Sail-World New Zealand: July 8, 2013 - Hoofing it in San Francisco

 
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Sail-World New Zealand: July 8, 2013 - Hoofing it in San Francisco



The race that wasn't, got sailed today in the Louis Vuitton Cup.

An inauspicious start - but harking back to the same occasion in 2007, we had to wait for six days to get the first race away, due to light winds. This was in Valencia where we were promised plenty of wind every day - after Auckland copped it for the same transgression in 2003.

Yes the wind turned up in San Francisco, but the Italians didn't - keeping their principles uncompromised ahead of the International Jury Hearing tomorrow.

Emirates Team New Zealand turned on a sailing show today blitzing around the seven leg course in just over 40 minutes for the quickest race in an America's Cup ever. And on the final short leg to the finish the team hit speeds in excess of 40kts - believed to be a speed faster than an America's Cup yacht has ever sailed - in training or a race - and that includes Oracle BMW Racings 120ft trimaran of the 2010 America's Cup fame.

07/07/2013 - San Francisco (USA CA) - 34th America's Cup - Day 1 of racing for the LV Cup, ETNZ  Gilles Martin-Raget: AmericasCup©

While the race lacked an opponent it didn't lack for spectacle, and being able to see an AC72 sailing at full speed for 40 minutes from a variety of camera angles including a helicopter, was not to be missed.

Technically it was fascinating. Overlaid with a race, the coverage will go up another level again - and then there is audio and more camera angles on and off the boats, to come.

In this edition of Sail-World we have a multitude of stories, images and video as we gear up our America's Cup coverage.

The doyen of sailing correspondents, Bob Fisher leads the coverage with his take on the days events. For sure there could have been ways around the Luna Rossa impasse - by changing the race schedule to use one of the Artemis Racing no-show days - and delaying this race until after the Jury Hearing.

Even with only one boat, the crowds along the shore cheered each time ETNZ flew by - America's Cup  Chuck Lantz

Tomorrow, the focus shifts to the Jury Room, where the applications by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa will be held. If these were Optimists, it would be a very short hearing, in our view. But Optimists it ain't, and there are the usual plays and posturing behinds the scenes as to the consequences of various outcomes.

But as anyone who has ever sat on a Jury will know, considering consequences of a decision is a very fraught business, and the only way to handle the Hearing, is to consider the case on its merits, find the facts, apply the rules and the Decision is clear and something to be proud of.

We have the background to the Hearing in this edition of Sail-World.com's newsletter

Emirates Team NZ purpose designed chase boat - power by four Yamaha 300hHP outboards - Salthouse boats have built five of these million dollar craft  Chuck Lantz

Current expectations are that the second race will take place as scheduled on the weekend between Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ.

In this edition we have a short video of the Italians doing a foiling gybe - with their new wingsail and daggerboards.

What everyone looks forward to is the Louis Vuitton Cup being what it always has been - a keenly fought competition. And with Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand we have the sight of the two most experienced teams in the Challenger ranks in the history of the Louis Vuitton Cup, going head to head in the fastest boats ever sailed in the event.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - 2013 SAP 49er & 49erFX European Championship  © Mick Anderson/Sailingpix.dk

In Europe, New Zealand crews have taken first third and fifth in the ZEuropean Championships for three of the Olympic classes.

That is a good start for the first year after an Olympics - particularly in the Womens RS:X which just 12 months ago was deemed not to be up to the standard required to be nominated in the New Zealand slot for the 2012 Olympics.

New Zealand is looking much stronger now than was the case going into the 2012 Olympics, with good solid performing competitors in now at least six of the ten classes, and the prospect of more to come. How that will shake out in Brazil is yet to be seen.

Semi Finals at Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden. Alpari World Match Racing Tour.  © Brian Carlin/AWMRT

Waka Racing came close to winning the Stena Match Cup Sweden over the weekend. Phil Robertson and his crew went up 2-0 over local hero Bjorn Hansen trying for a third win in the event. But a comeback from Hansen urged on by his home crowd, saw him take the next three races and take the title in the best of five series.

We have the daily reports from Sweden in this edition.

Phil Robertson congratulating Bjorn Hansen at the Stena Match Cup Sweden  © Brian Carlin/AWMRT

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Closing in on the boundary line - 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, Round Robin 1, Race 1  John Navas
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Good sailing!

Richard Gladwell
NZ Editor

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NZ mid fleet - IODA North American Optimist Championships  ©Charles Anderson/RBYC

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