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Cup Spy Jan 23: Mixed day for the Brits, Swiss, USA and Kiwis

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-world.com/nz 24 Jan 03:10 PST 24 January 2023
American Magic - Patriot - AC75 - January 19, 2023 - Pensacola, Florida © Paul Todd/America's Cup

What happened in the Cup - January 23, 2023:

  • Alinghi Red Bull Racing sailed today.(See Report below.)
  • INEOS Britannia sailed today. (See Report below.)
  • American Magic sailed today. (See Report below.)
  • Emirates Team New Zealand sailed today and nosedived towards the end of the session. (See Report below.)
  • Luna Rossa sailed out of Cagliari yesterday, January 22, 2023.
  • No further developments from the late entry French K-Challenge. An announcement was expected in mid-late January according to an earlier announcement by the Late Entry team.

    American Magic - AC75 Version 2 - Pensacola - January 23, 2023 - Day 37

    From the AC37 Joint Recon Team: Patriot sailed offshore today, covered approximately 61 nm, comprised of 12 W/L legs.

    Five headsails were loaded into the support RIB, 1 was used. Sailing began at 11:29, completed 16 maneuvers and ended sailing at 15:20. Patriot had a total flying time of 88 Minutes.

    Top speeds were approximately 35k upwind and 39k downwind (according to RIB GPS). The sailing today was mostly long distance sailing on one board, while the team appeared to experiment with flight control/ride height.

    The legs were upwards of 5nm at a time finding Patriot approximately 15nm offshore for a good portion of the day. Terry Hutchinson explains in the interview that sign off for the new AC75 is in late May and it will be built in house by the team in Newport.

    Patriot is not expected to roll out tomorrow, Tuesday 1/24.

    Session Statistics - Pensacola - January 23, 2023 - American Magic - AC75 V1.5 - Day 37

    • Wind Strength 8-12kts (AM) 12kts (PM)
    • Wind Direction: NE (AM) NE (PM)
    • Sea State: 1-3ft chop (AM) 1-3ft chop (PM)
    • Roll out: 0855hrs Dock Out: 1030hrs
    • Dock In: 1610hrs Crane out: 1645hrs
    • Total Tacks: 12 - Fully foiling: 12; Touch & Go: 0; Touch Down: 0
    • Total Gybes: 4 - Fully foiling: 4; Touch & Go: 0; Touch Down: 2

    Crew: Paul Goodison, Riley Gibbs, Lucas Calabrese, Andrew Campbell, Dan Morris, Michael Menninger, Colten Hall, Trevor Burd, Tim Hornsby, Terry Hutchinson

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    INEOS Britannia - LEQ12 - Mallorca - January 23, 2022 - Day 15

    Top sailing journalist, Justin Chisholm was on the water and made various observations:

    The British team's 15th day on the water in Palma Bay was a fast and furious affair with several high speed laps of the bay conducted in a three and a half hour window. Gusty winds made keeping the silver LEQ12 stable on a side tow while hoisting the main this morning costing time as the boat was towed to steadier conditions closer to shore.

    Later in the day a black and ominous looking rain squall prompted an early end to sailing at around 1530. The team started the session with two long towing runs without sails that were later explained as necessary for data validation reasons.

    Once sails were up the crew wasted no time in sending the boat at high speed on a series of extended foiling laps of the bay. Multiple foiling tacks and gybes were witnessed without any momentus splash downs.

    Estimated top speed for the day was within a hairsbreadth of 40 knots on a flat water downwind run close to Campastilla. Contrastingly, the final run of the day took the boat eight nautical miles offshore – almost out of Palma Bay.

    Session Statistics - Mallorca - January 23, 2023 - INEOS Britannia - LEQ12 - Day 15

    • Wind Strength 7kts(AM) 14-18kts (PM)
    • Wind Direction: NNE (AM) NNE (PM)
    • Roll out: 0825hrs Dock Out: 1042hrs
    • Dock In: 1615hrs Crane out: 1745hrs
    • Total Tacks: 6 - Fully foiling: 3; Touch & Go: 3; Touch Down: 8
    • Total Gybes: 5 - Fully foiling: 2; Touch & Go: 3; Touch Down: 0

    Crew: Giles Scott, Leigh McMillan, Iain Jensen, Luke Parkinson, Bleddyn Mon

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    Emirates Team New Zealand - AC40-LEQ Boat 1 - Auckland - Day 11

    From the AC37 Joint Recon Team: Another stunning day on the Hauraki Gulf.

    Bottom of the wind range today with light S going SW breeze. flat seas but light puffy and fluky breeze made for interesting day.

    Capsized on mark rounding when caught in a puff right on the bear away. Righted and sailing again straight after.

    Session Statistics - Auckland - January 23, 2022 - Emirates Team New Zealand - AC40-1 LEQ12 - Day 11

    • Wind Strength 5-12kts (PM)
    • Wind Direction: SSW(PM)
    • Weather: Sunny, slight cloud cover. Temperature: 24°C
    • Sea State: Slight (PM)
    • Roll Out: 0930hrs; Dock Out: 1030hrs
    • Dock In: 1455hrs; Crane Out: 1600hrs
    • Total Tacks: 10 - Fully foiling: 4; Touch & Go: 5; Touch Down: 1
    • Total Gybes: 8 - Fully foiling: 6; Touch & Go: 2; Touch Down: 0
    • Crew: Peter Burling, Nathan Outteridge (co-helms), Andy Maloney, Bair Tuke, Josh Junior, Leonard Takahashi, Liv Mackay

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    Alinghi Red Bull Racing - AC75 - Barcelona - January 23, 2023 - Day 38

    From the AC37 Joint Recon team:

    Alinghi rolled out at 07:15, the earliest start to date, to find the morning breeze which was forecast to drop and turn 180deg at midday. With a north westerly breeze and east swell, sailing was in cross conditions for a second consecutive training day. The team was on the water for a total of 4 hours. The mainsail was hoisted in the port, the yacht then towed North to the Forum District of Barcelona.

    This area is on the outskirts of the city and therefore the sailing area less sheltered by the skyline. The J1 was hoisted and the team sailed two stints of long reaches, attempting a few foiling maneuvers. Some time was spent adjusting jib sheeting system. An end to the session was called on account of the dying wind. Again, it was quoted as "the coldest day on the water so far".

    Session Statistics - Barcelona, Spain - January 23, 2023 - Alinghi Red Bull Racing - AC75 - Day 38

    • Wind Strength: 3-4kts(AM); 9-11kts(PM)
    • Wind Direction: NW (AM) NW (PM)
    • Weather: Intermittent Cloud 7°C
    • Sea State: 3 (AM); 1mtr easterly swell
    • Roll out: 0740hrs Dock Out: 0915hrs
    • Dock In: 1310hrs Crane out: 1635hrs
    • Total Tacks: 2; Fully foiling: 0; Touch & Go: 0; Touch Down: 2
    • Total Gybes: 4; Fully foiling: 0; Touch & Go: 0; Touch Down: 4

    Crew: Driving team: Pietro Sibello, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Lucien Cujean, Yves Detrey, Nicolas Charbonnier, Bryan Mettreaux Power Team: Nils Theuninck, Nico Rolaz

    This commentary was written and compiled from video, still images and statistical content extracted from the AC37 Joint Recon program and other material available to Sail-World NZ including photo files, and other on the water coverage from the 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2021 America's Cups.

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