The two-beer, cross-harbor delivery from Sail Newport to Newport YC on the J/24 Crack of Noon.
Team Crack of Noon puts the ol' girl in the water for another summer season in Newport's J/24 Fleet 50.
"Why is it that it's pissing rain every time we put the boat in the water?" Stu asked as we caravaned to Sail Newport, where Ian (Scott) was delivering his J/24 for launching. We wet sail the Crack Oh, so once it's in, it's in for good. Which means we're not as smooth as the usual Thursday night launchers.
A preliminary look at the race arena for the 34th America's Cup, including the location of the shipping lanes and spectator boats.
As the America's Cup starts to jump through the many hoops required to host the event in San Francisco Bay, an early look at the race arena offers a bit of insight as to the future of the competition for sailing's top trophy.
While Oracle Racing and the America's Cup Event Authority haven't offered many hints on the course for the 34th America's Cup, a just-released image of the race arena all but confirms that for now, what is being considered is a departure from the normal windward-leeward course that has been the recent standard for match racing.
Newport's last-minute bid fails to knock aside San Francisco, which has won the right to host sailing's biggest regatta.
I never thought I'd be quoting Facebook as a source. But right now, it's all that's out there. Mutiple posts on the Facebook page dedicated to bring the Cup to San Francisco say BMW Oracle Racing has announced it will hold the 34th America's Cup on the home waters of the Golden Gate YC. More as it becomes available.
Sail Newport's Brad Read explains why he thinks Rhode Island would be a suitable location for the 34th America's Cup.
For the second time in two days, Rhode Islanders rallied in support of the state’s bid to host the 34th America’s Cup. This time the location was the lobby of the Marriott hotel in downtown Newport. The crowd wasn’t huge, but the 250 or so people that attended was impressive given the 24-hour notice and the timing, so close to Christmas.
BMW Oracle Racing goes all out to convince Newport the team is seriously re-considering the city as the host for the 34th America's Cup.
As Monday’s meeting of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation broke up, I sidled up to Tom Ehman of BMW Oracle Racing and put it as straight as I could.
“Are you just kicking tires?”
He looked me straight in the eye and shook his head.
“No, we’re way beyond that,” said Ehman. “I went all the way to Michigan [his native state], came back here. We brought a bunch of people in here, spent a lot of money. Larry [Ellison] has a house here.
The ISAF General Council votes the venerable Star out of the 2016 Olympics, brings back the catamaran, and introduces two coed events.
In a stunning display of logic and forward-thinking, the ISAF General Council approved the slate of 2016 Olympic events proposed by the Events Committee. I could be laying it on a little thick, but then again, the council has a history of completely ignoring the recommendations of the committee it tasked with advising it on the matter of Olympic events. That means, for now, the catamaran will make its Olympic return at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the Star will have its swan song in a year and a half in Weymouth.
Dormant United Internet Team Germany makes its non-participation in the 34th America's Cup official.
The news that United Internet Team Germany will not compete for the 34th America's Cup is even less surprising that the annoucement that Azzurra wasn't likely to push ahead. While the UITG made some noise in the wake of the 32nd America's Cup, hiring former Alinghi afterguard member and 4-time Olympic medalist Jochen Schumann to lead it's revamped effort (it put on a dismal performance in Valencia in 2007).
Synergy team manager Maxim Logutenko says the Russian team is interviewing design teams with catamaran experience to jump start a campaign for the 34th America's Cup.
While others tell BMW Oracle Racing, "Thanks, but no thanks," regarding their dramatic remake of the America's Cup, Synergy team remains on course to become the first Russian team to contend for the Auld Mug.
TeamOrigin’s decision to not pursue a campaign for the 34th America’s Cup is disheartening. Recent quotes from team principle Sir Keith Mills echo what many worry will be a majority opinion about BMW Oracle Racing’s vision for sailing’s grandest trophy: It’s your sandbox, and you’re entitled to make up the rules, but we just don’t think this will fly. Good luck.
TeamOrigin is the first of the established teams to decline BMW Oracle Racing's vision for the future of the America's Cup.
Their response to the catamaran annoucement a few weeks ago could best be described as tepid. Now TeamOrigin has made it official, the stocked British team, which recently brought in ex-Alinghi design coordinator Grant Simmer to run the show, will not be contending for the 34th America's Cup.
More information will follow, this quote from team principle Sir Keith Mills, was distributed by team PR.