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Carlo Borlenghi’s photo gallery of the foiling Luna Rossa AC45

Posted on 06 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Team Luna Rossa continues its training on board the AC45 Luna Rossa Piranha following the modifications of the appendages (daggerboards and rudders). The world’s best sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi, was there!

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

Luna Ross’a foiling AC45 sails in Cagliari. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / Luna Rossa

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Photo gallery: First sail of Luna Rossa’s fully-foiling AC45 Pirahna

Posted on 01 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa Piranha – one of the two AC45s with which the team will train and develop its design in view of the 35th America’s Cup – sailed today for the first time in Cagliari.

The “new” Luna Rossa Piranha has undergone some major changes foreseen by the Protocol of the 35th America’s Cup that now allows the modification of any component of the AC45 catamarans – used in past editions of the America’s Cup World Series – except for the shape of the hulls.

First sail of Luna Rossa’s AC45 Piranha following substantial modifications. Cagliari, 1 Jul 2014. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

First sail of Luna Rossa’s AC45 Piranha following substantial modifications. Cagliari, 1 Jul 2014. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

First sail of Luna Rossa’s AC45 Piranha following substantial modifications. Cagliari, 1 Jul 2014. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

First sail of Luna Rossa’s AC45 Piranha following substantial modifications. Cagliari, 1 Jul 2014. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

First sail of Luna Rossa’s AC45 Piranha following substantial modifications. Cagliari, 1 Jul 2014. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

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Artemis Racing AC45 training in San Francisco

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Artemis Racing AC45 training in San Francisco

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Oracle Team USA withdraws from past AC45 regattas

Posted on 09 August 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Oracle Team USA] ORACLE TEAM USA’s AC45 yachts have withdrawn, retrospectively, from the last four AC World Series regattas.

This follows an internal investigation led by CEO Russell Coutts, which determined that prior to racing in the regattas the yachts were modified without the permission of the Measurement Committee. The withdrawal is in spite of the fact that the modifications had no impact on the performance of the boats.

The AC45s are a class of 45-foot training yachts used in previous world circuit regattas and have not raced since Naples in April 2013. They are distinct from the AC72 yachts (72-footers) being raced in this year’s Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup.

The modifications were made over a year ago by a small number of team members involved in the AC45 circuit, without the knowledge of management or the skippers, and without having followed standard internal procedures.

“Our team is very disappointed by this turn of events, and I believe that voluntarily withdrawing from these past AC45 regattas is the appropriate corrective action,” Coutts said. “Going forward we remain focused on our AC72 training in preparation for the upcoming America’s Cup this September.”

Oracle Team USA’s shore crew carried out unauthorized modifications to their AC45…

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Video: Artemis AC45 foiling in San Francisco

Posted on 10 April 2013 by Valencia Sailing

At last a very interesting sailing video from Artemis Racing! The America’s Cup Challenger of Record publishes spectacular footage of their AC45 yacht foiling in San Francisco:

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Video: Artemis Racing – Foiling AC45

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Valencia Sailing

Nice but short video of the modified Artemis Racing AC45 yacht, foiling over the waters of San Francisco bay

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The Luna Rossa sailing and shore crew have all returned to the team’s Auckland base

Posted on 09 January 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Luna Rossa] The Luna Rossa sailing and shore crew have all returned to the team’s Auckland base to resume the training and development program.

The plan for January is to make the most of the 13 remaining days allowed by the Protocol to sail the AC72 prior to the January 31st deadline.

This coming week the team will be concentrating on match racing practice sessions with its two AC45 catamarans Luna Rossa Swordfish and Luna Rossa Piranha. Both boats were shipped back to Auckland from San Francisco following the end of the last America’s Cup World Series regattas in October 2012.

At the same time an additional group of sailors will be training on the SL33 catamaran to practice foiling techniques.

Starting from next week the crew will resume training on the Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran.

The main goals for this first period will be a mix of crew training sessions around the course and speed tests. The training work on the AC72 will be alternated in the coming weeks with practice on the AC45 boats and on the SL33.

Luna Rossa will try to make the most of the remaining 13 days of AC72 ttraining and testing. Photo copyright Luna Rossa

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Loïck Peyron, test pilot on the Artemis AC72

Posted on 24 November 2012 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Energy Team] After four trips aboard the Artemis AC72, Loïck Peyron, skipper of Energy Team, gives us his first impressions of this impressive winged giant, with her exceptional size, her potential for power and her high speeds…

Loïck Peyron: “We have sailed aboard her four times and she is extremely powerful. That isn’t that much of a surprise for me, as I have spent a long time looking at the design of these machines, but it is still all very impressive. To sum up, these are boats that aren’t that wide or that big, but which have a very powerful “engine”. To get an idea of what I mean, it’s a bit like putting a V8 or V12 engine on a go-kart. So it is no easy matter making use of all that power. We saw what can happen when Oracle capsized. These machines require caution. My job was to be something like a test pilot on this AC72. I’m here to find just how far we can take things and avoid those hairy moments, when the boat starts to dig in, for example. Already by the second or third trip, I found myself out there on the helm and I can say it’s fascinating.”

What is the difference from an AC45?
LP: “They don’t have that much in common. Proportionally, the AC72s are much more unstable. Because looking at the base, the engine is that much more powerful. You need to add on a third more power to an AC45 to get some sort of idea. And then, there is the sheer scale: everything is that much heavier, including the wing, of course and the centre of gravity is not that well placed, as it is higher up. On top of that, there is a lot of inertia… the “engine” is extremely powerful, but above all she is always in gear. And of course, you can’t take in a reef…”

The Artemis AC72 yacht on her second day of sailing. San Francisco, 16 November 2012. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing

Capsizes ahead?
“Yes. Of all the boats I have sailed on, she is the trickiest. When you start flying downwind, it is very impressive and that is one of the major questions that interest us: you need to find a compromise, knowing when to fly, but above all without using too much energy to do that. For me, flying aircraft for more than twenty years, it is very interesting. After each day out there sailing, we need to spend several days ashore fine-tuning the boat on every level. For the moment, we are just working on boat number 1, but we have already got some ideas about the second one. With the first one, it’s rather like racing with 30kg on your shoulders. Once the second boat is on the water, that weight won’t be there any more.”

High speed?
“Very. For the moment, we’re taking it step by step deliberately, so we’re not out there looking for the highest speed. But we have already reached 26 knots in just 10 knots of wind.”

A useful experience for the Energy Team project?
“In every America’s Cup there is a transfer season between the teams. I’m a bit like a jobbing actor going from one team to another, or maybe more like a Swiss army knife for the team – that’s what Ernesto (Bertarelli) called me when I was with Alinghi. Of course, and it is quite normal, I have certain obligations and have to keep certain info to myself: there are certain things I can’t share with others, but it is obvious that bringing all these experiences together benefits everyone. I am in fact the first member of Energy Team to be hired by another team, but I probably won’t be the last. With Bruno and Energy Team, we have managed to build up a pool of talent. If we manage to get everything together for the next Cup, all of these experiences will be useful For the moment, from a personal perspective, this is an exceptional opportunity to try to make it all the way with Artemis, or in other words right through the Louis Vuitton Cup and further if possible…”

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