ISAF regatta rules roasted

 
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 14 May 2013
 

ISAF regatta rules roasted


Quotes from the shock Laser Class winner Laser sailor Kiwi Andy Maloney. 'Today probably proves how dumb the format they've tried for this event is. I think going into today, the only two people who really deserved to win over the course of the five days were Tom Burton and Tonci who were close on points.

'But the other four of us probably didn't really, none of us really deserve to win the regatta you know. It really proves how this format shouldn't carry on. 'Going into today anyone had a chance of winning, which was silly in a sense.'

Tonci Stipanovic  Johannes Berg

Tonci Stipanovic: 'It is okay if they are just testing, but this is the worst format I have ever sailed. I think if they are trying to find the worst it is not possible to go beyond this, it is the bottom of any combinations'.

One of the problems that ISAF seems to be so far unconcerned about is those Olympic class sailors for who top ten results translate into funding or not if they miss out. The experimental scoring is playing havoc with the results and that means havoc for sailor's lives as they embark on a 2016 Olympic campaign or are forced to abandon their plans.

What does ISAF plan to do about that as they chop and change?

Are they going to release rescored results? Or just say Tough!

Remember in Football or Cricket, proposed rule changes are tested at a lower level not at the World Cup.

Iain Percy and Bart Simpson cross the finish line in the Medal race of the Star class in the 2012 Olympics to win the Silver Medal, having led the fleet going into the final race.  Richard Gladwell ©

While the sailing world continues to reel in shock from the death of Bart Simpson after the Artemis capsize Richard Gladwell has made some interesting observations in his Tragedy in San Francisco article, which also contains the RYA tribute video.

Les Valmadre reporting from Bali, (tough but someone has to do it) on the Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally 2013 that the infamous tidal runs near the entrance to Benoa Harbour, where the finish line is located, have claimed two more victims.

Steel de Breeze - 2013 Fremantle to Bali  Leslie Valmadre

Brian Todd's 49 footer Sue Sea, which was comfortably closing in on the finish as darkness fell, appears to have been dragged north of the line by the current, and although she was in sight of the race control team early this morning, seems to be moving out to sea again in windless conditions, while near the south western tip of the island, Steel de Breeze is inching her way towards the finish at around two knots.

Lots more news from the Sailing scene today.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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America's Cup: German team pulls out of Red Bull Youth series
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The German team in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, has issued a statement announcing their withdrawal from the series, citing safety concerns emanating from the Artemis Racing incident last Thursday in San Francsico.... [more]
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America´s Cup Artemis Crew in shock - newspaper quotes inaccurate
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The sailing world is very much in shock following the death of British Olympic Gold and Silver medallist and America's Cup strategist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson trapped under water after the capsize of the Swedish AC72 Artemis on San Francisco Bay last Thursday. Helmsman Nathan Outteridge has issued a statement saying that quotes attributed to his father were not accurate.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Currents snare more victims
Event Media,
In the Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally, the infamous tidal runs near the entrance to Benoa Harbour, where the finish line is located, have claimed two more victims. Brian Todd's 49 footer Sue Sea, which was comfortably closing in on the finish as darkness fell, appears to have been dragged north of the line by the current.... [more]
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America's Cup: Barclay expects Cup to proceed as planned
Richard Gladwell,
TV3's that America's Cup CEO Stephen Barclay is confident regatta director Iain Murray will take every step to ensure the America's Cup goes ahead, and does so as safely as possible. 'I have every expectation that the event will proceed as planned. But I'm going to give Iain Murray the time he needs to really look at it with his expert panel and get it right.'... [more]
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Italian Olympic Week Garda wrap-up + Video
SailCoach,
The 2013 Italian Olympic Week Garda has come to a close. We look at the action that took place via comments and video interviews with sailors that competed.... [more]
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Sailing Handicap Calculator - A distinct advantage on the water
Lachlan Ritchie,
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Gladwell's Line: Tragedy in San Francisco + RYA Tribute Video
Richard Gladwell,
Following is the editorial published in Sail-World NZ's newsletter published on May 10, NZT. It is republished for those who don't subscribe to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter. Tragedy hit the 2013 America's Cup with the death of double Olympic Medalist, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. Includes RYA tribute video to Andrew Simpson... [more]
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EUROSAF - Silver and bronze for Aussie sailors on final day in Italy
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have won a silver and bronze medal on the final day of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup on Lake Garda in Italy, including the country's first medal in the new Nacra 17 class.... [more]
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Garda Trentino Olympic Week - Spectacular conclusion + Video
Elena Giolai,
A spectacular conclusion to the first leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup 'Garda Trentino Olympic Week': sunshine, wind and the best Olympic athletes in the final regatta, never as on this occasion has the 'final race' determined the places on the podium, despite the number of races held during the week.... [more]
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1O1O 4G Match Racing International Regatta - Action ends in Hong Kong
Koko Mueller,
The 2013 1O1O 4G Match Racing International Regatta came to an end after three days and 76 matches in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour with young Kiwi skipper, William Tiller, declared the winner. Having battled with the elements all weekend, Race Officer Inge Strompf Jepsen was on the water early as she searched for the best location to run the final five flights of the round robin stage.... [more]
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CYCA Winter Series - Fun in the sun for Race 3
Jennifer Crooks,
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Vendee Globe - Awards ceremony under the stars + Video
Liliane Fretté,
Last night on the main beach in Les Sables d'Olonne, Vendee Globe winner François Gabart, the skipper of Macif, received his trophy from the President of the General Council, Bruno Retailleau. As for the 10 other skippers who have finished the race, they have received a reward. The nine others were also acclaimed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams unveiled
Ruth Harrington,
For the 2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, more than 400 of the 650 crew members taking part, the largest ever assembled for the biennial event, attended the Crew Allocation ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall where they met their new team mates for the first time and discovered which skipper had been chosen to lead their team around the globe.... [more]
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Olympic Garda Week 2013 + Pre Medal Race video interviews
SailCoach,
The Olympic Garda Week 2013, Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup will experience a new format that could be adopted in the next Olympic games. Yesterday was important because it was the last chance for sailors to qualify for the Medal Race. Gold fleet racing was held in extremely tricky conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's damaged AC72 is pulled from the water
pressure-drop.us,
Artemis Racing's first AC72 has been hauled from the water in San Francisco after it destructed during a bearaway on its final sailing day on May 9, 2013. The wreckage and incident is now the subject of two inquiries - one by San Francisco Police Department, and the other by America's Cup Events Authority.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - General Lee slows on final approach
Bernie Kaaks,
On day seven of the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally, the combination of no wind and adverse tide has broken more than a few hearts of sailors racing into Bali.... [more]
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Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - Perfect day for AUS multihull sailors
Craig Heydon,
On day four of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup the Australian multihull sailors Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have had the perfect day's racing on Lake Garda in Italy with three wins from three starts in the Nacra 17 class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing seek a cessation in media speculation
Sail-world.com,
Artemis Racing has requested a cessation on speculation in the media on the causes of the fatality on April 9, 2013: They have issued a statement: Out of respect for Bart's memory and his family, we ask that the broader sailing community and others reserve judgment until all the facts are known, and not persist in unnecessary rumor.... [more]
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America's Cup: Am-Cam Video of Artemis Racing's final run
Sail-World,
Video shot on May 9, 2013 of Artemis Racing's final run on San Francisco Bay, before she had her fatal capsize later in the day. Second shows Oracle Team USA sailing very quickly in a fresh breeze, easily the fastest we have seen to date.... [more]
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Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup - Light winds on Day 3
Craig Heydon,
On day three of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup on Lake Garda in Italy light winds have kept a number of classes on shore. While the conditions kept the Laser, 470 and RS:X classes on shore Australians were in action in the Nacra 17 and Finn classes on another part of the lake.... [more]
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America's Cup: Tributes flow after Gold Medalist dies in AC72 capsize
Richard Gladwell,
Artemis Racing have confirmed that 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Star keelboatclass, Andrew 'Bart' Simpson has died in a training incident in San Francisco. Simpson was pulled from the water after the incident, and CPR was attempted on the water and ashore, but was not successful, and he was pronounced dead.... [more]
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America's Cup: Second AC72 capsize - San Francisco Police investigate
Richard Gladwell,
Regatta Director Iain Murray will lead a review into the events surrounding the capsize of Artemis Racing's first AC72 and the subsequent tragic death of crewman Andrew Simpson. During training on San Francisco Bay yesterday, Artemis Racing capsized in winds between 18 and 20 knots. The boat broke apart and Simpson, 36, became trapped.... [more]
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