New York Yacht Club Will Campaign for America’s Cup

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Late last week the New York Yacht Club announced that they would be challenging for the 36th America’s Cup. The New York and Newport, RI based club is no stranger to the Cup races of old, as they held the cup as winners from 1851 until 1983 when the Aussies showed up in Newport with their transformational winged keel. The club again challenged for the Cup with Dennis Conner at the helm back in the 2002-03 series, but came up short.  The time seems right to the club to partner with yachtsmen “Hap” Fauth and Doug DeVos, two very decorated sailors and program leaders for Team Bella Mente and Team Quantum Racing – which brings top notch American sailor, Terry Hutchison, into the picture as well. Continue reading

A Big Week for [Foiling] Yacht Design

19/11/2014, Cape Town (ZAF), Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Team Alvimedica, Start Leg 2

19/11/2014, Cape Town (ZAF), Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Team Alvimedica, Start Leg 2

Mark your calendars for this last week of September 2017 to be an historic one for yacht racing. The two biggest races in the sport of sailing, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, (VOR) are making some big announcements this week and if you’re not already, I’m sure you’ll soon be on the edge of your seat.   Continue reading

America’s Cup Will Shift Back to Foiling Monohulls

24/06/2017 - Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - 35th America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

24/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup 2017 – 35th America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America’s Cup is heading back to monohulls. Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Italian Challenger of Record, broke news of the move away from catamarans on Monday.

Bertelli said the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.” Continue reading

The America’s Cup is New Zealand’s Cup

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup.

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Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.
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O’pen Bics – Stealing the Show in Bermuda

photo: BicWorld.com

photo: BicWorld.com

I know a few junior sailors who would have given their allowance savings to spend a few days sailing before the crowd in Bermuda at the America’s Cup. And the O’pen Bic fleet, as expected, did just that. They wow-ed the crowd with expert sailing mixed with challenging stunts – like limbo-ing under the Arch of Doom – heeled well over so as to allow the rig to pass under the large arch. They capsized on command. They blasted upwind and down – showing their sailing prowess and spreading the O’pen Bic stoke, as only these agile Bic sailors can do.  Continue reading

Cruising, Crashing and Cupping – Marion to Bermuda

Corinthians Race to Bermuda to Catch the America’s Cup

pesca bdaThis Friday, June 9th marks the start of the 40th anniversary of the fabled Marion to Bermuda Race. This 21st running of the race has been rescheduled to an earlier start date to align the arrival of the fleet in Bermuda with the America’s Cup final races in mid June. Alternating every other year with the Newport Bermuda Race, the Marion race has long been more of a cruisers delight, with the high-tech race boats that frequent the Newport version heading to Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week on these “off” years.

Of course Team TotalBoat will be rooting for our friends on Pescatore, a Hinckley Sou’wester 59 hailing from Mattapoisett, Mass. Racing in the Youth Challenge division (a certain number of crew need to be below age 23- so in their case- 5 crew under 23), Team Pescatore is hoping to beat their record from the last Marion Bermuda Race, when they were 3rd over the line, and finished 2nd in class. We will be following the boat on the race tracker and will report from Bermuda. If you’re around town and spy the TotalBoat ensign flying on Pescatore, knock on the hull and ask Captain Twice for a TotalBoat hat. Tell him we sent you.  Continue reading

America’s Cup Preview at Herreshoff Marine Museum 5/3

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Wednesday, May 3 from 6 PM – 9 PM swing your local selves over to the Herreshoff Marine Museum for some background and a preview of what’s going on in Bermuda for the upcoming America’s Cup racing. It’s only 30 days away and it’s sure to be impressive, fast and furious!  Continue reading

How to Watch the America’s Cup in NYC (May 7-8)

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Are you near NYC on May 7-8? If so, be sure to check out the sure-to-be-amazing city front spectacle that will be the America’s Cup World Series. Here is some advice from the AC website on how, where and when to watch. And if you can’t get to NY, don’t worry – you can watch it live on the internet and on TV.

IN NEW YORK

Head to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza to experience the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York Event Village, featuring entertainment, food vendors, sponsor activity and hospitality. The Event Village main stage will host the Dock-Out Shows, where fans can cheer the teams before they head out to the race course, and the Awards Ceremony. Big screens near the stage will also broadcast racing live.

The Event Village is free and open to the public from May 6-8.

Brookfield Place is located at 230 Vesey Street, along the iconic Hudson River waterfront and across from the Statue of Liberty.

Racing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York will take place on the lower Hudson River, just in front of Brookfield Place. The race course will be set just off the Battery Park City Esplanade, between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south.

The Esplanade stretches the length of the race course and offers 1.2 miles of free public front-row seats. It runs along the Hudson River from the top of the race course and Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the way south to Historic Battery Park.

Click HERE for public transportation details.

If driving, SP+ offers convenient parking for Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. More details HERE.


SPECTATOR CRUISE

Circle Line, Manhattan’s iconic sightseeing cruise line, is the Official Spectator Boat of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, offering unparalleled first-class access to watch racing on the Hudson River. Aboard the Circle Line spectator cruise, guests will have the opportunity to view the races as up close as possible with premium front-and-center positioning.

Two levels of ticketing are available – a Spectator Ticket and a VIP Ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.circleline42.com or the Circle Line Box Office.


ONLINE

Enjoy the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series digital experience via the AC+ app and website. To download and for more information visit: acplus.americascup.com. Territorial restrictions apply.

The America’s Cup World Series is Back

After the first rendition of the America’s Cup World Series which took place in Portsmouth, UK in late July, the second meet up of the super fast, foiling, carbon catamarans just ended in Gothenburg, Sweden. Two winners have surfaced after this most recent event, with former Team Oracle skipper Ben Ainslie, who split off from Oracle to form his own team for this Cup, winning the first races in the UK, and Team New Zealand’s recent win at the Swedish waterfront. Both teams took the Louis Vuitton silver home and get the satisfaction of beating some of the world’s best sailors on some of the most difficult boats to sail.

This edition has some seriously talented sailors in the mix, with the amazing Franck Cammas from France on Groupama, former ETNZ skipper Dean Barker at the helm of SoftBank Team Japan. Don’t forget Jimmy Spithill on Oracle Team USA, and Artemis is back in the mix with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Percy, both very solid sailors, on the sailing team.

The video above is a nice recap of the first Louis Vuitton Cup races in the UK. It shows how these boats sail right on the edge of being out of control (or so it appears) and how quickly maneuvers must be executed and without any mistakes.

The closest these boats get to the USA is a planned event in Chicago in the summer of 2016. I for one, would love to check that event out. Not likely i’ll be able to make it to Bermuda for the real cup races in June 2017….sigh…. The nextLouis Vuitton AC World Series heads to Bermuda October 16th – 18th and the Race Village will be situated in the capital: Hamilton. Who’s going???