Sail-World New Zealand: August 24, 2013 - On Match Point

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 24 Aug 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: August 24, 2013 - On Match Point

Emirates Team New Zealand is just two points, and maybe one day's racing away from yet again being the Challenger for the America's Cup.

All going well, this will be New Zealand's third stint as the Challenger since 1987, in the America's Cup - sailing in multi-challenger Cups. The team has twice Defended, and has always made the Louis Vuitton Cup Final.

Whether the races scheduled for Saturday, in San Francisco actually take place as planned is a moot point, with all the forecasts pointing to a blow-out, as the breeze hits an average of 20kts plus.

It still rankles with many Kiwi sailors, regarding the reputation Auckland built in the minds of international visitors of being a venue where the winds were flukey, or much too strong, necessitating the missing of vital TV scheduled broadcasts of the racing.

Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Day 5, Emirates Team New Zealand  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

Of course Valencia was going to solve all that, and responded with six days opeing the Louis Vuitton Cup, when no sailing was possible.

San Francisco seems to have some unique issues of its own - including the fog, however it has generally been very good. It is great that racing can be held so close to shore, and hopefully this will continue in future Cups.

The issue with San Francisco is the wind limit which has been set very low, in fact the lowest of any regatta of our experience. But after one more day of racing this will click up to the more regulation 25kts and the wind-bogey should be all but gone.

Louis Vuitton Cup Finals Race 6; ETNZ vs Luna Rossa  ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman©

In this edition we cover the mid-part of the Final Series, including Am-Cam video shot today from the edge of San Francisco Bay,shot by videographer, John Navas, it shows Emirates Team NZ foiling to windward for a sustained period at a top speed just shy of 30kts.

John has also picked up a stream from Virtual Eye of the foiling to windward sequence, and has cut this in with his video so you can see the speeds as well as the video of the AC72 flying to windward in a race.

The verdict on foiling to windward is that it is not the silver bullet many believed, with the actual gains over Luna Rossa being harder to detect - however it is a great tactical weapon nevertheless.

Oracle Team USA claimed that other teams "trespassed" on their AC45's ahead of the Red Bull Youth series  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

In other America's Cup news, we feature a story on the withdrawn protest by Oracle Team USA, and spoke to Tom Ehman, one of their rules advisers, as to why the protest was lodged and withdrawn two days later. Like many protests, all is not always what it seems on the surface.

Of course the Big One next week will be the Hearing into Oracle Team USA's conduct over the heavy kingposts. That gets underway on Tuesday.

Emirates Team NZ hits peak speed of 29.2kts foiling upwind in Race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final  ARL Media

In other news, we carry the story of Doyle Sails taking over Beacon Marinein Westhaven, which will see both the Doyle's operation expand, and Vb>Doyles will acquire a Westhaven sail facility which can only be to everyone's benefit. The Westhaven facility is in addition to their Avondale loft and laminating plant, which is a very impressive facility, both in terms of its size and technology.

In this edition we feature another of the video, and image galleries from Maritime Productions. This one focuses on the 1974 America's Cup which was notable for both the size and qualityof the Defender fleet, and the entry into the America's Cup world of several of the personalities that were to shape the sport for the next ten years - certainly until 1983.

Navigator Halsey Herreshoff (glasses), Jack Sutphen (trimmer and tactician) and helmsman Bob Bavier on board Courageous. Conner would replace Sutphen later in the trials - 1974 America's Cup  Paul Darling Photography© Maritime Productions

On the defender side there was Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, along with several of the old guard. And on the Challenger side there was Alan Bond, Ben Lexcen and the core of the Australian team that would be the first winning Challenger in 1983.

Don't miss the extract from Bob Fisher's excellent book, An Absorbing Interest, featured in this story.

We have several reports from Hamilton Island Race Week. While there are no New Zealand boats competing that we can see, the regatta is notable for having Ernesto Bertarelli competing aboard the Reichel/Pugh 66 Wild Oats X with his Alinghi team. They also took part in the tug-of-war, see story and pictures, in this edition

Ernesto Bertarelli Tug O'War  Andrea Francolini ©

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Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Day 5, Luna Rossa  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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With US President Roosevelt's yacht Potomac in the background, Oracle one and two move off. - America's Cup 2013  Chuck Lantz

Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand and his mates, walk off the stage at the Dock Out show and on to winning the 6th Match Race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Finale on August 23, 2013 in San Francisco California.  © Linda Wright

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Bob Fisher,
As the America's Cup moves into its 163rd year (America won at Cowes on 22nd August 1851), there was a degree of inevitability about the result of the sixth race of the Louis Vuitton Cup final. Held in 13-17 knots of south-westerly breeze, Emirates Team New Zealand totally dominated her opponent, Luna Rossa, finishing almost two minutes in front over the ten-mile course.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Predictwind - Winds expected to be over the limit
Richard Gladwell,
Predictwind indicates that winds will build earlier than normal and are expected to be close to the limit for sailing at the start of racing at 1.10pm on Saturday for Day 7 of racing in the Finals for the Louis Vuitton Cup between Italian Challenger Luna Rossa, and Emirates Team New Zealand... [more]
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Doyle Sails New Zealand merges with Beacon Marine
Ellie Brade,
Doyle Sails New Zealand has merged with Westhaven-based Beacon Marine, effective as of 1 September 2013. The Beacon Westhaven office – on the corner of Westhaven Drive and Curran St – will now serve as a central waterside base for Doyle's one-stop-shop of marine offerings, including sails, service, rigging, upholstery and covers.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Am-Cam Video - Highlights of Finals Race 6
John Navas,
Videographer, John Navas, compiled this video of highlights from Day 5 of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup. It covers the whole race, plus the close-up foiling sequence of Emirates Team NZ sailing at close to 30kts upwind.... [more]
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America's Cup: Lack of time cited as reason for Oracle back-down
Richard Gladwell,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ moves to 5-1 in Final
Emirates Team NZ Media,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ on brink of winning Final + Videos
America's Cup Media,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Spectacular Am-Cam video of Kiwis foiling upwind
John Navas,
Videographer John Navas was in his favorite position on the edge of San Francisco Bay and captured this video of Emirates Team New Zealand foiling upwind on Leg 3 of Race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final. This is the first close-up video of a boat foiling upwind during a race, as Emirates Team NZ hit 30kts for a sustained period upwind.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
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Marina Thomas,
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Collinson FX,
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America's Cup: 1974 My name is Bond.. Alan Bond - New video
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Cloud nine for race winners
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Day six of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week was packed with colour and movement as bittersweet wins and some creative Prix d' Elegance fancy dress for a memorable penultimate day.... [more]
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Luiz E. Kahl,
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420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Gold to Israel, Italy and the Ukraine
International 420 and 470 Class Associations,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ enjoy a good day in the Finals
Warren Douglas,
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Louis Vuitton Cup Finals - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Two straight for Kiwis on Day 4 of Final
Bob Fisher,
Emirates Team New Zealand proved superiority and reliability on a day when the west-south-westerly breeze was down to 12-14 knots and demonstrated that, barring breakdowns, that it will be the team that progresses to the America's Cup. The two races in the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup were one-sided, but considerably closer than anything that has preceded them.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Just like the brochure for Day 4 of the Final
Richard Gladwell,
San Francisco and the America's Cup finally delivered what everyone had been hoping for in Race 4 and 5 of the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The expected strong breeze missed its forecasted schedule – arriving late, and providing instead a moderate breeze under bright skies.... [more]
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America's Cup turning 162 years young
America's Cup,
America's Cup, the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, will celebrate its 162nd birthday this week. It was August 22, 1851, when the yacht America beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - An event to remember
Every edition of the Rolex Fastnet Race deserves its own chapter in the event's proud annals so rich are the stories that emanate every time the offshore classic is held. Yet, in its 88 years of existence, few Rolex Fastnet Races have captured the values intrinsic in making the competition an international icon in quite the same way as 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup - Ken Read's View: Patience is a Virtue
Ken Read,
North Sails President and TV Commentary Team member, Ken Read gives his insider's view of the Louis Vuitton Cup:After technical difficulties in LV Finals Race 3, we are reminded that good things come to those who wait The bottom of Luna Rossa's wing gave them trouble in Race 2. The port side 'wing arm' ultimately lead to their withdrawal from Race 3. Lets be honest. Frustration rules the day... [more]
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