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America’s Cup – Teams now racing in Bermuda…

Oracle Team USA sailing on the Great Sound, Bermuda Sam Greenfield/Oracle Team USA http://www.oracleteamusa.com
Oracle Team USA sailing on the Great Sound, Bermuda Sam Greenfield/Oracle Team USA http://www.oracleteamusa.com

Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, has come out before to set up the race courses, continue to learn more about the venue and the weather, and conduct racing that gives the teams an opportunity to line up against each other.

This is the third time ACRM has conducted this type of racing in Bermuda. But with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers now just over four months away, there is a renewed sense of urgency. This may be practice, but the real thing starts soon, so undertaking the discipline of a simulated race day is something the competitors are taking seriously.

“There’s a lot to it for the teams. Suddenly there is a procedure and process of immovable times that you have to meet and be prepared for,” Murray says. “That’s not usually a part of everyday life. Usually you can be a bit more flexible. But now you have to get to the race course, ready to race, by the start time.”

On the water, Murray says this is an opportunity for him and ACRM to continue the learning process.

“This is the third time we’ve done this. We’re getting a handle on the performance of these boats, the speed and angles, which helps us set up the race course,” he says.

“We’re also thinking about how we fit everyone in around the race course – the superyachts, the spectator boats, the finishing line off Cross Island, the starting box. There’s competition for real estate out there and we’re working on that.”

Chris Draper, the wing trimmer and sailing team manager for SoftBank Team Japan says these sessions are invaluable.

“It’s great because you’re on the race course area, so there’s a local knowledge build there,” he says.

“You also get to check in and see where you’re at against the other teams. These aren’t the boats we’re going to race in the America’s Cup but a lot of our thinking and strategy is all played out in these races, so it’s a good check in.

“The limitations are that you don’t necessarily have your race equipment, in terms of boards, for example, so you’ve got what you’ve got and it’s a case of just getting out there and doing your best with it. But all the teams are in that same position.”

Draper says the simulation is about more than just what happens on the water. The shore crew gets practiced in race day preparation as well.

“The more you can make a race day the same as a practice day, the better,” he says. “If we can look at exactly how long it takes us to get the boat ready, and launched and through our pre-start routine, the more we’ll be ready when the real racing starts in May.”

Only four of the six America’s Cup teams are based in Bermuda to participate in this race period. But Iain Murray says the offer to conduct racing has been made to all teams, and Groupama Team France and Emirates Team New Zealand gain as well.

“Firstly, they’ll benefit from everything we’re learning out here. That benefits all the teams,” he says. “The offer for us to go and run courses and put the discipline in to a race day is a discussion we’ve had with both the French and Kiwi teams and there is still talk about this.”

But for the next couple of weeks, the focus will be on Bermuda’s Great Sound, where the America’s Cup race course will be getting a work out from the four Bermuda based teams.

from:  sail-world.com

Team NZ launch new boat in hopes of America’s Cup ‘redemption’

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NZ Team Emirates – Online Shop – Click the pic!
Just moments before Team NZ lowered their freshly blessed and christened new development boat into the water for the first time at the Auckland Viaduct base, Grant Dalton declared it their most significant step along the path to “redemption”.

The syndicate boss was referring, of course, to the chance for atonement that very much motivates Team NZ as they work towards the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda, and another crack at lifting the Auld Mug off Oracle after coming so agonisingly close in San Francisco in 2013.

It’s been a long time coming, and by their own admission they start a fair way behind all their principal rivals for next year, but finally Team NZ have their own boat on the water and can start the process of refinement that will spit out the 50ft catamaran to race next year’s America’s Cup.

Up until now they’ve been working away on the testing boat bought from sidelined Italian syndicate Lunar Rossa, as well as on the less developed AC45s that they compete in on the world series circuit.

But now they have their own custom-designed 45ft catamaran that for all intents and purposes will be the precursor to the real thing in Bermuda. This first generation of Emirates Team NZ, complete with so many of the specs for next year, will be tested and probed and refined to eventually form what they’re adamant will be the next Cup winner.

Team NZ develops new boat

“We’re in it to win it and we’re trying to do everything we can to be competitive against competition that will probably be way stronger than it’s been the last couple of America’s Cups,” said Team NZ chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge after a special ceremony at the team base.

The new boat was given a special Maori blessing by dignitaries from Ngati Whatua and then christened in the traditional manner by Lady Margaret Tindall, wife of Team NZ director Sir Stephen Tindall, before being lowered into the water to have its hull wet for the first time.

Dalton told the gathering of team members, officials, sponsors, media and interested onlookers that it was “as complicated a boat” as he’d seen in his time, and one that had more effort put into it than any he had been involved with. An estimated 35,000 man hours had gone into its design and construction.

Added Shoebridge: “This boat really is an accumulation of nearly two years of design work by 25 designers and a lot of work by the shore team to get it ready in time. It’s a major stepping stone to being successful in Bermuda next year.”

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Businesses offered AC35 tour and briefing – Jack Griffin

He is the Editor of Cup Experience, a unique newsletter and website dedicated to audience engagement for the America’s Cup.
A leading authority on the America’s Cup, Jack Griffin is an author, keynote speaker and journalist.

Bermuda businesses can get an after-hours guided tour of BUEI America’s Cup exhibit followed by a briefing on how they can capitalise on Bermuda’s hosting of the world’s biggest sailing event.

The tour of the “Built to Win” exhibit will take place on Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Attendees will learn the rules that will allow them to promote their business while respecting the special rights that apply to official America’s Cup partners.

Tickets cost $45 and are available at www.cupexperience.com or by calling 737-2017. The price includes a networking reception with wine, beer, water and hors d’oeuvres from the Harbourfront Restaurant.

Jack Griffin, author and editor of the Cup Experience newsletter and website, will lead the tour, give the briefing and answer questions. Mr Griffin is a popular speaker in the BUEI Talks series, with explanations of how the competition works and updates on the teams’ preparations for the racing in 2017.

“Don’t wait for 2017,” Mr Griffin said. “There is plenty happening in Bermuda right now with three teams training on the Great Sound and a wonderful exhibit at BUEI.

“Come to this briefing and let me show you how every business can use the energy around the Cup to achieve their business goals.”

In the exhibit, virtual reality headsets take visitors on board the yacht America as she won the America’s Cup in 1851, then transport the viewer onto a foiling catamaran racing on the Great Sound. A sailing simulator game lets guests try their hand at racing. A grinding machine just like the ones in the teams’ gyms will give visitors an appreciation for the athleticism of the crews. The exhibit supports the Endeavour programme for Bermuda’s schoolchildren.

The “Built to Win” exhibit is sponsored by BF&M and Bermuda Tourism Authority.

Mr Griffin’s book Turning the Tide describes how Oracle Team USA came back from being eight match points down to defend the America’s Cup in 2013.

A regular columnist for sailing publications including the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Seahorse magazine, he publishes the Cup Experience newsletter and website, and is a popular speaker and race commentator.

Cup Experience is an independent publisher and is not affiliated with America’s Cup Event Authority or with the official organisation of the 35th America’s Cup.

source: Royal Gazette