Cup Watch

AC45s Take on Cascais

by Sarah Eberspacher, Posted August 9, 2011
The opening two days of the first-ever World Series racing in the 34th America's Cup gave spectators in Cascais, Portugal, plenty of brilliant views of the lightning-quick AC45s. Here, SAIL brings the racing (and some of the shots) to you.   The weekend offered racing at both ends of the spectrum: Saturday dawned grim and cloudy, with conditions that normally would
Don’t write off Olympic windsurfing just yet. A firestorm of opposition to the International Sailing Federation’s decision to dump the event in favor of kiteboarding at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro makes it highly likely that there will be another vote.
An America’s Cup that has already been marked by unprecedented change and tragedy appears destined to remain very much in a state of flux until well into the Louis Vuitton challenger elimination series, scheduled to begin July 7. 

Yet another AC34 Controversy

by Adam Cort, Posted August 16, 2013
If Oracle was hoping that giving up its wins in last year’s America’s Cup World Series would put the controversy surrounding the team’s illegally modified AC45s to rest, they must be seriously disappointed.
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.

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

It SAILS!

by David Schmidt, Posted July 20, 2009
On July 20, some 16 days after unveiling their beast of a defender for the upcoming Deed of Gift (DoG) that will be the next America’s Cup (February 2010), Alinghi today test-sailed their Alinghi 5 for the first time. While quantifiable results are not available yet (or rarely, if ever, on a project like this), the bottom line is that the boat, with its complicated

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? 
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