With a little more than a week
remaining in the year, the focus for ORACLE TEAM USA hasn’t changed. All
eyes have been on 2013 for months, for years, with the same goal in
mind: defending the America’s Cup in San Francisco next September.
Ask any member of the team their New
Year’s resolution and it likely involves winning the Cup. Or more
immediately, it’s sailing ORACLE TEAM USA 17 again.
The San Francisco Bay was typically
frosty on a blustery weekday last October. A wind of up to 30 mph had
whipped the 50-degree water into whitecaps, across which crisscrossed a
fighter-jet-looking sailboat helmed by the America’s Cup champ and
wunderkind Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill.
Measuring 72 feet long with a
carbon-fiber “wing sail” 131 feet high, the boat has a racecar’s
unbridled speed and crash potential. In the gilded history of the
America’s Cup series in which it will be raced next summer, there has
never been anything quite like it.
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]