Sail-World New Zealand: October 26, 2012 - Luna Rossa launch...Oracle capsize analysed ... 49er FX takes off internationally

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 26 Oct 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: October 26, 2012

The America's Cup, Auckland division, will go to a new level today with the launch of the Luna Rossa AC72 at 6.00pm in a private ceremony.

On Thursday morning a press conference was held for local media with skipper Max Sirena and team patron, Patrizio Bertelli fronting.

We have a report on the event in this edition of's newsletter.

Certainly Luna Rossa are familiar with Auckland after their Challenges in 2000 and 2003 and New Zealanders took them to their hearts, with former skipper Francesco de Angelis being voted sexiest man, and receiving honorary Officer of the NZ Order of Merit - a rare recognition for the contribution of a foreigner.

Patrizio Bertelli says this America's Cup feels like a return to the days of the J-Class with only two or three boats  Richard Gladwell ©

They are a team that plays the America's Cup game with honour, even though they have their moments, like everyone else.

It was the same again at the media conference - and event notable for the lack of spin, and straight talking.

Sail-World will be at the launch this evening, and will report as soon as possible after the event.

There will be public vantage points around Westhaven Marina, as well as the launching, there will be firework displays inside and outside the marina.

Luna Rossa received a huge response from Italian fans in both the Italian America's Cup World Series regattas, and bring the Italian glamour to the America's Cup   Carlo Borlenghi ©

At the media conference, skipper Max Sirena was very conscious of the events that befell Oracle Team USA last week, and will be taking Luna Rossa's build up very steadily.

We have a video in this edition from Oracle Team USA, of their AC72 mishap and the recovery. Compiled by Amory Ross, formerly MCM with Puma on the recent Volvo Ocean Race, it is a very good record of the whole incident from start to finish - and a big improvement on the soundbite approach that has marked a lot of the earlier video.

Oracle Team USA is lifted from the water to assist pumping  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Hot out of cyberspace is a frame by frame analysis from Erik Simonson of who was standing opposite where Oracle Team USA capsized in October 16, 2012. Erik has run his images together into a frame by frame video which can be viewed in high definition and makes for an excellent piece of analysis as to what really happened. There's 380 shots in total of what happened that fateful day.

Don't miss the commentary from Rod Davis, on the Oracle capsize, and its lesson for other America's Cup teams.

Last May, the International Sailing Federation selected the 49er FX as the Womens Olympic Skiff. We're pleased to be able to report on the growth of the new class, which has proved the concept was right - to put a rig designed for Women sailors onto the existing 49er hull.

While some claimed that it was a compromise, and that a specialist boat would be a better option, the numbers speak for themselves, with the 49er FX sailing in 19 countries and with over 135 rigs will have been shipped by the end of October. The countries list will expand to 21 by that date. It is a remarkable achievement not only for Mackay Boats, but also the two suppliers involved Southern Spars and North Sails using their production facilities in Sri Lanka.

The 49er FX has is now sailed in over 20 countries less than five months after selection as the Olympic Womens Skiff  Richard Gladwell ©

As expected some of the top women sailors have moved into the class, whether that is permanent remains to be seen. Certainly there has been a loud sucking sound coming from the second hand 49er market, with the womens sailors buying while the prices are down. Being able to get a second hand boat for around $6000 (UK prices converted) and putting the new FX mast and sails on board for $8750 ex GST puts a perfectly good boat in the water for under $15,000 - an excellent price for a new two-handed Olympic class.

The first championships have already been scheduled, in conjunction with the Mens 49er Worlds and Europeans, and the two classes are being run by a combined organisation - making for an even smoother start-up.

Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa wait for racing to start off Takapuna Beach, Auckland  Richard Gladwell ©

In Florida, USA the A-Cat Worlds have prematurely concluded in the face of an advancing hurricane, with officials pulling the pin on the event after getting in the five races for a minimum series.

Six New Zealanders competed in the event, which in the end held racing on just two of three days. Top placed New Zealand sailor was class veteran Murray Philpott, who placed fifth overall with Mike Drummond in sixth place. Several other notable NZ sailing names competed including 49er sailor Allan Coutts, and 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Blair Tuke.

We have reports on both days of racing in this edition of's newsletter, along with video, but for some reason good quality photos from the event are hard to find.

Events Clothing in San Francisco, they were the third placed New Zealand boat in the Nespresso series  Christophe Favreau ©

Events Clothing have come on board with a sponsorship of an Auckland based 18ft skiff, Events Clothing. Catch the gallery of action shots in this edition of We'll be running more reports from the team in future editions of

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this edition, particularly those using our online submission and image loading facility which can be accessed by clicking here

Wetas tied up to the Lancer Airodock at lake Pupuke  Lancer Industries
Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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2012 Coastal Classic - Satellite Spy after the start of the 2012 Coastal Classic  Richard Gladwell ©

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