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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ciao Baby - Enfant Terrible Win Farr 40 Worlds

The 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) in Newport, RI, was as expected a tightly contested affair, and ended today after four days of intense competition over ten windward/leeward races.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Alberto Rossi and his all-Italian crew on Enfant Terrible was crowned 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Champion, out of 15 crews from eight countries - Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Mexico, Turkey and the USA. The final battle for the title came down to very last run of the final race. The Italian victory was clearly hard-fought and well earned: Enfant Terrible finished tied on points with Kevin McNeil’s Nightshift (USA), but the Italians earned their title thanks to their three wins on the series standings.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad (USA), three-time winner of the World Championship and current leader of the Farr 40 International Circuit Championship, finished in third, three points behind the leaders. Chicago architect Helmut Jahn, defending Rolex Farr 40 world champion with Flash Gordon 6(USA), finished fourth with 57 points.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“It’s been a very challenging week – we were chasing a title that we really wanted and we had been working all year for,” commented a beaming and champagne-drenched Alberto Rossi as he stepped off Enfant Terrible. The week started slightly uphill, as tactician Vasco Vascotto explained: “On the first race I fell off the boat and we lost those precious four points that would have made us a little less nervous coming into the final day.” 
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
The crew was able to stay on top of its game, learn from the unexpected and focus on the big picture, as Rossi commented: “The guys did an amazing job, they never let go even when things went wrong. They have been sailing with me since 2009 and I am very proud of my team.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
The last day was pretty stressful for everyone – particularly for Rossi and Vascotto, who had to make up four points to overhaul Nightshift, the leader coming into the last day of the world championship with only two races to go. On how they managed their strategy on the final day, Rossi explained: “Today we had two completely different approaches – in the first race we had to win, so we went in pretty aggressively and engaged Nightshift in a tight match race, and the outcome was good. 

Having gained two points, we were able to sail the last race with a slightly more conservative approach. The finish was simply amazing, with three boats on arriving on the line together. Ending at tied points confirms the exceptional level of the Farr 40 Class.” What does the future hold for Rossi and his Enfant Terrible? “I love these boats, I love the people and everything about this class – I am not going anywhere, I will stay very close to the Farr 40s.”

This was the third time that Newport hosted the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship and everyone enjoyed the venue, the warm hospitality of the New York Yacht Club and the race course. “The conditions were fantastic and challenging. 

We had it all – light breeze, strong wind, fog, rain, sunshine. I love Newport, I’ve sailed here many times before and it always brings me luck. Now it’s time to celebrate with all my team and the other Farr 40 crews,” commented Vascotto, who has all the reasons to enjoy his third victory at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, having previously won in 2003 and 2010 as tactician.

Finishing second at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships is an amazing feat, considering the level of the competition and the line-up of world-class tacticians and sailors, both professionals and amateurs alike. However, coming second on a tiebreaker is clearly a disappointment. With true sportsmanship spirit,Nightshift’s owner Kevin McNeil, who is also Commodore of the Annapolis Yacht Club, was quick to congratulate the Italians and praise his crew.

“We are very happy for them [the Italians], they sailed well. We had a great week, my team did a fantastic job and Newport, as always, was a great place to be.” Nightshift’s tactician Andy Horton, America’s Cup and Olympic sailor from the USA, summed up to perfection the essence of the Farr 40 class: “To have the Worlds come down to four feet in the last run of the last regatta was simply awesome – this is Farr 40 racing.”

The 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship concluded with a celebration at Harbour Court, the stunning on-the-water clubhouse of the New York Yacht Club. During the official prize giving Alberto Rossi was awarded the Championship trophy and an engraved Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece, in true recognition of Enfant Terrible’s precision on the water.

The next edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be hosted by the San Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, CA, USA, from 17 to 20 September, 2014.

2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results

Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 5-5-8-3-1-1-2-5-1-10; 41
2. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 2-8-3-1-2-2-5-3-7-8; 41
3. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 4-3-6-2-6-9-1-1-11-1; 44
4. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 7-2-2-9-8-6-13-4-4-2; 57
5. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 1-1-1-11-9-16/DSQ-4-2-10-5; 60
6. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 9-7-4-4-4-5-14-9-3-11; 70
7. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 6-6-7-14-7-4-9-6-5-6; 70
8. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 3-9-12-13-5-11-3-11-2-3; 72
9. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 13-10-5-5-3-13-7-8-9-9; 82
10. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 11-4-11-7-11-10-6-7-12-4; 83
11. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 12-15-13-8-12-3-8-12-8-7; 98
12. Endorphin, Erik Wulff, USA, 8-12-9-12-13-7-11-10-6-13; 101
13. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernard Minkow/Julian Fernandez, MEX, 15-11-15-6-14-12-10-13-15-12; 123
14. White Knight, Zoltan Katinsky, USA, 10-14-14-10-10-14-12-14-13-14; 125
15. Oakcliff Racing, Seth Cooley, USA, 14-13-10-15-15-8-15-15-14-15; 134

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Argy Bargy At Farr 40 Worlds - Day 3

The action on Rhode Island Sound was fast and furious on the penultimate day of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Newport, R.I., as the 15 teams contesting the 16th edition of this championship were challenged by three races sailed under a low cloud ceiling. The first race started in 12 knots of steady breeze from the north-northeast, which increased over the three races to 17 knots.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“We did a lot of back and forth before the start to get our rig tuned properly and we think that helped us a lot,” said Kevin McNeil (USA) who stands first overall with his team on Nightshift after finishes of 2-5-3 today for 26 cumulative points with two races to go in the series.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
 “We got pinned a little when the Italians [Enfant Terrible] came over and tacked on us and pushed us out. Strategically it was the right thing to do as they pushed us back a little bit and got another boat in front of us. We hung in there. We’ll just continue doing what we’re doing. Everybody is tuned in and doing their job, and they’re doing a great job. I’m just the jockey; they [the crew] really pull it off. We had good clean starts today, which were helpful. The boat was going really well. We went fast upwind and downwind. We had a couple of little mistakes, but all in all it turned out pretty well. So we’re very happy, but we’re cautiously optimistic.”
Photos: Rolex/Daniel Forster
When asked about his strategy for the final day of racing, McNeil added: “A lot could happen tomorrow in two races. Too bad hope is not a strategy.”
Photos: Rolex/Daniel Forster
The point spread from first to second overall only diminished by one point, but the team breathing down McNeil’s back switched from local sailor Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad to Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible. Rossi won the first race of the day, while Richardson took the wins of the next two races. With 32 cumulative points, Richardson is now only two points out of second, and six points off the lead, as he works to claim his fourth world championship title in the class.

“Tomorrow is a new day,” said Richardson on the dock after racing. “With two races remaining there is a lot of potential… and a lot of danger out there as well. On the other hand, we don’t really have anything to lose because we’re not winning. You don’t’ feel like you need to defend as much as attack, so we’ll see how it plays out. Nightshift has been sailing great. Kevin’s a terrific sailor, Commodore of Annapolis Yacht Club, and he’s a great guy.

"He’s sailing really well, but he’s always been a great sailor. They’ve put it together here. They’ve got a solid crew and he’s sailing great. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to lose to him, but we’ll try not to. He deserves to be where he is right now. Enfant they’re always there [at the top of the competition]. It’s going to be a fight to the finish. Right now it’s looking like a three boat regatta.”

Asked why he is still racing in this class after 16 years, Richardson added: “I love the fact that the boats are so evenly matched and the racing is so tight. We have some really great people in the class; the world’s best tacticians and amateur sailors, and great owners. And, they’re fun boats to sail. I’ve been a part of it for a long time and hopefully will continue to be.”

As the hometown favorite, Richardson acknowledged it would mean a great deal to win in Newport. “It’s great sailing in Newport. We’ve battled a long time and you just feel if you win this event you’ve done something really special. We haven’t won since 2009, and it would be nice to be back on the top again. We would be very, very happy to win here.”

Eight countries are represented in the fleet of 15 boats which are racing from New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse overlooking Newport harbor. Racing concludes Friday, August 30, when the winner of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be crowned.

2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 2-8-3-1-2-2-5-3; 26
2. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 5-5-8-3-1-1-2-5; 30
3. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 4-3-6-2-6-9-1-1; 32
4. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 1-1-1-11-9-16/DSQ-4-2; 45
5. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 7-2-2-9-8-6-13-4; 51
6. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 9-7-4-4-4-5-14-9; 56
7. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 6-6-7-14-7-4-9-6; 59
8. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 13-10-5-5-3-13-7-8; 64
9. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 3-9-12-13-5-11-3-11; 67
10. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 11-4-11-7-11-10-6-7; 67
11. Endorphin, Erik Wulff, USA, 8-12-9-12-13-7-11-10; 82
12. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 12-15-13-8-12-3-8-12; 83
13. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernard Minkow/Julian Fernandez, MEX, 15-11-15-6-14-12-10-13; 96
14. White Knight, Zoltan Katinsky, USA, 10-14-14-10-10-14-12-14; 98
15. Oakcliff Racing, Seth Cooley, USA, 14-13-10-15-15-8-15-15; 105

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

What The Leading Sailors Said - Farr 40 Worlds - Day 2

Looking Beyond The Fog - Farr 40 Worlds - Day 2

When light air and fog delayed the start of racing for day two of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the race committee took the 15-strong fleet up Narragansett Bay in search of wind. Their patience was rewarded with sunshine and good breeze -- for race one of the day -- before the fog caught up to the racers and things got complicated.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“The conditions for the first race were great; we did a really good job, had a great start and led to the top mark,” said Jim Richardson (USA), who, in 1998 in Miami, won the first-ever Farr 40 World Championship title -- the first of his three class world titles (‘98, ‘04, ‘09). Richardson’sBarking Mad wound up between Nightshift and Enfant Terrible.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
 “We were in the middle and eventually had to decide which side we wanted to lose to. We ended up beating Enfant across the line, but Nightshift won the race. Second race we made a tactical error and started too far down the line and everyone to the right of us was ahead. We did a good job fighting back and gained boats around the course and then the fog rolled in and made things intense – where the buoys were, where the competition was, and where the wind was coming from.” With finishes of 2-6 today, Richardson’s Barking Mad moved from fourth to second in the overall standings.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Starting the day tied for third overall, Nightshift was the big mover today, vaulting to the top of the overall standings on finishes of 1-2. “We’re looking pretty good right now, but we’ve got a long way to go,” said owner Kevin McNeil (USA).
Photos: Rolex/Daniel Forster
“The fog was fun, we love sailing in the fog. It was pretty cool. It makes things more challenging. Our crew work was spot on; we had real good communication; we went the right way most of the time and got clean starts. We did alright. I’m pretty happy, but we’ve got a long way to go. I’ve fallen off shorter steps than this before.” McNeil’s strategy going forward will be to get ahead and work to extend the five-point lead he currently has over Richardson’s Barking Mad.
Photos: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Another big mover in the overall standings today was Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible (ITA). Posting finishes of 3-1 bumped Rossi up to third from fifth, just one point behind Barking Mad. In race two, Enfant Terrible led the fleet at every mark, despite losing their VHF. “For us the fog was a big problem,” said Rossi. “We didn’t have the position of the new marks. During the upwind leg we couldn’t choose the right way. At the last 200 metres we saw it [the finish].”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Eight countries are represented in the fleet of 15 boats which are racing from New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse overlooking Newport harbor. Racing resumes Thursday, August 29, at noon and concludes Friday, August 30, when the winner of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be crowned.

2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 2-8-3-1-2; 16
2. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 4-3-6-2-6; 21
3. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 5-5-8-3-1; 22
4. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 1-1-1-11-9; 23
5. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 7-2-2-9-8; 28
6. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 9-7-4-4-4; 28
7. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 13-10-5-5-3; 36
8. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 6-6-7-14-7; 40
9. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 3-9-12-13-5; 42
10. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 11-4-11-7-11; 44
11. Endorphin, Erik Wulff, USA, 8-12-9-12-13; 54
12. White Knight, Zoltan Katinsky, USA, 10-14-14-10-10; 58
13. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 12-15-13-8-12; 60
14. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernard Minkow/Julian Fernandez, MEX, 15-11-15-6-14; 61
15. Oakcliff Racing, Seth Cooley, USA, 14-13-10-15-15; 67

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What The Sailors Said Back At The Dock - Farr 40 Worlds - Day 1

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, Owner, Transfusion (AUS)
Photo: Lulu Roseman
"As a previous world champion we were hoping to get a reasonable score on our first day of sailing but that didn't happen for us and we had few incidences and issues, mark issues and penalty turns and we ended up getting caught out in the last race with a very bad bottom mark rounding situation so we got some pretty bad scores today so we at best mid fleet in ninth position."

"It's going to be pretty hard for us to come back from here so I think our chance of a win at the worlds is certainly over. But we'll get out there and the most important thing is that we all enjoy sailing and Newport is one of the great places in the world to sail and it is a great race course and with our particular scores (11, 4, 11) there is no doubt that top five is still within our reach.

"It's possible to get back up there but we're going to have to work pretty hard but we'll give it our best shot and just enjoy the sailing from here on. We've got the boxing kangaroo flag out there to celebrate Australia II's America's Cup victory in 1983 that we will be flying as we head out to the race course."

Bill Hardesty, Tactician, Flash Gordon (USA)
Photo: Lulu Roseman
"It was a tricky day, the wind was light and the storm went through this morning so the conditions were  varying. Our forecast and winds really light but it held pretty nice within a 12 knot range from offshore so deciding whether you go left or right was a big decision.

"It's also tricky to work why certain sides are working so you can make a judgement as to which way you're going to go and then you start going that way sometimes it's right and sometimes it's wrong. Today it seemed that the left side was always good. In the first race we had a tough start as we had to attack and go right and ended up going up the middle. We then identified the left was good so we took that as quickly as we could but we only managed a seventh.

"The final two races was still left side with more pressure and maybe with a little bit of a shift and we were lucky enough to be able to go that way. In the second race we were confidently able to go left and get a good score on the board with a second in that race. In the final race we ducked a whole group of boats and when came out of that I knew we were close to the layline but we looked up and the mark was straight ahead of us.

"So all the boats that we went behind that would have been ahead of us weren't and we got around the mark third and passed another boat to get another second. So day one we'll take 7,2,2. Charisma with three firsts is going to be a tough one to take them down. All you can do is control what you can do at this point. There's an age old saying that you can sure lose it on the first day but you can't win it. We feel like we are living to fight another day."

Morgan Reeser, Tactician, Charisma (MON)
Photo: Lulu Roseman
"You can lose the regatta on the first day and we didn't do that so I am happy. To be honest there has been a lot of drama in our lives over the last few days and it was just nice to out and race and for everyone it was a really challenging day.

"We are the biggest barrier that we have to overcome and that is all we can do is worry about ourselves and try and do our best and let the cards fall where they may. We have a lot of young Dutch sailors on board as our owner Nico Poons is Dutch and we also have a Kiwi and an Aussie. They are an absolute pleasure to sail with and speak very good english."

Lulu Roseman

Charisma Is All Class - Farr 40 Worlds - Day 1

While the weather was a mixed bag for the opening day of the 2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, hosted from the Harbour Court club house of New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island, the results on the water were anything but.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
With light wind predicted, race organizers delayed the start an hour which allowed the rain to move out of the area while leaving behind dramatic clouds and patches of blue. Once racing was underway, Dutch-born Nico Poons sailed three flawless races on Charisma – leading the fleet around the course at all but the first two mark roundings. 
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
In fact, Poons went from strength to strength as the fleet followed in hot pursuit, evidenced by all 15 boats crossing the finish line of race two in under three minutes. In the third race of the day, Poons rounded the windward mark 15 seconds ahead of defending champion Helmut Jahn of Chicago, at the helm of Flash Gordon 6, and by the finish had increased the spread to 30 seconds.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Eight countries are represented in the fleet of 15 boats which are scheduled to have 10 races over four days. Poons currently leads the overall standings with three points and will surely have a target on his back going forward. With seven scheduled races remaining, Jahn, in second with 11 points, has the opportunity to become the first repeat champion since 2008. Tied for third overall is Maryland sailor Kevin McNeil on Nightshift and local sailor Jim Richardson on Barking Mad.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Poons attributed his success on the water today to good starts and taking the right shift. “You can’t sit in your lead in this class,” said Poons, emphasizing that he benefited from “perfect crew work by a very motivated team.” Poons added, “Anything can happen in a moment. We have practiced and the team is so familiar with each other and what they have to do they do it perfectly. My tactician and my mainsail trimmer sometimes give me a shout if they think I am not concentrating enough.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Charisma’s tactician, Floridian Morgan Reeser, described the conditions today as “stressful” explaining that they “were variable… cross current… puffy. You never knew what would happen next. Most of the crew started this year in Key West, and the Dutch amateur sailors on the boat are fantastic and work hard. I think we’ve built on each race, not worrying about the result but working on the processes and communication on the boat.”

2013 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Results
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Country, Results; Total Points

1. Charisma, Nico Poons, MON, 1-1-1; 3
2. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 7-2-2; 11
3. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, USA, 2-8-3; 13
4. Barking Mad, James Richardson, USA, 4-3-6; 13
5. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 5-5-8; 18
6. Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 6-6-7; 19
7. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, TUR, 9-7-4; 20
8. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, USA, 3-9-12; 24
9. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 11-4-11; 26
10. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 13-10-5; 28
11. Endorphin, Erik Wulff, USA, 8-12-9; 29
12. Oakcliff Racing, Seth Cooley, USA, 14-13-10; 37
13. White Knight, Zoltan Katinsky, USA, 10-14-14; 38
14. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 12-15-13; 40
15. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernard Minkow/Julia Fernandez, MEX, 15-11-15; 41

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Newport Is Ready for the Farr 40 Worlds - Game On

After two days of racing at the pre-worlds, fifteen crews from eight countries are ready to fight for the coveted title of Rolex Farr 40 World Champions.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The 16th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is being hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) at Harbour Court in Newport, RI. Racing starts today, August 27, and runs through until Friday August 30, with a maximum of 10 windward/leeward races.
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Competition in the Farr 40 fleet is expected to be very tight and it is impossible to make any predictions. The defending world champion is Helmut Jahn’s Flash Gordon 6 (USA), which won last year’s title in the home waters of Lake Michigan, Chicago. Helmut shares the helm with his son Evan, who is responsible for the starts and the upwind legs. 
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Evan knows how difficult the task at hand is: “In the past couple of years the competition level has been raised throughout the fleet, everyone is pretty much even. It will be hard to have consistent results throughout the series, but we are confident in our speed and boat handling.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Barking Mad (USA) is the current leader in the 2103 Farr 40 International Circuit Championship and will be looking for a fourth victory. Terry Hutchinson is calling the tactics for American owner Jim Richardson: “We share the same expectations as the 14 other boats here: winning. That is easier said than done, and looking at the fleet it’s clear that everybody’s in the same situation as the defending champion. We are happy with how we’ve progressed through the season and I am very confident that we have everything we need to be successful.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Everyone is talking about the Italians of Enfant Terrible, who just won the New England Boatworks Farr 40 Pre-World Championship. Tactician Vasco Vascotto is eager to start: “We are ready. The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds have been one of the most coveted events in the past decade of international sailing. Newport for me is synonymous to wind, currents and challenge. It is also a course that has given me a great deal of satisfaction, such as the IMS world title won with Vincenzo Onorato.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
Monaco is also on the list of top contenders: Nico Poons’ Charisma recently won the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship. American Olympic medallist Morgan Reeser is the tactician on board: “The Farr 40 Worlds is a very close event that nearly always comes down to the last leg of the last race. The variables that determine success in the Farr 40 continue to be consistent starting and fearless decision-making by world class tacticians.”
Photo: Rolex/Daniel Forster
While most crews have been competing throughout the season, one team has been catching up: “The Australian season ended in February. It’s been a challenge for us to get up to speed, sort our gear, get all our crew and boat mechanics under control, while getting used to sailing in this part of the world,” says Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, owner of 2011 world champion Transfusion (AUS).

Pursuit of excellence, timing and fair competition are key elements to this type of event, and core values in line with Rolex title sponsor of the competition since 2001.

Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2013
Yacht - Owner/Tactician - Country
  1. Asterisk-Uno, Hasip Gencer/Ross Mc Donald, TUR 
  2. Barking Mad, James Richardson/Terry Hutchinson, USA 
  3. Charisma, Nico Poons/Morgan Reeser, MON 
  4. Endorphin, Erik Wulff/Max Skelley, USA 
  5. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi/Vasco Vascotto, ITA 
  6. Flash Gordon 6/Bill Hardesty, Helmut Jahn, USA 
  7. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow-Juli├ín Fernandez/Matt Ciesicki, MEX 
  8. Groovederci, John Demourkas/Cameron Appleton, USA 
  9. Nanoq, HRH Crown Prince Frederik/Jens Christiansen, DEN 
  10. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil/Andy Horton, USA 
  11. Oakcliff Racing, Oakcliff Sailing/Max Vos, USA 
  12. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers/Chris Larson, USA 
  13. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer/Peter Holmberg, GER 
  14. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis/Gavin Brady, AUS
  15. White Knight, Zoltan Katinszky/Erik Shampain, USA
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Kiwis Claim Louis Vuitton Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand won the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup with a 3:20 victory over Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge in the eighth and deciding race. The Kiwis, who beat Luna Rossa in the previous Louis Vuitton Cup in 2007, won the series 7-1.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The victory makes Emirates Team New Zealand the official challenger to ORACLE TEAM USA for the 34th America’s Cup in the “September Showdown” beginning Sept. 7. It’s the fifth time in the past six America’s Cup Matches that the Kiwis will be a contestant in the match.

Emirates Team New Zealand led by 16 seconds at Mark 1, 1:31 at Mark 2, 2:58 at Mark 3, and 3:18at Mark 4.

“To race for the America’s Cup you have to win the Louis Vuitton Cup,” said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. “We’ve definitely come here to win the America’s Cup, so winning the Louis Vuitton Cup is all part of the preparation. The guys are extremely focused. We came short in Valencia in 2007 and we’ll give it our all now in the next few weeks to make sure we’re as ready as can be.”

Luna Rossa made the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the third time in the past four contests. The widely popular team won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2000 and finished runner-up to the Kiwis in 2007. The team came into the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup as a late entrant, but has made great strides since the start of racing last month. In the end, they simply ran out of time.

“Again Team New Zealand did a great job. They managed the pre-start and the race well, good job to them. They are a really strong team and I’m looking forward to seeing them racing in the match,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena.

“We started this team late and the main goal for us was to do well in this Louis Vuitton Cup. We are proud of what we achieved. No one was putting us in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final one and a half years ago. I’m proud of all the work done by the team. I said to the guys just before the finish that today starts the new challenge for the next America’s Cup. We’re going to be stronger next time.”

Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings
Emirates Team New Zealand – 7
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

Race 8 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.26 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 33:49, LR – 37:09
  • Delta: ETNZ +3:20
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.9 NM , LR – 12.3 NM
  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 21.27 knots (24 mph), LR – 20.04 knots (23 mph)
  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 41.19 knots (47 mph), LR – 38.73 knots (44 mph)
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand Leads Luna Rossa 6-1 lead in Louis Vuitton Cup Final

Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 7 of the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup today with a 1:58victory over Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge. The Kiwis lead the series 6-1 and need one more victory to close out the America’s Cup Challenger Series. That chance comes tomorrow in Race 8.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
Today’s Race 7 was sailed in some of the strongest winds recorded in the regatta. The average wind strength was recorded at 18 knots with a maximum gust of 21.4 knots. That enabled Emirates Team New Zealand to set a new Louis Vuitton Cup speed record of 47.18 knots at Mark 3, the windward gate. That’s 54 mph, or 79 feet per second for the 72-foot long catamaran! The Kiwis’ previous record was 44.15 knots.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
“We’ve hit those speeds before. We’re getting used to it,” said Kiwi bowman Adam Beashel. “It’s a shame we didn’t hit 50. It’d be nice to be the first ones to do that. We’ll keep pressing on and get that before this event’s over. We’ve gone close in practice, so hopefully we’ll crack it.”

Beashel may have been matter-of-fact about the speeds, but helmsman Dean Barker usually has a wider stance and tighter grip on the steering wheel when the wind gets stronger.

“When the speeds increase the margin for error steering and trimming becomes less; you have to work hard to keep the boat in balance,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker. “It’s cool sailing; you’re not going to have better sailing than this. Today was dead flat water, nice strong flood tide and good solid breeze. That’s about as good as it gets.”

The race started similarly to yesterday’s Race 6, with Emirates Team New Zealand to windward and slightly ahead. The Kiwis led by 4 seconds at the first mark, 27 seconds at the second mark, 1:53 at Mark 3, and 1:51 at Mark 4.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa tactician Francesco Bruni said that he would’ve liked to start to windward of the Kiwis, but they couldn’t get to that position. Once the race started, he noted that the wind was so far to the left that there were few tactical options on the racecourse.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
“The boat was going well downwind, the problem was that it’s a one way track upwind. The leading boat is going to extend,” said Bruni. “I still see a bit of difference in performance upwind, but downwind we are more competitive. Definitely we were better today than yesterday.”

While the Kiwis topped 47 knots in the race, Luna Rossa also set an in-race record of 43.46 knots or 50 mph. Helmsman Chris Draper spoke of the insanity sailing the AC72.

“It’s impossible to convey to the public what it’s like to sail these boats,” said Draper, the first-time Cup helmsman. “I used to think my Moth (a hydrofoiling dinghy) was full on, but these boats are just insane. Most of the time it feels in control, but there are a lot of things you have to keep aligned to stay in control.”

Emirates Team New Zealand can clinch its second consecutive Louis Vuitton Cup championshiptomorrow in Race 8, scheduled to start at 1:10 pm PT. Race 9, if necessary, would start at 2:10 pm PT.

Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 6
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

Race 7 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.25 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 23:38, LR – 25:36
  • Delta: ETNZ +1:58
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.4 NM , LR – 11.5 NM
  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 29.24 knots (34 mph), LR – 27.27 knots (31 mph)
  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 47.18 knots (54 mph), LR – 43.46 knots (50 mph)
  • Wind speed: Average – 18 knots, Peak – 21.4 knots
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Kiwis Close In On Winning Louis Vuitton Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand stands two wins away from capturing the 30th anniversary Louis Vuitton Cup and booking a return to the America’s Cup Final.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker and his crew lead the final of the America’s Cup Challenger Series 5-1 after posting a thorough 1 minute, 57-second victory against Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge around the 10.30-nautical-mile racecourse.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The Kiwi and Italian crews were fairly even off the start line, but Barker was to windward and in the strong flood tide had a better angle to the first turning mark. Emirates Team New Zealand led by 10 seconds at the first mark, 50 seconds at the second mark, 1:16 at the third mark and 1:47 at the final turning mark.
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Luna Rossa helmsmen Chris Draper did a good job of getting off the start line in good shape. Later he said that regardless of where they start, the Kiwis are a faster boat.

“It would’ve been nice to have had a better start,” said Draper. “We can talk about the start as much as we want, but the cold reality is they’re going to sail past us whether they’re to windward or leeward.”

The conditions today were on the softer side for San Francisco Bay, 14 to 17 knots versus a forecast of 17 to 20 knots at the start of the day. Skipper Max Sirena said that the breeze was lighter than Luna Rossa likes.

“We like more wind, we are way more stable in a stronger breeze than light breezes, we know that,” said Sirena. “Unfortunately, the forecast changed. The clouds didn’t clear by the start time and the breeze didn’t come up. We know we suffer quite a lot in this type of breeze.”

Emirates Team New Zealand sailed a clean race. The team was hardly threatened today and took the opportunity at one point to practice hydrofoiling upwind. Barker noted his pleasure with the performance of the team’s AC72 Aotearoa.

“The boat’s going well. We have our modes figured out reasonably well across the range,” said Barker. “We’re always learning. We were mucking around at one stage on the upwind leg. It’s quite interesting the way the boat responds in different conditions. We just have to keep improving and get consistent with the right mode calls for the right time and how it factors in on the course.”

Emirates Team New Zealand gets a chance to wrap up the series tomorrow and would become the first two-time winning team in the illustrious 30-year history of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Races 7 and 8 are scheduled for 1:10 pm PT and 2:10 pm PT. Tomorrow’s racing will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network on tape delay at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT.

Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 5
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

Race 6 Performance Data
  • Course: 5 Legs/10.30 nautical miles
  • Elapsed Time: ETNZ – 28:03, LR – 30:00
  • Delta: ETNZ +1:57
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 11.6 NM , LR – 11.9 NM
  • Average Speed: ETNZ – 24.82 knots (28 mph), LR – 23.90 knots (27 mph)
  • Top Speed: ETNZ – 37.28 knots (43 mph), LR – 39.33 knots (45 mph)
  • Windspeed: Average – 14 knots, Peak – 17 knots
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Regatta Director’s Update – Louis Vuitton Cup Races 4, 5

Today’s racing is scheduled to begin at 1310 (Race 4) and 1410 (Race 5), and can be viewed live in the U.S. on ESPN3, beginning at 1300. Internationally, the racing will be broadcast live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, subject to territorial restrictions. The full race replay will be available on YouTube shortly after the conclusion of live racing.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Day 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final looks to have similar conditions to the first three days. The wind is forecast to blow 17 to 21 knots, which could jeopardize the second race scheduled to start at 1410.

The first race, scheduled to start at 1310, has a wind limit of 21.6 knots, taking into account a .6-knot flood tide correction factor. But the limit drops to 19.8 knots for the second race, due to an ebb tide correction factor of -1.2 knots.

“The weather forecasts are varying,” said Regatta Director Iain Murray. “Although it looked wind first thing this morning, it’s died off a bit and we’re a bit more confident to get two races than we were an hour ago. It’s such a micro-climate between here and the bridge that its’ a difficult place to forecast. We very much take it as it comes.”

Emirates Team New Zealand Crew List:

Skipper/helmsman: Dean Barker (14), Tactician: Ray Davies (10), Wing Trimmer: Glenn Ashby (3), Trimmer: James Dagg (9), Bow: Adam Beashel (2), Pit: Jeremy Lomas (8), Pedestal 1: Chris Ward (7), Pedestal 2: Rob Waddell (11), Pedestal 3: Race 4 – Grant Dalton (6), Race 5 – Winston MacFarlane (4), Pedestal 4: Chris McAsey (5), Float/Grinder: Derek Saward (12)

Luna Rossa Challenge Crew List:

Skipper/pit: Max Sirena (4), Helmsman: Chris Draper (11), Tactician: Francesco Bruni (9), Wing trim: Xabi Fernandez (4), Wing grinder: Lele Marino (13), Trimmer: Pierluigi de Felice (10), Pit/grinder: Freddie Carr (23), Bow: Nick Hutton (2), Primary grinder: Simone de Mare (8), Strategist/Grinder: Giles Scott (41), Freestyle: Marco Montis (51)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ETNZ Win Race 3 - Louis Vuitton Cup Final

Emirates Team New Zealand regained the lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final today when Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge had to pull up at the beginning of Leg 3 with damage sustained to a sheave on the control arm of the 131-foot tall wing sail.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Emirates Team New Zealand finished the racecourse unopposed and leads the series 2-1. The first to score seven points earns the right to challenge Oracle Team USA next month for the 34th America’s Cup.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The third breakdown among the two challengers in as many days came with disappointment because Race 3 began with great competition. Luna Rossa helmsman Chris Draper put forth a strong effort in the pre-start, keeping clear of Emirates Team New Zealand’s Dean Barker. Draper crossed onto the racecourse 1 second earlier and to windward of Barker.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“We discussed that leading back (to the start line) would be strong with the tight reach. We executed our plan,” said Draper.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“It felt like we had an opportunity to hook Luna Rossa and just didn’t quite pull it off,” said Barker. “That put us in a tough spot. I could’ve done a better job in the final 20 to 30 seconds.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Luna Rossa was the equal of Aotearoa on a spectacular first reach, which saw the two AC72s hydrofoiling side-by-side at 34 to 38 knots and separated by less than one length. But the Italian yacht briefly came off its hydrofoils just before the first turning mark and that allowed Emirates Team New Zealand to sneak through to leeward and lead by 3 seconds at the rounding.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“I thought we were going to roll over them on that reach, but we had one little crash after the start,” said Draper. “If you get hit by a lull at the same time the rake (of the daggerboards) is slightly wrong, it can stop the boat quite suddenly.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“It was a good start today, those guys are not novices,” said Barker. “They do just fine in the AC45s so they know what they want to do. Up to now their boathandling may have been an issue, but they’re getting more confident in the boat and they’re not afraid to stick it in there, which is great.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Although the speeds were even on the reach, Emirates Team New Zealand was quicker on the ensuing run. The Kiwis averaged 35 knots compared to the Italians 33.83 knots, and that allowed Emirates Team New Zealand to lead by 20 seconds at the leeward gate.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Both crews rounded the gate to port (left) side of the yacht. After rounding, Luna Rossa tacked to starboard trying to get separation from the Kiwis, and moments later pulled up with crew members inspecting the control arm of the wing sail.

“Unfortunately, we had an issue with the line controlling the twist profile of the wing and couldn’t keep sailing,” said Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena. “The line comes down to the base of the wing and wraps around sheaves. The sheaves moved and caused the problem with the tension of the control line. Fortunately it’s a quick fix, but unfortunately it stopped us racing.”

“Our reaching speeds are better, we believe we can beat these guys around the racecourse, and that’s a heck of an improvement since the round robins,” said Draper.

With the wind blowing in excess of the 19.4-knot limit set for the day’s second race, Race 4 of the series, it was postponed until Wednesday. Sirena said that the control arm problem aboard Luna Rossa would’ve prevented them from racing.

Tomorrow is an off day for the two crews, who’ll no doubt spend the day carrying out maintenance to the yachts and their bodies. As Principal Race Officer John Craig noted this morning, the racing program is taking a toll.

“I think two races a day are pushing the sailors more than the boats,” said Craig, the longtime race officer based in San Francisco. “The physical nature of what the teams are going through; it’s a tough two races per day. I’m optimistic that with the better currents coming with the flood tide and moving into September, which is typically a lighter breeze month, we’ll see the teams work through these bugs that they’re encountering right now.”

Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 2
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

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Monday, August 19, 2013

America's Cup Update - International Jury Progress With Oracle Team USA Cases

The International Jury issued two Jury Notices on Monday morning, both relating to the “unauthorised modification of AC45 yachts.”
Photo: © ACEA/Giles Martin-Raget 
Download JN101 AND JN102

JN101 says that “The Jury has decided to conduct a hearing under the Racing Rules of Sailing (America’s Cup) rule 69.1 to determine if allegations (that persons associated with ORACLE TEAM USA may have committed Gross Misconduct) are true and, if so, to decide what disciplinary action to take.”

The Jury has ordered that all matters concerning this case remain confidential until further notice but notes that when the hearing has been completed, its decision will be published.

JN102 is directed at the team instead of individuals. Here the Jury “has decided to conduct a hearing pursuant to the Protocol, to determine whether ORACLE TEAM USA has breached Article 60.1 of the Protocol.”

This hearing will take place following the Rule 69 hearing.

The Jury is not publishing the date of the initial Rule 69 hearing but it is understood it will take place as soon as possible.

Rule 69 of the Racing Rules of Sailing (America’s Cup)

69 ALLEGATIONS OF GROSS MISCONDUCT
69.1 Action by the Jury
(a) When the Jury, from its own observation or a report received from any source, believes that a person associated with a Competitor may have committed a gross breach of a rule, good manners or sportsmanship, or may have brought the sport into disrepute, it may call a hearing. The Jury shall promptly inform the individual in writing of the alleged misconduct and of the time and place of the hearing. If the individual provides good reason for being unable to attend the hearing, the Jury shall reschedule it.
(b) If the Jury decides that the person committed the alleged misconduct it shall either:
(i) warn the person or
(ii) impose a penalty by excluding the person and, when appropriate, disqualifying a yacht, from a race or the remaining races or all races of the series, or by taking other action within its jurisdiction. A disqualification under this rule shall not be excluded from the yacht’s series score.
(c) The Jury shall promptly report a penalty, but not a warning, to the national authority of the person and to the ISAF.
(d) If the person does not provide good reason for being unable to attend the hearing and does not come to it, the Jury may conduct it without the person present. If the Jury does so and penalizes the person, it shall include in the report it makes under rule 69.1(c) the facts found, the decision and the reasons for it.
(e) If the Jury chooses not to conduct the hearing without the person present or if the hearing cannot be scheduled for a time and place when it would be reasonable for the person to attend, the Jury shall collect all available information and, if the allegation seems justified, make a report to the relevant national authority and to the ISAF.

69.2 Action by a National Authority or Initial Action by the ISAF
(a) When a national authority or the ISAF receives a report alleging a gross breach of a rule, good manners or sportsmanship, or a report alleging conduct that has brought the sport into disrepute, or a report required by rule 69.1(c) or 69.1(e), it may conduct an investigation and, when appropriate, shall conduct a hearing. It may then take any disciplinary action within its jurisdiction it considers appropriate against the competitor or yacht, or other person involved, including suspending eligibility, permanently or for a specified period of time, to compete in any event held within its jurisdiction, and suspending ISAF eligibility under ISAF Regulation 19.
(b) The national authority of a competitor shall also suspend the ISAF eligibility of the competitor as required in ISAF Regulation 19.
(c) The national authority shall promptly report a suspension of eligibility under rule 69.2(a) to the ISAF, and to the national authorities of the person or the owner of the yacht suspended if they are not members of the suspending national authority.

69.3 Subsequent Action by the ISAF
Upon receipt of a report required by rule 69.2(c) or ISAF Regulation 19, or following its own action under rule 69.2(a), the ISAF shall inform all national authorities, which may also suspend eligibility for events held within their jurisdiction. The ISAF Executive Committee shall suspend the competitor’s ISAF eligibility as required in ISAF Regulation 19 if the competitor’s national authority does not do so.

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Article 60 of the Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup

60. PROTECTING THE REPUTATION OF THE AMERICA’S CUP
60.1. The favorable reputation of the America’s Cup, its regattas, events, selected venues, Officials, sponsors, commercial partners and its Competitors is a valuable asset and creates financial and other tangible and intangible benefits for all. Accordingly, each Competitor shall not (and shall use its best efforts to ensure that any team member, owner, officer, employee, contractor, affiliate, agent or representative of the Competitor shall not) and each Official shall not make or cause to be made, or authorize or endorse, any public statement, or engage in any other act or conduct or any activity, in each case, on or off the water, that is prejudicial or detrimental to or against the welfare or the best interests of the America’s Cup, or the sport of sailing, or that may impair public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of the America’s Cup, any Event, or in the integrity and good character of any Competitor, Official, selected venue, sponsor or other commercial partner of the America’s Cup. Conduct contrary to the welfare or the best interests of the America’s Cup includes, but is not limited to, public statements that unreasonably attack or disparage a regatta related to the America’s Cup, an Event, a selected venue, a funder, a sponsor, a commercial partner of the Event or a Competitor, another Competitor, an Official, or the commercial viability or integrity of the America’s Cup or any of its regattas or events, but responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement are not prohibited.

60.2 The Jury is authorized to discipline or otherwise penalize any Competitor (including any team member, owner, officer, employee, contractor, affiliate, agent or representative of the Competitor) or Official found by the Jury to have breached or violated Article 60.1 of this Protocol. The Jury may initiate its own enquiry into any breach or violation of Article 60.1, or may act upon receiving a report or complaint by or on behalf of any Competitor or an Official. The Jury may impose such penalties or orders as it believes to be just and equitable in accordance with this Protocol, including but not limited to those penalties set forth in Article 15.4(d). Any fines imposed by the Jury for breach of Article 60.1 shall be paid as may be directed by the Jury as it determines to be just and equitable.

60.3 All defined terms used in this Article 60 shall have the meanings given to them in this Protocol, with the addition, for the purposes of this Article 60 only, of the following:
(a) the definition of “Competitor” in Article 1.1(p) includes the yacht club holding the America’s Cup; and
(b) the definition of “Officials” in Article 1.1(mm) includes the Event Authority and ACRM and their respective officers, employees, contractors, representatives and agents.http://noticeboard.americascup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/JN101.pdf

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LOUIS VUITTON CUP - FINALS - RACE 3&4

LOUIS VUITTON CUP - FINALS - RACE 2&3

Luna Rossa Even The Score At Louis Vuitton Cup - Race 2

With seven points needed to secure a place in the 34th America’s Cup, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge will take the points however they come. Today the Italian challenger evened the score in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final at 1-1 with a semi-walkover win against Emirates Team New Zealand.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
The Kiwis were leading the race by more than 400 meters on Leg 3, upwind, when they had to slow their boatspeed to a crawl. The team had a problem with the hydraulics.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
“These boats are driven by hydraulics. It’s a bit of a problem when you can’t tack or jibe the wing or rake the boards, the boat’s pretty much crippled,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
“The issue was with our hydraulic system. What controls that is an electronic circuitry within the boat,” said tactician Ray Davies. “It was more the electronics side of things that shut down, which meant we had no switching of the hydraulic function. So it was an electronic issue which caused a hydraulic issue.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
“But it’s all fixed. We put new batteries on board and were good to go for the second race,” said Davies. “We couldn’t have fixed it on board without assistance from our chase boat.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
The Kiwis were disqualified from the race when they received outside assistance from their shore crew riding in the chase boat. That allowed Luna Rossa to sail the final two legs unopposed to collect the point and even the score.
“Anything that we get is a bonus,” said Chris Draper, Luna Rossa helmsman. “That’s not the way we want to win points, but I was pleased how well we were going against those guys in the race. Our speed downwind and upwind looked a lot better than the round robins. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
Draper and the Luna Rossa crew will get an immediate chance to test their speed again tomorrow, when Races 3 and 4 are planned to get the racing back on schedule. But Luna Rossa might have another issue to contend with overnight. Team members could be seen working on an unknown problem on the wing sail that powers Luna Rossa’s AC72.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Abner Kingman
“We had a small issue on one of the ribs that keeps the shape of the Clysar,” said skipper Max Sirena. “You don’t want that but we were ready to race. It’s an easy fix, not structural.”
Photos: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Draper said that breakdowns are a consequence of racing the AC72 at full throttle.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“It was pretty breezy on the upwind leg. We’re pushing the boats and loading the wings up way harder, and that sort of stuff is making it harder on the boats,” said Draper. “We’ve sailed the boat for 4 days solid now, which is tough on the shore crew and there’s another day to come here. It’s pretty full on for everybody keeping these boats on the water.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Barker has long said that racing the AC72 is some of the most exciting racing that he’s ever done, adding that the AC72 requires a lot of attention.
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“It’s just the way it goes with these boats,” said Barker. “We’ve been very fortunate up to now to not have a reliability issue.”
Photo: © ACEA/Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Louis Vuitton Cup Final Standings (first to 7 points wins)
Emirates Team New Zealand – 1
Luna Rossa Challenge – 1

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