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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 10 - We're Outta here!

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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 17 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.

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Monday, May 16, 2011
TEAM NEWS

ORACLE Racing around the world

By ORACLE Racing Comms // May 16, 2011

Denizens of San Francisco Bay will get a taste of the reloaded America’s Cup next month when ORACLE Racing drops in for a month of trialing and venue familiarization.

In June, the America’s Cup defending team will showcase two of the new AC45 catamarans, which are slated for use in the upcoming America’s Cup World Series, scheduled to start in Cascais, Portugal, August. This will be the first time that the new America’s Cup multihulls will be seen shredding around the bay.

At the recently concluded pre-season trials for the ACWS, the AC45s proved nimble for match racing and physically taxing on the sailors. The drain is due to the small number of crew, five in total, and the racecourses that were under experimentation.

Following the break of summer camp broke in New Zealand, the team scattered across the world. While some went home for rest and relaxation, others jetted to Austria for the second stop of the 2011 RC44 Season Championship.

We’re happy to report that ORACLE Racing – featuring teammembers Russell Coutts, Dirk de Ridder, Ross Halcrow and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen and guest helmsman Steve Howe – won the RC44 Austria Cup.

Link to article: ORACLE Racing around the world
Photo: The two ORACLE Racing-branded AC45s (top) line up against each other at the America’s Cup pre-season test event in Auckland, New Zealand (Gilles Martin-Raget).

34th AMERICA'S CUP

America’s Cup tech

Source: NBC Bay Area // May 13, 2011

Reporter Scott Budman shows up some of the tech behind the upcoming America's Cup. The 1 minute, 18-second video report features an interview with America’s Cup Technical Director, Stan Honey.

Watch the video: America’s Cup tech
Related article: America’s Cup to revolutionize live sports coverage
Photo: Stan Honey (left) and Ken Milnes aim to revolutionize America’s Cup television experience (Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com).

THE CHALLENGERS' FILES

South Korea: World’s next sailing giant?

By George Webster for CNN // May 12, 2011

South Korea isn't yet known for its sailing prowess, but that may all be about to change.

The America's Cup is widely recognized as the holy-grail of boating trophies and, for the first time in its 160-year history, a challenge has been accepted from the small but technologically mighty Southeast Asian country.

Team Korea will be known as the "White Tiger Challenge" -- a reference to one of the ancient guardian gods in Korean mythology -- and will compete in San Francisco for the 2013 title alongside 14 other teams, including the staple powerhouses of France, Italy, New Zealand and the U.S. defenders.

The surprise entry reflects the recent and rapid growth of the sport in a nation known more for its vast ship-building yards than its nascent sailing culture.

"Korea has all the right ingredients to become a great sailing nation," said Dong Young Kim, Team Korea's founder. "We have a high-tech industry, a reputation for holding world-class events and over 2,000 kilometers of coastline."

The 31-year-old, who cut his sailing teeth as a boat builder in New Zealand after graduating from university in the early 2000s, says South Korea's sailing aspirations have seemingly come from nowhere.

"When I started sailing at university, there were literally only a couple of hundred sailors in the whole country, and only one major marina, which was built for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games," he said.

Now, according to Kim, there are seven marinas in South Korea -- up from just three in 2008 -- and another 30 or so in the pipeline. So what's prompted all this enthusiasm?

Mark Chi arrived in Korea from the U.S. in 2003 and has since established the Busan Expat Sailing Club. He attributes the growing interest in sailing to government policy.

"Several years ago, the Korean government chose 'water leisure sports' as one of the 10 new industries it wishes to develop," he explained. "Since then, many towns along the coast, as well as the capital city of Seoul, have been scrambling to develop the yachting scene in their areas."

Read the complete article: South Korea: World’s next sailing giant?
Photo above: White Tiger Challenge - Team Korea (Credit: Westley Hargrave).

China Team – one step closer to San Francisco

By Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia // May 12, 2011

Today Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International in Zhuhai, China. McConaghys will be building the AC72 for China Team to compete in AC34 in San Francisco.

'It’s just signing a piece of paper,' said Barot, 'but it’s so much more than that. I am so pleased that we have McConaghys on board for the next China Team America’s Cup challenge. We know that the construction of our AC72 is now in safe hands.'

Evans said, 'we are delighted to be involved in a second China Team challenge – we built the China boat for AC32 – and are looking forward to making our contribution to an Asian presence in the next America’s Cup'.

China Team is one of the challengers that have come up with all the relevant ‘progress payments’ to date. Fresh back from playing with their AC45 in Auckland, Barot says he is looking forward to mixing it up with the other challengers in Cascais at the first AC Series regatta in August.

Link to article: China Team – one step closer to San Francisco
Photo below: Thierry Barot, CEO China Team, and Mark Evans, MD McConaghys International (Guy Nowell photo).

AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES

Taking the show on the road

By Hannah Davis, America’s Cup website // May 15, 2011

Following a week of torrential rain in Auckland, signalling the fast approaching winter, the America’s Cup team has been packing up, and is on the move for the sunnier shores of Portugal.

At the conclusion of the test events in Auckland, it was all hands on deck to get the show packed up on and the road. Within hours of the final test sail, the boats were being dismantled and loaded into containers.

Grant Davidson, ACRM’s Technical Area Manager oversees the packing process and was pleased with how smoothly it’s all gone.

“By the middle of the week, ten 40ft containers had been trucked out of the Halsey street base, bound for Cascais. They have been loaded on to the Cap Jervois from the Hamburg Sud shipping line, which will go through the Panama Canal, via Columbia and then on to Valencia, where we will drop the Team China containers before unloading the America’s Cup containers in Lisbon.

“The Port of Lisbon will become the point of consolidation of all containers required for the event. Initially we’ll be responsible for the transport and setting up of 68, 40ft containers.”

The Artemis Racing containers are being loaded on a ship to Valencia this week, while ORACLE Racing has two AC45’s bound for San Francisco.

Emirates Team New Zealand is continuing to train in Auckland and will head directly to Cascais in the middle of June.

A small team remains in Auckland, to prepare AC45s seven through 10, which are expected to be arriving from Core Builders and Cooksons in the coming weeks.

Two new wings arrived at the ACRM base last week, to be prepped by the ACRM shore crew, before being shipped to Cascais and handed over to a team.

Link to article: Taking the show on the road
Photo: An element of ORACLE Racing’s wing is loaded into a container in Auckland, New Zealand.

Task group will ensure Plymouth benefits from race

Source: Soutwest Business website // May 13, 2011

A BUSINESS task group has been set up to maximise the riches Plymouth could reap from staging the America's Cup World Series.

The public/private sector organisation, set up by Plymouth Growth Board and under the chairmanship of businessman David Young, will look at the immediate and long term economic and marketing boosts open to the city from hosting the yacht race in September.

Thousands of international visitors and worldwide TV and media attention is expected, when the event is staged between September 10 and 18.

It could raise Plymouth's international profile and create a lasting legacy for the city, its marine sector and waterfront as a global events and visitor destination.

Mr Young is group managing director of the Estover-based Una Group, a stakeholder member of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and an experienced sailor.

The task group will focus on working closely with public sector delivery partners and coordinating the private sector's input into the event.

It will support Plymouth City Council and a dedicated project management team, provided through Destination Plymouth, will deliver the event.

Mr Young said: "Opportunities like this are rare. This is more than a sailing event, it fits into our city's economic strategy.

“We owe it to our community to maximise the immediate and follow-on economic and profile-raising benefits.”

Douglas Fletcher, chairman of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth Growth Board, said: “This is a tremendous coup for Plymouth. We need to act quickly to make the most of it.”

Link to full article: Task group will ensure city benefits from race


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