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Issue 17    |   23 May 2016      In this issue: 
  • The Duchess Goes Foiling with Sir Ben
  • Chicago AC World Series
  • Parkour Team Tours Groupama Team France Base
  • Lessons from 2013: Complex Systems & Crew Errors
  • Ask Jack: How to Offload a Penalty
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The Duchess Goes Foiling with Sir Ben

Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is the Royal Patron of the British team and was recently in Portsmouth to open the team's new education centre with STEM curricula for UK schoolchildren. She also went for a sail.
The Duchess of Cambridge showed she's quite the sailor, taking the helm on Land Rover BAR's T1 test boat.    
Flying on T1. Maybe the team was training on T1 to get ready for the AC World Series in Chicago - it is close to the configuration of an AC45, with tiller steering, crew sitting on the hull and no grinding pedestals.  
All photos in this article by Lloyd Images.
Easy to recognize, and not just by the pretty smile - no commercial branding on her sailing gear, just her title.

Chicago America's Cup World Series - June 10-12

Public viewing is along the shoreline of Monroe Harbor with the breakwall along the Shedd Aquarium and the Planetarium forming tiered viewing areas.  The race course will be located inside the outer harbor breakwater with designated spectator areas for boaters eager to get up close to the action on the water. 

Grandstand event passes have sold out, but General Admission single day and weekend passes are still available. Ticket info here. And, the latest event news and short videos are on the event's Facebook page, here.

Groupama Team Base

Lorient, France is the the home of Groupama Team France. Skipper Franck Cammas prepared here for his winning Volvo Ocean Race campaign and for his successful 2010 record-setting non-stop circumnavigation to take the Jules Verne Trophy. By the way, the navigator on board Groupama 3 for that record-setting run was Stan Honey, who led the development of the LiveLine augmented reality graphics for the the ACTV broadcasts. And, Cammas's record was broken in 2012 by Banque Populaire, skippered by Artemis Racing's Loïck Peyron.

Even with the smallest budget in this America's Cup cycle, Franck Cammas and Team France are a force to be reckoned with. Cammas is just as ferocious a competitor as the other skippers in this America's Cup cycle. Don't be surprised to see Team France in the semi-finals of the Challenger Playoffs in June 2017.
Video:  Here's an unusual way to tour their base.  

Lessons from 2013: Learning to Sail a Complex Boat Takes Time

The systems for daggerboard control on the AC Class race boats will be extremely sophisticated. All the teams will need time to master the complexity. In 2013, Oracle Team USA won Race 4, their first victory, in spite of a crew error with the daggerboard controls. Eliminating errors like this will be a key to success in Bermuda in 2017. In this video, listen as Artemis helmsman Nathan Outeridge explains what happened.

Reader Questions to "Ask Jack"

Ask me anything about the America's Cup!  I don't claim to know all the answers, but I usually can find someone with the information.

Just reply to this email, or use the "Ask Jack" page on my website.
Hey, Jack,   Could you explain to me what the penalties are when a boat commits a foul and is flagged by the judges? How does the penalized boat exonerate itself?
Matt, from Chicago

Hello Matt,
The penalty is a "slow and go." The penalized boat needs to slow down until the boat they fouled is two boat lengths ahead. The umpires signal the penalty by remotely turning on the boat's blue light. LiveLine system calculates the penalty and turns off the light when the penalized boat has lost the two boatlengths. If they don't slow down right away, the system will increase the penalty. This article shows an extreme case, from a match race in the AC World Series in Naples in 2013.

Thanks for your questions! Keep ‘em coming!


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