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Monday, August 08, 2011
PUMA to outfit ORALCE Racing
By ORACLE Racing Comms // Aug. 4, 2011
Two days before the start of the America’s Cup World Series – Cascais ORACLE Racing announced PUMA as its Official Sportswear and Technical Supplier.
The global sportlifestyle brand will provide technical performance
wear as well as training apparel and footwear for ORACLE Racing’s
world-class team. Additionally, PUMA will produce ORACLE Racing Team fan
wear available for purchase during in-port activities and online.
Watch a video: ORACLE Racing presents PUMA
“For PUMA, this is a great opportunity to align with a team on the
cutting edge of innovation,” said Antonio Bertone, Chief Marketing
Officer for PUMA. “ORACLE Racing is not only defending the Cup, but they
are taking sailing to the next level – the boats are fast, the crews
are dynamic and the racing is exciting to watch. This is the next step
in developing the performance aspects of the sailing gear, along with
connecting to a larger audience to spread the passion and joy of the
Following the announcement Bertone joined the ORACLE Racing Spithill crew
winging around the waters off Cascais on the No. 4 catamaran.
“Twenty-three knots on a trampoline, that’s insane!” said Bertone.
“Those dudes are working their asses off.”
Watch a video: Insane! 23 knots on a tramp
|ACWS – CASCAIS
ORACLE Racing 2nd, 4th in Preliminary Round
ORACLE Racing’s two crews in the America’s Cup World Series – Cascais
won three of the four fleet races held on the preliminary weekend and
placed second and fourth.
ORACLE Racing Coutts won Sunday’s final race
to capture second, moving up from third after the first day. It was a
great comeback win for skipper Russell Coutts and his boys, who could be
heard working hard on the live stream.
Watch a video: ACWS Cascais Day 2
“We’re a lot happier today, we did not have a good day yesterday,”
said Coutts. “It was a great little race. I don’t know how it looked
from the outside, but it was spectacular from the inside.”
ORACLE Racing Spithill won two of the three races
sailed on Saturday and placed third in Sunday’s race, but had to settle
for fourth on the leaderboard. Skipper James Spithill and crew were
disqualified from the first race on Saturday when they were deemed to
have been outside the course boundaries with less than 2 minutes to the
“We had a problem with the (race communications) system,” said
Spithill. “We were outside of the boundary with 2 minutes to go but our
screens were blank. The screens came back on after we went around the
first mark and obviously it said, ‘You’re disqualified.’ I was like,
“Anyway, that’s just sorting out a few bugs in the system and getting used to the boundaries,” Spithill said.
Watch a video: ACWS Cascais Day 1
The DSQ meant ORACLE Racing Spithill scored 0 points in the first
race, which would prove a difference maker when they missed third by 1
point and first by 7 points.
After the fleet race the speed of the AC45 was on display as the nine
crews took three passes each through the AC 500 Speed Course. The
500-meter, one way race track was oriented approximately 90 degrees to
the wind direction and allowed each crew to light-up their craft and the
winning yacht clocked more than 42 kilometers/hour.
“It would be even more fun if it was windier, the wind was a bit
light,” said Coutts. “The course should be even closer to shore.”
Related articles: Emirates Team New Zealand double winners
All guns blazing to start the AC World Series
ACWS – Cascais Preliminary Round Results
1. Emirates Team New Zealand/Dean Barker 3-2-2-2 – 35 points
2. ORACLE Racing Coutts/Russell Coutts 4-3-5-1 – 31
3. Artemis Racing/Terry Hutchinson 1-4-3-7 – 29
4. ORACLE Racing Spithill/James Spithill DSQ-1-1-3 – 28
5. China Team/Mitch Booth 6-6-6-4 – 22
6. Team Korea/Chris Draper 5-7-4-6 – 22
7. Energy Team/Loïck Peyron 2-8-8-5 – 21
8. Aleph/Alain Gautier 7-5-9-8 – 16
9. Green Comm Racing/V 8-9-7-9 – 13
(Scoring: 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 9, 3rd = 8, 4th = 7, 5th = 6, 6th = 5, 7th = 4, 8th-9th = 3)
ACWS – Cascais Speed Trial
1. Emirates Team New Zealand – 42.35 km/h
2. Team Korea – 39.28
3. China Team – 37.43
4. ORACLE Racing Spithill – 37.16
5. Artemis Racing – 35.10
6. Aleph – 35.02
7. ORACLE Racing Coutts – 34.05
8. Energy Team – 30.99
9. Green Comm Racing – 24.77
|34th AMERICA'S CUP
China Team helps open Cup’s audience
The inclusion o f China Team as a challenger syndicate gives the
America’s Cup the potential to reach an audience of 1.3 billion people.
News reports such as this one on CCTV Sports help tap into that
audience. In this report filed by Julie Sheier, she speaks with ORACLE
Racing CEO Russell Coutts as well as China Team skipper Mitch Booth and
crewman Wu Liang who says, “Everyone knows sailing is at the beginning
stage in China. So we try our best to promote sailing and the America’s
Cup is a good platform to do that.”
Watch the video: CCTV Sports Scene (report starts at 12:40)
America’s Cup Uncovered – Episode 2
The second episode of America’s Cup Uncovered, the weekly news
magazine leading up to the 34th America’s Cup, came out on Saturday in
the midst of Day 1 of the ACWS – Cascais.
The episode includes features on Cascais, an extremely revealing
visit with Paul Cayard and his parents, Pierre and Francis, who dug up
his sailing roots, an interview with the man dubbed Mr. Multihull, Loïck
Peyron of France’s Energy Team, and a trip to Asia to examine China
Team and Team Korea.
Link to video: America’s Cup Uncovered – Episode 2
America’s Cup thrives without Alinghi
By Paul Logothetis, AP // Aug. 7, 2011
Good weather conditions finally allowed the America’s Cup to get off
to its promised flying start as a new era of the sailing classic began
without two-time winner Alinghi.
ORACLE Racing Coutts won a close fleet race as the 45-foot
(13.5-meter) long carbon-fibre boats tore through Atlantic waters
showing off their power, precision and speed - with Emirates Team New
Zealand even losing one of its sailors around a marker.
The Kiwis clocked 42.35kph to win the inaugural speed event for these
yachts, which showed why the monohull model was left behind after light
wind had given the World Series event a sputtering start Saturday.
Alinghi’s absence is noted but gradually being forgotten as the 34th edition picks up steam.
The Swiss syndicate bowed out of the competition after losing the
Auld Mug in a one-off showdown with Oracle Racing in February 2010, and
owner Ernesto Bertarelli has made no moves to rejoin a competition he
felt was wrestled away from him.
In Sunday’s fleet race, Emirates Team New Zealand was second, ahead
of ORACLE Racing Spithill with China Team fourth. Team Korea edged China
Team for second in the speed race.
“There are still a lot of things to improve but the basic,
fundamental things are working,” ORACLE Racing No. 5 skipper Russell
Link to full article: America’s Cup thrives without Alinghi
Photo: The AC45’s scream towards the first reaching mark in Sunday’s final fleet race (Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA).
|THE CHALLENGERS' FILES
Interview with Loïck Peyron
Source: Energy Team // Aug. 7, 2011
Energy Team finished this weekend of racing in Cascaïs feeling
satisfied that they had done as much as they could after just ten days
of learning to sail the AC45. At the conclusion of these four races,
even if the top teams are the favourites, this first weekend is seen as
satisfactory for the French team, after their battle alongside the big
names in the
long race today. The skipper of Energy Team tells us more.
How do you feel about this first weekend of racing?
I feel fine. Really. I’m quite pleased. Yesterday (Saturday), it’s true
that it wasn’t that great with the lack of wind and we were only just
discovering these boats in such light conditions. No, yesterday wasn’t
wonderful for several reasons. Firstly, because the whole of the crew
were suffering from food poisoning, so we were only really at 50% of
what we are capable of and then there was the question of our experience
in light conditions. We did in fact have a great race to start off
with. Ending up second just behind the Kiwis was fantastic. And today
for the long race, it was good, as we got off to a great start and there
was a wonderful battle out on the water. We decided to take a few more
risks today, which is what we did by getting within 20 cm of the
committee boat at the gun, which was a great idea. And then, we went on
to race with the top teams always in the lead, but that is what you
Are you worried about the gulf between you and the top teams, as there is quite a gap?
Yes, we’re a long way behind in a lot of areas, but sometimes we have
managed to get back up there very quickly. Today’s long race was really
interesting, as we were always battling it out with ORACLE Racing, Team
New Zealand and some other good teams. I’m not trying to make excuses,
even if that is probably true, but given the time and work, it is within
our grasp... We’re still working out things and we should be watching
what’s happening around us. At the helm, I still have to watch closely
what’s happening on board to give some help to everyone. Normally, I
should be beyond that stage watching what is happening out on the water,
and for the moment, that is not easy, but it will come in time...
Link to full interview: Interview with Loick Peyron
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA