The first AC72 to touch water has been named 'New Zealand' during a rousing ceremony in Auckland on Saturday evening with Emirates Team New Zealand. The ceremonial champagne splash was unique, with the bottle set up in an inverted catapult mechanism designed and built for the occasion. With the crowd of supporters that numbered in the thousands pulling a line to 'load' the catapult, skipper Dean Barker's wife Mandy christened the boat 'New Zealand', as the bottle smashed over the bow. With Prime Minister John Key in attendance, Grant Dalton, the managing director of the team, paid tribute to the New Zealand marine industry which helped the team in designing and building the boat.
America's Cup 2013, good new and bad news in New Zealand - National America's Cup | Examiner.com: "The next AC72 expected to be launched will be the first of two planned Oracle team boats, which hits the water later this summer in San Francisco bay. According to information supplied by Amelise Javier of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, the America's Cup PR firm: "The AC72s are nearly twice as long as the AC45 catamarans (currently being raced in the America's Cup World Series) and will be more than twice as powerful. These elite catamarans are capable of top speeds 40 knots plus (about 45 mph) and are like no other America's Cup boat in history. Many of the sailors are calling these boats ‘monsters’ in terms of the demands they are expected to place on the crew of 11 sailors. Additional stats about the AC72s: · Hull Length: 22.00 m (72 feet) · Length overall: 26.20 m (85 feet) · Beam: 14.00 m (46 feet) · Displacement: 5900 kgs (13,000 pounds) · Maximum Draft: 4.40m (14 feet) · Wingsail Height: 40.00m (131 feet) · Projected Top Speed: 40 knots plus (45 mpg) · Crew: 11 people @ maximum of 92 kilograms (202 pounds)
All the teams who are competitors in the America’s Cup Finals or Louis Vuitton Cup must design and build their own AC72 catamaran for racing in 2013. Teams could begin launching their first AC72 on July 1, 2012, but are limited to 30 days of training and testing on the boat during the remaining calendar year."
Weymouth: Olympic sailing on Jurassic Coast
As the home to the Weymouth and Portland British National Sailing Academy it was the obvious choice to host all sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Located in the English county of Dorset, and smack bang in the middle of what is known ...
Olympic sailing on Jurassic Coast
Weymouth, which is hosting the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympics, is located on the "Jurassic Coast" -- a rocky and dramatic 153 kilometer coastline in the south of England.Olympic sailing on Jurassic Coast The Jurassic Coast was the first site in ...
Aussie fans to cheer on sailing heroes
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Farrah Hall: Windsurfing In The Olympics With A Maryland Flair
"Windsurfing is the coolest Olympic sailing class," Farrah told WBAL's Scott Wykoff looking out over the docks out onto Annapolis Harbor. "It is really physical and it is also really fast. Basically we're doing the same thing as the boats, which is course racing, ...
Olympic Sailing: Andrew Murdoch ready for big one
"I definitely want to continue sailing and there's obviously America's Cup sailing to try and break into and I guess that's all about meeting the right people and being in the right place at the right time and obviously doing well at the games could help my cause ...
Sewage forces sailors out of village
Australian gold medal hopeful Nathan Outteridge was forced to spend a night in a hotel overnight after the foul-smelling effluent bubbled up into a bathroom area. "On the second night there was some issue and there was s coming out of the downstairs ...
Jumbo expectations for Aust 470 sailors
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Jumbo expectations for Aust 470 sailors. Miles Godfrey, NZ Newswire July 25, 2012, 10:03 pm. When she retires from Olympic sailing Elise Rechichi wants to pilot jumbo jets for Qantas. But for now, the Beijing gold medalist is concentrating on flying high at ... Yahoo!Xtra Blogs (blog)
Sailing prepares for Olympic kick-off
Practical Boat Owner Magazine
Team GB sailing team leader Stephen Park said: 'With most of the sailors unable to travel to London for the main opening ceremony due to training and racing schedules, we really wanted to the celebrate the start of the Games with our supporters in ...
'Sailing museum' of Columbus replica ships to dock in Waukegan
Chicago Daily Herald
Both the Pinta and Nina ships that make up the Columbus Foundation's “sailing museum” will dock at the harbor, 55 S. Harbor Place, and will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26 to 30 for self-guided tours. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for ...
Doing it her way
Channel News Asia
In an email interview from Weymouth, where the Olympic sailing regatta will be held, she used her trusty Nokia 7210s mobile phone to explain the philosophy that makes her tick. "I think (I've had my phone) since secondary school, because it is indestructible," ...
Women's 470 sailors on a quest for elusive Olympic gold
Unlike the Men's 470, the Women's fleet hasn't seen a particular crew take the bull by the horns and dominate regatta after regatta. Come race time on Friday 3 August, twenty boats featuring 40 sailors will line up aiming to get a great start in their quest for an ... Sail World
No deck chairs and don't even think about bringing a picnic
Folding chairs have been banned at the Olympic sailing venue's official viewing site at Weymouth, leading to fears that some disabled people will not be able to use their tickets. Picnic hampers and cool boxes are also prohibited. The rules, which apply across ...
Smooth sailing all the way in London
FEARS have given way to optimism. And the signs are there that the London Olympic Games, which start on Friday, will be a huge success. Flying into London on Monday, we were expecting the worst – given the incessant negative news flowing out of the ...
Olympic Grit in Adland: Lessons From a Former Pro-Athlete
Growing up sailing with my grandparents, I had fallen in love with the sport and become addicted to it, sailing through my teens and, later on, for Harvard. My road to the Olympics was certainly not obvious, though, as individual sailing for women wasn't even ... AdAge.com
Junior Sailing Camp Graduates 10 New Sailors
Island Sun and River Weekly
A group of youngsters last Friday afternoon put on a showcase of their sailing skills learned this summer as graduates of the 2012 Junior Sailing Camp at the Captiva Island Yacht Club. The two-week camp, organized for the third consecutive year by Chris ...
Olympic Needle Match
This time his heart set on winning a Gold at a home Olympics in more ways than one as he and Clark living just metres from the Olympic sailing waters. But this year Slingsby has beaten him at several of the key events and goes into the Games as the favourite ...
The lighter side of the Olympic Games
Australia's sailing team have all but commandeered a local pub near the sailing venue on Portland's Jurassic Coast and made it their own. The 350-year-old Cove House Inn has been named their official watering hole for the duration of the Games - and it ...
Aust sailors reveal rivals' brilliant gift
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It was the ultimate compliment - a fabulous mark of respect between the fiercest of rivals at the London Olympics sailing competition. Next week the men's 470 dinghy competition begins in Weymouth and Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell ... Yahoo!Xtra Blogs (blog)
Win a 'Try Sailing' experience with members of Skandia Team GBR
BYM News (press release)
'Try Sailing' is run by the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA). This year, the team's presence will provide visitors to the event with a fantastic opportunity to learn with the best, by winning a place to sail with a member of Team Volvo and Skandia Team ...
South Yorkshire MacShane backs Olympian's family
THE family of Olympic sailing contender Paul Goodison have received support from Rotherham's MP Denis MacShane - after they were told only four of the gold medal hopeful's relatives would be able to cheer him on when he competes. Paul, who lives in ... The Star
Ipswich Junior Sailing sees improvement at annual Greenhead Regatta
Angelina Todaro has been around the Greenhead Regatta long enough to see that Ipswich Junior Sailing is starting to be a past to Gloucester-based Annisquam Yacht Club's entries. “Annisquam is usually pretty good, so it's great to compete against them,” ...
Sailors ready for Olympic Games - PhotoBlog
Laser Radial class dinghies sail during a practice session ahead of the start of the London 2012Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, southern England, July 24, 2012. Related links Slideshow: Journey of the Olympic torch View more ...
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Sail For Gold weekend at Donaghadee Sailing Club | RYANI
Following the postponement of the “Sail For Gold” relay race on 23rd June due adverse weather, Donaghadee Sailing Club will run the event on the 5th August as part of a weekend of activities, on and off the water. On Saturday 4th August ...
Home waters won't be plain sailing for Team GB | Firstpost
For all the talk of ruling the waves in 2012, Team GB are well aware that turning the tide on a decade of British sailing dominance will be a driving motivation for visiting Olympic competitors at Weymouth and Portland. Britain topped the sailing ...