Luna Rossa Challenge tests out its new Prada-branded AC45, minus the 4-meter wing extension that will be used in light-air races starting in April, on the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand.
A competitors' forum in Auckland highlights the progress made by America's Cup Race Management, and the long way still to go.
Details of the new-look America’s Cup competition slated for San Francisco are still emerging and much remains to be discussed. That was the measured but optimistic report from Iain Murray, head of America’s Cup Race Management, after the latest teams’ forum held today in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sailing World goes for a ride on the AC45, and gets a chance to drive the wing-sailed rocketship that's redefining the America's Cup
Maybe Russell Coutts was saying, “Hey, what do you think of this cool custom carbon tiller extension? Did I show you how they inlaid my initials in gold? What a nice gesture by the guys at Core Builders.”
Or perhaps he was trying to get me to notice how light a touch on the helm it took to drive the AC45 catamaran in typically blowy San Francisco Bay conditions.
AC34 PRO John Craig in the control center for the test event on Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand. Advanced technology will take much of the guesswork out of running races for the America's Cup, and allow unprecedented control of the race arena. But it's still very much a work in progress.
Two weeks of intensive test racing in Auckland, New Zealand, have given race organizers and television operatives a glimpse of what they're in for when it comes to re-inventing the America's Cup. The early returns are positive, but not universally so.
In developing a system which will allow graphic elements to be overlaid onto live video, Stan Honey said that he and his team are not only breaking new ground for the sport of sailing, but for sports coverage in general. As the mind behind the glowing hockey puck, the National Football League’s first down line, and the pop-up info boxes for NASCAR broadcasts, Honey knows more than a little bit about forging new electronic trail.
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.