Outteridge joins ETNZ, Burling and Tuke’s future uncertain

America’s Cup: Outteridge joins ETNZ, Burling and Tuke’s future uncertain

by Richard Gladwell / Sail-World.com / nz Oct 27 23:35 UTC
28 October 2021

Nathan Outteridge, ASrtemis Racing – Press conference May 24, Bermuda © Richard Gladwell – Sail-World.com / nz

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen step onto the medal podium for the 49er men’s silver medal presentation – Olympic Sailing Regatta 2016 © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

Emirates Team New Zealand has announced the signing of Nathan Outteridge (35) to join its sailing team for the 37th America’s Cup.

The signing was announced this morning on the Stuff.co.nz website.

The Australian, now New Zealand resident, Olympic gold and silver medalist was part of the 36th America’s Cup commentary squad. As such, it complies with the New Zealand residency requirements that should be applied for the 37th America’s Cup.

The given squad has no indication as to whether 2021 Olympic silver medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been re-signed for America’s Cup defenders, or how Outteridge will fit into the existing alignment.

Certainly, the signing of Outteridge is a hit in the America’s Cup market, whether for a challenge from an Australian club, via an Australian or international backer, or within the sailing team of another. challenger. But his involvement in another team is conditional on compliance with the AC37 residency conditions.

Outeridge’s signing also resolves Emirates Team NZ’s long-standing issue of not having a reserve bar. The difficulty is that the team can only pitch one new AC75, and whether Burling or Outteridge are selected as coxswain for the Match, both must have reasonable time at the helm.

Their other alternative is to take inspiration from the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli setup and perform a separate coxswain on either side of the boat and avoid the ballet of cross-tacking when the coxswain changes sides during a tack or tackle. of a jibe. This option should be explored in two-boat race trials.

Outteridge brings useful match racing experience, gained during his recovery from being seriously injured in a car crash in 2005. This opens up the possibility for the Kiwis to be pitted against the Australians if the team purchases two of the new AC40 class. which will be used in the preliminary rounds of the America’s Cup.

Or they can pit an AC40 against the nearly 40-foot test boat Te Kahu, if it is returned to service. If more match racing expertise is required, it wouldn’t be surprising to see former match racing world champion Phil Robertson (NZL) sign for the Kiwi team. The big surprise of the 36th America’s Cup was that the high-speed AC75s in the game itself were reasonably close in speed, and a solid performance in the starting box was essential to secure a victory. This prerequisite was made doubly so in the lighter winds that prevailed for the Auckland Regatta, where the teams realized the significant effects of rig turbulence – both of their own making and that of their opponent.

One problem is certain that Emirates Team New Zealand cannot continue with the same sail setup they used for the AC36, where they had the option to run two AC75s once the Prada Cup started, but they do not. have not.

They could have launched a second test boat similar to Te Kahu and used it for two-boat training, but they did not. Instead, they opted to perform a mixture of simulator training and contested training using a team pursuit boat as an opponent. They had used the same approach for Bermuda with limited success – but there they also had the opportunity to sail the Challenger Selection Series and gain vital racing experience in the AC50 foiled wing sail multihull. .

In Auckland, match racer veteran Jimmy Spithill owned the starting line in most Prada Cup and America’s Cup races. The Kiwis only got their measure in the middle of the series when the score was 3-3 after three days of racing. At that point, they began to use their intelligence of two Finn Gold Cup winners and two Olympic gold medalists to make sure they were in the driver’s seat from the first mark. Clearly, this is an area where Emirates Team New Zealand can win.

For reasons that are not entirely clear, Burling and Tuke released a statement to the media in mid-October that they had not signed for Emirates Team New Zealand. At the time, they were about to return to a quarantine facility in Auckland for a 14-day stay after returning from absence, since the end of June, for the Tokyo2020 and SailGP regattas. The duo have had a busy sailing schedule with the America’s Cup, Tokyo2020 and several events on the SailGP circuit, plus they are promoting their LiveOcean charitable conservation trust.

These events are all lined up again in 2024 – the year the next America’s Cup is slated to take place, in Europe, with the Paris 2024 Olympics about a month or less later. If the regatta is in 2025/6 – four or five years is normal when there is a change of venue, then there is less of a problem. The Ocean Race is set to start in October 2022, there is no indication whether Burling and Tuke intend to compete in their second round-the-world race, or if they have other plans in the works.

Their commitment to the Sail GP regatta is expected to consist of eight regattas during the season, with the possibility of replacing the crew as happened in 2021. Last Friday, at a Road for Gold webinar, Burling admitted that the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic regatta for 12 months put a lot more pressure on their running and training schedules than expected for the three major events.

This pressure on the schedule likely counted against them at Tokyo 2020 where they appeared to be all human, losing the gold medal in a tie-breaker, after tying the points with a British crew whose only goal was to 2020 and 2021 was the Tokyo2020 49er event.

Burling and Tuke have been linked with Alinghi’s new squad, backed by two-time America’s Cup winner Ernesto Bertarelli, who are said to be in preparation for a challenge for the 37th America’s Cup. However, in order for the Kiwi couple to sail to a country other than New Zealand, they would have to comply with the nationality requirements of the protocol for the AC37 which is due to be announced in just over a few weeks.

Their other option is to do something more with the SailGP circuit led by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts and backed by two-time America’s Cup winner and San Francisco-based software mogul Larry Ellison.

Nathan Outteridge moved from 49er class to mixed multihull for Tokyo 2020, after his regular crew Iain Jensen signed with the British America’s Cup squad for the 2017 and 2021 America’s Cups. Sailing with her sister Haylee on the Nacra17, the Outteridge were not selected for the Tokyo 2020 Australian team, in place of the 2016 Olympic silver medalist crew, who finished sixth at Enoshima.

Outteridge was the training partner with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke for the 2012 Olympic Regatta at Weymouth, where he and his crew Iain Jensen won the gold medal while Burling and Tuke won silver. The Kiwi pair returned the favor at the 2016 Olympic Regatta in the 49er class, winning gold, with Outteridge and Jensen wanting the silver.

During a distinguished sailing career, Outteridge won nine world championships in several classes, including the 29er, 420, International Moth and 49er. He won two World Sailing Youth titles in the 29er single scull and 420 dinghy classes.

In January 2005 he was involved in a serious car accident on his way to the Sail Melbourne Regatta, where he was scheduled to compete in his first regatta in the 49er class. Many believed that the accident would put an end to a very promising sailing career.

However, Outteridge was able to successfully recover and returned to sailing in the Youth Match racing circuit before returning to the 49er class and placing 5th in the 2008 Olympic Regatta.

He joined the Swedish Artemis Racing Team for the America’s Cup 2013 in San Francisco, but after a tragic accident on their first AC72, the team was eliminated from the Challenger Selection Series.

In 2017, Outteridge and Peter Burling competed in the Challenger Finale of the Louis Vuitton Trophy to select the Challenger of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. In the most contested event of the regatta, Outteridge sail Artemis Racing was beaten 5-2 by Emirates Team New Zealand. One of those wins for New Zealand was by a margin of just 1 second, and another went to the Kiwis after Outteridge slipped overboard during a jibe.

After the regatta, it turned out that Artemis Racing had beaten the Defender Oracle Team USA in 15 practice races before the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and the Swedish challenger added to more wins by beating Oracle Team USA at twice during the Round Robin phase of the Challenger Selection. Series.

Since the America’s Cup 2017, Outteridge has been one of the first skippers to settle in the GP sailing circuit, sailing with a mixed Japanese crew, he sits third overall in Season 2, ahead of America’s Cup rivals INEOS Britannia in fourth place and the NZSailGP team led by Burling, fifth overall, with two events to be contested during the season.

Outteridge is the second Australian born to join the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team. He has a long-standing friendship with Glenn Ashby, sail trimmer and 2017 skipper, who was part of the America’s Cup crew held in Bermuda and Auckland, which has reportedly been re-signed for the upcoming Cup. ‘America.

Burling and Tuke are expected to wait until the protocol for the 37th America’s Cup is announced on November 17 before deciding whether to stay with Emirates Team NZ or accept another team that can accommodate them or move away from the America’s Cup altogether.

Of course, there are plenty of options.