Sail-World New Zealand: 22 April 2012 - Volvo Ocean Race latest...Olympic Evaluations released...America's Cup update

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Sail-World New Zealand: 22 April 2012

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke show off the new 49er Olympic gennaker   Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 22 April 2012

The three reports have been released by the International Sailing Federation from the Evaluation Trials for the Olympic Womens Skiff, the Mixed Multihull and on the suitability of Kiteboarding for Olympic Competition.

We have featured the stories from ISAF which contain the links to the reports and data for each event, two of which will be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Kiteboard is yet to be formally worked into the the Olympic calendar, and could come in as a new Olympic event (lifting the number from 10 to 12 , but holding overall entry numbers the same), or replacing Windsurfing, with which it is currently bracketed.

The preferences are for either the FX by Mackay Boats, which has been bracketed with the RS900 in the Womens Olympic Skiff. The FX was the clear favourite of the sailors, however for reasons best known to themselves the Evaluation Team have tried to pull the RS900 into the picture, by citing reasons of lighter weight and easier launching.

On the first count, obviously the RS900 is 10kg lighter - it is a shorter boat. As for launching, as the FX team sailing in NZ found, there is a specific routine to be followed with launching - passed on from the Mens 49er crews. On the water performance seems to have been downplayed. Clearly the preference of the womens crews Sail-World has spoken to, is for the Womens Skiff to be a challenging boat to sail - and the FX rates highly in this category.

Plus of course there are the obvious advantages of having a boat, in the 49er hull, that is tried and refined at Olympic level.

Launching at the 2016 Equipment Evaluations and Kiteboard Format Trials  ISAF ©

It was a little surprising to see that the FX was the only boat with a 'Works' team attending.

Nacra 17 2016 Equipment Evaluations and Kiteboard Format Trials. 2012   ISAF ©
Had the other boats taken this approach there would have been the opportunity to really push the boats with Olympic level crews, and compare one to the other, rather than using crews who were coming to grips with new boats.

In the Mixed Multihull the choice is clear cut - with a preference to a new design the Nacra 17, designed by the well established design partnership of Morelli and Melvin. The Nacra 17 was the first choice of 14 of the 18 sailors.

With any new boat, the ISAF will face the usual issues associated with getting a boat into production to Olympic quality standard, and then ensuring the development and enhancements don't creep in as then boat is sailed and refined. Again the multihull the sailors made a clear indication that they wanted a boat that would be challenging to sail, and not one that was aimed at achieving mass participation.

For the Kiteboard, the ISAF report is laudatory about the event, what it has achieved and potentially what it could bring to the Olympic regatta. The only question that now remains is how to fit it in, rather then whether it should be there at all.

In Itajai, Brazil, the Volvo Ocean Race has got away on Leg 6. We have the video replay of the start in this edition of Sail-World.com as well as the full replay of the InPort Race. Once again the shore crews have performed outstandingly, with Abu Dhabi, against all odds, turning out for the InPort Race. More as it comes to hand on www.sail-world.com

Spectators line the shore to watch the DHL In-Port Race Itajai, Brazil, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Camper has twice been in front of the International Jury, seeking redress over a sail matter on board Telefonica in Leg 4. from the second hearing they got the admission that there had been two omissions from the Race Committee, but no redress was given.

We have the International Jury decisions and background in this edition of Sail-World.com

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, lead Camper during the DHL In-Port Race Itajai, Brazil, in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

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

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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NZL 49er in South of France preparing for Semaine Olympique Francaise
Peter Burling Blair Tuke,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 2012 NZ Olympic representatives in the Mens High Performance Skiff (49er), report ahead of the fourth round of the ISAF World Cup. The regatta is about to get away in Hyeres, France: Our summer in NZ has been very productive. We managed plenty of quality time on the water, prepared/tested our boats and equipment for the year and kept ourselves healthy and fit.... [more]
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2016 Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Evaluation reports released
ISAF,
Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Equipment Evaluations for 2016 were held in Santander, Spain from 17th to 25th March 2012. ISAF have now released the Evaluation Panel Reports and Recommendations.... [more]
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Kerikeri High and Westlake Girls Victors at Team Sailing Nationals
Kirsty Laws,
The Secondary School Team Sailing Nationals wrapped up Friday, with another day of fine weather and light winds at Algies Bay. The open division was won by Kerikeri High School, who finished the preliminary series in first place and never looked under threat during the finals.... [more]
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The Wellington Spirit turn in good result in the Spanish Open
James Sandall,
Wellington Spirit has finished in third place at the Spanish Open held in Calpe and raced in Tom 28's after an intense day of racing in the finals. This third placing has qualified the Spirit for the World Tour event in St. Moritz at the end of August which will be the teams first regatta on the world tour.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 6 Start in Itajai - Full Video Replay
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race: See the start of Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race in full replay, from Itajai, Brazil... [more]
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ISAF releases 2016 Kiteboarding Format Evaluation reports
ISAF,
The 2016 Kiteboarding Format Evaluations were held in Santander, Spain from 21st to 25th March 2012. ISAF has now released the Evaluation and Technical reports.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 35- Racing gets underway after break
ACM,
This week on America's Cup Uncovered we are in Naples, Italy for the first America's Cup World Series event of 2012. Italian fans proved to be as passionate as ever for the America's Cup, with the crowd along the waterfront over the first holiday weekend (April 7-9) estimated at 250,000.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Jury finds two Race Committee errors in Camper case
Sail-World,
The International Jury has found that there were two omissions by the Race Committee for the Volvo Ocean Race, but that Emirates Team NZ was not entitled to redress, as she could not have carried a sail that she did not own at the start of Leg 4. The Jury decision comes following a hearing and decision issued on 21 April in Itajai, Brazil, over the use of a square top storm jib by overall race... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claws their way up to third place
Lisa Ramsperger,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg crew clawed their way up to finish in third place in the DHL In-Port Race in Itajaí, Brazil, on Saturday, April 21. Puma crossed the line one minute and five seconds behind the winning Groupama Sailing Team, with Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand in third. Puma added four points to their overall total.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper takes second in drama filled inshore race
Thomas Pryor,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has taken second place in a drama filled Itajai In-Port race. Light and shifty conditions, course changes, and a major tactical error all played a role in today's up and down race. After a delayed start due to a lack of wind racing got underway in a 15 knot south easterly and heavy rain.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup day 3 - Racing conditions at last
PWA,
On day three of the 2012 PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup, the promising forecast did eventually deliver racing conditions. From the beginning of the day, the wind was just below the threshold of the seven knots required to allow racing to begin. Sailors and organizers alike were in a buoyant mood about what the day ahead held in store.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama take inshore victory after Telefónica error
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama sailing team claimed their first inshore victory on Saturday to close to within striking distance of overall race leaders Team Telefónica, who sailed the wrong course while leading the DHL Itajaí In-Port Race. Includes Highlights and Full Replay Video... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela - Audi Azzurra goes three for three
Guiliano Luzzatto,
At the 2012 Mapfre PalmaVela, three victories in three races was the excellent score achieved by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team on day three. After yesterday's two bullets, the day was marked by the team's superb hat trick. The race committee gave the starts of the first two races under a light and unstable breeze while the third and final one saw a fresh breeze between 15 and 18 knots kick in.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port race - Good results for Groupama
Franck Cammas,
The weather was stormy and unstable as the Volvo Ocean Race fired up again with the In-Port race off the port of Itajai (Brazil).... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - A tough test for GBR sailors
Lindsey Bell,
Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, the ISAF Sailing World Cup second European stop, is being held in Hyéres, France from 22nd April to 27th April 2012. British sailing team manager Stephen Park believes this will provide a tough test for the small but select GBR contingent competing in the Olympic and Paralympic classes off Hyeres.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - War on weed escalates for Phesheya Racing
Oliver Dewar,
With the Global Ocean Race (GOR) fleet spread over 771 miles, the four, double-handed Class40s are pushing hard with Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing in second and third place polling the best 24 hours. As the North-East Trades provide stable breeze it has become a matter of squeezing every fraction of a knot from the boats.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Battle for second place
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland and New York have been racing neck to neck around the bottom of Baja California overnight as they battle to catch Gold Coast Australia in fluky downwind conditions. 'We've had an encouraging run during the last couple of days and we're trying to keep the distance covered down to a minimum,' Visit Finland's skipper, Olly Osborne, said.... [more]
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2016 Mixed Multihull - Panel report and recommendations
ISAF,
Recommendation - The Evaluation Panel recommend consideration of two of the entrants, the NACRA 17 and the Viper.... [more]
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2016 Women's Skiff Evaluation - Panel report and recommendations
ISAF,
The Evaluation Panel is unanimous in recommending that one of two boats is selected as the Equipment for the Women's Skiff event in the 2016 Olympic Sailing competition.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd Regatta - New racing format for 2012
Ferdi Merks,
The ISAF Sailing World Cup's fifth of seven regattas, the Delta Lloyd Regatta, is set to take place from the 22-26 May in Medemblik with the event now having a new race format for the 2012 edition. Sailors are in a tough situation where they have to make certain choices on which sailing events they wish to attend.... [more]
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PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Day 2 and still on standby
Chris Yates,
On day two of the 2012 PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup, there was an air of excitement early on as the day started with glorious sunshine and the anticipation that the thermal winds would kick in and deliver the perfect conditions for racing. However, as the afternoon developed, the weather turned increasingly stormy and inclement, which prevented the wind from strengthening.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Camper to seek redress on Telefonica decision
Sail-World,
The joint New Zealand/Spanish entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has given notice that she wishes to have the International Jury reconsider their decision announced today of the extra sail use by overall race leader, Telefonica. The jury decided the original rule was ambiguous and that Telefonica were reasonable in assuming they were in compliance.... [more]
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Sailability team lends a hand at the Access Worlds
Graeme Adam,
Amid the 250+ plus volunteer army at the Macquarie 2012 Access Worlds (7-13 April), was a dedicated band of volunteers from Sailability programs from NSW and interstate.... [more]
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