Editorial: Kiwi Olympic Sailors Stand Tall!

Volvo Extreme 40’’s take the action to the crowds and downtown Baltimore.
Volvo Extreme 40/ Ben Faber
Welcome to the weekend edition of Sail-World.

We lead with the news that New Zealand has achieved it’s best ever performance in the ISAF Rankings, with two crews in the #1 slot and another three in the top ten, with all of these being placed seventh or higher.

While the ISAF rankings have been viewed askance in previous years, this time we are seeing a better co-relation between ranking and regatta performance. It must still be remembered that it is a high points based system and covers a two year period. Inherently the system carries a bonus for those who sailed in the 2004 Olympics, it is also a little hard on those who are in their first year of an Olympic competition, and don’t have the same number of regattas for points accumulation - as do the more experienced competitors.

Outside the top ten there have been some very good gains by NZ sailors in the rankings and the benefits of a good summer of campaigning DownUnder backed by a European campaign are realised. Our friends from across the Tasman have mode some progress getting several crews in the top ten.

We also feature a report on the Ronstan Jolly Boat Nationals.

Designed by John Spencer as an affordable two-handed sailing boat, the Jolly Boat has got an enthusiastic Association behind the class, are offering a number of build options, and have the costs of sailing under control.

Roger Hall defended his Ronstan National Jolly Boat championship.
www.jollyboat.co.nz
Have a look at their website www.jollyboat.co.nz for all the details and how to get involved in this class which fills a real gap in the NZ sailing and club racing scene.

In the same vein, we have featured a story from the UK edition of Sail-World.com on the open day they are holding at Burghfield SC, this weekend. For those wanting some ideas to promote their club or class, it makes brief, but interesting, reading.

Next week it will be all international action, with the Volvo Ocean Race starting Leg 6, in the weekend. The Extreme 40’s have just wound up their racing at the stopover venue and helped have attract 350,000 visitors to the stopover with their spectacular racing, close to shore.

On the America’s Cup front, it all starts again next Thursday 11 May, and there is also the ISAF World Sailing Games starting on Wednesday on Lake Neusiedl, Austria. A large contingent of Kiwi sailors are competing, including many members of the YNZ 2006 Olympic Squad.

Have a great weekend!

Good Sailing!


Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor.

PS please send a report on your class, event or moment of glory to nzeditor@sail-world.com