sail-world.com -- America's Cup: AC72's alone - Brilliant concept, awful implementation!

America's Cup: AC72's alone - Brilliant concept, awful implementation!    

'Emirates Tream NZ sails on the opening day of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup'    Pierre Orphanidis/VSail.info    Click Here to view large photo

Pierre Orphanidis of European website www.vsail.info is in San Francisco for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Here is his take on the opening day:

Brilliant concept, awful implementation! This is how, in my opinion, one could summarize the 34th America’s Cup after watching the one-horse race that Emirates Team New Zealand sailed on Sunday afternoon in the San Francisco bay.

It was my very first time in San Francisco and, obviously, the very first time I watched any sailing here, let alone an AC72 crisscrossing the full America’s Cup course. The 'race' lasted less than one hour but that was more than enough to come to the conclusion that this is, undoubtedly, a fantastic sailing venue. The breeze was on, blowing from 14 to 16 knots, the backdrop is spectacular and there were dozens, if not hundreds, of yachts all around the bay, watching the kiwi AC72 flying on the water.

The truth is that you don’t really need a boat to watch it. The 'natural amphitheater' America’s Cup organizers have been trumpeting for so long is indeed true and not just PR hype. One can have a good view of the race from practically any location on the seafront, from the America’s Cup Park in the east to the Golden Gate Yacht Club in the west or a total of approximately 5 km. Judging from Team New Zealand’s sailing, there is a number of positions that provide an ideal watching spots, all of them free, with the exception of the Marina Green park where they installed ticketed grandstands.

There is also absolutely no doubt at all that the AC72?s are spectacular. I have been always critical of the boat but watching today Emirates Team New Zealand reaching nearly 43 knots (that’s 80 km/h) and doing at least four perfect foiling gybes (at least the ones I counted) made me change my mind to an extent. Of course, this wasn’t much of a race but rather a very serious training session. As a result, the kiwis were under less stress and there couldn’t be any close calls at the leeward gates.

For the rest of this story and more images click here?nid=111691



by Pierre Orphanidis, vsail.info
- 2:19 AM Mon 8 Jul 2013 GMT





Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below
http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=111691

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:
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'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
03 Apr 2014  34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump

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 AUS
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT