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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 20 - Working up in Cascais

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Oracle Racing's newsletter for 18 July 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais

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Monday, July 25, 2011
TEAM NEWS

Goodbye cruising, hello bruising in Cup

By Michael Burgess, New Zealand Herald // July 24, 2011

Helmets - check. Shinpads - check. Reinforced wetsuits - check. Lifejackets with extra padding - check.

America's Cup sailing now resembles a collision sport but Cup veteran Murray Jones is loving every minute of it.

Along with the radical switch in design from monohulls to multihulls, there has also been a pronounced change in the experience on board for the sailor. As the catamarans fly across the water, it sometimes seemed that they have a mind of their own, as the sailors struggle to control the craft and can get bounced around like a pinball. It brings to mind the image of the large greyhound taking its owner for a walk, while former America's Cup skipper John Bertrand compared it to “trying to tame a wild stallion” after a recent stint on board.

Jones now goes to work with the sailing equivalent of full body armor - and still ends each day covered in bruises. It is quite a rebirth for the 53-year-old who has needed a profound attitude adjustment. While he would often scale the mast on the old America's Cup yachts at Team New Zealand or Alinghi, it was still a much steadier experience.

Now it is goodbye cruising, hello bruising but Jones has the enthusiasm of a schoolboy ahead of the inaugural America's Cup world series event in Cascais, Portugal, early next month.

“On these boats, you can just get hammered,” says Jones. “I come in each day covered in bruises; you can get so knocked around. They are very physical boats and you can't let up for one second.”

Link to full article: Goodbye cruising, hello bruising in Cup
Photo: Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing

Coutts strives to make Cup appealing

Source: DTS News Agency // July 24, 2011

Russell Coutts, CEO of ORACLE Racing, recently was interviewed by German news agency DTS. In the interview Coutts explained his vision for the Cup, one that sees the event TV friendly and where young sailors have an avenue to sailing’s pinnacle event.

“Many of the rules changes we’ve made have been aimed at making the event more attractive to television and for non-sailors,” said Coutts. “It was obvious that we need a young audience; that we need to appeal to the Facebook generation. We prefer electronic boundaries that narrow alleys, so that the boats are forced to engage each other throughout the race. Now we will experience water blitz chess.”

Link to full article: Coutts strives to make Cup appealing to non-sailors
Original language text: Segel-Star Coutts: America’s Cup 2013 auch für Nichtsegler attraktiv

Behind the Sailing Instructions

By ORACLE Racing Comms // July 22, 2011

The Cascais AC World Series will consist of four events over nine days: the Cascais America’s Cup Open, the America’s Cup 500 Speed Trial, the America’s Cup Match Racing Championship and the America’s Cup World Series Cascais Championship – a winner-takes-all race, which is the showcase competition of the Cascais event. Following is a rundown of highlights from the Sailing Instructions.

Opening Weekend

On Day 1, Aug. 6, 10 yachts will be on the start line for the first three fleet races that day, each expected to last approximately 20 minutes in duration. Following those races the first AC 500 Speed Trial is scheduled.

The speed trials will be held over a 500-meter course, the length recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council for official speed records. A yacht shall start by passing to windward of the start boat within her start window. A yacht’s start window shall be the first 30 seconds of the minute allocated to her by the race committee. A yacht will be ranked on her highest average speed for a run.

Racecourse

On the final Sunday, Aug. 14, one fleet race of approximately 40 minutes in duration is scheduled. The winner will be crowned the America’s Cup World Series – Cascais champion.

The race will be sailed over the new racecourse developed from the testing sessions in New Zealand and San Francisco and with great input from the sailors. It will be used for both match racing and fleet racing.

The course features a reaching start and gates at both the windward and leeward marks to be completed in this order: Start, M1 to port, Leeward Gate (M3/M4), Windward Gate (M1/M2), Leeward Gate (M3/M4), finish. The distance between the two gates will be lengthened to accommodate the longer fleet races and the start line repositioned accordingly.

Link to full article: Behind the Sailing Instructions

34th AMERICA'S CUP

Garmin selected as supplier of nav systems

Source: America’s Cup website // July 25, 2011

Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it has been selected to be the exclusive official supplier of marine navigation, marine communication, and marine sensor equipment to the 34th America’s Cup.

A full suite of Garmin electronics, which includes the award-winning GPSMAP® 7000 series of touchscreen multi-function displays (MFDs), will outfit the fleet of support boats used for the AC45 World Series, AC72 World Series, as well as the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series and the America’s Cup Finals.

In collaboration with the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), Garmin has developed tools that enable the most responsive management of the fleet of mark and marshal boats than ever possible before. America’s Cup mark and marshal boats can now be tracked and dispatched in real time. If conditions permit, this technological addition will give officials the ability to change the race course faster than has ever been possible in the past.

Link to full article: Garmin selected as official supplier

Venezia Challenge excused from America’s Cup

Source: America’s Cup website // July 24, 2011

Venezia Challenge has been unable to meet the requirements to continue in both the America’s Cup World Series and the 34th America’s Cup.

Iain Murray, the America’s Cup Regatta Director and Chief Executive of America’s Cup Race Management advised, “Following discussions and attempts to resolve in a timely way, there was an agreement to meet certain obligations by this weekend and the deadline passed.”

The Italian challenger has advised that it was unable to meet required commitments within an agreed deadline. Accordingly, the Golden Gate Yacht Club has notified Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria which is represented by Venezia Challenge, that the Italian Challenger has been excused from further participation.

“Venezia Challenge failed to fulfill its commitments to remain eligible to continue in the 34th America’s Cup,” said Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

In the meantime, preparations in Cascais, Portugal, continue apace with teams training hard in testing conditions for the opening event of the 34th America’s Cup cycle, staged Aug. 6-14.

Link to article: Venezia Challenge excused from America’s Cup

THE CHALLENGERS' FILES

Welcome to the club, Team Korea

Source: America’s Cup website // July 23, 2011

Team Korea joined the AC45 capsize club on Saturday, during a training session ahead of the AC World Series - Cascais.

There was no damage to the boat or wing nor any injuries to the crew, and the team resumed its training session without needing to check in at shore.

Skipper Chris Draper said, “We have been pushing the boat and the maneuvers harder and harder all week, and today midway through our session we got caught out. We were trying a maneuver perhaps a little too early in our plan and paid the price when it didn’t go well!”

“Our guys reacted very quickly and the wing touched down slowly with everyone safe and uninjured. The support boat was very fast to help and we had the boat upright and damage free within three minutes, but it shows these ‘Cat’s have to be respected. After assessing the situation we were clear to get the boat wound up again and continued our training session.”

With Saturday's incident, Team Korea joins both ORACLE Racing crews, Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand in the 'capsize club'.

Link to full article: Welcome to the club, Team Korea
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA

Aleph makes its debut

Source: America’s Cup website // July 23, 2011

With skipper Bertrand Pacé looking to win the Tour de France à la Voile for the eighth time this weekend, his Aleph teammates were busy in Cascais, taking out the team's AC45 for the first time.

Alain Gautier was at the helm. “We had beautiful conditions for a first day with10 to 20 knots of wind. In this narrow body of water, we have been able to learn a lot and get in a lot of maneuvers,” Gautier said. “Compared to a D35, the AC45 has more volume in the front, making it quite stable and, as might be expected, the rigid wing sail is very efficient.”

Link to full article: Aleph makes its debut
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA

Corum partners with Energy Challenge

Source: Energy Challenge // July 20, 2011

The French challenger Energy Team today announced Swiss watch company Corum as its first official partner on the road to the 34th America’s Cup.

Corum has long been a featured partner in the world of international sailing, supporting French national teams and grand-prix events such as the Admiral’s Cup. The company’s commitment to Energy Challenge founders Bruno and Loick Peyron is part of the global strategy adopted by Corum, which seeks to build on its historic reputation in the world of sailing. The brand is investing in key events in the sector to promote its international image.

Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum: “This major project is a further step in our strategy that I announced and launched several years back.

“Taking part in the America’s Cup is the dream of every sailor and for that reason matches the aspirations of a brand like Corum, which since 1960 has been a key player in the sector,” said Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum. “The close relationship based on trust that has developed between Corum and the Peyron brothers has enabled this dream to come true.”

Link to full article: Corum partners with Energy Challenge
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA


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