America's Cup - October 29, 2012 : Four splashed, one sailing

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America's Cup - Four splashed, one sailing



There have been developments and incidents aplenty over the past six weeks as the 34th America's Cup takes shape.

To date four teams have splashed boats, with Luna Rossa being the latest on Friday evening in Auckland. She is expected to sail mid-week.

Artemis Racing is not expected to be too far behind, with the Swedish team suffering another setback when their boat cracked under tow - an operator error.

Emirates Team NZ has had a relatively untroubled run, now almost halfway through her allocated 30 days days of sailing to January 31, 2013, and is foiling beautifully and steadily on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Emirates Team New Zealand. AC72 testing on Day 14  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©

But it was Oracle Team USA who turned the 34th America's Cup on its ear with a spectacular capsize on October 16. History will tell if that date marks the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end for the Defender, with just ten months left until the start of the Match. On current projections they will not have a boat sailing for another three months or so, and will not have a two-boat campaign for some time after that.

In this edition of Sail-World's America's Cup newsletter we look at the issues facing Oracle. We're pretty confident they can get back on track, but the capsize happened at probably the worst possible time for them, and the question will be as to how much jump the other teams will have - if any.

Every team is well aware that they are just seconds away from being in Oracle's situation, and caution will be the catch-cry for a few months yet.

Launch of the new Luna Rossa AC72 wingsailed catamaran on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Luna Rossa/Studio Borlenghi ©

We're also carrying all the video and still images of what is the most spectacular capsize in sailing history, and certainly the most expensive.

The incident bought a close to the sailing stare-down from positions at opposite corners of the Pacific.

In San Francisco Oracle Racing, was playing catchup to Emirates Team NZ, with the US entry being on sailing Day 8 and the New Zealanders on Day 12. Had Oracle survived those conditions that afternoon, most would have reckoned she had caught up, but a rising breeze and King tide created a sea state that was probably unsurvivable as they finished their final run of the day and headed for home.

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Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 18 October 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

We also have images from the Luna Rossa launch - with the chrome hulled AC72 setting a new standard in elegance. But what would you expect from the Glamour Boys of the Class of 2013?

Plus, in this edition, Luna Rossa's Patron, Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena give their take on the issues of the day in the 34th America's Cup.

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

Oracle Team USA before her capsize on October 16   Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

Oracle Team USA Foiling on Day 4  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA©

San Francisco (USA,CA), Oracle Team USA AC72 training  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©




America's Cup: Images from Luna Rossa launch
Sail-World,
Images from the launch of the AC72 for the Italian Luna Rossa Challenger 2013 in Auckland on Friday evening. Sail-World was not permitted cameras at the function and these shots were all taken from public areas surrounding the base.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Oracle's options to get back into the Game
Richard Gladwell,
With just ten months left to the Defence of the 34th America's Cup, Oracle Team USA's current situation is not ideal. But it certainly isn't terminal either. After her capsize and subsequent retrieval from San Francisco Bay on October 16, there has been little by the way of comment from the team as to the state of the damage to their first launched AC72.... [more]
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America's Cup: Mental mistake leads to delay for Artemis racing
America's Cup,
Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson said the team made a 'mental mistake' last week that led to the postponement of the planned christening of its new AC72. Artemis Racing was towing its red-hulled platform under the Bay Bridge in calm conditions when team members heard popping noises. Concerned by the noises, the team concluded the towing exercise and returned the platform to the team's ba... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 61 - Oracle Team USA AC72 Capsize
ACM,
In this week's America's Cup Discovered we look at the devastating capsize of ORACLE TEAM USA'S AC72 in San Francisco Bay. The capsize made headline news around the globe; conjecture and speculation rife as to the consequence of the capsize. The team is shock, and will now have to reevaluate their defence strategy for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ puts in another day on the water
Chris Cameron,
While the Italian America's Cup Luna Rossa, was preparing for their launch party. Emirates Team NZ were putting in another day out in the Hauraki Gulf - this was their 14th. That mark is just short of the halfway point in terms of days sailed. Oracle Team USA will now not use any more of their allocated 30days available before February 1, having put in just eight on the water. Luna Rossa and... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa launched in Auckland + Video
Luna Rossa Challenge,
The AC 72 Luna Rossa catamaran, challenging in the 34th America's Cup, was launched on Friday evening in Auckland, New Zealand. At 6.40 pm local time, Miuccia Prada, with her husband Patrizio Bertelli at her side – the Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 – broke the champagne bottle, thus christening the 22-metre maxi catamaran: mirrored hulls and a 40-metre high wingsail, its aft half... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - frame by frame
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us has compiled this complete sequence of events from October 16 2012 on San Francisco Bay as Oracle Racing's US 17 become the first AC72' to capsize. View this video frame by frame, in high definition setting, to see exactly what did happen that fateful day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA - capsize and recovery - Video
Amory Ross, Oracle Team USA,
Video from Oracle Team USA of the capsize and recovery of their AC72 USA-17, which capsized in San Francisco Bay, while trying to head home after the wind and tide increased at the end of a training session. The spectacular capsize in winds in excess of 25 kts and a 5kt current running against the wind created waves several feet high.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Italian Big Cat spots the Kiwi Cream
Richard Gladwell,
Have just got back from the Luna Rosa Media Conference held ahead of the launch, in Auckland, tomorrow evening. Speaking were team head Patrizio Bertelli and skipper Max Sirena. Mr Bertelli spoke in Italian and worked through an interpreter, so it lacked some of the flow, but he was very forthcoming in his answers. However he looked like a cat that had just spotted the cream.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis reflects on the Oracle nosedive
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis, reflects on on the work that's gone into the rescue and recovery plan in the event of a capsize...people first then recover the boat... [more]
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America's Cup: Murray Jones interviewed on Oracle Team USA capsize
Sail-World,
Top yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, had control over the Auckland airwaves on an all too rare occasion, this afternoon, and managed to slip in an interview with New Zealand sailor, Murray Jones, one of the crew on board Oracle Team USA's USA-17 when the AC72 capsized last week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA damage revealed - images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was down at Pier 80 again this morning and sent these images of Oracle Team USA's USA-17 as she was hauled from the water after the capsize yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle's AC72 being hauled from the water
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was hauled from the water at Pier 80 in surprisingly good shape considering her ordeal yesterday, after capsizing and being sucked out into the Pacific Ocean. The netting and other 'consumables' have all gone, but the hulls and platform generally seem to be intact albeit waterlogged.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA returns home - latest images
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was towed back into San Francisco in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after being swept out into the Pacific Ocean when she capsized at 3.00pm local time on Tuesday. Guilian Grenier was on had to catch the arrival and reaction... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsizes AC72 in San Francisco - Latest
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have capsized their AC72 while training on Day 8 in San Francisco. Reports are still coming in as to the extent of the damage however there were apparently no serious injuries to the crew. The 72ft catamaran pitchpoled,during a bearaway. See the recovery on live video... [more]
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America's Cup: Meanwhile aboard Emirates Team NZ - Images and Video
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, was onboard the AC 72 sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for another training session on Day 13. For the first time we get to see what it is like aboard the new America's Cup catamaran.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA images after the capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer Guilian Grenier, was on hand after Oracle Team USA's AC72 USA-17 capsized when training on Tuesday afternoon... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Before and After the Capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer captured some of the last shots before USA-17 capsized in San Francisco on Tuesday at 3.00pm local time, and afterward... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - full video
Sail-World,
See the full video of the Oracle Team USA capsize in San Francisco Bay in 25kts of breeze. This is the first AC72 to capsize... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - how it happened in images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was on hand to capture the complete sequence as Oracle Team USA capsized at 3.00pm local time in San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - how it happened in images - 2
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was on hand to capture the complete sequence as Oracle Team USA capsized at 3.00pm local time in San Francisco. Here is the second image gallery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle's Spithill rides with the Blue Angels + Video
Oracle Team USA,
Oracle Team USA's skipper, Jimmy Spithill (AUS) joins the US Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squad in 'Fightertown USA,' Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to test his mettle at winged flight of a slightly faster kind. See how Spithill and the chief 'pilot' handles 6G's in the skies over San Diego.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Oracle USA flies on foils
Gullian Grenier, Oracle Team USA,
US Defender, Oracle Team USA completed seven days on the water today. Here's a gallery of images from team photographer Gullian Grenier taken over the past few days on San Francisco Bay. While Oracle has been noted for the amount of platform twist, and discussions as to whether this is good or bad, planned or unplanned, controlled or uncontrolled. But here, on occasions, she flies straight and... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ flies in big breeze
Chris Cameron,
Team photographer, Chris Cameron was on the Hauraki Gulf today for Day 12 of the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 testing programme on the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. The cat performed well in a south-west breeze in the low to mid 20s with gusts to 28 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team US's AC72 on Day 7 on San Francisco Bay
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson from www.pressure-drop.us joined the AC racer chasers club today on San Francisco Bay trying to get in position to get shots of Oracle Team USA's AC72 in action. An afternoon spent chasing the Oracle 72' yields limited success, just when you think you have a bead on their angle of attack, they gybe or tack, and despite the sizable ebb, they are gone in a heart beat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ sailing in 35kt winds
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand completed a five hour sailing and testing session, apparently without mishap today in winds that gusted over 35kts. Winds averaged 26kts at Bean Rock at the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour. The winds peaked at midday before easing. Real time observations in the area have the winds at 28kts, gusting 36kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and the Friday Racers
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 put in her 11th day on the water - for about 75 hours of sailing time - and as is becoming a feature of Friday evening racing, ripped through the fleet. Just for something different the ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, was out leading the fleet and Emirates Team NZ took the chance to line up against her first competition... [more]
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America's Cup: Significant win for Emirates Team NZ in Jury Room
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have been handed a small but very significant victory by the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup. In a decision dated October 7, 2012, the Jury has ruled on an application lodged by the New Zealand team on September 24, 2012, which queried a Public Interpretation given by the Measurement Committee. Features a 50ec video of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 foiling... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand returned from their seventh day of sailing, with another Foiling Flypast on the Waitemata Harbour, late this afternoon. Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was there to catch the action as they ran through the Friday evening race fleet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hinged foils approved by Measurement Committee
Richard Gladwell,
While the sailing world is still coming to terms with the concept of seeing 72ft America's Cup catamarans charging at 30kts plus, while fully out of the water on foils, the design teams are several steps further down the path.... [more]
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