12 September 2013

Ben Ainslie Replaces Kostecki as Tactician, Oracle Team USA loses Races 6 and 7 (video)

British Olympic Sailing champion Ben Ainslie replaced John Kostecki as tactician aboard Oracle Team USA, but Emirates Team New Zealand won both race 6 and 7 Thursday, September 12. The Kiwis now need just 3 more wins to take the Auld Mug back to Auckland. America's Cup Racing continues Saturday, September 14th at 1:15 pm PT (US)LIVE (virtual eye and audio) at americascup.virtualeye.tv  more info at americascup.com. 
Replay videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup/videos

AMERICA'S CUP PRESS CONFERENCE - Thursday, September 12, Live at 6:10 pm EDT (US)

America's Cup: Ben Ainslie is new Oracle tactician
San Jose Mercury News
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle Team USA will be racing with a new tactician Thursday -- British Olympian Ben Ainslie -- as it swaps crew "to see if Oracle can pull this out of the fire," America's Cup regatta director Iain Murray said this morning. After a ...

Made-for-TV America’s Cup Imperils Sailors Pursuing Speed - Bloomberg: "The 72-foot catamarans may be sailing their last Cup races. Ellison said in an August television interview with Charlie Rose that if he is in charge of the next competition, the boats will probably be smaller -- 45-footers that would reduce the expense and risk. The leaders of the New Zealand team have also promised changes for the event. While today’s yachts continue the America’s Cup tradition of testing the limits of design and engineering, Tornqvist says he thinks they’re too costly and their raw speed forces compromises to classic maneuvers of racing. He says he’s eager to see what the winners propose for the next regatta."

Augmented Reality Competes With the Real Thing at the 2013 America's Cup - IEEE Spectrum: " . . .Watching the race with augmented reality on the TV screens did create a dilemma for many in the crowd—about ten minutes before the finish folks really should have been getting out of those comfy chairs and strolling over to the edge of the pier to see the boats round the final turn and speed to the finish line, right in front of us. But it would be a lot harder to follow the race action without the TV graphics. Some just stayed put in front of the screens. America’s Cup does have an app for that. As I walked across the pier I started watching the live feed on my phone (and folks around me, not previously aware there was an app, madly started downloading it). I heard a few comments about how surprised people were that the streaming video feed to the phone worked so well. . . ."

Sailing-Oracle taps British sailing royalty to save America's Cup campaign
SAN FRANCISCO, September 12 (Reuters) - British sailing superstar Ben Ainslie, knighted for his racing success on the water, will try to rescue Oracle Team USA's floundering America's Cup campaign on Thursday, taking over as the top decision-maker on ...

Sailing mad New Zealand on edge as country closes in on wresting America's ...
Washington Post
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — From boat builders to occasional sailing fans, New Zealanders are on edge about the prospects of wresting the America's Cup from software billionaire Larry Ellison's Team USA. And if Emirates Team New Zealand does go on ...

Sailing-Ben Ainslie could replace Oracle tactician in America's Cup
The government-backed Kiwis have won four of the nine races they need to take the Auld Mug, as they call the silver trophy, back to their tiny, sailing-crazed island nation. Because of a jury-imposed penalty, Oracle must finish first in 11 races - two ...

Sailing mad New Zealand on edge for America's Cup
Anchorage Daily News
Emirates Team New Zealand sails during the fifth race of the America's Cup sailing event against Oracle Team USA in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Emirates Team New Zealand won the race....

Oman Sail picks team for 2013 Arab Sailing Championship
Oman Sail has announced a ten- member sailing team to represent the sultanate at the prestigious Arab Sailing Championships from October 21 to 27 this year in Kuwait. Selected from the ranks of Oman's best youth and senior sailors, the Omani team will ...

America's Cup sailing is no breeze
Los Angeles Times
The sailors acclimated to the AC72 with preliminary races and countless hours in a gym that featured grinding stations and a full-scale replica of the webbing that stretches between the boat's hulls. During practices, they wore biometric devices that ...

SAILING: GB pairings hold on to Santander leads
Dorset Echo
SANTANDER delivered a full day of racing at the Sailing World Championship test event yesterday, with British multihull duo Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond and the 470 men's pairing of Portland's Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield holding on to their ...

Sailing-Embattled Oracle replaces tactician Kostecki on America's Cup yacht
British Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie, the back up skipper on Oracle's practice yacht, will try to rescue the team's floundering campaign on Thursday, as a crew member on the Team's 72 foot catamaran in two planned heats against Emirates Team ...

Sailing Weekend Preview: Privateers Open Fall 2013 Season At Two Events
Maritime College Athletics
Eighteen schools from across the country will be in attendance with most of the SailingWorld top 20 nationally-ranked sailing teams taking part. Sailing for SUNY Maritime College at Yale this weekend will be Mike Carr (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park ...

SAILING: Lucas takes on coach Barker at Worlds
Dorset Echo
PARALYMPIC 2.4mR keelboat champion Helena Lucas is not just taking on international rivals at this week's World Championships in Dorset – but also her coach. Lucas' coach, the Sydney 2000 49er silver medallist Ian Barker, is among the 80 able-bodied ...

Suspected drug smugglers sail to jail - CNN.com: " Two people who thought they were sailing toward a big payday ended up in jail and are suspected of drug smuggling, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Crew members on the Coast Guard cutter Dependable noticed the 49-foot sailing vessel Elegance was "riding suspiciously low in the water" in the Atlantic about 500 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Monday, a Coast Guard news release said. . . ."

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