Changes in the sailing landscape

Posted on 04 March 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] I hadn’t written anything for a while but the PR Department says the changing landscape of everything, “it’s about time you wrote a blog”. So here I am writing a blog on a Saturday afternoon as the shore crew works away changing, maintaining, optimising as they always do.

A lot has happened over the last few weeks in this run up to America’s Cup although to many observers it may tend to look like business as usual.

Well it is to a degree, I guess, but firstly Oracle has re-emerged and Artemis has gone back to the shed. The landscape changed for us on those couple of days that Oracle and Artemis trained together.

We got an answer to the questions: Is foiling correct? Is the trade off worth it? We always thought we were right but could never be sure. Even if the answer is still not totally clear, all teams are headed in the foiling direction so that helps us put that one to bed.

Our present view of Oracle’s sailing probably matches those of other observers: They look really nice up-wind and are starting to sail well down-wind.

Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC72 flying over the water. Auckland, 15 February 2013. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand

They look like they are getting their act together really well now (shouldn’t be surprised by that) and, with the new boat coming on stream soon, they will take a big step up.

Should we make the America’s Cup final we will have our work seriously cut out to beat them.

Within Emirates Team New Zealand, it’s all about the boat at present. Base set up in San Francisco is underway, the sponsors are great; it’s still very much summer in Auckland and the wind has been perfect for testing.

Next on the horizon is the AC45 regatta in Naples. We will be there with a full-strength crew. Is it just us or does anyone else think it is hypocrisy that neither Artemis nor Oracle is sending their A team to Naples?

These are the teams that said Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn’t support the “future”.

To be clear we simply didn’t support linking the AC brand (shackling a future Trustee if in fact that could even be done) to a class that may or may not exist in the future (read cost).

Whether the AC45 exists in its own right is not up to us, we fully supported, and still do, the establishment of a ‘ future’ series if that’s what Coutts and Cayard want. It’s not ours to prevent. So why not send their A teams if the AC45 is the future?

I imagine they intend lobbying for permission to sail their AC72s when the Naples regatta is being raced (which under the Protocol is not allowed without prior approval.

To compete seriously at the ACWS regattas teams need to be there to train a week or so before the first race if they’re to have any chance of a good showing. That means another week of AC72 sailing lost.

We’ve even heard that Artemis was thinking of paying the US$100K fine if they don’t get approval. Now that would be a beauty!

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Adam 12 Says:

    Great stuff agree completely find it interesting the way Grant talk´s about Russel and Cayard like they are one entity which is probobly what they will be in the end as i have said before also like the idea of not signing up to anything regarding the next cup this Cup will sure be painful for those who lose and are sent packing due to the high cost to put together a Campaign like this it´s like going to Vegas and going home where the lock´s have been changed because you lost that as well , i trust that if the Kiwi´s win they will change the entire way the crew and team is put together and bring back the nationality rule also build boat´s that are much cheaper to build and sail , the ac 45´s are great boat´s for some kind of a venue outside of the cup as they are not a proper match racing boat´s and that´s that , anyway agree with Grant hopefully the politics will be keep to the absolute minimum however with so few team´s involved the stake´s are so high if your on the way out will see , best of luck to TNZ , 12


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