Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling and crew Blair Tuke are relaxed and confident in this entertaining interview shortly before they traveled to Bermuda for the 35th America’s Cup.
The five America’s Cup teams in Bermuda held the second series of test races in their America’s Cup Class race boats – 17 races in all. In windy conditions Artemis dominated, winning all nine races, including four against Oracle. Oracle beat everyone else, including three wins against stablemates SoftBank Team Japan. Team Japan lost five races but beat Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France once each. BAR raced each team once, beating only the French. France raced each team once, losing to everyone.
America’s Cup Practice Racing – 6-12 April 2017
17 Races Were Run
Head to Head Results
But… All of the teams will continue improving!
France has good straightline speed but are still mastering their boat and the control systems.
BAR has great crew work on a slow boat that they will continue to develop.
Team Japan, like the French, has a fast boat and will continue to improve.
Oracle has heaps of resources and experience at making a comeback.
Artemis will keep getting faster.
And… then there is the mystery team – Emirates Team New Zealand.
We will find out how competitive the Kiwis are during the next training race series – five days beginning Monday 24 April. All reports say they are fast, smooth and confident, as we heard in this interview.
Comments From the The Teams
Oracle Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Percy – Artemis Racing
America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA lost Kyle Langford overboard last week. Kyle had crossed the boat to prepare for a manoeuvre. He was washed right out of his cockpit when the leeward hull dug in.
Thanks to Oracle coach Philippe Presti for posting this to his Instagram feed!
The 2017 America’s Cup may be won or lost on foil design. With a lower wind limit of six knots, it will be crucial to get up on the foils at low speeds. To foil at low speeds, all the teams have built foils that are longer, skinnier, more flexible and harder to control. At high speeds, cavitation increases drag and decreases stability. Straight line top speed, manoeuvrability and stability all needed to be traded off against each other. This video does an excellent job of explaining the design issues. Remember that Nick Holroyd was the head of design at Emirates Team New Zealand for the 2013 America’s Cup and led the work that gave ETNZ the breakthrough to fly their AC72 on hydrofoils.