Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for July 20, 2014
The Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club, has given notice of their intention to resign as Challenger of record for the 35th America's Cup.
In itself, that is not a disaster for the America's Cup. CoR's come and go, and in any event, they exit the scene when they are eliminated during the course of the racing.
The real downside for the 35th America's Cup is that a good team has elected to opt out, reducing the field to five announced Challengers, at this stage.
The Oatley family must be given credit for realising that the America's Cup, the way it is currently structured, is beyond them.
Team Australia AC45 - Sydney, Australia Andrea Francolini
Many will also be quick to point the finger at them saying they were masters of their own demise, when HIYC signed off on the Protocol. However, one gets the impression that for all the Oatley's good intentions to change the America's Cup, they had gotten tired of negotiating with Russell Coutts and his America's Cup Events Authority.
After the HIYC announcement the spotlight has shifted in Coutts' direction, with many questioning just where the whole America's Cup is headed?
It is not unusual for the Challengers to be at loggerheads with the Defender, in fact, it would be a strange America's Cup if that were not the case.
New Zealand Laser sailor Michael Bullot had a very close call on his return from Europe, after competing in several regattas as he builds towards the 2016 Olympics.
After being advised that the flight on which he had booked his seat was over-sold, he was one of a group of 20-30 who were juggled between the flight on which they were booked, and the ill-fated MH17 which was downed in a missile attack.
We carry Michael's story in this edition along with a couple of TV interviews he gave on his return to Auckland.
Somehow what might or might not happen with the America's Cup, or how the Youth team performed, seems irrelevant in comparison.
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