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2nd Quarter 2012


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Selected Archive of News Stories and Features:
April/May/June 2012
 

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June 27: Lines plans of ETNZ's new AC72 catamaran, launching in July: Chevalier-Taglang Blog

June 25: Extreme Sailing Series sold to OC Sports:
OCThirdPole.com

June 20: Fire in San Francisco damages historic Pier 29, future home of America's Cup village.  Plans for next year not expected to be affected:
SFGate.com

June 15: Please Hammer: Legendary musician MC Hammer on the Helm of Oracle AC45 Race Yacht in San Francisco:
Press Release and Photos

June 13: San Francisco reaches settlement with local opponents over Environmental Impact Report suit:
SFExaminer.com

June 12: Oracle Team USA's wingsail arrives in San Francisco: Press Release and Photos

June 11: Marine artist Willard Bond dies at age 85:
New York Times

June 9: Sailors try to prepare for the demands of the new America's Cup cats: Watch America's Cup Uncovered #42

June 5: Russell Coutts will helm Oracle5 in America's Cup World Series Newport, add Matt Mitchell to crew:
americascup.com

June 1: LVMH's Yves Carcelle and his passion for beautiful yachts:
challenges.fr
(in French)

June 1: Bill Koch's America's Cup collectibles exhibit opens at Museum of Yachting/IYRS through Oct 1

May 30: "Expect 40 knots," says Grant Dalton. Sneak peek at Emirates Team New Zealand's first new AC72 catamaran, nearing completion:
Sail-World and more at ETNZ Blog

May 26: Artemis Racing's new wingsail sees "significant damage" in testing: Artemis Team Site

May 23: USA Team for Youth America's Cup Series forming:
Quest For The Cup

May 16: Oracle Team USA adds Cup vet Grant Simmer: Oracle Press Release

May 16: Youth Series announcement with sponsor Red Bull expected Thursday in SF: SF Gate

May 15: Red Bull to Sponsor Oracle plus Youth AC45 Series?:
VSail.info

May 9: J-Class Regatta in England this summer, with five or more J-Class boats expected, plus a race over the original 1851 course around the island:
Event Page

Apr 30: America's Cup wins Emmy Award for Stan Honey's LiveLine system: Press Release

Apr 25: The hunt for real estate with prime views of the 2013 America's Cup/Louis Vuitton Cup race courses on San Francisco Bay is heating up:
Wall Street Journal

Apr 18: Oracle Racing will test their new AC72 in New Zealand:
stuff.co.nz

April 13: Moët & Chandon becomes Official Champagne of the America's Cup:
Press Release

Apr 11: America' Cup Hall of Fame to induct Gerard Lambert, Patrizio Bertelli, and Jonathan Wright in Newport this June:
ACHOF Press Release

Apr 9: Pixel-Pushing: "AC 500 Speed Trials - The Game" is released.  Free for your iPhone, coming soon for Android:
Press Release

Apr 8: Local video of the AC45s warming up for Naples:
RaiNews24 via YouTube

Apr 5: China Team hosts Russell Coutts in Sanya:
Press Release

Apr 4: Artemis Racing names crew for ACWS Naples:
Artemis Press Release

Apr 3: Aleph is out of the 34th America's Cup, GreenComm will be sidelined in Naples: Press Release

 


America's Cup Hall of Fame Ceremony

America's Cup Hall of Fame Class. Photo:©2012 Carlo Borlenghi
Click image to enlarge and read press release.
Photo:©2012 Carlo Borlenghi

(June 30) Patrizio Bertelli, Jonathon Wright, and Gerard Lambert -- The 2012 America's Cup Hall of Fame Class was celebrated in style Friday night in Newport:
 Read Press Release and See Photos
 


Black Magic II Comes Home

(June 30) NZL-38, one of the two ACC yachts from Team New Zealand's historic first win of the America's Cup in 1995, is coming home to Auckland after a narrow escape from the scrap heap in Valencia.  Black Magic II will be restored and sail again, joining her sistership NZL-32 at the Maritime Museum.

Read story at Stuff.co.nz
 


ETNZ AC72 Arrives

ETNZ AC72 Arrives in Auckland Photo:©2012 ETNZ
Click image to enlarge and read more. Photo:©2012 ETNZ

(June 26) The major components of Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC72 catamaran arrived at the team's Auckland Harbor base today for final assembly beginning this week.  The boat is expected to be sailing by the end of July.

Read ETNZ Press Release
 


Going Home Again

Image:(1930) Newport Chamber of Commerce/Jacques Taglang Collection. Click image to read more.
Image:(1930) Newport Chamber of Commerce/Jacques Taglang Collection. Click image to read more.

(June 24) "In 1930 the America’s Cup abandoned New York Harbor for the open waters off Newport.  From 1930 until 1937, some legendary yachts raced there: Enterprise, Shamrock V, Endeavour, Rainbow, Endeavour II, and Ranger.  The legend of the fabulous and short-lived J-Class era of the Cup is forever attached to Newport."

Read more at Chevalier-Taglang Blog
 


Rebuilding Reliance

(June 22) Reliance, the 1903 Defender of the America's Cup was one of the most extreme sailing yachts ever built.  A project in Rhode Island is underway to recreate her at 1/6 scale.  Even reduced by that ratio, the boat will be still 33 feet in length over all.

Read more at East Bay RI
 


Team Korea is Go for 2013

(June 18) Team Korea has paid their entry fee and joined Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Luna Rossa sharing official status as Challengers for the 2013 America's Cup, making a total of four teams currently set to compete against each other for the right to face Defender Golden Gate YC, represented by Oracle Team USA, for the Cup. 

Iain Murray, America's Cup Regatta Director: "The challenges faced by any America's Cup team are immense; it's just a massive project, so to see the Korean team tick another box and move to the next stage is very encouraging."

Six weeks remain until the extended August 1st deadline for teams to pay their $200,00 USD entry fee.  The real question for potential challengers isn't the entry fee itself, but whether they have the resources to complete the design, construction, and testing of their AC72 yachts in time for the beginning of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection beginning next July.

Read America's Cup Press Release
 


Stars & Stripes

The first Cup cat. Click image to enlarge and read more. Image:©2012 François Chevalier
The first Cup cat. Click image to enlarge and read more. Image:©2012 François Chevalier

Another neat piece of the design history of the America's Cup, historians Jacques Taglang and François Chevalier take a look at the first wingsail multi-hull to compete in a Cup match, 1988's Stars & Stripes, launched 24 years ago this month.  The cat defended the America's Cup against the "big boat" New Zealand KZ-1, winning 2-0 with an average margin of nearly 20 minutes at the finish.

Read more at Chevalier-Taglang Blog
 


Christmas in June at Pier 80

Unwrapping the new toys. Click image to enlarge and view more. Photo:©2012 Chuck Lantz
Unwrapping the new toys. Click image to enlarge and view more. Photo:©2012 Chuck Lantz

See Oracle Team USA Delivery photo gallery
 


Wing Lands in San Fran

Click image to enlarge and read more. Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Click image to enlarge and read more.
Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA

Major components of Oracle Team USA's first AC72 yacht were unloaded in San Francisco Tuesday, fresh off the boat from New Zealand.  Delivered to Oracle's base at Pier 80, they will soon be joined with the locally fabricated hulls for the new multihull, and the boat should be sailing on the Bay by August.

Read Oracle Team USA Press Release
 


Innovations in Racing Design

First known twin-fin design. Click image to enlarge and read more. Image from The Yachtsman (1898)/Jacques Taglang Collection
First known twin-fin design. Click image to enlarge and read more. Image from The Yachtsman (1898)/Jacques Taglang Collection

Twin-fin keels, ballast bulbs, and high-performance catamarans on San Francisco Bay.  It sounds like highlights from the bleeding edge of the last 20 years of America's Cup yacht design, but actually it's the radical thinking of the 19th century.

Read more at Chevalier-Taglang Blog
 


Learning by Doing (and Breaking)

(June 5) CEO Paul Cayard has given a few short interviews about about Artemis Racing's recent wingsail incident, with the team's first design becoming damaged during testing off of Valencia.

Paul Cayard: "Yes, it’s a setback, but better it happened in May 2012 than in May 2013.  We have time on our side now that we wouldn’t have had if this had happened later. We were the first team to have an AC72 wing up for testing (and we carefully read the Protocol to see if what we proposed doing was within the rules) and in the 12 days of sailing we learned an awful lot.  Even the breakage can be construed as part of that learning curve." Read more from Bob fisher at Sail-World

Paul Cayard: "We can look back at the whole thing and say, 'Wow! We were super lucky!'  We learned about this in May 2012, it was a critical thing and changed the way we built our wings.  We had the time to incorporate that in Wing 2 and Wing 3 and we might be sitting in San Francisco in May 2013 and someone else’s wing might fall down.  That will be a lot more devastating because it will be just one month before the Louis Vuitton Cup starts."
Read more at VSail.info
 


Wing Spotting: Oracle

Oracle AC72 Wing. Click image to view large at Chevalier-Taglang blog.  Image:©2012 François Chevalier
Oracle AC72 Wing. Click image to view large at Chevalier-Taglang blog.  Image:©2012 François Chevalier

Oracle Team USA's new wingsail, which was partially revealed to curious eyes last Friday, is depicted above by America's Cup historians Jacques Taglang and François Chevalier on their blog.  The wing will be mounted on the new boat, and launched as early as July 1.
 


Oracle Shows Wing


Click to enlarge. Photo:©2012 Ivor Wilkins/Oracle Team USA

(May 25) Oracle Team USA has rolled the first wing for their new AC72 yacht out of the build shed.  The wing sail and other components will be shipped from New Zealand, where they were constructed by Core Builders, to the US to be assembled with the hulls and begin sailing.  All teams are permitted to launch their first AC72 on or after this July 1, and their second boat next February 1.

Read Oracle Team USA Press Release
 


Pier Deal Goes to NBA

Rendering of proposed Golden State Warriors stadium on Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. Image: NBA.com
Image:©2012 NBA.com

(May 22) Will an NBA deal for new stadium on Piers 30-32 just south of the Oakland-Bay Bridge affect America's Cup Plans?  Race organizers and the City of San Francisco officially removed the decaying piers from the re-negotiated hosting agreement as announced in a February 27 press release, citing time and financial pressures that cast doubt on the feasibility of rehabilitating the piers in time for next year's races, but a scaled-down plan locating the America's Cup team bases on the structurally viable portions of Pier 30-32 was part of the City's unanimously approved development agreement with ACEA which finally passed the Board of Supervisors a month later, as announced in this March 27 Press Release.

The NBA team's moved was announced Tuesday.  See renderings and related NBA information at nba.com

SFGate reports that the new NBA stadium is projected to open for the 2017-18 season, provided that approvals proceed as expected.  Building the arena triggers the same EIR process plus Board of Supervisors approval that the America's Cup agreement required, a sequence which seems likely to consume at least 12 months before any resolution could be in sight.  That delay could provide a window for the 2013 America's Cup defense to use the Piers 30-32 site, but probably not subsequent Cup regattas in San Francisco, if there are any.

Also remarkable is that the deal points for the Golden State Warriors stadium are very similar to the public-private development structure that the City and America's Cup organizers had framed.  Aside from the cost of the stadium itself, the Warriors would invest over $100 million upfront to restore the piers in exchange for a 66-year lease on the site, offsets via rent credits, and control of a nearby two-acre site.  A small but vocal opposition was increasingly critical of these terms when they were on the table for the 2013 Cup.

Local opposition is certain to add a focus on impacts like parking that were not primary concerns for the regatta, as well as issues of what additional uses might take place in the facility on the 260-plus days that the Warriors would not play at home even in longer post-season scenarios.  But bringing it back to the AC, however, is the future role Larry Ellison may play.  Ellison has often been mentioned as a potential buyer for various NBA teams, including the Warriors.  The deal for Piers 30-32 isn't set in stone yet, as San Jose's Mercury News reports in noting that the Warriors could yet explore the possibilities of instead developing their new stadium in partnership with the nearby San Francisco Giants baseball team.
 


2013 Entry Deadline is Being Extended

(May 22) June 1 had been the deadline for 2013 challengers to pay their $200,000 USD entry fee.  France's Energy Team, winner of the America's Cup World Series regatta in Venice this past weekend, has been one of the teams working to put together a financial package supporting completion of their new AC72 race yacht, thus providing the confidence to ante up the non-refundable fee.  Comments on the official America's Cup website appear to confirm that the payment deadline will be extended by two months.

Bruno Peyron, interviewed at americascup.com : "Energy Team, along with some of the other teams, requested to move the entry deadline by two months to August 1st.  Fortunately, the other challengers and the Defender agreed and voted through a Protocol change, so we now have a little bit more time to secure everything we need for our challenge."

Artemis Racing, ETNZ, and Luna Rossa all appear to have their financial backing in place, and have shown progress on their new boats with some rollouts probable within a month's time.  Artemis in fact have already been sailing their first AC72 wingsail mounted to test-platform ORMA 60 trimaran in Valencia, Spain.  White Tiger Challenge from Korea and China Team have also been working to secure necessary sponsorship for 2013, though little information about build progress, if indeed there is any, has been available.  Energy has announced a partnership with Defender Oracle Racing for technical support until design and technology-transfer restrictions of the 2013 Protocol kick in at the end of this year.  Time to build, launch, and tune an AC72 yacht will be tight for an August 1, 2012, commitment date, and it's likely that if a new race yacht isn't underway at that point that any chances of being competitive in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup will slip away regardless of whether the entry fee deadline holds firm this time or not.

Also:
See story at Sail-World.com
 


ACWS Venice Sunday

enice Match Race Final, Artemis beat Piranha in a rematch of the Naples Final. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Venice Match Race Final, Artemis beat Piranha in a rematch of the Naples Final. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Sunday Outlook May 20:
The Speed Trial is scheduled to open the day's competition. The main events are the Match Race Final (one race for the Venice Championship) followed the final Fleet event, Race 7. 

Speed Trial start expected 1:50 pm Venice/7:50 am ET US, Match Race start expected 2:40 pm Venice/8:40 am ET US, and Fleet Race start 3:10 pm Venice/9:10 ET US.

Conditions:
 Winds SE 9-10 knots (Windfinder). Real time wind data: ISAMAR-CNR

Results:

Match Race Final: One Race
Artemis Racing (SWE) beats Luna Rossa Piranha (ITA)
Skippers:
Chris Draper (ITA) and Terry Hutchinson (SWE)

Artemis Racing beat Luna Rossa Piranha to win the Venice Match Race Championship!

Fleet Race 7:
Energy Team wins Fleet Race 7! And with it the Venice Fleet Race Championship, too.  Oracle finishes 2nd in R7, Artemis 3rd, Emirates Team New Zealand 4th.  After which racing is terminated and the remaining yachts score DNF for Race 7.
See complete Venice Fleet Race and Match Race Regatta Standings

Oracle Team USA Spithill now leads the season standings by 4 points over Emirates, followed by Artemis, Energy, and Team Korea.
See ACWS 2011-2012 Season standings

Quotes of the Day:
Terry Hutchinson
, Skipper Artemis Racing: "We executed exactly what we planned to do in the pre-start. We wanted to dial up Luna Rossa and get them to commit to starboard, then bear off onto port to deploy,” said Hutchinson. “It couldn’t have gone better, but it was a tricky race. On the first run we split at the top, it was touch and go, but we snuck across and stuck to our convictions on the second beat. Luna Rossa kept asking the question and our guys kept responding.”

Loïck Peyron, Skipper Energy Team: “I think the lighter conditions were good for us,” Peyron said. “I’m used to this kind of tricky game, trying to be as cool as possible. The pressure was in the red zone, but it made for an exciting race for sure. This was a big victory for us. We are a small team, and hopefully this is just the beginning.”

Read Sunday Team Statements
 


Emirates Team New Zealand finished 4th before the time limit in Race 7, earning enough points to rank 3rd in Venice Fleet Racing standings.  Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Outlook:
The Sunday's Final is a re-match of the Naples Match Race Final, where Artemis defeated Luna Rossa Piranha.  Chris Draper has also faced Artemis as Skipper of Team Korea before moving to Luna Rossa.  Last fall in the ACWS in Plymouth, England, Draper eliminated the Swedes in the Plymouth Semi-Final two races to none before being swept himself by ETNZ in the Final.  Like Venice, Naples was also a single-race Final, so while the two skippers are tied in head-to-head match record, Draper has won two races to Hutchinson's one.

A win for Artemis would help them cut into Oracle Spithill's season lead, shaving two points off a 13-point deficit.  Coming late to the season, Luna Rossa is not in striking distance for season honors, but a match race win in home waters would be a great reward for the tens of thousands of Italian racing fans who have flocked to Venice.

Fleet Race:
The top four teams in the Venice Fleet Race standings are packed within a two-point span.  And the top seven teams are within seven points.  Weighting for the final fleet race is 30 points for first place, then 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-2 points down the line for the rest of the finishers.  China Team's best-case finish would move them from 9th place to 6th, while every other team could potentially win the Fleet Race Championship.  For Oracle5 Bundock that would take an ideal order of finish all the way through the fleet, plus the tiebreak, but for the other seven teams a win in Race 7 would be decisive no matter what anyone else does.

Aside from the issue of deciding the Venice champion, the other big impact from Race 7 is likely to be on teams that run into trouble, finish at the back missing out on the Sunday points bonanza, and end up with only a small contribution toward the season standings.  This scenario tripped up ENTZ in Naples, letting Oracle Team USA Spithill edge past them in the combined standings.  Losing ground on the field now with only the Newport regatta remaining will be hard to recover from.  Should the competitors sail conservatively then, not to lose too painfully?

  Or for the teams mid-pack and lower is a high-risk high-reward strategy worth trying?  Team Korea's Nathan Outteridge said as much yesterday, promising to dial things up and go for it.  Venice is proving to be a good test for the AC45 crews, and Sunday's action should show whether a bold Race 7 attack can beat the fleet on the Grand Canal.
 


Youth America's Cup Series Announced

(May 17) Energy drink Red Bull will Sponsors a new Youth America's Cup Series to be raced on AC45 multihulls by sailors ages 19 to 23.  Up to ten teams will be formed.  Sailors must meet nationality requirements and one team per country will be permitted.  The series is a chance for young racers to compete on the same boats that some of the world's best are using in the America's Cup World Series, and is intended to help serve as a conduit for new talent.

Read Red Bull Youth America's Cup Press Release
 


Golden Gate Anniversary

Golden Gate YC's Oracle Team USA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Golden Gate YC's Oracle Team USA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
 


America's Cup World Series Newport


ETNZ was back on form on Day 3.
 Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

ACWS Newport Thursday: Day 1


Click image for Photo Gallery.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Day 1: Nice wins for Artemis, Oracle, and Luna Rossa Piranha; tough losses for Team Korea and Luna Rossa Swordfish; and an even tougher break, literally, for Emirates Team New Zealand.
 Read Newport Day 1 Report


America's Cup World Series Venice

Curtis Blewett (C) and Morgan Trubovich (L) of Artemis Racing celebrate in style after winning the Venice Match Race Final. celebrate in style after winning the Venice Match Race Final. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Curtis Blewett (C) and Morgan Trubovich (L) of Artemis Racing celebrate in style after winning the Venice Match Race Final.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Daily Results, previews, photos, and links to more:
See CupInfo's ACWS Venice Main Page

Young and old on the water Saturday in Venice. Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Young and old on the water Saturday in Venice.
Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget


Bundock vs. Spithill

Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA

(May 15) Oracle4, James Spithill's AC45 boat, was damaged during training on Tuesday in a collision with teammate Darren Bundock's Oracle5.  Despite some rather visible damage, Spithill's boat was expected to be back on the water Wednesday to continue preparation for the start of ACWS racing on Thursday.

Oracle Team USA's Spithill looks on as Kyle Langford conducts a digital simulation of the incident. Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
Photo:©2012 Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA

Oracle Team USA's Spithill looks on as Kyle Langford conducts a digital simulation of the incident.
 


USA-17 vs. AC72

USA-17 and AC72.  Image:©2012 François Chevalier
Click image to enlarge. Image:©2012 François Chevalier

(Mar 30) François Chevalier and Jacques Taglang have posted a comparison between Oracle Racing's America's Cup-winning monster trimaran USA-17 from 2010 and the new AC72 wing for the 2013 America's Cup.  It takes a 223-foot (68m) wing on a 90-foot LWL platform to make an AC72 rig look normal.  USA-17 was more than 90 ft. (28m) taller than an AC72, higher than an AC45 and an AC72 wing stacked on top of each other.

Read more at Chevalier-Taglang Blog
 


J-Class Hanuman for Sale

(May 16) The J-Class yacht Hanuman is for sale, the modern replica of famed 1937 America's Cup challenger Endeavour II.  Owner Jim Clark's asking price is $18 million USD, along with his 295-foot Athena which is also on the market for $95 million.

Read more at Forbes.com and J-Class Association
 


World Series Regatta in Venice Heats Up Thursday

(May 15) The America's Cup World Series stop in Venice, Italy, gets serious on Thursday with the seeding fleet races and the start of the match race eliminations. 

Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA Spithill are locked in a tight race at the top of the standings, just one point apart with two regattas left in the 2011-2012 season.

Venice will also feature the debut of 25-year-old Phil Robertson as skipper of China Team.  Robertson is playing catch-up in terms of AC45 experience, but is working hard on improving his team: “We're the youngest team. Our average age is about 26 on board, so for us it's all about focusing on boat handling and trying to take the small steps to get to the level of these guys.”

For more quotes from Tuesday's Skipper's Press Conference: Read ACEA Press Release
 


€50,000 in Prizes for Venice


Photo:©2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

(Apr 30) The opening weekend in Venice will feature fleet races as part of the "City of Venice" Regatta.  The official ACWS races that will count toward season championships don't begin until later in the week, but interest in the City of Venice races will be heightened by the lure of €50,000 in prize money, including €30,000 alone to the winner of the point-to-point race from the outer race area to a finish in front of Piazza San Marco.

Read ACEA Press Release


GreenComm Withdraws

(Apr 17) GreenComm Challenge, the Spanish entry representing El Real Club Náutico de Valencia, has withdrawn their challenge for the 2013 America's Cup cycle, according to reports in the Spanish press and communications via the Official ACEA Twitter account.

Read report at Nauta360 (in Spanish)

The news is not entirely unexpected after GreenComm sat out last week's America's Cup World Series Regatta in Naples, Italy, and ACEA plans released for Venice in May did not mention the team. 

With a deal announced recently for technical support for France's Energy Team, along with Artemis Racing, ETNZ, and Luna Rossa there are four likely challengers for 2013, plus Team Korea and China Team who are still seeking the funding needed to commit to building their new AC72 yachts.  June 1, 2012, is the deadline for the $200,000 entry fee to be paid, a milestone which will also help clarify the status of the remaining teams.  Additionally, the new Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) will join the World Series circuit after the London Olympics this summer, with aims of becoming a challenger candidate for the following defense of the America's Cup.
 


AC45 Lines


Drawing:©2012 François Chevalier

(Apr 13) Through careful study and talented draftsmanship, historian François Chevalier has produced a detailed lines plan and sail plan for the wingsail AC45 multihull.  Not that you are likely to build your own cat, but the comparison between the high-performance boat, with both regular and extended-height wing, is instructive.

See AC45 Drawings at Chevalier-Taglang blog
 


Coming to Terms with Sportsmanship and TV in Sailing

(Apr 7) The New York Times examines the consequences for Ben Ainslie in the aftermath of his Rule 69 incident at the Finn Worlds, and the larger context of regulating sportsmanship in competitive sailing. 

“Ultimately, it’s about someone in my position should be setting an example for young people and what’s acceptable for the sport at the highest level,” Ainslie said.

Read story at New York Times
 


Energy and Oracle to Cooperate on AC72 Design

(Apr 5) Energy Team will license a "base-line" AC72 design package from Oracle Racing, allowing the French entry to launch a wingsail cat by March of 2013 and compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup selecting the challenger for the 2013 America's Cup.  The deal firms up Energy's ability to be the fifth team making it to the starting line with an AC72.  Importantly, securing the French team as a fourth challenger will permit two LVC races to run at the same time, greatly increasing valuable race experience and preparation for all challenger candidates.  Oracle and Energy join ETNZ and Luna Rossa in pursuing a technology-sharing agreement as permitted by the rules.

From Energy Press Release: Bruno Peyron: “Our strategy is realistic.  With the best design at our disposal, we really think we can surprise everyone in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup with a budget of around 15-16 million Euros for the 2012-2013.”

Read Energy Team press release
 


Luna Rossa Introduces Team

Luna Rossa 2013. Photo:©2012 Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa 2013. Photo:©2012 Carlo Borlenghi
Click image to enlarge and read more.

(Apr 4) At a press event in Palermo the Italian challenger introduced a sailing team that includes Max Sirena (skipper), Paul Campbell-James and Chris Draper (helmsmen), and crew Francesco Bruni and Manuel Modena.  Other personnel from the design team and shore crew include Roberto Biscontini, Andrea Casimirri, Steve Erickson, Antonio Marrai, Umberto Panerai, Matteo Plazzi and Luis Saenz.

Patrizio Bertelli, Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, stated: “This team brings together some of the “historical” Luna Rossa team members, and a strong new group of young sailors.  The Circolo della Vela Sicilia has a very long and strong history in the world of sailing and we are proud to be representing it.”  

Max Sirena, Skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, stated: “We have been working very hard in the last few months and the whole team has proved to be ready to meet the challenges of the upcoming AC45 competitions.  We are pleased with the status of our work on the construction of the new wing-sail catamaran AC72 that we plan to launch in autumn.”

Read Luna Rossa Press Release

34 and 35:
Patrizio Bertelli also confirmed his intention to build on the 2013 effort with continuity for the following America's Cup: “We’ll certainly challenge again for the Cup after this; this is a two-Cup campaign we have in mind,” said Bertelli.
Read Stuart Alexander at The Independent
 


Aleph is Out, GreenComm is Sidelined

(Apr 3) With the America's Cup World Series in Naples beginning April 11, confirmation has come from the Event Authority that two teams will not be competing.  One of the French teams, Aleph Équipe de France, has withdrawn from the entire 2013 America's Cup and the ACWS.  GreenComm's prospects as a continued presence in this Cup cycle appear uncertain, though team representatives in recent months had reaffirmed the team's intentions to complete their AC72 yacht.

Philippe Ligot, CEO of Aleph-Equipe de France: “We fought hard, with all our drive and enthusiasm, to find a budget allowing us to participate in the final phase of the 34th America’s Cup. We did not want to compete with resources that would not allow us to credibly challenge the best teams.  France has, without a doubt, all the sporting, technical and managerial talent to win the Cup but the current economic environment makes funding a commercial team extremely difficult."
Read Complete Team Statement

From ACEA Press Release: "While two crews from Luna Rossa Challenge join the field, two of last year’s teams will not be competing in Naples. France’s Aleph has withdrawn from the AC World Series and the 34th America’s Cup, and Spain’s GreenComm Racing has informed Regatta Director Iain Murray that it will not be participating in Naples."
Read ACEA Press Release

Aleph's withdrawal comes just as Luna Rossa is about to announce the crews for their two AC45 yachts, along with other details of their America's Cup challenge.
Read story from Stuart Alexander at The Independent
 


America's Cup Cuts Costs in Half


(Apr 1) Spyshot of AC22.5 Click image to Read More
Photo:©2011 Manu Holl
 

 

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