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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 40

Oracle Racing’s newsletter for January 3, 2012:

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012
TEAM NEWS

Bundock challenging for lead at A Class event

ORACLE Racing sailor Darren Bundock holds second place at the Australian A Class Nationals after the first day of racing in winds between 14 and 18 knots on Lake Macquarie, New South Wales.

Bundock, who helmed ORACLE Racing Coutts to the fastest ever AC45 500-meter speed run at the ACWS San Diego last November, scored 3-2 in today’s opening races and trails series leader Glenn Ashby by 3 points. Ashby, of Emirates Team New Zealand, won both races.

ORACLE Racing is well represented at the nationals with five members of the sailing team among the 70 entrants. Also racing are skipper Jimmy Spithill, tactician John Kostecki, wingsail trimmer Dirk de Ridder and Tom Slingsby, who was tactician aboard ORACLE Racing Coutts at ACWS San Diego.

Spithill holds ninth with 19 points, Slingsby is 10th with 20.5 points, de Ridder is 28th and Kostecki is 48th after not finishing Race 1.

Link to full article: Bundock challenging for lead at A Class event
Related articles: Ashby, Bundock on top at A Class Catamaran Nationals
A Cat king starts Australian Championship with two bullets
Link to Results
Photos:
Copyright Andrea Francolini

Standings (after 2 of 9 scheduled races)
1.
Glenn Ashby 1-1 – 2 points
2. Darren Bundock 2-3 – 5
3. Steve Brewin 3-4 – 7
4. Nathan Outteridge 6-2 – 8
5. Simon McKeon 4-5 – 9
6. Andrew Landenberger 7-6 – 13
7. Brad Collett 8-8 – 16
8. Scott Anderson 10-7 – 17
9. James Spithill 9-10 – 19
10. Tom Slingsby 5-15.5 – 20.5
28. Dirk de Ridder 25-35 – 60
48. John Kostecki 71 (DNF)-27 – 98

Spithill talks made-for-TV sailing

Australia’s James Spithill, the winning helmsman from the 2010 America’s Cup and skipper of ORACLE Racing, has been back “down under” for the Southern Hemisphere summer.

Spithill headed to Perth 2011 to help coach his sister Katie’s women’s match racing team and now he is at the John Cootes Furniture A Class Catamaran Australian Championships with four of his teammate and a bunch of Aussie sailing mates.

James was one of the first AC sailors to get into the A-Cats. He came sixth at the 2009 A-Cat Worlds on Lake Macquarie (Australia).

“It’s good to be on your own and it’s good to go out there and try the trial and error method,” Spithill said of sailing A Class cats. “The skills are great for use on the AC45. I found that when I did the Worlds a few years ago, a time when I think Nathan did them as well, I picked up a lot of skills that helped in the bigger boats.

“Obviously the AC45 has a rigid wing, which is a bit different, but the principles of making the boat go fast and the maneuvering are the same. The A Cats have curved foils and on the AC72s we will have curved foils.

“The A-Cat was one of the first to go for the curved foils, I think and Ben Hall did the first wing for the A cats. The C Class guys have been doing the wings for a long time and it’s a cool class in that they have been leading to the forefront. There is a guy here with a T rudder. You can see them develop every year.

“We bought the A Class wing before we did the trimaran wing for USA 17, just to see what it was like. The hard thing with these smaller boats is that the wing is logistically a bit of a pain. It’s much easier just to pull your sail up and down.

“However, I found at a certain scale it does get easier with the wing. For instance we use the top section of our A Class wing. Mike Drummond put it on an Optimist in New Zealand and it was like a beach umbrella, just a post straight into the boat and that's it. It spins around 360 degrees on the shore.

“That was actually easier to rig up that the regular Optimist and the kid went out and he was off.

“I think the wings won’t go full mainstream because it is logistically a hassle to drive them around, but for an Optimist size or thereabouts it is no problem.”

Link to full article: James Spithill sailing A-Cats in Australia talks Made for TV sailing
Photo above: Jimmy Spithill (center) races A Class Catamarans on Lake Macquarie (copyright Andrea Francolini).

Legends like the Revolution

America's Cup legends such as Malin Burnham, Bill Ficker and Bill Koch all visited the ACWS San Diego and came away impressed with the transformed America's Cup.

Watch the video: Legends like the Revolution

Top 3 of 2011: No. 1

We asked our lead photographer, Guilain Grenier, and videographer, George Johns, to provide their top three pics and vids from 2011. Today we provide their top picks of 2011 and say: Happy New Year!

Picture: Head first into a wall

Guilain says: “When ORACLE Racing sailed in San Francisco last June for the first time with the new AC45, it was the first time these boats sailed in strong wind conditions and rough seas. Combined with great natural light, the day couldn’t have been more perfect for shooting. I love the way the lead crew has his head turned to the wall of water that’s about to engulf him and the aft guy has one leg overboard, as if he’s ready to step off. The AC45’s really are spectacular to shoot in windy conditions.”

Video: Back to the Future

George says: “There is no doubting now the thrills-and-spills excitement that the AC45’s bring to the transformed America's Cup. But in this film, I was particularly interested in the challenge of ‘bringing together’ these teammates, Jimmy Spithill and Murray Jones, to reminisce about a time when they were competitors, to recall the 34th America’s Cup between USA 17 and Alinghi 5. Spithill skipper ORACLE Racing’s boat to victory and Jones was a key member of the Alinghi team for eight years. Recorded in a waterfront cafe in Auckland, I'd like to do something similar, with other team members, only maybe after they've had a few beers...”

Related articles: Top 3 of 2011: No. 1
Top 3 of 2011: No. 2
Top 3 of 2011: No. 3

34th AMERICA'S CUP

Racecourses revealed for 2013

Source: America’s Cup website // Dec. 31, 2011

Descriptions of the racecourses to be used in the America's Cup Final on San Francisco Bay in September 2013 have been released and the challenge is on. All four course options will force tight, close and aggressive racing, making for spectacular competition.

The same course formats will be used in July and August 2013 for the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's Cup Challenger Series.

“The courses remain short and tight. The longest is targeted at a one hour race, the shortest at 30 minutes. In the AC72s, both imply full-on action, and will push the crews to their absolute limits, and in some cases I suspect, well beyond that,” said ACRM Regatta Director Iain Murray.

All four configurations feature a reaching start, with a very short sprint to the first turn downwind.

In addition to the course descriptions, a proposed race area has been defined in San Francisco Bay that will bring the action close to land, giving spectators on shore a ringside seat.

Link to full article: Racecourses revealed for 2013
View the racecourses: Regatta Notice 2011/81

LiveLine technology to keep tabs on Cup

By Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle // Jan. 2, 2012

In football, the yellow stripe that marks a first down on television isn't an official part of the game. And in baseball, it's the home plate umpire's judgment that matters, not the K-Zone box you see on TV.

But an advanced relative of those virtual-line technologies has become an official part of the America's Cup racing series that will culminate in San Francisco Bay in 2013.

Race umpires will use a system called LiveLine, an "augmented reality" technology that will not only show TV and Internet viewers real-time race information but also will be used by race umpires to enforce the rules of the sport.

The umps will employ LiveLine to settle protests between boats at key turns, which are always hotly contested in these competitive, world-class races.

"The objective is to make the stuff that's important to the event and happens a lot - but is hard to see - easy to see," said Stan Honey, the Palo Alto resident who is technology director for the America's Cup Event Authority, which is running the series of races up to and including America's Cup 34 in September 2013.

Link to full article: LiveLine technology to keep tabs on America’s Cup
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA

Looking back: Four moments

Source: America’s Cup website // Dec. 31, 2011

The year 2011 was an incredible one for fans of the America's Cup. The revolution arrived - fast cats, wings, extreme athletics, and short intense races where the action never seemed to stop.

Looking back, it's been a year filled with activity and accomplishment. Consider at this time 12 months ago, there was no such thing as an AC45, there were no teams (apart from the Defender), San Francisco was just about to be named as the host city, and whether you could match race wing-sailed catamarans was very much an open question. Not to mention the TV technology… how would it work?

The year can be crystallized in four moments spanning the 12 months: The New Zealand test session, The America’s Cup World Series – Cascais, Super Sunday(s) in Plymouth and The French invade San Diego.

Link to full article: Looking back: Four moments
Related gallery: The Year in Pictures – America’s Cup 2011
Photo: Ricardo Pinto/ACEA


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