First outing for second Kiwi AC72, 18 footers, Vendee and SW toolbar
by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team on 13 Feb 2013
Another big start to the week as Sail-World’s Richard Gladwell was on the water for the first sail of Emirates Team NZ's second generation AC72. We have lots of pix and a full report from RG.
Team tender to starboard, Oracle spy boat to port - Emirates Team NZ - AC72 Aotearoa February 12, 2013 © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz
Features in these images include the non-appearance of the centre pod around the main load strut, designed to put an endplate on the wing sail and tidy up airflow beneath the platform.
The bows look narrower than in the first AC72 - reducing drag, but also meaning that the team is more confident of the foils doing the work in a bear way or pressured downwind situation to avoid a pitch pole.
Drama for one of the strongest 18 foot skiff World Champion crews, just a week before the JJ Giltinan 2013, their Gotta Love it 7, was just about totalled in a very hard weekend capsize. The class builder Brett Van Munster, who is also a skipper in the 18s fleet, was immediately on hand to survey the damage with Seve Jarvin and his team are working round the clock to have 7 on the startline next weekend.
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Tail gunners close on Vendee finish. Tanguy De LaMotte (Initiatives Cœur) is forecast to arrive on the weekend and the last man, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), now saying he will be back on Thursday, February 21. This is the most compact spread in the race’s 24-year history.
In 2008-9 there was a 42 day spread to winner to last boat home. In the 2003-2004 it’s was 38 days; in 2000-01, 64 days; in 1996-97 34 days; in 1992-93, 43 days; and in 1989-90 53 days. This time it looks like the gap is just 25 days.
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