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26 Jul 2013
Sail-World New Zealand: July 26, 2013 - Kiwis in action on world stage
Yesterday was a big day for Artemis Racing, and the 34th America's Cup, when the beleaguered Challenger of Record, took their spectacular AC72 out on San Francisco Bay, and after a few adjustments, the team got her foiling.
We have images and video of the occasion in this edition of Sail-World.com, starting with John Navas' video of the dock-out from Alameda and followed by team videos of the foiling session. Whether she can come up to speed by the semi-finals, remains to be seen.
Today it was Luna Rossa's turn to make the headlines, in her solo race, when she struck an unidentified underwater object, ultimately breaking a rudder.
We have coverage of the incident, in this edition of Sail-World.com including a video clip from John Navas, who was filming at the time. It seems the strike occurred upwind, and the break occurred while foiling on the next leg. See for yourself.
Meanwhile Emirates Team New Zealand has qualified for the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and has set the benchmark for the America's Cup Regatta. Whoever can beat the New Zealand boat will surely win the America's Cup.
Tuesday's race with Luna Rossa, was won in a convincing manner by Emirates Team New Zealand. While many are critical of the Italian performance, an analysis of the race using Virtual Eye indicated that they are not as bad as the margin would indicate.
The differences seem to lie in the upwind performance, in terms of sailing height, foiling gybes - where a good one gains 200 metres over a belly-flop gybe, and general positioning on the course.
But make no mistake, Emirates team NZ are a class act. They have the longest time sailing of any of the teams. They got started on the design phase on time. They have had no major setbacks, and they got onto the foiling breakthrough well ahead of the other teams. Oracle Team USA can tick some of those boxes plus they have the legacy of the knowledge carried forward from the 2010 America's Cup conducted using similar technology.
Internationally, New Zealand sailors are performing very well indeed.
Four regattas are underway, well three and one about to do so.
The first world championship for the Nacra 17 class is underway in The Netherlands. This is the class that will be used in the 2016 Olympics for the new Mixed Multihull event, meaning that a crew must comprise one member of each gender.
New Zealand is represented by several crews, with Gemma Jones (daughter of multiple America's Cup winner, Murray Jones and 1992 Olympic Silver medalist, Jan Shearer) and Jason Saunders - another product of the Tauranga sailing factory, and crew with Paul Snow-Hansen in the 470 class in the 2012 Olympics. They lie in fifth position overall, having been placed second at the beginning of the regatta. Two other new Zealand crews are competing, in a very competitive fleet.
In the Finn Europeans, Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch are battling to be the top New Zealander. Sailing in Germany, after six races sailed, Junior lies in 3rd overall with Murdoch is fifth.
Both regattas finish on Sunday NZT.
In the Optimist class, the World Championships are over, with difficult conditions on the Final day, Leonard Takahashi-Fry was in 15th place overall, going into the last day, and is the top New Zealand sailor, dropping to 28th overall in the 255 strong fleet.
We carry reports on all three regattas , in this edition of Sail-World.com
NZ Optimist Team Day 6, 2013 World Championships NZ Optimist Team
In Valencia, Spain, the 420 Worlds have got underway - it is a big fleet with 374 sailors from 27 countries. Rob Burn has been reporting from the French Nationals and continues his excellent job from Valencia.
Mackay Boats is in the news for two reasons.
The Silverdale based company is the dominant boatbuilder in the of the Olympic classes - the Mens and Womens 470, and the Mens 49er, new Zealand sailors won Gold and Silver Medals with Mackay Boats in the 2012 Olympics. They are expected to also dominate a fourth Olympic class, the 49erFX at the 2016 Olympics.
Not content with that achievement Mackay Boats are taking their technology to the next level, with a new mould manufacturing technique for the 470, and this will be carried across to other classes. We feature an update in this edition of all the classes built by Mackay Boats.
Bennett Yachting, based in New York, but headed by NZer Brian Bennett, have announced that they will hook up with top UK builder, Ovington Boats, and Mackay Boats in New Zealand to produce the VX ONE Design boat on three continents.
Also planned for the VX ONE is the creation of a Gold Cup circuit in 2014 and other events. We have full details in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter.
VX ONE will be built in three continents by three of the world's top builders VX One
Protector started as a product and has now become a brand name in the RIB market. Protectors really made their name in the two America's Cup's in Auckland, where they were the first choice of the New Zealand Team and race management. Other teams bought the local product, and that is the way it has stayed. As the Cup has moved offshore the Protectors have move moved with the trophy.
In this edition, Mike Rose backgrounds the genesis of the protector and where they are today – working as hard as ever on the America's cup on San Francisco Bay
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