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AIRBUS and ORACLE TEAM USA forge technology partnership

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Oracle Team USA] AIRBUS, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer and ORACLE TEAM USA, the defending champion of the America’s Cup, have forged a technology partnership.

As Official Innovation Partner of ORACLE TEAM USA for the 35th America’s Cup, AIRBUS will share the know-how of its engineers and experts in fields such as aerodynamics, instrumentation and simulation, composites, structures, hydraulics and data analysis to work with the ORACLE TEAM USA design team.

“This is a completely new endeavor for us,” said Fabrice Brégier, AIRBUS President and CEO. “By taking on an extreme technology and sports project of this magnitude we stretch our competencies and further boost our agility. There are so many similarities between the America’s Cup yacht and our aircraft design, that each partner benefits from an excellent platform not only to learn and grow but also to win.”

For ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, the partnership will allow his team to benefit from the skill-set of a leading engineering group with experience working on the cutting-edge of technology.

“The America’s Cup is a boat race, but the design technology and engineering are very often the winning factor,” Spithill said. “The new America’s Cup boats are lighter and faster than what we’ve had before. They will be powered by a wing and will fly above the water on foils. They’re as much like airplanes as they are like traditional boats, so I know we’ll have a lot to learn from the experience the engineers at AIRBUS bring to the project.”

ORACLE TEAM USA first won the America’s Cup in 2010 racing a trimaran powered by one of the largest wings (223 feet / 68 meter) ever built. In 2013, the team successfully defended its title in the AC72 class – wingsail powered catamarans that flew above the water on hydrofoils at over 50 mph (90kph).

The next America’s Cup will be in 2017 and raced in the new AC62 class; a smaller, lighter and more finely engineered foiling catamaran than its predecessor that is expected to reach similar speeds.

“Everything we do in these boats is right at the edge of what’s possible,” Spithill said. “For our design team to be able to have access to the resources of AIRBUS is going be a huge benefit to us.”

“All at AIRBUS are very excited about this partnership,” concluded Brégier. “Our engineering teams’ enthusiasm and engagement to be a part of this project is simply overwhelming. The biggest challenge might be to bring them back working on airplanes again!”

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Two additional challengers apply for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 01 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup Race Management] Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

“We’re only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,” said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM).

The 34th edition of the sport’s oldest international competition has been renewed and revitalized by a move to spectacular wing-sailed catamarans, as well as a three year program of racing in venues around the world and a new emphasis on innovative television and new media programming.

“The competitors who applied for entry today join the previously declared Italian challenger Mascalzone Latino. BMW ORACLE Racing submitted its defense application today,” Murray said.

“The other two teams will not be named as their “The other two teams will not be named as their applications are being verified. Throughout the five-month entry period, ACRM will announce the time and date when an entry has been accepted. Each team will release details of its entry publicly at their discretion. Additional entries are expected soon,” Murray added.

The entry process and validation procedures are set out in the America’s Cup Rules and can be found at americascup.com.

The entry period for the 34th America’s Cup runs from Nov. 1, 2010, to Mar.
31, 2011.

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Two additional challengers apply for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 01 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup Race Management] Event organizers today confirmed receipt of the first entries for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

“We’re only a few hours into a five-month entry period, so to already have a total of four entries is a very positive sign,” said Iain Murray (AUS), Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup and CEO of America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM).

The 34th edition of the sport’s oldest international competition has been renewed and revitalized by a move to spectacular wing-sailed catamarans, as well as a three year program of racing in venues around the world and a new emphasis on innovative television and new media programming.

“The competitors who applied for entry today join the previously declared Italian challenger Mascalzone Latino. BMW ORACLE Racing submitted its defense application today,” Murray said.

“The other two teams will not be named as their “The other two teams will not be named as their applications are being verified. Throughout the five-month entry period, ACRM will announce the time and date when an entry has been accepted. Each team will release details of its entry publicly at their discretion. Additional entries are expected soon,” Murray added.

The entry process and validation procedures are set out in the America’s Cup Rules and can be found at americascup.com.

The entry period for the 34th America’s Cup runs from Nov. 1, 2010, to Mar.
31, 2011.

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Video: Highlights from the RC44 World Championship

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from the RC44 World Championship. Puerto Calero, 16 October 2010. Video copyright RC44 Class Association

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Video: Highlights from the RC44 World Championship

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from the RC44 World Championship. Puerto Calero, 16 October 2010. Video copyright RC44 Class Association

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Lanzarote sailor leading RC 44 Fleet Race Worlds

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] Jose Juan Calero guides BMW ORACLE Racing to first after three races

Sailors have a superstition that winning the practice race prior to a world championship is bad luck. Superstition be damned.

Yesterday, Jose Juan Calero guided BMW ORACLE Racing to first place in the practice race for the RC 44 Fleet Race World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup.

Today, after the first three races, the team leads the standings with the low score of 9 points on finishes of 2-5-2.


“I feel like I’m in heaven,” said Calero. “I’m learning quite a lot with these guys. It’s a life experience. I’m so happy.”

The crew that includes four-time America’s ‘Cup winner Russell Coutts as tactician showed great speed in the light winds, even coming back from a penalty turn in Race 2.

Calero, 34, hails from Lanzarote, and has raced previous RC 44 events aboard the family’s boat, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. But the conditions are so abnormal this week that any local knowledge he may have brought to the crew is nullified.

“These winds are not very common,” Calero said. “Normally we have northeasterly winds, so these light winds from south and west are very weird. We’re all learning together.”


Although Jose Juan isn’t racing on the family boat, it wasn’t far from his mind today. In fact, it was prominent in his sight line.

After rounding the windward mark in the second race, BMW ORACLE Racing began to roll over to windward of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, helmed by younger brother Danny Calero.

But Jose Juan Calero was too close to windward and the BMW ORACLE Racing spinnaker grazed the rigging of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, forcing the on-water umpires to issue a penalty to BMW ORACLE Racing.

“We’ll have to talk about that at the family table,” said the Jose Juan Calero. “I have to tell [Danny] that doesn’t happen from the younger brother. He needs to respect seniority. But he was in the right and that’s it.”

Danny Calero, 30, laughed when told his older brother was going to change the locks on the family house.

“It was a funny situation,” said the younger Calero. “At the start of the first downwind leg we started going up a bit to gain some speed and their spinnaker hit us, so we protested them. It was good for us, but they recovered a lot. They did very good out of that.”


Jose Juan Calero’s recovery was impressive given the light, patchy wind that blew no more than 7 knots on the day. The conditions frustrated Vincenzo Onorato, leaving him drained.

The Italian who is president of the Mascalzone Latino Sailing Team is a six-time world champion, including three times in the competitive Farr 40 Class.

He blazed off the start line of today’s first race for a wire-to-wire win, but then fell back in the pack afterwards with a pair of ninths, a result he blamed on the light winds.

“The first race was good but the other two were less than average,” said Onorato. “This is part of the game and that makes the class so fascinating. These are the kind of conditions I don’t like. I enjoy strong winds when you can surf and play. In light winds your concentration is a big problem.”

Racing resumes tomorrow with the first warning signal scheduled for 1130 local.


RC 44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ISLAS CANARIAS PUERTO CALERO CUP
Fleet Racing (after 3 races)
1. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Juan Jose Calero/Russell Coutts – 2-5-2 – 9 points
2. 17 (USA) Anders Myralf/Jimmy Spithill – 3-11-1 – 15
3. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müeller-Spreer/Markus Weiser – 4-1-12 — 17
4. Artemis (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson – 10-3-5 – 18
5. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni – 1-9-9 – 19
6. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies – 5-6-8 – 19
7. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce – 7-2-13 – 22
8. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner – 12-4-6 – 22
9. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis – 11-8-3 – 22
10. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton – 6-10-7 – 23
11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder – 8-13-4 – 25
12. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard – 13-7-10 – 30
13. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov – 9-12-11 – 32

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Lanzarote sailor leading RC 44 Fleet Race Worlds

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] Jose Juan Calero guides BMW ORACLE Racing to first after three races

Sailors have a superstition that winning the practice race prior to a world championship is bad luck. Superstition be damned.

Yesterday, Jose Juan Calero guided BMW ORACLE Racing to first place in the practice race for the RC 44 Fleet Race World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup.

Today, after the first three races, the team leads the standings with the low score of 9 points on finishes of 2-5-2.


“I feel like I’m in heaven,” said Calero. “I’m learning quite a lot with these guys. It’s a life experience. I’m so happy.”

The crew that includes four-time America’s ‘Cup winner Russell Coutts as tactician showed great speed in the light winds, even coming back from a penalty turn in Race 2.

Calero, 34, hails from Lanzarote, and has raced previous RC 44 events aboard the family’s boat, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. But the conditions are so abnormal this week that any local knowledge he may have brought to the crew is nullified.

“These winds are not very common,” Calero said. “Normally we have northeasterly winds, so these light winds from south and west are very weird. We’re all learning together.”


Although Jose Juan isn’t racing on the family boat, it wasn’t far from his mind today. In fact, it was prominent in his sight line.

After rounding the windward mark in the second race, BMW ORACLE Racing began to roll over to windward of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, helmed by younger brother Danny Calero.

But Jose Juan Calero was too close to windward and the BMW ORACLE Racing spinnaker grazed the rigging of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, forcing the on-water umpires to issue a penalty to BMW ORACLE Racing.

“We’ll have to talk about that at the family table,” said the Jose Juan Calero. “I have to tell [Danny] that doesn’t happen from the younger brother. He needs to respect seniority. But he was in the right and that’s it.”

Danny Calero, 30, laughed when told his older brother was going to change the locks on the family house.

“It was a funny situation,” said the younger Calero. “At the start of the first downwind leg we started going up a bit to gain some speed and their spinnaker hit us, so we protested them. It was good for us, but they recovered a lot. They did very good out of that.”


Jose Juan Calero’s recovery was impressive given the light, patchy wind that blew no more than 7 knots on the day. The conditions frustrated Vincenzo Onorato, leaving him drained.

The Italian who is president of the Mascalzone Latino Sailing Team is a six-time world champion, including three times in the competitive Farr 40 Class.

He blazed off the start line of today’s first race for a wire-to-wire win, but then fell back in the pack afterwards with a pair of ninths, a result he blamed on the light winds.

“The first race was good but the other two were less than average,” said Onorato. “This is part of the game and that makes the class so fascinating. These are the kind of conditions I don’t like. I enjoy strong winds when you can surf and play. In light winds your concentration is a big problem.”

Racing resumes tomorrow with the first warning signal scheduled for 1130 local.


RC 44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ISLAS CANARIAS PUERTO CALERO CUP
Fleet Racing (after 3 races)
1. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Juan Jose Calero/Russell Coutts – 2-5-2 – 9 points
2. 17 (USA) Anders Myralf/Jimmy Spithill – 3-11-1 – 15
3. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müeller-Spreer/Markus Weiser – 4-1-12 — 17
4. Artemis (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson – 10-3-5 – 18
5. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni – 1-9-9 – 19
6. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies – 5-6-8 – 19
7. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce – 7-2-13 – 22
8. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner – 12-4-6 – 22
9. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis – 11-8-3 – 22
10. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton – 6-10-7 – 23
11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder – 8-13-4 – 25
12. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard – 13-7-10 – 30
13. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov – 9-12-11 – 32

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Shifty conditions hallmark of Day 1 at RC 44 Worlds

Posted on 11 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] Two months have passed since the previous RC 44 event, but the fleet remembered to bring its competitive nature among an array of equipment to the Canary Islands.

Coupled with some wild shifts due to an offshore breeze, the RC 44 World Championship for the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup began with the fleet alternately thanking and ruing the wind gods.

“We’re pretty happy with the day,” said Rod Davis of Ceeref. “It was very shifty.”

“The conditions were challenging, but it’s always challenging in offshore breeze,” said Joey Newton, headsail trimmer aboard 17.

James Spithill leads the match racing part of the RC44 Worlds. Puerto Calero, 11 October 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / RC44 World Championship

“Except for a bad set that was our fault and a miracle puff for AEZ, we were 6 seconds away from being 5-0,” said Paul Cayard of Katusha.

“We were one mistake away from a very good day,” said Ray Davies, helmsman aboard No Way Back.

“Due to the shifts, it was quite hard to get the positioning right off the start line and be in phase,” said Cameron Appleton from Team Aqua. “The shifts are going to be the theme for the week.”

The wild conditions kept the crews on their toes and the scoreboard tight.

In Group A, Jimmy Spithill’s 17 and Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis are tied for the lead at 5-1, but the grey-hulled 17 holds the tiebreaker after a head-to-head victory in Flight 6.

Group B sees four boats – No Way Back, Katusha, Ceeref and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing – tied at 3-2.

“We didn’t have the best of days and were up and down, so we’re happy to have the wins we’ve got,” said BMW ORACLE Racing headsail trimmer Ross Halcrow.

A total of 36 matches were run today in about seven hours of racing. The breeze was from the west to northwest and between 12 and 18 knots.

The crews once again displayed fantastic boathandling, throwing the light-displacement 44-footers around like dinghies. It’s quite impressive when the trailing boat heats up on a run, jibes and rolls over the top of the boat to leeward to steal a win at the finish line. That’s how 17 lost its only race of the day, to Team Aqua.

Similar to the previous event in Valencia, there were come-from-behind wins and downwind duels where the lead boat attempted to unload a penalty. Such was the final run between Ceeref and Katusha in Flight 6, where Ceeref had to unload a penalty to score the win.

“We had a heck of a battle with Davis and Ceeref,” said Cayard. “We got a penalty on him on the second upwind for tacking too close. So both boats went down the run with no spinnakers. We got a penalty at the end so we both had to do circles, but we were just able to get him before the finish.”

Locals Puerto Calero face an uphill battle in the first ever RC44 Worlds, 11 October 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / RC44 World Championship

At the finish line the on-water umpire Marco Mercuriali gave Katusha a red-flag penalty when it bore off across Ceeref’s bow trying to cross the finish line. Mercuriali said that Katusha gained an unfair advantage in the maneuver.

He didn’t assess a standard penalty because that would’ve canceled out Ceeref’s and allowed Katusha to win the race. By giving Katusha the red-flag penalty he made both boats perform the 270-degree exoneration turn, and Katusha completed the turn more quickly.

“That was a real tussle with Cayard,” said Davis. “Down the run we were trying to set some traps and he was trying to avoid them. We finally executed one. We were doing our penalties at the same time, but he just got us.”

The match racing portion of the regatta is scheduled to resume tomorrow with the first warning signal slated for 1130 local.

RC 44 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ISLAS CANARIAS PUERTO CALERO CUP
Group Alpha

1. 17 (USA) Jimmy Spithill – 5-1
1. Artemis (SWE) Terry Hutchinson – 5-1
3. Team Aqua (UAE) Cameron Appleton – 4-2
3. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Markus Weiser – 4-2
5. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone – 2-4
6. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero – 1-5
7. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko – 0-6

Group Bravo
1. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Russell Coutts – 3-2
1. Ceeref (SLO) Rod Davis – 3-2
1. Katusha (RUS) Paul Cayard – 3-2
1. No Way Back (NED) Ray Davies – 3-2
5. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) – 2-3
6. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato – 1-4

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