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34th America's Cup - Monthly team update
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Jan 9, 2013, 10:22 AM

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JANUARY UPDATE

Scuttlebutt intends to provide a monthly summary for each of the four teams through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept 7-22). All the teams returned this week from holiday break ... here's what they are up to in January:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
The team returned from a holiday break to greet the arrival of wing 2. Constructed at Core Builders Composites in New Zealand, the wing was shipped to San Francisco, arrived Jan. 8, and will be assembled and tested over the coming weeks.

Work continues on the first AC72 following its capsize in October. Composite work was completed and the platform reassembled prior to Christmas. Now, the shore team begins installing systems - hydraulics, winch systems, nets, etc. The goal is to sail the AC72 again in early February. All is happening concurrently with the build of the second boat and third wing which are expected in the spring. The team ultimately plans for two-boat testing and training this summer.

This month, the sailing team resumes the AC45 training and testing program, as well as preparing to sail the AC72. Several members of the team also continue working with the two squads selected by Oracle Team USA to compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
The team returns from the Christmas break recharged and ready to continue preparing for the 34th America's Cup. The Artemis team will continue to train on the AC72 on San Francisco Bay. On days that the AC72 doesn't sail, Iain Percy and the sailing team train in our fleet of Moths, A-Cats, F18s and AC45s out of our base in Alameda, CA.

The teams' second wing and second boat are well under way, with the plan to sail with the second wing in February. Boat 2 will be complete in April; the team does not plan on training with both boats at the same time.

This week helm Nathan Outteridge is competing in the 2013 Australian Moth Nationals, fine tuning his foiling skills. Team Founder Torbjorn Tornqvist begins competition again on the RC 44 tour with the first event of the season in Oman, January 30-Feb 3.

Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
The team takes delivery of its second AC72 next week. Boat 1 was decommissioned before Christmas, with some of the parts ­ winch drums and hydraulic fittings for example ­ to be installed in the second boat.

The shore crew, most of the sailing team, and contractors will be working on fit-out through January and into February: electronics, hydraulics, the trampoline and all the hundreds of small fittings will be put on to the boat in preparation for the low-key launch.

The sailing team is also planning to do some sailing during January. The team's AC45 has been commissioned over the break and there has been talk of some race practice with Luna Rossa.

Construction of the team's second wing is well advanced although it will not be seen in public until later. Boat 2 will use the first wing for a few weeks to allow the team to test the platform's structural integrity and systems and not have any potential issues with a new wing intervene in the programme.

Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
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 is the only boat the team plans to build.

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. 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.
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Feb 6, 2013, 9:21 AM

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FEBRUARY UPDATE

Scuttlebutt intends to provide a monthly summary for each of the four teams through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept 7-22). Here's what they are up to in February:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
ORACLE TEAM USA relaunched their AC72 on Feb. 4. The first two days were spent commissioning the repaired yacht and running it through various load tests out on the San Francisco Bay. “We treated today kind of like we had a new boat, so it was basically a sea trial,” said tactician John Kostecki after the first day back.

The hulls and platform were repaired and modifications completed on schedule at the team base at Pier 80. The new wing was built in New Zealand at Core Builders Composites and assembled at the base in San Francisco. Among the modifications is a new steering system in place of a tiller. Also as General Manager Grant Simmer said, “You’ll see the boat has different centerboards in it - that’s an ongoing research project. We’re not sure where we’ll end up, but this is the next stage in our development.”

ORACLE TEAM USA plans to sail the AC72 several days each week. Work also continues on the build of the team’s second AC72.

Watch the AC72 back on the Bay: http://youtu.be/Np2XsHTB0ds

Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
Artemis Racing continues to chase as much AC72 sailing as possible. Sailing with our second wing since mid January, we are continually gathering data to improve performance. We anticipate lining up with Oracle during February, which will be very interesting. When not AC72 sailing, the team is match-racing its two AC 45s.

RedBull Youth America's Cup selection trials are happening Feb 9-24 here on San Francisco Bay. Björn Johansson, coach at the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, helmsman Charlie Ekberg and tactician Niclas Düring from Swedish Youth Challenge will be here to check out the competition.

As Artemis Racing is fielding a team in the RedBull Youth America's Cup it does not need to participate in the selection trial to qualify. While in town, Björn, Charlie, and Niclas will spend some time with Artemis Racing around the facilities in Alameda, sail on the AC45's and watch the team train on the AC72.

Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
Five months from the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand's second AC72 is in the shed, for a few final tweaks from the engineers and systems experts before going sailing.

Boat 2 was blessed on February 4, a blustery, damp Monday. With a steady 25 knots at the top of the wing the boat was never going to be lifted into the water.

Thursday of this week was to have been the first sailing day but it's like a mill pond on the Hauraki Gulf. The team is now having four days off, starting Friday. As team boss Grant Dalton has said, the time off is small reward for a team that has worked crazy hours for the past few months.

With the pressure off, the team's schedule was revised to give shore crew time to tie down the loose ends now and lessen the risk of downtime when the testing and training programme gets underway early next week.

February will be a busy month. The sailing programme will be intense. The clock's ticking and the team is very mindful of the fact that it has to pack-up the base in April and move the entire operation to San Francisco while Artemis and Oracle's programmes continue.

Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
Luna Rossa moves forward in its training program according to plan. In addition to technical and sports activities on the AC72, as well as testing sessions with the SL33, the crew is also race training on its two AC 45 catamarans.

Throughout February the team will be focused on testing and development projects; on Thursday, February 7th, the AC72 will stop sailing for a week to undergo modifications and upgrades to both the wing and the platform.

The on-water activities will start again on February 14th , with two days of sea trials aimed to ensure that all of the modifications function correctly.

The team Luna Rossa will then resume racing against Emirates Team New Zealand, who will be sailing its second and newly-launched AC 72 catamaran.

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America's Cup website: http://www.americascup.com




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Feb 28, 2013, 5:26 PM

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MARCH UPDATE
Scuttlebutt intends to provide a monthly summary for each of the four teams through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept 7-22). Here's what they are up to in March:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
The team will now balance AC45 training with sailing the AC72. The team is modifying two AC45s to resemble the AC72, and these will be relaunched after undergoing their metamorphosis. And on the AC72, training and testing continues, including work on crew maneuvers and sailing technique.

Tom Slingsby will take the helm for the team at the upcoming America's Cup World Series in Naples, Italy, from April 16-21. It will mark the first regatta in which the Olympic gold medalist will skipper an AC45. The crew in Naples will also feature San Newton (wing trimmer), Kinley Fowler (jib trimmer), Rome Kirby (runner) and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bowman).

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Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
March is all about change for Artemis Racing. We learned a lot training on San Francisco Bay with Oracle Team USA in February and will be taking some time to modify our AC72 before heading back out to the race course at the end of March. From Valencia to Alameda, it is going to be a full team effort, but we are enthusiastic about what is to come.

Preparations are underway for the next ACWS in Naples in April. Containers are being loaded and shipped overseas while the AC45 is being rebranded after returning from the RBYAC event. Fans can expect a new crew lineup for this event to be announced in mid-March. The team is actively sailing its AC45's, F18's, and Moths to get the most on the water time possible. Artemis racing design members and boat builders in Valencia are working away on boat two.

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Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
There’s a lot to be done in the six weeks that remain before starting the base pack-up in Auckland for the migration to San Francisco. The summer weather is still holding and it could continue for several more weeks - great for the sailing programme, but not so good for a nation on the edge of drought that relies on its agriculture to earn its way in the world.

Except for the 90-minute launch and retrieve exercise involving 35 people at the beginning and end of each day, sailing the AC72 is becoming almost as routine as it was in the monohulls. Breakages on the second boat, as they were on the first, have been remarkably few and of little consequence. This has allowed the team to be sailing three or four days a week, gathering a great deal of across-the-board performance data and helping the crew’s familiarity with the boat and knowledge of systems.

Every sailing day the team has two or three guest racers on board - a mix of media and local identities, Auckland Mayor Len Brown being the most recent. Back on shore, guest racers’ talk up the “wow” factor. Sailors and non-sailors alike remark on the 72’s stability even in the upper wind ranges. It’s a day they will never forget. A guest racer spot and is proving to be a reliable marketing tool for a commercial America’s Cup team.

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Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
This will be the final full month for the team's training in Auckland. As the team only will be building one AC 72, the plan for March is to continue with the sports and technical development of their boat. The team will be sending two AC45s to the AC World Series in April, helmed by Chris Draper and Francesco Bruni. During this time the team's AC 72 will be transported to San Francisco for training to resume in May.
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Apr 4, 2013, 8:36 AM

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APRIL UPDATE
Scuttlebutt intends to provide a monthly summary for each of the four teams through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept 7-22). Here's what they are up to in April:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
A lot will be happening both inside and outside of Pier 80 this month. The team opens April with continued testing and training on Boat 1 - the team will sail the first AC72 on San Francisco Bay right up to the start of the ACWS Naples regatta (Apr 16-21). When the big boat doesn’t go out, the crews will be on the AC45s, both in preparation for the upcoming ACWS and on the modified foiling versions. Tom Slingsby and Ben Ainslie will each be at the helm in Naples, and the two crews will be training prior to their mid-month departure for Italy.

The next AC72 wing is on the way from Core Builders Composites in New Zealand and is scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area mid-April. The end of April will see the launch of Boat 2. The team's second AC72 is nearing completion - the platform has been assembled and systems installation is set to begin. Skipper Jimmy Spithill will remain in San Francisco to assist with the commissioning process.

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Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
The team spent the first half of March in the shed modifying our AC72 and turning an AC45 into a foiling AC45. In April, Artemis will continue to train on the foiling AC45, while also sailing Boat One and learning about all of its new modifications. This is a very valuable part of our preparation for Boat Two. Team members are preparing for the last ACWS event of the 2013-2013 season in Naples, Italy (Apr 16-21). Artemis White will be helmed by Swedish Youth sailor and leading Swedish 49er helmsman, Charlie Ekberg.

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Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
The team concluded their training in Auckland this week and is now packing up the base for the move to San Francisco. The relocation to San Francisco takes place April-May and the team aims to be sailing there towards the end of May, giving themselves a month on the water to become reacquainted with the nuances of the Bay’s breeze and currents. For the AC World Series event in Naples, primary skipper Dean Barker will be leading an AC45 squad that includes Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Derek Saward, Adam Beashel, Winston Macfarlane, and Jeremy Lomas.

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Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
The team reached the end of its training program in New Zealand two weeks ago, with their boats and base gear now in transit to San Francisco. The team's goal is to start sailing on May 10 in San Francisco. The team will be sending two teams to the AC World Series event in Naples, with one team led by primary skipper Chris Draper and the other by primary tactician Francesco Bruni.

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May 1, 2013, 3:34 PM

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MAY UPDATE
Scuttlebutt intends to provide a monthly summary for each of the four teams through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept 7-22). Here's what they are up to in May:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -

A new AC72 will be the focus for Oracle Team USA in the month of May. Launched on April 23, the team's second yacht will be testing and training on the San Francisco Bay, with a goal of being on the water a few days each week. At the same time, a maintenance and enhancement program will be underway on Boat 1.

On days when the team is not on the AC72, they'll balance out boat maintenance with sailing the AC45s that have been modified to foil. The team recently lined up with Artemis on the foiling AC45s.

The two U.S. Red Bull Youth America's Cup teams are back for a long weekend of training mid-month. And, for those visiting San Francisco this summer, a new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences opens May 10. "Built for Speed" celebrates the fastest above and below water and showcases an ORACLE TEAM USA AC45, along with models of a sailfish, mako shark, yellowfin tuna and Humboldt squid.

Team website: http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/
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Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -

The biggest and most important event of the month for Artemis was team member David Brooke's return from the hospital. He is recovering well from after an emergency liver transplant in mid April in San Francisco, and we are all very thankful to California Pacific Medical Center and the great staff there!

Artemis made good progress in April as we completed a second round of modifications to boat 1 and wing 2. The boat has been simplified and no longer has a central cockpit. We sailed a few days with Oracle Team USA on the America's Cup race course, and continue to sail and upgrade our foiling AC45.

As we await our foiling AC72 in June, the time spent on the 45 is very valuable. We have also raced Oracle in their foiling 45 following a clinic in our 45’s with our match racing coach Dave Perry. The Luna Rossa Challenge arrived and is set up next door to us in Alameda and we look forward to seeing them on the water soon.

The team participated in the AC World Series event in Naples with young Charlie Ekberg at the helm. He gained valuable experience for September's Red Bull Youth AC and managed to beat a few Olympic medalists in his first America's Cup competition.

May will be important for Artemis as we will receive and prepare our second AC72.

Team website: http://artemis-racing.americascup.com/
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Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
The Emirates Team New Zealand base at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour is almost deserted. A few shore crew are still working in the boat shed, a few admin people on the third floor. The big steel building is eerily silent.

On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, the build crew is well advanced. More container loads of gear will arrive over the next few days and the Pier 30/32 base will take shape with the wing and platform buildings erected.

The sailing crew is on holiday for couple of weeks. They will reassemble in San Francisco in 10 days to help ready the AC72 for its first sail on the Bay, scheduled for May 23. The final build-up for the big day on July 4 starts in earnest.

Team website: http://emirates-team-new-zealand.americascup.com/
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Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
After the Naples ACWS event and a few days of holiday, the team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 is moving to San Francisco, where the AC 72 Luna Rossa - which arrived April 19 - is currently geared up. During this time with limited sailing, the Luna Rossa team members have been focused on their workouts.

Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa, underlines: “It is very important to keep the physical shape and the muscle tonus also during the holiday periods; this is why we never entirely switch off and keep working out in the gymnasium. This allows us to resume sailing with the same physical shape: it is important not only under the performance point of view, but also to prevent injuries”.

The team has set up a temporary base in Alameda, but will move to Pier 30/32 in 4-6 weeks time. The team will resume sailing the 10th of May in the Bay of San Francisco. To be noted that from the 1st of May the number of sailing days with the AC 72 is no longer limited.

Team website: http://luna-rossa-challenge-2013.americascup.com/
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JUNE UPDATE
For the professional basketball and hockey leagues in the U.S., June will host their championship finals. For the America's Cup teams, June provides the final training days before the challengers must face off in the elimination series which begins July 7. Here's what they have planned for June:
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Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
In June, Oracle Team USA begins two-boat training. Mid-month the team will re-launch the first AC72 and undergo a few days of testing. The goal is to have both AC72s out on the San Francisco Bay later in the month. As part of the ongoing development program, Oracle Team USA will be focused on optimizing how the boats are sailed and on tuning the boats. Having two boats on the water is a big part of that program.

Team website: http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/
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Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
As is well known, this last month we laid to rest our good friend and teammate Andrew “Bart” Simpson. In the wake of the accident, Artemis Racing has gotten back to work. Our focus now is on preparing the second AC72, sailing the AC45s, and reviewing the new safety recommendations and rules changes for AC34. Our team hopes to move ahead and compete, but we will do so only on a safe playing field. There are now many complexities to AC34 - timing, rules, even renewed politics amongst the teams; however, we wish to ensure the most optimal racing can take place and the spirit of America’s Cup can be upheld for every competitor.

Team website: http://artemis-racing.americascup.com/
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Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
A month before the opening ceremony, a couple of days more to the first race in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Emirates Team New Zealand is preparing to go racing. The team is settled into its San Francisco base; daily routines have been established and life goes on much as it did in Auckland but with the added urgency brought on by the first race day.

The AC72 is about to reappear on San Francisco Bay after a few days in the shed for modifications and the rest of June will be full-on as the sailing team extends its knowledge of Bay conditions.

The team is preparing on another important front over the coming weeks: hospitality. With six major sponsors, five exclusive suppliers and close to 100 official suppliers, Emirates Team New Zealand's canoe-shaped hospitality facility will be fully booked. Sponsors use the facility for client hospitality; the team's partnership with the New Zealand Government provides New Zealand businesses with opportunities to network with US-based customers.

Team website: http://emirates-team-new-zealand.americascup.com/
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Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
After training from a temporary base in Alameda in May, this week the team moved to Pier 30/32 which will be home for the rest of the summer. The team has been training on the Bay since May 10, and other than being outspoken regarding their safety concerns for the competition, the team has maintained a low profile and did not desire to provide an update on their June activity.

Team website: http://luna-rossa-challenge-2013.americascup.com/
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July Update
Given the hectic schedule with the start of the challenger races on July 7, we chose to give the team's a break on providing an update. Safe to say they are all head down and working hard on their equipment and crew training.

- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt


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I've been searching for the information (statistics on the teams and some valid articles with interviews featuring the cheating scandal of Oracle Team) but I could not access the AmericasCup website, as it was blocked by my antivirus software. Where else can I get those numbers to write my paper project on Sports?





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