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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 14- Drama Day

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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 14 June 2011 covering the Media Day in San Francisco and more.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
TEAM and 34th AMERICA'S CUP

ORACLE Racing and America’s Cup Media Day

By ORACLE RACING Comms

Yesterday was a big day in San Francisco, for both ORACLE Racing and the America’s Cup. The team hosted a press conference for about 50 media to announce its arrival and promote the attributes of San Francisco Bay as the ideal host venue for America’s Cup racing.

ORACLE Racing will be sailing on San Francisco Bay for the month of June helping America’s Cup Race Management advance its digital systems and refine the configuration of the racecourse.

The press conference at the Golden Gate Yacht Club opened with Friday’s team video of the near capsize, which can be viewed here: High 5!

That put the audience on the edge of their seats and led master of ceremonies Jonny Moseley, the 1988 free-ski Gold medalist, to say, “Spectacular San Francisco Bay and extreme boats is the kind of cool sailing I’m interested in.”

ORACLE Racing’s representatives James Spithill, Russell Coutts, John Kostecki, Kurt Jordan and Dirk Kramers all agreed.

“These are the most physical boats we’ve ever raced,” said Spithill. “There is a huge reward for sailing these boats well. We think these are the perfect boats for taking this sport to another level.”

“We’ll have a lot more maneuvers, which will be very different than past America’s Cups,” said Kostecki.

But it was Coutts who (unwittingly at the time) summed it all up best. “You have to find the edge but not go over it,” said Coutts. “The closer you design a boat to the edge the faster it will go.”

On the water

After the press conference members of the media were given a safety briefing from team member and round-the-world racer Simeon Tienpont.

The media then got a close up view of “the edge” when they were taken for a full-drenching adrenaline rush on the two AC45s. The speed astounded everyone who stepped aboard.

Julia Prodis Sulek of the Mercury News put the new-look event into perspective, “Forget the idea of stuffy blue blazers and a slow-motion snooze fest when the America's Cup yachting race comes to San Francisco Bay.” (Read the full article at: America’s Cup sailing goes extreme.)

For intrepid journalists such as COMCAST’s Jaymee Sire and Mark Matthews of ABC7, their onboard interviews with Spithill were the fastest they’d ever conducted. Not in terms of time, but speed. The No. 4 boat reached a top speed of 27 knots as they conducted their interviews. (Watch Sire’s interview, Meet ORACLE Racing’s America’s Cup team, and Matthews’ interview, ABC7 hops on board ORACLE Racing catamaran.)

The intensity of the action impressed Captain Cynthia Stowe of the U.S. Coast Guard, whose West Command includes the Bay Area. “I’ve never had a ride like this. It was tremendous out there, it was so fast,” Stowe said. “We were right on the water, it was something else. We went 25 knots out there with two extra people on board. It must be a young man’s sport. They’re jumping around on the boats going as fast as they are, it’s pretty intense.” (Watch the video: Coast Guard Captain Cynthia Stowe.)

Stuart Streuli of Sailing World magazine summed up the sailor’s perspective in his first-hand account. Streuli is an experienced sailor, having raced on monohulls such as TP52s and NYYC/Swan 42s, so he jumped at the opportunity when Coutts invited him to steer.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I took the helm,” Streuli wrote on the Sailing World website. “Coutts either has a fair amount of confidence that I can sail or—and this is more likely—a lot of confidence his boat is quite easy to steer. And it was. The helm was surprisingly light, but not without feel. The boat tracked upwind better than any boat I’ve ever sailed.” (Strueli also posted two videos of his ride, which can be viewed at AC45 Ride and At the helm of the AC45.)

Over the edge

After the media entertainment, Coutts and Spithill engaged in demonstration races to illustrate why San Francisco Bay will be the perfect venue for the Cup. With the media watching ashore from the Golden Gate Yacht Club, America’s Cup Principal Race Officer John Craig set up a trial racecourse that featured reaching, running and beating.

It was in the second pre-start, however, when Coutts demonstrated where “the edge” lies with a dramatic capsize that sent him and crewman Shannon Falcone into the water.

“We got caught in the pre-start at the wrong angle and paid the price,” said Coutts, who fell approximately 20 feet through the lower part of the front element of the wing and into the water. “The boats are spectacular, hard to sail. They’re gonna test the best sailors in the world. Luckily I had the crash helmet on.”

Falcone fell a shorter distance, but injured his ribs. “It was all in slow motion,” said Falcone, one of the strongest members of the team. “I didn’t think it was going to go all the way over.”

Falcone walked under his own power to an ambulance waiting shoreside and drove himself home after a check-up and X ray. He has sore ribs, but no breakages. (Watch the video: ORACLE Racing capsizes.)

“It’ll take a few weeks to heal,” Falcone said today. “But I can’t wait to get back out there and back out kiteboarding. This has ruined my kiteboarding!”

The video was picked up by NBC and broadcast nationally during this morning’s Today show, the top-rated U.S. morning program.

All photos: Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing

 

America’s Cup promoters put wind in Ed Lee’s sails

By C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle // June 14, 2011

Organizers for the 2013 America's Cup are no dummies. They knew they could hold a long, boring news conference to promote the event. Or they could invite media and city officials for a sail on the bay, put them on an incredibly cool vintage sailboat, and have high-tech catamarans rip past them at warp speed.

As you might guess, they picked the latter, and the passengers' ear-to-ear grins conveyed one message - we're sold. Among them was Mayor Ed Lee, who is not exactly Capt. Jack Sparrow.

"This is my first time on a real sailboat," Lee said. "I'm converted."

Link to article: America’s Cup promoters put wind in Ed Lee’s sails

 

Competitor slate to be revealed tomorrow

The America’s Cup Event Authority has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, June 15, at which the official competitors for the 34th America’s Cup will be formally welcomed by the Honorable Edwin M. Lee to San Francisco, site of the first two 2012 America’s Cup World Series events; and home of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup - America’s Cup Challenger Series - and America’s Cup Finals.

Joining Mayor Lee will be Iain Murray, CEO and Regatta Director, Americas Cup Race Management, Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority, Russell Coutts, CEO, ORACLE Racing, and Representatives of the Challengers for the 34th America’s Cup including Artemis Racing, China Team, Emirates Team New Zealand and others.

THE CHALLENGERS' FILES

A life without lead

By Paul Cayard, Seahorse Magazine // July 2011

On the America’s Cup front the AC45s have just finished their training sessions in New Zealand. Artemis Racing, Oracle, Emirates Team New Zealand and Team China spent the better part of six weeks learning how to sail and handle a 45ft cat with a hard wing rig. Every aspect of operating the boats, from match racing to fleet racing, launching and retrieving the boats, wing-in and out procedures and mooring the boats overnight with wing up, was experienced.

I was onboard as the guest for one day of match racing and was amazed to see how similar the match racing in multihulls was to that in monohulls. The most similar part is the final phase of the pre-start with the lead/push approach working just the same as in monohulls. Terry Hutchinson and our team have done a great job in getting up to speed with the competition in this new class.

The boats were then packed up and shipped to Europe for the first AC World Series event in Cascais, Portugal in August. It is fun to find a whole new aspect within our sport. The sailing is exciting. The boats are very cool and modern. Amazing that I did not discover multihull sailing earlier!

Note: Thanks to Seahorse magazine for use of this column. Cayard’s full column can be read on pages 22-23 of the July issue of Seahorse.

Go to: Seahorse Magazine
Photo: Paul Cayard stands next to the daggerboard of an AC45 (Ivor Wilkins/www.americascup.com).

 

Torvar Mirsky signs with Venezia Challenge

Source: Venezia Challenge // June 6, 2011

Torvar Mirsky has signed an agreement to helm Venezia Challenge to the America’s Cup’s adventure. Born in 1986, Australian Torvar began very early his sport career, bringing home his first victory when he was only 12. Nowadays, Torvar, just 25, is 5th in the ISAF world ranking (2nd in 2010).

“It’s our first choice” – says Cesare Pasotti, Venezia Challenge’s team manager- “Torvar is young, motivated and extremely skilled, so I asked to Carlo Magna and Emanuela Pulcino to bring him on board.” From the 14th of June, Torvar Mirsky will train in Palermo, at the Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria, Venezia Challenge’s official sailing club, and then in July he will move to Cascais on the AC45.

Link to article: Torvar Mirsky signs with Venezia Challenge

 

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