sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Dean's Diary: Burning up the track in Plymouth - America's Cup WS

Dean's Diary: Burning up the track in Plymouth - America's Cup WS

'America’s Cup World Series, Plymouth England'    Ricardo Pinto    Click Here to view large photo

Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB?nid=88414, reports from Plymouth, England from the America's Cup World Series, in which he is helms Emirates Team NZ .

11 - 12 September 2011:

AC45 in Plymouth - Day 1

We have now been in Plymouth, UK for 4 days now and it would be fair to say it has been a little grey. We are assured we will see some better weather next week which is all good news.

Plymouth plays host to the 2nd AC45 event and another opportunity to get out and do some racing. We have had 2 practice days and today was the first day of the Preliminaries with three 20 minute fleet races and followed up with the speed trial.

Racing Day 1 - America’s Cup World Series, Plymouth England -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=88414_©   Click Here to view large photo

We had a good day on the water today with a 1,3,1 scoreline to lead with 28 points. It felt like our speed was really good and in the 2nd race we recovered from a bad start to get a solid third.

The speed trial was again some good fun although a bit more breeze would have been nice. We managed to finish 2nd in this which was a good but always a little bit of luck goes a long way if you can get a puff straight off the line.

Tomorrow the forecast is for some pretty strong breeze. The organisers hope to run a 40 min fleet race to finish off the Preliminary event. Should keep everyone on their toes!

All for now

AC45 in Plymouth - Day 2

Exciting day on the water in Plymouth

Today was the final day of the Preliminary event ini the AC45 event here in Plymouth. The fleet had a 40 minute fleet race followed by the speed trial to end the day.

Racing Day 2 - America’s Cup World Series, Plymouth England -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=88414_©   Click Here to view large photo

The breeze was up a notch on yesterday with winds gusting up over 30 knots at a couple of points. In general the racing was sailed in mid to high 20's which kept everyone on their toes as this is very much top end for these boats.

We had an OK start and rounded the first mark 4th. We managed to pull back a few places and by halfway up the 1st windward leg were very close with Artemis and Oracle 4 in a battle for the lead. Artemis tried a lee-bow tack but we managed to slip through to leeward and hit the lead. Unfortunately in the process Artemis hit us but only did a small amount of damage.

Oracle just led us around the top mark and we had a very exciting downwind. We had a close battle up the next beat but lost some ground when we stuffed a tack. All in all it was a good race and in these testing conditions you see where the big opportunities lie for improvement. Certainly a lot we can do better around the course.

Racing Day 2 - America’s Cup World Series, Plymouth England -  ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget?nid=88414_©   Click Here to view large photo

During the race three boats capsized which showed how close to the edge these boats can be. Fortunately no one was injured.

The speed trial was more a battle of attrition with only three boats able to complete the run.

We now have a couple of non race days to prepare for the main event starting again Wednesday. After a day like today there is plenty of work for all the shore teams.

All for now

Dean



To read earlier editions of Dean Barker's blog click here?nid=88414




by Dean Barker

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88414

11:55 AM Tue 13 Sep 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 Kiwi Yachting

Related News Stories:

14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
24 Oct 2013  Safe Anchoring with Easy Installation with New AA570 Wireless Counter
29 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - It's over
09 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - Day 3 Reviewed
02 Sep 2013  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - Back on the water
29 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - The Cup is ours
18 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - 'Dive, Dive, Dive!'
09 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker hits out at Oracle Team USA
06 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker - Return to the Bay
30 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the final Round Robin
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia




WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   


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.
X6XL NEW US