BMW Oracle Racing releases details on two potential classes for the 34th America's Cup, one a multihull, the other a canting-keel monohull.
When Ian Burns said that further information on the two choices for the class for the 34th America's Cup would be forthcoming shortly, he wasn't kidding. One day after the Cup's return to Newport, R.I., BMW Oracle Racing produced this press release:
The Louis Vuitton Series in La Maddalena provided some thrilling action and a great opportunity to consider what works best when it comes to televising the America's Cup.
Hopefully you had better things to do this weekend than watch pixilated sailing footage over the Internet. It was too beautiful a weekend to spend it indoors, at least in the Northeast. Unfortunately, I did just that, but such is life with two children under two, one of whom has yet to establish a consistent sleeping pattern.
A high point on Caprera, an island connected to La Maddalena by bridge, overlooks the waters where the LV boats race, and a small crowd gathers daily to watch.
The remote Italian island currently hosting the Louis Vuitton Trophy has worked its charms on SW's Angus Phillips.
La Maddalena is a funny little place, an island smaller than Block Island that sits off a far corner of the big island, Sardinia. It’s so hard to get to, when you finally disembark the ferry from Palau it seems like the end of the world. You think, “How can I get out?” But it grows on you.
Terry Hutchinson (at helm) is helping bring Sweden's Artemis team into America's Cup contention.
At Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, SW's Angus Phillips speaks with the Artemis helmsman about the hardships of being a pro.
1. You came all the way to Sardinia, and your Annapolis neighbor Gavin Brady hands you your first loss. That’s not so neighborly. Yeah, we’re calling it the Battle of Route 2. We wanted the right, won the right, sailed into a 30-degree righty, and got locked out at the start. Then we blew up the kite on the first run. Not good, but it’s the best kind of learning experience you can have.
SW's Angus Phillips rode along at 18th man for BMW Oracle's match against Team Origin during the round-robin portion of Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena.
As 18th man with BMW Oracle at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, SW's Angus Phillips noted how thin the margin for error is when sailing short races.
Tony Soprano once said the world’s most pathetic game is “Remember When.” So Tony, forgive this little rant. But remember when America’s Cup races had seven-mile upwind and downwind legs? Here at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena in Sardinia, Italy, Cup boats run whole races that are less than five miles.
As 18th man with BMW Oracle today, I felt more like a customer at a carnival ride than a guest enjoying yacht racing at its pinnacle. Poor James Spithill made one little error at the start against Team Origin and it was race over, too soon, too soon.
At Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, SW's Angus Phillips interviews BMW Oracle's tactician about the recent America's Cup match.
1. You’ve gone from an America’s Cup boat that does 35 knots to one that does 12. Tough transition? For sure. I definitely feel rusty. A lot of us have Volvo Ocean Race experience and it’s a similar feeling to when you finish the Volvo. You don’t feel tuned up for the quick action you have to take in this kind of racing.
2. You’re doing legs here of a mile or a mile and quarter. A few years ago, people were saying that was impossible for America’s Cup boats, no?
At Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, SW's Angus Phillips speaks with the Team Origin director about the World Sailing Teams Association.
1. You’re one of the directors of the new World Sailing Teams Association, representing British Team Origin on the board. What exactly is WSTA trying to do? We have two roles. One is to organize Louis Vuitton Trophy events like the one here in La Maddalena for WSTA members teams to race in. The other is to represent America’s Cup teams and potential teams in negotiations for the next Cup. We are, for example, preparing a joint submission to the defender on our ideas for the next Cup protocol, instead of each team putting in its individual ideas.”
At Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena, SW's Angus Phillips interviews PRO Peter Reggio.
1. How did you get the nickname Luigi? There were five guys on the floor named Peter when I worked at North Sails-Connecticut in the 1970s. I got Luigi because of my last name. The ones (nicknames) for the other four are unprintable.