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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.

Read America's Cup Hall of Fame Press Release


More America's Cup News:

Jan 31: Bob Grieser, noted America's Cup photographer, dies at age of 70:
Scuttlebutt Sailing

Dec 26: Analyzing America's Cup wingsails, technical article at:
The Marine Executive

Dec 21: Jimmy Spithill saves his arm following elbow complications, will skip Sydney-Hobart, but be ready for build-up to America's Cup 2017:
Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 17: Murray Jones comes back to help Emirates Team New Zealand, joining a returning Rod Davis:
NZ Herald

Oct 17: 2017 America's Cup schedule official confirmed. Qualifiers start May 26; Defense June 17:
See Schedule

Sep 13: Historic yachting firm Sparkman & Stephens has new ownership:
Marine Business

Sep 8: Young talented sailors drawn to foiling boats, on path to become America's Cup competitors:
NY Times

Sep 5: Tom Slingsby to helm Oracle Team USA in France in place of injured (but recovering) Jimmy Spithill:
Team Site

June 7: Tod Reynolds, in charge of organizing the Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago, talks to Scuttlebutt Sailing

June 7: Ben Ainslie and team thinking ahead to changes for America's Cup future: The Telegraph

May 22: America's Cup history, with John Rousmaniere, featured on CBS Sunday Morning: Watch Video (2:28)

May 6: "The America's Cup in Manhattan Once Again":
Story at The New Yorker

Jan 19: Tickets now on sale for Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago, coming this June:
Buy Chicago LV ACWS Tickets

Dec 10: Land Rover BAR's new development boat T2 capsizes, crew okay, minor damage to wing:
Team Site

Dec 9: ETNZ launches former Luna Rossa AC45 as design and testing continue:
 NZ Herald and

Nov 30: Team France skipper Franck Cammas seriously injured in GC32 foiling catamaran accident:
Yachting World

Nov 26: Adam Minoprio, former TNZ and Luna Rossa sailor, now with Groupama Team France:

Oct 15: Going offshore ... "How Bermuda Landed the America's Cup":
NY Times

Oct 15: Finding common ground, Dean Barker and Jimmy Spithill move on from 2013's battles:
NY Times

Oct 7: Max Sirena, former Luna Rossa skipper, joins Emirates Team New Zealand:

Oct 5: 'A Jetfighter on the water' ... The newest Land Rover BAR development boat revealed:
The Independent

Sep 30: SoftBank Team Japan adds top designer Nick Holroyd from ETNZ:

Sept 17: Artemis Racing adds Francesco Bruni, former Luna Rossa tactician and helmsman
Team Press Release

Aug 20: ESPN International will show live America's Cup racing through 2017 in 40 countries
ACEA Press Release

Aug 20: Emirates TNZ takes delivery of former Luna Rossa gear, including AC45 test bed: ETNZ on Facebook

Aug 14: Royal Yacht Squadron is ready for the next 200 years, with an eye on the America's Cup:
New York Times

Aug 11: "Big, beautiful, swift, and marvelous..." Gary Jobson considers the future of the America's Cup:
Sailing World

Aug 10: Environmental issues about America's Cup site in Bermuda headed to court:
BerNews and Royal Gazette

July 25: America's Cup partners with ISAF on Youth Sailing, updated Racing Rules published:
ACEA Press Release

July 21: Tech bits: One-Design foils for the AC45s - new rudders and daggerboards mounted:
Photo Gallery

July 21: Chinese team is one of three potential entries for 2017 America's Cup or beyond, says Coutts:
Daily Mail

July 8: J Class yachts Velsheda, Ranger, and Lionheart set for Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentennial:
Daily Echo

June 25: Groupama becomes title sponsor of Team France for 2017:
Press Release and The Independent

June 24: BAR becomes Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, welcoming new title sponsor:
Team Press Release

June 10: Head Designer Nick Holroyd, others, leave Team New Zealand, raising questions: and
NZ Herald

June 8: Chris Draper, formerly with Luna Rossa, joins SoftBank Team Japan:
Team Press Release

June 5: Ben Ainslie Racing CEO Martin Whitmarsh, former McLaren F1 guru, profiled at

June 3: 12-Meter regatta in San Francisco could be TV-ready, says veteran Cup producer Geoff Mason:
AP story

June 3: Australia's Alan Bond in intensive care, induced coma, following heart surgery: and Daily Telegraph

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: and
NZ Herald

May 20: Dean Barker confirmed as skipper and CEO of Softbank Team Japan:

May 18: America's Cup Class yachts USA-34 and USA-54 make new home as charters in Chicago:
WGN-TV | Crain's

May 12: Emirates will continue Team New Zealand sponsorship for 2017:

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: 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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

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?

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:
(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

Feb 28: Emirates Team New Zealand "Not Over" 2013 loss, seeks victory in 2017: NY Times
Going to Bermuda?
Tickets for the 2017 America's Cup Match, Qualifiers, and Playoffs on sale: Official Site
At CupInfo: 857 Books about the America's Cup - See America's Cup Bibliography

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.

Eight Bells at Scuttlebutt Sailing
The Log: Ficker Honored by Newport Sea Scouts (2012)
America's Cup Hall of Fame: Bill Ficker

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:

  • The next America's Cup Match, AC36, will be held in 2019, and the following, AC37, in 2021. Locations for AC36 will be determined by the winner of the Cup next June.

  • The AC45F yachts currently sailed in the ACWS will be used for 2018 ACWS racing, then retired and replaced by the ACC foiling cat class that debuts in challenger selection and the America's Cup this May and June.

  • Training on surrogate AC45F boats won't be permitted, with a cost target for future teams of US$30-40 million.

Read ACEA Press Release

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.

Read more at at NY Times

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.

Read AP story by Bernie Wilson

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.

Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago
Sunday, June 12, Final Race Day

Sunday Outlook:
3 Fleet Races.  First start scheduled for 1:37 pm local time in Chicago; second start 2:03, third start 2:33 pm, subject to weather conditions.

Winds currently 17 kts NNE, gusts to 20.  Forecast for race time is 15 kts NNE (ACEA). Light chop (2-3 feet) outside the breakwater, but racing is inside and water will be generally flat.  Weather is cooler (68 degrees F), and a very light overcast has moved in.

Friday's Practice Race 3 went into the books Saturday as an official race, with SoftBank Team Japan posting their first race win of the ACWS series, taking the gun after an exciting race filled with plenty of wind.  Saturday afternoon could have used some of that breeze, after 20 kts in the morning dropped to barely 5 or 6 by race time.  Organizers stuck it out, though, and late in the day ran another potential substitute race, which will only count if Sunday's is delayed. By 6:00 pm the wind was back, Mother Nature showing what she thinks of television schedules.

Emirates Team New Zealand won the unofficial race, pulling out to over 500m lead, finding better wind at the right times.  It's hard to take much away from Saturday's fluky, patchwork wind conditions in regard to how the teams are progressing, but Team Japan's win helps support the case for increasing parity among the six teams.

The sailors don't get to race or train on the one-design AC45s except at regattas, but they adjust quickly to being back onboard.  Mainly what the results of these races help illustrate is how well each group is at responding to conditions, trimming the boat to suit, calling and executing proper tactics.  In other words, these races are a test of how well they are anticipating each other and sailing as a unified team.

Today's wind should be solid, racing starting on time, and crowds even bigger, with more comfortable weather.  Points count double today, Sunday.  Emirates Team New Zealand leads the season standings, with three LV ACWS regattas still on the schedule.

Race 1:
LAnd Rover BAR wins Race 1! Artemis is 2nd, Team Japan 3rd, Oracle Team USA 4th, Emirates Team New Zealand 5th, Groupama Team France 6th.

Race 2:
Artemis Racing wins Race 2! Oracle is 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, BAR 4th, Team France 5th, Team Japan 6th.

Race 3:
SoftBank Team Japan wins Race 3! BAR is 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Artemis Racing 4th, Oracle 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.

Artemis wins the ACWS Chicago regatta!
See Regatta Results

Emirates Team New Zealand protects their series standings lead, still ahead of Land Rover BAR by 10 points.  See Season Standings

Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago
Saturday, June 11, Race Day 1

Saturday Outlook:
3 Fleet Races.  First start scheduled for 1:37 pm local time in Chicago; second start 2:03, third start 2:33 pm, subject to weather conditions.

Winds: 10-11 kts early, veering NE to ESE 8-10 kts (Official Race Weather). Building to SW to WSW to W 10-15 kts,   (NWS).  Water flat. No tides. 

Weather warm, mid-90s F. Intermittent storms possible late in the day, but less likely during race time.  Local conditions near-live and webcams from NOAA near Navy Pier.

Racing Preview:
Friday's practice racing showed fantastic sailing conditions, with the entire fleet fully foiling.  America's Cup sailors got their introduction to freshwater, including two capsizes that left the crews of ETNZ and Oracle damp, but uninjured.

Saturday looks to be nearly the same conditions, with gusts perhaps down just a notch.

The race committee is waiting for the wind to stabilize in direction.  Since the first Saturday race is delayed, the third practice race from yesterday (the "substitute race") will now be officially counted as Race 1. Two more races may be still sailed today as conditions improve.

Race 1:
Six boats all off and foiling on the reaching leg to mark 1. Oracle Team USA has the direct line to the mark with ETNZ close to windward and ahead, and Softbank Team Japan above them.  Five of six keep going past the mark and jibe at the starboard layline, but Artemis jibes early.  The Swedes then lead into the first leeward gate and turn left, Oracle is 4 seconds behind, and BAR 10 seconds off the lead.  All turn left except ETNZ, 25 second delta to the leader as they start the first windward leg.

TNZ keeps going up the left side of the course and it pays for now, 50m ahead, but they will lose a bit trying to tack back.  Artemis out to 20m ahead as the fleet comes back together on the top of the course.  Oracle goes far left, losing ground in the process, and BAR climbs into second on a well-timed shift.  Team Japan third.

Artemis goes into the gate on port, bears away for the righthand gate.  Bar is 11 seconds back, and Japan 18 seconds off the lead.  France, New Zealand, and USA round out the order at the first windward mark.  

On the second downwind leg, Artemis goes to the starboard layline and jibes, while France picks up a boundary penalty.  At the leeward gate, Artemis rounds slightly ahead, while BAR gets an overlap with Team Japan, threatening to luff them, so Japan tacks away after rounding.  Still working the downwind leg, Oracle on port, set up for a jibe has to quickly avoid a collision with an incoming Artemis on starboard.  Oracle is caught with their wing out of position, the leeward runner obstructing easing the wing, and capsizes in the maneuver, apparently uninjured and undamaged, but putting an end to their race.

Team France turns right at the bottom gate, hoping to split with the leaders and find some gain on the final windward leg.

Upwind Artemis is still leading in the middle to right of the course, with BAR close by trying to find an opportunity to pass, and Team Japan taking the left side of the course.  Artemis tacks to cross BAR, it’s close, but they make it. They come to the left side while Japan now goes right.  And the Japanese go to first place, nailing the wind shift. Bar second.

On the final downwind leg, Japan leads by 150m, Artemis is into second, and ETNZ third.  Into the final downwind gate, Japan round with Artemis just one length back, looking to pass.  Japan accelerates better out of the turn and wins by a delta of nine seconds.  Artemis finishes 14 seconds ahead of France.

Softbank Team Japan wins Race 1! Artemis Racing is second by 9 seconds, Groupama Team France is third, Emirates Team New Zealand is fourth, Land Rover BAR is 5th, and Oracle Team USA is DNF (did not finish) after capsize.

Race 2:
Wind is filling in as of 2:45 pm and a start after 3:00 pm may be possible.  If so it will serve as a "substitute" race for tomorrow. These results will not be scored as official unless the start of the first race on Sunday is delayed. About 4:00 pm will the the cutoff for a start.  As of 3:40, a couple boats have been able to foil. 

Race start set for 3:45. Underway.  TNZ wins Race 2! Oracle Team USA Second, Team Japan third, Artemis 4th, BAR 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.

Louis Vuitton ACWS New York:
Sunday, May 8, Final Race Day

New Yorkers came out by the tens of thousands to see racing on the Hudson.  Photo:©2016 R. Steven Tsuchiya

Sunday Outlook:
Starts scheduled for 2:07 pm, 2:35 pm, and 3:03 pm, local time in New York (Eastern Time), subject to weather conditions.

Winds: becoming NW 16-20 kts in the afternoon, gusts to 34 kts (NWS), NW 19 kts with gusts to 24 kts (WindFinder), NW 9 kts with gusts to 19 kts (Windguru). Skies clearing midday.

Tides: High Tide 10:17 am, Low Tide 4:22 pm. (NOAA predictions for Battery Park Station) Racing will again be in an ebb tide approaching low tide. Tidal range is about 6 feet. Tidal flow in combination with river current can be significant and will affect tacking and mark rounding.  See Race Area Map

Racing Preview:
Sunday's forecasts promise all the wind that was missing Saturday and then some. The AC45F cats should finally be able to deliver excitement in line with the expectations that have been raised here in New York for the past several days.  An enthusiastic crowd on Saturday populated the America's Cup Village, and mostly took the delays and drifting conditions in stride.  If Sunday's 20 kt forecast verifies, with gusts closer to 30, there well be plenty of action for all. Possibly too much action for some teams. Gusty conditions combined with tall building wind effects make it easy for a crew to get caught off guard and end up capsized.

Team Japan's win, their first in an ACWS race, encourages the thought that the lower tier teams may find a more equal footing this year with the top of the fleet.

Either way, there's a very good chance of seeing three high-speed, technically challenging races today that should make good viewing for race fans.  Sunday's races will be televised in the US on NBCSN.

Sunday Results:

Race 1:
Artemis Racing wins Race 1! Land Rover BAR second, Emirates Team New Zealand third, Oracle Team USA 4th, Softbank Team Japan Japan fifth, Groupama Team France sixth.

Race 2:
Groupama Team France wins Race 2! Oracle second, ETNZ third, Team Japan fourth, LR BAR 5th, Artemis 6th.

Race 3:
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 3! Oracle second, Team Japan third, Team France fourth, Land Rover BAR fifth, and Artemis sixth.

Overall: Emirates Team New Zealand wins the New York Louis Vuitton ACWS regatta, defends their place atop the 2015-2016 overall points standings.

See New York Results | See Season Standings

Louis Vuitton ACWS New York:
Saturday, May , Race Day 1

Saturday Outlook:
Starts scheduled for 2:07 pm, 2:35 pm, and 3:03 pm, local time in New York (Eastern Time), subject to weather conditions.

Winds: E 6-7 kts becoming SSE in the afternoon (NWS), E 4kt (WindFinder), NNE 6-7 kts (Windguru). Cloudy.

Tides: High Tide 9:22 am, Low Tide 3:44 pm. (NOAA predictions for Battery Park Station) Racing will be in an ebb tide approaching low tide. Tidal range is about 6 feet. Tidal flow in combination with river current can be significant and will affect tacking and mark rounding, especially when headed up river (north).
See Race Area Map

Racing Preview:
Emirates Team New Zealand leads the overall standings, though Land Rover BAR has been gaining on them.  Generally there have been two tiers among the six teams in terms of results, with ETNZ, BAR, and Oracle Team USA being dominant. One of the questions for the 2016 ACWS season is whether the second tier teams will break into some degree of parity with the top three. The most recent regatta, in Oman, saw a win for Groupama Team France, their first.  SoftBank Team Japan has sailed very well at times, but struggled to turn that into more than a mid-pack finish, and have not won a race in the four events to date.  Artemis Racing has been the hard luck team, sailing fast, but a string of incidents with broken gear, contact with rocks, and a head-on collision with an umpire boat that has hindered their accumulation of points despite winning the Bermuda LV ACWS last year.

Racing in New York will be difficult with tides, current, debris, erratic winds that threatens to be very light Saturday and very strong on Sunday. Likely this weekend will see some shakeup in the status quo.

Race 1 Attempt 1:
Race 1 start sequence underway at 2:04 pm for 2:08 start.  Slow drifting start, JPN, USA, NZL are over early.  Penalty on BAR.  Boats start headed off from the NY shore for the reaching mark. Current is overwhelming Japan and Britain, who will drift too low to clear it, and can't make headway against the flow. The others head downstream, very slowly.  Wind has vanished and boats look at a dead stop, floating with the current. This race attempt looks likely to abandoned, followed by a wait for actual wind to return.  At 2:18 the first try is officially abandoned.

The Regatta Director is monitoring wind conditions.  The sea breeze is expected to fill in from the south, though is doing so slowly, deterred by the cloud layers.  The window for racing closes by 4:00 pm.  Not much wind is needed to hold a race, but the direction needs to be consistent.

Latest update is a targeted 3:20 pm start, subject to Race Committee evaluation of the conditions.  Some wind has filled in and the boats are moving.

Race 1 Attempt 2:
Start sequence underway.  Wind does not stay up through the sequence and the race is abandoned just before the gun.  The television window will close at 3:30, but Race Management will try to fit in a race before the 4:00 deadline for maintaining the Race Area on the water.  Expect next try for a start at 3:30 pm.  A race today, if it happens, would be a provisional substitute for the first race on Sunday.  Tomorrow's conditions looks to be very strong, with winds in the upper teens or higher.  Sunday's races also count for double points.

Race 1 Attempt 3:
The Race Committee will set the course and try for a short race, start time 3:45.  Wind continues to fill in, and the possibility of getting one race in is looking good. Start slips back to 3:50, but there is enough wind now so that the AC45F yachts are able to get up on foils.  Again, this is a substitute race, which will remain unofficial unless it is needed to replace a delayed race tomorrow.

Substitute Race: Racing is off on short course. Japan leads at Gate 2, with France second. At Gate 3 it is Japan, France close behind, but FRA on port crosses ahead of Artemis coming into the gate on starboard, forcing the Swedes to duck.  ETNZ and LR BAR round out the order at Gate 3.  USA into 3rd after France is penalized for the port-starboard infraction with Artemis.  Emirates Team New Zealand has a bad wrap in their roller-furler, drops back.

Upriver toward the finish in front of North Cove Marina, JPN still leading, soaking low.  Oracle separates from Team Japan, sailing upriver, hoping to come back on a hot angle to the finish.  Japan takes first place. Artemis approaches the line, but is too far downriver and will have to tack out and back to finish.  They do so in time to finish second.  France is coming to the line for third, with a much faster Oracle, now on their hot angle, nearly nipping them, but finishing 4th by three seconds.  Land Rover BAR and ETNZ round out the finish.

To emphasize, this substitute is not considered an official race, but it could become official if the start of the first race is delayed on Sunday. SoftBank Team Japan takes their first #1 finish in a Louis Vuitton ACWS event, though unofficial.   Artemis Racing second, Groupama Team France third, Oracle Team USA fourth, Land Rover BAR fifth, and Emirates Team New Zealand sixth.

First start tomorrow is set for 2:07 pm ET in New York. Three Fleet races planned. And plenty of wind expected!

Land Rover BAR wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman

The AC45F fleet was back on the water and racing this Saturday and Sunday at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Muscat, Oman.

Saturday, Feb 27: ETNZ wins R1, Land Rover BAR wins R2 and R3 and leads the event after Day 1;
Sunday, Feb 28: for double-points, ETNZ wins R4, OTUSA wins R5, Team France wins R6, GBR wins the regatta while Emirates Team New Zealand protects their overall lead.
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Regattas Results | Current LVACWS Standings

Viewing: Racing can be watched in replay via the AC App (purchase required) or on television, depending on country.  In the USA, the only television coverage for Oman was a highlights show Saturday, March 12.
See the following page at the official site for details:
 How to watch the racing by country

Louis Vuitton ACWS Muscat, Oman:
Sunday, Feb. 28: Race Day 2

Sunday Outlook:
Three Fleet Races planned.
Starts scheduled for 2:07 pm, 2:35 pm, and 3:03 pm, local time in Oman.

Weather forecasts: NE to NNE winds, 7-8kts. (WindFinder and WindGuru)

It's hard to argue with Land Rover BAR's two wins in a row yesterday, and conditions are forecast to be much the same today.  But BAR only leads Oracle Team USA by four points, and ETNZ by six after Day 1.  Sunday's three races award a combined 60 more points to the 1st place finishes.  BAR would need to pick up a total of four places on Emirates to nose into the overall ACWS lead.
See standings


Race 4:
Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 4! Land Rover BAR is 2nd, Softbank Team Japan is 3rd, Artemis Racing is 4th, Oracle Team USa is 5th, and Groupama Team France is 6th.

Race 5:
At the start, everyone except OTUSA and Team France are over the line early and penalized.

Oracle Team USA wins Race 5!  Groupama Team France is 2nd, Emirates TNZ is 3rd, BAR is 4th, Artemis Racing is 5th, and Softbank Team Japan is 6th.

Race 6:
Land Rover BAR and Artemis are OCS. Adding to their troubles, Artemis catch the anchor line turning a course mark.

Groupama Team France wins Race 6!

Land Rover BAR wins Louis Vuitton ACWS Oman.  Emirates Team New Zealand retains their lead in the overall ACWS Standings.

Louis Vuitton ACWS Muscat, Oman:
Saturday, Feb. 27: Race Day 1

Saturday Outlook:
Three Fleet Races planned.
Starts scheduled for 2:07 pm, 2:35 pm, and 3:03 pm, local time in Oman, subject to change per sailing conditions.

Weather forecasts: NE to NNE winds, 7-8kts. (WindFinder and WindGuru)

The interest going into the first ACWS regatta of the year will be whether Emirates Team New Zealand can pick up where they left off in Bermuda, and sustain their winning momentum. Thankfully an added race each day means there will be 50% more racing this regatta compared to last summer, with more chance for teams to find their rhythm, and less impact on overall point totals from any one fluky breakage, tactical miscue, or collision with an umpire boat.

Day 1 in Muscat, Oman, however, comes with a forecast consensus of 7-8 kts of wind, enough for racing but making foiling an uncertain proposition.  If the wind is solid enough to get a fair race off, it will be an interesting test of crew and techniques.  The light winds have been expected for several days, at least, giving team the chance to optimize tuning and refine game plans for the situation.  Sunday's forecasts currently expect similar conditions. 

One technical point to keep in mind in light race conditions: any and all boats finishing more than 10 minutes behind the winning boat are scored Did Not Finish (DNF).  Regardless of the number of boats scored DNF, they would each receive the same number of points as a last place finish.

Race 1:
An OCS for BAR and a penalty for Artemis, while the Kiwis surged to the lead.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 1!  Oracle Team USA is 2nd, Land Rover BAR is 3rd, Artemis Racing 4th, Softbank Team Japan 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.

Race 2:
Very light air continues. teams sailing with weight to leeward and forward for best possible heeling angles.  A huge righthand wind shift just after the start.

Land Rover BAR wins Race 2! Team Japan is 2nd, Groupama Team France 3rd, ETNZ 4th, Artemis 5th, and OTUSA 6th.

Race 3:
Land Rover BAR wins Race 3!  Oracle Team USA 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Artemis 4th, Japan 5th, and Team France 6th.

 Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR leads the regatta at the conclusion of Day 1.  See Oman regatta standings

With the current points from Oman, BAR would move into second place on the ACWS overall rankings, but there are over 60 points left to be awarded in Oman with three more races set for tomorrow, scored double points.

ACWS Bermuda
Sunday Oct 18: Final Race Day

Sunday's Program:
Three Fleet Races, each scoring double points. First race start at 2:10 pm. The final race intended to finish at the America's Cup event village, conditions permitting.

Winds 9-10 knots NW (WindGuru).  Winds 12-18 kts in the afternoon, increasing; scattered showers dissipating mid-day (BWS).

With Saturday's races abandoned, the Sunday schedule has been expanded from two races to three.  Sunday's races are all scored as double-points, maintaining the same total number of points to be awarded during ACWS Bermuda.  This is significant because the total points accumulated by each team at the end of all the World Series regattas will affect challenger selection for the 2017 America's Cup.

Race 1:
Oracle Team USA wins Race 1! Artemis Racing 2nd, Land Rover BAR 3rd, SoftBank Team Japan 3rd, Emirates Team New Zealand 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.  With two races to go today, Oracle and ETNZ are now tied in ACWS points, but Oracle, having placed ahead of the Kiwis in the most recent race, leads on tiebreak.

Race 2:
Artemis Racing wins Race 2!  ETNZ 2nd, OTUSA 3rd, Japan 4th, France 5th, BAR 6th.  ETNZ now leads the ACWS standings by two points, one race still to come today.

Race 3:
ETNZ wins Race 3! BAR 2nd, Japan 3rd, Artemis 4th, OTUSA 5th, France 6th. 

Artemis Racing wins LVACWS Bermuda.
See Regatta results

ETNZ will remain the series leader after three regattas.
See overall Louis Vuitton ACWS points standings

ACWS Bermuda
Saturday Oct 17: Race Day 1

Saturday's Program:
Two Fleet Races, Races 1 and 2.
First Race Start 2:10 pm Local time, second race intended start 2:55 pm.  Second race to finish at America's Cup event village, conditions permitting (See Race Area).

Conditions: Winds 5 knots easterly (WindGuru). Winds 5 kts and variable, late afternoon thunderstorm risk (BWS).

Race 1:
Start postponed for light wind. Race officials attempt to set a course inside the harbor, but conditions are not adequate.  Racing is abandoned for the day at 4:15.

Sunday's schedule will be changed from two races to three races. 

ACWS Bermuda
Friday Oct 16: Practice Racing

Artemis Racing awaits action in Bermuda. Photo: ©2015
Artemis Racing awaits action in Bermuda.
Photo: ©2015

Friday's schedule calls for two practice races with the AC45 cats, rehearsing for the start of racing tomorrow.

Gothenburg Race Day 2 (Final Day):
Sunday August 30

Emirates Team New Zealand wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg

Emirates Team New Zealand prevailed in the second World Series regatta of the 2017 America's Cup cycle, as six foiling AC45 catamarans competed in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 28-29.

Friday, August 28: Practice Races and Sprint Race
Saturday, August 29:  Racing: Fleet Races 1 and 2 plus evening exhibition race on the river.
Sunday, August 30: Racing: Fleet Races 3 and 4

Read More: ACWS Gothenburg Daily Schedule
Where to Watch: TV and Online options

Also: Results and Standings

Oracle Team USA wins Races 1 and 2,
Artemis Racing takes Race 3, and ETNZ gets Race 4 to win the LVACWS in Gothenburg!

Sunday Outlook:
 Races 3 and 4 (Fleet Races)
Scheduled start times: 1:10 pm and 1:55 pm local time.
Sunday's races are weighted double points.

Race 3:
Artemis Racing wins Race 3!  Emirates Team New Zealand 2nd,  Land Rover BAR 3rd,   Oracle Team USA 4th, Soft Bank Team Japan 5th, Groupama Team France 6th.

Standings: the Race 3 results leave three teams with 34 points. After tiebreak ETNZ tops the standings, followed by Land Rover and Oracle.  Artemis Racing is 4th, trailing by only 2 points. Team Japan has 25, and Team France has 21. Four teams can still win the event in the final race.

Race 4:
 Complete. ETNZ, Team Japan, and Oracle are 1-2-3 in early legs. Groupama Team France passes a gybing Oracle at Gate 4 to get into third place. The left didn't pay for Oracle like it did yesterday, and Team France defends their spot tacking in the center of the course until the layline comes up.  ETNZ meanwhile holds steady first place, survives a hole in the wind near the finish line.

ETNZ wins Race 4 and the ACWS in Gothenburg! Team Japan 2nd in Race 4, Team France 3rd, Oracle 4th, BAR 5th, Artemis 6th.

Regatta standings (provisional):
1: Emirates Team New Zealand
2: Oracle Team USA
3: Land Rover BAR
4: Groupama Team Japan
5: Artemis Racing
6: Groupama Team France

Gothenburg Race Day 1:
Saturday August 29

Saturday Outlook:
 Races 1 and 2 (Fleet Races)
Start times: 1:10 pm and 1:55 pm local time.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Gothenburg Races 1 and 2 went off in “fresh” air, winds WSW at 15-18 knots under clear skies. The short course featured five laps, along with a surprise, rock obstructions to manage in the middle.

Race 1:
 All six cats crossed the start line full speed at the gun, with Emirates Team New Zealand to weather. Oracle Team USA managed a shorter line to the first reaching mark, taking the lead with other boats rounding two-wide behind.

At the first upwind gate USA still led, followed closely by SWE and NZL. The downwind speed of the foiling cats made short work of the leeward leg.

On the second upwind leg, Land Rover BAR played the left side of the course for a gain. This strategy would remain a good game plan all day, with most boats finding lifts on that side. At the gate, the order was 1-USA, 2-GBR, 3-NZL, 4-SWE, 5-JPN, 6-FRA.

Ben Ainslie managed a split with Oracle Team USA on the fourth weather leg, closing up some distance to the leader.  Jimmy Spithill, though, covered his former teammate, protecting his position and taking the first race of the regatta.

Oracle Team USA wins Race 1!  Land Rover BAR 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Artemis Racing 4th, SoftBank Team Japan 5th, and Groupama Team France 6th.

Race 2:
Again Spithill on Oracle Team USA timed the gun perfectly, got out ahead from a mid-line position, and rounded the turning mark in the lead.

At the first upwind gate, with USA leading, the British and the Kiwis were nearly tied for second, splitting the gate and coming out onto opposite gybes looking for separation. At the second upwind gate, Oracle Team USA still led while Emirates Team New Zealand finally clawed ahead of Ben Ainslie Racing.

The Brits gained on the second downwind by setting their gennaker, a tactic they used successfully last month in Portsmouth. On the short course the sail requires tidy crew work, but delivers an advantage when done properly. The move worked again here, allowing GBR to lead NZL at the leeward gate.

On the third upwind, still in first, Oracle again stayed left though the others at the head of the fleet went right, adding to USA’s lead.  The fourth upwind unfolded similarly, with Ainslie and Burling jousting for second place while Spithill extended, claiming his second win of the day after leading wire-to-wire.

Oracle Team USA wins Race 2!  Land Rover BAR 2nd, ETNZ 3rd, Softbank Team Japan 4th, Groupama Team France 5th, Artemis Racing 6th.

Racing resumes on Sunday, with Races 3 and 4 to conclude the ACWS in Gothenburg.  Scoring will be weighted double for Sunday's races.

Current Standings after Day 1:
1: Oracle (20 pts)
 2: Land Rover BAR (18)
3: ETNZ (16)
4: Softbank Team Japan (13)
5: Artemis Racing (12)
6: Groupama Team France (11)
See Full Results and Standings
After Saturday's results, BAR still leads the season standings, but by just one point over Oracle Team USA.

Photo:©2015 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Artemis was hampered by a collision with an underwater rock formation, throwing crew around on the boat and damaging their foil and rudder.

Friday saw Artemis Racing damage their AC45 in a pre-practice-race capsize, but the boat was back in shape in time for racing on Saturday.  ETNZ also sat out Friday, while Oracle Team USA and Land Rover BAR each won a practice race.

Portsmouth Final Race Day: Sunday July 26

Due to severe weather conditions, Sunday's Racing Schedule has been abandoned.  No Racing.

High winds raised doubts about safety for spectators and competitors.  The remainder of the racing schedule will not take place.  The Portsmouth Regatta is concluded.  Standings will remain as they were following Saturday's races, with Land Rover BAR taking first place.
Read Official Statement

Standings: Final
1 Land Rover BAR (19 points)
 2 ETNZ (18)
 3 Oracle (16)
  4 Team France (13)
5 Team Japan (13)
 6 Artemis Racing (11)
Saturday's races awarded 10 points for first place, 9 points for second, and so on.  Sunday's races would have earned double the points for each finish.

Sunday Outlook: Race Day 2 (Final Day)
Two Fleet Races (Races 3 and 4)
Race 3 start: 1:40 pm in UK/8:40 am ET US
Race 4 start: approx 2:25 pm/9:25 am ET US
(Racing has been abandoned due to weather.)

Winds SSE at 17 kts (Wunderground); Winds S to SSE at 21 kts, gusts to 28 (Windfinder); Winds S at 19 kts, gusts to 25 (Windguru).

Schedule | Race Area | Where to Watch
Live Audio: Sailradio UK

Portsmouth Race Day 1: Saturday July 25

Close action as Spithill slips ahead of the Kiwis on Saturday in Race 1. Click image to see more photos.
 Photo:©2015 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Two Fleet Races (Races 1 and 2)
Race 1 start: 1:40 pm in UK/8:40 am ET US
Race 2 start: approx 2:25 pm/ 9:25 am ET US

Winds 11 kts NW, clear (Wunderground); Winds 13 kts NW, gusts to 17 kts. (Windfinder); Winds 12 kts NW with Gusts to 16 kts WNW (Windguru).  Tides: running approximately W to E.

Schedule | Race Area | Where to Watch
Live Audio: Sailradio UK

Race 1:
Complete. Good start for Oracle Team USA, leading at Mark 1.  Emirates Team New Zealand is 1st at Mark 2.  Land Rover BAR is second, as teams that have the angle to sail deep enough make gains flying Code Zeros.  At leeward gate, Mark 4, BAR now leads, ETNZ second, followed by Oracle, Artemis Racing, Softbank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France.  BAR carries the lead around Mark 5, onto the final downwind leg, splits with ETNZ, and extends their lead for a bit.  Approaching the final downwind turn, Oracle finds an extra gear and sneaks ahead of ETNZ at the mark, just 40m behind leader BAR heading for the finish.

Land Rover BAR wins Race 1! Oracle in 2nd by delta of 10 seconds, ETNZ third, Team Japan 4th, Artemis 5th, Team France 6th.

Race 2:
Complete.  Course is shortened.  Guns goes off at 2:30 UK time. Lots of tussling at the line, Groupama pushes Oracle, penalty on Oracle.  Artemis and Team Japan at leeward end have more room and start better.   BAR narrowly leads Team Japan around Mark 1.  Fleet splits, Japan, Team France, and Artemis to the right.  At Mark 2, the first downwind gate, ETNZ leads, Team France 2nd, BAR 3rd, Oracle trails fleet.  Upwind, Team France presses ETNZ for the lead, but has to make an extra tack at the windward gate, Mark 3, ETNZ keeps the lead.  ETNZ struggles with foils, but still maintains lead, helped by a split that hurt Team France.  Japan third, BAR rounds fourth, with Artemis close behind. 

ETNZ continues leading around Mark 4, order unchanged except Oracle passing Artemis. Upwind, Ainslie on BAR tries to split to the left, looking for a way to gain, slipping into 3rd ahead of Japan.  Team France sailing the middle of the course, pressing leader ETNZ.  Code Zero problem for the Kiwis costs some distance, but Kiwis still lead around the windward mark.  ETNZ turns left, France turns right, BAR closing up in 3rd.  Team Japan just ahead of Oracle, Barker with rights tries but can't hold off more speed from Spithill as they round onto the final downwind leg.  ETNZ's lead is close to 200m.  Ainslie's sights are set on catching Team France.

Emirates Team New Zealand wins Race 2!  Land Rover BAR takes second, Team France 3rd, Oracle 4th, Team Japan 5th, Artemis 6th after struggling with sails.

Standings after Race Day 1: (provisional)
1 Land Rover BAR (19 points)
 2 ETNZ (18)
 3 Oracle (16)
  4 Team France (13)
5 Team Japan (13)
 6 Artemis Racing (11).
 Team France leads Team Japan by virtue of having the better finish in the most recent race. Two more races to come on Sunday, weighted 2x over Saturday's results.

BMW Returns as Event and Team Sponsor

Oracle Team USA to Benefit from Technology Partnership

(July 9) German automaker BMW will return to an America's Cup role, becoming a sponsor of the event itself along with providing engineering expertise to the defender, Oracle Team USA.  The agreement renews a partnership that BMW held with the Oracle sailing team from 2003 to 2010.  The company's new role with the event is termed "event organizer," will bring a BMW branding presence to the race course, including the marks, the racing fleet, and various technology driven aspects of the television broadcast.

Read ACEA Press Release

Immersive VR Headsets Meant to Wow VIP Spectators

(July 6) Animation Research Ltd., the New Zealand company that helped make live America's Cup coverage available on the internet via Virtual Spectator, has developed a system to provide a few fortunate fans with 3D headsets that place them onboard a new 48-foot America's Cup Class yacht, and on the historic 1851 schooner America, too.  But you won't be able to try it at home, the setup will be only for onsite visitors to the America's Cup World Series races starting this summer.

Read more at Otago Daily Times

Alan Bond, 1938-2015

(Jun 5) Alan Bond, who led the first successful America's Cup challenge in history, bringing yachting's most famous trophy home with him to Western Australia, has died following complications due to heart surgery.  Bond was 77.  Bond's fourth campaign in 1983, centered on designer Ben Lexcen's winged-keel 12-Meter Australia II and skippered by John Bertrand, beat the US defender for the first time in 132 years. Though an irrepressible character, a self-made millionaire many times over, a national hero, and a central figure in the America's Cup for two decades, Bond's life later unraveled in scandal, a billion dollar bankruptcy, fraud convictions, and time in prison.  True to form, however, in recent years Bond was on his way to rebuilding his fortune.
Obituary at Western Australian AP Story
The Guardian | NZ Herald
Perth Now Story | Perth Now Tributes
John Bertrand at Daily Telegraph & Western Australian

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

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

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"

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

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 launchings:
Land Rover BAR (GBR): Launch
SoftBank Team Japan (JPN)
Groupama Team France (FRA): Pics at Twitter
Artemis Racing (SWE) Launch and First Sail
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
via NZ Herald: Launch | Pedals
Oracle Team USA Launch and First Sail

Land Rover BAR Wins Fukuoka Regatta and Season Standings, Bonus Points

Fukuoka, Japan, hosted the AC45F catamarans November 19-20, in the final World Series regatta before the 2017 America's Cup match next June in Bermuda.  The six teams -- France, Sweden, Britain, USA, New Zealand, and host Japan -- competed Saturday and Sunday. Land Rover BAR won the regatta in tiebreak against Artemis Racing, and finished the 2015-2016 season on top of the leader board.

Going into Fukuoka, Land Rover BAR (GBR) led the standings, having pulled into the lead following Portsmouth.

Saturday: 3 Fleet Races.  Land Rover BAR wins Race 1, SoftBank Team Japan wins Race 2, Oracle Team USA wins Race 3.  BAR still has the series lead.
Sunday: 3 Fleet Races, double points. Artemis Racing wins Races 4 and 5, Groupama Team France wins Race 6.

Regatta Results | Season Standings

Artemis Racing wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Toulon

The Mediterranean town of Toulon welcomed foiling AC45 catamarans for Louis Vuitton ACWS racing September 10-11.  The defender, Oracle Team USA, and the five challengers, Artemis Racing (SWE), SoftBank Team Japan, Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR (GBR), and Groupama Team France, competed three fleet races daily Saturday and Sunday.

With just one more LVACWS regatta remaining in 2016 (Japan, Nov. 18-20), opportunities for overall season points are slipping away.  ETNZ held the lead over the last five regattas, but BAR and OTUSA pulled ahead after strong showings in Portsmouth.

Saturday: Two wins for Artemis and one for Land Rover BAR.
Sunday: Artemis wins Race 4, BAR wins Race 5, SoftBank Team Japan wins Race 6

Artemis Racing wins the Toulon regatta, placing 1-1-3-1-3-5. Land Rover BAR, with two first place finishes, pulls away in season standings, now leading by 14 points.

Regatta Results | Season Standings

Land Rover BAR Wins Portsmouth Regatta and Now Leads Season Standings

The AC45 catamarans of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series raced in Portsmouth, England, July 23, and 24.  Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR won the weekend, beating teams from Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, France, and the USA.

Saturday: Three Fleet Races. Team France wins Race 1, Land Rover BAR wins Races 2 and 3!
Sunday: Three Fleet Races.  Land Rover BAR wins Race 4, Oracle Team USA wins Race 5 and Race 6!

Land Rover BAR win the regatta.  They also slip into the season points lead, with Oracle Team USA now second, as ETNZ drops from first place to third.
See: Portsmouth Race Results | Season Standings

Reports from John Crisp in Portsmouth:
Thursday: Warm-up races and a visit to Land Rover BAR headquarters
Friday: Practice Races for the AC45s
Saturday: Day 1 Race Report

Artemis Racing Wins Chicago Regatta

Sweden's Artemis Racing celebrates a well-sailed regatta, and a winning event. Photo:©2016 R. Steven Tsuchiya

The foiling AC45 catamarans of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series raced in Chicago June 11th and 12th. Teams from Sweden, England, France, New Zealand, and Japan competed on foiling multihulls along with the US defender in up to three races each day.
Friday: SoftBank Team Japan wins Race 1.
Saturday: Emirates Team New Zealand wins substitute race (non-official). See Saturday Race Photos
Sunday: Final Race Day. Team Japan wins Races 1 and 3, Artemis Racing wins Race 2.  Artemis Racing's overall performance wins Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago! Land Rover BAR is 2nd, Team Japan is third. Chicago Race Results

 Emirates Team New Zealand remains atop the season standings.  Season Standings | CupStats for Chicago

More Photos: Friday Race Photos | Launching Friday
and Wed-Thurs Preview days | Event Preview


America's Cup Connections to Chicago History

(June 7) This is the first time for America's Cup racing on Lake Michigan, but connections to the famous yacht race, old and new, can be found in Chicago.
Read article at CupInfo

America's Cup: The Books

(June 2) CupInfo announces the launch of an America's Cup Bibliography, an interactive list of over 800 books and other works about the America's Cup published from 1851 all the way up to 2016.  The bibliography can be searched, sorted, and filtered in multiple ways, and the books have been categorized as well by historic era and genre.

Whether you are new to the history of the America's Cup and just curious to learn more, or are doing serious research, we hope this bibliography will help you discover useful books.  And if even you are a long-time America's Cup reader, you are likely to find something you never knew existed.

Visit the America's Cup Bibliography

Japan to Host America's Cup World Series Regatta for November 2016

(June 1) The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World series will stop in Fukuoka, Japan, November 18-20, 2016, extending the schedule of preliminary events building up to the 2017 America's Cup, beginning a year from now in Bermuda. 

The remaining LV ACWS regattas for 2016 are Chicago, USA (June 11-12); Portsmouth, England (July 22-24); Toulon, France (September 10-11); and Fukuoka in November.

 The fall regatta in Japan was widely expected, but not confirmed until now. It is believed that organizers may still be considering an additional ACWS regatta in early 2017, though nothing official has been announced.

Read ACEA Press Release

Emirates Team New Zealand Wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series New York

Champagne, all around. The LV ACWS NY awards ceremony gives the skippers a chance to relax and soak in the glory. Click image to enlarge and see more Sunday photos.
Photo:©2016 R. Steven Tsuchiya

he foiling AC45F catamarans brought high-tech yacht racing back to the historic home of the America's Cup, New York City, May 7-8.  The same harbor that saw the creation of the low black schooner America, built to go over to England and beat the best of British yachting, hosted teams from France, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, and England, racing against the US defender in preparation for the 2017 America's Cup match.

Saturday, May 7: Race Day 1
Sunday, May 8: Race Day 2, Three Fleet Races.
Sweden wins Race 1, France wins Race 2, NZ wins Race 3. Emirates Team New Zealand wins the New York regatta!
And keeps their season lead:
See Overall Season Standings

In the US, the regatta was broadcast live, Sunday May 8, on NBCSN, and a highlights show will air May 21, in addition to online viewing options.

Regatta Preview:
America's Cup Comes Home

(May 6) The five teams competing to be the challenger in the 2017 America’s Cup match, SoftBank Team Japan, Land Rover BAR (UK), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand, will fleet race against each other here along with defender Oracle Team USA.  The race area will be between the Battery and Pier 25, shifting to align the course with the wind direction, and keeping the start and finish lines close to North Cove Marina when feasible.

The New York venue, though it offers a spectacular backdrop of iconic skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty, looks to be a difficult proposition on the water for the sailors.  The Hudson River has strong currents which interact with the Atlantic Ocean tides.  Where the East River joins the Hudson at the tip of Manhattan, local sailors speak of unpredictable and intimidating conditions, further complicated by confused seas created by commercial shipping and ferry wakes, not to mention the action of wind potentially working against tide and current.

Read more LV ACWS NY Preview

New Book: Inside the Australia II Keel

Dr. Joop Slooff, Dutch research scientist and expert in fluid dynamics, worked with designer Ben Lexcen on the 1983 12-Meter yacht Australia II which, sporting the innovative winged keel, was the first successful challenger in the history of the America's Cup.  At the time of the challenge, controversies arose about the nature of the keel (was it class-legal and accurately rated?) and the country of origin (nationality rules applied to designers in regard to the country the yacht represented).  Australia sailed off with the trophy after a brilliantly run and hard-fought campaign, but passionate opinions on both sides have not entirely subsided in the years since, either.

In the charged atmosphere of the 1983 match, Dr. Slooff's work was mostly kept out of the spotlight, and, until now, his role in events has not been told in any detail.  But after 33 years, Dr. Slooff has written a memoir of his role in creating the revolutionary appendage and of his witness to the historic match that final summer in Newport.

The book, titled Australia II and the America's Cup: The untold, inside story of The Keel, is available electronically and in hardcopy via Amazon.

2016 ACWS Season Starts Feb 27-28:
5 events coming in next 7 Months

Foiling racing in AC45F catamarans continues as the teams work up to the challenger selection races and the America's Cup match in 2017.  The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series kicks off again at the end of February in Muscat, Oman, followed by regattas in New York (May), Chicago (June), Portsmouth (July), and France (Sept).  Potential additional, though still unconfirmed, events include a regatta in Asia in October and another unnamed location for early 2017.
See 2016-2017 Schedule

Toulon France Announced as 5th ACWS Stop in 2016

(Dec 22) The Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series teams will race AC45F catamarans September 10-11 in Toulon, France, organizers confirmed today.  The regatta joins Oman, New York, Chicago, and Portsmouth as among the announced events for 2016. A sixth regatta, likely in Japan in October, may also be added to the schedule, but is not yet official.
Read ACEA Press Release

New York City Confirmed for May 7-8 America's Cup World Series Regatta

(Dec 7) The New York Times reports that the long rumored America's Cup World Series regatta in New York City is now officially set for May 7-8, 2016.

Read: Story at New York Times | ACEA Press Release

Oman to host ACWS Event in February

(Dec 6) AC45 catamaran racing will resume February 27-28 in Oman, for the first Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series regatta of the 2016, organizers said December 6th.  The event will mark the first appearance of the ACWS in the region. The newly announced Oman date joins previously confirmed regattas in Chicago (June) and Portsmouth (July). 

Organizers have been suggesting there will be a total of six ACWS events next year.  Additional rumored but not confirmed dates include France (September) and Tokyo (Oct).  All 2016 events were due to have been announced on December 1, 2015, so the official schedule may become clear shortly.

Read ACEA's Oman Press Release

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Bermuda

(Oct 18) Challengers and the defender competed in AC45 catamarans this weekend in Bermuda, racing their foiling yachts for the first time in some of the same waters that will host the 35th Defense of the America's Cup, coming in June 2017. 

Practice racing during the week was followed by three fleet races on Sunday, with Saturday's races canceled.

Friday, Oct 16: Practice Races
Saturday, Oct 17:  Races Abandoned
Sunday, Oct 18: Three Fleet Races.
Winners: Oracle Team USA in Race 1, Artemis Racing in Race 2, and Emirates Team New Zealand in Race 3.  Artemis Racing wins the regatta overall, with ETNZ remaining on top of the ACWS points standings.
See Bermuda Race Results

More: Bermuda Race Area | ACWS Standings

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series set for Chicago in June 2016

(Sept 15) America's Cup officials and local hosting groups announced Tuesday that the America's Cup World Series is coming to Lake Michigan in 2016. Chicago's Navy Pier will host the foiling AC45 catamarans June 10-12 in a weekend of fleet racing as the build-up to the 35th defense of the America's Cup in 2017 continues.  The ACWS regattas help determine seeding and bonus points for challenger selection.

Team bases and the America's Cup village will be centralized on the quarter-mile-long public pier, with the cats racing in freshwater for the first time.  Local sponsors including financial marketplace CME Group, intent on raising Chicago's visibility to the global tourism audience, have been very supportive of the upcoming event, the only currently scheduled stop in the US for the 2017 America's Cup cycle.

Read ACEA Press Release | Race Course Concept

Prize Giving for Portsmouth 2015

Skipper Ben Ainslie, left, and the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo:©2015 R. Steven Tsuchiya

(July 26) With the cancellation of Sunday's racing, Land Rover BAR topped the podium in Portsmouth, England.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to award prizes to the teams.  Click image above to see more photos.

Land Rover BAR Wins Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth

The British challenger won the weather-shortened Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Portsmouth, the first regatta in the run-up to the 2017 America's Cup.  Sailing on AC45F catamarans modified with foiling daggerboards and rudders, the contest was the first foiling fleet racing since one-design multihulls were adopted for ACWS.

Thursday, July 23: Exhibition Races See Thursday Photos
Friday, July 24: Practice Races
Video from Emirates TNZ | Land Rover BAR
Saturday, July 25:  Racing: Races 1 and 2 Complete
Sunday, July 26: Racing: Races 3 and 4 Abandoned
See Prize Giving Ceremony Photos
Regatta Information: Schedule | Race Area
Where to Watch: TV and Online Providers
More Photos:
AC45F Preparations | Spinnaker Tower Views

New: Inside the Emirates Team New Zealand Base
Race Day Images: Groupama | Cat Sailing


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 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

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 and

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 McGraw-Hill/International Marine/Photo ©2013 Gilles Martin-Raget

(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:

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 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:
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

ETNZ's Future: Washington Post

At the Golden Gate YC: NY Times

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

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

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.

(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
Walking on water in Newport. Click image for Day 4 gallery. Photo:©2011 Daniel Forster

Race Results:

W-L  Sail     Yacht


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/

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

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."

Inquires please contact:     Last update: Saturday April 22, 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.

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

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


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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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