Portsmouth, UK, 07/22/2016 Home team sets the pace in Portsmouth
Friday at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth started in spectacular style with the world famous Red Arrows wowing the crowds across Portsmouth’s seafront with an outstanding display of aerobatic skill.
On the water, Friday is designated official practice day, with four practice races taking place and the first two contests were dominated, appropriately, by Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team.
Under the watchful eye of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Ainslie raced out to two quick wins.
Light wind conditions greeted the teams as they took to the water, but the sizeable crowd was treated to exciting competition in the warm sunny weather over Portsmouth on Friday afternoon.
‘Taking Flight – Britain’s America’s Cup Challenge’ takes to the airwaves
A new documentary, narrated by presenter and broadcaster Clare Balding, gets behind-the-scenes access to Britain’s Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR. Led by the most successful Olympic sailor in history – multiple gold winning Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie – ‘Taking Flight’ follows the team as they prepare to try and win sport’s oldest international trophy. Britain has never won the America’s Cup, a competition that dates back to an original race around the Isle of Wight in 1851.
ORACLE TEAM USA and 4iiii Innovations team up on power metrics
Bermuda, Thursday, July 14, 2016
ORACLE TEAM USA will use 4iiii Innovations PRECISION Power Meters to measure how much power its grinders produce with each turn of a winch handle.
4iiii power meters connected to the winches will provide torque and power output with greater than 99% accuracy, allowing ORACLE TEAM USA designers, engineers and physical trainers to determine exactly how much power each grinder generates.
“These systems measure torque on the winch handle with a high degree of accuracy by utilizing strain gauges per side,” says Ian “Fresh” Burns, performance manager for ORACLE TEAM USA.
EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND LAUNCH THEIR FASTEST BOAT YET
Emirates Team New Zealand celebrated a long awaited milestone today at their Beaumont Street base in Auckland by launching their first custom designed development boat.
The 45 foot catamaran has been in the process of being built for the past six months and has taken a dedicated team of boat builders and sub contractors over 35,000 man hours to construct, with the main construction and assembly completed in house at the Emirates Team New Zealand base.
“This is certainly the most complicated boat we have ever built,” said Construction Manager Sean Regan.
Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan shine in Chicago
Perfect winds, cooler temperatures and a record breaking crowd of over 200,000 America’s Cup fans lining Chicago’s Navy Pier, combined to make Super Sunday, the final day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, an incredible finale for foiling action in the USA.
In front of sold outgrandstands, the six America’s Cup teams fought fiercely for the double points on offer for each of Sunday’s three races.
In race two, the first of Sunday’s action on the water, Land Rover BAR took the honors after a very strong start, putting more air between them and the pack at the first mark and then leading from the front throughout the rest of the race.
Emirates Team New Zealand had a dramatic introduction to racing on Lake Michigan today, capsizing their AC45 while leading into a tight bottom mark during its match race against defender Oracle Team USA
No one was injured and the boat, once upright again, rejoined the competition for the final fleet race of the day where they beat main rivals Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR.
With temperatures reaching 30 degrees and an average windspeed of around 14 knots, the puffy conditions which varied from 5 to 20 knots, set the stage for some of the best action the World Series has seen.