Please select your home edition
Edition
ETNZ Store 2024 728x90 TOP

This isn't what I expected - Sail-World.com USA newsletter

13/05/2024


This isn't what I expected

J Composites J/45

A+T Instruments 2024 Leaderboard

Alinghi Red Bull Racing - AC75 - Day 14 - May 10, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Paul Todd/America's Cup


Dear Recipient Name

A month ago, when I wrote AC75 launching season, just three of the AC75s set to contest the 37th America's Cup in Barcelona had been revealed. Now it's five, with just the French Orient Express Racing Team left to show their hand.

I have to admit I'm very surprised just how different all the boats are. The hull shapes are wildly varying, with design teams obviously prioritising different aspects as important, and exploring different corners of the AC75 design rules.

 
MySail Skipper   May 2024 MPU
 

American Magic - AC75 - Day 3 - May 10, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Alex Carabi / America's Cup
American Magic - AC75 - Day 3 - May 10, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Alex Carabi / America's Cup

I expected the new designs to be refined versions of Emirates Team New Zealand's 36th America's Cup-winning yacht 'Te Rehutai'. Why? Probably an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' mentality, but the America's Cup doesn't have that philosophy. The America's Cup is about finding breakthroughs, exploring options, and thinking differently.

It's incredibly hard to cast your eye as a layman on each hull and say, 'That one's right' or 'That one's wrong'. The CFD (computational fluid dynamics) is now absurdly complex; the interactions between hull and air, hull and water, rig and hull, foils and water, rig and air are mind-boggling.

 
Barton Marine 2019 600x500   Selden ART
 

INEOS Britannia - AC75 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Job Vermeulen / America's Cup
INEOS Britannia - AC75 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Job Vermeulen / America's Cup

The hull reveals have given us a glimpse of what teams' priorities were going into the design stage, and how they've gone about achieving that. We've also got to see them out on the water and seen how their initial sails have gone. These aren't going to be a measure of eventual speed, but do give an idea of the attitude of the boat in flight, the windward heel, how the rig sets up, how the boat pops out of the water and, maybe crucially, how the boat performs in waves.

So, who's got it right and who's got it wrong? We simply don't know at this stage, and I very much doubt it's as simple as right and wrong. They are so many nuances, so many variables, and so much we can't see on these boats.

The teams are also testing with a combination of previous generation foils and their new designs, often with one of each. This is an area where we can clearly see how things have evolved.

 
Zhik 2024 March - MPU   Race Yachts 2024 v1
 

New AC75 Version 2 wing foil nearest the camera with the anhedral 2021 wingfoil on the port foil arm -  Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 7 - May 3, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup
New AC75 Version 2 wing foil nearest the camera with the anhedral 2021 wingfoil on the port foil arm - Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 7 - May 3, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup

I was taken by a comment from Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli coach, Phillipe Presti, when talking about the new yachts compared to those used in the 36th America's Cup:

"The boats are nothing like what we had last time. This is a new generation of boats and they are way quicker and agile. At the low end we can take off at 6.5 or 6 knots. So, they are really a machine, a wind machine."

 
Allen 2022 - PSH Cam Cleat MPU   KZRaceFurlers
 

Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 12 - May 9, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup
Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 12 - May 9, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup

There is something I'm already missing on the latest generation of AC75s, and that's crew movement. We literally can't see a thing of what they're up to, apart from the slight bobbing of the cyclors' heads as they generate the power needed to control these foiling leviathans. No-one moves about the boat, no-one pops out of their pod until the boat is stopped.

American Magic - AC75 - Day 2 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Alex Carabi / America's Cup
American Magic - AC75 - Day 2 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Alex Carabi / America's Cup

All we see is the result of their work: The change of course, the slight adjustment of the mainsail and jib, the main foils going up and down and, frankly, not much else. I worry that after the novelty of seeing how these boats perform, and then later how they line up against each other, my interest will wane. Will I watch a full race once I know one boat is faster than another? I guess I won't know until the time comes.

 
Vaikobi 2024 MPU   Marskeel 2019 600x500
 

INEOS Britannia - AC75 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Job Vermeulen / America's Cup
INEOS Britannia - AC75 - May 8, 2024 - Barcelona - photo © Job Vermeulen / America's Cup

The big element that is missing right now is the people, personalities, and rivalries. We're getting the recon interviews after a training session, with one of the team selected to talk, but these invariably talk about the boats and how the session went. The technology is discussed, but not in too much detail as they don't want to give anything away. It results in the interviewee being guarded, and with it, their personality shrouded.

Come competition, hopefully we'll see the characters of Peter Burling, Nathan Outteridge, Tom Slingsby, Paul Goodison, Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Francesco Bruni, Ruggero Tita, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Quentin Delapierre and Kevin Peponnet brought to the fore. The technology is interesting, but it's the rivalries that will make the event engrossing.

 
Henri-Lloyd - For the Best Days of your life   RS Sailing 2021 - MPU
 

Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 12 - May 9, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup
Luna Rossa - AC75 - Day 12 - May 9, 2024 - Cagliari - photo © Ivo Rovira / America's Cup

Let's hope that every team has got something right and something wrong, or just found a different way of making a fast AC75. If that's the case we'll have times when each team flourishes, and the potential for a close selection series in the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup match.

The holy grail for the event is tight racing. We saw it at times in Auckland during the 36th America's Cup, with place-changing aplenty and match-racing manoeuvres in play. In these situations, the link-up between the two sides of the boat, where each helmsman takes turns on the wheel, is going to have to be almost symbiotic. Decisions are often made in the blink of an eye, and the other helmsman is going to have to understand exactly what is happening faster than it can be explained to them.

2024 Congressional Cup - photo © Ian Roman
2024 Congressional Cup - photo © Ian Roman

This brings up the question of have they had enough recent match racing experience? Should the sailors have also been competing on the World Match Racing Tour to keep their hand in at the craft? It's going to be fascinating to watch it all play out.

Mark Jardine
Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com Managing Editor

 
upffront 2024 May Flash Sale MPU   Colligo Marine 2024 MPU
 


Podium finishers honoured at Transat CIC Prizegiving
Competitors and invited guests honoured the IMOCA and Class40 podiums of the 15th edition of The Transat CIC at the prizegiving Sunday in New York.

Melges 24 European Sailing Series at Marina Portoroz Regatta - Overall
It's Peter Karrie's Nefeli who takes the honor of winning the traditional Marina Portoroz Melges 24 Regatta, 2nd event of the 2024 Melges 24 European Sailing Series organized by YC Marina Portoroz in collaboration with Int'l Melges 24 Class Association

Race to the Straits = J/FUN & Silverware!
Hosted annually by Sloop Tavern Yacht Club in Seattle, WA, the Race to the Straits featured two days of racing 30.3 nm from Shilshole to Port Townsend and return over last weekend.

 
J Composites J/99   Barz Optics 2023 SW 1
 
44Cup Baiona Overall
Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing demonstrated herself to be categorically back on form after winning five races out of nine at the 44Cup Baiona.

49er & 49er FX Europeans & Nacra 17 Worlds at La Grande Motte, France - Overall
Italian foiling stars Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti have won their fourth Nacra 17 world title in La Grande Motte, France. It was also a great day for first-time winners of a major championship for teams from Uruguay and Belgium.

470 European Championship at Yacht Club de Cannes - Overall
A few weeks before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and whose sailing events will be held in Marseille at the beginning of August, this 470 Europeans had a very special flavour in typically Mediterranean weather, and low to moderate thermal breezes.

 
Rooster 2023 - Aquafleece Robe - MPU   A+T Instruments 2024 MPU
 
J domination at American YC Spring Regatta!
The 2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta wrapped up three solid days of sailing on May 3-5, with the Friday coastal race leading into the weekend's mix of windward-leeward and coastal courses.

Welcome aboard, James and Somira!
With James' 40 years as a licensed captain and their shared experience sailing the Southern Ocean, they're truly a dream team. This brings a unique perspective when it comes to understanding Colligo Marine's product line.

Beat the Breeze with the New Henri-Lloyd Cool Breeze Jacket
The ultimate all rounder jacket for the everyday sailor, race crew and boating enthusiast. With the benefit of a micro fleece lining for insulation, it's designed for cooler days offering protection from ocean spray, chilling mornings and cold winds.

 
Cyclops 2024 February MPU   North Sails Performance 2023 - MPU
 
The oldest video footage of Tornado catamarans racing
We delve into the past, and round-up all videos which show sailing in the Tornado class of catamaran.

Cup Spy May 11: Brits keen to get some monkeys off their backs
Having hit their stride the Brits seem keen to put some forgettable years behind them. Today was the AC75 equivalent of quicksand - light airs, with variable pressure, and the Brits, to their credit, were the only team to sail.

The Transat CIC: New York offers finishers sunshine but still dark clouds over the Atlantic
At 13 days since the fleet left Lorient just seven solo racers are still racing across the Atlantic on the 3,500 miles Transat CIC.

 
Hyde Sails 2022 One Design MPU   37th AC Store 2024-two-300x250
 
Cup Spy May 10: Arrivederci, Cagliari. Italians head for Barcelona
Three teams sailed AC75s off Barcelona on Friday, along with Luna Rossa sailing out of Cagliari Sardinia. It was the last sailing day in Cagliari before they move to the base in Barcelona and begin their workup towards the Louis Vuitton Cup.

US Clubs invited to race in Sailing League Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club
St. Francis Yacht Club invites interested yacht clubs based in the United States to race in an inaugural Sailing League Regatta in San Francisco, California.

Cup Spy May 9: Luna Rossa coach gives early verdict on the latest AC75
Luna Rossa sailed for the fourth successive day from Cagliari, Sardinia. A point of interest on Thursday was the relative performance of its two wing foils - one to the new AC75 Class Rule, the other a legacy foil used in the 2021 America's Cup.

 
Armstrong 300x250 Performance Mast Range   SOUTHERNSPARS_MAST-&-BOOMS_SW_300X250-MISSY
 
Italy's Ambrogio Beccaria (Alla Grande - Pirelli) wins The Transat CIC in Class40
Italy's Ambrogio Beccaria on his all Italian designed and built Musa 40 Alla Grande Pirelli added the hugely prestigious Transat CIC Class 40 title to his steadily growing collection of solo and short handed ocean racing honours this morning.

Marine Auctions: May Online Auctions
May 2024 Online Auction Bidding to Open Friday 24th May Close Thursday 30th May at 2pm AEST.

Is this the slipperiest America's Cup boat in the fleet?
There's plenty to suggest that American Magic's AC75 'Patriot' is the most refined aerodynamic package so far and if that's the case the team's new machine could be the lowest drag Cup boat out there.

 
Doyle_SailWorld_300x350px-05   Lloyd Stevenson - Artnautica60 300x250px
 
Barton Marine appoint Marine Connect as South African Distributor
Barton Marine are pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Marine Connect in South Africa. Representing the full Barton Marine range, the team will facilitate supply of Barton's popular, durable and great value deck equipment range.

Register for Livestream of Cole Brauer event
After two live shows sold out in a matter of hours, Sail Newport will now livestream The Cole Brauer event on Thursday, May 16, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (EST) (GMT-4) courtesy of North Sails.

Cup Spy May 8: Three teams sail AC75s off Barcelona on Wednesday
Three teams sailed AC75s off Barcelona on Wednesday, the first opportunity for the teams to tangle, and have the inevitable accidental hookup as the Challengers sized up their opposition for the first time. A fourth team Luna Rossa worked up off Cagliari.

 
PredictWind - Offshore App 300x250   C-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 300x250
 
Bermuda Delivers for SailGP
Bermuda had it all for the Apex Group Bermuda Sail Grand Prix, with the drama starting on the practice day, when a user-error on the USA SailGP Team F50 saw them capsize at speed, hurling the crew out of the boat and onto the wing sail.

Brit Ben Anderson wins SailGP Inspire WASZP racing in Bermuda
SailGP were in Bermuda at the beginning of May, and alongside the F50 racing ran their highly competitive Inspire foiling programme in WASZPS for Under 21 year old sailors.

2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta recap
The 2024 American Yacht Club Spring Regatta wrapped up 3 solid days of sailing on May 3-5, with the Friday coastal race leading into the weekend's mix of windward-leeward and coastal courses.

 
Mackay Boats 300x250   March to end August 2024 affiliate link
 
Melges 15 offers action-packed Summer Calendar
Join the action! The Melges 15 has a full event calendar for anyone interested in joining one of the fastest-growing one-design classes in the world.

Cup Spy May 3: Three teams work up their AC75s in Barcelona and Cagliari
Three teams sailed - two out of Barcelona - Alinghi Red Bull Racing, and INEOS Britannia. And, the other - Luna Rossa - sailed out of Cagliari. The Brits seemed to have a better day, hitting 40kts on one foiling leg.

Cup Spy May 7: American Magic's AC75 completes launch, tow-test, sail and tack on Day 1
New York Yacht Club's American Magic has revealed their new AC75 and completed the launch, tow-test, sail and tack in Barcelona. The AC75 has several intriguing design features, including an intriguing crew cockpit arrangement.

 
ETNZ-STORE-300x250 two   Coast Guard Foundation 2023 MPU
 
Yoann Richomme: Pinching himself after victory in The Transat CIC
Many of the IMOCA skippers in The Transat CIC have been dreaming about completing the race and gliding past the Statue of Liberty after the finish, and on Tuesday race winner Yoann Richomme did exactly that.

Foiling Week WASZP 8.2m Class Sold Out in 1 hour
It has taken just one hour for the 8.2m section of the Foiling Week WASZP 8.2m fleet to sell out! This is the second major event that has sold out in the space of months. The International WASZP Games in Norway also sold out in the space of 48 hours.

America's Cup: New 'Patriot' has her launch, christening and first sail in Barcelona
A landmark day unfolded for NYYC American Magic on Tuesday morning, May 7th, as Boat 3, "Patriot", embarked on its inaugural sail.

America's Cup: American Magic splash and sail their AC75, revealing several interesting features
American Magic rolled out their new AC75 at 5.45am on Tuesday, with the first set of slightly asymmetric race foils, rudder and rig all in place and revealing an interesting deck layout putting the helms and trimmers side by side and well forward.

Celebration time in NYC as The Transat CIC IMOCA podium finishers dock in the heart of the Big Apple
Freezing fog banks, a light winds head scratcher at 150 miles from the finish, deciphering the vagaries of the Gulf Stream....all these final challenges, and more, were all but forgotten when The Transat CIC IMOCAs enjoyed a sunny arrival in New York.

Celebrating throughlines in sailing leadership and the sailing world's newest hero
Back in mid-March, Sail-World celebrated singlehanded American skipper Cole Brauer as the sailing world's newest hero. Now, I'm now happy to report that we have another sailing hero, albeit one who carries a British passport.

An interview with Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance about their 49erFX campaign for Paris 2024
Sail-World checked in with sisters Antonia and Georgia Lewin-LaFrance, who are representing Canada in the 49erFX event at the 2024 Paris Olympics, via email, to learn more about their campaign.

Britain's Sam Davies on Initiatives-Coeur completes an international IMOCA podium in The Transat CIC
An exhausted but delighted Sam Davies sailed her Initiatives Coeur across the finish line of the Transat CIC at 20:11:37hrs local time NYC (00:11:37 hrs UTC) to take a well earned third place on the legendary solo race across the North Atlantic.

Career best second for Germany's Boris Herrmann on Malizia - Seaexplorer in The Transat CIC
Germany's Boris Herrmann sailed to the best result of his 14 year IMOCA ocean racing career so far when he finished in second place on The Transat CIC on Sunday.

2024 Star World Championship comes to San Diego this September
San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) is excited to invite members of the International Star Class to compete at the Star World Championship in San Diego, CA with racing from September 8-13, 2024.

Pre-eminence
Not too hard to work out that I am unabashedly Australian. Hope everyone is as proud of their country, as I am. Most folk I know seem to be.

Yoann Richomme on Paprec Arkéa wins the 15th edition of The Transat CIC
French skipper Yoann Richomme made it two back-to-back solo Transatlantic wins today when he brought his PAPREC ARKÉA across the finish line first on the historic Transat CIC race across the North Atlantic from Lorient in Brittany to New York.

Newport, Rhode Island here we come!
A precious cargo of ten 52 Super Series representing seven different nations left Palma today heading across the Atlantic bound for the USA's sailing epicentre, Newport, Rhode Island.

Vaikobi 2024 FOOTER

Cyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTER

This email was sent to the.recipients@email.address by YY Online Services Ltd.
Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2PW
Registered in England No. 7895890

Our records show that you signed up to receive news from us on 1 January 2000

Please do not reply to this message as this address cannot receive replies.

You can unsubscribe at any time or email us here if you encounter any difficulties
PredictWind - Routing 728x90 BOTTOMJ Composites J/99Vaikobi 2024 FOOTER