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Saturday, July 2, 2011

What The America's Cup Teams Said

Russell Coutts, Helmsman, ORACLE Racing Boat No. 5 (USA)
Photo: Jill Mantz
“Cascais is a great place to sail. I've raced there a lot and it's going to be good to be back, especially with the public just meters away from all the action and excitement.”

James Spithill, Helmsman, ORACLE Racing Boat No. 4 (USA)
 James Spithill, left. Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget
“We're looking forward to lining up against the teams entered in the 34th America's Cup. It's a first for all of us. The America's Cup World Series will really make fans sit up and take notice.”

Grant Dalton, CEO, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Photo: Chris Cameron
“We expect to learn a lot about racing multihulls and we hope for really good racing. We have seen at Auckland that these yachts can be a spectacular sight when they are powered up. Sailing team members are making a smooth transition from monohull to multihull sailing and Cascais will be the first opportunity to check in with the other teams. We have put in the hours on the water so hope to make a good showing at Cascais.”

Loick Peyron, Helmsman, Energy Team (FRA)
Loick Peyron, right Photo: Vibrac Paprec
“I've sailed multihulls since the very beginning of the eighties, and the only thing I’ve learned is that I love to learn. Something new every day, which is, I’m sure, going to be the case. We will need time to feel the machine and try to use it at 100 percent. Despite quite a lot of nautical miles spent on multihulls, I’ve never capsized, and will try to keep it like that a bit further more!

“But these AC45s have quite a lot of power in their ‘engines’ so we really have to be careful. Because we are going to sail for the first time on these boats a few days only before the first event in Cascais starts, our main goal is to be conservative. In any case we know we have a lot to discover, with a lot of humility compared to the big teams. I will tell you that after our first sailing session, I know it will be like any other multihull: it’s never boring. “

Torvar Mirksy, Helmsman, Venezia Challenge (ITA)
Photo: Vanezia Challenge
At 25, the Australian is a rising star on the match racing circuit in monohulls and now is taking his first shot at the America’s Cup. “I just can’t wait to get out on the water on the AC45. The quality of teams and the competition is as high as can be. It is something I have been dreaming of all my life so I can’t wait for it to happen.”

Vasilij Zbogar, Helmsman, Green Comm Racing (ESP)

A two-time Olympic medalist in the Laser class, the 35-year-old Slovenian is a newcomer to the America’s Cup. “This is a step you always have in the back of your mind to be in the America’s Cup. Everyone is new to this America’s Cup especially the catamaran and the new format of the racing. We have been sailing all our lives. We will learn very fast and improve very fast. We are not afraid. We will try to do some decent racing and learn as much as possible.”

Terry Hutchinson, Helmsman, Artemis Racing (SWE)
Photo: America's Cup Media
"Artemis Racing is looking forward to the racing in Cascais. Having raced TP52s there in the past, we know that course will provide for good breeze and in this new breed of boat should elevate the excitement level to a standard that we have not seen before. After such a long hiatus away from any formal America's Cup competition, it is good to finally get it started."

Kim Dong Young, CEO Team Korea, the White Tiger Challenge (KOR)

“We are building together a very strong and experienced team to sail the ‘White Tiger’, our team’s AC45. Our new helmsman is a multiple World and European Champion and is familiar with catamarans as well as monohulls, so even though Cascais will be the first time we will have raced the boat, we hope we can be competitive around the race track while flying the ‘Taegukki’, the national flag of Korea, and at the same time bring some of our Korean culture and friendliness to everyone who comes to watch this new America’s Cup World Series.”

Philippe Ligot, CEO, Aleph (FRA)

“We are really looking forward to getting our hands on ALEPH's new AC45. We will be able to sail it for the first time around 21st July and we then have about two weeks to learn about it and the new race course format in Cascais before the competition starts.

"We know that some of the teams have a significant amount of experience on the AC45 already. We have a simple but ambitious agenda with the America’s Cup World Series in Cascais. Our hopes are to go as far as possible in the match racing part and to enjoy the fleet racing series, where everybody has a chance of winning a race.”

Wang Chaoyong, Chairman, China Team (CHN)

“We are currently actively recruiting Chinese sailors through a series of training camps all over China, and at the same time, our existing team is training with Olympic multihull medalists on the China Team AC45 boat to ensure that we are ready to compete in the first World Series in August. 



“China Team truly represents the spirit of sports in China, even though we are new to the world of sailing, we will be ready to compete against the best sailing teams in the world for the most prestigious sailing sports trophy.”

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