sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : America's Cup World Series - Another new experience for Ainslie
America's Cup World Series - Another new experience for Ainslie

'Team BAR - America’s Cup World Series 2012-13'    © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR

The America’s Cup World Series is currently taking place in San Francisco, California.

Ben Ainslie on the start of the fleet racing series:


Another first in my current list of new experiences came today with the start of the fleet racing series. With eleven boats on the line and a high speed reaching start to the first mark, this part of the race is crucial. We’ve practiced as much as we could in the limited time since getting here, in particular I’ve worked on nailing the timed run into the line, but there’s nothing like doing it for real.

Clearly I’m used to sailing big fleets so I wasn’t that concerned about the move into this type of racing, but that’s not to say it wasn’t tough. The speed that you’re traveling at means that you have to make very quick and clear decisions. These are big powerful boats that do not manoeuvre quickly. It’s certainly not like sailing my Finn where I can flick in a few quick tacks to get into a better position. With a reaching start, before turning downwind, you are pretty limited on what you can do to recover from a tricky situation, tacking off is simply not an option.

But I think the lesson from today for me is that I need to think more about my strategy for the first leg. It is so easy to lose places in a few seconds here.

Team BAR - America’s Cup World Series 2012-13 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

In the first race we had a nice start but we had a terrible exit from the first mark in which we were passed on both sides. We went from third or fourth to last in the space of about 30 seconds which was frustrating, but there is very little you can do when it happens. Having said that, we pulled back a bit in the first race which at least helped to demonstrate that our boat speed and handling is good, you just can’t afford to get spat out of the back of the fleet.
Our second race was equally tricky at the first mark but we didn’t lose places and managed to stay within touch of the leading pack, so overall I’m very pleased that we don’t have any major issues with speed or boat handling.

It’s clearly very important to think a bit further ahead, which is one of the things I will be working on. The trouble is, that’s easier said than done, especially on this race course with gusts and shifts funneling into the bay. The tide is also an issue, even at the high speeds we are traveling at and I think everyone’s finding it tricky to read the conditions. I can see why so many of the teams consider this to be one of the most challenging racing areas in the world.

Overall I do feel that I’m in at the deep end, but the racing was superb. I don’t think we should be surprised at our position in the fleet at the moment, quite the contrary. I never expected to walk into a class with some of the best sailors in the world who have been sailing these boats for a year and start winning from the outset. But I am still very happy with our progress so far. Once again it’s very early days and I’m facing a steep learning curve which I’m very excited about.

It might sound strange but I came into this without any expectations, I think that’s how it has to be.

JP Morgan BAR Team website


by Ben Ainslie

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101334

9:02 PM Fri 24 Aug 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
2011-12 America's Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

24 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
24 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco: Artemis Racing White through
24 Aug 2012  Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS San Francisco - Home team scores big time
24 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series - Oracle Team USA leads the way
23 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Action on the bay
23 Aug 2012  Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS San Francisco - Short sharp early Matches
23 Aug 2012  AC World Series San Francisco - Artemis Racing Red all set
22 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Capsize images
22 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Practice session images
22 Aug 2012  ACWS San Francisco - Racing on San Francisco Bay
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
































































America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   


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