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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 11 - Coutts at Orewa

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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 23 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
TEAM NEWS

Russell Coutts and the America’s Cup

Source: Orewa College Press Release // May 23, 2011

Sir Russell Coutts is donating his time to help a charitable cause – the restoration of a heritage building in Whangaparaoa

In a rare New Zealand speaking engagement, the America’s Cup and Olympic yachting legend, Sir Russell Coutts, will be speaking at Orewa College on Wednesday 25th [May] to help raise funds for the restoration of St Stephen’s heritage building on the Whangaparaoa peninsula. All proceeds from the event will go to the restoration fund.

Because Sir Russell is rarely in New Zealand, this is a fairly unique and one-off event.

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and possibly most controversial sporting trophy. The advent of multi-hulls will change everything about the event.

Future events will be sailed to strict time-limits. Umpires will adjudicate on land from TV screens. The sailing will be much faster, more exciting and designed specifically for the viewing audience.

Learn how all this will be achieved from the man largely responsible for heralding the changes.

Russell will give a talk, video presentation and hold an open forum. This will be your opportunity to ask questions directly – even about such difficult issues as his involvement with Alinghi and Oracle.

A most informative evening – all for $30 per ticket with no charge for schoolchildren.

To purchase tickets:

Email to ron.mcinnes@xtra.co.nz and he will provide direct credit bank details. Alternatively door sales will be available.

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2011

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Orewa College Arts and Events Centre Auditorium, Riverside Road, OREWA

Link to announcement: Russell Coutts and the America’s Cup

34th AMERICA'S CUP

Artemis Racing’s KSSS succeeds as Challenger of Record

Source: ORACLE Racing Comms // May 23, 2011

The Royal Swedish yacht club KSSS, Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet, last week became the Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup. KSSS is represented in the challenger field by Artemis Racing.

The appointment was necessitated by the resignation of Club Nautico di Roma, which had been the Challenger of Record.

“We welcome KSSS and their team Artemis Racing into this role,” said 34th America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray. “We also thank CNR and their team, Mascalzone Latino, for their efforts in the important start-up phase of the 34th America’s Cup. While we are disappointed to lose a great Italian contender in Mascalzone Latino and CNR, we are confident in the leadership we anticipate from the KSSS and Artemis Racing.”

Founded by businessman Torbjorn Tornqvist, first-time challenger Artemis Racing is stacked with America’s Cup experience and local San Francisco Bay knowledge. Team CEO Paul Cayard, a lifelong resident of the Bay area, has been involved with Cup teams dating back to the 1980s, first sailing with another Bay icon, Tom Blackaller, in 1983 aboard Defender. The two rejoined four years later aboard USA, a challenge from San Francisco Bay. For Cayard, the Cup on the Bay is a dream come true.

“I have been involved in campaigns to bring the Cup to San Francisco for over 20 years,” Cayard wrote in his Seahorse column in the March issue. “I am excited that it is finally coming to what is undoubtedly the best stadium on the planet in which to showcase sailing.”

Skipper Terry Hutchinson has been a Cup fixture for the past decade, first teaming with Cayard (and current ORACLE Racing tactician John Kostecki) aboard the San Francisco-based team AmericaOne in 2000. Cayard, Hutchinson and crew were eliminated in a thrilling Louis Vuitton Cup that was decided in Race 9. Cayard later sold the assets to Larry Ellison, which gave rise to ORACLE Racing nearly 11 years ago.

Additionally, Design and Performance Liaison Tom Schnackenberg has been a revolutionary in the Cup game stretching back four decades and has been on three Cup-winning teams, twice as a challenger.

CNR filed in February 2010 the first challenge for the 34th America’s Cup and thereby became the “Challenger of Record.” KSSS was the second challenger to enter, in November 2010 and, under America's Cup rules, automatically succeeds as Challenger of Record.

Link to article: Swedish Challenger becomes Challenger of Record for 34th America’s Cup
Visit the team website: Artemis Racing
Photo: Royal Swedish Yacht Club Past Commodore Jacob Wallenberg (left), Artemis Racing founder Torbjorn Tornqvist, Richard Worth of the America’s Cup Event Authority and Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard at the launch of Artemis Racing in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 8, 2010 (©Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing).

A taste from the tests

Source: America’s Cup website // May 18, 2011

More from the test sessions in Auckland. Here, photographer Gilles Martin-Raget trains his lens on all the activity in New Zealand - both on and off the water.

When teams and America's Cup organizers convened in Auckland near the end of April, it was an unprecedented opportunity to define and refine the racing that will take place later this year in the America's Cup World Series.

Working together in a constant feedback loop, the sailors and race management teams developed everything from innovative starting sequences and race course configurations to a completely new, cutting-edge umpiring system.

During the second week, the America's Cup TV crew moved in and began to test the on board media systems.

All concerned left with a valuable set of lessons learned and long 'to do' lists ahead of the first AC World Series event in Cascais.

Enjoy this slide show for now and get ready for more great action in Cascais and Plymouth later in the summer.

Link to article: A taste from the tests
Photo: America’s Cup technical director Stan Honey addresses the sailors at the AC45 test event in Auckland prior to a day experimenting with the new onboard television equipment (Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com).

America’s Cup “People Plan” proceeds

By Michael Cabanatuan, SFGate.com // May 20, 2011

San Francisco's plan to get 200,000 people a day to and from the waterfront and around town during the America's Cup is surging forward, like a streetcar on an open stretch of road.

The transportation plan, better known as the "People Plan," has been the subject of dozens of community meetings and hearings since a draft plan was released March 31, and those comments and planners' responses are included in an update released Thursday.

Several more meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks before the May 31 deadline for commenting on the plan. A revised plan is expected out in June, with a final plan by Sept. 30.

The short summary of the plan: Don't expect to drive to the waterfront and take a short stroll to watch the race. The People Plan relies on a lot of People Power -- feet and bikes, plus beefed-up transit service, including more streetcar service along the Embarcadero.

Peter Albert, manager of the Municipal Transportation Agency's urban planning initiatives, said residents, merchants and neighborhood groups have been supportive of the approach.

"There is a clear recognition that this is an event that is going to have to depend on pedestrian, bicycle and transit movement," he said. In addition to figuring out how to boost Muni service to handle the crowds, planners are also working with other transit agencies, including BART, Caltrain and ferry operators, and planning a marketing effort for transit in conjunction with the tourism industry.

The People Plan can be viewed at www.americascup.com/sanfrancisco. Comments can be submitted on the site or by e-mail to americascup@sfgov.org

Link to article: America’s Cup “People Plan” proceeds

THE CHALLENGERS' FILES

CNN MainSail features the Peyrons

Brothers Bruno and Loïck Peyron, separated in age by 4 years, are household names in France: Bruno for being the first man to captain a yacht around the world in less than 80 days and 50 days; Loick for winning five world championships and surviving in the world of singlehanded, offshore multihull racing.

The one-time rivals have since joined forces and founded France’s Energy Team for the America’s Cup. They’re also the feature subject of this month’s CNN MainSail program.

“Bruno is very much loved by French people,” says Philippe Court, President of Yacht Club de France, Energy Team’s representative club. “Sailors and non-sailors believe that Bruno Peyron and Loick are the people in France with more chance than any other to find the money and maybe win the Cup.”

Host Shirley Robertson gained exclusive access to the pair. The episode includes family movies of the brothers as children, playing on the beaches of La Baule in the 1960s, and an interview with their mother, Françoise.

The episode aired as original programming over the past weekend, but can be viewed online.

Watch the videos: Bruno and Loïck Peyron’s achievements
Taking on the America’s Cup series
Preparing for the America’s Cup series
Visit the websites: CNN Mainsail, Energy Team


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