Cup Watch

America’s Cup Coming to Strictly Sail

by Sail Staff, Posted April 12, 2010
See what all the fuss is about firsthand. The America’s Cup will be on display from noon until 6 p.m. this Thursday at Jack London Square in Oakland, California.The Cup is coming to Oakland as part of the Strictly Sail Pacific show, taking place April 15-18.Following the public viewing, recent America’s Cup winners, Team BMW Oracle, will be on hand for an hour-long presentation

Television Worth Watching

by MacDuff Perkins, Posted September 15, 2011
In one of the more brilliant moves in modern sailing, the America’s Cup has opted to make live-streaming coverage of AC45 World Series events free and available to anyone with a computer.   Broadcasting straight from Plymouth, England, World Series coverage began on Monday, September 12, featuring fleet racing in both 40 and 18-minute races. GPS trackers onboard the boats tracked everything
We’ve now wrapped up the 2011-12 America’s Cup World Series, and the AC45 fleet is headed into the 2012-13 series with the first regattas set to take place on San Francisco Bay. So what have we learned so far? 
If being made to sign a waiver before you hop on board Team New Zealand’s second super-sleek AC72, Aotearoa, isn’t enough to make one nervous, being thrown a helmet and oxygen bottle as you leave the chase boat certainly is. But in this brave new world of extreme sailing, even we reporters need to adjust. 
The America’s Cup Event Authority recently released a fun video that provides at least a glimpse of what’s involved in getting these 72-footer airborne.

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
New York, Newport, Perth, San Diego, Auckland, Valencia, and…Ras al-Khaimah. What do these places have in common? Each has hosted or will host the America’s Cup, the old-running trophy in sports. You’ll quickly notice that one of these names is not like the others. Sailing in the Middle East is a fledgling sport, to put it kindly, but thanks to the battle of the egos otherwise known as the 33rd
There were no bombshells in the America’s Cup 34 press conference held today in Rome’s Musei Capitolini, but the hour-long session had its moments. Most of all it got me to thinking how long it’s taken for a familiar idea to take root. That being, to normalize Cup racing, give it a structure, and establish a marketable schedule for an event that long ago outgrew the 19th century vision of a yacht
“If you’re making 25 knots upwind and 40 knots downwind, tacking on someone and gassing them just isn’t happening,” Cayard says. “In seriously-overpowered boats, the match will be about who can actually get the boat around the course and figure out how to avoid that extra gybe that costs you maybe 20 seconds, maybe 250 meters.”
Loïck Peyron is sitting on the windward hull, tiller in one hand, a cigarette of undetermined brand in the other. Though I can’t see what he’s looking at through his dark and closely raked sunglasses, it’s obvious he’s studying something very closely.
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