sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : America's Cup WS, Naples: Sailors keen to get back on the race track
America's Cup WS, Naples: Sailors keen to get back on the race track


'Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - The skippers with the ACWS trophy, from l. to r. Tom Slingsby (ORACLE Team USA), Mitch Booth (China Team), Francesco Bruni (Luna Rossa Swordfish), Chris Draper (Luna Rossa Piranha), Charlie Keberg (Artemis), Roman Hagara (HS Racing), Dean Barker (Emirates Team New Zealand), Ben Ainslie (JP Morgan BAR), Yann Guichard (Energy Team).'    Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©    Click Here to view large photo

The nine skippers of the America's Cup World Series met with an enthusiastic and large pool of media on Tuesday morning in Naples at the skippers' media opportunity.

All of the talk was on the excitement of getting back to racing following a long break after the last event in San Francisco.

'The big thing this week is for the team to practice going racing,' said Luna Rossa Piranha helmsman Chris Draper. 'We've put a lot of work in over the last six months so we're keen to see where we stack up.'

His comment was echoed by Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker who noted that with all the testing the team has been doing on for its AC72 program, this week would be a great opportunity for the crew to sharpen their race skills.

'It's easy to get rusty,' he said. 'We're looking forward to getting race ready again.'

After meeting the media in the morning, most of the teams then took to the Bay of Naples in moderate wind conditions on a bright Tuesday afternoon to get more training in ahead of the first racing on Thursday.

Download the full race schedule and format here

Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training day 1 - JP Morgan and ORACLE 5 Slingsby match racing -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Quotes from the skippers:

Charlie Ekberg, Artemis Racing: It's the best possible way for us to prepare for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. Getting used to the boats has been a challenge. It will be exciting to see if we can manage the boat as well as the others do. There are some great sailors out here. It might be a good thing I don't know too much about all of them!

Ben Ainslie, J.P. Morgan BAR: The lighter air sailing is something that's quite new for us. But we want to be up at the top of the fleet like we were last time. We'd like to be fighting it out with the leaders. We had a really good day of training yesterday and we'll make the most of our time before racing starts to get ready.

Mitch Booth, China Team: We've had a few weeks of training in Sanya, China, sailing 28-foot catamarans. That doesn't necessarily prepare you for racing an AC45 against the best sailors in the world, but it allows you to practice on your communication skills on board. Most of our guys haven't raced at anything like this level. The loads are higher and the intensity is much greater, so it's going to be a great learning experience.

Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training Day 2 -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand: We've spent the last 10 months focused on testing the AC72 and unless you get into racing the small boats again, it's easy to get rusty. So we're looking forward to getting race ready again.

Yann Guichard, Energy Team: Naples is a fantastic place for racing. It's really a stadium racing arena, because you can sail so close to the shore. Last weekend we were sailing along the shoreline for the Coast Race and it was really, really nice.

Chris Draper, Luna Rossa Piranha: The match racing is something we'd like to do well in but obviously if you make just one mistake there you're out. So the big thing this week is for the team to practice going racing. We've put a lot of work in the last six months so we're keen to see where we stack up.

Francesco Bruni, Luna Rossa Swordfish: I'm really happy to be in Naples again. The public is warm and passionate and I'm sure that Luna Rossa will enjoy a lot of support. I think it will be tough but also a lot of fun.

Roman Hagara, HS Racing: We are looking for some good racing here. We need to work on our maneuvers as it's a little bit different to the Extreme 40s we've been sailing on but our crew is good and we'll be ready.

Tom Slingsby, Oracle Team USA Slingsby: I think we're a bit of the underdogs as it's our first event and some of the other skippers didn't do that great in their debuts. But I think we've got a good young team that could surprise some people. Our boat handling looks pretty good so we just need to get our race experience up.

America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training day 1 - JP Morgan and ORACLE 5 Slingsby match racing -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training day 1 -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training day 1 - JP Morgan and ORACLE 5 Slingsby match racing -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Napoli (ITA) - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2013 - Free training Day 2 -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo


by America's Cup Media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=108495

8:42 PM Tue 16 Apr 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

17 Apr 2013  America's Cup World Series, Naples - Tough fight ahead for Energy Team
16 Apr 2013  America's Cup World Series, Naples: More images from the Scenic Route
16 Apr 2013  America's Cup World Series, Naples: Oracle Team USA ready for battle
15 Apr 2013  America's Cup World Series, Naples: Images from the Scenic Route
15 Apr 2013  America's Cup World Series Naples: Charity fun day in the Coastal Race
15 Apr 2013  America's Cup WS Naples: Emirates Team NZ wins Coastal Race - Video
14 Apr 2013  America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - World Series Opening Ceremony
14 Apr 2013  America's Cup WS: Images from Naples - Taking to the Streets
13 Apr 2013  America's Cup: Artemis Racing makes change in design tack
13 Apr 2013  Artemis Racing ready for ACWS finale in Naples
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

























470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification by 470 International Association Class,












A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


























Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again   
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video   
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up   
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown   
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT