While built from the same design as the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72, Luna Rossa's first AC72 brought Italian style to the America's Cup when it was unveiled last week in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Italian syndicate is in the America's Cup thanks largely to a design partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand. But its style remains its own.
Style returned to the America’s Cup with a bang on Friday night in Auckland, New Zealand, as Patrizio Bertelli’s Italian team launched its AC72 catamaran from their Westhaven compound.
Fireworks thundered as Miuccia Prada, Bertelli’s wife and chief designer for the famous fashion label, doused christening champagne over the boat’s prod with a mighty overhand swing worthy of a tennis champion.
Dean Barker at the wheel of Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72. They were the first to launch and the first to get their 72 up on foils. But there's a lot of work between now and the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup in July 2013.
Emirates Team New Zealand uncharacteristically struggled in its first visit to the America's Cup venue at the America's Cup World Series event in San Francisco in August. Skipper Dean Barker is looking for a better performance this time around.
For the four syndicates still committed to putting an AC72 on the line for the 34th America’s Cup, it’s a busy time.r While the primary focus shifts to the 72-footer, which each team has launched or will launch shortly, the America’s Cup World Series rolls on, with another event in San Francisco starting today. While each team’s learning curve in the one-design 45-footers has plateaued, there’s a lot that can be learned about what it’s like to race high-speed catamarans on such a windy and tidal racecourse.
With Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand already sailing their first AC72s, Terry Hutchinson is eager for Artemis Racing to join the fray, which he expects will happen sooner rather than later.
While the focus this week for Artemis Racing is very much on the America's Cup World Series, even skipper Terry Hutchinson can't help but look past this event to the impending launch of the team's first AC72.
Artemis Racing caused a fairly significant ripple in the America’s Cup world when it launched the first AC72 wing early last spring. While teams were prohibited from launching an AC72 before July 1, there was no such provision against testing the most complex part of the boat—the towering wing sail—on a different platform. So Artemis mounted its wing on a modified 60-foot trimaran and went sailing. The experiment ended in May when the wing collapsed for reasons that have yet to be publicly released.
In their post-competition interviews, USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde (top) and America's Cup World Series champ James Spithill said basically the same thing. Why did Vande Velde's comments seem so much more heartfelt?
The America's Cup World Series has the wow factor nailed, but it still struggles to attract the long term viewer.
Last night, between putting the kids to bed and doing the same for myself, I had a few hours to kill.I thought about trying to catch up on a few of the TV series I have on the DVR, but I just wasn’t sure I had the focus for anything with a complicated plot line.
Oracle Team USA swept the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco with Russell Coutts' team winning the match racing championship, while Jimmy Spithill's team captured the fleet racing and event championship.
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Oracle Team USA continued its dominance on the penultimate day of the AC World Series San Francisco, giving little doubt to the scale of their defense. Jimmy Spithill is on a tear on the home turf.
Saturdays two semi-final matches race set up an Oracle Racing team Super Sunday rematch, and the two fleet races of the day put Oracle's team Spithill atop the leaderboard. Here's Saturday's video highlights.
Who says sailboat racing is boring? Plenty of fast-paced action off the San Francisco waterfront today, including one smashing smash-up by Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts. Are the boss's reaction times slowing down with age?
Now that's getting boxed out! Russell Coutts crashes into the race committee boat during the third fleet race of the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco on the third day of racing.
Sailing World's Dave Reed keeps a low profile on Artemis Racing's AC45.
Sailing World editor Dave Reed scores a ride on board Artemis for their series-winning match race against Team Energy, and after weeks of anticipation, it's over in a matter of minutes.
After Artemis Racing handed France’s Energy Team its second match-race trouncing of the day in the opening matches of the America’s Cup World Series Newport, mathematically securing the circuit’s match-race title, Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson exhaled deeply, releasing pent-up anxiety, and then quietly addressed his teammates, Sean Clarkson, Thierry Fouchier, Andy Feathers, and Julien Cressant.
“Not my finest day,” he confessed. “But great job every one.”