"The America's Cup is what it is because it is so difficult to win. It is not a game for armchair admirals. It is not a game for a person who is not prepared to come back. It is not a game for the faint-hearted. It is a game for those who are not scared of pitting themselves against the best that the world has to offer. It's a game where winning is almost impossible, almost, but not impossible. And this is why it is worth fighting for. It is the difficulty that gives any challenge some sense. This is the essence of life itself."
Written by Team New Zealand Sir Peter Blake, CEO, in a letter to the Italian Luna Rossa team after the Kiwis defended in 2000 the America's Cup for the first time in history.
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Dec. 2, 2014
Official Announcement of Venue
November 20, 2014
Ahead of the planned announcement on Dec. 2 is this...
Will it be?
November 6, 2014
China is mentioned again as a possible AC entry. (CF)
November 5, 2014
November, 3, 2014
October 28, 2014
Big news on the new AC 45 development!
Teams are not allowed to launch their AC62 catamaran until approximately September 2016 – 150 days before the round robin racing begins in the “America’s Cup Qualifiers.” Nor are they allowed to sail “surrogate yachts” – multihull yachts longer than 33 feet overall – for training, test or development of AC62 components. (They are allowed to race surrogates, e.g. Extreme 40, or use surrogates purely for promotional sailing.)
No limits on up to three “development AC45″ catamarans
Protocol Article 1.1 (bbb) (ii) makes an exception to the definition of “Surrogate Yacht.” As long as the lower part of the hulls have the same shape as AC45 hulls, the designers can build whatever they want on top.
No limits on wing sections and daggerboards
Protocol Article 35.7 limits teams to four “AC45″ yachts, one of which will need to be class compliant for America’s Cup World Series racing. But there is no limit placed on the number of wings, daggerboards or any other component. Wing geometry is tightly restricted by the AC62 Class Rule, but building multiple wings would allow testing of different control systems. Teams can test a maximum of 12 daggerboard sections for their AC62, but any number of shapes on their “development AC45.”
October 9, 2014
October 8, 2014
Excerpt from Stuff.co.nz
September 23, 2014
During the 34th America’s Cup held in 2013, beyond the competition, there were two other events that defender Oracle Team USA sought to win: the Spectator Cup and the Commercial Cup.
Defense CEO Russell Coutts initiated drastic format changes in hopes of winning all three mugs. While he definitely won the Auld Mug, the other two prizes where not fully claimed. The event certainly had spectator appeal, but ticket sales and television viewership were underwhelming. And the commercial benefits were clearly mixed.
The importance of winning the Spectator Cup and the Commercial Cup is a result of the biggest issue plaguing the America’s Cup: cost.
“The America’s Cup involves a staggering waste of money that would be much better spent on world health or world peace or something,” noted Team New Zealand meteorologist Roger Badham in Afloat.com.au, who has had a long and intimate involvement in all the America’s Cup campaigns over the past 30 years. “Oracle last time supposedly spent about $300 million US. I call that obscene. It’s totally obscene.
“For a truly wealthy person like (Oracle boss) Larry Ellison who is supposedly worth 50 or 60 billion, then spending $300 million on an America’s Cup campaign is neither here nor there, really. It’s like some ordinary person spending a thousand dollars.
“There is no benefit to him whatsoever apart from bragging rights and more importantly, running the next Cup. He is able to say I own the America’s Cup, the world’s greatest sporting trophy. He can drink out of it or piss in it. He can do whatever he likes with it. It’s his Cup. And that is the ultimate ego trip.”
But Coutts feels they are on the right track.
“We can’t take a step backwards,” Coutts reported after the event to SportsProMedia.com. “The racing was so spectacular that we’ve got to keep the same concept. If you look at the America’s Cup brand, that is where the brand needs to be in the future, in my view. It was spectacular racing, it captured the non-sailors’ interest and we have many, many examples of media interest that is unprecedented in our sport. We’ve finally got a product that is user-friendly on television and compelling.
“We can’t take a step back but we’ve got, simultaneously, to address the cost issues because the cost of these teams is completely out of line with commercial sustainability. The main thing to address is the number of personnel on each of these teams. The personnel is somewhere between 50 and 60 per cent of the running costs of the teams, so we simply have to find ways to reduce the number of people on-site in these teams. We can do that in a variety of ways.”
For the 35th America’s Cup, reducing team size by reducing boat size is one of the prominent ways. But despite the boat being changed from the IACC yachts in 2007 to the AC72 in 2013, and the crew size reduced from 17 to 11 sailors, Coutts still sees personnel costs as the dominant problem. Will the introduction of the AC62, and its reduction of crew to 8 sailors, tip the scale enough?
One of the ways yet to be discussed is player salary. Standing by…
Aug. 29, 2014
This NOT just in but is interesting
Aug. 26, 2014
Kyle joined the Oracle squad late, only 18 months before the 34th Match – and most of the wing development on the AC72 had already been done. So he is looking forward to the development of the new AC62 because he will have input into the trimming systems from day one.
“If Glenn (Ashby) had trimmed the Oracle wing and I had trimmed the ETNZ wing, we both would have had to work things out all over again, because they were so different,” Kyle said. Click headline for full story.
Aug. 21, 2014
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KS: No chance at all. Just because you don’t like us doesn’t mean you can deny us.
DB: What the event needs is more teams.
KS: We don’t know how many teams have entered. We are in, and we assume that Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing are entered. There is also speculation about a French team. So either four or five teams. The delay in disclosure, I suspect, is to insure that all the teams comply completely with the entry regulations before they confirm who is in.
KS: The meeting I went to in Los Angeles was the best challenger meeting I have been to in 3 or 4 years. There is a very good group of individuals now with Ben Ainslie and Max Sirena and Iain Percy. We genuinely are on the same page, so as a group of challengers, if we stick together we can be pretty strong.
KS: We have no sense which venue is favored by the organizers (Bermuda or San Diego), but the west coast of America is much more attractive to us. There is no doubt about that, but we have no say in the decision. The venue is purely the domain of the defender. For us, we must wait and see, and keep our sponsors apprised of the process. But we are really lucky, as our sponsors are a very supportive group, and by and large all wanted to remain involved again.
DB: If there are enough challengers to require two challenger series, it would brilliant for us to host one, as the public would get a good view, we’d only have one move to make if we advanced, and it would allow us to train and prepare in our own backyard.
KS: We were left out of a recent challenger meeting in London, which was disappointing, and can only assume that it was because we didn’t follow the party line about how the challengers were happy with whatever venue is to be selected. Our position is for no other reason that (Bermuda) doesn’t suit some of our main stakeholders and supporters.
DB: The frustration is centered around the lack of information. We are often accused of not being supportive of the event, but there is very little information being made available to us. So it is difficult to be supportive when you know very little about what is occurring. But now by entering, and being accepted as a challenger, we can have a voice in the event planning. The Protocol provides us the opportunity to now influence decisions.
Aug. 11, 2014
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July 31, 2014
Interest in the America’s Cup grew rapidly during the 1960’s, with multiple foreign clubs expressing their desire to challenge. A casual agreement on who might challenge, and in what order, was adopted but proved to be awkward in practice, so when multiple challenges were received for 1970, rather than select one yacht club to compete as challenger in the match, by mutual agreement it was established that several prospective challenger candidates could compete against each other for the right to sail in the America’s Cup match against the Defender.
This was the first time that candidates from multiple countries vied against each other on the water for the chance to challenge. It was hoped that having several challenger candidate race in a competitive selection process would help improve challenger performance, much as the New York YC’s standard practice of defender trials had done historically.
The Challenger of Record (COR) arrangement, as it has come to be termed, allows one foreign YC to challenge (becoming the initial COR), that Club agreeing to the terms of the match with the defender and subsequently allowing the winner of the challenger selection series to step into the place of the COR. Prior to 1983, the challengers conducted the challenger selection regatta under their own management and at their own cost. Starting in 1983, Louis Vuitton sponsored the challenger selection, awarding the Louis Vuitton Cup to the ultimately selected challenger. Technically, the eventual winner of the challenger selection process becomes the final Challenger of Record, and win or lose in the match, goes down in history as the Challenger for that America’s Cup match.
Since 1970 there have been 13 matches with multiple challengers, with 12 teams serving as the initial COR. 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 (1974, 2013, and 2017); one time remaining a competitor (1992).
This report, assembled by CupInfo.com, provides a complete explanation for what occurred in each America’s Cup from 1970 to 2017. Click here read on.
July 30, 2014
• Each team plan to host an America’s Cup World Series event in either their own country, or a country of their choice.
• All the teams present agreed that they would commit – if they were to win the Cup in 2017 – to continue with the America’s Cup World Series.
• A commitment to further reduce the costs for both this Cup and future editions.
• Support for the choice of host venue, be it Bermuda or San Diego.
• A working group to agree on the date and event structure of the 36th America’s Cup, to lay the foundations for a sustainable event.
July 27, 2014
July 23, 2014
Larry Ellison’s team may have successfully defended the America’s Cup in 2013, but the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) he formed to manage the event failed to fulfill his goal of a commercially sustainable model.
Despite sweeping changes to the America’s Cup, with significant investment in organization, equipment, and promotion, the costs of the 34th edition were not recovered.
By all appearances, the commercial shortcomings can’t happen twice. The mandate for the 35th America’s Cup to “make sense” remains a priority. But instead of fine-tuning the 2013 plan, the model has seen another significant overhaul.
“A lot needs to change,” Ellison explained. “We want to keep the best of the past and combine it with modern technology. We want to create a 21st century sports business that will support sailing professionals and their families. Businesses that don’t make money are not sustainable. Sports that don’t make money are just hobbies for rich guys.”
Will Ellison win the ‘Commercial Cup’ in 2017? In this commentary by Neil W Humphrey, he sees the event trying to walk before learning to crawl…
Maybe the AC/ACEA is not like the Gods of sports like the IOC or FIFA where they can pretty much demand the heavens from the hosting city. Like a baby, the ACEA is unable to walk. It hasn’t grown up to walk like the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL where they prefer their major events in already made facilities. They each have almost centuries of living planning formulas for their marquee events that have given them huge track records of commerce in a worldwide following.
Maybe our baby, the AC/ACEA, in its present form is nothing more than a centuries old pop-up event that has no living planning formula with a given track record of commerce. Each new AC event is basically a new sports and commercial pop-up event, rolling the dice. As a pop-up event, the AC doesn’t have the world-wide TV following, it doesn’t have the world-wide fan or traveler following, it doesn’t have the confidence of Major Sponsors or TV which needs firm dates and locations, and it doesn’t even have the confidence of its potential participating clubs of nations who rely on sponsorships with timeline budgets.
Maybe our baby, the AC/ACEA, needs to learn to crawl before trying to walk in the world of commercial sporting events. Right now our AC/ACEA is falling over once again and getting bruised in the world-wide media, which we need for news and commerce for the event to be a success with Major Sponsors or TV. - Read on
Editor’s note: Maybe what the America’s Cup needs is a Protocol that includes two editions. If commercial viability is a goal, the event’s lack of consistency is proving to be its greatest obstacle. For all the sweeping changes that are being initiated, why isn’t a long view among the list?
July 22, 2014
This is an interesting foreshadowing of what could happen...CF
"You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you."
Have Russell Coutts, Larry Ellison and Norbert Bajurin lost control of the 35th America's Cup?
- One venue for all racing in the Challenger Selection Series and the Match: San Francisco
- The Defender does not race in the Challenger Selection Series
- No points from prior racing carry forward to the AC Match
- Obtain an ISAF approval for all racing that is part of the AC35 Event
- Boats: We would like to use the AC62 Class Rule.
- The current Protocol's rules on numbers of boats and components that the Defender and Challengers may build and sail are acceptable to us but we are open to other challengers' views.
- The Defender should be allowed to sail two AC62's once the Challenger Selection Series begins.
- We'd like to see the "constructed in country" rules tightened - perhaps the same as in AC34.
- We would tighten the current Protocol's restriction on "Surrogate Yachts" in order to eliminate the large potential expense of building up to three 45 foot long, sky’s the limit test boats (see Protocol Article 1.1 bbb and Article 35.7.)
- AC World Series: Not a "must have" for us, but seems like a good way to promote the AC teams for sponsors.
- We'd prefer all ACWS racing in foiling cats, perhaps SL 33's or GC32's. We think foiling is more important than wings. Maybe wings can be fitted to GC32's; ETNZ and Luna Rossa showed that they can be fitted to SL33's. It seems obvious to us that non-foiling AC45’s would be a big step backward. We also think that making a class rule for flying AC45’s and then building them would lead to needless expense.
- We prefer to include match racing in the ACWS.
- ACWS results can affect seeding for the Challenger Selection Series but not the score.
- Arbitration or International Jury: We have no strong preference.
- Commercial Commissioner: We prefer that the CC be selected by the same process as the Regatta Director.
- Enough event revenue (not team revenue) must be earmarked to provide the LiveLine TV graphics and open data.
Some potential problems with this strategy, and how to deal with them:
- What if GGYC claims that HIYC's challenge is valid during the 90 day notice period after their announced withdrawal? No problem, GGYC must honor the first DoG compliant challenge filed after HIYC's challenge, once HIYC's withdrawal becomes effective.
- What if GGYC has a challenge from another club under the Protocol? Our response: even if that challenge came from our club, the method for challenging under the Protocol is not DoG compliant, so the first DoG compliant challenge must be honored.
- What if GGYC points out - correctly - that the Defender can choose the site of the Match? We reply that if they choose any site other than San Francisco then there will be no mutual consent and we will have a DoG Match.
- If another club (the rumored Canadian club perhaps?) has filed a DoG compliant challenge with GGYC before us, then they are in the driver's seat for negotiating with GGYC. If they are a backup hip pocket challenge that is both DoG compliant and GGYC pliant, then we are probably stuck with the current Protocol and San Diego or Bermuda as the venue.
July 21, 2014
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July 10, 2014
The venue lottery for the 35th America’s Cup has reduced the field to two candidates – San Diego and Bermuda – to host the final match, but the next host will be staging a much different event than was on display during the 34th edition in San Francisco.
The Defender had set up their base in San Francisco in 2011, one Challenger moved in across the Bay in 2012, while the other two Challengers came to the City in April/May 2013. Racing extended from July to September 2013. The range of impact was 2+ years.
The range of impact for the 35th America’s Cup will be significantly less for San Diego or Bermuda. The schedule is not yet detailed in the Protocol, and will likely change from what has thus far been indicated, but here is a sense of what the next hosts will be staging.
The current schedule in 2017 suggests two separate venues will host AC62 racing for the Challengers and Defender.
Venue #1 (City not known)
AC Qualifiers: Defender and All Challengers
Event shall be no longer than 30 days.
Shall commence no earlier than 4 months prior to the AC Challenger Playoffs.
Top 4 challengers advance to AC Challenger Playoffs.
Details by .
Venue #2 (San Diego or Bermuda)
AC Challenger Playoffs: Top 4 Challengers
Event shall be no longer than 22 days.
To be held between 25 days and 3 days prior to the AC Match.
Top challenger advances to AC Match.
Details by .
AC Match: Defender and Top Challenger
Best of 13 series, 2 races scheduled per day.
Details by .
The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Defender favors sailing the event, either at San Diego or Bermuda, over five weeks beginning with the AC Challenger Playoffs commencing around , though a slightly later schedule has also been discussed.
But what if no more than four Challengers enter? Will there be a need for both venues? And if there is, what city will be selected for the AC Qualifiers? Entries close, and it is not known if any Challenger is officially entered. More questions than answers, with venue selection impacting sponsor agreements, design decisions, and athlete needs.
A reminder that the venue announcement for the 34th America’s Cup came during the 2010 New Year’s Eve celebration. Will this one linger that long? Standing by with champagne on ice.
The Windy City apparently isn’t windy enough.
That’s what the America’s Cup Event Authority told Chicago officials(July 8, 2014) as its bid to host the world-class sailing race in 2017 was rejected.
Instead, San Diego and Bermuda are on the short list to have the race, organizers announced.
Cup officials met with the Chicago Match Race Center — which backed the bid — twice to scout Lake Michigan for a potential course. The city was named one of three finalists for the event in early June. The prospect of bringing America’s Cup to Chicago intrigued organizers, but one concern was whether the wind would hold up over the three weeks of the race.
“When we started this process it was my first concern,” Tod Reynolds, director of Chicago Match Race Center said. “We thought we could schedule around it, or be a little more creative around it. They didn’t feel confident they could get the races started every day. It’s tough.”
One proposed course in Chicago would have seen racers sail between Navy Pier and the Adler Planetarium, providing optimal exposure for fans along the shoreline, which, along with a time difference that favored prime-time viewing in Europe, attracted race organizers to the location.
Now it appears likely that Chicago will host an America’s Cup World Series race in 2015 and 2016, giving the city a chance to prove it’s capable of conducting a major sailing event.
“That’s originally what we thought would be best for Chicago,” Reynolds said. “Our downtown waterfront is perfectly suited for it.” – Chicago Tribune, read on
June 27, 2014
June 26, 2014
The current brouhaha running in New Zealand over the America’s Cup may externally look a mess, but the current NZ America’s Cup team is going through the transition phrase that always occurs at this stage of the AC cycle. This one is a lot more public.
June 23, 2014
Yachting: Funding confirmed for Team NZ
June 18, 2014
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June 11, 2014
The 2013 final was held in September when US sports fans and advertisers were focused on the beginning of the NFL (American football) season. Coutts describes that timing as “crazy” and, after talks with broadcasters, decided that June would be a good time to stage the final. He says the whole event will probably end around the holiday weekend in the US.
“In the past we’ve run a lot of races when they just haven’t made commercial sense and so you’ve got all that cost and you’re not really getting a return,” Coutts says. Qualifying races have now been shortened and reorganised. The biggest change is for there to be a sequence of qualifying events for the Challengers, at different venues, with only the top four teams advancing to the finals venue. Whereas the challenger series in 2013 spanned nearly two months, the new schedule calls for just 22 days.
Broadcasters and sponsors, of course, want excitement. To deliver that, Coutts is keen to raise the level of the teams entering the next series. “That was one of the things that didn’t go right last time, we didn’t have enough strong teams in the competition,” he says. There is now a stiff entry fee of $3m to vet out all but the most serious campaigns. “We are not going to have dozens of teams entering. But I think if we get six or more strong teams in the competition – you know, really competitive teams – I think that’s going to be really good for the event,” Coutts says.
The list of venues had included San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and Bermuda, but Coutts told The Associated Press night (June 9) that one venue had been eliminated, and that he plans to reduce the field to two by the end of June. Who remains? San Diego confirmed they remain on the list, while it is rumored that San Francisco is no longer in the running. Local enthusiasm weighs into the venue decision, but commercial factors are vital too, as Coutts is considering the potential sponsorship and other advantages that local companies can offer.
Being further east, Chicago and particularly Bermuda may be able to offer more attractive racing times for European TV viewers and sponsors.
June 10, 2014
Entry Period: The opportunity to enter the 35th America's Cup began June 9 and extends to . The initial entry fees amount to $1,075,000, with $1,000,000 due by . It is anticipated that scheduled announcements from Great Britain (Ben Ainslie Racing) on June 10 and Italy (Luna Rosa Challenge) on will declare their entry in the event. Ainslie plans to headquarter in Portsmouth, but is facing local opposition. A meeting had to be postponed due to overcrowding. Full report.
June 9, 2014
San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and Bermuda are all vying to stage the 35th America’s Cup finals in 2017, according to the BBC News. San Francisco was also the setting for last year’s race, won in dramatic fashion by Oracle Team USA. A final decision is due by the end of the year.
Not making the shortlist were Newport, RI and Hawaii, both of which were considered for the finals venue.
Russell Coutts, chief executive of Oracle Team USA, says all four finalists are “very motivated” to host one of sailing’s biggest events.
But he says there are a number of factors under consideration, including the public interest in sailing at each venue and the potential for sponsorship and other commercial activities.
The time zone is also a consideration. The West Coast of the United States is around eight hours behind most of Europe, where many of the teams, sponsors and fans are based. Being further east, Chicago and particularly Bermuda have an advantage and may be able to offer more attractive racing times for European TV viewers.
Microsoft and Apple, Coke and Pepsi, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Their conflict is our engagement.
Can you imagine the 34th America’s Cup without Emirates Team New Zealand challenging Oracle Team USA? Summed up in a word: Unwatchable.
Their conflict on water, and on land, was our engagement. No other challenger came close. And like it or not, for the America’s Cup to raise its profile, conflict is a component.
The next America’s Cup needs these two teams, but now with the release of the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup, the negative noise from New Zealand is deafening…
* An editorial in the New Zealand Herald called the terms imposed by defender Oracle Team USA to be” among the most self-serving rules that have been tabled in the 163-year history of the event. Team NZ, and the other potential challengers should not play any part in it.”
* Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton is not sure he can gather sponsor commitments without knowing the venue location, which won’t be released until after the entry deadline. “It is impossible, completely impossible to raise sponsorship money without being able to close the loops with the sponsors and making commercial decisions through a marketing committee. Without a venue you can’t raise real money and that makes it very difficult for commercial teams.”
* Any further New Zealand Government contribution to the America’s Cup team will depend on other sponsors, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. “My personal view is that it’s still a great thing for New Zealand in terms of the marketing opportunities – particularly if it’s held in one of the cities in the states that we have a strong involvement with such as San Diego or San Francisco.” But the minister reiterated that it’s never going to happen without all the other sponsors, saying: “There’s no way this is a government funded challenge in total.”
* Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, interviewed by New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ, questions the Kiwi leadership. “If the current management team of Team New Zealand isn’t confident they can pull a team together, or be competitive and win, then maybe the wrong people are running Team New Zealand.”
(The above might turn into a big deal... Count Enrico)
* Team CEO Grant Dalton is concerned about a clause in the Protocol that requires team members to receive written approval of the America’s Cup commissioner to sail in any regattas outside of the event jurisdiction. “They are saying: you need permission to sail in any other event at any time. Follow that through to its conclusion. When [reigning Olympic silver medallists] Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sail in an AC45 for Team NZ next year, those guys would need Coutts’ permission to go to the Olympics. It’s nonsensical.”
Team New Zealand had bridge funding from their government to retain critical members of their team, but that money will have been spent by the end of this month. For the team to remain viable, they must find funds to keep the payroll going, as well as 2+ million dollars to enter the regatta. The entry period is.
June 6, 2014
Following the release of the Protocol of the 33rd America’s Cup on July 5, 2007, there was strong concern in how defender Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and the Alinghi team had structured the next event. The rules were widely viewed as being largely lopsided in favor of the defense.
Among the terms that drew significant concern was how the defender would be sailing in the challenger series.
“All the teams should have the same amount of true racing time,” explained Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth. “If the challenger trials or lead-up regattas excluded the defender, they would sit on his own for months, which is unfair and tough on sponsors also. In the end the top challenger has to race the defender anyway; it’s the same for all parties. Also, because of the one boat sailing restriction (no two boat testing for cost saving), the choice was between allowing the defender to race with challengers longer or to allow the defender special boat allowances, which would have been even more tilted to the defender.”
Back in 2007, leading the charge for change was Larry Ellison and Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), who was the second challenger to submit entry. The GGYC entry followed Club Nautico Español de Vela (CNEV), who had been selected as the Challenger of Record.
But when it was found that CNEV might not be a viable club under the terms of the Deed of Gift, that was the opening needed to invalidate the club and insert the next in line, GGYC, to negotiate revisions to the Protocol.
As history shows, that didn’t go so well. After years of legal wrangling between SNG and GGYC, the result was the 2010 ‘Monster Multihull’ Match in which GGYC defeated SNG.
Fast forward to now; GGYC has released the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup which has two features that recall the past, though with some caveats:
The defense team can compete in the AC World Series (ACWS) as they did prior to the 34th America’s Cup, except this time the ACWS impacts the seeding for the AC Qualifiers (ACQ). The defender can also compete in the ACQ, a 30-day event that reduces the challenger field to the top four teams. Also, if the winner of the ACQ is a competitor in the AC Match, they are awarded ‘one win’ in the best of 13 AC Match. The defender is excluded from the AC Challenger Playoffs (ACCP), an event for the top four challenging teams to determine who will face the defender in the AC Match.
Two boat testing
The challengers are only allowed to build one AC62 while the defender can build two boats. However, both boats for the defender must come from the same moulds, and the defender must use the first boat launched in the ACQ and the AC Match unless it is damaged. Also, the defender cannot sail its two AC62s together until after the ACQ. The amount of time between the ACQ and the AC Match is not yet stated, but could be over three months. There will also be an as of yet unstated period when the challengers will be able to sail their AC62s “in a coordinated manner with another competitor”.
Already, an editorial in the New Zealand Herald is calling for the Kiwi team to “boycott Ellison’s skewed Cup farce”.
Back in 2007, when asked about Larry Ellison’s concerns regarding the Protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup, Butterworth noted: “Larry doesn’t have to enter if he doesn’t like the game.”
Entry period for the 35th America’s Cup is fromthrough . Standing by to see who likes this game.
June 5, 2014
America’s Cup: The Venue Dilemma
2017 AC Challenger Playoffs – AC62 racing – Top 4 Challengers
|Following the 33rd America’s Cup, won by Golden Gate Yacht Club in 2010, there was hope to see their massive 90-foot wing-powered trimaran USA 17 sailing in San Francisco Bay. It would have made for an impressive sight, and created early interest in the 34th America’s Cup that would be held three years later.|
April 17, 2014
April 14, 2014
More hype on the potential venue.
Prediction is for SF after getting some concession.
(April 11, 2014) – San Diego has made the short list of venues being considered to host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, port commission chairman Bob Nelson said.
“It’s an honor for the San Diego region to be shortlisted for the 35th Defense of the America’s Cup and the chance to showcase San Diego Bay on a worldwide scale,” Nelson said in a statement released to The Associated Press. “San Diego Bay is a dynamic, top-ranked venue that has much to offer a competition of this scale.”
If San Diego is chosen, racing would be in 62-foot catamarans on the bay. San Diego hosted the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995, with racing on the Pacific Ocean.
An America’s Cup World Series regatta in 45-foot catamarans was held on San Diego Bay in November 2011.
“A decision to host the America’s Cup requires regional commitment and cooperation. The Port of San Diego is working with its partners to carefully analyze this opportunity to host the ‘Super Bowl of sailing,’” Nelson said in his statement.
America’s Cup officials have cut the list of potential venues in half, but it wasn’t clear read onhow many cities besides San Diego remain in contention to host sailing’s marquee regatta. The venue is expected to be decided by late summer. – Associated Press,
More: It is believed there are four venues on the short list. Both San Diego, CA and Newport, RI are confirmed, and it is suspected that Chicago, IL and a location in Hawaii are also finalists. While San Francisco, CA does not appear to be on the short list, it is rumored they are revising their proposal for consideration. It is confirmed that Long Beach, CA is not on the short list for hosting the America’s Cup, but the city is under consideration for an America’s Cup World Series event.
Despite being a multihull guy, American Gino Morrelli is among the most seasoned designers currently involved in the America’s Cup.
Geno’s involvement dates back to the 1988 Deed of Gift Match, where he helped Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes team create the winning catamaran. When the America’s Cup returned to multihulls again for the 2010 Deed of Gift Match, Morrelli was back too, working with challenger BMW Oracle Racing to refine their 90-foot trimaran.
After assisting in writing the AC72 rule for the 34th America’s Cup, and then working with the New Zealand challenger in that event, his firm Morrelli & Melvin are back again to help create the design rule for the 35th Match.
Gino’s partner Pete Melvin had reported in February that the new boat would smaller, but not noticeably slower. Their tests indicated the new class could be similar in speeds downwind as the AC72, but a bit slower upwind. Gino thinks the new boat could prove faster on all points of sail.
Gino hosted a seminar at the Strictly Sail Pacific show, providing some additional insight into the next boat for the America’s Cup. Here are some bullet points from his presentation:
- The design rule is completed. The boats are designed to sail in a range of 6 to 30 knots, but the final rig size will be determined when the venue is selected.
- Reducing the size of the boat from 72-feet to 62-feet will reduce the loads by half, which will reduce structural costs.
- The smaller size boat will require less sailing crew (from 11 to 8) and less support crew, thus reducing the budget needed.
- Wing dimensions will be tightly specified, which will reduce design costs.
- Hull shape will have more bow volume to improve safety.
- Boats will foil on all points of sail.
- Daggerboard adjustment will be simplified slightly to reduce costs, and rudder angle will be adjustable to improve foiling control.
Here are some of Gino’s estimations going forward:
- The design and build time is approximately 14-18 months.
- The AC72 rule was designed for the boats to be transportable. The new rule is not, so he expects the boats to be glued together. Given the time frame, this could require their assembly at the venue.
- While a flat sea state is preferred, Gino estimates the boats can handle a 6 to 7 foot swell as long as the peaks are far apart.
Here is Gino’s prediction on what could be the big difference with the new design:
Gino expects the teams to remain fully foiled through the upwind tacks. The team that can stretch the tack furthest, and keep the hulls up and out of the water the longest while heading straight into the wind before bearing away onto the new tack, could make significant gains. This technique should encourage tacking, and thus the races in AC35 could prove to be both high speed and highly tactical upwind.
April 9, 2014
Some news is just noise. Where is the protocol and venue to be?
While the planning for the 34th America’s Cup was far from smooth, it was widely expected that whatever could be agreed upon between the organizers and the City of San Francisco, it would be a solid step toward something better if Golden Gate Yacht Club were to defend the Cup. The expectations were that the defense would be in San Francisco…
Expectations are like a bubble, a delight to the eye,
It brims the heart with a false hope that our anticipations would never die.
Expectations are like a bubble, rising high and high,
It shimmers more by every moment giving a promise, full of lie.
Now, however, the venue selection for the 35th America’s Cup, over six months after the successful defense, is unknown. This excerpt from Northern California publication, Bay & Delta Yachtsman, shares a sentiment from the region…
For many of us the circus has packed up and left town, boy has it ever! No sooner than the champagne stopped flowing and everyone from Oracle Racing USA (OTUSA) stopped self-congratulating themselves over their improbable, yet miraculous comeback last, than any remnants of the famed regatta remain. Not even a morsel of a crumb.
Here in San Francisco there is nothing, nada, nyett, at least in 2014 and probably beyond. The only tangible evidence that the America’s Cup was here are the fading billboards on the Embarcadero at the abandoned offices at Pier 23 or the decaying, once state-of-the-art trimaran that sits in front of OTUSA’s team base in the Dogpatch.
The once mighty America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) is down to a receptionist, a couple of bookkeepers and OTUSA’s marketing director.
I assumed (ass of me) that when the GGYC (Golden Gate Yacht Club) retained and defended the America’s Cup last fall that there would be some continuity with the event. I did not expect that the whole machine would be shut down except for (Russell) Coutts, who seems to be fashioning the Auld Mug into a similar mold as the Sochi Olympic rings. Hopefully he won’t morph into the Vladimir Putin of the America’s Cup.
Where is the GGYC in all of this? Don’t they want to host the event off their balcony again?
A reminder to Larry (Ellison), Russell and the GGYC, though: “It is distinctly understood that the Cup is to be the property of the Club, subject to the provisions of this deed, and not the property of the owner or owners of any vessel winning a match.” – George Schuyler 1887.
Editor’s note: The desires of GGYC appear to be influenced by defense team owner Larry Ellison. His long time employee Tom Ehman has been Vice Commodore since 2011, and himself along with employees Russell Coutts and Stephen Barclay are listed as Board of Directors.
British interest in challenging for the 35th America’s Cup is rising as the country’s royalty is preparing for a “friendly” in New Zealand, reports the New Zealand Herald…
“Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker will join forces with the Duchess of Cambridge against her husband, Prince William, and Grant Dalton in two match races on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, The Diary has been told.
“The royal couple will board separate Team NZ America’s Cup yachts for two short, informal races off the Viaduct, alongside Princes Wharf. The public will be able to see the Duke and Duchess in action on the former America’s Cup yachts NZL41 and NZL68.
“Kensington Palace said the pair were ‘just a little competitive’, and the races will pit husband against wife, who are each expected to take a turn at the helm.
“Kate, who displayed a cheeky smile for bare-bottomed Warrant Officer George Mana at Government House, will be paired with sailing heart-throb Barker. That will keep the snappers happy.”
While this might appear to be a friendly between spouses, perhaps Kate is training for a showdown against sister Pippa Middleton, who was seen sailing with four-time Olympic gold medal champion Sir Ben Ainslie in home waters over the winter.
British tabloid media might be what the America’s Cup needs. Gossip mongers spreading words about Ben and Pippa, and Dean and Kate? There is no such thing as bad publicity, right?
Click on headline for photos and additional details.
April 7, 2014
by Stuart Alexander, The Independent
A moment of truth is rushing up for Sir Ben Ainslie and his hopes of mounting a British challenge for the next America’s Cup. The format for the next Cup, AC35, in 2017 was expected in March. Latest whispers say it could be or . Even then, it will be incomplete.
Patrizio Bertelli has already committed €50 million of his Prada fashion house backing to Italy’s Luna Rossa. Sweden’s Torbjorn Tornqvist spent €120 million on the 2013 Artemis challenge which claimed the life of British gold and silver medallist Andrew Simpson.
Despite any complications caused by the United States targeting Russian oil company links following the upheaval in Crimea, Tornqvist is unlikely to be any less full-blooded in his backing for Simpson’s Olympic partner Iain Percy, who now leads the Artemis challenge.
Estimates on the defence budget at computer mogul Larry Ellison’s Oracle start at the eye-watering and rise to the astronomical. It will, to say the least, be adequate.
The Kiwis are in the midst of appointing a new board to Emirates Team New Zealand. The government has already put in NZ$5m. of pump priming, has been kept in the re-organisation planning loop throughout, and is apparently happy to see chief executive Grant Dalton moved upwards as his lieutenant Kevin Shoebridge takes over the day to day running.
And that leaves Sir Ben, the quadruple Olympic gold medallist (he has a silver, too), who played such a prominent role in the comeback from 1-8 down to 9-8 winning defenders of the America’s Cup, Oracle, needing to know how the next one will be played.
He has already been in the recruitment market with the help of finance from a mixture of private and corporate backers, but the full steam ahead lever cannot be activated until he knows more exactly the scale of the task ahead of him.
He is not alone; but the quirky sailing trophy, which dates back to 1851, is not subject to anything like any other major sports event. There is no set time, place, equipment or even race format.
It can, and does, change every time, meaning that Ainslie is at the mercy of a strange negotiation process between the defender and a so-called Challenger of Record, this time the Hamilton Island Yacht Club of Australia. Iain Murray, who was boss of the racing management team in San Francisco last year, heads Bob Oatley’s Challenger of Record group and has held talks individually with each of the teams, but never as a group.
That means that both the defender and the lead challenger will have had valuable design information on the 2017 boat, expected to be a 62-foot catamaran which can lift on to foils to skim across the top of the water, ahead of everyone else. Introducing some standardization of anything from parts of the wing sail or other structures would benefit everyone equally.
But that is of limited value until a decision has been taken on where the next America’s Cup will be staged. That may take several more months. San Francisco conditions are different to Newport, Chicago, and especially Honolulu. – Full report
On rejoining the team Loïck commented, “I have been involved in two America’s Cups, but always just for the final year of the campaign. What’s great about today is that I’m with a team I really like, at the beginning of the game, when there is a blank piece of paper and everyone’s heads are burning with excitement. With Alinghi I had the chance to spend the final 12 months with a team that had dominated the America’s Cup for a number of years; and with Artemis Racing; it feels like I’m now involved with a team that will be the dominant force of the future”.
Peyron, who joined Artemis Racing in 2012, had a key role in developing the team’s ability to sail the AC72 during last campaign.
Commenting on his new role “the America’s Cup is a story of communication, a melting pot of different cultures; not just in terms of nationality but also in terms of sailing culture. I like to buzz everywhere, that’s the way a solo sailor has to live, because you need to have the answer to any question or any situation. I’m very happy to act as backup helmsman but also really looking forward to offering support in other areas of the campaign” said Loïck.
Loïck is one of the most experienced and successful multihull sailors in history, having crossed the Atlantic 48 times including eighteen single-handedly. He has an outstanding record of achievement: five ORMA champion titles, sixteen Grand Prix victories, three Single-handed Transatlantic Race victories and two victories in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 1999 and 2005. In 2011 he won the Barcelona World Race in a monohull, went on to win the Trophée SNSM, and then set the Round Britain and Ireland record aboard the Banque Populair V maxi-trimaran. - Read on
Ainslie Update: Ben Ainslie is making good progress on putting together an 80 million pounds ($130 million) British challenge for the next America's Cup, the four-times Olympic champion said (March 13). Ainslie has now set his sights on leading his own country to a first win since the race began in 1851 and is expecting details imminently on the rules and protocols for the next edition likely to be held in 2017. "We don't have those yet, we're expecting them in the next couple of days," he told the SportsPro Live business conference in London, adding he should learn the class of boat and the race dates but not the venue. - Reuters, full story
It’s not often when Larry Ellison discusses the America’s Cup. But when he does, he goes big, and this week he went huge as he laid out his vision for the 35th America’s Cup.
Regarding Larry Ellison and the 35th America's Cup in Hawaii (Scuttlebutt 4038), I can't wait to see what happens when a ½ million dollar daggerboard and a whale meet up on live TV! Perhaps Stan Honey could geotag the whales and have live updates on the screen.
From D.D. McNicoll:
If Larry Ellison wants the America's Cup to resemble the "F1" series, let him call it Larry's Cup, because the series he proposes would ensure that he never again lost the America's Cup.
Yes, that’s two Americans.
The American team Oracle Team USA wasn’t too American during its successful defense in the 34th America’s Cup. During the span of their campaign, there appeared to be no mandate to nationalize the team. When crossing the final finish line of the 34th Match, only one American was among the 11 crew.
The 2014 Extreme Sailing Series will celebrate its eighth year on the international sailing calendar, with twelve elite teams putting it on the line this week as the circuit gets underway in Singapore.
The season has gotten extra attention this year, as with details still getting sorted out for the 35th America’s Cup, several aspiring challengers are directing their training to the Extreme 40 racing. Among the field in Singapore are…
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) – Skipper/Helm: Dean Barker (NZL)
GAC Pindar (AUS) – Skipper/Helm: Seve Jarvin (AUS)
Groupama Team France (FRA) – Skipper/Helm: Franck Cammas (FRA)
J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) – Skipper/Helm: Ben Ainslie (GBR)
While GAC Pindar has been a previous Extreme Sailing Series competitor, in 2014 they have joined forces with Team Australia, the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup, and will compete for the fourth consecutive season with a talented young all-Aussie crew led by Seve Jarvin, the youngest skipper in the series.
Joining Jarvin will be experienced America’s Cup sailors Sam Newton, Ed Smyth, and Troy Tindill, and 2013 18ft Female Skiff World Champion Alexandra South.
“The Extreme Sailing Series tour will be an exciting challenge for 2014 and I’m looking forward to getting out on the water and competing,” said Jarvin, who arrived in Singapore earlier this week. “We’ll face some tough opposition, with a world-class line up of sailors, but we’ve spent the last few weeks in Sydney training on F18 Catamarans, and the crew are in great shape. We are ready to give it our all!”
Following the Singapore stop, Jarvin will return to Sydney where he will set sights on leading his Gotta Love It 7 team of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage into the 2014 JJ Giltinan 18 Footer Championship (-9). Jarvin will be attempting to equal the record of his team manager Iain Murray as a six times winning skipper.
Murray is also the leader at Team Australia, which is the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup.
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