Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 16 March 2011
The 2016 Olympic Events debate has gone up a notch or two with the release by Yachting New Zealand of two submissions on its view of what is in the best interest of the Olympic sailing regatta.
Contrast that with the report from Stuart Alexander writing in the UK Telegraph on how the Star must retain its place as the Mens Keelboat. Add in a submission on Kiteboarding, coupled, with a statement from their international association saying they want to be in the Olympics, offset by a significant manufacturer saying he can't support the sport as an Olympic Event, and you have some idea of the issues the International Sailing Federation must untangle.
They meet in St Petersburg, Russia in May - just over a century after the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in the same City. Whether the machinations of the ISAF have quite the same effect on World history remains to be seen.
Today in the Viaduct Harbour, Emirates Team New Zealand launched their AC45, against a backdrop of two other wingsails and three platforms for the one design class, the forerunner to the AC72 to be used in the 34th America's Cup. We have the team release announcing the continued support of Emirates in this edition.
The first view of Emirates Team NZ and Oracle Racing's AC45's together on the water Richard Gladwell
However the event was the more remarkable for the first sight of two opposing teams on the water for the first time. Certainly the wingsail of the AC45 and her bigger sister, the AC72 will offer some excellent signage opportunities for team sponsors - and literally be the most spectacular billboard available in world sport.
For all the hoo-haa that has surrounded the America's Cup over the last three years, the sight of five or so of these wingsailed catamarans on the Hauraki Gulf in the next two months will be a spectacle not easily forgotten. For sponsors the signage opportunities are just amazing, and certainly more significant than a small logo on a piece of football kit, or a race car.
Emirates Team New Zealand take their AC45 for its first sail on the Waitemata harbour in Auckland. Chris Cameron/ETNZ
While many overseas are still skeptical of the use of high speed multihulls in the America's Cup, it is very hard to find anyone around the Auckland waterfront who is not blown away by them. Particularly so amongst the non-sailing public, which frankly is the target audience for the new-style event.
This Saturday the L class 22ft mullet boats celebrate the 90th edition of the Lipton Cup. We have a backgrounder to the event in this edition, along with as selection of images - some back to pre-World War II of this historic type which covered 'mulleties' from 18-26ft.
The L-class mullet boat Snatcher - the 90th Lipton Cup is on this Saturday from the Ponsonby Cruising Club Ponsonby Cruising Club
Don't forget to get your entry in for the Clash of the Cove, at Marsden Cove, starting 25/26 March. Online entry form available in this edition.
Once again our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch and Japan. Again any fundraising you or your club can do will be appreciated.
Rebel with a cause - the slick crew of Bakewell-White designed "General Lee" show how to squeeze the best out of the hot little boat. Bernie Kaaks
Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here
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