Luna Rossa skipper Chris Draper shares the Italian team's progress headed into San Francisco.
High performance sailor Chris Draper is fortunate to have helmed for two America’s Cup teams in the past two years, sailing early on for Team Korea before being hired by Luna Rossa in 2012. Even though the Italian team were almost a year late into the game, Draper’s experience on the Extreme 40 series has helped his team maintain a fairly consistent place in the top half of the fleet in the AC World Series events, recently finishing second overall in the match racing event in Naples.
Tom Slingsby celebrates a match-racing win in Naples.
Australian Tom Slingsby took the helm of Oracle Team USA's AC45 at the America's Cup World Series in Naples with a goal: to prove he's just as much a helmsman as a tactician.
Standing in for fellow Aussie Jimmy Spithill for the final America’s Cup World Series event, young Tom Slingsby set off to Naples to put one thing straight: He’s just much of a helmsman as he is a tactician. A hard worker and fiercely competitive, he proved he’s got what it takes to get an AC45 around the racetrack quickly, bringing home another match-racing title for Oracle Team USA, which also claimed the overall ACWS 2012-'13 season championship.
After three campaigns with Alinghi, former America's Cup and Volvo/Whitbread winner Curtis Blewett took some time away from sailing to recharge. He's now back in the Cup chase with Artemis Racing.
Curtis Blewett enjoys his time away from sailing, but after a few years off to recharge, he's ready to make another run at the Auld Mug as part of Artemis Racing.
Canadian Curtis Blewett likes to switch gears between America’s Cup campaigns, turning to his other passions to recharge after the intensity of a Cup effort. Between doing bow on Alinghi’s big cat for the 2010 Cup in Valencia and being snapped up by Artemis Racing for AC34, Blewett ditched salt water for his hometown mountains in Whistler, B.C., where he spent time paragliding and skiing with his wife, Monique, and 4-year-old son, Valentino. It wasn’t all wine and roses, however.
While he has his critics—and they are loud at times—Russell Coutts remains confident the sun will shine on the 34th America's Cup.
With three months remaining until the 34th America's Cup officially kicks off, the architect of this new Cup remains confident both in his concept and his team.
These days, Russell Coutts spends a lot more time in his office than out on the water. But for the America’s Cup's most successful skipper, it’s all part of the challenge of the game. In fact, he appears to be thriving amidst the barrage of criticism from fans, other teams, and San Francisco politicians. Though, to be fair, many people have been much more positive about the new look of the America’s Cup.
Even though they’re latecomers to the game, Luna Rossa has been quietly working away in Auckland to prepare for the America’s Cup. Team manager Max Sirena gives us the scoop.
Luna Rossa is counting down its last days of training and preparation in Auckland, New Zealand, where the team has been steadily making up time as latecomers to the game. In a few weeks the sailing team heads to Naples for the grand finale of the 2012-’13 America’s Cup World Series, while much of the shore team will begin to set up shop in San Francisco. Team manager Max Sirena plans to have his team sailing on San Francisco Bay by the beginning of May.
For the 33rd America's Cup, Joseph Ozanne spent a lot of time designing Oracle Team USA's monstrous wing. This time around, however, he believes the big gains will come from below the waterline.
Behind the scenes at Oracle Team USA, Joseph Ozanne crunches numbers using mind-numbing equations all in the name of a faster time around the racecourse for his team’s AC72. Ozanne is the team’s wing design leader and is also responsible for the performance prediction functions. Much of his work in the current campaign involves the daggerboards, which he believes will be critical to a team’s success in the 34th America’s Cup. Now on his third campaign with Oracle, the 34-year old Frenchman has had plenty of experience working with the best in the game.
It's not a glamorous job, but getting the AC45s ready for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup Selection Series is critical work.
Ahead of the Selection Series for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (happening on San Francisco Bay from Feb. 9-15 and Feb. 18-24), members of the San Francisco team American Youth Sailing Force ready the AC45s to be sailed by their potential competitors.
Philippe Presti (right) has been coaching Jimmy Spithill on and off since they were both a part of Luna Rossa's campaign for the 32rd America's Cup.
Though he'd rather be sailing, former Finn champion Philippe Presti has carved out quite a niche for himself as Oracle Team USA's coach. How do you make the world's best sailing team better? He's got plenty of ideas.
Philippe Presti is a well-preserved secret in Oracle Team USA’s arsenal of racing weaponry. The angular 47-year-old Frenchman is one of those extremely quiet unassuming types that it pays to watch out for. He’s the sort who sits back quietly observing the lay of the land, or the race course as the case may be, biding his time patiently for the right play. These characteristics that have served him well as a coach for the defense syndicate. A sailor at heart, Presti takes his coaching role seriously and modestly claims that he is only as good a coach as he is a sailor.
Emirates Team New Zealand (left) and Luna Rossa trial their AC72s on New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf in late November 2012. The platforms are virtually identical courtesy of a new technology sharing component of the AC72 rule.
While Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing struggled stateside, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa made the most of the good summer sailing weather, and the new technology sharing component of the protocol for the 34th America's Cup to push forward their respective AC72 programs.
[Editor's note: This story was initially scheduled for the January/February 2013 issue of Sailing World magazine, but was bumped from the issue. It was intended to be posted to the website instead, but was misplaced. Our apologies.]
Watched intently by Northern Hemisphere spy boats and with their 30 allotted sailing days quickly dwindling, Emirates Team New Zealand wrapped up the old year practice racing their AC72 catamaran in Auckland against their sister ship and fellow America’s Cup challenger Luna Rossa.