Sail-World New Zealand: 6 May 2012 - Kiwi builder wins Olympic Skiff...Steinlager 2 returns home...ISAF drops Olympic bombshell

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 06 May 2012
 


Sail-World New Zealand: 6 May 2012

Steinlager 2 returns home, May 5, 2012  Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 6 May 2012

The International Sailing Federation delivered a thunderbolt to the sport, with the announcement in the early hours of this morning (NZT) that Windsurfing which had been in the Olympic games since 1984, would be replace with Kite Boarding.

The matter was decided by the ISAF Council, Meeting in Stresa, Italy and exceed the recommendations of its own Evaluation Team, which proposed that the sport be added to the ISAF World Cup circuit from 2013, before being added to the Olympics, either replacing Windsurfing or as 11th and 12th Medal Events.

Quite what happens from here is unknown, as the class and youth progression is locked into windsurfing.

We have an initial report in this edition of Sail-World.com and will be updating as more information comes to hand. The decision was made by a vote of 19-17, and one vote the other way would have forced a split and the retention of the Windsurfer as the Chairman would have been forced to exercise a casting vote in favour of the status quo - meaning the Windsurfer remained.

An event in the Kendall Cup 2012 being sailed off Takapuna  Brian Haybittle

Certainly from a New Zealand perspective to have a sport dropped which has been our most successful Olympic event is going to be testing, to say the least.

The dropping of the Windsurfer has over shadowed the introduction of the FX as the Womens Skiff, which is a major coup for New Zealand builder, Mackay Boats, who had made a significant investment in the development of a new rig for the Mens 49er hull, which is already in production around the World. The new FX is also good news for Southern Spars and North Sails who will manufacture the spars and sails for the new class, along with the 49er.

Molly Meech and Alex Maloney put the 49er FX through her paces off Takapuna.  Richard Gladwell

In the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra17 carried the day, for most the choice was not a game breaker either way. And a decision was made in favour of the longer boat. It remains to be seen as to how many Mixed crews are actually prepared to campaign at Olympic level, as no other class holds a Mixed World Championship.

Steinlager 2, certainly one of the four iconic boats of New Zealand sailing (the other three being KZ-7, NZL-32 and Rainbow II) returned to New Zealand yesterday for the first time in 22 years. She is here to stay, beginning a new life under a sailing trust which will run her and Lion New Zealand as youth training boats.

Rome Kirby and Shannon Falcone share grinding responsibilities for the spinnaker trim, onboard Puma Ocean Racing during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.   Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Certainly it was an emotional time for the people who turned out to welcome Big Red back to Auckland after a six month delivery voyage from the Mediterranean. Particularly so for five of her original crew, most of whom could still fit into their original sailing gear, and who turned out along with their children to the boat their fathers had raced to a six leg win. A feat never since achieved in a Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race.

We have full coverage in this edition of Sail-World.com, along with reports in the Volvo Ocean Race, which has been hit by a period of light airs and is expected to take another three days at least until the finish in Miami.

Don't forget, if you would like to see over Steinlager 2 and Lion New Zealand, today is your chance - at the Viaduct Harbour. Don't miss!

1989/90 Crew member Glen Sowry (standing) gives Mark Orgams (wheel) some tactical advice aboard Steinlager 2 - Steinlager 2 May 5, 2012  Richard Gladwell

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Good sailing!

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012 - Soto 30  Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf
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The second generation on board Big Red - Steinlager 2 returns home, May 5, 2012  Richard Gladwell






She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race... [more]
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UK Finn Nationals - Scott off to good start
Robert Deaves,
JP Morgan Asset Management UK Finn Nationals - After the first two races of the warm up regatta for next week's Finn Gold Cup, current world champion Giles Scott has gotten off to a good start with a small margin over main rival Ben Ainslie, each winning one race apiece. Ivan Klakovic Gaspic (CRO) sits in third on equal points with Ainslie... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Cracking first day
PWA World Tour,
On day one of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, registrations took place between 10am and 12pm. Weather conditions remained changeable throughout the morning and early afternoon with cyclonic winds also occurring. At around 15:00, Korea showed its true unpredictability as the wind swung cross-shore and picked up in an instant. Cue a whole host of sailors head out onto the water... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
Sail-World,
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta - Sailors tested by strong winds day 1
Infinity Communications,
Superb sailing conditions greeted the 200 plus boats on Day 1 of the 2012 Top of the Gulf Regatta, with 12 to 18 knots of wind gusting up to 25 knots. The winds, combined with lumpy seas, made for exciting startlines and some breakages in the keelboat and multihull fleets.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 in attacking phase
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 has managed to reduce her deficit in relation to the frontrunners and her positioning further to the South may enable her to slip beneath a patch of light airs... Despite this, Miami is still a very long way off seemingly, as this sixth leg is set to round off in very light airs.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: Steinlager 2 returns home at last
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the Waitemata Harbour today to catch Steinlager 2 as she returned to Auckland for the first time in 22 years... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympics - Kiteboarding to replace Windsurfing
ISAF,
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition final event and equipment selections has been confirmed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace Windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed the equipment that will be used for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.... [more]
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Mystery of Newport to Ensenada fatal yacht race accident continues
Greg Hardesty,
At 77, veteran sailor Chuck Brewer knows his way around the waters off Orange County and beyond – including the Coronado Islands off Baja California where, nearly a week ago, four yachtsmen lost their lives in a mysterious accident during the annual Newport Beach to Ensenada race.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: NACRA17 chosen as the Mixed Multihull class for 2016
Sail-World,
On the second day of its Mid-Year meeting in Sestra, Italy, the ISAF Council have voted in favour of the NACRA17 being the class/equipment for the new Mixed Multihull event to be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Council vote was decisive at 20 votes to 15 - an improvement over the Events Committee where the NACRA17 only made it as preferred boat by virtue of the Chairman, Chris Atkins' casting... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of control onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It's a good thing we're floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig.... [more]
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Steinlager 2 returns to the City of sails
Paul Gilbert,
Sir Peter Blakes Steinlager 2 has been repatriated to her home waters and was welcomed into the sparkling Waitemata Harbour in fine City of Sails style .... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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49er World Championship 2012 - Outteridge aims to make history
Craig Heydon,
Australian Nathan Outteridge is out to create history at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, next week as he aims to become the first sailor to win four world titles in the class.... [more]
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style
Craig Heydon,
Tom Slingsby's World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2012 - the Eve of the Championships - Field + Video
Jason Georgaris,
The 2012 Star Worlds - the eve of the 2012 Chmapionships - A practice race was held today. All the top sailors are on hand to try and claim the prestigious trophy while many still trying to qualify for the Olympics.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week day 5 - The nail-biting finale
Louay Habib,
On the fifth and final day of competition at Antigua Sailing Week, there was a nail-biting finale in CSA 1A. Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes won the last race of the day to take the division. Geoff Hill spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour: 'This is the first time we have raced the yacht and to be honest we could have done with another week... [more]
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Olympic Skiff Selection for 2016 - RS900 dream ends
Martin Wadhams,
Naturally, we are hugely disappointed that the RS900 has not been selected as the women's Olympic skiff. It was recommended for selection by ISAF's Equipment Committee who carried out the most detailed examination of all the entrants and judged it to best fit the criteria – a spectacular boat that would suit the size of sailors specified.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma joy ride comes to a screeching halt + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 day 12. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro: Our little joy ride of the past several days has quickly come to a screeching halt! Uggggh. The painful reality is setting in that the final 1,400 miles is going to be a light air crapshoot.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough tactical decisions for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica skipper, Iker Martinez, commented that 'The tactical decisions are tough and often we have to adapt them as we go.' Today, at 1900 GMT Telefonica had risen up the leg leaderboard to seize second place from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).... [more]
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush
Richard Gladwell,
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Black flag for fleets on day 1
Deike Mary Flemming,
At the 2012 Laser World Championship, the first race of the qualification regatta got underway on Friday 4 May at 13:00. Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots caused two starts under the black flag for both the blue and the red fleet. The second start was delayed and the course was redesigned due to wind shifts to a westerly direction.... [more]
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Sailors are online – is your marine business advertising?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
We live in a ‘now' world, sailors want NOW news! Forget about an audience waiting two months for print news, many of them can't wait two hours!!... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: 4 May 2012 - KIWI plunges, AUD soft
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX market Commentary: 4 May 2012 - Markets fell overnight with the the ECB keeping rates unchanged at 1%. In the US negative sentiment shifted from Europe. The KIWI plunged to test the key 0.8000 level. The AUD showed continuing signs of weakness, 1.0250, with all the political fallout and the all important budget coming in the next few days.... [more]
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Foiling skiff has successful shakedown sail with new wing mast
Bernard Schopfer,
Thomas Jundt's Mirabaud LX, a 2008 Swiss experimental foiler, now has a new and improved 24m2 wing mast for the 2012 Lake Geneva season. The crew took the foiler for a successful shakedown sail last night and has its eye on the Lake Geneva records this summer.... [more]
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ISAF Mid-Year Meetings: Decisions made in Events Committee
Sail-World,
Sail-World's sources report that a couple of key decision have been made at the ISAF Events Committee Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The Events Committee met to consider, amongst other business, which of the classes should go forward as a recommendation to the ISAF Council for the two new Olympic Events, the Mixed Multihull and the Womens Skiff. Both would come into the 2016 Olympics... [more]
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