Feb 6, 2013, 9:21 AM
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Re: [The Publisher] 34th America's Cup - Monthly team update
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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:
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.
Note: All information is provided by each team.
America's Cup website: http://www.americascup.com