Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Planet Sail Episode 2: Matt Sheahan takes time out from tinkering with his RS400

by Matt Sheahan 14 Apr 2020 06:59 BST 28 March 2020
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 'Te Aihe' on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand 36th America's Cup © Emirates Team New Zealand

Welcome to Episode 2 in our new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world. Like much of the world we're still in lock down here in the UK but there's still plenty to report on as Matt Sheahan takes time out from tinkering with his RS400 to report on what's been going on around the word.

In this episode:

01:38 America's Cup - Kiwi focus
05:50 The complete Ocean Race course
07:55 Whitbread archive - 1973-74 & 1977-78
09:58 Crash & Burn in Cornwall
12:29 Olympic view - Ian Walker interview
19:14 Cowes Week latest - Regatta Director speaks
24:24 Small tweak, big difference? Flying Fifteen latest thinking

America's Cup - Kiwi focus
The cancellation of both of the opening America's Cup World Series (Sardinia & Portsmouth) and the global lockdown preventing teams from doing pretty much anything other than train at home, the America's Cup like so many other sporting events has gone on hold. In many ways, of the four teams the Kiwis faced the biggest headache with their AC75 stuck en route between New Zealand and Sardinia. Yet the move to build a small test boat after launching their first AC75 looks like it was a smart move in allowing the team to carry on testing, training and developing ahead of their second boat launch. At least it would if they could go sailing. Nevertheless, the Kiwis seem to be ready to get straight back into it once the lockdown is lifted, so we thought we'd take a look at some of the videos they've been producing over the last few mon the to get feel for what they've been up to so far this year.

The Ocean Race course
It was easy to get confused as to where the next fully crewed around the race would go given that the organisers have been announcing the legs for the next race individually. But now the complete course has been revealed.

Whitbread Archive
As the countdown continues towards the next Ocean Race, here's some fascinating archive of the first two races and links to the official programmes that highlight just how far ocean racing has come.

Cornish Crash & Burn
If you've tripped up while racing at Looe Sailing Club in Cornwall the chances are it was caught on video. And while we've all been there, it's still amusing to see other people take a swim too. Here's a few of the best.

Olympic view
RYA Director of Racing Ian Walker talks exclusively to PlanetSail about how moving the Olympics back a year will affect teams, sailors and campaigns.

Cowes Week Update
While many of the word's events have been postponed or cancelled, some are still planning to run their events. Among them is Cowes Week one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. We talk to Regatta Director Laurence Mead about the plans for this year's event.

Small tweak, big difference - how to boost a Flying 15
Earlier this year we ran a feature on the RYA Dinghy Show which included a reference to a brand new Flying Fifteen that had caught our eyes and those of Olympic sailor Luke Patience. Well, it turns out that this is more than just a new boat, but one that has a tweak that could provide a new set of gears for an already highly refined international keelboat. We go behind the scenes in the Lake District to see what lies under the skin of this latest Flying Fifteen.

Related Articles

PlanetSail: Turning & Sea Breezes
Matt Sheahan continues his 36th America's Cup Analysis With the prospect of a weekend influenced by sea breezes, I take to the air to see what they look like from the skies around Auckland. Plus, why turning an AC75 and turning a plane are the same... but different. Posted on 19 Feb
PlanetSail: The AC75 Throttle
Paul Goodison talks through the complexities of mainsheet trim Never has mainsheet trimming been quite so complex as it now is on an AC75. Olympic Gold medallist and six-time world champion Paul Goodison explains just how complex and powerful an AC75 rig is and how he controlled it aboard American Magic. Posted on 17 Feb
PlanetSail: How To Fly an AC75
Part 2 of Matt Sheahan's chat with Nathan Outteridge In part 2 of my chat with foiling guru, double Olympic medallist, 8 x world champion and former America's Cup helmsman Nathan Outteridge, who has also spent months watching the AC fleet in detail, tells me about how crews handle their AC75s. Posted on 8 Feb
PlanetSail: PRADA Cup - What happened.. what next?
America's Cup reality hit home as the knock out stage of the Challenger series got underway America's Cup reality hit home as the knock out stage of the Challenger series, the Prada Cup got under way. At the end of the semi-final one team would be packing their bags. So, here's how the first knock out phase panned out. Posted on 6 Feb
PlanetSail: AC75 Crew Work Explained Part 1
Matt Sheahan gets the low-down from Nathan Outteridge The spectacle of an AC75 at speed in flight is breathtaking, but to learn to fly these boats at speeds that have rarely been achieved has meant that teams have had to climb a near vertical learning curve. Posted on 26 Jan
PlanetSail: What happened to Patriot
Prada Cup Round Robin 1 & 2 Analysis Round Robin 1 & 2 of the Prada Cup had delivered an explosive start on the road to the America's Cup. At the end of the opening stages, one team was up, another down and one in the middle. Posted on 20 Jan
The Weirdest Victory & other America's Cup stories
PlanetSail OnCourse Episode 9 online now! Throughout 170 years, the battle for the America's Cup has delivered plenty of fascinating stories about people and their campaigns. Posted on 10 Jan
Rigs & Remedies: How can INEOS Team UK improve?
One of the answers may lie in the rig, the powerplant of an AC75 One of the answers may lie in the rig, the powerplant of an AC75. The double skinned 'soft' sails that are used on these boats may look like a compromise between traditional and solid wings, but they are proving to be far more potent. Posted on 4 Jan
What happened in the America's Cup World Series?
PlanetSail's Matt Sheahan reviews the action The long awaited clash of the AC75s delivered way more than most expected. From tacking duels, penalties, wheelies, a near capsize, close calls and close action, the three days of the Prada ACWS delivered an intense snapshot of what we can expect. Posted on 24 Dec 2020
PlanetSail: Vendée Globe Cape to Cape
From retirements to mid-ocean rescues, the Vendée Globe is living up to its reputation From retirements to mid-ocean rescues, the Vendée Globe is living up to its reputation. Steve Ancsell reports on the state of play as the fleet heads from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Leeuwin. Posted on 18 Dec 2020