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    Caligari ACWS Event Postponed




    COR 36 CALLS FOR THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE
    ACWS SARDINIA - CAGLIARI EVENT

    Cagliari, 13 March 2020 - Due to “force majeure” - following the declaration of the Pandemic CoViD19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the restrictions imposed by the different governments - COR 36 has declared the impossibility of organizing the ACWS Sardinia - Cagliari (23-26 April) event at the scheduled date. COR 36 also submitted a proposal to the Defender to postpone the event to a new date.

    The Defender published a press release in which it announced the cancellation of the ACWS Sardinia – Cagliari without mentioning COR’s proposal of a new date for the event, and refused COR’s proposal without even discussing it.

    COR 36 will submit to the Arbitration Panel the postponement of the ACWS Sardinia - Cagliari to a new date.
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    Portsmouth ACWS Event Unlikely


    Words by Duncan Johnstone Stuff NZ


    Auckland will be the big winner if the America's Cup world series does eventually get under way.

    The yachting world awaits the first taste of racing in the new 75-foot foiling monohulls but that wait could be quite a while as the syndicates find themselves victims of the sporting shutdown via the coronavirus pandemic.

    The opening world series regatta due to be sailed in Cagliari in late April has sensibly be cancelled with Italy reeling from the virus that has seen them the epicentre of the European zone.

    The focus is now on the second regatta in Portsmouth, England, due to be sailed on June 4-7.
    British syndicate INEOS Team UK have said it can't be held and expect a decision this week reflecting that.

    It's been fascinating to see some spite come into the Cup scene as the countdown clock ticks away.
    Relations between defender Emirates Team New Zealand and challenger of record Luna Rossa are testy to say the least. That's not a bad thing given the far too cosy situations of the last two Cups run by Oracle Team USA. Adding extra intrigue this time is the Italians clearly out of kilter with their fellow challengers.

    As usual, the devil is in the detail of any America's Cup legal issues and the nine-page summary by the arbitration panel on the bitter dispute over the Cagliari event, held some telling facts.

    "The competitors should now accept that neither ACWS Cagliari nor ACWS Portsmouth will be able to go ahead as planned," INEOS Team UK said in their submissions, adding, "it is simply not practicable to postpone and reschedule either event."

    The most relieved syndicate with the early decision to cancel Cagliari are American Magic. They didn't want to commit to putting their new boat on a container with so much doubt over the event, preferring to have it available for more training at home of an early transfer to Auckland which now seems most likely.

    Interestingly, their correspondence in the dispute offered a solution to having this first phase of racing wiped out.
    "American Magic would welcome the addition of a further ACWS regatta in Auckland to replace the now cancelled regatta," they said, though they noted "this can only now be (done) by way of a collective agreement of all competitors."




    Collective agreement has been short on supply as legal teams have been needed to sort out the wind limits and the world series mess.

    But there is sense to the sentiments of both the British and Americans.

    Call off Portsmouth early and get the syndicates to Auckland if and when the travel restrictions on foreigners entering New Zealand are lifted.

    The challenging syndicates are hustling into their work building their bases in Auckland already.
    The best thing that could happen if the virus cloud hanging over the event does lift, will be to see them training and racing on the courses that are laid out for the Prada Cup challenger series next January and February and the America's Cup match in March.

    Auckland already has a world series regatta slated for December and with the teams assembled it would take little to organise a second, as suggested by the New York Yacht Club.

    They'd be sure to get the backing of Team New Zealand but first they need the green light from Luna Rossa.
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    Valuable Training And Testing Days Lost For Cup Teams



    It is with great regret that the America’s Cup Defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, and local organising authority ORIGIN Sports Group announce the unavoidable cancellation of Emirates ACWS Portsmouth, which was scheduled to take place between June 4-7.

    Over the past few weeks all parties have been following developments with regard to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus from the UK Government, the World Health Organisation, the America’s Cup teams, as well as the consideration of stakeholders in the event including the host city Portsmouth and the event Presenting Partner Emirates.

    The health and well being of the public, the volunteers, the stakeholders, event organisers and America’s Cup teams have to be put first and foremost and proceeding with the event in the current global climate would simply be irresponsible given the safety considerations. We are also facing significant travel and logistical restrictions that are in place right now and forecast to remain in the coming weeks and potentially months.

    This decision was not taken lightly and now allows all of the teams to focus their attention on their respective operations in their home ports in the coming months while planning logistics for their move to Auckland and subsequent development, testing and preparations for ACWS Auckland (17-20 December), PRADA Cup (15 Jan- 22 Feb) and the America’s Cup Match presented by Prada (6-15 March).

    ORIGIN Sports Group will be contacting all ticket-holders with regard to the refund process and all event stakeholders and suppliers in the coming days.







    America's Cup: Team New Zealand's salvage job amid coronavirus crisis

    Duncan Johnstone, Stuff NZ

    Team New Zealand are pushing ahead with the salvage job on their America's Cup preparations.

    The inevitable cancellation of the world series regatta in Portsmouth, England because of the coronavirus pandemic is another blow to the defenders who now have their only full-scale boat Te Aihe stuck at sea on a container ship.

    It is still heading to Europe and will do an immediate turn around to Auckland but isn't expected back at the team's base until June.

    That will mean five months without the boat after it was packed up at the start of February.

    With the world series regatta in Italy also cancelled, Team New Zealand have lost valuable training and testing opportunities, as well as two chances to see how their first generation of the radical 75-foot foiling monohull stacked up alongside the designs of challengers INEOS Team UK, American Magic and Luna Rossa.







    The Kiwis appear most disadvantaged at the moment although all teams have problems to work through amid the global health crisis and internal issues.

    The British have had to abandon their Italian training base in Italy to relocate home. American Magic are in transition from their winter base in Florida back to Rhode Island though they will surely be looking at an early departure to Auckland if and when travel restrictions lift. Luna Rossa remain in Cagliari but have their boat being repaired after the bowsprit and a section of the bow itself were ripped off the hull in the second training disaster following their dismasting in late January.

    There is also talk of the Luna Rossa management being severely overhauled as team principal Patrizio Bertelli deals with the economic fallout of the global health crisis to his Prada empire.

    Time is the commodity no money can buy in this expensive game and Team New Zealand are now forced to soldier on with the development of their second boat – the one to be used to defend the America's Cup next March – coming via their smaller scaled test boat and the simulator.

    Sources tell Stuff they are delighted with the data coming off that test boat as they push on with the design and build of their next AC75.

    And, under unprecedented circumstances, the Kiwis are equally satisfied to base the rest of their training on the familiar waters of Auckland, looking to boost their familiarity with the race courses to be used for the competition proper.

    They have also brushed off concerns about having to train at home during the winter months – again, presuming they will be allowed to – believing there will be enough fair weather days to benefit them.

    Team New Zealand feel, even under these stressful conditions, they are further ahead of their last campaign when they successfully challenged for the America's Cup at Bermuda 2017 on basically an 18-month buildup as financial concerns plagued their challenge.

    The basis of that preparation was all done at home, largely via the simulator, with Team New Zealand only turning up at Bermuda at the last minute to confound their opponents with their stunning cycle-powered catamaran.
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