25 April 2013

Oracle christens America's Cup catamaran - foiling on the bay (video)

Hear from the ORACLE TEAM USA crew what it's like to fly their AC72 "17" on foils, sometimes at speeds of over 40 knots, and experience the sensational acceleration from on-board.

Oracle christens America's Cup catamaran - San Jose Mercury News: " . . . This America's Cup could be won or lost depending on teams' ability to foil, which is when the boat develops enough lift that both hulls are out of the water and the seven-ton cat is skimming along the waves on foils on the rudders and on a daggerboard on the leeward hull. Foiling reduces drag and, as a result, increases speed. "What's so amazing about this boat is it's suspended on these tiny pieces of engineered carbon fiber," Spithill said. "That's why these boats are so cutting edge technologically, and we're pushing them right to the limit. . . . "Once the boat foils, it's like hitting a turbo button in a car and off she goes," Spithill said. . . ."

Ben Ainslie's ambition: Sailing hero takes on America's Cup challenge - CNN.com: " . . . while the sport has an elitist image, Ainslie says that anyone can enjoy sailing. "People think it's either a very expensive sport or it's just far too complicated -- and really it's neither," said the Englishman, whose family moved to Cornwall on the south-west coast of the UK when he was young. "At the grassroots level you can go down to a sailing club and you can just get into a dinghy and borrow a boat or start sailing and crewing for someone else and get into it for very little money." Ainslie's Olympic days came to a glorious golden end at London 2012, as he overcame what he thought were dubious race tactics to beat his rivals and claim the Finn Class title in the final race. . . ."

Sailing - Scott in the lead as British Finn sailors prosper in Hyeres
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Sailing - Scott in the lead as British Finn sailors prosper in Hyeres. Giles Scott is refusing to dream of back-to-back World Cup victories despite moving into pole position in the Finn class with two days of racing left in Hyeres. Sportsbeat – 55 ...

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Sailing Big River for Earth Day
Mendocino Beacon
Rick Hemmings led the noon eco tour on Sunday. He is resting his hands on the solar panels that charge the small motor. Hemmings designed the solar- and wind-powered outrigger and Bob Cummings of Secret Harbor Boat Works built it. Teresa Shumaker ...

Sailing: NZ crews in hunt for World Cup medals
New Zealand Herald
Although the top two places in the 113-strong fleet are unchanged after today, there was considerable movement in the standings below them, with nearly all the top-placed Lasersailors having at least one average result coupled with the transition in ...
Sailing open day at Northamptonshire reservoir
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Anyone inspired by Britain's sailing success at London 2012 can take a trip in a sailing boat at Northampton Sailing Club's annual open day. The event takes place at Pitsford Reservoir from noon on Sunday May 5. A club spokeswoman said: “There will be ...

Tactics key to success in Buckenham Sailing Club's Rockland Race
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Having crossed the Broad the falling tide helped them to drift back to the main river to complete the race down the River Yare back to the club. Sailors who took the opposite route did not manage to get to the Broad before the tide turned against them ...

Singles Sailing Club Ready To Set Sail For Season ...
Hartford Courant
The active sailing season is here, and those interested in the sport can meet other enthusiasts by joining the Shoreline Sailing Club. Meetings of the club, geared for singles age 35 and older, are held year-round on the first and third Thursdays of ...

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Sailing - Dobson and Rook take control at ISAF World Cup
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Charlotte Dobson and Mary Rook mastered the changing conditions to seize the overall lead in the women's 49er class at the ISAF World Cup in Hyeres. Sportsbeat – 23 hours ago. Email 0; Share 0. Tweet. 2. Print. Generic 49er sailing picture. Eurosport ...

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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Qingdao next stop, announcement planned
Sail World
Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series is on the way and China's OlympicSailing City Qingdao is preparing to welcome the eight international Extreme 40 teams. Just two weeks ago, the Swiss team Alinghi claimed victory in Singapore before the fleet and ...

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Sailing: 49erFX crew close gap on leaders
As day four of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres wraps up Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (pictured), lying 2nd in the 49erFX are almost neck and neck with the leaders, while Josh Junior has inched into 3rd in the Finn. Elsewhere the remainder of ...

Sailing | Solid day at World Cup regatta for Kiwi... | Stuff.co.nz: "Four New Zealand crews remain in the top-five but the men's 470 pair of Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox have dived down the leaderboard at the halfway point in the World Cup sailing regatta in France. In good breeze off Hyeres, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (second in 49er FX), Sam Meech (fourth in Laser, and Josh Junior (fourth in Finn) retained spots in the top five in their respective fleets, while Thomas Saunders (fifth in Laser) joined them."

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