The non-American sailors in the 2013 America´s Cup teams are making a very significant impact.
Back in 2000 freckle faced James (Jimmy) Spithill at age 20 was the skipper of Syd Fischer's underfunded Young Australia team. He campaigned thru various Cup iterations, did some great things with the Luna Rossa AC syndicate, won a match racing World title and in 2010 Spithill became the youngest ever winner of the America's Cup, with BMW Oracle.
We will be talking to the now 33 year regularly over the next six months leading up to the September event in San Francisco. We had a long conversation with him last week and today we publish the first part of that extended interview.
How the expensive AC72 capsize has made his team tougher and how he has no desire to be in Team New Zealand´s shoes.
In Part 2 that we will publish later in the week, Jimmy tells us more about the two boat program and what he REALLY thinks about the New Zealanders.
Last Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach and as you´d expect Sail-World´s Richard Gladwell was right there. In this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter we feature three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.
And later in the week we will show your more vision from Auckland that will make Italian hearts soar. This is content that you really have to look at.
In more AC news Artemis Racing announced on Friday that Charlie Ekberg will join Artemis Racing White during the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) April 16-21 in Naples, Italy. Charlie is one of Sweden’s leading 49er helmsman.
Also on Friday was the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series opening Act in Muscat, Oman. It may not have been high speed racing but it was as tense as it gets, and in classic Extreme Sailing Series style, it came down to the final race for the winner to be decided.
by Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team
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