Sail-World New Zealand: August 27, 2012 - Emirates Team NZ stumbles at ACWS...Team Jolly on their Gold...Coutts' Crash Images and Video

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 27 Aug 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: August 27, 2012

Main point of interest has been the America's Cup World Series sailed in San Francisco.

The performance of Emirates Team New Zealand, was a surprise for some - but maybe shouldn't have been.

For several series now - even going back into the Louis Vuitton Trophy days - the team has been slow to start and has then found the resources to pick itself up and finish fast at the end of the regatta.

This time they flat lined. In fact, it was worse than that - they often started flat and went backwards.

We have a quick analysis of some of the reasons for the team's performance. Those inside the team say that it will be a day or two before they have really got their thoughts together and work out an action plan.

Emirates Team NZ crosses just ahead of China Team in the final of the Fleet Racing  Christophe Favreau ©

One of those decisions will have to be how much priority they put on competing in the ACWS, at the expense of the AC72 program. If they decide to trade-off ACWS performance and training and spend their time on the AC72 - then expect more performances like we saw over the weekend. But also expect a better and quicker AC72 in September 2013, when the ACWS will be a distant memory.

The series was also the opportunity for many to have a look at the America's Cup venue, and the Cup courses and configuration.

BAR RACING - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR

While there is no doubt that the venue worked for the spectators, many of those watching on television, outside US, were a little underwhelmed. The US TV viewership figures will be interesting when they are revealed for the one day of coverage. More interesting will be whether they improve for the second regatta in a month's time.

We have plenty of reports and images - plus video - from San Francisco.

San Francisco - America's Cup World Series Day 4   Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi ©

Bob Fisher has been at the ACWS since the get-go, and has provided at least one report a day. Bob has been around the America's Cup longer than most, and he is great at getting inside the action. Catch his reports on the Oracle Team USA AC72 and his chat with Louis Vuitton's Yves Carcelle.

Outside the America's Cup, we have a report from the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie on the run up to their Olympic Regatta, plus the event itself and the aftermath. We've added a selection of images of Team Jolly taken throughout the event and on their return home.

BAR RACING - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012  © Jon Nash / J.P.Morgan BAR

The Moth Worlds have concluded in Lake Garda, Italy. There's a new world champion - one Australian taking over from another. There's no doubt the sailors from the Western island are on top of their game at present. That was further underlined, when you realise that Australians helmed the first and third place AC45's in the fleet racing section of the ACWS.

A Wellington crew led by Josh Junior has taken out the second stop on the ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam Series. We have a report and images in this edition of's newsletter.

Racing in the - 2012 Detroit Cup  Isao Toyoma

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Emirates Team New Zealand MD Grant Dalton at the morning team meeting at the hospitality area in San Francisco.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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Oracle Racing took both the Match and Fleet racing sections of the America's Cup World Series  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Super Sunday, fleet race. August 25th, 2012, AC45 World Series San Francisco. - America's Cup World Series San Francisco 2012  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Fisher's View: Day 5 ACWS San Francisco - Seriously speedy Sunday
Bob Fisher,
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America's Cup: Reality check for Emirates Team NZ in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ were the first of the five America's Cup teams to confront the dual projects of campaigning an AC45 in the America's Cup World Series, launching and working up an AC72 - compounded by winding down a Volvo Ocean Race campaign.... [more]
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Team Jolly on their Gold Medal win in the 2012 Olympic Regatta
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie,
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, review their build up and time at Weymouth and Portland for the 2012 Olympic Regatta: So I am guessing by now most of you have either seen or heard about how our London 2012 Olympic regatta went... but if not... You might like to know that we have managed to come away with the Gold Medal...... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Oracle Team USA double
Jane Eagleson,
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Volvo Ocean Race: No place for a lady?
Jeni Bone,
In 2014, the 'Everest of Sailing', the Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 after SCA announced they would enter a women's crew for the next edition in 2014-15.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: August 27, 2012 - Central Bank action
Collinson FX,
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ACWS San Francisco – Challenging week for Team BAR
Ben Ainslie,
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ACWS San Francisco - Images of Artemis Racing by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Images of Artemis Racing's last day from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Images by Craig Greenhill
Craig Greenhill images,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 in black and White by photographer Craig Greenhill of Saltwater Images... [more]
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Detroit Cup 2012 - Junior and team victorious
Luiz E. Kahl,
Day Four of the Detroit Cup. In a thrilling first-to-three point Final, Josh Junior and his team of Matt Steven and James Sandall have taken victory in the second stop on the ISAF Grade 2 US Grand Slam Series.... [more]
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America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup will be stunning - Yves Carcelle
Bob Fisher,
While some concerns have been expressed that the small number of challengers for the America's Cup might detract from the spectacle and importance of the Louis Vuitton Cup, this is not expressed by Yves Carcelle, the Chairman and CEO of the Paris-based luxury goods company. 'When the 72-footers race in San Francisco Bay, all those concerns will be behind us.'... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Joshua McKnight claims 2012 title
Pierre Orphanidis,
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Rod Davis: Rethinking the Current Tactics
Rod Davis,
Professional sailing coach, Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and long time America's Cup crew and skipper, Rod Davis gives his insights on the effect of current on catamarans, and the new tactics, in San Francisco. We are always learning in this new Cat world. You have to think a bit more laterally when comes to racing high-speed boats like cats, particularly in current.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Artemis still in hunt
Artemis Racing,
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Carlo Borlenghi images,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 4 racing images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ boss expected better results
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ boss, Grant Dalton, is unhappy with the team's showing in the first of the America's Cup World Series, currently nearing its conclusion in San Francisco. The team had a particularly disappointing day, losing the match race semi-final to Oracle Team USA, after leading for much of the race, and then failing to cover nearing the top mark for the final time.... [more]
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Detroit Cup 2012 - Canfield and Junior to face off in Finals tomorrow
Luis Kahl,
Day Three of the Detroit Cup. This ISAF Grade 2 event is the second stop of the four-event US Grand Slam series. Repeating his winning performance at last week's August Grade 2 Invitational, Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands once again dominated the Round Robin by winning every match.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS San Francisco - Almost Jimmy's Day
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: Saturday was Spithill day on San Francisco Bay. The Oracle Team USA skipper won his match race semi-final and then placed second in the first of the fleet races before demonstrating total control in the second race to win by over a minute. He praised his local tactician, John Kostecki, for his contribution to the team's success: ' 'JK' knows the best way to go and I listen to him.'... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Performance Racing winners
Stephanie Hobbs/Lisa Ratcliff,
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America's Cup: Crash Coutts was here + Video
Christophe Favreau,
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America's Cup: Bob Fisher checks out the Oracle Team USA's AC 72
Bob Fisher,
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America's Cup World Series San Francisco - Carlo Borlenghi images
Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco day 3 action from master photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship - Back to back wins for Hooligan
Lisa Ratcliff,
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America's Cup World Series - Team Korea moves as Coutts crashes out
Jane Eagleson,
At the America's Cup World Series, Oracle Team USA Coutts crashed out in spectacular fashion on Friday, hitting the Race Committee boat at speed during the start of fleet race number three. The veteran had been trying to squeeze into a narrow gap between the start boat and his stablemate, Oracle Team USA Spithill (Jimmy Spithill), but there wasn't enough room and a violent collision resulted.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS San Francisco - All on a sunny day
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: As is the established pattern of ACWS racing, the day opened with two quarter-final matches in which both Luna Rossa teams made their exit. Luna Rossa-Swordfish, skippered by Paul Campbell-James was comprehensively beaten by Terry Hutchinson with the Artemis Racing-White team... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta all set
Rich Roberts,
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Crosbie Lorimer Day 7 Cruiser Images
Crosbie Lorimer,
It was a day of sun and light winds on Friday, providing plenty of colour if rather gentle mark and island roundings. Crosbie Lorimer followed the Cruising and Performance divisions as they headed north from a Dent Passage start on on an islands race; here are some of his images.... [more]
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