Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Louis Vuitton Cup- Softly, softly catchee monkey . . .

by Bob Fisher on 17 Jul 2013
Luna Rossa - 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 2, Race 3 John Navas © http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5wLSD_i4SwcgiBENqJ2b_g

It was nothing more (nor less) than an exercise in sailing an AC-72 in light airs when the Luna Rossa crew graced San Francisco Bay with their elegant silver and red boat for an hour on a grey Tuesday afternoon.

There was no excitement, but none had been expected, although the mandatory body armour seemed superfluous to requirement and more restrictive to movement than the sailors might have preferred.

In the absence of Artemis – still in the giant hangar in Alameda having completed the stress tests and re-build and not expected to be afloat until next Monday – Luna Rossa had the Bay to herself. Chris Draper piloted the Italian boat around the course in south-westerly breezes of between 8.7 and 13.1 knots and just once raised the boat on to full foils at 26.37 knots. Otherwise it was close to displacement sailing.

On what was a 9.21 (nautical) mile five-leg course, Luna Rossa covered 12.6 miles in 43’ 26'. It was roughly the same amount of time that Emirates Team New Zealand had sailed the full seven-leg, 16-mile course a week earlier.

No one expects breezes as light as these for the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup, or the America’s Cup, but Mr. Sod (that omni-present influence of yacht racing) may have his say, and so practice in these conditions could yet be of great importance.

What was noticeable about the set-up of Luna Rossa was the absence of her bowsprit extension – this precluded her crew from setting a large gennaker for the downwind legs. It was a decision that had to be made the evening previous to the race, and is one lesson the Italians may have learned from the day.

On Thursday it is Emirates Team New Zealand’s turn to race the spectral Artemis and on Saturday Luna Rossa will do it all over again. We wait until Sunday for a 'proper' race when the might of Italian yachting meets the in-form Kiwis.

STOP PRESS: The time limit for a five-leg course is 40 minutes. Luna Rossa, therefore finishing 3’ 26' after that, might have been scored as DNF, and as 'neither' boat finished in within the time limit, today’s race would have had to be re-sailed, but the Race Committee did not, as it should have, abandon the race after 40 minutes. As a result, Luna Rossa was awarded one point for the day’s 'parade'.








Pantaenius - Worldwide SupportX-Yachts AUS X4 - 660 - 3Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82

Related Articles

It’s all moving on…
The starting point was seeing that Phaedo3 had taken Line Honours in the Newport Harbour YC Cabo Race. The starting point was seeing that Phaedo3 had taken Line Honours in the Newport Harbour YC Cabo Race. I am still thinking about Miles Seddon’s great material about what is like on board from So What’s It Really like? True, he was not there for this run down the West coast of the North American landmass, but it is a little akin to his ‘spray back vortex’, the vacuum caused by the incredible feats
Posted on 20 Mar
MYC Helly Hansen Women's Challenge 2017 - Crosbie Lorimer Images
In what is fast becoming a tradition, the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge keelboat races started off In what is fast becoming a tradition, the Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen Women's Challenge keelboat races started off in wet weather today (Sunday), before clearing to a fine afternoon. The fleet of 23 yachts enjoyed moderate 15-18 knot east nor'easterlies for their harbour course. Little Nico, skippered by Sonja Walters, with Katie Spithill at the helm, relished the downwind running
Posted on 19 Mar
New Pacific 52 class makes its debut in San Francisco
The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. The first of two new-build Pacific 52's from Auckland's Cookson Boats is now sailing in San Francisco. Invisible Hand for San Francisco's Frank Slootman replaces his earlier RP63 of the same name. She will soon be joined by a second Cookson build, Bad Pack (Tom Holthus) from the same moulds. A third, RIO 52 is for RIO 100 supermaxi owner Manouch Moshayedi.
Posted on 18 Mar
Securely moored to the quay, or cast adrift?
With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. However, when it comes to your insurer, you kind of expect that they’re going to be as bound to you as the standing rigging is to the mast, the ring frames to the hull, or the engine mounts to the runners, and the propellers to the shafts, skegs and cutlass bearings. Whom would you rather be insured with?
Posted on 15 Mar
So what’s it really like?
For ages now, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and 24-hour runs For ages now, well it seems like that anyway, these editorials have talked about multihull this, record that, outrageous boat speed and incredible 24-hour runs. In their own very unique way they totally represent the technical avant-garde, and thank God for that. Where would we be without their impressive shapes, wonderful rigs, and now of course, foiling magic.
Posted on 6 Mar
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ give first look at the pedaling AC50
Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. Emirates Team New Zealand formally christened their new AC50 America's Cup Challenger on a rainy Auckland afternoon. The team has been sailing for the previous two days making news headlines after it was revealed in Sail-World.com that the AC50 would become only the second yacht in America's Cup history to use pedal power.
Posted on 16 Feb
America's Cup - Kiwis sign Olympic Cyclist for the Tour de Bermuda
Ttop cyclist Simon van Velthooven, a 2012 Olympic Bronze cycling medallist had been signed by the America's Cup team Emirates Team New Zealand put in a second foiling display on Auckland's Waitemata harbour ahead of the official launching of their AC50 tomorrow. With brighter skies the cycling team took their places on the pedalstals and used leg power to provide the hydraulic pressure necessary to run the AC50's control systems for the foils and wingsail.
Posted on 15 Feb
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Suck it up, sunshine!
The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour The 72nd start of the iconic blue water classic had 300,000 spectators lining the foreshores of Sydney Harbour, another two million watching on TV, and the constant buzz and whir of media helicopters overhead. 88 boats, from Australia, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, oh and New Zealand, had lined up on three start lines.
Posted on 31 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - More merriment on the airwaves
Here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and Hobart Race Control So on December 29, 2016, after the River Derwent had let just three boats home (Perpetual Loyal, Giacomo and Scallywag, all inside the old race record, she went to sleep for a lot of the day. This made it frustrating for the sailors, some of whom saw the lighter side. So after seeing some of those in Dark & Stormy, here are more examples of merriment on the airwaves between the boats and HRC
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
Sydney Hobart Race-Dark and stormy, well because it is Dark and Stormy
Proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart Well it is now dark and the rain 'storms' have passed, but proving that there is a lighter side to the frustrations that is a race to Hobart, the custom Murray 37, Dark & Stormy had a wonderful exchange on the radio. Quite possibly it was co-owner and Navigator Terry Courts on the VHF in the super-frank exchange with Hobart Race Control at around 1928hrs on 29/12/16.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016