Sail-World New Zealand: 11 September 2011
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 11 September 2011
|Emirates Team New Zealand in race two on day one of the America's Cup World Series Plymouth regatta. 10/9/2011 Chris Cameron/ETNZ |
In this newsletter edition of Sail-World.com we have full coverage of the first round in the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth, England.
We are covering the event each day on our website www.sail-world.com
Go to www.sail-world.com to get the updates of each day of the regatta.
These updates will include the full replays of each day's racing - there are two versions - the commentated version and a version which consists of onboard coverage only, along with on-board audio. It's the nearest you will be able to get to being able to sail on these boats each day, and be a part of some of the top racing crews in the world.
|Artemis Racing - Day 1 - ACWS Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©|
As well we have the usual daily reports from the teams and summary coverage, plus images form some of the top photographers in the sailing world.
The ubiquitous Bob Fisher is in Plymouth and we are running his daily reports which provide an independent offset to the Songs of Joy which emanate from the official sources associated with the America's Cup World Series sailing exhibition.
Part of that exhibition has been the attempt to take it to the people - and depending on who is doing the counting between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators turned up to see the racing on Plymouth Sound on a rather bleak English Autumn Day.
|Green Comm racing on Day 1 of the America's Cup World Series - Plymouth, England Pierre Orphanidis/Green Comm |
In the lead-in to the series there was some preliminary comment as the teams looked forward to a prospect of several days of moderate to strong breezes.
While the America's Cup World Series comes up to speed, that should not take our eyes away from the Main Event, and a key date which is looming. First boats for the new AC72 class are allowed to be launched in July 2012 - just over nine months away.
|Emirates Team New Zealand ready themselves for race three on day one of the America's Cup World Series Plymouth regatta. Chris Cameron/ETNZ |
Roll that back to allow for build time - say 20 -24 weeks, or six months, and then roll back further to the design effort required and the realisation is that only a few of the eight teams entered are up to speed, in terms of running a full design effort - which should be in full flight now.
Add to that the reality that many teams are operating on a shoestring, with a focus on staying in the game while the sponsorship search continues.
|Team Telefonica put their Volvo Open 70 Telefonica through the pull-down test - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Maria Muina |
At present the options are that many, if they can find sponsorship, will be sailing one boat campaigns - using the standard design package that is on offer. Or, the regatta will be dropped back to sail in AC45's in a box-rule. Or, several will not continue and there will be a much reduced fleet for the America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cup, from what we are seeing now.
|Alegre - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi |
We'll be having replay coverage of each day's racing from the America's Cup World Series at the Sail-World.com stand at the Auckland International Boat Show - starting next Thursday, and will take in the final days of this event.
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|Steinlager 2, winner and new record holder of the Huelva (Spain) to La Gomera (Canary Islands) race August 2011 |
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