Our June edition is packed with exclusive content from the world of professional sailing, including:
Obituary: Andrew 'Bart' Simpson; Grant Dalton: ETNZ in San Francisco; Patrizio Bertelli: makes Luna Rossa's presence known; Jack Griffin : The AC72 design battle; Ian Walker: the irresistible lure of one-design; Jack Lloyd: Volvo Race Director; Peter Bayer: the future of IMOCA; Ken Read: President of North Sail Group; Ian Gotts: Training secrets of the professionals; Last Run: Ben Ainslie's JP Morgan BAR sets new UK round the island record.
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Earlier this year, with the dust now settled around his new outright speed record, we sat down with Sailrocket founder and pilot Paul Larsen to get the inside story on how he shattered the previous record and to find out what he planned to do next.
You can read the full text of our exclusive interview in the July edition of Sail Racing Magazine (out at the end of June), but in the meantime, as a taster, here is Larsen's description of what it felt like to be strapped into Sailrocket's tiny cockpit for that breathtaking run.
America's Cup organisers are continuing to make slow progress in their efforts to implement the safety changes recommended by an expert panel following the fatal crash of the Artemis Racing AC72 six weeks ago.
In the days following the incident which claimed the life of Artemis strategist Andrew Simpson, regatta director Iain Murray convened an independent panel of experts to review all matters relating to the safety of sailing the AC45 and AC72 catamarans. On May 22 that committee issued a list of 37 recommended changes, but to date only two of them have made it through to become part of the Cup rules.
Sailing fans who had hoped to witness three international teams duke it out in San Francisco next month for the right to challenge for the 34th America's Cup are likely to be left with little of significance to spectate on until August after Artemis Racing's inability to compete rendered the early rounds of the Louis Vuitton Series all but meaningless.
Artemis Racing CEO Paul Cayard has issued a terse response to what he sees as unsportsmanlike comments made by Grant Dalton - his opposite number at the Emirates Team New Zealand syndicate - around the recent changes to the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series format. ETNZ and the only other challenging team, Italy's Luna Rossa, both wanted to delay the start of the series from July 7 to July 19 and do away with the semi final element of the series - with the top two teams after three round robin rounds going straight to a head to head final.
Stuart S. James, former Executive Director of China Team America’s Cup Sailing, sent us his insightful take on where he thinks the America's Cup when wrong and the significance of Artemis Racing's 'return' to training after their fatal AC72 crash.
It is safe to say that everyone who likes sailing will be glad to see the Swedish America’s Cup syndicate Artemis back on the water following the tragic accident that took the life of Andrew Simpson last month in San Francisco. As a fan of many sports and a participant of sport from many angles it’s always good to see perseverance and passion triumph over adversity.
Podcast versions of our exclusive sailor interviews.
In our latest podcast episode we sit down with Emirates Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton who updates us on the state of readiness of his squad and explains why he has been impressed by what he has seen of Oracle Team USA's second generation AC72. Dalton also shares his views on the safety committee recommendations and why he is still wary of an attempt by one of the other teams to use them to their advantage. We also quiz him on his thoughts about the viability of the Artemis Racing campaign, the lowering of the wind limits, the specific challenges of racing in San Francisco Bay. Finally we ask what the 35th America's Cup might look like if the Kiwis are able to take the Auld Mug back to New Zealand.
In our latest podcast episode, Ian Walker updates us on the state of play at Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing as they prepare their second Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Amongst other things, Walker explains why the move to one-design boats lured him back to the race for his third attempt to lift the coveted VOR round the world trophy, talks us through his strategy for crew selection and shares what he thinks it will take to win the next edition of the race.
In the latest podcast we check in with Jack Lloyd, the Race Director at the Volvo Ocean Race, to get the latest scoop on preparations for the next edition of sailing's most high profile around the world race, including news on the the build of the new boats, the selection of North Sails as the exclusive sail supplier, an explanation of how the new shared shore crew services concept will work, plus much more.
Austrian Peter Bayer is new to the sport of professional yacht racing but as the new managing director of Open Sports Management (OSM) - the company formed by British tycoon Sir Keith Mills to manage the commercial interests of the IMOCA class globally - he is catching up fast.
With substantial experience as a marketing and event director of large-scale events around the globe for more than 15 years and a track record as the Chief Executive Officer of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Bayer brings a much needed fresh pair of eyes to the marketing and expansion of the IMOCA class.
In our latest edition of the Sail Racing Magazine Podcast we quiz him on his new role, the challenges and opportunities he sees in the IMOCA class and ask how OSM plans to expand the appeal of the class outside of France.
We talk to past America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigner Ken Read about his early reaction to the fatal crash of the Artemis Racing AC72, the challenges of his new role as head of North Sails, his thoughts on the next Volvo Ocean Race, the reasons for the dearth of American offshore sailors and his plans for a summer beer can racing on Marstom 32 catamarans.
American professional sailor Charlie McKee was appointed director of high performance sailing at US Sailing last year after the US team failed to turn in a single podium finish at the London 2012 Olympics. In this exclusive podcast interview we quiz McKee on the challenge of building a credible US Olympic sailing squad and find out what he thinks it takes to move from being an aspiring Olympian to standing on the Olympic podium.
Britain's Paul Goodison went into last summer's London 2012 Olympics as defending champion in the Laser class but a torn back ligament soon after racing started put paid to his hopes of a podium finish. In this episode of the Sailing Talk Podcast, amongst other things, Goodison talks about that disappointment, his new found love for Moth sailing and explains why he is taking his time to decide whether to return to Olympic sailing at Rio 2016.
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In the June 2013 edition: Obituary: Andrew 'Bart' Simpson; Grant Dalton: ETNZ in San Francisco; Patrizio Bertelli: makes Luna Rossa's presence known; Jack Griffin : The AC72 design battle; Ian Walker: the irresistible lure of one-design; Jack Lloyd: Volvo Race Director; Peter Bayer: the future of IMOCA; Ken Read: President of North Sail Group; Ian Gotts: Training secrets of the professionals; Last Run: Ben Ainslie's JP Morgan BAR sets new UK round the island record.
In the May Issue: Russell Coutts: Oracle Team USA launch second boat; Knut Frostad: preparing for 2014-15; Richard Brisius: Team SCA Update; Sam Davies: the life of a Team SCA new recruit; Paul Goodison: Olympic time out; Charlie McKee: US Sailing High Performance Director; Mark Ivey: Gold Star coach; Sam Goodchild: takes on the French; Clipper’s new 70 footer; Pilote Media: ‘Get Sponsored’ webinar series; Michael Menninger: American Youth Sailing Force; Chris Cameron: shooting the big cats.
In the April Issue: Neil Cox on the potential of Volvo’s new one-design; Walker and Boag bring Abu Dhabi back for round two; The toughest reporting job in the world?; Cool Runnings?; Tiptoeing through the minefield; Loick Peyron: Artemis Racing’s Swiss Army Knife; Darren Bundock: Time and motion aboard Oracle Team USA’s AC72; Managing the daily grind; Oracle Team USA’s Brad Webb: the changing role of an AC bowman; Red Bull’s AC Young Guns go for it!; Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati Gold Route Record; Maserati’s Mod Job; Cheaper, simpler IRC TCCs a fix for declining racing numbers?; The 45 Knot Gybe.
A selection of feature articles from past magazine editions.
The day of the accident that claimed the life of British Olympic sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson began like any other in recent weeks. The sight of the Oracle and Artemis AC72s charging spectacularly around San Francisco Bay was by then so commonplace that they'd become just another part of the local landscape, attracting no more comment from locals than views of Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was also normal for San Francisco - clear blue skies with winds in the mid to high teens specking the bay with white caps.
Ian Gotts takes a look at how the full time sailing teams like Red Bull Youth America's Cup contenders the American Youth Sailing Force train their bodies and their minds for peak performance. Training is important. Really important. You can’t go out on the race course un prepared and expect to win. Whoever said it’s the 5P’s got it right. 5Ps: Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
One of the USA's best known professional sailors, Ken Read has a quiver of America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigns to his name, along a host of other major titles and regatta victories. Having skippered PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG in the last two Volvo Ocean Races, at the end of last year Read took on a challenge of a different kind when he stepped up into the lofty role of president of the North Sails Group. We tracked Read down in his hometown of Newport Rhode Island to ask about his move to desk duties and to find out what plans he had for the North Sails empire under his guidance.
Open Sports Management (OSM) is a new company created last year by Britain's Sir Keith Mills - the former head of the British America’s Cup campaigners Team Origin, and the deputy chairman of the London Olympic Games - to manage the marketing and commercial rights of the IMOCA class. In an exclusive interview with Sail Racing Magazine, OSM's managing director, Austrian Peter Bayer, shares his vision for developing the IMOCA class.
The announcement earlier this year that Ian Walker would be heading up Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's back-to-back Volvo Ocean Race campaign may have come as a surprise to many who watched him struggle through the last race with a speed deficit and a fragile boat. Aside from a handful of strong performances in the shorter in-port races (where lack of pace could be offset by slick boat handling and tactical smarts) and a single transatlantic leg win in to Portugal, the Emirati boat singularly failed to live up to its Batmobile good looks.
Ever since the yacht America arrived in Cowes in 1851 with her sharply raked masts, concave bow and tightly woven egyptian cotton sails, design and technology have been key to winning the cup that bears America’s name. As the technology battle for the 34th America’s Cup rages, let’s take a look at challenges facing the designers and how each team has responded.