America's Cup: Thirty days on the AC72 clock

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America's Cup: Thirty days on the AC72 clock

Welcome to Sail-World.com's fifth America's Cup Newsletter for the 34th America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand became the first and probably only team to reach the maximum allowance of 30 sailing days in their AC72, before the deadline of January 31, 2013.

In fact, the current Louis Vuitton Cup holder reached their quota on December 12, 2012 – about six weeks ahead of the deadline.

What does this all mean?

Emirates Team NZ heads for home on Day 30  Richard Gladwell ©

Of the two boat teams, it means that Emirates Team NZ have maximized their options in terms of sailing days, and data gathering. Currently they probably have the best knowledge of the AC72 catamaran of all the teams.

Artemis Racing would seem to be back on course, after dropping their skipper Terry Hutchinson. They currently have 20 sailing days left, and at the current rate of progress, seem unlikely to work through the full extent of that program. But on the positive side of their ledger, of the two San Francisco based teams, Artemis Racing have the most sailing time, and will be well ahead of their current mark, come the end of January.

Artemis Racing's first AC72 emerges prior to launch in San Francisco  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©

Artemis Racing will also not have to go through the transition process to San Francisco that both the Auckland based teams will have to undergo at the end of April - which will cost them at least six weeks in downtime, maybe more. Artemis Racing should at that stage have two AC72's racing, and provided they can effectively run the logistics of that program, then they should make another gain.

Yet to be announced is whether Artemis Racing will run a two-boat program. Emirates Team NZ MD Grant Dalton, told Sail-World in an interview in this edition, that he believed it was not effective to run a two boat AC72 program, citing three hours to launch, and three hours for pack up for the three boats. Whether other teams see it that way, will be a point of interest, later in 2013.

Oracle Team USA's SAC72 USA-17 under repair and rebuild in San Francisco  OracleTeam USA©

Oracle Team USA have largely maintained radio silence - until the departure of their second wingsail from Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand. The event was captured by several of the Auckland based America's Cup media. Later the team issued several videos from key players in New Zealand and San Francsico, including one from General Manager, Grant Simmer answering a few of the vital questions about launch dates, and the like. This is but one of the featured videos and interviews in this edition of Sail-World.com's America's Cup newsletter.

We expect Oracle to be back on track in early February. Sure, they have lost 22 available sailing days, but the same comments made about Artemis Racing, also apply equally to the Defender. They have the additional luxury about not being required to formally race until September, two months after the Challengers.

For the Challengers, the Qualification Rounds of the Louis Vuitton Cup would seem to be vital target practice – free of any legal challenge over working with another team – and with the added bonus that the series will count for little until the Semi-Finals are sailed, when just one boat will drop out, maybe.

Luna Rossa AC72 foiling in Auckland  Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

Luna Rossa, too have been silent about their sailing program, but have certainly had a lot to say to the International Jury, with a protest against Oracle Team USA over a breach of the Surveillance requirements of the Protocol.

In this edition, we carry the details of the Protest, some commentary ahead of the decision, and the actual decision of the International Jury.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing at speed showing the beatifully twisted wingsail   Chris Cameron/ETNZ©
OTUSA was found to have infringed, and committed what we believe to be a professional foul. At this juncture the Int Jury have found against the America's Cup Defender, and are now awaiting submissions from the teams, before announcing a penalty. Whether that will be 'ice-cream money' or something more substantial, remains to be seen.

While the Defender have been taking a beating in the Jury room, no-one can say that team boss, Larry Ellison didn't live up to his word, when he said in 2010 that a neutral race management would be established. In a normal Cup, most of the decisions that OTUSA have 'lost' would have been dismissed by the Defenders and their acquiescent organizational infrastructures. Not so, this time around.

Seasons Greetings to all America's Cup fans. In just a few days we will be in the year of the 34th America's Cup – 2013.

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

Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, racing on the Hauraki Gulf, December 2012  Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand training with the team's first AC72 on the Hauraki Gulf, on the day of the tornado in Auckland  Chris Cameron/ETNZ©




America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on 30 days of sailing the the AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Almost 20 years ago, a young Dean Barker was exiting from a very ordinary series in the World Laser Championships off Takapuna, on Auckland's North Shore. Fast forward to December 2012, and after a very challenging 30 days of sailing spread over five months, at the helm of the first AC72, Dean Barker has walked a new track in helming the fastest racing yacht in the world.... [more]
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America's Cup: Short break and then the Big Push for Emirates Team NZ
Emirates Team NZ,
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America's Cup: A look inside Oracle Team USA's building facility
Sail-World,
Just before Christmas a special package left Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand bound for Oracle Team USA in San Francisco. The team from Core Builders Composites tell their story on this video... [more]
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America's Cup: Merry Christmas from Emirates Team NZ
Emirates Team NZ,
2012 has been a long hard year for everyone at Emirates Team New Zealand. For most of the team the holidays are a chance to relax, refresh and recharge the batteries before what will be a massive year in 2013- the year of the 34th America's Cup. Here they wish all their fans, sponsors and suppliers a Merry Christmas... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle found guilty as charged on Italian spy incident
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, has just posted its Decision in Case 19, initiated by the Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa, over an incident where a surveillance boat from Oracle Team USA was within half the distance allowed for viewing competitors while training. Updated on the penalty options and outcome: Had the usual Racing Rules applied, Oracle could have been disqualified... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's second wingsail starts journey to USA
Richard Gladwell,
The second wingsail for Oracle Team USA left Core Builders Composites facility in Warkworth this morning to begin its journey to San Francisco. There the wingsail will be installed on the repaired USA-17, which is expected to be sailing in early February 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup: Latest news - Oracle Team USA - December 19, 2012
Oracle Team USA,
Latest newsletter from Oracle Team USA covering the rebuild of USA-17, the development and building of the team's second AC72 and team activities now and over the Christmas/New Year break... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal state of repairs and re-launch
Oracle Team USA,
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA have released a video and interview from within the teams complex in San Francisco, where USA-17 is being repaired. Team CEO, Grant Simmer says the team's first AC72, USA-17 is on target for a re-launch in early February, and that she will be followed by their second AC72. No date has been announced for that event.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle believed to be on wrong side of spying Decision
Richard Gladwell,
The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup is believed to have ruled on a protest lodged by the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa, against the America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA, and it is understood that the US team have been found in breech of the Surveillance provisions of the Protocol.... [more]
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America's Cup: One year on for Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa,
On January 7, 2012, the first of the two AC 45 Luna Rossa catamarans was launched in Auckland, after rushing against time to put the yacht together and be ready to start training with Emirates Team New Zealand. 'It feels like yesterday, but it's almost one year!' says Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, as he gets off the yacht after a training session at sea.... [more]
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America's Cup: Back to Foiling School in the SL33's + Video
Sail-World,
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America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims
Richard Gladwell,
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72... [more]
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America's Cup: End of the sailing road for the first AC72
Warren Douglas,
On Thursday the Emirates Team NZ shore crew began to decommission the yacht while the team concentrates on finishing Boat 2. Winch drums and some hardware will be removed from the yacht and fitted to Boat 2. Boat 1 will be refitted in the near future and held in reserve, to be commissioned quickly in the event it's needed.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing on Day 8
Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us,
Artemis Racing returned to training again on SF Bay after nearely another week between sessions. They theoretically have 22 days remaining, for 2012 but with weather and holidays in the mix it is mathematically difficult to get their full 30 days in before January 31, 2013.... [more]
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America's Cup 2013 – VIP tickets available for U.S Sailing members
Jake Fish,
The America's Cup, the most coveted sailing event in the world, will be sharing its prestige with U.S Sailing members by providing them with exclusive access to avail of VIP hospitality tickets to a number of America's Cup events, including the Louis Vuitton Cup, Red Bull Youth America's Cup, America's Cup Challenger, and the 2013 America's Cup finals.... [more]
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America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it?... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ galloping across the Gulf
Chris Cameron,
More images from America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's sailing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, in winds that the teams put at round 26-28kts, and with a respectable sea state. A tornado hit Auckland while the AC72's of Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa were out training. They were able to avoid the worst of it on the Gulf, but even so took the opportunity to clock speeds in excess of 40kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC72's caught on the edge of tornado + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Auckland was hit by a tornado yesterday (Thursday) with devastating damage and the loss of three lives. Both America's Cup Challengers were out training in the Hauraki Gulf at the time and were on the fringes of the violent weather system. Winds just west of the team's bases were recorded at 50kts gusting 60kts for a brief period, further down the harbour it was 30kts gusting 40kts.... [more]
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America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro
Sail-World,
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing's afterguard look forward + Video
America's Cup.com,
Following the big team shake-up on Friday that saw the departure of skipper Terry Hutchinson, Artemis Racing took to San Francisco Bay on Saturday for a test session. Here's the view from the brain trust at the back of the boat after Saturday's sail.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis - You can't play tennis by yourself, can you?
Rod Davis,
Double Olympic medalist and long time US and NZL America's Cup crew, skipper and coach, Rod Davis Rod Davis describes on the benefits of the race training programme with Luna Rossa. It's the difference between hitting a tennis ball against the wall vs playing a real tennis match. That is what it means for Emirates Team New Zealand to train against Luna Rossa.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa get third day of racing
Sail-World.com,
Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was out on the water for her 26th day of sailing of the 30 allowed before February 1, 2013 under the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup. Predictwind ecorded winds averaging 25kts at noon and peaking at 30kts. The winds eased by 5kts later in the day both in average and gusts.... [more]
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America's Cup: Italians fire off protests over Spying and Venue switch
Richard Gladwell,
It has been a busy week for rules advisers for the Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, Luna Rossa. Two protests have been lodged with the International Jury. And the Jury Chairman has responded with a terse reminder to teams about leaking Jury documents to the media... [more]
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America's Cup - Artemis Racing pulls off major personnel shakeup
Jennifer McHugh,
America's Cup contender Artemis Racing announced a major personnel shakeup on Saturday, appointing Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy, Nathan Outteridge, Santiago Lange, and Loïck Peyron to their team. The Challenger of Record for the upcoming America's Cup also released Terry Hutchinson, who guided the sailing team to clinch the 2012 ACWS Match Racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Hejdå Terry - Artemis Racing ring changes in AC72 crew
Richard Gladwell,
After just four days of sailing in the their new AC72 America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing, have announced several key changes in the afterguard. Gone is skipper, Terry Hutchinson, who has been with the team since its inception, and on-board are a bevy of Olympic Gold Medalists, plus highly experienced multihull skipper and technical specialist, Loick Peyron.... [more]
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