sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Fisher's View: Day Zero ACWS San Francisco - Coutts on the ACWS
Fisher's View: Day Zero ACWS San Francisco - Coutts on the ACWS

'Skippers Media Conference - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 Event 1. Back row, James Spithill (Oracle Team USA), Santiago Lange (Artemis Racing), Max Sirena (Luna Rossa), Yann Guichard (Energy Team), Dean Barker (Emirates Team New Zealand), Nathan Outteridge (Team Korea), Terry Hutchinson (Artemis Racing), Front Row – Russell Coutts (Oracle Team USA), Ben Ainslie (BAR Racing), Paul Campbell-Jones (Luna Rossa), Phil Robertson (Team China).'    Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©    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 San Francisco, CA, USA for the sixth round of the America's Cup World Series.

Bob is a multihuller from way back, having won the 1967 Little America's Cup, with Peter Schneidau on Lady Helmsman, and has been covering the America's Cup since 1967.

He writes:

Dear Diary – Day Zero - America's Cup World Series - San Francisco, CA, USA

Russell Coutts at today’s Skippers presentation to the media -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo
Russell Coutts was holding nothing back when he talked with a small media group the day before the America's Cup World Series 2012/2013 began. He was unreserved when asked about the relative merits of Match and Fleet racing: 'I think the guys who made the Deed of Gift, and changed the event from a fleet race to a match race, [if they were still about] would think the move was a pity.'

Coutts was clearly thinking of the spectacle he believed would take place on San Francisco Bay over the forthcoming five days, which will culminate in a winner-takes-all fleet race on Sunday. The high point of the week's racing, which everywhere the ACWS has been held previously has been the focus of spectator attention, is bound to be a major spectator attention grabber here and not so much attention will be devoted to the match racing.

Creaking at the seams - the result of back problems, Russell, who told me over a year ago: 'Fish, I'm too old for this sort of shit,' and promptly proved it the next day by pitch-poling an AC45 in San Francisco Bay, agrees that the younger sailors do have an advantage, but says that the older ones have their moments, particularly when the conditions are tricky.

Looking across at the four-time gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, he said that it would take even him time to acclimatise to multihull racing. I reminded him that he had said six weeks ago in Newport, RI: 'I can't wait to see young Benjamin go head-to-head with Jimmy.' That still holds true, but he thinks it will take Ainslie a full six months to be up to the same speed as Spithill.

America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 August, Official Training Day -1 -  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©   Click Here to view large photo
Coutts will be sailing Oracle Team USA number 5 and admitted that he had raced against Ainslie: 'I had a match against Ben yesterday and he kicked my butt!' He added that he didn't expect him to do exceptionally well in the forthcoming regatta, but added: 'Come October [the next ACWS], watch this space.'

Against criticism of this venue, Coutts shrugged. There are strange currents and wind shifts but: 'The best sailors are those who can read the wind and current on the water,' he said, adding: 'Some of my favourite places to race are like that - Cowes and the Solent, for example.'

He predicted that the AC72s would be more dramatic than the AC45s and that curved foils would present a new series of problems. There would be times when straight foils would be quicker, and that the difference would be marked. 'The best teams will be those who adapt quickly to changes,' he said, adding: 'there could be a difference in 2-3 knots between boats if trim changes go wrong, particularly with the boards.'

Next time the Cup is held, Coutts wants to see a significant cost reduction, even suggesting boats of 55 or 60 feet as being big enough to be significant to the spectators. Times, they could be a'changing.

Cheers,
Bob

PS. It's bloody cold here!


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=101230

12:59 AM Wed 22 Aug 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:

25 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series Day 3 - Busy schedule for Energy Team
25 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series - Tough day 3 for Team BAR
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series - Mixed day for Oracle Team USA
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Tough on the Bay
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series - Team Korea moves as Coutts crashes out
25 Aug 2012  Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - All on a sunny day
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup: Crash Coutts was here + Video
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup: World Series to be broadcast live in New Zealand
25 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series - Another new experience for Ainslie
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


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.
X6XL NEW US