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 11 Jun 2014
 


America's Cup boils over... ANZ Fiji Rough-house ... Bye to San Fran?

Giacomo - Start ANZ Fiji Race, June 7, 2014  © Richard Gladwell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand e-magazine for June 10, 2014

The America's Cup has featured in prime time news in all media, almost every day, since the announcement of the new Protocol, last week.

Even though the regatta is more than three years away, no boats have been launched; no teams have entered - yet it is a mainstream news story.

On the water, the ANZ Fiji Race is well underway, with the first of the cruisers having finished.

The two race leaders, Beau Geste and Giacomo are 240nm and 278nm respectively from the finish, making 15-17kts and look set to finish on Wednesday.

Behind those two, the fleet has a bit on their hands with boats reporting headwinds of 30-50kts on Monday night.

Beau Geste powers away - Start ANZ Fiji Race, June 7, 2014  © Richard Gladwell

So far, four of the original 20 starters have pulled out with seasickness, structural damage (2) and hydraulic issues on their canting keel.

The race is developing much as forecast by Predictwind. The advice from the Routing function was to sail east on the first night and then tack about 0400hrs on Saturday morning, at which point you'd be lined up nicely for Fiji. Not bad for an application that you can run on your smart-phone, laptop or PC.

The Volvo 70 Giacomo initiated that move around midnight on Saturday and tacked again four hours later. Since then they have been hard on the wind, but not to the point of tacking, and have now cracked sheets and are on the final reach to the finish.

Crusader - Start ANZ Fiji Race, June 7, 2014   © Richard Gladwell

Their only problem is that their rival, Beau Geste, covered, pulled the same move and made the same gain. but given that the 80ft Botin design has to give the Volvo 70 about 1.5hrs per day on rating, and given that they will take five days to complete the course, Giacomo has a six-hour window in which they must finish if they are to beat Beau Geste.

Behind them the fleet battled winds reported at 30-50kts, and dead on the nose.

Most of the fleet has now tacked, heading east and trying to get hold of the same easterly shift that has been there all race.

In this edition, we have galleries of images from the start, and twice-daily reports using the various data feeds and information available. You can stay up to play with the latest action on our website www.sail-world.com

San Francisco fans may have seen their last America's Cup. America's Cup Day 8 San Francisco. Emirates Team NZ leads Oracle Team USA on Leg 4 of Race 11  © Richard Gladwell

As we mentioned at the top, the words 'America's Cup' can certainly galvanise NZ opinion like no others.

The event seems to be one that every Kiwi has an opinion on - who they like or don't like as players, what they think of the teams, the rules, the controversies, the money. And whether or not the whole thing is just a complete waste of time, or the greatest sporting event in world history?

The fascination of the Cup seems to be like the classic game of backyard rugby, where you take on the team from over the road, in their backyard, playing to their rules, and with one of their mothers for a referee. If you can win that away game, then it is all on the next week, at your place, and making it as hard as you can for them to win.

Despite coming up against an All Black test, the America's Cup once again galvanised public opinion, led the prime time TV news - and the new cycle isn't even a week old.

But should we be surprised, after all the last America's Cup pulled the biggest TV audience ever for a sporting event in New Zealand - with over a quarter of the NZ population watching.

Jimmy Spithill with fellow Australian Tom Slingsby, Oracle Team USA
  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa¬©

The themes, this time, are your classical America's Cup lines. A US billionaire, running a team led by one of NZ's most loved/despised sons, and a Knight of the Realm to boot.

They're up against the home team portrayed as bunch of bloodied Kiwi battlers, who'd just been handed the latest set of lopsided rules, designed to clean them out of the competition, if they didn't go broke first.

Most media can relate to the scenarios that spin from those storylines, and duly obliged.

Oracle Team USA opened up the battle on three fronts - announcing a Protocol that gave an advantage to the Defender like they had never had before.

Next they picked a fight with the world controlling body of sailing, the International Sailing Federation, by virtually cutting them out of the first edition, and putting the America's Cup above the dictates of the ISAF.

And then there is the battle to be the next venue. Who will pay how much and give what concessions in what has become known the Commercial Cup. Our information is that San Francisco is in serious trouble - but that was predictable from the outset.

In this edition, we have the latest stories and commentary on the various developments.

Emirates Team NZ fans at Marina Green, 34th America's Cup  © Richard Gladwell

Oracle Team USA have gone on the offensive with their attack on Team New Zealand management, launched on Friday morning breakfast TV news in NZ. Grant Dalton followed up with an hour long radio interview on Sunday afternoon. We have both interviews in this edition.

Then Russell Coutts let go on Facebook, with a series of five questions for Kiwi fans on why it was OK for Oracle to have two boats to the Challenger's one each. Of course, he omitted to explain why the Defender needed to have two boats AND sail in the Challenger Selection Series, but that is par for the America's Cup.

Team New Zealand's nemesis, five time winner of the America's Cup winner and Olympic Gold medalist, Russell Coutts   Gilles Martin-Raget/Oracle Racing.com ©
Yes, it's definitely game-on in the 35th America's Cup - we have all the action in this edition of Sail-World, and carry the ongoing news on our website www.sail-world.com

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

sailworldnzl@gmail.com

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Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton is under attack from Oracle Team USA  Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa¬©


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Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Decision time
Dongfeng Race Team,
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Having ticked a key box in their training programme, the Dongfeng crew arrived dockside in Lorient in the late hours of the afternoon where they were welcomed with open arms by family, friends and colleagues after 2,800 miles and 10 days at sea.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco on the outer in Commercial Cup
Sail-World,
A report appearing in the Associated Press indicates that America's Cup officials have reduced the prospective venues for the next regatta from four to three, and it appears San Francisco has been eliminated.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Maloney fifth overall after first day of Laser Euros
Jodie Bakewell-White,
Racing got underway today for the 2014 European Laser Standard and Laser Radial Championships being held in Split, Croatia where New Zealand's best are competing. After the opening day of the six-day series, Andy Maloney is the best placed of the NZL Sailing Team making an excellent start today and lying fifth equal overall.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ainslie expected to announce top Fi designer signing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
Sir Ben Ainslie is expected to announce the assistance of Adrian Newey, the greatest Formula One designer of his generation, to help him win the 35th America's Cup for Great Britain. English website Sportsmail reports that Newey is expected to have a hand in designing the new AC62 for as part of a new deal with Red Bull Technology... [more]
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ANZ Fiji race: A big bash for most of the fleet
Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz,
The bash continues for most of the fleet in the ANZ Fiji race. The two race leaders managed to sidestep the head wind being experienced in the peloton of the fleet, with the race leader Beau Geste 328nm from the finish at Port Denarau.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two-Boat, or not Two-boat? Coutts asks the questions
Sail-World,
After the cacophony of outrage, mainly from his native New Zealand, where everyone has an opinion on the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's CEO, Russell Coutts puts a few questions to the fans. Five really hard questions to answer for anyone listening to one sided NZ media:... [more]
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Wolf of Wakatere nails Monkey in OK Dinghies at Napier
Bob Smith,
Smooth American import Eric Rone is being called 'The Wolf of Wakatere' after hunting down elusive wind shifts (and other prey) with seeming ease to take out the 2014 Brass Monkey in the OK Dinghy class in Napier over Queen's Birthday weekend.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica to arrive at Newport Shipyard
Rhode Island Marine Trades Association,
American skipper Charlie Enright's (Bristol, RI, USA) Team Alvimedica is currently 300 nm from Newport, RI and expected to arrive from their transatlantic training leg in moderate winds early evening Monday before sunset. Their rapid passage started out at a fierce pace averaging 20 knots boat speed after leaving Lisbon, Portugal on May 29.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: A tale of two fleets - the easy way and the hard way
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
With the fleet in its third night at sea, the course routing shows the two leading boats having a relatively easy course to the finish at Port Denarau. The race leader, Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) has 452nm left to sail. She is the most easterly boat in the fleet. On her port side is the Volvo 70 Giacomo (Jim Delegat), shown as being 474nm from the finish line.... [more]
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America's Cup: Protocol changes rung ahead of Entry window opening
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
The Defender of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA has announced a series of changes to the Protocol for the next event. The changes are said to be issued, as a result, of constructive feedback on the rules from prospective teams, prompting Hamilton Island Yacht Club, the Challenger of Record, and the Defender, Oracle Team USA to issue agreed amendments to the Protocol for the 35th America's Cu... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: Top 52fter pulls out after sustaining damage
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
The fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race has reduced further with the withdrawal of one of the TP52's due to minor damage. Kia Kaha (Chris Hornell) advised organisers that she had 'sustained minor damage to the boat and will be returning to Opua.' All on board are safe and expected to be in the Bay of Island late today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand fighting to stay in the Cup game
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Emirates Team NZ's CEO, Grant Dalton, responded to taunts made on the NZ TV breakfast shows on Friday in an hour long radio interview on NewstalkZB. Dalton said on Sunday that the team's omission from an Oracle promotional video was a deliberate ploy. 'We're not going to blow smoke up Oracle's ass', was his retort.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: America's Cup skippers and Olympians in battle to win
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
The now 18 boat fleet in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race are settling into a second night at sea, with two races happening within the main event. At the head of the fleet two America's Cup helmsmen are battling for the race lead with Gavin Brady on the Botin 80, Beau Geste holing a 20nm lead over the Chris Dickson skippered Volvo 70 Giacomo.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji race: Images from the battle of the maxis
Richard Gladwell: Sail-World.com/nz,
The two biggest boats in the ANZ Fiji race, Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) enjoyed a mini-match race across the Waitemata harbour, after the start of the ANZ Fiji race, before the Botin 80, Beau Geste stretched her legs and started to ease away from the Volvo Ocean Race winner.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji race: More images from the start
Richard Gladwell: Sail-World.com/nz,
Second gallery of images from the start of the ANZ Fiji race which go underway on Saturday from Auckland. After starting on starboard tack the fleet headed across the harbour with the two biggest boats in the fleet, the Volvo 70 Giacomo and the Botin 80, Beau Geste, having mini-match race - both with America's cup skippers on the helm.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: Video from race start
Sail-World,
ARG Media presents their video from the start of the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race which got underway from Auckland on Saturday, headed fro Port Denarau, Fiji.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: Beau Geste off to a fast start
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Karl Kwok's Beau Geste got away to a fast start in the 2014 ANZ Fiji Race, and a few hours into the race had established a handy lead over Giacomo (Jim Delgat), with V5 leading the 50fters.... [more]
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ANZ Fiji Race: Course record looks safe
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz,
The race record held by the supermaxi Konica Minolta of 3 days 10 hours looks to be safe in the 2014 edition of the ANZ sponsored Auckland to Denarau, Fiji race that starts on Saturday. Two areas of high pressure off the east coast of New Zealand will be a major influence on the race, according to the routing done for several type of boats, using www.predictwind.com... [more]
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America's Cup: New America's Cup Class AC62 rule is released
Sail-World.com,
Fast, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans will race in the next America's Cup as the new class rule for the AC62 yacht has been released. The AC62 is 10 feet shorter than its predecessor, but is expected to be just as fast and challenging to race for the crews, and will produce the same heart-pounding action for spectators.... [more]
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America's Cup: War of words erupts between Oracle and Team NZ on TV
Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
Two protagonists from the Defender and Challenger teams at the last America's Cup went head to head on New Zealand breakfast television this morning. Updated with all three video clips.... [more]
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