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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

America’s Cup racing returns to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly 100 years

America’s Cup racing will return to New York Harbor for the first time in almost a century this May.
America’s Cup racing will return to New York Harbor for the first time in almost a century this May. photo: America’s Cup

America’s Cup sailing is coming back to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly a century — but don’t expect your great, great grandfather’s yacht race.

Six sailing teams will hit the harbor on May 7 and 8, but the ships and the sport have come a long way since 1920, the last time an America’s Cup race was held in New York City.

Gone are the days of old-fashioned wooden boats and calm sailing. This is “NASCAR on water” with high tech boats flying by at speeds up to 60 mph, Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill told the Daily News.

“When you see these boats, they stop you in your tracks,” he said of the large carbon-fiber catamarans. “These races are a quantum leap from where we started.”

Races for America’s Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy, were held off of New York from 1870 until 1920 before being moved to New Port, R.I., where it remained until 1983, when the U.S. finally lost the cup — ending a 132-year winning streak that dated back to 1851. Since then America’s Cup has taken place in waters off of California, Spain and Australia.

This year, the boaters will converge on lower Manhattan for two days of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races.

The points earned during the matches will count toward the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, which will bit reigning champ Oracle Team USA against the winner of the multi-city lead up series.

More than 20,000 people are expected to watch the races — which are free to watch and will run from the Statue of Liberty to the World Trade Center — at any given moment, event organizers said.

Six international teams — from the United States, New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Japan and France — will square off in as many as six races over the two days. Weather will determine the exact race course and the number of races.

Team USA is already guaranteed a spot in the 2017 finals — but they’re still counting on plenty of fans to pack the shoreline and root for the home team.

“We can hear the fans cheering. It’s like having a home game. It gives us a big advantage,” Spithill said.

Viewers can watch the action from Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza and the Hudson River waterfront between Battery Park City and Pier 25, as well as in New Jersey from Liberty State Park and the Jersey City waterfront.

Spithill said racing in the New York Harbor poses some unique challenges: Currents are strong in the area and the city’s skyscrapers can affect wind flow and direction. But the competition would be tough in any waters, since all six teams are some of the most elite in the world.

“There can be crashes. Boats get extremely close. It’s very exciting racing that’s right in front of you,” he said.

A month after the races in New York Harbor, the teams will square off again in Chicago. At least three more races are planned for the year, leading up to the final next summer. Great Britain already won the first race of the year, held in Oman last month.

And if the two-day New York race gets you hooked on the sport?

“Bermuda is just a two hour flight away,” Spithill joked.

source:  nydailynews.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