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 18 Nov 2012
 


Sail-World on board Emirates AC 72, Vendee + more news

Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours perched on the after beam of Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts, the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.

Imagine you are standing on top of an Emirates jet on that final mad charge down the runway before takeoff.

Richard Gladwell with Dean Barker. Emirates Team New Zealand ACA72 testing on the Hauraki Gulf. 14/11/2012  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
The engines are screaming and every imperfection in the runway is magnified into the jolting that reverberates through the plane just before it leaves the ground.

Next, take that mental snapshot and overlay it on to a boat the dimensions of a tennis court (well three metres wider), flying down the harbour, a couple of metres above the sea, travelling at a speed of more than 40kts.

This is the surreal world of the AC72 catamaran and the 34th America's Cup.

This is a must read article ...

The Sail-World team's detailed coverage of the America's Cup will continue all the way to San Francisco in September 2013. Join us for the ride.


Over in Namibia, Paul Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket 2 crew are hard at work, attempting to top the outright sailing speed record, having just set one. 'Just in... 61 + knot peak speed and a 54,' wrote Paul. 'Something average; had to stop as the end was coming up fast. Everything went into fast forward. I was saying 'This is fast, this is fast' and then she took off again... 'This is real f*****g fast'!!! I thought we might have bagged the outright [record] as well... as you would after hitting over sixty knots... but the average wasn't there... I think. Everyone is getting the data down now. We broke our own [Personal Best] twice today... so that's 2x triple rum and cokes in pint glasses... and of course the 60-knot bottle of champagne also falls. Happy days.'

And of course the Vendee Globe fleet is enduring some interesting times. Young Parisian Louis Burton, skipper of Bureau Vallee, collided with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. The fleet is down to 16 boats now

Bureau Vallee, Louis Burton  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendée Globe ©

Lots of news today... grab some coffee and enjoy your time with us ...


The Sail-World.com Team



Gladwell's Line: Riding shotgun on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 at 43.6kts
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World.com's NZ and America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, spent three hours on Emirates Team NZ's AC72 for a training session on the Hauraki Gulf. Sailing in winds of up to 25kts the AC72 hit an amazing 43.6kts and didn't even feel like she was breaking into a sweat. He reports on Wednesday's race and test session.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 sets new speed record of 59kts
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket Project Leader and Pilot, Paul Larsen, discusses how he and the crew have now achieved a record setting pace of 59.01kts - yet to be ratified. During the run the team exceeded 62kts. The new mark was set in Walvis Bay, Namibia this September with a new hydrofoil package. The ratified record stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas.... [more]
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5th Carlos Aguilar Match Race set for December 5-9
Carol Bareuther,
Twelve Open teams representing some of the best match racers in the world, both men and women, will put their skills to the test in the fifth Annual Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels and Time, December 5-9, 2012.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battle continues as skippers push on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó (Acciona 100% EcoPowered) revealed that he went up his 100ft mast and successfully retrieved the main halyard on Friday evening, but so sheltered was the spot he found on the northeast coast of Tenerife that he was becalmed until 0400hrs (French time) on Saturday.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Leaders navigate southerly route on Day 7
Vendee Globe,
Things are starting to shape up going into the seventh day of racing in the Vendee Globe as the fleet of leaders take on a southerly route to further stretch their lead over the rest of the pack. Cheminées Poujoulat's skipper Bernard Stamm has already overtaken Macif's Francois Gabart for second place but yo-yo race is expected in the coming days.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo skipper gets first taste of foiling + Video
Sail-World,
Chris Nicholson, skipper of second place getter in the Volvo Ocean Race, Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand, had a big day out when he joined the America's Cup sailing crew on the teams AC72 America's Cup Challenger. The video features some excellent extended footage of the yacht foiling. Later in the day ETNZ's AC72 hit speeds of 43.6kts... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Black Friday - And then they were 16
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Javier Sansó reports that he has been sailing for thirty-two hours without his mainsail. He was approaching the Canary Islands yesterday afternoon, where he will shelter in calmer conditions while he climbs up his 100ft mast to recover the main halyard.... [more]
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Go-fast gear at METS
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The international marine industry is comprised of a series of innovative companies (some more so than others) that constantly press the envelope on what's possible. For the cruising crowd, this often translates to added comfort or extra amenities, but for us racers, the offer of increased speed drives research, design, development and, ultimately, sales.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Frustrating, busy night onboard Gamesa
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, it has been a frustrating, very busy night for Mike Golding on Gamesa currently lying in eighth place, chasing Jérémie Beyou on Maitre CoQ who is 32 miles ahead in seventh but over 200 miles to his west as he races 125 miles SWW of the west side of Canary Islands.... [more]
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Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies reports Savéol dismasted
Vendée Globe,
Vendée Globe skipper Samantha Davies contacted the race office of the Vendée Globe at 1945hrs (French time), on Thursday, November 15th, to report that her boat had dismasted. Davies is not injured. She is safe inside the boat with all the watertight doors closed. She is monitoring the situation and does not require assistance.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Battered and broken but pushing on
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Louis Burton was winning his race against time yesterday as he limps back to Les Sables d'Olonne after his collision with a French fishing boat at 0300hrs on Wednesday. He had 408 miles to go at 1600hrs (French time) after and making 263 miles in the last 24 hours.... [more]
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New Melges 24 European Sailing Series announced for 2013
Riccardo Simoneschi,
We had a great year of sailing in the Melges 24 Class in 2012. A record breaking World Championship with 126 teams from four continents and 23 nations was, obviously, the pinnacle event of the year, but for me, the most important signal has been that we had many events with more than thirty boats taking place across Europe and North America.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - All or none for the top two in Malaysia
Leigh Ireland,
The 2012 Monsoon Cup is set to take place 3-8 December and current Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader Bjorn Hansen believes that anything less than a Semi Final appearance from either himself or main rival Ian Williams will end their challenge for the Tour title this season.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 begins the big reveal of the beast within
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen of Vestas Sailrocket 2 discusses how the big reveal of the beast within is finally underway and how the speed was no accident nor was it unexpected.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Sanso reports damage to Acciona 100% EcoPowered
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the Acciona Sailing Team has been informed by its skipper Javier 'Bubi' Sansó that the boat Acciona 100% EcoPowered has had to modify its sailing route having suffered a bit of damage to the track of the main sail halyard whilst sailing in very harsh sea and wind conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sails for first time in San Fran + Video
America's Cup.com,
Artemis Racing's AC72 hit San Francisco Bay under sail on Tuesday for the first time, with the team training for over three hours in winds of 8-12 knots. It was a milestone moment for the team who has seen this inaugural test sail delayed first by a damaged wing sail and then by structural issues with the platform during load testing last month. Includes video... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Gamesa drops to ninth place on the leaderboard
Emily Caroe,
In the Vendee Globe, skipper Mike Golding is trying to keep within striking distance after his boat Gamesa was pummeled by strong squalls on a breezy Wednesday. Mike Golding, skipper of Gamesa, has lost a few miles overnight against his main rivals, dropping down the Vendée Globe leaderboard to ninth place, nine miles behind Jean Le Cam on SynerCiel.... [more]
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Pieces in motion at C-Class Summit
William Clark,
With the 2013 International C-Class Catamaran Championship in Falmouth, England less than nine months away, C-Class Catamaran enthusiast from six countries met at Rhode Island's Bristol Yacht Club on the weekend of November 10th.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the rollercoaster ride south is on for the leaders, as on the heels of strong breezes from the north, speeds for the pacemakers surged this afternoon, finally freeing them from the shackles of the high pressure ridge and a frontal passage, which combined to form the biggest strategic challenge of the solo nonstop round the world race thus far.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Safran out of the water, keel removed
Soazig Guého,
Early this afternoon in Saint Philibert, Marc Guillemot's team took off Safran's mast and pulled her out of the water at the team's base. The enquiry into the causes leading to the keel breaking four hours after the start of the Vendée Globe can now begin. At the same time, the whole team is busy working on establishing a race programme for 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe: Collisions at sea - Every ocean racer's worst nightmare
John Curtis,
Now with two collisions with fishing trawlers in the Vendee Globe, one wonders what should be done about this serious hazard. As you may have heard by now, a second Vendee Globe boat has collided with a fishing trawler. It was Louis Burton aboard Bureau Vallee.... [more]
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Dragon World Championship 2013 to be hosted by WPNSA
Fiona Brown,
The 2013 Dragon World Championship is to be hosted by Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), home of the sailing regattas of the 2012 Olympiad, from 5 to 13 September 2013. With its combination of great sailing waters, purpose built shore facilities, ease of access and fabulous Dorset location on the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth was the obvious choice... [more]
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Capri Sailing Week/Volcano Race - Format for 2013 presented in Rome
KPMS,
The format for the Rolex Capri Sailing Week/Volcano Race 2013 was presented this morning at the Circolo Ufficiali delle Forze Armate d'Italia in Rome, Italy. Exclusively open to Maxi yachts, the event will mark the beginning of next year's Rolex Mediterranean sailing season and takes place from 18th-24th May.... [more]
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Caizergues and Douglas to attempt Salt and Speed Record
Tanguy Blondel,
Salt and Speed is the title of a new outright World Sailing Speed Record attempt over 500 metres... Provence's Alexandre Caizergues, the first man to smash through the legendary 100 km/hr barrier with a speed of 54.10 knots and America's Rob Douglas, current record holder with a speed of 55.65 knots, are two top-level kitesurfers.... [more]
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Life for Vestas Sailrocket 2 starts at 60 knots
Paul Larsen,
Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 project leader and pilot, talks about the best looking day they've had so far in their record attempt. The forecast has been good for a while and finally it has arrived. The day started in a promising way but then it just hung around for a bit. Everyone was in cruisy 'stand-by' mode.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series action returns to Naples in 2013
Irene Corosu,
Talented sailors will return to Naples, Italy from April 16-21 for the first America's Cup World Series event of 2013. Naples originally hosted the AC World Series in April 2012, drawing over 500,000 spectators on site, with the racing on the water highlighted by a spectacular debut from the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team, who won fleet racing and finished in second place in match racing.... [more]
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World Yacht Racing Forum - Get to know industry leaders this December
James Gradwell,
At the World Yacht Racing Forum 2012, due to take place just four weeks from now on 11-12 December in Gothenburg, Sweden, top class speakers will discuss the latest trends and challenges in the business of yacht racing and what the future holds for an industry full of passion.... [more]
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Italy organises most ISAF regattas worldwide
Elena Giolai,
In an analysis conducted by Fraglia Vela Riva's sport's director Andrea Camin, on the regattas in the ISAF calendar ( The International Sailing Federation), from September 2011 to September 2012, showed that Italy organised the most regattas in the world with 82 events.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Excitement builds ahead of Pulau Duyong battle
Miyeera Navaretna,
Excitement is building with less than one month to go before the eighth Monsoon Cup gets underway. This year's event consists of one of the strongest fields ever, including three ISAF Match Racing World Champions. Eleven teams, including the top eight skippers on the Tour leaderboard, confirm their hard earned place in the season-ending Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT).... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference comes to a close in Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
After three days of meetings, the ISAF Annual Conference came to a close today as the final decisions affecting the sport moving forward were made. Hosted in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, hundreds of delegates gathered from 1st November 2012 to discuss sailing across the world.... [more]
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ISAF announces new Council Members
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has now announced the new members of the ISAF Council, the final decision-making body of ISAF. The new members of the ISAF Council were made known at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.... [more]
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ISAF Conference - Kiteboarding out, Windsurfing back in
Sail-World,
After a long six month battle, Windsurfing has made it back as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics. The ISAF Annual General Meeting, in a simple majority vote, decided to delete Kiteboarding and re-instate Windsurfing, which has been in the Olympics since 1984 as a Mens Event, and since 1992 for Women.... [more]
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