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Team New Zealand Sails... 7 Foot Dinghy's
The lack of a sailable wind made for a unique occurrence yesterday in New Zealand. Team New Zealand's to IACC sloops were waiting for wind. As they didn't find they invited a fleet of youth sailors and their P Class dinghies to meet up with them. Soon the two IACC boats were surrounded by a fleet of 7 foot dinghies.
The P class dinghies tied up and rafted near the two 'Black Magic's'. The youth sailors swarmed the boats getting an up close look at the boats.
The P Class is a seven foot dinghy sailed competitively in New Zealand. It's a step up from boats such as Optimist. Success in the P Class was a springboard for Team New Zealand sailor such as grinder Craig Monk and Helmsman Russell Coutts. Interestingly after the P class, they both sailed OK dinghies and then collected Olympic medals in the Finn class.
While the P classers checked out the big boats, some of the Team New Zealand sailors revisited their youth taking a sail in the P Class boats.
The P Class sailors were sailing two major events. One is the Tanner Cup which matches top sailors from 11 New Zealand regions. The Tauranga Cup is the national; championship. Both of these events will conclude 10 January.
This impromptu raft up of 7 and 75 footers shows that no mater length or material, sailing is still sailing.
Tornados in Australia
The third day of racing at the Tornado Australian Championships saw 2 races sailed. Australian teams won both races.
The USA's team of Daniel and Bernier had a strong day. Race 1 saw them finish 5th, race 2 saw them post a 2nd. In the days 2nd race Chris Dickson managed a 5th.
Cumulative results were not available. Once this event is finished, the Tornado's will contest their world championship.
America One Busy off The Water
On a day when no racing occurred America One maintained an activity level off the water. In another sponsorship deal, America One continue their close alliance with the Internet.
The deal will put Oscar Technologies in charge of a free e-mail update service. Subject of the updates will be America One and its activities. Through Oscar Technologies involvement fans and supporters will be allowed to personalize what they receive.
This deal is the third for America One with an Internet company. Just as in business there are brick and mortars and '.coms' America One is making an effort to be a .com America's Cup team.