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Ten days in advance, here are the new AC boats

An exciting new era in America’s Cup racing has been unveiled today as the concept for the AC75, the class of boat to be sailed in the 36th America’s Cup is released illustrating a bold and modern vision for high performance fully foiling monohull racing yachts.

The Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have spent the last four months evaluating a wide range of monohull concepts. Their goals have been to design a class that will be challenging and demanding to sail, rewarding the top level of skill for the crews; this concept could become the future of racing and even cruising monohulls beyond the America’s Cup.
The AC75 combines extremely high-performance sailing and great match racing with the safety of a boat that can right itself in the event of a capsize. The ground-breaking concept is achieved through the use of twin canting T-foils, ballasted to provide righting-moment when sailing, and roll stability at low speed.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

The normal sailing mode sees the leeward foil lowered to provide lift and enable foiling, with the windward foil raised out of the water to maximise the lever-arm of the ballast and reduce drag. In pre-starts and through manoeuvres, both foils can be lowered to provide extra lift and roll control, also useful in rougher sea conditions and providing a wider window for racing.
Although racing performance has been the cornerstone of the design, consideration has had to be focused on the more practical aspects of the boat in the shed and at the dock, where both foils are canted right under the hull in order to provide natural roll stability and to allow the yacht to fit into a standard marina berth.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

An underlying principle has been to provide affordable and sustainable technology ‘trickle down’ to other sailing classes and yachts. Whilst recent America’s Cup multihulls have benefitted from the power and control of rigid wing sails, there has been no transfer of this technology to the rigs of other sailing classes. In tandem with the innovations of the foiling system, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are investigating a number of possible innovations for the AC75’s rig, with the requirement that the rig need not be craned in and out each day. This research work is ongoing as different concepts are evaluated, and details will be released with the AC75 Class Rule before March 31st, 2018.

The America’s Cup is a match race and creating a class that will provide challenging match racing has been the goal from the start. The AC75 will foil-tack and foil-gybe with only small manoeuvring losses, and given the speed and the ease at which the boats can turn the classic pre-starts of the America’s Cup are set to make an exciting comeback. Sail handling will also become important, with cross-overs to code zero sails in light wind conditions.

21/11/17- The 36th America’s Cup class boat concept of the AC75.

A huge number of ideas have been considered in the quest to define a class that will be extremely exciting to sail and provide great match racing, but the final decision was an easy one: the concept being announced was a clear winner, and both teams are eager to be introducing the AC75 for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

The AC75 class rule will be published by March 31st 2018.

GRANT DALTON

CEO Emirates Team New Zealand:
“We are really proud to present the concept of the AC75 today. It has been a phenomenal effort by Dan and the guys together with Luna Rossa design team and there is a lot of excitement building around the boat in the development and getting to this point.”
“Our analysis of the performance of the foiling monohulls tells us that once the boat is up and foiling, the boat has the potential to be faster than an AC50 both upwind and downwind.”
“Auckland is in for a highly competitive summer of racing in 2020 / 2021.”

DAN BERNASCONI

Design Coordinator Emirates Team New Zealand:
“This design process has been new territory for the team, starting with a clean sheet to develop a class – and we’ve loved it. We wanted to see how far we could push the performance of monohull yachts to create a foiling boat that would be challenging to sail and thrilling to match race. We’re really excited about the concept and can’t wait to see it on the water..
We think we have achieved these goals – thanks also to the constructive co-operation of Luna Rossa design team – as well as the more practical detail to consider in terms of cost management and logistics of running the boats.”

PATRIZIO BERTELLI

Chairman of Luna Rossa Challenge:
“The choice of a monohull was a fundamental condition for us to be involved again in the America’s Cup. This is not a return to the past, but rather a step towards the future: the concept of the new AC 75 Class, which Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa design teams have developed together, will open new horizons for racing yachts, which, in the future, may also extend to cruising. It is a modern concept, at the high end of technology and challenging from a sporting point of view, which will deliver competitive and exciting match racing. I would like to thank both design teams for their commitment in achieving, in just four months, the goal which we had established when we challenged”.

MAX SIRENA

Team Director of Luna Rossa Challenge:
“As a sailor I am very pleased of the concept jointly developed by both design teams: the AC 75 will be an extremely high-performance yacht, challenging to sail, who will require an athletic and very talented crew. Every crew member will have a key role both in the manoeuvres and in racing the boat; the tight crossings and the circling in the pre-starts – which are part of the America’s Cup tradition – will be back on show, but at significant higher speeds. It is a new concept, and I am sure that its development will bring interesting surprises”.

#RaceToBermuda

The next time the world will see America’s Cup racing is on the beautiful, natural amphitheater of the Great Sound in Bermuda. Three America’s Cup teams are already based in Bermuda, they weigh in on the venue and what we can expect to see in 2017

Designed to fly

by Oracle Racing Team

How does a catamaran that weighs approximately 2.5 tons lift out of the water and foil while it’s under sail . . . oh, and without sliding sideways from the force of the wing? Find out from Steven Robert of ORACLE TEAM USA about the important design elements of “Oracle 17” that help make this possible in our latest #‎TechTuesday feature by Javier Salinas / ORACLE TEAM USA. 3D Animations by Cadabra Applied Computer Graphics Int.

Le ridicule ne tue pas ! (Silly never dies)

by adonnante.com

© SANDER VAN DER BORCH / ARTEMIS RACING

© SANDER VAN DER BORCH / ARTEMIS RACING

Alors que l’America’s Cup fait un grand pas en avant en France avec l’arrivée d’un nouveau sponsor pour l’équipe de Franck Cammas et l’accueil des AC World Series à Toulon en septembre prochain, la réalité est toute autre.

Demain s’entretient aujourd’hui !
Signer un nouveau sponsor est toujours un événement important dans l’histoire d’une équipe sportive, surtout quand il s’agit de l’America’s Cup. Bon an mal an la France réussit aléatoirement à participer au plus vieux Trophée sportif du Monde. Avec une aide financière de 1,5 million par an, l’apport de Norauto peut faire sourire quand on sait que cela ne couvrirait même pas la seule ligne salariale d’ORACLE Team USA alors que Russell Coutts est annoncé à plus de 45 000 € par mois et qu’un simple grinder américain gagnait mensuellement 25 000 € lors de la précédente édition… Seul point positif pour les Français est cette vision à long terme – cinq ans de partenariat – qui permet d’être plus réactif pour la 36e édition de la Coupe.

Toulon, Toulon, deux minutes d’arrêt
À 2 millions d’Euros l’étape des AC World Series, peu de ports en France pouvaient se permettre se luxe d’accueillir quatre régates (sic) des éliminatoires de l’America’s Cup. Quatre régates veulent dire quatre manches, soit deux manches uniquement par jour de course. À ce prix-là, la ville de Toulon a répondu présente et a déjà lâché 500 000 € sur la table, mais pour quelle visibilité ? Alors que les AC45F seront en stand-by du côté de la Seyne-sur-Mer, le carré du port de la ville de Toulon restera désespérément vide. Seuls les adeptes de baignade et de bains de soleil sur les plages du Mourillon pourront espérer jouir d’un spectacle de haute voltige caché derrière des gradins difficilement accessibles. Et pas question de voir cela depuis la mer, le périmètre de sécurité est tel que la compréhension des matchs sera bien difficile à comprendre… Mais bon pour deux fois 15 minutes de course quotidienne (33 000 € la minute au frais du contribuable tout de même), personne ne perdra réellement son temps…
Autant dire qu’il va falloir en brûler des cierges à la cathédrale de Toulon pour prier que les conditions météo soient favorables. Un coup de Mistral ou deux jours de pétole et cet événement interplanétaire sera de la poudre aux yeux !

Une visibilité internationale
La Coupe de l’America c’est surtout cela. Une visibilité internationale vendue pour 1 milliard de téléspectateurs. Mais ce que ne disent pas les organisateurs c’est que c’est 1 milliard potentiel tous médias confondus qui ont accepté de payer les droits de retransmission. Droits qui seront accordés aussi au compte-gouttes sur Youtube qui filtrera sans ménagement les adresses IP et donc les pays autorisés à admirer ce show nautique. Et c’est sans compter une application mobile PAYANTE toujours aussi décriée et inopérante. Pas moins de 2 étoiles sur Google Play… sur un score de 5. Beau score s’il en est pour une App à 25$ à l’année ou 7$ le week-end, ce à quoi il faut rajouter 4$ par week-end pour avoir droit à voir le Live… uniquement dans les pays concernés. Français passez votre chemin !

Pour en revenir sur les 1 Milliard de spectateurs, il est bon ton de rappeler que la chaine Youtube officielle de l’America’s Cup n’a que 150 000 abonnés et que la 9e et dernière manche cruciale de la 34e America’s Cup n’est qu’à 1 million de vue depuis 2 ans et demi de mise en ligne ! Et les Replay des différentes manches peinent à passer la barre des 300 000 vues. Autant dire que le milliard de téléspectateurs est loin d’être acquis et n’est qu’un tour de magie proposé par les commerciaux de la Coupe.

Et ce n’est pas nous, pauvres Français, qui allons aider à gonfler ces chiffres. La Coupe est une nouvelle fois prise en otage par le groupe Canal + qui aura l’exclusivité des retransmissions en France. Inutile d’espérer gruger et voir les matchs sur Youtube ou sur votre mobile. Pour accéder à la Coupe il faudra payer votre abonnement Canal +, ou une bière dans un bar et espérer que le public préféra regarder la voile plutôt que le foot. L’application mobile, payante il faut le rappeler, sera une nouvelle fois inopérante alors que les directs y seront bannis faute à la main mise de la chaine cryptée sur les droits de retransmission. Pour tenter d’y voir quelque chose l’application Periscope sera très certainement salvatrice…

Pour revenir à cette visibilité internationale, que penser d’un site Internet et d’un axe de communication entièrement tournés vers l’anglais ? Sur les six équipes présentes, la moitié ne font pas partie de pays anglophones. Ne décliner le site et les communiqués de presse qu’en anglais est un renfermement sur soi-même et non une ouverture sur le monde. Difficile d’attirer le chaland dans ses conditions et de gagner des parts de marché.

La Coupe de l’America est donc clairement rentrée dans une ère de profits au service de ses investisseurs aux dépens de ses acteurs et du consommateur. La mondialisation est partout…

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Getting Ready to Race in Oman

by americascup.com

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is coming to Oman. 27-28 February 2016.

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby will lead his team into racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman at the end of the month with a 10-point advantage over defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA. Olympic champion Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team fills out the podium. But will the top three be the same after racing? There are a lot of points available in 2016, starting February 27-28 in Oman.

Emirates Team New Zealand gets Kiwi government funding

by NZ Herald

Photo by Chris Cameron

Photo by Chris Cameron

The Kiwi syndicate has been selected to receive Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant – the same scheme that has assisted Emirates Team NZ’s key rivals and America’s Cup holders Oracle Team USA. Oracle’s Warkworth-based boat-building operations, Core Builder Composites, was confirmed as a recipient of the grant in August 2014.

The grant gives taxpayer funding of 20 per cent of its R&D spend, up to a maximum of $5m for three years, plus GST. Companies can therefore get theoretical maximum funding of $17.25m.

Artemis Racing launches second Turbo

by Artemis Racing

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Artemis Racing has made a flying start to 2016, relocating the team’s sailing operations to Bermuda, and perhaps even more significantly, launching its second turbo development boat of this America’s Cup campaign.

The new boat, nicknamed ‘T2’, was launched in Alameda, California, in early January. Design Coordinator, Adam May, provides an insight into the team’s development pathway for the 35th America’s Cup:

“Very early in this America’s Cup’s cycle we upgraded our existing foiling AC45, a boat similar to those used in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, to boost its performance and provide a platform to test appendages.”

“However, our development path truly began with our sister ship turbo program. ‘T1’ was launched in February 2015 as a test platform scaled to be similar to the AC62 class. The original AC45 foiler was then retired and converted into T2. There was a pause during its build while the AC class changed, and many features such as a similar deck layout to that of the new AC Class were incorporated into T2.”

“T2 is our second fully loaded turbo charged AC45. The extra beam (for more righting moment), larger wing, cockpits, and full fairing package; make it a very different beast to the narrow traditional AC45s with foils.”

The team completed a successful 10-day camp in Alameda, ahead of the imminent relocation of Artemis Racing’s sailing operations to Bermuda.

Iain Percy, Team Manager, commented “It was very satisfying to launch T2 before we left for Bermuda. The design and build of this boat was our key focus for 2015, and I’m very proud of the result of the team’s ingenuity and endeavour. It was particularly pleasing to be foiling around the Bay on day one without any significant teething problems, giving us the chance to maximize the precious time on the water. We took away a number of key learnings and directions for our future America’s Cup Class development program”.

T2 will soon be lining up on the Great Sound against its sister ship T1 in what will be an important stepping stone towards the team’s goal of winning the 35th America’s Cup.

“Two boat testing is an important component of our campaign strategy. It’s going to be quite a sight seeing two Artemis Racing boats flying over the America’s Cup race course”, said Iain Percy.

ORACLE TEAM USA on the move in 2015

by OracleRacingTeam

2015 was a critical year for ORACLE TEAM USA and its campaign to win the America’s Cup in 2017. The team moved to a new base in Bermuda, competed in three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events and has launched and sailed two AC45S test boats, with a third nearly ready to go in the new year. It was a busy year, and 2016 looks to be just as exciting. “We’re trying to always the raise the bar and get faster and faster,” says helmsman and sailing team manager Tom Slingsby.