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America's Cup – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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To bring several speculations re the participation of 'Team New Zealand' - major sponsor up to now the New Zealand Government - to an end, a Communiqué is to be released informing on the Challenger's plans up to the 2017 America's Cup on the Bermudas. The budget, not yet fully covered by sponsoring commitments, had to be reduced and saving on the human resources side had to be made to keep cost under control. Most important will be the announcement that Dean Barker NZL, three time helmsman replacing Russell Coutts in 2000, has been offered the job of Performance Director and Head Coach, taking the role of Rod Davies who left for 'Artemis'. Designated helmsman will be Peter Burling NZL, 49er and Moth World Champion, winner of the 2013 Youth America's Cup. Glenn Ashby AUS has been appointed Sailing Director.
The report.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Ben Ainslie GBR and his BAR-Team has already started with some tests and trainings on the Bermudas to get familiar with the special conditions on this Commonwealth Island. The Cup Defender 'Oracle Team USA' however is - as 'Artemis Racing' - concentrating in this phase on tests and trainings with the modified AC-45 equipped now with foils, not only the boat of the America's Cup World Series starting in June 201t, but also considered a test vehicle for the AC-62 Cupper under development.
A video from Frisco Bay.
America's Cup – Sunday, February 8, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015   
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Two races for the 47-boat-fleet on the opening day of the third round of the J/70 Winter Series. On equal points, Allan Terhune USA and Cole Allsopp USA with their teams are on top of the rankings with Marty Kullmann USA just one point back on third. See the complete results.
America's Cup – Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The next America's Cup will be raced in Bermuda in June of 2017. The host venue was confirmed at a press conference in New York on Tuesday by Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup. Present at the Conference were the Bermuda Prime Minister and also key persons of all six Teams on the entry list.
The second edition of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup was also confirmed in New York. In the inaugural edition, over 40 national youth teams (aged 19-23) applied to enter the qualifying phase. The top ten teams raced on the America's Cup course in the same AC45 catamarans the pros had used in the America's Cup World Series.
The communique and the one-hours' video of the presentation.
America's Cup – Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014   (Image © Bermuda Tourist Office)
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The America's Cup has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday December 2 at 11:30am EST (16.30pm UTC) in New York. Watch live on the Internet as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller announces the host venue for the 2017 America's Cup. According to a pre-announcement of the Bermuda Premier Minister Michael Dunkley, the 2017 Challenge would be held on the Bermudas. One of the reasons mentioned was the nearness to Europe to attract a higher TV attention.
America's Cup – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
America's Cup – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday, the Defender and five Challengers of the 35th America's Cup were present at a Media Conference in London GBR without any substantial news. The venue San Diego or the Bermudas are still under examination. The AC-62 as presented remains the equipment, starting in 2015, the AC World Series on AC-45s will be launched (foils or not still open). Instead of a Challenger of Record, the Challengers might operate as a team. Not one word on the individual financing of the Challenges. Here the full conference in a video or read a summary in a report.
America's Cup – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © America s Cup)
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Two weeks after the entry dead line, five challenging teams have officially been recognized by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of the America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA. Seeking to compete in the 35th America's Cup match in 2017 are
Artemis Racing (SWE), Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR), Royal Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA), Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Team France (FRA), Yacht Club de France, apparently all having paid the million-dollar entry fee.
The news.
America's Cup – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
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Yesterday, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America's Cup at an event in Stockholm SWE alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. This will be their second campaign, and in addition of the core group from the last campaign, new talent across all areas has been secured, above a the Starboat Olympic Champions Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen and Rod Davies NZL, formerly 'Emirates Team New Zealand', as sailing coach. Torbjörn Tornquist SWE, owner of Gunvor Group Ltd , one of the largest crude oil traders in the World operating out of Geneve SUI, is the Team Principal of Artemis.
After the announcement of 'Emirates Team New Zealand', this is the second official confirmation from a Challenger to have formally entered. At entry deadline August 8, the America's Cup Management had announced, that the formal presentation of the accepted Challengers will take place after examination of the validity at a Press Conference on September 9th.
The press realease of Artemis.
America's Cup – Saturday, August 9, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014   (Image © Ron Sellers)
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Just before the 35th America's Cup Entry Deadline Day August 8th, midnight PT, the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron became the first team to formally announce that it ponied up the millions required for a challenge to Golden Gate Yacht Club, and that Emirates Team NZ would be their representatives.
According to today's Communiqué on the America's Cup Website, the AC organisers need one month (!), i.e. Press Conference of September 9th, to validate the entries ! For the moment, the line-up remains up to speculations. After the retirement of the Challenger of Record 'Team Australia', only 'Luna Rossa', the British 'BAR Racing Team' of Ben Ainslie GBR and the Swedish 'Artemis' did reiterate their interest to firmly enter the Challenge. The intentions of 'Team France' have not yet been confirmed. The formal application has to be accompanied with a one-million $ entry fee cheque.
Saturday, August 9, 2014   
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Jimmy Spithill AUS, helmsman of the 'Oracle - Team USA', participated in a competition of a special kind in Hawaii. He won the 32-miles Stand-up-Paddeling race from Molokai to Oahu, one of the most important events of this new sport. The report in Sail World.
America's Cup – Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © Chris Cameron)
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Entry closing for the 35th America's Cup Challenge today ! Yesterday, Emirates Team New Zealand decided as fourth team to formally lodge their entry, despite of major provisos concerning the procedure of 'Oracle Team USA'. Especially the not-yet-known venue of the event makes the canvassing for sponsors very difficult for the Challengers. The article in Sail-World.
America's Cup – Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014   
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The Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record, has decided not to proceed with its Challenge for the 35th America's Cup. The intention of the Australians to make the Cup affordable and put the emphasis back on sailing skills was apparently not realistic, and the estimate of the costs of competing were well beyond the initial expectation. The details in Sail-World.
America's Cup – Friday, June 13, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014   
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The registration period for the 35th America' Cup lasting until August 8th has been running for 4 days now, and the reactions of potential challengers re the Protocol have been very varied. Last Monday, Ben Ainslie GBR presented officially the participation of a British Team with pomp and circumstance in presence of the Duchesse of Cambridge. Here the report and the video with the highlights of the presentation. Yesterday, the Italian 'Luna Rossa' syndicate confirmed the participation presenting the team on its website. Here the report. Neither the Brits nor the Italians have paid the entry fee of one million US$ up to now. Much criticism for the Protocol comes from New Zealand. Financed partly by the New Zealand Government, the Team deplores that the venue is not yet known, a very important factor when canvassing for the vital sponsor money to assure the financing of the Challenge. The Emirates Team New Zealand has only 17 days left to find sufficient finance to stay alive. The team was given a modest advance by the NZ Government's Trade and Enterprise division, however the $5million advance runs out at the end of June. It has been used to pay team costs, and retain key team members while the twice winner of the America's Cup is restructured. The comment in Sailworld with a link to a very open interview by Grant Dalton NZL. Many critics mention that the rules favor the Defender 'Oracle Team USA' massively as never done before. Read also the critics of Jochen Schümann GER.
Russell Coutts confirmed yesterday, that San Francisco has been deleted from the list of four possible venues. With Chicago, another candidate is shaky, as according to the Deed of Gift, the Great Lakes can hardly be confirmed as 'Arm of the Sea' and correspond to the request to 'sail on the Open Sea'. It therefore boils down to the Bermudas and San Diego as possible organising locations. The report.