Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Stuart Alexander looks at the America's Cup; interviews Russell Coutts

by Stuart Alexander on 19 Sep 2010
Stuart Alexander © Richard Gladwell http://www.richardgladwell.com
One of the world's top yachting correspondents, Stuart Alexander, writing for the UK's Independent takes a look at the latest developments in the America's Cup:


The fanfares promising a spectacular future for the America's Cup have been followed by two key appointments, one Australian, one British, to run not only the Cup but all of its associated events.

Designer and former competitor Iain Murray, known widely simply as 'the big man' will be the regatta director and CEO of what is claimed to be the independent America's Cup Race Management and his chief operating officer will be Andy Hindley.

Right at the top of his jobs to do list will be ensuring that the America's Cup World Series build up regattas and venues are an instant success.

There had been a rather eerie silence following the unveiling of the 'new era' for the Cup as potential challengers digested the implications of the blueprint for AC34, to be staged sometime in 2013 somewhere yet to be announced.

Of more concern is that the total number of ACWS regattas, compulsory for challenging teams, has been cut to three in 2011 and three in 2013, the first in July, with a full programme of seven scheduled for 2012.

No venues have been announced, making presentations to potential sponsors more difficult, nor is the structure of the challenger elimination series yet decided as this, says BMW Oracle ceo Russell Coutts, is a matter for the challengers themselves to decide.

Murray is already under pressure to convene the first meeting of the Competitor Forum as quickly as possible. Informal moves will also be made at the Audi MedCup regatta in Sardinia next week to thrash out a common position among the America's Cup teams taking part.

There are also rigid controls on the commercial opportunities which challenging teams can include in a return on investment packages, though there is some relief that branding opportunities have, if anything, been improved.

But there is considerable unease at an attempt to centralise the America's Cup website for all the teams and also the structure of how the America's Cup races will be conducted. That has a big influence from the outset when considering designs for the AC72 cats.

For the full story http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/sailing/americas-cup-rejuvenation-continues-2082288.html!click_here

For Stuart Alexander's earlier reaction to the America's Cup announcement and an interview with Russell Coutts http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/sailing/new-era-for-americas-cup-2078289.html!click_here
Kilwell - 6Bakewell-White Yacht DesignSafety at Sea - Baltic - 1

Related Articles

America's Cup - Arbitration Panel Hearing over Kiwi Qualifier for July
ACEA CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. In a yet to be published interview in Sail-World, America’s Cup Events Authority CEO, Russell Coutts has confirmed that the Arbitration Panel will hold its first Hearing in July. This is the first official indication that the three person Arbitration Panel had even been formed, however Sail-World’s sources indicated that it had been empanelled since last January, possibly earlier.
Posted on 27 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Hoisted on their own petard
Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear... Now it was not that long ago that we wondered if there were some genuinely Shakespearean elements beginning to appear in World Sailing’s premier event, the Sailing World Cup. In that time, a flurry of material has espoused all manner of joyous points including travel grants and prize money. That’s terrific and the hope is that somehow this will overcome the tyranny of distance for Melbourne
Posted on 9 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May