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.
Joining the shore crew means a shift in responsibilities.
As a college sailing crew, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re the best person to be on the water no matter what the conditions. At some point, though, you’ve got to step back and realize that someone else can do it bigger and better, and support your team the best that you can from the dock.
While some colleges send heavy crews to nearly every intersectional, other teams, such as my own, follow a more minimalist route. With the prerogative to get everyone sailing each weekend, even a huge team can get spread thin enough that there are no extra bodies on the dock, even at intersectionals. As a medium-sized crew, this approach suits me just fine; my skipper and I weigh just over 270 lbs. together and have built enough muscle in the gym and in V-15s that hiking for 10 races straight is not a problem.
A 27-foot prototype of SpeedDream sets sail, and Tim Zimmermann takes notice.
I've seen it kicking around online for a few years now: Russian designer Vlad Murnikov's quest to build the fastest monohull on the planet. Usually any mention was accompanied by a cool looking drawing, but not much else. SpeedDream, as the project was called, seemed like just that: a dream.
The home of the Jumbos on Mystic Lake in Medford, Mass., is a bunker with one great view of the racing.
A brief look at the college sailing venues of New England.
College sailing venues vary just as much as the teams' coaches do. After having sailed across NEISA (New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association) for three full years, I thought I’d share some highly subjective thoughts on their facilities. This is not an exhaustive list, by any means; I’ve heard that UConn has great cookouts but I’ve never personally sailed there, and a few middle-of-the-road venues—such as Salve Regina—were neither here nor there.
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.
The Safran team has had more than eight years under its belt to ready what it says is one of the more technologically advanced boats in the fleet.
Bruce Gain goes for a spin on Marc Guillemot’s IMOCA-class Safran and gets the scoop on Guillemot's hopes for the Vendée Globe, which starts this November.
Sailing on Marc Guillemot’s IMOCA-class Safran was exceptionally calm the other day in the bay near Trinitié-sur-Mer along the Brittany coast of France. With a 10-knot warm wind over water that was as still as a lake, it was easy to forget the harsh conditions Guillemot will face when he sails around the world alone in the Vendée Globe race.
The shrinking ice cap in the Northwest Passage affords unique opportunities to explore the unknown for those adventurous enough.
There is no question that global warming, on the whole, threatens all sorts of catastrophe for the earth and its inhabitants. But any time there is dramatic change there is also dramatic opportunity. Take the Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Imagine trying to pick your lanes through this mess of a 96-boat fleet. Race 1 winner Saramouche had a terrible start, tacked at the race committee boat, dug hard into the bottom right corner, tacked once and led all the way around.
It's amazing what you can learn and not learn when you sit and look at the replay of a 96-boat world championship.
Sailing World editor Stuart Streuli and I are at the 2012 J/24 Worlds in Rochester this week, which started today (Monday) with two incredibly tough and shifty races. There were 96 boats on the racecourse, so it was nearly impossible to keep track of who was winning, who was losing, and who was gaining on one beat or the next, and what was really working at any given moment. Every time I looked across the racecourse, bows were pointed every which way.