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Sail-World NZ e-magazine - Jan 16: Tornado Worlds..Sydney Hobart Furore

16/01/2019


Sail-World NZ e-magazine - Jan 16: Tornado Worlds..Sydney Hobart Furore

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Rex and Brett Sellers - Race 6 - Day 3 - 2019 Int Tornado Class World Championships presented by Candida. January 7, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell


Dear Recipient Name

Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for January 16, 2019

Happy New Year!

It seems hard to believe that we are two weeks into the New Year, and two World Championships in New Zealand have already been completed.

Unfortunately, New Zealand sailors were not able to win either. The O'Pen BIC Worlds looked to be an excellent regatta, with splendid sailing at Manly Sailing Club.

One of our advertisers, InSunSport were there, giving away their excellent sunscreen product, and hopefully letting sailors literally see for themselves how a top sunscreen can help them to be better and faster sailors, when they can see without stinging sunblock running into their eyes.

Five times America's Cup winner Russell Coutts at The Opening Ceremony for the 2019 O'Pen Bic World Championships hosted by Manly Sailing Club.  - photo © Live Sail Die
Five times America's Cup winner Russell Coutts at The Opening Ceremony for the 2019 O'Pen Bic World Championships hosted by Manly Sailing Club. - photo © Live Sail Die

The Tornado Worlds finished last Thursday.

It was a Regatta for the Ages - all ages, Youth and Senior.

For Kiwis, the notable result was the performance of 68yr old double Olympic medalists Rex Sellers and son Brett - who placed 4th - just a single point off third. They staged a great recovery from two alphabet scores on Day 2, winning two races including the last.

It was a fantastic example of "never say die". Aboard a coach/photo boat at the pin end of the start line on the final race, Rex Sellers fired out as the most leeward boat with his game-face on, and there was never a doubt who was going win that race. What happened behind the two Sellers was going to determine the final place on the podium.

Brett and Rex Sellers (NZL) battle with Jorg Steiner and Michael Gloor (SUI) for the lead in Race 10 - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 5, presented by Candida, January 10, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell
Brett and Rex Sellers (NZL) battle with Jorg Steiner and Michael Gloor (SUI) for the lead in Race 10 - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 5, presented by Candida, January 10, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell

That place was taken by Estela Jentsch - daughter of Int Tornado class President, Jurgen Jentsch, who was also competing in the Takapuna-hosted Worlds with his wife Sarah as crew.

At 17 years old Estela was competing in her third World Championship. With crew Daniel Brown (21yrs) they finished in third overall, as they did in the 2018 Worlds, and were again top Mixed crew.

Nine of the 23 entries in the Takapuna Worlds were Mixed crews.

Brett Burvill and Max Puttman (AUS) , Int Tornado World Champions - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 5, presented by Candida, January 10, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell
Brett Burvill and Max Puttman (AUS) , Int Tornado World Champions - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 5, presented by Candida, January 10, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell

The first Mixed crew in the Tornado to win the World title was Roland and Nahid Gabler (GER) back in 2010 before [then] ISAF had "discovered" the Mixed Multihull event.

Four of the nine Mixed crews at Takapuna were female helms and were all very impressive.

Remember the Tornado is a bigger boat than the Nacra 17 - being 20ft long - compared to 17ft 2"; beamier at 9ft 11" to 8ft 6"; and with 72sq ft more sail area. Designed by Rodney March in 1967 (and selected by the then IYRU after a trial series) the Tornado is a heavier, more brutal boat than World Sailing's Olympic Mixed Multihull darling - the foiling Nacra 17.

Helena Sanderson and Jack Honey (NZL) - Youth Mixed Race 6 - Day 3 - 2019 Int Tornado Class World Championships presented by Candida. January 7, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell
Helena Sanderson and Jack Honey (NZL) - Youth Mixed Race 6 - Day 3 - 2019 Int Tornado Class World Championships presented by Candida. January 7, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell

Aside from Estela Jentsch, 14 year old Helena Sanderson along with Jack Honey (17) was a standout. This mixed youth crew from the Bay of Islands sailed an over-weight 20 year old boat, with a combined crew weight of just 110kg. There are Olympic Finn class sailors heavier than that!

The remarkable aspect of their sailing was not so much their places (they finished second in the Youth division), but their boat handling was excellent. You could see when they did get under pressure that Helena Sanderson kept her cool and sailed very courageously.

We've made the point before, but only one of the sailing crew of the Emirates Team NZ America's Cup winning crew actually started their sailing in Auckland. Most came from the provinces and excellent development programs run to identify and finesse young sailors.

Helena Sanderson and Jack Honey (NZL) - Youth Mixed - Race 6 - Day 3 - 2019 Int Tornado Class World Championships presented by Candida. January 7, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell
Helena Sanderson and Jack Honey (NZL) - Youth Mixed - Race 6 - Day 3 - 2019 Int Tornado Class World Championships presented by Candida. January 7, 2019 - photo © Richard Gladwell

These young sailors come out of the regions with a quality that can never be coached - "Attitude".

We saw that phenomenon again off Takapuna in the Tornado Worlds.

Stop and think for a moment about how much real sailing experience can a 14 year old female can acquire in the short years they have trod a progression path?

Most 14 year old girls are looking to another year in the Optimists, not helming a 20ft ex-Olympic catamaran from the trapeze. Good trapezing technique and confidence on the wire takes years to build up. Helena is a natural.

Estela Jentsch and Daniel Brown (GER) - 2017 Worlds Bronze medalists - Race 6 - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 3, presented by Candida, January 7, - photo © Richard Gladwell
Estela Jentsch and Daniel Brown (GER) - 2017 Worlds Bronze medalists - Race 6 - Int Tornado Worlds - Day 3, presented by Candida, January 7, - photo © Richard Gladwell

Similarly for Estela Jentsch - at 17yrs old and on her third Worlds, she too started sailing a Tornado from the wire at a similar age to Helena. She won the Mixed division in the 2016 Tornado Worlds, sailing as crew for the 2019 World Champion, Brett Burvill.

And that is not to forget the fine efforts of Elly Warren (NZL), also helming, who finished 13th overall and fourth in the Mixed team series.

Sharon Ferris-Choat and the all women crew on Ave Gitana - Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 6 - photo © Richard Gladwell
Sharon Ferris-Choat and the all women crew on Ave Gitana - Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 6 - photo © Richard Gladwell

As Sharon Ferris-Choat told a media group in Hamilton Island Race Week when asked how to progress women's sailing: "We can't be sitting on the side of the boat and making up the numbers. We need to get women into critical roles."

To our eyes a rather diminutive 14-year old helming from the backend of a 20ft catamaran is a critical role. It is no surprise that Helena also hails from the Bay of Islands as does Sharon Ferris-Choat. Attitude seems to be in the water in the North.

Don't miss Suzanne McFadden's excellent story, in this edition, on three female generations of the Ferris family competing at the upcoming Bay of Islands Sailing Week.

Our barge has arrived at Halsey Wharf here in Tamaki Makaurau. At 63 metres long, with a 400-tonne crane sitting on top of it, it's one of the largest pieces of equipment for our project. Now that it's here, we'll be able to get started building the Hobso - photo © Wynyard Edge - Panuku Developments
The barge has arrived at Halsey Wharf. At 63 metres long, with a 400-tonne crane sitting on top of it, it's one of the largest pieces of equipment for the Am Cup project. - photo © Wynyard Edge

America's Cup underway

It seems hard to believe that 18 months have passed since Emirates Team New Zealand won the America's Cup. This week and this year, 2019, we will see the first tangible sights of the 36th Defence.

The 70metre barge and crane required to undertake the piling for the extension to Hobson Wharf - projected venue for the Luna Rossa base - arrived last Thursday. Construction work will begin on the piling for the wharf extension began on Monday.

At least five teams have AC75's under construction, and we expect to see the first of these sailing in four, maybe five months in May this year.

The champagne flows aboard Wild Oats XI - photo © Crosbie Lorimer
The champagne flows aboard Wild Oats XI - photo © Crosbie Lorimer

Rolex Sydney Hobart furore

On the water, the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart developed into a Battle Royal between the five supermaxis, which dropped to four after the withdrawal of Scallywag with a broken bowsprit.

The remaining four lead swapped all the way to the finish in Hobart. Eventually, the old champion Wild Oats XI - who seems to be unbeatable over the last stretches of the course from Tasman Island - got away again and won line honours for the ninth time.

The controversy started after some remarks to the media by the skipper and owner of the second placed Black Jack claiming that Wild Oats XI had her AIS (automatic identification system) turned off, and thus she was able to give the fleet the slip on the final night.

Although Black Jack did not proceed with a protest, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Committee, for the for reasons best known to itself, decided to act and protested WOXI some 12 hours after the finish. The Race Committee's complaint was dismissed after being ruled by the Int Juru to be invalid in a preliminary stage of the Hearing. That failure meant that the details of the claim were not revealed in a full Hearing.

Black Jack was first out of the Heads in the 2018 Sydney Hobart - photo © Beth Morley / www.sportsailingphotography.com
Black Jack was first out of the Heads in the 2018 Sydney Hobart - photo © Beth Morley / www.sportsailingphotography.com

WOXI skipper Mark Richards hotly rebuked the Race Committee's and Black Jack's claims. We feature an interview with him in this edition.

As we write the matter is still unresolved. An explanation needs to be made as to how Wild Oats XI's AIS could have been affected/fried by microwave transmission equipment operated by the Channel 7 camera crew. Without that explanation who will have media people on board before the start of the 2019 edition of the annual offshore classic?

It should be noted that AIS is a system to alert other vessels of other craft in the area. It is a safety feature, not a surveillance tool.

Outside the protest room, the comments alleging cheating by WOXI cut very deep, and are continuing almost three weeks after the finish of the race.

With the Race Committee remaining tight-lipped, the spotlight remains fixed on the crew and owners of Wild Oats XI - accompanied by jeers and innuendo from the usually nameless chatterati that they have cheated or won a race by breaking the rules.

Wax Lyrical won the PHS Division in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
Wax Lyrical won the PHS Division in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

This is a grossly unfair situation to WOXI, her crew, owners and supporters.

This side-show detracted from what was one of the major stories of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart - the 66ft (19.7mtr) Wild Oats X, sailed by a top womens crew, finishing second overall behind the locally-owned 22mtr Alive.

Wild Oats X's crew sailed under the banner of Ocean Respect Racing - Stacey Jackson, Libby Greenhalgh, Bianca Cook, Carolijn Brouwer, Denise Caffari, Faraday Rosenberg, Jade Cole, Katie Pellew, Katie Pettibon, Keryn McMaste, Sarah Crawford, Sophie Ciszek, and Vanessa Dudley. About half of the crew, including the navigator Libby Greenhalgh were on their first or second Sydney Hobart.

Aboard the more experienced Alive about a third of the crew were on their first or second Hobart race. That included navigator Wouter Verbraak (NED), who deserved plaudits for winning a Rolex Sydney Hobart on his first attempt as navigator.

WILD OATS X, Bow: X, Sail n: AUS7001, Owner: The Oatley Family, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Reichel / Pugh 66 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
WILD OATS X, Bow: X, Sail n: AUS7001, Owner: The Oatley Family, State / Nation: NSW, Design: Reichel / Pugh 66 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

So congratulations to the Wild Oats X crew - it is not easy to jump aboard what was essentially a charter boat, and then race against crews who have done the race many times in a boat with which they sail together many times in a year. Hopefully this group of top sailors will repeat the exercise (and result) in the other major races of the sailing world, and show that women don't need the application of crew-quotas to be able to make their mark on the sport and its trophy cabinets.

Sadly the half-baked allegations surrounding an electronic safety device were given too much credence by the Race Committee. The outcome damaged the event and women's sailing. This is an now an international issue as much as an Australian one.

ALIVE, Bow: 66, Sail n: 52566, Owner: Duncan Hine, State / Nation: TAS, Design: Reichel Pugh 66 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi
ALIVE, Bow: 66, Sail n: 52566, Owner: Duncan Hine, State / Nation: TAS, Design: Reichel Pugh 66 - photo © Rolex / Studio Borlenghi

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