United States and Bermuda tipped to host America's Cup warm-up regattas

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Bermuda could still have a role in the next America's Cup after Team New Zealand enjoyed success there this year, winning back the Auld Mug from Oracle Team USA.

The United States and Bermuda loom as America's Cup warmup options ahead of the real deal in Auckland 2021.

Team New Zealand rules expert Russell Green revealed some of the thinking around the build-up to the event as he discussed the protocol recently released by the defenders and challenger of record Luna Rossa in a live chat with American-based website Sailing Illustrated on Wednesday.

Luna Rossa, the Italian syndicate backed and run by Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli, will organise the five overseas pre-regattas which are planned for 2019 and 2020 and will be sailed in the new 75-foot monohulls to be introduced in this 36th edition of the America's Cup.

Luna Rossa in action during an America's Cup world series event in Newport, Rhode Island in 2012.

Green said there was a desire to take the pre-regattas to "traditional venues with good wind and good viewing".

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Italy has already been touted as a pre-regatta host and that will surely fall to Circolo Della Vela Sicilia, the official yacht club behind Luna Rossa based in Palermo, Sicily.

“If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you” – Safer Boating Week’s important new message

New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week (October 13-20) starts Friday with an important new message for boaties: If you can’t call for help, we can’t rescue you.

“Have waterproof communications with you, and a marine VHF radio is usually best,” Safer Boating Forum Chair, Lindsay Sturt, said.

“Lifejackets and waterproof communications work together. A lifejacket helps you float and they have saved many lives, but if you can’t call for help, then we can’t rescue you.”

For seven years the Forum has successfully focused on lifejackets. As the number of recreational boaties has increased over that time, the percentages carrying and wearing lifejackets on board have also increased significantly, and there is strong awareness of lifejacket messages.

Eighty-six percent of boaties take lifejackets with them on their boats, and 76% now wear their lifejackets all or most of the time on the water.

But only 38% of boaties take two waterproof ways to call for help and the most common device they take is a cellphone.
“We can’t over-emphasise the importance of carrying waterproof communications,” Mr Sturt said.

“We want to maintain boaties’ good lifejacket behaviour and increase their use of communications, particularly VHF radio.”

Friday in Whangarei, Auckland, and Wellington boating organisations’ leaders are jumping into their harbours, while wearing lifejackets, making a splash, and drawing attention to Safer boating Week.

One of the jumpers in Wellington, Maritime NZ’s Director, Keith Manch, will also have a VHF radio attached to his lifejacket. In the water, he will be able to call for help.

More information about safer boating at www.saferboating.org.nz and the Safer Boating NZ Facebook. 

Background information

Prep, check, know
Safer Boating Week is traditionally the week before Labour Day weekend, which is when many boaties start getting back on the water.

It uses the slogan “Prep, Check, Know,” to encourage boaties to take simple steps to get their boats and themselves ready before they get back on the water.

Prep your boat      service the engine, check and change the fuel, check the battery, and generally give the boat a good once-over
Check your gear    make sure your lifejackets are still fit for purpose and you have enough, service any inflatable lifejackets, ensure you have two reliable forms of communication equipment – usually, marine VHF radio is best, check the marine weather forecast.

Know the rules ensure you know the rules of the road on the water, and check you  local bylaws to make sure you understand what the requirements are in our area.
Boating by the numbers

1.45 million adults in New Zealand (about 40% of the adult population ) took part in recreational boating last summer, in

1.26 million recreational boats: 464,000 kayaks, 421,000 power boats, 145,000 jet skis.

Some long-term statistics:

90% of fatalities are men aged about 40 and older

85% of fatalities occur in boats less than six metres long

For 75% of fatalities in boats less than six metres capsize is a major factor; 28% for vessels over six metres

2/3 fatalities would likely be prevented if lifejackets were worn

For around 58% of fatalities, no effective communications is a major factor

19-20 boaties, on average, die each year (based on last five years); though the rate might be declining with 13 deaths last year and 11 to date this year.

Coastguard VHF training
Knowing how to use a maritime VHF radio correctly and with confidence is vital in the event of an emergency

Unless transmitting in an emergency or distress situation, It is also a legal requirement that any person operating a maritime VHF radio has a Maritime VHF Operator Certificate

Coastguard Boating Education is the leading provider of VHF Radio Operator Certificate courses which can be completed in the classroom, at home or online

The course covers the general features and functions of a maritime VHF radio, correct distress and urgency procedures, trip reports, weather services, callsigns, EPIRBS (maritime distress beacons), and other search and rescue equipment

What’s on in your community?
There are lots of activities and photo opportunities around the country – details at www.saferboating.org.nz.

* The Safer Boating Forum
The Forum is made up of boating and water safety organisations, the marine industry, and central and local government agencies. It works to reduce boating injuries and fatalities, and improve boat safety behaviour.
Forum members are: ACC, Coastguard Boating Education, Coastguard New Zealand, Drowning Prevention Auckland, Jet boating NZ, Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers, local authorities, Maritime NZ, New Zealand Jet Sports Boating Association, New Zealand Marine Industry Association, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Search and Rescue Council, New Zealand Underwater Association, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, Waka Ama NZ, Water Safety New Zealand, Whitewater New Zealand, and Yachting New Zealand.

Maritime New Zealand Media Line: +64 4 499 7318 United States and Bermuda tipped to host America's Cup warm-up regattas

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE

Last updated 11:12, October 11 2017

 

Bermuda could still have a role in the next America's Cup after Team New Zealand enjoyed success there this year, winning back the Auld Mug from Oracle Team USA.

The United States and Bermuda loom as America's Cup warmup options ahead of the real deal in Auckland 2021.

Team New Zealand rules expert Russell Green revealed some of the thinking around the build-up to the event as he discussed the protocol recently released by the defenders and challenger of record Luna Rossa in a live chat with American-based website Sailing Illustrated on Wednesday.

Luna Rossa, the Italian syndicate backed and run by Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli, will organise the five overseas pre-regattas which are planned for 2019 and 2020 and will be sailed in the new 75-foot monohulls to be introduced in this 36th edition of the America's Cup.

Luna Rossa in action during an America's Cup world series event in Newport, Rhode Island in 2012.

Green said there was a desire to take the pre-regattas to "traditional venues with good wind and good viewing".

READ MORE:
Swedes coy on Am Cup challenge
New York confirm Am Cup challenge
Sir Ben Ainslie in mono-hull partnership deal
America's Cup to tour NZ in October

Italy has already been touted as a pre-regatta host and that will surely fall to Circolo Della Vela Sicilia, the official yacht club behind Luna Rossa based in Palermo, Sicily.

Luna Rossa leaders Max Sirena and Patrizio Bertelli will organise the pre-regattas for the America's Cup.

The early challenge confirmed by the New York Yacht Club last week looks likely to be rewarded.

Green suggested Newport, Rhode Island, the home base of the NYYC, would fit the formula, being regarded as the traditional home of the America's Cup with the club holding the Auld Mug from 1851 to 1983.

Green said other areas of the Mediterranean would have appeal to Bertelli.

He also mentioned the Carribean or a return to Bermuda which held the America's Cup this year.

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Green said the format of the pre-regattas – match-racing or fleet racing – would depend on the number of teams involved and the time available.

That would also apply to the Christmas Cup to be sailed in Auckland on the eve of the America's Cup which opens with the newly-named  Prada Cup for the challengers in January 2021.

Team New Zealand will be involved in all of the pre-regattas, including the Christmas Cup, before separating from the challengers and only  reappearing for the America's Cup match against the top overseas outfit.

That differs to Bermuda where defenders Oracle Team USA inserted themselves in the challenger round-robin series for the first time in the history of the event.

"We believe in the whole principle of the defender and the challenger," Green emphasised to Sailing Illustrated, highlighting the intrigue that comes with the two being separated until the moment of truth.

"The first race of the match where the defender has no idea (how they stack up) and the challenger is match-hardened. That's the magic of the match and we wanted to keep that."

Green believed the return to the traditions meant there would be no "cliques" has had evolved over the last Cup cycle where Team New Zealand saw themselves as the "lone wolf" with Oracle working closely with the four other challenging teams and alienating the Kiwis in some of the decision-making.

Green saw the next America's Cup as a 50-50 split between Team New Zealand and the challengers who would be represented by Luna Rossa as the official challenger of record.

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