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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

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

British Team wins fourth event in America’s Cup World Series

America's Cup boats in Bermuda for the World Series Event.
America’s Cup boats in Bermuda for the World Series Event.

MUSCAT, Oman (Log News Service) — Former Olympic star Ben Ainslie of Britain led his Land Rover BAR team to victory in the fourth event of the America’s Cup World Series.

Ainslie’s crew finished second, third and fourth in Feb. 28’s races. It had two firsts and a third on Feb. 27.

British Team wins fourth event in America’s Cup World Series

Emirates Team New Zealand finished third to retain its place atop the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard with 192 points, although Oracle closed the gap to just 6 points.

Ainslie sailed with Oracle during the 2013 America’s Cup, when the American-based team rallied to beat Emirates Team New Zealand.

Feb. 27 marked the first America’s Cup racing in the Middle East. In 2009 Oracle kept Alinghi of Switzerland from defending the America’s Cup in the United Arab Emirates by raising the safety issue.

Four more events are scheduled in 2016 with the next two scheduled in the United States — New York, May 7-8, Chicago, June 11-12. The final two include Toulon, France Sept. 10-11 and a yet to be announced race, which is expected to be held in Asia in November.

After the four World Series events (Portsmouth, Gothenburg, Bermuda and Oman) the overall standing in points of the challenging teams and the defender are:

Emirates Team New Zealand 192
Oracle Team USA 186
Land Rover BAR (Britain) 185
SoftBank Team Japan 161
Artemis Racing (Sweden) 161
Groupama Team France 150

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is not a pure exhibition. The racing results will have a minor effect on the America’s Cup regatta itself. Overall ranking positions will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda in 2017.

—A report from The Associated Press was used in this story.
– See more at: thelog.com