1970 America's Cup Winner Bill Ficker Dies at Age 89
(Mar 15) Bill Ficker, Skipper of the 1970 America's Cup defender Intrepid, died Monday in Newport, CA, at the age of 89. A member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, Ficker also belongs to the even smaller fraternity of skippers who have successfully defended the Cup with (what many believed to be) a slower boat than the opponent, Gretel II. Ficker was also lined up to skipper a defender candidate in the following America's Cup cycle, but had to give in to professional commitments as the date slipped from 1973 to 1974. An accomplished sailor in Star class since his teens, Ficker was dedicated to developing other young sailors throughout his life.
More America's Cup News:
Jan 31: Bob Grieser, noted America's Cup photographer, dies at age of 70:
Dec 21: Jimmy Spithill
saves his arm following elbow complications, will skip Sydney-Hobart, but be
ready for build-up to America's Cup 2017:
Dec 17: Murray Jones comes
back to help Emirates Team New Zealand, joining a returning Rod Davis:
Oct 17: 2017 America's Cup schedule official confirmed. Qualifiers start May 26;
Defense June 17:
Sep 13: Historic yachting firm Sparkman & Stephens has new ownership:
Sep 8: Young talented sailors drawn to foiling boats, on path to become
America's Cup competitors:
Sep 5: Tom Slingsby to helm Oracle Team USA in France in place of injured (but
recovering) Jimmy Spithill:
June 7: Tod Reynolds, in charge of organizing the Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago, talks to Scuttlebutt Sailing
June 7: Ben Ainslie and team thinking ahead to changes for America's Cup future: The Telegraph
May 22: America's Cup history, with John Rousmaniere, featured on CBS Sunday Morning: Watch Video (2:28)
May 6: "The America's Cup in Manhattan Once Again":
Jan 19: Tickets
now on sale for Louis Vuitton
ACWS Chicago, coming this June:
Dec 10: Land Rover BAR's
new development boat T2 capsizes, crew okay, minor damage to wing:
Nov 30: Team France
skipper Franck Cammas seriously injured in GC32 foiling catamaran accident:
Nov 26: Adam Minoprio, former TNZ and Luna Rossa sailor, now with Groupama Team
Oct 15: Going offshore
... "How Bermuda Landed the America's Cup":
Oct 15: Finding common
ground, Dean Barker and Jimmy Spithill move on from 2013's battles:
Oct 7: Max Sirena,
former Luna Rossa skipper, joins Emirates Team New Zealand:
Oct 5: 'A Jetfighter on the
water' ... The newest Land Rover BAR development boat
Sep 30: SoftBank Team Japan adds top designer Nick Holroyd from ETNZ:
Sept 17: Artemis Racing
adds Francesco Bruni, former Luna Rossa tactician and helmsman
Aug 20: ESPN International
will show live America's Cup racing through 2017 in 40 countries
Aug 20: Emirates TNZ takes delivery of former Luna Rossa gear, including AC45 test bed: ETNZ on Facebook
Aug 14: Royal Yacht
Squadron is ready for the next 200 years, with an eye on the America's Cup:
Aug 11: "Big, beautiful,
swift, and marvelous..." Gary Jobson considers the future of the America's Cup:
July 25: America's Cup
partners with ISAF on Youth Sailing, updated Racing Rules published:
July 21: Tech bits:
One-Design foils for the AC45s - new rudders and daggerboards mounted:
July 21: Chinese team is one of three potential entries for 2017 America's Cup
or beyond, says Coutts:
July 8: J Class yachts
Velsheda, Ranger, and Lionheart set for Royal Yacht
June 24: BAR becomes Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, welcoming new title sponsor:
June 8: Chris Draper, formerly with Luna Rossa, joins SoftBank Team Japan:
June 5: Ben Ainslie Racing CEO Martin Whitmarsh, former McLaren F1 guru, profiled at CNN.com
June 3: 12-Meter regatta in San Francisco could be TV-ready, says veteran Cup
producer Geoff Mason:
May 22: A new J Class yacht
coming? Unbuilt 1936 Frank Paine design on the boards at Hoek:
May 20: Dean Barker
confirmed as skipper and CEO of Softbank Team Japan:
May 12: Emirates will
continue Team New Zealand sponsorship for 2017:
May 7: Kansai YC/SoftBank Team Japan's challenge is officially accepted for 2017 America's Cup
May 6: Return of LVC? Louis
Vuitton and America's Cup courting each other after Prada exit:
Apr 19: Challenges facing
Challengers for 2017 America's Cup:
Apr 17: Officials confirm
America's Cup Qualifiers to be in Bermuda, along with Playoffs and Match:
Apr 13: ISAF finds "no case
to answer" in complaint aimed at 2013 America's Cup Jury:
Apr 11: America's Cup
historian Bob Fisher decries changes to yachting's most famous race:
Apr 10: America's Cup World Series in Italy officially cancelled. Racing begins in Portsmouth, July 24-26: Official Site
Apr 2: ACEA Commissioner
Harvey Schiller offers statement on Luna Rossa exit:
Apr 1: Kimball Livingston's
thoughts on the latest America's Cup upheaval:
Mar 31: Oracle Team USA's
cargo ship comes in, unloads team equipment in move to Bermuda:
Mar 30: If changes made
"... it seems certain new teams will join this edition of the Cup," says Coutts:
Mar 30: Race areas and spectator plans announced for America's Cup World Series Portsmouth: TeamLocals
Mar 27: Why reducing costs
is a risk to the America's Cup, from Matthew Sheahan at:
Mar 21: Luna Rossa's AC72
placed on permanent display at Science and Technology Museum in Milan:
Mar 18: Artemis Racing
signs sponsorship deal with watch-maker Ulysse Nardin:
Mar 18: America's Cup World
Series Portsmouth, set for July 23-26, has sold over 85,000 tickets:
Mar 17: Ben Ainslie and
Paul Campbell-James return to Bermuda to train on Nacra 20s:
Mar 16: Oracle Team USA's
2013 America's Cup victory cited for impact of big data in sport:
Mar 13: 1958 America's
Cup-winner Briggs Cunningham's race car honored on historic registry:
Mar 12: Ben Ainslie Racing
hires McLaren F1 boss Martin Whitmarsh as CEO:
Mar 9: Oracle Team USA
receives development approval for new 7.2 acre base in Bermuda:
Mar 6: Plans for 2017
America's Cup Qualifiers & 2016 World Series in Auckland are uncertain:
Mar 4: Dick Enerson, crew
on 1964 America's Cup winner Constellation, remembers an era in Newport:
Feb 25: Franck Cammas and
Groupama prepare a Team France foiling AC45 for the 2015 ACWS circuit:
Feb 25: In the footsteps of
J Class designer Starling Burgess, building a new Dymaxion car:
Feb 20: Per Burling interview Dean Barker still onboard, no decision on ETNZ skipper: Stuff.co.nz
Feb 19: America's Cup Class
USA-54 arrives in Chicago, cold weather for marine mammals:
Feb 19: Foiling AC45 yachts
from Oracle and Artemis enjoy outing in San Francisco:
Feb 18: Reports that Dean
Barker is leaving are inaccurate, says Emirates Team New Zealand:
Feb 17: Team New Zealand
funding firms up as 2017 America's Cup Qualifiers may head to Auckland
Feb 16: Decision deadlines
slip for America's Cup Qualifiers, venues, and other regatta elements:
Feb 12: Historic J-Class
yachts to compete in Bermuda between Cup races in 2017:
Jan 27: Gougeon Brothers to
again supply Oracle Team USA with resins and adhesive:
Jan 24: Virgin, Richard
Branson, may become another sponsor of BAR's challenge:
Jan 22: Luna Rossa says
America's Cup World Series in Cagliari is confirmed for June 4-7:
Jan 10: Bermuda America's
Cup Team effort with Dennis Conner has been scrapped:
Jan 8: "Cracking along
quite nicely..." BAR's new UK team base taking shape:
Jan 5: Ben Ainslie going
full speed, $130M budget, 55 staff, and at least one Duchess:
Dec 28: Tall ships event in
Bermuda scheduled to precede the America's Cup in June 2017:
Dec 10: Team New Zealand
pulls out of Extreme Sailing Series Sydney to concentrate on America's Cup:
Dec 8: Financial
commitments that could total $77M helped land America's Cup in Bermuda:
Dec 8: Attending the NYC
venue announcement with John Mangino:
Dec 5: Bermuda to gain $14M
in taxes on $250M America's Cup impact, but supply facilities and more:
On San Francisco not hosting the 35th Defense: America's Cup thoughts for a traditional event in modern era from Kimball Livingston at Blue Planet Times
Dec 3: Iain Murray to
return as Regatta Director for 2017 America's Cup?
Dec 1: Team France
announcement expected in Paris, possibly to confirm ACWS in Lorient:
Nov 30: Minister Stephen
Joyce says choice of America's Cup venue will affect ETNZ public funding:
Nov 23: Jimmy Spithill to
have surgery for torn tendons in elbow dating to 2013 America's Cup:
Nov 20: Luna Rossa Open Day December 12 on
Cagliari for first 1000 registrants:
Nov 17: Harold S. Vanderbilt, three-time
America's Cup winner, named to RI Hall of Fame:
Nov 7: Bermuda legislation sought by Governor to back 2017 America's Cup hosting bid: Bernews
Nov 4: Shares of Sceptre: Own, sail, and
preserve an historic America's Cup 12-Meter:
Nov 4: Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill wins Sailor
of the Year honor for 2013 America's Cup comeback:
Oct 28: Artemis Racing brings Laser Champion and
Moth Sailor Paul Goodison:
Oct 23: Airbus Becomes Technology Partner for
Oracle Team USA's America's Cup Defense:
Oct 8: Portsmouth, England, to host America's Cup
World Series events in June 2015, July 2016:
Oct 2: Herreshoff Museum's replica of 1903
America's Cup winner Reliance advances, at 1/6 scale:
Images: America's Cup Photographers
Editor's Choice: A Yacht Race and More in Miami
For older news stories, See News Archives of America's Cup Stories 2005-2012
Feb 28: Emirates Team New Zealand "Not Over" 2013 loss, seeks victory in
5 of 6 Teams Agree on Plans for America's Cup Matches in 2019 and 2021
(Jan 25) Challenger teams from France, Sweden, Japan, England and the Defender, Golden Gate YC announced today that they have reached a broad ranging agreement on the format and timing of America's Cup racing for four years following the match scheduled for next June. The agreement establishes the yachts that will be used, the format of racing in the period between defenses, and sets restrictions intended to reduce costs and entice more entrants for future regattas. Today's agreement extends an earlier understanding to continue using foiling multihulls. One current challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand has not formally signed on.
Among the highlights:
Paul Elvstrom, Legendary Sailor, 1928-2016
(Dec 9) Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom, a leader in the sport of sailboat racing for generations, died December 7 at the age of 88. A four-time Olympic Gold Medalist (once in the Firefly and three times in the Finn) and 13-time World Champion, "The Great Dane" developed faster sailing techniques, invented new yacht hardware, designed better sails, and wrote popular books on racing. One of his greatest influences, though, may have been the example he set for the sport, a defining intensity, both mentally and physically.
Elvstrom's connection to the America's Cup was tenuous, primarily an ill-fated arrangement in which the Dane was to lead a French challenge effort under Baron Bich for the 1974 America's Cup. They parted ways before ever starting a race.
Harvey Schiller Resigns as America's Cup Commercial Commissioner
(Aug 22) Dr. Harvey Schiller, who has served as the Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup, handling many areas of responsibility that are not directly racing related, will step down from the position at the end of this month, the Associated Press reports. The departure is said to be Schiller's decision.
Bertarelli and Dunraven to Join America's Cup Hall of Fame for 2016
(July 19) Ernesto Bertarelli, patron of Switzerland's Alinghi team, and Britain's Lord Dunraven will be the Class of 2016 inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.
Bertarelli's team won the America's Cup in his first campaign, the only challenger ever to do so, beating Team New Zealand. Bertarelli then defended the Cup successfully in 2007, again defeating Team New Zealand, before losing to the Golden Gate YC/BMW Oracle trimaran effort in 2010.
Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, holding the title of Lord Dunraven, challenged in 1893 with Valkyrie II, losing to Vigilant, and challenged again in 1895 with Valkyrie III, losing to the yacht Defender.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place this fall, October 21, at
the New York YC.
Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago
Emirates Team New Zealand won the unofficial race, pulling out to over 500m lead, finding better wind at the right times. It's hard to take much away from Saturday's fluky, patchwork wind conditions in regard to how the teams are progressing, but Team Japan's win helps support the case for increasing parity among the six teams.
The sailors don't get to race or train on the one-design AC45s except at regattas, but they adjust quickly to being back onboard. Mainly what the results of these races help illustrate is how well each group is at responding to conditions, trimming the boat to suit, calling and executing proper tactics. In other words, these races are a test of how well they are anticipating each other and sailing as a unified team.
Today's wind should be solid, racing starting on time, and crowds even bigger, with more comfortable weather. Points count double today, Sunday. Emirates Team New Zealand leads the season standings, with three LV ACWS regattas still on the schedule.
Artemis wins the ACWS Chicago regatta!
Emirates Team New Zealand protects their series standings lead, still ahead of
Land Rover BAR by 10 points.
Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago
Weather warm, mid-90s F. Intermittent storms possible late in the day, but less likely during race time. Local conditions near-live and webcams from NOAA near Navy Pier.
Saturday looks to be nearly the same conditions, with gusts perhaps down just a notch.
TNZ keeps going up the left side of the course and it pays for now, 50m ahead, but they will lose a bit trying to tack back. Artemis out to 20m ahead as the fleet comes back together on the top of the course. Oracle goes far left, losing ground in the process, and BAR climbs into second on a well-timed shift. Team Japan third.
Artemis goes into the gate on port, bears away for the righthand gate. Bar is 11 seconds back, and Japan 18 seconds off the lead. France, New Zealand, and USA round out the order at the first windward mark.
On the second downwind leg, Artemis goes to the starboard layline and jibes, while France picks up a boundary penalty. At the leeward gate, Artemis rounds slightly ahead, while BAR gets an overlap with Team Japan, threatening to luff them, so Japan tacks away after rounding. Still working the downwind leg, Oracle on port, set up for a jibe has to quickly avoid a collision with an incoming Artemis on starboard. Oracle is caught with their wing out of position, the leeward runner obstructing easing the wing, and capsizes in the maneuver, apparently uninjured and undamaged, but putting an end to their race.
Team France turns right at the bottom gate, hoping to split with the leaders and find some gain on the final windward leg.
Upwind Artemis is still leading in the middle to right of the course, with BAR close by trying to find an opportunity to pass, and Team Japan taking the left side of the course. Artemis tacks to cross BAR, it’s close, but they make it. They come to the left side while Japan now goes right. And the Japanese go to first place, nailing the wind shift. Bar second.
On the final downwind leg, Japan leads by 150m, Artemis is into second, and ETNZ third. Into the final downwind gate, Japan round with Artemis just one length back, looking to pass. Japan accelerates better out of the turn and wins by a delta of nine seconds. Artemis finishes 14 seconds ahead of France.
Softbank Team Japan wins Race 1! Artemis Racing is second by 9 seconds, Groupama Team France is third, Emirates Team New Zealand is fourth, Land Rover BAR is 5th, and Oracle Team USA is DNF (did not finish) after capsize.
Race start set for 3:45. Underway. TNZ wins Race 2! Oracle Team USA
Second, Team Japan third, Artemis 4th, BAR 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.
Louis Vuitton ACWS New York:
Tides: High Tide 10:17 am, Low Tide 4:22 pm. (NOAA
predictions for Battery Park Station) Racing will again be in an ebb tide
approaching low tide. Tidal range is about 6 feet. Tidal flow in combination
with river current can be significant and will affect tacking and mark rounding.
See Race Area
Team Japan's win, their first in an ACWS race, encourages the thought that the lower tier teams may find a more equal footing this year with the top of the fleet.
Either way, there's a very good chance of seeing three high-speed, technically challenging races today that should make good viewing for race fans. Sunday's races will be televised in the US on NBCSN.
Overall: Emirates Team New Zealand wins the New York Louis Vuitton ACWS regatta, defends their place atop the 2015-2016 overall points standings.
Louis Vuitton ACWS New York:
Tides: High Tide 9:22 am, Low Tide 3:44 pm. (NOAA
predictions for Battery Park Station) Racing will be in an ebb tide
approaching low tide. Tidal range is about 6 feet. Tidal flow in combination
with river current can be significant and will affect tacking and mark rounding,
especially when headed up river (north).
Racing in New York will be difficult with tides, current, debris, erratic winds that threatens to be very light Saturday and very strong on Sunday. Likely this weekend will see some shakeup in the status quo.
Race 1 Attempt 1:
Latest update is a targeted 3:20 pm start, subject to Race Committee evaluation of the conditions. Some wind has filled in and the boats are moving.
Race 1 Attempt 2:
Race 1 Attempt 3:
Substitute Race: Racing is off on short course. Japan leads at Gate 2, with France second. At Gate 3 it is Japan, France close behind, but FRA on port crosses ahead of Artemis coming into the gate on starboard, forcing the Swedes to duck. ETNZ and LR BAR round out the order at Gate 3. USA into 3rd after France is penalized for the port-starboard infraction with Artemis. Emirates Team New Zealand has a bad wrap in their roller-furler, drops back.
Upriver toward the finish in front of North Cove Marina, JPN still leading, soaking low. Oracle separates from Team Japan, sailing upriver, hoping to come back on a hot angle to the finish. Japan takes first place. Artemis approaches the line, but is too far downriver and will have to tack out and back to finish. They do so in time to finish second. France is coming to the line for third, with a much faster Oracle, now on their hot angle, nearly nipping them, but finishing 4th by three seconds. Land Rover BAR and ETNZ round out the finish.
To emphasize, this substitute is not considered an official race, but it could become official if the start of the first race is delayed on Sunday. SoftBank Team Japan takes their first #1 finish in a Louis Vuitton ACWS event, though unofficial. Artemis Racing second, Groupama Team France third, Oracle Team USA fourth, Land Rover BAR fifth, and Emirates Team New Zealand sixth.
First start tomorrow is set for 2:07 pm ET in New York. Three Fleet races
planned. And plenty of wind expected!
Land Rover BAR wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman
The AC45F fleet was back on the water and racing this Saturday and Sunday at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Muscat, Oman.
Saturday, Feb 27: ETNZ wins R1, Land Rover BAR wins R2 and R3 and leads the
Viewing: Racing can be watched in replay via the AC App (purchase
required) or on television, depending on country. In the USA, the only
television coverage for Oman was a highlights show Saturday, March 12.
Louis Vuitton ACWS Muscat, Oman:
Oracle Team USA wins Race 5! Groupama Team France is 2nd, Emirates TNZ is 3rd, BAR is 4th, Artemis Racing is 5th, and Softbank Team Japan is 6th.
Groupama Team France wins Race 6!
Land Rover BAR wins Louis Vuitton ACWS Oman. Emirates Team New Zealand retains their lead in the overall ACWS Standings.
Louis Vuitton ACWS Muscat, Oman:
Day 1 in Muscat, Oman, however, comes with a forecast consensus of 7-8 kts of wind, enough for racing but making foiling an uncertain proposition. If the wind is solid enough to get a fair race off, it will be an interesting test of crew and techniques. The light winds have been expected for several days, at least, giving team the chance to optimize tuning and refine game plans for the situation. Sunday's forecasts currently expect similar conditions.
One technical point to keep in mind in light race conditions: any and all boats finishing more than 10 minutes behind the winning boat are scored Did Not Finish (DNF). Regardless of the number of boats scored DNF, they would each receive the same number of points as a last place finish.
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 1! Oracle Team USA is 2nd, Land Rover BAR is 3rd, Artemis Racing 4th, Softbank Team Japan 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.
Land Rover BAR wins Race 2! Team Japan is 2nd, Groupama Team France 3rd, ETNZ 4th, Artemis 5th, and OTUSA 6th.
Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR leads the regatta at the conclusion of Day 1. See Oman regatta standings
With the current points from Oman, BAR would move into second place on the ACWS
overall rankings, but there are over 60 points left to be awarded in Oman with
three more races set for tomorrow, scored double points.
Artemis Racing wins LVACWS Bermuda.
ETNZ will remain the series leader after three regattas.
Sunday's schedule will be changed from two races to three races.
Friday's schedule calls for two practice races with the AC45 cats, rehearsing
for the start of racing tomorrow.
Gothenburg Race Day 2 (Final Day):
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg
Emirates Team New Zealand prevailed in the second World Series regatta of the 2017 America's Cup cycle, as six foiling AC45 catamarans competed in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 28-29.
Friday, August 28: Practice Races and Sprint Race
Oracle Team USA wins Races 1 and 2,
Standings: the Race 3 results leave three teams with 34 points. After tiebreak ETNZ tops the standings, followed by Land Rover and Oracle. Artemis Racing is 4th, trailing by only 2 points. Team Japan has 25, and Team France has 21. Four teams can still win the event in the final race.
ETNZ wins Race 4 and the ACWS in Gothenburg! Team Japan 2nd in Race 4, Team France 3rd, Oracle 4th, BAR 5th, Artemis 6th.
Regatta standings (provisional):
Gothenburg Race Day 1:
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg Races 1 and 2 went off in “fresh” air, winds WSW at 15-18 knots under clear skies. The short course featured five laps, along with a surprise, rock obstructions to manage in the middle.
At the first upwind gate USA still led, followed closely by SWE and NZL. The downwind speed of the foiling cats made short work of the leeward leg.
On the second upwind leg, Land Rover BAR played the left side of the course for a gain. This strategy would remain a good game plan all day, with most boats finding lifts on that side. At the gate, the order was 1-USA, 2-GBR, 3-NZL, 4-SWE, 5-JPN, 6-FRA.
Ben Ainslie managed a split with Oracle Team USA on the fourth weather leg, closing up some distance to the leader. Jimmy Spithill, though, covered his former teammate, protecting his position and taking the first race of the regatta.
Oracle Team USA wins Race 1! Land Rover BAR 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Artemis Racing 4th, SoftBank Team Japan 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.
At the first upwind gate, with USA leading, the British and the Kiwis were nearly tied for second, splitting the gate and coming out onto opposite gybes looking for separation. At the second upwind gate, Oracle Team USA still led while Emirates Team New Zealand finally clawed ahead of Ben Ainslie Racing.
The Brits gained on the second downwind by setting their gennaker, a tactic they used successfully last month in Portsmouth. On the short course the sail requires tidy crew work, but delivers an advantage when done properly. The move worked again here, allowing GBR to lead NZL at the leeward gate.
On the third upwind, still in first, Oracle again stayed left though the others at the head of the fleet went right, adding to USA’s lead. The fourth upwind unfolded similarly, with Ainslie and Burling jousting for second place while Spithill extended, claiming his second win of the day after leading wire-to-wire.
Oracle Team USA wins Race 2! Land Rover BAR 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Softbank Team Japan 4th, Groupama Team France 5th, Artemis Racing 6th.
Racing resumes on Sunday, with Races 3 and 4 to conclude the ACWS in Gothenburg. Scoring will be weighted double for Sunday's races.
Current Standings after Day 1:
Artemis was hampered by a collision with an underwater rock formation, throwing crew around on the boat and damaging their foil and rudder.
Friday saw Artemis Racing damage their AC45 in a pre-practice-race capsize, but the boat was back in shape in time for racing on Saturday. ETNZ also sat out Friday, while Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR each won a practice race.
Portsmouth Final Race Day: Sunday July 26
Due to severe weather conditions, Sunday's Racing Schedule has been abandoned. No Racing.
High winds raised doubts about safety for spectators and competitors. The
remainder of the racing schedule will not take place.
The Portsmouth Regatta is concluded. Standings will remain as they were
following Saturday's races, with Land Rover BAR taking first place.
Sunday Outlook: Race Day 2 (Final Day)
Portsmouth Race Day 1: Saturday July 25
Land Rover BAR wins Race 1! Oracle in 2nd by delta of 10 seconds, ETNZ third, Team Japan 4th, Artemis 5th, Team France 6th.
ETNZ continues leading around Mark 4, order unchanged except Oracle passing Artemis. Upwind, Ainslie on BAR tries to split to the left, looking for a way to gain, slipping into 3rd ahead of Japan. Team France sailing the middle of the course, pressing leader ETNZ. Code Zero problem for the Kiwis costs some distance, but Kiwis still lead around the windward mark. ETNZ turns left, France turns right, BAR closing up in 3rd. Team Japan just ahead of Oracle, Barker with rights tries but can't hold off more speed from Spithill as they round onto the final downwind leg. ETNZ's lead is close to 200m. Ainslie's sights are set on catching Team France.
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 2! Land Rover BAR takes second, Team France 3rd, Oracle 4th, Team Japan 5th, Artemis 6th after struggling with sails.
Standings after Race Day 1: (provisional)
BMW Returns as Event and Team Sponsor
Oracle Team USA to Benefit from Technology Partnership
(July 9) German automaker BMW will return to an America's Cup role, becoming a sponsor of the event itself along with providing engineering expertise to the defender, Oracle Team USA. The agreement renews a partnership that BMW held with the Oracle sailing team from 2003 to 2010. The company's new role with the event is termed "event organizer," will bring a BMW branding presence to the race course, including the marks, the racing fleet, and various technology driven aspects of the television broadcast.
Immersive VR Headsets Meant to Wow VIP Spectators
(July 6) Animation Research Ltd., the New Zealand company that helped make live America's Cup coverage available on the internet via Virtual Spectator, has developed a system to provide a few fortunate fans with 3D headsets that place them onboard a new 48-foot America's Cup Class yacht, and on the historic 1851 schooner America, too. But you won't be able to try it at home, the setup will be only for onsite visitors to the America's Cup World Series races starting this summer.
Alan Bond, 1938-2015
(Jun 5) Alan Bond, who led the first successful America's Cup challenge in
history, bringing yachting's most famous trophy home with him to Western
Australia, has died following complications due to heart surgery. Bond was
77. Bond's fourth campaign in 1983, centered on designer Ben Lexcen's
winged-keel 12-Meter Australia II and skippered by John Bertrand, beat
the US defender for the first time in 132 years. Though an irrepressible
character, a self-made millionaire many times over, a national hero, and a
central figure in the America's Cup for two decades, Bond's life later unraveled
in scandal, a billion dollar bankruptcy, fraud convictions, and time in prison.
True to form, however, in recent years Bond was on his way to rebuilding his
Louis Vuitton to Return as Event Partner for 2017 America's Cup
(May 27) Luxury goods manufacturer Louis Vuitton has signed an agreement with America's Cup organizers to renew commercial sponsorship of the regatta. In the wake of the lightly raced 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, along with business and marketing issues, LVMH appeared to have severed ties with the America's Cup that date back to 1983, but will now be sponsoring all the 2017 events from the ACWS through to the 35th Defense itself, which will be titled "The America's Cup Match as present by Louis Vuitton."
“We had told them that they would need to come back to us with a compelling
story this time and a compelling proposal so we didn’t have to face those issues
again,” said Michael Burke, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton.
Tom Ehman Pursuing Annual 12-Meter Regatta in San Francisco
(May 7) An annual regatta on San Francisco Bay, raced in 12-Meter yachts, is being explored by Tom Ehman, Jr., Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate YC (GGYC). Proposed are relatively similar 12-Meter yachts, costing less than $3 million apiece, and regulations bringing a meaningful sense of nationality to the competition. Ehman, whose involvement with the America's Cup stretches back to the 1980's, included recent senior leadership roles at the America's Cup Event Authority and Oracle Racing, says that the event would not be officially affiliated with either the America's Cup or GGYC. The focus would be on an accessible, predictable event taking advantage of the same sailing conditions and spectator opportunities that benefited the 2013 Cup match.
"There is obviously strong interest in monohull racing with strong teams, in boats everyone has heard of and loves," said Ehman. "There is a nostalgia and romance with the 12-Meters, and to have those boats racing in a lot of breeze on San Francisco Bay where people can watch it, it will remind people of how great the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 in windy conditions in 12s."
Oracle Team USA Begins Sailing AC45S Catamaran in Bermuda Training
(May 4) Oracle Team USA began sailing their AC45S yacht in Bermuda on Monday, with the defender working up for the 2015 ACWS season by practicing at the venue for the 2017 America's Cup match. Joining Artemis Racing and BAR already training in Bermuda, Oracle will also sail Flying Phantom multihulls and Moths. The next two months at the venue should be particularly useful for the teams to increase familiarity with local sailing conditions at the time of year during which the challenger selection series and the America's Cup Match are held in 2017.
Kansai YC, SoftBank Team Japan, Announced as a 2017 Challenger
(Apr 30) “To lead a Japanese challenge for the America’s Cup is a dream come true,” said Kazuhiko Sofuku, known as “Fuku.” The team is expected to begin competing at America's Cup World Series events this year.
SoftBank Team Japan will also receive "technical assistance" from Oracle Team USA, which was not outlined in detail but may include design and engineering for their America's Cup yacht, similar to that reported to being provided to Team France.
Kansai YC Challenge, with Dean Barker Involved, is Expected
(Apr 23) A late entry challenger from Japan is expected to be announced shortly. Led by Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man, with additional sponsorship from Softbank, the campaign will represent the Kansai YC. Dean Barker, having departed Team New Zealand, is rumored to be involved, though a Japanese skipper will be selected. Reported by Stuart Alexander at The Independent, the Japanese effort may also be the recipient of an America's Cup yacht design from defender Oracle Team USA.
Team New Zealand: Not Giving Up -- on Regattas and Funding
(Apr 20) Team New Zealand and supporters say that they are not giving up on plans to hold America's Cup Qualifiers or a pre-2016 regatta in Auckland. Both government funding for TNZ and a major sponsorship are tied to Auckland's hosting an America's Cup-related regatta, and the New Zealander's believe that an agreement on the event was reached with the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) before an abrupt change in plans for 2017 was announced last month.
Dr. Keith Turner, Chairman, TNZ, says that agreement for an Auckland event was announced to the teams in March, and memorialized in a letter from ACEA to TNZ. The team has applied for the matter to be addressed in arbitration. The NZ government is adamant that additional funding beyond the $5M NZD already provided would not be contemplated without the Auckland event.
Russell Coutts, quoted at the New York Times, contemplated what might happen in the aftermath of a Team New Zealand withdrawal from the America's Cup. “Others would put a New Zealand team together because frankly they have the components of a very competitive team, more so under this rule,” he said. “They have a great sailing team, and this rule favors a great sailing team.”
Schiller: Managing the America's Cup in the 21st Century
(Mar 18) Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup, was interviewed by Sports Pro Media about how he is dealing with the current event leadership tasks for the 2017 America's Cup.
Schiller, on the process that selected Bermuda as the venue for the 2017 Defense: "I’ve been in the sports business a long time and I always tell everybody ‘don’t have a contest, pick where you want to go’ because you have one winner and a lot of losers, and no city wants to be in a position where they are considered to have lost something – a political convention, a Super Bowl, whatever. Bermuda prevailed for us."
Dean Barker is Out as Team New Zealand Skipper
(Feb 26) Despite denials from Emirates Team New Zealand over past weeks, Dean Barker, Skipper and Sailing Director, has been replaced. Glenn Ashby will become Sailing Director and Peter Burling gets the helm. Barker told the Campbell Live program he was "gutted" by the news, learning of the move first through media reports and not direct communication from the team. Barker, who began with the team in 1995 and had been skipper since 2000, has been offered a role in coaching and performance management, plus a position on the Executive Committee.
Relations appear strained at present and Barker says he wants to sail, not advise. ETNZ states that though rumors of a change were being hotly reported in the NZ media lately, the team was engaged in a review process and did not feel it was appropriate to comment until that was completed. A loss of $20M in funding is also cited as a factor in not signing Barker. ENTZ has cut back on other fronts as well and will field only one AC45 entry (helmed by Burling) for the 2015 ACWS, not two. Team activities go to full strength in Auckland staring March 2.
ETNZ's Grant Dalton: “We’re hoping to retain Dean’s 20 years of America’s Cup experience in Emirates Team New Zealand but we also acknowledge it is time for new blood to be given the chance at the helm of the country’s challenger” ETNZ Team Statement
Dalton on the offer of a management role for
Barker: "We hope he accepts it. It is a very senior role, speed-loop related,
and suits a guy who can drive as well as understand the process of design, and
who can help mould the shape of the speed, and foils and everything that goes
with the complete package." Plus more background on changes afoot at ETNZ:
Cup Boats in Texas on Way to New Home in Chicago
(Feb 15) Dennis Conner's 1995 America's Cup Class yacht Stars & Stripes and Aloha Racing's 2000 yacht Abracadabra have made it as far as Texas on the trek to their new home in Chicago, sighted in Abilene over the weekend. Starting this spring Next Level Sailing will offer both ACC's for day sailing, team building match races, sunset cruises, and other waterborne excursions on Lake Michigan.
The multiple semi-trailer caravan of hulls,
masts, and keels will arrive in Chicago later this month. After receiving
refurbishment and restoration, a mid-May launch date is on the calendar.
Aloha's USA-54 was memorably decorated in whale livery by the artist Robert
Wyland. USA-55 won the 1995 Citizen Cup, as the defense trials were then known,
beating America3's Mighty Mary and Young America's USA-36.
Thoroughly Modern Herreshoff
(Feb 12) Sandy Lee has been at the center of a project creating a one-sixth-scale version of the giant America's Cup defender Reliance (1903) for the Herreshoff Marine Museum. As part of the years-long build, he and his team studied photos, drawings, and other records of the original yacht in great detail, even re-constructing sections of the spars in authentic materials at full-scale.
The result will be a highly accurate 37-foot-tall depiction of one of the most legendary boats to ever sail. The modeling process has been a revealing exploration of Capt. Nat Herreshoff's design and manufacturing innovations, which employed technologies of industrial mass production that pre-dated Henry Ford's assembly line.
Sandy will share some the insights gained from the Reliance project in a lecture Thursday, February 19th, with a 6:00 pm reception/7:00 pm presentation, at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.
USA Television Deal Reached for 2017 America's Cup
(Feb 9) The 2017 America's Cup will be broadcast on NBC for US television viewers, according to a broadcast deal announced today by event organizers. Weekend racing for the 2017 America's Cup match will be live over-the-air on NBC, along with some of the Challenger selection races. Additional racing including the ACWS events will be on the NBCSN channel and all coverage will be streamed via NBC's web platform.
Fast Smart Machines
(Feb 4) Tactical situations in the modern America's Cup unfold more quickly than ever. Accurate simulation of the boats and the racing conditions may enable Artificial Intelligence (AI) to evolve better tactics and strategy, equaling and even exceeding unaided human ability to find the fastest way around the course. Can a computer teach itself better ways to get a foiling America's Cup cat across the finish line? Yes, with neural networks, millions of virtual match races, and a tough opponent to co-evolve with (or against), namely another cat-sailing AI.
Researcher, engineer, and neuromancer Andrew
Mason explores what fast, smart, machine thinking may be able to bring to the
Iain Murray Confirmed as Regatta Director for 2017 America's Cup
(Dec 18) Iain Murray, the Australian veteran of the America's Cup scene, will reprise his 2013 role as Regatta Director for the 2017 edition of the famous yacht race. Murray initially was the leader of the 2017 Challenger of Record, Team Australia, until the Aussie campaign was folded last summer. Well-respected and experienced, Murray was perceived to head the shortlist for the job. Although it was not publicly confirmed at the venue announcement December 2, his appointment was reported by most sources to be nearly finalized, and in fact Murray was already working in the position on December 1.
Russell Coutts Talks About 2017 Plans
(Dec 3) With Bermuda announced as the 2017 host of the America's Cup, and other key aspects about the 35th defense still awaited in the next few weeks and months, Craig Leweck at Scuttlebutt Sailing talked with Russell Coutts about the forces surrounding the event and the thinking behind the strategies organizers are pursuing:
Question: There is a contingent that is critical of the venue now being held outside of the defender’s country. The America’s Cup is draped in tradition, and having the venue in Bermuda is contrary to this tradition. Has the America’s Cup now moved beyond this sentiment that the event should be hosted in front of the team’s club?
Russell Coutts: We clearly think it has moved beyond that. You’re right, we could have considered it, for example, selfishly, and said, “We’re just going to host it in front of our own club” without considering broadcast time zones, without considering where the other teams could be housed. We could have looked at it very narrowly, but this is an international event. It’s got international teams, and those teams have sponsors, and the broadcasters are an important part of that sponsorship. So we looked at some of those things and weighted them very, very highly.
Question: What has been decided in regard to the challenger elimination series? The Protocol indicates a scenario where teams may not advance to the final venue in Bermuda.
Coutts: That’s under discussion now, and frankly, Craig, I’m pretty limited about what I can tell you. What I can tell you is, all of the teams will be going to Bermuda.
What to Expect on Dec 2?
(Dec 1) The location and dates of the 2017 America's Cup are to be announced at a press conference tomorrow in New York City, and the island of Bermuda is widely expected to be the choice. Barring a big surprise, such as a late challenger entry, what else might be on the menu?
The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup outlines several additional aspects of the event that are yet to be revealed, including the specific race areas (which, like the naming of the host city, are due by Dec 31); plus the dates and venues for one to two Youth America's Cup events (also due by Dec 31).
The Racing Rules of Sailing for the America's Cup (RRSAC) were due Nov 1, as was the 2015 America's Cup World Series schedule. The ACWS plan is still coming out location by location, with a rumored Lorient, France, regatta possibly being confirmed later this week.
Also possible in NY on Tuesday, though not required until next February 15th, are the venues for the America's Cup Qualifiers, to be sailed about five months before the match. The America's Cup Playoffs, otherwise known as the challenger semi-finals and final, must be held in the same city as the America's Cup defense, but the dates for the playoffs are not due until February 15 either.
Once the venue for the 2017 America's Cup has been announced, within seven days ACEA is supposed to share relevant weather data with the competitors, and, within 30 days, to set the date when competitors may begin testing their AC62 yachts against each other at the venue.
The dates for these conditions, and other regatta aspects large and small, are prescribed by the Protocol.
Gothenburg and Portsmouth 2015 & 2016 World Series Regattas Added
(Nov 26) Three more America's Cup World Series regattas have been announced: Gothenburg Sweden in August 28-30, 2015; and Portsmouth, England, July 23-26, 2015, and July 21–24, 2016. These join the previously announced Bermuda ACWS in October, 2015. Additional events are anticipated including Cagliari, Italy, in June, 2014, which is as yet unofficial.
2017 America's Cup Venue Announcement Coming December 2
(Nov 20) The location of the 35th defense of the America's Cup, to be held in
2017, will be announced at a press conference in New York City on December 2,
event organizers said today. San Diego and Bermuda are the finalists to
host the defense, and sailors and fans alike have been hoping to find out where
the Cup heads next. A story
from the Associated Press names Bermuda as the 2017 venue. Reports
from San Diego via
The Independent agree. Despite Emirates Team New Zealand's description of
Bermuda as speculation, the island's selection is now regarded as a done deal by
Bermuda to Host a 2015 World Series Regatta
(Nov 5) Still a candidate to host the 2017 America's Cup Match, the island of Bermuda has been announced by ACEA as the site of an America's Cup World Series regatta in October, 2015. An additional ACWS venue was expected to be named today, also, among six to eight 2015 events in total.
2015 America's Cup World Series Events Taking Shape
(Nov 1) Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup,
announced today that two venues for the 2015 America's Cup World Series were
set, and would be announced on November 5. Additional regattas for 2015
are still under negotiation. Schiller expects an additional team, as a
late entry, joining the five challengers and the defender.
Read ACEA Press Release
New America's Cup Boats Launched
Long awaited, with the approach of competition beginning this May, the five America's Cup challengers and the Defender have begun launching their new America's Cup Class catamarans.
A number of restrictions apply: The challengers are allowed to build one boat while the defender is allowed to build two. The window for launching the boats began in late December, by rule 150 days before racing, though the teams also have to observe a 28-day 'no sail" period on dates of their individual choice. Additionally, the teams may not sail against each other in a "coordinated manner" without special permission from race management.
America's Cup Class multihull
Land Rover BAR Wins Fukuoka Regatta and Season Standings, Bonus Points
Fukuoka, Japan, hosted the AC45F catamarans November 19-20, in the final World Series regatta before the 2017 America's Cup match next June in Bermuda. The six teams -- France, Sweden, Britain, USA, New Zealand, and host Japan -- competed Saturday and Sunday. Land Rover BAR won the regatta in tiebreak against Artemis Racing, and finished the 2015-2016 season on top of the leader board.
Going into Fukuoka, Land Rover BAR (GBR) led the standings, having pulled into the lead following Portsmouth.
Saturday: 3 Fleet Races. Land Rover BAR wins Race 1, SoftBank Team Japan
wins Race 2, Oracle Team USA wins Race 3. BAR still has the series lead.
Artemis Racing wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Toulon
The Mediterranean town of Toulon welcomed foiling AC45 catamarans for Louis Vuitton ACWS racing September 10-11. The defender, Oracle Team USA, and the five challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE), SoftBank Team Japan, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR (GBR), and Groupama Team France, competed three fleet races daily Saturday and Sunday.
With just one more LVACWS regatta remaining in 2016 (Japan, Nov. 18-20), opportunities for overall season points are slipping away. ETNZ held the lead over the last five regattas, but BAR and OTUSA pulled ahead after strong showings in Portsmouth.
Saturday: Two wins for Artemis and one for Land Rover BAR.
Artemis Racing wins the Toulon regatta, placing 1-1-3-1-3-5. Land Rover BAR, with two first place finishes, pulls away in season standings, now leading by 14 points.
Land Rover BAR Wins Portsmouth Regatta and Now Leads Season Standings
The AC45 catamarans of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series raced in Portsmouth, England, July 23, and 24. Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR won the weekend, beating teams from Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, France, and the USA.
Saturday: Three Fleet Races.
Team France wins Race 1, Land Rover BAR wins Races 2 and 3!
Reports from John Crisp in Portsmouth:
Artemis Racing Wins Chicago Regatta
The foiling AC45 catamarans of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series
raced in Chicago June 11th and 12th. Teams from Sweden, England,
France, New Zealand, and Japan competed on foiling multihulls along with the US defender in up to
three races each day.
America's Cup Connections to Chicago History
(June 7) This is the first time for America's Cup racing on Lake Michigan, but
connections to the famous yacht race, old and new, can be found in Chicago.
America's Cup: The Books
(June 2) CupInfo announces the launch of an America's Cup Bibliography, an interactive list of over 800 books and other works about the America's Cup published from 1851 all the way up to 2016. The bibliography can be searched, sorted, and filtered in multiple ways, and the books have been categorized as well by historic era and genre.
Whether you are new to the history of the America's Cup and just curious to learn more, or are doing serious research, we hope this bibliography will help you discover useful books. And if even you are a long-time America's Cup reader, you are likely to find something you never knew existed.
Japan to Host America's Cup World Series Regatta for November 2016
(June 1) The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World series will stop in Fukuoka, Japan, November 18-20, 2016, extending the schedule of preliminary events building up to the 2017 America's Cup, beginning a year from now in Bermuda.
The remaining LV ACWS regattas for 2016 are Chicago, USA (June 11-12); Portsmouth, England (July 22-24); Toulon, France (September 10-11); and Fukuoka in November.
The fall regatta in Japan was widely expected, but not confirmed until now. It is believed that organizers may still be considering an additional ACWS regatta in early 2017, though nothing official has been announced.
Emirates Team New Zealand Wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York
he foiling AC45F catamarans brought high-tech yacht racing back to the historic
home of the America's Cup, New York City, May 7-8. The same harbor that
saw the creation of the low black schooner America, built to go over to
England and beat the best of British yachting, hosted teams from France,
Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, and England, racing against the US defender in
preparation for the 2017 America's Cup match.
In the US, the regatta was broadcast live, Sunday May 8, on NBCSN, and a highlights show will air May 21, in addition to online viewing options.
(May 6) The five teams competing to be the challenger in the 2017 America’s Cup match, SoftBank Team Japan, Land Rover BAR (UK), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand, will fleet race against each other here along with defender Oracle Team USA. The race area will be between the Battery and Pier 25, shifting to align the course with the wind direction, and keeping the start and finish lines close to North Cove Marina when feasible.
The New York venue, though it offers a spectacular backdrop of iconic skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty, looks to be a difficult proposition on the water for the sailors. The Hudson River has strong currents which interact with the Atlantic Ocean tides. Where the East River joins the Hudson at the tip of Manhattan, local sailors speak of unpredictable and intimidating conditions, further complicated by confused seas created by commercial shipping and ferry wakes, not to mention the action of wind potentially working against tide and current.
New Book: Inside the Australia II Keel
Dr. Joop Slooff, Dutch research scientist and expert in fluid dynamics, worked with designer Ben Lexcen on the 1983 12-Meter yacht Australia II which, sporting the innovative winged keel, was the first successful challenger in the history of the America's Cup. At the time of the challenge, controversies arose about the nature of the keel (was it class-legal and accurately rated?) and the country of origin (nationality rules applied to designers in regard to the country the yacht represented). Australia sailed off with the trophy after a brilliantly run and hard-fought campaign, but passionate opinions on both sides have not entirely subsided in the years since, either.
In the charged atmosphere of the 1983 match, Dr. Slooff's work was mostly kept out of the spotlight, and, until now, his role in events has not been told in any detail. But after 33 years, Dr. Slooff has written a memoir of his role in creating the revolutionary appendage and of his witness to the historic match that final summer in Newport.
The book, titled Australia II and the America's Cup: The untold, inside story
of The Keel, is available electronically and in hardcopy via
2016 ACWS Season Starts Feb 27-28:
Foiling racing in AC45F catamarans continues as the teams work up to the
challenger selection races and the America's Cup match in 2017. The Louis
Vuitton America's Cup World Series kicks off again at the end of February in
Muscat, Oman, followed by regattas in New York (May), Chicago (June), Portsmouth
(July), and France (Sept). Potential additional, though still unconfirmed,
events include a regatta in Asia in October and another unnamed location for
Toulon France Announced as 5th ACWS Stop in 2016
(Dec 22) The Louis Vuitton
America's Cup World Series teams will race AC45F catamarans September 10-11 in
Toulon, France, organizers confirmed today. The regatta joins Oman, New
York, Chicago, and Portsmouth as among the announced events for 2016. A sixth
regatta, likely in Japan in October, may also be added to the schedule, but is
not yet official.
New York City Confirmed for May 7-8 America's Cup World Series Regatta
(Dec 7) The New York Times reports that the long rumored America's Cup World Series regatta in New York City is now officially set for May 7-8, 2016.
Oman to host ACWS Event in February
(Dec 6) AC45 catamaran racing will resume February 27-28 in Oman, for the first Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series regatta of the 2016, organizers said December 6th. The event will mark the first appearance of the ACWS in the region. The newly announced Oman date joins previously confirmed regattas in Chicago (June) and Portsmouth (July).
Organizers have been suggesting there will be a total of six ACWS events next year. Additional rumored but not confirmed dates include France (September) and Tokyo (Oct). All 2016 events were due to have been announced on December 1, 2015, so the official schedule may become clear shortly.
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Bermuda
(Oct 18) Challengers and the defender competed in AC45 catamarans this weekend in Bermuda, racing their foiling yachts for the first time in some of the same waters that will host the 35th Defense of the America's Cup, coming in June 2017.
Practice racing during the week was followed by three fleet races on Sunday, with Saturday's races canceled.
Friday, Oct 16: Practice Races
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series set for Chicago in June 2016
(Sept 15) America's Cup officials and local hosting groups announced Tuesday that the America's Cup World Series is coming to Lake Michigan in 2016. Chicago's Navy Pier will host the foiling AC45 catamarans June 10-12 in a weekend of fleet racing as the build-up to the 35th defense of the America's Cup in 2017 continues. The ACWS regattas help determine seeding and bonus points for challenger selection.
Team bases and the America's Cup village will be centralized on the quarter-mile-long public pier, with the cats racing in freshwater for the first time. Local sponsors including financial marketplace CME Group, intent on raising Chicago's visibility to the global tourism audience, have been very supportive of the upcoming event, the only currently scheduled stop in the US for the 2017 America's Cup cycle.
Prize Giving for Portsmouth 2015
(July 26) With the cancellation of Sunday's racing, Land Rover BAR topped the
podium in Portsmouth, England. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on
hand to award prizes to the teams. Click image above to see more photos.
Land Rover BAR Wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth
The British challenger won the weather-shortened Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, the first regatta in the run-up to the 2017 America's Cup. Sailing on AC45F catamarans modified with foiling daggerboards and rudders, the contest was the first foiling fleet racing since one-design multihulls were adopted for ACWS.
Thursday, July 23: Exhibition Races
Majority Votes to Switch 2017 America's Cup to Smaller Yachts
Luna Rossa Withdraws from Event,
(Apr 2) America's Cup organizers have adopted a plan to change from the 62-foot yachts announced last year for the upcoming match, substituting new yacht between 45 and 50 feet long, with substantial one-design components.
The changes were made without unanimous agreement of all the currently six entered teams, some of whom agreed with the goals but objected vigorously to the process employed. The change in yachts, halfway through the design cycle of the AC62 yacht, has the effect of discarding development work already performed. The vote also keeps the Qualifying and Playoff regattas in Bermuda, despite earlier discussions that appeared to commit to Qualifiers in New Zealand. The justification provided for the changes is a lower financial threshold for additional prospective teams, possibly inducing new entries from Europe and Asia to join up.
new class rule for a 48' multihull (pdf, 907KB) has been posted, with an
apparent one-design hull and wing shape, and the amended Protocol is expected to
be issued later this week.
Emirates Team New Zealand objects to the venue changes that are linked to the rules amendments, which will cancel plans to holding the America's Cup Qualifiers in Auckland in 2017. Without the Qualifier regatta, the NZ government's funding of approximately one-third of the team's budget is in doubt. ETNZ has applied to the yet-to-be-appointed America's Cup Arbitration panel for review: NZ Herald | Reuters
Move is on to Shrink America's Cup Yachts to Cut Costs
(Mar 25) Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller confirmed Wednesday that there is a movement by America's Cup organizers, seeking consensus among the teams, to hold the 2017 event in smaller boats closer in size to the AC45s instead of the 62-foot foiling cats announced last summer, themselves reduced from the 72-foot AC72s raced in 2013.
“We have a responsibility to think of what is best for the long term health of
the America’s Cup as well as improving the value equation for team principals
and partners," Schiller said. "Racing a smaller boat in 2017 and beyond is
a big step in the right direction. The existing operational costs of teams is
much too high with a boat like the AC62."
Update 2: Emirates Team New Zealand, after supporting Luna Rossa's position, was reportedly told Auckland has lost their chance to host the America's Cup Qualifiers, a move which in turn would jeopardize government funding for ETNZ, according to the New Zealand Herald. However, ETNZ disputes aspects of the report: See 3news.com.nz and tvnz.co.nz
Update 3: (Mar 27) Russell Coutts explains to Scuttlebutt
35th America's Cup is set
From NYC Announcement Dec 2. 2014:
Bermuda will host the America's Cup Match in June 2017.
Kevin Shoebridge, CEO, ETNZ: “We worked pretty closely on both options.... [Bermuda] is a fantastic sailing venue, I think there’ll be absolute engagement by all the Bermuda public.... We’re going to go back and work with our sponsors and the government to make sure that we’re there.”
San Diego's Bid for 2017
(Jan 15) John Laun, now Commodore of the San Diego YC, was at the center of the city's effort to bring the America's Cup home. Laun talked with Diane Swintal about the effort to land the Cup, his experience dealing with ACEA, and the feasibility of hosting foiling catamarans inside the SoCal city's harbor:
“We knew that San Diego was being labeled a ‘light wind venue’ and I suppose next to San Francisco, we are,” Laun said. “But we had historical weather data from a weather station on North Island indicating that the breeze was very reliable, which is critical for TV broadcast schedules -- more than eight knots 91 percent of the time during the broadcast window. Jeff Brown put a weather station on a boat in the middle of the race course for two weeks so we had data that could be used to calibrate the years of weather station data to actual course conditions. Julian di Biase from ACEA and the Oracle weather team analyzed all that data. From our standpoint, we had everything we needed to host a successful America’s Cup."
A Brief History of the Challenger of Record
(July 28) Since 1970 there have been 13 matches with multiple challengers, with 12 teams serving as the initial Challenger of Record (COR). Historically, one-third of the original COR's have resigned their position. Including the upcoming 35th Defense of the America's Cup scheduled for 2017, the initial COR has resigned four times; three times also withdrawing from competition, and one time remaining a challenger.
Read more at CupInfo, including a table listing all CORs since 1970
(Dec 15) The story of sailing for the 2013 America's Cup is told in a new 224-page book, from McGraw-Hill/International Marine. Winging It focuses on the sailing and racing of the 34th America's Cup, including selecting the AC72 yachts for the event, the races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the epic America's Cup Final that featured a stunning comeback and gut-wrenching loss. Authors Diane Swintal and Robert Kamins covered the event in San Francisco for CupInfo, and Steve Tsuchiya witnessed the match on the water from start to finish.
2013 America's Cup Highlights on CupInfo:
America's Cup Match 2013
From Stuart Walker at The Independent: "There have been several races going on. One was on the San Francisco Bay track. One was in the design offices. The third is the management game, without which no America’s Cup team will be successful. Both teams were in the lead in all three at one time or another but the Americans were in the lead when it mattered, at the finish." Read More
More Post-Match Stories:
Quotes of the Final Day:
Dean Barker, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand: "We went out there today to give it our absolute best shot, and we felt we didn’t leave anything on the table. We got a good start, led around Mark 1, led at the bottom, and that’s all we could ask for. We knew that upwind we had a fight on our hands. When they are sailing a boat that’s going that fast, it’s very hard to swallow."
Dean Barker: "I am incredibly proud of our team and what we’ve achieved. I’m gutted that we didn’t get the last win that we need to bring this cup back to New Zealand."
Matteo de Nora, Emirates Team New Zealand: "I've never been more proud to be part of this team, and I've never felt more Kiwi than I feel today."
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, Oracle Team USA, about his competition ETNZ: “Man, they are a tough team, they are a champion team.”
Recommended Post-race press conferences with both teams on America's Cup YouTube Channel
America's Cup 2013 Complete Match Coverage, Race Reports, and Photos: See all on CupInfo's America's Cup Match Main Page or jump to content below
Day 6 (Races 9 and 10) Quotes:
Ben Ainslie, Tactician,
Oracle Team USA, on the final run downwind in Race 10: "We elected to go behind
them and try to set up where we might be able to get a piece on starboard when
they gybe back, and it’s really hard to judge that right when you’re going along
at almost 40kts, but we didn’t do too bad of a job. But it wasn’t quite enough
to get back into it."
Day 7 (Postponed):
Data and Analysis: Boatspeed,
windspeed, True-Wind-Angles, SOG/VMG Polar Plots for both boats, leads/gains,
and more: Visit CupStats at CupInfo
Previous America's Cup Events:
2010 America's Cup:
2007 America's Cup:
CupInfo's Main 2007 Coverage:
Other Previous Events:
History of Team New Zealand's historic 1995 America's Cup win:
Two of the original J-Class yachts, Endeavour and Velsheda, racing modern J's Hanuman and Ranger in the Bucket Regatta in St. Barths. Read More
(June 13) Oracle Racing AC45 Spectacular
Pitchpole in San Francisco Bay during exhibition race pre-start:
Shannon Falcone was injured, walking away but taken to the hospital by
ambulance for X-rays of his ribs and further evaluation. Russell Coutts,
skippering #5, was thrown through a portion of the wing. Thankfully,
injuries to the crew were not more extensive. Examination showed that
Falcone dislocated rib cartilage, but did not break any bones.
Update: Follow-up stories Tuesday:
This capsize seems to continue a pattern from testing in Auckland, where the AC45 is remarkably stable in many conditions that would cause problems for lesser cats, and the long wave-piercing bows can be very effective at maintaining buoyancy and avoiding this sort of incident, especially upwind. But if the wingsail gets into an undesired orientation relative to the wind, forces can overwhelm the boat much more quickly than with a soft mainsail. Somewhat inherent in a hard surface airfoil, it appears to be much harder to depower the wing on short notice when in trouble, as attempts to ease the wing above illustrate.
On the other hand, both increased experience
and improved control techniques could lessen the risks, too. There is still a
lot to learn about these boats, even for expert crews, justifying the plan to
climb the learning curve early with the AC45's and build skills and
understanding in preparation for the AC72's which launch less than 13 months
J-Class Regatta in Newport
(Jun 15) Ranger, a replica of the 1937 America's Cup winner, and Velsheda, one of three original survivors, are racing head-to-head this week in Newport, RI, historic yachts in a setting to match.
Ranger took Race 1 by just one second on
corrected time, won Race 2 by 27 seconds corrected, won Race 3, and won Race 4
by 3:19 corrected. Velsheda won Race 5 by 2:00 corrected.
Racing finished Sunday June 19. Each race starting at 1 pm, conditions
permitting, and sailed in sight of spectators on shore.
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interviews, history, and fun stuff for Cup Fans.
Chasing the Big Cats
(Aug 21) A chase boat to support a 72-foot America's Cup wingsail multihull that can top 40 knots is a challenge in its own right. Chris Salthouse of Emirates Team New Zealand explains how the Kiwis are tackling the problem: two hulls, four engines, and Chris's younger brother Greg...
Picturing the America's Cup
Photographers Jürg Kaufmann and Daniel Forster have teamed up for the 33rd Defense. CupInfo talked to them about what they've seen at the America's Cup over the years, plus how they approach the art and technique of sailing photography.
CupInfo: You have both been to many America’s Cups, Daniel going back to 1977. Which was your favorite as a photographer?
Daniel: My favorite one as a photographer was the 1987 Cup in Perth/Fremantle. Every day by 11:00 am the “Fremantle Doctor” arrived: 25-30 knots of wind with big waves and bright sunshine and the 12mJI yachts sailed, unlike here!
2010: Dogzilla Stories
BMW Oracle's monster multihull won the 2010 America's Cup in an unforgettably bold display of technology, imagination, and adventure.
Home Again in Newport
July 1, 2010: The America's Cup returned today to Newport, Rhode Island, the scene of America's Cup history for much of the famous regatta's life, including the 12 Defenses held there from 1930 to 1983, along with the construction and trials of Cup defending yachts stretching back to the 19th century. A day filled with public display of the trophy, a harbor cruise, and a Victory Luncheon culminated in a team presentation for over 400 young sailors from the Narragansett Bay community. The celebration wrapped up the East Coast Victory Tour for the America's Cup-winners that also included a visit with President Obama.
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Some of the features on CupInfo :
From the 2003-2007 America's Cup Cycle:
Schedule The basic Louis Vuitton Acts, the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the America's Cup: events, places, and dates. Plus a detailed schedule including protocol deadlines in addition to background on the Louis Vuitton regatta plans and how they evolved.
America's Cup Class Racing: Information about the UBS Trophy, the Moet Cup, the ACC worlds, plus other vintage and exhibition events that took place between America's Cup Defenses.
CupLog, our chronology of news stories about America's Cup topics since racing ended in Auckland, with links where possible, 2003 through 2005.
Valencia: Correspondent Félix García, covered some America's Cup related stories from the regatta's new Mediterranean home, providing a perspective on the event and the city that only a Valenciano can.
Peter Holmberg Interview
Our earlier content remains on line for your reference, too, including the 2007 Challenger Details Page: All the specifics we knew about the various teams and hopefuls (and some of the guesses) in one place; "Make Your Point" (a look at ACC bow design in the 2003 AC); and our Guide to the 2007 Host City Finalists