Anytime a new class of sailboat is launched, there’s always the chance that a design will miss its mark compared to the rest of its inaugural class. Such was sadly the case with Artemis Racing’s first-generation AC72. Unlike Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), Luna Rossa Challenge or Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing’s first boat didn’t stand-up on its foils, which was a serious drag (pun painfully intended) compared to the other boats. The team recently pulled the metaphoric plug on their training and headed back to the shed for a significant modification to their first-generation 72-footer, and now reports have emerged that the Challenger of Record is gaining some much-needed foil experience on a heavily modified AC45.
America’s Cup - Artemis Racing
'We set up a little commando group of guys to get the 45 foiling,' said Artemis’ foiling expert, Adam May. 'Things were kept simple to get foiling as quickly as possible, taking input from the ongoing work on boat two, what we've seen in use by other teams, and a healthy dose of ‘just do it’ attitude. Our structural test day progressed quickly into controlled foiling flight, with the boat behaving really well and [skipper] Nathan [Outteridge] getting to grips with it in no time at all.'
For their part, the sailors are more than happy to be up on foils. 'To foil the new AC45 with complete control on our first outing gives our team great momentum. It’s going to be a very exciting summer!' said Outteridge. Get the full scoop on Artemis’ heavily modified AC45, inside this issue.
And speaking of AC45s, it has been announced that Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Austrian double Gold medalists in the Tornado class (2000 and 2004), have entered the America’s Cup World Series Naples event (April 16-21) as 'HS Racing'. The team will be racing in a partnership with Oracle Team USA and will fly a U.S. flag.
'We trained on the AC45 back in February in San Francisco and felt very good from the start,' said Steinacher. 'The boat is extremely difficult to handle at strong winds and it develops unbelievable forces, but we are happy to take on the challenge.' More, inside.
Day 1 - 2013 International Rolex Regatta 2013
Meanwhile, the racing action has been hot in the Caribbean at the International Rolex Regatta, where light breezes have added to the tactical game. According to reports, the racing has been tight in all classes, from the modest IC24s all the way up to the mighty IRC class.
International Rolex Regatta 2013 - Dalton DeVos, Delta
'Every boat in this class in capable of winning,' explains Jonathan McKee, a two-time Olympic medalist who is calling tactics for skipper Dalton DeVos on the Melges 32 'Delta'. 'It’s all about who gets hot on a certain day. We got the breaks today and we were lucky we got the good moves. The Melges 32 class is so much fun because they are fast, powerful boats and all the same. It’s a super one-design.'
Salperton, winner of Class A, Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2013.
Meanwhile, for fans of truly exotic sailing hardware, check out the reports from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, which recently concluded at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Caribbean facility. And, for anyone in need of a Vitamin-D fix, the upcoming BVI Spring Regatta could be your ticket. Get the wrap-up report from the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta, as well as the BVI Spring Regatta preview, inside this issue.
Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous 2013
Also inside, don’t miss the latest update from the Volvo Ocean race on the progress of their new boat, the One Design Volvo Ocean 65, learn about skipper Francis Joyon’s new WSSRC-ratified passage record Cadiz to San Salvador, don’t miss ISAF’s statement over the rights dispute in the Laser class and get the wrap-up report from the Philippine Hobie Challenge 2013.
May the four winds blow you safely home,