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.
A new canting-keel 65-footer from Farr Yacht Design is the new face of the Volvo Ocean Race
Will the move to a one-design for the next Volvo Ocean Race be enough to bring eight quality teams to the starting line come 2014?
With the recent announcement that an all-female team has placed a deposit for the first VO 65 One Design, the decision to move to a one-design boat appears to have been vindicated for the next Volvo Ocean Race. "I reckon that with the old boat, the Volvo Open 70, we would not even have thought about this," says Richard Brisius, head of Atlant Ocean Racing, the management team behind the female SCA team. "The new 65-foot design is still a monster--still a huge boat--but it's now at least possible, even though you could never say it's going to be easy."
Visions of a fast Vineyard Race and Saturday afternoon finish dashed through my head. Could it really happen? Or was this just another forecast destined to fail?
Sometimes I’m amazed that anyone chooses to distance race in the Northeast. The events lack the fun factor of distance sailing in most other places. Take the Vineyard Race for instance. Taking place every Labor Day weekend since 1932, the race starts off Stamford, Conn., rounds the Buzzards Bay Light tower to starboard, Block Island to starboard, and finishes back in, err, Stamford 238 miles later.
The Etoile Polaire weathered tough conditions with youngsters on board en route to Lisbon, Portugal.
A micro and macro account of this year’s Tall Ships Races shows what lessons beginner sailors can take away from the world’s largest offshore event of its kind.
As anyone who sails knows, almost anything can happen on the water, especially during long-distance stretches of 500 miles or more. The stakes are especially high for the skipper when they are responsible for the well being of an inexperienced crew. These two risks were compounded by the sheer number of participants during Sail Training International’s annual Tall Ships Races that took place in July and August.