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AC reports and Olympic news—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor on 2 Nov 2012
Loick Peyron at the America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 October event ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget http://photo.americascup.com/
When it comes to making multihulls sail fast, few skippers can touch Loïck Peyron’s storied resume. This vast experience has made him a hot commodity amongst America’s Cup teams, who are preparing to do on-the-water battle in September of 2013 aboard wingsail-powered AC72-class catamarans. According to the latest reports, Peyron will be joining the Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing, for the next month as the team works to get their AC72 up to full pace.





'It is fantastic to have [Peyron] join Artemis Racing. [He] has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.' said Paul Cayard, Artemis Racing’s CEO. 'As we have seen, these AC72’s will be a real challenge here on San Francisco Bay and having someone of Loïck’s experience will certainly be advantageous.'


Meanwhile, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) has announced a ten-day (minimum) sailing hiatus so that they can make some speed-enhancing modifications to their boat. While details are murky (this is the AC, after all), aerodynamic fairings can be expected aboard when the AC72 re-emerges from the shed.





'The design department has collated and analyzed a massive amount of data every time the 72 has sailed and has come up with some changes that we expect will improve performance,' said Grant Dalton, Emirates Team New Zealand boss, who added that the team have now logged 16 days of sailing. 'Once we have completed the work, the team will [get] back into on-the-water testing and spending time on sailing crew development.'


And speaking of ETNZ, don’t miss team coach and former Cup sailor Rod Davis’ day-in-the-life report of what AC72 sailing is all about. 'There is no typical day when we’re sailing the big cat,' reports Davis. 'Each time we go out, we chip away at the huge list of things we need to learn.' It will be interesting to see how this work-up approach translates to physical modifications once the boat re-emerges from the shed. Stay tuned.





And in Olympic sailing news, be sure to check out Dana Paxton’s great interview with Jen French and JP Creignou, who earned a proud Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the SKUD-18 class. 'The medal is a sweet reward at the end of a great journey,' said Creignou. 'It represents the commitment made toward this goal and the countless supporters, advisors, coaches, helpers and our spouses who all participated in this accomplishment. Many new friends, stories and memories made along the way.' Get the full interview, in this issue.





And finally, be sure to also check out the latest news from the Student Yachting World Cup, the 2012 AWT Maui Makani Classic, and also get the latest report on the newly minted Nacra 17 class, which has been selected as equipment for the 2016 Olympic Games. 'The Nacra 17 will be out of the box ready to go sailing, to put it simple plug and play with equal equipment for every sailor,' said Peter Vink, Nacra’s Technical Director. 'The Nacra 17 one-design class rules will be published soon to make sure the class will keep its strict one-design integrity.' More, inside.


May the four winds blow you safely home,

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