TEAM EMIRATES – Today was a milestone day in San Francisco, when two AC72’s lined up for a race on the actual race course that will be used for racing in the Louis Vuitton and America’s Cups which start in just over 3 weeks. This was the first time but certainly not the last that Emirates Team New Zealand battles it out with Luna Rossa.
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TEAM EMIRATES – It was a day of significance for one particular part of the team today.
The hard working lads in the sail loft celebrated the first outing of a newly painted code zero sail bearing the bold branding of our naming sponsors Emirates. Such is the wind in San Francisco that there hasn’t been a need for the big downwind sail yet.
It would take one man about 36 hours to paint both sides of the sail however that’s not how things work in the sail loft so Grant Lorenz, Richard Kiff, Matt Hibbard, Alex Higby and James Dagg took just a fraction of the time to paint all 440 square metres of both sides with about 20 litres of ink.
So fresh was the sail being used today that the ink fumes could be smelt on the trailing chase boat 100 metres behind. It’s just one of the numerous sails which the team will use over the duration of the entire America’s Cup campaign.
TEAM EMIRATES – Completed its fourth day sailing the AC72 on San Francisco Bay today in a wide range of breeze and conditions. The team ran through some training exercises and a couple laps of the America’s Cup race course in what tactician Ray Davies described as “near perfect conditions”.
“We had a really nice 22 knots of breeze blowing on the course area and it all just felt like perfect conditions to be racing the AC72s. The boat felt really good.” With the practice racing completed, the AC72 and following chase boats relocated down to the South Bay to continue with the testing program where the breeze offered a brief example of the volatility of the wind in San Francisco. “While we were a long way down in the South Bay, one minute it was 14 knots the next it was 30 knots, so it got a little hairy,” said skipper Dean Barker, “But we kept things under control and got the boat back to the dock with no issues at all, so we are happy.” As with each day sailing before, the team continues to learn more about the boat and the venue with each hour on the water.
TEAM EMIRATES – A solid third day on San Francisco Bay for the team today. The guys are learning more and more about sailing here everyday, but perhaps the best lesson of the day was learning a new high speed which the AC72 can fly at.
TEAM EMIRATES – Today Emirates Team New Zealand took its AC72 out sailing on San Francisco Bay for the very first time. It was to be a light shake down but all systems were go and so was the AC72 foiling around the bay. Get used to the sight, it will be a frequent one over the coming months.
AMERICAS CUP – On Thursday, less than 10 hours after a no-sailing recommendation period expired, three America’s Cup teams resumed training on San Francisco Bay.
For ORACLE TEAM USA and Luna Rossa, sailing again meant a return to their
training programs on the Bay. For Emirates Team New Zealand it was their first
sail on the Bay since arriving en masse as a team earlier this month.
Check out the photos for the day HERE
TEAM EMIRATES – Having travelled all the way across the pacific in pieces on a ship, the wing sailneeds to be reconstructed into the mammoth structure which powers the AC72. The man that leads the operation is Jon Douglas or as he is simply and affectionately know, JD
TEAM EMIRATES – Building a new base in San Francisco
TEAM EMIRATES – Welcome to America! Our AC72 has touched the waters of San Francisco for the first time
TEAM EMIRATES – Work on the Emirates Team New Zealand base in San Francisco is well and truly underway on Pier 30/32. Here is an update from Joey Allen on site.
TEAM EMIRATES – If you are a sailing enthusiast or America’s Cup follower in Auckland take a walk across the viaduct right now and you will notice something feels different. There is a feeling that you aren’t meant to be here anymore.
Despite Auckland seeing more Americas Cup action over the summer than where the event is going to be held, it is now apparent that the mass migration north is well and truly underway. The massive tents have gone, the dozens of containers have vanished, the fleet of chase boats hs departed and of course the AC72 is somewhere in the Pacific Ocean heading towards the northeast. Only a handful of stragglers remain in the shell of the big red and black Emirates Team New Zealand shed tying up loose ends and getting ready to join the growing contingent on Pier 30/32 under the bay bridge in San Francisco.
Remarkably it is now only a matter of weeks until the entire team will be fully functional and back flying around in the AC72 on a very crowded San Francisco bay- there isn’t a lot of water for four AC72’s and all of their entourages.
Things move quickly in this game, so this calm before the storm is time to take a breath and get ready for a dramatic five months ahead.
TEAM EMIRATES – Meet the Shore Team: OLIVIER BRETON
ROLE: Hydraulics Engineer
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: Developing systems that are efficient and reliable.
THE AMERICA’S CUP: Its about winning the oldest trophy in sport with good team spirit.
Its a lot about the team spirit.
TEAM EMIRATES – The final day of racing in Naples came on the ‘Super Sunday’ where it was triple points. Not a great day for the team but they wrapped up the regatta in 3rd place overall.
TEAM EMIRATES – Grant Dalton overlooks NZL5 being lifted on to the Maersk Line container ship, Maersk Jubail for the begining of the journey to San Francisco. 18/4/2013 Chris Cameron 2013
TEAM EMIRATES – Emirates Team New Zealand has completed its last days sailing on the AC72 in Auckland.
It’s time to pack the containers, wrap the boats and put them on a ship to San Francisco. After one of the best days sailing in the past couple of weeks, everyone is ready to get up to San Francisco and change focus to the business end of this America’s Cup campaign.
TEAM EMIRATES – Sail NZL5 for the last time in New Zealand before being shipped to San Francisco. 3/4/2013 Chris Cameron 2013
TEAM EMIRATES – Join us behind the scenes at Emirates Team New Zealand HQ for an exclusive look at the dramatic new performance-enhancing innovation revealed today that will help the team in its bid to win the toughest sailing challenge in the world — the 34th America’s Cup. In an ultra-competitive sport, skipper Dean Barker is well aware that you need every edge you can get if you’re going to succeed
TEAM EMIRATES – ROLE: Machinist
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: The team environment
THE AMERICA’S CUP: Having a shot at winning the world’s oldest sporting trophy
TEAM EMRITES – Two days ago Emirates Team New Zealand escaped near catastrophe when the team’s 130-foot tall wing sail clipped the side of a building during a launching exercise. Today team CEO Grant Dalton was breathing a heavy sigh of relief.
“It was windy the other day when we lifted,” Dalton says in a video from the Kiwi team. “We did a bit of damage, but Joey Allen says God’s a Kiwi and maybe he was looking after us because we could’ve gone out there and put it on its lid. It was a good lesson.”
The team attempted to mount the wing on the AC72 platform in winds that reportedly were gusting into the 20s. The wing suffered damage that temporarily kept the team shoreside yesterday, but it was business as usual today.
“We’ve got the wing in now, normal, up already, and life goes on,” Dalton says. “We haven’t got very long now. We’ve done 50 lifts or so and we’ve got about 10 to go and we’re packing up. We’re almost at the end. Boredom’s coming, you can feel it today. It’s time to get to San Francisco.”
TEAM EMIRATES – After a dramatic few days for the ETNZ AC72 wing sail, things are back on track as it’s hoisted again.
AC WORLD SERIES –
A fleet of nine crews is expected when the America’s Cup World Series returns to the waters off Naples, Italy, April 16-21.
Entries have been received from series leader ORACLE TEAM USA, second-placed Luna Rossa, third-placed Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, J.P. Morgan BAR, Energy Team and China Team. A ninth crew is expected to be announced later this week.
Last year’s AC World Series Naples drew crowds estimated at 500,000, who were there in part to catch the debut of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. Chris Draper led his Luna Rossa Piranha crew to a thrilling win in the final fleet race. The victory kicked off celebrations among the tens of thousands of Italian America’s Cup fans lining the Naples waterfront to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
The conditions were as varied as any venue on the AC World Series. The fleet race finale was held in light wind and turned into a drifter at the finish. That occurred just two days after big wind and waves saw the AC45s powered up and leaping from the wave tops.
Crew lists are still being finalized, but quite a few familiar names are lining up for the final AC World Series regatta before the America’s Cup. Sailors such as Dean Barker, Francesco Bruni, Chris Draper, Yann Guichard and Tom Slingsby are expected to be on hand. The Naples event will also feature the return of Mitch Booth to the helm of China Team.
ORACLE TEAM USA has tabbed Slingsby, the Laser Olympic Gold medalist, to helm the entry team skipper Jimmy Spithill has sailed to the top of the table in the previous events. Slingsby raced the 2012 AC World Series Naples with helmsman Darren Bundock, but now gets the tiller as Spithill prepares for the launch of the team’s second AC72 in San Francisco.
“I’ve been in the tactician role, but now to steer in an America’s Cup World Series event, I can’t wait,” Slingsby said. “I saw my name on the wing the other day, and there was a realization that it’s going to happen. Having been the tactician and calling a lot of the shots on the water, it shouldn’t be too hard of a transition.”
Draper leads the Luna Rossa Piranha entry in an effort to repeat the magical success of 2012. The team’s AC72 tactician, Francesco Bruni, will skipper Luna Rossa Swordfish. Bruni replaces Paul Campbell-James, who will man the bow for the event.
“Probably the most surprising change relates to Paul Campbell-James, who moves from the helm to take on the role of bowman,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. “But this proves what we have always said. There is no role that is more or less important; these boats require sailors who are competent in all roles and everyone needs to understand what’s happening, but above all to do whatever is needed on board. Which is why these catamarans are fun for the sailors, but it is also what makes them so challenging to sail.”
Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand mates, including tactician Ray Davies and wing sail trimmer Glenn Ashby, will step into the AC45 after four months of training on their AC72. France’s Energy Team will be skippered by Guichard, who led the team to fourth place at the first AC World Series San Francisco last August.
Booth returns to the fray for China Team. Booth was China Team’s original skipper when the team was launched in 2011, but then moved to the commentary booth. In Naples he’ll be racing with a crew comprised of Chinese nationals.
TEAM EMIRATES – ROLE: Onboard Software and electronics development
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: The opportunity to design & build a lightweight, waterproof AC72 signal processing system that can be economically fabricated in-house by a couple of guys, meets evolving requirements, uses the latest components & tools and fits into a milk crate. My products are used every day and run 24/7. This is one of the best tech jobs in the country if not the world.
THE AMERICA’S CUP: Incomparable invention & technical problem solving, working with world-class people, helping make a difference for New Zealand, and of course messin’ around with some very cool boats.
TEAM EMIRATES – Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies explains the big difference in the pre start and weather information required in the new America’s Cup form of AC72 racing.
TEAM EMIRATES – Grinder Chris Ward is one of the longer serving members of Emirates Team New Zealand.
He never set out to be a professional yachtsman, but after 22 years with the team he’s happy with the way his life has turned out.
After finishing high school he went to university and completed a science degree. He also joined the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s youth training programme.
It’s a pretty tough programme that requires promising young sailors to dedicate almost every weekend learning how to sail well.
Combining university studies with sailing, he went “with what interested me the most” and got a break with the team in 1991 when he was sent to San Diego to sail on the second boat.
He’s been with the team ever since. He knows what it’s like to win the Cup – and knows the crushing disappointment of losing.
“It’s a fantastic job and every day sailing is just fantastic. It’s just one of things that you’re so lucky to be doing it – I think to myself every day how lucky I am.
“I never expected to be doing it and it’s a pretty nice career but not a normal job by any stretch of the imagination.”
Chris knew all there was to know about the IACC monohulls. He sailed in the V1 design at San Diego in 1992; he sailed the V5 at Valencia 15 years later and at subsequent Louis Vuitton trophy regattas, the last at Dubai in 2010.
How does he find the AC72 catamaran?
“It’s pretty exciting – few boats are as quick and as exciting to sail. It’s hard work – there’s plenty of grinding and you’d never have a race where you’re not absolutely knackered at the end.”
How is the AC72 going?
“It’s always hard to know. It’s the same in the build-up to every America’s Cup. There’s a level of anxiety because you’re going into the unknown and you’re in a position where you don’t know how good the opposition will be.
“We were the same in 1995 before we left for San Diego (the year Team New Zealand beat Stars and Stripes). We were anxious not knowing how fast our boat was and how we were going to go.
“We discovered we had a brilliant boat then but we didn’t know it until we actually started racing.
“I don’t think this challenge is any different in that respect. We have what we think is a very good boat we don’t know exactly what the opposition’s got, and don’t know how good they are going to be. That always leads to a certain level of anxiety.”
TEAM EMIRATES – Lachlan Forsyth is aboard Team NZ’s new boat, to see how they plan on winning back the America’s Cup. Check out this cool video about NZ’s boat #2 by clicking HERE.
TEAM EMIRATES – Grant Dalton blogs on the happenings of the past few weeks ….
I hadn’t written anything for a while but the PR Department says the changing landscape of everything, “it’s about time you wrote a blog”. So here I am writing a blog on a Saturday afternoon as the shore crew works away changing, maintaining, optimising as they always do.
A lot has happened over the last few weeks in this run up to America’s Cup although to many observers it may tend to look like business as usual.
Well it is to a degree, I guess, but firstly Oracle has re-emerged and Artemis has gone back to the shed. The landscape changed for us on those couple of days that Oracle and Artemis trained together.
We got an answer to the questions: Is foiling correct? Is the trade off worth it? We always thought we were right but could never be sure. Even if the answer is still not totally clear, all teams are headed in the foiling direction so that helps us put that one to bed.
Our present view of Oracle’s sailing probably matches those of other observers: They look really nice up-wind and are starting to sail well down-wind.
They look like they are getting their act together really well now (shouldn’t be surprised by that) and, with the new boat coming on stream soon, they will take a big step up.
Should we make the America’s Cup final we will have our work seriously cut out to beat them.
Within Emirates Team New Zealand, it’s all about the boat at present. Base set up in San Francisco is underway, the sponsors are great; it’s still very much summer in Auckland and the wind has been perfect for testing.
Next on the horizon is the AC45 regatta in Naples. We will be there with a full-strength crew. Is it just us or does anyone else think it is hypocrisy that neither Artemis nor Oracle is sending their A team to Naples?
These are the teams that said Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t support the “future”.
To be clear we simply didn’t support linking the AC brand (shackling a future Trustee if in fact that could even be done) to a class that may or may not exist in the future (read cost).
Whether the AC45 exists in its own right is not up to us, we fully supported, and still do, the establishment of a ‘ future’ series if that’s what Coutts and Cayard want. It’s not ours to prevent. So why not send their A teams if the AC45 is the future?
I imagine they intend lobbying for permission to sail their AC72s when the Naples regatta is being raced (which under the Protocol is not allowed without prior approval.
To compete seriously at the ACWS regattas teams need to be there to train a week or so before the first race if they’re to have any chance of a good showing. That means another week of AC72 sailing lost.
We’ve even heard that Artemis was thinking of paying the US$100K fine if they don’t get approval. Now that would be a beauty!
TEAM EMIRATES – The AC72 testing programme in Auckland has gained new urgency as the team counts down towards the day we must pack up the base and start the migration to San Francisco. This week, Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis went along for the ride. It was a race training day with Luna Rossa and Team NZ sailing in a first time ever AC course practice race. Check out some raw footage below:
COOL PICS – What a cool job and what a cool picture. Here is Team Emirates out sailing on a perfect day.
TEAM EMIRATES – The all important afterguard has traditionally been made up of up to 5 people in the America’s Cup on the IACC class of yacht. There is neither room nor time for such a luxury on the AC72’s. Things happen so quickly that everything has changed.
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICAS CUP – The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series in San Francisco Feb 9-24.
TEAM EMIRATES – Sailing fast on day 3. Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL5 sailing for the third day of testing. 15/2/2013 Chris Cameron 2013
TEAM EMIRATES – It wasn’t being made to sign a waiver before I hopped on board Team New Zealand’s new AC72 that made me nervous – apparently the team’s legal department are kept busy enough as it is.
Nor was it being handed a helmet and an oxygen bottle to strap around my waist in case the super-sized racing machine should capsize and I get trapped under water.
It was hearing skipper Dean Barker briefing on the on-board comms before the start of the day’s testing that he hoped to push the boat upwards of 40 knots – around 75km/h – on just its third day on the water and second proper sailing day.
Looking at the faces of the design team on the chase boat, they too were a bit uneasy about the skipper’s plans.
But with the big event in San Francisco on the horizon, the sense of urgency in the Team New Zealand camp has been ratcheted up several notches since the launch of their second boat, New Zealand Aotearoa.
So as I gingerly climb aboard NZL05, I knew this was going to be no pleasure cruise around the Hauraki Gulf.
Moving around the boat takes some getting used to. As I stagger about on the netting like a new-born foal, clambering from one side to the other whenever a tack is performed, the crew sprint past me, easily traversing the distance between the two hulls in a couple of bounds.
I’m seated in the driest spot on the boat, right in the centre, but that does not save me from the odd dousing.
It is the windward crew that are most in the firing line, though, with Richard Meachem, the team’s bowman, hunkering down to avoid the massive shower of spray as the windward foil kisses the water.
Today is considered a calm day, with a flat sea and moderate winds, but full wet-weather gear is a must.
The real ride begins when they head downwind.
During the testing of their first boat late last year, I watched in awe from a chase boat as the giant catamaran with the same dimensions as a tennis court (well, 3m wider, to be exact) flew above the water. It is quite another thing to be on board experiencing lift-off for the first time.
Sitting at the stern of the boat, it is an amazing sensation looking down and seeing both hulls flying clear, the turquoise water of the gulf swishing 5m to 6m below.
The expectation is when the boat loses its lift, it will violently crash back down into the water. But this proves not to be the case – instead, it smoothly glides to the surface like a mythical sea creature.
According to the on-board data, we get up to around 38 knots at one stage during a run – quite pedestrian by the standards of the new multihull class – and it doesn’t feel as though NZL05 is even close to being pressed.
Boat one reportedly reached speeds of 48 knots, and there is the sense of untapped speed potential in the revised model.
After every couple of runs, the designers convene in the middle of the boat and hunch over their tablets, looking at the data for any areas where they can boost performance. With the new class, the designers are pushing the boundaries of foil and hull technology to places it has never been pushed before and they are in constant communication with the crew about the boat’s handling.
The break also gives the exhausted crew a chance to take a breather.
The physical and athletic demands of sailing the boat have increased exponentially. Grinders don’t just have to be big and strong, they also need to be quick and agile.
Rob Waddell believes the boat is about as big as it could be and still be sailed by people power – if it were any bigger it would need an engine rather than grinders alone.
Lurking menacingly, rivals are also closely monitoring Team New Zealand’s progress, with the black chase boat of Oracle keeping watch on their training session trying to glean any nuggets of information they can send back to their bosses in San Francisco.
Their presence doesn’t seem to bother the team – they are used to having their movements closely scrutinised. Even manoeuvring the catamaran out of the Viaduct attracts a big crowd, with those milling about the area and perched on nearby boats stopping to snap shots on their phones of the hi-tech racing machine heading out for a day of training.
“Go Team New Zealand, this is your year,” one fan calls as the boat edges its way out through the small gap in the sea wall. Barker waves in acknowledgment, then fixes his attention back on the task at hand, acutely aware that the sum of those little things they discover in the testing phase may well be the difference in San Francisco.
RED BULL YOUTH AMERICAS CUP – An award-winning line-up of sailors from ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing greeted the youth sailors competing in the first selection series of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup today at a special media function.
The stars — Russell Coutts, Jimmy Spithill, Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Nathan Outteridge — together have a collected resume beyond excellence: five America’s Cup victories, 10 Olympic medals and countless other titles.
Coutts might be the most experienced of the group with four America’s Cup victories to his credit, but it was Spithill who put the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup into perspective.
“My pathway to the America’s Cup was one of good luck,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who at age 30 in 2010 became the youngest skipper to ever win the America’s Cup.
“When I was a youth sailor there wasn’t a clear pathway to the Cup. But the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gives these guys a great opportunity, and the game’s opened up to much wider participation,” said the now 33-year-old Spithill. “Their level of organization is impressive.”
Added Ainslie, the four-time Olympic gold medalist: “The Olympics used to be the avenue to get into professional sailing and the America’s Cup. But now the Cup is becoming more accessible for youth sailors, and that’s great for the sport.”
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup has been developed to give youth sailors a pathway to the America’s Cup. In years past youth sailors have had a difficult task ascending the hierarchy of an America’s Cup team. Youth sailors simply weren’t viewed as having enough experience to compete at the high level demanded by America’s Cup crews. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup aims to change that.
TEAM EMIRATES – “This is the boat we hope will help us win the America’s Cup this year in San Francisco.”
AMERICAS CUP – Emirates Team New Zealand’s second AC72, NZL5 goes for it’s first shake down sail. 12/2/2013 Chris Cameron 2013
AMERICA’S CUP – Paul Allen looks into the huge costs associated with the 2013 America’s Cup and who is bankrolling this year’s competitors. (Source: Bloomberg)
TEAM EMIRATES – Ask anyone at Emirates Team New Zealand, and they will tell you that working for the team is so much more than just a job. It takes long, hard work, big sacrifice and total commitment, but the end goal and the chance of winning the America’s cup will make it all worthwhile, and of course the chance to do what you love everyday
REDBULL YOUTH SAILING – Today the NZL Youth America’s Cup team has been named!
Officially known as NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand.
The fine young men in the crew are:
Peter Burling – Skipper
Blair Tuke – Tactician
TEAM EMIRATES – First sailing delayed until next week.
Today was to have been the first sailing day and it’s like a mill pond on the Hauraki Gulf.
With the pressure off, the team’s schedule has been revised to give shore crew time to tie down the loose ends now and lessen the risk of downtime when the testing and training programme gets underway early next week… That is after a scheduled and well deserved four day break this weekend.
TEAM EMIRATES – Coach Rod Davis blogs on a great summer of sailing in Auckland – good weather and great racing …
It’s all on in Auckland this summer. Clearly Emirates Team New Zealand has the America’s Cup on the brain, with our second boat about to go for its first sail.
After that shake down, we will get into a training/racing period that will test everyone to the limits. But that is only a fraction of the sailing going on in Auckland.
The summer weather has seen great participation in the evening racing and a big jump in entries for the OceanBridge Sail Auckland regatta. One hundred and fifty boats with the finest sailors from New Zealand and nine other countries took on 20-25 knot winds over four days.
Traditionally this regatta has centred on the Olympic classes but this year the fleets were more varied, with half being non-Olympic, grass roots sailing.
That’s not to suggest competition was at a lower level – but perhaps more down to earth. The OK Dinghys outnumbered the Olympic Finn two to one on the start line; there were 13 420s but only five of the Olympic brother the 470.
What does that mean? It means things are good for yacht racing at grass-root level. And grass-root level is what really counts long-term.
I did have a chuckle at the expense of the windsurfers and ISAF. The kite board was selected over the windsurfer for the 2016 Olympics. After a huge outcry by the windsurfers all over the world, ISAF backed down and the decision overturned in November.
Now with the windsurfer back for Rio, they can muster only seven women’ sailors board and four men. There were 20 kites at Sail Auckland. Maybe being an Olympic class is the kiss of death for “real” growth.
On the surface it seems strange that a non-Olympic class can attract more sailors than an Olympic class. However, the Olympic classes are an expensive proposition where, to be remotely competitive, you need to be a full-time sailor. That mens lots more money, time and pressure and a lot less fun.
That is not to say the non-Olympic classes are easy pickings for ex-Olympians. Tom Dodson and I have the experience of six Games to call on. We tied mid-fleet in the OK Dinghy class. The same is true in all the classes…. the level of racing is high. First or last you would never want it any other way.
of racing It’s great to see so many “real” people racing their boats and having fun doing it. Without that, the top end of the sport, the Olympics, round the world racing, even the America’s Cup would just wither, die and then blow away.
Yep – racing yachts is in a good space here in Auckland.
TEAM EMIRATES – Sail World’s Richard Gladwell interviewed Grant Dalton at the Christening of Boat 2 earlier in the week.
TEAM EMIRATES – Emirates Team New Zealand today unveiled its second AC72 with a low-key ceremony at the team’s Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, base.
Barely six months after the team’s first AC72 catamaran started testing the second boat was ready for the water, another significant milestone accomplished as the team prepares for its challenge for the 34th America’s Cup.
TEAM EMIRATES – As the team prepares to launch AC72 Boat 2, we asked the guys to describe the sensation of sailing onboard an AC72.
YOUTH SAILING – Five America’s Cup World Series Teams support own youth teams
The line-up for the Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup will include 11 national teams, attending the two qualifying sessions in San Francisco from February 9-24.
A British team, the GBR Youth Challenge, has been added to the roster to take the place of the previously invited French Youth Team, who now qualify directly for September’s event after gaining support from the French America’s Cup World Series entry, Energy Team.
“The America’s Cup is the greatest thing you can do in sailing,” said Adam Lees, of the British team. “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is about getting more people involved in the competition and making it more accessible to young sailors so the next generation is involved early on.”
The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, scheduled September 1-4, 2013, begins with the Selection Series in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series will narrow the field through two rigorous training workshop and regatta sessions from February 9-15 and February 18-24, 2013.
Roman Hagara (l) and Hans-Peter Steinacher (r), Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. © Balazs Gardi / Red Bull content pool
“The goal of the selection process is two-fold,” said Hans-Peter Steinacher, a double Olympic gold medalist who shares the role of Sports Director for the event with Roman Hagara.
“First, we want all of the teams at the selection series to learn and improve and maximize their potential. At the same time, we must evaluate the crews over the course of the week so that we can invite the top teams to race for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September. This is such a great chance for these young teams to launch their careers.”
“We will have this one chance to see the youth teams train and compete under high-pressure situations during the selection camp,” agreed Hagara. “It’s a fantastic way to assess who can perform to their best and to select those who deserve to qualify for the main event.”
Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, China Team and Energy Team have all indicated they are supporting teams for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Youth crews with the support of an America’s Cup World Series team are eligible for direct entry to September’s event via the Regatta Director.
ORACLE TEAM USA, the current holder of the America’s Cup, conducted its own training camp before Christmas to select which American teams it would support. USA45 Racing (representing the USA), and American Youth Sailing Force (representing San Francisco) will both spend the coming months training for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup under the stewardship of the American Cup defender.
The Selection Series in February will be held on the same AC45 wing sail catamarans the youth crews will race in September. These are also the same boats the America’s Cup teams race in the AC World Series.
Teams participating in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup:
Selection Series Session 1 – February 9-15
AUS – Objective Australia
AUT – Team Austria
DEN – Danish Vikings
GER – STG-NRV Sailing Team
NZL – Full Metal Jacket Racing
RSA – Team i’KaziKati
Selection Series Session 2 – February 18-24
ARG – Argentina Youth Team
GBR – GBR Youth Challenge
ITA – Team Italy powered by Stig
POR – ROFF-Cascais
SUI – Team TILT
Youth crews supported by America’s Cup World Series Teams
CHN – China Team / Name TBC
FRA – Energy Team / Name TBC
NZL – Emirates Team New Zealand / Name TBC
SWE – Artemis Racing / Swedish Youth Challenge
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
USA – ORACLE TEAM USA / USA45 Racing (USA)
TEAM EMIRATES – Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC45 has been packed away in containers in preparation for shipping to Naples, Italy, for the final America’s Cup World Series regatta. The team has held a series of practice races in Auckland with the Italian Luna Rossa team while commissioning its second AC72.
The Naples regatta starts on April 16 and runs through to the 21st. Two back-to-back regattas scheduled for New York in May have been cancelled to allow teams to concentrate on preparing for the start of the Louis Vuitton challenger series.
The Louis Vuitton Cup will be raced from July 4 to August 30th, and will be followed by the Youth America’s Cup from September 1 to the 4 and the America’s Cup from September 7 to the 21. The America’s Cup will be won by the team which wins nine of a maximum 17 races.