sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video
Fisher's View: America's Cup - Extensions left on shore + Replay Video

'Emirates Team NZ against the Naples backdrop - 34th America’s Cup - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3'    Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com©    Click Here to view large photo

Bob Fisher, one of the world's top international yachting journalists, and certainly the top writer on the America's Cup, is in Naples, Italy for the Fourth round of the America's Cup World Series.

Bob is a multihuller from way back, having competed for Britain in the Little America's Cup and has been covering the America's Cup since 1967.

He writes:

Dear Diary – Day 3 - America's Cup World Series - Naples, Italy

Artemis Racing - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo
'In case there's a change in the weather ' . . . the management of the America's Cup decided to design and build wing mast extensions - Naples was a named target for this improvement - and today was ideal for these to be deployed, but . . . they were not in evidence as the breeze wavered around seven to eight knots from the east at best.

The start was a struggle in the first race - a short line and what air there was was tremendously disturbed. While Paul Campbell-James at the helm of Luna Rossa- Swordfish appeared to nail the start at the committee boat end, it was those who started at the other end that came off best. Team China and Team Korea were close around the first mark with Energy Team and it was the French who made the running to round the leeward mark with an eight second lead over Team Korea.

Dean Barker and the ETNZ crew were well back in the pack after taking a penalty and at one stage was 660 metres behind the leader in last place. The breeze was exceedingly fitful and big gaps were not uncommon, and Jimmy Spithill, listening closely to the advice of wind guru John Kostecki, made big gains on the second windward leg of the three lap course to be second 42 seconds behind Energy Team.

Yann Guichard showed no sign of relinquishing the lead however much pressure Spithill applied and covered his rival throughout the last round. Emirates Team New Zealand made an effort on the final round to overcome the disadvantage imposed by the early penalty and finished in front of Luna Rossa-Swordfish and the early leader, China Team.

What a difference an hour makes . . . seemingly similar fitful breezes greeted the fleet and it was Oracle Racing-Spithill that led off the line from Nathan Outteridge with Team Korea. At the leeward mark, ten seconds separated them with ETNZ a further 20 seconds back in third place. While these places remained the same on the windward leg, China Team lost ground and was only six seconds ahead of ETNZ at the next mark.

Artemis -April 13th 2011, AC45 World Series Naples. Third day of Racing. -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo
On the next beat however, ETNZ found more wind on the left hand side of the course, having opted to go that way on rounding the left hand buoy of the gate. At the weather mark, the Kiwi boat had reversed the order to be 22 seconds ahead of the Spithill team, going on to finish first with the major rival neatly tucked behind. The fitfulness of the conditions were such that fully five minutes elapsed before the third placed Luna Rossa-Swordfish crossed the line.

Results (after six races) today races in parentheses)
Emirates Team New Zealand (7,1) 52 points
Oracle Racing - Spithill (2,2) 47
Luna Rossa - Piranha (3,4) 42
Team Korea (5,5) 39
Energy Team (1,7) 39
Luna Rossa - Swordfish (8,3) 35
Oracle Racing - Bundock (4,6) 28
Artemis Racing (6,8) 20
China Team (9,9) 8


In the two match races, Artemis beat Emirates Team New Zealand, and Luna Rossa - Swordfish beat the Energy Team.





Emirates Team New Zealand start fleet race one of day three of the America’s Cup World Series regatta in Naples. -  Chris Cameron-ETNZ   Click Here to view large photo

Artemis win over Emirates Team NZ Match racing - April 13th 2011, AC45 World Series Naples. Third day of Racing. -  Sander van der Borch_- Artemis Racing ©   Click Here to view large photo

Emirates Team NZ lead Luna Rossa - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo


Team Energy - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo

Luna Rossa - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 - Luna Rossa Swordfish -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo

Luna Rossa and Oracle Racing - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo

Luna Rossa - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo

Oracle Racing Bundock - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race Day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo

Team Energy - America’s Cup World Series Naples 2012 - Race day 3 -  Gilles Martin-Raget-www.americascup.com©   Click Here to view large photo


by Bob Fisher

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96045

10:18 PM Fri 13 Apr 2012GMT


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
2011-12 America's Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

14 Apr 2012  AC45 Designs - Lines and sail plans - first time published on the web
14 Apr 2012  AC World Series - Day 3 a Black Friday in Naples for Emirates Team NZ
14 Apr 2012  AC World Series Naples - Day 3 for Oracle Racing Spithill + Video
14 Apr 2012  AC World Series Naples - Artemis Racing move on to semi-finals
14 Apr 2012  AC World Series Naples - Energy Team celebrate first race win
14 Apr 2012  America's Cup World Series Naples - Tricky conditions
13 Apr 2012  Fisher's View: Barker is twice victorious on America's Cup WS + Video
13 Apr 2012  America's Cup: Two wins: 'A good solid day, not perfect but solid'
13 Apr 2012  AC World Series Naples - Oracle Racing Bundock into semifinals + Video
13 Apr 2012  AC World Series Naples - Artemis back on the water on day 2
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World















2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight




























Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature
America’s Cup - British Challenge accepted by Golden Gate Yacht Club
Volvo Ocean Race - It’s been emotional, but it’s time to move on
Cork OCR - Sail Canada Senior Nationals wrap up
J/111 World Championships - British Teams take early lead on day 1
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Jellyfish stings British Soldier
International Cadet World Championship – Day 4 at Weymouth, England
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Light wind plagues Lake Jinniu
2014 Formula Kite World Championships - Bridges strike back on day 2
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos
SAP 505 World Championship - Holt and Woelfel on top
2014 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Day 2
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; MC38s Lindeman Island Race VIDEO
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Ready to rock
IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video   
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes   
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia   
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'   
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record   
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014   
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing   
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team   
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3   
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature   
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3   
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.   
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT