ORACLE Racing - ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 18 July 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais
Spithill:Wow – I don’t know where to start, the first thing I said after we hit the dock after the days racing & training was “Can I have one?” The AC45 was great, it is a fantastic multihull to choose to be involved in the Americas Cup.Being a match racer and now a F18 sailor, how do you think the match racing aspect will work with these boats?
Spithill:Being onboard one of the two ORACLE Racing boats whilst they were Match Racing gave me a real insight as to how it is already working using these mutlihulls to Match Race. Not only was it fast, ever changing and exhilarating, there was also a fear factor in there of “will we cross, we will meet” etc., whilst the boats are fast closing in on each other at 25+ knots of boat speed.Unlike the old AC boats or many match racing boats these boats are fast moving and need a lot of foresight and anticipation in relation to what will happen next, so that the runners can be loaded, the daggerboards changed, the gennaker furled, etc before you can tack or gybe.Do you think it could be sailed by an all female crew?
Spithill:The age old question! It is not a question of if it can be done but more so when it will be done. It has been done in the past by the likes of Dawn Riley and the Mighty Mary team back in 1995 when she beat greats like Conner and Cayard. Women can do just fine in the AC when the position and circumstances are right; Just the same as any male team. Forcing it to be an all female team is not a good plan. Integrate women in a proper way and you'll have something, Drivers, Tacticians? Yes. Girls can compete with men on equal terms there, but there is no way that an all girl crew can be competitive when brute force is a key component. Unless of course there were more of them, and this is already the case in some match race classes.Link to full article:Katie Spithill: On helming the AC45
Photo:James SpithillNewport nonprofit partners with America’s CupSource: Providence Business News // July 15, 2011The America’s Cup Event Authority has chosen a Newport, R.I.-based organization, Sailors for the Sea, as its first partner in a new international program intended to better preserve and protect the oceans of the world.The America’s Cup authority is partnering with Sailors for the Sea in its “Clean Regattas” program, which provides certification that indicates independent third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program or regatta is environmentally responsible and is doing its utmost to protect the sea.“We are excited to support the sustainability initiative of the 34th America’s Cup,” said Daniel Pingaro, CEO of the nonprofit Sailors for the Sea, founded in 2004. “A clean, diverse and vibrant marine ecosystem is good for the environment, for recreation and the economy.”From public service announcements woven into the America’s Cup broadcasts to visible identification on all America’s Cup boats and events, recognition of ocean conservation and environmental stewardship will be pervasive throughout the America’s Cup as it travels to global destinations over the next three years, the ACEA said.Link to full article:Newport nonprofit partners with America’s Cup to support sustainabilityAmerica’s Cup preparations involve many agenciesBy Will Kane, San Francisco Chronicle // July 17, 2011At nearly 2,200 pages long, the city's plan for the 34th America's Cup might leave the impression that things are shipshape and merely awaiting the rubber stamp of approval.They aren't.Now that the environmental impact report is published, the city can begin a delicate dance with federal, state and regional agencies that must eventually approve different aspects of that plan. They'll also have to address concerns of residents and environmental groups, who look at the city's sweeping plan with wary eyes.City sponsors and race organizers need a permit from the National Park Service to send more than 90,000 spectators onto park property each day, permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the water, new maritime regulations from the Coast Guard that define the rules of the race course, authorization from a state commission to anchor the massive megayachts of multi-millionaires on public water.And that's not even half the work to be done. All by the end of the year.Michael Martin, who's shepherding the plan through the approval process for the city, said that while that all might sound overwhelming and terribly bureaucratic, it's actually the best way to get a good plan."I think people really are looking to improve the project," he said. "We need their constructive criticism."A variety of groups are ready to tell the city what they think is the best way to handle the roughly 1.5 million people expected to watch trial races in 2012 and the more than 5 million people who could turn out for the actual races in 2013 - as many as 500,000 of them on one "super peak" day.Link to full article:America’s Cup preparations involve many agencies
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Photo:Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEAAC45 training in ValenciaBy Paul Cayard, CEO, Artemis Racing // July 17, 2011Our team has been training on our AC45 here in Valencia for a week now. I went out yesterday (July 16) and joined them onboard in 18-22 knots of wind. It was quite a ride! 27 knots was the top speed of the day and 20-24 knots is normal downwind speed in those conditions.The level of physical activity onboard is like nothing the America's Cup has ever seen. The races last 30 minutes and the heart rate for most of the five man crew is over 150bpm for that entire period with peaks of 175. They actually wear heart rate monitors so our team's trainer, Pete Cunningham, can log their physical capabilities and stresses. Recovery from these races will be paramount and the coach boat comes alongside after the session with energy drinks and protein bars. The crew eat “gel” throughout the day.I look at all this and wish I was 20 years younger. It looks like so much fun and I love that it is so physical. Growing up, I loved basketball as much as I loved sailing. But I ran out of vertical so stuck with the sailing. In sailing, I always loved the Star on a windy day because it is so physically challenging. It looks to me like catamaran sailing in the America’s Cup is going to bring sailing into the realm of a truly physical sport.Link to full article:AC45 training in Valencia
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