The Kiwis scratch their heads, Victor's coach and Moor

 
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 08 Jan 2014
 

The Kiwis scratch their heads, Victor's coach and Moor




The Sail-World technical sailing translation glossary runs to 30 pages. It's currently being translated into Arabic, Hungarian, Thai, Swedish, Finnish, Malay, and Filipino. We just received the latest 20 pages of English-Russian corrections from Oleg Illyn, the Russian Sailing Federation Secretary General.

Who cares you might ask?

Victor Kovalenko  © Richard Gladwell
Well Victor Kovalenko does, Oleg was Victor's 470 coach for 10 years... but that is another story and we will tell it soon.

Every summer we rail against the use of the word ‘heats' in non-elimination sailing series, when ‘races' is the correct term, gradually we seem to making progress, says Peter Moor, the President of SHAHT's, but now the world moves on and now the concerns move to the possible extinction. Read Moor today.

Tragedy struck the Cape Town to Rio Race when the 35 boat fleet was hit by 40-60 knot wind on their first night at sea. One sailor has died, several more crewmembers have been injured and plenty of equipment destroyed, two boats have turn backed. Get the full story, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for more information from this tragedy, as it becomes known.

Rod Davis  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, former Olympic medal winner and long-time Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) coach Rod Davis is still searching hard for the reasons that ETNZ ended up losing the 34th America's Cup, despite the fact that they at one point held what many Cup journalists (myself included) considered to be an insurmountable lead.

'It's still hard to believe that we out-prepared Oracle by that much, ahead of this regatta, and lost the regatta,' said Davis. 'Normally when you out-prepare a team by that much in any sport, you come away with a victory. And it didn't happen that way.'

While Davis has undoubtedly amassed a fine collection of contributing factors for ETNZ's unbelievable defeat, one reason stands considerably prouder than its cohorts. 'The major mistake that I see in the campaign was letting the world know we were foiling way too early,' said Davis. 'From a Sponsor, Press and Public point of view it was a coup, but for the big picture and winning the Cup, it was a liability'

Oracle Team USA in action   John Mangino

While it's no secret that Oracle Team USA was playing catch-up in the foiling department, literally deep into the finals, there's also no question that the Americans learned a lot about making an AC72 fly by watching their antipodean rivals. Had ETNZ been able to keep this particular cat in its particular bag for even a month or two longer (back in 2012), there's a reasonable chance that ETNZ's level of preparation would have exceeded even Jimmy Spithill's confidence in his Oracle Team USA crew.

While hindsight is always 20-20, there's no question that the sailors and staff involved with ETNZ for AC34 will likely spend the rest of their lives pondering what they maybe could have done a bit differently during the final weeks of Cup racing. Inside this issue, don't miss the great interview that Sail-World's New Zealand editor, Richard Gladwell, put together with Davis, and stay tuned for the latest news from ETNZ.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team



Cape Town to Rio Race: Latest update after crew death
Sail-World,
Latest update from the Cape Town to Rio Yacht Race, in which a crew member died after an incident as the boats cleared the South African coast: RCYC General Manager, Marcus Reuter, boarded SAS Islandwana last night as they set sail for the fleet to assist yacht Bille.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - still looking for answers after Cup defeat
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ coach, Rod Davis, admits he is still a bit stunned, three months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, and the shock loss by the Challenger, after being on Match Point. Part of the post-Cup frustration-relief therapy is to go sailboat racing every chance he can - and by is own admission, that is a lot of sailing at present.... [more]
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Chapter 1 complete for Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban
Joe Hall,
The Carkeek 60 is the first of a new breed of race boat built by Premier Composites that effectively combines speed with strength in a relatively simple hull form.... [more]
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Australian Youth Championship – Fast conditions on Day 2
Elisha Keating,
On day two of the 2014 Australian Youth Championship racing went ahead at full speed at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club. Moderate winds saw 192 boats complete three races across all six classes on Victoria's Port Phillip.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fierce sprint underway
Clipper Ventures,
On Day 5 of Race 7 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, with just a few miles separating the top three teams and with less than 35 miles until the finish line, the fierce sprint to win the maximum 12 points and secure a coveted podium position is well underway.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2014 - Women on water
Lisa Ratcliff,
Geelong's iconic Festival of Sails, to be held Thursday 23rd until Monday 27th January 2014, offers people of all ages, experience, and backgrounds the chance to enter an eligible boat, crew on someone else's, or watch the action play out from the scenic shoreline.... [more]
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Paper Tiger Nationals - Anderson wins record seventh title
Alex Craig,
Victoria's Bryan Anderson has secured his seventh Paper Tiger Catamaran Australian Championship. The event, hosted by Portarlington Sailing Club on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula, attracted a competitive fleet of 27 boats, with entrants from Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Drama packed week
Marina Thomas,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14, with some very tough racing and the equivalent of three Sydney to Hobart races in as many weeks, the 12-strong racing fleet has almost completed half of the round the world ocean odyssey as it races to Brisbane.... [more]
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Stonehaven Cup Regatta - Challenging conditions
David Staley and Ray Smith,
In the Stonehaven Cup Regatta 2014 wild weather has been the key factor in the early days for the Australian 12Ft Cadet Dinghy class. The Stonehaven Cup is the national championship for the Australian 12 Foot Cadet class and is the longest continuously contested one-design dinghy trophy in Australia.... [more]
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12' skiff Interdominions: Broken boats and bones in heavy weather slam
Sven Pannell,
New Zealand extended to a commanding lead over Australia in the 2014 12' skiff Interdominions, after a race day packed with drama, incident and very tight racing. Wellington's 'nuking' winds brought chaos and another lead change, as a third competitor puts one hand on one of dinghy sailing's most desirable trophies.... [more]
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Lost boat drifts clear across the Indian Ocean
Lee Mylchreest,
It didn't have sails but it made its way from Perth to Madagascar where it washed up on a beach near the island of Mayotte. The incredible journey, made by a Leisure Cat, manufactured by a local West Australian boat builder, was only realised when French officials recognised the Australian registration of the boat and contacted the AMSA who started the process of tracking down the owner. .... [more]
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Queensland cat owner goes to jail for fraudulent flood claim
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Maybe we'll never know, he could have been a good sailor, but there's no prizes for smarts (or ethics) for this Queensland man who successfully claimed $60,000 for his live-aboard catamaran by claiming that it was washed away in the infamous Queensland floods of 2010.... [more]
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76-year-old solo yachtsman Stanley Paris injured in the Atlantic
Lee Mylchreest,
Aspiring round-the-world solo yachtsman Stanley Paris has been injured in the South Atlantic Ocean east of Porto Alegre, in Brazil, while clearing shreds of torn sail from the shrouds.... [more]
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Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Champs - Closing in on day 4
Jonny Fullerton,
At the Prince Philip Cup - Australasian Dragon Championship, day four was another picture postcard day on the Swan River in Perth for Races 4 and 5 - with hot summer temperatures in the high thirties and a gentle 8-12 knot breeze from 230-250 degrees.... [more]
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Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta - Exile named IRC and PHS winner
Damian Devine,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Rob Reynold's DK46 Exile has won the IRC division in the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta, six points ahead of the Hudson/Lockley/Murphy Pretty Woman as the regatta drew to a close today in Coffs Harbour, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - One of the most exciting editions on record
KPMS,
The 69th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race shaped up early to be one of the most amazing editions on record. The 94-boat fleet featured five 100 foot maxis, three Volvo 70s, seven former race winners and a seriously competitive lineup across the fleet.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 180 mile Ocean Sprint underway
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the 180 mile Ocean Sprint in Race 7 has commenced and with two valuable points up for grabs, the fleet will do all it can to cross the gate in the fastest time possible as the last few hundred miles to Brisbane, Australia gets underway.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week Accommodation Options 2014!
Kristie Kaighin,
Looking to book accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2014? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option. Also - book before the end of January and take advantage of our 10% Early Bird discount that we are offering on most properties!... [more]
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Australian Optimist Championships – Wild and windy on Day 3
Elisha Keating,
On the 2014 Hart Marine Australian Optimist Championships third day another wild and windy day greeted competitors. With racing scheduled to begin at 10:00a.m., and with average wind speeds exceeding 25 knots, it was no surprise that the decision was made early to postpone all Green Fleet racing for the day.... [more]
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16ft Skiff National Championships - Bryden's team take race 1
Megan Fitzgerald,
The first race of the 2014 16ft Skiff National Titles, being hosted by Drummoyne Sailing Club, has been won by ‘Bryden's Lawyers'... [more]
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Kiwis assert early dominance in 12' skiff Interdominions
Sven Pannell,
In spectacular racing, New Zealand established a convincing early lead on Day 3 of the 54th 12' Skiff Interdominions. A dominant display over three races on a blustery Wellington harbour sees the Kiwis carrying 71 points, clear ahead of the Australians on 123. However, NZ is a recently burned nation not entirely comfortable with calling sailing victories too soon... [more]
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Interdominion 12ft Skiffs: Reach for the Sky - Image gallery
Garrick Cameron,
Garrick Cameron was on hand at the first day of racing at the Interdominion 12ft Skiffs and provided this amazing gallery... [more]
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Famed sailor's garment manufacturer Keith Musto wins MBE
Sail-World Cruising,
He might have received his MBE for services to the economy, but sailors round the world can only associate the name Musto with services to sailors, keeping them warm, dry and comfortable while sailing in cold and windy conditions.... [more]
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ASBA National Championships 2014 - Fang to the Max
Darren Spence,
The final day of racing at the 2014 ASBA National Titles at the Fremantle Sailing Club saw the crowning of new National Champions. Huge congratulations to the crew of Fang (Tim Reger, Rob Murdoch and Tony Johnson) who sail from the South of Perth Yacht Club in WA.... [more]
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Australasian Dragon Championship - Prince Philip Cup Day 3
Jonny Fullerton,
On day three of the Prince Philip Cup, after two days of heavy breeze, sailors arrived early in the morning for an 0830 hrs warning signal with a smoke haze hanging over the Swan River and a cooler 10 knots from the East on the water.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Challenging conditions
Clipper Ventures,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 day three of race seven, it has been a very eventful 24 hours with challenging conditions. PSP Logistics has retired as a safety precaution and Old Pulteney quickly recovered a man overboard, although he remained attached by his tether throughout the recovery.... [more]
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Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta - Exile storms into IRC contention
Damian Devine,
Rob Reynolds DK46 Exile has stormed into IRC contention on day one of the two days of racing in Coffs Harbour as part of the five race Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta. Exile, with a first and a seventh today, has positioned themselves nicely at the top of the leader board with another two races to round out the regatta tomorrow.... [more]
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In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed?
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising,
In the inevitable cockpit-sundowner chat, in-mast furling has always been a 'no-no'. But is it true? Or is the cockpit-sundowner chat just scare-mongering? Here Des Ryan looks at a few of the issues.... [more]
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