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Louis Vuitton to Return as Event Partner for 2017 America's Cup

(May 27) Luxury goods manufacturer Louis Vuitton has signed an agreement with America's Cup organizers to renew commercial sponsorship of the regatta.  In the wake of the lightly raced 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, along with business and marketing issues, LVMH appeared to have severed ties with the America's Cup that date back to 1983, but will now be sponsoring all the 2017 events from the ACWS through to the 35th Defense itself, which will be titled "The America's Cup Match as present by Louis Vuitton."

“We had told them that they would need to come back to us with a compelling story this time and a compelling proposal so we didn’t have to face those issues again,” said Michael Burke, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton.
Read Story at NY Times | ACEA Press Release


 New Class Rule

A new class rule for a 48' multihull (pdf, 907KB) has been posted, with an apparent one-design hull and wing shape, and the amended Protocol is expected to be issued later this week.
Read ACEA Press Release | Peter Melvin on Class Rule

 
   

 

More America's Cup News:

Recommended: History of Team New Zealand's historic 1995 America's Cup win: Part 1 at NZ Herald


May 12: Emirates will continue Team New Zealand sponsorship for 2017:
Stuff.co.nz

May 7: Kansai YC/SoftBank Team Japan's challenge is officially accepted for 2017 America's Cup

May 6: Return of LVC? Louis Vuitton and America's Cup courting each other after Prada exit:
The Independent

May 3: Team New Zealand Chairman Keith Turner resigns, cites difficulty leading from afar:
 Stuff.co.nz and NZ Herald

Apr 19: Challenges facing Challengers for 2017 America's Cup:
New York Times

Apr 17: Officials confirm America's Cup Qualifiers to be in Bermuda, along with Playoffs and Match:
Official site

Apr 13: ISAF finds "no case to answer" in complaint aimed at 2013 America's Cup Jury:
ISAF Site

Apr 11: America's Cup historian Bob Fisher decries changes to yachting's most famous race:
Sail-World

Apr 10: America's Cup World Series in Italy officially cancelled. Racing begins in Portsmouth, July 24-26: Official Site

Apr 2: ACEA Commissioner Harvey Schiller offers statement on Luna Rossa exit:
ACEA Press Release

Apr 1: Kimball Livingston's thoughts on the latest America's Cup upheaval:
Blue Planet Times

Mar 31: Oracle Team USA's cargo ship comes in, unloads team equipment in move to Bermuda:
Royal Gazette

Mar 30: If changes made "... it seems certain new teams will join this edition of the Cup," says Coutts:
Stuff.co.nz

Mar 30: Race areas and spectator plans announced for America's Cup World Series Portsmouth: TeamLocals

Mar 27: Why reducing costs is a risk to the America's Cup, from Matthew Sheahan at:
Yachting World

Mar 21: Luna Rossa's AC72 placed on permanent display at Science and Technology Museum in Milan:
Team Site

Mar 18: Artemis Racing signs sponsorship deal with watch-maker Ulysse Nardin:
Team Press Release

Mar 18: America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, set for July 23-26, has sold over 85,000 tickets:
TeamLocals

Mar 17: Ben Ainslie and Paul Campbell-James return to Bermuda to train on Nacra 20s:
Royal Gazette

Mar 16: Oracle Team USA's 2013 America's Cup victory cited for impact of big data in sport:
The Guardian

Mar 13: 1958 America's Cup-winner Briggs Cunningham's race car honored on historic registry:
Hemmings Blog

Mar 12: Ben Ainslie Racing hires McLaren F1 boss Martin Whitmarsh as CEO:
Team Press Release

Mar 10: ETNZ: Dean Barker turns down senior management role: Sail-World
Barker: Versions differ: NZ Herald

Mar 9: Oracle Team USA receives development approval for new 7.2 acre base in Bermuda:
Royal Gazette

Mar 6: Plans for 2017 America's Cup Qualifiers & 2016 World Series in Auckland are uncertain:
New Zealand Herald

Mar 4: Dick Enerson, crew on 1964 America's Cup winner Constellation, remembers an era in Newport:
Scuttlebutt

Feb 25: Franck Cammas and Groupama prepare a Team France foiling AC45 for the 2015 ACWS circuit:
Team Site

Feb 25: In the footsteps of J Class designer Starling Burgess, building a new Dymaxion car:
Hemming Blog

Feb 20: Per Burling interview Dean Barker still onboard, no decision on ETNZ skipper: Stuff.co.nz

Feb 19: America's Cup Class USA-54 arrives in Chicago, cold weather for marine mammals:
Video (0:54)

Feb 19: Foiling AC45 yachts from Oracle and Artemis enjoy outing in San Francisco:
Stuff.co.nz

Feb 18: Reports that Dean Barker is leaving are inaccurate, says Emirates Team New Zealand:
Stuff.co.nz

Feb 17: Team New Zealand funding firms up as 2017 America's Cup Qualifiers may head to Auckland
NZ Herald

Feb 16: New Zealand in line to host America's Cup Qualifiers in 2017 as Aussie bid fades?:
TVNZ and Telegraph

Feb 16: Decision deadlines slip for America's Cup Qualifiers, venues, and other regatta elements:
Sail-World

Feb 12: Historic J-Class yachts to compete in Bermuda between Cup races in 2017:
ACEA Press Release

Jan 27: Gougeon Brothers to again supply Oracle Team USA with resins and adhesive:
Composites World

Jan 24: Virgin, Richard Branson, may become another sponsor of BAR's challenge:
The Telegraph

Jan 22: Luna Rossa says America's Cup World Series in Cagliari is confirmed for June 4-7:
Luna Rossa Team Site

Jan 10: Bermuda America's Cup Team effort with Dennis Conner has been scrapped:
Royal Gazette

Jan 8: "Cracking along quite nicely..." BAR's new UK team base taking shape:
Portsmouth News

Jan 5: Ben Ainslie going full speed, $130M budget, 55 staff, and at least one Duchess:
CNN international

Dec 28: Tall ships event in Bermuda scheduled to precede the America's Cup in June 2017:
Royal Gazette

Dec 10: Team New Zealand pulls out of Extreme Sailing Series Sydney to concentrate on America's Cup:
My Sailing

Dec 8: Financial commitments that could total $77M helped land America's Cup in Bermuda:
stuff.co.nz

Dec 8: Attending the NYC venue announcement with John Mangino:
"America invades Bermuda"

Dec 5: Bermuda to gain $14M in taxes on $250M America's Cup impact, but supply facilities and more:
Bernews

On San Francisco not hosting the 35th Defense: America's Cup thoughts for a traditional event in modern era from Kimball Livingston at Blue Planet Times

Dec 3: Iain Murray to return as Regatta Director for 2017 America's Cup?
Stuff.co.nz

Dec 1: Team France announcement expected in Paris, possibly to confirm ACWS in Lorient: CupLegend
(in French)

Nov 30: Minister Stephen Joyce says choice of America's Cup venue will affect ETNZ public funding:
NZ Herald

Nov 23: Jimmy Spithill to have surgery for torn tendons in elbow dating to 2013 America's Cup:
Daily Telegraph

Nov 20: Luna Rossa Open Day December 12 on Cagliari for first 1000 registrants:
Cagliaripad.it
(in Italian)

Nov 17: Harold S. Vanderbilt, three-time America's Cup winner, named to RI Hall of Fame:
Providence Journal


Nov 17: Not the America's Cup, but it's still a great photo of a foiling cat:
Perfect Shot at CatSailingNews

Nov 7: Bermuda legislation sought by Governor to back 2017 America's Cup hosting bid: Bernews

Nov 4: Shares of Sceptre: Own, sail, and preserve an historic America's Cup 12-Meter:
Sceptre Web Site

Nov 4: Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill wins Sailor of the Year honor for 2013 America's Cup comeback:
 Press Release

Nov 3: Emirates Team New Zealand leaders offer video updates about Kiwi Progress:
Part 1 (3:58)
Part 2 (2:48)

Oct 28: Artemis Racing brings Laser Champion and Moth Sailor Paul Goodison:
 Team Press Release

Oct 23: Airbus Becomes Technology Partner for Oracle Team USA's America's Cup Defense:
Press Release

Oct 8: Portsmouth, England, to host America's Cup World Series events in June 2015, July 2016:
The News

Oct 2: Herreshoff Museum's replica of 1903 America's Cup winner Reliance advances, at 1/6 scale:
Reliance Project

Images: America's Cup Photographers

Editor's Choice: A Yacht Race and More in Miami


For older news stories, See News Archives of America's Cup Stories 2005-2012

May 22: A new J Class yacht coming? Unbuilt 1936 Frank Paine design on the boards at Hoek: Yachting World
May 21: Russell Coutts helped convince Softbank Team Japan to hire Dean Barker: Stuff.co.nz | NZ Herald
May 20: Dean Barker confirmed as skipper and CEO of Softbank Team Japan: TVNZ
May 18: America's Cup Class yachts USA-34 and USA-54 make new home as charters in Chicago: WGN-TV | Crain's

Tom Ehman Pursuing Annual 12-Meter Regatta in San Francisco

(May 7) An annual regatta on San Francisco Bay, raced in 12-meter yachts, is being explored by Tom Ehman, Jr., Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate YC (GGYC).  Proposed are relatively similar 12-Meter yachts, costing less than $3 million apiece, and regulations bringing a meaningful sense of nationality to the competition.  Ehman, whose involvement with the America's Cup stretches back to the 1980's, included recent senior leadership roles at the America's Cup Event Authority and Oracle Racing, says that the event would not be officially affiliated with either the America's Cup or GGYC.  The focus would be on an accessible, predictable event taking advantage of the same sailing conditions and spectator opportunities that benefited the 2013 Cup match.

"There is obviously strong interest in monohull racing with strong teams, in boats everyone has heard of and loves," said Ehman. "There is a nostalgia and romance with the 12-Meters, and to have those boats racing in a lot of breeze on San Francisco Bay where people can watch it, it will remind people of how great the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 in windy conditions in 12s."

Read AP Story at Island Packet
 


Oracle Team USA Begins Sailing AC45S Catamaran in Bermuda Training

(May 4) Oracle Team USA began sailing their AC45S yacht in Bermuda on Monday, with the defender working up for the 2015 ACWS season by practicing at the venue for the 2017 America's Cup match.  Joining Artemis Racing and BAR already training in Bermuda, Oracle will also sail Flying Phantom multihulls and Moths. The next two months at the venue should be particularly useful for the teams to increase familiarity with local sailing conditions at the time of year during which the challenger selection series and the America's Cup Match are held in 2017.

Read OTUSA Press Release
 


Kansai YC, SoftBank Team Japan, Announced as a 2017 Challenger


Image: SoftBank Team Japan

(Apr 30) “To lead a Japanese challenge for the America’s Cup is a dream come true,” said Kazuhiko Sofuku, known as “Fuku.”  The team is expected to begin competing at America's Cup World Series events this year.

SoftBank Team Japan will also receive "technical assistance" from Oracle Team USA, which was not outlined in detail but may include design and engineering for their America's Cup yacht, similar to that reported to being provided to Team France.

Read Team Japan/ACEA Press Release
 


Kansai YC Challenge, with Dean Barker Involved, is Expected

(Apr 23) A late entry challenger from Japan is expected to be announced shortly.  Led by Masayoshi Son, Japan's richest man, with additional sponsorship from Softbank, the campaign will represent the Kansai YC. Dean Barker, having departed Team New Zealand, is rumored to be involved, though a Japanese skipper will be selected. Reported by Stuart Alexander at The Independent, the Japanese effort may also be the recipient of an America's Cup yacht design from defender Oracle Team USA.

Read story from Stuart Alexander at The Independent
 


Team New Zealand: Not Giving Up  -- on Regattas and Funding

(Apr 20) Team New Zealand and supporters say that they are not giving up on plans to hold America's Cup Qualifiers or a pre-2016 regatta in Auckland.  Both government funding for TNZ and a major sponsorship are tied to Auckland's hosting an America's Cup-related regatta, and the New Zealander's believe that an agreement on the event was reached with the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) before an abrupt change in plans for 2017 was announced last month.

Dr. Keith Turner, Chairman, TNZ, says that agreement for an Auckland event was announced to the teams in March, and memorialized in a letter from ACEA to TNZ. The team has applied for the matter to be addressed in arbitration.  The NZ government is adamant that additional funding beyond the $5M NZD already provided would not be contemplated without the Auckland event.

Russell Coutts, quoted at the New York Times, contemplated what might happen in the aftermath of a Team New Zealand withdrawal from the America's Cup.  “Others would put a New Zealand team together because frankly they have the components of a very competitive team, more so under this rule,” he said. “They have a great sailing team, and this rule favors a great sailing team.”

Stories at NZ Herald:
(Apr 20) It's not the end of the Road and
(Apr 21) TNZ to fight on
 


Schiller: Managing the America's Cup in the 21st Century

(Mar 18) Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup, was interviewed by Sports Pro Media about how he is dealing with the current event leadership tasks for the 2017 America's Cup.

Schiller, on the process that selected Bermuda as the venue for the 2017 Defense: "I’ve been in the sports business a long time and I always tell everybody ‘don’t have a contest, pick where you want to go’ because you have one winner and a lot of losers, and no city wants to be in a position where they are considered to have lost something – a political convention, a Super Bowl, whatever. Bermuda prevailed for us."

Read interview at SportsProMedia.com
 


Dean Barker is Out as Team New Zealand Skipper

(Feb 26) Despite denials from Emirates Team New Zealand over past weeks, Dean Barker, Skipper and Sailing Director, has been replaced.  Glenn Ashby will become Sailing Director and Peter Burling gets the helm.  Barker told the Campbell Live program he was "gutted" by the news, learning of the move first through media reports and not direct communication from the team.  Barker, who began with the team in 1995 and had been skipper since 2000, has been offered a role in coaching and performance management, plus a position on the Executive Committee. 

Relations appear strained at present and Barker says he wants to sail, not advise.  ETNZ states that though rumors of a change were being hotly reported in the NZ media lately, the team was engaged in a review process and did not feel it was appropriate to comment until that was completed.  A loss of $20M in funding is also cited as a factor in not signing Barker.  ENTZ has cut back on other fronts as well and will field only one AC45 entry (helmed by Burling) for the 2015 ACWS, not two.  Team activities go to full strength in Auckland staring March 2.

Read More:
Barker: "I am absolutely gutted in the way that I've been treated by Team New Zealand" Stuff.co.nz

ETNZ's Grant Dalton: “We’re hoping to retain Dean’s 20 years of America’s Cup experience in Emirates Team New Zealand but we also acknowledge it is time for new blood to be given the chance at the helm of the country’s challenger” ETNZ Team Statement

Dalton on the offer of a management role for Barker: "We hope he accepts it. It is a very senior role, speed-loop related, and suits a guy who can drive as well as understand the process of design, and who can help mould the shape of the speed, and foils and everything that goes with the complete package."  Plus more background on changes afoot at ETNZ: Sail-World
 


Cup Boats in Texas on Way to New Home in Chicago

(Feb 15) Dennis Conner's 1995 America's Cup Class yacht Stars & Stripes and Aloha Racing's 2000 yacht Abracadabra have made it as far as Texas on the trek to their new home in Chicago, sighted in Abilene over the weekend.  Starting this spring Next Level Sailing will offer both ACC's for day sailing, team building match races, sunset cruises, and other waterborne excursions on Lake Michigan. 

The multiple semi-trailer caravan of hulls, masts, and keels will arrive in Chicago later this month.  After receiving refurbishment and restoration, a mid-May launch date is on the calendar.  Aloha's USA-54 was memorably decorated in whale livery by the artist Robert Wyland. USA-55 won the 1995 Citizen Cup, as the defense trials were then known, beating America3's Mighty Mary and Young America's USA-36.
 


Thoroughly Modern Herreshoff

(Feb 12) Sandy Lee has been at the center of a project creating a one-sixth-scale version of the giant America's Cup defender Reliance (1903) for the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  As part of the years-long build, he and his team studied photos, drawings, and other records of the original yacht in great detail, even re-constructing sections of the spars in authentic materials at full-scale. 

The result will be a highly accurate 37-foot-tall depiction of one of the most legendary boats to ever sail. The modeling process has been a revealing exploration of Capt. Nat Herreshoff's design and manufacturing innovations, which employed technologies of industrial mass production that pre-dated Henry Ford's assembly line. 

Sandy will share some the insights gained from the Reliance project in a lecture Thursday, February 19th, with a 6:00 pm reception/7:00 pm presentation, at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.

Read more at Herreshoff Marine Museum:
 Lecture Series and Reliance Project Blog
 


USA Television Deal Reached for 2017 America's Cup

(Feb 9) The 2017 America's Cup will be broadcast on NBC for US television viewers, according to a broadcast deal announced today by event organizers.  Weekend racing for the 2017 America's Cup match will be live over-the-air on NBC, along with some of the Challenger selection races.  Additional racing including the ACWS events will be on the NBCSN channel and all coverage will be streamed via NBC's web platform.

Read ACEA Press Release
 


Fast Smart Machines

(Feb 4) Tactical situations in the modern America's Cup unfold more quickly than ever.  Accurate simulation of the boats and the racing conditions may enable Artificial Intelligence (AI) to evolve better tactics and strategy, equaling and even exceeding unaided human ability to find the fastest way around the course.  Can a computer teach itself better ways to get a foiling America's Cup cat across the finish line?  Yes, with neural networks, millions of virtual match races, and a tough opponent to co-evolve with (or against), namely another cat-sailing AI.

Researcher, engineer, and neuromancer Andrew Mason explores what fast, smart, machine thinking may be able to bring to the America's Cup:
Read More at Virtac Blog


Iain Murray Confirmed as Regatta Director for 2017 America's Cup

(Dec 18) Iain Murray, the Australian veteran of the America's Cup scene, will reprise his 2013 role as Regatta Director for the 2017 edition of the famous yacht race.  Murray initially was the leader of the 2017 Challenger of Record, Team Australia, until the Aussie campaign was folded last summer.  Well-respected and experienced, Murray was perceived to head the shortlist for the job. Although it was not publicly confirmed at the venue announcement December 2, his appointment was reported by most sources to be nearly finalized, and in fact Murray was already working in the position on December 1.

Read ACEA Press Release
 


Russell Coutts Talks About 2017 Plans

(Dec 3) With Bermuda announced as the 2017 host of the America's Cup, and other key aspects about the 35th defense still awaited in the next few weeks and months, Craig Leweck at Scuttlebutt Sailing talked with Russell Coutts about the forces surrounding the event and the thinking behind the strategies organizers are pursuing:

Question: There is a contingent that is critical of the venue now being held outside of the defender’s country. The America’s Cup is draped in tradition, and having the venue in Bermuda is contrary to this tradition. Has the America’s Cup now moved beyond this sentiment that the event should be hosted in front of the team’s club?

Russell Coutts: We clearly think it has moved beyond that. You’re right, we could have considered it, for example, selfishly, and said, “We’re just going to host it in front of our own club” without considering broadcast time zones, without considering where the other teams could be housed. We could have looked at it very narrowly, but this is an international event. It’s got international teams, and those teams have sponsors, and the broadcasters are an important part of that sponsorship. So we looked at some of those things and weighted them very, very highly.

Question: What has been decided in regard to the challenger elimination series? The Protocol indicates a scenario where teams may not advance to the final venue in Bermuda.

Coutts: That’s under discussion now, and frankly, Craig, I’m pretty limited about what I can tell you. What I can tell you is, all of the teams will be going to Bermuda.

Read the complete interview at Scuttlebutt Sailing
 


What to Expect on Dec 2?

(Dec 1) The location and dates of the 2017 America's Cup are to be announced at a press conference tomorrow in New York City, and the island of Bermuda is widely expected to be the choice.  Barring a big surprise, such as a late challenger entry, what else might be on the menu? 

The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup outlines several additional aspects of the event that are yet to be revealed, including the specific race areas (which, like the naming of the host city, are due by Dec 31); plus the dates and venues for one to two Youth America's Cup events (also due by Dec 31).

 The Racing Rules of Sailing for the America's Cup (RRSAC) were due Nov 1, as was the 2015 America's Cup World Series schedule. The ACWS plan is still coming out location by location, with a rumored Lorient, France, regatta possibly being confirmed later this week.

Also possible in NY on Tuesday, though not required until next February 15th, are the venues for the America's Cup Qualifiers, to be sailed about five months before the match.  The America's Cup Playoffs, otherwise known as the challenger semi-finals and final, must be held in the same city as the America's Cup defense, but the dates for the playoffs are not due until February 15 either.

Once the venue for the 2017 America's Cup has been announced, within seven days ACEA is supposed to share relevant weather data with the competitors, and, within 30 days, to set the date when competitors may begin testing their AC62 yachts against each other at the venue.

The dates for these conditions, and other regatta aspects large and small, are prescribed by the Protocol.

See a detailed schedule for America's Cup 2017 including protocol items
 


Gothenburg and Portsmouth 2015 & 2016 World Series Regattas Added

(Nov 26) Three more America's Cup World Series regattas have been announced: Gothenburg Sweden in August 28-30, 2015; and Portsmouth, England, July 23-26, 2015, and July 21–24, 2016.  These join the previously announced Bermuda ACWS in October, 2015. Additional events are anticipated including Cagliari, Italy, in June, 2014, which is as yet unofficial.

Read: Sweden | Portsmouth | Bermuda
 


2017 America's Cup Venue Announcement Coming December 2

(Nov 20) The location of the 35th defense of the America's Cup, to be held in 2017, will be announced at a press conference in New York City on December 2, event organizers said today.  San Diego and Bermuda are the finalists to host the defense, and sailors and fans alike have been hoping to find out where the Cup heads next. A story from the Associated Press names Bermuda as the 2017 venue.  Reports from San Diego via The Independent agree. Despite Emirates Team New Zealand's description of Bermuda as speculation, the island's selection is now regarded as a done deal by most observers.
 


Bermuda to Host a 2015 World Series Regatta

(Nov 5) Still a candidate to host the 2017 America's Cup Match, the island of Bermuda has been announced by ACEA as the site of an America's Cup World Series regatta in October, 2015.  An additional ACWS venue was expected to be named today, also, among six to eight 2015 events in total.

Read ACEA Press Release


2015 America's Cup World Series Events Taking Shape

(Nov 1) Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup, announced today that two venues for the 2015 America's Cup World Series were set, and would be announced on November 5.  Additional regattas for 2015 are still under negotiation.  Schiller expects an additional team, as a late entry, joining the five challengers and the defender.  Read ACEA Press Release

Portsmouth is one likely venue, Japan or China are possible new teams. Read report at The Independent
 

Majority Votes to Switch 2017 America's Cup to Smaller Yachts

Luna Rossa Withdraws from Event,
ETNZ Questions Changes

(Apr 2) America's Cup organizers have adopted a plan to change from the 62-foot yachts announced last year for the upcoming match, substituting new yacht between 45 and 50 feet long, with substantial one-design components.

The changes were made without unanimous agreement of all the currently six entered teams, some of whom agreed with the goals but objected vigorously to the process employed.  The change in yachts, halfway through the design cycle of the AC62 yacht, has the effect of discarding development work already performed. The vote also keeps the Qualifying and Playoff regattas in Bermuda, despite earlier discussions that appeared to commit to Qualifiers in New Zealand. The justification provided for the changes is a lower financial threshold for additional prospective teams, possibly inducing new entries from Europe and Asia to join up.

A new class rule for a 48' multihull (pdf, 907KB) has been posted, with an apparent one-design hull and wing shape, and the amended Protocol is expected to be issued later this week.
Read ACEA Press Release | Peter Melvin on Class Rule

Emirates Team New Zealand objects to the venue changes that are linked to the rules amendments, which will cancel plans to holding the America's Cup Qualifiers in Auckland in 2017.  Without the Qualifier regatta, the NZ government's funding of approximately one-third of the team's budget is in doubt. ETNZ has applied to the yet-to-be-appointed America's Cup Arbitration panel for review: NZ Herald | Reuters

 Italy's Luna Rossa, a challenger entry five times since the year 2000, as it had previously warned withdrew from the event in protest over the changes:
Luna Rossa Statement | Story at Reuters
 


Move is on to Shrink America's Cup Yachts to Cut Costs

(Mar 25) Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller confirmed Wednesday that there is a movement by America's Cup organizers, seeking consensus among the teams, to hold the 2017 event in smaller boats closer in size to the AC45s instead of the 62-foot foiling cats announced last summer, themselves reduced from the 72-foot AC72s raced in 2013.

“We have a responsibility to think of what is best for the long term health of the America’s Cup as well as improving the value equation for team principals and partners," Schiller said.  "Racing a smaller boat in 2017 and beyond is a big step in the right direction. The existing operational costs of teams is much too high with a boat like the AC62."
Read ACEA Press Release

Update Mar 26:  The proposal is being met with objection by Luna Rossa, who threaten to withdraw from the event if the change is made:
Team Statement | AP story at Boston.com

Update 2: Emirates Team New Zealand, after supporting Luna Rossa's position, was reportedly told Auckland has lost their chance to host the America's Cup Qualifiers, a move which in turn would jeopardize government funding for ETNZ, according to the New Zealand Herald.  However, ETNZ disputes aspects of the report: See 3news.com.nz and tvnz.co.nz

Update 3: (Mar 27) Russell Coutts explains to Scuttlebutt


35th America's Cup is set
for June 2017 in Bermuda

 From NYC Announcement Dec 2. 2014:

- Bermuda will host the America's Cup Match in June 2017.
- Two additional teams are interested in challenging, currently in discussions with organizers.
- Red Bull will again sponsor the Youth America's Cup.
- No new details yet on AC62 events preceding the America's Cup match. Chicago to host an ACWS in 2016.
- There has been "significant interest" from television, based on 90-minute two-race broadcasts.
- Looking for sponsor to support ACWS and challenger selection, announcements forthcoming.

Kevin Shoebridge, CEO, ETNZ: “We worked pretty closely on both options.... [Bermuda] is a fantastic sailing venue, I think there’ll be absolute engagement by all the Bermuda public.... We’re going to go back and work with our sponsors and the government to make sure that we’re there.”

Stories: Bermuda to host Cup: Reuters | AP | NY Times
ETNZ: Funding Questions | Regatta in Auckland?

Bermuda Bound:
Media Presentation Replay (59:55)
Also: See Bermuda video (1:56) from the announcement with renderings of proposed America's Cup Village
 


San Diego's Bid for 2017

(Jan 15) John Laun, now Commodore of the San Diego YC, was at the center of the city's effort to bring the America's Cup home. Laun talked with Diane Swintal about the effort to land the Cup, his experience dealing with ACEA, and the feasibility of hosting foiling catamarans inside the SoCal city's harbor:

“We knew that San Diego was being labeled a ‘light wind venue’ and I suppose next to San Francisco, we are,” Laun said.  “But we had historical weather data from a weather station on North Island indicating that the breeze was very reliable, which is critical for TV broadcast schedules -- more than eight knots 91 percent of the time during the broadcast window.  Jeff Brown put a weather station on a boat in the middle of the race course for two weeks so we had data that could be used to calibrate the years of weather station data to actual course conditions.  Julian di Biase from ACEA and the Oracle weather team analyzed all that data.  From our standpoint, we had everything we needed to host a successful America’s Cup."

Read conversation with San Diego's John Laun


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



©2013 Click image to go to book site and learn more.

(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.

Read more at the Winging It book website
 


2013 America's Cup Highlights on CupInfo:

ETNZ/Oracle Team USA statistics for Boatspeed, VMG, Leads, Gains, Winds, Speed Maps, and more.
 Updated through Race 18: See CupStats
Also: Daily Race Coverage | Race Results

America's Cup 2013: 34th Defense: The Basics
Rules: A Basic Guide to America's Cup 2013 Rules

The Boats:
AC72 & AC45 Cats | New AC72's Launched
Track AC72 Sailing Days | Wind Limits: Some History
Foils that Re-Shaped the America's Cup:
Part 1: Pete Melvin | Part 2: Gino Morrelli
Optimizing America's Cup Cats: Andrew Mason
 


America's Cup Match 2013


Larry Ellison and Dean Barker as the two teams shake hands following the Match.  Ellison, Spithill, and Oracle crew had the highest praise for the skill and toughness of their opponent.  Photo:©2013 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto.

From Stuart Walker 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:
Oracle Completes Voyage to History: NY Times

"Team New Zealand Have Made Us Proud": NZ Herald

"Team New Zealand did such a bloody good job that I'm sure the whole world feels for them": Reuters

How Oracle Did It: Wall Street Journal

A Gripping Spectacle: Reuters

A Big Win: Kimball Livingston

Bob Fisher "Let It Be": Yachts&Yachting

SFGate: Host Again? | Thousands Line Waterfront

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Quotes of the Final Day:
Ray Davies
, Tactician, ETNZ: "They had to sail well to beat us today, and they did. ...We feel like it’s been a tough regatta.  We were going well.  We were getting all we could out of the boat.  We had it optimized at the beginning of the regatta.  We couldn’t do much more with it, we were really happy with the boat and equipment we had.  The Oracle boys just found another couple of gears through the regatta.  Hats off to them, they did a fantastic job.  We’ve had incredible support network within the team.  The guys have really really worked hard the whole way through.  Everybody’s really proud to be part of the team and the effort that’s gone in."

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

Race 18 Speed Map at CupStats Emirates Team New Zealand vs Oracle Team USA
Click image to view Race 18 Speed Maps at CupStats

Previous Races:
Races 1-2 (Day 1):
Race Reports and Preview | Post-Race and Quotes
Races 3-4 (Day 2):
Race Reports and Preview | Post-Race and Quotes and Photos: Chris Cameron/Gilles Martin-Raget
Race 5 (Day 3):
Race Report and Preview | Post-Race
and Day 3 Photos from Jan Pehrson

Sep 14: The #CupBattle nearly gets sideways. Click image to view large and see more photos.
Sep 14: The #CupBattle nearly gets sideways. Click image to view large and see more photos.
Photo:©2013 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

Races 6-7 (Day 4):
Race Report | Quotes of the Day
Race 8 (Day 5):
Race Report
Races 9-10 (Day 6):
Race Report | Quotes of the Day
Day 6 Photos from Chris Cameron
See Day 6 photos from Jan Pehrson

Day 6 (Races 9 and 10) Quotes:
Dean Barker
, Skipper, NZL: "I think if you didn’t enjoy today’s racing out there, you probably should watch another sport."

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."
Read more Day 6 quotes

Day 7 (Postponed):
Photos from Jan Pehrson


Day 13, ETNZ chasing. Click image to view large.
Photo:©2013 ACEA/Abner Kingman

Oracle had upwind speed on Day 14. Click image to view large. Photo:©2013 ACEA/Photo Ricardo Pinto
Oracle had upwind speed on Day 14. Click image to view large. Photo:©2013 ACEA/Photo Ricardo Pinto

Data and Analysis: Boatspeed, windspeed, True-Wind-Angles, SOG/VMG Polar Plots for both boats, leads/gains, and more: Visit CupStats at CupInfo
 

Older News: 

Also see news archives of:

 2014: 1st-2nd-3rd Quarter | 2013: 3rd-4th Quarter | 2nd Quarter | 1st Quarter
 2012: 4th Q | 3rd Q | 2nd Q | 1st Q  2011: 3rd-4th Q | 2nd Q | 1st Q 
 2010: 4th Q | 1st-2nd-3rd Q  2009: 3rd-4th Q | 1st-2nd   2008: 3rd-4th Q | 1st-2nd Q
 2007: 3rd-4th Q2nd Q | 1st Q   2006: 4th Q | 2nd-3rd Q | 1st Q   2005: 4th Q


34th America's Cup Challengers and Defender:
2013 America's Cup Teams


Previous America's Cup Events:

2010 America's Cup:
The 33rd Defense
CupInfo's Main Page for 2010


2007 America's Cup:
The 32nd Defense

CupInfo's Main 2007 Coverage:
Results, Feature Stories, and more day-by-day for:

2007 America's Cup: The 32nd Defense

2007 Louis Vuitton Cup -- Challenger Selection

Louis Vuitton Acts 2004 to 2007

2007 America's Cup Team Info


Other Previous Events:
Louis Vuitton Trophy, Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, UBS Trophy, and more

J-Class Foursome

Four J-Class in St. Barts. Photo:©2012 Billy Black
Click image to enlarge. Photo:©2012 Billy Black

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


Crash Time

Oracle Racing Capsizes their AC45 Catamaran
Click image to watch video at YouTube.
Video:©2011 americascup.com

(June 13) Oracle Racing AC45 Spectacular Pitchpole in San Francisco Bay during exhibition race pre-start:
See Video at You Tube

Crew 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.
Read more at Oracle Racing Blog
and see Photo Gallery

Update: Follow-up stories Tuesday:
Reconstructing events, repairing damage, and plenty of interviews...  See Oracle Racing Blog

What Happened?
Conditions were said to be 20-25 kts, with a building chop against an ebb tide. The video seems to show #5 sailing off the wind, heading up slightly, then quickly bearing away and easing the wing.  This maneuver loads up the bows while presenting a broader wing profile to the wind.  With the bows dug in, the wind sends the cat right down the mine, and there wasn't much the crew could do about it once the sequence started.  "We got caught in the pre-start at the wrong angle and paid the price," said Coutts.

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 from now.
 


J-Class Regatta in Newport

J-Class yacht Velsheda with bowman on spinnaker pole, Newport, RI. Photo copyright Daniel Forster go4image.com
Walking on water in Newport. Click image for Day 4 gallery. Photo:©2011 Daniel Forster go4image.com

Race Results:

W-L  Sail     Yacht

Race:

1 2 3 4 5
1  J K-7  Velsheda - - - - 1
4  J 5  Ranger 1 1 1 1 -

(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.
See Photo Galleries from Daniel Forster

Visit Official Event Website
 


And be sure to see the Features Page for many more articles, interviews, history, and fun stuff for Cup Fans.
 

CupInfo Features:

Chasing the Big Cats

ETNZ Chase 1.  Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ
Photo:©2012 Chris Cameron/ETNZ

(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...

Read more at CupInfo
 


Picturing the America's Cup


Stars&Stripes in Fremantle.
Photo:©1987 Daniel Forster/go4image.com

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!

Read Interview at CupInfo
 


2010: Dogzilla Stories


Up on one hull, BMW Oracle Racing, 9/3/09.
Click image to enlarge and see more.
Photo: ©2008 Gilles Martin-Raget/BMW Oracle Racing

BMW Oracle's monster multihull won the 2010 America's Cup in an unforgettably bold display of technology, imagination, and adventure.

Read collected stories of her launch and preparation.

Read CupInfo's coverage of the 2010 America's Cup Match


Home Again in Newport


America's Cup Returns to the Bay. Click image to enlarge and see more photos. Photo: ©2010 Gilles Martin-Raget/BMW Oracle Racing

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.

See Photo Gallery and
Read BMW Oracle Press Release and
See Video at BMWO Blog

Also:
Read Report by Stuart Strueli at Sailing World and Providence Journal: America's Cup Trophy in Newport

Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri: "At the end of the day, Rhode Island is the Ocean State, Newport is the sailing capital and we've got to get that Cup so it just doesn't visit here." turnto10.com
 

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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.

UBS Trophy Racing: Photo Gallery and Racing Recap.

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.

Shosholoza Interview
The 2004 season proved an inspiring start for the challenge. Despite being newcomers to America's Cup racing, Shosholoza showed great character in their matches with the established teams.  In 2005, CupInfo interviewed Paul Standbridge and Geoff Meek about the team’s inspiring past, very busy present, and ambitious future.
Read the Interview

Peter Holmberg Interview
CupInfo talks with the top match racer, former Team Dennis Conner and BMW Oracle sailor, brought in to add a key dimension to Alinghi.  Catching up with him at his home base in the Virgin Islands, he provided his perspective on the work and play of sailing, America's Cup and otherwise.  Read the Interview

J-Class Revisited
The great yachts of the 1930s (and, in some cases, the 21st century).
J-Class: History of the J-Class Yachts

Coutts/Alinghi
Russell Coutts was fired by Alinghi in July 2004.  A sequence of news stories and quotes about the Coutts/Alinghi split: Read selected stories on the issue

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

Cheers!

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Congratulations to Golden Gate YC and BMW Oracle Racing for Winning the 34th Defense of the America's Cup in September 2013!


The Next America's Cup:

Who: Golden Gate YC (GGYC) holds the America's Cup as trustee, and intends to defend it against multiple international challengers.  They have accepted a new Notice of Challenge from the Challenger of Record for the next America's Cup, Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club. More details about future plans are expected to be announced in the 2014.

When: Defense of the America's Cup in an upcoming year, 2017 being the current conventional wisdom to avoid conflict with the 2016 summer Olympics. The America's Cup Match will be preceded by multiple regattas most likely in additional locations, but no confirmation has been announced.

Where: Undecided.

Yachts: Undecided, though Larry Ellison said that the decision will first involve discussions with the potential challenger community.


Past:  2013: Basic Details of the Last America's Cup

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