sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : ACWS San Francisco – Challenging week for Team BAR
ACWS San Francisco – Challenging week for Team BAR

'BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012'    © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR

The America’s Cup World Series 2012-13 first event of the season has concluded in San Francisco, California.

Ben Ainslie on the final day of racing:


The end of our first week in the America’s Cup World Series and I feel like we’re going out on a high. OK, we didn’t get onto the podium and some may question whether our final position lived up to expectations. But I can tell you from my perspective, I’m really pleased at how things went. Of course our longer term view is to be at the front of the fleet but it is very early days and I feel that I’ve learned a great deal in a short space of time. Today’s race was a great way to finish a challenging week.

I couldn’t expected too much from my first venture into this world and I had to keep telling myself that, but any competitive sailor would be the same, once you get stuck in you always want to do better. But today was a massive step up. We had Simeon Tienpont back on the bow and that did make a difference to our boat handling. Brad Webb has done a superb job for us all week and I’m very grateful for his help while Simeon has been sick, but the fact is that Simeon is a bigger more powerful guy and on a breezy day that made a difference.

BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

Boat handling wise we made a massive step up today and that’s given me a good deal more confidence about moving forwards now.

I will admit to being a bit apprehensive about today. The forecast was for a fair bit of wind with the tide running against it, similar conditions to the practice week in which five boats capsized. In a fleet race you end up pushing even harder than normal, whether you want to or not, so the potential for a capsize was a real one today. Add to this the fact that I just don’t yet know where the limit is with these boats and I suppose it is hardly surprising that I feel a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ve spent so much time in the Finn that I guess I take for granted the fact that I know the boat so well I don’t even think about it. Here it’s been very different. As it turned out we didn’t have any dodgy moments at all today which is down to the guys on board who did a superb job.

BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

I knew that sailing these boats would be really tough physically, especially for the crew. From a sailing point of view I’ve been watching quite a few videos of the racing for a while now, knowing that I would be involved. What has struck me is the difference between what I thought was obvious and what it feels like on board. You look at people making mistakes and question why they are doing that, surely it’s obvious? But now I can tell you for sure, when you’re on the boat it’s not that easy. In fact it’s really hard. You can’t just tack on a shift or pop in a manoeuvre.

It really is a lot harder than it looks on the telly, but I’m also really enjoying it.

BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

BAR RACING - America’s Cup World Series San Francisco 2012 -  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR  

JP Morgan BAR Team website


by Ben Ainslie

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=101416

9:36 AM Mon 27 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
2012-13 America’s Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

27 Aug 2012  ACWS San Francisco - Images of Artemis Racing by Sander van der Borch
27 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA double
27 Aug 2012  America's Cup: Reality check for Emirates Team NZ in San Francisco
27 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series - Perfect day on San Francisco Bay
27 Aug 2012  America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Energy Team 4th overall
27 Aug 2012  Fisher's View: Day 5 ACWS San Francisco - Seriously speedy Sunday
27 Aug 2012  America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup will be stunning - Yves Carcelle
27 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series San Francisco - Team BAR on Day 4
26 Aug 2012  Rod Davis: Rethinking the Current Tactics
26 Aug 2012  America’s Cup World Series Day 4 - First win for Energy Team
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,




ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   


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