America's Cup - AC72 Launch - Major milestone reached for 34th America's Cup

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America's Cup - AC72 Launch - Major milestone for 34th America's Cup

Welcome to Sail-World.com's first America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup, being sent to 155,000 subscribers world-wide.

On a chilly Auckland night, a major milestone in the 34th America's Cup was reached with the launching of the first AC72 for Emirates Team New Zealand.

NZ Prime Minister John Key speaks at the naming ceremony for Emirates Team New Zealand first AC72.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ
The naming ceremony staged at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was attended by the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, and 1500 invited guests, plus many thousands more in the form of a walk up crowd.

The official function staged inside the three level glass walled Viaduct Events Centre, and was packed with official guests and those who had contributed in many ways to the boat and the occasion.

The event was broadcast live on New Zealand television in the prime time news, and webcast to the world.

In America's Cup terms, the past five days has seen the curtain pulled back on what can be expected of the AC72 class which will clash officially for the first time in the Challenger Selection Series, or Louis Vuitton Cup, on Independence Day, July 4, 2013 in San Francisco.

For most Cup watchers and the general public - who tend to run hot and cold on things America's Cup - the key point of interest has been the size of the beast.

Mandy Barker christens New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand naming ceremony for 'New Zealand', the team's first AC72.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

The sailing world has never before seen a 72ft long, 46ft wide, inshore racing catamaran complete with a 132ft tall wingsail, probably going to run on L-boards.

Viewed from afar, the AC72 doesn't appear to be that imposing, but up close that feeling fades fast and turns to terror. The mind turns quickly to the speed potential - which is now commonly talked of as being 20kts upwind and 40kts downwind - probably more on longer tracks in the right conditions.

Numbers that roll easily impressively off the tongue, but for most are best viewed from the chase boat. If you like car racing, you'll love these boats.

Technically, the task faced by the designers of the teams is unprecedented. Probably the nearest was the 2010 America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5, however that 120fter did not have a wingsail, had engines to provide hydraulic power for winches and gear, and was designed for long course racing.

By comparison, sailing the AC72 on the 34th America's Cup course, will be like racing a Formula 1 race car on a speedway track.

Oracle Team USA shows a hoisted L-dagger board while trialing in San Francisco on the AC45's - will these be part of the AC72 package?  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

In this edition of Sail-World's America's Cup newsletter we have tried to give you an impression of how the new AC72 class will shape up.

We have images from the first rigging session on Wednesday, followed by the first splash of the AC72 on Friday afternoon.

There is an image gallery or two from the Friday evening rehearsal, with the AC72 picked out against the Auckland skyline.

Emirates Team NZ AC72 first rigging - Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand  Richard Gladwell

Yesterday we captured the AC72 passing through the Viaduct Harbour bridge. The video in this edition gives a good understanding of the deck layout of the AC72 - with her wheel steering and four grinding pedestals in each hull. This video is in HD - so you can see it in full screen.

How other teams have tackled these issues remains to be unveiled at this stage - and will become evident over the coming months. Maybe all the treatments of how to sail fast, while retaining control and maneuverability will be similar. Maybe we will see something quite different from each team.

The video also answers some of the questions as to how the AC72's will be taken off the dock. Emirates Team NZ's solution to this issue is to develop a couple of RIB tugs with rotating engines, capable of pushing the AC72 sideways.

Grant Dalton and Luna Rossa's Max Sirena - the two teams they head will work out of Auckland until April 2013.  Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

Blow up some of the shots from the Friday night rehearsal, and see the AC72 going sideways through the raised Viaduct Bridge. Not quite what the architects had in mind when drawing up the design for the harbour complex in the late 1990's - but proves that with a bit of ingenuity and skill, the maneuvering issue with the AC72 can be overcome. Exiting the Z-shaped channel will not be easy.

Next step from here will the first first sail for Emirates Team NZ's AC72. With the weather bomb currently being experienced in Auckland, this may be some days away.

Entries for the 34th America's Cup close on August 1, 2012. Currently just four challengers have entered.

Next to launch and sail is expected to be Oracle Team USA. Luna Rossa are currently assembling their only AC72 in Auckland, and are expected to sail in late September.

Wing lift and load testing. Artemis Racing, 13-03-2012, Valencia, Spain  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Artemis Racing will sail as soon as they have a wingsail ready. The Challenger of Record had hoped to have been sailing by early July out of Valencia, Spain, but is now moving to San Francisco and is expected to sail their first boat in September or October.

Team Korea has paid their USD200,000 entry fee, and is expected to launch a single boat.

Team Korea's helmsman Nathan Outteridge and with crew Iain Jensen, (AUS) are favorites to medal in the 49er class at the 2012 Olympics  onEdition ©

From here on Sail-World's America's Cup coverage will continue in our normal newsletters, published up to three times per week, to our worldwide subscriber base of 155,000 readers. As we have done in the 32nd and 33rd and now 34th America's Cup cycles, we expect to be among the first with the breaking news as happens on www.sail-world.com

We will be publishing further America's Cup newsletters, when there is sufficient content and/or on milestone occasions - we expect this to be once a month, until the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
Sail-World's America's Cup News Editor

Launch Rehearsal - Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at the Viaduct Habour, Auckland, New Zealand  Richard Gladwell




America's Cup: Big crowd sees first AC72 christened in Auckland +Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup AC72 catamaran was officially named at a ceremony Saturday evening at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland in front of a crowd of several thousand cheering fans. On a cool winter's evening at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, the crowd numbered well over 6,000 gathered all around the Viaduct.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72 deck and working layout revealed on video
Richard Gladwell,
Yesterday, Sail-World, along with a significant and cheering crowd, happened to catch Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 as she passed through the Viaduct Harbour bridge, and shot this video using an iPhone. It shows the best view yet (and in daylight to boot) of the deck layout of the AC72, and how ETNZ have approached the issue of developing the winch-power necessary to sail the 72ft catamaran... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Viaduct Harbour launching ceremony
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was launched in Auckland's Viaduct harbour as fans packed all the vantage points around the Viaduct Events Centre. After being christened by Mandy Barker, the first AC72 launched in the world, was ringed by fire,... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran ready to fly
Bob Wallace,
Emirates Team New Zealand's latest America's Cup yachting challenger is ready to 'fly' after a ceremony at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The huge, high-speed catamaran known as an AC 72 craft (America's Cup 72-footer) features a 40-metre high wing-sail with similar materials to those used in today's most modern aircraft.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the naming of Emirates Team NZ's AC72
Paul Gilbert,
Auckland based photographer, Paul Gilbert was on hand to take these images on a cold Auckland evening when the first AC 72 was named `New Zealand` in front of a hearty crowd of supporters at the Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 by night at the Viaduct Harbour
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was dropped into the Waitemata Harbour for the first time and towed to the pier off the Events Centre in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, which will be the venue for the official launching of their AC72 - the first launched in the world.... [more]
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America's Cup: World's first AC72 to be launched by catapult
Warren Douglas,
What do you do when you need to launch a new boat in style but can't risk breaking a bottle on the bow? Pouring the bubbles over the boat is not quite the same, especially when the public is turning up and they'll be expecting to see some action.... [more]
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America's Cup: Take a walk around Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 - Video
Sail-World,
Emirates Team New Zealand have released a video of their new AC72 which was test rigged and revealed to the world for the first time on Wednesday July 18, 2012 The video is a revealing walk around the catamaran which is due for launch on Saturday July 21, 2012 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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America's Cup: Change of course for Defender raises new issues
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have announced a change to its proposed winter training plans in New Zealand. Oracle say they have been working with the management of Northport and the community of Marsden Point on plans for a temporary base in New Zealand's North Island. Instead, the America's Cup champion will continue to keep its activities focused in the U.S, the team says in a statement.... [more]
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America's Cup: A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's AC72 unveiled - a world first
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 catamaran was wheeled out of the shed the first time this morning as team members got down to final preparations for Saturday's public show at the Viaduct Harbour. On a brilliantly fine and still winter's morning, the 40m wingsail was wheeled from its tent, lifted and carefully placed on the platform.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series - Ben Ainslie Racing team announced
Sail-World,
America's Cup World Series 2012-13 gets underway in San Francisco on 23rd August. Ben Ainslie Racing have confirmed the team that will race with Ainslie. The team are no strangers to racing on the wingsailed multihull. Ainslie will be switching from his 15ft singlehanded dinghy to a 45ft catamaran, and with only four days training between the Olympics and the first America's Cup World Series... [more]
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America's Cup: Cat chase boat ready for the big night + Video
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand has taken delivery of the catamaran chase boat big and powerful enough to manage the AC72's on-the-water operations. When the yacht can reach speeds of 40 knots, the chase boat has to be nimble, stable and easy on the people who have to work on it.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - big night with the big cat + Video
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand will reveal its AC72 catamaran at a public event at Viaduct Harbour on Saturday, July 21. The team is promising a spectacular 'launch day' for the big catamaran which another step forward in the team's campaign to win the 2013 America's Cup at San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA on the catwalk - Video
SF Chronicle,
San Francisco Chronicle's fashion team and picture editor shoot Oracle Team USA America's Cup sailing crew - a must see video shot in San Francisco... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA show off hull lifting foil developments
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have released the first images of their L-Board daggerboards and T foil rudders, which have been used in a testing session in San Francisco. The effect of the foils is very dramatic, lifting both hulls completely clear of the water, increasing stability and reducing drag - both of which will substantially increase speed, providing the 'flying' can be controlled.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fire blazes for several hours on Cup construction site
www.pressure-drop.us and Sail-World,
A blaze broke out in the bulkhead of San Francisco's Pier 29 at 1:50 PM and burned for several hours, forcing a 4 alarm response which closed down the Embarcadero and snarled traffic. The shed behind the bulkhead and the adjoining work going on at Pier 27 was not effected.... [more]
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America's Cup: Fourth Challenger pays Entry Fee for Louis Vuitton Cup
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup (America's Cup Challenger Series) hitting another important milestone on the road to San Francisco in 2013. This marks the first time a team from Korea has challenged for the America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ray Davies works out the Kinks for Emirates Team NZ
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies is one of the nicest guys you'll meet on the professional sailing circuit. A veteran Cup campaigner who won the Volvo Ocean Race 10 years ago, he's hungry to claim his first America's Cup for his home team in San Francisco in 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender's first AC72 wingsail is delivered
Sail-World,
The 12-story tall wingsail and hull crossbeams for the first of Oracle Racing's first of two AC72 yachts aimed at the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco were delivered to the team today. The components arrived in Oakland from New Zealand on the Cap Vilano by shipping partner Hamburg Sud before being delivered to the team's base at Pier 80 on the west side of San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing's wingsail arrives in San Francisco
Pressure Drop US,
The new wingsail for Oracle Racing has arrived in USA, after being shipped from New Zealand a few weeks ago, plus Video. Also in this video is a sequence of one of the cross beams being unloaded. Under the current America's Cup Protocol shrouding is prohibited, and only shrink wrapping and normal packaging are allowed, meaning that the shapes of the components are able to be seen.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea principal says they will enter AC34
Sail-World,
America's Cup.com, the official America's Cup website is reporting that Team Korea is sending signals that they may soon have some news on their challenge for the 34th America's Cup. At the Korea Match Cup this past week, team principal Kim Dong-Young told his sailors the team would be entering the Louis Vuitton Cup and building an AC72 to race.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard interviewed on Artemis wingsail break
Bob Fisher,
The amazing factor of America's Cup stories is how exaggeration immerses them. The breaking of the AC-72 wing of Artemis that was being trialled on an ORMA 60 hull platform for example was retold to a degree that defied belief. No sooner had the wing folded than it was in four pieces and with that the rumour mill built so that everything that Artemis Racing had achieved was in the trash-can.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup – Emirates Team NZ AC72 unveiled +Video
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World heads to Cookson Boats yard on Auckland's North Shore. There team CEO Grant Dalton gives a guided tour of the yard, including a walk around both hulls, and a look on the lower level at the massive main beam, which is about to be fitted. These are the first shots of an AC72 published. Plus we have video interviews with Dalton and AC72 design co-ordinator Nick Holroyd.... [more]
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Artemis Racing's AC72 wing sustains damage
Jennifer Hall,
Artemis Racing is the first Competitor for the 34th America's Cup to have launched and sailed with a full size AC72 wing using a modified trimaran. While training off Valencia today, Artemis Racing's AC72 wing suffered significant damage. No one was injured.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA
Richard Gladwell,
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time.... [more]
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months
Richard Gladwell,
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice... [more]
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