Six Stories from AC34

Six favorite interviews and stories from the 34th America's Cup.
To the victors goes the Cup. Photo: Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi

Find some of the most-read stories and interviews from our website during the America’s Cup, and a few editor’s picks:

Writing the Rule“–Gino Morrelli participated in writing the AC72 Class Rule and now works on Emirates Team New Zealand’s design team. By Michelle Slade.

We were always saying to ourselves, “How would Juan K. read this?” In the office we would force internal argument about the definition of every single line because we were trying to define something that didn’t exist, that was new. -Morrelli

Dressed for Battle“–The 72-foot catamarans, the wings, and the foils may have been new to the America’s Cup, but so, too, was most of the sailing gear required to keep the crews warm and protected. By Dave Reed.

The Power of Oil“–Perfect manuevers start with perfect controls. We explore the the most important system on the AC72. By Dave Reed.

Mods and Moding“–Design team members from Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team NZ talk about honing the performance of the AC72s during racing and what, exactly, “moding” is. By Michelle Slade.

Behind the Scenes“–America’s Cup shore teams put in countless hours to keep the AC72s on course. Andrew Henderson, Rig Team Manager for Oracle Team USA, shares what went on behind the scenes. By Michelle Slade.

Doesn’t Have to be High Tech to be Good Tech“–Dee Smith perched up at Crissy Field during the America’s Cup to radio in his observations of the racecourse for Emirates Team New Zealand. By Michelle Slade.

The text from Dee Smith reads, “The place I watch is at the top of Crissy Field. Park bench. Will be there before noon.” I text back for specifics because Crissy Field is a big place. Smith replies with a text, ”Dropped pin near San Francisco Bicycle Route 2, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94129,” and a link to a Google map.


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