Apologies for the delay in this edition of Sail-World's newsletter, which was deliberate, to include the latest coverage from Emirates Team NZ's unveiling of their AC72. There are five significant America's Cup features from New Zealand sources in this edition of Sail-World including two video interviews.
On Thursday morning the New Zealand media were allowed into the AC72 hangar in Halsey Street, with cameras, and were able to provide a very rare, view of an America's Cup Challenger at this critical stage of the campaign.
Yes, Emirates Team NZ did hold a similar session at Cooksons for the first AC72, but cameras were virtually banned, and the open session on Thursday morning was unprecedented, in our experience.
In this edition we have video interviews, shot on location, with Technical Director Nick Holroyd and Managing Director, Grant Dalton. These are the only extended views you will get of life behind the hangar doors.
We were not allowed to shoot in the wingsail construction area. But it is a very spectacular sight - like being in a model aircraft wing construction facility, except the wings tower above you, as they sit on edge, without any external skins, so you can see all the carbon ribs.
Mike Drummond, involved with the design for three winning America's Cup teams MIAA
We did an audio only interview with Grant Dalton and Nick Holroyd in this facility, where they elaborate on the sheer size of this program in terms of manhours and effort, and the direction it will take in the coming months with the second wingsail.
Also featured in this edition of Sail-World are two interviews with former Oracle Racing Technical Director, Mike Drummond - whose America's Cup involvement goes right back into 1987. He was involved in the design of Team New Zealand's boats for several America's Cup cycles, and more recently was Technical Director for Oracle Racing in their successful challenge for the America's Cup in 2010.
Mike is in an extremely good position to be able to comment on the design nuances of the current America's Cup class yachts, and also traverses the issues that led to the Oracle AC72 capsize in mid-October 2012, and the effect that incident will have on their program.
Some of his comments are surprising, but read in conjunction with those of Nick Holroyd and Grant Dalton, should give a good snapshot of the AC72 catamarans and the science behind these boats.
Yes, it is a little complicated trying to get your heads around the concepts with these boats, but we have tried to keep it as simple and basic as we can - even if you can only understand 30 or 50% of it, the rest will come to you in coming months, for sure. It's not that hard, believe us, and Physics was easily our worst subject at school (even worse that our Latin!).
Grant Dalton (left) and Nick Holroyd in front of the new AC72 - Emirates Team NZ - Media Day January 17, 2012 Sandra McGill
There is plenty of other local news in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter, we are now getting some good coverage coming through from local sailing events, and will be looking to tune this up still further in the next couple of months.
Don't miss Rod Davis' experiences as he swaps the America's Cup coach boat for an OK Dinghy and makes his mark on the 50th OK Dinghy Nationals at Napier. The contrast between a professional sailing campaign and an OK Dinghy campaign are two completely different worlds - which Rod has now experienced. Remarkably, he last sailed a boat that could capsize, when he was 17 years old, and living in California. So this was a giant step for Rod, but maybe not for the sailing mankind.
The OK Dinghy is probably New Zealand's longest established class, and certainly the one with the most world titles. But it has a a great and fun racing fleet as Rod Davis found out Miranda Powrie
There is a groundswell push in New Zealand to get more recreational sailing and racing underway, particularly in dinghies, as an antidote to the stream of professional and Olympic sailing which tends to dominate. Rod's story and revelations are a step into this brave new world.
Will Phillips winning race 5 - Musto Skiff Australian Championships 2013 Rick Steuart
Also in this edition is the announcement of the first stopover in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, and the confirmation of the second entry. We speculate what might come next, in terms of stopovers, and it would seem that Cape Town is likely to be by-passed. That being so it would seem that Auckland is very much on the agenda, unless the race goes to the East Coast of Australia, as the launch pad before heading for Cape Horn.
Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe Alex Thomson Racing - copyright
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