by Isla McKechnie 29 Jul 03:22 PDT
July 29, 2020
Auckland – Pacific Superyacht Hub © Andre Dixon
The New Zealand Government has clarified the requirements that must be met to obtain an exemption from visiting yachts with repairs / repairs / repairs ordered by a New Zealand marine industry company.
The New Zealand Government, starting in July 2020, allows foreign-flagged vessels and cruise ships with repairs or repairs ordered to enter New Zealand.
“New Zealand is respected for world-class trading people and has many protected ports and ports where groups of marine industry companies are well equipped to serve local and visiting ships.
The New Zealand Government understands the enormous economic value that commercial ships and cruise ships bring to the NZ marine industry and we are pleased that they are quickly responding to our industry’s request to allow foreign-flagged vessels, with work to be done, to be allowed into the our country, “said NZ Marine’s executive director, Peter Busfield.
Repairs, repairs or repairs to ships / cruises that apply for an exemption must be substantial and not less than NZ $ 50,000 (US $ 33,300) in costs.
The new exemption rules also allow ships / cruises to be sent to businesses in New Zealand. For example, ships sent on their own hull or on ships to agents who sell ships in New Zealand, or ships sent to commercial operators, are also allowed to enter. Freeing the border does not allow ships traveling to relax into the country.
NZ Marine in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MBIE, NZ Immigration and NZ Maritime has developed a step-by-step guide for the process of applying for a border increase for visiting vessels.
This guide is available for superyacht agents of NZ Marine members and the main ship pages of NZ Marine members who can help visit yachts who want to visit New Zealand by ship / yacht with the border exemption application.
These companies can be found at nzmarine.com
New Zealand air and sea borders are closed to all non-New Zealand citizens due to Covid 19. New Zealand requires all returning New Zealand citizens to go to Government-provided isolation accommodation for 14 days after arrival and have a Covid 19 test after three days and then after 12 days into isolation.
New Zealand, with a total population of five million, has only 22 active Covid 19 cases – all New Zealanders who are returning are currently in isolation centers – and no Covid 19 active cases in the community. There are no restrictions on activities in New Zealand with the Auckland Boat Show owned by NZ Marine will take place on 8 to 11 October at the waters edge of Auckland.
“As this year’s first big ship show in Australasia for 2020, we expect a lot of people,” Busfield said. The New Zealand industry, with spring / summer starting in October, awaits a busy season by visiting yachts who are looking to visit New Zealand for repairs and safe places.
Every night from July 30 to August 1, League to Save Lake Tahoe, along with longtime event partners Saks Fifth Avenue and Oscar de la Renta, will hold a Virtual Benefit Fashion Show to support the League’s efforts to safeguard Tahoe Blue.
This event is open to the public and free with prior registration, by visiting savelakefashion.com, a news release stated.
This event is the League’s largest annual fundraising event, and will be held for the first time in 51 years history. The online format will protect the health of participants and partners while ensuring the organization and its mission to keep Tahoe Blue strong and supported.
“We are very excited, the annual Benefit Fashion Show will be held almost this year,” said Darcie Goodman Collins, CEO of League to Save Lake Tahoe. “This format gives anyone and everyone the opportunity to take part in this special event, where fashion and conservation come together for Keep Tahoe Blue.”
The percentage of proceeds from online auctions and trunk auctions, together with generous individual donations and event sponsors, will directly support the work of League to Save Lake Tahoe. This fund enables League team experts to advance restoration, fight pollution, and tackle invasive species to Keep Tahoe Blue.
According to the release, in the midst of a pandemic, the surge in visitors to Lake Tahoe during the summer months has tense land managers who care for popular recreational sites around the Basin. The League has stepped up to provide much needed support, by activating voluntary strike teams to clean up trash hotspots, coordinating response plans with public bodies and businesses, and advocating for maintaining important environmental protection in place along with funds to support them.
All are welcome and encouraged to register for free for the Fashion Benefit Fashion Show at savethelakefashion.com. Event sponsorship is also available.
Email [email protected] for details.
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by Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com 21 Jul 19:25 PDT
July 22, 2020
Senses – Superyacht – Waitemata Harbor – owned by Google co-founder Larry Page – 12 July 2020 © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
Entry for ships, including superyachts, will be accepted in New Zealand for the American Cup while the closed borders have been released by NZ Marine after negotiations with the responsible New Zealand government agency
At present the exemption of borders does not apply to people traveling to relax to enter the country; it allows ships to be sent to NZ for repairs, repairs, and repairs.
Superyachts and cruises are only allowed into New Zealand when there is a strong reason for ships to have repairs or repairs in New Zealand and not in other regions. It must also be shown why there is an urgent need for repairs or repairs that must be done.
Economic benefits for New Zealand are likely to be received as convincing reasons, such as value for money, or if there is special expertise in New Zealand, or service or manufacturing relationships with shipbuilders or sparmakers, for example.
Ship applications must be approved by the Director General of Health, who will receive advice from Maritime New Zealand.
To be eligible for release to a closed NZ border, a minimum of $ 50,000 repairs or repairs must be made and a contract (or very good email) available that confirms the scope of work and estimated costs. It is understood that the average expense for visiting cruises and cruises under the 65-foot LOA is around $ 35,000 – and under a minimum of $ 50rb – but there is some flexibility at this point.
Individual crew applications are required
When an application has been approved by the Ministry of Health then through a superyacht agent or ship yard, a professional crew must submit an individual lodging application, which must be approved by New Zealand Immigration.
Each crew member must have a COVID-19 test in the country of departure, and the results are given to the Department of Health. “Statement of the symptoms of Covid-19” must be made by the master of the ship to Customs NZ 48 hours before their arrival.
Quarantine in approved berths
Upon arrival in New Zealand, the ship will be asked to remain in the approved quarantine place for 14 days. There are several quarantine sites available in New Zealand yards, and many more will be built.
Exceptions to Quarantine will be permitted for ships that have been sailing for more than 28 days, and there has been no contact with people who were not on board when the ship initially departed for New Zealand.
The crew must comply with the usual quarantine requirements for New Zealand – COVID-19 tests on Day 3 and Day 12 plus symptom checks on Day 14.
There must be complete isolation of the ship during the quarantine period, including garbage disposal and supply of food and services. Quarantine sites generally must be under 24 x 7 CCTV surveillance.
Various information sheets and flow diagrams have been produced by the Ministry of Health, including those with 21 links to information that include specific examples and procedures. This includes procedures if a crew member has to fly out of New Zealand. In this case, crew members and drivers must wear PPE, including surgical masks and gloves.
No guests allowed
There are procedures that apply to superyacht crew who come to New Zealand to make repairs. But there are no special provisions for owners or guests to come to New Zealand to see the American Cup from superyacht ships, or even for anyone entering NZ at all who is not part of the American Cup team or New Zealand passport holders.
However, the June 12 Government Cabinet Paper, seems to accept that there may be “a number of marginal cases on cruise ships sent to be repaired or repaired where there is a blurring of roles between owners, crew, and passengers”.
The cyclone gap covers the American Cup
As far as the ship itself is concerned, it is understood that they do not have to leave NZ between December 31 and April 1, because of the Typhoon Season in the SW Pacific and their insurance usually contains a clause that requires them to get out of the hurricane. risk-zone, during this period.
On this basis, the ship and its crew can stay in NZ for repairs / repairs and if this also crosses during the December to April cyclone season in the SW Pacific period, then the cruise ship and crew get a bonus to be in NZ for the American Cup.
NZ Marine in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MBIE, NZ Immigration and NZ Maritime has developed a step-by-step guide for the process of applying for border exemptions for visiting vessels, this guide is available from www.nzmarine.com superyacht agent members and large ship bases members of NZMarine.
Europeans have started to travel again. Various caveats and exemptions are now, of course, mandatory, but overall, the restoration has started. Hotels, campsites, swimming pools and beaches are open across the continent, as are bars and restaurants, where the conversation has turned to vacations, destinations, activities and weather. France is an obvious choice in many ways. But which France? That’s the question. To the north, you have Normandy and Brittany – where the world is literally your oyster – and the spectacular Loire Castles. The south has a huge Mediterranean coast with hot spots like Nice, Marseille and St Tropez, but never excludes the Pyrenees. To the west, you can surf at Lacanau-Océan and discover the unbeatable wines of Bordeaux. But this is the east that I went on this occasion. Morzine in the French Alps is best known as a ski resort, but it has diversified over the years and is now very present on the map as a destination for summer, especially for those with a sporty nature. At the end of June, the tracks are of a green green, cut by irregular dirt tracks where one can often see runners curling up in the middle of an assault of mountain bikers. The city has just opened after the lockdown and although quiet, the buzz is starting to emerge. The city is, as you might expect, a valley of pines. Small enough to be chic, but big enough to have an atmosphere. Our base was the family 3 * Hotel Equipe, which has a list of facilities more suited to a 4 * but do not tell them that or they could increase the price. Sleeping under the protruding head of a cow can be disconcerting, but the spacious pine room and the large terrace soon make you laugh. The view, delightful, and the swimming pool, spa and sauna provide a nice place to relax after a few games on the hotel’s squash court. Sport is really at the heart of Morzine’s attractiveness, and the authorities have made it inexpensive and easily accessible. In September, they will discover if they have succeeded in becoming the official preparation center for the French cycling team in their preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The theme of our visit is rightly triathlon. The first discipline is swimming. We are heading towards Montriond lake where the surrounding hills partially form a cove at the end of the lake but remain open at the narrow end of the suspension points to reveal more distant peaks. The depth of vision is magic. The morning was relatively cold and rainy, and an early swim seems hectic, but former professional triathlete Amelia Pearson tells us there is nothing to worry about. Amelia and her husband Joe run Buzz Performance. A large-scale “mom and pop” operation, but with serious training references, you are therefore in very good hands in all disciplines. The ambitious couple are originally from the state of Tasmania, but fell in love with Morzine after traveling the world and settled here eight years ago. But after visiting so many places, why Morzine? “Morzine is quite special, I think,” smiles Amelia. “The combination of being a really nice city with incredible landscapes, but then being able to go straight out of your front door and into the mountains is an experience you don’t get anywhere else. I came here when I was running to a French triathlon team in the Grand Prix. We used the incredible Morzine facilities for triathlon and I fell in love with it from the start. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses are suffering. How did she and Joe keep their heads above water? The secret lies in what they offer local residents, but the fear was always there for the core business. “Joe and I started Buzz’s performance as the two of us to start with, and in the past two years we now have other instructors working with us. We do a lot with the local residents, but much of our business is made up of people on their summer vacation continuing their fitness. “” The lockdown for us started in late winter, so it was off-season anyway, but more it got longer, it got a little scary. The discussion was whether summer activities were going to happen, but hopefully now that people start traveling, vacationers will be able to see this wonderful place, “added she, before telling me to stop stalling and put myself in the water. I brought my suit so I have a decent level of protection. The water is not cold at all and the hour-long lesson takes place in a flash. It is a joy to be in this lake with all the magical landscape. I could have done another session with pleasure. Beyond these hills is Switzerland. The romance of geography has always been an attraction for travelers. The Alps were an example of the “Sublime” for our ancestors of the 18th and 19th centuries and they provoked a similar opinion even in 2020. The change in the geography of the Earth has always been the responsibility of plate tectonics, tsunamis and the war. It is not usually a handful of lunches that affect the mapping. However, in the late 1960s something very unusual happened. In 1968, René Baud of the Morzine-Avoriaz authority and his Swiss counterpart Jean de Senarclens effectively affected the movement of the Franco-Swiss international border. The section of land concerned is called Pas de Chavanette, which is still part of the ski area. and known on the Swiss side as the “ Swiss wall ”. The two men needed more space for their ski lifts and therefore an intelligent reshuffle of the official border between the two Alpine nations would have been the solution. Of course, this type of change seemed impossible to decree. It is – until you consider human nature. The French team therefore took the Swiss team for a series of long meals, during which a lot of local wine was consumed. The result? We leave the summons to René: “In six months, and three good Franco-Swiss meals, we managed to move a mountain.” “ Bike like you’re here all day, not like running, ” says Joe Pearson of Buzz Performance. I wish I had listened to them. We started cycling training under a shower but when the climbing started, the heat became a factor. Some of the gradients are quite steep, but you can get tired of the push at low speed. I decided to move up a gear, get up and finish the climb. The problem is, it almost never ends in the hills above Morzine. Swimming and cycling training is just a taste, and I can’t wait to sign up for a week so that I can consolidate all the advice given to me. There is something inspiring about being in the hands of a real pro, especially when they are as charming as the Buzz team. Running, forest, running … The final discipline of a triathlon is of course running. In and around Morzine, you have a miasma of routes, climbs, trails and roads. In and out of the woods, dense forests, open terrain, rocky escarpments, the terrain is multifaceted and always beautiful. Taking us on a hilly track is the ultra international runner Edwina Sutton. You would never know that she was an ultra hardcore beast because she is super friendly, modest and totally customer focused. She is another ex-pat who has made Morzine his home. Sutton offers fully personalized programs for residents and travelers. NutritionMorzine is not a gastronomic city. However, the scene of bars and restaurants is dynamic and decent. We ate at La Chamade, which despite the sub-population of the station at the time, was a hive of activity. One thing that you can guarantee in this restaurant is a great deal. And after a grueling day on the bike, you need it. I counted eight fillets on my plate filled with perch, yellow zucchini and roasted potatoes. The thyme and lemon sabayon offered a little distraction to the fish but the taste was good and we left very generous indeed. The Chamade has a selection of cheeses that is the envy of the region, and the local melony wine also deserves your attention. Always drink where you eat, said a sensible person, but I don’t remember who, because I’m too full of perches. Hammocks, barbecues and crocus seeds Another way to discover the Morzine-Avoriaz region in terms of food and accommodation is a surprisingly inexpensive bivouac experience. Hervé Le Sobre is the guide you need. We walk for miles in the hills, Hervé showing wild flowers, herbs and geographic features. In a good mood, wise and lively where other men his age may seem worn out by time, Hervé is a solid presence. And in addition, he has gourmet sausages in his bag. He finds us a piece of ground on the hill which darkens, the wind becoming more present in our hair after a blazing afternoon. Hervé begins to stir up the barbecue, and when the sticks, ferns, pine cones and paper start to set, he unpacks the hammocks in which we are destined to sleep. A night under the stars is a rare diamond, and although the song of birds is hard to ignore at dawn, you feel a unity with nature that you feel you have always wanted. For a city that made its name and its fortune thanks to the extraction of slate, Morzine is an exhilarating mixture of antiquity and modernity. Its “ village resort ” nature makes it a popular choice for winter sports enthusiasts, but the way small business owners have triumphed over their COVID adversity is key to the region’s survival throughout year round. FACTBOX: Accommodation: One night accommodation at the Hotel L’Equipe (room and breakfast only) is available from € 93 per room for two people sharing a double room. www.hotelequipe.fr Breakfast 12 € pp. +33 4 50 79 11 43 Flights: Roundtrip flights to Geneva are available from London Gatwick with easyJet, at a cost of £ 59 pp. www.easyjet.com ACTIVITIES: www.edwinasutton.com – Trail Running 25 € / hour for a private session of one hour. www.buzzperformance.com – Buzz Triathlon, cycling, swimming, performancewww.alpirandovtt.com Bivouac Experience 50 € hiking + bivouac pp. Contact: Hervé Le Sobre – +33 6 19 42 95 57.
Bloomer, WIS. (WBAY) – Tricia hurt and her family was fishing on the lake Marshmiller in Chippewa County on Saturday evening when she and her son saw what seemed to be “bear-m” is unnatural.
Hurt says, about 9 o’clock in the evening, her family saw the bear swimming in the lake with something like a bucket on his head.
Then hurt recorded to help, which she told WBAY was done, and for about five minutes.
The video, which has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, shows the family his boat approached him, and my husband pulled the bucket a couple of times, but he couldn’t get the bucket off.
Then her 26-year-old son turned the boat so they could try to release the bear, which was successful the second time.
The bear, which is estimated at a year, we can see safely swim to shore.
No one was injured during the incident.
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by Barry Pickthall / Compiled by S-W NZ May 12 16:36 PDT
May 13, 2020
Stars & Lines in front of NZL32 – 1995 American Cup © Sally Samins
After an eight-year term, the San Diego Yacht Club lost one of the most valuable silver trophies, won for them by Dennis Conner from Perth, Western Australia in 1987. It was missing from the resilient Kiwi team that swept all before them, winning the trophy with the widest margin in 144 years of event history.
New Zealand, led by former Whitbread hero Peter Blake and world champion Russell Coutts, lost just one of their 42 races during the four-month trial. Their yacht, Black Magic I & II, dominated from the start, defeating six rival challenges from Australia, France, Japan and Spain, as well as from other places in New Zealand. The same supremacy comprehensively beats the best American technology that Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes team can deploy.
Conner’s last defeat on May 14 was another defeat, with Russell Coutts and his crew securing their fifth victory by yawning within 50 minutes. It was an extraordinary achievement, because during the series the Kiwi crew led all 30 marks, gained time with 25 out of 30 feet, and missed less than half an hour during more than 30 hours of racing. They do not make room for defenders.
“Little Zealand New Zealand has won the American Cup. That is very good,” said Peter Blake after putting ‘Auld Mug’ on his lips to enjoy champagne. “If a country like New Zealand with only 3.5 million can do it with limited resources, then anyone can win this Cup.”
‘Lucky red socks’
They lost one race, against one Australian John Bertrand, during the final trial of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger. That’s when Blake didn’t go up. “It’s not him that we missed like his lucky red socks,” Coutts laughed afterward. “If he gets off the boat again, Peter Pippa’s wife has promised to roll them up and put him on his own boat.”
There is no need for that. Within a week, all of New Zealand, it seemed, had accepted the idea and wore ‘lucky red socks’ every time the crew drove. New Zealand television quickly used the idea to support the team, and in a week more than 100,000 couples had been sold, raising more than $ 500,000 to pay for the new screen.
“I’m a little embarrassed,” Blake admitted. “Red socks are a personal good luck charm that I always wear when it’s important. Now people walk toward me on the road and lift my pants to see if I wear them, or wave their own socks at me,” he laughed.
New Zealand stalled
In the final month of the exciting campaign, all of New Zealand (3.5 million population and possibly most of the 70 million sheep) focused on the Black Magic campaign. During the race, the streets of Wellington and Auckland are empty of traffic during the morning rush hour. Everyone is fixated on their television set. “Production and timing are back at the pot at home. Nobody goes to work before 11:00 when the race is over,” said Des Brennan, the TV producer responsible for the live coverage of blankets given to the Cup.
The flowers are so large that a priest, who is clearly speaking out loud, stops his Sunday sermon to notify several parishioners who appear for Sunday morning sermons, rounding up the latest sign; a judge, hearing a case of arson, stopped the trial to notify his court of the results of one race; even at an altitude of 30,000 feet worldwide, Air New Zealand pilots continue to inform passengers about every tactic and jibe.
On the day the Cup was won, TVNZ won a record 92% ranking for a special event for 13 hours. “TV is on in almost every home,” Brennan added proudly.
The celebration was also concentrated in the yard of the New Zealand Team in San Diego. During the party which followed 500 Mooppedt champagne bottles appeared within a few hours. They were immediately followed by 500 bottles of wine and 4,700 bottles of Steinlager beer. The next day, 83 empty champagne bottles were found aboard. Not surprisingly, there were many headaches on both sides of the Pacific the next morning.
There were no tears from Conner
Conner was friendly in defeat – the second in three decades to dominate the event. “New Zealand has an extraordinary campaign. It is a fair gift for them. With the benefit of hindsight, the defense should gather its resources instead of fighting among ourselves like sharks in a pond. We don’t have the money to compete in terms that the same. ”
Actually it is not true. According to their published budget figures, Tim Dennis Conner spent US $ 2 million more than New Zealanders to build an outdated ship, which they then exchanged for Young Americans who were just as slow. In comparison, the Black Magic crew directed their resources at US $ 15 million, not for high salaries and commissions, but to build two competitive ships.
New Zealand works with the right team ethics: no prima-donnas; no hidden agenda; everyone was chosen by Coutts and Blake to provide special skills for the two-year campaign.
Doug Peterson, an American designer from San Diego, was rejected by three defense syndicates. He then turned to New Zealand to work hard. “The hull is not the reason we won, as it is not a sail, rig, crew or complement. That is not one thing. Success comes from putting together a total package,” he said.
Tom Schnackenberg, a 50-year-old screen designer, whose sorcery supported Alan Bond, Australia II, to win against Dennis Conner in 1983, and who coordinated the design team, agreed. “The secret is boring. It’s just teamwork. Sounds clear. Clear, but it’s not easy.”
Peterson praised Peter Blake, winner of the 1993/4 Whitbread Round world cruise, for prioritizing team ethics. “Peter wants the shipping team to be involved in everything from day one. Before we start with any design, we send out a questionnaire asking what type of ship they want, then work with a crew that is free to come at any time and see what we do . ”
What the sailors are asking for is a good all-rounder ship that will be the same as that of others, but with performance focused on wind speed. That was achieved, said Peterson, by taking an integrated approach. “It’s not like, ‘Well, we’ve finished the hull, now let’s do the pole and sail.’ That’s more – how does all this relate?”
Throughout the four-month trial, two Black Magic ships defeated all challengers against the wind. However, after analyzing American ships and finding them faster downwind, the shipping team asked the designers to trade in some of these wind advantages with lower wind speeds. The designers make the necessary changes.
According to Peterson, the smaller rudder saved them more than a minute around the track; the new gennaker shaved 10 seconds further than their downwind time, and other small changes were made to the winglets with their keel. That adds up, giving them an advantage of two minutes 52 seconds on average around the 18 mile track. This, as Conner’s crew found, is an invincible formula.
Conner swapped ships for Young America – one bending rule?
Before the Cup series began, Dennis Conner chose to retire his own Stars & Stripes yacht and take over Young America, painted by mermaid Kevin Mahaney. The exchange was permitted based on a controversial decision made a month earlier by the American Cup of Trustees Committee.
The committee consisted of representatives from New York YC, Royal Perth YC and San Diego YC. They decided that ‘the surviving club can choose their yachts from the Citizen Cup finalists’.
The public, and many of the press, saw it all as an exercise in bending by defenders. The move was permitted under the rules of two ships, where each syndicate that challenged and defended was limited to building or acquiring two new ships over a five-month series. Until the final, Conner’s challenge had been treated as a one-ship campaign because the original Stars & Stripes which he used for the first round of trials, had been built for the 1992 Cup series. Each team was also limited to a total of 45 screens. Like New Zealand, the Young American crew has used most of their allocations to advance to the finals, but Conner, who has been operating with a sailing budget far lower than his rivals, still has 15 sail credits for Stars & Stripes.
Blake and Pedrick criticized San Diego YC for playing with two sets of rules.
Not everyone agrees with the move – let alone Dave Pedrick, a disgraced designer from Stars & Stripes. Indeed, Pedrick, who has led Conner’s design team for almost a decade, resigned from the group in protest at the bending of rules, manipulation, and politics that affected all defense trials.
“The reputation of cruise ships in general, and especially Americans, has been tarnished by syndicates and defense decisions over the past six weeks,” he said. “The 1995 Cup trial has been a warning that we cannot do business as usual in the future and hope to gain world support, let alone be a sponsor.”
It followed a similar explosion from Blake on the eve of the Cup. He complained about how the rules were changed: first, to allow Conner to join his two rivals in the finals after being eliminated in the semi-finals, then swapping ships for the Cup series. “If you can’t win in a fair way, just change the rules and see what you can get. That’s how San Diego plays this,” he said. “If we are lucky to win this, we will clean it up. It will be fair for both groups – an event where people will want their sons and daughters to be involved in the voyage because they can see they have a fair sporting opportunity to get through and really- rightly won the Cup. ”
Pedrick said that the fundamental question was whether the American Cup should tolerate letting defenders play by different rules from challengers, rather than obeying consistent fair play rules. “Is the American approach to the American Cup a concept of team sports, or to win in any way”? He asked. “After winning the league championship playoff match, a baseball team did not immediately throw an all-star team to play in the World series. Obviously the challengers believed in a normal sports system and were angered by collusion among American syndicates. before the Cup starts. ”
What upset Pedrick the most, of course, was the fact that his ship was Star & Stripes, which was dropped from the Cup. “That decision was a big mistake. Stars & Stripes defeated Young America in the most difficult defense trials. It’s optimistic to believe that crews from one cruise ship can get top performance from other cruise ships with preparation in less than one week. That’s also manipulation of rules and an immediate change in the spirit of the race, “he said.
Wytie Cable, chairman of the beleaguered San Diego defense committee, remained unrepentant. “Defense candidates build three new ships against eleven by challengers. Naturally, challengers want to limit the rights of defenders as much as they can, but this special right to choose one of the finalists is not negotiable,” he said. “All ships in defense trials represent one participant – San Diego YC. We will not, at this late hour, surrender the rights that the defense has had for 144 years.”
But in a separate development, a poll among San Diego YC members showed that 70% of members wanted the American Cup to go elsewhere even before the series began. “This has nothing to do with the arguments and politics that currently surround the trophy,” said an influential member. “We just want our club to go back to normal, without us having to stand at the ceremony all the time.”
The Conner crew, who tested Young America for the first time just seven days before the Cup race began, were sure he was faster than their own ship, though worried that they would have to get used to it in a short time. “If we have to race today, we won’t be ready,” said Tom Whidden, veteran tactician Conner. “The layout of the deck and cockpit is very different but the technical programs on the deck are identical. We use the same pole, rigging and NoSailth rth. The only risk is that we do not navigate Young America with its full potential. ”
Money on Kiwi
Judging by money changing hands in Las Vegas on the eve of the Cup, where the odds are 3: 1 against Dennis Conner and 2: 1 for the New Zealand Team, there are more Americans supporting New Zealand than Kiwi himself.
Experts state this, not because of Conner’s inability to sustain the Cup successfully, but for reflection from awareness among Americans, from New York to nearby Newport Beach, that the San Diego Yacht Club has somehow changed the rules AGAIN to defend the Cup at all costs . “The cup has lost its appeal. All the rewriting of rules to keep Conner in this competition has removed sports from the event. I want to see him go to New Zealand,” said a shopkeeper in San Diego. his client on the eve of the series.
Of course, few understood how the five-time Cup contestants could finish third in the women’s team Bill Koch in the semi-finals, then be allowed to compete in the finals only because the sponsors had not yet received the television broadcast they had received. They also could not understand how, after winning the trial of the Citizen Cup defender on his own Stars & Stripes yacht, he was able to defend the American Cup on a rival ship.
The club did nothing to explain this extraordinary turn, but Conner tried to rationalize recent events. He pointed to the 144-year history of the Cup, and how New York YC, who ruled the highest for 132 years, often mixed up crews and cruises to get the strongest defense possible.
There is no doubt that the Stars & Stripes crew and Young America yachts are the strongest combination for defense. Young America, who was captained during trials by Olympic silver medalist Kevin Mahaney, advanced to the final with a win / loss record of 21: 7, against 13:15 for Conner’s Stars & Stripes. Only when Young America experimented with wings at the bottom of the wheel, and Mahaney was interrupted by the divorce paper presented to her at the beginning of the finals, a gap began to appear in the campaign.
The ‘Nelson’ steering wing was short-lived, but time, or rather its shortcomings, ruled out other changes to Young America, outside of the new sailing ship when Conner’s crew took over the yacht. Instead, Coutts and his crew worked to improve the boat with an important daily tuning session during the 16-day period between winning the Louis Vuitton Cup and the start of the American Cup. They also received a NZ $ 500,000 cash injection from the New Zealand government to buy a new screen. “Our coffers are empty, so this money could not have come at a better time,” said Blake. In terms of tourism alone, it’s probably one of the best investments the government has ever made.
Computer statistics give the first pointer to a defeat
‘There are lies, damned lies and statistics’ was the response of one of the respected Cup observers, when faced with figures that were derived by computers from the final defender and challenger. The figures show that New Zealand has a 2-6% wind speed advantage in light conditions between 6-10 knots of wind, and wind speeds are almost the same. Above 10 knots and the gap between the time around the course narrows. However, the advantages, according to computer graphics and tables, still favored Black Magic.
In fact, the average figure, taken directly from the global positioning system on each cruise ship, proved to be very accurate. Although the figures were deliberately falsified with plus or minus 7% in an effort to negate such comparisons, they estimated a series of two to three minute wins for New Zealand which is exactly what happened.
Conner is also concerned. Ahead of the race he acknowledged that New Zealand would be very strong. “They have the best sailor maker in the world at Tom Schnackenberg, who made my sails for the last Whitbread Round the World Race, one of the best captain of the matches in the world at Russell Coutts, and Brad Butterworth as a tactician, who became a captain, a yacht I, Winston, in the race. I cannot see weakness. ”
Robert Hopkins, who coached the British Bulldog team Peter de Savary, Victory, in the 1983 Cup, helped Conner bring ‘Auld Mug’ back from Australia in 1987, and became a navigator in Young America until Stars & Stripes took over, also predicting that the Kiwi has advantages. “They will be hard to beat. Their boat is very fast,” he said.
David Allan-Williams, the British designer in the New Zealand team, is also confident. “It will be tight, but my bet is the final score
five two. The best thing to happen is we race against Dennis. None of us like the prospect of racing in a women’s team, but young people enjoy the prospect of bringing down Conner. They have several scores to settle here. ”
Race 1 for the American Cup
The conversation ended at 1:10 pm Pacific Standard Time when the two cruise ships gathered together for the first five minutes jousting before the gun was fired. If there are butterflies in the stomach, they are quickly expelled when both crew lock the horns in an effort to encourage the others to make mistakes. Paul Cayard, behind the wheel of Young America, first broke free and returned to the line, leaving Coutts to challenge the right end of the wind line towards the wind.
The two ships begin in one second with each other, with Black Magic riding on Young America’s weather hips. Normally, wind, seeping through the bridge of the wind, has an adverse effect on the ship immediately to the weather, but before Conner can finish congratulating Cayard with – “Good start Paul. They can’t stay there long” – the Americans must realize that Black Magic is not an ordinary ship.
Pointing two to three degrees higher than Young America, the Black Magic crew immediately opened a large distance while matching American cruise ships for speed. From then on, the realists in the US camp knew that the game was over. Cayard was deformed by a sudden instrument failure at Young America. Two thirds of the first beat, he made the problem worse by crouching under the stern of Black Magic in an attempt to penetrate to the right-hand side favored by the course. The decision was made in an instant but did not have vital input from navigator Jim Brady, who was busy under the deck trying to find an electrical fault.
The New Zealanders let Young America go, but not long after that Cayard heaved a sigh of relief because no Coutts threw a slam-dunk at him, when he found that the ship was in the lay-to-mark line. “I didn’t realize that we were that close,” Cayard admitted. “Come to think of it, it was a bad move, but with instruments coming down, we didn’t play with a full deck of cards.”
Since then, Coutts & Co has been racing in a bag. Utilizing cutting Pacific testing and 15 knot winds, they circled the weather signal with a 32-second lead. They lost some strength in the next round when the spinnaker maker’s spring-loaded pole continued to release his grip, but after bowman Joey Allen hurried forward and made emergency repairs with the snatch block, the New Zealand Team leapt forward.
In the second weather sign, the distance extends to 42 seconds; then 1:22 at the leeward sign, 2:44 at the last bend of the wind, and the team finishes the next 2:45.
“They sailed well today in difficult conditions,” Cayard admitted later, but added: “We don’t know what they will be like in nine nodes, flat water, San Diego conditions.” It wasn’t long before he found out!
The second race in this series is even more shocking than the first, with the New Zealand Team dominating exactly in much lighter conditions. Conditions in which Conner and his crew expect their borrowed cruise ship, Young America, to excel.
New Zealand recovered from a bad start after being pushed around the wrong side of the committee’s boat, to turn on the first tick to reach the first mark 39 seconds ahead.
Magic Black’s wind speed was just as fierce, with Coutts and his crew opening their lead a further 11 seconds on the first leg of the spinnaker before continuing to stretch for up to four minutes 14 seconds at the finish.
To rub salt into Conner’s wound, this is the biggest loss margin any American defender must have endured since British challenger James Ashbury, Lavonia, defeated Columbia more than 15 minutes in 1871. “It was difficult for them,” Bill Trenkle, operations manager of Conner, said afterwards. “We are not used to such insults.”
Beginning shows the most dramatic difference between the two cruise ships. While Coutts and his crew are struggling to reverse the Black Magic behind the committee boat and make it fast, Paul Cayard, makes the American defender strike into the line towards what he believes to be the preferred ending from the start.
New Zealand weather experts tell Coutts the opposite. Bob Rice, their chief astrologer, had predicted that the first wind turnover would benefit the right. He’s right. In five minutes the race ended with Dark Magic over five boat lengths ahead. “We want the right side of it and fight hard for it, and even though it is past the start too late, it soon has an advantage. We don’t always get the right weather, but this time Bob is 100% right,” Blake said afterwards.
“We had one of the best beginnings I have ever seen made by Paul Cayard, and they responded with extraordinary benefits,” said Josh Belsky, a desperate pitman in Young America.
“During the first run, I think they withdrew because of the sails they climbed on, but maybe they were faster. One thing is clear, they certainly could point higher than us,” Cayard said after the defeat.
The Conner crew remained at sea after the race, testing the new screen in hopes of somehow finding victory material last night, but New Zealand is now very confident that it takes more than a new screen to defeat them. “The point is still not registered with America,” said David Alan-Williams, a British designer who works with the New Zealand Team.
“While they have spent the past three months suppressing it in overcoming the duel, the challengers have concentrated on speed. We take into account one Australian and TAG Heuer, and maybe even the Nippon Challenge are all faster than the defenders.”
The Black Magic Crew presented another useful lesson during the third race. They succeeded in winning first, releasing a duel to incite America to circle the weather signal 20 seconds ahead, then spend another minute on the next round. They are on their way to the third win in a row.
That left the person they called the ‘Mr. America’s Cup’ scratching his head at the speed difference between the two cruise ships, looking in vain for divine intervention to stop defeat.
“We really didn’t know that the difference would be so great,” admitted Jim Brady, Conner’s navigator. “Defenders and challengers have been competing in various programs over the past four months so it is difficult to measure relative speed. We know that New Zealand is fast by the way they sail through unbeatable challenger trials, but no one appreciates that defenders are also far from being speed. ”
After losing the third race in one minute and 51 seconds, Jim Belsky, Conner’s colorful pitman, proposed the idea of going to church, but New Zealanders had no intention of letting the series run in Sunday prayer. “We want to win this five zippers and really rub it,” said grinder Andrew ‘Raw Meat’ Taylor, a crane powerhouse. He has competed in all three Kiwi Cup campaigns before and remembers the four zero slaughter they received at the hands of Dennis Conner in 1987.
Today New Zealand has led all 18 race marks to date, obtained at 15 feet, maintained their time advantage at one, and suffered a small loss with only two legs – always the last, when Coutts and his crew had the chance to relax.
All attempts to combat the superiority of the Kiwi speed fail. During this third race, Cayard made a joint effort to involve the New Zealanders, but as soon as the Americans approached, Coutts & Co broke off the engagement and sailed for a fresher wind.
“When we can get them into the race, our people do a good job, but then they just stop and use the speed of their ship,” Conner sadly reflects after this third wrong match.
“Basically, racing is not their game,” Cayard explained. “They know how to turn the game into the best for their ship, and it’s hard to fight someone who is fast enough to escape.”
The rejection was there for everyone to hear. Onboard TV microphones picked up Cayard saying: “They don’t even cover us anymore,” observed by tactician Tom Whidden: “I don’t think they even looked back.”
Conner’s crew once again made the best start in race four, although New Zealand forced Young Americans over the line to scramble a few moments before the gun was fired. Coutts, however, has a favored side of course although this does not manifest itself until two yachts ride two thirds of the first beat. Young America was ahead in the first cross and forced the Coutts to return to the left side, just in time to take the wind change that lifted New Zealand to the forefront.
New Zealand is further ahead. They extended their lead from 1:19 seconds on the weather signal to 1:58 on the gutter bend, leaving Conner’s crew behind: three minutes 32 seconds demoralized.
For Conner and his disappointed crew, defeat had been the conclusion before, especially after this fourth bruise. “I have never been in a race where I feel I have little control over the outcome – and I have experienced some heavy battles in my life,” Cayard admitted. “You witnessed the best performance by a challenger in recent history.”
In fact, this New Zealand defeat was the best by any challenger since the American schooner first won Garrard in silver jewelry in a race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. Even when Dennis Conner defeated Kookaburra Iain Murray, four-zero to win the Cup returning from Australia in 1987, the margin of victory was not as wide as this.
“We never expected such a difference,” Whidden said. “We never imagined the whole defense program so far. I’m quite surprised.”
Convicted, president North screen, who made sails for both ships, realize now that New Zealand had won the Cup six months earlier. There was nothing the crew could do to improve the ship they had borrowed on time to save the Cup. “They were focused when they arrived here last November and they remained there. This is the efforts of two great ships. Their edges come from a number of things from the hull to the aerodynamics of the rig and sails. The crew has done a good job too “We know that we are in trouble to get into this series and hope that the change from our own cruise ship, Stars & Stripes, to Young America will put us in a frightening ball game on another ship.”
The fourth race is completed in 15 minutes. New Zealand fought for and won the left side only, but the wind quickly changed to support Young Americans. They held tin along two boats when the two cruise ships met for the first time. The Americans maintained the margin when they crossed for the second time, forcing New Zealand back to the left side only. Then the wind fills up as expected by Coutts and his crew. In eight minutes, they were eight long.
“We got a wind turn and sailed like a heck to get two long instructions. They got shifts and the distance was eight,” Cayard said doubtfully. “They are very fast.”
The fifth race, sailing in the 8-12 knot, runs like the others. Hasilnya, masalah sampanye heboh, membuat Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron hanya klub kapal pesiar ketiga yang memenangkan Piala Amerika dalam 144 tahun sejarah acara tersebut.
Anak muda Amerika mulai dengan sedikit keunggulan, tetapi sekali lagi Bob Rice dan tim cuacanya memiliki ukuran terbaik dari angin yang berayun, untuk memberi Kiwi penunjuk yang lebih baik atas ketukan pertama yang sangat penting. Sihir Hitam menikmati keunggulan 21 detik di tanda teratas, menambahkan 11 detik lebih lanjut pada putaran berikutnya, kemudian terus unggul, untuk menang dengan selisih 1:50. Semuanya sudah berakhir.
Conner adalah salah satu yang pertama memberikan ucapan selamat. “Mereka memiliki kampanye yang luar biasa. Jika Piala harus meninggalkan San Diego, tidak ada yang lebih baik di rumah daripada Auckland. Tim ini benar-benar mendapatkannya dan saya tahu mereka akan menikmatinya dan merawatnya dengan baik. Selandia Baru dapat menjadi bangga dengan para pahlawannya. Mereka melakukan pekerjaan dengan baik dan topiku cocok untuk kalian semua. ”
Mengingat kekalahan pertamanya pada tahun 1983 ketika Alan Bond dari Australia II membuka kunci Piala dari cengkeraman New York YC, dia berkata: “Itu adalah perasaan yang sangat menyedihkan. Kami merasa bahwa kami membiarkan New York YC turun dan diri kita jatuh. Tapi kali ini kami tidak merasa begitu buruk. Kami merasa kami melakukan segala yang mungkin untuk membuat pertahanan yang sukses, termasuk berlayar hati kita. Melihat ke belakang sekarang, kita semua di atas, Amerika muda merasa kita bisa berjalan pergi dengan kepala terangkat mengetahui bahwa hanya ada sedikit hal lain yang bisa kami lakukan. Kami berlayar dengan kapal terbaik yang dimiliki Amerika, kami membeli layar baru, tetapi itu tidak cukup. ”
Era baru – Tantangan baru
Dalam beberapa detik setelah Black Magic melintasi garis untuk terakhir kalinya, para pejabat dari Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron telah menerima tantangan dari New York YC untuk pertahanan di tahun 2000.
Tantangan ‘hip-pocket’ ini disampaikan oleh Bob James, wakil Commodore dari klub Amerika, langsung ke Skuadron Commodore Peter Hay. It was presented at the finish line to thwart any maverick attacks like that launched by Michael Fay’s ‘Big Boat’ challenge to the San Diego YC in 1988, putting the Cup in court during two years of bitter arguments.
Determined to end the rule-bending shenanigans employed by the San Diego YC to keep the Cup, the New Zealanders hope that their partnership with the New York YC, which held the trophy for 132 years, will return some tradition to the event. Significantly, the San Diego club has not been invited to play any role in the management of the next Cup.
The New Zealand and New York clubs agreed to hold the 30th defence of the America’s Cup off Auckland in March 2000. They outlawed challenges from ‘paper’ yacht clubs, and the right to take any issues to court. They also tightened up the rules governing nationality of designers and crew, and limited the structural changes that can be made to the yachts. The ban on tobacco advertising is also maintained.
Launching their new Protocol for the Cup, Blake explained that the changes agreed with the New York YC would ensure a level playing field for both defenders and challengers. “We want to revitalise the event without diminishing its unique qualities. We contacted the New York YC last week, introduced them to our Protocol and convinced them of our intent and ambitions for the event. It took them by surprise, but they moved quickly to accommodate our request.”
Paper yacht clubs like the USA YC, set up by Dennis Conner three years ago to control the fruits of victory in the future, have been outlawed. Challenging clubs must have been in existence for a minimum of five years, be financially supported by a 200+ membership, have a democratically elected board of directors and be a member of its national authority.
The New Zealanders had wanted to limit crews to those holding national passports from the country of challenge but finally agreed to setting a three year residency clause for designers and sailors.
Each challenge will be limited to building two boats and structural alterations are limited to 20% of the hull bottom and 50% of the topsides to avoid any repeat of the extensive rebuilding that went on with Nippon ’94 and oneAustralia during this year’s trials.
Challengers had one year to launch their campaigns and lodge a US$100,000 deposit with the New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which planned to organise a series of races to maintain momentum and interest in the Cup during the next five years.
Six other American clubs, together with others from Australia, Japan, Italy, Germany and France are also waiting in the wings in anticipation of an exciting new era in the history of the Cup. “From our own count, we believe between 12 and 20 clubs could challenge us, so we need time to build up the facilities” said Blake.
Five years may be a long time to wait, but New Zealanders promise a fantastic regatta when the time comes. “I only hope I live long enough to see it,” said Frank Hope, the retiring chairman of America’s Cup ’95.
ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Governor Hutchinson on May 5 announced that recreational trips will now be permitted in Arkansas when Coronavirus restrictions are lightened.
Tourists are allowed to visit recreational areas as long as they do not come from “hot-spot” areas such as New York City or New Orleans. Governor Hutchinson said if travelers visit from big cities, they must quarantine for 14 days.
Recreational areas include trails, parks and state parks. Those who decide to visit must maintain social distance from other tourists and wear masks.
The CEO of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, Montine McMulty, said it was important to follow these guidelines because of the deadly nature of the virus. But in the end it will be left to Arkansans’ to remain safe.
“Arkansas has an amazing record, they have done a good job of launching and opening things gradually, and I think it’s up to the Arkansans to follow the rules.” Said McMulty.
McMulty said they followed all guidelines sent from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
He said the hotel would be responsible for distinguishing visitors in the state from outside the country, and they were in contact with the surrounding states to stay up to date with current recommendations.
Inspired by the response to their March 19 live broadcast – around 80,000 viewers – Indigo Girls confirmed the live concert and Q&A series that aired live every Thursday in May (7, 14, 21) at 6 pm CT on Facebook Live and Instagram Live, the press release noted. The May 14 concert will include optional donations with all proceeds for charity. Indigo Girls also shared the song “Country Radio,” from their upcoming album, Look Long (coming out May 22 via Rounder).
A total of 275 cast members from 15 companies from the hit Boys Boys song that won Tony came together (from a distance, of course) to honor COVID-19’s relief effort and display the last number “Who Loves You,” Broadway.com note down. This video features players from La Jolla (the premiere venue for music in 2005), Broadway, the first and second North American tours, SETA National tours, Chicago, Toronto, London, tours of England, Australia, the Netherlands, and more.
In addition, Brooklyn student and accomplished pianist Harrison Sheckler brought together 300 musicians from 15 different countries for the classic virtual video performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “You’re Never Walk Walk Alone,” noted Broadway World. Video songs from the musical Carousel were released May 1 on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Gathering online help for the project through a network of music connections, Sheckler receives songs from countries around the world, including Britain, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Vietnam, Israel, Australia, South Africa and others.
Many stars will be present Monday, May 11, for Rise Up New York !, a virtual telethon throughout the city to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Billboard said. Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Sting will be performing at the one-hour event, along with other artists who will be announced soon. Among those taped to appear on Tina Fey’s broadcast are: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Idina Menzel, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah and others.
Luke Evans’s girlfriend, Rafa Olarra, was bound to help the actor repeat his role as Gaston for the Disney Singalong Family, PinkNews said. The Disney Singalong family brings together stars from across the Atlantic – including Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and cast of High School Musical – to recreate the iconic music moments from studio history. Evans joined Josh Gad, who he co-starred with in the 2017 live action Beauty and the Beast, for their duet version “Gaston.”
It seems that Janet Jackson could be the next musician to get her own biographical film, because a new film about the legendary singer is reported in the work, MovieWeb noted, quoting the JasmineBRAND. Planning has begun for a biographical film about Jackson’s life and career, and although “the details are scarce,” the project is said to be being completed and auditions have begun.
During the Mother Basement podcast episode, YouTuber / makeup artist Jeffree Star spilled more tea on his feud with James Charles and Tati Westbook, E! News recorded. Star said he heard about people who were allegedly victims of Charles but added, “In the end, I will not exclude James Charles victims – if it is real because I do not know if it is real.” The internet dispute all started when Westbrook released a 40-minute video cutting off all ties with Charles after he posted an Instagram Story promoting Sugarbear Sleep Vitamins, a direct competitor to the Westbrook brand.
Fashion expert Joe Zee and her husband are now fathers, Out.com note down. Former editor who previously served as Elle’s creative director and editor in chief Yahoo! Style, announced the news on Twitter – and followed it with a loud rebuke from Vice President Mike Pence. Princess Vivian was born through surrogacy at the Mayo Clinic. At one point, Zee wrote, “To insinuate that [Pence] did not know he had to wear [a mask] discredit all these hard-working nurses and doctors and support staff. “During a visit to Mayo, Pence appeared without a mask – in direct conflict with the founding guidelines.
Madonna appears to be breaking social rules that distance herself at birthday parties – just two days after announcing that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, which would indicate that she was exposed to infection, Page Six said. He joked that his birthday friend, photographer Steven Klein, had the honor of “COVID cakes” during a live-streamed private show. Recently, Madonna posted a video to Instagram saying that she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and was now ready to “breathe COVID-19 air.”
Roy Horn, from the well-known performance duo Siegfried and Roy, has tested positive for the corona virus, Page Six said. Horn, 75, “is currently responding to treatment well,” his spokeswoman said in a statement to ABC News. In 2003, Horn suffered an injury that ended his career when Mantacore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, attacked him during a live show at the Mirage hotel casino.
Planet of the Humans – a new documentary by first-time filmmaker Jeff Gibbs, and released by Oscar winner Michael Moore – posted 3.5 million views on Rumble Moore’s channel on YouTube in the first week of the film, a press release noted. This documentary shows that saving the Earth cannot occur by colluding with rich interests and by focusing on climate change alone. The full movie is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE&feature=youtu.be.
Freeform has launched its first virtual talent search for new and upcoming talent, a press release noted. The search, running through May 8, calls for talents from all over the United States who play ages 18-25 to record themselves one of four monologues in the Freeform series and submit their videos for consideration. Submission of talent can be considered for future projects in the network. Applicants must be US citizens and must be at least 18 years of age to apply. For additional information, visit www.castittalent.com/Freeform_Search.
Noah Cyrus revealed the title and release date for the upcoming EP, a press release noted. The End of Everything will be released on May 15 through RECORDS / Columbia Records and will feature eight songs, including “I Got So High So I See Jesus,” “Lonely” and “July.” (“July” is now officially certified as RIAA Platinum in North America.)
The Kesha 2020 High Road tour with Big Freedia will not happen this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Billboard said. On Instagram, Kesha said, in part, “Because of the current situation, doing this tour in 2020 is no longer feasible. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and express ourselves together in passion and online.”
X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Olivia Munn claims that director Bryan Singer often “inspects” filmmaking to seek treatment for medical conditions, Digital Spy noted. While discussing the difference between working with male and female filmmakers ahead of the release of his new film Violet, the actor – who plays Marvel mutant Psylocke in the 2016 superhero film – said he remembered Singer being absent from the set for about 10 days in total and that he would send a message to the actors’ instructions from afar. Singer had previously been accused of several sexual errors, but strongly denied all charges.
People were invited to join Vogue in the Metas celebration over May 4, the magazine said. Throughout the day, Vogue recalls the spotlight from previous years, from stunning red carpet ensembles to unforgettable moments. The day ended with “A Moment with the Met” – an intimate celebration, available through live streaming exclusively on YouTube.
The cause of death of singer Bill Withers has been revealed, Extra noted. According to his death certificate, obtained by TMZ, the singer “Lean on Me” died at the age of 81 due to a heart attack; contributing factors are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bradyhythmia. Withers, who died at the Providence Tarzana Regional Medical Center, was laid to rest at the famous cemetery of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Nipsey Hussle, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were buried.
Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation, has submitted a notice of deletion of the “deepfake” video that uses artificial intelligence to make it into the rap by Billy Joel, We Don’t Start the Fire and “Hamlet’s To Be Start or Fire” or “Solilok”, The Guardian noted. The anonymous creator of the YouTube-hosted video, known as Vocal Synthesis, said that a copyright notice was submitted by Roc Nation, which stated: “This content illegally uses AI to impersonate our client’s voice.” The two videos have been removed, though the others remain, including one of the rapper who took the Book of Genesis.
Singer / songwriter Edie Brickell paid homage to his friend, legendary musician and activist Willie Nelson, with the new duet “Sing To Me, Willie,” which debuted on April 29 in celebration of Nelson’s 87th birthday, a press release noted. All proceeds from the song will benefit MusiCares’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. To support this initiative, Play MPE will serve songs for free. Visit https://orcd.co/singtomewillie.
HBO is updating the Issa Rae Insecure comedy series for the fifth season, a press release announced. The 10th episode of the fourth episode of the show debuted April 12 on the network. The regular season series four includes Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Alexander Hodge.
Grammy nominated songwriter / pianist Jim Brickman will take The Magic of Christmas tour to more than 20 cities, according to a press release. Brickman has charted 34 Billboard Adult Contemporary singles, and has obtained four gold albums and one platinum disc. Date for U.S. tour is November 27-Jan. 1, 2021.
Britney Spears opens 24 million Instagram followers about accidents, Yahoo! Life is recorded. “Hi friends, I am in my gym now. I have not been here, for example, six months because I burned my gym, unfortunately,” he said in the video. “I have two candles and, yes … one thing leads to another and I burn it.” Spears revealed that he only has two gym equipment left but said he wanted to share a video to show off his new training “all this time.”
Eminem faced a home intruder in his living room after the suspect slipped past his sleep security guard, Page Six said. Matthew David Hughes, 26, smashed the kitchen window with paving stones and climbed into the rapper’s home in a gated community in the Detroit area because, apparently, he just wanted to spend time with the rapper. Hughes faced a pair of criminals, a house invasion and dangerous destruction of buildings, and was detained with a $ 50,000 bail.
Katie Couric said she was “shaken” by a 2004 “uncomfortable” interview with Denzel Washington, Page Six noted. While on the podcast “Everything Icons with Danny Pellegrino”, Couric recalled the awkward Dateline interview – which involved Washington, also Meryl Streep, during the promotion process for their film The Manchurian Candidate – after Pellegrino raised the art of celebrity and political interviews.
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly delivered to his neighbor, Jeff Lewis, a peaceful offering after a week-long dispute, when the Bravo star called Kelly and her housekeepers for annoying behavior on her Sirius XM radio show, Page Six said. Lewis’s complaint began on the musician’s 30th birthday, when interior designers claimed MGK and his guests refused to adhere to the social distance protocol. MGK then sent a bottle of Dom Pérignon to Lewis – via a skateboard – which was then posted by reality star to his own Instagram account.
by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz May 2 19:21 PDT
May 3, 2020
– Emirates New Zealand Team – Te Kaahu Session Test – 2 May 2020 – Waitemata Harbor © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com
The New Zealand Emirates team descended on the Waitemata Harbor for an initial training session ahead of bad weather forecasts about strong winds and heavy rain.
This is the second day of sailing since the mandatory five-week COVID-19 lockdown, which makes this team have to pay dearly for the design, testing, and construction that has been rigorous. Te Aihe’s AC75 team has also been running for four months between New Zealand and Europe after two plans for the American Regattas World Cup Series were canceled triggered by the progress of COVID19.
This session was impressive – sailing in land winds close to the top 23kts allowed for the American Cup.
Te Kahu docked out of the team headquarters at 08.00 and returned three hours later from the testing session without a reconnaissance vessel of the challenger team present.
Today’s conditions differ from the first sail on Thursday which is mostly in a gentle breeze, with the 12 meter test boat pulled up at the start of the session, before sailing free.
Strong winds and rain are expected to strike Auckland for Sunday and enter the early part of next week, hampering opportunities to catch up on lost development and testing time through the severe five-week Level 4 CONVID-19 shutdown which only eased on Tuesday.
The other four American Cup teams also have to rethink their campaign for the third time in this Cup cycle.
For the team, the silver lining in the CONVID-19 cloud is that the restarting program will be free of reconnaissance vessels and spies from competing teams. All seem to have been called back to their home countries because air travel became more full, expensive and confined.
At this time, under the schedule of the initial screen race, the team and fans will know the results of the first American World Cup Regatta Series, and AC75 will be in the process of sending to Portsmouth UK for the second ACWS regatta starting June 3.
The British INEOS team abruptly ended their four-month visit plan in Cagliari and returned to England and were expected to spend their English summer training on Solent in their first AC75. Their second ship runs on an accelerated development program and will be airlifted to New Zealand in September or earlier.
The Emirates Team of New Zealand carried out their program on Tuesday, with their North Shore construction facilities running their usual double shifts and even with the construction effort it would struggle to catch up to five weeks and 8,000 lost work hours.
Kiwis in the water program continued on Thursday with their test boat testing what was believed to be wing development on their 12-meter test boat Te Kahu.
About the time the American Cup team received government approval to continue testing and development, those responsible for setting alerts on the constantly changing Warning Rules in New Zealand issued further fatwas that allowed marine organizations to venture into the water under certain conditions.
Even so, the rules are full of injustice. Initially, they banned all recreational sailing, but allowed canoes, surfboards and windsurfing. Then the prediction of “recreation” is dropped from “sailing” on the list of prohibited activities, which means it covers all forms of sailing.
The New Zealand Emirates team has implemented perhaps the most stringent social and technological distance practice from any organization in New Zealand. That includes using a unique long range device and carrying two additional chasing boats on the water for design and development engineers to be able to travel social distances according to the latest recipes.
For the first test session, the rigged test camera extends to the outer limb of the foil. The camera will be feasible for crane testing but will be a different proposition for screen testing.
Crew member Blair Tuke revealed on TV news about the continued testing and development program that the new features would be tested two days before a five-week lockout, but bad weather prevented the team from rising into the water.
The American Cup program is now beginning to enter the region, six months from the first Cup regatta, where time is running out for the design, development, testing and construction of new parts.
In the last American Cup daggerboard it took three months to build, and wing sets might not be too different in this edition.
For teams running the program with a test boat and testing new design features at half size will be a longer process – but with more certainty of positive results.
Luna Rossa sailed with an electric crew
In Sardinia, Luna Rossa has repaired AC75 twice broken and went sailing – with five crew members after replacing six grinders with electric motors. These changes indicate that the team’s test boat is no longer operational and that their first AC75 now fulfills this role.
Luna Rossa is the only competitor currently sailing with AC75. However, England is not expected to be too far behind.
Looking back at the canceled American Regatta World Series Cup in Cagliari and Portsmouth, captain Luna Rossa, Max Sirena told Sky Sport in a video interview:
“From a technical – and athletic – point of view it is unfortunate not to compete against our opposing team, and that applies to every team involved in the race.
“We must remember that we are dealing with a completely new ship, a new class that reaches very high speeds: we almost reached 50 knots a little before locking up. So we have to rearrange all development plans, we have prepared Boat 1 for the World Series, and we have partially stopped the development of the ship to race in regattas.
“One of the strengths of our team is that we are very flexible and we can adjust our plans quickly. Therefore, as soon as the two World Series are canceled, we completely change our strategy to return to water to develop ships.
“This may seem strange, but it is an advantage not to have to go to England because we have the opportunity to develop a special ship for the American Cup.
“Come to think of it, given all the logistical difficulties created by COVID-19 in the world, the fact that we don’t have to move ships is a big advantage.
“NZ ships arrive at the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria [Italy]. The UK team is here in Cagliari, and now they are returning to England. I would say that in this disaster situation we are fortunate from a technical point of view. ”
Sirena said Luna Rossa had originally planned to arrive in New Zealand in mid-September, but their plans would now be delayed for at least a month, maybe later, depending on COVID-19 worldwide.
When spoken to last week by Sail-World, the team suggested they would continue sailing with their first ship from Cagliari until the end of September and would fly the second AC75 to Auckland and were expected to sail around 20 October.
There are conflicting reports about whether the building team really stopped working completely on their second AC75 at Persico Marine, in Belgamo, Northern Italy – the pandemic center in Italy.
INEOS Team UK gets extra
The first AC75 arrival picture from INEOS Team UK shows AC75 scow-hulled sporting a new strake running in the midline of his hull. Most design experts put the addition to tidying up the airflow under the fuselage, not a crude attempt to mimic the busy lines of the first Kiwi and AC75 Italy.
Gastric changes are limited to a maximum of 12.5% of the outer surface of the stomach – which may determine the level of new additions.
The British are expected to arrive in Auckland in September after flying their AC75 hull to New Zealand.
Construction is restarting at their base at Wynyard Point this week.
American Magic continues to build
AC75’s second Magic America is under construction in Bristol, RI – they can continue to build them through lockouts only with the help of the State Governor.
Their first AC75 avoided being sent to the first American Cup Series of the Regatta, in a matter of days. But in mid-April they have not resumed sailing operations from their winter base in Pensacola, Florida
Almost regardless of the program on the water, the design and building of “bubbles” continues, with “bubble” sailing having to settle for hours of “sailing” in a very realistic simulator facility.
All teams are expected to fly their first and second AC75 to Auckland, to regain design / development time in a very disrupted schedule.
Stars + Stripes USA gets a second life
With the Protocol requirements to compete in the ACWS Cagliari and Portsmouth events now removed, the possibility of the 2021 American Cup door is still open to the fourth challenger, Stars + Stripes USA.
The team has a section built by AC75 for the design package provided by the New Zealand Team. Their American Cup aspirations were postponed when it was realized that time was running out for the California-based youth team to make the mandatory regatta in Cagliari and Portsmouth, England.
Co-founder Mike Buckley told Sail-World on Friday the team was “close” to securing funds, and that “S + S continues to push to be in Auckland”.
Buckley reported that he had been absent for a month, after being a victim of CV-19. His family also contacted Coronavirus. All are believed to be in recovery.
There was no word from the New Zealand Government about plans to relax restrictions on tourists coming to New Zealand.
It seems from comments made by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, that quarantine which is monitored for 14 days will be needed for the team. Similar restrictions have been imposed on New Zealand professional sports teams who intend to enter Australia for the competition season which continued at the end of May or June.
The place that makes American Cup fans intend to travel to New Zealand is another matter.
(Translation from Italian by Alessandro Contrino.)