-- Spithill and the Kiwis, exclusive AC72 vision, SH Regatta and Etchells

Spithill and the Kiwis, exclusive AC72 vision, SH Regatta and Etchells    

'AC72 Sail 4 / Foiling / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 01-10-12 - Oracle Team USA - Foiling - October 2012'    Guilain Grenier Oracle Team USA ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Australian sailors in the 2013 America´s Cup teams are making a very significant impact.

Back in 2000 freckle faced James (Jimmy) Spithill at age 20 was the skipper of Syd Fischer’s underfunded Young Australia team. He campaigned thru various Cup iterations, won a match racing World title and in 2010 Spithill became the youngest ever winner of the America's Cup, with BMW Oracle.

33rd America’s Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing -James Spithill has a long way to look up. -  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles?nid=107366 Martin-Raget   Click Here to view large photo

We will be talking to the now 33 year regularly over the next six months leading up to the September event in San Francisco. We had a long conversation with him last week and today we publish the first part of that extended interview. How the expensive AC72 capsize has made his team tougher and how he has no desire to be a New Zealander. I admit to breaking up as he delivered those lines with a straight face.

In Part 2 that we will publish later in the week, Jimmy tells us more about the two boat program and what he REALLY thinks about the Kiwis.

Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ just before the prestart - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013 -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=107366   Click Here to view large photo

But they are not all bad, those sheep herders, on Friday afternoon the two America's Cup AC72's working out of Auckland, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand, staged a series of semi-formal race training sessions off Takapuna Beach and as you´d expect Sail-World´s Richard Gladwell was right there. In this edition of's newsletter we feature three image galleries and a long video clip of one of the sessions.

All these were shot by RG from the seawall off Takapuna, which offered a remarkable vantage point for America's Cup fans, who could scarcely believe what they were seeing. This is content that you really have to look at.

Emirates Team NZ gets through to windward and ahead of Luna Rossa as they near the first turning mark - March 8 2013, ETNZLR - - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna -  © Richard Gladwell?nid=107366   Click Here to view large photo

Over on our side of the ditch, it was a little slower paced.

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2013 - 9-10/03/2013, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney -  © Andrea Francolini - MHYC?nid=107366  

We had the Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, 220 boats, sunshine and 8-17 knots. Grant Wharington and his 100 foot long Wild Thing from Queensland got to race at last after the Rolex Sydney Hobart hiccup. Great pix from Drew Franks (Andrea Francolini) and full reports.

Heading to the hitch mark with Fifteen - 2013 AUS - VIC Championships -  Alex McKinnon?nid=107366 ©  

A weekend ago John Curnow reported on the NSW Etchells titles, this weekend it was the Victorian Etchells championships. Great reports, John knows his way around the race track and it shows. You will note we are gradually adding audio to our on water reports too.

A great weekend and plenty more local and OS news, grab a coffee and enjoy it all.

by The Team
- 5:55 PM Sun 10 Mar 2013 GMT

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