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America's Cup: The Beginning of the End


'Oracle Team USA AC72 training in San Francisco Bay'    Americas Cup Media    Click Here to view large photo

Welcome to Sail-World.com's seventh America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup, being sent to 155,000 subscribers world-wide.

February 4 marked the christening of the first of the second generation AC72's for the 2013 America's Cup. Emirates Team NZ had hoped to splash their new boat on the same day, but was prevented by strong winds. On the same date Oracle Team USA relaunched a repaired and modified USA-17, in San Francisco.

On February 22, after a few days of trialling against Oracle's revamped USA-17, Artemis Racing announced they were suspending sailing and taking some time out in the builder's shed.

The Swedish Challenger was the last of the Class of 2013 to call for modifications.

Artemis and Oracle Team USA AC72 training in San Francisco Bay -  Artemis Racing   Click Here to view large photo

The team has also indicated, via CEO Paul Cayard writing in his blog, that their second AC72 is under construction in Sweden and will be launched in May.

Between San Francisco and Auckland, there is a clear design dichotomy. In Auckland, both AC72's are firmly in the foiling camp. Maybe not surprising seeing the hulls and platform initially, at least, are from the same design team.

In San Francisco, Artemis Racing is foiling in a very limited way, with the leeward hull lifting to a limited extent, but not clear of the water. Oracle Team USA seem to have worked out many of the wrinkles that were so obvious in their first build. Whether their foiling is quite as smooth and relaxed as those Down Under will only be established when the two groups come together, in San Francisco, and the vagaries of wind and water are equalised.

In the meantime, Cup watchers argue back and forth.

Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL5 sailing for the third day of testing. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ©   Click Here to view large photo

And in a signature of the internet age, Cup fans can now see both factions sailing in San Francisco and Auckland via web cams in both locations. It might not be the prettiest video, but certainly it gives an impression. And by the same medium, tonight we can see the lights are burning late in the Emirates Team NZ tent, in the Viaduct harbour.

The Design Jury is still out on the merits of foiling. Certainly most believe that it is an essential part of any AC team's arsenal, to some degree. When, and how high, are still the unanswered questions. And we have that word 'trade-off' creeping back into the America's Cup lexicon. This time the factors in the equation are speed, drag and VMG - or simply knowing the option that will get your boat to the next mark, in the shortest time.

On board NZL5 as Emirates Team New Zealand practice race against Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ©   Click Here to view large photo

In this edition of Sail-World.com's America's Cup newsletter we feature four video interviews with the key players from Emirates Team NZ, and get their take on the key issues of the months to come.

We have featured several team supplied videos in this edition, but perhaps the two most interesting are two Am-Cam videos - one from San Francisco of Oracle Team USA foiling, and the other from Hauraki Gulf, showing Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa having race practice.

This is the first video showing the two AC72's involved in a racing situation - and spectacular they certainly are.

Luna Rossa leaves for a training session - 26 February 2013 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

We will be publishing further America's Cup newsletters, when there is sufficient content and/or on milestone occasions -this will be once a month, until the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

In the meantime stay tuned to www.sail-world.com - for the latest on the two AC72 launches.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

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Checking out the undercarriage - Emirates Team NZ - 26 February 2013 -  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo

AC72 training in the Fog, Artemis Racing -  Americas Cup Media   Click Here to view large photo

Mandy Barker christens the AC72 - Emirates Team NZ AC72 Launch February 4, 2013  Richard Gladwell_©   Click Here to view large photo


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