sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy

America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy

'Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ compete in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup - Finals'    Luna Rossa Challenge /Bruno Cocozza ©    Click Here to view large photo

Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the 160 year history of the America's Cup.

The world's most successful professional sailing team will partner with a three times America's Cup challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol.

While the Italian team headed once again by Patrizio Bertelli, did not name a skipper or designer, the team does have a couple of directions, given it is competing on the Extreme 40 circuit, along with Emirates Team NZ. It could us the Extreme 40 crew as its core for the AC45 and AC72, or Luna Rossa could pull together a team of sailors who have served them well in the past, and engage these in a coaching type role, while engaging new young sailing talent.

Bertelli has always had the ability to bring together a top crew, and his fourth America's Cup campaign is likely to be no different. In three campaigns, Bertelli's team has made two Louis Vuitton Cup finals, and was the America's Cup Challenger in 2000, in Auckland.

An elated Patrizio Bertelli holds the Louis Vuitton Cup aloft in 2000. -  Event Media   Click Here to view large photo
The agreement between the teams means that both will build boats to the same design, and both will be constructed in New Zealand, presumably by the Cookson Yard. It is expected that Emirates Team NZ's trio of key suppliers - Cookson's, Southern Spars and North sails will be involved in both projects.

The deal is layered with restrictions imposed by the 34th Protocol governing the next America's Cup in San Francisco.

First of these is the 1 July 2012 launch date for the first AC72. Our guess is that Emirates Team NZ will hit this date, or maybe earlier if they can show they had a contract in placed geared to an earlier launch date, prior to this clause in the Protocol being changed.

The advantage of getting an early launch is that Emirates Team NZ would be able to get full scale performance data on a key item, which can be incorporated in the design of the second AC72.

It is expected that both teams will launch sometime in July or August, and that the boats will be to identical designs using the Emirates Team NZ design team, and suppliers.

The advantage to Emirates Team NZ of this arrangement is that they get the benefit of a two boat program to check out the AC72 options without 'spending' their second boat to get this significant gain in the new class and type.

Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=90286   Click Here to view large photo
'From a co-operation point of view this is totally open book,' said Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton. 'Luna Rossa will get the exact design of our Boat 1. We are building two boats for the next America's Cup. And we will build that boat for them.

'We will then share testing information on the water. We will make alterations to the boats - and we will find out what works and what doesn't. It also allows us to get testing a little earlier, than you would normally able able to do under the rules,' he added.

The advantage to Luna Rossa is that the highly regarded Italian team are able to catch up a lot of time and design thinking, effectively winding back their clock to an October 2010 start - when Emirates Team NZ had assembled their 30 strong design team, which includes some of the best brains in the multihull and wingsail world.

Split forced in 2013

The two teams can train together and share design and performance information until the start of the year of the America's Cup, specifically 1 January 2013. However that date is something of a nonsense, as the teams can launch a second boat by 1 February 2013, and all the major design designs will have to have been made by then and the boats will be all but built at the time the America's Cup Protocol requires that they separate.

Come 1 February 2013, on paper, both teams will have an AC72 each which has been worked up against the other, and will then have a unique design for each to test against this benchmark.



While the Protocol prevents the sharing of design and performance information between the two teams, it doesn't preclude the team having a very close training relationship, and for performance teams independently measuring the others performance, if they knew gear codes etc.

Effectively the training process continues, despite the Protocol, all the teams cannot do is have any form of formal design or performance meeting, quite how inter-team chats will be prevents in a bar, for instance, remains to be seen.

Other teams using conventional design, performance and training processes will be operating within their own knowledge base only.

'This deal is significant for Emirates Team NZ, it makes us a stronger team', explains Dalton. 'By joining with an established team like Luna Rossa and sharing design information and then us building their boats it gives us a better opportunity to beat Oracle Racing.

Act 6, Trapani - Day 5 - Luna Rossa - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=90286_©  
'We get Luna Ross'a ideas, and they get ours. But we find out where they are at. And in a new class like this it is green fields, you can't guarantee that you are covering all the bases, and this will hep to shut down options that we might otherwise have missed.'

Both teams will have their wings clipped with the limitation on sailing time imposed by the Protocol which limits them to just 30 days between 1 July 2012 and 31 Jan 2013 - that is just five days sailing each month for six months.

Once the second AC72's are launched notionally on 1 Feb 2013, the teams will have a further 45 days permitted until 1 May 2013 or 15 days a month.

Beyond 1 May 2013 there is no restriction on sailing days - meaning the two teams could trains individually or together at will.

Another advantage of the two teams approach is that both Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ get to be able to trial match racing tactics in the new 72ft catamaran class. In contrast to in-house racing, the individual team approach allows fresh thinking, particularly important in the period post 1 January 2013.

Significant savings and benefits

For both teams the arrangement is cost effective with the tooling up and building costs being shared on the construction of the first two boats. Similarly for the wing and soft sails, with gear being able to be swapped between the two boats and pooled in an extreme sharing scenario.

Put simply, Emirates Team NZ get an America's Cup experienced tune up partner. Luna Rossa gets to catch up the time they have lost by late entry. Both get cost sharing on common items. That also includes savings for both teams in crew numbers as only one AC72 is required by each, but they get to run a two-boat program.

The possibilities of this partnership are almost limitless, and aside from the design and building co-operation could also extend to crew training. While Luna Rossa run a very good Extreme 40 program, they have no experience with wingsails - and need to come up to speed in this area. For Emirates Team NZ's viewpoint the tradeoff will be whether it is worth training Luna Rossa crew on the wingsail technology, versus schooling up what should be a strong competitor in 2013.

The upside for Emirates Team NZ is that it is in their interest to make Luna Rossa as strong as they can in the first 12 months, as the strength of Luna Rossa is going to be directly reflected in the strength of the two boat testing program. In other words the quicker both teams can come up to speed in two testing with the AC72's the better they will both be in 2013.

A big benefit for New Zealand is the basing of the highly popular Italian team in Auckland for 12 months, at least and the construction of a second base in the Viaduct harbour.

Emirates Team NZ - America’s Cup World Series Plymouth - Day 5 -  Chris Schmid- Eyemage?nid=90286 Media (copyright)  
That will put in place a significant tourist attraction as visitors to Auckland will now have the opportunity to see two America's Cup teams in action on a regular basis augmenting the already sailing tourism offerings.

'The New Zealand marine industry benefits hugely from this', Dalton explains. 'The boat alone is something like 60,000 hours (30 man years) just to build. Then there is a wider economic impact. They will be bringing up to 60 people together with their families to New Zealand to live for an extended period until we all ship out to San Francisco in April 2013.'

'They will build a base to house themselves. Basically Luna Rossa comes back to New Zealand. They were the darling team of the 2000 and 2003 America's Cup - and they are coming back,' Dalton adds.

In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party.

Sure, for Emirates Team New Zealand there is a potential negative of giving an historically strong rival and easy ride into the America's Cup. But the pluses of getting the best of both worlds - an identical boat training and development platform, plus the ability to spend the development boat option.

These options are just not available any other way, and by turning what was believed to be a constant in the traditional America's Cup game, into a variable - both teams have made a huge gain over the other teams.

A key point of interest will be in coming weeks, if other teams elect to tread a similar path.

America's Cup timelines say that it probably can't now happen. In which case two teams that share a total of 10 America's Cup campaigns between them, have made a significant gain.

AC45's in New Zealand, too?

Another point of interest lies on the AC45 front, with Luna Rossa now obliged to buy at least one of the boats manufactured by Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand, together with the admission today that there is no Downunder venue confirmed for the America's Cup World Series - leaving a gap of over four months between regattas. It may be that Luna Rossa take delivery of their AC45 in Auckland, while Emirates Team NZ have theirs returned to NZ after the November series in San Diego, and the two are shipped/air freighted to the next round in Naples, Italy to arrive in April.

Quite why Luna Rossa would want to have an AC45 built in NZ, shipped to Naples, and indulge in some solo sailing, while the rest of the team is working in Auckland in the summer, is beyond this commentator. The more likely scanario will be that Emirates Team NZ's AC 45 crosses the Pacific, (San Diego being the closest point at which the America's Cup World Series gets to New Zealand) albeit by airfreight and the two teams get sailing in New Zealand from December to March.

Such an arrangement while logistically a little difficult, would give both teams the opportunity to spend at least three months working together, while the other teams were forced to twiddle their thumbs, or indulge in in-house racing. It would also allow the teams to keep the SL33's as a development platform, while the AC45's could be the match racing platform, without increasing costs for either team.

Only the Defender, Oracle Racing, own more than one AC45 (they now own four of the one design catamarans). Emirates Team NZ own two SL33's which are dual use match racers and development platforms, however the prospect of getting a solid workout in the Hauraki Gulf over the New Zealand summer, would have to be for the benefit of both the Italian and New Zealand teams.

One thing is for sure, while Luna Rossa may have been able to turn back the clock with this partnership and at a very modest cost compared to the other top tier teams, they cannot go to sleep for the rest of the time remaining to July 2013, and the start of the Challenger Selection Series in San Francisco.

From here the Italians will have to spend every available hour just as fruitfully as Emirates Team New Zealand, otherwise this partnership will not realize its potential, and could pull the New Zealand team down, as well.

Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand will train together out of the Viaduct Harbour for the next 15 months -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=90286   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=90286

9:10 AM Thu 3 Nov 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup
2011 Emirates Team New Zealand news

Related News Stories:

20 Dec 2014  America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
20 Dec 2014  America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco
19 Dec 2014  America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault
12 Dec 2014  America's Cup: Oracle crew member's penalty for cheating is reduced
04 Nov 2014  America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ holds foiling camp in Bay of Islands
06 Oct 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ slips to fifth at Nice
03 Oct 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Light and tight for Emirates Team NZ in Nice
29 Sep 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Burling and Tuke back on board for Nice Act
29 Sep 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets
27 Sep 2014  America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

In the media scrum for interviews with the skippers and owners of the five super maxis that followed a short press conference at the CYCA on Christmas Eve, anyone from outside the yachting scene might not have noticed one of the world’s finest sailors and circumnavigators standing quietly to one side chatting with Iain Murray and Steve Jarvin ... [more]  

When most would have been sitting down for Christmas lunch the Wild Oats XI team were to be seen out on Sydney Harbour testing their new - and appropriately named - gooseneck, that replaces the one that failed when out training earlier in the week. In a puffy nor'easter Wild Oats XI headed to Manly on the wind, swung around close to the Manly East mark and headed back down the harbour for home. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature by John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ... [more]  

For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature by Brendan Maxwell
Santa’s elves started on January 7th 2014 building a set of shiny new Sail-World.com websites and just minutes before Christmas morning in one of Santa’s first touch downs Auckland New Zealand , TetraMedia General Manager Jedda Murphy flicked the switch on the dedicated TetraMeda servers in Frankfurt Germany to take almost all our world-wide audience to the new Sail-World sites. ... [more]  

Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ... [more]  

Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ... [more]  

For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skippers of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ... [more]  

The magnitude of this 70th edition is reflected in the size of the international fleet: the forecast 117 race entrants, comprising yachts from seven different countries, represents the most sizeable Rolex Sydney Hobart depart since 1994. 'This year is both the 70th edition of the race and the 70th anniversary of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia,' explains John Cameron. ... [more]  

The lightest of the supermaxi's Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 suffered a major structural deck failure in pre-Hobart training. Sailing master David Witt explains in his usual laconic manner just what happened. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney Hobart yacht race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is the centre of an intense repair effort on the eve of the big race after suffering damage during her most recent training run. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images are provided by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]  

Images of five faces behind the 100ft super maxis taking part in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart provided by Photographer Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sailors in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart should watch what they eat on Christmas day or they may well watch Christmas dinner all over again on Boxing Day. ... [more]  

Launched in September 2014, Comanche resulted from the studies realised on the Macif and Banque Populaire Imoca monohulls, who finished first and second in the 2012 Vendée Globe. ... [more]  

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta organizers, with the holidays quickly approaching, are getting into the spirit of giving, through their entry giveaway. This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - There are two ways you can get to Hobart, there is the wet way - cold, noisy, perched on the rail dreaming of the next Mars bar - and there’s the Swan way, dry in the cockpit, savouring the aromas wafting from the fully equipped galley below. ... [more]  

Twice Volvo Ocean race skipper and America's Cup helmsman, Ken Read, outlines the Comanche campaign to win the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ... [more]  

24 days after the Volvo Ocean Racer, Team Vestas Wind ran aground, the boat was successfully removed from the Cargados Carajos Shoals. Vestas shore manager Neil Cox led the team that performed a complex and difficult operation with the utmost professionalism and diligence. ... [more]  

This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. Several regatta entries will be able to earn themselves a waived entry fee, while others will be eligible to win official regatta gear. ... [more]  

2015 ORC Championship events: The Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announce that final approvals by national authorities have been made so that the Notices of Race and the entry process is now open for the 2015 ORCi World Championship in Barcelona, the 2015 Volvo Estonia ORC European Championship in Parnu, Estonia and the 2015 ORC Sportboat European Championship at Lake Balaton, Hungary. ... [more]  

In the inaugural Corinthian Division of the Rolex Sydney Hobart there’s a sense among the crews competing for a win that it’s levelling a playing field that has been uneven for a while under the handicap system. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 exclusive video preview. The 70th edition of this international sporting icon begins on Friday 26 December. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - In its early days, ocean racing was a very blokey thing - hard sailing and hard drinking - back to the wife and kids on a Sunday night after a weekend offshore - so it is an interesting fact that this year more young women than young men are doing their first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. ... [more]  

Moth Worlds – Looping the loop *Feature by John Curnow
It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

Miami Winter Series: For the first event, five teams are currently confirmed, with more expected to follow in the coming days. The first event has drawn a range of competitors including the reigning Match Racing World Champion, two Melges 32 teams, another from Chicago Match Race Centre and a fifth best known for its offshore big boats campaigns. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

‘We don’t expect children to ride adult bikes when they can’t touch the ground, so why do we expect them to sail adult boats when they can’t control as they should. We didn’t want this for our children so set about trying to develop a boat that addresses this problem. ... [more]  

The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic 2014 Race Lanzarote-Grenada: An international fleet of yachts took part, with crew from at least 12 different countries racing magnificent Maxis, crewed by top professional sailors, as well as production yachts crewed by friends and family. For all the yachts, the adventure started long before the start line. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Prizegiving
Qingdao to continue as Asian ISAF Sailing World Cup venue
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Will it be Bash and Crash?
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: USA's RIO 100 trains off Sydney Heads
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Weather early Xmas gift for small yachts
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hollywood focused on victory
Soldiering on in the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series - Count down to Caribbean opener
Barcelona World Race 2014-15 - The mental game + Videos
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Jim Clark's thoughts on Comanche's maiden race *Feature
St Thomas International Regatta announce sponsors
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Salt water therapy
Soto 40 South American Tour - Coming soon
Flying Dutchman Worlds on Sydney Harbour
Moth Tutorials - Presented by Nathan Outteridge
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – One race many nations
ORC announces new ORCsy rule for superyachts
Rob and Scarlet’s big adventure before Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Waypoints of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Title defence   
America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature   
Antigua Sailing Week 2015   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Lanzarote-Grenada 2014 - Moonlight Sérénade   
2017 J/80 World Championships are awarded to Royal Southern Yacht Club   
Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature   
Clipper Race skipper to receive prestigious US award   
OK Dinghy Worlds - Preview 2: Overindulgence in sailing fun   
America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault   
Sydney Hobart Race - Crew prepares for a game of 'Snakes and Ladders'   
WPA Race Season - Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge preview   
Comanche in the Solas Big Boat Challenge - Images by Andrea Francolini   
Sunbrella Fabrics supports US Olympic and Paralympic Sailors   
Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Mauritius as Vestas Wind salvage begins   
Volvo Ocean Race: Martinez leaves Mapfre for Leg 3 to China   
Volvo Ocean Race: Nicholson back on the atoll to retrieve Vestas Wind   
America's Cup: Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director again   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Clipper Race to enter 12-strong fleet   
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: News and interviews from December 16 show   
Pogo 40, Bingo completes RORC Transatlantic Race 2014   


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