Fuente info GGYC
29 March 2018
36th AMERICA’S CUP CLASS RULE PUBLISHED
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia, together with their respective teams Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record – Luna Rossa, published the AC75 Class Rule for the 36th America’s Cup today.
The AC75 Class Rule defines the parameters within which teams can design a yacht eligible to compete in the 36th America’s Cup. It regulates all aspects of the boat to ensure fair and exciting racing, whilst leaving plenty of freedom for innovation to flourish.
The development of the Class Rule has been a four-month process led by Emirates Team New Zealand, working together with Luna Rossa Challenge.
“We are pleased to publish the Class Rule on time as per the Protocol. It has been a detailed collaboration with the Challenger of Record on all aspects of the rule, including the one design and supplied parts. We feel we have done a great job containing costs on certain aspects, while leaving the rule open enough for the America’s Cup to continue as the driving force of innovation and technology in sailing,” said Dan Bernasconi, Design Coordinator for Emirates Team New Zealand.
Highlights of the AC75 Class Rule include:
Strict limitations on the number of components that can be built including hulls, masts, rudders, foils and sails, thus encouraging teams to do more R&D in simulation and subsequently less physical construction and testing
Supplied foil arms and cant system to save design time and construction costs
One design mast tube
In addition, the ‘soft wing’ mainsail concept that has been developed for the AC75 Class Rule is expected to have a trickle down effect on sailing in the future.
“The AC75 Class Rule sets the parameters for the teams to develop and race the fastest sailing monohull on earth. The rules are the result of a close collaboration and a true partnership between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa,” said Martin Fischer, Design Coordinator for Luna Rossa Challenge.
“This marks a definite milestone and a turning point from developing the rule to developing the boat,” said Dan Bernasconi. “Overnight we have to completely change our thinking, from trying to write a fair rule, to doing our best to design the fastest boat within the constraints of the rule. We have to stop thinking about what we intended the rule to mean, and start trying to pick it apart for what the words actually say – and see where there might be room to squeeze some advantage.”
This will be the same for the best minds in yacht design and technology across all of the teams who will begin to reveal their innovations 31 March 2019 when the first AC75 yachts can be launched.
Reglamento de la clase AC75, click acá
Fuente info NYYC
New York YC and Bella Mente Quantum Racing to Challenge for 36th America’s Cup as American Magic
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The New York Yacht Club and Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association today announced they will compete under the name New York Yacht Club American Magic in their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup, to be held in New Zealand in 2021.
Philip Lotz, Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, said, “America was the first boat to win the America’s Cup in 1851. Magic was the first boat to defend the Cup in 1870. American Magic builds on the legacy of those two yachts, and the name embodies the mission of our campaign, which is to win the Cup and in the process build the foundation for a stronger competitive sailing culture in the United States. The New York Yacht Club is very excited to be part of this campaign and the legacy we are striving to create.”
Over the coming months, American Magic will continue assembling a team of top sailing talent, and best-in-class designers and engineers to best position it to bring the America’s Cup home to the United States and the New York Yacht Club. As it builds its world class team, American Magic will leverage its partnerships with US Sailing and Oakcliff Sailing to develop the next generation of American sailors, reenergize the passion of fans and make the America’s Cup relevant to the broad base of American sailing.
Hap Fauth, CEO of American Magic, said, “On behalf of Doug DeVos, Roger Penske and all the members of our team, it is an honor to represent the New York Yacht Club, its membership and the American yachting community in the 36th America’s Cup as American Magic. Under this proud name, we are focused on creating an America’s Cup culture in American sailing, and with our partnerships, we are engaging with the grassroots to increase the competitiveness of our sailors, and working to engender the kind of excitement the America’s Cup previously enjoyed in the United States. We’re not just racing to bring the Cup back to America, we’re racing to bring American yachting back to the Cup.”
Doug DeVos, Principal of American Magic, said, “As an avid sailor and passionate supporter of the NYYC, I’m thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary team. Over the years, we have worked hard to promote sailing in the United States and inspire the next generation of sailors to compete at the highest levels of our sport. It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of American Magic’s challenge to bring the America’s Cup back home.”
American Magic’s design team is actively at work planning for the first of two AC75 class boats, and preparing for the publication of the AC75 Class Rule at the end of March. At the same time, the American Magic’s sailing team is currently training in Long Beach, Calif., for the Ficker Cup, which is the qualifier for the Congressional Cup. The team expects to establish its primary base in Newport, R.I., later this spring.
Fuente info COR36
26 March 2018
Auckland confirmed as host venue for 36th America’s Cup
Today’s announcement that the event venue and host city agreement has been reached between the Defender – Emirates Team New Zealand and the Auckland Council Governing Body and the New Zealand Government confirms that the 36th edition of the America’s Cup, presented by Prada, will take place in Auckland in March 2021.
The agreement defines the location of the America’s Cup Village, as well as the team bases, and represents a considerable investment in the waterfront area.
COR 36, the operational arm of Luna Rossa – Challenger of Record for the 36th America’s Cup, applauds this agreement. It is a major milestone on the journey to the next edition of the oldest trophy in sport.
“On behalf of the Challengers, we are very pleased about this announcement. We look forward to Auckland where we will organise the Christmas Race in December 2020 and The Prada Cup – the Challenger Selection Series in January and February 2021. Well done, Auckland – bring on AC36!” said Laurent Esquier, CEO of COR 36.
Fuente info ETNZ
STATEMENT ON LATEST AMERICA’S CUP BASE PLAN
Mar 13 2018
Emirates Team New Zealand today confirmed that they have been presented with another plan for Americas Cup base location and design.
Team boss Grant Dalton said today ” the government came to us with a further plan last week. Its a further iteration of the Ministers plan known as the Hybrid option but is closer to the one designed by Viaduct Harbour Holdings. On the face of it and to the layman’s eye it looks like it could work.
In the limited time we have had to look into the detail we see that there are some problems that need to be addressed.
The latest plan reduces the extension of Halsey St Wharf from 75 metres to 45 which will please Stop Stealing Our Harbour.
But with the reduction of the extension of Halsey wharf, this means the majority of the challenger bases must go onto on Wynyard Wharf.
The Government has successfully negotiated with Stolthoven for the removal of their tanks earlier than was planned. The same sort of negotiation is currently taking place with Bulk Storage Terminals who own the other tanks that would need to be removed. This negotiation needs to be concluded before this plan could be considered viable. We are unsure of the timeframe for those negotiations to be concluded.
The Wynyard Wharf tank removal and remedial work are complex and time consuming. We along, with Government and Council, have concerns about the works timetable and availability of specialist construction resource in an already stretched environment. The government is seeking a second expert opinion on the timetable issue and we support them in doing this.
There is little point in agreeing to a plan that can’t be delivered on time.
David Parker agreed that we would have a permanent Base on Hobson Wharf. He has been forced by Viaduct Harbour Holdings threat to disrupt the resource consent process to back away from that commitment and move our base to the eastern end of Halsey wharf. To be honest I’m a bit pissed off with this but I will live with an equal Base at the eastern end of Halsey Wharf. It’s far enough away from the activities that occur at the Events Center but still allows us to build an innovative interactive public space.We are planning a space where people can get really close to the team while at work and experience the excitement of sailing these amazing boats through simulators and other great technologies.
None of this is ideal but we will continue to work through the challenges in an effort to see the Americas Cup hosted in 2020/21 in Auckland. Its where our home is and where our heart is. Council and Government have their own challenges and we recognize that they are doing their utmost to meet them.
We have a meeting with Challengers in Europe at the end of this month and confirmation of Auckland as a venue and the class rule are eagerly awaited by them.”
JIMMY SPITHILL JOINS TEAM LUNA ROSSA
Cagliari, 13th of March 2018 – Two time America’s Cup winning skipper, Jimmy Spithill, with wins in 2010 and 2013 and previous helmsman for Luna Rossa in the Valencia challenge in 2007, returns to Team Luna Rossa Challenge.
With multiple World titles in a number of classes and match racing, as well as two Sydney to Hobart victories on Comanche, Jimmy started competing at a very early age when living in a small town North of Sydney only accessible by boat.
With his huge sports and technical experience on high-performance sailing boats, Jimmy brings additional strength to team Luna Rossa.
Fuente info Land Rover BAR
2 Feb 2018
Sir Ben Ainslie, looking ahead…
It’s a little over six months since Land Rover BAR made it through to the semi-finals of the 35th America’s Cup, where they were knocked out by the eventual winners, Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2. The Cup went back to New Zealand, and Land Rover BAR went back to Britain having announced their intent to continue and challenge for the next America’s Cup.
Six months on from Bermuda, Ben Ainslie is looking ahead…
What are your thoughts on the last campaign?
As a new team, we were playing a game of catch up all the way through the campaign and it was a steep learning curve. Although we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal of winning the America’s Cup there were many highlights, including moving into our Portsmouth HQ, building and launching our test and race boats, winning the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, bringing together a great team of supportive partners, Land Rover BAR Academy’s success in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and finally launching our Official Charity, the 1851 Trust.
What learnings have you taken from the 35th America’s Cup?
Coming home from Bermuda, it was clear we had done a great job maturing the organisation, particularly commercially. Looking back at the technical strategy we got ahead of ourselves a little bit; we started off with quite a good plan, but we ultimately failed to be able to get enough focus onto the key performance differentiators.
How is the team moving forward into 36th America’s Cup?
Since coming home from Bermuda, we have been looking back at the last campaign taking the positives from the successes and learnings for areas that can be improved. The Technical team have really got on top of the technical strategy, getting more structure into the team. Recently, we further strengthened this area with the appointment of Nick Holroyd as Chief Designer. It’s fantastic he’s agreed to join the team. Adding his skillset and experience to our technical line up has greatly strengthened the team.
Grant Simmer has also joined as new CEO what does he bring to the team?
I have always wanted Grant to be involved and he was very close to joining when we initially started the team in 2014. He has won the America’s Cup four times and has been involved in every side of an America’s Cup team, there are very few people with experience at that level across sailing, design, technical management and finance and with a great personality. Grant and I have a very strong relationship, which will be key to creating a winning team.
What are your thoughts on the 36th America’s Cup Protocol and the class concept drawings for the 36th America’s Cup?
The new Protocol arrived with massive anticipation. The major change that hit the headline was the return to monohulls which we expected and we’re comfortable with that transition – the key people in our sailing, design, engineering and support teams all have a great deal of relevant experience. We then received the initial concept drawings, we know that we’re going to be foiling again and that in the right conditions, this boat will be as quick or quicker than the AC50′s raced in the last Cup. This is important as the sport has gained a lot of new fans and this boat, delivered with a global circuit and high-quality free-to-air broadcast TV, will cement their interest in the America’s Cup and build on a very strong base.
Does anything concern you?
The big thing about the new boat is the cost and the potential for some pretty massive wipeouts. The budget to design, build and race the new class could be huge if we are not all careful. There’s also the commercial regulations for the event, which are a little ambiguous. Those are two key areas in which we need have more information and better understanding. We’ve got a good relationship with the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand, over the next couple of months we hope to get full clarification.
How important is simulation in the Technical strategy?
For the 36th America’s Cup simulation is going to be crucial. The practical side of our simulation is already very good. We’ve got the motion platform and the VR goggles – the hardware is fine, but they can always be better, obviously that is an area where we need to really focus more resource this time. For the last Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand also had a great model, which enabled them to come up with a concept and make that work.
Is the 36th America’s Cup going to be a fair challenge?
The Kiwis have a similar make-up to our team, in terms of the commercial structure. Like us they don’t have an open cheque book or a wealthy individual behind the team paying all the bills. We’re both in a similar situation. Once the class rule gets launched, or finalised, at the end of March we will have more clarification of the challenge ahead.
What happens for Land Rover BAR in the next couple of months ahead of the Class rule announcement?
It’s going to be quite fluid over the next two or three months until we have the class rule. We will continue building up a strategy with some areas that we can lock in on, but there are many other areas that we need to know the exact details before we can really move forward. There’s still going to be a progression – probably through until Easter – before everything is settled in and people can say, ‘Right, this is the structure, the team, the budget, the strategy. We’re off.
What are the racing plans for Land Rover BAR in 2018?
While some of the team’s design strategy is still to be decided, one thing is known, we will be in action next year aboard Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator. We had a good first training session with Tony and his guys towards the end of 2017. It’s pretty much 50/50 between the existing Gladiator crew and the Land Rover BAR guys that have come on-board. It’s going to be a good opportunity for us to get the team out racing, to retain some of our core sailing team and to try out some new people. We’re going into the series with our eyes open, we all appreciate just how tough the 52 Super Series is with teams that have been doing it for ten years plus. So, we’re under no illusions that even with Tony and his team, who have been at it for a while and have got a great setup, it’s still going to be very, very tough.
What are the plans for the Land Rover BAR Academy?
They will be racing in the Extreme Sailing Series for the third year and we are looking at how we can support the programme even more. They had a successful year winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, but the Extreme Sailing Series has been tough for them because they’ve had a lot of rotation. If you look at the other teams that are excelling in that series, they’ve got continuity, they practice incredibly hard and they’ve got the resources. The one thing about the Extreme Sailing Series circuit is that you need consistency in the crew line-up, it sharpens you up. Therefore, we are going to try and lock into a more consistent crew and potentially combine Land Rover BAR Academy sailors with senior team sailors.
Final thoughts ahead of 2018?
There’s an immense amount to learn, a lot we still don’t know but we are ready to hit the ground running. It’s going to be a very busy and interesting year!