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Photo gallery: First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

Impressive aerial shots of the America’s Cup Defender’s AC72 yacht flying in the San Francisco bay by team photgrapher Guilain Grenier:

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

First aerial shots of Oracle Team USA’s AC72 yacht. San Francisco, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Guilain Grenier / Oracle Team USA

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Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa match race on AC72′s

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

New Zealand Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis was guest onboard the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in some practice racing against Luna Rossa:

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Video: Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa match race on AC72′s

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

New Zealand Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis was guest onboard the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in some practice racing against Luna Rossa:

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Extreme Sailing Series announces three-year venue deal with Singapore

Posted on 27 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The Extreme Sailing Series is set to be become a brand new international fixture on the Singapore sports calendar until 2015, in a three year deal announced today between Series organisers OC Sport, the Singapore Sports Council and Aberdeen Asset Management. And for the first time ever, a team representing Singapore, skippered by a Singaporean sailor and supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, will be on the start line at Act 2 hosted in Singapore from the 11-14 April.

For Aberdeen Asset Management, the sponsorship of Team Aberdeen Singapore and their status as the main Local Partner for the Singapore Act, adds to the global asset manager’s growing sailing sponsorship portfolio, which includes ‘Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week’; an event where they had their first foray into Extreme 40 sailing in 2011, entering a British team into the UK leg of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series. “We are delighted to bring the Extreme Sailing Series to Singapore as it promises lots of entertainment and we have developed a successful association with sailing elsewhere in the world” said Hugh Young, Managing Director at Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited. “We are happy to be able to support Singapore’s sailing ambitions and the inclusion of two young Singapore sailing stars will generate great local interest.”

Aberdeen Asset Management returns to the Extreme Sailing Series

An aspiring Olympic laser sailor, 22-year-old Scott Glen Sydney is the man charged with the task of skipper, making him the first ever Singaporean to skipper an Extreme 40. Together with fellow Singaporean and Asian Games keelboat match racing gold medallist Justin Wong, 27, the duo will line up against some of the world’s best sailors as part of Team Aberdeen Singapore as the invitational team in Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series. The ‘invitational team’ concept was introduced to the Series this year to provide a platform for host nations to compete on their home waters, yet be part of the full season leaderboard.

Thrilled to be part of the inaugural team representing Singapore, Scott said, “I’m very excited at the prospect of representing Team Aberdeen Singapore in the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore. This is an immense opportunity and I hope to use this experience to become a more well-rounded sailor.”

Justin who is looking forward to race on home waters said, “The credentials of the competitors are very strong, racing against the world’s best sailors on home waters is a very rare opportunity. It’s a great privilege to be part of Team Aberdeen Singapore and I’m looking forward to exciting racing at the Extreme Sailing Series.” The three remaining crew members will be announced at a later date.

The action in Singapore will begin on the 11th April with the official media day before the free to enter public Race Village opens from the 12th. The Extreme 40 fleet will race in the circuit’s action packed ‘stadium’ format on Marina Bay Reservoir offering excellent spectator views of the racecourse from the Race Village and VIP areas and spectators will be spoiled with front row seats at The Promontory@Marina Bay. Whilst the conditions at this time of year are expected to be light, the tension on the racecourse will be enhanced by the enclosed stadium right at the heart of the city

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Watch and be watched – it’s the America’s Cup

Posted on 27 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] At times the America’s Cup seems just like Mad Magazine’s Spy vs Spy. One team keeping tabs on another and a game of, not so much dirty tricks, but pranks played both by and against the spy.

Teams have paid dearly over the years for a lack of understanding of what the opposition was up to.

Perhaps the best-known and costly lack of insight was about Ben Lexcen’s winged keel on Australia II. A couple pictures shot early on and the America’s Cup would have never left the New York Yacht Club.

Every team watches every other team, takes notes, pictures, collects gossip, even starts a little gossip to see what shakes out.

So what are the teams hoping to learn? Why are THEY doing things differently than US. Why are THEIR boards more curved than OURS? THEIR wing sets up differently than OURS. Is that good? By keeping logs of the progression of sails or boards, watchers can learn along with those being watched.

The spies watching Emirates Team New Zealand are very interested in our foiling: how do we do it? How much wind do we need? And how fast is it?

How does a team learn these things? Collect the information and then the hard part – make sense of it. Pictures and videos are good, but the human eye often picks up things that seem to melt into the picture. So good people and good notes are important.

Watchers would give anything to measure the other team’s real boat speed and wind angles, but that is very hard to do. Often the number you get is only within 10% of the real speed. Hardly priceless information.

It helps immensely to know what you are looking for before you start observing. Set the targets and position yourself to get the pictures that you need. Without a target and a plan, endless hours can be wasted for little useful information.

Then comes the tricky part. In the piles of pictures, notes and hours of video what’s rubbish and where are the gems?

The danger lies in jumping to conclusions that turn out to be an incorrect. Chasing phantoms costs both time and money.

Oracle Team USA closely observing the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72. Auckland, 26 February 2013. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand

Any Rules about Spying?

Of course, this is the America’s Cup and we have rules about everything. Surprisingly, these rules are pretty straightforward.

1. Nothing illegal. So no phone taps, no trespassing, no buying the information from a third party etc.
2. On the water you can’t observe within 200 metres of their boat or base. This does not apply if you are on land or a public dock. Oh, and no spy planes, no helicopters, U2s, drones… all prohibited.
3.No tapping into their private radio channels.

What happens if you break these rules?

A team protests to the international jury just as Luna Rossa did about Oracle a few months ago. Oracle infringed the 200-metre rule to take pictures of the Luna Rossa boat. Oracle thought they were within their rights to take pictures if they were stopped and Luna Rossa sailed to them.

An observation team can easily find themselves within 200 metres if the cat unexpectedly turns and comes at them doing 30+ knots. That is not a serious foul, maybe not a foul at all. But if you continue to take pictures as the boat go by, you are breaking the rules. The solution is easy, put the camera down, motor outside the 200-metre boundary at a prudent speed and pick the camera back up.

The jury deducted five sailing days from Oracle’s allotment for their infraction. Juries have been known to get more than a little annoyed at illegal information gathering. In 2003 One World started each round robin and knockout series on minus one point. They had to win a race just to get to 0-0 score because they “acquired information in violation of the rules”.

As far pranks, the stuff of Spy vs Spy: Props of spy boats have gone missing overnight, once a boat was boarded, crew striped, clothes stolen, leaving them to go home naked. Paint ball guns have been known to be out of the water.

Misinformation is the nemesis of information gathering. And Coutts is the best at misinformation. So you always ask yourself, it this real or what they want me to believe?? Did I mention that you America’s Cup could make you paranoid?

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Olympic Talent Joins Artemis Racing

Posted on 27 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing announced today the addition of 2012 Olympic medalists Iain Jensen and Andrew Simpson as well as 2016 Olympic hopeful John Gimson. The newcomers will join the team’s decorated Olympians Percy, Lange, Outteridge, and Monk.

Jensen and Gimson will provide sailing and training support for the team including maintenance and logistics for the team’s AC45 and F18 fleet, while Simpson will provide weather and tactics support to the afterguard.

“The experience we have on the sailing team, balanced with the youth and enthusiasm John, Iain and Andrew bring to the team is a good mix for us,” said Sailing Team Director Iain Percy.

Iain Jensen, as crew for Nathan Outteridge, won the Gold Medal in the 49er class in last summer’s games in London. Iain is a 49er world champion in 2009 and 2011 and a 49er European champion in 2011. His accolades include winning “Sail for Gold” in ‘09, ‘10, and ’12.

John Gimson is campaigning to represent Great Britain in the Nacra 17 in the Rio 2016 Olympic games. He has received many podium finishes ranging from the TP52 and Extreme 40 class to the Star, Etchells and Melges 24s.

Andrew Simpson medaled in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in the Star Class as crew for Artemis Racing Sailing Team Director Iain Percy winning a gold and silver medal. Simpson brings his experience from +39 Challenge and Team Origin America’s Cup teams to his role with Artemis Racing.

“As an America’s Cup team, we are investing in the team’s future with guys like Andrew, Iain, John and Nathan,” said Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard. “These young sailors bring talent and enthusiasm to our team. They are the future of the America’s Cup.”

Andrew Simpson joins Artemis Racing. San Francisco, 25 February 2013. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing

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HYDROS Presentation 2013

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

HYDROS Presentation 2013

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Team Tilt, Switzerland’s Youth America’s Cup team qualifies

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Tilt] The young Team Tilt sailors have qualified for the Red Bull America’s Cup that will be held from 1-4 September in San Francisco on the wing-masted AC45 catamarans.

The under 25-year-olds competed in a series of twelve races throughout the week in superb 15 knot northerly conditions to qualify.

“We are very happy with how this crazy week has gone,” said Team Tilt helmsman Lucien Cujean. “We have learnt a lot and this result is the accomplishment of three months of intense training. This is only the beginning though, we still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go in order to be competitive in September!”

Qualifying for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was based on race results, team fitness and their potential performance and ability in handling the AC45 multihull. The team posted some very impressive results during the fitness test and have demonstrated excellent team spirit. Now they have also shown that they are competitive on the water.

Team Tilt’s crew celebrating their qualification to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal / Team Tilt

“This result is absolutely fantastic,” said Jocelyn Keller, one of the young team members. “We gave it our all and we succeeded; it is a dream and we can’t wait to be back in September.”

Alex Schneiter, the man behind Team Tilt and the team manager said: “It is absolutely fantastic to have developed such a group in such a short time and to have qualified! I was surprised at the high level of the competition and at how quickly all the teams have progressed. Team Tilt showed a cool head and determination to get this far. We should be proud of this team and those that have supported them. The adventure is just beginning!”

On their return to Switzerland Team Tilt will plunge back into their Youth America’s Cup preparations by racing their D35 catamaran during the Vulcain Trophy. They will also race the TeamWork M2 Speed Tour and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series.

Team Tilt flies the Swiss flag and carries the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which runs from the 1 to 4 September, will pit the five teams that have qualified this week against the America’s Cup junior teams from Oracle Team USA, Team New Zealand and Artemis.

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