Emirates Team New Zealand se muda a Bermuda en busca de la Copa.


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SAFETY BOOTS & STRATEGIC DECISIONS TO START 2017 FOR EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND

Emirates Team New Zealand is back hard at work this week as 2017, the year of the 35th America’s Cup, kicks off at the frantic pace needed to ensure the team arrives in Bermuda in the strongest possible shape to win back the America’s Cup in the next six months.

After only a day and a half back on the job, a combined task force of sailors, designers, shore and administration team members has already seen the 990 square meters platform tent deconstructed and loaded into containers to put on a ship to Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton describes the scene at the base on the 3rd of January as ‘inspiring’.
“It has been an encouraging way to start the year for the team and I. To look out of my office window and see an army of team members from all departments, including the entire sailing team, ripping into the hard labour that needed to be done from 0700 on a public holiday was inspiring.”

The Christmas break for the team was not long, especially after the intense schedule the team endured with the testing and development right up until Christmas. But the break has obviously had the desired effect with everyone returning to work full of energy and with the realization that this is the year of the America’s Cup, and it is all or nothing.

Skipper Glenn Ashby and his sailing crew were right in the mix having swapped their sailing shoes for safety boots.
“The past couple of days have really shown what commitment the whole team has to the goal of winning the America’s Cup this year, but also to each other.”
“For us its just all about doing what has to be done, keeping our heads down and chipping away at every little detail to win the cup back for New Zealand.”

With minds currently on the move to Bermuda, they of course are not far away from the serious business of what happens on the water between now and the 26th of May for the first race day of the Louis Vuitton Cup Qualifiers.

Especially so with the latest Protocol Amendment 13, (Article 35.5) being published in recent days in regard to a 28 day non sailing ‘black out’ period applicable from the 9th of January 2017.

As a result of the Protocol amendment, Emirates Team New Zealand, like all of the other teams, face a strategic decision of when to launch their America’s Cup Class race boat:

- Article 35.5 is amended by the addition of sub clauses (d), (e) and (f) which establish a requirement for each competitor to observe a blackout period of 28 consecutive days during which it will not sail its AC Class Yacht.

- Competitors may elect to take the blackout period at any time from 9 January 2017 and are required to nominate their respective periods by advising the dates to the Regatta Director prior to the commencement of the period.

- Competitors cannot sail their race yacht during the blackout period and if it has been previously launched it cannot be worked on during the nominated blackout period.

So, although teams have been permitted to launch their AC Class race yachts since 27 December 2016 (150 days before the first race in the AC Qualifier) this new provision adds a new strategic decision for all teams.

Plenty of decisions to make, and plenty of containers to continue to load.
2017 has arrived!

2017, el año de una nueva Copa America.

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ACCelerating into 2017

2017 is the year of the 35th America’s Cup. The oldest trophy in international sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound for the ultimate prize in sailing, and, arguably, the hardest trophy to win in sport.

Over 2015 and 2016 the teams battled tooth and nail around the world in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, finally won at the last round in Fukuoka, Japan by the British Land Rover BAR team. Throughout the series, all the teams were racing AC45F boats, foiling catamarans described by Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper Glenn Ashby as “brutal”.

As mighty as the AC45Fs are, they are the precursor to what comes next in 2017 – the frankly astounding America’s Cup Class boats, known as ACC boats, carbon-fibre, hydrofoiling catamarans capable of up to 90kmh and sailed by a crew of six.

This is the heart of the America’s Cup. Teams designing and building their own boats within a set of rules that presents scope for individual design genius, but creates a relatively level playing field that maximizes the competition between all the teams.

So far, as of date of this publication, none of the teams’ ACC boats have seen the light of day, but glimpses have been given as to what lies ahead. All the teams, whether in Bermuda, France, the UK or Bermuda, have been testing interim versions of the race boats they will campaign in 2017, AC45s with parts from their ACC boats added so they can be tried and tested, adopted or dumped as performance data dictates. These test platforms have been variously referred to as AC45T (turbo) boats, AC45S (surrogate) boats, or, simply, test boats, but from early 2017 the teams’ focus will be 100% on their ACC boats as they perfect systems and designs for the real action in May and June 2017.

One major difference between the ACC boats and the AC45Fs is how they are powered. Both boats need grinders on board to turn over the winches that operate systems. For the uninitiated, grinders are the muscle on board the boats, supremely powerful athletes capable of sustained bursts of energy that is used to operate sails or lift daggerboards. Well, that was until the ACC boats came along….

Now, a grinder’s role is to build up hydraulic reserves that are used by the Skipper to operate the primary systems on board a boat. In short, the grinders are the engines of the boat, so their ability to generate power will directly influence the boat speed, and speed gives the tacticians on board what they crave, the power to make decisions and act on them faster and more effectively than the competition.

This change in how race boats are operated is monumental. It is helping to increase the speed of the boats exponentially, hand in hand with vastly more intelligent understanding of hydrodynamics and the optimal use of foils, boat aerodynamics and a whole world of science that is translated into pure sporting heaven for the fans.

The teams will start to launch their boats in early 2017, and they will be out on the water testing them as much as they can, every single day if possible, between launch date and the start of racing in Bermuda on May 26th 2017.

The boats are going to be spectacular. The racing will be awesome. The athletes will be supreme, and the eyes of the world will be watching. Now comes the era of the ACC boat, and fast may its reign be!

Watch as ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill breaks down the differences between each generation of boat:

35 AC. El experimentado Murray Jones se suma a Emirates Team New Zealand.


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FIVE TIME AMERICA’S CUP WINNER MURRAY JONES TO BOOST EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND RANKS

Emirates Team New Zealand has significantly bolstered the team’s ranks by signing one of the country’s most successful America’s Cup campaigners, Murray Jones, to help guide the team in the most important six months of the 35th America’s Cup campaign.

Jones, a five time winner of the America’s Cup, who won the Auld Mug with Team New Zealand in 1995 and 2000 was identified by Emirates Team New Zealand as one of the key figures behind Oracle Team USA’s comeback victory in 2013 because of his critical understanding of what makes both a boat and team work to its optimum.

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WHAT NEXT ON THE ROAD TO THE AMERICA’S CUP IN 2017?

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series wrapped up in Fukuoka this week after 9 events around the world over the past 18 months.
Each team, except Emirates Team New Zealand had at least one home event to bring the racing to the public and give the fans a taste of what is to come in 2017 in Bermuda.
But just how much of a taste was it of what is to come next year?
The short answer is, not a lot.

THE BOATS

The AC45’s sailed on the LVACWS are complete one design boats, which were designed and developed five years ago by the Defender Oracle Team USA as the boat to use on the 34th America’s Cup preliminary World Series event, long before the concept of foiling was ever imagined.
Fast forward 4 years and these AC45’s were retrofitted to become foiling boats, after Emirates Team New Zealand bought foiling into the world of the America’s Cup in 2013.
And these are what the teams have been fleet race sailing around the world since July 2015.

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