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07-04-2013 02:36 AM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Director threatens to scuttle America's Cup

In the latest twist to the contentious America's Cup, regatta director Iain Murray threatened Wednesday to scuttle the competition unless his safety recommendations are upheld by the Cup's international jury.

The five-member jury is scheduled to meet Monday to hear a protest by Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge over Murray's recommendation to require larger, heavier rudder elevators.

Rudder elevators are the winglets on the base of the rudder blades that help control the pitch of the boat. The configuration of the elevators is the only unresolved part of 37 recommendations Murray made after the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson when the Artemis Racing boat capsized May 9.


If the jury agrees with New Zealand and Luna Rossa and allows their original, smaller elevators, Murray said, he'll go back to the Coast Guard, which issued a racing permit this week, and say he doesn't think the racing would be safe.

In that case, the Coast Guard would almost certainly withdraw its permit. "Without a permit to race on San Francisco Bay, there will be no regatta," Murray said.

A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed that a new safety plan would have to be formulated for the event to go on.

"We would have to talk to the America's Cup officials, but they would need a new plan," Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz said.


Dalton said larger elevators are not "necessary or safe at all." In Murray's recommended changes, the elevators would extend beyond the width of the boat, Dalton said. If a crew member fell over the side, he said, the elevator could cut him in half.
07-02-2013 10:25 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

America's Cup park almost ready for Thurday's festivities, Friday's boat parade, and Sunday's first race.

06-22-2013 12:28 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Nobody wanted to see Andrew Simpson or any other sailor die.
Hopefully it never happens again.
That said racing is racing and America's Cup has always been a teckno / courtroom sport.
It has never been one design racing.
Traditionalist will disagree but I for one am glad to have a venue that pushes the limit of the sport.
Just like F1 racing safety will follow.
Perhaps the name of my vessel gives it all away.
MS Bombay 31 Still Crazy
06-21-2013 07:06 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

For those in the bay area, the California Academy of Sciences (in Golden Gate Park) has an AC exhibit, which includes ORACLE's AC45 hanging from the ceiling, as well as miniature models of their AC45 & AC72, along with information wrt the quite impressive wings. Here's a pic from their page.

06-21-2013 03:42 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by JulieMor View Post
You mean like this:

Ooops, sorry. This was pre-12-meter.
I might Endeavor to think that boat was a 30s vintage Cup boat. Beautiful. I wonder who got the job of walking out to tend the jib!
06-21-2013 02:26 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
This is essentially a new sport with little comparison to the old 12 meters which were mostly IN the water.
You mean like this:

Ooops, sorry. This was pre-12-meter.
06-21-2013 08:44 AM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Fybe Ho!
06-20-2013 01:21 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Pop a brewski and enjoy:

Holy Ship! Makes the "good ol' days" look like watching school buses race! We were considering making the trip out to watch but the things are so damned fast the only way to catch more than a quick glimpse will be on the screen.

06-20-2013 01:02 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Pop a brewski and enjoy:

06-20-2013 12:54 PM
Re: Another America’s Cup entry destroyed

Check out the gybe around 1:40. Freakin' epic.

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