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Luna Rossa AC72 launch in Auckland

Posted on 31 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa AC72 launch in Auckland

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The best young sailors in the world to battle in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

Posted on 31 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup] The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, scheduled September 1-4, 2013, will open with a Selection Series Trials in San Francisco in February. With the goal of ensuring the best of the best are on the starting line of the main event, the Selection Series Trials will narrow the field through a rigorous training workshop and regatta, February 9-24, 2013.

“Prospective teams can enter the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in three ways,” explains Iain Murray, the Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup. “First, they can enter through an affiliation with a current AC World Series team. Second, they can purchase an AC45 and register a team. Or finally, they can apply and qualify through the Selection Series.”

Currently there are over 20 teams from 17 nations who have applied in the third category and are eligible for the Selection Series (Full details of the final entry list will be released in December). But before they even get to the Selection Series Trials, these teams will need to convince the Race Committee they have the talent and wherewithal to succeed.

“We want to ensure we have the most talented line-up possible,” Murray says. “So we’ve enlisted Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, double Olympic gold medalists in the Tornado catamaran, to manage the selection process as Sport Directors for the event. They’ll be visiting the prospective teams between now and February to assess their capabilities and guide their training programs.”

“We need to be sure only the best of the best are coming to San Francisco in February to compete for the coveted spots that will be available for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September 2013,” Hagara said.

“These teams need to prove to us they have the talent, the commitment and the drive to potentially win the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup next year,” added Steinacher.

The Selection Series will be held in San Francisco on the same AC45 wingsail catamarans the teams will race in September. These are also the same boats the America’s Cup crews are racing in the AC World Series. For the youth teams who come to San Francisco in February, the Selection Series is the first step on the pathway to competing for one of the most prestigious trophies in all of sport – the America’s Cup.

“Breaking into the Cup is hard,” ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill commented in announcing the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. “So I think this is one of the most exciting developments in the America’s Cup in a very long time.”

The next milestone for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup comes next month when the entry list for youth squads associated with AC World Series teams is finalized following the close of late entries on 31 October. This will determine the number of spots remaining for teams competing in the Selection Series.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Upcoming milestones:

October 31, 2012 – Close of late entries
Early November 2012 – Confirmation of entry list for Red Bull Youth America’s Cup teams associated with AC World Series teams
Early December 2012 – Confirmation of youth teams invited to Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series
February 9-24, 2013 – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Selection Series in San Francisco
September 1-4, 2013 – Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco

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Luna Rossa AC72 undergoes load tests

Posted on 27 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Saturday morning in Auckland was another open-house, free-for-all moment at the Luna Rossa base. As we said yesterday, this is unprecedented in the America’s Cup, used to decades of absolute control and secretism and undoubtedly, Patrizio Bertelli made a bold move. However, if you think about it, given the vicinity of so many private boats around the Luna Rossa AC72 yacht, we are sure that the Artemis and Oracle Team “observers” have been lurking for days now, snapping hundreds of closeup shots. As a result, Bertelli’s move might not be so stupid after all. If your adversaries have already studied the smallest details of your boat, why not let the media have the same access and the same opportunity to see the boat from so close? It will certainly do no harm!

Under the watchful eyes of French multihull guru Franck Cammas and a couple of Emirates Team New Zealand technicians, the Luna Rossa crew was busy carrying out the final load tests on their brand new AC72. If all goes according to plan and barring any unexpected problems, the team will take Sunday off and then embark on a busy week that will see the Italian yacht taken for her maiden sail on Thursday.

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa carry out load tests on their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 27 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

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Luna Rossa launch their AC72 yacht in Auckland

Posted on 26 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Half a year ago nobody would have thought that come November, Patrizio Bertelli’s Luna Rossa would be in a seemingly advantageous position over Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing. They had entered the 34th America’s Cup much later than the American and Swedish teams and although they had a far-reaching and unprecedented collaboration with Emirates Team New Zealand, the gap with them seemed unbridgeable.

However, on Friday afternoon, following the successful launch of their brand new AC72 yacht in Auckland, the Italians became the second team to have a fully operating AC72 yacht. According to Bertelli, the launch took place on time and at no moment was the entire process behind schedule. The Luna Rossa AC72 was planned to be launched in October and so she did. Both Artemis Racing and Oracle Racing are facing considerable setbacks while the Italians and the Kiwis will start their match racing practice races around November 10th.

French multihull guru Franck Cammas prepares Luna Rossa’s AC72 for her launch. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Luna Rossa launch their brand new AC72 yacht. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

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Photo gallery: Luna Rossa AC72 yacht

Posted on 26 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

Friday morning’s schedule for the invited journalists in Auckland was to attend a press conference with Patrizio Bertelli, team principal, and Max Sirena, skipper, in a hotel on the Viaduct. Instead, Bertelli himself, decided on Thursday evening to open the doors of his team base and let the entire group walk around freely, taking any photo they wished, with practically no restriction, other than avoid closeups of the electronics the shore crew was still working on.

The result of this unprecedented openness in the America’s Cup was the following photo gallery. Our full report with the press conference that took place right in front of the wing will be published after the official christening ceremony and the subsequent launch of the yacht on the water. After Friday evening’s launch, the new AC72 will spend the night on the water. The team will then carry load tests on Saturday morning. If all goes as planned, next Wednesday she will be taken for a tow test and then her first sail on Thursday. Starting November 10th, approximately, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand will carry out test match racing regattas.

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The brand new Luna Rossa AC72. Auckland, 26 October 2012. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

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2013 RC44 Championship dates announced

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class] Three new cities and two old favourites have been announced as the host venues for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour. Racing will kick off at The Wave, Muscat the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, with the successful format remaining the same; one day of match racing followed by four days of fleet racing. The RC44 champion will be crowned in November, when the final event of the Tour is hosted at a brand new marina being built at the old commercial port of Arrecife, Lanzarote.

2013 RC44 Championship Tour Calendar:
30th January to 3rd February – The Wave, Muscat, Oman
1st to 5th May – Sicily, Italy
25th to 29th June – Marstrand, Sweden
2nd to 6th October – Cascais, Portugal
20th to 24th November RC44 World Championship – Puerto Calero Marinas, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The 2013 Tour will start in Muscat, Oman hosted by The Wave, Muscat, the first time the fleet has visited the country which invests so much in reigniting their maritime history. Occupying the south-east corner of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers crystal clear water and a prevailing north-easterly wind providing great sailing conditions to kick of the season. The country boasts a rich maritime heritage, has played host to a number of successful international sailing competitions over the past few years.

The RC44 will once again hold its World Championship in Lanzarote. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

Another new venue to be added for the 2013 season is a soon to be announced town in Sicily, Italy. The second event in May will be organized by Massimo and Francesco Barranco’s Vela del Sud.

June will see the Championship Tour return for the third consecutive year to the sailing mecca of Marstrand, Sweden, before heading south to Cascais, Portugal. The Class visited the venue for the first time in 2012 where some fresh conditions put the teams to the test. Set beside the Atlantic Ocean, the ancient fishing village of Cascais is world-famous for its spectacular and unpredictable sailing conditions.

The 2013 tour will draw to a close in Lanzarote. Returning to the Island for the sixth consecutive year the class will take in a new venue from Puerto Calero Marinas. The Calero family has created the new marina complex Marina Lanzarote, in the island’s bustling capital Arrecife. Perfectly placed for having the best racing conditions in the area, the RC44 World Championship event’s timing coincides beautifully with the traditional transat season, meaning sailors can take full advantage of the established Atlantic trade winds.

With the introduction of new host venues, the addition of Pelle P as official clothing partner and with 15 of teams confirmed to compete, the 2013 RC44 Championship promises to be another exceptional year and one RC44 Class founder Russell Coutts will be keeping a close eye on, ”I’m looking forward to getting back on the Tour events next year. The Tour will have some new and exciting venues, visiting Oman and Sicily for the first time. With some new teams expected to join the Tour in 2013, we are looking forward to another great year for the class.”

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Video of the “whole story” of Oracle Team’s AC72 capsize

Posted on 25 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

The 34th America’s Cup Defender publishes a very interesting video, showing how events unfolded the day of the unfortunate capsize of the team’s AC72 yacht:

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Trcka wins D-ONE Gold Cup after thrilling final

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: D-ONE Gold Cup] Adrenaline pumping finale for the 2012 D-One Gold Cup on Sunday in Alassio. A great showdown was expected, with 4 helmsmen that could still win the title, and a big show took place in West Ligurian waters. A bright sun, warm temperatures and a northerly breeze from 10 to 12 knots were the perfect scenario for the 38 d-oners from 9 countries fighting for the final double point no discardable race. The 2012 D-One Gold ended in the hands of czech Martin Trcka but lot of surprises came in during the race. Young check Viktor Teply controlled all the race from the start but capsized at the last gennaker hoisting. At that point Trcka had a fast run to the finish but the real fight were behind him, where come-from-behind argentinian Agustin Zabalua, a former D-One Gold Cup winner, recovered 10 boats in the second beat to fight for his chance. If Zabalua should finalize in second place the last race, the Gold Cup would take a Valencian route. With a third, czech Trcka would have the Gold Cup in his hands. Italian Andrea Casale broke Zabalua’s dream fighting hard in the last run. On the finish line, after Zabalua’s last jibe, only half a meter separated the two d-oners, but the italian bowsprit was ahead.

So the winner of the 2012 D-One Gold Cup is Martin Trcka, a former olympian for his country in the Laser class. Zabalua enden in second with a one point gap. Third was italian Pietro Sibello, winner of two races in this Championship. 21 years old Teply finalized in fourth. Fifth was Andrea Casale and sixth consistent italian Michele Mennuti, that took the corinthian title. The Master title went to another czech, Marek Bachtick.

Martin Trcka about his Gold Cup: “Viktor has the final race in his hand all the time, but unfortunately for him and fortunately for me he capsized on the second hoist and that was it. Looking on the duel between Casale and Zabalua I was a little bit nervous but it ended well. About the D-One she is an awesome dinghy. It’s quite intensive actually and you have tough and intensive sailing. You got the speed and the pleasure of sailing as well. Thanks to Luca Devoti for made such a great boat”.

The 2013 edition of the D-One Gold Cup will be sailed on Attersee, Austria, in late September.

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