Gino Morrelli, with business partner Pete Melvin, participated in writing the AC72 Class Rule and now works on Emirates Team New Zealand's design team. He shares his thoughts on AC34 here.
Gino Morrelli and business partner Pete Melvin have been successfully designing state-of-the-art multihulls for a very long time, but other than their involvement in the 27th edition of the America’s Cup, which saw the Stars and Stripes catamaran win its defense against the Kiwis, they’ve been absent until recently from the AC scene for obvious reasons. They were seconded by Oracle for their (successful) 2010 challenge against Alinghi, and this go around, the M&M team participated in writing the new AC72 Class Rule before being hired away by ETNZ to design its AC72.
Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy on AC34, his team, and what's next.
As newcomers to the America’s Cup arena, Artemis Racing suffered more than just growing pains in its AC34 debut. Following the tragic death of Andrew Simpson in an unfortunate training incident, it was highly doubtful that the team would regroup both emotionally and physically to sail again, but against all odds they did, competing in four races against Luna Rossa in the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals.
Aaron Perry, a design engineer at Oracle Team USA, explains the development of his team’s current AC72 wheel design.
Much attention has been given to the helmsman’s wheel in this America’s Cup, particularly after foiling became the focus and the need for the helmsman to have control of the daggerboards more apparent. While ETNZ declined to share its wheel secrets, Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA were happy to share their wheel solutions. Here Aaron Perry, a design engineer at Oracle Team USA, explains the development of his team’s current wheel design.
Oracle Team USA hits the water with two AC72s in August.
Lighter conditions on San Francisco Bay may suit Oracle Team USA just fine in the 34th America's Cup, says tactician John Kostecki.
With the 34th America’s Cup match racing final less than two weeks away, the anticipation is palpable—who is faster? The well-seasoned Kiwis who have made so few mistakes in their conquest of the Louis Vuitton Cup, while also charming the pants off the sailing fans and spectators with their slick maneuvers and team spirit? Or will it be the Americans, who’ve had the good fortune of ample resources throughout their campaign, but who are now knee-deep in muck over allegations of cheating, which could cost them races and top crewmembers?
If you're taking a stroll through Crissy Field, you might just run into Emirates Team New Zealand's Dee Smith on the radio, sending in his observations from the top of the America's Cup racecourse.
The text from Dee Smith reads, “The place I watch is at the top of Crissy Field. Park bench. Will be there before noon.” I text back for specifics because Crissy Field is a big place. Smith replies with a text, ”Dropped pin near San Francisco Bicycle Route 2, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94129," and a link to a Google map.
Who will win the Red Bull Youth America's Cup in early September? Will the victor continue on the America's Cup path from there? Hans Peter Steinacher, gold medalist in the Tornado class and now one of the sports directors for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup, shares his thoughts.
Contrary to popular belief, sailing is no stranger to the extrovert energy drink giant Red Bull. In fact, it’s one of the longest standing disciplines in the company’s mixed portfolio of sports, says Hans Peter Steinacher, one of its longtime sailing athletes. Red Bull, which has been around since 1987, brought sailing on board in 1993, and shortly thereafter hired Austrians Steinacher and his longtime sailing partner, Roman Hagara, double Olympic Gold medalists in the Tornado catamaran to both compete and run its sailing program.
Luna Rossa's helmsman, Chris Draper, shares what his team has learned from matching up against Emirates Team New Zealand in the round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
When Chris Draper tells you his team’s working very hard, you’d better believe it. After waiting a week for the opportunity to chat to the amiable Brit and only then squeezed in between late-in-the-day meetings, Draper’s excuse was hard to challenge, “I’m really sorry but I am just so busy ..." But, the long hours of training often done after racing is paying off. The team’s seen some 20% increase in boatspeed over the past 10 days and enjoyed a vastly improved race against ETNZ on Sunday with a final delta of just over 3 minutes.
ETNZ's Ray Davies sprints across the tramp during a gybe
What do you do when you lose your jib? Emirates Team New Zealand's tactician Ray Davies explains how the Kiwis managed to cope with potential disaster and why they're so goshdarn fast.
Emirates Team New Zealand had a near catastrophe on Sunday in their sixth race of the Round Robin series in the Louis Vuitton Cup against Luna Rossa, losing their jib on the first upwind leg when a small clip that fastens the jib to the forestay broke. In a style that has become their own, the Kiwis calmly picked up the pieces - or threw the jib overboard as the case may be - without missing a beat, and stalwartly continued up the course to take the Italians by a hefty 2-minute plus delta.
Andy Green on the scene at last year's ACWS event in Newport, R.I.
How do you keep an audience engaged when there's only one boat on the racecourse? America's Cup commentator Andy Green shares his insights.
Andy Green (former match racer and well-known America’s Cup commentator) and Tucker Thompson (owner of www.t2p.tv/ video production and broadcasting) have the onerous task of commentating on the first “races” of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It is a task unique in that, with the exception of one “real” race--which didn’t count anyway as the trailing team did not complete the race within the time limit--the remaining “races” have seen Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa solo it around the course.
Giovanni Belgrano, principal structural engineer for Emirates Team New Zealand, talks about monitoring the performance of his team's AC72 in the lead up to the first match on San Francisco Bay.
More than ever, the responsibility of being the principal structural engineer in an America’s Cup campaign is daunting, regardless that the design and build of an AC72 is a team effort. At Emirates Team New Zealand, where Dalton’s boys operate a lean machine devoid of the frills and extra dollars that some of the other campaigns have at their disposal, the Kiwis appear to have designed a solid boat that has successfully transitioned from the Waitemata Harbor to San Francisco Bay.