At this point, a confidential Artemis report says, the boat was steering into position to put the wind at its back – “bearing away” in yachting parlance. It’s a tricky maneuver, a 180-degree turn known as “the zone of death,” because the boats may accelerate out of control, while shifting from upwind to downwind.
As the Artemis AC72 attempted its downwind turn, downward pressure was put onto the front of the twin hulls, pushing them into the water. As
Just saw this, and it is well worth watching. I wonder what Simpson would think of what is now happening to the Cup that he gave his life for, and the idea that his death might be used to try to rewrite the design rules for competitive advantage.
A few days ago, Ainslie attended the funeral of his friend Andrew Simpson. The next day he and his crew went out and broke a 16-year old record by racing their AC45 around the Isle Of Wight in 2 hours 52 minutes and 15 seconds (beating the old record by some 16 minutes).
It was a fitting way to pay tribute to Simpson, and a perfect sailing day.
(Hamilton, Bermuda)- The prognosticators who sail Bermuda’s Great Sound (e.g. local knowledge) were convinced the weather forecast was perfect for this year’s Bacardi XL Catlin Bermuda Keelboat Invitational. From November 17 to 19, Bermuda Weather Service, as well as the European Community Model Weather Forecast service (ECMWF), were in agreement that winds would be near gale force from the westerly quadrants for most of the weekend. A “nice breeze” for locals, by the way, is 15-25 knots in this beautiful little island community about 635nm offshore southeast of Newport, RI. For J/105 sailors, especially for those familiar with San Francisco ...
A stirring tribute to a sailor who always seemed to be smiling. It’s a nice testament to, by all accounts, a great guy and a great sailor. Which only makes it all the more saddening that he lost his life for something that is as essentially trivial (in a cosmic sense) as that plaything of billionaires–the America’s Cup.