Exclusive AC45 launch videos and sailing news from around the globe
Welcome to this week's edition of Sail-World.com's Europe newsletter.
Anna-Maria Renken (GER) and co-skipper Hanna Jenner (GBR) have almost completed their mandatory Global Ocean Race qualifier - a 2,000 mile passage from the Caribbean to the Azores on board their chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.
Defending Congressional Cup champion Francesco Bruni (ITA) was defeated by Ian Williams (GBR) in the final of the Congressional Cup, Long Beach, USA. Mathieu Richard (FRA) finished in third place.
At Hamilton Island, in Queensland Australia, the SAP 505 Worlds are underway, well they were - the last two days racing has been 'blown out' due to bad weather. After two races, the defending champions Germany's Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner lead the event and with a shortened regatta, their chances are strengthened. We have reports and some great images in this newsletter.
The Velux 5 Oceans solo sailors are on their way to Charleston, USA in sprint four of the race, and Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre-Dick and Loick Peyron (Virbac-Paprec 3's) are closing on the finish, with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (Mapfre) chasing hard.
China Team, now with Chinese government support and its ongoing French sailing influence has joined in the AC2013 battle. The boat is to built in China and sounds like good business for McConaghy International.
In this newsletter we are featuring a couple of videos taken last week by Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour of the rigging and launch process for the AC45 catamaran, which is expected to be replicated for the 34th America's Cup and the AC45's big sister, the AC72.
It is a very different launch process from that followed with the AC monohulls, which were stored fully rigged and were taken into the water by travel-lift. The AC45 process is very simple, and takes just 30 minutes from the time the wingsail and platform are wheeled out of the hangar to the splash - less than the time it takes to apparently rig a 470.
Once the AC72's start being launched, we doubt if spectators will have the freedom to wander around quite as freely and these AC45 videos may be the last footage that is allowed out into the public arena without being sanitised by the PR and design teams.
Oracle Racing is lifted to the Viaduct Harbour Richard Gladwell
The International Sailing Federation have released the submissions (65 of them apparently), with the bulk of these focussing on the vexed subject of the Olympic Events for the 2016 Olympics. Despite some very strong signals to the contrary from Phil Jones and the ISAF's Olympic Commission it is apparent that most national authorities have either not read the report or are very slow learners.
Unless something radial happens to the contrary, it seems that we will have much the same classes in the 2016 Olympics as at present, albeit with different job-titles. The peoples' choice for the Olympics, the Foiling Moth is not backed by a single country, save for New Zealand that at least proposed an Evaluation Trial in that category.
Some of the submissions are self-serving, to say the least, none worse than that of the Star which proposed itself as class to be sailed the Mens Keelboat event (not on the provisional events list for 2016). And then proposes that no less than seven events be the subject of a 'head to head vote' or and Evaluation Trial. Quite why the Mens Keelboat, and the Star, should be excluded from this process escapes us.
It remains to be seen whether the sailing youth of the world will opt for Olympic campaigns in classes designs whose designs had their genesis 40-100years ago, ahead of the temptations of America's Cup and the AC45's and AC72's.
Maybe a wander around Auckland's Halsey Street should be a compulsory exercise for ISAF delegates, ahead of their May Meeting.
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