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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cascais Is Getting Ready for America's Cup World Series

It's all happening here in Cascais as the eight America's Cup teams prepare to compete in the the first AC45 World Series from August 6-14.
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com
The regatta postions the defending champions, Oracle Racing, who will have two boats, one helmed by Russell Coutts and the other by James Spithill, against the current seven challengers for the 34th America’s Cup for the first time.
Green Comm Racing Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com
While Team Australia has been forced to shelve their plans to compete and Perth's Torvar Mirsky lost his gig with Venezia Challenge who also came up against funding issues, Sydney's Spithill will be waving the Aussie flag.
James Spithill Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com 
Spithill is the youngest Skipper to win the America's Cup and his team mate Russell Coutts is the most successful skipper in the 160-year history of the event.
Russell Coutts Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com, 
Spithill, who was 30 years old when he won the 33rd America’s Cup in February 2010, expects a fierce challenge, not just from the competitors but also the conditions. Cascais is renowned as a windy venue, and it’s lived up to that reputation over the past few weeks.
 Green Comm Racing Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com
“We’ve been looking forward to Cascais for a long time now,” Spithill said. “We’re very anxious. Obviously, there are some nerves. We want to get out there and have a good result. You have to be consistent and have good team work. These boats reward good team work.”
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget / www.americascup.com
The team’s two AC45 catamarans arrived last Thursday, July 27, after a 10-day voyage from Savannah, Georgia, that wound through Algeciras, Spain, before being trucked overland to Portugal.

The shore crew began assembling the boats over the weekend and preparing for the expected arrival of the sailing team.

“It’s about a four-day turnaround from pulling the pieces out of the containers to wheeling the assembled boat out the door for its first sail,” said Wolfgang Chamberlain, ORACLE Racing’s shore team manager in Cascais. “We started on Saturday and the first scheduled day of sailing is Aug 4, so we’re well on schedule.”

With the regatta set to start Saturday the buzz is building. The ACWS – Cascais is the first step on the road to the 34th America’s Cup in September 2013 and will be followed by two more events later this year.

Bring it on.

Lulu Roseman

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