by Richard Gladwell on 26 Jan 2011
A mooring coaching session in full cry. It’s complicated? Mooring testing - with Paul Bieker explaining ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/
After an experience which skipper James Spithill later described as his worst moment of the 33rd America's Cup - when he was called out at 0400hrs one mooring to find USA-17 charging at her mooring in the outer Darcena, in Valencia, in an overnight storm - getting a good mooring system sorted is a priority for the AC45.
If the boat can be left on a mooring with wingsail able to rotate, then much of the logistics associated with hauling the AC45's during the America's Cup World Series events will be unnecessary. Use of a mooring allows more sailing time and less handling - however the trick is to get the bioat to sit quietly at the mooring without sailing under wingsail.