Burling and Tuke dominate...Cup Competitors meet...A wet Two Hander

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Burling and Tuke dominate...Cup Competitors meet...A wet Two Hander

Burling and Tuke - 2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships - Day 5  © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for July 13, 2014

The NZL Sailing Team is currently competing in the European Championships in several of the Olympic classes.

The results have been a mixed bag, with good results in the 49er and 49erFX two handed skiff classes. New Zealand crews are current World Champions in three Olympic classes - both the Mens and Women's 49er skiff and the Women's 470.

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are in third overall in the latter event, going into the Final day. That is not a dominating result, but in the circumstances and at this stage of the 2016 Olympic cycle, it does no harm to find out out that your competition is very much on your case. The 470 is a very technical boat to sail, and tactically challenging. Small changes can make a big difference, as can a few tight tactical situations. It is a class where it is not possible to get it right all of the time, and the races are won by the most consistent sailors rather than the most brilliant.

Former 49erFX series leaders Denmark - 2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships - Day 5  © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk

But sheer brilliance is the only way to describe the 49er Masterclass that has been given by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, when the breeze has blown with any strength at Helsinki, Finland.

The 49er Europeans have been broadcast live on the class website. Those who have followed the racing will have seen some outstanding sailing by the New Zealand Mens crew. Their efforts on Friday were remarkable. First race they got buried at the start, were 10th at the top mark and split tacks with the boats ahead of them. It proved to be a great decision, and they climbed their way back for a win.

Second race they tried a port tack start. It was a bold move but executed with confidence. They cleared the entire fleet, were off to the favoured side, and sailed away for a convincing win.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech - 2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships - Day 5  © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk

The finish of the third race underlined their dominance. When Tuke and Burling crossed the finish line for their third win of the day, there were only two of their fleet on the same leg. The New Zealand crew sailed ashore, pulled out their boat on the trolley gave it a quick wash, then Tuke was into the Media tent, for a quick interview. At the end of the interview, the camera panned out onto the race course. Many boats from their fleet were still crossing the finish line - and this was the Gold fleet!

On Saturday, the lighter winds proved to be a bigger test for the New Zealanders, but as the breeze settled in they came into their own.

The rest of the Mens 49er fleet seem to be struggling a little to find form, and with the World Championships coming up in September, they would appear to have some work ahead of them. The Olympic Test event in Brazil will also be an interesting pointer to 2016 Olympic Form.

The New Zealanders came away with the Gold medal and Open European Championship title.

Burling works out whether to go to the left, right or over the top - 2014 49er and 49erFX European Championships - Day 5  © Mick Anderson / Sailingpix.dk

The 49erFX crew has not dominated in quite the same way, but certainly in the breeze they can claw their way into the front of the fleet. However, they came unstuck on the Final day, and could not dominate in the breeze in the way they had done earlier in the regatta.

In the end they won the Bronze medal. The top three were the same medalists, in the same positions as in this same regatta in 2013.

For the other crews, Mens 470 and Nacra 17 there is some work to be done. We have daily reports of the racing in this edition of Sail-World.com

On Friday, we published an interview conducted the previous night with Iain Murray, CEO of Team Australia and Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America's Cup.

Midway through that interview Murray revealed that he had called a Competitors Meeting, the first of this America's Cup cycle.

In our view, it is something that should have taken place several months ago. This Cup cycle has been marked by the lack of consultation with several teams. The approach that has been taken by Russell Coutts and Oracle Team USA should have been to gather the key teams around them and go to potential venues if indeed they couldn't stage the regatta in San Francisco, TV broadcasters and others they want to attract.

Ensuring that Team New Zealand would be back along with a very strong and colourful group of Challengers, would have made a great platform for the next Cup.

Instead Oracle and the Defender's event management arm, America's Cup Events Authority have largely decided to go it alone. The concern is whether the decisions they are taking are in the best interests of an expansive event.

Bundock and Curtis (AUS) - 2014 Nacra 17 European Championship  Antoine Beysens

It should have been Oracle who called this Competitor Meeting, and were seen to be in control. Instead, they were only invited to the Competitors Meeting by a decision of the majority. And the perception is that there is a split in the America's Cup ranks.

Whether that is the case after the Competitors Meeting remains to be seen.

Although Iain Murray would not name the venue or the date, British yachting correspondent Stuart Alexander confirmed that the meeting would take place in Los Angeles, this weekend.

We are not expecting a media release from the meeting but will talk to our network of contacts, and report.

We feature the interview with Iain Murray in this edition.

The first race in the Safety at Sea SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series was sailed on Saturday after the start was delayed for two hours due to inclement weather.

- Safety at Sea, SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series, July 12, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

Sail-World was on the water for the Baltic 50, and we feature image galleries and a report on the first race of the series which attracted around a hundred starters from an entered fleet of 138 boats.

Iker Martinez and Tara Pacheco - 2014 Nacra 17 European Championship  Antoine Beysens
Stay tuned to our website www.sail-world.com for the latest news and developments.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
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Mike Drummond - Safety at Sea, SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series, July 12, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

2013-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Tower Bridge, London  Clipper Ventures

Mercenary (SR26) - Safety at Sea, SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series, July 12, 2014  © Richard Gladwell




America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the America's Cup Challenger of Record, has taken the initiative and called a meeting of potential Challengers for the 35th America's Cup, ahead of the close of entries in less than a month's time. The meeting will be a face to face meeting with about seven Challenger teams attending plus the Defender, Oracle Team USA.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: NZL leads 49er and FX ahead of Final; Podium in 470W
Jodie Bakewell-White,
New Zealand is well placed to collect medals at the 49er and 49erFX European Championship in Helsinki with both Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, and Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech leading going into the final day of the regatta. At the 470 European Championships in Athens Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have climbed into third place after Day 3 of racing.... [more]
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Safety at Sea Two Handed Series sailed in light winds, murk and rain
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
A decision to delay the start of the 2014 SSANZ Safety at Sea Triple Series Baltic 50, by two hours proved to be a mixed blessing. The winds had been blowing at gale strength for most of the week, including until the early hours of Saturday morning, but a predicted reduction in the wind strength came in earlier than expected.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie heads for Los Angeles for Competitor Meeting
Stuart Alexander,
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 12, 2014 - KIWI heads to 90c
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Will the Olympics make a difference to Rio pollution?
Jeni Bone,
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Images from Day 5 - European 49er Championships at Helsinki
Sail-World,
Photographer Mick Anderson was on hand to capture these images of the NZL Sailing Team and others in action on day 5 of the 49er and 49erFX European Championships being sailed in Helsinki, Finland. New Zealand leads both the Means and Womens fleets with current World Champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke dominating the Mens 49er fleet.... [more]
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Nacra 17 Europeans - Iker Martinez and Tara Pacheco claim victory
Camille El Beze,
After starting their title challenge in the worst possible way at the Nacra 17 European Championship, a hole in their hull after a simple collision on the first day, Spain's Iker Martinez and Tara Pacheco finished off a long, difficult regatta when they collected their first major title as a partnership by clearly winning the sudden death, tricky light winds medal race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Henri Lloyd claims overall victory
Clipper Ventures,
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49er and 49erFX Europeans - Kiwi World Champions in pole position
Andy Rice,
At the 49er and 49erFX European Championships, both the men's and women's World Champions sit in pole position going into the deciding day in Helsinki. In the 49erFX, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech moved ahead of the defending European Champions, Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen, after a solid day in strengthening winds.... [more]
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More images from Safety at Sea Two Handed - Baltic 50
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Second gallery of images from the Safety at Sea SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series, sailed on Saturday after the start was delayed for two hours due to strong winds. The gale which had blown for most of the week was forecast to ease early afternoon but instead backed off by mid-morning, with heavy rain easing before the start of the race.... [more]
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Images from Safety at Sea Two Handed - Baltic 50
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Images from the Safety at Sea SSANZ Two Handed Triple Series, sailed on Saturday after the start was delayed for two hours due to strong winds. The gale which had blown for most of the week was forecast to ease early afternoon but instead backed off by mid-morning, with heavy rain easing before the start of the race.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Five wins from six races in Helsinki
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Today belonged to the NZL Sailing Team's top Olympic skiff sailors both on fire in their quest for their respective 2014 European Championship titles in Helsinki. Burling and Tuke took three bullets from three gold fleet races today which sees them take the overall lead, while Maloney and Meech claimed two bullets and climb to within one point of the lead.... [more]
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Half Ton Classics Cup - Concorde wins the Half Ton Spirit Trophy
Fiona Brown,
The 2014 Half Ton Classics Cup came to a sparkling conclusion today with one final thrilling race off the beautiful North Brittany coast and a delightful prize giving on the waterfront of Saint-Quay-Portreiux. With the breeze a little lighter at around 10-14 knots we saw some different faces at the front of the pack today and the finish was incredibly close, both on the water and on corrected time... [more]
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Half Ton Classics Cup - Swuzzlebubble victorious with a day to spare
Fiona Brown,
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Volvo Ocean Race - Abu Dhabi and Team Alvimedi head for England
Volvo Ocean Race,
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