Svenskene er i vindene om dagen og alt ser ut til å skje i Gøteborgs-området. Volvo Ocean Race-avslutningen, Americas Cup World Series, World Match Racing Tour og RC44 skal alle innom i 2015. I går annonserte Gøteborgs-firmaet Sail Racing partnerskap med Oracle og Americas Cup som etter alt å dømme blir en boost for Sail Racing sitt globale avtrykk. Alt som er seilrelatert i regionen har en ekstrem flyt om dagen?
SAIL RACING – OFFICIAL CLOTHING PARTNER OF THE AMERICA’S CUP AND ORACLE TEAM USA
The Swedish company Sail Racing International has been appointed as official clothing partner of the America’s Cup and ORACLE TEAM USA, defender of the prestigious America’s Cup trophy. Sail Racing will provide technical and shore gear for the America’s Cup and ORACLE TEAM USA along with official merchandise collections for each America’s Cup World Series Events in 2015 and 2016, as well as the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda in 2017.
The partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, defender of the 35th Americas Cup, skippered by the Sailor of The Year, Jimmy Spithill, allows Sail Racing to supply all shore and technical sailing gear to the team. This collaboration will provide Sail Racing the base to develop clothing for a new generation of sailing athletes.
“We are very proud to be the official clothing partner of ORACLE TEAM USA, the fastest sailing team in the world’s most prestigious sailing series,” says Joakim Berne, Project Manager at Sail Racing International. “The sailors will be highly involved in the development of our new technical products. All the feedback on existing products, new ideas and evaluation of our products in a demanding environment will be very important for our product and development team.“
Sail Racing International is focused on technical products for high speed sailing. Now the brand will be featured in the heart of the most spectacular sailing competition in the world. “Sailing has changed tremendously over the past several years,” Berne says. “The power and speed of the boats have created a much greater demand on the sailor’s physique and agility, which requires different equipment ,” he continues. “Our approach has changed from producing garments for sailors, to developing technical gear for sailing athletes. Over the last two years, we have spent a lot of time and effort together with our fabric suppliers, designers and pattern constructors searching for lighter materials, better features and more functional fits. Now we will apply and evaluate this with Jimmy Spithill and the rest of the crew of ORACLE TEAM USA.”
ORACLE TEAM USA and Jimmy Spithill tried the gear for the first time in February. “We’ve already started to test some of the gear during our training session in San Francisco,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “The first impression is very positive and I think it’s to our benefit that our sailors are assisting with the design of what we will end up wearing on the race boat over the next two years,” Spithill said.
The partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA is based on 3-year contract and extends to the finals of the America’s Cup in June 2017. “This constitutes three years of enormous potential to develop our product range, and it also gives us the opportunity to reach new markets and create great international business opportunities,” says Joakim Berne, Project Manager at Sail Racing International. “The US market will now be the next step for Sail Racing to take.”
Starting at the first event of the America’s Cup World Series in June 2015 in Cagliari, Italy, Sail Racing will present an official ORACLE TEAM USA merchandise collection. The collection will be available at all of the events including the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda in 2017, as well as online for shipping worldwide.
Sail Racing will also design and manufacture official America’s Cup merchandise that will be made available through an online store, along with the on-site merchandise store at America’s Cup World Series events around the world in 2015 and 2016 and at the America’s Cup race village in Bermuda, the home of the 2017 America’s Cup.
“We will build a concept store at all of the America’s Cup World Series events to offer a wide range of merchandise products for the America’s Cup and the host events of the America’s Cup World Series,” Berne said. “In addition, Sail Racing will supply technical gear and shore clothing to all the America’s Cup staff.”
February was a big month with the launch of our AC45Turbo, and the first time for new recruits Freddy Lööf and Paul Goodison to get some AC45 flying time on San Francisco Bay.
“The sensation of the boat lifting out of the water is an amazing feeling. It’s a really powerful, beautiful boat so I think we’ll have some exciting times with this 45” – Freddy Lööf after day 1 of sailing.
Oracle og Artemis tester de foilende AC45’ene i San Francisco før de pakker sammen og flytter basene til Bermuda. De første bildene ser ut til å være mest positive for Oracle, som tilsynelatende har litt bedre fart og litt smidigere manøvre enn Artemis.
Ryktene har versert i internasjonale seilmedier om at Team New Zealand-rormann Dean Barker var satt av laget og i dag annonserte laget bekreftelsen på sine hjemmesider. Dean Barker mister rollen som rormann til stortalentet Peter Burling og tilbyd i stedet en plass på land som coach og ‘performance manager’.
Barker har enda ikke gitt svar på om han godtar stillingen eller ei – nå som idyllen er borte kan det komme tilbud fra andre lag. Prada er allerede nevnt – time will show!
Work starts on AC45 modifications; team prepares for challenges ahead.
Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that the Halsey Street, Auckland, base will be fully operational from Monday, March 2.
Work will start immediately on modifying an AC45 catamaran to foil.
With the first America’s Cup World Series regatta scheduled to take place at Cagliari, Italy in June, pressure is on the team to start the modifications.
The team also announced it had completed the restructuring process that came out of the team-wide review after San Francisco and 50 people have signed on and will be working full time from Monday.
Wing trimmer in 2013 Glenn Ashby has been appointed Sailing Director and he and Peter Burling will take on helming duties.
Ashby is a multiple world and Australian champion in three multihull classes and Burling is current world Moth and, with Blair Tuke, 49er champion.
Dean Barker was involved in the review and restructuring process and
Emirates Team New Zealand wants to retain his services as Performance Manager and Sailing Coach with a place on the executive committee.
In the review of Emirates Team New Zealand, the team clearly identified the need for such a role. It is a crucial position for the team and we have been discussing this as a possible option for Dean since last November.
Emirates Team New Zealand recognises that Dean has significant experience and can make a valuable contribution. The role we have offered him would enable the team to capitalise on his skills.
Emirates Team New Zealand has now made a formal offer to Dean which he is still considering.
Until the review process was completed it would have been unfair to all involved, and therefore inappropriate, for Emirates Team New Zealand to comment on the various reports in the media over the last week. The review process is now complete.
It should be noted that the announcement of Bermuda as the venue for the next America’s Cup series had a serious impact on the team’s finances and sponsorship funding, reducing the budget by some $20 million.
This meant the team has had to reduce its remuneration budget and each team member has, as a result, taken a significant pay cut.
Additionally several million dollars has been axed from the operations budget leading to the scrapping of one of the foiling AC45s that we had planned and, consequently, the elimination of one of the planned helmsman positions.
CEO Grant Dalton said: “As mentioned, the team has just activated its next stage of preparations and on Monday 50 staff begin the role of planning and construction for the upcoming race series.
“We’re hoping to retain Dean’s 20 years of America’s Cup experience in Emirates Team New Zealand but we also acknowledge it is time for new blood to be given the chance at the helm of the country’s challenger,” Dalton said.
Oracle Racing har tatt sin første tur i sin nye AC45 – platformen som skal brukes for å teste ut konseptene de senere vil benytte på AC72’en. Legg merke til at AC45’en nå ha fått ratt, brønner til grinderne og center-pod slik vi så på AC72’en. De kommende dagene avslutter teamet den første testingen og starter flyttingen av lagets base til Bermuda.
Bråket rundt Americas Cup vil som vanlig ingen ende ta og siste utviklingene er at den tidligere Oracle-grinderen Joe Spooner har begjært båten tatt i arrest. Spooner fikk langt på vei skylden for jukset Oracle Team USA ble fersket i under den 34. Americas Cupen, noe han ikke virker helt happy med. Spooner er nå i ferd med å gå til søksmål mot Oracle Team USA for manglende betaling av lønn på 725.000 $(Sier litt om lønningene i teamet!) + erstatning for tort og svie…
Ben Ainslie Racing mener alvor i sin utfordring til 35. Americas Cup og viser det med å være første laget som seiler på Bermuda. I denne videoen får vi også de første bildene fra det som blir Americas Cup-banen og det ser bra ut..
Americas Cup World Series-kalenderen er omsider spikret og fire eventer er planlagt for årets sesong. Kanskje litt overraskende at man velger å holde seg til et såpass tynt program og at man forruten Americas Cup-destinasjonen kun har eventer i Europa?
Blir uansett spennende å se hvordan foiling med entype fungerer når de kommer i gang og det er garantert noe å glede seg til når showet fyrer i gang i starten av juni…
America’s Cup World Series 2015:
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy – June 5-7, 2015
Portsmouth, Great Britain – July 23-26, 2015
Gothenburg, Sweden – August 28-30, 2015
Hamilton, Bermuda – October 16-18, 2015
Cagliari will be at the centre of the world’s attention from June 4 to 7 2015. Agreement between Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the City of Cagliari, the Port Authorities, the Navy and team Luna Rossa
Cagliari, January 22nd 2015. The city of Cagliari (Sardinia – Italy) will inaugurate the 2015 – 2016 America’s Cup World Series, the regattas preliminary to the 35th America’s Cup. The event will take place in the Gulf surrounding the island’s capital from June 4 to 7, 2015.
The “America’s Cup World Series – Cagliari – Sardinia”, a top level sporting event with great international visibility, is the result of the collaboration between the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, the City of Cagliari, the Port Authorities, the Navy and Luna Rossa, who has chosen Cagliari for its operations base to prepare its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
All six teams entered in the 35th America’s Cup – Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge and Team France – will be present. The racing will be even more spectacular since the AC45 one-design catamarans with 20 metre wing-sails have been modified to sail in “full-foiling” configuration, i.e. they will “fly” on water.
The program entails an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 4th 2015 and one day of mandatory training on Friday, June 5th. There will be two races a day on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th; the prize-giving ceremony will take place on the last day.
The teams will sail in Cagliari from May 31st to familiarize with the race course prior to the start of the competitions.
The event will be officially presented – with a detailed plan of the racecourse, installations on land and various activities – in Cagliari during a press conference to take place in Spring of 2015.
Artemis annonserte i dag at de vil holde Americas Cup World Series i Gøteborg, noe som nok er til stor glede for mange nordmenn også… Seilingen vil gå av stabelen siste helgen i august og 2015 blir virkelig et år med mye seiling i Gøteborg: Volvo Ocean Race, Match Cup Sweden og Americas Cup World Series i løpet av et par måneder – god stemning!
Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg are set to host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th – 30th) 2015.
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in sport, pre-dating the modern day Olympics by 45 years, and the America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup.
Beginning in the summer of 2015, the circuit will feature all of the America’s Cup teams racing in one design AC45 catamarans, providing an early opportunity to win points that will carry forward into the next stage of the competition.
The overall ranking position in the America’s Cup World Series will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.
“It’s super exciting to announce that the America’s Cup World Series is coming to Sweden next year. It will provide a great opportunity for Artemis Racing to showcase our sport and our America’s Cup program” said Iain Percy, Artemis Racing’s Team Manager.
“There is an incredible momentum within the group right now, and we hope that the Swedish public will be out in force to cheers us on. We’re really looking forward to showing them what we can do next August”, said Fredrik Lööf, 3 time Olympic medallist and tactician for Artemis Racing.
Max Markusson, Event Manager at Göteborg and Co, commented “Gothenburg is a city with a proud maritime history and next year will see a summer of global sailing events. It’s a historic occasion with not only Volvo Ocean Race in June, but also America’s Cup World Series in August. Artemis Racing are taking on an incredible challenge and for us the races will provide a global platform to showcase the city by the water, and it will be a spectacular event for the people of Gothenburg”.
Max Salminen, Olympic Champion and grinder for Artemis Racing, said “It’s amazing what’s happening in sailing right now with the move to foiling boats. The AC45 is definitely the most exciting boat I’ve ever sailed, it’s just an incredible feeling when it lifts up and takes off.”
“Having a fleet of foiling AC45s racing in Gothenburg will be a spectacular sight and one not to miss”.
Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Långedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen.
“One of the goals of the America’s Cup World Series is to connect our teams with their fans,” said Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. “This event in Gothenburg will bring the racing close to shore. and allow Swedish America’s Cup fans an opportunity to experience the speed, power and excitement of America’s Cup racing in person.”
Etter over et år med lite konkret rundt 35. Americas Cup ser det nå endelig ut til at ballen begynner å rulle. Foilende katamaraner bekreftes for Americas Cup World Series og det blir dermed heldigvis en viss paralell mellom båtene som seiles i opptakten til Cupen og og det som brukes når kampen om “The Ugly Mug” skal avgjøres. Det ser også ut som man begynner å komme på plass med eventene i Americas Cup World Series – det er med andre ord tegn til et visst moment.
Hvor det skal seiles om 35. Americas Cup er fortsatt usikkert men avgjørelsen i kampen mellom San Diego og Bermuda faller i desember:0
Foiling AC45s confirmed for America’s Cup World Series
The best sailors in the world will be flying above the water at speed when the America’s Cup World Series begins in the summer of 2015.
Champion sailors Ben Ainslie, Dean Barker, Franck Cammas, Nathan Outteridge, Max Sirena and Jimmy Spithill will lead their respective teams into the first stage of the competition for the most storied trophy in international sport.
Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller says that he also expects at least one additional team will be joining as a late entry.
The America’s Cup World Series runs for two seasons in 2015 and 2016, ahead of the America’s Cup Qualifiers, Playoffs and Finals in 2017.
In a Regatta Memorandum issued to the teams today, Schiller confirmed two America’s Cup World Series events have already met the hosting criteria and had been scheduled to be raced in 2015 by the America’s Cup Event Authority.
Further events will be added to the America’s Cup World Series calendar as hosting agreements are concluded and subject to the unanimous consent of the teams.
“This is the first time in America’s Cup history that each of the teams has been given an opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events,” Schiller said. “All six teams are interested in hosting at least one event in either 2015 or 2016 and we’re working with each team to convert that interest into a concrete event plan.
The two confirmed host venues will announce their events in the coming weeks with the first announcement expected on November 5th.
“We’ve also started working with the teams on filling out the 2016 America’s Cup World Series calendar,” Schiller said.
All racing in the America’s Cup World Series will take place in foiling versions of the one-design AC45 catamarans. A feasibility study has confirmed the necessary modifications can be made to all the boats prior to the first event in June 2015.
Powered by a highly efficient wing-sail, the foiling version of the AC45 catamaran will lift out of the water, riding on hydrofoils which reduces drag and increases speed.
“It will be a thrilling and spectacular sight to see these boats racing together in a fleet race format and it will be challenging for the five sailors on board,” Schiller said.
2017 America’s Cup Venue Decision
In December, the final host venue announcement will be made with Bermuda and San Diego the remaining candidates to host the 2017 America’s Cup.
“We’re moving forward on the host venue agreement,” Schiller said. “Bermuda and San Diego have now submitted their final bids and in each case we have a potential partner who has presented a compelling event plan. The benefits of that will accrue to each of the teams leading to a successful 35th America’s Cup.
“It’s been a running start for me,” concluded Schiller, who has been in his role since late summer. “We have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the year. But all our teams have worked together, and we look forward to sharing additional positive news in the coming weeks.”
Ben Ainslie Racing viser seg for første gang foilende og ser ut til å være i gang med første fase av sin Americas Cup-kampanje. Så langt ser det ut til at Ainslie har kommet godt i gang med et sterkt kjerneteam og sterke leverandører. Nå mangler det bare de virkelige sponsorene – kommer de på plass begynner dette å se veldig bra ut…
Team Principal and Skipper, Ben Ainslie commented, “Ten months ago we had nothing, so to be out there today foiling in one of these boats – after such a short time frame – is the result of a huge amount of effort from all of the team, especially the shore team and the designers.
For us sailors it’s a real privilege to get out there and sail one of these boats. It’s been a great first day and it’s a good start, but it’s only a start and we have a lot of work to do over the coming months.”