AC NEWS – How did Bermuda win the America’s Cup venue? Check out the video above. Was it strictly about money or do you think it will provide a better venue than San Diego? Will it be better, equal or worse than last year? Currently the XS Collective believes it will be worse by 57%, better by 32% and equal by 11%. What do you think? Go vote in the XS Poll over there on the upper right side of the site. Vote Today! Click on your answer and then click on Vote. It’s that easy.
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AC NEWS – The Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams registered for the 2017 America’s Cup, has appointed Iain Murray as Regatta Director. Murray is a former America’s Cup skipper who also served as Regatta Director in the last America’s Cup.
Murray started in his role as of December 1 and has already been meeting with the teams as well as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller via regular Competitor Forum conference calls.
Murray says he sees his appointment to a second term as Regatta Director as an opportunity to advance the America’s Cup forward beyond what was achieved last time.
“Leading into the last America’s Cup, there were so many major changes and collectively we learned so much about how to design, build and race these foiling multihulls,” Murray said. “Now we have the chance to fine-tune and make adjustments to make it even better.
“Whether it’s the conversion to foiling AC45s for the America’s Cup World Series, the new AC62s, the spectator experience, or the safety mechanisms – last time we really had to find our way. This time we have a template to work from and I expect we’ll see improvements across the board.”
In his role as Regatta Director, Murray will work in collaboration with all of the teams as well as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller in setting the competitive parameters for the event.
Murray is required to nominate Regatta Officials, including a Measurement Committee and Umpires, as well as administer the Regatta Officials Fund to a budget agreed by the competitors. Each team contributes in equal measure to the Fund, initially through their entry fees.
“I’ve already seen a strong spirit of cooperation between the teams,” Murray said. “We’re focused on getting ready for the first America’s Cup World Series events in the new foiling versions of the AC45s, as well as pulling together a measurement committee and finalizing some details about the AC62. Everybody is contributing and the process is working well.”
AC NEWS – The six America’s Cup teams have agreed to a project that will see the existing fleet of AC45 catamarans modified into fully foiling catamarans for racing in the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).
Importantly, the teams have also committed to continue to race the foiling AC45s on the America’s Cup World Series circuit in 2018, following the conclusion of the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
“I’m pleased all of the competitors have agreed on a way forward, beyond the current America’s Cup cycle,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup.
“To have the teams give certainty to all stakeholders as to what will happen following the racing in 2017, regardless of who wins, is a huge step forward for all involved.”
The teams have undertaken the project to modify the one-design AC45s into fully foiling catamarans with a view to racing the foiling versions as early as the 2015 ACWS season.
A feasibility study has been commissioned to determine whether the mods will need to wait until the 2016 season as the timeline to make changes to the entire fleet ahead of racing in 2015 is extremely tight.
The competitors have also appointed a working group to select a Regatta Director, as required by the Protocol.
AC NEWS – The America’s Cup Press Conference from London – Replay. Hear from the sailors leading the six America’s Cup teams:
Nathan Outteridge, Artemis Racing;
Ben Ainslie, Ben Ainslie Racing;
Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand
Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge
Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA
Franck Cammas, Team France
As well as Dr. Harvey Schiller, the new Commercial Commissioner of the 35th America’s Cup.
AC NEWS – The America’s Cup organizers have appointed Dr. Harvey Schiller as Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup. The role of Commercial Commissioner is new to the America’s Cup. Dr. Schiller will be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America’s Cup. He will work closely with all of the competitors, the Regatta Director and the America’s Cup Event Authority.
“This is an exciting time to be involved in the America’s Cup,” Dr. Schiller said. “Following the thrilling event we saw last summer, when ORACLE TEAM USA came from behind to win the Cup, interest in the event is as high as it’s ever been. Our job now is to translate those opportunities into growth of the event for the benefit of all participants. As such, I’m extremely gratified to see how the teams have started working together with such a high level of cooperation over the past few months.”
Schiller has had one of the most legendary careers in public service and sports business, having served as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, the Executive Director of the US Olympic Committee and President of Turner Sports as well as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets and President of the International Baseball Federation.
His personal accomplishments away from sport include a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the United States Air Force (where he retired as Brigadier General), and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He also currently serves on the board of the World Baseball Classic and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dr. Schiller has also served on the America’s Cup Advisory Board since 2010.
Dr. Schiller starts the role with immediate effect. Items on the to-do list include finalizing the America’s Cup World Series schedule, format and venues, and securing international broadcast agreements.
AC NEWS – Kyle Langford, the wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA when it won the America’s Cup in 2013, is mainsail trimmer on Oman Air at the Extreme Series in Cardiff. In an exclusive interview with mysailing, he talked about the Extreme 40s and Oracle’s progress towards defending the Cup in 2017. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY CLICK HERE!
AC NEWS – The Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team will look for a new title sponsor for its inaugural 2017 America’s Cup campaign after the incumbent, financial services company JP Morgan, decided not to continue past 2014. For the rest of the story click here!
AC NEWS – A day late but it’s now official – Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup:
“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.
“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”
The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.
Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.
Under the rules of the event, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the America’s Cup organizers.
Quotes from the challenging teams:
Iain Percy, Artemis Racing: “We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade. I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is about more than simply winning; it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way.”
Ben Ainslie, Ben Ainslie Racing: “We are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup has been officially accepted. The America’s Cup originates from the Squadron and it is our goal to return the Cup to where it belongs.”
Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand: “New Zealand has a long and proud history in the America’s Cup. We see some formidable opposition taking shape in the 35th America’s Cup and we have no illusions about the job ahead. We have been working quietly behind the scenes towards this day almost since the last day of the 34th America’s Cup. Now the real work begins.”
Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge: “This is Luna Rossa’s fifth challenge to the America’s Cup, an historic record. Not only does it underline the attachment of our team to the America’s Cup, but it also shows our determination to bring the Cup to Italy. This edition will be very competitive and our team has already been preparing for several months now in view of a challenge that promises to be spectacular and exciting right from its preliminary events, the America’s Cup World Series, that will take place next year.”
Franck Cammas, Team France: “Team France is very proud to be a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. We are taking the first step of a journey that we know will be very difficult. With Olivier de Kersauson, Michel Desjoyeaux and our team, we are determined to represent France at the highest level from a sporting and technological point of view. I thank all of our partners and supporters, as without you, we would not even see the beginning of our journey, much less the road ahead.”
The teams for the 35th America’s Cup will be introduced at a press conference in London, England on September 9.
AC NEWS – Come’on Larry… get it together! Surprise everyone by picking a venue by the weekend and please announce the teams as promised today… August 20th, as your press release stated back on Aug 9th. Stay tuned to XS Sailing later today to see just how many boats have ‘legally’ entered. Will they announce the entries or will there be silence? Leave a comment with your opinion if the ORACLE will speak?
AC NEWS – Today, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests were treated to a rare chance of seeing the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the heart of Stockholm’s proud maritime history.
Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team. Building on our core group from the last campaign, we have been able to secure talent across all areas, and I strongly believe that Artemis Racing is a team capable of winning the 35th America’s Cup”.
Artemis Racing will again challenge alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, for what will be their second campaign together in the pursuit of winning the oldest competition in sport.
“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of international sailing. KSSS is proud to be a challenger once again through Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing team. We are also very excited by the prospect of involving Swedish sailors in various ways in the project. We want to extend our gratitude to Torbjörn Törnqvist for making this possible” commented Staffan Salén, KSSS Commodore.
New team members were announced, including Swedish Olympic champions, Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen, as well as America’s Cup veteran Rod Davis.
Lööf is one of the most successful Swedish sailors of all times and a long-time friend and competitor of Team Manager Iain Percy. With a wealth of experience, he has participated in an incredible six Olympic campaigns, winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Star class, and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Finn class. Lööf’s career highlights also include three Finn World Championships, two Star World titles and a third place finish in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race.
On joining the team Fredrik said “I’ve been fascinated by the way sailing has been evolving over the last few years, with these new foiling boats and incredible TV production. I was really inspired by Artemis’ last campaign and having a Swedish boat on the start line again, and being part of it this time, is very exciting. Winning the America’s Cup and bringing it to Sweden for the first time would be something very special”.
One of the most promising talents in Swedish sailing, Max Salminen, still just 24, struck gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Fredrik Lööf in the Star class.
Artemis Racing also welcomed Sailing Coach Rod Davis. In his extraordinary America’s Cup career –now his 9th campaign – Davis brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the team, having covered a variety of roles from bowman to mainsail trimmer, skipper, and more recently coach of Emirates Team New Zealand. Rod won a gold medal in the Soling class at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, and Olympic silver in the Star class in Barcelona 1992. His track record also includes winning the Admiral’s Cup and the Sardinia Cup several times, as well as seven World Champion titles.
The Team has already amassed an incredible 61 America’s Cup Campaigns between its members, including 14 victories. Team members (including two designers) have competed in 21 Olympic Games, winning 11 medals, including seven Gold medals.
“Where some teams may have one Olympic gold medallist, we have six of them, however the focus is very much on the team, and there is no individual bigger than the group. We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade.” Said Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy. “I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is more than simply winning, it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way”.
Harnessing fresh talent and inspiring younger team members is at the core of Artemis Racing’s new challenge, and the Team launched an internship programme which will give top Swedish students a chance to become directly involved in the key areas that make up a successful America’s Cup Team, spending up to 12 weeks working in the team base in Alameda, CA, USA, across different departments.
Artemis Racing also aspires to be the most sustainable and responsible team in the America’s Cup, announcing a number of initiatives including plans to ‘up-cycle’ or, ‘re-purpose’, their future base at the 35th America’s Cup venue.
The Team also announced partnerships with Pelle P, as the official clothing supplier and Cosworth Group, as technical supplier.
AC NEWS – With the America’s Cup Entry deadline just around the corner, this video features an interview with Artemis Racing helmsman, Nathan Outteridge, and Luna Rossa helmsman, Chris Draper, where they discuss the relevance Moth sailing has with the new era of the America’s Cup and the next event. Nathan hopes the venue chosen will have enough wind to foil upwind. Does that mean San Diego or Bermuda?
AC NEWS FROM ORACLE – Here is the latest from ORACLE – seems everyone is happy again. See Challenger statement below:
Following the announcement of Team Australia – representative of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record of the 35th America’s Cup – of its intention to withdraw from the competition, the teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – jointly with the yacht clubs they represent – confirm their full support to the event, regardless from the host venue that will be selected.
The four teams, who have so far made clear their involvement, also reiterate their commitment to co-operate in a constructive way with the Defender to the sporting and commercial success of the 35th America’s Cup, with the aim of bringing this event to the peak of the world’s professional sport in terms of media, show, public and the intense sporting competition which has always characterised the America’s Cup.
The teams look forward to establish a constant dialogue with the Defender Oracle Team USA with the intent to fully preserve the principle of “friendly competition between foreign countries“ – one of the core elements of the Deed of Gift that rules the America’s Cup – and to co-operate actively with the Defender to adapt the rules where need be and outline the America’s Cup World Series calendar, as well as the format of the Challengers’ Selection Series and of the America’s Cup finals.
Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, declared: “All the elements for the success of the event are there: after the 34th America’s Cup it is no longer questionable how spectacular the full foiling wing-sail catamarans are! Neither is questionable the excitement, intense competition and high-adrenaline this racing offers!”
Ben Ainslie, Team Principal of BAR, commented: “We are really focussed to help build a successful and sustainable America’s Cup for the future. The America’s Cup is about pushing the technical boundaries of the sport through continued innovation. The AC62 will again be incredibly exciting to watch, both on and off the water, all the ingredients you need for a great sporting event.”
Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing, stated: “The next America’s Cup is likely to be the most competitive, exciting and sustainable ever. We cannot wait to compete.”
Franck Cammas, skipper of Team France, declared: “We believe that the format of the next America’s Cup will bring a friendly but fierce competition between the best sailors on the most spectacular machines the America’s Cup has ever seen. The 35th America’s Cup will confirm a new era for sailing, but also for the sport in general and the related technologies, with the most intense competition possible and Team France will be proud to be part of it!”
Cagliari, Portsmouth, Alameda, Paris, 25th of July 2014.
AC NEWS – (Reuters) – Four European teams promised on Friday to compete for the next America’s Cup, ensuring the event would be viable after official challenger Team Australia pulled out because of rising costs.
AC NEWS – A desire to grow up and achieve great things on the world stage and actually doing it isn’t an impossible dream. This was the story told by three members of America’s Cup winning Oracle Team USA who spoke at the St. Thomas Yacht Club Sunday night about their beginnings in the sport and their roles in the biggest come-from-behind victory in sporting history.
Skipper Jimmy Spithill, a native of Australia, made a name for himself on the junior match racing circuit and was tapped for his first America’s Cup back in 1999 as a 19-year-old. Grinder Shannon Falcone, from Antigua, got his start as an 8-year-old hanging on the backstay of his father’s boat while sailing in events like the St. Thomas International Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week. Designer Kirst Feddersen, born and raised in St. Thomas, sailed small dinghies during his public and private school years on the island, then embarked on a nautical design career after graduation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Collectively, with the 147 other members of Oracle Team USA, Spithill, Falcone and Feddersen made history by winning the 34th America’s Cup – the oldest international sporting trophy dating back to a Deed of Gift given in 1851 – in a way that made sports history.
What was it that led Oracle Team USA, on the brink of defeat after losing 8 to 1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, to come back and champion 8 consecutive races to take home the trophy?
“It wasn’t so much one thing as lots of little things,” explains Spithill. “The boats were very technical. It was akin to driving a Formula 1 race car. It was good this wasn’t a weekend race but spanned a couple of weeks so we could have that learning curve take place. In the end we just kept chipping away until we won. After all, it’s not about how you start but how you finish.”
Falcone’s advice to young people who want to follow in these footsteps is this: “Be willing to put your head down and work hard, be a team player, and be able to learn from your mistakes. Your reputation is everything in the sailing world.”
Even those who aren’t activity sailing can be part of an America’s Cup team via other skill sets, says Feddersen. “There’s a need, for example, for electrical engineers, boat builders and riggers.”
Spithill, Falcone and Feddersen all agreed that the Caribbean was the ideal place to learn to sail given the year-round warm weather and constant tradewinds. Sales of tickets and raffle prizes from the night’s talk benefit the St. Thomas Yacht Club Youth 420 sailing program.
Youth interested in learning to sail can take lessons at the St. Thomas Yacht Club. Prospective sailors must be at least 5 years old and know how to swim to participate.
“Stopping by the Club on a Saturday morning is a great way for young, interested sailors to see what goes on and talk about signing up for the spring session that starts in April,” invites Margo Lynch, the Club’s head of junior sailing. “Currently, all learn to sail classes are scheduled for Saturdays. Financial aid is available.”
For more information about the Club’s sailing program or to make donations, call (340) 775-6320 or Email: [email protected]
AC NEWS – A great video by CNN’s MAINSAIL on what it takes to compete and win the next America’s Cup with interviews with Grant Dalton, Dean Barker and New Zealand’s economic development minister, Steven Joyce. Worth the 6 and a half minutes!
DO YOU REMEMBER who won the start and who got to the first mark in the 4th race of the 34th America’s Cup? Was it Team NZ or ORACLE Team USA? Check it out above to refresh your memory!
AC NEWS – Tom Slingsby, the strategist who helped to guide ORACLE TEAM USA to a successful defence of the America’s Cup in September, has told an Australian newspaper he’d consider sailing for a team put together by the challenger of record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club. But Slingsby says the conditions would have to be right.
“I want to be part of a team that can win the Cup,” he told The Australian. “It’s great that Australia is back in the race and full credit to the Oatleys for making that happen. I expect to be part of an Australian team in the America’s Cup, but whether it is this one or 10 years down the track, I don’t know yet.
“It would be great to represent my country but I have to make a smart decision for my career and at the moment I am with the defender so I am already in the final.”
Slingsby told the paper that quality attracts quality, and locking in strong leadership for the team was crucial.
“It’s really the people they need to lock down,” he said. “They need a very good CEO, they need a very good leader of the sailing team and they need a very good designer, because without those three you won’t succeed. If they lock in those three positions it might be a tempting prospect.”
Slingsby noted he had already been approached by a number of teams and said that any team that was serious about mounting a winning challenge would need to act fast to lock in talent.
Read the full story here
RED BULL YOUTH AC – Here is Team Tilt represented Switzerland in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. The event took place in September 2013 in San Francisco, alongside the America’s Cup, and was aimed at young talented sailors from all over the world, under 25 yo. Team Tilt finished fourth of the competition. This movie was produced by Christophe Margot – it summarizes four days of competition in San Francisco.
AC NEWS – Here is an interview by pressure-drop with one of the ETNZ designers, Pete Melvin (of M/M Design) during the America’s Cup Finals. Pete provides an insight into his intro to ETNZ, the development phase, initial foiling, the methodology of designing and building the 1st Foiling AC 72, thoughts of the future of the America’s Cup and future plans! Great information on the AC 72 development.
AC NEWS – Russell Coutts, the CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA, has been interviewed in SportsPro Media about the highs and lows of the 34th America’s Cup and, importantly, on what happens next.
Below is his answer to one of the questions. The full interview, by SportsPro Media’s David Cushnan can be found here.
Q: As you were running ORACLE TEAM USA, how easy was it to separate yourself from what you were doing as a team and take an overview of how the event was going and how it was being perceived around the world?
Russell Coutts: Challenging – we obviously wanted the event to be successful. Deep down inside, I knew it would be successful once we got over the hurdles. I was saying before the final that I thought it was shaping up to become a great final between two very equal teams and, at the end of the day, that’s what people want to see.
The platform was spectacular, the boats were spectacular and the course area was close to perfect, in many ways, with fans being able to watch the racing close up and the spectacular backdrop. All of that was great. We just needed good competition between the teams, so as we look to the future that’s obviously the first key thing to address: we’re already in discussions with some of those potential teams.
We really want to increase the number of competitive teams. Past America’s Cups – I think the record was 13 teams, but I think only three or four were really competitive. We think the final this time showed that when you have competitive teams and compelling racing, that’s really what people want to see and what the athletes want as well – a competitive environment where you get lead changes and that suspense, which is such a great thing in sports where you’re never really certain of the outcome. That’s what we want to move towards: a group of competitive teams – whether that’s six or we can stretch it to, say, ten, in the next cycle, that’s the work that’s going on at the moment.
AC NEWS – During the 34th America’s Cup last month, Bangin’ the Corners production, spent a day with commentators Andy Green and Tucker Thompson. See how the pros do it as they cover the AC on the day Team NZ almost capsized. They seem to be having way to much fun and so relaxed doing it. Good stuff.
AC NEWS - San Francisco’s Summer of Racing came to an action-packed conclusion – the climax was the biggest comeback in sports, as ORACLE TEAM USA won 8 straight races to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8. Relive the AC in 3.5 minutes!
AC NEWS – It’s official… the New Zealand government will help fund another effort from Grant Dalton and the boys! See you in 2017!
AC HISTORY – With Australia getting into the next America’s Cup as the challenger of record, we look back at a dramatic moment in AC history. The moments on the 5th of March 1995, when during round four in the round robin stage of the Americas Cup challenger series, and in a match race between One Australia and Team New Zealand, the Australian boat split and sunk within two minutes. Amazing commentary and footage.
AC NEWS - New Zealand (AP) The New Zealand government is likely to provide further financial support for Team New Zealand to challenge for the America’s Cup.
Economic development minister Steven Joyce told a welcome home ceremony for Team New Zealand on Auckland’s waterfront Friday “this country and this Government stands ready to be part of the next America’s Cup challenge.”
New Zealand taxpayers paid $36 million towards the cost of the sailing team’s recent unsuccessful challenge on San Francisco Bay. New Zealand led 8-1 before losing 9-8 to Team USA.
Joyce said he had told Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton to “work on a proposal and we’ll help you out with it.”
AC NEWS – So what really allowed ORACLE to win race 19 on that fateful day of the America’s Cup? In an interview with ORACLE lead mast/wing designer Scott Ferguson says that he thought that ORACLE could lose the race because of something he was responsible for.
Just 45 minutes before the start of the final race, Ferguson and other members of his team were called and shuttled aboard ORACLE 17 to access a problem with the wing. Repairs had to be made and fast. The remedy to solve the problem was made by hoisting a crew member up the wing and applying a ‘powerful glue’ to a broken part of the wing.
What happened next? Scott Ferguson explains: “We sent them on their way and told them it was OK for them to go sail the race and not hold back,” he said. “I was on pins and needles for the whole race. It wasn’t until the last reach that I felt that it was going to be OK.”
ORACLE 17 went on to cross the finish line to win race 19 and complete the greatest comeback in sports history… and it may have never been it it wasn’t for a little bit of glue.
Related story – http://www.xssailing.com/racing/dean-barker-crew-team-zealand/
AC NEWS - It’s been one week since ORACLE TEAM USA completed what has been called the greatest comeback in sport. Down 8-1 on the scoreboard, the team reeled off an improbable eight consecutive wins to retain the America’s Cup that it first won in 2010.
Ranking this comeback against the biggest ones in other sports makes for interesting bar talk, but is ultimately futile. But however you measure it, winning eight straight match races against a crew with as much quality as Emirates Team New Zealand certainly puts you in the conversation for biggest sporting comeback, and that’s no small thing.
So it’s one week on from the win and what have we learned?
Emirates Team New Zealand returned home heartbroken and disappointed, but buoyed by the overwhelming support of a nation.
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker has worn his heart on his sleeve since returning to Auckland to an enthusiastic welcome and is already talking about what would be necessary to keep Team New Zealand going.
Also looking to get a team up and running is Ben Ainslie, the Brit who helped to orchestrate ORACLE TEAM USA’s win as replacement tactician. Ainslie has been talking up a British challenge and is out stumping for support.
His boss, ORACLE TEAM USA’s CEO Russell Coutts, far from taking a break, is already sailing again. He is at the RC44 regatta in Cascais, Portugal, racing as tactician on Team Italia. Also competing there is Artemis Racing, with Torbjörn Törnqvist and Iain Percy.
Last week, Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge returned to his roots with a 5th place finish at the 49er world championships. Not bad for a guy who had only practised for a week or so.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we’ve learned who the challenger of record is for the 35th America’s Cup. The challenge from Hamilton Island Yacht Club marks the return of Australia to the America’s Cup. Coming on the 30th anniversary of the historic win byAustralia II in 1983, the challenge brings Australia back to the Cup for the first time since 1999/2000, when the skipper was a fresh-faced 19 year old named Jimmy Spithill.
The challenger of record will work with the defender, in consultation with other potential team, to agree on a vision for the 35th America’s Cup and then on a Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup that translates that vision into rules. This will be done over the coming weeks and months.
AC NEWS - Here is the press conference of Bob and Sandy Oatley held in Sydney after the announcement of the America’s Cup challenge from Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Great questions that give us a glimpse of what the next AC will be like including a AC World Series. We can’t wait for 2017!
AC NEWS – Here is a great interview from Penalty Box productions, with the lead designer of ORACLE USA, Dirk Kramers (actually from the USA!), talking about the ORACLE design and the future of the AC. He jumped on a plane to check out the technology of the ‘Little AC’ and to visit his son who was racing in the C-Class Championships. Not only was ORACLE 17 the fastest boat in the AC, but we think she was the prettiest too!
AC NEWS - The XS Blowhard is happy now… as the interview is now on (see link in post below), and the rumor that Team NZ is contesting the legality of ORACLE’s boat is NOT true!
Grant Dalton confirms the rumor is ridiculous. Thank you Grant Dalton and Team NZ. Still time to hear the interview as it’s going on. Go to post below and click on link.
Interview Update: Grant Dalton highlights:
1) Grant said the rumor is not true.
2) Ben and Coutts was a crucial part of the ORACLE team. Ben is not like Spithill.
3) Lack of money is no excuse.
4) He is getting out of the AC business but callers were begging him to stay… so who knows … he may change his mind.
5) New Zealand, in a huge majority, is embracing the team, even in defeat. Awesome!