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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

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

Toulon, France added to America’s Cup World Series schedule

France will host the fifth Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event of next year in September when racing comes to the Mediterranean city of Toulon.

Located between Marseille and St Tropez, Toulon, will host the best sailors in the world, racing foiling, wing-sailed catamarans, on September 10 to 11.

Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson, have come together to form Groupama Team France.
Groupama Team – 2015 America’s Cup World Series – Portsmouth
Yvan Zedda ©

“Toulon will be the third European city to host the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, and is the only stop on the Mediterranean,” Harvey Schiller, the commercial commissioner of the America’s Cup, said.

“We are expecting a passionate reception for Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France, and indeed all the competitors, as the series builds towards the 2017 America’s Cup racing in Bermuda.”

Cammas, Groupama Team France skipper, said: “It is tremendous to have a chance to demonstrate to French fans what this new America’s Cup racing is all about,”

“French sailors and fans are passionate about multihulls and speed, and it is only recently, with the shift to foiling catamarans, that the America’s Cup has reflected this excitement. We can’t wait to bring the racing to Toulon and to compete in front of a home crowd.”

Hubert Falco, the Mayor of Toulon and president of “Toulon Provence Méditerranée” said: “The Greater Toulon council is very proud to host the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. This will give global exposure to our port and harbour, which is among the most beautiful in Europe as well as allowing us to demonstrate our ability to organise and accommodate such an important event.”

“It is going to be fantastic to hold one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events here in France,” said Bruno Dubois, the general manager of Groupama Team France. “We will be able to share with the public, our partners and the media a new dimension of our project. This follows the excitement generated earlier this month at the Paris Boat Show where our AC45 boat was on display. Now everyone can come and see it in action, flying over the bay of Toulon.”

Building on the opening three events in 2015, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series calendar for 2016 is now nearly complete: February 27 to 28 in Muscat, Oman; May 7 to 8 in New York, US; June 11 to 12 in Chicago, US; July 23-24 in Portsmouth, England; September 10-11 in Toulon, France.

Two additional events are expected: one in Asia in November; and all six competitors have now unanimously agreed to add an additional Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta in the first quarter of 2017.

Teams collect points in each Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta. The top two teams at the conclusion of the series earn bonus points for the next stage of the competition, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, in May 2017.

In June 2017, the America’s Cup will be raced in Bermuda.

source:  royalgazette.com