sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Louis Vuitton Cup: Semi Finals - Pistols at Dawn
Louis Vuitton Cup: Semi Finals - Pistols at Dawn


'Louis Vuitton Cup - Semi Finals - Media briefing - Chris Draper (Helmsman Luna Rossa) - Nathan Outteridge (Helmsman Artemis)'    Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©    Click Here to view large photo

The two protagonists in the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-final races, Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa, faced the media at a series preview on Friday morning. It provided an opportunity for comparison, not so much of the teams as their beliefs. Both have had their setbacks. Luna Rossa’s latest only two days ago when the red and chrome AC-72 was towed sideways, by two support boats, back to her base.

Helmsman Chris Draper explained: 'We had a little bit of damage on the wing at one stage, it’s the newer wing, and the damage is not major. We managed to unload the wing very quickly.' He added: 'There’s quite a lot of work to do on the boat – this is just another item.'

It was the newer wing that was damaged, although Draper tended to shrug this off: 'While wing two is a little more refined than wing one, we are quite happy to use the original,' he declared.

Louis Vuitton Cup - Semi- finals - Media Briefing - -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo
He then turned his thoughts to his opponents, particularly his rival helmsman Nathan Outteridge: 'I first came across Nathan at the 49er Worlds in 2006, which I won and he was seventh, but I thought at the time, ‘Here’s someone who is going to be very quick. He’s a great sailor, a keen sailor who has proved himself. He doesn’t hesitate much at all, and that’s what makes him so good. You have to be bold when you sail a fast boat.’ The boats will be much the same speed, or at least that’s what we think, and hope, so that it will come down to a match race and we look forward to that.'

Outteridge was keen to explain the differences he had found in foiling an AC-72 relative to the smaller boats he had experienced: 'The main difference in foiling one of these and a Moth or the AC-45 is the huge momentum that these boat develop. You have to be patient. You need ten people to be doing their jobs properly in order to foil-gybe.’

When asked what he felt Artemis Racing needed, he was straight to the point: 'We need time in the boat,' he said. 'We’re just trying to learn it all in the fastest time possible. This has been the best two weeks of sailing I have ever done. I expect that we are a little off the pace after watching them sail against New Zealand. We are improving our straight-line speed every day. If all goes well we could take a few races from them.'

The difference is that when these two teams face on another on Tuesday, August 6th, Artemis racing will have had 40 hours sailing its boat compared to 80 days that Luna Rossa has been training since its launch.

One question remained unanswered. Following the tragic accident on May 9th, was any thought given by the Artemis team to throw in the towel? Skipper Iain Percy, who appears physically and mentally drained, was initially reflective: 'It was only when I returned here (from Andrew Simpson’s funeral in the UK) that I realized we had our own family here at Artemis Racing. To have retired from racing was unthinkable. The new boat just had to be built – and it was.'

Of his semi-final opponents, Percy was pragmatic: 'I think it very unlikely we have the speed to beat them,' he said, adding: 'with any new boat you are developing your speed over the time, rapidly at first, but continuously. Knowing the things we would like to do, it seems unlikely that in the year of sailing that they have had that they haven’t already done most of them.'

Louis Vuitton Cup - Semi- finals - Media Briefing - l. to . r : Giorgio Provinciali, Chris Draper, Max Sirena, Ian Percy, Nathan Outteridge, Adam May. -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Louis Vuitton Cup - Semi Finals - Media briefing - Chris Draper (Helmsman Luna Rossa) - Nathan Outteridge (Helmsman Artemis) -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo

Louis Vuitton Cup - Semi- finals - Media Briefing - Artemis skipper Iain Percy -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   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=112765

9:56 PM Fri 2 Aug 2013GMT


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

Related News Stories:

03 Aug 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinals: Artemis to battle Luna Rossa Challenge
01 Aug 2013  America's Cup: Oracle and Artemis out to play on the Bay + Video
31 Jul 2013  America's Cup: Oracle and Artemis at play on San Francisco bay
31 Jul 2013  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Match Race Practice - Video
31 Jul 2013  America's Cup: Challenger of Record hooks up with Defender + Video
30 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Dean Barker reflects on the final Round Robin
30 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final tickets on sale beginning Tuesday
29 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Images of Round 5, Race 1 by Carlo Borlenghi
29 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam Video - Emirates Team NZ's clean sweep
29 Jul 2013  Louis Vuitton Cup: More than a mile apart . . . closer but not closest
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay


















America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,






Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe On the Final two days of the Reebok CrossFit Games
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   
International Moth Worlds - Victory for Nathan Outteridge + Video   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo   
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead   
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard   
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue   
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC   
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014   
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race   
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video   
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   


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