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.
Bruce Gain interviews Francis Joyon on his latest record-breaking run: across the Atlantic from New York to the Lizard.
Francis Joyon had just broken the New York-Lizard transatlantic record a couple of days before I spoke to him last week, but you wouldn’t think that by speaking with him, given the matter-of-fact way he described his feat.
The MOD70 Spindrift capsized during the Route des Princes offshore race, shattering the mast and sending skipper Yann Guichard’s brother Jacques to the hospital with a broken pelvis.
Spindrift's MOD70 capsized spectacularly Saturday during the Route des Princes offshore race, shattering the mast and sending skipper Yann Guichard’s brother Jacques to the hospital with a broken pelvis.
America's Cup 34 PRO John Craig discusses the "sticking" points of the new safety regulations for the AC72s.
It's just two weeks until the event that’s all too often touted as the pinnacle of our sport, and the organizers still don’t have a permit from the Coast Guard to run the show. Following Artemis’s fatal capsize last month, safety recommendations (all 37 of them) expected to mitigate the risk of another tragedy have been submitted and attached to the Coast Guard’s permit. Not surprisingly, however, not all the teams are agreeable to the regulations being proposed.
With his hand crushed and boat smashed apart just five months before the start of the Mini Transat, American Jeffrey MacFarlane didn't give up.
Sailing the Mini Transat is arguably one of the most difficult, testing challenges a solo racing sailor can inflict upon him or herself. It gets even harder when your Mini starts to break up underneath you just five months from the start, and you are forced to abandon to a Spanish Coast Guard helicopter.
Learning to stay upright in any conditions is the second life lesson college sailor Abby Freeman discovered through the sport of sailing.
Following the Corinthian Spirit, the second invaluable lesson my father taught me through the sport of sailing is to keep your mast pointed to the sky. This seems like a simple concept to grasp, unless you learned to race on a full rig Laser while only weighing 100 pounds as I did. As you might imagine, “keep your mast pointed to the sky” was a line I heard regularly.
Oracle Team USA's Ben Ainslie shares his thoughts on America's Cup 34 following the tragic loss of his close friend Andrew Simpson.
In competitive sport there are wins and losses. For sailing superstar Sir Ben Ainslie, a helmsman for Oracle Team USA, winning is something that he’s very good at, but last month the 36-year-old Brit experienced an unexpected loss: that of close friend Andrew “Bart” Simpson, his lifelong sailing buddy, in a [well publicized] sailing accident on San Francisco Bay in which Simpson’s team Artemis Racing capsized during a regular training session, trapping Simpson under Artemis’s AC72. The experience has been both devastatingly sad and sobering for Ainslie.