In this issue:
l’Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal,
AC45 – Newport,
On The Edge – Ray Davies,
This Week In The Cup – latest issue here,
Scuttlebutt USA – latest issue here,
Lentronic Latitude- latest issue here,
Sail-World UK – latest issue here,
Sail-World Australia – latest issue here,
On Tuesday morning, l’Hydroptère DCNS cleared the Panama Canal aboard a cargo ship which is heading for Los Angeles, the starting point for her Transpacific Record attempt.
24 days have passed since she set out from Toulon at the end of May and, barring any unexpected circumstances, the flying trimaran, which is in good company on deck alongside some massive wind turbine blades, is set to reach the port of Long Beach on Thursday 28 June. In France, the shore team is rounding off its preparations and will take off for the West in a few days time in order to see in the ‘flying fish’ and supervise her unloading.
Photo by Francis Demange
l’Hydroptere will make a world speed sailing record attempt from Los Angeles - Click Here to view large photo
Meantime the five crew for the record attempt are continuing with their physical preparation and are dissecting the grib files several times a day. ‘It’s the calm before the storm; a moment of tranquility that I really appreciate. Indeed to be lining up for a Transpacific sprint on a boat which flies is a pretty rare opportunity in life, so I’m savouring the final weeks, which separate us from a wild ride over the swell. There are mornings where I tell myself we’re wired up a bit differently, but that’s actually what I like’, jokes Alain Thébault. ‘The plan is simple. As soon as conditions are favourable, we’ll haul on the sails. After that it’s an unknown quantity. We’re heading off to pave the way with this and you have to remain humble’, explains the skipper.??
How did this happen? Simple. Some America’s Cup boats sailed by and literally scared the shit out of a flock of birds. The poor birds now need counseling, paid for by taxpayers, to deal with their post-traumatic shock disorder. © 2012 Bert G. Wahno
America’s Cup World Series Newport 2012 – Event preparation © ACEA 2012/ Photos Gilles Martin-Raget
Photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA
Ray Davies works out the kinks for the Kiwis
His role on the team as tactician is a good fit for his skill set and puts him shoulder to shoulder with skipper Dean Barker, in a relationship that goes back over 25 years.
“Dean and I grew up sailing together. I rescued him in his P-Class when he was about 12 years old and his rudder broke and I towed him in with my P-Class,” he says, laughing at the memory. “We used to sail against each other all the time in youth sailing. Then I went offshore to do Volvo races and he went into the America’s Cup.
“But over the last couple of AC campaigns, I’ve been on the back of the boat with him (as strategist in 2007) and that’s strengthened our relationship. We really had to trust each other and I think our styles really suit each other. We did all the Louis Vuitton Trophy events in 2009-2010 and pretty much dominated that and had success with the MedCup (in TP52s).
“But with this transition to the cats, I spend most of my time at the other end of the boat pulling ropes so Dean is very much his own tactician on these boats. I think it’s hard to have a designated tactician on an AC45. So we’re not as close as in the past, but we still have that element of trust.”