AC72 speed and a Farr 40 report—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA AC72 training in San Francisco Bay in early February Artemis Racing
While the main goal of Artemis' shed exercise is to get the mighty catamaran up on foils like her Kiwi, American and Italian 'friends', the team is also trying to coax every extra knot of boatspeed out of their first-generation AC72. According to Andy Fethers, Luna Rossa's bowman, one of the other tasks facing the team is to improve the boat's aerodynamic profile.
Inside, check out the teaser video showing the team's efforts (as well as a sneak preview of what the team's modified AC72 will look like) at making their boat faster through the air, and stay tuned for more updates from Artemis' camp, as they become known.
Skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team maintained the lead at the Miami Beach Invitational - Miami Beach Invitational Sarah Proctor
Meanwhile, down in Florida, the racing action was hot at the Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational. According to reports, two down-to-the-wire finishes determined the regatta's final podium positions. 'It feels great,' said Wolfgang Schaefer, skipper of 'Struntje Light', which won the event by a one-point delta over 'Plenty'. 'We were a little bit worried because we had old sails, but we had good speed downwind and [tactician] Peter [Holmberg] did a tremendous job the whole regatta. We also have very good trimmers and they make life easy for me.'
Skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and the Struntje Light team celebrate their victory back at the dock. - Miami Beach Invitational William Wagner
Everyone involved agreed that the racing was ultra-close. 'It was a hard-fought win and those always taste the best,' said Holmberg. 'We had very tricky conditions out there all week. I think the key was to get a feel for what the wind was doing on a particular day. It required a loose style of sailing and be ready to make adjustments because things could change from one leg to the next.'
Get the full scoop from the Farr 40 Miami Beach Invitational, inside this issue.
Edgartown Race Weekend 2013 Michael Berwind
Also inside, get the latest scoop on ETNZ's fortunately small mishap with one of their wingsails down in New Zealand, check-out the post-racing report from the St. Mary's Women's Intersectional Regatta and don't miss the event preview from the Edgartown Yacht Club's Big Boat Buoy Races and 'Round the Island Race.
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