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In this issue:
America’s Cup Sustainability,
Tahiti Pearl Regatta
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Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
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Today the first America’s Cup Sustainability Series Forum was held. Sailors for the Sea Executive Director, Dan Pingaro, welcomed the America’s Cup’s ongoing commitment to operating a Clean Regattas policy at all of its events, starting with this first America’s Cup World Series event in Cascais, Portugal. Sailors for the Sea is working with race organizers to reduce the regattas environmental impact and meet the requirements of the Clean Regatta certification. In Cascais they are focusing on:
Trash Free Regatta
Using Non Toxic Cleaning Products
Oil Spill Prevention
Plastic Water Bottle reduction
A Sustainability Forum on ocean conservation
Additionally approximately 100 sailors and staff took time this morning to clean up the cliffs of Boca de Inferno. The group was led by a local environmental organization, Cascais Atlantico. The volunteers removed trash and sour figs a local invasive species that competes with native flora, which helps prevent erosion. Chris Draper the skipper of Team Korea said: “I am happy to be here we are glad to help the environment and glad to have Sailors for the Sea as a part of the team.
Tahiti Pearl Regatta
Photos by Tor Johnson Photography
Emirates Team New Zealand wants all challengers for the 34th America’s Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America’s Cup content mirrored with the 34th America’s Cup site.
The team has been in dispute with the America’s Cup Event Authority about a protocol clause that stipulates competitors’ sole America’s Cup internet presence must be on micro-sites hosted on the America’s Cup web site, except for social media.
Following mediation today, Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said teams should be given the opportunity to vote on the issue. For that to happen Oracle Racing as the defender and Artemis Racing as the challenger of record must co-operate.
Dalton said commercial teams should be given the opportunity to preserve their brands and build for the future.
Interim Media Evaluation: 2.4 times increase in media coverage projected for Extreme Sailing Series
The Extreme Sailing Series™ released today an independent interim media evaluation report covering the first three events (Muscat, Qingdao and Istanbul) of the 9-Act global 2011 tour. Compared with the first part of last year’s series, the coverage increase by nearly 90%, thanks to the growing international media interest in the circuit and an ever-stronger TV news and programming footprint. Havas Sponsorship Insights project, conservatively (exceptional ‘one-off’ coverage of Act 2 China capsizes has been considered ‘non-repeating’), €23m of media value for the full year, nearly two and a half times the 2010 result.
Capsize for Extreme 40 ‘Aberdeen Asset Management’
It was another action-packed, full pressure day at the Extreme Sailing Series. After yesterday’s collision between Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in the fourth race, the breezy conditions continued today (Monday, 8th August), and it was in the sixth race when the Extreme 40 ‘Aberdeen Asset Management’ cart-wheeled spectacularly in gusty 20-25 knot conditions that were pushing the fleet to their limits.
The British Extreme 40 team helmed by John Pink was charging downwind with reefed mainsail and gennaker, sandwiched between Italian team Niceforyou and Austria’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing. The bows dug in as a big gust hit all three boats, and with no room to manoeuvre, the boat cart-wheeled, flipped almost vertical, before capsizing……….
Five teams crowded the podium on Sunday at the America’s Cup World Series – Cascais as the opening weekend ended with some champagne sailing across the two events. On Sunday, large crowds on the beach and in the spectator fleet enjoyed front row seats with the racing just meters from the shore.
While both Asian teams took podium positions during the AC 500 Speed Trials, Emirates Team New Zealand were double winners on the day, claiming top spot in the AC Cascais Preliminaries after four fleet races and then going on to record the fastest run in the AC 500 Speed Trial.
“We are happy how it went,” said skipper Dean Barker. “But we know we have a lot to keep up with. It’s nice; a good feeling to start the week, but there is a lot we need to improve on.”
ORACLE Racing Coutts won today’s long fleet race, stealing victory from Emirates Team New Zealand after a member of the crew fell overboard. The Kiwis did their best to hang on, but Coutts managed to grind down the shorthanded New Zealand crew just a few hundred meters from the finish, giving the American team victory in the race and second place overall, with Sweden’s Artemis Racing in third spot.
In the AC500 Speed Trial, the top three teams needed their third and final runs to record their fastest speeds. The Kiwis, after a disappointing first two tries, had a perfect set-up for their final attempt, screaming down the track at an average speed of 42.35 kph.
They were followed closely by Team Korea (39.28) and China Team (37.43), two of the newer, less-practiced teams in the AC45 catamaran. Despite a relative lack of time on the boats, China Team’s skipper shared his philosophy for recording a fast run: “There are only two speeds to these boats,” said Mitch Booth. “Flat out, and stopped!”
But the headline incident on the day was the man overboard on Emirates Team New Zealand.