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So the Auld Mug stays in San Francisco and Australians are the new Challenger of Record for AC35.

That was quite a comeback.   From 8-1 down to win 9-8.   Hard to argue that Oracle USA are not worthy winners.   And Emirates Team New Zealand had solid chances before letting the Cup slip from their grasp.   So what next?   Will Ellison and Coutts adjust the formula having seen the high percentage of dropouts from…


Added by Ian Charles Stewart on October 4, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

New Zealand seem to have the Edge over Oracle

Emirates Team New Zealand have a 2-0 lead after the first day of racing in America's Cup 34, the Finals, in San Francisco.   The lead is actually 4 points as the official score is NZ 2 : Oracle -2 after the Americans received a 2 point penalty last week from an international jury who penalised them…


Added by Ian Charles Stewart on September 8, 2013 at 11:38 — No Comments

Little Public Interest in the LV Challenger Series

Spending some time in San Francisco during the opening LV Cup matches was interesting, if a little sad.  WIth only three teams competing and four needed for the semi-finals these so-called qualifying races, originally expecting 12 teams, hold little interest as everyone automatically goes through to the…


Added by Ian Charles Stewart on July 30, 2013 at 13:09 — No Comments

Uncertainty still surrounds the 34th America's Cup Challenge

It has been an interesting few months.   There has been a change of the Challenger of Record (Vincenzo Onorato, previously a strong defender of the new rules, and costs, of AC34 has pulled his Mascalzone Latino run Club Nautico di Roma challenge from its privileged position as Challenger of Record, and from the Cup entirely) and a change of boat rules for the pre-Cup regattas (the AC45 will continue to be used next year for all of the America's Cup World Series regattas, when the original…


Added by Ian Charles Stewart on July 9, 2011 at 19:24 — No Comments

NEWS FLASH : Britain's Team Origin pulls out of AC 34.

Citing unhappiness with the decisions about boat design and racing format, Team Origin's owner Sir Keith Mills has said that he doesn't think the new format for the America's Cup is viable.

As I have said previously: in this interesting off-water battle between owners and sailors, the sailors are winning. It will be interesting to see how this…

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on October 3, 2010 at 22:47 — No Comments

AC 34 Draft Protocol Details Announced

34th AC Match in 2013…

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on September 14, 2010 at 8:12 — No Comments

America's Cup 34: Owners vs Sailors?

It looks like the new battle for the America's Cup will be between Owners and Sailors. Notwithstanding Mike Sanderson's departure from Team Origin, at the moment the sailors are winning. BMW Oracle design coordinator Ian Burns has said that the AC "is the pinnacle of our sport" and continues "the boats should be physically demanding to race well and produce…


Added by Ian Charles Stewart on May 23, 2010 at 20:24 — No Comments

So there are TWO new boat concepts being drawn up for AC34: one monohull and one multihull!

The competitors get to decide, they say, later this year. Will be interesting to see which way it goes. And the dates are 2013 - 2014. Which we means we all have a little time to try to get the sponsors interested again. And venue will not be finalised until end 2010.

But will sponsors jump on board after the mess of the last three years? Coutts seems to think the number of teams will drop as he talks about quality over…

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on May 6, 2010 at 21:38 — No Comments

So are we all set for AC34?

Now that the Auld Mug is back in US control, plans for America's Cup Challengers should get a little clearer. But not just yet.

Firstly Location. Oracle Team owner Larry Ellison seems, unsurprisingly, to prefer his home port of San Francisco (and the Golden Gate Yacht Club that Oracle represented in Valencia) but facilities there are not up to scratch, and other locations, including Cascais in Portugal (the original choice of Russell Coutts for AC32), are still being… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 20, 2010 at 12:36 — No Comments

Adam Minoprio and his BlackMatch Racing Team sweep Team Origin's Ben Ainslie out of the Monsoon Cup

Adam Minoprio, ably supported by Tom Powrie, Dave Swete, Nick Blackman and Dan McLean, won the Monsoon Cup in convincing fashion at Kuala Terengganu on Malaysia's East Coast, yesterday afternoon. Winning 3:0 against the Origin Team who had lead the standings at the end of the Round Robin series, Minoprio showed why he is the 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Champion, a title he sealed the day before with points from the semi-finals. It hadn't looked this… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on December 7, 2009 at 15:03 — No Comments

All Italian Team Azzurra wins the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice.

The emphatic 2-0 win over Team NZ by Francesco Bruni's all Italian Azzurra was a surprise to many, but not to the Italians themselves. Representing HH The Aga Khan's Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), and built around Giovanni Maspero's Joe Fly sailing teams, Azzurra were well trained and well supported from the start.

One wonders, though, what the large teams think of the results of these LV races. With Team NZ 2nd, Origin 4th and… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on November 23, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photos of Alinghi's new Cat are up!

Big boat this. And lovely lines. Click Here for the photos or just click through to "Photos" from anywhere on this site. These photos were taken yesterday afternoon at Le Bouveret, the boat having been moved from Villeneuve by a huge helicopter. I watched the 50m mast go on today and saw the boom arrive on its own semi-trailer. Everything is on quite a… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on July 11, 2009 at 4:30 — 1 Comment

Alinghi's Big Cat out in the open!

Just had my first look at Alinghi's big catamaran - the one they have built to face BMW Oracle in next February's Deed of Gift 33rd America's Cup race off. Will try and post photos tomorrow. Impressive machine. It is parked on the hard in the industrial park of Villeneuve at the Eastern end of Lac Leman in Switzerland. They are planning to airlift it by helicopter to nearby Bouveret eary Wednesday morning, where they will step the mast and start water trials.

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on July 7, 2009 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Back in Beijing! - 中国之队已经回北京了!

After an exhausting, exhilarating, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately satisfying month in Auckland, we have returned to our respective homes in China and around the world. To review videos of our exploits click here. To see the photos click here. And do feel free to login and register for updates and notification of future events any time you wish.… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 17, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

Interesting Review of the Regatta on TVNZ site.

Take a look here.

The following is an excerpt:

"The knockout rounds on Thursday produced a stunning finish with a margin of just one second separating Luna Ross and Team China.

In fact the steady improvement of the China crew has been one of the talking points, as has the surprise performance of the Greek Challenge and the quality of Damiani Italia. The… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 13, 2009 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Kia Ora Maori Welcome for the LVPS on Saturday 7Feb09

Louis Vuitton certainly know how to throw a party. And it is a measure of the respect with which New Zealand and the Auckland Maori community view Bruno Trouble and the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series that Louis Vuitton and Team New Zealand were allowed to hold a formal welcome party on the Orakei Marae grounds overlooking Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. It started with a formal Maori greeting by Ngati Whatua, the tribe of the Maori people of Auckland, and… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 9, 2009 at 8:30 — No Comments

Video of China Team winning the start against Shosholoza!

Take a look at this video of China Team winning the start against Shosholoza yesterday at the committee boat end of the start line. China Team, having entered the box from the pin end, managed to win control of the pre-start and pushed Shosholoza outside the layline on the right, forcing them to drop behind to avoid going the wrong way around the committee boat. China Team ended up to… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 6, 2009 at 6:00 — No Comments

TAG Heuer makes our day!

Today is the rest day between the first set of Round Robin races and the Gold and Silver Fleet round robins (an updated schedule with results can be found on the official site HERE - choose your language, wait for the site to load, and then click through to 'race results' to see a schedule of races and results so far). After some disappointing starts but good work round the course, the team is… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on February 4, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

Another tough day on the water...

Today's race was another learning experience. An error of timing in the prestart led to a situation where Damiani Italia was almost able to push China Team behind the committee boat and miss the line. As it is, a deep dip behind the Italians meant a start to the race already on the back foot. The wind was shifty and some gains were made on the right early on the first beat. But a bet on the right later on that first leg proved costly. A big… Continue

Added by Ian Charles Stewart on January 31, 2009 at 19:44 — No Comments

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