Women Athlete Business Network
Molly Meech has been operating at an elite level in sailing for a decade and she's now being exposed to it in the business world after being named as one of 15 women worldwide selected for the Ernst & Young Women Athlete Business Network 2022.

Event cancellations triggers a doubling of fleet size at Tauranga Regatta
The large numbers who competed in the recent Tauranga Regatta made it challenging for both competitors and race management but highlighted the thirst for sailing events presently.

Growing Kiwi RS Aero fleet sets date for official champs
There is now a quality RS Aero fleet in Auckland racing across a number of clubs both as a class, and in mixed class racing.

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