Dean's Blog

Today was another tough day. Great conditions with 18-23 kts and plenty of action. The race course in Istanbul was really open and allowed the opportunity for some big gains and losses. 

Today we knew if we put a solid day together we would have a chance to win the event. Going into the final double points race we were 6 behind The Wave and 12 ahead of Alinghi. We sailed a really strong race and pulled out a win. Knowing The Wave needed to be three boats behind us we were watching to see where they were. In the end they finished mid fleet. 

It is a great feeling to bounce back after the disappointing result in Cardiff. We debriefed hard and I think the result made you realise how hard you need to work to do well. 

The guys all did a great job on board all week and it felt like we made good gains in our performance. 

On the plane now heading home


Another really tight and action packed day on the water in Istanbul, and at the close of play we find ourselves 2 points out of the lead with a day to go.

It was a really cool day yesterday as we did a race down the Bosphorus early morning.  This is supposedly the busiest shipping channel in the World, is very narrow, and amazing architecture on both sides of the channel.

The afternoon was another three hours of stadium racing and again plenty happening.  We managed another good solid day, although as always there are little mistakes which cost a few points here and there.  

Today the plan will be another good solid day, try and avoid the little mistakes and see how the day finishes up.  With eight races to be sailed including a double point final race, there is still plenty of opportunity for gains and losses


Today was our second day of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul.  the first two days have been very difficult sailing conditions with big vaiations in wind speed and large shifts.  The racing certainly keeps you on your toes with some big gains and losses.

After the disappointment of Cardiff where we failed to get going, at the halfway point in this event we are in 2nd place 3 points out of the lead.  With the venue being quite hard to read there is plenty of opportunity for things to change around so we need to keep pushing hard for some good results.

Forecast for tomorrow is for more of the same so we will be looking for another good solid day

All for now



The sailing world and in particular the Americas Cup lost one of its true great people over the weekend. 

Yves was a fantastic supporter of our sport and was always very passionate about anything Americas Cup. I have shared some memorable moments with Yves over the years and sprayed him down a few times with the Moët following on from our Louis Vuitton successes. 

Yves will be greatly missed. 

the Sail World link below brings back some great memories.

Hi all

Well a very long time since the last post.  It has been an interesting period and plenty happening.  Still no news though on what the next AC holds in store.

However on Friday Team New Zealand had the great honour of hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a match race battle between the two of them.  We raced on board the two Sail NZ IACC yachts on a tight course outside the RNZYS.

I was fortunate to sail with William back in 2010 when he was last in NZ, but this time was on board with Kate racing against William which was a great experience.  Kate was certainly very competitive and it became quite evident she was happy to beat William in both the races we sailed.

It is one of those very cool things in life that I get to do and certainly treasure the experience.  Great also to see the Royals wearing our Baltic lifejackets!

It is now looking forward to the release of the Protocol and learning about what is in store for the next AC.

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