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Planet Sail Episode 2: Matt Sheahan takes time out from tinkering with his RS400

by Matt Sheahan 13 Apr 22:59 PDT 28 March 2020
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 'Te Aihe' on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand 36th America's Cup © Emirates Team New Zealand

Welcome to Episode 2 in our new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world. Like much of the world we're still in lock down here in the UK but there's still plenty to report on as Matt Sheahan takes time out from tinkering with his RS400 to report on what's been going on around the word.

In this episode:

01:38 America's Cup - Kiwi focus
05:50 The complete Ocean Race course
07:55 Whitbread archive - 1973-74 & 1977-78
09:58 Crash & Burn in Cornwall
12:29 Olympic view - Ian Walker interview
19:14 Cowes Week latest - Regatta Director speaks
24:24 Small tweak, big difference? Flying Fifteen latest thinking

America's Cup - Kiwi focus
The cancellation of both of the opening America's Cup World Series (Sardinia & Portsmouth) and the global lockdown preventing teams from doing pretty much anything other than train at home, the America's Cup like so many other sporting events has gone on hold. In many ways, of the four teams the Kiwis faced the biggest headache with their AC75 stuck en route between New Zealand and Sardinia. Yet the move to build a small test boat after launching their first AC75 looks like it was a smart move in allowing the team to carry on testing, training and developing ahead of their second boat launch. At least it would if they could go sailing. Nevertheless, the Kiwis seem to be ready to get straight back into it once the lockdown is lifted, so we thought we'd take a look at some of the videos they've been producing over the last few mon the to get feel for what they've been up to so far this year.

The Ocean Race course
It was easy to get confused as to where the next fully crewed around the race would go given that the organisers have been announcing the legs for the next race individually. But now the complete course has been revealed.

Whitbread Archive
As the countdown continues towards the next Ocean Race, here's some fascinating archive of the first two races and links to the official programmes that highlight just how far ocean racing has come.

Cornish Crash & Burn
If you've tripped up while racing at Looe Sailing Club in Cornwall the chances are it was caught on video. And while we've all been there, it's still amusing to see other people take a swim too. Here's a few of the best.

Olympic view
RYA Director of Racing Ian Walker talks exclusively to PlanetSail about how moving the Olympics back a year will affect teams, sailors and campaigns.

Cowes Week Update
While many of the word's events have been postponed or cancelled, some are still planning to run their events. Among them is Cowes Week one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. We talk to Regatta Director Laurence Mead about the plans for this year's event.

Small tweak, big difference - how to boost a Flying 15
Earlier this year we ran a feature on the RYA Dinghy Show which included a reference to a brand new Flying Fifteen that had caught our eyes and those of Olympic sailor Luke Patience. Well, it turns out that this is more than just a new boat, but one that has a tweak that could provide a new set of gears for an already highly refined international keelboat. We go behind the scenes in the Lake District to see what lies under the skin of this latest Flying Fifteen.

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