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America's Cup – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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)
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)
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   
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)
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   
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)
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   
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.
 
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