Video by Americas Cup – Americascup.com. – Plenty said of this great guy in previous Team France posts and through the years here in CSN. Check above good profile clip by ACEA and how he describes all teams reached similar foil shape solutions, leaving proprietary foil sections as one the ‘secrets’ the teams can hide* from the rest to copy… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
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It would be hard to imagine the America’s Cup without New Zealand. Since their first foray in 1987, their excellence on the water and banter off the course makes the event more interesting. Their media like to take swings too, as displayed in this report by Paul Lewis of the New Zealand Herald: Whatever this regatta to be held in Bermuda is, it doesn’t feel much like the America’s Cup. Where’s the bitchiness? Where’s the rivalry, the international jousting? Where, for Pete’s sake, is any kind of colour or interest? Where the hell is Bermuda? The latest reworking of the rules to suit Oracle Team USA and its cosy little band of challengers underlines the point. OTUSA have so comprehensively de-knackered the challengers, they seem barely worthy of the name so far… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt – Some things don’t mix well, like cats and dogs. But the tension is fun to watch, which is why the 35th America’s Cup is so odd. The Defender and the Challengers are… friendly. The acrimonious environment had been part of the event’s attraction. Rich owners and boastful skippers facing off in battle, each leveraging the rules to their advantage. Classic confrontation, but in this edition there is cooperation. I miss the cats and dogs. All we have now is cats… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
AC50’s lining up already? America’s Cup Class race boats lining up already? Until this week it was prohibited by the protocol, but now allowed after yet another rule change. Working together to protect their future AC framework agreement? Posted by Emirates Team New Zealand. Video above and comments posted by Team New Zealand – The AC having the Defender being helped in such manner is… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The America’s Cup is as much about anticipation as it is competition. This irregularly held design contest launches the curious mind on which team will crack the speed code. The fastest boat always wins, and not knowing the answer until the final is the attraction. However, the 35th America’s Cup will have none of that. As the NZ Herald’s Dana Johannsen reports, the Defender has selfishly eviscerated one of the event’s primary tenets. Defender Oracle was caught off guard by Team NZ’s superior boat speed in the early stages of the 34th Cup match in San Francisco. While the defenders were able to engineer one of sport’s greatest comebacks of all time to reclaim the Cup, they do not want to find themselves in that situation again… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Five boys and four girls, age 15 and younger, have been selected to represent North America in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen in Bermuda on June 17. To be sailed in O’pen BICs, the nine representatives join the twenty-three other sailors from around the world who will be The Half Time Show between Race One and Two of the America’s Cup Finals… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
After British challenger Land Rover BAR crashed their America’s Cup Class boat, BanginTheCorners looks at the incident and provides their analysis of what occurred, Original content:
Barry – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qHdPhkSSNQ
Ben Ainslie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG1EXtyL5t0&spfreload=5
The 35th America’s Cup will be a different event. The America’s Cup is always about designing the fastest boat. The curiosity surrounding each team’s conclusion drives interest. But this edition in 2017 will have none of that… or at least not much of it. The teams will disagree with this conclusion, but with the rules requiring teams to use so many of the same components, it tends to turn the flame to a flicker. The hulls will be the same. The wing will be the same. The jibs will be the same. The visual highlight will be the foil shapes, which we can see, and the rigging solutions that will be hard to see. Oh, and seeing who can fully foil around the course. Thankfully, Emirates Team New Zealand has given us a rigging solution that we can see: pedal power. They are smartly delaying their arrival to Bermuda, preferring to evolve their boat at home on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour (see photos). The Kiwi team will continue training in New Zealand until the end of March when the boat will be dismantled and packed into an Emirates 747 and flown to Bermuda… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The America’s Cup Event Authority has announced the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) is the “Official Cancer Charity” partner of the 35th America’s Cup taking place May 26 to June 27 in Bermuda. Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the CCF works to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, connecting physicians and patients to the latest information, and developing programs to improve the quality of and access to cancer care for patients around the world. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
When the America’s Cup traveled to San Francisco in 2013, it sought to connect the storied contest with the commoner. The water’s edge, filled with tourists as always, were amazed at the flying boats. But it proved to be a lose-lose for the partners. The City failed to receive the promised return, and the America’s Cup Event Authority struggled to operate within the expensive and politically complicated climate. The Event has found a new partner in Bermuda which has invested heavily in the event, and their future. The island territory is hoping the America’s Cup is the catalyst to fire up its lagging economic engine, with tourism being the much sought after high octane fuel… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
In the March issue of Seahorse magazine, Blue Robinson reports on how Ben Ainslie’s 2017 America’s Cup team is paying much more than lip service in their wide-ranging environmental partnership with 11th Hour Racing. It all started with the ocean, the playing field that inspires every sailor’s dreams, and the vision that sport is a powerful force for positive change. Then a top-notch 2017 America’s Cup team and an organisation devoted to advancing practices that protect and restore the health of the oceans came together – and a partnership was born… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has described his syndicate as “a lone wolf” and expressed fears operating against their five America’s Cup rivals. Team New Zealand, upset at having the qualifying regatta hosting rights stripped off them by Cup bosses that ultimately cost them New Zealand government funding, have persistently kept outside the tight circle of their rivals who have rewritten the rules book to allow changes by majority consent… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
(February 28, 2017) – 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. There are six sailors per team, and six teams per pool selected by blind draw. In the Qualifiers this June, the top four teams from each pool will advance to the eight-boat Finals. The youth teams will be competing on the same racecourse used by the America’s Cup teams… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The men and women behind some of the 85,000 hours that went into designing and building the America’s Cup Class boat that ORACLE TEAM USA will race in the America’s Cup in Bermuda in June 2017. These are the faces of the team… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle Team USA, says the America’s Cup has moved on to such a degree that his 14-strong sailing team are bigger and better than ever. “Where we are today, it’s a real athletic game,” said the Australian. “The physical load and limits that the athletes take is like nothing else we’ve seen in this sport and it now rivals NFL, basketball and a lot of those physical sports.” Spithill and his crew have spent months in the gym bulking up and getting in shape for the rigours of the hugely physical, foiling catamarans, which are 15 metres in length and capable of reaching speeds approaching 54 knots… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
by Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt – When the plotting and planning got underway after the 2013 America’s Cup, the early announcement was for the AC72 to get shelved, with a 62-foot version to take its place. The AC72 was simply too extreme. But soon the teams turboed their AC45s with foils and found the performance to be near or exceeding that of the AC72. With minds fully blown, planners pulled the handbrake, shelved the AC62 before it got off the design board, and announced that something smaller would soon be revealed. Rumors swirled the new boat would be 50 feet, so journalists started referring to it as the AC50. Journos try to be so smart… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Source TVNZ : tvnz.co.nz — Cycling stations?? Check those main foils – post from last night “Americas Cup 35: Team New Zealand innovates again”. Check Galdwell / Sail-World local report here- Photo: Richard Gladwell / Sail-World – Last Cup edition they made their AC72 airborne which will stand as major development ever in the history of the Cup, but they also fitted a wheel while… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
In advance of the official launch of their America’s Cup Class boat on Thursday, February 16, the team went out for a test sail and revealed their grinders will be using leg power, taking a page out of history when Swedish challenger Sverige tried a similar set-up on their 12 Meter for the 1977 America’s Cup. Not buying into the decision is former Kiwi skipper Dean Barker who is now at the helm of challenger SoftBank Team Japan. Barker reports that the benefit will not outweigh the downside. “There’s a real balance,” notes Baker. “The theory is 100 percent correct. Cycling will produce a hell of a lot more power. But the dynamics of these boats, changing sides frequently, different maneuvers, there is a cost to go down that path. To watch a video, click here… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Seventeen O’pen BIC sailors have now been selected to participate in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen, held in conjunction with the America’s Cup Finals, June 15-18 in Bermuda. Youth sailors, age 15 and younger, coming from Japan, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Poland are now confirmed. The qualification for the nine spots from North America will be at the O’pen BIC North American “Un-Regatta”, hosted by Sarasota Youth Sailing, March 17-19. The Bermudan representatives will be selected at the BDA O’pen BIC Nationals, May 6-7, to determine the final coveted spots. Full report… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Dirk Kramers is Head of Engineering for Land Rover BAR, and a man with a long and incredibly rich history with the America’s Cup. Originally from Hengelo in the Netherlands, Dirk’s America’s Cup journey started back in 1977 when he began designing masts for the successful Defenders of the America’s Cup, the Courageous / Independence team, then settling in Newport, Rhode Island for the next America’s Cup in 1980. Watch video of Kramers… click here… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
SE2/EP11: Artemis Racing – Road to Bermuda. Source http://artemis-racing.americascup.com – Glad to have the Sweden team investing in media coverage for their campaign, they are doing the work of ACEA in this regard. More footage from Bermuda , onboard & drones. Plus some surfski paddling, which is a great training tool. As kid we trained K1/K2s, and still have to row the surfski I designed,.. For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
A powerhouse of American collegiate sports from the country’s heartland. The team trying to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain for the first time. One of the most anonymous teams in the NBA. And a fifth division English football team. What could these four seemingly unrelated sports organizations have in common… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
On February 6th 2017 Land Rover BAR became the first America’s Cup team to launch their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat. However, it didn’t quite go according to plan. Does a failed first attempt to christen the boat pose doom on this upstart new team? Not according to @BlowinStink, one of the events most ardent commentators on Twitter. Here he shares his thoughts on the launch of @LandRoverBAR… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Images & Video sent By Oracle Team USA Press.- Yesterday I was told by a known Eng, that word was BAR was having performance problems and they were out of options for foils, SA forums also had some reports on the matter and now Spithill openly talks about the practice racing results from Bermuda. Important to note Team New Zealand has not participated so is tricky to know where they and… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta coming to Bermuda on June 13-15 will be a highlight to the competition surrounding the 35th Match. Among the yachts already registered is the 55m Adela, back to reclaim the title won at the 2013 America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. The deadline for entries closing is April 1, 2017. For more information: http://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-events/americas-cup-superyacht-regatta For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Uncut onboard footage by Garmin, good to see among gps data wing trimmer work, quite similar in reaction to racing beachcats… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
As the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup, it was the role of Dr. Harvey Schiller to maximize the commercial opportunities for the America’s Cup in 2017. But he also knew something had to change to fulfill this objective… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The guy is Naval Architect, has some AC campaigns behind him, current Nr 1 Olympic Cat sailor with two consecutive podiums in Tornado, and he surely had the fastest Nacra 17 in Rio beyond his skills. Wonder why Artemis called him again.. till now just a… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
With the high speed of the America’s Cup Class boats, making split-second decisions is among the challenges that the six teams will face during the 35th America’s Cup. Defender Oracle Team USA performance manager Ian “Fresh” Burns and tactician Andrew Campbell peel back the curtain on how they are confronting the issue… For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Six sailors will crew on the 15 meter America’s Cup Class boat that will be used in the 35th America’s Cup. While exact roles will vary from team to team, there are essentially only three positions: helm, wing trimmer, and grinder. Nothing is powered by battery on the ACC. British challenger Land Rover BAR describes the process in which they are developing their human engines…click here. For the rest of the story from Scuttlebutt Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Clean Report – There’s a very basic reason the oldest trophy in international sport continues to attract the attention of the press, the public, and the billionaires who contest it; is the unique nature of the Deed of Gift that controls it and the immensity of the challenge that creates… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
A framework for future Americas Cup without the signature of Team New Zealand is rather a weak one. As the Kiwis can dismiss any current arrangement if they win the Cup. Remember how they wanted to go back to Monos if winning the Cup at SF? They have their own agenda as shown in this cycle. Also when they refused to go along with Prada to change from the AC60. The other day I wrote they might win the Cup this time… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
Click Here to watch video as cannot be embedded. I know is a little bit old (Nov 2016) but by far the most impressive AC video filmed by Chris Cameron. A pity not having him this time around covering their campaign… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
All images © Eloi Stichelbaut / Groupama Team France. Click images for bigger size & slideshow. This is great training for Cammas team. Good to see two World Champ F18 sailors like Matthew Vandame & Arnaud Jarlegan remain part of the core French team towards Bermuda. Full gallery & report here… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The four America’s Cup teams based in Bermuda will begin a “formal-informal” practice race period today, with the America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) team on island to conduct the racing… Event Website
New large and hard L foils are bit radical as we know so they need a dedicated trim control panel to work properly. Check video above an explanation of such system by Francesco Bruni . Artemis engineer, Matt Davis, talks about people saying this Cup has gone “too technical” and I think they went too far this time. For those of us who have the luck to learn to foil beachcats without any wands… For the rest of the story from Cat Sailing News CLICK HERE!
The 35th America’s Cup will be held this May and June, with significant changes to the event to attract a large viewership. As we prepare for this iconic event, we want to hear what it is you are looking forward to seeing.
Will it be the boats, the racing, crashes, or controversy? Or something else? Is the America’s Cup the Super Bowl of Sailing – an event you’d watch regardless of who is competing? Or is it about who is competing (or inventive commercials)? What is it you need for the event to attract and hold your attention? What would be your ideal narrative?
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Mike Winfield, chief executive officer of America’s Cup Bermuda, provides an update in The Royal Gazette…
At the start of Bermuda’s year of the America’s Cup we take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who has been a part of the successful preparations so far, and all who continue to work tirelessly towards a quality experience for the benefit of everyone in Bermuda.
This includes, but is not limited to, the 155 Bermudians who worked on the construction project of Cross Island, as well as the many involved in construction projects as Dockyard is restored for the long-term enjoyment of Bermuda.
In addition, the dozens of suppliers whose employees drive to and from Dockyard daily with provisions for the teams, the local chefs and crane operators, support crew and administrators, the local businesses that are going the extra mile to ensure the success of the America’s Cup experience.
And as Grant Gibbons, the Minister of Economic Development says, thousands of Bermudians and Bermuda taxpayers have invested time, money and energy to make the 2017 America’s Cup an event of which we can all be proud.
More than a thousand schoolchildren have benefited from youth sailing and education programmes in our schools.
Internationally influential corporations have taken note of Bermuda’s progress and chosen to invest in us, resulting in our future economic growth and more jobs.
We have seen major international investors put their money into new hotel projects; Bermuda welcomes this.
This was only made possible by the collective effort of Bermuda’s people, who are proud of our island home and who focus on the success of the island.
This is the collective national pride that will grow to full strength as we get closer to the America’s Cup experience.
The great thing about national pride and unity is that it can continue long after the event, and Bermuda’s future will be better for it.
We have already benefited from extensive media coverage that has demonstrated the beauty and friendliness of our island to people around the world. People we hope to welcome one day as our visitors.
We have received tremendous interest from sponsors who will do business with Bermuda in years to come.
Four of the six America’s Cup teams have relocated to Bermuda with their families, renting our homes, attending our schools, buying groceries, fuel, retail products and all of the everyday services that Bermuda businesses offer. – Read on
Kiwi Update: Emirates Team New Zealand is one of the two teams not yet in Bermuda, and Sail-World reports they are in no hurry to make the move. With winter weather in Bermuda often disrupting training schedules, the Kiwis plan to stay home and take advantage of their summer conditions. They will probably make the move sometime in March, arriving a couple of months before the start of the Qualifiers on May 27, 2017.
About 65,000 people live on Bermuda, with the capital of the territory being Hamilton with just a 1,000 residents. That’s beyond small town, which makes the America’s Cup beyond big news. And when it comes to politics, having something that big can be a significant weapon, particularly when 2017 is an election year. Here are some of the stories this week:
• Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert threatened to derail the America’s Cup, leveling the ultimatum at Michael Dunkley, the Premier, warning that he would jeopardise the showpiece event. “The America’s Cup is in great threat of being derailed in June and July,” he said. “The America’s Cup will be in jeopardy.” Full report.
• The docks in Hamilton were “unable to function” on January 4 as all unionized staff had attended a meeting being held by the Bermuda Industrial Union. Warren Jones, chief executive officer at Polaris Holding Company, for which freight handling company Stevedoring Services is a subsidiary said, “We are not functioning as normal today. As far as we know there is a meeting going on, we don’t have any unionized staff. We are almost 100 per cent unionized. We are unable to function without our unionized staff. There is no work, there is no cargo moving.” Full report.
• Industrial strife and threats to disrupt the upcoming America’s Cup will damage Bermuda’s reputation worldwide, a business leader has warned. John Wight, president of the island’s Chamber of Commerce, said: “In today’s media world, everybody is able to view these disruptions. That is not good for Bermuda.” Mr Wight spoke out after a day of disruption on Tuesday (Jan 4) saw public transport grind to a halt and union leaders threaten to derail the sailing competition. Full report.
• “There will be time for an election and there will be time for politics, but now we are putting Bermuda on the road to progress and, in face of threats and innuendo, we will stay calm and composed and move Bermuda forward,” stated Premier Michael Dunkley, leader of the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) political party. He also called on the Progressive Labour Party, the other dominant party on Bermuda, to “respect and support as we try to move forward on this issue.” Full report.