It’s been a hectic past few weeks in my world, getting ready for a new day job, yachting every weekend and a burst hot water pipe flooding the house. 🙁
In this issue:
Laura Dekker – latest news here,
ETNZ AC72 – first pictures,
Applications for the 2012 Artemis Offshore Academy,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Sail-World USA, – latest issue here,
Sail-World – America’s Cup newsletter here,
format revealed for 2012-13 AC World Series season,
Volvo Ocean Race – leg 9 documentary,
Panasonic technology gives NZ Olympic Sailors an edge
In the final stages of their preparation for the 2012 Olympics to begin this weekend, the NZ Olympic Sailing Team is getting an edge through the use of new rugged Panasonic technology.
“As sailing coaches we are always fighting the elements, with good effective equipment the athletes are the winners” said Mark Howard, coach of Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch.
“This will make a difference to the quality of information that we are able to deliver to the sailors and enhance our on the water outcomes.”
Using robust waterproof video cameras and a portable data projector, coaches are able to capture clear, zoomed in, video footage on the water in even the harshest of sailing conditions and review it with large screens back on shore.
Nathan Handley also uses the technology with Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie in the Women’s 470 class.
“We look at things like sail set up and the rig, and being able to see this so clearly makes a big difference” Nathan said.
The Panasonic Waterproof Cameras supplied by Comworth in New Zealand are full HD, giving clarity to video and images with a double range zoom to focus on details such as sail trim, boat balance, and precision body movements in the boat. This new technology is not only robust, but it is smaller and more compact to fit in a coach’s pocket for taking still photos as well as video.
Nathan continued: “We’ve had other Panasonic equipment since Beijing Olympics four years ago. It’s had a hammering over the years and still works well, but the quality of picture in this new one is noticeably better.
The NZ Olympic Sailing Team coaches are excited with the opportunity to make their jobs easier, and their work more precise. For coaches to now be able to take better quality footage and photography, the sailors may have just the edge they need at London 2012.
The team are in their final days of preparation, before the first races begin at the Weymouth Olympic venue on July 29th.
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The America’s Cup Express, a train stretching 1.5 miles long, rolled into San Francisco today. The 121 railroad cars are carrying the material required to move the America’s Cup World Series and the teams into the host city of the Cup ahead of racing in August and October.
The cargo includes the race boats – the powerful AC45 wing-sailed catamarans that have been thrilling crowds and challenging the best sailors in the world as the Series has moved around the world over the past year. Now, the racing is coming to San Francisco for the first time.
“This train represents more than just another stop on the AC World Series for us,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the 34th America’s Cup. “In less than one month, we’ll be racing for the very first time on San Francisco Bay, with our public AC Village set up on Marina Green. The arrival of the train today is the first step in our move ‘home’ to San Francisco.”
The train has come across the continent following the final day of racing of the 2011-12 AC World Series in Newport, Rhode Island on July 1. Next month, the second season of competition begins in San Francisco from August 21-26.
Team NZ step “monster” wingsail
by SUZANNE MCFADDEN
“Halsey Street: we have contact”.
The pieces of Emirates Team New Zealand’s giant catamaran have finally locked together, with the 12-storey tall wingsail slotting into the boat’s platform at the team’s Auckland base this morning.
The 40m high, fire engine-red wing has been assembled in a huge tent over the last three months, while the 22m long, 14m wide hull platform of the AC72 – the new generation of America’s Cup yachts – was finished off in a tent next door.
A mobile crane was used to carefully lift the wing onto the platform of the first of two catamarans Team NZ will build for the 2013 America’s Cup. The Kiwi boat will be the first AC72 to ever hit the water.
The wing would undergo four hours of load testing this morning before being removed from the multihull and safely stored away before Saturday’s official launch.
Team NZ skipper Dean Barker and his sailing crew have been helping the shore team to put the final touches on the cat, and Barker is still overawed by the beast they have created.
“The boat is going to be a monster. The sheer size of the wing is mindblowing,” he said.
“It will be nice to get the thing on the water and put it through its paces, but at the same time we’re certainly very nervous about how it’s going to perform.”
Photos copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand
GO SOLO: Applications for the 2012 Artemis Offshore Academy Selection Trials are now open
Solo and short-handed racing is demanding, competitive and all encompassing, it requires a unique set of skills and few make it to the top echelons of the sport. Ellen MacArthur, Mike Golding, Dee Caffari, Samantha Davies and Alex Thomson are just a few of the modern-generation British sailors who have made an impact in this highly competitive discipline that is dominated by the French. The Artemis Offshore Academy offers British sailors the chance to train exclusively in this discipline, and now in its third year the Academy will be staging its annual Selection Trials.
Aaron Cooper & Henry Bomby racing in the boat they built for the Sikaflex challenge as part of the 2011 Selection Trials © David Harding
Taking place between 9th- 14th September at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the Selection Trials are an opportunity for any sailor, male or female, of any age, with a proven sailing track record, be it dinghy, match racing, Olympic or offshore to test their solo potential.
“We are not only looking for exceptional sailors but also those with the mental stamina to succeed in the toughest racing discipline in the world – solo, long distance,” explained Academy Performance Director John Thorn. “Many sailors can keep up with the best over short distances but night after night at sea, and you have had very little sleep, that’s when we see the difference.”