Cup Watch

Poached!

by Sail Staff, Posted March 5, 2008
In high-end sailing as in the business world (really, are the two worlds all that separate in these elite niches?), talent is recognized and rewarded—or the competition buys it up. In this case, the competition isn’t even sure if it's going to get a shot at competing, and the whole great gig known as the America’s Cup hangs in limbo, awaiting word from Justice Kahn as to whether the next Cup will

Seven Up: New Spanish team challenges for the AC

by Sail Staff, Posted November 21, 2007
As most Cup pundits can tell you, things with the AC are “turbulent” at best; others may use stronger adjectives to describe the situation. There is some good news for the America’s Cup Management (ACM) and Alingi, however, as a new Spanish syndicate, Ayre (representing the Real Club Nutico de Denia, has officially presented their challenge to the Socit Nautique de Genve, which has been

Arbitrating the Camel Racing

by Sail Staff, Posted August 5, 2007
If you have landed here, that's fine. But this story was originally intended as an entry at the SAIL blog. If you would rather read it there you can click here.By Kimball LivingstonAugust 5, 2007Hearing Vincenzo Onorato come out against the Alinghi protocol for America's Cup 33—Onorato is Mr. Mascalzone Latino—I

Cup Watch - December 2006

by Sail Staff, Posted March 26, 2007
Hide and Seek: Spies come in from the coldAfter the 31st America’s Cup in 2003, when Alinghi snatched the trophy from Team New Zealand, the talk was all about spying, leaking, and under-the-table deals. The scene in Valencia, Spain, where the 32nd America’s Cup is being held, is happily different. The protocol set out between Alinghi, as defender, and BMW Oracle, as challenger

Cup Watch - January 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted March 26, 2007
Time to EVOLVE?: Pressing for an America’s Cup circuitIf the sailors have their way, we could see a very different America’s Cup in the future. First we have to get through America’s Cup 32, this year in Valencia. And then?During the Allianz Cup, a World Match Racing Tour event sailed in October on San Francisco Bay, America’s America’s Cup challenger, Larry

Cup Watch - February 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted March 26, 2007
The Pressure Rises: Development time runs outLife is changing for the play-ers in the 2007 America’s Cup. The leading teams look to February as the month to wrap up final training in Dubai (Switzerland’s defender, Alinghi, and Sweden’s Victory Challenge) or Auckland (Emirates Team New Zealand and America’s BMW Oracle). Then the sailors get one final break before

Cup Watch - March 2007

by Sail Staff, Posted March 26, 2007
Hushed: America’s Cup secrecyUnless masts start breaking in Valencia, Spain, things should be getting back to normal around Hall Spars. Things have been anything but normal for most of this year, however, with Hall building masts for several different America’s Cup teams and maintaining a strict code of secrecy for each client. The normally welcoming Hall

A new, more mobile America's Cup?

by Sail Staff, Posted November 10, 2006
By Kimball LivingstonIf the sailors have their way, we could see a very different America's Cup in the future. First we have to get through America's Cup 32, next year in Valencia. And then?During the Allianz Cup, a World Match Racing Tour event sailed in October on San Francisco Bay, America's only America's Cup challenger, Larry Ellison, sat behind a
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