2017 America's Cup Hall of Fame Class Announced
John Marshall, Doug Peterson, and Syd Fischer have been named as inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame.
John Marshall, sailor and designer who won the America's Cup on Freedom (1980) and Stars and Stripes (1987 and 1988)
Doug Peterson, designer, winner of the America's Cup on America3 (1992) and Team New Zealand's Black Magic (1995)
Syd Fischer, five-time sponsor of Australian America's Cup entries from 1983 to 2000, helping to launch the careers of young sailors including Iain Murray (on Advance in 1983); Jimmy Spithill (on Young Australia in 2000); and Hugh Treharne, who would help win the America's Cup in 1983 onboard Australia II.
The three will be inducted in a ceremony and reception in San Diego next October.
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Feb 28: Emirates Team New Zealand "Not Over" 2013 loss, seeks victory in
Jan 31: Bob Grieser, noted America's Cup photographer, dies at age of 70:
Dec 26: Analyzing America's Cup wingsails, technical article at:
Images: America's Cup Photographers
Editor's Choice: A Yacht Race and More in Miami
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1970 America's Cup Winner Bill Ficker Dies at Age 89
(Mar 15) Bill Ficker, Skipper of the 1970 America's Cup defender Intrepid, died Monday in Newport, CA, at the age of 89. A member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame, Ficker also belongs to the even smaller fraternity of skippers who have successfully defended the Cup with (what many believed to be) a slower boat than the opponent, Gretel II. Ficker was also lined up to skipper a defender candidate in the following America's Cup cycle, but had to give in to professional commitments as the date slipped from 1973 to 1974. An accomplished sailor in Star class since his teens, Ficker was dedicated to developing other young sailors throughout his life.
5 of 6 Teams Agree on Plans for America's Cup Matches in 2019 and 2021
(Jan 25) Challenger teams from France, Sweden, Japan, England and the Defender, Golden Gate YC announced today that they have reached a broad ranging agreement on the format and timing of America's Cup racing for four years following the match scheduled for next June. The agreement establishes the yachts that will be used, the format of racing in the period between defenses, and sets restrictions intended to reduce costs and entice more entrants for future regattas. Today's agreement extends an earlier understanding to continue using foiling multihulls. One current challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand has not formally signed on.
Among the highlights:
Paul Elvstrom, Legendary Sailor, 1928-2016
(Dec 9) Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom, a leader in the sport of sailboat racing for generations, died December 7 at the age of 88. A four-time Olympic Gold Medalist (once in the Firefly and three times in the Finn) and 13-time World Champion, "The Great Dane" developed faster sailing techniques, invented new yacht hardware, designed better sails, and wrote popular books on racing. One of his greatest influences, though, may have been the example he set for the sport, a defining intensity, both mentally and physically.
Elvstrom's connection to the America's Cup was tenuous, primarily an ill-fated arrangement in which the Dane was to lead a French challenge effort under Baron Bich for the 1974 America's Cup. They parted ways before ever starting a race.
Harvey Schiller Resigns as America's Cup Commercial Commissioner
(Aug 22) Dr. Harvey Schiller, who has served as the Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup, handling many areas of responsibility that are not directly racing related, will step down from the position at the end of this month, the Associated Press reports. The departure is said to be Schiller's decision.
Bertarelli and Dunraven to Join America's Cup Hall of Fame for 2016
(July 19) Ernesto Bertarelli, patron of Switzerland's Alinghi team, and Britain's Lord Dunraven will be the Class of 2016 inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.
Bertarelli's team won the America's Cup in his first campaign, the only challenger ever to do so, beating Team New Zealand. Bertarelli then defended the Cup successfully in 2007, again defeating Team New Zealand, before losing to the Golden Gate YC/BMW Oracle trimaran effort in 2010.
Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, holding the title of Lord Dunraven, challenged in 1893 with Valkyrie II, losing to Vigilant, and challenged again in 1895 with Valkyrie III, losing to the yacht Defender.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place this fall, October 21, at
the New York YC.
New America's Cup Boats Launched
Long awaited, with the approach of competition beginning this May, the five America's Cup challengers and the Defender have begun launching their new America's Cup Class catamarans.
A number of restrictions apply: The challengers are allowed to build one boat while the defender is allowed to build two. The window for launching the boats began in late December, by rule 150 days before racing, though the teams also have to observe a 28-day 'no sail" period on dates of their individual choice. Additionally, the teams may not sail against each other in a "coordinated manner" without special permission from race management.
America's Cup Class multihull
A Brief History of the Challenger of Record
(July 28) Since 1970 there have been 13 matches with multiple challengers, with 12 teams serving as the initial Challenger of Record (COR). Historically, one-third of the original COR's have resigned their position. Including the upcoming 35th Defense of the America's Cup scheduled for 2017, the initial COR has resigned four times; three times also withdrawing from competition, and one time remaining a challenger.
Read more at CupInfo, including a table listing all CORs since 1970
(Dec 15) The story of sailing for the 2013 America's Cup is told in a new 224-page book, from McGraw-Hill/International Marine. Winging It focuses on the sailing and racing of the 34th America's Cup, including selecting the AC72 yachts for the event, the races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the epic America's Cup Final that featured a stunning comeback and gut-wrenching loss. Authors Diane Swintal and Robert Kamins covered the event in San Francisco for CupInfo, and Steve Tsuchiya witnessed the match on the water from start to finish.
2013 America's Cup Highlights on CupInfo:
America's Cup Match 2013
From Stuart Alexander at The Independent: "There have been several races going on. One was on the San Francisco Bay track. One was in the design offices. The third is the management game, without which no America’s Cup team will be successful. Both teams were in the lead in all three at one time or another but the Americans were in the lead when it mattered, at the finish." Read More
More Post-Match Stories:
Quotes of the Final Day:
Dean Barker, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand: "We went out there today to give it our absolute best shot, and we felt we didn’t leave anything on the table. We got a good start, led around Mark 1, led at the bottom, and that’s all we could ask for. We knew that upwind we had a fight on our hands. When they are sailing a boat that’s going that fast, it’s very hard to swallow."
Dean Barker: "I am incredibly proud of our team and what we’ve achieved. I’m gutted that we didn’t get the last win that we need to bring this cup back to New Zealand."
Matteo de Nora, Emirates Team New Zealand: "I've never been more proud to be part of this team, and I've never felt more Kiwi than I feel today."
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, Oracle Team USA, about his competition ETNZ: “Man, they are a tough team, they are a champion team.”
Recommended Post-race press conferences with both teams on America's Cup YouTube Channel
America's Cup 2013 Complete Match Coverage, Race Reports, and Photos: See all on CupInfo's America's Cup Match Main Page or jump to content below
Day 6 (Races 9 and 10) Quotes:
Ben Ainslie, Tactician,
Oracle Team USA, on the final run downwind in Race 10: "We elected to go behind
them and try to set up where we might be able to get a piece on starboard when
they gybe back, and it’s really hard to judge that right when you’re going along
at almost 40kts, but we didn’t do too bad of a job. But it wasn’t quite enough
to get back into it."
Day 7 (Postponed):
Data and Analysis: Boatspeed,
windspeed, True-Wind-Angles, SOG/VMG Polar Plots for both boats, leads/gains,
and more: Visit CupStats at CupInfo
Previous America's Cup Events:
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2007 America's Cup:
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Other Previous Events:
History of Team New Zealand's historic 1995 America's Cup win:
Two of the original J-Class yachts, Endeavour and Velsheda, racing modern J's Hanuman and Ranger in the Bucket Regatta in St. Barths. Read More
(June 13) Oracle Racing AC45 Spectacular
Pitchpole in San Francisco Bay during exhibition race pre-start:
Shannon Falcone was injured, walking away but taken to the hospital by
ambulance for X-rays of his ribs and further evaluation. Russell Coutts,
skippering #5, was thrown through a portion of the wing. Thankfully,
injuries to the crew were not more extensive. Examination showed that
Falcone dislocated rib cartilage, but did not break any bones.
Update: Follow-up stories Tuesday:
This capsize seems to continue a pattern from testing in Auckland, where the AC45 is remarkably stable in many conditions that would cause problems for lesser cats, and the long wave-piercing bows can be very effective at maintaining buoyancy and avoiding this sort of incident, especially upwind. But if the wingsail gets into an undesired orientation relative to the wind, forces can overwhelm the boat much more quickly than with a soft mainsail. Somewhat inherent in a hard surface airfoil, it appears to be much harder to depower the wing on short notice when in trouble, as attempts to ease the wing above illustrate.
On the other hand, both increased experience
and improved control techniques could lessen the risks, too. There is still a
lot to learn about these boats, even for expert crews, justifying the plan to
climb the learning curve early with the AC45's and build skills and
understanding in preparation for the AC72's which launch less than 13 months
J-Class Regatta in Newport
(Jun 15) Ranger, a replica of the 1937 America's Cup winner, and Velsheda, one of three original survivors, are racing head-to-head this week in Newport, RI, historic yachts in a setting to match.
Ranger took Race 1 by just one second on
corrected time, won Race 2 by 27 seconds corrected, won Race 3, and won Race 4
by 3:19 corrected. Velsheda won Race 5 by 2:00 corrected.
Racing finished Sunday June 19. Each race starting at 1 pm, conditions
permitting, and sailed in sight of spectators on shore.
And be sure to see the
Features Page for many more articles,
interviews, history, and fun stuff for Cup Fans.
Chasing the Big Cats
(Aug 21) A chase boat to support a 72-foot America's Cup wingsail multihull that can top 40 knots is a challenge in its own right. Chris Salthouse of Emirates Team New Zealand explains how the Kiwis are tackling the problem: two hulls, four engines, and Chris's younger brother Greg...
Picturing the America's Cup
Photographers Jürg Kaufmann and Daniel Forster have teamed up for the 33rd Defense. CupInfo talked to them about what they've seen at the America's Cup over the years, plus how they approach the art and technique of sailing photography.
CupInfo: You have both been to many America’s Cups, Daniel going back to 1977. Which was your favorite as a photographer?
Daniel: My favorite one as a photographer was the 1987 Cup in Perth/Fremantle. Every day by 11:00 am the “Fremantle Doctor” arrived: 25-30 knots of wind with big waves and bright sunshine and the 12mJI yachts sailed, unlike here!
2010: Dogzilla Stories
BMW Oracle's monster multihull won the 2010 America's Cup in an unforgettably bold display of technology, imagination, and adventure.
Home Again in Newport
July 1, 2010: The America's Cup returned today to Newport, Rhode Island, the scene of America's Cup history for much of the famous regatta's life, including the 12 Defenses held there from 1930 to 1983, along with the construction and trials of Cup defending yachts stretching back to the 19th century. A day filled with public display of the trophy, a harbor cruise, and a Victory Luncheon culminated in a team presentation for over 400 young sailors from the Narragansett Bay community. The celebration wrapped up the East Coast Victory Tour for the America's Cup-winners that also included a visit with President Obama.
Inquires please contact: Last update: Wednesday May 03, 2017
Some of the features on CupInfo :
From the 2003-2007 America's Cup Cycle:
Schedule The basic Louis Vuitton Acts, the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the America's Cup: events, places, and dates. Plus a detailed schedule including protocol deadlines in addition to background on the Louis Vuitton regatta plans and how they evolved.
America's Cup Class Racing: Information about the UBS Trophy, the Moet Cup, the ACC worlds, plus other vintage and exhibition events that took place between America's Cup Defenses.
CupLog, our chronology of news stories about America's Cup topics since racing ended in Auckland, with links where possible, 2003 through 2005.
Valencia: Correspondent Félix García, covered some America's Cup related stories from the regatta's new Mediterranean home, providing a perspective on the event and the city that only a Valenciano can.
Peter Holmberg Interview
Our earlier content remains on line for your reference, too, including the 2007 Challenger Details Page: All the specifics we knew about the various teams and hopefuls (and some of the guesses) in one place; "Make Your Point" (a look at ACC bow design in the 2003 AC); and our Guide to the 2007 Host City Finalists