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Emirates Team NZ still leads America's Cup World Series pointscore
By Warren Douglas,
2:36 PM Sun 20 Nov 2011
Emirates Team New Zealand has retained its lead in the America’s Cup World Series match racing championship.
After three regattas, Dean Barker, Winston Macfarlane, James Dagg, Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby, with 27 points, have a one-point lead over Oracle 4 (James Spithill). ...[more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Onboard Camper as they play catchup + Video
9:14 PM Sat 19 Nov 2011
The front runners are pushing south in order to hook into the low pressure system that will slingshot them towards Cape Town. But with light winds forecast for the final entry to Cape Town, the chance for compression and the ability for passing opportunities lay on the cards ...[more]
Volvo Ocean Race: Camper crosses the Line + Video
7:34 PM Fri 18 Nov 2011
Camper, sailed by Emirates Team New Zealand, has made it across the Equator in the Volvo Ocean Race. Time for the infamous rituals....
Rotting food, flying fish and cross-dressing sailors have been the order of the day for Camper as they crossed the Equator overnight and observed the centuries old tradition of ‘crossing the line’.
Hamish Hooper and Adam Minoprio cop it.... ...[more]
Rod Davis: Thoughts on San Diego - Before and After
By Rod Davis, San Diego, Calif, USA ,
9:50 PM Tue 15 Nov 2011
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 ...[more]
Emirates Team NZ: Stu Bannatyne on Leg 1 and approaching the Doldrums
10:58 AM Tue 15 Nov 2011
Camper co-skipper Stu Bannatyne updates us on Day 9 of Leg 1 as Camper eases into the champagne sailing conditions of the trade winds and heads for the warmer weather of the Equator. Currently Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ is on the fringe of the Doldrums, but hoping to pick a better route through the windless zone, and catch up some of the margin between them and the two front runners ...[more]
Chris Nicholson reflects on a tough first week for Camper
9:37 PM Mon 14 Nov 2011
Camper skipper, Chris Nicholson reflects on the first week of the Volvo Ocean Race and the highs and lows faced by the Emirates Team NZ crewed entry: Well we always knew that this was going to be a tough race and the first week has left this in no doubt. Conditions have been extreme and taken their toll, but at the same time some poor decisions on our behalf have made things even tougher than they ...[more]
Onboard Camper: Come fly with me
By Hamish Hooper, Atlantic Ocean ,
8:18 PM Sun 13 Nov 2011
Onboard CAMPER, I am being reminded each day that it is one less day until we cross the equator. Gee I can’t wait for that! It will be like a stag party but worse- nothing to drink…While on the topic of the equator and the ITCZ and the doldrums here is a very informative take on our position from someone who knows better than anyone: Our trusty Navigator Will Oxley: ...[more]
Pete Melvin: What Emirates Team NZ are learning from the SL33 program
By Pete Melvin,
6:47 PM Sat 12 Nov 2011
Top multihull designer, Pete Melvin blogs from the design office about what Emirates Team NZ has learned from the SL33 programme: The twin SL33s are getting a relentless workout at the hands of the Emirates Team NZ sailing crew that far exceeds anything anticipated during the design process. They are revelling in winds up to 30 knots and sea states ...[more]
Camper: From the boat - On our way at last!
By Hanish Hooper,
6:43 PM Sat 12 Nov 2011
Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ: My first thought of the day as I woke was that the overseas voting for the NZ elections had opened. This is great news, elections are so exciting! I love the drama of election night! The trouble is, I’m not really sure how getting voting papers to the Kiwis on board Camper in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will work? ...[more]
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ fitting up for the wingsail tests
By Emirates Team NZ,
7:37 PM Fri 11 Nov 2011
Often we hear of the superb job and incredible hours put in by the support and shore teams for the America's Cup and other professional racing teams, but rarely do we get a look behind the shed door to see the teams work their magic. In this series of videos, Emirates Team NZ's boat builder Sean Regan explains some of the repairs and modifications being undertaken on the Emirates Team NZ's SL33s ...[more]
America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy
By Richard Gladwell,
8:10 PM Thu 3 Nov 2011
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party ...[more]
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata
By Richard Gladwell, Auckland,NZ ,
2:45 PM Thu 3 Nov 2011
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour.
The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing. ...[more]
Volvo Ocean race: Groupama protest Camper Team NZ after Inport Race
7:04 PM Sun 30 Oct 2011
Groupama sailing team's protest against CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand was dismissed after deliberation by the international jury after the first Inport Race in Alicante.
The protest was related to the forestay set-up on CAMPER, which was the subject of an application made to the independent arbitration panel earlier this month. ...[more]
America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ Wingman under arrest
By Rod Davis,
6:50 PM Sat 29 Oct 2011
Emirates Team NZ coach Rod Davis discloses an incident that occurred during the America's Cup World series in Plymouth, England.
Half-way through the Plymouth regatta. I am sitting in the coaches’ office, well the office is a rigging/boat building container where Joe Allen and I fight for space with the shore team, with my back to mid container doors. ...[more]
Emirates Team NZ Camper try All Black training drills - Video
9:14 PM Sat 22 Oct 2011
Ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup Final, the crew of Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ are putting into practice some of the training techniques they have picked up from sessions with the All Black coaches.
In this video, Tony Rae takes us through some of the key moves during a training session, aboard Camper. ...[more]
Dean Barker: 'We're about winning the America's Cup'
By Michelle Slade,
5:52 AM Tue 18 Oct 2011
Emirates Team NZ's skipper, Dean Barker talks with Michelle Slade on the America's Cup World Series and how Emirates Team NZ is positioned going into the 34th America's Cup. Barker covers where the world's most successful professional sailing team is with its preparations and has a few broadsides for the Defender. ...[more]
Rod Davis: Making Emirates Team NZ's Game Plan for Almeria
By Rod Davis,
7:13 AM Sun 16 Oct 2011
Emirates Team New Zealand's Coach Rod Davis continues his behind the scenes look at the riding instructions for the the team going into the Extreme sailing Series at Almeria, Spain:
Last week I mentioned 'making a game plan' for our Extreme 40 regatta in Almeria, which very soon we are about to start racing. So come with me while we go through this.
It all starts with regatta targets. ...[more]
Emirates Team NZ out of Extreme 40 regatta after serious collision
6:51 AM Sun 16 Oct 2011
Emirates Team New Zealand has withdrawn from the Extreme Sailing Series Almeria regatta, being sailed in Spain, following a collision in the second to last race of Day 4.
The yacht was holed in the port hull and started taking on water forcing the crew to retire from the race. No one was hurt. ...[more]
Emirates Team NZ: Nico’s Blog: A hectic first week in Alicante
By Chris Nicholson,
5:58 AM Fri 7 Oct 2011
Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson updates on the first week of buildup in Alicante: it has been a hectic first week in Alicante. After arriving at the end of our European tour the boat was hauled out immediately and we went straight into our final date with the rules ‘policeman’ in order to get the boat signed-off. Five days later and we are just now getting towards the end of that intense process ...[more]
Emirates Team NZ: Coach's Blog - Up-skilling in the Extreme 40
By Rod Davis,
5:44 AM Fri 7 Oct 2011
Emirates Team NZ's Coach and sailing scribe, Rod Davis writes on the method behind the multi-multihull event racing program being undertaken by the worlds most successful professional sailing team: 'What I should add is that we were not good to ourselves as well. We made way too many mistakes in the lead up to the regatta and on the water. Thus we got beat up pretty good, and it hurts...' ...[more]