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America's Cup – Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014   
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   
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 $5million advance runs out at the end of June. It has been used to pay team costs, and retain key team members while the twice winner of the America's Cup is restructured. The comment in Sailworld with a link to a very open interview by Grant Dalton NZL. Many critics mention that the rules favor the Defender 'Oracle Team USA' massively as never done before. Read also the critics of Jochen Schümann GER.
Russell Coutts confirmed yesterday, that San Francisco has been deleted from the list of four possible venues. With Chicago, another candidate is shaky, as according to the Deed of Gift, the Great Lakes can hardly be confirmed as 'Arm of the Sea' and correspond to the request to 'sail on the Open Sea'. It therefore boils down to the Bermudas and San Diego as possible organising locations. The report.
America's Cup – Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
With a three months delay, the Cupholder 'Oracle Team USA' and the Challenger of Record 'Team Austalia' released the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, which defines the rules, format and commercial regulations for the event. The entry period is June 9 to August 8, 2014, the entry fee is US$ 2 mio. Highlights of the Protocol include a new AC62 catamaran, a foiling, wing sail boat for an 8 person crew, at least two of them to be nationals of the country of their challenge. At least six America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events per year in 2015 and 2016 to be raced in the AC45 class, used to seed teams for the America's Cup Qualifiers. The best four teams will qualify for the Playoffs (earlier the Louis Vuitton Cup). All details on the America's Cup Website.
America's Cup – Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014   
The flying America's Cup AC-72 catamaran prompted the designers of the GC32 cat launched last year to upgrade the multihull by integrating foils on four of them as well. They will be in action at the second edition of the Austria-Cup on the Traunsee AUT, shared by the eight teams on the entry list, some of them from America's Cup syndicates, seizing the opportunity to experiment with foiler cats. Tom Slingsby AUS from the 'Oracle Team USA' (among others joined by the Austrian Olympian 49er team Delle-Karth/Resch) and 'Luna Rossa' with Chris Draper GBR/Francesco Bruni ITA will participate. Other prominent helmsmen such as Sébastien Col FRA, Jes Gram-Hansen DEN and Paul Campbell-James GBR are also present. It will not be easy for Flavio Marazzi SUI and his team to repeat the previous year's results.
Leader after day one is Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Chris Draper GBR and Laurent Lenne FRA. The ranking list and the event website. Races can be followed live on the Internet as from 10 a.m. UTC.
America's Cup – Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014   (Image © Beau Outteridge)
There are rumours spreading, that the Protocol for the next America's Cup Challenge will be published next week at the latest with details on the equipment to be used - foiler catamarans (hopefully) less expensive as the AC-72's used in 2013 - and the venue - with San Diego as favorite. The Protocol was promised for March, but apparently, the negociations between the Cup Defender Oracle (with Russell Coutts NZL) and the Challenger of Record 'Team Australia' (with Ian Murray AUS, former AC Director in San Francisco) took longer to sort out all the opinion differences. The two teams are actually training jointly on AC-45's on Sydney Harbour. Here the report with video. The winning AC90-trimaran of Larry Ellison USA (Valencia 2010) was decommissioned and dislocated by helicopter as a 'monument' on the pond in front of the Oracle Headquarters. The video.
America's Cup – Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014   
Are there difficulties caused by the World Politics ahead for the 35th America's Cup before even the Protocol has been published ? With the USA and European Union expressing sanctions against Russia and Russian individuals after the turmoils in Ukrainia, Torbjörn Tornquist SWE, owner of 'Team Artemis', is indirectly concerned as his business partner of the Geneva raw material company 'Gunvor' Gennady Timchenko RUS (owner of the RC44 team 'Katusha') is on the black-list. Before the posting of that list, Timchenko sold his share of the Company to Tornquist. Will the Swede, handling 80% of the Russian Oil, be affected ? The report.
America's Cup – Thursday, March 13, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014   (Image © Andrea Francolini)
During the past weekend, the Cupholder 'Oracle' and the new Challenger of Record 'Team Australia' started to their first joint trainings on Sydney Harbour. Both, Tom Slingsby AUS steering the 'Oracle' AC-45 and Matthew Belcher AUS, the just appointed helmsman of 'Team Australia', were enthusiastic about catamaran sailing. The video and the report.
America's Cup – Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014   
Yesterday, the Australian America's Cup 'Team Australia', Challenger of Record, has announced the team composition as first. Helmsman will be the 470 dominator and multiple champion Matthew Belcher AUS, and among the team are also the 18-footer cracks Seve Jarvin AUS and Sam Newton AUS. The report with all names.
America's Cup – Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014   
Despite of a number of job offers from other syndicates, James Spithill AUS, helmsman of the American Cup-Holder 'Oracle Team USA', decided to stay with the US-team in the next America's Cup Challenge. His objective is to achieve the third AC victory in a row. The report.
America's Cup – Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013   
San Francisco is still in the red from hosting the 34th America's Cup, which so far has cost taxpayers at least $5.5 million, according to draft financial figures from the regatta that The Chronicle reviewed Monday. This situation is expected to be in the spotlight as Mayor Ed Lee prepares to submit a preliminary proposal for hosting the next Cup by a Dec. 22 deadline. The article in the Chronicle.
America's Cup – Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
Shortly after 'Oracle Team USA' won the deciding final race in the 34th America's Cup against 'Emirates Team New Zealand' on San Francisco Bay on September 25th, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, has challenged for the 35th America's Cup.
HIYC is led by Australian winemaker and sailing legend Bob Oatley, whose succession of yachts named 'Wild Oats' have dominated ocean racing in Australia for years, including having won six of the last eight Sydney-Hobart races.
First, the Defender 'Oracle' will define the venue for the next cup, before the Protocol for the Challenge will be worked out together with the Challenger of Record HIYC. Details should become public during the first months of 2014. The report and a video interview with Bob Oatley AUS.
America's Cup – Thursday, September 26, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013   (Image © Abner Kingman)
The unexpected happened: With an 8-1 lead after the first week of the 34th America's Cup Final, nobody doubted, that the Kiwis will add the 9th point in one of the remaining races. But modifications at the boat and the tactician switch from John Kostecki USA to Ben Ainslie GBR helped for the incredible comeback of 'Oracle Team USA' turning this backlog in a final victory winning the crucial last race, and keeping the Cup in San Francisco.
The New Zealanders won the start and defended the lead on the first downwind leg, but in the upwind leg, 'Oracle Team USA' foling practically all the time and maneuvering perfectly, had by far the better VMG in the 16-18 kn breeze, passed the Kiwis on the second cross, and had a 22 sec advantage at mark 3. They finished the race 44 sec ahead of 'Emirates Team New Zealand' and the unlucky Dean Barker NZL lost also his third attempt to win the Cup for NZL. The report.
The enthusiastic Larry Ellison USA joined the team on the AC72 just after crossing the finish line to celebrate this incredible successfull comeback after being hopelessly behind. Here the report with video links.