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It’s Bermuda – no surprise and we’re happy

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source:Emirates Team New Zealand] Emirates Team New Zealand said today that Bermuda, selected as the venue for the 35th America’s Cup match, has the capacity, the experience and the will to run a successful event in 2017.

Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton said the team was not surprised that Bermuda had been given the nod – speculation had been rife for weeks.

Confirmation came from the America’s Cup Event Authority’s Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller at a press conference in New York.

Schiller also said that the ACEA had received a serious proposal from Emirates Team New Zealand about hosting a major event in Auckland

Dalton said that Bermuda’s selection ahead of San Diego, despite what many pessimists had said, would not be a serious setback for the team.

“As we have made plain, West coast USA looked like a better option for us. It’s only 12 hours from New Zealand, and a large market for our sponsors and New Zealand businesses,” he said.

“When it became apparent that Bermuda’s bid was favoured we stepped up our analysis of Bermuda as a venue both in operational terms and for the opportunities it might provide for our sponsors, suppliers and New Zealand Inc to leverage their involvement with the team.

“We were encouraged by what we learned. Operationally, Bermuda is by far a better place to sail. Unlike San Diego there’s usually a good sea breeze, plenty of space for the race course area and more waterfront space is available for teams to set up bases.

“Bermuda has a long history of organising top-level match racing events and as a country lives on visitors and tourism.”

Dalton said: “Sponsors for whom both the United States and Europe are important markets are confident they can make the venue work for them. It is in a time zone that is great for European television and is only an hour ahead of the East Coast USA.”

“We sense from the America’s Cup Event Authority and Bermudan officials that they are determined to run a successful event and are willing to work co-operatively with the teams to achieve that.”

Grant Dalton said the team was pleased the waiting was over. “Now we know the venue we can get on with putting the finishing touches to our business plan and present it to our backers. We have solid support from our sponsors and we have every expectation of being able to mount a credible challenge in Bermuda.

Dalton said America’s Cup events when teams arrived at the match venue years before racing started are in the past.

“Pre-regattas leading up to the 32nd America’s Cup were held in several different countries, as were the America’s Cup World Series regattas before San Francisco last year. The same will be true for the 35th America’s Cup. ”

Five ACWS regattas are scheduled for 2015 and the same number for 2016. Venues already announced are Bermuda, England, Sweden and Italy. New Zealand has the opportunity to host an ACWS regatta in December 2015 and another in December 2016.

Dalton confirmed the team had put together a proposal to ACEA about events in New Zealand and discussions were proceeding favourably. “Detail must remain confidential for now; we hope we can say much more before the end of the year.”

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Faster foiling 45s and a new-look web site

Posted on 03 November 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Emirates Team NZ] At the Emirates Team New Zealand Auckland base, preparations have started to modify the AC45 for foiling. Work on the conversion will start next month.

The two seasons of America’s Cup World Series regattas will be raced in foiling AC45s, starting in June next year.

At the weekend, the America’s Cup Event Authority announced that the first two venues had been selected for America’s Cup World Series events. They will be announced over the next few days. Six events are planned for 2015 and six for 2016.

Another provision of the protocol for the 35th America’s Cup kicks in this week. The Emirates Team New Zealand blog will close and the team’s internet presence will be incorporated in the America’s Cup web site.

The team’s site will be developed progressively over the next few months. You will find it at this link from Friday November 7.

We are expanding our presence on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Combined with the reach of our sponsors’ social media sites and mainstream media the team will never be far from the public eye.

We also intend to produce more of the popular short video insights into the team’s personalities and operations.

While the team’s focus is firmly on the next three years, we start this week with Grant Dalton and Kevin Shoebridge looking back on some of the issues from 2013.

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Extreme Sailing Series Almeria – Day 2: Big breeze and big action as Guichard retains top spot in the final…

Posted on 10 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The second day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria delivered exactly what it says on the tin… Extreme racing, on the limit of control, with an abundance of thrills and spills. The thousands of Spanish public who flocked to the race village today were enthralled as the boats flew past within touching distance of the stadium walls: “It was unbelievable, the crowds give you a real buzz, it’s fantastic,” said Dean Barker, Team Emirates New Zealand skipper.

A consistent 20+ knots of breeze saw the Extreme 40s ‘fly’ along at boat speeds in excess of 30mph (46kmph). Today was about staying in control, minimizing mistakes and staying out of trouble… The race management decided that in light of the forecast the fleet would race in groups with no more than four boats on the race course at one time, set inside the tight confines of the port. Each group was determined by the current rankings after yesterday’s racing.

Dean Barker is now in his second day of learning how to beat James Spithill, approximately three years from now. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

In the end, it was Yann Guichard’s crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who did it best, winning three out of their four races, and increasing their lead to 59 points at the top of the leaderboard: “The committee made a wise choice by splitting the fleet,” said Guichard. “We showed that we had to be reckoned with even in strong winds, I think yesterday Paul said these were his conditions, but we proved they were ours too. We’re in the match and I’m sure it will all go down to the last race of the last day, just like last year.”

The Ecover Sailing Team posted two first places, a second and a third and this consistent performance keeps them in hot contention, just 6 points from the top spot: “It was very difficult today, conditions were very puffy, although we kept control throughout there was definitely the potential for either a nasty crash or worst still a capsize,” said Ecover Sailing Team skipper, Mike Golding. “It is nice flat water here which helps to keep the boats on their feet, but I think what is extreme here is the space, or lack of space! You make a mistake, you’re going into a concrete wall so it’s good to be back on the dock all in one piece.”

Yesterday The Wave, Muscat skipper Paul Campbell-James was relishing the prospect of stronger breeze but today their aggressive sailing nearly ended in disaster on two occasions – one a near high-speed collision with a wall and another near collision with teammates Oman Sail Masirah skippered by Loick Peyron: “We were three up coming into the downwind mark [Masirah, The Wave and Rumbo Almeria] and we were pushing hard to get the overlap,” explained Campbell-James. “We didn’t quite get it but we were in a position that we couldn’t really do anything else but go in there […to the mark]. We managed just at the very last minute to miss Masirah’s stern basically with our rudders out of the water before spinning round the mark. I’m looking forward to seeing the footage!” His team stay in third place but remain confident: “We didn’t make the most of today, it was windy and we’re normally pretty good in that stuff but we just didn’t sail very well, it’s as simple as that. But we’re still within punching distance and that’s the main thing.”

Second day of racing for the Extreme 40′s. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

The first three races were set over a windward/leeward course of three laps – even with the mainsails reefed and no gennakers, the Extreme 40s flew round the tight course, each race taking only 6-7 minutes, each leg approximately 60 seconds! Just watching was exhausting and nerve-wracking for the public; for the sailors the adrenalin was pumping and it proved hard to control their competitive drive as the crowds witnessed some aggressive tactics. Roman Hagara, Red Bull Extreme Sailing skipper: “The boats were really exciting today especially for the spectators. The guys love it too because there is so much action on the boat, so much speed.” In their penultimate race, Hagara and his crew caught the top buoy dragging it at least 200 meters off target – their competitors complied by rounding the ‘re-set’ mark on the final lap!

Franck Cammas seemed to relish the conditions today nailing two wins early in the day until a bad mark rounding and an OCS (on course side) upset their day: “It was intense, and a good thing to race four boats at a time otherwise the starts would have been a catastrophe for everyone. It was important to start well and to manage the moments of crisis, notably the bearaways which are always tricky on these boats. We are rather fast in those conditions, but today we made two mistakes, touching a mark and starting too early, which really doesn’t help on such short courses.”

The forecast for tomorrow is for less wind but that won’t take the heat off the skippers as they head into the penultimate day of the final round of the season.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Almeria Results after Day 2

1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Guichard, 59 points
2nd Ecover, Mike Golding, 53 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 48 points
4th Oman Sail Masirah, Loick Peyron, 48 points
5th Groupama 40, Franck Cammas, 39 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, Guillermo Altadill, 33 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Roman Hagara, 28 points
8th Team Emirates New Zealand, Dean Barker, 24 points

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Extreme Sailing Series Almeria – Day 2: Big breeze and big action as Guichard retains top spot in the final…

Posted on 10 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The second day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria delivered exactly what it says on the tin… Extreme racing, on the limit of control, with an abundance of thrills and spills. The thousands of Spanish public who flocked to the race village today were enthralled as the boats flew past within touching distance of the stadium walls: “It was unbelievable, the crowds give you a real buzz, it’s fantastic,” said Dean Barker, Team Emirates New Zealand skipper.

A consistent 20+ knots of breeze saw the Extreme 40s ‘fly’ along at boat speeds in excess of 30mph (46kmph). Today was about staying in control, minimizing mistakes and staying out of trouble… The race management decided that in light of the forecast the fleet would race in groups with no more than four boats on the race course at one time, set inside the tight confines of the port. Each group was determined by the current rankings after yesterday’s racing.

Dean Barker is now in his second day of learning how to beat James Spithill, approximately three years from now. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

In the end, it was Yann Guichard’s crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who did it best, winning three out of their four races, and increasing their lead to 59 points at the top of the leaderboard: “The committee made a wise choice by splitting the fleet,” said Guichard. “We showed that we had to be reckoned with even in strong winds, I think yesterday Paul said these were his conditions, but we proved they were ours too. We’re in the match and I’m sure it will all go down to the last race of the last day, just like last year.”

The Ecover Sailing Team posted two first places, a second and a third and this consistent performance keeps them in hot contention, just 6 points from the top spot: “It was very difficult today, conditions were very puffy, although we kept control throughout there was definitely the potential for either a nasty crash or worst still a capsize,” said Ecover Sailing Team skipper, Mike Golding. “It is nice flat water here which helps to keep the boats on their feet, but I think what is extreme here is the space, or lack of space! You make a mistake, you’re going into a concrete wall so it’s good to be back on the dock all in one piece.”

Yesterday The Wave, Muscat skipper Paul Campbell-James was relishing the prospect of stronger breeze but today their aggressive sailing nearly ended in disaster on two occasions – one a near high-speed collision with a wall and another near collision with teammates Oman Sail Masirah skippered by Loick Peyron: “We were three up coming into the downwind mark [Masirah, The Wave and Rumbo Almeria] and we were pushing hard to get the overlap,” explained Campbell-James. “We didn’t quite get it but we were in a position that we couldn’t really do anything else but go in there […to the mark]. We managed just at the very last minute to miss Masirah’s stern basically with our rudders out of the water before spinning round the mark. I’m looking forward to seeing the footage!” His team stay in third place but remain confident: “We didn’t make the most of today, it was windy and we’re normally pretty good in that stuff but we just didn’t sail very well, it’s as simple as that. But we’re still within punching distance and that’s the main thing.”

Second day of racing for the Extreme 40′s. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

The first three races were set over a windward/leeward course of three laps – even with the mainsails reefed and no gennakers, the Extreme 40s flew round the tight course, each race taking only 6-7 minutes, each leg approximately 60 seconds! Just watching was exhausting and nerve-wracking for the public; for the sailors the adrenalin was pumping and it proved hard to control their competitive drive as the crowds witnessed some aggressive tactics. Roman Hagara, Red Bull Extreme Sailing skipper: “The boats were really exciting today especially for the spectators. The guys love it too because there is so much action on the boat, so much speed.” In their penultimate race, Hagara and his crew caught the top buoy dragging it at least 200 meters off target – their competitors complied by rounding the ‘re-set’ mark on the final lap!

Franck Cammas seemed to relish the conditions today nailing two wins early in the day until a bad mark rounding and an OCS (on course side) upset their day: “It was intense, and a good thing to race four boats at a time otherwise the starts would have been a catastrophe for everyone. It was important to start well and to manage the moments of crisis, notably the bearaways which are always tricky on these boats. We are rather fast in those conditions, but today we made two mistakes, touching a mark and starting too early, which really doesn’t help on such short courses.”

The forecast for tomorrow is for less wind but that won’t take the heat off the skippers as they head into the penultimate day of the final round of the season.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Almeria Results after Day 2

1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Guichard, 59 points
2nd Ecover, Mike Golding, 53 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 48 points
4th Oman Sail Masirah, Loick Peyron, 48 points
5th Groupama 40, Franck Cammas, 39 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, Guillermo Altadill, 33 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Roman Hagara, 28 points
8th Team Emirates New Zealand, Dean Barker, 24 points

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Excuse me Sir, do you have 100 million euros to spare?

Posted on 27 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

According to this report from New Zealand’s 3 News and Ben Ainslie’s comment, taking part in the 34th America’s Cup will come with a price tag of at least 100 million euros, if you are serious about beating BMW Oracle.

As for Emirates Team New Zealand, its managing director Grant Dalton can’t guarantee whether they will be able to get all the money needed but he does state he’s moving at an “incredible speed”. Securing 100 million euros over the next 3 years will not be an easy task, according to the report, and it is “a lot of money for anyone”, according to Ben Ainslie. As a result, this edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy could be “a lot smaller” than before.

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Emirates Team NZ become first ever team to retain the Audi MedCup title

Posted on 25 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Just as they did last year Emirates Team New Zealand clinched their second successive Audi MedCup Circuit win with two racing days of the 2010 season to spare.

After Thursday’s coastal race the supreme Kiwis under skipper-helm Dean Barker had built themselves an unbeatable lead and in the end, after today’s one final blustery race in a Mistral of more than 28 knots off Cagliari, Sardinia the champions rounded out their second victorious season to finish 48.5 points ahead of Quantum Racing (USA) who finish runners-up, as they also did last season..

Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG), the current world champions skippered by Guillermo Parada (ARG), comprehensively won the Region of Sardinia Trophy, the fifth and final regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit season, finishing 12.5 points ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Franco-German crew on Audi A1 powered by All4ONE.

The Kiwi 2010 champions, become the first team ever in the six year history of the circuit to win back-to-back MedCup Circuit champion titles. They won the top regatta trophy in Cascais, were fourth in Marseille, second in Barcelona, triumphed in Murcia and finished third on countback here in Cagliari.

The world’s best monohull sailing team surfing the waves to overall championship victory. Cagliari, 25 September 2010. Photo copyright Stefano Gattini / AUDI Medcup

Emirates Team New Zealand set themselves on course for overall victory from the outset of the season in breezy Cascais, Portugal in May where they established an initial lead of 20 points, winning three races as well as the key coastal race there.

When last season they streaked to win four in a row of 2009’s five regattas, unmatched consistency has underpinned their victory again this season.

They won ten of this 2010 season’s 44 52 Series races. Last year they won 14 races from 43 starts. Skipper Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand’s skipper -helm highlighted today how much harder this season has been for them to prevail overall.

Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the Quantum Racing (USA) crew finish second overall for the season, just five points ahead of Matador.

When they seized the lead on the second beat of today’s race the world champions seemed to have pulled themselves up to within touching distance of second place on the Circuit.

After winning the 2010 AUDI Medcup, Emirates Team NZ are staring at the unknown. Cagliari, 25 September 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / AUDI Medcup

With incumbents Quantum Racing five boats behind it might then have gone down to a match race for second, but as they hoisted their kite for the final run it exploded and they were left sitting for minutes while four boats passed them.

They only just managed to get a new spinnaker filling to stay ahead of their green and black hulled adversaries. With a win in the final race of the season Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE finish second at this season’s finale, just as they also did in Portugal in May.

2010 Audi MedCup Circuit – Final results
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31,5+31+35+35.5+38= 171 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 59.5+22,5+44+53.5+40= 219.5
3. Matador (ARG), 60+27+67+45+25.5= 224.5
4. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59.5+31+63+46.5+41,5= 241.5
5. Artemis (SWE), 57+53+33+64+49.5= 256.5
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35.5+73+68.5+38.5= 279.5
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51.5+29,5+84+78+38= 281
8. Bribón (ESP), 88+41+58+70+45.3= 296,5
9. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43.5+62+85,5+62= 318
10. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77,5+44.5+73+69+74.5= 338.5
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78+70+78.5+102= 416.5

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Video: Dean Barker talks about the first day of racing in Cagliari

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Dean Barker talks about day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy. Cagliari, 21 September 2010. Video copyright Emirates Team New Zealand

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Video: Highlights from day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from day 1 of the Region of Sardinia Trophy. Cagliari, 21 September 2010. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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