-- Oracle’s new AC ride and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Oracle’s new AC ride and OD news—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond    

'301913 512115612158823 446208021 n'    Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA ©

This week’s big news in the world of the America’s Cup is the recent unveiling of Oracle Team USA’s second-generation AC72 wingsail-powered catamaran. The boat was pulled out of the shed on Monday for some load testing, with the team’s official christening ceremony taking place on Tuesday. The team’s second AC72 is also called 'USA17', but the new steed (dubbed 'USA17-2') features red war paint on her aggressive-looking bows, as well as myriad refinements both large and small.

'A big day for Oracle Team USA,' said skipper Jimmy Spithill, who is no doubt looking forward to starting the work-up process on the new wind-powered speed machine, which has already begun. 'A huge effort by the designers and shore/build teams.'

Oracle Team USA, AC72 launch April 23, 2013 -  Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA ©?nid=108766  

Oracle Team USA is now the only team to have two AC72s afloat, which will no doubt be a massive advantage for the American-flagged team, especially given that-unlike the three challengers-they won’t benefit from some solid battle-hardening in the Louis Vuitton Cup. (N.B., Emirates Team New Zealand dismantled their first-generation AC72 to finish building their second-generation boat, and while Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record, is expected to launch their second-generation AC72 soon, their first generation stable mate doesn’t fully foil, thus reducing its utility as a sparing partner.)

Stay tuned to the website for the latest news from Oracle Team USA’s camp, as it unfurls, and be sure to spend some time staring at the great images of 'USA17-2', inside this issue.

Finn - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres -  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV  

And in One Design news, the action has been serious at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, where U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is off to a slightly sticky start in the light airs that have so far dominated conditions. Day Two was the last day of qualifying rounds, and American sailors have advanced to the gold fleet in the Women’s 470, the 49er, the Women’s RS:X and the Laser classes.

'We started off pretty poorly,' said Zach Brown, who qualified for the 49er gold fleet with Fred Strammer, beating out three other American-flagged teams. 'We got caught tacking a little too much in the middle. We knew we needed to force ourselves back into the race. At the top we did a jibe set and that bought us boats back, and we kept the boat rumbling on the second beat. One tack over and a couple more boats. That gave us enough to pull into the gold fleet. Glad we made it through this trying period and now we’re excited for breeze the rest of the week.'

Franck Cammas and SophieTurckheim, Nacra 17 - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres -  © Jean-Marie Liot /DPPI/FFV  

More, inside this issue, and stay tuned to the website for the latest news from the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, as it becomes known.

Also inside, learn about the International Laser Class Association’s pick for the location of its 2015 Laser Men’s Standard and the Masters Worlds, and speed freaks, be sure to check out reports from Australia’s upcoming ANZAC Weekend Regatta, which will feature plenty of great action in the 18-foot skiff class. And lastly, be sure to check out ISAF’s statement regarding the current state of play in the Laser Class.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
- 10:51 PM Tue 23 Apr 2013 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
Newsletter Editorial US

Related News Stories:
25 Mar 2015  Barcelona leaders a day from finish, Chinese gybes down south and more
16 Mar 2015  VOR, Video, Pam, the Chicks and Leg 5 ahead
10 Mar 2015  Volvo Ocean Race – Vestas report and more time for analysis
02 Mar 2015  Volvo, AC and design your own Rio key-ring teardrop
23 Feb 2015  Volvo, BRW, AC 18 footers and more
16 Feb 2015  A critical time for Olympic and Paralympic sailing
22 Jan 2015  The Fat Lady is clearing her throat, VOR, Miami and more
15 Jan 2015  Of Moths, Volvo, Barcelona and more…
08 Jan 2015  Is your event, class or club getting its sailing news to the World?
01 Jan 2015  Rolex Sydney Hobart wrap ...Redress significant... Tour de Comanche

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT