Cup Watch

Let’s start with the premise that Larry Ellison and his Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, set out after winning the Cup in 2010 to “normalize” the beast that is America’s Cup competition. Their intent was/is to transform Cup racing into a profitable, predictably organized professional sport.
It’s been 30 years since Australia became the first country to take away the America’s Cup, and 26 years since Perth, Australia, staged one of the all-time great AC regattas in its defense.
Just after ORACLE defeated Team New Zealand in the final race of the 34th America’s Cup on Sept. 25, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC), led by famous sailor and winemaker Bob Oatley, challenged for the 35th America’s Cup.

How the Cup was Won

by Adam Cort, Posted October 2, 2013
Looking back on how Oracle Team USA staged one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, it’s hard to be it all happened in only a little over a week. As late as a 11 days into the 18-day regatta, an Emirates Team New Zealand victory was pretty much a forgone conclusion, as they led series by an apparently insurmountable score of 8-1.

A Win Beyond Words

by Adam Cort, Posted September 26, 2013
Oracle USA and skipper Jim Spithill not only did the “impossible” in successfully defending the America’s Cup, but in the end they almost made it look easy —a feat that is all the more incredible given how far the team came in so little time.  
Meanwhile, over in Falmouth, England, no less than 11 wing-sailed catamarans are taking to the air in the International C class Catamaran Championship regatta—or “Little America’s Cup,” as it’s more commonly known.

Racing Worth Waiting For

by Adam Cort, Posted September 18, 2013
Although the 34th America’s Cup may have still fallen short in some ways, there’s no denying that Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and company have finally gotten what they wanted—some of the most exciting racing the historic sailing series has ever seen.
While the races of the AC34 were postponed on August 17-18, 2013, 25 youth O’Pen BIC sailors took on the blustery weather to show off their skills in a Hi-Wind Slalom course at the America’s Cup Village Marina Green in San Francisco, CA. 
Wing sails? Check. Full foiling? Check. Crash helmets? Check and check.
Thursday will be “Judgment Day Two” on San Francisco Bay. 
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