With ORACLE in the shed after a capsize that smashed the wing and tore up the hulls, and ARTEMIS and LUNA ROSA just getting started, Emirates Team New Zealand is looking stronger every day. Richard Gladwell reports from the Hauraki Gulf after a sail topping 43 knots on just how strong they are.
Sail-World.com’s NZ and America’s Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours perched on the after beam of Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts, the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn’t even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday’s race and test session.
Imagine you are standing on top of an Emirates jet on that final mad charge down the runway before takeoff.
The engines are screaming and every imperfection in the runway is magnified into the jolting that reverberates through the plane just before it leaves the ground.
Next, take that mental snapshot and overlay it on to a boat the dimensions of a tennis court (well three metres wider), flying down the harbour, a couple of metres above the sea, travelling at a speed of more than 40kts.
This is the surreal world of the AC72 catamaran and the 34th America’s Cup.
Today Emirates Team New Zealand’s skipper Dean Barker is putting his crew through a seven-hour programme of race practice and testing on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, venue for the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cups.
The AC72 is a boat like you’ve never seen or experienced before.
With rebuilt foils, Oracle 17 was back on the Bay Tuesday and foiled for the first time. Interesting video of rebuilding the foils from the big tri from the last Cup to replace this versions broken foils here.
Now it’s time to put away the big toys and celebrate one more week of the America’s Cup World Series in AC 45’s. The Thursday through Sunday fleet and match races will once again be available on YouTube live, and available for replays. The racing is scheduled at:
Thursday, Oct. 4
12:25-12:55 pm PDT Match Racing Quarterfinals
5:00-6:15 pm PDT Fleet Races 1 & 2
Friday, Oct. 5
4:00-4:35 pm PDT Match Racing Quarterfinals
4:50-6:00 pm PDT Fleet Races 3 & 4
Saturday, Oct. 6
4:00-4:35 pm PDT Match Racing Semifinals
4:50-5:55 pm PDT Fleet Races 5 & 6
6:10-6:25 pm PDT Match Racing Championship
Sunday, Oct. 7
1:55-2:25 pm PDT Fleet Race Championship
Score a double for ORACLE TEAM USA, as Jimmy Spithill has won the fleet racing championship of ACWS San Francisco after stablemate Russell Coutts won the match racing championship earlier today.
Spithill had to claw his way back through the fleet to ensure the victory, which was by 1 point over Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper). Draper won the fleet race finale by 3 seconds over Spithill, which rounded the final reach mark in 3rd place. But Spithill was able to get a penalty on Team Korea (Nathan Outteridge), which was in 2nd place. Team Korea had to slow down and Spithill sailed through to leeward into second place and the winner’s circle.
Wonderful video of Russell Coutts perfect start in the match racing final follows the jump. Coutts won the final match race for the Championship over Spithill. An amazing display of boat positioning on the line and time on distance.
Sometimes, even if the guy works for you, there’s no room at the Committee boat.
Racing on Thursday through Sunday (2:00 pm PDT start time from Thursday through Saturday and at 11:30 am PDT on Sunday) will be broadcast live around the world on the America’s Cup YouTube channel (subject to territorial broadcast restrictions). On television, coverage is available Thursday through Saturday throughout the Bay Area on NBC Bay Area 11.2, and in California on Comcast Sportsnet California. The Sunday finale will be broadcast live, coast to coast in the United States, on NBC from 11:30 am PDT.
Featuring a new team, more boats and more sailors the second season of the America’s Cup World Series is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 22, at ACWS San Francisco.
The entry list of eight teams includes Artemis Racing (SWE), China Team (CHN), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Energy Team (FRA), J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR), Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), ORACLE TEAM USA (USA) and Team Korea (KOR).
The fleet now numbers 11 boats with Artemis Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge and ORACLE TEAM USA each fielding two crews, and the return of China Team. At this regatta there are 55 sailors competing from 12 countries. (View the event crew list at ACWS San Francisco Crew List.)
The media presentation of sailboat racing has forever changed based on the work done for the 34th Cup races. It’s really excellent and if you haven’t seen it you can replay the races on YouTube here. At the center of those changes is Stan Honey, well known sailor, navigator and electronics wizard. The first down lines super imposed on the TV show football field, Stan’s work. Nascar car tracking and data, Stan’s work. And now he has brought that technical expertise to help clarify and explain his own sport, sailing. From the Panbo electronics blog, a review of the equipment being used to show sailing in a new, and very involving way.
Stan Honey has not always been grinning during the San Diego session of the AC World Series, but it’s staggering what he and the many tech teams behind the scenes have already accomplished. As I had hoped. In fact, while I came mostly to see the technology, I’ve become enthralled by the racing itself, which — almost ironically, and a far cry from previous AC’s — is all about sailing skills rather than competing design and gear technologies. The fleet of AC45 catamarans is nearly pure one design (they have some latitude over the “soft” sail designs) and I understand that the only racing electronics the crews use are GPS speedos. What all the gadgetry and software supports are remarkably agile race management, fast and fair umpiring, and phenomenal audio video broadcast coverage…
Fleet racing qualifiers for the San Diego America’s Cup Match Races.