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America's Cup: Dean Barker reflects on 30 days of sailing the the AC72 By Richard Gladwell, 6:45 AM Fri 28 Dec 2012
Almost 20 years ago, a young Dean Barker was exiting from a very ordinary series in the World Laser Championships off Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore. Fast forward to December 2012, and after a very challenging 30 days of sailing spread over five months, at the helm of the first AC72, Dean Barker has walked a new track in helming the fastest racing yacht in the world. ...[more]

America's Cup: Short break and then the Big Push for Emirates Team NZ By Emirates Team NZ, 9:11 PM Thu 27 Dec 2012
Emirates Team New Zealand’s chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge reflects on the end of the Boat 1 sailing programme and the push to get Boat 2 ready to go sailing. The sailing programme finished on time, in fact two days earlier than we had planned way back in January when we sat down to write the AC72 programme. ...[more]

America's Cup: A look inside Oracle Team USA's building facility By Sail-World, 6:54 PM Thu 27 Dec 2012
Just before Christmas a special package left Core Builders Composites in Warkworth, New Zealand bound for Oracle Team USA in San Francisco. The team from Core Builders Composites tell their story on this video ...[more]

America's Cup: Merry Christmas from Emirates Team NZ By Emirates Team NZ, 7:09 AM Sun 23 Dec 2012
2012 has been a long hard year for everyone at Emirates Team New Zealand. For most of the team the holidays are a chance to relax, refresh and recharge the batteries before what will be a massive year in 2013- the year of the 34th America's Cup. Here they wish all their fans, sponsors and suppliers a Merry Christmas ...[more]

America's Cup: Oracle found guilty as charged on Italian spy incident By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 5:37 AM Sat 22 Dec 2012
The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup, has just posted its Decision in Case 19, initiated by the Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa, over an incident where a surveillance boat from Oracle Team USA was within half the distance allowed for viewing competitors while training. Updated on the penalty options and outcome: Had the usual Racing Rules applied, Oracle could have been disqualified ...[more]

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's second wingsail starts journey to USA By Richard Gladwell, 10:05 AM Fri 21 Dec 2012
The second wingsail for Oracle Team USA left Core Builders Composites facility in Warkworth this morning to begin its journey to San Francisco. There the wingsail will be installed on the repaired USA-17, which is expected to be sailing in early February 2013. ...[more]

America's Cup: Latest news - Oracle Team USA - December 19, 2012 By Oracle Team USA, 3:52 PM Thu 20 Dec 2012
Latest newsletter from Oracle Team USA covering the rebuild of USA-17, the development and building of the team's second AC72 and team activities now and over the Christmas/New Year break ...[more]

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA reveal state of repairs and re-launch By Oracle Team USA, 3:33 PM Thu 20 Dec 2012
America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA have released a video and interview from within the teams complex in San Francisco, where USA-17 is being repaired. Team CEO, Grant Simmer says the team's first AC72, USA-17 is on target for a re-launch in early February, and that she will be followed by their second AC72. No date has been announced for that event. ...[more]

America's Cup: Oracle believed to be on wrong side of spying Decision By Richard Gladwell, 2:02 PM Thu 20 Dec 2012
The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup is believed to have ruled on a protest lodged by the Italian Challenger Luna Rossa, against the America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA, and it is understood that the US team have been found in breech of the Surveillance provisions of the Protocol. ...[more]

America's Cup: One year on for Luna Rossa By Luna Rossa, 7:49 PM Wed 19 Dec 2012
On January 7, 2012, the first of the two AC 45 Luna Rossa catamarans was launched in Auckland, after rushing against time to put the yacht together and be ready to start training with Emirates Team New Zealand. 'It feels like yesterday, but it’s almost one year!' says Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, as he gets off the yacht after a training session at sea. ...[more]

America's Cup: Back to Foiling School in the SL33's + Video By Sail-World, 5:38 PM Wed 19 Dec 2012
One of the low-profile aspects of Emirates Team NZ's America's Cup development program has been the two SL33's run by the design and sailing teams, as test boats. The small catamaran fits just millimeters inside the allowed maximum length prescribed in the Protocol governing the 34th America's Cup, to restrict the use of 'surrogate' boats, or near full size test platforms for the AC72 class. ...[more]

America's Cup: Old photo evokes design assistance claims By Richard Gladwell, 8:36 PM Fri 14 Dec 2012
The off the water pressure in the 34th America's Cup, clicked up a few notches today with an attack on the Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa co-operation agreement. The text, published on a major US sailing website, and elsewhere on the interweb, ran under photo of Emirates Team NZ's Wing Design Coordinator, Steve Wilson, pictured on board Luna Rossa's AC72 ...[more]

America's Cup: End of the sailing road for the first AC72 By Warren Douglas, 3:42 PM Fri 14 Dec 2012
On Thursday the Emirates Team NZ shore crew began to decommission the yacht while the team concentrates on finishing Boat 2. Winch drums and some hardware will be removed from the yacht and fitted to Boat 2. Boat 1 will be refitted in the near future and held in reserve, to be commissioned quickly in the event it’s needed. ...[more]

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ design chief looks to the second AC72 By Richard Gladwell, 10:34 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012
Emirates Team NZ's Technical Director, Nick Holroyd outlines the changes he expects to be made to the team's second AC72, on Day 30, as New Zealand is decommissioned and packed away. Reading between the comments in this video interview with is reasonably plain that New Zealand, the team's first AC72 was always something of a sailing science experiment and the next will be a reliable race boat. ...[more]

America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing on Day 8 By Erik Simonson, www.pressure-drop.us, 7:09 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012
Artemis Racing returned to training again on SF Bay after nearely another week between sessions. They theoretically have 22 days remaining, for 2012 but with weather and holidays in the mix it is mathematically difficult to get their full 30 days in before January 31, 2013. ...[more]

America’s Cup 2013 – VIP tickets available for U.S Sailing members By Jake Fish, San Francisco, California , 2:42 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012
The America’s Cup, the most coveted sailing event in the world, will be sharing its prestige with U.S Sailing members by providing them with exclusive access to avail of VIP hospitality tickets to a number of America’s Cup events, including the Louis Vuitton Cup, Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, America’s Cup Challenger, and the 2013 America’s Cup finals. ...[more]

America's Cup: Grant Dalton on hitting the big zero - Video interview By Richard Gladwell, 5:32 AM Thu 13 Dec 2012
Emirates Team New Zealand have become the first, and probably only team that will use its allocated 30 days for the first phase of sailing AC72's. According to the virtual Official Noticeboard for the 34th America's Cup, the team has a zero alongside its name in terms of sailing days left. Many pundits see that as a measure of the current state of play in the 34th America's Cup. But is it? ...[more]

America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ galloping across the Gulf By Chris Cameron, 10:54 PM Sat 8 Dec 2012
More images from America's Cup Challenger, Emirates Team NZ's sailing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, in winds that the teams put at round 26-28kts, and with a respectable sea state. A tornado hit Auckland while the AC72's of Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa were out training. They were able to avoid the worst of it on the Gulf, but even so took the opportunity to clock speeds in excess of 40kts. ...[more]

America's Cup: AC72's caught on the edge of tornado + Video By Richard Gladwell, 3:54 PM Fri 7 Dec 2012
Auckland was hit by a tornado yesterday (Thursday) with devastating damage and the loss of three lives. Both America's Cup Challengers were out training in the Hauraki Gulf at the time and were on the fringes of the violent weather system. Winds just west of the team's bases were recorded at 50kts gusting 60kts for a brief period, further down the harbour it was 30kts gusting 40kts. ...[more]

America's Cup: King of the Foredeck becomes God of the GoPro By Sail-World, 5:29 AM Thu 6 Dec 2012
One of New Zealand's first professional sailors, Joey Allen, is now the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing coach. He spends a lot of time in a chase boat, watching the AC72 sail. He also spends a lot of time shooting video. Known as a demon on crew-work and doing it fast and right, when he ruled the foredeck on many top campaigns, Joe is still very interested in performance ...[more]

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