The Interviews: AC World Series Newport

_Sailing World _senior editor Stuart Streuli catches up with some of the stars, and the key people behind the scenes, of the America's Cup World Series in Newport, R.I.

June 28, 2012
Loick Peyron

Loick Peyron, Energy Team Skipper

Why does the French team speak English when it prepares to tack or jibe? Ocean conquerer Loick Peyron answers that question and a host of others, including why Team Energy has struggled to raise the sponsorship to build its AC72 despite such promising results on the AC World Series. Watch the interview. 2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
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Steve Erickson, sailing team coordinator for Luna Rossa Challenge

Steve Erickson, sailing team coordinator for Luna Rossa Challenge, talks about the kickstart to their late campaign with the help of Team NZ and his role of coordinating the “circus.” Watch the interview. Nigel Marple, courtesy Luna Rossa Challenge 2013
Dean Barker

Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ Skipper

Emirates Team NZ skipper Dean Barker discusses adjusting to the AC45, mastering reaching starts, the keys to consistency in the AC World Series, and what to expect in Newport. Watch the interview. 2012 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Ray Davies

Ray Davies, Emirates Team NZ Tactician

The nicest man in sailing talks about the difficulties of calling tactics on the AC45, unique aspects of the America’s Cup World Series (like hard hats), and the “pucker factor” he expects from sailing the yet-to-be-launched AC72 in San Francisco. Watch the interview. 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget
Terry Hutchinson

Terry Hutchinson, Artemis Racing skipper

The American skipper of the Swedish challenger for the America’s Cup talks about his relationship with Newport, the lessons of the America’s Cup World Series and looks ahead to the launching of the team’s AC72 and what it will be like to sail. Watch the interview here. Sander van der Borch
Dirk de Ridder

Dirk de Ridder, Oracle Team USA Wing Trimmer

The wing trimmer for Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Team USA AC45 team talks about his shoreside responsibilities, whether the team is now comfortable with the AC45 wing, whether Russell Coutts has softened after his experience as a crew in Venice, and how much it will mean to him to win the overall title for the inaugural season of the America’s Cup World Series. Watch the interview. Guilain GRENIER

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