America's Cup World Series

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America's Cup World Series
Sport Sailing
Founded 2011
No. of teams 8
Country  New Zealand
 United States
 France
 Sweden
 Spain
 China
 South Korea
 United Kingdom
 Italy
Related competitions America's Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup

The America's Cup World Series was a series of match/fleet race regattas leading up to the 2013 America's Cup.

The Yachts[edit]

AC 45s rounding the first mark in San Francisco
The hulls of Oracle's AC45 seen from the bottom

The World Series used AC45 catamarans, a one-design wingsail catamaran with foils designed specifically for the event by the Oracle Racing engineering team. The AC45 was conceived as a smaller version of the larger AC72 class rule which were sailed by competitors during the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup and the 34th America's Cup.

The AC45 has the following specifications:

  • build: honeycombcore carbonfiber sandwich
  • length: 13.45 m (44.1 ft)
  • beam: 6.90 m (22.6 ft)
  • weight: 1,290–1,320 kg (2,840–2,910 lb)
  • maximum draught : 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
  • air draught : 21.5 m (71 ft) without extension, 25.5 m (84 ft) with extension
  • wing: 20 m (66 ft) 83.5 m2 (899 sq ft) wing element with three slotted flaps
  • extension: 4 m (13 ft) high, 8.7 m2 (94 sq ft) area
  • jib area: 48 m2 (520 sq ft), manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice
  • gennaker area: 125 m2 (1,350 sq ft), manufactured by a sail loft of team's choice
  • builders: Core Builders (NZ), Cookson Boats (NZ)
  • crew: 5 + 1 guest

Teams[edit]

  • Oracle Racing fielded two boats in the World Series.[1]
  • Aleph-Équipe de France announced in April 2012 its withdrawal (citing financial reasons and lack of sponsorship) from both the 2012 ACWS and the 34th America's cup.
  • The two teams of Luna Rossa joined the series in 2012 at the Naples venue, while Green Comm Racing did not compete (and has since withdrawn from ACWS and AC34[2] with no clear communication about that).
Club Team Helmsman Sail loft
South Korea Sail Korea Yacht Club Team Korea United Kingdom Chris Draper
Australia Nathan Outteridge
New ZealandPeter Burling
Doyle Sailmakers
Sweden Kungliga Svenska Segelsällskapet Artemis Racing White United States Terry Hutchinson
Sweden Charlie Ekberg
North Sails
Artemis Racing Red Argentina Santiago Lange
Australia Nathan Outteridge
North Sails
New Zealand Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Emirates Team New Zealand New Zealand Dean Barker North Sails
United States Golden Gate Yacht Club Oracle Racing 4 Australia James Spithill
Australia Tom Slingsby
North Sails
Oracle Racing 5
HS Racing
New Zealand Russell Coutts
Australia Darren Bundock
Austria Roman Hagara
North Sails
China Měi Fán Yacht Club China Team Netherlands Mitch Booth
United States Charlie Ogletree
France Frédéric Le Peutrec
New Zealand Philip Robertson
UK Sails[3][4]
France Yacht Club de France Energy Team France Loïck Peyron
France Yann Guichard
Voilerie Incidences
France Aleph Yacht Club Aleph Sailing Team (defunct) France Bertrand Pacé
France Pierre Pennec
North Sails
Spain Real Club Náutico de Valencia Green Comm Racing (defunct) Slovenia Vasilij Žbogar North Sails
Italy Circolo della Vela Sicilia Luna Rossa Piranha United Kingdom Chris Draper North Sails
Luna Rossa Swordfish United Kingdom Paul Campbell-James
Spain Iker Martínez de Lizarduy
ItalyFrancesco Bruni
North Sails
United Kingdom Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Ben Ainslie Racing[5] United Kingdom Ben Ainslie North Sails

AC45 World Series[edit]

2011-2012 AC45 World Series
events

teams
Portugal Cascais
6–14 August 2011
United Kingdom Plymouth
10–18 September 2011
United States San Diego
12–20 November 2011
Italy Naples
11–15 April 2012
Italy Venice
15–20 May 2012
United States Newport
26 June–1 July 2012
Standings
match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race total
United States Oracle Racing 4 10 8 6 10 10 10 4 9 8 9 DSQ (9) DSQ (9) (47) (55) (102)
New Zealand Emirates Team New Zealand 9 10 10 9 8 9 3 8 6 8 5 8 41 52 93
Sweden Artemis Racing White 8 9 8 DNF 3 7 5 10 4 10 7 7 4 50 32 82
France Energy Team 5 3 5 5 9 8 6 7 7 10 6 3 38 36 74
United States Oracle Racing 5 6 7 7 8 5 3 8 3 3 3 DSQ (10) DSQ (5) (39) (29) (68)
South Korea Team Korea 7 4 9 6 4 6 5 6 5 4 3 7 33 33 66
Italy Luna Rossa Piranha - - - - - - 9 10 9 6 8 10 26 26 52
Italy Luna Rossa Swordfish - - - - - - 7 5 4 5 4 6 15 16 31
France Aleph-Equipe de France 3 5 3 7 6 7 - - - - - - 12 19 31
China China Team 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 2 - - 15 16 31
Spain Green Comm Racing 4 6 4 DNS 3 3 3 - - - - - - 11 12 23
2012-2013 AC45 World Series
events

teams
United States San Francisco
21–26 August 2012
United States San Francisco
2–7 October 2012
Italy Naples
16–21 April 2013
Standings
match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race match race fleet race
United States Oracle Racing 4 DSQ (9) DSQ (86) DSQ (10) DSQ (79) DSQ (10) DSQ (80) DSQ (29) DSQ (245)
Italy Luna Rossa Piranha 5 85 1 36 7 70 13 191
United Kingdom Ben Ainslie Racing DSQ (3) DSQ (37) DSQ (4) DSQ (79) DSQ (8) DSQ (65) DSQ (15) DSQ (181)
New Zealand Emirates Team New Zealand 7 43 9 57 6 71 22 171
Sweden Artemis Racing White 8 48 8 72 5 40 21 160
France Energy Team 6 55 5 47 4 58 15 160
Italy Luna Rossa Swordfish 4 51 1 20 9 80 14 151
United States Oracle Racing 5 DSQ (10) DSQ (42) DSQ (6) DSQ (56) - - DSQ (16) DSQ (98)
South Korea Team Korea 2 65 3 40 - - 5 105
Sweden Artemis Racing Red 1 38 7 52 - - 8 90
China China Team 1 15 2 28 2 30 5 73
United States HS Racing - - - - DSQ (3) DSQ (36) DSQ (3) DSQ (36)
  • From the Newport AC45 World Series through all the second season of racing, all Oracle Racing boats (including those loaned to Ben Ainslie and HS Racing) were found to have raced out of measurement, with a 3 kg ballast surplus in the dolphin striker. All points are therefore subject to change and a new winner for both seasons to be declared.[6]

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