America’s Cup: Kiwi Team favorite

The teams of the America’s Cup come back to the course on 27th and 28th February, at Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Oman. Present leaders, Emirates Team New Zealand, would be looking to carry on their authority on the water in the 1 design baffling AC45 class.
In Oman, this is the middle of winter, but the temperature is topping thirty degree Celsius and the breeze is forecast to be light during the contest. Glenn Ashby stated that Muscat is really an interesting place, but more interesting would be the racing over the upcoming few days. This is really going to be on the lighter side of the scale. The present forecast has the breeze peaking at twelve knots over the weekend, so the style of racing as well as the tactics and techniques are going to be more like what they looked at in Gothenburg than in Bermuda, less foiling and more traditional light wind multi hull sailing.
In Gothenburg, the Kiwi squad dominated the pack in the light circumstances of the double points final day racing. This is exactly the thing that they would prefer to repeat in Muscat.


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Japanese join Americas Cup Crew Trials

22 athletes from Japan will trial to join SoftBank Team Japan during the teams crew try-outs to take place from 27th to 29th November, at Riviera Zushi Marina outside Tokyo in Japan. The 3-day selection procedure would comprise intense fitness testing as well as sailing exercises with personal interviews to pin down the free-enterprise field with the target of inviting 2 athletes to become a part of the sailing team.

Dean Barker, the skipper, told that they want the best athletes Japan has to offer. He believes that pinning it down to a few candidates at the end of the try-outs will be an extremely difficult task. They are looking ahead to meeting as well as building relationships with the candidates and expect everyone to put their best.

The trial invitations followed a 3-month long open application procedure which saw hundreds of Japanese athletes give online resumes. The team was astonished at the caliber of applications with the final roster that included top Japanese rowers, sailors, as well as even professional basketball and ice hockey players.

Kazuhiko Sofuku, the team general manager and bowman, said that they have got an incredible amount of applicants, and they all look really great. For Kazuhiko Sofuku, this is an important milestone in Japans restoration to Louis Vuitton Americas Cup contest after having been absent for the last fifteen years. Having raced in 4 Louis Vuitton Americas Cup meets, he expects to pass on his experience and inspire the coming generation of Japanese sailors.

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