For friends of China's official America's Cup sailing team
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 plans were to switch to the much more expensive AC72 in advance of the Challenge proper in 2013). Previous strong contenders have pulled out of AC34 (notably Britain's Team Origin) and most of the new challengers have yet to confirm their funding.
On the plus side the new technology is providing some spectacular footage (witness Oracle's pitchpole capsize of their AC45 a few weeks ago) and there is new blood arriving (Team Korea being notable), so all is not lost.
As for AC China Team, the successful group of race management and sailors from the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series races in Auckland have decided not to participate in AC34, and a newly constituted China Team is back under French management. We wish them well in this brave new world of rigid winged catamarans. It will be interesting to see what happens at the opening ACWC Regatta, racing AC45 cats, that starts in Cascais Portugal on the 6th of August. (You may recall that Cascais was Russell Coutt's original choice of venue for AC33 that led to his split from Alinghi.)
Add a Comment