The Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in the America’s Cup schedules Italy’s Luna Rossa against Emirates New Zealand Saturday, July 13, 2013. America’s Cup will proceed under the established rules along with safety rules instituted after the Swedish team Artemis suffered the death of Andrew “Bart” Simpson in May. The pavillion is open free to the public.
State of the art sailing, great live video and hospitality
The pavillion looks and feels beautiful with many comfortable hospitality venues outdoors and high quality and huge video screens throughout the park. Take a look at the slideshow to see what a lovely and inviting set up it is. Bring the dog. The park set up comfy mattresses and bean bag pillows along with picnic tables.
Meanwhile. London Olympic gold medal winner and foiling specialist for Artemis Nathan Outteridge appeared on the America’s Cup magazine show this morning. The helmsman, a blond young man, offered live commentary on the race, adding Artemis will finish assembling its 72 foot custom catamaran in two weeks and will give it a splash test, then should be giving the America’s Cup Pavillion a fly-by in three weeks, at the end of July.
The America’s Cup faced some controversy up to this afternoon when an international jury said the race director exceeded his authority in instituting the new safety rules after the Artemis tragedy even for the benefit of all.
Olympians among us
Meanwhile Luna Rossa sailed the course alone as did New Zealand, instead of sailing against Artemis as scheduled. Spokesman Ben Ainslee of Oracle said to the press this afternoon that the America’s Cup wants and needs Artemis to sail and is doing everything possible to help Artemis. Ainslee is not only a gold medal winner from the Olympics but also a British knight.
Fascinating commentary for all, including those new to sailing
Nathan Outeridge this morning gave many insightful comments about sailing the giant flying multi-hulls as Luna Rossa raced the course. He said the AC72s, 72 feet long, have no spinnaker or genaker because wind moves around the front of the sails on these designs. The parachutes that sailboats raise when sailing downwind need to fill with the air pushing the boat from behind generally.
The AC72s however move much faster than the speed of the wind. Going faster than the wind generates your own wind and it’s called apparent wind. The wind moves forward and it goes around the front of the sails so the spinnaker or gennaker would flatten or twist and could easily capsize the boat. Outteridge said because of this effect the AC72s are going upwind even when sailing downwind. The AC72s go about 35 knots downwind although that’s not the top speed.
Outeridge said the ideal amount of heel is about five degrees–it’s a balance between keeping the hulls out of the water to reduce drag and keeping the boat steady. If you touch down the water sprays and your mates yell at you, he said affably.
The commentators noted it was puffy at the shore this afternoon and spectators can tell when puffs hit as the boat heels more. Outteridge surmised he would choose gates to sail through based on that, and take the gate further from the shore. At one mark Luna Rossa seemed to abort a jibe and another commented the race will come down to who can foil around a mark.
Keep calm and sail on
Since we’re talking controversial new rules, there will be one to require boats to actually keep contact with the water’s surface or the airborne risk being declared a hovercraft or in flight. Just kidding. Keep calm and sail on. My drinking team has a sailing problem.
Biking to the village at Marina Green or the Pavillion at Piers 27/29 on The Embarcadero is easy although bikes are not allowed on the grounds. Walking from Embarcadero BART is also easy along the Embarcadero although pedestrians may hop on Muni or take a pedi-cab.
For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
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