Sail-World New Zealand: April 7, 2014 - Changing Guard at ETNZ Palace

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: April 7, 2014 - Changing Guard at ETNZ Palace

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) - 49er class Gold medalists, ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, 2014  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for April 7, 2014

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Emirates Team New Zealand took another step along the path towards the next America's Cup with the announcement of a new, expanded Board of five Directors. Two of those appointed have direct America's Cup experience.

The test of the new Board will be the way in which it interacts with the sailors, and particularly the previously announced Executive Committee of six.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) - 470W class Gold medalists, ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, 2014  © Martinez Studio / Sofia

In many ways this approach - while familiar to the corporate world, it is a big experiment in the fast paced world of America's Cup, where fortune favours the bold and time is a very scarce currency.

Once the Protocol is announced for the 35th America's Cup – expected some time in April, maybe as early as next week, Challengers from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Italy, Canada, and Great Britain are expected - making one of the strongest fields seen for some time.

Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matt Kelway, winners of the 2014 NZ Etchells National Championships  © Richard Gladwell

Since it first entered the America's Cup in 1985, the New Zealand Challenge, later to become Team New Zealand have made every Challenger Final, or sailed in the Match itself, as a Challenger or Defender. That is a total of seven Cup cycles, or eight if you count the Big Boat Challenge of 1988.

Maintaining that level of success is a tough assignment that has not been matched by any team in America's Cup history, but it is one that most New Zealanders take for granted. The focus should be on what Emirates Team NZ, did achieve, rather than take all that for granted ('scuse the pun) and focus on what was not.

In the past, despite all that has been said in the past few months, there has been a big overlap between the Board and the sailors. This is perceived as being unhealthy by those outside sailing circles, but today's announcement is a big departure from the past, by any successful America's Cup team, which first and foremost has to be focused on winning, and nothing else.

Melinda Henshaw, NZ Womens Nationals 2014  © Richard Gladwell

A lot of experience has walked out the Boardroom door at Emirates Team NZ, and is not easily replaced. The outgoing Board, Jim Farmer included, should be recognised and thanked for a a fantastic job done in pulling the team back from the depths of the 2003 defeat in Auckland.

Often the America's Cup is a knife fight up a dark alley. In that environment you have to make decisions and justify them later - not the other way around as happens in the corporate world. Quite how a corporate style board functions in that environment remains to be seen.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) - 49er class Gold medalists, ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, 2014  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

Continuing on the America's Cup theme we feature Parts 2 and 3 of the 34th America's Cup Review, looking at how Oracle Team USA were able to get the time to be able to turn around the Match - in which they were down eight races to three.

In the Olympic classes, the New Zealand Sailing Team has come away with two Gold Medals from the fourth round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca.

As well as the wins in the 49er and Womens 470 classes, New Zealand crews came away with a sixth in the Mens 470 and two top ten places in the Mens Laser.

For most New Zealand crews it is their first regatta of the European season, where the pinnacle event will be the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander, Spain, in September this year.

That regatta will decide half of the qualifying countries in each of ten Olympic events for the 2016 Olympics.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 4 - Nacra 17  Thom Touw ©

The goal of each country, particularly the better funded ones, is to get their sailors qualified in the first round – justifying further funding on the basis that there is certainty of Olympic selection. Countries that operate a system of funding based around medal potential and quotas, are even more brutal – and if the nation fails to qualify in the top half of qualifiers, then justifying making a late selection in that class is an even harder call. Effectively the sailors are cut from Olympic contention.

Stay tuned.

Second place getter, hayden Whitnurn, NZ Etchells Nationals 2014, Day 2  © Richard Gladwell
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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18fters - Waitemata harbour, April 5, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Paukl Snow-hansen and Dan Willcox (NZL) - 470M ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, 2014  © Martinez Studio / Sofia

Glen Sowry and friends - 18fters - Waitemata harbour, April 5, 2014  © Richard Gladwell




America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ announce new and expanded Board
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
Retiring chairman of Emirates Team NZ Gary Paykel has announced the formation of a new five-member board of directors to govern Emirates Team NZ. He said he had consulted widely to assemble a board made up of passionate New Zealanders with a range of skills and in-depth experience in many areas of New Zealand business and technology as well as past experience with the team and the America's Cup... [more]
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ISAF World Cup Mallorca: Double Gold for New Zealand in 49er and W470
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand's reigning World Champions in the 49er and 470 have shown their class and delivered two gold medals at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca which wrapped up today on the Spanish Island of Mallorca. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke secured the 49er gold with ease, while Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie came from behind to topple the French leaders and take the Women's 470 gold on the final day.... [more]
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Wills takes 2014 NZ Etchells Nationals by a big margin
Sail-World,
Feng Shui, helmed by Andrew Wills with Anatole Masfen and Matt Kelway, won the 2014 Etchells NZ Nationals, sailed on the outer Waitemata Harbour, Auckland. Second overall was Hayden Whitburn, with Craig Greenwood, just 0.5pt behind in third place.... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this the third part of a three part-series.... [more]
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The Congressional Cup - 50th anniversary
Rich Roberts,
No one in Sunday's Heritage Regatta fleet was more excited about it than 60-year-old Dennis Durgan, who won the Long Beach Yacht Club's Congressional Cup classic in 1979 sailing a Cal 40, in 1980 with a Catalina 38, and this event for former Congressional Cup winners on a Catalina 37.... [more]
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18fters back in action on Waitemata Harbour
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Auckland's 18fter fleet was back in action on the Waitemata Harbour, with several crews competing, including Yamaha, just returned from the JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell caught the crews as they headed back to the Auckland Sailing Club after the racing.... [more]
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NZ Etchells Nationals: Images from Day 2
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the final day of racing in the 2014 NZ Etchells Nationals and filed this gallery of images... [more]
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Napier crew takes NZ Womens Keelboat Nationals
Sail-World,
Napier Sailing Club's Kylie Jameson has won the 2014 NZ Women's Keelboat Championships, sailed in Auckland using the MRX fleet. The competition was fierce with lead changes and only seconds between the boats at times... [more]
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34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 2 - Rules Creep
Richard Gladwell,
Six months after the conclusion of the 34th America's Cup, Kiwi fans in particular, struggle for the answers as to how Oracle Team USA were able to effect a big performance turnaround, without predecent in an America's Cup regatta. Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell gives his personal perspective and analysis in this the second part of a three part-series.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 4, 2014: AUD and KIWI surge
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: April 4, 2014 - The news was not good for the Dollar, which lost ground against commodity currencies, with a weaker reserve measure.The AUD surged towards the 0.9300 level and the KIWI traded just below 0.8600.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - What tactics will be employed?
Clipper Round the World,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the wind in the North Pacific has eased causing some of the boats to slow up with Switzerland, Derry~Londonderry~Doire and Team Garmin crews doing all they can to keep moving.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Mallorca - NZL Gold Denmark Silver
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Mallorca 2014 At the behest of the 49er Class Association - three short sprint races rather than a single medal race for the 49ers racing on the Bay of Palma today.... [more]
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Historic 18ft skiff skippers images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
A series of portraits of some of the historic 18ft skiff skippers provided by photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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ISAF World Cup: NZL Sailing Team looks to podium in two classes
Jodie Bakewell-White,
The NZL Sailing Team looks assured of two podium finishes at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma with just one day of the regatta remaining. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke hold a strong lead in the 49er while Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (pictured above) are in second place in the Women's 470.... [more]
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Dongfeng VOR trainees take a licking and a wake-up call
Dongfeng Race Team,
Fear of the unknown is one thing and being scared of what you know is another! For Kit, Horace, Wolf and Liu Xue, Liu Ming and Yiran Zhang, the Chinese sailors on board ‘Dongfeng', they have had their first real taste of what the Volvo Ocean Race can be like and it is scaring the hell out of them.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Day 4 - Wild and wet in Palma with two days to go
Jodie Bakewell-White,
It was an eventful day in Palma for Day 4 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta with plenty of wind, waves and capsizes - and one enormous air carrier forcing the Race Committee to change course areas. Despite not staying upright Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still have the overall lead in the 49er. None of the 470 divisions raced in today's high winds meaning Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are still... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – No time to lose says new ISAF Appointee
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Canadian John Craig is the newly appointed Head of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Craig was for 11 years the PRO at St. Francis Yacht Club and who most recently the PRO of the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: World Cup Palma - Burling and Tuke lead on Day 3
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have taken the lead in the 49er class as ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma at the regatta's midway mark in Mallorca, Spain today. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie retain third in the Women's 470. Many of the NZL Sailing Team had their best day yet making further gains on day three of the six day regatta, which saw a mix of conditions with solid breeze and waves on some course ar... [more]
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Afterguard reveals Heads-up Display for sailboat racing
Oliver Springgay,
Sailboat racing has evolved with the technology era and is now driven by data and instrumentation. The difference between winning and losing is the ability to adapt a carefully orchestrated plan to the ever-changing natural and competitive environment, faster than the competition. Having the right information at the right time can be that difference.... [more]
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Red Bull 49erFX Team: Back in action in Europe
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech,
Womens World 49erFX Champion crew of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech report on their build up at Palma, Spain, for the next round of the ISAF World Cup, currently underway: The travelling and training is done, it's finally time for racing. We are finally underway in our first European regatta for 2014, the ISAF World Cup Event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.... [more]
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Deaves takes 2013/14 OK Dinghy International Turangi Open
Ben Morrison,
Two weeks after Cyclone Lusi caused a postponement of the 2014 Turangi International Open, 21 OK Dinghies descended on the central North Island in somewhat different conditions from what the lake had experienced during the cyclone. The forecast for the weekend was for light and variable winds and that's exactly what the fleet got.... [more]
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Using Gmail and your newsletters have stopped arriving?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
We receive a range of different email newsletters to which we subscribe, and we have found over the last month they are all ending up in Gmail Spam bin. Now we know that Gmail does a great job protecting our email box from real spam but this is just plain irritating. And when a Microsoft password email is labelled as Spam by Gmail, you know its not just you.... [more]
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