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America's Cup Diary 2011
America's Cup Diary 2011
America's Cup - December 2011
I’d been looking forward to a trip downunder for the next event in the America’s Cup World Series. Auckland and Brisbane were mooted, but the high cost of running these high-tech events is proving to difficult to sell in such straitened times. Next stop for me and the America’s Cup roadshow will be Naples in April.
America's Cup - November 2011
San Diego was meant to by my warm-weather escape from the English winter, but the shorts and T-shirt never even got unpacked. Should have brought my umbrella. Still, if the weather disappointed, the America’s Cup World Series continues to deliver unpredictability and drama. Question is, how many of the nine teams in San Diego will we see next year? For some, money’s too tight to mention, but at least the return of Luna Rossa provides the prospect of another big team to challenge the might of Oracle Racing.
America's Cup - October 2011
Many armchair experts said you could never have a good match race in fast multihulls. The America’s Cup World Series has since proven that to be untrue. When I interviewed Russell Coutts in Plymouth, I offered him the chance to stick up the proverbial two-fingers to his many critics, he refused to do so. In fact he did quite the opposite...
America's Cup - September 2011
Russell Coutts’s grand plan for the America’s Cup - to turn it into a TV and spectator-friendly sporting event - looks like it might just work. The people of Plymouth are not the easiest to please, but those who came to watch the nine high-speed catamarans crashing and capsizing around Plymouth Sound looked like they were genuinely enjoying themselves.
America's Cup - August 2011
“Fastest boats, best sailors” is the official motto of the America’s Cup. It’s clear that everything about the 34th Cup is ‘made for TV’, and some of the old guard don’t like it. There’s not much lip service to history or tradition, it’s about engaging the TV audience - and therefore potential sponsors - in the sport of sailing like they’ve never been engaged before.
America's Cup - July 2011
The first event of the America’s Cup World Series in Portugal is fast approaching. While the established Cup teams are sticking with their old keelboat personnel and re-skilling for a new format in fast cats, the start-up challengers are recruiting from the ranks of Olympic sailors. This new breed might have little to no experience of the America’s Cup, but they have grown up racing fast, high-performance boats like Tornados and 49er skiffs. The AC45 catamaran is an obvious next step for this younger generation.
America's Cup - June 2011
ell Coutts bitten off more than he can chew? His spectacular capsize in an AC45 shows just how chall
enging these new catamarans are. But of greater concern for the Kiwi is the diminishing number of challengers prepared to take on the might of Oracle Racing in 2013.
America's Cup - May 2011
Mascalzone Latino's departure from the America's Cup
raises serious questions about the role of the Challenger of Reco
rd. This is the team that is meant to hold the Defender to account, so with the Italians gone, who's going to keep an eye on Oracle Racing now?
America's Cup - April 2011
Fourteen teams have paid $25k to say they're serious about challenging Oracle Racing for the next America's Cup. However, these teams are going to have to spend a lot more than that in the coming months if they're going to mount any kind of credible challenge, with the first America's Cup World Series regattas due to be contested in Portugal and England this summer.
America's Cup - March 2011
Prize for the
st team to capsize an AC45 multihull goes to Swedish challenge Artemis Racing
. These are frisky beasts, and no mistake, a far cry from the sedate
12-Meters of y
esteryear, or the AC keelboats that ruled the roost for the past 20 years...
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