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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

Every Card a Wild Card

by Sail Staff, Posted September 10, 2008
By Kimball LivingstonLarry Ellison's would-be America's Cup challenger has been launched, and it's a monster—90 feet long and 90 feet wide and rocket-fast as a giant racing trimaran should be—leaving one question, which only a New York court can answer: Is this a bridge to nowhere? Impressive, regardless, and probably a bit scary at times. We

Getting Personal

by Adam Cort, Posted January 21, 2010
For those looking to capture the true tenor of the 33rd America’s Cup without having to wade through all those boring legal briefs, look no further than the work of Alinghi’s team cartoonist, Mark O’Brien.A native of Dunedin, New Zealand, O’Brien has been covering sailing for years, ever since he created a series on the 1989-90 Whitbread for the Auckland Star during the fleet’s

A Perfect 45?

by Kimball Livingston, Posted March 23, 2011
Adopting wing-sailed catamarans, inventing a new tour called the America’s Cup World Series, launching a 45-foot one-design class as a training fleet: none of this could ever have been free of controversy. The 45s went from concept—a trainer for AC sailors and race committee alike—to reality in five months, with the first “batch” of four promised for delivery to challenging teams by April 1.
Oracle Team USA is now double ready for the 34th America’s Cup after launching its second AC72 on April 23.

Artemis Back on Track?

by Adam Cort, Posted July 25, 2013
On the boat’s maiden sail, Artemis Racing got hull #2, “Big Blue,” up on its foils in winds as strong as 15 knots—a dramatic statement from the team that has been in crisis mode ever since the May 9 capsize of its first boat took the life of strategist Andrew “Bart” Simpson.
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.

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
Is the America’s Cup saved? No. Sadly, the battle of the ego-heavy billionaires continues, with neither side showing any signs of backing down, even though the Socit Nautique de Genve/Alinghi has won an important victory by having Desafo Espaol, Club Nutico Espaol de Vela reinstated as the official challenger of record (BMX/Oracle of course claims that Desafo Espaol, Club Nutico Espaol

Wednesday AC Racing Abandoned

by Sail Staff, Posted February 10, 2010
Racing has been abandoned yet again, this time due to the strength of the wind. We'll have a further update from Kimball Livingston soon, but until then be sure to check out our CupWatch page's streaming coverage, straight from
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