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Monday, February 20, 2017
Spithill and Team Sail

ORACLE TEAM USA took to the Great Sound on Monday, sailing its newly launched America's Cup Class boat, "17", for the first time.

"We had a successful day," said skipper Jimmy Spithill dockside after the training session. "First impressions were great. The boat went really well, so everyone is happy."

The new boat was first revealed to the public on Tuesday evening last week, and touched the water for the first time to be christened "17" on Wednesday.

Monday marked the first sail for “17" and the team was on the water for four hours, completing a series of preliminary performance and safety tests.

"We had a good extended session on our first time out," he continued.

"Today was a perfect day for that first sail, 10-12 knots, so we wanted to take advantage of that and work out all the kinks."

Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date.

Team partners like Oracle, Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar provided technical expertise and support to the in-house team.

"We've made a big step," confirmed Sailing Team Manager and tactician Tom Slingsby. "The boat was doing well, the new foils are quite nice, it was about as good a first day as you could hope to have."

For all the preparation on the test boats over the past two years, the new America's Cup Class boat has plenty of developments that require constant learning from the athletes on board.

"This boat may look similar to the old boat, but it's not. There are a lot of changes. We have a very different playbook for how we sail this boat and even then, it's constantly evolving."

Slingsby says the next step is to load the boat up in stronger winds before turning to full race practice mode.

"It would good to have a bit more breeze next time out and then we'll be into race laps and we're good to go with our race preparation."

Sunday, February 19, 2017
New Zealand Got Opponents Back Pedalling

Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling says there's more to their radical America's Cup boat than meets the eye in terms of performance.

The syndicate's decision to go for pedal power to provide the energy for their control systems and wingsail and foils has grabbed all the attention since New Zealand Aotearoa hit the water last week.

The four cycle pedestals in each hull of the 50-foot catamaran, replacing traditional arm-powered grinding stations, have their rivals in a spin.

The big secret is out but it's what can't be seen that may be just as vital to Team New Zealand's chances of winning back the Auld Mug in Bermuda where racing for the 35th edition of yachting's most famous trophy starts on May 26th.

With spies about, Team New Zealand are keeping the detail of their revolutionary boat under wraps as they set about a crucial testing period on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour over the next month.

"We're pretty happy," the understated Burling said of the new toy and its initial performances on the water.

"There are definitely a lot of things on that boat apart from the obvious one that everyone is asking questions about that are pretty innovative and unique.

With so much internal expectation as the building process was completed, Burling said it was very satisfying to see the theories pan out under the pressures of initial performance.

"Everything is pretty close to expected," Burling, the Olympic 49er gold medallist from Rio said as he took charge of the wheel.

"It's a cool beast to sail and definitely a step up from our test boat in a lot of regards.

"We have a few more bits and pieces going on, we have simplified a few things, it's all working really well."

But he emphasised this was just the start of the real game for the sailing team after three years of design, testing and construction.

"We are pretty pleased how it's going at the moment but we have a long way to go before we can take on Oracle.

"The shore team have provided us with an amazing tool to be able to go out and learn and improve. We have to keep that improvement and development going into Bermuda. That's what we are going to have to do to win it – just keep improving till that last race."

Burling reckons he has "got off pretty lightly" in terms of the new cycling skills that his crew have had to get up to speed with as well as work on their sailing techniques for the high-powered beast.

"It's pretty amazing seeing how fit and strong the guys are getting and how much they are enjoying the challenge to something quite different and putting out some serious power."

Burling, who has excelled in fleet racing with his good mate Peter Burling to absolutely dominate the 49er class, now has to hone his match-racing skills for the intense pressures that come with aggressive one-on-one racing.

As an America's Cup rookie, he will certainly be under the blowtorch from veterans like Jimmy Spithill (Oracle), Dean Barker (Team Japan) and Nathan Outteridge (Artemis Racing), especially in the starting box.

Burling said he and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew took confidence from winning a world match-racing tour event in Perth recently as they waited for their new boat to be ready.

"No one has every match-raced in anything like this before ... so quick and so manoeuvrable and there are so many options available to you. It's a full learning curve but we have a lot of experienced guys around."
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Team Bermuda - Peter Dill

At just 18-years-old Peter Dill is the youngest member of TeamBDA.

Recently named Boat Captain, he will be in charge of making sure the team’s AC45f is ready to race in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in June.

This is a big responsibility but Peter’s experience as an intern with ORACLE TEAM USA’s shore crew should hold him in good stead.

A graduate of both Somersfield Academy and Warwick Academy, Peter got his start sailing with the Bermuda Sailing Association out on White’s Island at the age of nine. The Paget resident has three siblings, including a twin sister and two older brothers.

Peter is vying for the spot of the jib trimmer for TeamBDA.

Below we find out more about TeamBDA’s Boat Captain:

Who is the Bermudian you most admire? I admire various Bermudians for different reasons, if I had to pick one it would probably be my Father.

Who is your sporting hero? Robert Scheidt [a 43-year-old sailor and two-time Olympic gold medalist], the love he has for his sport and how he is able to continue to compete at an Olympic level at his age.

If you weren’t on Team BDA you would be? Working for Oracle Racing as shore crew.

What would surprise people about you? I’m 18.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to be on the water or in the workshop. Kiting, spear fishing, relaxing partying.

Somerset or St. George’s? Somerset

What is your favourite Bermuda symbol or icon? The fitted dinghy, I find them symbolic of Bermudian ingenuity and experimentation but primarily our maritime history.

What is your favourite or most used Bermudian phrase? “Burnt Yah Cookie”

What are three songs you love right now? ‘Walking On The Moon’ by The Police; ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ by Elton John; ‘Simmer Down’, a Bob Marley remix by Gentleman & Ky-Mani Marley.

What’s your favourite of ice cream? Macadamian Nut Brittle

Netflix binge watching? No time.

What is one movie you think everyone should see? Cool Runnings.

How many push-ups could you do before this and how many can you do now? Around 30 before and around 50 now.

What do you eat or drink now that you didn’t eat before? Coffee, high glycemic carbs

What don’t you eat or drink now that you did before? White pasta, a lot less alcohol.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Kiwi's Unveil Leg-Driven Grinders for America's Cup

Team New Zealand's apparent switch to pedal power to reclaim the America's Cup has prompted Olympic cycling medallist Simon Van Velthooven to try out for a crew role.

The Kiwi syndicate launch their AC50 catamaran today and are expected to confirm their grinders' pedestals are controlled by legs rather than the customary arms.

Television footage of the boat on Waitemata Harbour showed four members of the crew pedalling to power the winches which provide hydraulic pressure.

It could yet prove a game-breaking innovation at the America's Cup in Bermuda, beginning with the qualifying series in May.

A Cycling NZ official confirmed sprint specialist Van Velthooven has been granted a break from that sport's high performance programme to train with Team NZ in a bid to be part of the campaign.

The 28-year-old won a bronze medal in the kierin at the 2012 London Olympics but failed to win selection for last year's Games in Rio.

If Van Velthooven competes in Bermuda, he wouldn't be the first Olympian to cross codes to the America's Cup.

Former rowing gold medallist Rob Waddell was a grinder for Team NZ at the 2003 and 2007 regattas.

Meanwhile, former Team NZ skipper Dean Barker, who is at the helm of Japan's challenge in Bermuda, expressed doubt over the Kiwis' approach.

He says cycling-style grinding was considered by his syndicate but ruled out as their were too many downsides.

"The dynamics of these boats, changing sides frequently, different manoeuvres, there is a cost to go down that path," he told Radio Sport.

"Good on them for giving a different concept a go. The decision we took is that it isn't going to pay for itself."
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Americas Cup Racing Begins in 100 Days

With 100 days to go until the 35th America’s Cup, America’s Cup Bermuda today unveiled a countdown clock at the Flagpole on Front Street to commemorate the occasion.

The clock, installed by Uber Super Duper, counts the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the first 35th America’s Cup race on May 26.

It is the first of three – the other two will be installed in Dockyard and at the LF Wade International Airport in the coming weeks.

The unveiling was attended by Premier Michael Dunkley, Minister of Economic Development Dr. Grant Gibbons, ACBDA CEO Mike Winfield, SoftBank Team Japan General Manager Kazuhiko Sofuku, Artemis Racing Helmsman Nathan Outteridge and Matt Cornwall from Land Rover BAR.

Premier Dunkley said: “This is a historical and exciting time for Bermuda. To help mark the occasion we are officially unveiling the America’s Cup Countdown Clock. We see the America’s Cup Countdown Clock as a great way to continue the momentum and anticipation the America’s Cup has generated. America’s Cup 2017 offers Bermuda an unparalleled opportunity to shine on the world stage and demonstrate the innovation, ingenuity and warm hospitality for which we are known for.”

Minister Gibbons echoed the Premier’s sentiments and said: “We're delighted at the prospect of welcoming thousands of visitors and participants to our shores and seeing Bermuda on the world stage. Now that we’re only 100 days away from the final stages of America’s Cup 2017, I’d like to express that it has been an extraordinary journey and privilege to have been involved in Bermuda’s preparations to date. I also extend thanks to thank all involved who have gotten us this far and without whom we would have been unable to enter the coming 100 days with any confidence.”

In addition to the clocks being installed, two teams have launched their America’s Cup Class Yachts on Island, signaling how close the event is. Land Rover BAR launched R1 last week Monday and ORACLE TEAM USA launched their yacht on Tuesday evening. More boat launches are expected in the coming weeks.

Mr. Winfield said: “After over two years of planning and preparation, we are now down to the final 100 days. The time for planning is now drawing to an end and the time for delivery is beginning. Hundreds have volunteered their time to the development of the plans, many, many more will be contributing to the delivery of the event.

“Now, our extensive maritime history will fast forward to the delivery of the most dramatic and widely watched maritime event in the sports arena. While many Bermudians may not have been fans of the America’s Cup two years ago, many Bermudians are working together to bring this event to reality on time and on budget. We have much to be proud of and the six weeks of AC35 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bermuda. We will deliver our responsibilities with the degree of excellence the world has come to associate with the name Bermuda.

“I urge Bermudians to register your boats, buy your tickets and make your plans. This promises to be the best Bermuda summer yet and we don’t want anyone to miss the excitement, energy and entertainment that America’s Cup 2017 will bring.”
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