Think Moths, then think a mindblowing 72 foot foiler

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 11 Oct 2012

Think Moths, then think a mindblowing 72 foot foiler

Perhaps sailing is never going to be the same again. With their AC72 firmly on the foil, Emirates Team New Zealand have been handed a very significant victory by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup.

In a decision dated October 7, 2012, the Jury has ruled on an application lodged by the New Zealand team on September 24, 2012.

It is that foiling ability which appears to be at the heart of the very intricate rules interpretation given by the International Jury.

The simple question centred around whether an AC72 had to be presented in her measurement condition, with the daggerboards raised or lowered.

September 14, 2012 - Emirates Team NZ's AC72 returns to Auckland after her seventh day of sailing. She is sailing on hydrofoils - and is the largest yacht to do so. The 34th America's Cup will be contested in foiling catamarans capable of speeds in excess of 40kts  Richard Gladwell

Daggerboards produce positive flotation when lowered, and it had been calculated that if the AC72 was measured (for MC), with the daggerboards in the lowered position then the volume of the daggerboards could be no more than 225 litres - which is quite minimal for hydrofoiling, and would make flight more difficult.

By being able to measure the AC72 with bigger daggerboards, designed to allow the AC72 to hydrofoil more easily, and for those daggerboards to be raised - therefore not affecting the MC calculation to the same extent, Emirates Team NZ have gained a significant advantage over teams who have opted for smaller daggerboards in the lowered position.

It might seem all very esoteric and you can read Richard Gladwell's full analysis but the fact is, the 2013 America's Cup is going to be very much about high speed foiling and when you think what a foiling moth can do, just think about the speeds that will be achieved with the sail area of an AC72.

Oracle Team USA's AC72 - Day 3 of sailing in San Francisco  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA¬©

AC72 Sail 2 / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 17-09-2012 - Club Marine America's Cup Tour 2013  Club Marine Ltd Club Marine Ltd

We can hardly wait until the main game next year, but meanwhile we continue to get great reports from San Francisco and we welcome you all along for the ride.

Our America's Cup newsletter series is proving very popular, going to a giant audience both locally and world wide.

Lots of news today ... Team

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - Up, up and away on foils
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera catches the action as the AC72 reached down the back of Rangitoto and then gybed before getting up on her foils again for another run down the harbour. We present an image analysis showing what foiling in an AC72 is all about - showing some of the points of technical interest, and track the process of foiling from start to full flight on one daggerboard and a single rudder.... [more]
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Dangerous surf conditions on the South Coast and Illawarra
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions on the South Coast and Illawarra tomorrow extending to the mid North Coast on Friday. Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and to check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 10 October 2012
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 10 October 2012 have been released and for the first time include Kiteboarding.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Prepare for the high drama battle
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the world's great offshore races. The annual nautical challenge – across 628 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour to Hobart, Tasmania – starts for the 68th uninterrupted year on 26 December. The race has taken on legendary status worldwide, thanks largely to the often turbulent and challenging conditions posed by the infamous passage across Bass Strait.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby named as a finalist for ‘The Don' Award
Yachting Australia,
London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist Tom Slingsby has been selected as a finalist for ‘The Don' Award, to be announced on Thursday night in Melbourne. The Award will be presented at the 2012 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner with Slingsby a finalist alongside Sally Pearson, Anna Meares, Stephanie Gilmore, Jessica Fox and Jacqueline Freney.... [more]
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ISAF Presidential Candidate David Kellett nails his colours to mast
In five weeks, the sailing world will gather in Dublin, Ireland to make a very important decision: Who will lead ISAF for the next four years? I urge you to attend the General Assembly on the 10th November and cast your vote to ensure ISAF has the best possible team to take it forward.... [more]
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Southport YC's Hollywell Sailing Squadron upgrades near completion
Bronwen Ince,
After a number of months of planning, Southport Yacht Club's new amenities and kitchen upgrade is nearing completion. The new amenities block include both male and female toilets and showers, and three new disabled toilets to assist with the Gold Coast Sailability program which is run out of the Hollywell Sailing Squadron.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of Year Nominee - Tom Slingsby
Coming into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition Tom Slingsby knew the Weymouth and Portland waters better than anyone and with an unbeaten record at the venue he was the overwhelming favourite to take gold... [more]
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Leading yachts set to challenge for Audi IRC Australian Championship
Craig Heydon/Jav Greaves,
Yachting Australia and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club have released the Notice of Race for the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Championship, which are to be held in conjunction with the annual Festival of Sails regatta in Geelong, Victoria.... [more]
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Seawind Group Holdings released out of Voluntary Administration
Brent Vaughan,
The holding company of Seawind Catamarans and Corsair Marine, Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd, was released out of Voluntary Administration on October 9th 2012 by the Administrators, BRI Ferrier. As a result, the company is pleased to be back to business and fully operational.... [more]
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Discover Sailing Day this November
Lauren Garnet,
Local Victorian communities will be granted the opportunity to experience the exhilarating sport of sailing and yacht club life first hand as part of Discover Sailing Day on Sunday November 11, 2012 and all activities are free. Discover Sailing Day allows for people of all ages who may never have sailed before to participate in on and off water sailing activities and experience club life.... [more]
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Phuket Dinghy Series grows future sailing stars
Event Media,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta has started the Phuket Dinghy Series again in 2012 following the success of the last two years' Series.... [more]
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Spectacular 29er Class on fire at the QLD 29er Championship
David Price,
The 2012 Queensland 29er Class Championship attracted it's historically second largest championship fleet to Southport Yacht Club at Hollywell, the best of Queensland and NSW 29er sailors enjoying near perfect conditions over the weekend with winds ranging from 10kts to 20kts and temperatures in the low 30degs.... [more]
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Sailing clubs open their doors and set their sails for all Victorians
Lauren Garnet,
Local Victorian communities will be given the opportunity to experience the exciting sport of sailing and yacht club life first hand as part of Discover Sailing Day on Sunday November 11, 2012 and all activities are free.... [more]
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Photos by Chuck Lantz, Saturday at the AC World Series San Francisco
Chuck Lantz,
America's Cup World Series - No fog and good winds, plus a rare mistake by Oracle's James Spithill. Images by photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Douglas Elmes emerges victorious
Laurie Fullerton,
Hamilton harbor set the stage for the final race of the 2012 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup. Swiss sailor Damian Suri besting the fleet of 38 international and Bermuda sailors to win the tenth anniversary Renaissance Re trophy for his first place finish.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA win Match and Fleet racing World Series
Oracle Team USA Media,
Oracle Team USA - Spithill clawed back from a slow start to win today's Super Sunday fleet race and take home the fleet racing overall championship at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco. With the win, Oracle Team USA - Spithill captured both the match racing and fleet racing titles at the regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Todd's view of THAT capsize - Gallery 2
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
This is the second of two spectacular photo galleries taken by top international photographer, Paul Todd of Outside Images, who just happened to be on hand when James Spithill of Oracle Team USA performed a spectacular capsize on Day 4 of the America's Cup World Series... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Spectacular day on San Francisco Bay
Paul Cayard,
Artemis Racing's Paul Cayard reports from San Francisco, California at America's Cup World Series: Another spectacular day on the Bay of San Francisco. The Blue Angels were working up in the air and the America's Cup sailors were working at sea level. It was a historical day too because I think that today was the largest crowd to ever watch a sailboat race in person.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco - Saturday photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Images from Saturday's action at the America's Cup World Series San Francisco by photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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AC World Series San Francisco images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
America's Cup World Series San Francisco images by photographer Carlo Borlenghi.... [more]
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