DO YOU REMEMBER who won the start and who got to the first mark in the 4th race of the 34th America’s Cup? Was it Team NZ or ORACLE Team USA? Check it out above to refresh your memory!
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AC NEWS – Tom Slingsby, the strategist who helped to guide ORACLE TEAM USA to a successful defence of the America’s Cup in September, has told an Australian newspaper he’d consider sailing for a team put together by the challenger of record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club. But Slingsby says the conditions would have to be right.
“I want to be part of a team that can win the Cup,” he told The Australian. “It’s great that Australia is back in the race and full credit to the Oatleys for making that happen. I expect to be part of an Australian team in the America’s Cup, but whether it is this one or 10 years down the track, I don’t know yet.
“It would be great to represent my country but I have to make a smart decision for my career and at the moment I am with the defender so I am already in the final.”
Slingsby told the paper that quality attracts quality, and locking in strong leadership for the team was crucial.
“It’s really the people they need to lock down,” he said. “They need a very good CEO, they need a very good leader of the sailing team and they need a very good designer, because without those three you won’t succeed. If they lock in those three positions it might be a tempting prospect.”
Slingsby noted he had already been approached by a number of teams and said that any team that was serious about mounting a winning challenge would need to act fast to lock in talent.
Read the full story here
RED BULL YOUTH AC – Here is Team Tilt represented Switzerland in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The event took place in September 2013 in San Francisco, alongside the America’s Cup, and was aimed at young talented sailors from all over the world, under 25 yo. Team Tilt finished fourth of the competition. This movie was produced by Christophe Margot – it summarizes four days of competition in San Francisco.
AC NEWS – Here is an interview by pressure-drop with one of the ETNZ designers, Pete Melvin (of M/M Design) during the America’s Cup Finals. Pete provides an insight into his intro to ETNZ, the development phase, initial foiling, the methodology of designing and building the 1st Foiling AC 72, thoughts of the future of the America’s Cup and future plans! Great information on the AC 72 development.
AC NEWS – Russell Coutts, the CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA, has been interviewed in SportsPro Media about the highs and lows of the 34th America’s Cup and, importantly, on what happens next.
Below is his answer to one of the questions. The full interview, by SportsPro Media’s David Cushnan can be found here.
Q: As you were running ORACLE TEAM USA, how easy was it to separate yourself from what you were doing as a team and take an overview of how the event was going and how it was being perceived around the world?
Russell Coutts: Challenging – we obviously wanted the event to be successful. Deep down inside, I knew it would be successful once we got over the hurdles. I was saying before the final that I thought it was shaping up to become a great final between two very equal teams and, at the end of the day, that’s what people want to see.
The platform was spectacular, the boats were spectacular and the course area was close to perfect, in many ways, with fans being able to watch the racing close up and the spectacular backdrop. All of that was great. We just needed good competition between the teams, so as we look to the future that’s obviously the first key thing to address: we’re already in discussions with some of those potential teams.
We really want to increase the number of competitive teams. Past America’s Cups – I think the record was 13 teams, but I think only three or four were really competitive. We think the final this time showed that when you have competitive teams and compelling racing, that’s really what people want to see and what the athletes want as well – a competitive environment where you get lead changes and that suspense, which is such a great thing in sports where you’re never really certain of the outcome. That’s what we want to move towards: a group of competitive teams – whether that’s six or we can stretch it to, say, ten, in the next cycle, that’s the work that’s going on at the moment.
AC NEWS – During the 34th America’s Cup last month, Bangin’ the Corners production, spent a day with commentators Andy Green and Tucker Thompson. See how the pros do it as they cover the AC on the day Team NZ almost capsized. They seem to be having way to much fun and so relaxed doing it. Good stuff.
AC NEWS - San Francisco’s Summer of Racing came to an action-packed conclusion – the climax was the biggest comeback in sports, as ORACLE TEAM USA won 8 straight races to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. Relive the AC in 3.5 minutes!
AC NEWS – It’s official… the New Zealand government will help fund another effort from Grant Dalton and the boys! See you in 2017!
AC HISTORY – With Australia getting into the next America’s Cup as the challenger of record, we look back at a dramatic moment in AC history. The moments on the 5th of March 1995, when during round four in the round robin stage of the Americas Cup challenger series, and in a match race between One Australia and Team New Zealand, the Australian boat split and sunk within two minutes. Amazing commentary and footage.
AC NEWS - New Zealand (AP) The New Zealand government is likely to provide further financial support for Team New Zealand to challenge for the America’s Cup.
Economic development minister Steven Joyce told a welcome home ceremony for Team New Zealand on Auckland’s waterfront Friday “this country and this Government stands ready to be part of the next America’s Cup challenge.”
New Zealand taxpayers paid $36 million towards the cost of the sailing team’s recent unsuccessful challenge on San Francisco Bay. New Zealand led 8-1 before losing 9-8 to Team USA.
Joyce said he had told Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton to “work on a proposal and we’ll help you out with it.”
AC NEWS – So what really allowed ORACLE to win race 19 on that fateful day of the America’s Cup? In an interview with ORACLE lead mast/wing designer Scott Ferguson says that he thought that ORACLE could lose the race because of something he was responsible for.
Just 45 minutes before the start of the final race, Ferguson and other members of his team were called and shuttled aboard ORACLE 17 to access a problem with the wing. Repairs had to be made and fast. The remedy to solve the problem was made by hoisting a crew member up the wing and applying a ‘powerful glue’ to a broken part of the wing.
What happened next? Scott Ferguson explains: “We sent them on their way and told them it was OK for them to go sail the race and not hold back,” he said. “I was on pins and needles for the whole race. It wasn’t until the last reach that I felt that it was going to be OK.”
ORACLE 17 went on to cross the finish line to win race 19 and complete the greatest comeback in sports history… and it may have never been it it wasn’t for a little bit of glue.
Related story - http://www.xssailing.com/racing/dean-barker-crew-team-zealand/
AC NEWS - It’s been one week since ORACLE TEAM USA completed what has been called the greatest comeback in sport. Down 8-1 on the scoreboard, the team reeled off an improbable eight consecutive wins to retain the America’s Cup that it first won in 2010.
Ranking this comeback against the biggest ones in other sports makes for interesting bar talk, but is ultimately futile. But however you measure it, winning eight straight match races against a crew with as much quality as Emirates Team New Zealand certainly puts you in the conversation for biggest sporting comeback, and that’s no small thing.
So it’s one week on from the win and what have we learned?
Emirates Team New Zealand returned home heartbroken and disappointed, but buoyed by the overwhelming support of a nation.
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker has worn his heart on his sleeve since returning to Auckland to an enthusiastic welcome and is already talking about what would be necessary to keep Team New Zealand going.
Also looking to get a team up and running is Ben Ainslie, the Brit who helped to orchestrate ORACLE TEAM USA’s win as replacement tactician. Ainslie has been talking up a British challenge and is out stumping for support.
His boss, ORACLE TEAM USA’s CEO Russell Coutts, far from taking a break, is already sailing again. He is at the RC44 regatta in Cascais, Portugal, racing as tactician on Team Italia. Also competing there is Artemis Racing, with Torbjörn Törnqvist and Iain Percy.
Last week, Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge returned to his roots with a 5th place finish at the 49er world championships. Not bad for a guy who had only practised for a week or so.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we’ve learned who the challenger of record is for the 35th America’s Cup. The challenge from Hamilton Island Yacht Club marks the return of Australia to the America’s Cup. Coming on the 30th anniversary of the historic win byAustralia II in 1983, the challenge brings Australia back to the Cup for the first time since 1999/2000, when the skipper was a fresh-faced 19 year old named Jimmy Spithill.
The challenger of record will work with the defender, in consultation with other potential team, to agree on a vision for the 35th America’s Cup and then on a Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup that translates that vision into rules. This will be done over the coming weeks and months.
AC NEWS - Here is the press conference of Bob and Sandy Oatley held in Sydney after the announcement of the America’s Cup challenge from Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Great questions that give us a glimpse of what the next AC will be like including a AC World Series. We can’t wait for 2017!
AC NEWS – Here is a great interview from Penalty Box productions, with the lead designer of ORACLE USA, Dirk Kramers (actually from the USA!), talking about the ORACLE design and the future of the AC. He jumped on a plane to check out the technology of the ‘Little AC’ and to visit his son who was racing in the C-Class Championships. Not only was ORACLE 17 the fastest boat in the AC, but we think she was the prettiest too!
AC NEWS - The XS Blowhard is happy now… as the interview is now on (see link in post below), and the rumor that Team NZ is contesting the legality of ORACLE’s boat is NOT true!
Grant Dalton confirms the rumor is ridiculous. Thank you Grant Dalton and Team NZ. Still time to hear the interview as it’s going on. Go to post below and click on link.
Interview Update: Grant Dalton highlights:
1) Grant said the rumor is not true.
2) Ben and Coutts was a crucial part of the ORACLE team. Ben is not like Spithill.
3) Lack of money is no excuse.
4) He is getting out of the AC business but callers were begging him to stay… so who knows … he may change his mind.
5) New Zealand, in a huge majority, is embracing the team, even in defeat. Awesome!
AC NEWS – FROM DEAN’S BLOG:
This is not the entry I was ever hoping to have to write. But here we are the day after and it hurts. Yesterday’s loss in the deciding race was a bitter pill to swallow. But the writing was on the wall the day before when Oracle sailed around us on the upwind leg showing some serious pace. The final race was tough. We knew we needed to win the start and lead around the bottom gate to have any chance. We did that but very quickly we knew we were in trouble as they sailed past us and kept extending. There was nothing we could do.
I am so incredibly proud of the Team. What we have achieved over the past 3 years has been amazing and something I have enjoyed more than any other time in my sailing career. The attitude of the Team even after Oracle began their comeback was incredible with not a person ever close to throwing in the towel.
Credit has to go to Oracle for the way they turned things around. Having had a good speed advantage over them in the first week upwind, this quickly changed to them having an advantage over us in the second week. How they managed to do this was phenomenal. Unfortunately for us we had pretty much tapped out all the performance we could from our boat.
The emotion of having lost this Cup is pretty raw. Having been only one win away from bringing the Cup home, to then lose it makes things so much tougher. I can honestly say we could have done no more. The two final races we had the lead at the bottom gate and normally would have extended from there. But things had changed so dramatically with Oracles upwind performance they pretty much sailed around us.
I have never been so touched as I feel today. I have had a constant stream of emails directly and through ETNZ and Kiwi Yachting. Most emails are from people who I have never met but the kind words of support and encouragement are very strong and humbling. To me losing the AC is a failure. As a Team we came to San Fran to win the AC not to compete. We came so close but unfortunately fell just short and to finish second is just not enough. Through the support of all these amazing people it certainly helps to soften the hurt, but it still does not change the result.
One thing I will never forget is the support the Team has received from NZers both here in San Fran and at home. It gave the Team a huge lift to have such passionate supporters. I just wish we could have given all our supporters the result that they wanted.
I cannot say enough about how moving the messages of support have been. I want to say thanks to all of our supporters in NZ and around the World for the compassion they have shown. It is incredibly moving for me.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – O.K… it’s not a new AC design but it is a cool foiler design. Designed over 10 years ago and based on the Hobie Trifoiler, this is a 33 foot long, 33 foot wide 2-person ocean racing foiler to sail in light and heavy winds. Today the forward sensors would be replaced with more seaworthy wands like a Moth or an AC72 foil system. Now that this year’s America’s Cup has made ‘foiling’ a mainstream design, we can’t wait for what the future may hold for sailors who want to sail FAST!
By the way, this design is completely buildable as the mainhull is a R33 hull with custom deck and the amas are A-class cat hulls. Total all up weight in carbon is 1200 lbs and would cost just $195,000. It’s a lot cheaper than a used AC72! It even sleeps 2 people. For more information on this cool boat design, email the designers at [email protected]
AC NEWS – The following notes are circulating in Auckland media circles, as an explanation for Oracle Team USA’s improved performance. There is even rumor that this may go to court! Sail World has a great article on what is happening regarding the legality of the AC72 ORACLE 17. CLICK HERE for all the details. Also channel 3 in NZ continues the rumor. Check it out HERE. XS will be following up on this story as the ‘facts’ come out. Stay tuned!
XS POLL – We know it’s early to ask the question – ’What will they sail in the next America’s Cup?’ … but why not now? The racing is fresh in our heads and we all wish they were still racing. So we ask the question that you can answer over there on the right side of our site under ‘XS Poll’ – What will they sail in the next AC? Do you think they will race in:
1) AC 72′s
2) NEW CAT DESIGN
3) NEW TRI DESIGN
4) NEW MONOHULL DESIGN
5) PURE FOILER (like a Moth or Trifoiler)
So what do you think? Please vote today… it’s free and you win nothing except the knowledge you were right!
ORACLE TEAM USA’s victory caps an amazing America’s Cup season, one that evolved from the “Summer of Racing” into the “Fall Fisticuffs.” This Cup represented one of the most ambitious undertakings to change the nature of the game, and sitting on the dais this afternoon Ellison seemed pleased by the outcome.
“This was the most magnificent spectacle on the water,” Ellison said. “These 40-plus knot catamarans are amazing. By going to catamarans we tried to make sailing a bit more extreme, friendlier for the viewing audience. A lot of people weren’t interested in sailing, and now they are.
“This regatta has changed sailing forever. More people watched the first race of this America’s Cup than all of the America’s Cups in history, so I think it’s a success,” Ellison said.
WE AGREE… we think this AC was a huge success and thank Larry and all involved in making it happen, including Team NZ, Luna Rossa and Artemis. Do you agree?
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