ISAF Annual Meeting 2012 - Sailing News from the UK and Beyond

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 06 Nov 2012
 


ISAF Annual Meeting 2012 - Sailing News from the UK and Beyond



Current ISAF President Goran Petersson is set to step down from his eight-year stint in November, and a field of three candidates -Australia's David Kellet, Italy's Carlo Croce and Puerto Rico's Eric Tulla and are running for the top job.

Today, Kellet talks about his vision for the position, his style of leadership and 'nails his colours to the mast', directly addressing perceived criticisms of his candidacy.

'In earlier correspondence with you, I have given you a background of myself and my passion for the sport of sailing,' wrote Kellet in an open letter to all national sailing authorities. 'I am a practical, hands-on leader who is very approachable [and] with no hidden agenda. As you can probably gather from my emails and letters, I prepare everything myself and openly express how I feel about matters, no professional presentation, just an honest straightforward approach.'

Kellet, it should be noted, is a veteran racing sailor with 38 Sydney-Hobarts (and counting), as well as Fastnet and Newport-Bermuda experience, to his credit and has served two four-year stints as ISAF VP, as well as a four-year term as ISAF Treasurer.

As far as we are concerned we think its a pity that only one of the three candidates seems to understand the need for transparency and we think it speaks volumes.

Check out the multi-media reports, inside this issue, to learn more about the ISAF Assembly and election, which will be held this coming weekend in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.


It's make or break time for the windsurfers trying to get the ISAF kiteboarding for Brazil 2016 overturned. Be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's interesting piece on past Olympic medallists' thoughts on kiteboarding versus windsurfing for the 2016 Games.

Given that the crucial vote for 2016 Olympic Equipment is about to happen, proponents of both sailing disciplines have been making strong arguments as to why their side should prevail, but Gladwell's piece, which is essentially a collection of quotes from Olympic greats, offers a far deeper look into the realities of changing from 'planks' to kites.


The Rolex Sailor of the Year award, to be announced in Dublin has special interest for the UK with Helena Lucas, Saskia Sills and Ben Ainslie as nominees.

Ben Ainslie (GBR), who won the Gold Medal in the Medal Race Men's One Person Dinghy - heavy (Finn) event in The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.  onEdition ©

Other nominees include Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS), Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS), Tom Slingsby (AUS), Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega and Sofia Toro (ESP), Lijia Xu (CHN) and Loick Peyron (FRA).


And in America's Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th AC, has officially launched their first AC72 class wing sail-powered catamaran, despite some initial 'birthing pains'.

Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Also AC related, Luna Rossa launched their AC72 last week in Auckland, and have already started their sailing program, no doubt in an effort to log precious training time and to try to close the massive experience gap between themselves and Emirates Team New Zealand.

Luna Rossa AC72
First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In September 2013 in San Francisco.  Luna Rossa / Carlo Borlenghi


The Sail-World.com Team



ISAF Presidential candidate David Kellett talks to the sailing world
Sail-World,
ISAF Presidential candidate, David Kellett (AUS) has released a video setting out his experience and aspirations. Kellett is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Kites and Windsurfer deal brokered?
Sail-World,
The second day of the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland was marked by a compromise on the vexed issue of Kiteboarding versus Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics. But like all compromises – how long will it last? This one's lifespan could be measured in hours or days. .... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Major expansion and rescheduled start announced
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race (GOR), one of sailing's greatest challenges, is set to receive a major lift for its third round-the-world event for Class40 yachts, now scheduled to start in September 2014.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Who will win the seventh edition?
Vendee Globe,
The seven edition of the Vendee Globe will get underway on Saturday, 10th November at 1302hrs from Les Sables d'Olonne in France's Vendee region on the Atlantic coast and it is a very special formula which delivers outright victory in this solo non-stop around the world race.... [more]
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Laser Inland Championships at Grafham Water
Elliot Hansen,
A fleet of 43 brave Laser sailors made it inland for this year's UKLA Inland Championships with a promising forecast. Unlike the usual qualifier series, six races were scheduled and a full series was sailed. Race 1 got away second time, under a black flag and it was those who took advantage of the pin end bias that took the early lead.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Samantha Davies ready for second participation
Romain Delaume,
The 2012 Vendee Globe is set to get underway in just over four days and Sam Davies, Savéol skipper, will bring her charming smile to this year's edition. This brave young mother is also a true sea lover. For her second participation, Sam seems quite calm and confident in her project. She tells us more about it.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Old and new set to start in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
Of the Vendée Globe fleet of twenty IMOCA Open 60's - six have been built new since the end of the last race, PRB, Banque Populaire, Virbac-Paprec 3, Macif, Cheminées Poujoulat and Acciona 100% EcoPowered. On paper, these newest boats should represent a jump in performance over the previous generation.... [more]
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Contender Inlands at Rutland SC
British Contender Association,
Despite the forecast, twenty nine Contenders descended on Rutland Sailing Club over the weekend of the 3rd-4th November for their Inland Championship, the last event of the 2012 Contender Travellers Trophy. The first race started promptly in ten knots with Holden the younger taking the honors dispelling the rumor that he is just a heavy weather sailor.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup heads to Miami
ISAF,
The fifth venue of the ISAF Sailing World Cup has now been named. The regatta will take place in Miami, Florida USA at the US Sailing Center from 26th January – 2nd February 2013 and will form part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup until 2016 and will be the second stop in the 2012-2013 series following on from Melbourne, Australia and preceding Palma, Spain and Hyeres, France.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the Artemis Racing launch and christening
Sander van der Borsch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borsch, team photographer for Artemis Racing presents a further gallery of images from the launch and christening of the team's first AC72, launched in San Francisco on November 3, 2012... [more]
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Melges 20 Gold Cup - Dario Levi claims the title in Napoli
Francesca Pitacco,
The stage for the final day of competition at the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup was set in Napoli, Italy, by strong winds and rough seas. Congratulations are in full order for 2012 Champion Dario Levi aboard Fremito D'Arja with tactician Andrea Casale and crew Stefano Lagi, who seemed at ease with the every conditions dealt this past weekend.... [more]
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F18 - the Hot new Capricorn (Part I)
John Curnow,
Every now and then a racing boat comes along that has success written all over it. Such is the new F18 Capricorn catamaran, Designed by multihull expert Dr Martin Fischer and built by an Australian marine company with a long long pedigree, Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA).... [more]
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Melges 20 Gold Cup - Final day images by Stefano Gattini
Carlo Borlenghi,
Images of the final day of the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup in Napoli by photographer Stefano Gattini.... [more]
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29er Eurocup - Brits victorious at Riva del Garda
Elena Giolai,
The seventh leg of the 29er Eurocup took place this week from the 1st-4th November at Fraglia Vela Riva. The previous legs were held in Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Denmark. The only Italian leg had over fifty crews competing at Riva del Garda from eleven different countries. Victory went to Brits Owen Bowerman and Morgan Peach.... [more]
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O'Pen World Cup - A great 4 days on the Bay
Tamme Flood,
The official end of the O'Pen Bic World Cup Championship in Miami contained some surprises and a lot of smiles! It was a great four days on the Bay, and many new international friendships were formed. There were some lovely moments...at the end of the last race, the entire spectator boat cheered for each one of the last four sailors crossing the finish line.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa - Questions from the NZ sailing media
Richard Gladwell,
Last Thursday week, before the launch of Luna Rossa's America's Cup Challenger in Auckland, Team Patron, Patrizio Bertelli, and skipper Max Sirena, held a media conference in the Sofitel for New Zealand media. Most of the key New Zealand sailing media were there. Following is a record of the conference with the general sports media questions stripped out.... [more]
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America's Cup: Vital step for Challenger of Record in San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The wingsail was installed and Artemis Racing's AC72 was christened today in Alameda, San Francisco. It was a long day for the Artemis team, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and one which began before dawn. The hull was moved to water's edge in the darkness and loaded via crane slowly as the sun began to rise.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Youth Worlds to Oman, RS:X stays to 2016 for Youths
Sail-World,
The ISAF Youth World Championship Sub-committee met Saturday at the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on the opening day of the Annual Conference of the governing body for world sailing, being staged in Ireland. The RS:X has been confirmed in the Youth Worlds until 2016... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Join Emirates Team NZ for an AC72 aerial photo-shoot
Chris Cameron,
Join Emirates Team NZ photographer Chris Cameron as he jumps in a helicopter, and for the first time, gets a birds eye view of the AC72 ripping around Auckland Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup champions announced + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The 32nd Student Yachting World Cup final day was held in La Rochelle this evening. Bad weather conditions have prevented the participants from competing in the 14th course of the week, but the general good atmosphere didn't suffer from this.... [more]
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Halloween Howler starts the year: Cambridge sets the pace
Tony Mapplebeck (BUSA Editor),
Thirteen British University teams converged on Leeds and West Riding Sailing Club for the first of the season's student team racing events that will run through to next March.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboard Association releases Promotional video
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of a crucial vote for the Events for the 2016 Olympics the International Kiteboarding Association has released a promotional designed to to show the sport at its best. Hear from sailors on the format and equipment, get first hand information from RS:X sailors like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Zac Plavsic, and Race Officers like St. Francis' Director of Race Operations, Robbie Dean.... [more]
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Election of ISAF Officers to take place in Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
The election of Officers of the International Sailing Federation, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on 10 November 2012. The ISAF Annual General Meeting is held at the close of the Annual Conference, and every fourth year is known as the General Assembly and brings together all of the Member National Authorities (MNAs), who represent the nations within ISAF.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf
Carlo Borlenghi,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland. It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.... [more]
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New Olympic Multihull Nacra 17 – Update
Nacra Sailing,
The production of the Nacra 17, which is the new Olympic multihull for Rio 2016, is continuing at pace at Composite Marine International (CMI) in Thailand. By the end of the week, boat number 70 will be laminated and the first containers are underway to Europe.... [more]
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Coniston Records Week - The bid to set new national and world records
Emma Slater,
From the 5th-9th November, UK Powerboat racers from around the country will head to Coniston Water in Cumbria for the 42nd Annual Coniston Records Week, in the bid to set new National and World speed records. Coniston Power Boat Records Week is the only event in the powerboat racing calendar to bring together all classes of boat.... [more]
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Successful year for GAC Pindar Children's sailing program
Nicolle Bloomfield,
A number of critically ill children from the French charity Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris - Hôpitaux de France were given the extraordinary opportunity to sail on GAC Pindar's Ex40 boat during the penultimate event of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice last week.... [more]
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New Olympic Womens Skiff 49erFX - Images from around the World
Sail-World,
The 49erFx has taken off, since being selected in May 2012 as the Womens Olympic Skiff. Here's a gallery of 12 images from 12 of the countries which are sailing the 49erFX - currently 135 rigs have been ordered/shipped by the end of November, going to 21 countries... [more]
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America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray talks to Mark Heeley +Video
Bob Killick,
Mark Heeley talks America's Cup with Iain Murray in the 18 footer rigging park Double Bay, Sydney......Iain dropped down to check out Steve Jarvin's new number one rig set up on Gotta Luv it 7 and had a few comments after the race to Mark Heeley's pointed questions.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards one week away
KPMS,
In only one week ISAF and Rolex will announce the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year at an award ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. The ceremony will take place during a dinner hosted at the historic Mansion House in the heart of Dublin and will be attended by a number of the world's top sailors and delegates to the ISAF Annual Conference taking place in nearby Dun Loaghaire.... [more]
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