Cup Watch

There was a time when getting your hands on the wheel of a U.S. America’s Cup boat was almost the same as saying, yes, I’ve won a Star Class world championship. Think Bill “Ficker Is Quicker” Ficker, Dennis Conner, Tom Blackaller, Buddy Melges. 
The question keeps coming up, but the answer to “How do I watch the Cup?” is simple. San Francisco Bay is a natural arena. You can see “something” from almost anywhere. The other part of the answer is this: follow the broadcast.
Thursday will be “Judgment Day Two” on San Francisco Bay. 

Legal Headaches

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
Am I the only one who gets a headache when I hear the words “America’s Cup” coupled with the word “court”? I highly doubt it, especially given the massive success that was the 32nd Cup, and the resounding flop that has thus far been the experience of the 33rd Cup’s pre-dance ritual. Today’s head banger is compliments of the Socit Nautique de Genve (SNG) and Alinghi, who proposed
I had a couple more of those conversations today.They start with someone asking, “Are you going to Valencia?”Yep.“What’s it gonna be like?”Darned if I know.At this point in ‘07 I was long since pre-registered at the America’s Cup Media Center, which may or may not now exist. The building, yes, but no authority has put itself forward advising me how, as foreign
There is much to be absorbed in Monday’s announcements by the Defender and the Challenger of Record for America’s Cup 34. Beyond the anticipated headliner that 72-foot, wingsailed catamarans are the platform of choice, I note that the latest documents open up some wiggle room regarding venue. Gone is the draft language stipulating that the challenger eliminations will be sailed in the waters of
The Atlantic Cup is finally here! Presented by 11th Hour Racing, the 2nd Annual Atlantic Cup, featuring a fleet of 15 red-hot Class 40 racers, begins this evening in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Oracle: Stop the Madness

by Adam Cort, Posted February 20, 2013
Call it sour grapes, but I for one am getting sick and tired of the way many sailors—pros in particular—feel it necessary to spray champagne all over the place after winning a regatta.
What was supposed to have been a waterborne extravaganza celebrating all things AC, instead resulted in a single AC 72—Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ)—sailing what was essentially an uncontested practice race on Sunday for points. 
Wing sails? Check. Full foiling? Check. Crash helmets? Check and check.
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