sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Rod Davis: Thoughts on San Diego - Before and After

Rod Davis: Thoughts on San Diego - Before and After

'Port City Challenge - America’s Cup World Series - Day 2, 13 November 2011'    ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget ©    Click Here to view large photo

Coach, Rod Davis writes for ETNZblog.com on his return to his hometown, San Diego for the America's Cup World Series.

First he reflects on the Port Challenge Series, and in a prior posting he previews the series and presents an interesting statistic

So far, so good. May be too good

The first two days of the Port Cities Challenge, in San Diego are done and dusted. A practice regatta for the big show, as the points don’t carry forward to the rest of the America’s Cup World Series.

Superstition has it that winning the practice regatta is bad luck. Let’s hope not, at least this time.

A win for Emirates Team New Zealand should not have been in the cards. The sailing team got to San Diego the evening before the first race, after a 12-hour flight and three-hour drive to, and then down the west coast of California.

It was not an ideal build up, especially as the other teams had been sailing for quite a few days. The game plan was to knock the rust off and be 'good to go' by Wednesday when the real racing starts. But there you go, sailboat racing is unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

Why did we win? By and large we started well, had decent speed, and a few breaks fall our way. We realise and acknowledge the teams that did the training, have improved noticeably from Plymouth, and that would be all the other teams.

Still, if we improve with each day, we should be able to neutralise the lack of time sailing on the Bay. Still winning the practice regatta…… all my years with the Italians has made be superstitious

On a personal note it a good feeling to see your children succeed. Hannah works for the race management of ACWS. Many of the boys say the race management works for her. Certainly her organisational and people skills are working well for her (something Hannah got from her mother!) What is the bit disconcerting is the power shift. America’s Cup is my world, Hannah has only been in it tiny fraction of time, yet Hannah is no longer my daughter….I am her Dad….. The power shift is complete.

Rod Davis blogs on his home town – San Diego

This week we are back in San Diego to prepare for the third ACWS event. (America’s Cup World Series) Translation: we are going to race the 45ft winged cats in San Diego harbour.

It’s home town for me, I grew up (if I ever really grew up) and was educated by the California education system. (If I ever really got educated). Coronado High School class of 'a while ago'.

San Diego harbour is home to the biggest US Naval base in the Pacific. They have it all here, aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, ships of every description, and planes. The Navy love their planes as much as their boats.

There is a constant stream of weird aircraft landing at the Coronado’s North Island Naval Station. The Top Gun school is just a few miles inland. It’s an exciting place if you into hardware of war, which would be about every male between five and ninety five.

Interestingly, perhaps even surprisingly, the spectators of San Diego might not be blown away by the sight of a winged cat ripping along the water. Remember, San Diego local boy Dennis Connor did a 65ft cat with a wing back in 1988 to rout New Zealand’s 'big boat' monohull.

In 2006 Oracle used the ideal conditions to develop their massive wing for the trimaran before shipping it all to Valencia and the infamous DOG match.

Still the locals have not seen more than one wing in action at any one time. In a few weeks they will see nine. Should be a good show.

From the strange but true file: percentages of sailors from the country of their challenge for the next America’s Cup

USA – Oracle 5% (one person)

France - Team Energy 83%

Sweden – Artemis 6% (one person)

France – Aleph 88%

Korea – Team Korea 0%

Spain – Green Com. 15%

China - Team China 20%

New Zealand – ETNZ 90%

Food for thought.

Coach




by Rod Davis

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=90754

11:50 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011 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
2011 Emirates Team New Zealand news
2011-13 America's Cup World Series

Related News Stories:

14 Sep 2014  Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
12 Sep 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Team NZ share lead after Day 1 in Istanbul
26 Aug 2014  Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
25 Aug 2014  Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
24 Aug 2014  Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS
23 Aug 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Barker rusty and pays penalty in Wales - Day 1
09 Aug 2014  America's Cup: Former Artemis crew member says danger is being ignored
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'
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