America's Cup

 
America's Cup – Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Dan Ljungsvik)
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Finishing 2 and 1 yesterday, 'Team New Zealand' with Glenn Ashby AUS is the winner of the Gothenburg AC World Series Act. 'Oracle' with James Spithill AUS and 'BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR had to content themselves with the ranks 2 and 3. 'Team New Zealand' is the new leader of the annual rankings.
The report.
America's Cup – Saturday, August 29, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two tune-up races in a rather fresh breeze were sailed yesterday in Gothenburg SWE with 4 of the 6 teams in action.
'Artemis' with Nathan Outteridge AUS after a capsize and 'Team New Zealand' of Peter Burling NZL with equipment damage had to return ashore prematurely. Ben Ainslie GBR ('BAR') and Jimmy Spithill AUS ('Oracle') won one race each. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' finished twice on 3rd. Here the video of the French team with an interview of the tacticien Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI.
The official report.
America's Cup – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   
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The flying AC-45 catamarans attracted a huge crowd in Portsmouth during the past weekend. The easy hovering is always astonishing. Paul Campbell-James GBR, wing trimmer of Ben Ainslie's 'BAR Racing Team', explains in detail in an 8-minutes' video, how the cat has to be driven for an optimal and safe flying.
America's Cup – Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
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Extreme winds forced the cancellation of racing at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth on Sunday. The upper wind limit to race for the AC-45 is 25 kn. How hazardous racing with these foiler catamarans with top speeds above 40 kn can be is shown on a Trainings-Video of Ben Ainslie's GBR 'BAR-Racing Team'.
With no racing to close out the weekend, the results from Saturday - ranks 1 and 2 - stand, meaning that 'BAR-Racing Team' is the winner of the first event of the 35th America's Cup cycle. 'Team NZL' with Peter Burling NZL folllows one point behind on 2nd, the America's Cup holder 'Oracle' with James Spithill had to content themselves with rank 3. On rank 4 follows Franck Cammas FRA on 'Groupama Team France'.
The ranking list and the report.
America's Cup – Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015   
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Sun and a 12 kn breeze offered a perfect setting for the inaugural foiling AC-45 America's Cup World Series Regatta in Portsmouth with Cup holder and the five challengers. Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR-Team' have taken the lead after two races finishing 1 and 2, one point ahead of 'Team New Zealand' with Peter Burling NZL and 'Oracle' with James Spithill AUS on 3rd (ranks 2 and 4). 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA follows on 4th.
The report and the ranking list. To watch the video replay of day one, registration on the event website ist required. Today's races will be covered live on the Internet as from 12 h UTC.
America's Cup – Saturday, July 25, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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Today begins in Portsmouth GBR the first Round of the America's Cup World Series, with the America's Cup Defender 'Oracle' and all Challengers, lead by Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR-Racing-Team', considered the hottest favorite by many experts. The preview. Racing will be transmitted live on the Internet as from 12 hrs UTC.
America's Cup – Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015   
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For a long time, the situation about the French America's Challenge has been doubtful. Admittedly, the entry form was well received and confirmed by the America's Cup Events Authority but nobody had a confirmation, that the French Syndicate with Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson had the funds needed for a succeesful particiption. With the change of the format and equipment - a 48-foot catamaran instead of the 72-foot multihull - the cost should be cut by more than half, and yesterday, 'Team France' was formally confirmed with 'Groupama' as prime sponsor and government help especially by the French Navy and is - no doubt with the necessary funds available - a contender to seriously challenge the defender 'Oracle' on all levels, be it multihull racing experience, technology or national support. Franck Cammas FRA, winner 2013 and defender 2015 of the C-Class Catamaran 'Little Cup', has even racing experience with foiling cats and wing-sails.
The report (in French) and the promotion video.
America's Cup – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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As mentioned between the lines at the presentation of the Japanese America's Cup Challenge three weeks ago, Dean Barker NZL will be the skipper and CEO of the newly launched team. Barker has a 15 years America's-Cup experience on his CV, including a right-from-the-start involvement in the development of foiler catamarans.
The report.
America's Cup – Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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After the retirements of the Australian and Italian challengers, and the shaky situation with New Zealand, there are now for once positive news from the America's Cup, as the 'Softbank Team Japan' confirmed its participation yesterday. Dean Barker NZL, having left 'Team NZL' after his demotion as helmsman, will be steering the Japanese challenger. The news.
America's Cup – Friday, April 3, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The result of the vote proposed by the Event Authority with the agreement of the Defender of the 35th America's Cup of last week has overturned, with a majority vote, the America's Cup Class Rule for the boat with which this edition will be held; this happened notwithstanding the fact that such rule had been previously adopted unanimously by the teams and was in force since June 2014. Following a careful evaluation of the serious implications of this unprecedented initiative, Team Luna Rossa confirms that it will withdraw from the 35th America's Cup.
The communiqué.
America's Cup – Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015   (Image © John Navas)
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The America's Cup Events Authority has announced that the majority of the America's Cup teams (3 to 2) have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America's Cup by changing to a foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet. The two most senior Challengers in the competition, 'Luna Rossa' ITA and 'Team New Zealand' seem to be opposed. It is doubtful whether the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup could be changed. Will this become another case for the New York Supreme Court ? The other option for disaffected teams would be to withdraw from the regatta.The news in Sail World..
America's Cup – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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Considering the high cost of the AC65 catamarans under development and the first experiences of the now flying smaller AC45 catamarans, teams as well as the organisers seem to be open to discuss the size of the multihull for the coming 35th America's Cup. In the next day - before end of March - a poll shall take place with the defender and the challengers.
The report.
 
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