News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : All talked out …

All talked out …

'Another chat show in progress on board BMW Oracle Racing - Louis Vuitton Cup Day 3'    BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget    Click Here to view large photo

Most of the teams competing in the America’s Cup have large enough sailing squads to allow for crew rotations in the case of burn-out or injury during a crammed schedule of racing.

But, without any racing yet in the Louis Vuitton Cup, crew changes are being considered for a different reason – to provide fresh topics of conversation as the yachts drift about waiting for wind.

'We have run out of stories,' said BMW ORACLE Racing sailing manager, Craig Monk. 'We need new material. We might have to start rotating the crew if this goes on much longer.'

After two days of no racing, the Cup community in Valencia is getting desperate for the action to start. 'If we lose a third day in a row, it is going to get tough,' said Monk. 'It is hard to explain to the mums and dads back home.'

BMW Oracle tow out, or is it tow-back on a third windless day in Valencia in the Louis Vuitton Cup. -  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles?nid=32734 Martin-Raget   Click Here to view large photo

On USA 98, the crew set up an awning to provide shade and then settled in for the long wait for wind. 'Everybody deals with this waiting in different ways,' said navigator Peter Isler. 'Mostly the old sea stories come out. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time talking about classic offshore races, like the Sydney to Hobart.'

That particular event has a strong resonance for team owner Larry Ellison, skipper Chris Dickson and several other members of the USA 98 crew who were on board Ellison’s maxi yacht, Sayonara, when it won the stormy race of 1998, in which six sailors died and several yachts sank.

Stretched out on sailbags down in the black confines of the carbon fibre hull, Phil ‘Blood’ Jameson and several other crew members escaped the sun and talked about round the world yacht racing. 'It gets pretty weird sometimes,' said Jameson.

'The weather is a great leveler,' noted operations director Laurent Esquier. 'You must take it in your stride. If you are a sailor, you have seen it all before.'

Another day under the Valencian sun for BMW Oracle Racing on Day 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup -  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles?nid=32734 Martin-Raget   Click Here to view large photo

Come what may, the grinders need to maintain their food intake to provide fuel for all the energy they burn during racing, so they keep the food box on board and eat. For the first two days, BMW ORACLE Racing at least has had the pleasant distraction of two beautiful models, German Tatjana Patitz and Spaniard Laura Ponte, at the back of the yacht as 18th man guests. 'The grinders don’t pay much attention to that,' quipped Monk. 'We might miss out on the food. We leave it to the smooth talkers in the afterguard to do the entertaining.'

'I think we will take i-Pods out with us today,' suggest fellow grinder, Ian Baker, 'so we can listen to some music.'

One of yesterday’s topics of conversation related to the non-payment of crew fines. These are ‘punishments’ imposed for offences such as wearing items of clothing from rival teams, not wearing bicycle helmets on the way to and from work, being late for the chase boat and so on. 'The fines range from one euro to a million euro, depending on the offence,' said Jameson, 'but we are having a problem with non-payment. The bad debts are listed on the board in the crew room. We have considered imposing fines for the non-payment of fines. Maybe we will have to engage a debt-collection agency.'

The chase boat moves into position BMW Oracle Racing Louis Vuitton Cup, Day 3 -  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles?nid=32734 Martin-Raget   Click Here to view large photo

Is there a fine for telling jokes everybody has heard already? 'No,' replied Monk, who gave an indication of how desperate the situation has become when he added, 'any topic is welcome.'

Despite the jokes and the relaxed appearance of the crew lying about on deck like tourists at a holiday resort, make no mistake – they are ready to spring to action at a moment’s notice. 'At the first indication of a racing breeze, we can have sails hoisted, the extra gear transferred off the boat and be ready to race in 12 minutes,' said Monk.

'We are trained professionals,' added Isler. 'We want to hear the guns go off so we can start racing. We can flick the switch to full-on race mode pretty quickly.'

Support boat, BMW Oracle Racing -  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles?nid=32734 Martin-Raget   Click Here to view large photo

by BMW Oracle Racing Media


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

6:50 PM Wed 18 Apr 2007 GMT

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:

27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
01 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tonight
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
03 Apr 2014  34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump

News - USA and the World

International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine /,

Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/,

Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA

Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   

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  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





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.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT