Looks Good for America's Cup 2010 Race 1 - Friday, 2/12/2010!!!
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America's Cup 2010 Scheduled to Get Underway Today

2/12/10 in Other Racing   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

As of 9:21am CET, Valencia, Spain local time, conditions look good for America's Cup 2010 Race 1 between Alinghi (Swiss - The Defenders, current Cup holders) and USA BMW Oracle (USA - The Contenders of Record - San Francisco Yacht Club).  The Race committee is looking to make the most of this 'window of opportunity' and are researching optimum conditions in which to set up the Race Course.  Both Alinghi and USA BMW Oracle have docked out and are headed to the race area so keep your fingers crossed, get out the toothpicks for your eyelids, and prepare for one of the most exciting Races ever to be directly carried LIVE over the internet for FREE!  You can dowload a special viewer and watch the races live on http://www.americascup.com and the races will also be carried via ESPN360.  Proposed start time at the earliest is 12:00 local time, 6am EST, 3am PST, 2am AKST.

Both teams are chomping at the bits to get these huge speedsters on the course and see how they compete.  Both are hoping for a chance to race today.  Besides the obvious difference between these multihulls, one has 2 hulls and soft sails, the other has 3 hulls and a rigid wing - Alinghi appears light, svelte with elegant lines, USA is dark with lines that ring of muscles and power.  They have been referred as the swan vs. the hawk.  Strong and beautiful, birds of a feather they definitely are not.

The first race was/is scheduled to consist of 2 legs, a 20 mile Upwind leg and a 20 mile Downwind leg for a total of 40 miles.  As of 10:50am local time, there appears to be a wind shift occuring and they appear to be setting up for the predicted shift.  The wind is still around 10 knots ( 1 Knot = 1.1 5mph) , so 10 Knots is approx 11.5 MPH.   Wave swells appear to be within acceptable parameters.

The Crew lists were published this morning and the line up is as follows:

ALINGHI 5 CREW LIST: 
Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (NED), Bow 1
Curtis Blewett (CAN), Bow 2
Jan Dekker (RSA/FRA), Bow 3
Rodney Ardern (NZL),Pitman
Simon Daubney (NZL), Trimmer upwind
Nils Frei (SUI), Trimmer downwind
Warwick Fleury (NZL), Mainsail trimmer
Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI), Traveller
Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI), Helmsman
Brad Butterworth (NZL), Tactician
Murray Jones (NZL), Strategist
Juan Vila (ESP), Navigator
Loïck Peyron (FRA), Floater
Peter Evans (NZL), Pre-start

USA BMW ORACLE RACING TEAM CREW LIST:
Brad Webb (NZL), Bowman
Simone de Mari (ITA),  Pitman
Ross Halcrow (NZL),  Jib Trimmer
Dirk de Ridder (NED), Wing Sail Trimmer
Joey Newton (AUS), Wing Sail Caddy
John Kostecki (USA), Tactician
James Spithill (AUS), Skipper/Helmsman
Matteo Plazzi (ITA), Navigator
Thierry Fouchier (FRA), Aft Pit
Matthew Mason (NZL), Mast

Alinghi will be sailing with 13 or 14 and ORACLE Racing with a crew of 10.  Alinghi will have Peter Evans aboard, who is named in the lineup, but works pre-start helping with the formulation and communication of the start plan and final weather strategy.  He may get off the boat before the 5 minutes preparatory signal.

As of 11:07am local time:  The latest is wave swell appears not to be a problem, they will be waiting to see if heating on the land will mess up the new breeze or whether it will hold and the race can proceed.



 

 
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9/3/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

The best team DID win.  USA BMW Oracle brought the Cup home to the San Francisco Yacht Club.  Soon as I hear more details on the next Cup race, I will be sure to post info in here.  There will NEVER be another one like this one was however.  These yachts were just beyond belief.  If you have NOT yet taken the time to check out some of the racing archived at the official webshits, you will greatly enjoy doing so!  WTG Team USA for bring the Cup home where it belongs!  It was gone way too long!! 

2/15/10   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

seal_warrior1 wrote:
Boy Poli, isn't THAT a fact, and you saw who was Skipper for USA *lol*  I swear, that talented sailor is one heck of a sailing mercenary, eh?    Where will he go next.  *lol*

If you don't have an America's Cup, and you want one... call


the Russell Coutts Team!!! 

2/14/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Rumi wrote:
wow this is great article, seal
but I don't  understand why I can give you only 2 respect per day? I think this is from soon

Thank you so much Rumi...  And the excitement is about to begin again here shortly, they are resetting the Marks, and moved the Start Line.  Today's coverage will be here (see link below), if anyone wants a quick shortcut:

2010 America's Cup Race 2

2/14/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Poli_ wrote:
 Loving it - note all the kiwi sailors? Go USA BMW ORACLE RACING

Boy Poli, isn't THAT a fact, and you saw who was Skipper for USA *lol*  I swear, that talented sailor is one heck of a sailing mercenary, eh?    Where will he go next.  *lol*

2/14/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Wow, I wondered how this article had 20+ comments... now I know.

   I kept hoping someone would show up to watch with me, so I had to be good company for myself   If you haven't checked this out, Please take a few minutes and do so, you will NOT believe these awesome HUGE multihull yachts!  See today's article for info on the race which should start shortly, hopefully.  If we can take this Race, we bring the Cup HOME where it belongs!  Thanks for your time :) 

2/14/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

wrote:
Is Ted Turner still into The America's Cup?  For a while there he seemed really prominent in sailing.  I don't follow it, but it's always interesting to me.

Ted is not involved in this one.  Hopefully we will have many more involved again if we can win this Race today (2/14/2010) as if we win this Race we take home the Cup.  I sorely miss seeing Paul Cayard and have not seen anything about him mentioned.  Goooooooooooooooooooooo USA!  See todays article for more on this race and today's race.

2/13/10   |   Rumi   |   50 respect

(Edited by Rumi)

2/13/10   |   Rumi   |   50 respect

wow this is great article, seal
but I don't  understand why I can give you only 2 respect per day? I think this is from soon

2/12/10   |   Poli_   |   93 respect

 Loving it - note all the kiwi sailors? Go USA BMW ORACLE RACING

2/12/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Wow, I wondered how this article had 20+ comments... now I know.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

USA has rounded the top mark, and is leading Alinghi by approx 1600m.  Goooo USA!  Alinghi has yet to make their penalty turn.  Now, can we hold it the 20 mile race to the finish line?

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Off to concentrate on the race... I will post the winner at the race completion.  Have fun all and enjoy history making sailing!

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker: 

15:35:  Around six miles to the windward mark, one hour and two minutes into the whole 40 miles race. BMW ORACLE Racing leading by something like 1260 metres.

(times from the Live Ticker are local Valencia time)

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

USA is now 1200m behind coming into the top mark... Alinghi still has a penalty turn to do, but hopefully USA will be able to pick up the distance and pass downwind.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

USA is closing the distance fast it is down to 140m and closing fast!  Goooo USA!!

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

USA has cut the distance approximately in half and continues to close as the approach the mark.  Gooooo USA!!!  Let's hope they can continue to close on the downwind leg.  Approx 300m now from approx 600m distance between at the start.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Alinghi is headed down the course, but still have the penalty, but USA has not yet crossed the dang starting line... a mistake by Spithill and gang, and they are now clear and they will push to catch up with Alinghi already going 20 Knots up the course.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

LESS THAN 30 SECONDS FROM THE START, THEY ARE BOTH OVER THE START LINE AND MUST GET BACK BEFORE THE START.  20 SECONDS..  BMW SEEMS TO BE STALLED OUT.. *CUSS*  THE RACE HAS STARTED..

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

This is absolutely FABULOUS COVERAGE AND FEED ON THE WEBSITE!  DON'T MISS THIS AWESOME EVENT!!

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

A member just jumped off from BMW and is being picked up by their chase boat.  It is expected that a member will jump from Alinghi before the start also, but we shall see... They are tacking now for the pre-race start.. Navigators will be calling times to enter to their skippers & helmsmen...  The excitement begins.. approx 5 min to start, USA coming in from starboard, Alinghi from Port...  5 min to start... and the excitement begins.... wooo hoooooooooooooo  BMW is keeping Alinghi from crossing and forced Alinghi to tack!  A major problem...  The boats are quite close... BMW is asking for a penalty on Alinghi.. Go James Spithill!!  Alinghi is greatly slowed!  Blue flag, it's a penalty against Alinghi, his strategy worked so now somewhere along the race course will have to do a 270 degree turn before crossing the finish line.. a GREAT advantage for the USA team!

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

This is a history making race, as never before have 2 multihulls sailed for the America's Cup!  Gooo USA!!!

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker: 

14:13:  Still Alinghi are a sailing around at 15 to 16 knots of boat speed, occasionally flying a hull. They seem to want to go racing for sure, USA still holding fire cruising six or seven knots with their headsail away now. Breeze is 155 deg at the WW1 and start, 160 deg in middle of track and 155 at the start area, 3 knots at the startline area and 5 knots offshore at WW1 mark.

14:18:  So Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett confirms now that the breeze has settled again and he plans to drop the AP flag at 1424 local time, Attention signal 1425h, start planned 1435hrs. USA roll their headsail out again and away they go.

14:22:  USA 17 have rolled their headsail away again and are on station at the committee boat as the AP flag comes down, game on.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

The photos of the race are AWESOME folks as they come thru... this is probably a once in a lifetime viewing of sailing like it might NEVER be seen again.  Hope you get to see some of the races.  I will try to keep you posted   GOOOOOOO TEAM USA!!  BRING THE CUP HOME WHERE IT BELONGS!!! 

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker

14:01

So we remain on hold, breeze is reported to have dropped to 2-3 knots.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker: 

13:57

Conditions could not be better, 2 minutes to the AP down. Ten minutes to the start after that. The final coordinates of the WW1 mark is 39°29´9590N / 00°03´0580 E. AP flag has remained up so the planned start schedule is delayed. Breeze has dropped a little but both boats still making over ten knots.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker: 

13:51

USA 17 have a big 'downwind' headsail up, Mast man Matt Mason confirmed yesterday that skipper-helm James Spithill was fired up to go for a penalty on Alinghi 5 if at all possible.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live Ticker: 


13:22:  USA just keeping their powder dry meantime, maybe Alinghi pressing the impetus to go racing, showing the conditions look good but race officer Harold Bennett just biding his time, waiting for the conditions to improve a little more. USA sitting almost stationery.

13:27:  Breeze is quite puffy where Alinghi 5 are going through their paces, making 17 knots, flying their hull high for a few seconds before settling, pretty spectacular.

13:29:  Just ten degrees of difference between the wind direction at the WW1 mark and the start line, 180° 6,5 knots at the cttee boat, and 190° 6 knots at WW 1 windward mark, which is pretty favourable. Seas are flat-ish.

13:37:  AP flag will come down at 1359hrs, warning signal at 1400hrs. Wind WW1 mark is 175° at 6 knots and at the committee boat it is 185° wind speed 7 knots. Looks like we will get Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup under way. Practice races have previously taken between 2.5 and 3.5 hours on this Deed of Gift race. USA 17 have now unrolled their jib.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker:

13:19

Alinghi accelerate immediately to 17 to 18 knots in five knots of wind, flying a hull and this is them just warming up. Breeze seems stable in terms of direction all the way down the course, around, most recently 3,5 knots at 165°at the WW1 mark and 190 ° 6 knots at the Committee Boat.

13:14

So still looking pretty good with the wind at 180° blowing 6.5 knots at Committe boat and 195° and 5 knots at the WW1 mark. Breeze is reported to by quite puffy at the moment, with some variation in pressure across the course. But that is pretty inevitable given that the windward leg will of course be 20 miles. Alinghi unrolling a light no 1 jib. BMW Oracle still no jib yet.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker:

13:06

Loick Peyron (FRA) is on the helm of Alinghi 5 at the moment. Might he have the helm at the start? He said the other day that he certainly never expected to be racing the America's Cup in a multihull, but here he is....the only man on board the Swiss defender never to have won the America's Cup. He is due to alternate with Ernesto Bertarelli. Peyron said he was only expecting to share the steering when required, through tacks and so on, but we will see....

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

LIVE COVERAGE IS NOW HAPPENING ONLINE... They are having a little difficulty, but are working on it.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker:

13:02

Start line is moving three miles to the west, closer to the coast at Castellon/Burriana, something like four miles offshore now.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker:

12:55

The committee boat is now moving slightly to the west, we believe and the race boats, Alinghi 5 and USA, are moving west as well. It is certainly still cold on the water and the wind chill on board the competing boats, when they ramp up to 20-odd knots boat speeds will be significant

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker!!!

12:51

So it looks we could be Game On, America's Cup history in the making, the first time we have seen two multihulls in the America's Cup match. Windward mark breeze is 130° at 4 knots and at the committe boat 195° 5 knots, conditions improving all the time. But in general we are having breezes which were forecast. Both boats are sailing around seven to nine knots

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

Live from The Ticker:

12:25

.....and now WW1 wind reported at 135° speed 3 knots and at committee boat 185° 5 knots...reports suggest the TV planes have been scrambled now so confidence that this race will happen is growing... average delta over the seven 32nd America's Cup Match races in 2007 works out at 23.7 seconds, the expectation is the margin in Race 1 could be in minutes

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the Live Ticker:

12:18

The current new position for mark 1 is 39°31´0780 N 00°01´4380 so the mark has been moved NE slightly. Wind is 230 degrees at 5 kts at the Committee Boat and 200 degrees and 6 knots at the mark. Alinghi have not lost an America's Cup race since 26 June 2007 when they were beaten by 25 seconds by Emirates Team New Zealand. Overall aggregate record over 2003 and 2007 Cup is 10-2.

2/12/10   |   seal_warrior1   |   2229 respect

From the LIVE TICKER 02/12/2010:

11:56

So the postponement is signalled on cue. SI 5.7 states After a long postponement, to alert boats that a race will begin soon, the Race Committee will advise both boats by safety radio approximately 15 minutes before a Warning Signal is displayed. Mark 1 is being moved.