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02-10-2015, 07:41 PM
Nice work.

Did you ask if some PD readers can go for a ride?

Charlie Tuna
02-10-2015, 08:05 PM

And here I thought they would just stick some foils in the old hulls and call it good!

02-11-2015, 07:14 AM
Very impressive!

The Flash
02-11-2015, 09:26 AM
when is Alameda going to get off their ass and turn the seaplane harbor into a kick-ass marina?

Prince of Whales
02-11-2015, 10:07 AM
They have to get rid of the current tenants 1st so a developer can rape the area at will.

Nice work pb!

02-11-2015, 10:19 AM
Nice work.

Did you ask if some PD readers can go for a ride?

Everybody but Flash...rolflmao

02-11-2015, 10:54 AM

The rumor that the Foiling AC 45 launch at Oracle Racing's base at Pier 80 was too irresistible
and a ride over to Islais Creek in the Dog Patch was in order. Expecting to see the hustle and bustle of
the shore crew's and racing team readying for some serious training, it was a bit of a let down.
The weather being exceptional for San Francisco for February and 10-12 knots of breeze in patches,
there had to be some urgency to get the crews out prior to the Big Bermuda transit?


The only action we could find, were some of the staff, enjoying the brilliant sunshine and warm temps,
as opposed to the meat locker cold that exists inside large metal hangars in the winter.



The tenders were in the water and 2 of the Phantoms rested on the dock. But what was obviously
lacking was some sort of device to lower sailing craft into water. Where is the crane?

Once lousy with anchoring buoys, one solo float remains in the causeway...


The front of the building was stacked with container after container, ready for pick up and delivery
to Bermuda...


The back of the building, is as dead as dead can be, but one small rickety pier and ramp remain.

With the massive West Coast labor dispute having ships, docks and trucks stacked up wall to wall,
one wonders if process for Big Bermuda transfer has ground to a halt, and with it the ability to get
the needed crane into the property for one additional training session? When speaking to one of the
crew, the reply was " Maybe next week, we'll see"

Panama Red
02-11-2015, 01:05 PM
Hard to launch with no crane

02-11-2015, 02:38 PM
Hard to launch with no crane



Not for the Phantoms, apparently...looks like they launched late yesterday...

Saw Artemis head up to the Central Bay at 3:00 PM yesterday...wind was light and they were
not foiling...


Looks like they have the 45's up on blocks, adjusting the foils....

images © Oracle Team USA

02-11-2015, 02:45 PM

The crews at Oracle Team USA at Pier 80 have been busy of late packing up and readying for the transition from San Francisco to the new home on the Puget Sound in Washington. The team decreased their footprint at the pier to 1/2 of what was used during AC 34 shortly after their successful defense.


(Images from arrival of Dogzilla's wing, January 2013)

Dogzilla was built in Anacortes and the team still maintains a presence in the form of
Core Builders Inc....


No info on whether the team will keep any training of staff in San Francisco or any other location in the Bay Area, but one imagines they will send that portion of their program to either San Diego of Bermuda...


Oracle Crew spotted in Anacortes yesterday.... hmmmmm

El Capitan
02-11-2015, 10:52 PM
Excellent stuff. Your forecasting of the move North seems prophetic at this point.

02-12-2015, 11:05 AM

Looks like they have the 45's up on blocks, adjusting the foils....

images © Oracle Team USA

over 6 foot with no ppe or safety railings in sight. for shame

i'm a certified operator for unlimited tonnage in hydros, as well as osha30 (so i can fix those pesky fall protection items as well) and available for the right fee

Tonapah Low
02-12-2015, 12:02 PM
They should be wearing harness's and clipped to a static line!

02-14-2015, 01:21 PM

"We knew it was a weapon when it was on the drawing board, and it certainly has lived up to those expectations thus far" says Adam May, Design Coordinator with Artemis Racing from their Alameda California home base. "We call it the AC 45 Turbo, a scaled down version of what we think our AC 62 will be." Just to be clear to all concerned, the AC 45 Turbo is not what will be competing in the AC 45 World Series. Those boats will all be stock AC 45's with matching appendages , mechanical conveyances and assorted packages all provided to the teams to keep the competition very even, boat wise.



The new AC 45 F's as they are referred to , will all foil, and training on those boats has been witnessed with BAR and the Luna Rossa in recent times, the noticeable difference is the lack fairings and tiller control vs the wheels, custom cockpits and updated consoles of the AC 45 Turbo's.

So why bother with a scale model of the AC 62? "It's quite simple" says Pete Melvin of Morelli & Melvin, who assisted in writing the rule for the new AC 62'. "They can replicate the thoughts and mechanics of the intended designs at much lesser cost and get the design right before committing to the much more expensive 62'". When asked if there is an area of great importance in the wheel vs tiller for the scaled down Turbo's, Pete noted "the immediate feedback after rounding the weather mark , adjusting the rake and attitude of the rudder is critical . Dialing those things in will be keen in success of the crews in the bigger boats."

Artemis has been taking it slow and gradual with their immersion with the Turbo unit, and the crews are understandably excited every time they get to sail. Mimicking the conditions expected in Bermuda is a goal, and San Francisco Bay in the winter does assist in finding the 10-12 knot wind range and flat seas ideal for that. "Even in the summer time, the South Bay , which is right outside our base can offer conditions Ideal for replicating what we expect ( 12-18 knots) in Bermuda, and to the end we could not be happier"

The AC 45 Turbo has been tested with a crew of 5, and when queried with the fit of the new coamings and the crews ability to get in and out of them while making maneuvers, and elbow room to do grinding etc, Adam indicates " Yes, the whole layout was well thought out in advance, and while you cant miniaturize the crew you can organize things to be efficient and fluid"
If there were any further questions as to Artemis Racing remaining in Alameda, vs say relocating to Bermuda or Sweden, the answer is yes, the Alameda Base is home. " We discussed our options when the various locations for the AC finals were being decided, and this location with the pleasant weather, large hanger and easy access to the water is fantastic. We could not be happier."


When asked if they plan on any side by side testing with rivals across the bay, Oracle Team USA,
Adam indicated that there were no solid plans at this point, and Oracle will be shipping out soon,
so you just don't know if that will happen or not. and as far as delivery date for the AC 62?
" We have target windows on the schedule, but it's a moving target which will be determined by what we learn with the current testing on the AC 45 Turbo!"

Additional Images of the Artemis Racing AC 45 Turbo (http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?5073-Artemis-Foiling-45-Close-ups)

A visit to Islais Creek & Oracle Team USA Compound (http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?5074-A-Visit-To-Pier-80)

02-16-2015, 06:20 PM


A 1st look at the just splashed AC 45 Turbo which splased in San Francisco Bay today,
with all intents and purposes to get her out on her maiden voyage and official begin the
testing phase as the team heads towards defending the Cup in 2017!



The boats hull does indeed resemble Artemis racing but the similarities cease there.


In the end, as sometimes is the case, the development gremlins reared their ugly heads
and some technical issues kept 4 tied to the dock. With winds picking up from the West for the 1st time
in some time, the sailing crew decided that Phantom Foiling is better than no foiling at all
and launched the mini-mini trainers for a Presidential celebration!






Panama Red
02-16-2015, 10:29 PM
Skeptical on what the Phantom foiling brings to the table aside from a work out in capsizing!

02-17-2015, 08:42 AM
Apparent wind sailing is one benefit.

The Flash
02-17-2015, 08:54 AM
learning balance on a small boat is always beneficial.

Better to get spanked and capsize, than to have it happen on the big boy.

Works in monos as well.

Cleveland Steamer
02-17-2015, 09:04 AM
The balance point is so completely different and reaction time so far apart its like comparing ice skating vs downhill skiing.

Built to List
02-17-2015, 09:14 AM
Getting paid to go foiling is not a bad assignment.

Shore team must be envious!

02-17-2015, 09:55 AM

Can't put the toothpaste back in the tube

Gino Morelli

Nice shots coming out of Cagliari this AM....

Buzz Light Beer
02-17-2015, 10:20 AM
All I can say it is good to see sailing instead of sausage making.

02-17-2015, 10:53 PM

1st flight accomplished!


02-18-2015, 06:48 PM


If synchronicity is controlled by forces larger than ourselves, Feb 18th 2015 may be the day where
the future of America's Cup racing opened the window for a sneak peek to what is to come.



As if just a matter of timing and a great weather window opening simultaneously
Oracle Racing with Jimmy Spithill get one last day of training in prior to his expected
elbow surgery, wandered onto the South Bay just prior to Artemis Racing emerging from
Seaplane Lagoon with their Turboed AC45.



The conditions on the San Francisco Bay were already mid to high teens in spots out of the north,
with hazy sunshine and generous King Tide/new moon ebb flushing the water out in rapid fashion.
On Ash Wednesday and Lent. A spiritual cleansing for the mind and soul.



The boats and crew engaged for and hour and a half. Running at a rapid clip, MUCH faster than their
early 45' counter parts, at times, seemingly close to the speed we saw with the AC 72's back in 2013.
While the boats and their entourage cranked it up, the familiarity with the programs we saw zooming about the Bay several
years hence resonated. On very encouraging observance, the hobby-horsing and wild lifts and drops of the hulls seemed
much more in control, even though both these boats are in their infancy, with tons of learning and practice to go, they appear
to be on the right track!



02-19-2015, 08:52 AM
Cool stuff!

Prince of Whales
02-19-2015, 10:16 AM
Like deja vu all over again.

Go Artemis!

02-19-2015, 02:20 PM

Joe Spooner, one of the team members of Oracle Team USA has filed a lawsuit in Northern California District Court seeking
remuneration and compensation in the amount of $725,000.000 in lost wages for a contract which began on February 1st 2014 and was
to continue until 7 days past the end of the 35th America's Cup Finals, or 29 months at a rate of $25,000.00 per month. Additional punitive
and cost monies are also sought.

The lawsuit states a lien on Oracle Team USA's AC45 "4" and calls for an immediate arrest of the said vessel to prevent it from being shipped to Bermuda.

The reason for the termination is not clear.

More on Joe Spooner (http://definingnz.com/oracle-team-usa-the-inside-story/)

Legal Filing (http://boatinglaw.com/publications/AmericasCupComplaint.pdf)

Dirty Sanchez
02-19-2015, 05:17 PM
Divorce can be ugly and expensive.

Honey Badger
02-19-2015, 11:09 PM
25 thou a month will buy a lot of beer

Buzz Light Beer
02-20-2015, 10:30 AM
Whats the dirt on the break up?

02-20-2015, 12:27 PM

Despite what numerous media scources claimed over the past few news cycles,
ENTZ helmsman is still the driver of the boat until proven otherwise, says
his protege, Peter Burling in a Stuff NZ interview earlier today:

"Yeah, definitely. I think the main thing is that the best guy at driving the boat is going to drive it. At the moment there are no pre-agendas about that. Whoever they think is going to get it around the course better is going to drive. For myself, obviously I have got to improve a fair bit between now and then, and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. I have got to make sure that I will be ready."

ETNZ will need at least two helmsmen who are capable of driving to ensure the team can test and train to its maximum as soon as the boat is launched.

It would be foolish to discount Barker as a helmsman at this point. He has three years more experience at driving giant foiling multihulls than Burling. More importantly, there is still a long way to go before the boats are launched, and until the AC62 is in the water, no one can know who will be the fastest behind the wheel.

Choosing the person to helm right now would be like telling Steve Hanson he has to pick the starting All Black's first-five-eighths for a rugby world cup final more than two years out from kick-off.

Read On (http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating/66439309/burling-booting-out-barker-is-bogus)

Prince of Whales
02-20-2015, 01:22 PM
Kiwi's get fired a lot in this America's Cup thingy.

The Flash
02-20-2015, 01:47 PM
well, since they're almost all kiwis, if someone gets fired...

Dirty Sanchez
02-20-2015, 02:32 PM
Makes it easy to pass the blame if somebody f#@ks up!

Honey Badger
02-21-2015, 09:19 AM
There are a couple mericans working the sanding equipment isn't there?

02-24-2015, 09:01 AM
Oracle's lawyers were better than Joe's and there will be no arrest of 4.


Charlie Tuna
02-24-2015, 09:44 AM

Now Joe has to pay Uncle Larry's attorney fee's to boot?

Carl Spackler
02-24-2015, 11:44 AM
That's gotta hurt more than driving your powerboat into the local beach side tiki bar.

02-25-2015, 11:57 AM

In its support process Franck Cammas to the highest sporting level, Groupama supports Franck and his team in
2015 season America's Cup World Series. Today in Lorient, it was the first into the water before starting construction to develop foils and its new colors.





02-25-2015, 06:26 PM
Oracle Was the sole taker on the Central Bay this afternoon for AC 45 Turbo Training.

Flat flood conditions and winds 12-18 and then picking up late in the day.

Boat is matching the polars established with the AC 72's...Hitting 45.8 knots today!

In comparison the fastest speed of the AC 72 on Emirates Team New Zealand which was 47.57 knots (88 km/h, 55 mph) in 21.8 knots of wind (2.2 times the wind speed) on September 24, 2013.

Fine day... video to follow!











Single Hander
02-25-2015, 09:17 PM
Crazy cool shit, matching the 72's polars?? The guys on the team have to to be so stoked!

02-26-2015, 08:39 AM
45.8 knots reported top speed reported!

The Flash
02-26-2015, 09:22 AM

02-26-2015, 09:33 AM
English, m-fer, do you speak it?

Panama Red
02-26-2015, 12:56 PM
allow me to interpolate:

did da windy frikkin thing tip to weather?

The Flash
02-26-2015, 01:46 PM
PD playing coy, he knows exactly what that is.

Don't run away PD. Could be your biggest thread by far and put food on yer family.

02-26-2015, 04:38 PM
Flash was dropped on his head several times as an infant.

He still struggles with communication, memory and dealing with reality on occasion.

The episodes are getting closer and closer and last longer recently.

Tragic to observe, actually...

Panama Red
02-26-2015, 04:47 PM
PD playing coy, he knows exactly what that is.

Don't run away PD. Could be your biggest thread by far and put food on yer family.

"and put food on yer family"


I have heard of this option at some of the trendier restaurants.

Not so sure they are family oriented.

02-26-2015, 06:59 PM

Some video for you to enjoy!

Bitchin Bow Dude
02-26-2015, 10:07 PM
They are nailing the gybes and tacks for this early in the program!

Buzz Light Beer
02-27-2015, 10:22 AM
My what big foils you have!

02-28-2015, 12:08 PM

The drama continues at ETNZ: Clicky (http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11409765)

....and read about " The Death Yacht" HERE! (http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/dean-barker-vows-to-construct-death-yacht-to-compete-against-team-new-zealand/)

Carl Spackler
02-28-2015, 09:35 PM
Drama is right.

People grow old and get replaced.

Get over it.

03-02-2015, 10:16 AM

The word on the dock is Oracle Team USA has concluded their AC45 Turbo sessions
on San Francisco Bay and the vessel is being packed up and shipped to Bermuda this week.

That leaves Artemis Racing as the final AC Syndicate to remain and SF Bay.

The goods news is that all indicators point to the AC 62' to be shipped here for assembly and training
when completed, but all that remains subject to the information gleaned during the AC 45 Turbo training
which continues....

03-02-2015, 12:59 PM
....and read about " The Death Yacht" HERE! (http://www.thecivilian.co.nz/dean-barker-vows-to-construct-death-yacht-to-compete-against-team-new-zealand/)

Is this for real?

Any truth to the rumor he hired Kevin Costner as tactician?


Carl Spackler
03-02-2015, 04:56 PM

Dennis Hopper to play Tugboat who rejoins Team NZ to bring the hammer down on the Evil Empire for years of stress and strain with Dogzilla and broken AC 72's

03-02-2015, 08:35 PM

The word on the dock is Oracle Team USA has concluded their AC45 Turbo sessions
on San Francisco Bay and the vessel is being packed up and shipped to Bermuda this week.

That leaves Artemis Racing as the final AC Syndicate to remain and SF Bay.

The goods news is that all indicators point to the AC 62' to be shipped here for assembly and training
when completed, but all that remains subject to the information gleaned during the AC 45 Turbo training
which continues....

A Gallery (http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/2015-Sailing/OTUSA-AC45-Turbo-Feb-25/)of useful images from the last full day of training on SF's Central Bay for Oracle Racing before
pulling up the tent stakes and heading off to Bermuda....

Cleveland Steamer
03-03-2015, 08:38 AM
A Gallery (http://h2oshots.smugmug.com/2015-Sailing/OTUSA-AC45-Turbo-Feb-25/)of useful images from the last full day of training on SF's Central Bay for Oracle Racing before
pulling up the tent stakes and heading off to Bermuda....

Nice work on getting some photos before they ended their trials.

One chapter in AC history ends as another begins.

03-04-2015, 10:29 AM
Without cutting edge design and engineering, no one wins the America's Cup. In pursuit of their goal, the British team has developed their own sophisticated 3D sailing simulator, modelled on those used by the world of motorsport. The virtual flying machine will support the vital link between sailors and designers, creating an important feedback mechanism between the two core parts of the performance team. It also provides an equally important feedback loop within the design team's optimisation process. The man leading the team behind BAR’s (virtual) flying machine is Dr. James Roche, formerly of McLaren Applied Technologies, where he had worked on the design of the skeleton sled that Lizzy Yarnold used to slide to gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Duchess of Cambridge received the inside track on the high tech world of BAR on a recent visit to the team HQ

The simulator would link the Sailing Team – who would use it as part of their training – and the Design Team; creating an important feedback mechanism between the two core parts of the performance team well in advance of the launch of the Cup boat. It also provides an equally important feedback mechanism within the Design Team’s own processes.

“We are trying to run the simulator as part of the same project as performance prediction. The models that we use to calculate theoretical data on how a particular design of boat will perform are exactly the same models that the simulator uses, so there is a positive feedback loop between the two as we refine them.”

The truth is; the simulator will never be finished. It’s in constant use, and every time the team run a simulator session something new is learned that can be used to improve it. And the better it gets the more use it gets – a very virtuous circle.

While he’s the most visible member of the simulator team – always tinkering with his baby – Roche has had extensive help with the programming from Jason Ker and Johannes Mausolf. “Johannes, Jason and myself are writing the physics model and on top of that I’m building the actual infrastructure of the simulator, coupled with a lot of work on how the overall architecture works. We also have an external graphics programmer with a computer games background.” The 3D visuals viewed through the Occulus Rift headset were a big hit with visitors to the 2015 London Boat Show.

Roche described the experience that the sailors get when you add in the interactive motion platform. “You don’t get all of the motions but you get the important cues that the athletes need to drive the boat. It feels like a boat and once you’ve got the visual experience as well it’s convincing. When you get to the end of the runway it’s a bit of a shock to take the goggles off.”

The simulator links the Sailing Team - who use it for training – and the Design Team

Continue Reading (http://ben-ainslie-racing.americascup.com/en/news/135_Case-study-The-man-behind-the-Virtual-Flying-Machine.html)

03-05-2015, 10:39 PM
Someday they will have virtual games with the Dutchess working your tiller.

Ben, if you are reading this, can you accelerate the program?

03-06-2015, 03:10 PM

February was a big month with the launch of our AC45Turbo, and the first time for new recruits Freddy Lööf and Paul Goodison to get some AC45 flying time on San Francisco Bay.



images Sander van der borch/Artemis Racing







03-08-2015, 10:09 AM

Bernie Wilson of AP news has filed a report indicating that OTUSA's AC45 Turbo catamaran CAN be held in custody after an amended filing
in US District Court on Friday.=:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marshals have been authorized to seize America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA's prototype boat in response to a lien filed by sailor Joe Spooner, whose contract was terminated in January.

The warrant was issued late Friday by clerk Richard Wieking of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The boat hadn't been seized as of mid-day Saturday, Oracle Team USA spokesman Peter Rusch said.

It's believed the boat is still at Oracle's base at Pier 80 in San Francisco. The syndicate, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, is in the process of moving its operations to Bermuda, where it has chosen to defend the America's Cup in 2017.

Spooner, a New Zealander, sued Oracle Team USA last month, saying his contract for $25,000 a month was terminated without cause. He was a grinder with Oracle Team USA during its America's Cup victories in 2010 and 2013.

Chief Magistrate Joseph Spero denied Spooner's initial complaint on Feb. 23, but said he could file an amended complaint. Spooner's attorney, Patricia Barlow of San Francisco, filed an amended complaint Friday.

She said Spooner had obtained a visa that required him to be working under a fixed-term contract, and that Oracle argued that the sailor had an at-will contract.

"They tried to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds," she said by phone Saturday.

Besides the visa issue, Spooner's complaint alleges that Oracle Team USA retaliated against him for asking if his monthly salary could be raised to $38,000 to cover the expense of relocating to Bermuda. Spooner was offered a $4,000 a month relocation housing allowance, but said it would cost around $7,500 a month for suitable housing for his family, as well as other expenses to live on the island for the America's Cup cycle.

Spooner is seeking at least $725,000 in damages.

His contract was to pay him from July 1, 2014, until seven days after the 35th America's Cup in June 2017. He also was to have received a bonus of not less than six months' salary if Oracle Team USA successfully defended the America's Cup in 2017.

Listed as defendants are Oracle Racing Inc. and the multihull foiling AC45 catamaran known as 4 Oracle Team USA, along with all of its systems and wing sail. Ellison is not named in the suit.

The 45-foot catamaran Spooner is asking to have confiscated was built to foil, or ride up on hydrofoils once it reaches a certain speed. Oracle tested the boat on San Francisco Bay in February as it prepares to build a 62-foot catamaran that will be used to defend the America's Cup in 2017. Foiling 72-foot catamarans were used in the America's Cup in 2013, when Oracle Team USA rallied from an 8-1 deficit to win eight straight races and defeat Emirates Team New Zealand.

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Rusch said he doesn't "believe anything has materially changed in the case" and the team is "hopeful the judge will overturn the arrest order."

In a filing Friday, Oracle attorney David E. Russo said the boat Spooner wants confiscated was sold to a French syndicate in December.

However, a photo taken shortly after Team France took possession of that boat shows it has hull No. 5. The boat sought by Spooner has the hull No. 4.

In an earlier filing, Oracle contended boat No. 4 hadn't been launched during Spooner's tenure with the team. Oracle argued that the boat was mismarked and although it said 4 on the hull, it was actually boat No. 5. Spooner provided evidence showing him sailing and repairing the vessel in question.

This is the second suit filed against Oracle Team USA in recent months.

In mid-December, Kiwi grinder Matt Mitchell sued for the $68,000 he has spent on legal fees fighting accusations he helped illegally alter a catamaran used in a warmup regatta before the 2013 America's Cup.


Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson

Dumass Head
03-08-2015, 08:15 PM
Wonder how they haul it off to the jail cell?

03-09-2015, 06:29 PM


Bernie Wilson writing for the Associated Press reports that the US Marshals have indeed arrested OTUSA Hull 4 at the team Pier 80 Base in San Francisco:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal marshals seized America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA's prototype boat in San Francisco on Monday, before it could be shipped out of the country, in response to a lien filed by a fired sailor.

Marshals went to the team's base at Pier 80 and determined that the souped-up, 45-foot catamaran and its various components and wing sail were in three shipping containers the team was preparing to send to Bermuda.

Marshals Service spokesman Frank Conroy said the containers were stickered and locked.

In maritime law terms, the boat was arrested.

Conroy said marshals believe the confiscated boat is the catamaran known as 4 Oracle Team USA.

He said marshals had a "very pleasant exchange" with syndicate members.

"We didn't get the feeling of anyone trying to hide anything from us," Conroy said.

In a filing Friday, Oracle attorney David E. Russo said the boat that fired sailor Joe Spooner wants confiscated to satisfy the lien was sold to a French syndicate in December.

However, a photo taken shortly after Team France took possession of that boat shows it has hull No. 5. The boat sought by Spooner has the hull No. 4.

In an earlier filing, Oracle contended boat No. 4 hadn't been launched during Spooner's tenure with the team. Oracle argued that the boat was mismarked and although it said 4 on the hull, it was actually boat No. 5. Spooner provided evidence showing him sailing and repairing the vessel in question.

The dispute will return to federal court, where Spooner is seeking at least $725,000 in a wrongful termination suit.

"It is a match race and we have the lead at the first mark," Spooner's attorney, Patricia Barlow, said in an email to The Associated Press.

The catamaran was built to foil, or ride up on hydrofoils once it reaches a certain speed. Oracle tested the boat on San Francisco Bay in February as it prepares to build a 62-foot catamaran that will be used to defend the America's Cup in 2017 in Bermuda. Foiling 72-foot catamarans were used in the America's Cup in 2013, when Oracle Team USA rallied from an 8-1 deficit to win eight straight races and defeat Emirates Team New Zealand.

Spooner, a New Zealander, sued Oracle Team USA last month, saying his contract for $25,000 a month was terminated without cause in January. He was a grinder with Oracle Team USA during its America's Cup victories in 2010 and 2013.

Chief Magistrate Joseph Spero denied Spooner's initial complaint on Feb. 23, but said he could file an amended complaint. Barlow filed an amended complaint Friday and clerk Richard Wieking issued a warrant later that day.

Barlow said Spooner had obtained a visa that required him to be working under a fixed-term contract, and that Oracle argued that the sailor had an at-will contract.

Besides the visa issue, Spooner's complaint alleges that Oracle Team USA retaliated against him for asking if his monthly salary could be raised to $38,000 to cover the expense of relocating his family from New Zealand to Bermuda. Spooner was offered a $4,000 a month relocation housing allowance, but said it would cost around $7,500 a month for suitable housing for his family, as well as other expenses to live on the island for the America's Cup cycle.

Oracle Team USA is owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, who is not named in Spooner's suit.

Marshals said this was the second time an America's Cup catamaran was "arrested" in San Francisco. In 2012, marshals seized a French team's cat during a dispute over a salvage claim after the boat broke free from its mooring.


Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson

Buzz Light Beer
03-10-2015, 10:32 AM
Nice of them to put the boat in a cargo container for the Marshals

03-16-2015, 10:53 AM

America’s Cup: Courts and Sailor Compensation

Published on March 15, 2015 |

In the absence of America’s Cup racing, we instead have America’s Cup lawyering, in which we get a look at the rarely disclosed world of sailor payment. To help navigate these waters, legal analyst Cory E. Friedman provides this report….

“Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.” – Anon.

In today’s media market, if it bleeds it leads, and the arrest of an AC 45 owned by Oracle Racing, Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup (AC) racing team, has been headlined around the world and even made the Wall Street Journal – not to mention generating oceans of schadenfreude. So let us cut through the hype and take a look at what is actually happening. This is the entitled world of Oracle Racing and strange things happen.

Joseph Spooner is a former AC grinder. He pumped hydraulic fluid, much like the belt on many motor vehicles that turns the power steering pump that aids turning the front wheels when the driver turns the steering wheel. According to the recommendation Jimmy Spithill wrote for his visa application and the cardio numbers he has submitted to the Federal Court in San Francisco, he was an excellent grinder in top physical condition.

But even top grinders do not win MacArthur Genius Grants, Nobel Prizes or Knighthoods, and are hardly unique. According to alleged comments about his age allegedly foolishly made by Russell Coutts, who should know that commenting on the age of employees is legally taboo, he is an aging grinder in the new youth oriented AC in which, as Dean Barker recently learned, 40 is the new 70.

Immediately following the AC 34 victory in San Francisco in 2013, Oracle Racing and Spooner entered into what amounted to a preliminary contract to run through AC 35 which was intended to be superseded by a final, much more detailed, contract, but never was. As headlined in the press, Spooner’s compensation was generous — US$25,000/month plus a US$4,000/month housing allowance plus many other benefits including, for example, annual tickets back to New Zealand for the family.

Given his age, AC 35 might well have been Spooner’s valedictory and he then could have moved into some other less physically demanding AC related role. Now he likely is done as a professional sailor.

After signing the preliminary contract Oracle announced that AC 35 would be in Bermuda and Spooner discovered that Bermuda is even more expensive than San Francisco (hard to believe, but I am not making this up) and a three bedroom home meeting his family standards could not be rented for US$4,000/month (the Bermuda Dollar is at par with the US dollar). He apparently did not feel he should pay any of his housing costs out of salary as most of us do.

Therefore, he demanded a raise if he was to relocate to Bermuda. On behalf of Oracle Racing, Grant Simmer told him no to the raise, exercised the termination for any reason on two weeks’ notice provision of the preliminary contract, for which he would be paid two weeks wages, and basically told him not to let the door hit him in the ass on his way out.

Spooner then sued for the AC 45 he claims he sailed on and Oracle Racing for over $700,000, claiming that number includes, but is not limited to, the total wages and win bonus he would have received had he not been fired.

Suing a vessel seems like an odd thing to do, but maritime law is considerably different from the common law we are used to.

When farmer Jones sued farmer Smith because farmer Smith did not pay for the horse he bought, farmer Smith had likely never been more than 20 miles from his birthplace and was not going anywhere. For hundreds of years ships have been sailing all around the world and once a ship leaves port there is no one to sue for seaman’s wages, necessaries (like food, fuel, sailcloth, rope, timber, etc.) supplied to the ship by chandlers. So, under certain circumstances for certain claims, a seaman or supplier of necessaries, in order to make sure the ship cannot sail away without paying, can sue the ship in rem (in rem means suing the thing) and have it arrested so that it cannot leave port until the bill is adjudicated.

That is what Spooner did. His first try was unsuccessful, as the Chief Magistrate Judge in San Francisco, to whom the matter was referred by the District Court Judge, essentially determined in a long, detailed, well researched, thoughtful and well written decision (Feb. 23) that Spooner was not owed anything and therefore had no claim upon which an arrest of the vessel could be granted. He granted Spooner leave to amend his complaint and try again.

Spooner’s lawyer amended the complaint and filed it first thing on a Friday morning (Mar. 6). Claiming that she could not get hold of the Chief Magistrate Judge’s staff to ask for a hearing, his lawyer went to the Clerk of the Court claiming “exigent circumstances,” namely that the containers holding the vessel might be moved, justifying the issuance of an arrest by the Clerk under the Admiralty Rules. (She does not explain why she did not go before the designated Emergency Judge who in most districts is available 24/7 for – emergencies.)

The Clerk issued an arrest order which resulted in the Federal Marshalls going out to Oracle’s base in San Francisco on Monday (Mar. 9) and putting stickers on three containers of boat parts, thereby generating headlines around the world.

Understandably, Oracle Racing was not thrilled about the arrest order and filed a request to release the AC 45 from arrest, to which Spooner’s lawyer responded. The court has set a hearing for March 17, 2015 to resolve the matter as vessel arrests are always quickly dealt with. No matter what happens Oracle Racing can post a bond to substitute for the arrested vessel.

There are a host of highly technical factual issues and issues of maritime law involved, but they break down into some broad categories.

The first issue is whether there really were exigent circumstances justifying the issuance of an arrest order by the Clerk. The parties vigorously squabble over that issue for two reasons. First of all, if there were not exigent circumstances, the arrest must be released. The second is that Spooner would be liable for any damages Oracle Racing can demonstrate it suffered because of the improper arrest. Having lost once on the issue of arrest and having less than convincing arguments, Spooner is not looking good on exigent circumstances. It looks like the arrest was more a litigation tool to force Oracle to pay, rather than a truly necessary arrest, especially as Oracle Racing is a California business entity, is not going anywhere, and can be sued for damages without a vessel arrest.

A sub issue is whether the vessel Spooner actually sailed on is the one in the containers that have been stickered. Apparently, the numbers painted on the sides of the boats and their actual serial numbers may not match and 4 may not really be 4. Do not expect the Court to try to figure out under which walnut shell 4 really can be found.

The next issue is whether this is even the type of dispute that gives rise to the right to arrest a vessel. The Chief Magistrate Judge assumed but did not decide that the last time around and may well do so again for the same reason — that it does not matter. In his Amended Complaint, Spooner’s lawyer has spun out a bunch issues that sound complicated and supposedly add up to Spooner having the right to long term employment and some sort of unpaid maritime contract, but those arguments do not hang together, have anything to do with the dispute or add up to anything.

For example, Spooner’s visa application, which he – not Oracle Racing – submitted, required submission of a copy of his contract, in this case the preliminary contract. The fact that he submitted it does not make it anything but what it is, which is terminable on two weeks’ notice. It certainly does not bind Oracle Racing and if the preliminary contract is insufficient for the issuance of a visa, all that means is that Spooner has an immigration problem if he stays in the US. Indeed, having been fired, he may have an immigration problem now if he is in the US.

Most of the other arguments trying to transform the preliminary contract into what would have been a final contract and a maritime contract do not compute. For example, you can claim that public policy supports a result provided by the law. You cannot claim, as Spooner’s lawyer does, that public policy supports a result that is not provided by the law. That is merely an argument to be made to Congress to change the law. Bolding the font or adding exclamation points does not help. A claim for necessaries requires unpaid necessaries, which do not exist.

The Court will undoubtedly deal with all these issues, but as in the last instance, it likely will come down to whether Oracle Racing owes Spooner anything. No claim for damages equals no arrest. On that issue, stripped of all the smoke and mirrors, Spooner does not look any better than last time.

Spooner signed a contract that provided for termination by either party for any reason on two weeks’ notice. The fact that Oracle Racing had no Human Resources Department, and Oracle Racing’s British lawyer Sam Hollis is not admitted in California, and thus cannot engage in the authorized practice of law, makes no difference. He was Oracle’s lawyer, not Spooner’s lawyer. Spooner is an adult and should have had his own lawyer look at the preliminary contract.

Even more fundamentally, no matter what contract Spooner had, an employee who refuses to work for the agreed wages can be fired and does not have a claim for anything. Calling that firing retaliatory is simply silly. It is not retaliatory. It is the deal. Walk away from it and you are done. So is your vessel arrest. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

© Cory E. Friedman 2015

Full Article (http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/03/15/americas-cup-courts-and-sailor-compensation)

Prince of Whales
03-16-2015, 11:10 AM
Spooner is hosed. $4,000 a month for housing allowance on top of $25,000 per month to play on the cutting edge of sailing designs?

Good grief, not much pity here.

Cleveland Steamer
03-17-2015, 08:31 AM
I thought maybe Spooner had done something stupid to get the flick.

Just sounds like they had agreed to disagree.

IOR Geezer
03-17-2015, 10:04 AM
Back in the day, sailors were in it for the fun.

And the parties.

And the women.

Okay, mostly just the women, which could be fun.

03-24-2015, 09:28 AM

"ORACLE TEAM USA had an incredible four years in San Francisco, highlighted by its America's Cup win in September 2013. As the team packs up its base at Pier 80 and moves to Bermuda, we say thank you for all of the support."

03-25-2015, 05:22 PM

We had the feeling the 1st day we witnessed OTUSA and Artemis chasing each other on SF Bay,
the speeds of the the AC 45 Turbo were enormous, right out of the box, and when 45.8 knots were achieved,
you had to wonder, how much faster would you even want to go? Well now comes word that the folks at America's Cup
are seriously considering downsizing from the previously considered AC 62...

Here's the scoop!


The competitors and organizers of the 2017 America’s Cup are planning to implement a series of rule changes to dramatically reduce team operational costs, primarily by racing in a smaller boat.

“After reviewing prototypes of the new AC45 sports boats being tested on the water over the past several months, it is clear that if we raced smaller boats in 2017, we could dramatically reduce costs without sacrificing any of the spectacle or the design, engineering and athletic challenge fundamental to the America’s Cup,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller.

“We have a responsibility to think of what is best for the long term health of the America’s Cup as well as improving the value equation for team principals and partners. Racing a smaller boat in 2017 and beyond is a big step in the right direction.

“The existing operational costs of teams is much too high with a boat like the AC62. We discussed making this change early last year at a Competitors meeting in London but at that stage only ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand were in favor of using a smaller boat.

“But now that the teams have seen these new boats in action there is a clear majority of competitors who support the idea. I’d like to be able to say we have unanimous support from all the teams but that is not the case.”

Boat speed in the new boat is expected to be similar to what was achieved in the last America’s Cup through increased time foiling and advances in design and engineering.

“This will be a big change, but it is a necessary one if we are to create a sustainable America's Cup for the future,” said Sir Ben Ainslie, the skipper and team principal of Ben Ainslie Racing. “These boats will create a significant cost saving whilst still providing a real challenge for sailors and designers alike.”

“For Team France this will be a game-changer,” said skipper Franck Cammas. “We will be able to have a very competitive team for about half the budget. With the smaller boat we can imagine that a budget between €15-20 million would be enough to win the America’s Cup.”

To lock in the cost saving measures over the long-term several competitors, including Artemis Racing, have committed to using the new smaller class in the next edition of the America’s Cup should they prevail in this one.

“These changes may help some current teams be more competitive, but this is clearly also about building the future of the America’s Cup,” said Iain Percy, the team manager of Artemis Racing.

“By making a commitment now to using the smaller boat next time, it will be that much easier for new teams to join as they’ll have access to existing boats and technology. So this has required us to look a little bit beyond the scope of ‘what’s in it for us?’.”

The rule changes are being drafted and teams will be asked to vote on these changes before the end of March.

03-26-2015, 07:21 AM
The GC32 becomes the trainer for the AC now?

The Flash
03-26-2015, 08:57 AM
you had a "feeling"?

Gas maybe

03-26-2015, 09:26 AM
Just off the phone with Pete Melvin.

He's involved with the redesign program and whats being proposed here. Basically, the teams already running the AC 45 Turbos have come to the realization
that the boats are plenty fast and a 62' might be overkill. What they are proposing is using AC 45 parts in the new boat, which possibly would have hull extensions
implemented for longitudinal stability, (less down the mine shaft business) and major cost savings. This might help some teams stay in the game and encourage others
who could afford $10~$15 million for a campaign. They pretty much have 1 week to sort out the numbers ans assess and vote.

While some teams have already begun the tooling for the 62' hulls might object, Pete notes that the original calcs for the 62' vs the 72' were only 5% slower on average around the course,
the new thinking is 50 knots would be possible, but at what costs? With the revamped AC 45 turbo's, that might be possible anyways. The bonus for the teams, they would have spare hulls
around without major expense, which could be a major asset!

Pete noted that this is the last feasible opportunity for teams to make a decision one way or another...

Stay tuned...

Buzz Light Beer
03-26-2015, 09:49 AM
Nice work. Knew I should have bought that French boat when it rescued off the rocks at TI.

03-26-2015, 10:16 AM

"Team Luna Rossa Challenge is distinctly opposed to the proposal – announced today on the official web site of the America’s Cup – to change the Class Rule for the 35th America’s Cup and therefore the boat that was previously accepted by all challengers on June 5th 2014.

Luna Rossa does not believe that a sporting event should be disputed in a courtroom and does not intend to initiate a lengthy litigation process that would only bring prejudice to the event.

If the principle of unanimity of all challengers required to change the Class Rule were not to be respected Luna Rossa will be obliged to withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup.

Team Luna Rossa trusts that the Defender will quickly announce a public clarification, also to avoid jeopardizing the organization of the America’s Cup World Series – Cagliari – Sardinia event planned to take place from June 4 to June 7, 2015."

Official announcement from Luna Rossa.

Any changes to Class Rule would have to be unanimous.

Pretty much kills it...

IOR Geezer
03-26-2015, 10:23 AM
THAT didn't take long

The Flash
03-26-2015, 10:42 AM
LR must like the idea of fewer challengers. Makes sense if they have the cash, they think their best chance is As Is

IOR Geezer
03-26-2015, 10:59 AM
They probably already started on the AC 62

03-26-2015, 01:16 PM
Whats with the changing the class rules at this point? They took forever to finally come up with the venue after dragging their asses on the initial
design. Is Uncle Larry getting that cheap? Just forfeit the Cup to NZL and start over.

03-26-2015, 04:13 PM
Just in from ETNZ:

"Emirates Team New Zealand agrees with Luna Rossa Challenge . It would be unfair to change the rules at this stage unless all America's Cup teams agree to do so."

Dumass Head
03-26-2015, 08:39 PM
Sounds like communications breakdown 1A

Prince of Whales
03-27-2015, 09:27 AM

A good read on the subject d'jour

03-27-2015, 03:49 PM

Grant's explanation...

04-02-2015, 08:31 AM

"The result of the vote proposed by the Event Authority with the agreement of the Defender of the 35th America’s Cup has overturned, with a majority vote, the America’s Cup Class Rule for the boat with which this edition will be held; this happened notwithstanding the fact that such rule had been previously adopted unanimously by the teams and was in force since June 2014.

Following a careful evaluation of the serious implications of this unprecedented initiative, Team Luna Rossa confirms that it will withdraw from the 35th America’s Cup.

Team Luna Rossa indeed considers illegitimate the procedure adopted and founded on an evident abuse of process by surreptitious use of procedures to modify the Protocol in order to overturn the Class Rule, which instead requires the unanimity of the teams entered.

This is an attempt to introduce boats that are substantially monotypes and in total contrast with the ultra-centennial tradition of the America’s Cup, not to mention a two-month extension period to introduce further modifications to the rules, decided by the majority.

All of the above contributes to a lack of credibility and uncertain technical grounds for what should instead be the most sophisticated sailing competition in the world.

This radical change also implies a waste of important resources already invested based on the rules that were sanctioned in June last year. This means that the claim to reduce costs reveals itself as a pure pretext aimed to annihilate research and development achievements of some teams, and to favor instead preconceived technical and sporting positions by means of changing the most important element in the competition, the boat.

As a confirmation of this, it is important to underline the fact that Luna Rossa frequently advanced proposals aimed at containing costs that however would not have changed the nature of the boats, but these proposals have systematically been rejected by the Defender.

Team Luna Rossa has also taken into consideration the possibility to protest through the Arbitration Panel as foreseen by the Protocol; it has however noted that, ten months after signing the Protocol, the Defender is only now initiating the first formal procedures to compose this important body. This fact contributes to making the entire governance of the Event even less credible and reliable.

Team Luna Rossa regrets the repercussions that this difficult decision will have on the members of the Team - although it will honor all of its contractual obligations - and on the sailing event planned to take place in Cagliari next June and obviously understands the disappointment of the many fans who have supported Luna Rossa during the last four editions of the America’s Cup.

Patrizio Bertelli declared: "I want to thank the whole team for its hard work during this past year; regretfully this effort has been frustrated by this manoeuvre that is unprecedented in the history of the America’s Cup.

However, in sports, as in life, one cannot always go for compromise, after compromise, after compromise; sometimes it is necessary to make decisions that are painful but must be clear cut, as only these can make everybody aware of the drifts of the system and therefore set the basis for the future: respect of legality and sportsmanship”.

IOR Geezer
04-02-2015, 08:57 AM
You might say they were not bluffing.

04-02-2015, 09:22 AM
So what's the hubbub all about?

Cost's reduced, so more teams in right?

Not so, as Luna Rossa demonstrated today with their withdrawal, and ETNZ now challenge the lack of a qualifying event in New Zealand, which is critical to their financial
success and keeping sponsors happy. IF the arbitration does not find in ETNZ favor, they may withdraw as well. Now we are down to 4 teams with OTUSA holding
the trump card, two boats and their base in Bermuda....

If the boat size is reduced, making shipping boats easier, why is Auckland not on the schedule?

IF ACEA wants to make changes to the rule, why could they not wait until this cycle has passed?

More questions than answers, in the mean time A Nice Article (http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/04/01/pete-melvin-writing-the-new-americas-cup-rule/) from our friends at Scuttlebutt after a chat with Pete Melvin:

There was a desire to reduce costs of the boats, and after Oracle and Artemis sailed their AC45 Turbos test boats on San Francisco Bay in February, they found them to be good boats which would provide good racing. They came to realize that a boat of that size could reduce budgets, which would help those teams in need of funding, without reducing performance.

The new Class has a length of 48-feet, which we got to as a result of a couple factors. The Deed of Gift requires a load waterline of not less than 44-feet, and we wanted to stretch the boat somewhat to aid its performance in light air.

While I have not seen the performance numbers that were generated during their testing in San Francisco, my understanding is they were in the 45-knot range, and that the time to complete the race course used during the 2013 America’s Cup wouldn’t be much different than what was achieved with the AC72.

What we found in our work when developing the AC62 rule was that their projected performance of that boat was not much different than the AC72 either. With these foiling boats, speed is not derived through waterline length in the same manner as a boat that displaces water.

Additional advantages with the 48-foot size is in logistics. They require less manpower both on and off the water. For transport, all the parts, including the hull, will fit inside a 40-foot container. Like the AC45, this boat will have a removable section so that you can break it down to fit.

Performance wise, we are continuing to analyze what it is capable of this 48-foot Class. The task of getting to where we are now is just a week old, but based on the observations from Oracle and Artemis from their 45s, they seem confident that it will be a nice boat for the event.

This new Class rule is fairly similar to the A62 rule. There have been a few tweaks but essentially the concepts are unchanged.

The hull will be a new design specific for this boat, but the rule tolerances will be tightly constrained similar to a one design class. Each team will build their own hulls, with the hulls built in their country of origin, but the hulls each team builds must fit within tight margins. These tightly constrained tolerances will also be applied to the cross structures and the wing.

The area of open design options will be the foils, the rudders and daggerboards. There will be some rule limits, such as foil location and length of extension, but determining shapes and designs will be open. Also, the control systems for the rudders and daggerboards is open. Each team will determine how best to control their foils. There are some limits in how the system operates, such as manual or power, but the rest will be unique to each team.

There is still a lot of work to do. The shapes for the hull, cross-structure, and wing have yet to be finalized. We are now working with the teams as quickly as possible to define the geometry for those items of the boat. The final documentation for those items is due by the end of May.

Full Article (http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/04/01/pete-melvin-writing-the-new-americas-cup-rule/)

Prince of Whales
04-02-2015, 10:47 AM
Rules are meant to be broken.

04-02-2015, 10:53 AM
I wonder how much of the design work done for the 62s can translate into the 48s? Are they basically starting over?

Seems like the one-design part is a bit overblown. At least in the last AC it was all about foils and controlling them...

Dutch Rudder
04-02-2015, 10:59 AM
From what I gather, the idea was to take info learned from AC 45 turbos and implement that into the bigger boat, not visa-versa.

04-07-2015, 10:10 AM

A Day in the Life at Ben Ainslie Racing

04-09-2015, 08:44 AM
Catamaran Racing's piece on Arno Terra's vision of the AC 48':


Arno has been a driving force in last years with the DNA project he started with PJ Dwarshuis. They were among the first to focus on a series production delivery in the A Class contributing to its grow, was deeply involved in the DNA flight development till latest Z boards, also he was part of the initial G4 project.
Currently his envisioning the new stage of the foiling A-Class, he wants full foiling boat a la Moth.

Below his view on the new rules, too much OD and I agree, beyond boat size, that for me was Ok, limiting too much aspects will make for little less surprise in the technical or development side taking away one of the greatest assets the Cup has. Next weeks, Gonzalo Redondo's take.

Above AC48 Rule render I started to get the rule and finished styling it for Roland Gaebler, have a good check as all will look the same on board length, case position and many other restricted aspects.
Later comparisons with AC62 and else, this is no plain colorful drawing, this is a full 'working CAD, someone can build this thing a race it ...! - Rules link can be found here: New AC 48 Design Rules (http://ac.mueva.eu/media/files/m377_ac-class-rule-v1.pdf)


Arno Terra - AC 35 Repeating Mistakes
"The format of the AC35 has recently been changed by introducing a new class. A much smaller and more standardized boat.

A lot of both fair an unfair criticism has spread over the Internet mostly aimed at Oracle's Sailing Team boss Russel Coutts. I do agree with some who say that this ''beachcat class' is not in line with the long tradition of the America's Cup. Not because I think too that these new format lacks style or elegance. I do not associate too rich kids who practice
mudslinging in courts with style and elegance. But I do respect the tradition in which eccentric rich guys hire the best designers and best sailors to perform in an odd event with peculiar boats. It is indeed not an ordinary sports event.

Last cup the AWCS was introduced with the idea that the newly introduced AC World series could transform the AC syndicates in commercially viable pro teams, that's why the Peyron brothers dared to invest Private money into their Energy campaign. These series failed to the max. It could not attract the big networks and the big audience. The first events were covered very professionally but were only watched live by me and my beachcats friends.

The AC35 is repeating a similar scenario this time with the AC48.

There is certainly room for pro series on big foiling cats, which even can be smaller than 48 foot. The GC32 does well and personally I would prefer a 30 foot by 20 foot boat (an F1 car is smaller than a street car!) The ACWS failed because it was not an open event. The teams had to commit to the full AC cycle and had even to pay performance bonds. In practice it meant that you needed sponsors willing to commit 50-60 million euros at the beginning of the cycle. A scenario set up to fail for event with a 2-3 year cycle in which has only media relevance outside the sailing community during the last week of the cycle.

What Russel should do is set-up a World Series with a 30-45 foot boat which is open to all pro teams both AC and non AC and run that separately. That class can be quite restricted just like the AC 48 rules.

The AC it self can be run on a similar sized boat within a box rule. That way we will see innovation and the best minds will be used to create special boats and attract top sailors who know how to squeeze all performance out of it. We will see many teams in the World series but only the best teams with funds of really wealthy individuals (or countries!) will advance to the AC itself.

Why would BAR need to hire Adrian Newey for this OD class?
Just after the AWCS was announced I compared it to the A1GP (a motor sport event) which so dramatically failed and is completely forgotten. Unfortunately history repeated itself.

The costs of an AC campaign is only marginally related to the size of the boat. In the last Cup both ETNZ and Oracle were believed to have spent over 100 million euros of which 'only' 5 milion is needed to build the beast. Bringing building cost down to half a million does not significantly change the amount of money the top team will burn unless you indeed go to OD boats.

The relevance of an AC cycle on OD boats is just as big as the Extreme 40 series. The only difference is the updated boat.

Yes, Small is beautiful but no development ???"
Arno Terra

Full Article (http://www.catsailingnews.com/2015/04/americas-cup-35-new-rules-arno-terras.html)

New AC 48 Design Rules (http://ac.mueva.eu/media/files/m377_ac-class-rule-v1.pdf)

04-11-2015, 08:42 AM
"What we have now is a vulgar beach event smelling of sunscreen and french fries. This is definitely NOT the Cup"

Bruno Troublé

Things are not going well in America's Cup Land and some of the stalwarts of the sport are voicing sharp criticism of the current state of affairs:


Bob Fisher does not mince words with his interpretation of the current status quo:

The most knowledgeable man on the America's Cup has accused current regatta bosses of "abusing and disgracing" the event and hit out strongly at their treatment of Team New Zealand.

Britain's Bob Fisher is acknowledged as the doyen of international sailing journalists and is the leading America's Cup historian, having covered the event since 1967.

In an open letter to the America's Cup Events Authority, whose chief executive is Cup legend and Kiwi Sir Russell Coutts, Fisher said the late changes to reduce boats sizes and take the challenger series away from Auckland "has been nothing short of a disgrace to the premier event in the sport of sailing".

Fisher penned his letter for noted yachting website Sail-World.com and didn't hold back.

"You have abused it, misused it and reduced it to no more than an average regatta, losing on the way its prestige and at the same time driven away the most serious competitors," Fisher wrote.

His criticism follows the attack on cup bosses by Louis Vuitton Cup chief and noted French cup sailor Bruno Trouble who last week said the changes has reduced the event to: "A vulgar beach event smelling of sunscreen and French fries. This is definitely not the Cup."

Fisher noted the treatment of Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, the Italian syndicate who withdrew in protest to the changes, after the pair of were outvoted in a majority decision by holders Oracle, Swedish outfit Artemis Racing and newcomers Ben Ainslie Racing (Britain) and Team France.

"In the last America's Cup event … the two challengers that came up to the mark were Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. In the course of the past week you have made it virtually impossible for ETNZ to raise the necessary funds to continue by removing any chance of a major regatta in Auckland, and, by a huge change in the size of boat, caused the Italian team to withdraw. Is this what you really want?" Fisher asked.

"Gone is all semblance of stability and adherence to rules unanimously agreed at the outset and in their place an undercurrent of commercial misunderstanding and constantly changing rules without the unanimity of the challengers as initially agreed. Both of these are a disgrace to the Cup and to yourselves."

Fisher said the u-turn on the challenger series in Auckland being taken to Bermuda was "effectively slapping Team New Zealand in the face and reducing the Kiwis' chances of government sponsorship, possibly even eliminating them from the event".

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Team New Zealand believe they have a signed agreement to hold the event in Auckland and have taken their claims to the Cup's arbitration panel, setting the event up for more legal wrangles.

Fisher believed cup bosses were too preoccupied with TV audiences and the commercialism of the cup when its tradition made it a stand-alone event.

He believed the current management had outdone noted Cup bad boys the New York Yacht Club with their late changes to design, an unprecedented move that eliminated the frustrated Italians, headed by Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli, who had been advanced with their plans for the original 62-foot foiling catamarans originally agreed upon.

"I suppose you comment will be: 'silly him', but you have lost one of the biggest commercial sponsors of the cup.

"To throw fat on the fire, you are offering to give design and financial support to the French team, which has made little progress."

Fisher said there was no need for the World Series events to be raced between Cups – a series that has been reduced to just three events this year, with Italy cancelling the series opener in further protest to the recent developments.

- Stuff.co.nz

Richard Gladwell of NZ' Sail-World dwells upon the issue of proper protocol and alleges a serious breach:

An email received in mid-February from an America's Cup Events Authority spokesman confirms that the Qualifier Venue decision was made in at that time, as required by then current version of the Protocol governing the conduct of the 35 America's Cup.

That version required publication to be made by February 15, 2015 by ACEA.

Sail-World queried ACEA on February 16, asking whether the Decision had been made and published as required by the Protocol. If not, a serious breach of the Protocol could have occurred

Feb 15 - Sail-World: 'As you know the deadline for an announcement on the Qualifiers Venue passed overnight. What is the Decision please?'

Feb 16 - ACEA Spokesman: 'Hi Richard.

The following is on behalf of the Commercial Commissioner and the teams via the Competitor Forum:

“An official announcement will be made during the first week of March concerning the venue, dates and format of the America’s Cup Qualifiers and the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.”

I expect to have a date for that announcement within about ten days time.'

All previous Announcements required by the Protocol have been made publicly on the due date, prompting Sail-World to run a speculative story that the deadline had been missed.

This prompted a second response from the ACEA spokesman clarifying the situation:

Feb 17 - Hi Richard.

My understanding is the Protocol deadline was met - the required information has been published to the teams. The public announcement of that information will take place in March.

It is clear from their own statement that the required Decision was made by ACEA by the required deadline. The Decision was communicated to the teams by way of a Regatta Notice - stating that Auckland was the Qualifier Venue, and the dates were named.

The date of the start of the Qualifier is especially important as it sets the limit of the 150 day period after which the teams can launch their then AC62. It also triggers certain other key events in the 35th America's Cup Regatta cycle - important for design and logistic decisions.

An Auckland Qualifier would advance that launch date by at least two months. Teams are also precluded from sailing against each other in the AC yachts outside of the Qualifier Venue.

But having already announced the Qualifier Venue on the required date of February 15, 2015, a new edition of the Protocol (now Version 4) calls for the Host City, Venue and dates to be published by April 15, 2015.

On their social media site, Emirates Team New Zealand published what would appear to be a signed and accepted Venue bid agreement for the Qualifiers, dated February 14, 2014 and signed by Emirates Team NZ COO Kevin Shoebridge and ACEA's Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller. The Venue Agreement was subject to the signing of a Hosting Agreement that was not sent by ACEA for a further five weeks.

That begs the question as to how, if a Venue has been decided and announced by ACEA, in compliance with the then Protocol, and a Regatta Notice issued to Competitors, how that can be re-announced as maybe a different Venue on April 15, 2015?

Is there no such thing as the sanctity of a signed contract any more in the America's Cup?

Shifting position claimed as excuse
The reason for the claimed withdrawal of the Auckland venue, by Schiller was 'Team New Zealand 'bouncing back and forth on support' for the unprecedented mid-course downsizing' - a reference to the controversial decision to change the class of yacht to be used in the America's Cup from the AC62 to a smaller boat of less than 50ft.

The offending message posted in social media by Emirates Team NZ read: Emirates Team New Zealand agrees with Luna Rossa Challenge . It would be unfair to change the rules at this stage unless all America's Cup teams agree to do so.

Just hours before Schiller's shock email purporting to pull the Qualifier Venue from Auckland, Team New Zealand had expressed their support for Italian team who had overnight issued a statement saying that the class of boat could only be changed by a unanimous vote of the competitors, not a majority.

Full Article (http://www.sail-world.com/America_s_Cup__February_ACEA_email_supports_Kiwi_c laims_on_Qualifier/133275)

04-11-2015, 12:48 PM

04-23-2015, 04:48 PM

Dean Barker has been linked to a new Japanese America's Cup syndicate, expected to be announced next week.

An Asian entry has long been touted and it appears the decision to downscale the boats and cut costs for the 2017 regatta has landed Japanese interest, backed by billionaire banker Masoyashi Son.

The Independent newspaper in Britain speculated that the new syndicate "will see not only a Japanese skipper but the appearance of former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker in the lineup".

Barker was controversially dumped as helmsman by Team New Zealand who have placed their faith in Australian Glenn Ashby and rising Kiwi talent Peter Burling to take the wheel.

Barker's experience in the foiling catamarans and 20 years in the America's Cup game would be a huge boost to any new syndicate.

With several one-design elements featuring on the new 48-foot catamarans, a lot of the technology advantages have been evened out, bringing the racing more into the hands of the sailors.

The 42-year-old Barker has insisted he still has a future in America's Cup racing and a well-backed Japanese challenge would certainly be appealing.

The team is tipped to be backed by Softbank who were founded by Masoyashi Son, their current chief executive. His wealth is estimated to be US$22 billion (NZ$29b), making him Japan's wealthiest man.

Earlier this week Sir Russell Coutts, the America's Cup Event Authority boss, suggested the current lineup of five teams, including Team New Zealand, were set to be boosted by late entries.

"I think we will definitely see other teams coming in because of the boat change, and I can tell you there's a Japanese team coming in, and when you see who the owner of that team is, you would debate whether it's bigger or smaller than Luna Rossa," Coutts told the New York Times in dismissing the recent loss of regular Italian challengers Luna Rossa.


The Independent suggested Coutts and his Oracle boss Larry Ellison will attend the signing of the Japanese entry which is backed by the Kansai Yacht Club.

The Japanese are expected to use the same design package from Cup holders Oracle Team USA that has been handed to struggling outfit Team France.

That would give them foil design as well as the one design platform (hull, wingsail and crossbeams) to help them in their catchup efforts.

There are also suggestions that some of Oracle's large sailing squad from the successful defence of the America's Cup in 2013 could be used by Japan.

Japan have contested three America's Cups – in 1992, 1995 and 2000.

They have strong New Zealand connections.

Kiwi Chris Dickson skippered their 1992 challenge in San Diego where they reached the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

At the 1995 regatta in San Diego, New Zealander John Cutler was at the helm of the Japanese challenge that also ended at the semifinal stage.


04-24-2015, 10:40 AM
Will they be building the Death Yacht DB talked about? I imagine Japanese steel would come in handy for such an endeavor!

Prince of Whales
04-24-2015, 12:00 PM

Fully foiling, with friggen lasers!

Buzz Light Beer
04-24-2015, 12:17 PM

Where is John Belushi when we need him?

04-30-2015, 02:31 PM

Has Artemis Racing fast forwarded to Bermuda? This article in the the island nation's Royal Gazette indicates the AC45 Turbo is en route to Bermuda and a temporary base
is being assembled. Being that there is no longer a "World Series" and no need remain in SF?

Call is out to Artemis folks for confirmation or denial...

Oracle Team USA will not be the only America’s Cup syndicate sailing around the Great Sound over the next two weeks.

Artemis Racing, who are among the challengers vying for Oracle’s America’s Cup title, have arrived on Island with several team members including Nathan Outteridge, the helmsman, Olympic gold medal-winner and Moth world champion.

“We’ve got a small team in Bermuda getting our temporary team base set up and starting to sail on the sound in our small-boat fleet,” Outteridge said. “We’re just small-boat sailing for the next fortnight, getting to know the venue a bit better. We have a handful of Moths and our two Phantoms.

“We’re hoping to get some time on the water this week in the moths, but it looks like it’s going to be a breezy end of the week.”

Artemis’s souped-up wing-sail foiling AC45 catamaran is scheduled on Island soon.

“The turbo is scheduled to arrive next month,” Outteridge confirmed. “We’ll be putting it back together and getting it in the water as quick as we can.”

Outteridge’s visit to Bermuda is his second in six months. The Australian skipper competed in the Argo Group Gold Cup in October with Artemis team-mates Iain Percy, Christian Kamp and Iain Jensen. It was the first time the team had raced together.

“Last year’s Gold Cup was my first visit to Bermuda and it’s great to be back.” Outteridge said.

Outteridge and Jensen won the gold medal in the 49er Skiff at the 2012 Olympics in London, while Kamp and Percy sailed with Sir Ben Ainslie, the team principal and helmsman of British America’s Cup challenger Ben Ainslie Racing, at the 2013 Gold Cup.

Artemis Racing, the Swedish challenger, was one of two America’s Cup syndicates represented at last year’s Gold Cup, the other being Luna Rossa who withdrew from the 35th America’s Cup this month criticising decisions by organisers as unprecedented and illegitimate.

Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand voted against reducing the size of the catamarans from 62ft to 48ft for the second time in less than a year. However, both teams were overruled by a majority of teams, led by two-times defending champion Oracle Team USA.

The America’s Cup class rules could be changed only by unanimous consent, but Oracle Team USA led an amendment to change the class rule to a majority vote.


Panama Red
04-30-2015, 03:12 PM
Makes sense. Why sail out of SF when all contests will be in Bermuda.

Get family's and team members hooked up with housing and school etc before the hordes show up and jack up the rent.

05-01-2015, 09:31 AM
Hanna Davis, Media Person for Artemis indicates that the current camp is just temporary and the Alameda site
will continue to serve as the teams home base.

05-05-2015, 01:28 PM

ORACLE TEAM USA became the first America’s Cup team to sail an AC45S boat on the Great Sound in Bermuda.

On Monday, the defending champion of the America’s Cup launched its training boat for the first time and put in over two hours of testing on the future race course of the America’s Cup.

“Today is the first day for our AC45 out on the Great Sound. We’ve been working towards this moment for nearly six months since Bermuda was announced as the venue,” said Tom Slingsby, the sailing team manager and tactician for the team


“The goal today is to commission the boat. While this AC45S has sailed before in February, today we need to get out there, check all the systems and make sure everything is working as it should.”

Although Slingsby said the real training and practice would take place later in the week, it didn’t take the team long to start pushing both boat and crew.

“Pretty much from the start we were foil-gybing and we even took a crack at a couple of foiling tacks. It was fantastic. A perfect day in Bermuda with !5 knots of breeze. ” said skipper Jimmy Sptithill, who also navigated the boat at speed through a local race course.


“The International One Design fleet was out having a race and we were absolutely tearing past them and we were getting a few hoots and hollers,” Spithill said. “People are really blown away when they see what this boat can do.”

ORACLE TEAM USA will continue to train on its AC45S as well as the smaller foiling Phantom catamarans and Moths on the Great Sound over the coming weeks.

“It’s a real statement to be the first ones out there on the 45-footer and to get a feel for the race course on a boat of this size,” Spithill said. “It can only help to give us an advantage as we come into the race period.”


Carl Spackler
05-05-2015, 09:08 PM
So when is Larry going to buy Bermuda?

05-07-2015, 08:25 AM

In a back to the future move, Portsmouth may see the re-uniting of French luxury goods house LVMH with the America’s Cup if talks between Louis Vuitton and the America’s Cup Event Authority are successful.

The Louis Vuitton Cup for 30 years was part of the prize for winning the challenger elimination series and the sole right to line up against the holder. But relations between the two sides deteriorated ahead of the 2007 series in Valencia – the LV Cup had almost become bigger than the main event.

Now the old partnership may be renewed for the whole of the warm-up, the America’s Cup World Series, three regattas in 2015 and still being formulated for 2016, and the Cup challenger finals, due to be staged in Bermuda in 2017. The first of the ACWS regattas leading up to 2017 is to be staged in Portsmouth in July.

The way was made easier by the withdrawal of the Italian challenge, backed by rival luxury goods brand Prada, and the value to the pinnacle sailing event may not be so much in the amount of money which LV pays – believed to be far less than 2007 – but in the endorsement which its renewed participation brings to the America’s Cup. The holder, Oracle Team USA and the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco, has been seeking in to achieve both stability and change against a background of sometimes virulent criticism.

In the past two weeks, it has also been announced that Canal+ in France and its territories, plus BT Sport and the BBC will broadcast various sections of the competition, again starting in Portsmouth.

The news would also be welcome in Japan, which has just announced its 2017 challenge, and encourage support for the French challenge, led by Franck Cammas, which has been struggling to secure full financial support.

The announcement of a new 48-foot wing-powered catamaran requiring a lot less design input has helped reduce costs and Cammas thinks France could challenge for less than €20m, compared with an original budget of £80m., which British team boss Sir Ben Ainslie thought might be needed for the British challenge, also Portsmouth-based.

Team New Zealand has announced that the chairman of its board, Dr. Keith Taylor, has resigned and will not immediately be replaced. Challengers in 2013, TNZ has also been struggling to announce full financial funding with the Kiwi government indicating strongly that it will not repeat substantial taxpayer support.


05-07-2015, 10:34 AM

Franck Cammas and crew debut their newly branded AC45 with it's Groupama green color scheme and foils in Lorient, France!





Big Brass Balls
05-07-2015, 08:51 PM
Looks like they just painted over Oracle's boat 5.

Cammas gonna do the full AC Cup or just the Bermuda Series?

05-08-2015, 08:24 AM
SAN DIEGO — A former America's Cup executive is launching a new international regatta, the Golden Gate Yacht Racing Challenge, which will be sailed annually on San Francisco Bay beginning in July 2017 in an updated version of the venerable 12-meter class.

Tom Ehman, who most recently had been with the America's Cup Event Authority, said he wants to restore stability and style to yacht racing. The regatta will offer yacht racing's largest purse, $500,000; have a strict nationality rule; and be contested in the strong, steady breeze that blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge.

Ehman said he envisions the Golden Gate Challenge as the Wimbledon of yacht racing in that it will be held every year at the same venue. Unlike the America's Cup, all teams will be challengers, meaning they'll start on equal footing each year.

The Golden Gate Yacht Racing Challenge is being planned at a time when the America's Cup has lost some of its luster and is being criticized by many in sailing for abandoning its traditions.

Oracle Team USA, then based in San Francisco, successfully defended the America's Cup in 2013 in one of the greatest comebacks in sports, in 72-foot catamarans. When San Francisco officials didn't offer the same terms for the next regatta, cup officials put the venue up for bid and picked Bermuda. Teams and the event itself are struggling to secure sponsorships to offset the staggering cost of competing.

Ehman said he hopes to attract team owners who have been priced out of the America's Cup or turned off by recent turmoil.

"This is an opportunity to do something for the sport and the former cup community," Ehman said from San Francisco.

Italian billionaire Patrizio Bertelli recently pulled his Luna Rossa Challenge out of the America's Cup after an unprecedented mid-course move to reduce the size of the catamarans for 2017. Emirates Team New Zealand and Team France are struggling to raise money. If they drop out, there will be only three challengers.

Frenchman Bruno Trouble, an America's Cup skipper during the 12-meter era who helped found the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in 1983, recently said the America's Cup has turned into "a vulgar beach event smelling of sunscreen and french fries."

Ehman said he's working to secure event sponsors and teams.

"I think this is the best venue in the world for showcasing yacht racing and that was shown in the last cup," he said. "There's a crying need in the world of yacht racing for such an event, especially in monohulls and especially in a lot of breeze. We're seeing that because of what's happening or not happening in other parts of the sport and in other parts of the world."

While Ehman hopes to attract some big-name owners and skippers, the star of the regatta could be the 12-meters. They were used in what many consider the golden era of the America's Cup, from 1958-87, when bigger-than-life personalities such as Dennis Conner and Ted Turner dominated racing held in Newport, Rhode Island, and then Fremantle, Australia.

The 12-meter era ended when Conner won back the America's Cup in the big wind and waves off Fremantle in 1987.

Ehman remains vice commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, which is the America's Cup trustee. He said his regatta is not affiliated with the GGYC and won't compete with the America's Cup.

"I think the America's Cup is off on its own and always has been," Ehman said. "The America's Cup will survive the current situation. There is obviously strong interest in monohull racing with strong teams, in boats everyone has heard of and loves. There is a nostalgia and romance with the 12-meters, and to have those boats racing in a lot of breeze on San Francisco Bay where people can watch it, it will remind people of how great the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 in windy conditions in 12s."

Ehman said he's having designers look at modernizing the 12s and hopes to keep the cost below $3 million per boat. All boats would have the same hull shape, which would make the regatta a test of sailing skill rather than a design competition, helping to hold down costs.

He'd like the hull to look like Freedom, which Conner sailed to victory in the 1980 America's Cup.

Beyond the cost of a boat, Ehman believes a team can compete in the Golden Gate Challenge for less than $1 million a year, far less than staging an America's Cup campaign.

05-15-2015, 08:41 AM

BERMUDA, 15 May 2015 - Artemis Racing became the first America’s Cup challenger to launch its AC45 development catamaran in Bermuda this week. The Swedish team’s wing-sail foiling AC45 Turbo began sea trials in the Great Sound on Tuesday after being launched from its new temporary base at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The first two days of sailing provided a real insight into what the team can expect ahead of America’s Cup World Series Bermuda this October, and the finals of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

Helmsman Nathan Outteridge commented, “We’re really excited to be the first challenger out on the Bermudan waters on the AC45. There have been a number of critics of the Bermuda venue, but foiling around in 10 knots of breeze here, in flat turquoise water is pretty sweet. These boats are just awesome to sail, but unfortunately you do have to come back in, I’m sure we would have been happy to out there for another three hours. We’re really looking forward to getting back out there again”.


Team Manager Iain Percy said “We were really just out there exploring the course on day one and checking the equipment after it’s journey from San Francisco. Over the last few days we've learnt that it is a tricky venue, it’s really shifty and gusty, and further to that, it’s tight. You need to understand the charts, where the rocks are, where you can and can’t go. There will be lots of tacks and gybes, the crew will be working incredible hard getting the boat through the transitions. It’s certainly going to be a sailors race, which will be great for everyone watching and certainly plays to our strengths”.

After two weeks of sailing Phantoms, Moths and A-cats the team’s tent arrived on Tuesday and was up in time for delivery of their most valuable asset on Friday. Artemis Racing’s shore crew worked tirelessly through the weekend to get the boat together and ready for sailing. After the mandatory system checks the team were soon flying round the Great Sound, travelling to the boundaries of the course, managing to get a solid four hours under their belt on day one.

Commenting on the swell of local support and interest, “We have been overwhelmed by the warm reception from the people of Bermuda. You can already feel the excitement on the island and we’re still over two years away from the main event” said Percy.

Carl Spackler
05-15-2015, 01:11 PM
If Larry had purchased Bermuda, he could charge Artemis a use fee for sailing in his lagoon.

Panama Red
05-20-2015, 01:06 PM

A cool Letterman interview with Dennis Conner back in 1987!

05-29-2015, 01:27 PM


Bermuda, 29 May 2015 - Further to the statement made by the Hon. Dr. Grant Gibbons to the House of Assembly, the ACBDA and the America’s Cup Event Authority can confirm that Artemis Racing are looking to move their entire operation to Bermuda as soon as this year. Presently their home base is located in San Francisco and this move would see Bermuda becoming Artemis Racing’s headquarters through the 2017 America’s Cup regatta. This would be significant for Bermuda as the potential move would involve many more people in the Artemis Racing team moving to Bermuda much earlier than anticipated in our projections.

“After spending some time here on the Great Sound it has confirmed our original thoughts that this is a tricky venue and being here, learning the race course, will give us the best chance possible to win the 35th America’s Cup” commented Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing Helmsman.

The full Artemis Racing team base will require a significant amount of land space and they are therefore exploring all their options for locating that base on the Island.

The recent decision to have the America’s Cup Qualifiers, Challenger Series and Final Match all take place in Bermuda continues to prove beneficial in terms of the presence that the teams will have in Bermuda and therefore the economic impact on the country.


“We’ve been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and enthusiasm of the local community here in Bermuda and we are looking forward to making this our new home” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing Team Manager

Artemis Racing have indicated their clear commitment to the Event Village concept, which will feature all the America’s Cup teams in one location for the first time, and, should they choose an initial alternate location for their main base, they will certainly move into the Dockyard Event Village early in 2017.

Peter Rusch, Director of Communications ACEA and Mike Winfield CEO of ACBDA both expressed their appreciation to Artemis Racing for their commitment to both the Americas Cup and for making Bermuda their home base. “We look forward to working with Artemis Racing, in helping relocate their full team to Bermuda and doing what we can to assist them in setting up their full operational base here”, added Mike Winfield.

Artemis Racing have been sailing out of their temporary base in the Royal Naval Dockyard for the past few weeks.

Prince of Whales
05-29-2015, 01:50 PM
Well it had to come to an end some time.

I thought they had a long term contract with the City of Alameda, no?

Charlie Tuna
06-01-2015, 11:21 AM
Time to go dumpster diving outside the compound?

07-22-2015, 11:55 AM
The 1st round of the AC World Series is about to begin.

After months of self promotion, disagreement, petty finger pointing and accusations, some real racing is about to begin!



How do you fly an AC45F? As the Portsmouth AC World Series event approaches, Land Rover BAR's Paul Campbell-James explains to Matthew Sheahan how crews fly their foiling 45 foot cats.

Panama Red
07-22-2015, 12:17 PM
Great learning piece. I have wondered for some time how those adjustments got made.

Make the game much more of a muscle memory exercise and not just tactics, doesn't it?

07-26-2015, 09:21 AM

After discussions with the America's Cup organising committee due to extreme weather we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel today's racing and Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event programme, and the site has been closed for the day.

We had hoped to go ahead with early racing, but with winds gusting in excess of 30mph we could not risk the safety of the crews and public, and their welfare is paramount.

Due to high winds the Waterfront Festival Arena and Fanzone Arena is now closed, and we ask public to leave the event site.
For everyone who booked tickets in the Fanzone Arena and Grandstand today, refunds will be issued through Ticketmaster.

Some high octane still from Saturday's Racing










09-15-2015, 10:12 AM

Chicago made maritime history today with Lake Michigan chosen as the first freshwater venue to host America’s Cup racing in the event’s 164-year history.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, a qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda, will take place at Navy Pier from June 10 – 12.

Additionally, organizers announced that Chicago-based CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, will be the first Foundation Partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago event.

“Chicagoans continue to prove their affinity for all sports and now they have the opportunity to add America’s Cup sailing to the list. We have no doubt that our amazing city, its residents and beautiful Lake Michigan will deliver the ultimate experience for the international sailing community.” said Desiree Rogers, Choose Chicago chair.

Navy Pier, celebrating its centennial in 2016, will serve as event headquarters June 10 – 12, 2016, and include a ticketed viewing area, entertainment and VIP hospitality areas for fans to enjoy as the high-performance 45’ foiling catamarans race by at 40+ mph close to the shore.

“We are looking forward to a historic year in 2016 at Navy Pier,” said Marilynn Gardner, president and CEO, Navy Pier Inc. “We will celebrate our centennial and an event like the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago is a tremendous opportunity to welcome new and returning maritime enthusiasts and casual fans to the Pier. There is no better way to showcase our newly renovated and reimagined public spaces to the world.”

ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending America’s Cup champion, has close ties to the “Windy City.” Larry Ellison, the team’s principal, grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. ORACLE TEAM USA team member Matt Cassidy called Chicago home for the past five years before relocating to Bermuda this past spring.

“Chicago is a world-class city, and Navy Pier’s lakefront architecture creates the perfect sailing venue to showcase the excitement of the modern America’s Cup,” said Sir Russell Coutts, America’s Cup Event Authority chief executive officer and five-time America’s Cup winner. “Regardless of wind direction, spectators are guaranteed up-close racing action.”

Chicago’s selection as a host for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is due in large part to Don Wilson, a passionate sailor, longtime Chicagoan and CEO of DRW, a Chicago-based principal trading firm. He founded the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) in 2009 with the goal to bring world-class match racing to the shores of Lake Michigan. CMRC is the host management company for the event.

“When the international sailing world arrives in Chicago next summer, they will understand why Lake Michigan is called the third coast,” said Wilson, chairman, Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.

“Today’s announcement is just the beginning. Thanks to our partners, including Navy Pier, the Chicago Sports Commission and CME Group, we are building the foundation for stadium sailing and the America’s Cup in Chicago.”

Additional information including details on tickets and hospitality opportunities will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago event, visit http://acws-chicago.americascup.com/

09-30-2015, 12:27 PM

An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. Follow Artemis Racing over six episodes in 2015 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport.

In this episode we hear from Pete Cunningham and Chris Brittle on training for the America's Cup, we take a closer look at former Sprint Canoe star Anders Gustafsson, Nathan Outteridge takes on Pelle Petterson in a speed challenge; and we look back at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg.

10-01-2015, 11:48 AM

Drones will not be permitted to fly within the vicinity of this month’s sailing races.

The decision to have a no-fly zone during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series has been made for safety reasons, as a helicopter is being brought to the Island to film the event from the air.

The aircraft is equipped with technology that can superimpose computer graphics on the camera footage to highlight the course layout and markers for broadcast viewers.

Camera-equipped, remotely operated drones have captured stunning images of Bermuda from above, including some sailing events, however, having drones and a helicopter in proximity has been deemed too dangerous by the event organisers and the Department of Civil Aviation.

A temporary no-fly zone will be in operation around the World Series, which takes place in the Great Sound and Hamilton Harbour between October 16 and 18.

The zone will cover a circuit of three nautical miles centred on the Great Sound, and extending from sea level to a height of 1,500ft.

“There is a no-fly zone for drones around the racecourse and that is for the safety of the helicopter, the spectators and the teams,” explained Peter Rusch, director of communications for the America’s Cup Event Authority.

Peter Adhemar, head of operations at the Department of Civil Aviation, said it was a sensible precaution.

“Our big worry is that a drone could collide with the helicopter,” he said.

Full Article (http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151001/NEWS25/151009974)

10-04-2015, 10:00 AM
Editors note: You no doubt probably wondered, when the powers that be chose Bermuda as the host site for the 35th America's Cup,
that there was a distinct possibility that a hurricane could bear down on the tiny island nation and do great damage to the infrastructure
of the island and the America's Cup Village. Most of it, the pop up tent variety. While the entirety of the AC infrastructure is not yet complete,
a majority of the core is, including camps for Oracle, BAR, Artemis, and Softbank. Time will tell how the structures manage. Hopefully the
personnel all find suitable protection and ride things out safely.


At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of eye of Hurricane Joaquin
was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near
latitude 31.0 North, longitude 66.8 West. Joaquin is now moving
toward the north-northeast near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general
motion with a slight decrease in forward is expected to continue
through Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Joaquin will
pass just west of Bermuda this afternoon, and pass north of Bermuda

Recent data from the hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum
sustained winds have decreased near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher
gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles
(335 km).

The minimum central pressure recently measured by the reconnaissance
aircraft was 957 mb (28.26 inches).


Hurricane Loop: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huvsloop.html

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are first expected to reach Bermuda
later this morning, with hurricane conditions expected by this

STORM SURGE: A dangerous and life-threatening storm surge is
expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda. Near
the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive

RAINFALL: Joaquin is expected to produce total rainfall
accumulations of 3 to 5 inches across Bermuda through tonight.

SURF: Swells generated by Joaquin will continue to affect portions
of the Bahamas during the next few days. Swells are affecting much
of the southeastern and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States and
will spread northward along the east coast of the United States
through Monday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening
surf and rip current conditions. Even though Joaquin is expected to
pass well east of the coast of the United States, a prolonged period
of elevated water levels and large waves will affect the
mid-Atlantic region, causing significant beach and dune erosion with
moderate coastal flooding likely. Please consult products from your
local weather office.

10-04-2015, 10:18 AM
ORACLE TEAM USA is joining all Bermudians in preparing for the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, forecast to pass within 100 miles to the west of Bermuda overnight Sunday.

Bermuda is currently under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning, with winds forecast in excess of 50 knots. Already on Saturday morning, winds are increasing to the 20-25 knot range, with clouds moving in and rain to come.

After leaving the Bahamas as a category 4 hurricane, the storm is expected to decrease in intensity as it moves north.

“Our logistics manager Ian Stewart has always had a plan for hurricane preparation. That’s something that comes with living here,” explained ORACLE TEAM USA General Manager Grant Simmer.

“The priorities are to make sure all of our people and their families are safe and informed with forecasts and safety protocols and we have to safeguard the assets of the team.

“The forecast this morning (Saturday) was a bit more severe so we’ve taken the decision to secure the base to the limit of what Ian had planned. All the boats are inside sheds, the tent roof has been taken off the canteen area, all the containers are closed up and the large glass panels have been covered in plywood. I think we’re in pretty good shape.

“We’re prepared to lose power and communication for a couple of days if the storm is worse than forecast. We’ve prepared for the worst and we’re hoping we’re being over-cautious.”

The strongest part of the storm is forecast to last for about 24 hours, from mid-afternoon Sunday through Monday afternoon, with winds moderating after that.

“I don’t see this having an impact on the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which is still over two weeks away,” Simmer said. “Bermudians are accustomed to dealing with these storms and recovering quickly.

“For most of us, it’s our first time so we are probably anticipating something more severe than what we’ll see, and hopefully we’ll be out sailing again in a few days.”

10-06-2015, 08:51 AM

The skipper of Luna Rossa at the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco, Max Sirena, has joined Emirates Team New Zealand as they work towards the 35th Match in Bermuda. Luna Rossa issued this brief statement:

Team Luna Rossa Challenge is pleased to announce that its former Skipper and Team Director Max Sirena will join Emirates Team New Zealand’s management, working closely with the various Department Heads and the Executive Team.

This stresses the sporting and friendly ties of mutual respect that have characterized the relationship between the two teams during over fifteen years, marked by loyal and constructive competition.

The news will not be welcomed by the America's Cup management team as Sirena was the most vocal critic of Russell Coutts, Iain Murray and other members of the America's Cup Event Authority during the 34th Match.

In particular he angered Murray when the Event Director issued new safety guidelines following the tragic death of Artemis crewman Andrew Simpson after the Artemis AC72 pitch-poled. Sirena effectively accused Murray of cheating on behalf of Oracle by proposing new rudders to give the helmsmen more control.

Sirena was elected spokesman for the challengers last year, but Luna Rossa withdrew from the Cup after a change was made to foiling AC45s, instead of the previously agreed AC62s.

It is fair to say that there will continue to be fireworks between the volatile Italian and the AC management team.
- Roger McMillan

Original Story (http://www.mysailing.com.au/news/max-sirena-joins-emirates-team-new-zealand)

10-06-2015, 09:00 AM

A Fighter Jet on Water

The British America's Cup challenger, Land Rover BAR, has launched its latest testing boat – T2 – at their home in Portsmouth. This boat will increase the momentum already developed with the initial launch of 'T1' last October. It's the next stage in the relentless pursuit of technological excellence that will culminate in the design and build of the final race boat to challenge for the America's Cup in 2017.

T2 is designed to drive forward a new era of British maritime design and technology
The boat uses the latest technology from both the aerospace and automotive industries to create the marine equivalent of a fighter jet
T2 will fly on foils the size of a wakeboard, whilst lifting the weight of a fully occupied London taxi


Ben Ainslie; Team Principal and Skipper, four times Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner:

"T2 is an extraordinary achievement; everyone on the design, engineering and shore teams have put everything they have got into this boat. Power is nothing without control, and there has been no compromise in the pursuit of both. All of the sailing team are grateful and privileged to get the opportunity to test fly this unique craft."

Andy Claughton; Land Rover BAR Chief Technology Officer and two times America's Cup winner:

"This is the most technologically advanced sailing boat I've ever been involved with. It's the vital next step on our path to developing the boat that will challenge for the America's Cup, containing some of the most innovative and powerful technology ever used in this competition."


"All of ​the sail​ing team​ are gra​teful an​d privil​eged to ​get the ​opportun​ity to t​est fly ​this uni​que craf​t" - Tea​m Princi​pal, Ben​ Ainslie

T2 represents a significant step towards the team's pursuit of power and speed; driving forward a new era of British maritime design and technology.

The design combines ideas and concepts previously only found in aerospace and automotive technologies, uniquely, T2 combines the raw power of carbon fibre hydrofoils and a wing sail with sophisticated electronic flight control systems.

Flat Stanley
10-06-2015, 11:19 AM
Is that the 48'?

10-07-2015, 07:52 AM
Not the final boat, but might be 48' long.

IOR Geezer
10-08-2015, 02:17 PM
I think that if BAR wins it, it would be good for the whole AC

10-18-2015, 12:44 PM

Artemis Racing has claimed the Bermuda 2015 ACWS and doing so in great comeback fashion after a collision in race 2
While ETNZ maintain a 10 point advantage over Oracle Team USA in the overall standings.

Full report to follow!



Tonapah Low
10-18-2015, 09:37 PM
Great to see Artemis excel!

10-19-2015, 09:37 AM

The video of the start or race 2 HERE! (http://www.nbcsports.com/video/race-postponed-after-sailor-run-judge-boat?guid=nbc_americascup_artemiscollideswithumpir e_151018)


Nic Douglas talks with Nathan Outteridge about the pre race kerfuffle with the judges boat starting at 11:00!


IOR Geezer
10-19-2015, 09:48 AM
Amazing no one decapitated! Even more amazing Artemis sailed away from the crash and won race 2!

10-20-2015, 10:16 AM
Royal Gazette Article (http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151020/SPORT30/151029988)

Peter Shrubb yesterday relived the moment he was nearly crushed to death during the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series races in the Great Sound.

Shrubb, who was officiating at the regatta, was on the umpire boat that ploughed into Artemis Racing's catamaran during the pre-start of the second race on Sunday.

While the Artemis boat suffered extensive damage, the collision propelled Shrubb between the two boats, and only his helmet, and the quick-thinking of the Artemis crew, saved his life.

“I got caught in-between the umpire boat and the race boat,” Shrubb said. “Luckily I had my helmet on because it was preventing my head from being squeezed in-between the two boats.

“I got jammed in there and could not get my head out because the boats were still moving at that point. Artemis was still going forward, which was applying more pressure and thankfully the Artemis crew was quick to respond.”

Shrubb was quick to praise the Artemis crew for attending to his plight before their own, especially considering the damage that was done to the catamaran could have ended their regatta prematurely.

“They came running up and saw the problem, and my fellow umpire Alfredo [Ricci] and the other guys grabbed me, and pulled me out from between the two boats.

“It was amazing that their boat was not their primary concern. Their primary concern was helping Alfredo and I because they could see were in a bit of trouble there.

“Their whole crew came running forward and I am thankful that they did, because things could have got a lot worst if they hadn't come up and helped us as quickly as they did.”

As it was, Shrubb, and Ricci, who was driving at the time of the crash, escaped with minor injuries.

The Artemis boat was not quite so lucky, and the Swedish team had to cut away their code zero sail as part of the running repairs that enabled them to remain in the race.

Whether anyone was to blame for what could have been a fatal accident is not something that has been publicly discussed. For his part Shrubb said it was part of the accepted risk of the sport.

“It was just part of the game we play,” Shrubb said. “You have big, fast boats in a confined area, and the umpires boats have to be right in the mix, and sometimes these things happen.”

Shrubb said that by the time he knew the two boats were going to collide, there was nothing anybody could have done to prevent it from happening.

“We were coming around the outside of the spectator fleet to get into position to see the boats entering into their final tack into the start,” he said. “It was a narrow corridor between the spectator boats, and the pin end of the start line. We got in there and were moving up into position, and Artemis came around from the other side of the boats we were watching into the same corridor we were in.

“They were kind of aiming at us, and we were aiming at them, and there was not a whole lot of room to go anywhere.

“We slammed the boat into reverse but the collision was inevitable at that point. Things move pretty quickly in this kind of event and we just got caught off guard.”

Shrubb said that once he was pulled free, crew on both boats went into survival mode, desperate to ensure they could continue.

“We suffered a few bangs and bruises,” Shrubb said.

“We were a bit shocked, and were just trying to catch our breath and get back into umpiring mode.
“We saw there was some damage on their boat, and they were working hard to repair what had to be repaired to go sailing again. Everybody was just in their own survival mode to do what they needed to do to get back on the water again.”

That Artemis were subsequently able to not only race, but win the regatta was something Shrubb called “pretty amazing”, and he was delighted to be able to present them with champagne at the end.

“One minute they are saving me and then the next I'm handing them a bottle of champagne for winning the regatta,” he said. “You could not have written a better storyline.

“I think this will go down as my most memorable experience in umpiring, and I'm just glad that the Artemis crew and my fellow umpire were there to help me.”

Honey Badger
10-21-2015, 09:51 PM
The judge boats should not be that close.

10-27-2015, 09:13 AM

Guess who's back on SF Bay for some AC 48' training?

Prince of Whales
10-27-2015, 10:32 AM
So, that's the new boat?

10-28-2015, 04:45 PM
So, that's the new boat?

I just spoke with their PR/Comms guy David Tyler. The boat you are seeing is the old 45' with the foiling mods.

The team will be training for a few more weeks and then moving to Bermuda over Christmas, yet they will keep a small footprint in Alameda.

The boats they will be racing in the Challenger Series and the AC itself will be 49.5 long.

The AC World Series will continue next year with 4-6 northern hemisphere events, Portsmouth, Chicago are confirmed, Sweden, Japan, another US event are on list, and assume France will host an event too.

The actual AC events will be May and June of 2017 in Bermuda.

10-29-2015, 07:55 AM
Thanks for the clarity!

10-29-2015, 10:48 AM
Wish the Alemeda solution would have won. I know its too late now.
Perhaps next time ???

Everyone who cares about the oldest trophy in professional sport wants to know, whats next? Will the Cup stay in "Mean Old Frisco" or will Larry's team pull stakes and seek better offers.

Here's what we have learned thus far.

1) San Francisco had 90 days to make their pitch, and according to SF Port Spokeswoman Renee-Dunn Martin, "High level negotiations are going on right now between multiple parties," including SF Port Staff, The Mayors Office, The conglomeration which is Oracle Racing, ACEA, ACRM, which we shall just call Octopi San Fran, (Mr Ellison's Holding Corporation is Octopus Holdings LLC, so we will work with that) The Warriors, The Local Unions are believe to be involved.

When asked what could or would be available facility wise in 2016-2017 Mrs Dunn-Martin indicated that "Nothings off the table". Which lead to more direct questions.

What about Pier 27-29? "The phase 2 portion of construction on Pier 27 -29 begins in November. The piers should be fully operational for the cruise industry vendors by Fall 2014" The Piers worked well within the confines of this cycle of the America's Cup, but could they get pressed into service for the next cycle? "It's quite possible in some capacity, especially the North West Plaza. It's all being negotiated"

Would not the Cruise Ships control the pier? Again, everything is up for negotiation and the possibility of the cruise ships using other piers for loading and unloading during the
height of any Louis Vuitton or AC events is possible.

Okay then, how about Piers 30-32? Won't the Warriors be playing basketball in their new
stadium then? Again Mrs Dunn Martin was not committed to certainty with that project. apparently the proposed Warriors Arena is still under negotiation, and with all things San Francisco, due to lengthy delays in progress. It's still feasible the crumbling pier's could still be available for a temporary hosting position in 2016-2017.

Pier 80? " The lease with "Octopi SF" ends at the end of the year. Octopi SF's Lease at Piers 23 and 19 terminate at end of this month and the remaining gear and offices will be transported to Pier 80 for short term. In case you did not know, the offices located on Piers 23 were all built in shipping containers, and can be relocated and redeployed easily.
Pier 80 can host those offices and skeleton crew for short term without much pain.

If Octopi SF opts to renew a lease on Pier 80, one would expect all their assets would stay there until other options open up.

One option could be Alameda's Seaport Lagoon.

According to sources close to the negotiation process between the City of Alameda,
Artemis Racing, and sailing interests, planning and negotiation continues. The Waterfront Town Center proposed as the cornerstone of the redevelopment plans at Alameda Point



See Draft Plans (http://alamedaca.gov/alameda-point/current-draft-documents)

The city council is scheduled to finalize their vote on the projects approval next month. There is a massive amount of infrastructure work to be done earthwise with
global warming/projected sea rise inundation concerns, drainage, earthquake and tsunami concerns. And while the city does not want to delay progress on the redevelopment process that has been nearly 2 decades in the making, there is a possibility of using the "Taxi Way" along the lagoons eastern edge as a host camp
for syndicates, and putting some of the long term teams into some of the vacated buildings near the lagoon.

Artemis Racing was 1st to occupy one of the available hangars from the city. While it
had adequate space for the team, the facility is circa 1940's, complete with seismic concerns, standard issue asbestos and lead in abundance, the mitigation of these hazards will need to be dealt with before any long term leases. The space Artemis is currently occupying has been offered up for a longer term, more expensive lease. Artemis themselves are looking at other potential available buildings for the short term for their primary base, the old Nelson's being a serious contender.

It leaves a lot to ponder.

And What About Lanai? (http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/August-2013/An-Inside-Look-at-Larry-Ellisons-Lanai/)

10-29-2015, 11:00 AM
Thanks, I was just about to corrrect the 48 error.
The one they are useing is more that just adding the Foils which is what was done for the LVACWS. This is a systems development boat more advanced to get a jump on systems and techniques for the 49.5 (America's Cup Class) boats.
See http://www.cupexperience.com/blog/2015/4/artemis-ac62-design-americas-cup
I will try to get a schedule (if they have one) from David. I would like to see this close up.
Should not Alemeda put in a bid for an ACWS event??

Sea Ya!

11-03-2015, 12:36 PM

BMW Group automobiles are usually trimmed for maximum efficiency and dynamics in the aerodynamic test centre. These days, however, a rather unusual object is the focus of the BMW engineers’ aerodynamic analyses: a catamaran. It is in the state-of-the art wind tunnel at the BMW Group Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) that the foundations are to be laid for success in one of the most technologically-demanding sporting competitions in the world: the America’s Cup.


ORACLE TEAM USA, Defender of the 35th America’s Cup, has won the prestigious trophy the last two times and now has its sights set on a hat-trick of titles. It takes on this latest mission alongside Technology Partner BMW – a combination that tasted success together in 2010 in Valencia, Spain, when the team first won the oldest trophy in international sport.

“This time, the engineers are faced with new challenges,” says Holger Gau, BMW expert in 3D simulation methods: “The AC45 catamarans fly on their foils, spending the majority of their time virtually completely out of the water. This is spectacular for the spectators, physically demanding for the crews, and means that we engineers and designers must focus our efforts on finding that decisive advantage in terms of speed: the hydrodynamics of the hull hardly play a role any more. Aerodynamics are more important to us.”


Because of this, it is no wonder that the Munich-based automobile manufacturer’s aerodynamic test centre and the expertise of the BMW specialists will play a key role when designing the racing yachts for ORACLE TEAM USA.

“BMW is a company, whose success is based on innovative engineering. It is a leader when it comes to pioneering technology,” said Grant Simmer, the team’s Chief Operating Officer. “The cooperation on the America’s Cup victory in 2010 showed just how valuable this expertise can be in the field of boat design. We are now laying the foundations for 2017, and we can consider ourselves fortunate to have BMW on our side.”


BMW’s aerodynamics experts are working on precisely this basis.

“We are currently performing intensive aerodynamic tests on a model of the current yacht design. This will provide us with reliable reference data to compare to in-depth CFD research that is planned,” explained Gau. “Up until the America’s Cup match in June 2017, the priority will be to test the effectiveness of any ideas for optimising the design, as well as many detailed changes: Do they have the desired effect? How do they affect the complex aerodynamic interaction between the hull, the platform, the wing sail, and the positioning of the crew on board? We need to gather comprehensive data, as any little nuance could be decisive – particularly as the design of the larger parts of the platform, particularly the hull, are stipulated in the rules. Therefore, the designers do not have all that many adjustable screws that they can turn.”


BMW is perfectly familiar with these challenges, particularly from the company’s motorsport commitments. Here too, the regulations are very stringent, making it all the more essential to be as creative as possible with the aerodynamic leeway they have. One of the few components of the platform of an America’s Cup Class catamaran that can be freely designed is the fairing of the cross beam between the hulls – the area, into which the apparent wind flows (the sum of the true wind and the induced wind). The optimal airflow over the entire object starts precisely here and is crucial to any aerodynamic optimisation – another parallel to automobile design and motorsport.

11-30-2015, 10:12 AM

While training for the America's Cup (to be held in 2017) Franck Cammas, the skipper of Groupama Team France was seriously wounded in the right leg, Monday, November 30.

This Monday, November 30, the skipper of 42 years was in full preparation for the America's Cup, which he will participate with Team Groupama France. Franck Cammas and his team were training two GC32 boats - catamarans foils - to National Sailing School in Quiberon Bay.

"At the start of one of the sleeves of preparation, in a wind of around twenty knots, and while he was at the helm, the champion went overboard and was struck by the rudder with his right leg while the catamaran hydrofoil was foiling at full speed, "said Groupama Team France in a statement.

According to his press service, the Cammas injured his right foot and is the victim of a compound fracture.

He was quickly rescued by a rigid support and then repatriated to Haliguen port where waiting firefighters and a doctor of the SAMU. He was then evacuated ves helicopter Nantes hospital.

Full Story (http://www.bateaux.com/article/21919/franck-cammas-blesse-pied-droit-pendant-un-entrainement-catamaran)

Prince of Whales
11-30-2015, 10:44 AM

Those blades are sharper than ginsu knifes!

Get well Franck!

12-08-2015, 10:39 AM

America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing on May 7-8, 2016.

The New York event is one of six events planned during 2016, each featuring thrilling, high-speed competition, as six America’s Cup teams, with the top sailors in the world, vie for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.


This year, Emirates Team New Zealand’s star helmsman, Peter Burling, the youngest in the fleet, led his team to the top of the standings over current America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA, and the highly touted Land Rover BAR team led by Olympic hero Ben Ainslie.

But the competition was close. In fact, the opening three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 featured three different event winners, and four different individual race winners. The 2016 calendar promises more hard-fought racing on the foiling AC45F catamarans that fly above the water.

“Everyone is going to want to start the New Year off well,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “But all the other teams have been out training with the same goal in mind, so nothing will come easy this year.

“The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit. New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”

Practice racing in New York is on May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.

Four events on the 2016 schedule have been announced to date:

Muscat, Oman – February 26-28, 2016;
New York, USA – May 6-8, 2016;
Chicago, USA – June 10-12, 2016;
Portsmouth, UK – July 22-24, 2016;

Two additional Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events are anticipated to complete the calendar, likely in Europe in mid-September and in Asia in mid-November.

“With six events around the world in 2016 our fans will have more opportunities to enjoy America’s Cup racing and follow their favorite teams and sailors as we build towards the finals in Bermuda in 2017,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup.

“We’re excited to be able to add the new venues of Oman, New York and Chicago to the calendar, giving more fans a chance to experience the America’s Cup in person.”

The New York event is an historic milestone of sorts. America’s Cup racing was held in New York harbor and environs for 50 years, representing the first 13 challenges for the oldest trophy in international sport.

From 1870 through 1920 racing took place off New York. Beginning in 1930, the competition was moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where it remained until the United States finally lost the Cup in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sport.

Since that time, racing for the America’s Cup has taken place in Perth (Australia); San Diego (USA); Auckland (New Zealand); Valencia (Spain); and San Francisco (USA).

In May/June 2017, the next America’s Cup will be raced for in Bermuda.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings (after three events):

Emirates Team New Zealand – 122 points
ORACLE TEAM USA – 112 points
Land Rover BAR – 109 points
Artemis Racing – 105 points
SoftBank Team Japan – 100 points
Groupama Team France – 82 points

IOR Geezer
02-29-2016, 11:17 AM
That weekend Oman series sure was a dud.

They want people to pay for watching that?

Dirty Sanchez
02-29-2016, 10:09 PM
A farce to be exact, love the concept of the foiling boats, but all these trips to known no wind venues to suck cash out is ridiculous.

04-13-2016, 08:43 AM
T3 takes​ flight ​past the​ Royal N​avy's HM​S Bulwar​k (c) Ri​ck Tomli​nson / L​and Rove​r BAR

In a scene more reminiscent of The Matrix than Master and Commander, Land Rover BAR have launched the third in their series of testing boats.

Audio communications network; jacked in and levels tested. Check.
Computer; booted, logged in and network live. Check.
Fibre optic and six-axis motion sensor arrays; online, calibrated, tested and responding. Check.


The rules only allow the team to build one full-size 50 foot America's Cup Class (ACC) boat. However, the team can build shorter (45 foot) versions as test boats – T3 is one of these, and while it looks very like the final race boat, it's a few feet shorter. The rules also define much of the hull shape and structure, making wing and hydrofoil control systems one of the key technology battlegrounds.

Just as wire cable linkages between the accelerator pedal and the carburettor in cars have been replaced by sensors and electronics; aboard T3, the ropes previously used to control the sails have now been replaced by hydraulics and electronics.

And so almost all of the team's innovation and new technology is hidden deep inside this third boat on the long development path to the final race design for the 35th America's Cup.

No one gets this thing off the dock without the password to the computer. But when the tyres have been kicked and the fires have been lit, once again, it's time to fly.


Ben Ainslie; Team Principal and Skipper, four times Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner:

"T3 is another fantastic piece of technology from our designers, engineers, shore team and key suppliers. It's terrific to see the step changes we have made each time we launch a new boat. This is a new team, but it's growing up fast. Really fast."

Richard Hopkirk; Head of Systems and Analysis:

"T3 takes us a significant step closer to the systems that we will use on the final race boat. This boat will allow us to test and develop across all the key areas that will impact our ultimate performance, it's a critical progression in the search for fast, stable and continuous flight."

T3 will sail from the team's home in Portsmouth, with a full development and testing programme to conduct throughout the summer.

Dutch Rudder
04-14-2016, 12:34 PM
It would be ironic if Ben wins it after training with Oracle last cycle.

05-05-2016, 09:21 AM

New York, New York
The 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (ACWS) resumes in New York with the second event of the season. Land Rover BAR lie in third place after winning the first event in Oman back in February – the only team to have won two ACWS events in this Cup cycle. The team are just one point behind Oracle Team USA and seven points behind Emirates Team New Zealand.

New York has a long history and association with the Cup, it was home to America's Cup racing until 1920, the year that the Brits came closest to winning. Sir Thomas Lipton led 2-0 before eventually being beaten 3-2. The weekend also marks Ben Ainslie's return to racing in the States for the first time since victory in the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. Of course, this time, he will be challenging Jimmy Spithill for the trophy rather than helping him to defend it.

The Land Rover BAR crew will continue the process of rotation that was so successful in Oman. Giles Scott is now focusing on his Finn campaign for the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer. Coming onto the boat will be the former 49er sailor Ed Powys, making his ACWS debut.


Thoughts ahead of the racing

Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal: "We got the win in Oman, but this is a very different place, a very different venue and expected conditions, so it's a different challenge for all of the teams. We've had to think about the right approach to this event as a team. We've been preparing hard for that and we're excited to be racing in as iconic a location as New York."

Jono Macbeth, Sailing Team Manager: "In Oman we did some crew rotations and had a very successful regatta, and I think that really showed how strong our sailing team is in depth. Looking forward to New York, we've lost Giles Scott due to his Olympic campaign, and this will be the first regatta that he has missed. It will give us another chance to do some rotations, and show the depth of the sailing team across a lot of different areas. We've got young Ed Powys coming in, one of the newest members of our team, and he's been doing an absolutely fantastic job in training. We are super excited to get him out there. He brings a new exuberance and excitement to the team.

"But I don't think any team is under any illusions about how difficult the race track in New York is going to be. And looking ahead to the forecast, we are going to get a breeze out of just about every quarter at different strengths and tendencies. We are hoping to carry on with the momentum we had out of Oman, but at the same time it is going to be a very testing race course for the sailors and a tricky weekend."


David 'Freddie' Carr, Runner: "They call it the river that flows both ways, by which they mean that it's a tidal river, so that will be a big thing to take into account for us. We sail in tidal current at home, but we will need to key into the eddies along the shore, particularly on the Manhattan side. And of course there are all these 500m skyscrapers in the way of the wind as well; on these urban race courses the breeze can touch down at any point. So we have to keep our heads out of the boat, there won't be a single lap or manoeuvre that's the same, it will change every time. The weather looks all right though; 6 to 10 knots on Saturday, and Sunday looks great with 10-16 knots, so we'll race both days for sure."

All the action - in the UK and Ireland - can be watched live on BT Sport, with Saturday's racing beginning at 18:30 on BT Sport 2; then Sunday's racing is live on BT Sport 1 also beginning at 18:30. Both BT Sport 1 and 2 will run replays of the racing throughout the weekend.


Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Leaderboard after four events:

1. Emirates Team New Zealand 192
3. Land Rover BAR 185
4. SoftBank Team Japan 161
5. Artemis Racing 161
6. Groupama Team France 150

Land Rover BAR New York line up:

Ben Ainslie - Skipper and Team Principal
Paul Campbell-James - Wing Trimmer
David 'Freddie' Carr - Floater
Nick Hutton - Trimmer
Ed Powys - Bow
Matt Cornwell - Bow
Jono Macbeth - Sailing Team Manager
Jo Lees - Boat Captain
Ian Pattison - Shore support
James Chapman – Rib driver and Shore support
Ian Boag - Shore support
Ben Williams - Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach / Safety support
Rob Wilson - Coach
Luc du Bois - Analysis

Dirty Sanchez
05-05-2016, 04:03 PM
With 5-8 knots winds whipping down the concrete canyons of the Big Apple.

Who is the dunce that came up with this venue?

05-06-2016, 01:37 PM

It was a precipitous preface to the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York ‪#‎LVACWSNY‬.

The Statue of Liberty was a faint silhouette through the low cloud which continued to dump rain on the lower New York city area.

The top mark has never seen so much tacking action as the breeze barely had enough puff for the fleet to counter the strong Hudson current.


Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies: "Sailing today right under the Manhattan skyline was pretty much like sailing right like underneath a huge cliff. With the turbulent breeze and 3 knots of current it was really unsailable so the race committee did the right thing calling the day off early.”

Official racing starts tomorrow.



Enjoy the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series digital experience via the AC+ app and website. To download and for more information visit: acplus.americascup.com. Territorial restrictions apply.


The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York can be viewed live on television and on mobile devices internationally via the AC app (subject to territorial restrictions). For a full list of viewing options in various territories around the world, visit americascup.com.

In the U.S.
Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 PM ET - live on NBC Sports Live Extra
Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 PM ET - live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 PM ET - highlights on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra

05-06-2016, 03:45 PM

Late Show host and comedian extraordinaire hopped on the AC Bandwagon today and joined
Jimmy Spithill and crew on the back of the AC45f as they toured the Hudson!

all images©riccardo pinto/acea





Honey Badger
05-07-2016, 10:54 AM
Lemme get this straight, they want people to PAY to watch this drivel?

05-07-2016, 02:20 PM

From the AC:

"Unfortunately conditions did not allow for racing today, and no racing on Day 1 of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York. Good news is conditions are looking ideal for Super Sunday tomorrow! Tune in at 2pm ET, with double points at stake its anyone's game"

No mention if there will be refunds to all the people who put down the big bucks for the streaming app or pay per view...

Later we learn this:

The America’s Cup returned to New York and the Hudson River for the first time in nearly a century on Saturday, to the delight of tens of thousands of fans who came out to see what the new America’s Cup was all about.

What they saw – after a delay due to light winds – was exceptional racing tucked in close to throngs of cheering spectators along the shoreline with lead changes, tactical passing moves and the fast, foiling, flying AC45 catamarans.

The racing took place during an extended race window and was designated a “substitute race”. It will only be scored if it is needed for inclusion in the international broadcast on Sunday. SoftBank Team Japan was the winner.

“It was fantastic given how many people turned out today to be able to get a race in and put on a show. It’s a remarkable experience to sail on the Hudson River with so many people watching us,” Japan skipper Dean Barker said.



And he was philosophical about the race maybe not counting on the leaderboard.

“Every race we do, we learn. We’d love for the win to count, but on the other hand, if we come out tomorrow and have three good races, that would be just as valuable for us as a team.”

The forecast for Sunday has winds in the 15-20 knot range, which is the sweet spot for high-stakes action in the new America’s Cup boats and would produce the greatest action the Hudson River has seen.

“We’re excited to have brought America’s Cup racing back to New York for the first time in nearly 100 years and to have been able to put on a tremendous show today for our in-venue fans,” said Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller.

“Taking advantage of the new “substitute race” rule means we have a race ready for our international audience tomorrow should conditions not allow racing.

“We would like to thank all of our fans who came to the venue and stayed to end to see the fabulous action. Make sure you come down or tune in on Sunday. We’ll have more great racing for you.”

Substitute Race Results:
1. SoftBank Team Japan
2. Artemis Racing
3. Groupama Team France
5. Land Rover BAR
6. Emirates Team New Zealand

These results will ONLY be scored if the race is used as a substitute for regular racing on Sunday at the START of the 2pm to 4pm race period. It will not be substituted after regular racing has been scored.

05-08-2016, 12:42 PM

Even though they predicted "epic winds" the Super Sunday on the Hudson was an exercise in huge currents,
wind holes, course boundary issues with foiling not even a reality. Races 2-3 were reduced to just 5 legs from 9.

The current at the start was a huge challenge just to stay on the correct side of the line, and park ups were common.

Going from hero to zero and visa versa was common with ETNZ over early in race 3, hooking the mark and dragging it down river.

Oracle went back and forth with Softbank for lead but ENTZ was at the right place at the right time, caught a big puff and claimed victory.

Artemis win race 1 and Cammas Race 2....


Race 1


Race 2


Race 3



Cleveland Steamer
05-09-2016, 07:26 AM
Those foils create a lot of drag in displacement mode.

Built to List
05-09-2016, 08:39 AM
Coutts the man in charge of vetting these location?

05-09-2016, 09:17 AM
Bob Fisher does a fine job in his wrap up of the weekend HERE (http://www.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/home-featured/americas-cup-world-series-new-york/)

El Capitan
05-09-2016, 09:27 AM
With these 2 day windows they have implemented, its a complete roll of the dice, but the proximity to skyscrapers only lessens the chance for a fair event instead of a crapshoot. It's all about the money, I suppose.


Charlie Tuna
05-09-2016, 01:25 PM

Big Ben did not approve of the race track

05-31-2016, 09:17 AM

Imagine running in a storm. The wind is blowing over 50mph, and the rain is driving sideways into your face. Now imagine trying to tell someone fifteen feet away that there's a hurricane coming and they need to get off the street. It's only going to happen if you run right over to them and yell in their ear.

But these are the conditions that the Land Rover BAR sailing team have to operate in when they are racing; sailing at speeds up to 50mph, kicking up a ball of spray that can mean living in a permanent vertical deluge. This is not the ideal environment for communicating in a high pressure, time intense situation, so a solution for improving communications on board was required.

The sailing team member tasked with finding a solution to this problem for his crewmates is bowman, Matt Cornwell. He's been racing in the America's Cup since 2003, and has seen the problem of onboard communication simultaneously get more difficult to solve, and escalate in importance.

"It's something that we have now identified as a real performance differentiator," said Cornwell. "It's vital to get the comms right, we have certainly had to step up the game from the pre-2010 era when it was nice to have it, but it wasn't absolutely essential -- and you could get the job done with some fairly basic kit. Now we are having to get much more sophisticated.

Cornwell had one technology in particular that he was interested in, and he enlisted the Technical Innovation Group (TIG), powered by PA Consulting, and Project Manager, George Sykes to see if the team had any partners who could help.

It so happened that the BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Laboratories were world leaders in bone conduction technology. The technology, which uses the body's natural ability to transmit sound through bone conduction, provided a potential solution as a way of dramatically improving communication between the crew on-board and the support boats.


Explaini​ng bone ​conducti​on techn​ology (c​) BAE Sy​stems

Cornwell and Sykes began working with Mohammed-Asif Akhmad, Principal Scientist and Research Engineer Daniel Black.

Mohammed-Asif Akhmad explained, "Bone conduction involves a surface transducer creating physical vibrations from an audio signal. The transducer must be touching the head of the user to conduct vibrations directly to the inner ear. The inner ear then translates these vibrations into nerve impulse signals sent to the brain, allowing the user to hear audible sound."

The first challenge was to get the radio right, there were several requirements from being the right frequency, to being robust and marinised for the on water environment, as well as having enough range, so the support boats can talk to the race crew -- that means over a couple of hundred metres.

The next challenge, the microphone. As Akhmad explained,
"The main challenge for bodyworn headset microphones in harsh marine environments is having to deal with loud background noise, as it can affect the clarity of the speech being transmitted. Similarly, they need to be rugged to operate in extreme conditions whilst still being comfortable and ergonomic for the user."


And then there are the headsets....

"The headsets fill with water and it doesn't take a lot of water in a microphone before the sound gets very muffled. And the same with the ear pieces, they fill with water and die pretty quickly when they get wet with salt water every day. We also need some sort of noise cancellation. It's not just all the noise that is coming from the boat - wind noise, the whistle from the foils, I think a lot of people will be surprised how loud that is - but people also raise their voices sometimes, and a lot of comms systems don't deal with that very well."

If that wasn't all hard enough, there are other issues. "And you also need clear communication outside the headset, since you still need to have a conversation with the guy who is stood right next to you. Not all the crew will be talking on the comms all the time. So now we need solutions that take the speakers out of your ear."

Daniel Black confirmed the advantages of the new system, "The fact that both ears are free and open means that external sounds can be heard and positioned – this is key when sailing as you need to not only hear what is happening around you but also to know the direction that the external sounds are coming from; something that's impossible with traditional headsets."

"The team have been testing the raw technology and are very happy with their progress. Once they have settled on the microphone and speaker specification, they will look at customising its installation into the helmet. "We're definitely going in the right direction," concluded Cornwell, "I'm very happy that we're going to have a great solution this time around."

"They deal with the military market and there are a lot of parallels with a similar environment to ours," said Cornwell. "They need their kit to be waterproof and very robust, and with a certain level of simplicity. They also need noise cancelling; their environment is louder than ours, and of course the kit needs to be really robust too. BAE have been looking at those solutions for the military market and we were able to tap right into that."

06-03-2016, 09:13 AM

Stockholm, June 3rd, 2016 – While Artemis Racing’s design and build group continues to operate in Alameda, CA, and the team’s sailing operation is fully underway in Bermuda, but the team has also been quietly building its footprint back home in Sweden.

“We’ve been in Sweden to build the hulls and bows of our America’s Cup Class Yacht, because under the America’s Cup Protocol, the challenging teams need to build at least the bow portion, approximately 3m long, in their country of origin.The boat is primarily constructed out of 150 gram - 300 gram uni fibres, and the hull is one design, meaning every team will have exactly the same shaped hull. Although there are a couple of areas that you are allowed to play with, to the average spectator, the boats will look exactly the same”, commented Artemis Racing's, Brandon Linton.

The build took place at Sune Carlsson Båtvarv, next to KSSS in Saltsjöbaden, just outside Stockholm. Much like large parts of the team’s campaign, it was kept behind closed doors, making it as hard as possible for opponents to copy, or get ideas, regarding the construction process.

Building a competitive America’s Cup yacht takes patience and millimetre precision. Once all the components were ready, they were put into a gigantic specialist oven that had been shipped over the Atlantic from San Francisco, to Saltsjöbaden.




“We used an oven modified from the last America’s Cup, the one that the AC72 was built in. It has four electric burners that basically, cook the hull, between 85 and 90 degrees celsius, and when it’s not an oven, it’s a temperature controlled environment that the guys can work in.”

Artemis Racing has already built two 45ft Turbo development boats, but the final boat being built will be nearly 50ft in length. At this critical time in the campaign, less than a year away from the first official race, there is no room for mistakes in either design or construction. All challengers are restricted to building just one race yacht each, and are not allowed to launch until 150 days before the start of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, taking place in May 2017.

“Everything has to be precise, there are lots of control measures that we put in place. The materials we’re using are very temperature sensitive, if you do not take care when you’re using these materials, you can have catastrophic failures, meaning ending up with a part that will be unusable. You’ve just got to make sure it is built correctly, to the plan specified, and make sure that you don’t make a mistake along the way”.

06-03-2016, 09:44 AM

Article and photos © Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Americas-Cup---AC50-building-program-well-underway-at-Core-Builders/145233?)

With the forthcoming America's Cup in Bermuda just under 12 months away, production of the wingsails and AC50 one design hulls and components are well underway at Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, about an hour north of Auckland.

The facility has been used by Oracle Team USA for their America’s Cup projects dating back to the wingsailed trimaran of the 2010 America’s Cup, and again for the successful defence of the America’s Cup in 2013.

That one design America’s Cupper concept means that there is no longer any point in total secrecy during the build phase at Core Builders and for the first time in America’s Cup history, Sail-World can publish photos of America’s Cup yachts during construction.

In bygone days, building facilities tours were carefully orchestrated affairs, with media on a strict no cameras rule – if indeed, you are allowed in the facility at all. Any photos that are allowed feature some nondescript bow shot or similar – with the key people in the team posing firmly into the foreground to obscure the 'boat' as much as possible.

Not so now, as Core Builders Composites principal Tim Smyth leading Sail-World through several buildings in the Warkworth facility, while work was underway in the construction of hulls and decks, wingsails, pods and cross beams.

We were shown all the one design pieces of the AC50 platform - hulls and decks, cross beams, and pods which are identical for all teams in the 35th America's Cup. Wingsails are one-design in shape, but otherwise unrestricted.

Smyth’s only reluctance is to disclose what parts they have built for which team, as this information is protected by NDA’s and Terms of Trade. “We’ve done work for every team. We have built full Main Elements for four teams – that’s a total of eight wingsails.”

Core Builders Composites are now on their 28th wingsail build - an era which started with the 2010 America's Cup winner.

As with the AC45 One Design project leading into the San Francisco America's Cup, extensive tooling and building jig construction is required ahead of the actual build phase.

In fact, the tooling setup at Core Builders Composites is replicated in Europe.


Air freight costs for shipping large components have trebled after two airlines pulled their 747 aircraft off New Zealand routes since the last America’s Cup.

“It is actually cheaper to build down here, but the shipping cost and delivery time is the killer, and we were lucky to get any work from the European teams.”

“It made sense for there to be tooling in the Northern Hemisphere so all teams could build in a timely manner, and the European teams have all built their own hulls and decks from the common design data files.”

“In Warkworth we have built tooling for three teams in conjunction with Cookson Boats, who are building parts from that tooling for the AC50 for Emirates Team New Zealand.”

“We have built platform parts for three teams and wing parts for five teams he adds.

“Contrary to what we sometimes see from the teams, the builders all get along very well,” says Smyth. “We have collaborated effectively and efficiently to suit our timelines and produce the cheapest product,” he says.

“That includes productions of tooling, plugs, and moulds. Some parts are more efficiently produced in a part run, so we have for example produced jib tracks and platform metal parts for four teams in a single production.”

“We all know that we like the America’s Cup game and want to be in it, but we have to bring the costs down. We know that we have to avoid duplication that has no benefit.

“We are motivated. We want to see the class succeed. We want to see the Cup be healthy, and the way Teams and builders are going to make a sustainable business out of the Americas Cup is to be efficient and productive.”


Big investment in facilities
Now back up to near full strength with over 60 employees, CBC's sprawling Warkworth complex resembles more an aircraft factory than a boat building facility. Three CNC large format composite milling machines are now on site, the largest (18m x 6m x 3m) located in what used to be the multi-story print hall of the printing and publishing company that previously occupied the premises.

The two others sit side by side and are capable of working on a component of a maximum dimension of 6.0m x 2.6m and 1.2 metres.

“With a more compressed dagger board construction time and more orders, the bottleneck is often the CNC machine, so it made sense to get another machine on site,” explains Smyth.

Core Builders will construct the daggerboards and rudders for Oracle Team USA and Softbank Team Japan, but no-one else. “The timelines are to tight and the designs for these are proprietary so need careful management” says Smyth.

The AC50 project is an extension of what was done in the build-up to the last America’s Cup where a fleet of AC45 One Design wingsailed catamaran was produced. Now converted to be AC72 style foilers those same boats are now used in their second America’s Cup World Series.

For the AC50 project, many of the same techniques are employed to produce everything from hulls to cross beams and wingsails for the foiling catamarans.

The fact that the basic boat platform parts are all one-design has meant that they must be produced to excruciatingly tight tolerances, and the assembly process gets equal attention with the building process to ensure that the boat’s one design components are as close to being a one-design as possible.

The AC50s hulls are constructed in female moulds split into two halves with an upper and a lower section - the deck complete with cockpit cut-outs in which the helmsman and grinders will work, and the lower half of the hull which carries most of the structure including cockpit floor.

“Last time we split the AC72 on a vertical line, this time with the AC50, we are splitting the hulls on a horizontal line,' Smyth explains.

' Having a separate transom last time for the AC45 proved to be quite labour intensive. Without the bow it made sense to split the hull horizontally to get a comfortable assembly process.

'It makes the assembly much easier. Obviously, the aim is to fit into a 40ft container, which is why the bow comes off in the first place.'

Two-part hull construction process
Once built the hull parts are released from the female tooling they are moved to a CNC cut assembly jig where both parts are carefully anchored to maintain their moulded shapes. It’s a fact of life that curing epoxy resin shrinks and composite parts distort slightly after cure so they do not necessarily maintain their design shape to the tolerances required by the rule.

With the AC50, the whole construction process is so intertwined that unless it all fits together perfectly then the boat won’t measure. Smyth points out that a plug can be measured, as can a mould taken from that plug, as can the piece of the boat that comes out of the mould, but the only thing that really matters is whether the final hull actually measures to be within the tolerances of the Class Rule.

With the lower part of the hull in place, the deck sections are offered down onto it, and the monocoque formed by the now bonded bottom and upper hull pieces should measure precisely to the designed shape from the original AC50 designers – thus completing the loop between the whole design, construction and finished boat.

All the AC50 builders cut their tooling using CNC processes from data files produced from the class designers’ CAD files. The process combined with facilities such as those at Core Builders Composites means that the original design is produced to tolerances of less than a millimetre.

While the external shape is identical, teams are allowed to strengthen the boat in various places to cope with the loadings of the foils and rigs their design teams have devised, however, they are not permitted to reduce the structural strength below the designed minimum.

Although there is provision for individual measurement to within a couple of millimetres of tolerance, Smyth says the measurers have accepted the one design mould and the integrity of the building process to simplify the measurement process.

“That point is lost on many people,” says Smyth. “If we had too rigid a measurement protocol the measurers would be disappearing up their own backsides trying to accurately check the boats. The whole world is seduced by paying to avoid risk and capture perceived transgressions.

'It is just money down the drain. But the threats are couched in terms of being flicked from the America’s Cup, and your $100 million campaign will be for nothing if you are 2mm mm too fat or skinny in a part of the boat.

“Of course, it makes no speed difference at all and even the process of checking it with absolute certainty is a not at all straightfoward.”

Core Builders Composites have also invested in cost reduction methods and materials for manufacturing composite tooling. “We are using cheaper mould making techniques and cheaper carbon fibre, including a lot of recycled carbon fibre to build all carbon moulds. We prefer to use all carbon moulds because they stay nice and true,” Smyth explains.

Even with Emirates Team NZ having their boat built by another builder the same one design process has been followed. “We worked with Cookson Boats to produce the tools for both ourselves and Team New Zealand. We both collaborated to find the most cost-effective way to build while still meeting our desired timelines.'

Part 2 will follow in a day or so on www.sail-world.com

06-06-2016, 10:00 AM
Richard Gladwells report (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Americas-Cup---AC50-building-program-underway-at-Core-Builders---2/145270) on the ongoing build process at Core Builders in New Zealand


Second part of a two-part series looking at the construction progress at Core Builders Composites, and features of the AC50 class which will be used in the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Tim Smyth takes us on a tour of the CBC facility in Warkworth, and hour's drive north of Auckland. Where several AC50's, components and wingsails are under construction or have already been shipped to the teams.

For Part 1 click here (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Americas-Cup---AC50-building-program-well-underway-at-Core-Builders/145233)

One of the odd aspects of seeing the AC50's under construction is that they don't look like a 50ft boat.

There is still 10ft of the hull to be added to bring what we see up to full the full 50ft. (An AC50 is actually 15metres long which converts to 49ft 2.55 inches for the technical pedants.)

Under the Protocol governing the conduct of the 35th America’s Cup, the Constructed in Country requirement has been modified so that only a 10ft section of the bow is required to be built in the country of the Challenging or Defending Club.

'We built the tools and sent them to USA and Japan for laminating,' Core Builders Composites' principal Tim Smyth told Sail-World.com

'They only need one or two guys to build them and will be coming back here for fitting, or maybe they may even go straight to Bermuda. They are bolt-ons after all so they can be readily replaced in the event of a collision.'

That 10ft section of the bow is bolted to the 40ft after-section of the hull, bringing the total length out to the full size for the AC50. It also means that the boat is easily broken down for shipping into the two containers, and in the case of damage, a bolt on bow section could be carried by the teams in their spare component kit.

Not all of the Boat is one design. The daggerboards, the foil motion system, and the area it occupies remains open to innovative solutions. There is as much design work involved in these one design boats as there was in previous editions of the America's Cup.

'The builders have been challenged to the limits of their materials and current technology to produce a strong enough all carbon daggerboard which is the lightest way to build them,' explains Smyth.

'One day when the complexity of the systems and loads with which we are working are revealed, people will be amazed both as to the load size and stresses and the variety of different approaches the competing teams have taken to solve them,' he adds.

Wingsail both Open and One Design
The hulls, crossbeams and pods are assembled to form what is known in multihull parlance as 'The Platform.' Those basic platform elements are all one-design.

The 23metre high wingsail is part one design in its profile, but open design in other key areas.

'The wingsail consists of a common geometry main element and common structural design along with overall area limits,' Smyth explains.

' Team designers are allowed to develop their own three-flap element twist control system and the structural solutions to build those components.


'Flap control systems are incredibly elaborate pieces of technology with beautifully engineered systems, carbon fibre, alloy honeycombs, three D printed nylons and titanium, milled alloys and exotic thermoplastics, chains, sprockets, cables, hydraulic pumps, electrical actuators, sheaves and ceramic bearings, endless strops and dead end dog bones, “ says Smyth rattling off a list of design options that are beyond the ken of most sailing fans.

'These are all items employed by the teams building their own ‘particular’ twist control system,' he adds. 'Most people who get a look at these systems would struggle to understand how it works.'

'For sure the lessons learned and the technology developed by these privately funded teams would be the envy of any equally funded Government sponsored research and development project. And we get all this and the sporting entertainment, too,' he quips.

'In these two development areas alone, for those involved in building these boats, there has been more exciting development in the America's Cup, in the past few years than all of the IAAC monohull development, in which we were involved. And it keeps getting better.'

Significant cost reduction
Cost reduction has been at the heart of any discussion about the future of the America's Cup in recent years.

Many believe that cost reduction leads to more new teams being able to afford the entry level for a first campaign.

Other more cynical Cup players believe that an America's Cup costs what it costs, and it doesn't matter what is done with cost reduction teams will always find ways to spend money.

The reality is that the constant changing of the America's Cup boat for each Defence kills the second hand or recycling of boats. And without the hand-me-downs new teams can't buy a used boat and go sailing to get their campaign underway and attract sponsor interest for a minimal upfront investment.

The AC50 One Design is an attempt to approach the issue from two angles - cost reduction and second-hand market creation. But the latter benefit will only eventuate if there is class continuity between Cups.

Smyth is a little reluctant to be drawn on cost comparisons between the AC72 and AC50 and the older IACC V5 monohulls last used in the 2007 America’s Cup.

(Yes, by the time of the next America’s Cup it will have been a decade since sailing’s oldest trophy was sailed in monohulls.)

“The AC50 will be as fast as the AC72 and will have similar foil loadings,” says Smyth. “But they are a lot cheaper. It is simplistic just to look at a boat like an AC72 or a V5 monohull and talk about the cost of a sail-away AC boat. An America's Cup build program is not like that. You have to factor in all the logistics of a particular build location, the development work, all the design blind alleys, the failures and the replacements around it – which you have to add onto what you actually spent.'


“There is so much noise around all the design, development and building cost that it was hard to put a building cost on the previous Cup boats.”

“Our costs for the AC72 were confused by the capsize, for instance.”

“But I would put the costs of a one design AC50 Yacht at 50-75% of the cost of an open design AC72,” he says.

Cost comparisons with a monohull are more difficult again as with the AC50 there is just a single wingsail and a jib in the sail plan, while with a monohull there is a myriad of sails, albeit limited by the class rule.

But even so Smyth says the costs of a pair of IACC hulls was $5million. “The rig budget was about the same and the sails about three times that. So you are looking at well over $20million.'

By comparison, he says an AC50 is about $4-5million. That cost includes a complete wingsail (at an approximate cost of $1.8million) and one set of appendages, but not a sophisticated electronics and hydraulics package.

Spare parts reduction
Another mantra in the previous Cups has been the issue of spare parts. “I come back to these people who want to avoid risk and take caution. But that all costs money and needs careful judgement. For instance, you see teams carry massive amounts of spare parts, and thousands of dollars of spares just go in the bin at the end of each Cup when the boat or the system changes and they can’t be re-used.”

The AC 50 One Design elements approach should reduce this waste, and again lowering entry cost for new teams and in theory increasing participation - which means an expanded game in terms of the profile of the America's Cup.

Reducing spare parts inventories are another are of cost reduction and have also been a focus of the Volvo Ocean Race organisers.

In the 35th America’s Cup Smyth doesn’t expect teams to go to the extreme of building spare hulls, but concedes that a spare hull would have been most useful for Oracle Team USA last time around.

However, he does expect teams to build spare bows, and most will have a spare wingsail, plus a spare steering wheel or two.

Significant daggerboard issue
Smyth believes there is a glaring omission in the current Cup over the limitation on daggerboards to just four that will be insufficient in the case of breakage.

He notes that teams are likely to build two sets of daggerboards – one optimised for light winds and more displacement sailing – which will be lower drag, and the second set-orientated around high winds, foiling, and speed.

Break one board in that four (and almost every team except Team NZ broke at least one daggerboard in the last Cup), and it is not possible to build a replacement in the time left in the regatta. Any repair is likely to be very involved if indeed it is possible to obtain the required structural strength.


Normally an America's Cup daggerboard takes eight weeks from design to build completion, and a replacement using the same tooling, up to six weeks.

“Limiting the boards to just four will be dangerous. The teams can’t even build an identical spare without sacrificing a ‘card’– they are supposed to repair them when they are broken. I think it is a glaring anomaly,” Smyth explains.

Final assembly before shipping
After Core Builders Composites have completed the build of the hulls, platform, and wingsail components, the AC50’s will be assembled at Warkworth (but not fully rigged). They will then be broken down into their components, and shipped to the teams ready for final assembly, electronic and control systems fit-out and rigging and launch in early 2017

The wingsails are also being fully assembled and bend tested at Warkworth before shipping.

“Most teams have their hydraulic, rig and electronics guys at their home base, so they may send a team to do that fit-out, or they may ship the boat and do it at their base.'

The containers containing the AC50's and wingsails will not be shipped en masse, but as required by the teams so they can be sailing by January 1, 2017. They are expected to arrive at least two months before the earliest sail-by date.

CBC moves into composite construction outside AC
Beyond the America’s Cup, Core Builders Composite is keen to continue to build its business on composite construction and providing tooling for other builders inside and outside the marine industry.

'Foiling winged Multihulls have driven us to develop engineering, CNC machining and composites manufacture processing solutions which really advance the sport of sailing and the desire to go fast,' says Smyth. 'And it won't stop there, the building of highly loaded foils, for example, have given us insights into building underwater marine turbine blades which will play a big role in future energy production given the size of the marine power resource.'

'The foil motion control systems the Cup teams are developing will feed directly into foiling craft of all styles in the future with the promise of less energy consumption and a more comfortable and speedier ride.'

Core Builders Composites seem to be blessed with a sprawl of large concrete block construction factories, allowing the facility to expand or contract as required. Even better it is all on flat land, making the movement of components between facilities and easy task.


The construction facilities are enhanced and in the next six months, CBC will install a new 2.5m x 9m autoclave from a leading US manufacturer alongside the main AC50 building area.

“Our America's Cup work can be a bit spasmodic, so we endeavour to fill the gaps with other tooling work and composite projects,' Smyth explains. 'We have ring-fenced a team to work with the CNC milling machines which are dedicated to other client work.”

“We have had a lot of projects outside the America's Cup, but one of the downsides is that often we can’t talk about those projects – it might be a movie job or a tool for a boat that is going to be launched which the builder wants to talk about themselves.'

The non-AC projects include high-end architectural work, industrial projects, non-civilian aerospace parts and alternative energy generation components.

'Infrastructure, which will be huge for composites in the near future, also beckons but we aim to remain at the pinnacle of high end Racing Yacht construction, and we continue to invest to keep ourselves at that forefront.'

In the meantime, the AC50 production line is more than enough to keep the Core Builders Composites team occupied.

Full Report (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Americas-Cup---AC50-building-program-underway-at-Core-Builders---2/145270)

06-11-2016, 04:48 PM

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago got off to a confusing start today with conditions for the majority of the day more suitable for relaxing on the waters of Lake Michigan rather than full fledged fighting it out on foiling AC45’s.

The official race window came and went without enough wind to warrant a hoisted headsail, so Friday’s ‘substitute race’ result was implemented meaning overall series leader Emirates Team New Zealand placed 4th ahead of close rivals Land Rover BAR and Oracle Team USA.

“There was an amazing crowd and spectator boats as far as the eye could see, so everyone was up for action other than the wind gods.” Said tactician Ray Davies.

“We were eager to race, having had such great racing yesterday, but conditions just didn't allow it…. initially.”

Late in the afternoon a perfect breeze emerged from the city and built to allow the race committee an opportunity to start a race which will only be used as a substitute race for the final day on Sunday if the wind conditions are not suitable for racing at the scheduled start time of the first race tomorrow it will be broadcast and count as a double point race.


To put it simply- Emirates Team New Zealand won the only race which was actually sailed on Saturday, but it may not count for anything if three races are sailed tomorrow.

“It was a long hot day waiting on the water for the guys. So when the opportunity came for a race our guys switched into gear fantastically.” said skipper Glenn Ashby

“Pete did a great job at the start, we have a good lead at the first mark then it was just up to us to pick the shifts well to keep out in front.”

Which is precisely what the kiwi team did, playing the shifts and extending its lead around the track before popping up on the foils to cross the finish line and giving the large Navy Pier crowd something to cheer for.

It remains to be seen if the result will count- that all depends on tomorrows conditions.

06-12-2016, 04:04 PM

Perfect winds, cooler temperatures and a record breaking crowd of over 200,000 America’s Cup fans lining Chicago’s Navy Pier, combined to make Super Sunday, the final day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, an incredible finale for foiling action in the USA.

In front of sold out grandstands, the six America’s Cup teams fought fiercely for the double points on offer for each of Sunday’s three races.

In race two, the first of Sunday’s action on the water, Land Rover BAR took the honors after a very strong start, putting more air between them and the pack at the first mark and then leading from the front throughout the rest of the race.

Race three started with Groupama Team France first across the start line, but Artemis Racing continued their strong weekend form and grabbed the lead early and, despite pressure from ORACLE TEAM USA right to the end, crossed the finish line first for the second time over the Chicago weekend. The second place finish would be a high point for the home team.

Race four, the last competitive action of the weekend, began with five of the six teams crossing the start line together, but after a slew of penalties were handed out to a number of boats after the first mark, it was SoftBank Team Japan who were in clear air and would lead the pack though to the finish, recording their second race win of the weekend.

“I’m absolutely thrilled with the performance of our team here,” said SoftBank Team Japan skipper Dean Barker. “We had some fantastic results on the practice day and today, and even though we were a little bit disappointed with our starts in the first two races, the guys did a great job battling back to win the last race, and we’re just all really happy. It’s a great boost for our team and it’s really good to see that all the hard work we are doing is paying off, especially in front of such a great crowd.”

It was a day of incredible action for the crowds who came out in force all weekend to see the first America’s Cup racing on Lake Michigan. Over 200,000 fans were on Navy Pier over the course of the three day event, including close to 40,000 through a sold-out race village. On the water, the race course was tightly surrounded by a spectator fleet pushing 1,000 boats.

The final regatta podium had SoftBank Team Japan in third and Land Rover BAR in second place, but it is Artemis Racing who leave the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago as event champions, an historic title as the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series winners on fresh water.


“To be honest I’m a bit relieved!” said Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge. “We finally had a very good day of weather and our team rose to the occasion. We recorded nothing worse than a fourth all week, and we said at the start of the week that finishing top three in every race would be good enough to win, and we did just that.

“The champagne at the end tasted very sweet. I quite like champagne, especially the Moet that was given to us, and when you get to spray a huge bottle of Moet over all your teammates when you’ve won, that’s a very special feeling.”


“As a team we are happy with second place” said Land Rover BAR skipper Ben Ainslie. “We would have liked to have the win, but Artemis Racing sailed very well today. Despite that, it was great to be able to showcase what this sport is all about, in a venue like this and with the sort of conditions we had today here at Navy Pier. It really was an amazing day for the whole sport, and I’m delighted with how well this weekend has gone overall.”

Emirates Team New Zealand retains its position at the top of the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series ahead of Land Rover BAR and ORACLE TEAM USA.

“It was sensational racing today and to come away with our overall lead still intact is fantastic,” said skipper Glenn Ashby. What we take out of this weekend is what a fantastic regatta this has been. I don’t know exactly how many people were out there watching us, but I am sure they will all have had a really good show.”


ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill agreed. Despite being disappointed with a fifth place finish, he was pumped up by the response of the fans.

“It was unreal here,” he said. Let’s hope this becomes a regular stop on the series. The race course is awesome. All weekend we saw the huge crowds and we all had great support. I hope we’re coming back.”

Similar sentiments came from Groupama Team France skipper Franck Cammas, who struggled to stay with the leaders all weekend, but was quick to credit the support of the fans on Navy Pier.

“This weekend has been good for the sport,” Cammas said. “The venue was great. Today we had really good winds and big crowds and we have been made very welcome in Chicago. We have all enjoyed this event, but now we must look ahead to Portsmouth and improving our performance there.”

Next up it is back to the UK for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth on July 23-24.

VNR material from Chicago is available here for news organizations.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago leaderboard
(race points, overall points)

Artemis Racing – 9, 18, 20, 14 - 61
Land Rover BAR – 6, 20, 14, 18 - 58
ORACLE TEAM USA – 5, 14, 18, 12 - 56
SoftBank Team Japan – 10, 16, 10, 20 – 51
Emirates Team New Zealand – 7, 12, 16, 16 - 49
Groupama Team France – 8, 10, 12, 10 - 40

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series – Overall leaderboard

Emirates Team New Zealand – 295
Land Rover BAR – 285
Artemis Racing – 262
SoftBank Team Japan – 259
Groupama Team France – 234

Carl Spackler
06-13-2016, 01:18 PM
The more this series progresses, the more confusing it seems to become.

Am I just dense, or do they make up the rules as they go?

08-17-2016, 12:29 PM

Dean Curtis and Jeff Causey talk us through their responsibilities for rigging - all the lines and rods that control the foils and keep the wing sail upright: "A lot of what we do is to determine the right line for the right application. Anything we put on the boat we build it once on the test bench and we break it, so we know precisely what the limitations are."

El Capitan
08-18-2016, 08:25 AM
Insightful piece, lots going on that is not obvious.

09-09-2016, 08:58 AM
Toulon makes an impressive 1st impression!

all images © Ricardo Pinto/ACEA


Vendredi in Toulon marks the start of the official sailing action with four practice races scheduled for the six America’s Cup teams battling it out in the penultimate round of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

Blue skies are forecast and the teams will take every second they can have on the water to prepare for the point scoring races on Saturday and Sunday.

Conditions are forecast to be on the lighter side today and through the weekend – challenging for the sailors and tacticians alike. The light conditions could play into the hands of the home team, Groupama Team France, who have posted their strongest results in non-foiling conditions.

“Our strong point is light airs,” Cammas said. “We’ve had good results in those conditions. Our progression curve is going up, but we need to be more consistent. Throughout the events, we’ve had ups and downs. I hope Toulon will be one of the ups!



“We’ve worked a lot for this. Anyhow, we’re especially motivated to do well. We’re dead set on giving a good image of what we’re made of here, to show these boats and this racing to our public. Our goal is to create a team with a true French spirit for the next 10 years.”

The four Friday practice events will start with Practice Race A from 1400-1410, Practice Race B from 1425-1435 and Practice Race C from 1450 to 1500.

At 1515 Friday’s race action will conclude with the ‘substitute race’, an opportunity to lock in a point-scoring race that can be substituted into the America’s Cup’s live broadcast during the weekend should there be a postponement.

Friday concludes with the official opening ceremony of the event from 1900, followed by a DJ set and more music until late, so if you are in Toulon, make sure you stop by the Mourillon beaches for a spectacular Vendredi en France!



09-11-2016, 02:01 PM

Late summer sunshine greeted the thousands of spectators who made it out in force for Super Sunday at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon, and it is Artemis Racing who leave France celebrating after taking the regatta honours.

Behind them, Softbank Team Japan went from last on Saturday to finishing second overall, an incredible turnaround, but the British boys on Land Rover BAR were also looking much happier than they had on Saturday night, ending up third overall from fifth the day before.

That result extends their overall lead in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series as attention now turns to the final event in Fukuoka, Japan.

The first race of Sunday was race four, led away by Emirates Team New Zealand under the helm of Olympic Champion Pete Burling, but, as per Saturday, Artemis Racing were quickly up ahead and around the first mark ahead of Softbank Team Japan who were very keen to make amends for their disappointing Saturday.

Behind them Land Rover BAR had a penalty before the startline but fought hard up to third place at the halfway mark with ORACLE TEAM USA, Groupama Team France and Emirates Team New Zealand behind. Artemis stretched their lead, crossing the line at the end of race three first for the third time over the weekend, but it was Groupama Team France who were most disappointed with race four, finishing in sixth behind Emirates Team New Zealand and slipping to fourth in the regatta standings. Land Rover BAR held that third place, but ORACLE TEAM USA kept up the overall standings pressure just behind in fourth, so everything was there to play for in races five and six.

All photos Ricardo Pinto/ACEA

The thousands of fans lining the Toulon shore were hoping for a better showing from Groupama Team France in race five but it was Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR who seized the early advantage, streaking ahead to the first mark, but to loud cheers from the shore, Groupama Team France were second, showing the sort of form that put them into second place overnight in the regatta on Saturday. Artemis Racing and Softbank Team Japan both had to serve penalties after the start, but all eyes were on the French team in second and they did not disappoint, pushing the Brits all the way. However, yet again in Toulon, Artemis Racing were the team to watch, moving their way up to third by the start of leg four. Behind them, ORACLE TEAM USA were having a race to forget in sixth, as were Softbank Team Japan who were in fifth, leaving Emirates Team New Zealand in fourth.

At the finish line of race five the positions had not changed – Land Rover BAR in first, Groupama Team France second and Artemis Racing third, but Softbank Team Japan had moved into fourth, leaving ORACLE TEAM USA battling it out with Emirates Team New Zealand for fifth and sixth respectively.

Race six, the decider and an utterly enthralling and topsy-turvy race. A messy start for ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing who were both hit with penalties for crossing the startline early, but Groupama Team France finally showed their mettle, putting clear air between themselves and Softbank Team Japan in second and taking a huge early advantage. Land Rover BAR picked up a penalty for not giving room to Emirates Team New Zealand, relegating them to the back of the fleet, but throughout the race that ensued there were lead changes in the overall standings throughout, keeping the fans watching live at the event and on TV on the edge of their seats.


One minute it was Groupama Team France up ahead, then suddenly Softbank Team Japan were out in front, Emirates Team New Zealand were second and the home team, Groupama Team France, were third, and thus race six finished.

With that result in the last race, Softbank Team Japan, sixth on Saturday, had, incredibly, put themselves into second overall in the regatta, but it was Artemis Racing who were really celebrating, taking overall regatta honours despite finishing fifth in race six.

Land Rover BAR finished the weekend third, Groupama Team France fourth, Emirates Team New Zealand fifth and ORACLE TEAM USA sixth.

Those results extend Land Rover BAR’s lead in the overall series to 14 points over ORACLE TEAM USA, so the pressure in the last round in Fukuoka, Japan, will be intense, but for now, the Swedish are celebrating harder than anyone and will be looking to continue that form in Asia.

For full results and standings please see the results section of www.americascup.com

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon Leaderboard:
Position. Team (Race Finish Positions) – Total Points

1. Artemis Racing (1, 1, 3, 1, 3, 5) – 76 points
2. SoftBank Team Japan (5, 4, 5, 2, 4, 1) – 71 points
3. Land Rover BAR (6, 6, 1, 3, 1, 4) – 70 points
4. Groupama Team France (4, 3, 2, 6, 2, 3)– 68 points
5. Emirates Team New Zealand (2, 2, 6, 5, 6, 2) – 63 points
6. ORACLE TEAM USA (3, 5, 4, 4, 5, 6) – 57 points

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Overall Leaderboard
1. Land Rover BAR – 437 points
2. ORACLE TEAM USA – 423 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand – 420 points
4. SoftBank Team Japan – 399 points
5. Artemis Racing – 391 points
6. Groupama Team France – 360 points

Selected Team Quotes:

Nathan Outteridge, Skipper, Artemis Racing: “Very happy indeed! To come away with a win in Toulon in what were very light, difficult conditions is good. We had a very good day on Saturday but to back it up with another strong performance on Sunday is obviously very pleasing.

“I think we’ve made some big strides in how we sail the boat and how we deal with the racecourses and the race format. It was pretty obvious that we weren’t really up to it at the start of the series, but that’s what the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is for, it’s to prepare you for the America’s Cup and it feels like we’re on the right way up. We’re very happy with the decision making in the races between Perc (Iain Percy) and myself and we couldn’t be happier with how we’re sailing the boat right now.

“Our boat handling skills in light winds were a bit of a weakness and we’ve been preparing for a while now for dealing with exactly these sorts of conditions so when you’ve put that much time and effort into preparing for a certain wind range, you kind of want it, and that’s what we got this weekend. A lot of teams were disappointed with the weather, but we were excited as it gave us a chance to put into practice what we’ve been working on, so to win as we did is just great.”

Dean Barker, Skipper, Softbank Team Japan: “Yesterday was a tough day. We felt like we’d sailed ok but we just had some bad results. Today though we spent a lot of time talking through the situations and how we could do things better and to bounce back with a strong day means we’re really happy with how this weekend has ended. To be on the podium is very pleasing, and that’s obviously the goal, to keep improving.

“These events are the chance we have to measure the performance of the team, to see where we’re performing and improving as a group. There’s obviously a lot of relevance to what we’re doing in Bermuda but there’s elements at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series that are missing, in terms of technology and design, but we can still see improvements in how we work as a team, so that’s good.

“Looking ahead to Japan it’s going to be great for us, let alone it being a home race for our team, it’s another chance to take another step up in performance again. Seeing the support the British guys had at Portsmouth, and Franck and his crew had here, it will be special for us to race in Fukuoka so we can’t wait to get out there and perform in front of our team’s home fans. That, and the fact it’s another chance to prepare again for next year, they’re both good reasons to be excited about the last round of the series.”

Giles Scott, Tactician, Land Rover BAR: “It was a tricky day. We were a bit disappointed with the way we started yesterday in particular and last night we came together and had a really productive debrief. We went through what we needed to change today and I think we showed that worked. We went back to being our normal selves and started sailing the right way. It’s a bit of a shame that in the last race we came off poorly from the penalty at the start, but overall we recovered somewhat.

“Really though, the win of the weekend for us is the fact that we have managed to pull away in the overall standings in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. We’re super happy with that and, looking forward to Japan, there’s still an awful lot of points up for grabs so we’ll approach that regatta like no other and hope we can stay on top of the leaderboard.”

Franck Cammas, Skipper, Groupama Team France: “It was amazing this weekend. To hear all the people who came out to see the show was a great feeling for us and all the teams. The event was organized really well and to have this many fans all weekend was almost a great surprise! To find out that many people wanted to come and support us was something special and we will use that as extra motivation to keep pushing everyone in Groupama Team France.

“In Japan the goal is clear - we want to improve as a team. It’s good to be able to work from our base, but when you’re in these events you can measure yourself against the competition, and Japan is another chance to do that. We have the chance to improve our communication and teamwork as a crew on board, in the live race environment, and that’s why these world series events are so important.”

Glenn Ashby, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand: “As we’ve seen, teams are winning regattas even when they’re finishing last, so it just shows that anything can happen. We’re still in touch with the lead and with a good performance in Japan, who knows what can happen. I can say though that we will certainly be going for the win in the last round and the overall series, so let’s see what happens.”

Tom Slingsby, Helmsman, ORACLE TEAM USA: “At ORACLE TEAM USA we hold ourselves to a high standard and when we don't perform we’re hard on ourselves. But what we do is learn from our mistakes and we come back stronger. I’m focusing on that now and what I can do to come back and help our team win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.”

09-11-2016, 09:25 PM
Nice work Nathan, the Aussie/Swedish team should do well when the dog and pony show ends!

Not seeing the "Thousands of spectators" the article suggests, but maybe they were watching on their cell phones from elsewhere?

Darth Warrior
09-11-2016, 09:47 PM
Can we fast forward?

09-21-2016, 09:20 AM

Published on Sep 21, 2016
In this episode Adam May provides an insight into the new generation of wing sails, and we meet one of the team's top athletes, Chris Brittle.

An exclusive behind the scenes insight into what it takes to mount a challenge and compete in the 35th America's Cup. Follow Artemis Racing over 11 episodes in 2016 as the team prepares to win the oldest and most prestigious trophy in international sport.

IOR Geezer
09-23-2016, 10:43 AM
Karl looks like it could do some damage.

Any clue on the AC structures on the island and if they are up to snuff ?

09-23-2016, 11:18 AM
Image © Jeff Causey

All battened down at Oracle shed. Jeff reports from inside the shed:

"Yesterday we thought peaks of just over 40 with sustained in the 30s. This morning we thought sustained 40s and peak up to 60. Now we think there is a chance of 75-80. It should be brief though. Right now he still a depression and is is expected to form as he is passing by us.

I'm sure everyone is locking down. Team Japan were making preparations next door and I'm sure Artemis are doing the same. Artemis are the most exposed out on Morgan's Point, especially in the expected direction.

Still not looking like a square hit, but the peak wind estimates keep coming up 10kts every 12 hours or so. We are likely to see Cat 1 force winds at this point.

Shed doors are hurricane braced and we've pulled the soft roof off the team amenities building.

Latest forecast just arrived 2 minutes ago. Models show forecast continues to deteriorate. Eye likely to pass now just a few miles to the east







Panama Red
09-23-2016, 02:24 PM
If the shed is a rockin, dont bother knockin!

10-18-2016, 09:23 AM

The full event schedule for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017 has been confirmed, outlining the calendar of almost five weeks of world class sailing action which lies ahead in the beautiful waters of Bermuda, starting on May 26th and finishing on or around June 27th 2017.

The opening race of the 35th America’s Cup will be race one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers between the Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, with two time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill and his crew looking to start their defence of the cup in style against Groupama Team France, led by French superstar Franck Cammas.

Click HERE (https://www.americascup.com/en/ac35-schedule.html) to see and download the full event schedule.

The first race, starting on May 26th at 14.00 (Bermuda time), will be the first time the America’s Cup Class (ACC) yachts and their sailing crews engage in full competitive action. The ACC race yachts are wingsail, cutting-edge catamarans that foil above the water at tremendous speed, designed and created by each of the six America’s Cup teams racing for the oldest trophy in international sport. All the 35th America’s Cup races from May 26th to June 27th 2017 will take place on the astonishing waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, a perfect stage for the stadium-style racing that is now a core feature of America’s Cup racing.

Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority, gave his thoughts on the fantastic range of events that lie ahead, and the perfect stage Bermuda offers for the 35th America’s Cup: “I’m sure everyone associated with the 35th America’s Cup is as excited as I am to be able to announce the schedule for 2017. We are looking forward to seeing fierce competition as the event kicks off with ORACLE TEAM USA against Groupama Team France as the first race of the day, followed by more exciting racing for all our America’s Cup fans and followers. It will be a fantastic spectacle.

“All the America’s Cup teams now know who they will line up with in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, allowing them to plan their race strategies for each of their double round robin races. One thing that is certain is that nobody can predict who will come out on top. That uncertainty, especially having seen how all the teams are so closely matched, shows why interest in the America’s Cup is growing so quickly worldwide.

“Bermuda is gearing up for what I believe will be the greatest America’s Cup ever and, with Bermuda’s beautiful Great Sound as the stage for the 35th America’s Cup, we have the perfect location for a truly iconic, world-class sports event. We also have a range of exciting support events which will combine to make this an unmissable five weeks of sailing action, including the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup which will showcase the best national youth teams from around the world racing in AC45 foiling catamarans, currently taking centre stage in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. In addition we have the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, featuring the most spectacular superyachts afloat today and some of the most famous America’s Cup yachts of old, all racing on the turquoise waters of Bermuda. The combination of all these elements add up to why I firmly believe this will be the greatest America’s Cup ever.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA and three-time winner of the America’s Cup, is clearly ready for action in Bermuda: “People will witness America’s Cup racing as they’ve never seen it before. The physical and mental demands on the athletes on board have gone up exponentially - the catamarans will be faster than last time, more maneuverable, and likely will foil all the way around the race track, given the right conditions. Most importantly, I think the competition is going to be fierce. We have six great teams preparing for racing next year and this is quite possibly shaping up to be one of the hardest, most competitive America’s Cups in its long history of over 165 years of battle.”

The racing format of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda features all six America’s Cup teams competing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, the round robin match racing that kicks off the 35th America’s Cup. In these opening two rounds, each competitor races every other team twice, with the challengers battling for the right to advance to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs (only the top four advance), which starts on Sunday June 4th. The current Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, then moves straight into the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, in which it will take on the winner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

The teams finishing first and second in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will carry two and one points respectively into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017, putting even more pressure on all the competitors to finish the last Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in November in Fukuoka, Japan as strongly as possible.

The top four challengers from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will split into two semi-finals and this second stage of the 2017 competition will run from Sunday 4th June until Monday 12th June, with the winners taking part in a finals competition to determine which team will take on ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

Also at stake in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers is a bonus point for the America’s Cup Match. If the team that wins the Qualifiers (whether Defender or a challenger) also advances to the Match, it will start with a one point advantage.

ORACLE TEAM USA will not compete in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. While the challengers improve through the heat of competition, the Defender will need to prepare on its own for the final showdown and the races to win the 35th America’s Cup.

There is a break in America’s Cup Class race proceedings from Tuesday 13th June until Saturday 17th June, in which Bermuda will play host to the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, the qualifying stages of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, the greatest gathering ever of the iconic J Class yachts so closely linked to the rich heritage of the America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta will be a truly awe-inspiring display of some of the world’s most impressive large sailing yachts and will provide a perfect companion piece to the America’s Cup J Class Regatta which is going to create another chapter of America’s Cup history. Never before have so many of the J Class yachts currently sailing anywhere in the world been together for one competition in the modern era, but Bermuda will bring a significant number of them together on the same waters as a prelude to the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, a fitting tribute to the heritage of the world’s oldest international sports trophy.

Also running over these dates is the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the return of the AC45 foiling race catamarans currently being campaigned by the America’s Cup teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. In Bermuda 2017 the AC45’s will be crewed by up to 16 teams of the next generation of sailing superstars, representing countries from around the world, as well as teams directly linked to the six America’s Cup teams competing in the main event.

Finally, Saturday 17th June is when ORACLE TEAM USA will take on the team that has fought its way through and earned its place in the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton. From that Saturday until Tuesday 27th June (as needed), the two teams will go head to head in a series of races to be first to claim the seven points needed to win the America’s Cup 2017. There is a short cessation of hostilities from Monday 19th June until Wednesday 21st June when the final stages of the America’s Cup J Class Regatta and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup finals will take place, and then the denouement of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, starts on Saturday 24th June.

In 2013, one of world sport’s most famous stories was played out over two weeks when ORACLE TEAM USA came back from 8-1 down against Emirates Team New Zealand, finally retaining 9-8 the trophy they won in 2010 in Valencia in arguably the greatest comeback in sailing history, if not all sport. Every single day of the planned schedule in 2013 was needed to let this story play out, and only a very confident person would make a prediction that the drama will be any less astonishing in June 2017.

For a full calendar of the on-water action, and for more news about the event between now and the start of action on 26th May 2017, stay tuned to www.americascup.com

11-03-2016, 02:42 PM

Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge talks boat design with us ahead of Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Gothenburg. Their home team advantage will be tested in two days of racing Aug 29-30.

11-17-2016, 10:32 PM

Yesterday our AC45F boat was prepared and launched in Fukuoka (JPN) for the final LVACWS event before the America's Cup.

images © Sander van der Borch Photography / Artemis Racing








11-19-2016, 12:56 PM

Hakata Bay in Fukuoka was the scene for the historic first ever day of America’s Cup racing in Japan and it was Land Rover BAR who finished day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka racing on top, adding one more point to their overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series lead.

The Event Village was full of thousands of Japanese fans and the wind helped the six America’s Cup teams put on a spectacular show of America’s Cup racing for the first time ever in Japan, and with a win for SoftBank Team Japan among the day’s highlights, it could not have been a better start to America’s Cup action in Japan.

In race one the start was tightly contested but it was series leaders Land Rover BAR who were quickly into the lead. Groupama Team France crossed the line early, leaving them with a startline penalty and putting them back into sixth, but as the boats headed to gate two it was the British team who were stamping their authority on the pack with only Emirates Team New Zealand giving close chase.

The fight at the front grew closer as the boats headed to mark three, Emirates Team New Zealand closed the gap to Land Rover BAR and then edged ahead as they set off on leg four. That lead was short lived, however, as an unexplained and somewhat dramatic move by the Kiwis halfway down leg four gave the advantage to Land Rover BAR, leaving the New Zealanders in second, Artemis Racing in third, Groupama Team France fourth, having clawed their way back after their startline penalty, and ORACLE TEAM USA and home favourites SoftBank Team Japan in fifth and sixth respectively.


In the end, even a late penalty on leg six could not slow up the British team too much, and they duly won the first race of the day ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, ORACLE TEAM USA, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France in that order.

Saturday’s second race saw SoftBank Team Japan take the early advantage, streaking into a lead with the boat up on its foils as they headed ORACLE TEAM USA and the rest of the pack to gate two. This time, Land Rover BAR were at the back of the pack, perfectly demonstrating the sheer unpredictability of America’s Cup racing in its modern guise.

Another penalty for Groupama Team France pushed them back behind the British team, but at the front of the pack ORACLE TEAM USA had a brief glimpse of the lead at gate 3 before SoftBank Team Japan regained their advantage as they foiled down leg four. From that point they never looked like losing and as the hometown favourites crossed the line in first place the cheers from the crowd could be heard in Tokyo!


ORACLE TEAM USA finished race two in second, Land Rover BAR, having staged a mighty comeback, were third, Artemis Racing were third and Emirates Team New Zealand and Groupama Team France again brought up the rear.

The final race of the day was race three and even though SoftBank Team Japan had a good start it was ORACLE TEAM USA who rounded the first mark in the lead. Behind them the Japanese and British teams were fighting for second and third and it was Ben Ainslie’s team who took the advantage, moving ahead of Dean Barker’s SoftBank Team Japan crew in third, but only for a short time as the Japanese team pushed themselves back into second on the fourth leg. Halfway towards mark four Land Rover BAR moved back ahead of SoftBank Team Japan who had a halyard failure slow them down and from that point the battle for second place was where the real action took place.

Emirates Team New Zealand had moved up and suddenly Groupama Team France were also in the mix with the Kiwis and the Brits, the race towards second place at the line seeing the advantage change constantly, but in the last race of Saturday it was ORACLE TEAM USA who were celebrating, Land Rover BAR in second, Emirates Team New Zealand in third, Groupama Team France in fourth and Artemis Racing just nudging ahead of SoftBank Team Japan in a photo finish at the finish line in a drag race on the foils for fifth.

The results mean Land Rover BAR heads ORACLE TEAM USA on both the Fukuoka and overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboards.

With bonus points for next year’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in play for the top two finishers in the overall series, it’s still all to play for with four teams in with a shot at earning a head start in Bermuda.


Selected team quotes:

Kazuhiro “Fuku” Sofuku, Bowman and General Manager, SoftBank Team Japan: ““It was amazing this morning to walk through the streets and see so many people coming down to watch the event. It was great! It’s such a good opportunity for us to introduce the Japanese people to great sport and also to show people all around the world how beautiful our country is. We had mixed results today but we will work harder tomorrow and with the great support we have here I’m sure it will be a great day.”

Giles Scott, Tactician, Land Rover BAR: “We’re in a really great place. I think we’ve put one point on ORACLE TEAM USA today, we’ve held the lead we came into this regatta with, but it’s double points tomorrow so I don’t think we can rest on our laurels. The way I look at it, you ask any of these guys where they want to be coming into the final regatta, they’d be lying if they said they didn’t want to be in the lead. We're certainly no different, we’re happy with our lead and I think we’d take that pressure any day.

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA: "I thought we sailed pretty well today. We were on the back foot in the first race, but the boys rallied and you have to be able to come back from those tough situations and we did a good job of that today. I think we have to come out tomorrow and go as hard as we can. It's so difficult to push one boat back but if there are any opportunities we'll take them. We're fighting for the win. We're not shooting for second place. At the end of the day all we have to focus on tomorrow is winning races."

Franck Cammas, Skipper, Groupama Team France: “Throughout the day the wind was increasing and in the last race that meant we were able to foil and that was good for the show and for our team as the rest of the day was not really like that. In race three we had improved but we lost places at the last mark. We know the mistake we made but otherwise we were in the game in the middle of the fleet in the final race, the boat speed was good down wind, but there were too many mistakes and we have to avoid that tomorrow.”

Peter Burling, Helmsman, Emirates Team New Zealand: “It was a really tough day. It’s been a while since we sailed in those kind of conditions, I think the last time was Chicago, and to finally get the boats foiling, that’s what they’re designed for and it’s good that the crowd got to see that sort of spectacle. For us, we had a fair bit of rust on, as I say, we hadn’t sailed the boats in those sorts of conditions since Chicago, so there was a fair bit to chip away on and I think that’s why we were sailing better in the last race.”

Nathan Outteridge, Skipper, Artemis Racing: “It wasn’t the greatest of days for us and it progressively got worse I guess, looking at the points, but today was probably about as hard as these boats are to sail. We were pretty happy with our first two races, it was a bit disappointing to lose Ben right at the final mark, and in that last one we probably just pushed a bit too hard at the start, a bit too aggressive trying to get round that first mark in the first two, and got a bunch of penalties because of that. However, we fought hard to get back into it and beat SoftBank Team Japan right there at the end, and got that final point and that point will probably mean a lot tomorrow.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Fukuoka Leaderboard
(Team Name -- Finish Position -- Points)

Land Rover BAR -- 1, 3, 2 -- 27 points
ORACLE TEAM USA -- 4, 2, 1 -- 26
Emirates Team New Zealand -- 2, 5, 3 -- 23
Artemis Racing -- 3, 4, 5 -- 21
SoftBank Team Japan -- 5, 2, 6 -- 21
Groupama Team France -- 6, 6, 4 -- 17

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series OVERALL Leaderboard
Land Rover BAR -- 464 points
Emirates Team New Zealand -- 443
SoftBank Team Japan -- 420
Artemis Racing -- 412
Groupama Team France -- 377

12-21-2016, 03:15 PM

Jimmy Spithill has revealed he came close to having his arm amputated earlier this year after battling a serious post-surgery infection.

The two-time America's Cup winning skipper said his decision to rush back on the water with Oracle Team USA following surgery to repair a persistent case of tennis elbow also cost him his arm.

Spithill picked up a severe infection after getting his wound wet, and had to undergo a series of emergency surgeries before spending 10 weeks on an intravenous drip.
"I had a race, Portsmouth in the Louis Vuitton World Series, on the Saturday I tore [the tendon] off the bone but then raced Sunday," Spithill told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The surgery was a success but I rushed back and got it wet and picked up a real bad infection and then it was multiple surgeries, pretty much living with the surgeon."

"IV for 10 weeks, antibiotics morning and night so it was a battle.

"I'm glad we finally won and we beat it. If it wasn't for the surgeon, a guy by the name of Rob Bray, who knows. He saved me, I almost lost my arm."

Spithill, who skippered Oracle to a spectacular come-from-behind win over Team New Zealand in the 2013 America's Cup said the ordeal has taught him an important lesson in taking a step back.

"You can't just go full throttle all the time," he said.

"It [the elbow injury] gave me time to really think about the [next America's Cup] campaign, what was going on, it was just a good mental test."

Spithill, who was aboard Jim Clark's super maxi Comanche when it took line honours in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, plans to sit back and watch the race from his arm chair this year, with Comanche not returning to defend its crown in 2016.

"It's a bit of a blessing in disguise that Comanche isn't here because it gives me a chance to recuperate because the next six months will be full throttle."

NZ Herald Article (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11771254)

12-23-2016, 10:29 AM

"R1 has left the building, the race boat platform Land Rover BAR will compete in for the America's Cup in 2017. Next stop Bermuda. Built and designed in Britain to Bring The Cup Home"

01-03-2017, 03:06 PM

R1, Landrover/BAR 50' racing platform arrives in Bermuda and is wheeled into shed for the
final prep work. Meanwhile in New Zealand, Team Emirates New Zealand is enjoyin a victory of sorts
as reported below via Sail-World.com's Richard Gladwell: LINKY (http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Americas-Cup---Emirates-Team-NZ-win-28-day-sailing-blackout/150867)




"In a deal, apparently brokered by the anonymous Arbitration Panel, the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup has been modified to institute a 28 day blackout sailing period, beginning January 9, 2017.

The move follows a Hearing by the as yet unnamed Arbitration Panel for the 35th America's Cup, over the removal of the sailing of the America's Cup Qualifiers from New Zealand. Australian Sailing President Matt Allen is believed to be a member of the Panel, the chairman has to be an Arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Decision by the Arbitration Panel has yet to be formally announced but has come down heavily on the side of Emirates Team New Zealand.

There has been no word on the decision on the remedies to be imposed by the Arbitration Panel to redress the losses suffered by Emirates Team New Zealand and others involved in the reallocation of the Qualifier regatta to Bermuda because of the team's support for the stand taken by former Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa, over the changes of the America's Cup class from an AC62 to an AC50 in late March 2015.

Then America's Cup Commissioner General Harvey Schiller took the action to remove the Qualifier Series previously allocated to Auckland, causing Emirates Team New Zealand to lose NZ Government financial support for the team and the Qualifier Series. The team, who have twice won and have competed in eight America's Cup campaigns also suffered sustained substantial damage to their credibility as a result of the moves, affecting their opportunities to raise sponsorship and investment funding.

Emirates Team New Zealand announced their intention to take the issue to then yet to be empanelled Arbitration Panel soon after the removal of the Qualifiers. Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton claimed at the time that the move to change the America's Cup class to the smaller AC50 was linked to a deal to move the Qualifiers to Bermuda. Three of the five Challengers voted for the change to the AC50, with Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa being against. Defender Oracle Team USA approved of the change.

Before the Arbitration Panel Hearing, a year later, a draconian change was made the Protocol prohibiting the discussion of any matter before the Arbitration Panel - or even that a team was referring a matter to the three man Panel.

That loss of a major sponsor triggered a substantial financial and organisational restructuring of the New Zealand team, as well as disrupting plans to launch and build up in New Zealand for the Qualifier Series before four Challenger teams shipped to Bermuda for the Pay-offs and remainder of the America's Cup Regatta.

With Luna Rossa out of the 2017 America's Cup equation, the remainder of the teams have set up base in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand will lose substantial sailing time shipping to Bermuda, once their AC50 is launched in Auckland as per the original schedule.

The latest development is a Protocol Change agreed to by all the teams, and institutes 'a blackout period of twenty-eight (28) consecutive days shall be taken by each Competitor, which period must begin on or after 9 January 2017 and must end prior to the first scheduled race day of the America’s Cup Qualifiers.

'Each Competitor shall nominate its own blackout period by advising the dates to the Regatta Director prior to the commencement of that Competitor’s nominated blackout period.'

During the blackout period, a competitor cannot sail its AC50 yacht but may undertake work on the teams Challenger/Defender.

The teams may also use AC50 components on their AC45S test platforms during the Blackout Period.

While Emirates Team NZ have agreed to the change, they will still suffer significant disadvantage in that their 28 day period will be taken from the time their AC50 is decommissioned in Auckland and re-commissioned in Bermuda.

Additionally, they are believed to be using some parts from their AC45S test platform on the AC50 - and will not be able to sail their AC45S either.

The Blackout is a compromise that appears to have been hammered out between the teams, rather than wait for a decision from the Arbitration Panel which could have been longer or shorter than the 28 day period, and could also have included a complete sailing ban on AC45S platforms as well as keeping the AC50's ashore.

There has been no word of the financial compensation that is expected to be awarded to the team as a result of the actions taken by General Schiller in his capacity as Commercial Commissioner for America's Cup Events Authority, the events organisation, and marketing arm of America's Cup Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The financial cost to the team has never been spelled out - but is believed to be in the vicinity of $25million. The NZ Government invested $37million in the NZ team for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco.

General Schiller resigned his position soon after the Arbitration Panel Hearing in London in July 2016. The timing of Schiller's exit was claimed to be completely co-incidental and unrelated to his signing of an agreement awarding the Qualifier Series to Auckland, the agreement is believed to have been signed by General Schiller on February 28, 2015.

Due to an omission in the announcement of training dates between teams sailing in the Qualifier Venue in Bermuda, in addition to the 28 day Blackout, the teams will not be able to compete against each other at all in the build up to the America's Cup Qualifiers starting on May 27, 2017. The wording of the Protocol on this issue would tend to indicate that Oracle Team USA and Softbank Team Japan, or any other team, could no longer collaborate on their development and design programs either on top of the new Blackout provisions.

The Protocol only allows teams to 'sail or test an AC Class Yacht in a coordinated manner with another Competitor' in the venue of the Qualifiers according to a date schedule that was supposed to have been published by the Commercial Commissioner a year before the start of the Qualifiers. No such publication has been made, bringing an apparent end to the conjoined campaigns, once their AC50's have been launched."

01-16-2017, 08:53 AM

(January 16, 2017) – Red Bull Youth America´s Cup Sport Directors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the 12 teams of sailors aged 19–25 that have been invited to compete in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.

The two Olympic legends from Austria introduced the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 to identify outstanding sailing talent and provide a potential pathway to a career in the America’s Cup. With that continuing objective, in 2017 the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will use AC45 foiling catamarans, as used by the America’s Cup teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

“The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has changed the America’s Cup world – the teams saw that the new boats fit the young generation, who are very good at handling the speed,” says Steinacher. “The sailing leaders are picking younger sailors than before.”

An extensive trials process has taken place worldwide to identify the teams that will compete alongside the six teams affiliated to the full America’s Cup teams, overseen by Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher. Over 20 teams registered for the selection process, and the final six have now been confirmed, making a total fleet of 12 teams to compete in Bermuda in June 2017.

ORACLE TEAM USA, the Defender of the America’s Cup, will support and mentor both Team BDA, the Bermudian challengers for the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and Next Generation USA, the American representatives in the 2017 events.

This year’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup teams, which for the first time include entries from countries such as Austria and Spain, are currently evaluating potential crew members and undergoing the training and preparation necessary to be ready for the rigors of the regatta. The teams will announce their six-person rosters in May, ahead of Qualification in Bermuda, when two pools with a maximum of six boats each will sail for a spot in the Finals. The top four teams from each pool will take part in the eight-boat battle for top honors.

“So far, eight sailors from the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup have found positions on America’s Cup boats, including Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who were on the Kiwi team that won the first Red Bull Youth America’s Cup,” Hagara points out. “They went on to become Olympic Champions and earn positions on Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup. It’s going to be exciting to see the racing this time around with the added dimension and speed of foiling.”

Ten teams competed in 2013, using the AC45 which had been introduced for the first edition of the America’s Cup World Series. The winning team – NZL Sailing Team w/ Emirates Team NZ (NZL) – was led by Burling with crew Tuke, Jono Spurdle, Guy Endean, Andy Maloney, Sam Meech and Jason Saunders.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gets underway in Bermuda this summer with Pool A and B Qualifiers June 12-16, 2017, followed by the Finals scheduled for June 20-21.

Broadcast: The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals will be streamed live on Red Bull TV.

Team List, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup 2017
• Candidate Sailing Team, Austria
• Team BDA, Bermuda
• Youth Vikings Denmark, Denmark
• Team France Jeune, France
• Next Generation – Team Germany, Germany
• Land Rover BAR Academy, Great Britain
• Kaijin Team Japan, Japan
• NZL Sailing Team, New Zealand
• Spanish Impulse Team, Spain
• Artemis Youth Racing, Sweden
• Team Tilt, Switzerland
• Next Generation USA, USA

Clicky (http://red-bull-youth.americascup.com/en/news/199_Red-Bull-Youth-Americas-Cup-brings-worlds-top-young-sailors-to-Bermuda-in-2017.html)

Built to List
01-17-2017, 02:01 PM
Red Bull TV?

01-25-2017, 10:46 AM

A vision for the future of the America’s Cup has been agreed by current competitors that would see long-sought stability and continuity in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.

“This is a hugely significant moment for the America’s Cup,” said Sir Russell Coutts, a five-time winner of the Cup and the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority.

“For the first time in more than 165 years, the teams have got together for the benefit of not only themselves but for the America’s Cup.”

“People who want to enter this race now know how much it will cost, what kind of boat they need to build and that the rules can’t change on them,” said Larry Ellison, the Team Founder of ORACLE TEAM USA and the visionary who has helped to steer the America’s Cup into the foiling multihull era. “They are now able to plan ahead, build a boat, build a team and come out and compete for their country.”


During a press conference at The House of Garrard in London, United Kingdom where the America’s Cup trophy was originally crafted in 1848, skippers and team leaders revealed a framework agreement that would cover the next two editions, the 36th and 37th America’s Cup, due to take place in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Racing in the 35th America’s Cup will take place in Bermuda in May/June of this year and the 36th America's Cup cycle will commence thereafter.

“Today we can announce that a new framework agreement has been created, determining the format of the next two America’s Cup cycles, its protocols and its class rules,” announced Martin Whitmarsh, the CEO of Land Rover BAR, a challenger for the 35th America's Cup.

“This agreement is about a format long overdue in competitive sailing. The boats and the racing are incredibly exciting to watch - whether you are a sailor yourself or not. This will now reinforce the America’s Cup as the world’s supreme grand prix racing for sailing.” noted Torbjörn Törnqvist, Artemis Racing's Team Founder and Principal.

Iain Murray, Regatta Director of the 35th America’s Cup said, “There’s a void to be filled and the overwhelming message from all the people in the America’s Cup is let’s grab this opportunity and run with it.”

The framework agreement provides stability and gives interested teams an opportunity to plan longer term. It establishes a modern sporting, technology and design challenge, within which costs are controlled to provide a much lower entry price, which will encourage more teams to be involved and ultimately create larger audiences and help incentivize more people to go sailing.

Franck Cammas, Skipper of Team France, added, “It’s important for the teams to know what the future of the America’s Cup is and that is now clear with this agreement. That is good for everyone, commercially and for long-term planning.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principal and Skipper of Land Rover BAR commented, “This framework agreement is really pivotal to the future of the America’s Cup. The cup has an incredible history over more than 165 years, but now the teams and the America’s Cup Event Authority can actually start planning for the future.”

As is required, the framework agreement respects and upholds all aspects of the Deed of Gift, the document that lies at the heart of the America’s Cup.

The Deed of Gift is the foundational document governing the America’s Cup. One of the unique aspects of the competition is that after winning the racing on the water, the victorious yacht club and its team then become the trustees of the event, responsible for outlining the terms of the next edition.

Historically, this has seen a crescendo of interest in the America’s Cup as the final races take place, followed by an extended period of down-time during which the new Defender re-defines the equipment and format of the next event, and builds a business structure to manage the next edition of a major, globalized, international competition, all while maintaining its core focus on winning as a sports team. This has resulted in teams being disbanded and costly equipment being made redundant and discarded.

Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of two-time winner and current defending champion, ORACLE TEAM USA said, “We have all seen how damaging that extended quiet period can be for each of the stakeholders in the event. What we’ve done over the past year is to work together to tackle that problem head-on.

“We know that one of the current teams is going to win, so we have found common ground on a vision for the next event, and formalized that into rules now, before racing starts later this year. That means there is now a clear plan in place that confirms the format for the competition using existing boats and equipment as much as possible to reduce costs.

“I think this announcement will go down as one of the defining moments in America’s Cup history. It’s great for fans, athletes, and commercially – a win win for everyone. This is a huge step forward, with the sky the limit.”

Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing gave his insight into how the America’s Cup is progressing, saying, “I’ve been competing as a sailor in the America’s Cup World Series for the last two years and I’ve experienced first hand the huge swell of interest. We all realize that we’re on the right track as a sport and it is the right time to build on it for this and the next generations of top sailors.”

Larry Ellison said, “It is a very modern sport, it's a very extreme sport, it's a team sport and it’s country v country so I am very optimistic that we can make this sport very attractive to the next generation of athletes. The kids love it, and this will also help make it attractive to people who don't go out and sail every day, but love watching the competition on TV.”

The framework agreement and agreed future protocol binds the signatories to deliver the 36th America's Cup (AC36) and the 37th America's Cup (AC37) under the following terms:

• The America’s Cup will be on a two-yearly cycle for AC36 (2019) and AC37 (2021).
• The America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) will start, at the election of the defender, as soon as Q4 2017. Venues, sponsors and media partners will be approached over the next six months to secure up to 12 international events over the next two years.
• The first year of the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) will be raced in AC45F foiling catamarans – the same boats used in America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) in the 35th America's Cup.
• The second year will see a transition to the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats, the same technically sophisticated class of boats raced in Bermuda in 2017 (with a slight rule modification to extend the wind range in which they can race to 4 to 26 knots). After this transition to the America’s Cup Class (ACC), the AC45Fs will be retired from the America’s Cup competition and the ACC boats will be the only boats raced.
• The America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) will culminate with a final event at the venue for the next America’s Cup and the final standings from the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) will be used to qualify teams for the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.
• The America’s Cup Challenger Finals and America’s Cup Match will be held in 2019 in a venue selected by the winner of the 35th America’s Cup.
• To reduce costs, teams will not be permitted to build, test or train on AC45 surrogate boats as they have in this cycle of the America’s Cup.
• This above will repeat for AC37, with the exception that all racing will take place in America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats.

Five of the six current competitors and their respective yacht clubs have already signed this framework agreement: ORACLE TEAM USA, Artemis Racing, Team France, Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan.

In addition, several prospective new America’s Cup teams have been briefed on the framework agreement and have expressed significant interest in becoming challengers for AC36 and AC37.

“Emirates Team New Zealand is not here today, but they have been kept updated on all developments throughout the creation of the framework agreement,” Whitmarsh said. “We remain optimistic that they will come on board in the future and it is clear that cooperation is better for all of the stakeholders in the America’s Cup.

“The target cost to field a competitive new team is in the US$30-40 million range, a significant reduction from current team budgets.”

Dean Barker, CEO and Skipper of SoftBank Team Japan endorsed the sheer spectacle that is America’s Cup racing in its modern guise: “It’s high octane, seat of the pants racing with plenty of action and plenty of drama. It can be very unpredictable but it’s a true test of machines, technology and people and the racing now is a hell of a lot better than it’s ever been before.”

02-06-2017, 02:30 PM

Land Rov​er BAR l​aunch Am​erica's ​Cup Race​ Boat in​ Bermuda​. Photo:​ Lloyd I​mages

The ambitions of Land Rover BAR to win the 35th America's Cup – and finally bring the trophy back home to Britain after 166 years – took solid form today, with the launch and christening of their America's Cup Class race boat in Bermuda.

The menacing, matt black boat represents the combined efforts across three years of the now 120-strong team and their partners. After the launch of four test boats, 85,000 hours of design and build, on the water testing and painstaking construction, the team has seen its efforts crystallised into the boat code-named R1.

Sir Ben Ainslie's wife Georgie and baby daughter Bellatrix appropriately smashed a bottle of English sparkling Nyetimber wine to christen Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Class race boat Rita – the name carried by all 19 of Ben's previous Olympic and world championship winning boats. With just 107 days to the start of racing, the team will continue with their intensive testing and development programme, which will now include 'in-house' racing against their test boat 'T3'.


The America's Cup has changed beyond all recognition in its 166 year history as both a sporting and design contest. In the first race, back in 1851 a fleet of big, traditional yachts sailed all the way around the Isle of Wight at speeds in single digit nautical miles per hour, crewed by dozens of men with nothing more technical than a compass, thousands of metres of rope, and the trusty block and tackle.

In 2017 in Bermuda, the 21st British Challenger for the America's Cup will race on a tightly defined course of just a few miles at speeds that could reach 60mph. There will only be six men onboard, the boat will fly over the surface supported by high-tech hydrofoils, and while there will be just 67m of rope on board, there will be 130m of hydraulic pipes, and over 1200m of electronic and electrical cabling connecting 190 sensors and four video cameras – all in a 15m boat! This is no longer just about naval architecture, the design and engineering war is fought on all fronts; systems, electronics, hydraulics, computers and software.


Land Rov​er BAR's​ America​'s Cup R​ace Boat​ 'R1' in​ numbers

Ben Ainslie; Land Rover BAR Team Principal and Skipper, four times Olympic gold medallist and America's Cup winner:

"It's a great moment to see our AC50 Race boat hit the water in Bermuda. The launch represents the sum of all the team's efforts to bring the America's Cup home, and we're delighted to get her in the water here in Bermuda. We're a start-up team, and we had to build not just the boat but the design and engineering team, the facilities and the processes to get to this point today. There are just a few short months before the racing starts at the end of May, and we will be working very hard now on the final development and testing of this boat to make sure we are ready for the racing."


Richard Hopkirk; Land Rover BAR Engineering Manager:

"The design, engineering and build process for a boat of this complexity stretches back to the very earliest days of the campaign. Everyone in the team and all our partners have contributed to getting this boat ready here today, and we're all very proud of the achievement. The innovation, technology and attention to detail in the design and construction continue the America's Cup's traditions of the most advanced sailboats on the planet. We believe this is the most sophisticated and best prepared British challenger, with a total campaign design effort of 50,000 hours, and a construction effort of 35,000 hours for Rita."

02-14-2017, 09:30 AM

Richard Gladwell via Sail-World.com (http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Emirates-Team-New-Zealand-reveal-big-AC50-breakthrough/151751) got some frames of ETNZ's Auckland debut with a surprise power train:

"Emirates Team New Zealand have splashed their new AC50 in Auckland this morning and revealed another break-though.

In the 2013 America's Cup the team designed the first foiling catamaran even though that concept was not contemplated in the rules. It was widely reckoned that they revealed their secret too early and other teams were able to copy in the time available.

Instead of conventional grinding pedestals the AC50 features cycle grinding pedestals ('pedalstals') which allow the crew to use their more powerful leg muscles to grind and provide the power for the AC50 systems.

All other teams have used conventional arm driven grinding pedestals which are a lot less effective, cannot be driven for extended periods at a high heart rate, and use a much weaker muscle group. The bonus for Emirates Team New Zealand is that they have four grinding positions per side, while the other teams have two - but with two grinders on each.

The use of cycle pedestals where the crews pedal to provide the power are not new; they were tried in the 12 Metre Class in 1977 by the Swedish Challenger, Sverige. In that use, the crews were mostly below decks, which also reduced windage.

In the AC50 wing-sailed catamaran the crews have the challenge of providing the hydraulic power pressure using conventional grinders, which in turn requires very energy efficient systems or the teams are inhibited through the use of limited power. The solution the Emirates Team New Zealand have developed both extends the amount of power able to be generated and available for use and reduces stress and effort on the crew in generating it.

On her first sail today, Emirates Team NZ's AC50 looked very impressive - sailing in winds right on, or below the minimum wind limit of 6kts with the wind at times being only 4kts - and not suitable to race conventional boats.

She did one run up the harbour, seen by Sail-World, which after a few seconds to build speed, she lifted onto her foils effortlessly and stayed foil bourne for a kilometre or so, without touching the water. On the return run downwind, she again climbed slowly onto her foils over a period of 2-3 seconds and then stayed foiling without touch down."

Full Article (http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Emirates-Team-New-Zealand-reveal-big-AC50-breakthrough/151751)

Tonapah Low
02-14-2017, 09:36 AM
Looks great in flat water with both hulls flat.

Heeling could present problems.

Prince of Whales
02-14-2017, 10:18 AM
Toe clips or click ons?

02-15-2017, 09:37 AM

Wednesday 15th February is 100 days until the start of the greatest race on water, the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, from 26th May to 27th June 2017.

Right across the beautiful island of Bermuda, preparations continue apace for the incredible events that will unfold, with racing taking place on the Great Sound, the stadium-style setting for the racecourse that will play host to the fastest boats in America’s Cup history, raced by the greatest sailors in the world.

Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup, and the most successful sailor in America’s Cup history, spoke about why he expects the 35th America’s Cup will be the best event yet in the illustrious 166 year story of the competition for the world’s oldest international sports trophy: “100 days to go until the start of the 35th America’s Cup is a major milestone, one that really brings home just how close we all are to the start of what I am sure is going to be the greatest America’s Cup yet.


“When you see the progress that’s being made every day at the America’s Cup Village site in Dockyard, it’s now possible to visualize how the final village will look. We’ve started construction of our largest and most premium hospitality structure and we’ve released a video flythrough which you can see here which is a simulation of what the racecourse and the America’s Cup Village will look like, and that just serves to increase the anticipation and excitement even more.

“Another sign of how close we are to the start of the action is the launching of the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats the teams will race in May and June. The step forward that these boats will have, in performance terms, is incredible.
Races that, in past America’s Cup events, took hours, will now be played out in around 22 minutes.

“Incredibly the boats will perform at least the same number of maneuvers within this time, meaning this new format will place a premium on crew fitness and making accurate tactical decisions within this much more limited time frame.

“In the right conditions, the boats will most likely stay up on their foils for the entire race, which is going to produce fast moving racing for everyone watching at the venue, as well as the millions of people watching on TV and on the internet.

“As with all match racing, the start will be very important, as will the positioning and having smooth, well coordinated tacks and gybes. It’s going to be fascinating to see which teams will eventually qualify for the final races.

“In addition to the America’s Cup events, we will have the next generation of sailing superstars fighting it out in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, racing exactly the same foiling AC45 catamarans the America’s Cup teams have just used to compete in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Those teams will be running fleet races, compared to the America’s Cup itself which is all match racing, and the sight of eight AC45 foiling boats, raced by young guns hungry to show they have what it takes to move up to the ultimate level in the America’s Cup, well that’s going to be fascinating.

“At the other end of the spectrum, will be a celebration of our incredible America’s Cup history, with the majestic beauty of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, involving some of the most magnificent and graceful boats to ever race in the America’s Cup.

“Finally I want to touch on the America’s Cup Endeavour Program. This is an incredibly important part of the America’s Cup, using sailing to inspire and educate thousands of young Bermudians and around the world, and making sure that we create a positive lasting legacy. We have just seen two young Bermudian sailors, Ahzai Smith and Christopher Raymond, winning in the Gold and Silver Fleet races in the O’Pen Bic National Championships in New Zealand, and I can tell you from first hand experience that those young sailors achieved something incredibly special. Those boys are shining examples of what the America’s Cup Endeavour Program aims to achieve – creating opportunities that its participants had surely never dreamt of, and then helping them grab that chance and achieve more than they thought they could.

“The America’s Cup Endeavour Program would not exist without the support and help of a number of important partners, and the America’s Cup and all the events around it could not happen without the hard work, drive and determination of thousands of people, in Bermuda and worldwide. However, all this work is being done to create the greatest race on water, and now, just 100 days until it starts, it is all becoming very real. The countdown continues!”



On Tuesday evening, ORACLE TEAM USA held a ceremony at its team base to reveal its new America’s Cup Class boat, “17”, the foiling catamaran the team will race this summer in Bermuda.

“This is the boat we’re racing to win the America’s Cup,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill, addressing a crowd of family, friends, team partners and dignitaries.

The new America’s Cup Class boats are foiling, wingsailed catamarans, 15 meters in length and capable of reaching highway speeds approaching 100 km/h. In addition they are extremely maneuverable, making them ideal match racing platforms.

“We need to get this boat out on the water and put the hours in getting it ready to race," Spithill said. "The long days will continue."


This week, “17” will be launched and testing and development begins in earnest and won’t stop until the final race of the America’s Cup.

“Many of the major design decisions have been made and have been built in already to what you see tonight,” said Scott Ferguson, the design coordinator for ORACLE TEAM USA.

“But the refinement and optimization process never stops. We know there is still speed to be found between now and May 26 when racing begins in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and that’s our focus for the coming weeks.”

Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date. Team partners like Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar have provided technical expertise and support.


“This is a major milestone in our campaign to win the America’s Cup for a third time,” said Grant Simmer, the chief operating officer of ORACLE TEAM USA.

“These boats are highly-engineered, with complex systems, and built to perform under extreme conditions. It’s a great achievement by our designers, builders and engineers to get us to this point where the race yacht gets handed over to the sailors.”

With his 14-strong sailing team on the podium beside him, and flanked by the America’s Cup trophy, skipper Spithill invited the guests to get a look at the yacht that will carry the aspirations of the team to win the prestigious trophy for the USA for a third consecutive time.

“I'm really proud of this team and what we've achieved so far,” he said. "I'd like to thank the design team, the engineering team, the shore support, and our full boat-building team, including the guys who couldn't be here.

"They've made an incredible racing machine."


02-15-2017, 10:42 AM
Some people see opportunity where others see nothing. Brought in during a team reload for AYSF's Red Bull Youth America's Cup
campaign in San Francisco in 2013, Cooper Dressler impressed the pros at Oracle Team USA at Pier 80 with his grit, attitude and
determination. When the Youth America's Cup ended, and the youth teams disbanded with members going their separate ways, Oracle
offered Cooper a shot on the shore crew. He took it, and 4 years later, is a shining example of what one can do with hard work, a clean nose
and clear vision. Sailing World's managing editor Dave Reed's article on Cooper's ascension:


Cooper Dressler came on board when the team ramped up its two-boat testing session.
The order came down the chain of command and landed in Cooper Dressler’s capable hands: Larry needs milk.

Maintaining extreme fitness is an essential part of the modern America’s Cup sailor’s routine, required for high-intensity grinding bursts and mental sharpness. Cooper Dressler (left, and at the pedestal above) with fellow American Rome Kirby walked on from the shore team and has proved to be one of the sailing team’s most efficient grinders.
Cooper Dressler, of Coronado, California, stands by to pressure the hydraulics on Oracle Team USA’s foiling platform.
There’s a thread that runs through the Cup defender’s fabric — one tied to its rookie
By Dave Reed Yesterday at 5:44pm

“Funny story, but true,” says Dressler, the soft-spoken 26-year-old with steely eyes and chiseled good looks. “Larry was out on his yacht during the World Series event here in Bermuda, and I guess he needed a gallon, so I ran it out to him in our big chase boat.”
If a milk run for billionaire boss Larry Ellison is what keeps him on pro sailing’s most successful juggernaut, says Dressler, then so be it.
One morning in late August, Dressler tells his story — again, I suspect — when we meet at Oracle Team USA’s Bermuda base. We’re inside the cafeteria space, where a small army in black gear scarfs down hot beef sandwiches, roasted cauliflower and salad before the afternoon sailing session. Through a glass wall behind Dressler sparkles Bermuda’s Great Sound, where in less than a year, the 35th America’s Cup will pit five challengers against Ellison’s third defense.

images © sam greenfield

Dressler never — ever — imagined he’d be racing on the sound, especially as a starting grinder alongside guys with salaries and heaps more experience. Yet here he is today — in the gear, on the sailing team, and in the game. As Oracle’s rookie, the San Diego-bred surfer has a Cinderella story pulled straight from some novel of great sporting clichés. Overnight, he went from sweeping floors to standing over a grinding pedestal, shoulder to shoulder with one badass grinder of many Cups past.

Not long ago, Dressler was smiling his way through dirty jobs, helping erect the team’s compound inside Bermuda’s dockyards. More specifically, one day back in August 2016, he was getting a coffee in the cafeteria’s air-conditioned container when team manager Tom Slingsby approached and asked for a quick chat.
“Usually that means they’re going to send you somewhere or have you do some community outreach thing,” says Dressler. “I was nervous.”

They sat opposite each other on couches just off the cafeteria, and Slingsby explained how he and skipper Jimmy Spithill had been watching Dressler progress in the gym. Sculpting bodies into lean, oil-pumping machines is what AC sailors do in Bermuda. Dressler had been working 13-hour days, 26 straight with the shore crew, but started and finished every day with a big workout.
“I didn’t think anyone would notice or care, to be honest,” he says, “but I guess Jimmy and Tom kind of did.”

There were Tuesday and Thursday morning boxing sessions, too, and when the sailing team showed up at 7:30 a.m. for its workout, Dressler and the shore crew would be finishing. When Dressler would step into the ring and square up against a few guys on the sailing team, he pounded the best of them — on *account of his reach, he says.
Long, strong and lightning-fast arms are a young wannabe grinder’s best assets, and he’s got ’em.

There’s that, plus a real-deal work ethic, which I hear a lot about as I ramble around the base. It’s all business, all day, as I’m sure it is over at SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis, in England with Land Rover BAR, in France with Groupama, and way down in Auckland with Emirates Team New Zealand. Between workouts, briefings, extracting an nth of a knot from twitchy foiling test platforms, and perfecting foiling tacks, there’s a lot of hay being made.

Oracle’s design and sailing teams are littered with veterans, but there’s new blood too, including 25-year-old backup wing trimmer Tom Johnson, of Australia, who foams at the mouth every time he sails or observes the team’s AC45 Turbo. As we shadow the whistling foiler one afternoon, Johnson’s eyes *remain locked on the boat, scanning its every nuance. He *rarely looks away except to jot a note in the miniature waterproof notepad he keeps always in hand. With a foot in the door, he too says he’s incredibly fortunate. AC gigs are rare. Skill is only half the package. The rest is attitude.

That’s how trimmer and boat captain Matt Cassidy, of Chicago, got here as well. He’s the 38-year-old stud of a bowman from the grand-prix big-boat circuits, but before joining the team in 2014, the extent of his cat experience was a Hobie 16. As boat captain, he now oversees the most advanced 45-foot catamaran in sailing. Then he goes out, grinds his heart to redline, and helps put the boat away each night.

“I’d never been a boat captain before, but I’ve been around a lot of good ones,” he says early one morning as he readies the boat for the day’s tests. “But that’s the responsibility I’ve taken on. Getting on these boats has been like learning to sail again. Every day is a crash course.

“I felt out of my league when I started, but honestly, I think one of the reasons I was hired is *because of my persistence, and I work hard. With these teams, it’s very much a personality thing.”
Hard work nets *reward, and for Cassidy, the *reward comes every day. “It’s not just physical; it’s more cerebral than anything I’ve ever done,” he says. “Forty knots is pretty incredible. Less than 20 knots, I feel like I’m not even moving. Thirty knots is no big deal. Then, at 40, when I feel the shuddering, I know I’m cooking. It’s just so awesome. It’s tiring but rewarding.”

The entire team — and that includes the geeks over in Building 9, led by Scott Ferguson, of Jamestown, Rhode Island — is “more complete” this time around, says managing director Grant Simmer, the silver-haired old guard of numerous Cups past. The team has thinned out “complacent old-timers” and recruited from within to build what Simmer boasts is the most compatible sailing team of all the previous three campaigns. For a team that staged the greatest comeback in sailing, that says a lot. Simmer too mentions work ethic in passing, as does coach Philippe Presti, who was instrumental in orchestrating the great defense of 2013. His workspace is in Building 9’s high-ceiling briefing room. Three desktop monitors line his desk, and on the wall are six large flat-screen

TVs displaying a spreadsheet, a strip chart, and paused videos showing numerous points of view on the boat.
Presti is the team’s sailing coach, but he’s also a shrink for the vets and a guru for eager nippers like Dressler.

“We both play guitar, so we built a band together,” says Presti, laughing. “He’s an awesome drummer, too. That guy’s talented at everything he does.”
As a coach to the sport’s best, he’s not always nice, especially to rookies. “In the debrief after sailing, we show what we’ve done,” he says, pointing to the screens, “and there’s nothing to hide, so it can be rough sometimes, especially for the new*comers. But if they want to be athletes and want to improve, they have to want to know what works and what’s important, and from there, they build confidence.”

The younger guys, he says, are more receptive to criticism. Plus, they’re more connected with images and video, so they are more accepting of it.
Presti says Dressler came to the team shouldering “the right attitude,” but was unproven as a sailor. “After an hour in the Moth, he could fully jibe,” says Presti. “I think he’s the best foiler in the group. He’s talented, a hard worker, and in his position, he is a very strong guy.”

He’s also one of four Americans on the sailing team, including Cassidy, Rome Kirby and Andrew Campbell, Oracle’s backup tactician, who is also on his first Cup campaign.
“When we first got here, Cooper was literally installing air-conditioner units and dragging conduit through the trenches with local guys,” says Campbell. “When we got heavy into the two-boat testing, it became obvious we needed another full-time grinder, and his name came up a lot. There was no one here working harder than Cooper.”

It also helped that Dressler was a familiar face around the compound, having mentored with the team in 2014 as a crewmember with the scrappy American Youth Sailing Force entry in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Once that gig ended, Dressler, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, stuck around Oracle’s base, taking all jobs thrown his way. When the team defended in San *Francisco, he was there to soak it all in, and the awesomeness of it, he says, affirmed his true calling. “[With the Youth Sailing Force] we didn’t convince anyone we were good enough to jump on boats as professional sailors,” he says, “so I had to sort of start over and get in with the shore team. I don’t think anyone actually knew that I knew how to sail.”

When the offer came to help decamp to Bermuda, he jumped. “Here was my opportunity to just do whatever I’m asked, and if it happens, it does,” he says. “My friends were like, ‘Whoa, you’re working with Oracle? That’s so cool.’ And I was like, “Dude, come help us break down the base.’ I said I could get them a job, but no one wanted to do it. I don’t think any one of them saw what *opportunity there was, and frankly, I didn’t either.” Next thing you know, he’s on the sailing team.

Being a known quantity is an important part of the Cup culture today, says Campbell, adding that the team is a best-fit scenario rather than one exclusive to elite sailors. He likens it to the 2016 men’s U.S. Olympic basketball roster, which had more compatible players than prima donnas.

As a grinder powering the mainsheet winch, a prima donna Dressler is not. But he is a big cog in a sailing machine. When Slingsby tapped Dressler to be the wattage-delivery man to 27-year-old wing trimmer Kyle Langford’s every little wing-sheet adjustment (and there are many), Dressler transformed from shore crew to full-time grinder overnight. He put on 25 pounds for the job, but it’s all lean muscle mass and he’s quick as a whip.

“I wasn’t confident I’d be able to play in the same league with the other guys, but I surprised myself with the [physio] testing. It turns out I’m pretty good at the grinding. I’ve always been stronger lower body than upper body,” he says.

His physical traits include being very well rounded in three physiological energy systems, says Craig McFarlane, Oracle Team USA’s physical performance manager. Most athletes are blessed with being good over one or two systems; Dressler excels in all three.
“His oxidative system, which is his body’s ability to supply fuel and energy over long periods, means Cooper can grind all day, sustaining more than 300 watts continually over a 25-minute race.

That’s up there with what professional road cyclists can do with their legs,” says McFarlane.
His glycolytic system, which controls his ability to tolerate and flush lactic acid, is highly efficient, which allows him to *repeatedly produce multiple blocks of very intense work with very short recovery. The third system is what’s called the ATP-PC system, says McFarlane, which is basically the most power, measured in watts, that Cooper can generate on the pedestal in three to six seconds. “For a comparison in cycling, he can produce more than 1,600 watts with his upper body, which is similar to what Tour de France cyclists can produce with their legs.”

Months into his new gig, Dressler can still hardly believe his situation: young, single, sailing at the top of his sport, and holed up in a remote North Atlantic resort island chain where he can kiteboard and sail a Moth all he wants in his free time. It’s also his first paid sailing gig, and he laughs at the fact that he has no idea what he should be earning. “I’m just happy to be here,” he says, straight-faced. “I’ll take whatever they give me.”


In August, during my visit, the sailing team has just returned from an America’s Cup World Series event in France, in which they finished last. Spithill is off-island, on the mend from surgery, so the week’s testing and training sessions resume with Slingsby behind the AC45 Turbo’s little red wheels. The AC50 is coming in December, so now’s the time to make hay.
The day’s priority list includes a look at “Board 9,” which is slotted into the port hull. Benchmark Board 1 is in the other hull. Also on the list are a new internal wing-adjustment system, *experimentation with rudder rake, and checking the boat’s takeoff speeds. All these exercises are only a few of the mind-bending matrix of variables the team must get right before its first race next June.

On board the RIB “test boat,” which shadows the AC45, there’s a dashboard-mounted monitor with 22 different data points, a polar diagram, and a two-dimensional image of the boat, showing its three-dimensional motion in real time. Ian Burns, director of performance, drives the RIB with his right hand and mans a laptop to his left, recording test runs and typing notes after each one ends. After more than three hours, I count 38 *individual tests before the final speed run of the day.

Slingsby reports a rudder-rake adjustment over the radio. Burns copies and records another test on his laptop. Dressler and his fellow grinders put their backs into feeding the maze of oil-hungry hydraulics. The big wing’s trailing element swings to centerline, the bows sweep away from the wind, and the boat lurches forward with spray spewing off the foils. The 2-ton black catamaran lifts free of the water and teeters on Board 9. Burns pushes the throttle forward, the Yanmar engine underfoot roars to life, and the chase is on. And there’s Dressler, head down at his new job, grinding away.

No more milk runs for this guy.

Sailing World Article (http://www.sailingworld.com/from-shore-crew-to-americas-cup-athlete?)

Charlie Tuna
02-15-2017, 11:00 AM
Good on Cooper!

02-15-2017, 10:26 PM

The story of the boat 'New Zealand' which Emirates Team New Zealand will take to Bermuda to win the America's Cup back in June this year.

02-16-2017, 10:26 AM

Olympic cycling medallist Simon van Velthooven has turned nautical, and will help power yachting's Team New Zealand in the America's Cup campaign this year.

02-16-2017, 02:59 PM
Richard Gladwell braves the pouring rain to get a peek up close of ETNZ's new boat and click some pics and add some verbs!
Check it out:


Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon.

The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.

The first yacht, the 12 Metre Sverige which contested the Challenger Selection Series in 1977, used its pedaling crew members to turn the yacht's winch systems.

The new AC50 doesn't have any winches or sheets, and all controls are hydraulic - with the effort of all four peddlers being directed towards pressurising the hydraulic reservoirs.

The christening ceremonies took place in moderately heavy rain, reviving memories of the same ceremony conducted a hundred metres down Beaumont Street just over 30 years ago, when the Kiwis first America's Cup Challenger, the 12 Metre KZ-7 was christened by Dame Naomi James.



Members of Ngati Whatua, the local iwi, welcomed the rain saying it was the tears of happiness of sailors' ancestors who had also gathered to be present at the christening.

The team's AC50 was noticeable for being a very aerodynamically clean boat, and other than four cycle seats and a steering wheel, little else appears above the trampoline and deck line.

It was revealed that the team had made the decision to move with the pedal option over 12 months ago and had managed to keep the development under wraps for that time, including launching their AC45S test boat with conventional grinding systems.



Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby told Sail-World that team had only sailed for the first time with the pedalstals on Tuesday, and the rest of the development had been undertaken on shore based test platforms.

The Olympic medal winning cyclist Simon van Velthooven has been with the team for around 12 months, and the team switched to a cycling orientated physical training program about that time.

Emirates Team NZ COO Kevin Shoebridge confirmed that the AC50 will sail in New Zealand for another 6-7 weeks before packing up and flying their AC50 to the Atlantic archipelago.

Full Article (http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/Americas-Cup---Emirates-Team-NZ-give-first-look-at-the-pedaling-AC50/151801?)

02-16-2017, 04:04 PM
Hope they don't go up 8-1 again!

02-23-2017, 10:23 AM

Artemis Racing's new race yacht, “Magic Blue”, was christened today by Torbjörn Törnqvist's wife, Natalia, at a special celebration in Bermuda.

The launch sees the culmination of more than three years of intense design and development work, which began almost immediately after the finish of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.

The new America’s Cup Class (ACC) yacht, which measures at 15m (or 49.2ft), is a development from the AC72s raced in San Francisco, retaining the wing sail and hydrofoils, which enable them to fly over the water at incredible speeds.


The design differences, or areas left for the teams to explore and innovate in the new Class, lie in the design of the appendages (foils and rudders), aerodynamics, and the onboard hydraulic and electronic control systems.

The hydraulic systems are required to be completely powered by human effort and combine traditional sailboat engineering with aerospace technology. Artemis Racing is thankful for support from a number of technical partners including Altair and Tactair.

The change of venue to Bermuda brings a host of new challenges with the varied, shifty conditions. The boats are flying and maneuvering better than ever before thanks to several years of additional development time along with supporting rules changes. This summer’s event is expected to be the most competitive and exciting America’s Cup in recent history.

The construction of Artemis Racing’s ACC began in January 2016 at Sune Carlsson Båtvarv, next to the team’s yacht club KSSS, in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden. The hulls were then flown to the US, and delivered to the team’s build facility in Alameda, CA, where the pod, beam and end plate were installed.

It was then shipped to Bermuda, where it was reassembled and the final installation of the hydraulics and electronics took place.


Mark Allanson, Build Manager, commented:

“With over 80,000 man hours in Design and Build it is fantastic to see our boat finally touch the water. Many parts of our new race yacht have already travelled thousands of miles globally; from the construction of our hulls in Sweden, led by Brandon Linton; to pre assembly at our Base in Alameda, California; and onto Bermuda for systems fit out. Getting to this point has required a huge effort from all members of the Team and we cannot wait to see her flying across the Great Sound in Bermuda.”
The launch was attended by Torbjörn Törnqvist, team members' families, team sponsors, and Bermudian dignitaries including the Hon. Michael Dunkley, Premier of Bermuda.

Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal, said:

“It’s a great day of course, very exciting to see the result of so many years of hard work in design, engineering and construction; finally here. It feels good, and the boat looks fabulous. Torbjörn continued, “We are now on the home stretch so the phase goes from design and development, to sailing the boat as best we can.”
Although the launch marks a major milestone, the team is fully aware that in order to be victorious in June, it must continue to develop and refine its ACC right up until the final race.

Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, commented:

“This day has been a long time coming, and I am so excited to see the boat in the water. Over the last 3 years we have spent countless hours on the water with our test boats, developing foils and control systems that we believe will win us the America's Cup.


I have been watching this boat slowly come together here in Bermuda over the last few months, and It’s incredibly exciting to see this beautiful machine complete. I really would like to thank the design, engineering, build and shore team for their hard work in delivering the boat to us in race ready condition. It really has been a massive effort by the whole team and it’s now up to the sailing team to get out on the water and see what this incredible boat is capable of.

I know that this will not be the end of our development, we saw during AC34 that there can be plenty of development in a short space of time and so we are prepared for that and looking forward to the next few months.”
On the same day, Artemis Racing took the opportunity to announce a partnership with MARTINI®, a world leader in Italian vermouth and sparkling wine with a long heritage in the world of racing, as an official Local Supplier and hospitality provider of the team.

Shane Hoyne, Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi, commented:

“We are incredibly proud to continue our racing heritage into the America’s Cup, supporting Artemis Racing. Bermuda has been our home for more than 50 years and we are all extremely excited ahead of this summer’s action. Today we were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the team’s base and the new America’s Cup Class race yacht. It was truly amazing to see first hand the professionalism, passion and commitment of the team, as well as the incredible technology involved.“

Charlie Tuna
02-23-2017, 11:50 AM
Where are Softbank and Cammas?

02-28-2017, 10:47 PM
Four Years After America’s Cup Loss, Team New Zealand Is Not Over It

FEBRUARY 28, 2017
The New York Times (https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/sports/sailing/americas-cup-emirates-team-new-zealand.html)


Team New Zealand sailing its race boat in the waters off Auckland last week.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The makeshift cafeteria was all but empty, and Dan Bernasconi, the design coordinator for Emirates Team New Zealand, was speaking quietly about being on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

“Everyone was pretty devastated for sure, just disbelief,” he said in February, referring to Team New Zealand’s improbable loss to Oracle Team U.S.A. in the 2013 America’s Cup. “But it’s not just losing the regatta. It’s everything that comes after it. Our world would have been a very different place if we had won. This edition of the America’s Cup would have looked very different.”

The Cup, which dates to 1851 and is still yachting’s most prestigious prize, remains the rare sporting event in which the winner truly takes all, choosing the venue, the format and many of the rules of the next race.

With an 8-1 lead in San Francisco in 2013, Team New Zealand needed to win just one more race to bring the next America’s Cup, along with all the economic and psychic benefits, back to Auckland. The teams would have been based a short walk from where Bernasconi was speaking.

But Oracle and its upbeat skipper, Jimmy Spithill, kept finding new ways to ward off defeat. Races were called off for exceeding time limits and wind limits. Oracle kept revamping and improving, and it ultimately won eight straight races to retain the Cup.

“I don’t think you ever get over that,” said Grant Dalton, Team New Zealand’s chief executive. “It was particularly brutal, particularly in this country where the America’s Cup is so big. Because the races were on television here about 7 o’clock in the morning, the motorways were empty. Because there was government money involved, it was everybody’s business.

“I don’t think you ever get over that, ever. You shouldn’t. If you do, you haven’t got red blood running through you.”

Oracle, despite being an American team with an American owner in Larry Ellison, decided, in part for financial reasons, to stage its 2017 defense not in the United States but in tiny Bermuda — more than 9,000 miles from Auckland.


The team’s base in Auckland is a spartan affair — the team’s budget is about half of what it was during its unsuccessful America’s Cup campaign in 2013.

While Oracle and four of the five challenging syndicates have established bases in Bermuda, Team New Zealand has remained home in much more spartan surroundings. Its base in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is in a converted fuel depot short on creature comforts, although the team has built an outdoor beer garden nicknamed Rosemary’s, after the rosemary growing nearby. The garden sits on scraps of salvaged artificial turf next to a wall topped by barbed wire that is angled toward the adjacent street to protect the base from intruders.

“I’m sure the other teams want their flashy polished floors, but we’ve got Rosemary’s, so we’re happy,” said Glenn Ashby, the team’s skipper. “Nothing better than a cold one out here on a Friday afternoon with your mates.”

Nonetheless, it has been a three-and-a-half-year fight to remain afloat. There was even a suggestion from Russell Coutts that another Kiwi syndicate could be formed if Team New Zealand withdrew or folded. Coutts, the former star Team New Zealand skipper who later played the same role at Oracle, now runs the America’s Cup Event Authority, in charge of organizing the 2017 Cup.

But Team New Zealand has survived, even with an operating budget that Dalton said was half of what it was in 2013 and under $20 million per year. The team’s accountant sits just outside his bare office so they can be in constant touch, and more than 70 suppliers donate everything from eggs to sandpaper, Dalton said.

“Everybody is on reduced salaries; nobody earns what they earned last time, if they are even here from last time,” Dalton said. “We’ve really struggled financially to survive. Bermuda, with all the best intentions of a venue, is a difficult place to sell sponsorship.”

Team New Zealand’s austerity program is not due simply to Oracle’s unorthodox choice of venue. Auckland was originally scheduled to host a preliminary America’s Cup World Series event last month. It was similar to those staged the last two years in France, Britain, Japan and Sweden, the home nations of the other Cup challengers.

But the deal with Team New Zealand fell through in 2015 after Oracle and most of the other challengers approved a number of changes to the original Cup protocol agreement. That led to litigation — an America’s Cup tradition — and to Team New Zealand’s reportedly taking its case to the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel.

With no regatta in Auckland, the New Zealand government declined to provide further funding to supplement the 5 million New Zealand dollars it had injected to support the team and protect its talent from being poached. In the 2013 campaign, the government contributed 35 million New Zealand dollars.

“Losing the New Zealand government this time really hurt,” Dalton said.

So did the 2015 decision to remove the popular skipper and longtime helmsman Dean Barker, which cost the team dearly in the court of public opinion. The move was made in part to make room for young talent like the helmsman Peter Burling, 26, and Blair Tuke, 27, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 49er class last year in Rio de Janeiro.


New Zealand fans in Auckland watching one of the races in San Francisco between Team New Zealand and Oracle Team U.S.A. in 2013. New Zealand had an 8-1 lead but failed to win the Cup.

Barker, now 43, was offered another position with the team but left and later became skipper and chief executive of the new Cup syndicate SoftBank Team Japan, which has been sharing design information and research with Oracle.

“There was a huge amount of bitterness for a long time about the way Dean was treated,” said Lisa Sutton, a sailing fan who was part of the crowd in Auckland that filled Shed 10 on the waterfront every day during the 2013 Cup.

Dalton insisted Barker’s ousting was not only his decision but part of a 20-point plan put together by a large committee intent on learning from the San Francisco collapse.

“We had to rebuild and revamp and regenerate and bring on new talent,” said Dalton, who felt compelled to leave Auckland for Britain for a time to escape the news media scrutiny. “It was time, and that’s been pretty messy, especially when you do it all in public, which you have no choice in this country. It’s unfortunate, but it had to be done, and we are reinvigorated and youth-focused and, I think, a far stronger team than we’ve ever been.”

The gravel-voiced, salty-tongued Dalton has remained in charge after weathering what he termed “a coup attempt” shortly after the San Francisco defeat. No longer part of the sailing team at 59, he remains the primary tone setter and fund-raiser.

Depending on the arbitration ruling, Team New Zealand could receive a major injection of cash late in this campaign: potentially more than $10 million in damages that may have to be paid by the America’s Cup Event Authority.

“I’m not allowed to talk about it,” Dalton said of the arbitration process, which he declined to acknowledge was even taking place.

What is clear is that Team New Zealand is a team apart in this America’s Cup. “We are very much the lone wolf,” Dalton said.

Last month, in a major break with tradition, Oracle and the four other challengers — Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France — announced a framework agreement for the next two America’s Cups, which would be held in 2019 and 2021.


The helmsman Peter Burling, right, and the crew member Blair Tuke provide new talent for Team New Zealand in its current campaign to win the Cup.

Coutts called the deal “a hugely significant moment” for the Cup, reflecting a new spirit of cooperation. The agreement, ostensibly designed to reduce costs and provide stability, stipulates that the next two Cups will be sailed in the America’s Cup Class foiling catamarans being used in Bermuda. Those multihull boats, in another break with tradition, have many one-design elements, another cost-cutting move.

Team New Zealand is the only challenger not to have signed the agreement.

“Our initial reaction was that while we are in arbitration, we weren’t interested in playing the happy families game,” Dalton said. “I think now that their document is finished, we fundamentally don’t agree with it.”

That means the 2017 Cup will be not only a duel between sailing teams but a duel between visions of the Cup’s future. Team New Zealand would prefer to stick with a more traditional approach, one in which the defender negotiates with its official challenger — known as the challenger of record — after the Cup is won, not beforehand.

“The extra kind of added incentive now is that if we don’t win, the Cup is doomed in the New York Yacht Club kind of terms, which we believe in,” Dalton said. “It’s doomed to be just another dirty little regatta.”

Tom Ehman, a longtime rules adviser to America’s Cup syndicates and a key figure on Oracle’s team in recent Cups, said he did not believe the framework agreement would survive a legal challenge because it would be seen to contravene the Cup’s founding document, the deed of gift.

“The courts are going to say the deed of gift is clear: You cannot even contemplate another challenge until you’ve dealt with the current one,” said Ehman, who is no longer working for Oracle Team U.S.A.

Team New Zealand will finally establish a base in Bermuda in April, a delay linked to budget limitations and the continuing litigation. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup qualifiers, which decide which challenger faces Oracle, begin on Bermuda’s Great Sound on May 26.

“The danger of being a lone wolf, of course, is that there’s a lot of people, not just Oracle, that don’t want us to win this time,” Dalton said. “One would hope we don’t get sent to the bottom of the ocean by a boat — ‘Oh, that was a mistake; sorry about that’ — one day with no form of redress in the rule. And that’s a very big concern for us. There are five teams that want us dead now, not one, only because we’ve ruined their little parade.”

Team New Zealand’s own parade was ruined in 2013, but the team has persevered against the odds. Bernasconi was one of the first Team New Zealand members to return to work after the crushing defeat. Ashby, an Australian skipper who could have easily jumped to another program, was soon there with him. Like so many who wear the team’s black uniform and a pained expression at the mention of San Francisco, they are driven to make amends.

“It’s a massive driver,” Ashby said. “What gets you up in the morning is the thought of being able to make things right.”

03-01-2017, 09:33 AM


Bermuda, 1st March 2017 – On Monday the team sailed its new America’s Cup Class yacht, Magic Blue, for the first time.

Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, was excited to get her out on the water:

“Everyone’s always pretty excited when we get a new toy, and I’m no different. We had to treat the boat very gently to begin with, but as soon as we were allowed, we began to push her a little harder.

From the first take off the boat felt great, the guys who designed and engineered her have done a great job”.

Dave Endean, COO, commented on the importance of those first few hours on the water:

“There’s been much preparation ahead of Magic Blue’s first day of sailing. We have a lot of sensors on board, and we have to check that the installations and calibrations are correct and completely accurate. They provide us with critical information regarding the loads and functionality of the onboard systems.

Once they were calibrated and checked, the first stage of sailing was to get out there and slowly ease into loading the boat, in a very controlled manner.

After that initial hour, we came back in to analyze the sensor data, make sure there were no surprises, and verify that all the work we’ve put in leading up to that day was accurate.

First sails can be difficult, but I’m happy to say that we had a really good day. In the second three hour session, we began to push the boat a little harder, hitting over 40 knots in 10-12 knots of breeze. The results and data were extremely positive, so everyone’s happy”.

The team will soon continue its two boat match racing programme against T2, the team’s second AC45 Turbo development boat, with Francesco Bruni at the helm.

03-01-2017, 10:16 AM

Two pools of top young sailors from 12 countries will battle for a spot in the finals at June’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda

24 February 2017 – Hamilton, BERMUDA – Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have announced the lineups for the two pools of top national youth teams that will compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda this summer. As the Sport Directors for the innovative regatta for sailors aged 18 to 24, the legends from Austria flew to the America’s Cup Event Authority headquarters in Bermuda’s capital city, Hamilton, to make the blind draw among the 12 teams that had already been named to the event, with results as follows:

Artemis Youth Racing (Sweden)
Team France Jeune (France)
Kaijin Team Japan (Japan)
Youth Vikings Denmark (Denmark)
Team Tilt (Switzerland)
SVB Team Germany (Germany)

Team BDA (Bermuda)
NZL Sailing Team (New Zealand)
Land Rover BAR Academy (Great Britain)
Spanish Impulse Team (Spain)
Next Generation USA (USA)
Candidate Sailing Team (Austria)

Hagara explained the regatta format for 2017: “There are six sailors per team, and six teams per pool,” he stated. “In the Qualifiers this June, the top four teams from each pool will advance, and we’ll have a total of eight boats at the starting line in the Finals, which is a lot. They’ll sail the same racecourse used by the America’s Cup teams, so it’s going to be a big challenge and a great opportunity to learn and prove themselves.”

Hagara and Steinacher are the masterminds behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which was introduced in 2013 as a career pathway toward the America’s Cup itself. Eight sailors from that debut have gone on to professional careers, including Peter Burling, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist who will take the helm for Emirates Team New Zealand in the upcoming America’s Cup, and his teammate Blair Tuke.

In 2017, for the first time the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will use foiling catamarans – high-speed AC45F boats that are longer than a city bus and literally rise above the water on foils to fly at speeds over 35 knots (65km/h). They’re the same boats raced by the professional sailors in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

“The pools look quite equal, and I think it will be mistakes that prevent teams from advancing out of the Qualifiers. However, the British team [Land Rover BAR Academy] is a big favorite because they have experience sailing a foiling catamaran, the GC32, in the Extreme Sailing Series,” said Steinacher, referring to the global stadium racing circuit where some of the world’s top sailors race the lightning-fast boats on short courses close to shore. “But we’ll see. It’s not easy to be the favorite.”

Next up for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup teams: official training periods sailing with the only eight AC45F catamarans on the planet. Training for Group A will take place in Bermuda on May 28-June 3, followed by training for Group B on June 4-10. Then the action accelerates in conjunction with the America’s Cup in Bermuda, with Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool A and B Qualifiers scheduled for June 12-16, 2017, followed by the Finals on June 20-21.

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03-02-2017, 10:09 AM



A historic day today at the Dockyards in Bermuda as SoftBank Team Japan unveiled their brand new America’s Cup Class race yacht, Hikari, the next-generation boat designed to win the first ever America’s Cup for a Japanese flagged challenger.

Hikari, meaning “flash of light”, was selected from over 430 names submitted by fans in Japan through a nationwide contest held by SoftBank Corp. in the lead up to the unveiling.


After pouring a ceremonial “masu” (a traditional measuring cup made of Cyprus to serve sake) of Hakkaisan Sake over the bow of the new yacht, Tatsuro Kurisaka, Vice President of the Communications Division of SoftBank Corp., revealed the name to the public for the first time.

Despite the rain and with the crowd looking on, Shinto Priest Kai Guji, who travelled from Kagoshima, Japan for the naming, performed a Japanese Oharai purification ceremony for the new boat using special talismans collected from several different Shinto shrines to bless the sailors, the yacht, and the weather.


Hikari is a 15-meter long carbon fiber foiling catamaran evolved from the same test design the team has been training on and developing for the past year in Bermuda.

Capable of reaching speeds of over 50 knots, it’s wing sail – similar in design to the wing of an airplane – stands over 25-meters high.

This new class of boat – the America’s Cup Class - has been compared to a Formula One racecar on water.

“We established this team in May 2015 and in less than two years we’ve achieved a massive milestone with this launch”, said Bowman and General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku.

“I want to say thank you to our shore crew and their families for all the hours they’ve put in and sacrificed and also give a big ‘thank you’ to all our supporters in Japan that have brought us this far.”

First conceived over a year and half ago when SoftBank Team Japan was formed, the team has labored more than 187,000 man hours honing the technology present in the new yacht.

Twelve-hour days and six-day workweeks have been the norm since they moved into their Bermuda base back in 2015.


Seeking every performance gain, the crew has been testing their design platform on the same course the America’s Cup races will be held on later this year – an advantage several competitors may have missed out on.

“It certainly helps to have a year of sailing in Bermuda under us and at the Cup it’ll feel like we’re sailing at home”, said Skipper and CEO Dean Barker.

“We’ll have a much better understanding of what to expect and the three teams who were based here will hopefully have an advantage over the other three.”

That game to win an advantage is ongoing – spies from all the teams have been busy the past several weeks attempting to measure profiles of dagger boards and other appendages from a distance.

However, many of the biggest advantages continue to be out of sight, installed on the inside of team’s boats where the high-tech mechanisms required for sustained flight are installed.

“I think we’ve seen differences in all the boats – the biggest unknown is what’s hidden in the hulls – how do the control systems work and how well will the boats operate”.

“That will be the untold story and the biggest determiner of success. We’re very happy with our systems but we know there’s still much to do until the start of the Cup.”

Designed with certain one-design aspects, the America’s Cup Class allows teams to customize their appendage, control, and aero packages, focusing the technological development of the class towards the art of foiling and fast, continuous flight.


However, in keeping with America’s Cup rules, the hydraulics required to drive those systems must be human powered.

That has ultimately meant building athletes capable of exerting extreme power outputs for long durations of time.

Grinders Yugo Yoshida and Yuki Kasatani are those weapons, picked out of an intense Japanese crew trial in 2015, the two have put on more than 15 kg training, at minimum, twice a day.

They will join veteran Kazuhiko Sofuku in the crew rotation for the America’s Cup Qualifiers marking Japan’s return to the race after a 15-year drought.

Having already sea trialed the new yacht earlier in the week, the team will now continue their on-water testing program tomorrow, counting down the days until their first America’s Cup Qualifiers match against Artemis Racing on May 26th.

“Coming out of the last America’s Cup we never imagined the development curve on the mechanical and human side would continue as steep as it has and I think right up through the Cup you’ll see development”, commented sailor and Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Lomas.

“No team will stop. The boats will change from what you see here today.”

Carl Spackler
03-02-2017, 04:48 PM
Probably the 1st AC boat to be christened with sake.

Bitchin Bow Dude
03-02-2017, 08:44 PM
Wonder what Barker thinks about ETNZ's peddle power boat?

Carl Spackler
03-27-2017, 02:07 PM

Russell used to be a kiwi didn't he?

Single Hander
03-27-2017, 04:35 PM
If you are out of the country for 5 years or more you have to apply for reinstatement.

04-04-2017, 05:00 PM

Artemis Racing suffered structural damage on one of their training boats today.

The wing involved is believed to be a new one with the AC 50 design and shape.

Artemis Racing Statement:
During a practice session this afternoon Artemis Racing’s development boat (T2) sustained beam damage whilst training.

There were no injuries in the incident, and the yacht is back at the base.
The team looks forward to getting out on its ACC boat for the second week of practice racing, starting on Thursday.

Panama Red
04-04-2017, 05:07 PM
Glad no one got hurt.

They have too be feeling a bit distraught about now.

Sheeze Loueez!

04-04-2017, 09:00 PM
They need to re-evaluate their engineering team!

Prince of Whales
04-05-2017, 09:20 AM
Note to self: Don't let the Artemis guys borrow any boats.

Panama Red
04-05-2017, 02:16 PM

A bit more detail and more photos!

04-06-2017, 08:58 AM

The battle that is the America’s Cup may start in 52 days, but make no mistake; the war of the foils has been raging for years.

As teams begin to line up with their America’s Cup Class race yachts in Bermuda, the dagger board shapes deployed are coming under increased scrutiny – what may look like similar designs to an untrained eye, actually yield multitudes of differences when matched against one another.

One might say Nick Holroyd, Technical Director for SoftBank Team Japan, who led the design of the first foiling America’s Cup yacht four years ago, has some expertise in this field and took the time to share his perspective on what he’s been seeing in the daily recon reports.

“How are they spending their allocation strategically? That’s what I’m asking”, said Holroyd.

“Can you perceive from their designs that they’re an upwind, downwind, or a maneuvering boat – where do they see the race being won? Once you’ve picked that strategic approach then you can look at the details of how they got there.

“For sure we’re seeing a real split in the fleet in terms of the stability that’s inherently designed into the boards. That may well reflect how far advanced those teams are with their control systems. The overall stability is the inherent stability in the board plus the quality of control system – how fast you can get boards to target – plus how good the human interface is for the helmsman.”


Yet wrapped in the stability equation, Holroyd is keenly watching for board failures on other teams as he dissects the structural engineering that other designers have gambled on in an effort to solve as many of the performance tradeoffs as possible.

“To make these boats efficient you’re forced into making some extreme structures”, said Holroyd.

“There’s an incentive in light air boards to have a lot of span – which is structurally difficult – and for heavy air boards you’re trying to design them to not cavitate, and that’s also structurally difficult.”

Asked how a team might fare if they had broken a foil during practice at this point in the competition, he was quick to assert that the time to build a new dagger board has long since passed.

“You’re well inside the timeframe to built a new board in time so if you have a major structural issue at this point that warrants ‘open heart surgery’, that can take you off the water for 3-4 weeks. These patients take a while to recover.

“If you were having structural issues in your boards at this stage of your campaign you would be nervous.”

As for the question of whether the Cup will be decided by foil design or control systems, Holroyd explained it’s still a game that’s decided by a multitude of factors.

“In the America’s Cup you’ve always had a whole bunch of things you’ve got to do right – you’ve got to raise the money, get the team going, sail well, have a fast boat, be reliable, have good meteorology – and frankly screwing up any one of those things could lose you the race. You have to have the complete package.”

04-11-2017, 10:38 AM

It's a great thing when one of your teams primary sponsors is a luxury long haul airline,
as Team New Zealand enjoy with their title sponsor Emirates. You certainly would not desire
the type of treatment United inflicted on one of their own passengers earlier this week to be
laid upon your very spendy state of the art AC 50. And with time blasting past ETNZ flew their
Foiling Peloton inside the Emirates SkyCargo jet directly to Bermuda from Auckland.

ETNZ now joins the rest of the challengers and the defender for training on the Great Sound a few months of
fine tuning with hopes that when the vessel is flown back, it will have company of the Auld Mug!








Cleveland Steamer
04-13-2017, 07:33 AM
You always hope the ground crew remembers to secure the nose cone when flying one of those air cargo jets!

04-18-2017, 09:23 AM

It was the boat that powered one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history and soon you can visit it at America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia.

“USA 17” was ORACLE TEAM USA’s AC72 catamaran that raced in the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. With the defending champion on the ropes, down 1-8 and facing match point, the team turned it around and won eight consecutive races to win the America’s Cup over Team New Zealand 9-8.

Now the boat the team designed, built and raced in that storied comeback has a new home, at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, as the centerpiece of a new exhibition – Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup.

The storyline of this exhibition is dedicated to reliving ORACLE TEAM USA’s amazing comeback in the 34th America’s Cup and what it took to develop, design, build and race the AC72 catamaran.

“To win the America’s Cup, you need to have a boat that gives you a chance on the water,” says ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill.

“In San Francisco we designed and built the fastest America’s Cup boat in history. It took us a little while to figure it out, but once we realized the potential of “USA 17” we were confident we could win.

“This AC72 represents the pinnacle of America’s Cup – and American – technology and innovation at the time. The 2013 America’s Cup was the first foiling Cup, the first time the boats would lift out of the water on hydrofoils and fly.


“But already, the new boats we’re sailing now are so much more advanced. We’re still on foiling catamarans, but the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. We’ve gone from fighting to get up and stay on the foils to the point where we can fly around the entire race course, including through all of the maneuvers. We’re in a new era of sailing now and USA 17 represented that leap into the unknown.”

The 2017 America’s Cup will be raced in a new America’s Cup Class, 15 meter (49.2-feet) foiling, wing-sailed catamarans. The change to the new class of boat meant the winning boat from 2013 needed a new home.

“We’re thrilled to be able to contribute to the Mariners’ Museum by donating “USA 17” for this exhibition,” said Grant Simmer, the General Manager and Chief Operating Operator of ORACLE TEAM USA.

“The story behind this boat and the comeback in 2013 is one that deserves to be shared widely, and we’re happy to be in partnership with The Mariners’ Museum to help educate people about the America’s Cup and the technology and human achievement that is the cornerstone of the event.”

Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup will bring the excitement of the America’s Cup to The Mariners’ Museum and Park, which draws visitors from across the nation and the globe. Visitors will enjoy an engaging and immersive experience as they explore the science and technology behind the fight to win the oldest trophy in international sport.

The Mariners’ Museum President & CEO, Howard Hoege, said this about the exhibit, “ORACLE TEAM USA has given our Museum the opportunity to provide the hundreds of thousands of people that will visit this exhibit over time an experience that they can get nowhere else: standing underneath the actual AC72 platform that won the 2013 America’s Cup. I cannot wait to see our visitor’s imagination take flight as they come into contact with the sleek, elegant – and MASSIVE – USA 17.”


The exhibition opens on May 27, the same week that racing gets underway in the 2017 edition in Bermuda where ORACLE TEAM USA sails its first race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on May 26.

“The donation of this extraordinary yacht to the Museum’s collection, greatly enhances our capability to relate current and exciting stories about the America’s Cup, and about the progression of maritime technology for years to come. It’s truly awe-inspiring to walk into the gallery and experience this boat.” said Lyles Forbes, the Museum’s Vice President of Collections and Chief Curator.

In addition to showing the 2017 America’s Cup races from Bermuda, there will be various interactive pieces throughout the exhibition, inviting visitors to learn more about the event and what it takes to be a sailor in the America’s Cup, including:

• An activity table with the various materials used in the construction of the AC72 catamaran;

• A grinding station, and;

• Thirteen videos exploring the history and technological advances of the America’s Cup over the past three centuries, including ORACLE TEAM USA’s comeback win in 2013

ORACLE TEAM USA is a two-time winner of the America’s Cup, having first won the event in 2010 in Valencia, Spain. In San Francisco, the team needed to win eight consecutive races to retain the trophy, marking one of the greatest comebacks in international sport. www.oracleteamusa.com

The Mariners' Museum and Park connects people to the world's waters because through the waters – through our shared maritime heritage - we are connected to one another. The organization is an educational, non-profit institution accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of ship models, figureheads, paintings, and other maritime artifacts. The Mariners’ Museum is home to the USS Monitor Center, and is surrounded by the 550-acre Mariners’ Museum Park, the largest privately maintained park open to the public in North America. The Mariners’ Museum Library is the largest maritime library in the Western hemisphere. The Mariners’ Museum has been designated by Congress as “America’s National Maritime Museum.” For hours and information, visit MarinersMuseum.org, call (757) 596-2222 or write to The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

Prince of Whales
04-18-2017, 09:52 AM
Not much clearance there.

Wonder what they did with the wing?

Carl Spackler
04-18-2017, 01:56 PM
Guess they don't want nobody spying on their deck layout.

Or outside of hulls.

04-20-2017, 09:40 AM

Surface To Air explores what it takes to Design the Difference™ in America’s Cup Racing

Altair’s ongoing Design the Difference film documentary series explores extraordinary client achievements,
the high stakes of design and the incredible impact it has in shaping the world around us.



Sign Up For a Private Film Screening of Surface To Air on Thursday May 4th



Altair began its involvement with America’s Cup racing in 1995 as a technical supplier to the PACT95 team. A year after winning Industry’s Week Technology of the Year Award for its topology optimization software, OptiStruct®, Altair consulted and applied this technology to optimize the strength and weight ratios of the hull and appendages for PACT95’s Young America entry.

At this time in America’s Cup racing, the hull structure was the only part of the boat’s design that is secret from competitors. Applying OptiStruct to optimize the best placement for the ring plates and bulkheads yielded a novel inner hull structure design resembling a spider web of trusses. The optimized Young America hull structure provided a clear speed advantage, prompting Team Dennis Conner to use USA-36 Young America in the Americas Cup finals instead of their USA-34 Stars & Stripes.

Although the yacht was defeated by New Zealand in the finals, its technical superiority prompted three American syndicates to approach Altair for help in designing entries for the 2000 race. Altair chose to collaborate with the AmericaOne team spurring a deep technical appreciation, passion and continued involvement in yacht racing throughout Altair’s operations worldwide.

Conan the Librarian
04-21-2017, 07:34 AM
They still in Alameda?

05-01-2017, 09:13 AM

The America’s Cup is one the most prestigious sports events in the world, and the level of competition is nothing short of extreme among the professional sailors aiming to lift the Cup in 2017. Artemis Racing's Team Manager Iain Percy is no different, but he still believes that sportsmanship should be at the center of the historic event.

In its 166-year history, the America’s Cup has not only become a “holy grail” for sailors all over the world. In 34 editions of the event, the determination and ambition of all the competitors that have participated have further made it one of the most sought after trophies in the world.



The level of competition has not always brought out the best in the participants with team rivalry and disputes, both in and outside of the courtroom, at times becoming a central part of the game.

“The America’s Cup has always been this fantastic competition, incredibly technical and hugely historic”, said Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing. “But it has also been plagued over the years by court battles and a ruthless desire to win that often ends up in fighting between the teams. It is not always the display of sportsmanship that the individuals within the sport personally hold”.


Teams from only four different countries have managed to win the America’s Cup through the years and Iain Percy is fully determined to add another nation to that list with the Swedish flagged team this summer.

“In Artemis Racing we for sure share that absolute desire to win, but we like to think that we can win it in a way where we still get on with our competition. While we want to defeat all the other teams, we are in for fair racing and let the best team win”. This is the Artemis Racing way.



The 35th America’s Cup win begin on Friday May 26, 2017, with the Swedish team racing against Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR on the first day of competition.

The full race schedule can be found here → http://bit.ly/2eRRf8r

Charlie Tuna
05-01-2017, 09:51 AM
Go Artemis!

05-02-2017, 09:15 AM

It's the direct link between Sir Ben Ainslie and the boat built to bring the America's Cup home; the steering wheel that Ainslie will be holding as he strives to drive Land Rover BAR's America's Cup Class boat to success this summer in Bermuda. And the wheel is a direct result of a long partnership with the team's title and exclusive innovation partner, Land Rover. This remarkable piece of technology has been in development for the past 18 months within the Technical Innovation Group (TIG), chaired by the management and technology consultancy PA Consulting Group, and is now being revealed ahead of the start of racing on 26th May.

The control of an America's Cup Class foiling multihull is a two-dimensional problem. The wheel doesn't just turn the boat left and right as it would do on a conventional boat, but it also controls the boat's height and attitude above the water, through control of the power delivered from the hydrofoils.



The hydrofoil does what it says on the tin – hydro-foil – a foil in water. Just like the aerofoil – the wings that lift planes into the air – the hydrofoils deliver lift, in this case, they push the boat up and out of the water.

So the steering wheel must allow Ainslie to both steer the boat, and control the hydrofoils so he can 'fly' the boat fast and smooth above the water. It's a bit like tapping your head and rubbing your tummy. There are two sets of controls to keep the boat on the right track both horizontally and vertically; left and right, up and down. The left and right part was straight-forward, that's what the steering wheel does. It was the up and down that needed creativity, innovation and cool technology.


The specially designed L​and Rove​r Steering Wheel

The Human Machine Interface (or HMI) is an area in which Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have considerable experience, technical expertise and a reputation for innovation in their cars – as anyone who has driven the latest Discovery will know. No one with an interest in safety wants to take their eyes off the road for any longer than they absolutely have to, and good HMI can allow you to complete a task without looking, with the minimum of mental effort.

Ben Ainslie required exactly the same of the hydrofoil control on the wheel of the ACC boat. There were many possible ways it could be done; from switches to dials, gear shifts to twist grips. Some could be quickly discarded, others were tried, developed, prototyped for testing and simulation. The best of the ideas went forward with working prototypes built that could be tested on the boat. Of these, there was a clear winner – the paddle shift.


The analogy with the paddle gear shift on a performance car is a good one. The hydrofoil needs to be adjusted in steps as the boat accelerates and decelerates, just as you would change gears in a car as you accelerate or decelerate. Go faster, tap towards you; go slower, tap away from you, each shift attuned to the demand for the optimum performance of the boat, just as a car driver seeks to match the gear to the speed and engine revs for maximum efficiency.

05-15-2017, 10:37 AM


Artemis Racing Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy is one of the most respected men in the global world of competitive sailing. His record speaks for itself – two gold Olympic medals (Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008), one silver Olympic medal (London 2012) and multiple European and World Championship titles. That haul adds up to a wealth of experience, talent and determination and means that when Iain offers his thoughts on a subject, people listen.

In a recent video interview which can be seen above Iain has given his thoughts on the role America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) and its Race Director Iain Murray have in the 35th America’s Cup, and explains why clear governance is so important in professional sport. As one of sailing’s most respected figureheads, Iain is worth listening to, especially with a subject as important as the rules and regulations of America’s Cup race events that ensure absolute impartiality and integrity across the 35th America’s Cup.

“America’s Cup Race Management organizes the sporting side of the America’s Cup and, importantly, for the first time that organization is owned and run collectively with an equal vote between all the teams. I think that’s been an important step. The America’s Cup is this hugely prestigious event and unique in that the Defender has always been said to hold all the cards, to make the rules.

“That still applies in a lot of the cases – on the commercial, on setting the general framework of the event, but when it comes down to the racing on the day, I think with any sporting competition it’s vital that there’s complete neutrality. That’s the role of ACRM. They are the neutral race management and they are led by Iain Murray who is hugely respected in our sport. I’m sure there isn’t a team out there who don’t feel that he [Iain Murray] isn’t the right man for the job. He’s one of those people who will stand up to pressure.”

05-16-2017, 04:37 PM

SoftBank Team Japan Communications Director, Matt Knighton, discusses how drones have
changed the game by providing incredible access and footage in analyzing boat performance.
A team run by sailors, SoftBank Team Japan is proving that a small, but driven team can compete with the big guys.

Born 2 Sail
05-16-2017, 04:45 PM
If they don't have enough sharp objects to worry about!

05-17-2017, 09:32 AM

EmiratesTeamNZ‏: "Great day for practice racing today. Unfortunately #ETNZ wont be out there. #ThanksBen @AinslieBen"


EmiratesTeamNZ‏:"Practice race day also needs practice race drills. #Pitstop to replace a broken rudder and off we go again. #pushingperformance"


Land Rover BAR:"During the final practice race pre-start of the day, Land Rover BAR bore away behind Emirates Team New Zealand and clipped their inner leeward hull, sustaining limited damage to our starboard bow section. The team are now all working hard to be back out on the water as soon as possible."

The second practice race day today in Bermuda, ended in a heavy pre start collision when Land Rover BAR collided with Emirates Team New Zealand after they had been comprehensively shut out in last stages of the pre start sequence.

Prince of Whales
05-17-2017, 10:31 AM
Didn't look like a lot of impact in the video, are those boats THAT delicate?

05-18-2017, 08:44 AM

Artemis Racing and Altair Team Up to Design the Difference™. Surface To Air film documentary goes behind the scenes on daggerboard design collaboration.

Altair and Artemis Racing together have applied design and simulation technology to help Artemis Racing’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

The design of the daggerboards – foils that lift the boat out of the water to break the drag barrier – will be a critical differentiator between the competing teams as they have a significant impact on a boat’s performance. The Altair and Artemis Racing technical teams have placed a great deal of emphasis on perfecting these composite material structures.

“Technology plays a huge part in the America’s Cup,” said Iain Percy, Team Manager and Tactician for Artemis Racing. “It’s been said the fastest boat has won the America’s Cup for the last 160 years and I’m not sure that is about to change. The daggerboard is the appendage that we fly the boat off and also transfers side force into driving force. Millimeters of difference make knots of difference so the optimal manufacturing and design of the daggerboard is absolutely critical.”

The teams have focused much of their effort on optimizing the strength, shapes and thicknesses, and how water and wind interact with daggerboards using a simulation-driven design approach. To accomplish this, Artemis Racing used several Altair technologies from the HyperWorks® suite including:

HyperMesh® complex composite material finite element model development

OptiStruct® for structural analysis and optimization

RADIOSS® for nonlinear, large deflection analysis

Two sets of daggerboards were created to withstand the unexpected challenges from mother nature – one pair designed to perform optimally in heavier winds and waves and another for lighter wind and wave conditions – both designed to rapidly lift the boat from the water with minimum drag.

“The tools that we use are at the forefront of the industries,” says Brett Ellis, lead engineer for daggerboards and rudders. “We are working to tight tolerances and small differences in section shapes on the daggerboards can lead to relatively big gains on the water. We are all pushing hard and pushing the design limits to win that America’s Cup.”

"The technology involved in designing these boats is a critical component to providing a speed edge for the teams vying for the win," said Uwe Schramm, Chief Technology Officer, Altair. “It was an honor to collaborate with the Artemis Racing design team and apply our design and simulation technologies to create a world-class sailing vessel.”

Artemis Racing represents Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS – the Royal Swedish Yacht Club), the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world. Artemis Racing has a multinational crew comprised of the most successful and respected sailors and designers in the world. The sailing team members have participated in 12 America’s Cup campaigns and competed in 21 Olympics Games, winning 11 medals, 7 of which were Gold. Additionally, Artemis’ engineers, boat builders and support team have been involved in 64 America’s cup campaigns, including 14 victories.

Altair has released a short film documentary titled “Surface To Air” that was developed to celebrate the hard work and innovation that is positioning Artemis Racing to win the 35th America’s Cup. The film highlights the profound impact that simulation-driven design has on the development of the Artemis boat, and is available for viewing on DesignTheDifference.com.

Angry Dolphin
05-18-2017, 10:23 AM
They might need surface to air to keep big ben at bay

05-22-2017, 04:27 PM

America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton Begins Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

ORACLE TEAM USA Looks For Third Consecutive America’s Cup Victory

AC LiveLine – Emmy Award-Winning Graphics Package – Returns for NBC Sports Group’s 2017 America’s Cup Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 22, 2017 – NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup from Bermuda across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, beginning this Friday, May 26, with coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on NBCSN.

NBCSN and the NBC Sports app will provide comprehensive coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs through Monday, June 12. The first races of the final stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup.

ORACLE TEAM USA aims to defend the America’s Cup for a third consecutive time, following one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of sport at the 2013 America’s Cup. In 2013 in San Francisco, ORACLE TEAM USA and skipper Jimmy Spithill trailed Team New Zealand by a score of 8-1, before winning eight consecutive races to stun the sailing world and retain the oldest trophy in international sport.

Alastair Eykyn (play-by-play) and former America’s Cup Helmsman and Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read (analyst) will provide race commentary throughout the 2017 America’s Cup. Veteran announcer Todd Harris will anchor NBC Sports Group’s pre-race and post-race studio coverage on-site from Bermuda’s Great Sound during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

For the second consecutive time, NBC Sports Group will employ the Emmy Award-winning AC LiveLine graphics package to provide viewers real-time on-course information throughout the event. Created by the same Emmy award-winning team that developed the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football, this revolutionary graphics system enables embedded technical aids for viewers, such as ahead-behind lines so audiences can clearly see who is leading the race.

AC LiveLine won an Emmy Award for technical achievement in 2012. In addition, the live broadcasts of America’s Cup racing were nominated for the 2013 Emmy Awards and 2012 Royal Television Society Awards.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup, subject to change:

May 26 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1* NBCSN 6 p.m.

May 27 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1 NBCSN 1 p.m.

May 28 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1 NBCSN 1 p.m.

May 29 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1** NBCSN 12 a.m.

May 29 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1** NBCSN 9 a.m.

May 29 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1** NBCSN 11 a.m.

May 29 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 1 NBCSN 1 p.m.

May 30 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 2 NBCSN 1 p.m.

May 31 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 2 NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 2 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 2 NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 3 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers: Round Robin 2 NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 6 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semifinals: NBC Sports App 1 p.m.

June 7 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semifinals: NBC Sports App 1 p.m.

June 8 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semifinals: NBC Sports App 1 p.m.

June 10 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Finals: NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 11 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Finals: NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 12 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Finals (if needed): NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 17 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton: NBC 1 p.m.

June 18 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton: NBC 1 p.m.

June 24 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton: NBC 1 p.m.

June 25 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton: NBC 1 p.m.

June 26 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton (if needed): NBCSN 1 p.m.

June 27 America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton (if needed): NBCSN 1 p.m.


Tonapah Low
05-23-2017, 08:42 AM
Doesn't mention pay per view like the World Series.

Is there a catch?

Prince of Whales
05-23-2017, 08:53 AM
I think you have to buy the app if not in front of a tv the gets NBCSN.

05-24-2017, 09:19 AM

Paris, May 2017

Louis Vuitton is proud to present the brand new trophy, and its trunk, to be awarded to the winning team of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs, taking place from Sunday June 4th to Monday June 12th 2017 in Bermuda.

The path to the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton in Bermuda has taken its five challengers - Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France - and Defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of the 34th America’s Cup, around the world. They have competed in a grueling cycle of intensely competitive regattas. However, only one team can win the right to go forward as the Challenger and compete for the America’s Cup itself against the Defender ORACLE TEAM USA.

That is why Louis Vuitton has commissioned a new trophy and trunk to mark that achievement. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs trophy will be awarded to whichever team emerges victorious as Challenger on June 11th or 12th on the Great Sound.

The trophy is a modern ode to this richly storied sport. Crafted in 10kg of sterling silver, standing a majestic 70cm high, highly polished and satin-finished precious metal trophy depicts a vivid clash of passing sails. It also echoes Louis Vuitton’s famous Gaston ‘V’ mark - a symbol drafted by Gaston Vuitton in the 1930’s to encapsulate the House’s values Volez, Voguez,Voyagez - or Fly, Sail, Travel.

The trophy was commissioned by Louis Vuitton from Thomas Lyte. This British goldsmith and silversmith, holder of a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II, uses time-honoured techniques of exquisite craft and expertise. Yet it is also determinedly modern in outlook.

Its founder Kevin Baker says: “This trophy encompasses a rich heritage - there is no greater line of heritage in competitive sport - yet it is an extremely modern piece. It was hand forged using hammer and stake, a technique that was being used since when the original America’s Cup was presented in 1851. It was important to make a trophy whose appearance reflected the excitement of sailing today.”

A Monogram trunk was created especially for the Challenger’s Trophy and also harbors on its front the famous Gaston ‘V’ in red. A blue microfiber interior reflects the color of the water and coordinates with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Trophy case which also has the red V and blue interior. Handmade by three craftsmen in the historical workshop of the house in Asnières, France, The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs trophy travel case required over 400 hours of craftwork, during seven steps of fabrication.

The longstanding partnership between Louis Vuitton and the America’s Cup dates back to 1983. Louis Vuitton has renewed its commitment to the America’s Cup by becoming the title partner of the America’s Cup World Series, the America’s Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs, as well as the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match.

About the America’s Cup

The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating to 1851, when the schooner America, for which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become an iconic symbol of achievement.

The America’s Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.

For further information: www.americascup.com

About Louis Vuitton

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the nest quality. Today, the Maison remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton.

Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewellery and stationery. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship.

For further information: www.louisvuitton.com

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series

Portsmouth GBR 25-26th July 2015
Gothenburg SWE 29-30th August 2015
Bermuda BER 17-18th October 2015
Muscat OMA 27-28th February 2016
New York USA 7-8th May 2016
Chicago USA 11-12th June 2016
Portsmouth GBR 23-24th July 2016
Toulon FRA 10-11th September 2016
Fukuoka JPN 18-20th November 2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers & Challenger Playoffs
Bermuda BER 26th May – 12th June 2017

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals
Bermuda BER 20-21st June 2017

America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton
Bermuda BER 17-18th & 24-27th June 2017

Tonapah Low
05-24-2017, 09:25 AM
How ya supposed to drink out of that?

Charlie Tuna
05-24-2017, 09:51 AM
I think you use it to poke your eyes out.

05-24-2017, 02:04 PM

The America’s Cup Village is ready, the teams are prepared and excitement is building for the eagerly anticipated start of the 35th America’s Cup. The weather has been excellent this week, and is forecast to remain good on Saturday and next week, however the current forecast for Friday 26th May is showing wind levels to be gusting above 30 knots in the afternoon. Whilst the wind may drop within the raceable limits of 6-24 knots later in the evening, the safety of both the sailors and spectators is always paramount, and a decision whether to open the America’s Cup Village or not will be taken accordingly.

On Friday, racing is scheduled to begin at 5pm and the Opening Ceremony is due to take place at 8.30pm. A final decision as to the opening of the America’s Cup Village may be made as late as 9pm Thursday, after a more updated forecast is assessed. If racing is cancelled on Friday, the America’s Cup Village will also be closed. Racing would then be rescheduled for Saturday afternoon and the Opening Ceremony would also be delayed.

America’s Cup Event Authority CEO Russell Coutts said, “With a sellout crowd for Friday, and huge anticipation for what we are confident will be one of the most competitive America’s Cups ever, rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the opening day goes ahead. However, if the prudent decision is to postpone the start of the event, then racing will be rescheduled to Saturday, where the weather forecast indicates great racing conditions.”

Please stay tuned to all America’s Cup channels for event updates: www.americascup.com, Twitter and Facebook @americascup. For local Bermuda travel updates such as ferries and buses, please go to www.acbda.bm, Twitter @AC2017BDA and Facebook @ACBermuda Should the America’s Cup Village not open, all ticket holders for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand seats, Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar and Longtail Lounge will automatically receive a refund. Should they wish to attend another day, tickets will separately need to be purchased for this day. For Official Spectator Boat ticket holders, should the boat be unable to leave the dock, they will also be provided with a refund.

Carl Spackler
05-24-2017, 02:14 PM
Put up a smaller wing.

This isn't rocket surgery.

El Capitan
05-25-2017, 08:25 AM
You would think they could have sections they could add or subtract from and to.

Big Brass Balls
05-25-2017, 07:12 PM
They cancelled Friday, if you have not heard.

05-27-2017, 06:55 PM

- ORACLE TEAM USA win two from two

- Land Rover BAR collide with SoftBank Team Japan

- Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan win one and lose one race each

- Groupama Team France only team not to register a day one race win

- ORACLE TEAM USA and Land Rover BAR are joint top of Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers leaderboard after day one

Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in the first day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Having already seen some thrilling and action-packed racing in the first five of the six races that were run on day one, particularly from ORACLE TEAM USA who claimed back-to-back wins, the drama really unfolded in the final race of the day between Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan.

In what proved the biggest flashpoint of the afternoon, both teams were looking for the advantage going into the start box, before the two boats collided at speed, resulting in a penalty being given to Sir Ben Ainslie and the British team. Damage was sustained to both boats, with the Olympic legend’s boat taking on water after the incident.

In scenes similar to the final week of practice racing, in which Land Rover BAR hit Emirates Team New Zealand, Ainslie again found himself having to defend his actions when questioned after racing.



“To be honest, to me it appeared six of one and half a dozen of the other,” said the Land Rover Bar helmsman, whose team suffered defeat in their second race of the day having enjoyed a morale-boosting win over Artemis Racing earlier in the day in race four.

“The collision was obviously unfortunate but these things happen when you are racing these boats.

“You don’t go out there intending to cause damage and so on that front it is was unfortunate to see both boats with damage.

“Unfortunately I’m not a boat builder so I’m not sure about the extent of the damage just yet, but no doubt both shore teams will be working incredibly hard to make sure we are both ready for tomorrow.

“However, for me it was fantastic just to see us competing and up to speed with all of the others. I believe we have silenced a lot of our doubters and I am just incredibly proud of all of our team.”

Meanwhile, SoftBank Team Japan helmsman Dean Barker, whose team suffered defeat to Artemis Racing in their first race of the day, bounced back with victory in race six and was relieved that none of his team had sustained any injuries in the collision with Land Rover BAR.



“We were incredibly lucky that there were no injuries sustained by the guys,” said the New Zealand native. “Maybe they were still in a bit of shock when we started racing but the way they regrouped and got back into things was fantastic.

“Ben has apologised. Clearly it was their mistake because they caused it but it doesn’t stop the guys in the shore team having to have a big workload tonight to put things right.

“You know what is about to happen. You can see it coming in slow motion but there is nothing you can do to stop it.

“What would have been worse is if their boat came a little bit higher over our hull, that would have been really dangerous.

“Fortunately we were able to carry on with the race and limp our way home. The guys did brilliantly to regroup in reply to what happened and get on with the race.

“The first race against Artemis Racing was disappointing. We had good pace and obviously tried hard to keep ahead but ultimately we couldn’t.

“However, what was pleasing was how we bounced back and got that victory in the final race.”


Meanwhile, it proved a highly positive day for the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA, who comfortably beat Groupama Team France in the opening race of the afternoon, before coming from behind to overcome Emirates Team New Zealand in what proved the highlight race of the day.

However, despite seeing ORACLE TEAM USA sit joint top of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers standings with three points, alongside Land Rover BAR, skipper Jimmy Spithill was left far from content as he refused to rest on his laurels ahead of day two tomorrow.

“The lads aren’t happy tonight. We can definitely sharpen up a lot ahead of tomorrow,” said the two-time America’s Cup winner.

“Of course it is good to end the first day with two wins from two races but we have got to sharpen up on what we do out there.

“Consistency is the key in a competition like this and so there is a lot for us to improve on.

“However, as I said, it is pleasing that we managed to finish this first day of competition and come away with two race wins.”

Another helmsman who was left with mixed feelings was Artemis Racing’s Nathan Outteridge, having seen his side claim a victory against SoftBank Team Japan, before somewhat surprisingly losing out to Land Rover BAR in race 4.

“It proved a very tiring first day of racing,” said Outteridge.

“Our first race we started slowly but you could see how hard we pushed to get back into the race and when the opportunity came, we took full advantage.

“The second race against Land Rover BAR, we just didn’t get any opportunity to pass them. It was disappointing to lose the race but we will look at ourselves and see what we can do to improve.

“However to get that first win on the board is really important. We had some strong performances in practice racing and so it was great to be able to bring that forward to today and get a first point banked.

“It was also pleasing to win in in the manner in which we did. We kept chipping away, put pressure on SoftBank Team Japan, and then, to get something, that feeling was really good."

Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling was left satisfied with his team’s showing on the first day, having also taken one win from the day, overcoming Groupama Team France, before losing out to ORACLE TEAM USA in their second race of the day.

“It is really great for us to have got a win on the board,” said the youngest helmsman competing.

“Having taken that win, we always knew it was going to be tough taking on ORACLE TEAM USA. We put up a strong challenge and matched them throughout the race but they just edged us in the end.

“Having lost it late on was a little frustrating but I’m really happy with our first day on the water.

“We’re now excited to get back into action tomorrow and no doubt we’ll be racing hard again.”

Meanwhile, it proved a difficult day for Groupama Team France, who suffered defeats in both their encounters, losing to both ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

However, having faced two of the highly-fancied teams on the first day, helmsman Franck Cammas is remaining hopeful of an improved showing from the French team in the days to come.

“Today to have our first two matches against teams like ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand was a hard way to start the America’s Cup,” said Cammas.

“We knew those teams were among the best teams but we wanted to be closer to them than we were in the end.

“We have to work hard and try and understand why we weren’t fast today. We also need some big improvements in the maneuvers and so there is a lot to work on for us.

“We will try for sure to improve as quickly as possible. Every day is different and so we will see what tomorrow brings.”

Race results

Race 1: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Groupama Team France
Race 2: Artemis Racing beat SoftBank Team Japan
Race 3: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Groupama Team France
Race 4: Land Rover BAR beat Artemis Racing
Race 5: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Emirates Team New Zealand
Race 6: SoftBank Team Japan beat Land Rover BAR

Dutch Rudder
05-29-2017, 09:33 AM
Looking like Softbank and Groupama are on the endangered list.

05-29-2017, 03:41 PM

Day three of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers was a day of drama with Artemis Racing seeing victory in the second race of the day, against Emirates Team New Zealande disappear with an Umpire call and in which the five challenging teams; Land Rover BAR, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France and Emirates Team New Zealand, had their chance to enhance their positions on the leaderboard. ORACLE TEAM USA, Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ and table-toppers, sat out of the action, having raced three times on day two.

After claiming a maiden victory by beating Artemis Racing yesterday, Groupama Team France took another win in the opening race of the day by beating Land Rover BAR comfortably in race 13.

Despite a poor pre-start, which saw them fall 10 seconds behind the British team at mark 1, Franck Cammas’ team recovered brilliantly to stay in hot pursuit, closing the gap ahead of gate 3.

When Land Rover BAR suffered a poor turn at the gate, Groupama Team France were perfectly placed to pounce, seizing on the mistake and taking the lead.

It was a moment that would prove pivotal and costly for Sir Ben Ainslie’s team as they had no response in the remainder of the race.

With ith their new-found confidence, Groupama Team France, who kept up on their foils for 95% of the race, kept their cool, despite a slight nosedive at gate 5, and raced home to win with a 53 second advantage over the Brits.

“It was another very good result for us and to beat the British is always good for the French,” joked Groupama Team France helmsman Franck Cammas, whose team suffered a defeat in their second race of the day against SoftBank Team Japan.

“We were quick, particularly upwind and to finish with a good gap to the other team is very pleasing.

“We made a number of mistakes in the second race and we made it hard for ourselves to be able to recover.

“However, compared to the start of the beginning of the week we are all very happy.”

Meanwhile, for Land Rover BAR, the defeat sees them continue to struggle for form having lost to ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand on day two.

Their latest setback means that Sir Ben Ainslie’s team have only won one race out of five in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers so far, the least of all six teams.

“It was a very frustrating race but credit to France, they had better speed than us and took the win,” said British helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie.

“We will have to go away in the coming days and make some big improvements.

“Everyone knows the America’s Cup is all about development and we will be pushing to improve our performance in specific areas.

“We are all working hard and are reasonably happy but we have to keep improving and focus on getting up to speed.”

There was high drama in race 14 as the duel between Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand proved the most exciting, and most contentious contest of the 35th America’s Cup so far.

Having put themselves ahead at the start, the Swedish team were forced to drop two-boat lengths behind their rivals after being handed a penalty for crossing the start fractionally early.

They managed to catch up with the Kiwis and then swapped the lead with them multiple times throughout the race, but at the final mark there was a dramatic penalty called against the Swedes for not leaving the Kiwis enough room. Artemis Racing continued towards the finish line, but had to take their penalty, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to take the win at the line.

Outteridge, Iain Percy and their crew looked devastated at the end of the race and finished day three on two points, equal with Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan.

“We are still shocked by what happened,” said Nathan Outteridge.

“As soon as I saw the light I knew what had happened and we were already at the line by the time the decision was made. We all thought we gave them enough room and I still stand by that opinion.

“However the umpires obviously didn’t agree. That’s racing, sometimes you get the decisions and sometimes you don’t.”

Meanwhile, for Emirates Team New Zealand, the decision gifted them a fourth win out of five in the qualifying stages, equalling the record of ORACLE TEAM USA.

“Like in all sport you have to play to the whistle and respect the umpires,” said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling on the late drama.

“We thought it was definitely a penalty and, at the end of the day, it comes down to the umpires to make the decision. We were just happy to stay upright and even more happy to take the point.

“For us our first goal was to get through the qualifying series and, bar one defeat, it has gone as good as it could have done so far.

“We are confident of beating anyone, including ORACLE TEAM USA, but because they are already in the final, we just have to beat the others first.”

With the pressure on Dean Barker and SoftBank Team Japan, having only won one race before the final day of Round Robin 1, The Japanese team clinched a welcome win in the final race of the day (race 15) comfortably beating the in-form Groupama Team France.

Getting out of the start box 10 knots faster than the French team, SoftBank Team Japan controlled the race from start to finish, gradually building their lead throughout.

With the French team struggling to make a real challenge, SoftBank team Japan eased to the finish line a whole 2 two minutes and 34 seconds ahead of their rivals, capping off a magnificent performance.

“It isn’t a feeling of relief for me because I didn’t feel under pressure,” said helmsman Dean Barker after the race.

“The best thing for me is that we executed a great race and claimed the victory.

“After a frustrating day yesterday, losing two races, today was a great turnaround by everyone in the team and we are really pleased with that.

“For me it is amazing to see some of the results out on the water. It has been really unpredictable and there will be more of that as we go forward.

“The big thing for us is that we need to take opportunities when they come in our races. If we can do that, then hopefully we will see some more wins in the same manner as today.”

Race 13: Groupama Team France beat Land Rover BAR by 53 seconds

Race 14: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing by 13 seconds

Race 15: SoftBank Team Japan beat Groupama Team France by 2 minutes and 34 seconds

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America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), the independent organization that oversees the sporting and competitive rules of the America’s Cup, has announced its perspective on the contentious penalty given to Artemis Racing in race 14 of the first Round Robin stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

As has been seen in the first three days of racing in the 35th America’s Cup, the competition has been closer than ever. The outcome of each race is unpredictable and races are being won and lost by extremely fine margins. This means that the pressure on the umpires to make the correct calls is greater than ever before.

As in all sports, umpires are not infallible and on this occasion, even with the best sailing umpires in the world that are overseeing the 35th America’s Cup, they have admitted that their decision, on reflection, may have been different.

In an interview which can be seen HERE Richard Slater, ACRM’s Chief Umpire said, “When they were coming down to the final gate mark, with the information we had at the time, we had Artemis Racing on port, as the keep clear boat, and Emirates Team New Zealand on starboard, and our job is to be certain that Artemis Racing were keeping clear, and we weren’t at that time certain they were keeping clear.

“We have had a discussion, we have looked at other evidence, information and data, and I think if we were to go back in time and make that call, we would green that call and not penalize Artemis.”

Asked if that decision could be changed, Slater answered, “No, it is a field of play decision and the decision of the umpire stands.”

The results of race 14 of Round Robin 1 in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers stand.

05-29-2017, 04:41 PM

Artemis Racing raced Emirates Team New Zealand today in the closest match up yet in the 35th America’s Cup. A controversial penalty against the Swedish boat, just before the finish, gave the point to New Zealand.

In their only match of the day, Artemis Racing were in control in the pre-start but were penalized for being over the line at the start. After Artemis Racing took the penalty, Emirates Team New Zealand had the lead on the first leg, but the Swedish team quickly clawed their way back into contention on the first upwind.

The Swedish team took the lead just before the top rounding, and the teams were neck and neck during the following lap, challenging each other multiple times. Just two seconds separated them at the last top rounding.

Coming into the last mark before the finish, Artemis Racing was on port tack and rounded the mark ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand. But the umpires called a penalty on the Swedish team for not keeping clear of Emirates Team New Zealand which was the starboard tack boat. The penalty light came on during the last leg and a disappointed Nathan Outteridge at the helm had to let their opponent pass just before the finish.

Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy, commented on the incident:

“A fantastic race against Emirates Team New Zealand. Unfortunately after a good battle at the start we were over the line by a few inches. It’s tough, chasing from behind, but we felt like we closed the gap pretty quickly. We got a nice lead on them, but then coming into the finish, we felt the judges made a mistake which unfortunately cost us the race. Sometimes these things happen in sport, and you have to take it on the chin and move on. Looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

Subsequently, America’s Cup Race Management have released a statement acknowledging that an error was made.

Richard Slater, Chief Umpire, said “When they were coming down to the final gate mark, with the information we had at the time, we had Artemis Racing on port as the keep clear boat, and Emirates Team New Zealand on starboard, and our job is to be certain that Artemis Racing were keeping clear, and we weren’t at that time certain they were keeping clear.”

“We have had a discussion, we have looked at other evidence, information and data, and I think if we were to go back in time and make that call, we would green that call and not penalise Artemis.”

Asked if that decision could be changed, Slater answered, “No, it is a field of play decision and the decision of the umpire stands.”

The full statement can be found here → link

Skipper Nathan Outteridge was still positive about the team’s performance:

“We’re up against them again tomorrow, today proved our boat speed is not an issue. Two gybes didn’t go our way and that’s what let them get back in the race. I’m confident we’ll come out firing tomorrow”.

The first round robin is now completed with the second round beginning tomorrow. Racing continues at 2.00 pm local time on Tuesday with Artemis Racing lining up against Emirates Team New Zealand once more, and Land Rover BAR.

Although controversial, the race against Emirates Team New Zealand saw as many as nine lead changes and was arguably the best race of this series so far. Fireworks are expected again tomorrow.

Official results - Monday 5/29/2017

Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers

(Port entry vs Starboard entry)

Race 13 GBR vs FRA 0-1
Race 14 SWE vs NZL 0-1
Race 15 FRA vs JPN 0-1


Oracle Team USA(USA) – 5p
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) – 4p
Land Rover BAR (GBR) – 3p
Artemis Racing (SWE) – 2p
Groupama Team France (FRA) – 2p
Softbank Team Japan (JPN) – 2p

Panama Red
05-29-2017, 04:46 PM
Percey was livid!

05-30-2017, 09:31 AM

Strong work coming out of Bermuda from the lens of Carlo Borlenghi, Ricardo Pinto and Gilles Martin-Raget










05-30-2017, 02:17 PM

Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR arrested the run of losses the British team suffered in the first Round Robin stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, kicking off round two with a second win of the competition, again beating Artemis Racing who had a tough day in Bermuda.

There was to be no redemption for the Swedish team from their Round Robin 1 loss to Emirates Team New Zealand at the start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 stage, falling to a second defeat in as many days to the Kiwis.

Yesterday, in what was the most thrilling and contentious day of racing in the 35th America’s Cup so far, the Swedish team were denied a victory over their Kiwi rivals following a dramatic late penalty in the final race of the day in Round Robin 1.

That penalty was the subject of much discussion overnight after Richard Slater, ACRM’s Chief Umpire said that, on reflection, the umpires would have made a different decision. However, the race result stood so it was back to the action on the Great Sound for the start of the Round Robin 2.

Picking up where the competition left off, day four started with a mouth-watering rematch between the two nations as the Swedish team looked for revenge for their loss in Round Robin 1.

The Swedes looked odds on to achieve just that in the early stages of the race as they led from the start, building up a 20-second lead following a big nosedive from Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to gate 2.

However, the Kiwis, helmed by Peter Burling, recovered spectacularly from the setback, chasing down the Swedes and cutting their lead to just three seconds at gate 3 before wiping out the lead altogether at gate 5.



In what appeared to be déjà vu from yesterday’s match, the two boats closed in quickly to the bottom mark on opposite tacks. Artemis Racing as the give-way boat on port did not keep clear of the Kiwis and earned a penalty, since Burling had to slightly duck to avoid potential contact.

The Artemis Racing late match penalty allowed Emirates Team New Zealand to coast to the finish line, winning by one minute and 31 seconds over the Swedish team.

The triumph saw Emirates Team New Zealand secure their fifth victory out of six races in the qualifying stages, equalling ORACLE TEAM USA’s points tally in the standings ahead of the American team’s race against Groupama Team France in race 2, albeit briefly.

“We had a little scare when our rudders came out of the water but we made sure we didn’t crash down,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling on his team’s early nosedive.

“From there we fought back really hard in what was a massive effort and we are all really happy to have got another win.

“Everyone worked really hard and it was a really pleasing effort. We are all massively excited about the improvements in our boat.”

Meanwhile, Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge was left to rue poor decisions in their defeat to New Zealand, on a day which also saw them suffer a second successive defeat to Land Rover BAR.

“We have had some pretty disappointing races so far in the America’s Cup,” said Outteridge on his team’s lack of current form, having claimed just two victories to date.

“It was a pretty tight race against New Zealand until we misjudged the top mark and ran out of steam allowing them to pass us and win.

“We then had a really poor start against Ben (Sir Ben Ainslie) and Land Rover BAR and that ultimately put us out of contention.”

Ultimately, the Kiwis were not level at the top of the standings for long as Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA restored their point advantage with a comfortable and impressive victory over Franck Cammas’ team.



Having successfully hooked the French boat in the pre-start and crossing the start line seven seconds in front, ORACLE TEAM USA set about building their lead in the early stages of the race.

Groupama Team France’s task was made even harder following a penalty for crossing the boundary mark on leg two, forcing them even further behind the American team who raced well clear.

However, the Americans did not have it all their own way. Late in the race Tactician Tom Slingsby reported over the team radio that, “We have an issue,” leading to Kyle Langford having to make running repairs to their boat’s wingsail on leg five.

However, despite the issue, ORACLE TEAM USA continued to sail smoothly, meaning there was to be no late drama or shock and the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ finished the race one minute and 56 seconds ahead of their opponents.

“We had a good race and a good day,” said ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill.

“We had a slight fracture to the wing but there was a great reaction from the guys and everything was resolved. We had a nice lead so we just took our foot off of the accelerator and eased home.

“The shore team are looking at things now and I’m sure there will be no issues.

“The bigger thing for us going into tomorrow is the scheduled lighter winds. The forecasts are looking un-raceable but who knows, hopefully that will change overnight.”

For French helmsman Franck Cammas, he believes Groupama Team France need to race more smartly after being punished by a slight mistake in their pre-start against ORACLE TEAM USA.

“For me it is not about being more aggressive in the pre-start it’s about being more smart,” said Cammas, whose team remains bottom of the standings on two points despite their improved form.

“We made a mistake in the pre-start and that put us behind early on. Our positioning was bad and that was a big mistake to make.

“Going forward we need to avoid those type of mistakes.”




Meanwhile, Land Rover BAR secured a much-needed victory in the final race of the afternoon (race 3) as they overcame Artemis Racing with a 30 second advantage at the finish line.

Having won just one race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Robin 1, also over Artemis Racing, the pressure was on Sir Ben and his team heading into the encounter.

However, that pressure was not evident out on the water as the British team made a better start than their Swedish rivals, who were racing for the second time on the day.

In a much improved performance over the previous two days, Land Rover BAR, who hit the highest speed of the competition so far at just over 43 knots, maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the race as they kept the Swedes at bay.

Despite a slight touch down by the British team at mark 4, they recovered quickly to ease over the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Nathan Outteridge’s team to seal a much-needed victory. That win moves Land Rover BAR onto four points in the standings, and more importantly, two points clear of bottom-placed Groupama team France.

“We had some pretty frank discussions about our sailing last night and how we needed to rectify that,” said Ainslie, whose team clinched only a second victory in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

“We’ve been disappointed in our performances so far but our boat speed was significantly better and I’m really proud of the team for the way they set up the boat.

“We’ve had a few tough days so to go and beat Artemis Racing, who are a tough team, is a really big win for us.

“We are developing all of the time, and hopefully we can continue to have good races.”


RR2, Race 1: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing by 1 minute and 31 seconds
RR2, Race 2: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Groupama Team France by 1 minute and 56 seconds
RR2, Race 3: Land Rover BAR beat Artemis Racing by 30 seconds

Click here for the full results of day one of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2

06-01-2017, 05:26 PM

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers burst back into action on the first day of June with all the America’s Cup teams, bar Artemis Racing, in action on the Great Sound.

Catching up with the previous day’s race schedule, postponed due to light winds, in the first race of the afternoon (Round Robin 2, Race 4), SoftBank Team Japan gained a much needed victory as they overcame fellow strugglers Groupama Team France.

In light winds, the Japanese team made the better start, increasing their lead when their French opponents suffered a slight nosedive early on in the run up to mark 1.

Helmed by Dean Barker, SoftBank Team Japan managed to stay up on their foils in the light winds for longer periods than the French and maintained a healthy lead throughout the first race of the afternoon.



With the light winds in mind, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) took the decision to shorten the racecourse which meant that a victory for the Japanese team, rarely looking in doubt, was confirmed sooner than perhaps expected, as they crossed the revised finish line over five minutes ahead of Groupama Team France.

“Ultimately it was a good day for us,” said SoftBank Team Japan’s helmsman Dean Barker, whose team also suffered a defeat against ORACLE TEAM USA leaving them on three points in the standings, a point ahead of bottom-placed Groupama Team France.

“In the first race we did a fantastic job and to get that win was great. We also led in the second race against ORACLE TEAM USA but we made a bad decision at the fifth gate and that let them in, we just made the wrong decision.


“It was a shame not to win both races but today was an important day and it is good to gain that point buffer, but our progression is far from assured.”

Land Rover BAR’s first outing in race 5 proved a forgettable one for Sir Ben Ainslie’s team, as they were soundly beaten by the impressive Emirates Team New Zealand.

Having taken a welcome win over Artemis Racing on Tuesday, the British team were unable to build on the momentum of what had been only their second victory in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. They were overtaken by their rivals in the lead to mark 1 and, from that point, were unable to close the gap to the Kiwis.

Things went from bad to worse for the Brits and, while jibing on leg two, they came off of their foils, touching down into the water and from that point there was to be no comeback.

In contrast, Emirates Team New Zealand were problem-free, sailing off into the distance with their lead reaching a massive six minutes and 25 seconds on the fourth leg, a full lap ahead of their British opponents.

With Land Rover BAR still out on the racecourse, Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line, leaving Sir Ben Ainslie to concede defeat over the radio to the umpires, confirming that his team were retiring from the race. In the post-race press conference, Sir Ben said that, to the best of his knowledge, that was the very first time he had retired from a race of his own volition.

“We were really happy with our racing today,” said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, whose team remained in second place in the standings, now on six points, assuring their progression into the the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.

“The light winds made things difficult and meant a lot of effort was needed but the guys did a great job.

“It was also good to have the opportunity to race in a different condition and that allows us to keep learning about our boat.”


ORACLE TEAM USA once again showed their pedigree in race 6, as they denied SoftBank Team Japan a second win on the day, beating the Japanese team by 32 seconds.

The Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ had to do it the hard way however, after being handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence for not entering the entry box in time, allowing their opponents to take a healthy lead which they maintained for the first four gates.

However, despite the initial setback, ORACLE TEAM USA remained in pursuit of SoftBank Team Japan, cutting the deficit on every passing leg.

The pressure finally told at gate 5 as the American team not only cut the lead completely but also passed their rivals, building to a 35 second lead in the closing stages.

It was an advantage they did not relinquish, crossing the finish line 32 seconds ahead of SoftBank Team Japan as they maintained their position at the top of the standings, moving on to seven points.

Despite already having their passage through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals assured as the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill reiterated his desire to win these qualifying stages with a possible valuable point on offer to take into the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.

“In difficult conditions, the guys sailed really well and we took another victory,” said Spithill.

“That bonus point on offer is key and we are definitely going for it. It is a big advantage to have it and so we will being going all out to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.”

The final race of the day, race 7, proved the closest encounter with Land Rover BAR claiming a very slender victory over Groupama Team France.

Having suffered defeat to Emirates Team New Zealand in race 5, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team were handed an early advantage, as the French team were handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence.

However, with light winds remaining over the racecourse, victory never looked assured for Land Rover BAR and the lead changed hands multiple times throughout the race.

However, there was real drama as the teams headed for the finish line neck and neck. In the end it was the Brits who ultimately prevailed, crossing the finish-line narrowly ahead of their rivals to claim a victory which takes them on to five points, ensuring their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.


“It has been a tough day all round and we struggled in the light-wind setup,” said Land Rover BAR helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie.

“We suffered a technical issue with the systems controlling our daggerboard against New Zealand but the guys did brilliantly to fix the issue ahead of the second race with Groupama Team France.

“We managed to hang in against Franck (Cammas) in that race and won by the smallest of margins.

“It is a relief to have got through to the next stage because that is the first goal for all the teams competing here.

“I’m very happy to be through but I’m also very mindful that there is a lot for us to improve on.

“There is still a long way for us to go and so unfortunately there will be no party for us tonight.”


While Land Rover BAR have secured their progression through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals, Groupama Team France in contrast, remain precariously on a knife edge, needing to win both of their remaining Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers races to stand a chance of progression.

“There is definitely a lot of pressure on us,” conceded Franck Cammas, Groupama Team France helmsman.

“Things are looking very tough but we are still alive and will do the best we can.

“We will make it through? I’m not sure but we will keep fighting and so we will see.”

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 race results

Race 4: SoftBank Team Japan beat Groupama Team France (Groupama team France DNF)
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (Land Rover BAR retired)
Race 6: ORACLE TEAM USA beat SoftBank Team Japan by 32 seconds
Race 7: Land Rover BAR beat Groupama Team France by 23 seconds

06-02-2017, 07:59 AM

n Bermuda at the 35th Americas Cup some of the most fancied teams are stumbling. Sir Ben Ainslies' Land Rover BAR team have a "stumbling" moment and crash dive stopping dead as Emirates Team New Zealand roar away at top speed foiled-up.

Meanwhile Groupama Team France and SoftBank team Japan also have poor moments.

Panama Red
06-02-2017, 12:09 PM
Cammas and crew eliminated.

ETNZ in 1st, until Oracle changes the rules.

Honey Badger
06-02-2017, 01:19 PM
Artemis and ETNZ in LV Finals

ENTZ over Artemis

ENTZ over Oracle

You read it here 1st!