Sail-World New Zealand: August 25, 2013 - Kiwis set to Challenge

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 25 Aug 2013

Sail-World New Zealand: August 25, 2013 - Kiwis set to Challenge

NewsFlash: The 2015 Finn Gold Cup has been awarded to New Zealand to be staged at the Takapuna Boating Club. The Club will also be holding the 2014 A-Class catamaran World Championships, and will be hosting the sailing section of the World Masters games in 2017. More to come on

Emirates Team New Zealand is just one point, 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.

According to the latest prognosis from PredictWind it would seem that moderate winds will prevail for the racing scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, local time. That is a race which should have taken place today, but didn't due to the wind limit being exceeded.

Emirates Team NZ - 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup Final - Race 7  Luna Rossa/Studio Borlenghi/ Borlenghi-Butto

But the race would have been held in the America's Cup, calling into question as to why the Challenger Final is sailed under different conditions to the America's Cup itself.

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.

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

Emirates Team NZ foiling upwind at just under 30kts, while Luna Rossa tacks in Race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final  John Navas

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 yesterday from the edge of San Francisco Bay, by videographer, John Navas, it shows Emirates Team NZ foiling to windward for a sustained period at a top speed just shy of 30kts. They repeated the effort today, hitting 30kts just before rounding the windward mark , and then clocking 47kts in the rounding process. Will we see the 'Big 50' mark hit this America's Cup?

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. Today it paid a bigger dividend than yesterday.

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.

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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Louis Vuitton Cup final - Images of Luna Rossa by Carol Borlenghi
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America's Cup: Images of the Day from San Francisco bay
Linda Wright,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ close to a successful Defence
America's Cup Media,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Luna Rossa - Race 7 of the Finals - Time runs out
Luna Rossa Media,
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Louis Vuitton Cup: Emirates Team NZ takes the point on Saturday
Warren Douglas,
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Full Series Scores,
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Doyle Sails New Zealand merges with Beacon Marine
Ellie Brade,
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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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America's Cup: 1974 My name is Bond.. Alan Bond - New video
Maritime Productions presents another from its video library of America's Cup. As Bob Fisher describes below, the 1974 America's Cup saw the entrance of Alan Bond, and the team who were to win the America's cup nine years later. Alan Bond, his strategist Warren Jones, designer Ben Lexcen, and skipper Jim Hardy all descended on Newport, bringing a new attitude to the America's Cup.... [more]
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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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America's Cup turning 162 years young
America's Cup,
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Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 - An event to remember
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