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CHN-95 in Hong Kong masted and ready to sail soon?

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Thanks to our friends at Tribormat we saw that China Team’s CHN-95 is masted in Hong Kong, apparently ready to sail soon. Is China Team preparing for the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place there next January? Is this a preliminary sign of something bigger for the 34th America’s Cup?

We might know something more about the current edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy next Wednesday, March 10th. The World Sailing Teams Association is holding its board meeting in Auckland and we’re sure we will, at least, have some hints about what will take place.

China Team’s CHN-95 standing in Hong Kong, masted and ready to sail again? Photo copyright Tribormat

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CHN-95 in Hong Kong masted and ready to sail soon?

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Thanks to our friends at Tribormat we saw that China Team’s CHN-95 is masted in Hong Kong, apparently ready to sail soon. Is China Team preparing for the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place there next January? Is this a preliminary sign of something bigger for the 34th America’s Cup?

We might know something more about the current edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy next Wednesday, March 10th. The World Sailing Teams Association is holding its board meeting in Auckland and we’re sure we will, at least, have some hints about what will take place.

China Team’s CHN-95 standing in Hong Kong, masted and ready to sail again? Photo copyright Tribormat

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China Team open letter

Posted on 08 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Note: I would like to make a remark on this letter. It was sent to the challengers and organizers of the 33rd America’s Cup. The letter was not intended nor authorized for publication. It was not an open letter, but one sent to the specific participants to gather feedback and state a position and inadvertently made public.

Valencia Sailing received it from one of its New Zealand readers and did not check with China Team before publishing it, since I thought it was widely circulating.

[Source: China Team] Let me start by saying I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009. China Team has started the year with planning for a number of events including our upcoming challenge for America’s Cup 33.

As we assess our 2009 and 2010 budget and operations, however, we are becoming increasingly concerned by the currently proposed time frames for a 2010 multi-challenger AC33, given the continued uncertainty surrounding the ongoing legal dispute between Oracle and Alinghi and the continued uncertainty about boat and venue.

As the Executive Director of the program I have an obligation to both our team owner and our sponsors to be fiscally responsible, particularly given the nature of today’s global economic climate. Like many of the teams we are reliant upon sponsorship and corporate partnerships to fund our program in addition to the money invested by our team owner. It is, of course, vitally important that we create and deliver real value to our partners in any program within which we participate. Determining that value with the current uncertainty and the proposed time frames is difficult. Gaining sponsor support, in the current time frame, before that uncertainty is settled is VERY difficult. Committing to funding boat design and build and team hires, without that sponsor support is therefore fiscally irresponsible.

We believe, therefore, that requiring teams to commit to such expenditure, prior to resolution of the court case in particular, but also prior to clarification of what boat we will be racing and where we will be racing, is unreasonable. Creating a time table that does not allow for our corporate partners to sufficiently plan and execute marketing initiatives, not only reduces their ability to maximize the opportunity, but will negatively impact the overall event experience for viewing audiences both at the event and through broadcast and published media.

We do not believe we are alone in coming to this conclusion and are therefore writing to you today to garner support for a multi-challenger AC33 no sooner than 2011. We would also like to propose that no team be required to incur expenditure until there is clarification and confirmation on who is hosting the event, where it is to be held, and what boats we are required to build. The current 2010 timeframe suits only those teams with large budgets, funded by team owners rather than sponsors, willing to take design and build risks in spite of the uncertainty. I am sure there are teams like that. I am equally sure there are not many.

We feel it is important that teams finding themselves in a similar situation begin to share a voice that represents not only the best interests of this group, but what we feel is also the best interests of the America’s Cup and we are asking for you to respond to us with your opinions.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart S. James
Executive Director
China Team Sailing

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China Team open letter

Posted on 08 January 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Note: I would like to make a remark on this letter. It was sent to the challengers and organizers of the 33rd America’s Cup. The letter was not intended nor authorized for publication. It was not an open letter, but one sent to the specific participants to gather feedback and state a position and inadvertently made public.

Valencia Sailing received it from one of its New Zealand readers and did not check with China Team before publishing it, since I thought it was widely circulating.

[Source: China Team] Let me start by saying I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009. China Team has started the year with planning for a number of events including our upcoming challenge for America’s Cup 33.

As we assess our 2009 and 2010 budget and operations, however, we are becoming increasingly concerned by the currently proposed time frames for a 2010 multi-challenger AC33, given the continued uncertainty surrounding the ongoing legal dispute between Oracle and Alinghi and the continued uncertainty about boat and venue.

As the Executive Director of the program I have an obligation to both our team owner and our sponsors to be fiscally responsible, particularly given the nature of today’s global economic climate. Like many of the teams we are reliant upon sponsorship and corporate partnerships to fund our program in addition to the money invested by our team owner. It is, of course, vitally important that we create and deliver real value to our partners in any program within which we participate. Determining that value with the current uncertainty and the proposed time frames is difficult. Gaining sponsor support, in the current time frame, before that uncertainty is settled is VERY difficult. Committing to funding boat design and build and team hires, without that sponsor support is therefore fiscally irresponsible.

We believe, therefore, that requiring teams to commit to such expenditure, prior to resolution of the court case in particular, but also prior to clarification of what boat we will be racing and where we will be racing, is unreasonable. Creating a time table that does not allow for our corporate partners to sufficiently plan and execute marketing initiatives, not only reduces their ability to maximize the opportunity, but will negatively impact the overall event experience for viewing audiences both at the event and through broadcast and published media.

We do not believe we are alone in coming to this conclusion and are therefore writing to you today to garner support for a multi-challenger AC33 no sooner than 2011. We would also like to propose that no team be required to incur expenditure until there is clarification and confirmation on who is hosting the event, where it is to be held, and what boats we are required to build. The current 2010 timeframe suits only those teams with large budgets, funded by team owners rather than sponsors, willing to take design and build risks in spite of the uncertainty. I am sure there are teams like that. I am equally sure there are not many.

We feel it is important that teams finding themselves in a similar situation begin to share a voice that represents not only the best interests of this group, but what we feel is also the best interests of the America’s Cup and we are asking for you to respond to us with your opinions.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart S. James
Executive Director
China Team Sailing

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China Teams ends up in a supermarket parking lot

Posted on 27 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Given the limbo the 33rd America’s Cup is currently in and the very uncertain future, it shouldn’t surprise anyone the fact that teams that took part in the previous editions have decided not to enter this time, or at least put their plans on hold.

One of them seems to be China Team, the first ever challenger from China, that apparently moved most of their assets out of their base in Port America’s Cup into a supermarket parking lot. They are now about half a mile from their previous base, right in the middle of one of Valencia’s main avenues.

This doesn’t necessarily mean they are finished but it is a clear sign their return in the world’s oldest sports competition is not imminent. One shouldn’t forget that even in the previous edition, defined by many as the best ever, the Chinese team had encountered severe problems in securing adequate funding, so it’s safe to assume this time it will even be harder.

As one can easily observe from the photos, the Chinese team have all their three ACC yachts, two masts, two speed boats and around a dozen containers with all their physical assets.

China Team’s assets are stored in a supermarket parking lot. Valencia, 27 November 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

China Team’s assets are stored in a supermarket parking lot. Valencia, 27 November 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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China Teams ends up in a supermarket parking lot

Posted on 27 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Given the limbo the 33rd America’s Cup is currently in and the very uncertain future, it shouldn’t surprise anyone the fact that teams that took part in the previous editions have decided not to enter this time, or at least put their plans on hold.

One of them seems to be China Team, the first ever challenger from China, that apparently moved most of their assets out of their base in Port America’s Cup into a supermarket parking lot. They are now about half a mile from their previous base, right in the middle of one of Valencia’s main avenues.

This doesn’t necessarily mean they are finished but it is a clear sign their return in the world’s oldest sports competition is not imminent. One shouldn’t forget that even in the previous edition, defined by many as the best ever, the Chinese team had encountered severe problems in securing adequate funding, so it’s safe to assume this time it will even be harder.

As one can easily observe from the photos, the Chinese team have all their three ACC yachts, two masts, two speed boats and around a dozen containers with all their physical assets.

China Team’s assets are stored in a supermarket parking lot. Valencia, 27 November 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

China Team’s assets are stored in a supermarket parking lot. Valencia, 27 November 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 2: BMW Oracle’s shocking defeat by China Team

Posted on 30 April 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The Dragon’s son beats the American eagle should read tomorrow’s headlines in the sport sections of the Chinese newspapers. Not only did China Team score their first victory in the Louis Vuitton Cup, they did it against the leader BMW Oracle.

It was supposed to be the day’s dullest and least interesting race but it turned out into one of the most interesting and spectacular. China Team must have entered the start box with a mindset of losing by the lowest margin possible while BMW Oracle lined up their so called “B Team” and for the first in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup, USA-98 was helmed by Sten Mohr.

It was indeed a one-sided match till halfway through the first leg when the genoa sail pulled out of the headstay foil on USA-98. The Americans tried to hoist a second genoa but to no avail. They were forced to continue the first upwind leg with just their mainsail. That mishap gave the Chinese the chance to build an enormous advantage over BMW Oracle. The Americans fixed the problem during the first downwind leg and sailed with the genoa in the second upwind leg and despite gaining more than 1 minute on each of the 2 legs, that was not enough and crossed the finish line more than 3 minutes behind China Team.

This is the second time BMW Oracle suffer from this type of failure in a very short time. As recently as three weeks ago, USA-98 went through the exact same failure in Louis Vuitton Act 13 and the crew were unable to hoist the genoa twice.

Prestart in the race between China Team and BMW Oracle. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

China Team got squeezed at the start. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Both boats went to the right and BMW Oracle started increasing their lead. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Far away in the course, the unthinkable takes place, severe gear failure on BMW Oracle’s USA-98. We then learned it was a repeat of the failure in Act 13. Sorry for the picture but we were not allowed to go further upwind due to the other two simultaneous races on the same course. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Far away and coming downwind, yes downwind, China Team’s CHN-95. After their recent mishaps in spinnaker drops and given their 5-minute lead over BMW Oracle, the Chinese decided to play it safe and dropped the spinnaker hundreds of meters before reaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

A photo for the history books. China Team’s CHN-95 starting their upwind leg while BMW Oracle were downwind, hundreds of meters from the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

BMW Oracle also avoided all unnecessary risks and dropped their spinnaker far away from the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Despite their evident speed advantage, BMW Oracle was unable to reach the Chinese. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Dragon’s Son a few hundred meters before his first victory in the 32nd America’s Cup. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Without any doubt the happiest moment for China Team in their 3-year long journey in the 32nd America’s Cup. They cross the finish line 3:15 minutes ahead of BMW Oracle Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Louis Vuitton Cup – Round Robin 2 – Day 2: BMW Oracle’s shocking defeat by China Team

Posted on 30 April 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The Dragon’s son beats the American eagle should read tomorrow’s headlines in the sport sections of the Chinese newspapers. Not only did China Team score their first victory in the Louis Vuitton Cup, they did it against the leader BMW Oracle.

It was supposed to be the day’s dullest and least interesting race but it turned out into one of the most interesting and spectacular. China Team must have entered the start box with a mindset of losing by the lowest margin possible while BMW Oracle lined up their so called “B Team” and for the first in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup, USA-98 was helmed by Sten Mohr.

It was indeed a one-sided match till halfway through the first leg when the genoa sail pulled out of the headstay foil on USA-98. The Americans tried to hoist a second genoa but to no avail. They were forced to continue the first upwind leg with just their mainsail. That mishap gave the Chinese the chance to build an enormous advantage over BMW Oracle. The Americans fixed the problem during the first downwind leg and sailed with the genoa in the second upwind leg and despite gaining more than 1 minute on each of the 2 legs, that was not enough and crossed the finish line more than 3 minutes behind China Team.

This is the second time BMW Oracle suffer from this type of failure in a very short time. As recently as three weeks ago, USA-98 went through the exact same failure in Louis Vuitton Act 13 and the crew were unable to hoist the genoa twice.

Prestart in the race between China Team and BMW Oracle. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

China Team got squeezed at the start. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Both boats went to the right and BMW Oracle started increasing their lead. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Far away in the course, the unthinkable takes place, severe gear failure on BMW Oracle’s USA-98. We then learned it was a repeat of the failure in Act 13. Sorry for the picture but we were not allowed to go further upwind due to the other two simultaneous races on the same course. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Far away and coming downwind, yes downwind, China Team’s CHN-95. After their recent mishaps in spinnaker drops and given their 5-minute lead over BMW Oracle, the Chinese decided to play it safe and dropped the spinnaker hundreds of meters before reaching the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

A photo for the history books. China Team’s CHN-95 starting their upwind leg while BMW Oracle were downwind, hundreds of meters from the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

BMW Oracle also avoided all unnecessary risks and dropped their spinnaker far away from the leeward gate. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Despite their evident speed advantage, BMW Oracle was unable to reach the Chinese. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Dragon’s Son a few hundred meters before his first victory in the 32nd America’s Cup. Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Without any doubt the happiest moment for China Team in their 3-year long journey in the 32nd America’s Cup. They cross the finish line 3:15 minutes ahead of BMW Oracle Valencia, 30 April 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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