Groupama03.06.

GROUPAMA TEAM FRANCE WILL NOT PROGRESS 03.06.2017

03.06.2017

Groupama Team France will not progress to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs

after losing today (2nd June) to Emirates Team New Zealand. However, according to Helmsman Franck Cammas, the team will leave with a “smile” on their faces after their final race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Saturday 3rd June.

Heading into today’s Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 race against Emirates Team New Zealand, the French team, on two points at the bottom of the standings, knew they had to win to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.
It was a challenge Groupama Team France could not rise to, with defeat confirming that they will not progress from the first round of competition in the 35th America’s Cup.

However, after exceeding the expectations of many, and their own, and enjoying the highs of upsetting both Artemis Racing and Land Rover BAR, much to the delight of the whole team, Groupama Team France have one race left. They face Artemis Racing in Round Robin 2, race 14, and will then leave this cycle of the America’s Cup with their pride fully intact.

“We are all extremely proud of the work we have done throughout this America’s Cup,” said Cammas.

“Standing here after where we were, even two weeks ago, we have definitely finished with a smile on our faces.
“My feeling is as expected really because we didn’t have big expectations at the start.
“I am really happy with the whole team and I am proud of everything we have managed to achieve.”

In the first race of the day (Round Robin 2, race 8), Emirates Team New Zealand again showed their pedigree with a near perfect performance, easily overcoming SoftBank Team Japan.

The Kiwis, who came into the day sitting second in the standings, just a point behind ORACLE TEAM USA, started the race in the best possible fashion, timing their pre-start perfectly to out-manoeuvre the Japanese team and race clear of their rivals from the start line.

SoftBank Team Japan’s pursuit of the Kiwis was a dealt a blow on leg 3/7 as they suffered a big nosedive while attempting a tack, allowing Emirates Team New Zealand to extend their lead to 23 seconds by the third gate.

It was a lead Peter Burling and his team would not relinquish, sailing magnificently and staying up on their foils for an incredible 99.6% of the whole race, finally easing over the finish line 51 seconds ahead of their Japanese rivals.

The Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA, took to the water in race 9, but it was their opponents Artemis Racing who claimed the spoils with a pivotal victory in the Swedish team’s aims of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

Heading into the encounter on just two points, the same amount as bottom-placed Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing knew victory in their two scheduled races today would guarantee their progress from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

A perfect pre-start enhanced their chances of victory as they raced clear of ORACLE TEAM USA heading towards the first mark.

One of Artemis Racing’s two victories in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers prior to the race had come against ORACLE TEAM USA and building on their early lead from the start line, they ultimately repeated that feat, never giving up the lead as ORACLE TEAM USA had no response in their pursuit.

Remaining calm, particularly following a slight nosedive on leg 5, Artemis Racing recovered quickly to cross the finish line 24 seconds ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA.

The victory took them on to three points in the standings, which followed by Groupama Team France’s crucial defeat, proved enough to seal their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

“Today was redemption day for us,” said Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge on his team’s vastly improved performances.
“Before today, we had some serious talks amongst ourselves about everything because we had gone from performing really well in practice races to having to question being able to qualify. (for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs).
“We took a step back to see what needed improving and I felt we saw those improvements today.”

That victory for Artemis Racing piled the pressure on Groupama Team France ahead of their battle against the high-flying Emirates Team New Zealand in the very next race (race 10). Franck Cammas’ team knew they had to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs alive.

However, it was a challenge Groupama Team France could not overcome as their Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers challenge ended following a disappointing defeat. Groupama Team France have one race left, against Artemis Racing in Round Robin 2, race 14, but the results today mean they cannot progress into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.

Ultimately, they failed to muster a strong challenge against the ever-impressive Emirates Team New Zealand, who led from start to finish in what proved a faultless display, finally crossing the line four minutes and six seconds ahead of the French team.

Not only did Emirates Team New Zealand manage to become the first team to complete an entire race on their foils, but in claiming a second victory of the day, they moved on to eight points in the standings which sees them move above ORACLE TEAM USA for the first time. Additionally, the Kiwis became the first team to complete a race whilst staying on their foils 100% of the time around the racecourse.

“The boys all floated the idea of being able to foil for an entire race, It is always the goal and I’m delighted we managed to achieve that,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling, who face ORACLE TEAM USA in a showdown for top spot in the standings tomorrow (Saturday).

“We are all really happy to be top of the standings. Everyone in the team has worked really hard and we have executed our races really well.

“I’m really excited for the race against ORACLE TEAM USA tomorrow. It is a big race for us and it will be great to test ourselves under the pressure.”

Meanwhile, ORACLE TEAM USA’s Jimmy Spithill is relishing the monumental battle that lies ahead against their Kiwi rivals.
“It is a big one tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it,” said Spithill.
“Being in a position where if we beat the Kiwis we get the bonus point is nice.
“We are all really pumped up for that one, it will be one hell of a race.”

After enjoying a morale-boosting victory over ORACLE TEAM USA in race 9, and having their progress into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs confirmed following Groupama Team France’s defeat to Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing claimed a second consecutive win of the day by overcoming SoftBank Team Japan in Friday’s final race (race 11).

From the outset, victory never seemed in doubt as the Swedish Team got off the start line ahead of SoftBank Team Japan and led from there on.

SoftBank Team Japan refused to give up the battle, remaining under 20 seconds behind Artemis Racing throughout the entirety of the race. However, there was to be no late drama as the Swedish team maintained their advantage to cross the line 18 seconds ahead of their opposition.
“Today was a disappointing day,” said SoftBank Team Japan helmsman Dean Barker.

“We were close in both races today but we just could not get a victory.”
Ends
Find full results from today and all previous days of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers here

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America’s Cup 02.06.2017

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers burst back

into action on the first day of June with all the America’s Cup teams, bar Artemis Racing, in action on the Great Sound.

Catching up with the previous day’s race schedule, postponed due to light winds, in the first race of the afternoon (Round Robin 2, Race 4), SoftBank Team Japan gained a much needed victory as they overcame fellow strugglers Groupama Team France.

In light winds, the Japanese team made the better start, increasing their lead when their French opponents suffered a slight nosedive early on in the run up to mark 1.

Helmed by Dean Barker, SoftBank Team Japan managed to stay up on their foils in the light winds for longer periods than the French and maintained a healthy lead throughout the first race of the afternoon.

With the light winds in mind, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) took the decision to shorten the racecourse which meant that a victory for the Japanese team, rarely looking in doubt, was confirmed sooner than perhaps expected, as they crossed the revised finish line over five minutes ahead of Groupama Team France.

“Ultimately it was a good day for us,” said SoftBank Team Japan’s helmsman Dean Barker, whose team also suffered a defeat against ORACLE TEAM USA leaving them on three points in the standings, a point ahead of bottom-placed Groupama Team France.

“In the first race we did a fantastic job and to get that win was great. We also led in the second race against ORACLE TEAM USA but we made a bad decision at the fifth gate and that let them in, we just made the wrong decision.

“It was a shame not to win both races but today was an important day and it is good to gain that point buffer, but our progression is far from assured.”

Land Rover BAR’s first outing in race 5 proved a forgettable one for Sir Ben Ainslie’s team, as they were soundly beaten by the impressive Emirates Team New Zealand.

Having taken a welcome win over Artemis Racing on Tuesday, the British team were unable to build on the momentum of what had been only their second victory in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. They were overtaken by their rivals in the lead to mark 1 and, from that point, were unable to close the gap to the Kiwis.

Things went from bad to worse for the Brits and, while jibing on leg two, they came off of their foils, touching down into the water and from that point there was to be no comeback.

In contrast, Emirates Team New Zealand were problem-free, sailing off into the distance with their lead reaching a massive six minutes and 25 seconds on the fourth leg, a full lap ahead of their British opponents.

With Land Rover BAR still out on the racecourse, Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line, leaving Sir Ben Ainslie to concede defeat over the radio to the umpires, confirming that his team were retiring from the race. In the post-race press conference, Sir Ben said that, to the best of his knowledge, that was the very first time he had retired from a race of his own volition.

“We were really happy with our racing today,” said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, whose team remained in second place in the standings, now on six points, assuring their progression into the the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.

“The light winds made things difficult and meant a lot of effort was needed but the guys did a great job.

“It was also good to have the opportunity to race in a different condition and that allows us to keep learning about our boat.”

ORACLE TEAM USA once again showed their pedigree in race 6, as they denied SoftBank Team Japan a second win on the day, beating the Japanese team by 32 seconds.

The Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ had to do it the hard way however, after being handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence for not entering the entry box in time, allowing their opponents to take a healthy lead which they maintained for the first four gates.

However, despite the initial setback, ORACLE TEAM USA remained in pursuit of SoftBank Team Japan, cutting the deficit on every passing leg.

The pressure finally told at gate 5 as the American team not only cut the lead completely but also passed their rivals, building to a 35 second lead in the closing stages.

It was an advantage they did not relinquish, crossing the finish line 32 seconds ahead of SoftBank Team Japan as they maintained their position at the top of the standings, moving on to seven points.

Despite already having their passage through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals assured as the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill reiterated his desire to win these qualifying stages with a possible valuable point on offer to take into the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.

“In difficult conditions, the guys sailed really well and we took another victory,” said Spithill.

“That bonus point on offer is key and we are definitely going for it. It is a big advantage to have it and so we will being going all out to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.”

The final race of the day, race 7, proved the closest encounter with Land Rover BAR claiming a very slender victory over Groupama Team France.

Having suffered defeat to Emirates Team New Zealand in race 5, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team were handed an early advantage, as the French team were handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence.

However, with light winds remaining over the racecourse, victory never looked assured for Land Rover BAR and the lead changed hands multiple times throughout the race.

However, there was real drama as the teams headed for the finish line neck and neck. In the end it was the Brits who ultimately prevailed, crossing the finish-line narrowly ahead of their rivals to claim a victory which takes them on to five points, ensuring their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.

“It has been a tough day all round and we struggled in the light-wind setup,” said Land Rover BAR helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie.

“We suffered a technical issue with the systems controlling our daggerboard against New Zealand but the guys did brilliantly to fix the issue ahead of the second race with Groupama Team France.

“We managed to hang in against Franck (Cammas) in that race and won by the smallest of margins.

“It is a relief to have got through to the next stage because that is the first goal for all the teams competing here.

“I’m very happy to be through but I’m also very mindful that there is a lot for us to improve on.

“There is still a long way for us to go and so unfortunately there will be no party for us tonight.”

While Land Rover BAR have secured their progression through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals, Groupama Team France in contrast, remain precariously on a knife edge, needing to win both of their remaining Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers races to stand a chance of progression.

“There is definitely a lot of pressure on us,” conceded Franck Cammas, Groupama Team France helmsman.

“Things are looking very tough but we are still alive and will do the best we can.

“We will make it through? I’m not sure but we will keep fighting and so we will see.”

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 race results

Race 4: SoftBank Team Japan beat Groupama Team France (Groupama team France DNF)
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (Land Rover BAR retired)
Race 6: ORACLE TEAM USA beat SoftBank Team Japan by 32 seconds
Race 7: Land Rover BAR beat Groupama Team France by 23 seconds

cancer celebration

America’s Cup celebrating its partnership

02.06.

The America’s Cup will be celebrating its partnership

with the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) by staging two dedicated ‘Conquer Cancer Foundation Days’ in the America’s Cup Village on 10th and 24th June.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation is the Official Cancer Charity of the 35th America’s Cup and was established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to create a world free from the fear of cancer. This goal will be realized by funding innovative research, connecting physicians and patients to the latest information, and developing programs to improve the quality of and access to cancer care for patients around the world. The dedicated Conquer Cancer Foundation days on 10th and 24th June will support those objectives and will aim to raise more funds and help generate awareness of the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s mission around the world through the global audience the America’s Cup attracts.

Anyone wishing to help the CCF and America’s Cup fundraising efforts can donate at the time of purchase when buying tickets for 10th and / or 24th June through www.americascup.com/tickets. In addition, CCF will be running a silent auction with a range of incredible items on offer – more details on that will be announced by CCF via CONQUER.ORG/AmericasCup.

CCF has provided more than 1,700 grants and awards to doctors and researchers in more than 68 countries to invest in discovery and treatment for every type of cancer, everywhere. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is the Foundation’s current comprehensive fundraising effort to raise $150 million in support of cancer research, educational resources for patients and their families, programs to improve quality of – and access to – care, and global oncology initiatives.

Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the America’s Cup, explained, “We are very proud to have the Conquer Cancer Foundation as our Official Cancer Charity and to be able to announce two dedicated Conquer Cancer Foundation days during the 35th America’s Cup. The opportunity to help raise funds to support CCF’s goals, and to use the strength of the America’s Cup name worldwide to help generate more awareness of CCF and The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is something everyone involved in the America’s Cup passionately supports. We are excited about the potential benefits the two dedicated Conquer Cancer Foundation days will bring to CCF on 10th and 24th June.”

“Thank you to all America’s Cup fans who can support us with a donation on Conquer Cancer Foundation Days,” said Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, Chief Executive Officer of ASCO and CCF. “Every donation to CCF goes directly to enabling breakthrough cancer research and facilitates the sharing of cutting-edge knowledge among patients and physicians worldwide. This allows us to achieve our vision of increasing access to the highest quality of care and quality of life around the world.

Conquer Cancer Foundation is operating in Bermuda in association with Endeavour Community Sailing registered charity #977.

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America’s Cup 01.06.2017

01.06.

THE TENSION MOUNTS

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers burst back into action on the first day of June with all the America’s Cup teams, bar Artemis Racing, in action on the Great Sound.

Catching up with the previous day’s race schedule, postponed due to light winds, in the first race of the afternoon (Round Robin 2, Race 4), SoftBank Team Japan gained a much needed victory as they overcame fellow strugglers Groupama Team France.

In light winds, the Japanese team made the better start, increasing their lead when their French opponents suffered a slight nosedive early on in the run up to mark 1.

Helmed by Dean Barker, SoftBank Team Japan managed to stay up on their foils in the light winds for longer periods than the French and maintained a healthy lead throughout the first race of the afternoon.

With the light winds in mind, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) took the decision to shorten the racecourse which meant that a victory for the Japanese team, rarely looking in doubt, was confirmed sooner than perhaps expected, as they crossed the revised finish line over five minutes ahead of Groupama Team France.

“Ultimately it was a good day for us,” said SoftBank Team Japan’s helmsman Dean Barker, whose team also suffered a defeat against ORACLE TEAM USA leaving them on three points in the standings, a point ahead of bottom-placed Groupama Team France.

“In the first race we did a fantastic job and to get that win was great. We also led in the second race against ORACLE TEAM USA but we made a bad decision at the fifth gate and that let them in, we just made the wrong decision.

“It was a shame not to win both races but today was an important day and it is good to gain that point buffer, but our progression is far from assured.”

Land Rover BAR’s first outing in race 5 proved a forgettable one for Sir Ben Ainslie’s team, as they were soundly beaten by the impressive Emirates Team New Zealand.

Having taken a welcome win over Artemis Racing on Tuesday, the British team were unable to build on the momentum of what had been only their second victory in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. They were overtaken by their rivals in the lead to mark 1 and, from that point, were unable to close the gap to the Kiwis.

Things went from bad to worse for the Brits and, while jibing on leg two, they came off of their foils, touching down into the water and from that point there was to be no comeback.

In contrast, Emirates Team New Zealand were problem-free, sailing off into the distance with their lead reaching a massive six minutes and 25 seconds on the fourth leg, a full lap ahead of their British opponents.

With Land Rover BAR still out on the racecourse, Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the finish line, leaving Sir Ben Ainslie to concede defeat over the radio to the umpires, confirming that his team were retiring from the race. In the post-race press conference, Sir Ben said that, to the best of his knowledge, that was the very first time he had retired from a race of his own volition.

“We were really happy with our racing today,” said Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling, whose team remained in second place in the standings, now on six points, assuring their progression into the the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.

“The light winds made things difficult and meant a lot of effort was needed but the guys did a great job.

“It was also good to have the opportunity to race in a different condition and that allows us to keep learning about our boat.”

ORACLE TEAM USA once again showed their pedigree in race 6, as they denied SoftBank Team Japan a second win on the day, beating the Japanese team by 32 seconds.

The Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ had to do it the hard way however, after being handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence for not entering the entry box in time, allowing their opponents to take a healthy lead which they maintained for the first four gates.

However, despite the initial setback, ORACLE TEAM USA remained in pursuit of SoftBank Team Japan, cutting the deficit on every passing leg.

The pressure finally told at gate 5 as the American team not only cut the lead completely but also passed their rivals, building to a 35 second lead in the closing stages.

It was an advantage they did not relinquish, crossing the finish line 32 seconds ahead of SoftBank Team Japan as they maintained their position at the top of the standings, moving on to seven points.

Despite already having their passage through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals assured as the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’, ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill reiterated his desire to win these qualifying stages with a possible valuable point on offer to take into the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton.

“In difficult conditions, the guys sailed really well and we took another victory,” said Spithill.

“That bonus point on offer is key and we are definitely going for it. It is a big advantage to have it and so we will being going all out to win the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.”

The final race of the day, race 7, proved the closest encounter with Land Rover BAR claiming a very slender victory over Groupama Team France.

Having suffered defeat to Emirates Team New Zealand in race 5, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team were handed an early advantage, as the French team were handed a penalty in the pre-start sequence.

However, with light winds remaining over the racecourse, victory never looked assured for Land Rover BAR and the lead changed hands multiple times throughout the race.

However, there was real drama as the teams headed for the finish line neck and neck. In the end it was the Brits who ultimately prevailed, crossing the finish-line narrowly ahead of their rivals to claim a victory which takes them on to five points, ensuring their progression into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals.

“It has been a tough day all round and we struggled in the light-wind setup,” said Land Rover BAR helmsman Sir Ben Ainslie.

“We suffered a technical issue with the systems controlling our daggerboard against New Zealand but the guys did brilliantly to fix the issue ahead of the second race with Groupama Team France.

“We managed to hang in against Franck (Cammas) in that race and won by the smallest of margins.

“It is a relief to have got through to the next stage because that is the first goal for all the teams competing here.

“I’m very happy to be through but I’m also very mindful that there is a lot for us to improve on.

“There is still a long way for us to go and so unfortunately there will be no party for us tonight.”

While Land Rover BAR have secured their progression through to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoff Semi-Finals, Groupama Team France in contrast, remain precariously on a knife edge, needing to win both of their remaining Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers races to stand a chance of progression.

“There is definitely a lot of pressure on us,” conceded Franck Cammas, Groupama Team France helmsman.

“Things are looking very tough but we are still alive and will do the best we can.

“We will make it through? I’m not sure but we will keep fighting and so we will see.”

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 race results

Race 4: SoftBank Team Japan beat Groupama Team France (Groupama team France DNF)
Race 5: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Land Rover BAR (Land Rover BAR retired)
Race 6: ORACLE TEAM USA beat SoftBank Team Japan by 32 seconds
Race 7: Land Rover BAR beat Groupama Team France by 23 seconds

Grinders im Fahrradstil

America’s Cup 18.02.2017

 

Kiwi Surprise – Bike Grinders and more…

Emirates Team New Zealand took the America’s Cup world by surprise when they launched their race boat on Valentine’s Day with bicycle grinding stations.

TVNZ showed video and Sail-World’s Richard Gladwell published a series of photos. In the team’s video, design coordinator Dan Bernasconi explains how they made the decision to go with the bicycle grinding stations. Video and photos available on CupExperience.com – click here.

The bicycle grinders are not the only surprise. We’ll have to investigate how Glenn Ashby trims the wing. Look closely at the photo above, and you’ll notice there is no winch on the deck.

This is a pretty extreme shape for the daggerboard wing: a polyhedral „inverted gull wing“ – the shape used for the WWII Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber.

It works pretty well in light air – Richard Gladwell reported that the Kiwis were foiling smoothly in as little as four knots of wind. See Richard’s articles here and here.
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Oracle Unveils Race Boat Hours After Kiwi Launch
Oracle unveiled their race boat at a party on Valentine’s Day evening. They christened the boat the next day.

Luciana Corral smashed the champagne bottle with a mighty swing. Fortunately the shore crew had built a protective „bottle protector.“ Click the photo to see the video.

Spithill on Bicycle Grinding

Naturally, the hot topic at Oracle’s party on Tuesday was the Kiwi grinding stations.

“We looked at it hard, as I know all the teams did, and it’s a compromise,” Spithill said. “Nothing is straightforward. You can get more power on the pedal, but there’s other compromises. You take windage and it’s a little harder getting on and off the pedals, so personally I don’t think that decision will be the deciding factor. We looked at it hard to see how it works out and they are the only team to do it so far from what we’ve seen. We haven’t seen Artemis’s boat yet, but I don’t think they would have done it. Whether it will be a good decision only time will tell and really until we see them sailing up here in the Great Sound we won’t really have any idea of where they’re at.”

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Where is the AC72 That Won in 2013?

Oracle’s winning AC72 in the Mariners‘ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

I’m on my way today to Newport News to help plan the „Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup“ exhibit that will open in May. I’ve been asked to be „guest curator“ – an honor and a lot of fun, working with a great team.

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ACup Experience 23.05.

Cup Experience Monday News

Issue 54 Tuesday 23 May 2017 3 days until racing begins

In this issue:
Racing Begins Friday – Key Matchups
Episode 2 of „The Cup Experience Show“ on Tuesday
Redress? „We’re working on it.“
Ask Jack: Where can I find…? New „AC Guide“
J Class Race Viewing
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Racing Starts Friday!
The round robin AC Qualifiers begin Friday with four races.
Race 1: USA vs FRA – Should be an easy win for USA.
Race 2: SWE vs JPN – A key early indicator – who’s hot?
Race 3: FRA vs NZL – Another tough opponent for FRA.
Race 4: GBR vs SWE – Have the Brits found some speed?
Remember that Land Rover BAR and Oracle Team USA already have points on the sccoreboard – the bonus points they earned in the AC World Series

At the end of the Qualifiers, the AC World Series final standings will be used to break ties. This could affect which challenger is eliminated, the pairings for the semi-finals and whether a team earns a bonus point for the America’s Cup Match.
Practice Racing
Last week practice racing on Thursday and Friday was cancelled due to very light winds. More practice races are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week. On Monday three races were started – Artemis Racing beat Land Rover BAR in the first race. Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand started two races but neither team finished either race. In this image we can see that the Kiwis were racing without a jib. You can watch the video here.

Webcast Series Continues
Join me today, Tuesday for the second episode of „The Cup Experience Show.“ I’ll have photos and videos. We’ll look closely at the race schedule. Bring your questions and comments! A few local times:
22:00 Paris
21:00 London
17:00 Bermuda
16:00 New York
08:00 (Wednesday) Auckland
If you can’t attend, sign up anyway so that you get notified when the replay is ready. Register here.
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Redress? We’re Working on It
What happens if your boat is damaged when another boat fouls you? Or when you hit an object in the water? As of last week, there was still no provision for redress in the RRSAC – the Racing Rules of Sailing, America’s Cup Edition. That means you lose any race you are unable to start.The teams have been discussing adding a redress process. They need to finish soon – it would need to be approved by the competitors before racing begins on Friday. If you want to check – it’s Rule 62.2 in the RRSAC.

Damage to the Kiwis‘ boat kept them off the water for four days. With no provision for redress, that means they would be scored as having lost any races they missed.

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Better day for Sir Ben and Land Rover Bar – 01.06.2017

01.06.2017

Better day for Sir Ben and Land Rover Bar – 01.06.2017

Sir Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR arrested the run of losses the British team suffered in the first Round Robin stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, kicking off round two with a second win of the competition, again beating Artemis Racing who had a tough day in Bermuda.

There was to be no redemption for the Swedish team from their Round Robin 1 loss to Emirates Team New Zealand at the start of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 stage, falling to a second defeat in as many days to the Kiwis.

Yesterday, in what was the most thrilling and contentious day of racing in the 35th America’s Cup so far, the Swedish team were denied a victory over their Kiwi rivals following a dramatic late penalty in the final race of the day in Round Robin 1.

That penalty was the subject of much discussion overnight after Richard Slater, ACRM’s Chief Umpire said that, on reflection, the umpires would have made a different decision. However, the race result stood so it was back to the action on the Great Sound for the start of the Round Robin 2.

Picking up where the competition left off, day four started with a mouth-watering rematch between the two nations as the Swedish team looked for revenge for their loss in Round Robin 1.

The Swedes looked odds on to achieve just that in the early stages of the race as they led from the start, building up a 20-second lead following a big nosedive from Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to gate 2.

However, the Kiwis, helmed by Peter Burling, recovered spectacularly from the setback, chasing down the Swedes and cutting their lead to just three seconds at gate 3 before wiping out the lead altogether at gate 5.

In what appeared to be déjà vu from yesterday’s match, the two boats closed in quickly to the bottom mark on opposite tacks. Artemis Racing as the give-way boat on port did not keep clear of the Kiwis and earned a penalty, since Burling had to slightly duck to avoid potential contact.

The Artemis Racing late match penalty allowed Emirates Team New Zealand to coast to the finish line, winning by one minute and 31 seconds over the Swedish team.

The triumph saw Emirates Team New Zealand secure their fifth victory out of six races in the qualifying stages, equalling ORACLE TEAM USA’s points tally in the standings ahead of the American team’s race against Groupama Team France in race 2, albeit briefly.“We had a little scare when our rudders came out of the water but we made sure we didn’t crash down,” said Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling on his team’s early nosedive.“From there we fought back really hard in what was a massive effort and we are all really happy to have got another win.“Everyone worked really hard and it was a really pleasing effort. We are all massively excited about the improvements in our boat.”

Meanwhile, Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge was left to rue poor decisions in their defeat to New Zealand, on a day which also saw them suffer a second successive defeat to Land Rover BAR.“We have had some pretty disappointing races so far in the America’s Cup,” said Outteridge on his team’s lack of current form, having claimed just two victories to date.“It was a pretty tight race against New Zealand until we misjudged the top mark and ran out of steam allowing them to pass us and win.“We then had a really poor start against Ben (Sir Ben Ainslie) and Land Rover BAR and that ultimately put us out of contention.”

Ultimately, the Kiwis were not level at the top of the standings for long as Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA restored their point advantage with a comfortable and impressive victory over Franck Cammas’ team.

Having successfully hooked the French boat in the pre-start and crossing the start line seven seconds in front, ORACLE TEAM USA set about building their lead in the early stages of the race.

Groupama Team France’s task was made even harder following a penalty for crossing the boundary mark on leg two, forcing them even further behind the American team who raced well clear.

However, the Americans did not have it all their own way. Late in the race Tactician Tom Slingsby reported over the team radio that, “We have an issue,” leading to Kyle Langford having to make running repairs to their boat’s wingsail on leg five.

However, despite the issue, ORACLE TEAM USA continued to sail smoothly, meaning there was to be no late drama or shock and the Defenders of the ‘Auld Mug’ finished the race one minute and 56 seconds ahead of their opponents. “We had a good race and a good day,” said ORACLE TEAM USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill. “We had a slight fracture to the wing but there was a great reaction from the guys and everything was resolved. We had a nice lead so we just took our foot off of the accelerator and eased home. “The shore team are looking at things now and I’m sure there will be no issues. “The bigger thing for us going into tomorrow is the scheduled lighter winds. The forecasts are looking un-raceable but who knows, hopefully that will change overnight.”

For French helmsman Franck Cammas, he believes Groupama Team France need to race more smartly after being punished by a slight mistake in their pre-start against ORACLE TEAM USA.“For me it is not about being more aggressive in the pre-start it’s about being more smart,” said Cammas, whose team remains bottom of the standings on two points despite their improved form. “We made a mistake in the pre-start and that put us behind early on. Our positioning was bad and that was a big mistake to make.“Going forward we need to avoid those type of mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Land Rover BAR secured a much-needed victory in the final race of the afternoon (race 3) as they overcame Artemis Racing with a 30 second advantage at the finish line.

Having won just one race in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Robin 1, also over Artemis Racing, the pressure was on Sir Ben and his team heading into the encounter.

However, that pressure was not evident out on the water as the British team made a better start than their Swedish rivals, who were racing for the second time on the day.

In a much improved performance over the previous two days, Land Rover BAR, who hit the highest speed of the competition so far at just over 43 knots, maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the race as they kept the Swedes at bay.

Despite a slight touch down by the British team at mark 4, they recovered quickly to ease over the finish line 30 seconds ahead of Nathan Outteridge’s team to seal a much-needed victory. That win moves Land Rover BAR onto four points in the standings, and more importantly, two points clear of bottom-placed Groupama team France. “We had some pretty frank discussions about our sailing last night and how we needed to rectify that,” said Ainslie, whose team clinched only a second victory in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. “We’ve been disappointed in our performances so far but our boat speed was significantly better and I’m really proud of the team for the way they set up the boat. “We’ve had a few tough days so to go and beat Artemis Racing, who are a tough team, is a really big win for us. “We are developing all of the time, and hopefully we can continue to have good races.”

Results

RR2, Race 1: Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing by 1 minute and 31 seconds
RR2, Race 2: ORACLE TEAM USA beat Groupama Team France by 1 minute and 56 seconds
RR2, Race 3: Land Rover BAR beat Artemis Racing by 30 seconds

Click here for the full results of day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2