Sail-World New Zealand: September 10, 2012

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New Zealand SKUD 18 - Day 5 of the 2012 Paralympics at Portland
David Staley - IFDS ©
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for September 10, 2012

The Emirates Team NZ foiling story took a new twist last last week, with the release of a video of their AC72 foiling on the TV news - over a week after the story was out on the interweb.

In this edition we have some additional images taken as the AC72 sailed past North Head. They show some of the issues associated with foilers - when the wind strength becomes variable - the AC72 crashes back onto her windward hull.

The images from Clive Wright, also show the AC72 can foil with just a wingsail and jib, while all the others seen to date, including those released by ETNZ late on Friday afternoon, show a gennaker set.

It is not really possible from the Wright images to tell whether the AC72 is sailing to windward, certainly she appears to be, but the apparent wind is so far forward in this type of sailing, that it impossible to tell from photographs.

NZL’s Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie talk with TV in the Mixed Zone after their Gold Medal win. The British Silver Medal winning crew are just ahead.

The release of the images and an accompanying media statement bought to a close a nine day saga of claim and denial.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect was the credence placed on claims the images had been photoshopped. Once a couple of images, of the string of 50, had been released by the original photographer, Graeme Swan, it was possible to work out in a few minutes, with the aid of an online chart and Google Earth, just where they had been taken. Also that the SE wind direction was consistent with the real wind data for that area on that day.

1 - Emirates Team NZ - AC72 - rears slightly experiencing an increase in windstrength off North Head September 6, 2012

The stupid part about the photoshop claims is that weight and credence, is placed on claims made by anonymous people, commenting on interweb forums, without a shred of evidence, save for their own opinion. Similar claims were made when Oracle Team USA's AC45's shown on foils. Why they were given any credibility is more than a little baffling.

We continue our review of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, looking at how different teams handled their media and leveraged it to their best advantage both during the regatta and afterwards. There is a weird view in New Zealand that once you win an Olympic medal, the world drops in your lap, while a little research shows that is just not the case.

Oracle Team USA shows a hoisted L-dagger board while trialing in San Francisco on the AC45’s

After their return from Weymouth, the Australian Sailing team have continued to work their fans and supporters. For the sport in Australia the 2012 Olympic result will make a huge difference. New Zealand could be in a similar position after 2016, with five medals a very real possibility.

Over on the East Coast of USA, Team Full Metal Jacket have won their fifth consecutive match racing event - and will take this record and experience into their next event - the Grade 1 World Match Racing Tour event in Marseille starting on September 24.

2012 Oakcliff International Grade 2
Oakcliff Sailing

The 2012 Paralympic Regatta has concluded in Weymouth. The event became an extension of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, with the top two countries at that event - Australia and Great Britain continuing their rivalry.

In the end they won a Gold Medal each, with Netherlands winning the Gold Medal in the three person Sonar keelboat.

Gold Medalist 2.4mtR- Day 5 of the 2012 Paralympics at Portland
David Staley - IFDS ©

We have the final reports in this edition of Sail-World. The New Zealand team finished in 10th and 13th place respectively in the Skud18 and 2.4mtR classes - a reflection of the level of competition in New Zealand, relative to the Olympic standard. But given that this is the first time since 2000 that New Zealand has competed in the Paralympics, this was a good start and learning experience.

2012 Olympic Gold Medallist, Tom Slingsby talks to schoolchildren at Gosford Sailing Club
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

nzeditor@sail-world.com

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