Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

America's Cup- San Francisco puts its hand up for the 35th Match

by Sail-World on 24 Dec 2013
24/09/2013 - San Francisco (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - Final Match - Racing Day 14 ACEA - Photo Gilles Martin-Raget © http://photo.americascup.com/

America's Cup organisers have confirmed that they have received a letter from San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee, proposing venue sites within the City that would be used to host the next America’s Cup in 2017.

The letter reads, in part: 'The 34th America’s Cup generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, created thousands of jobs and showcased our spectacular waterfront, the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the sport of sailing to millions of spectators around the world.

'Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup, that we propose the venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2017'

The City is suggesting the use of Piers 27-29 for the America’s Cup Park and Team Bases as well as Piers 19.5, 23, 31 and a section of Pier 80 for team use. A portion of Marina Green, including the Peninsula area, would be used for public viewing and bleachers. A significant change for this next America’ s Cup is shifting the team bases to the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.

The teams, who found San Francisco Bay to be an ideal racing venue, welcomed the good news.

'As someone who is working hard to put together a new team, it’s critical for us to get the details of the next America’s Cup finalized quickly and the venue is a pillar for the whole event,' said Ben Ainslie, who was a critical member of the winning Oracle Team USA crew this past summer.

Ainslie, who is now working to build a new British challenge for this Cup, continued, 'Everyone saw what a great arena San Francisco Bay was for the racing this summer and I hope we’ll soon see an arrangement that brings us back to San Francisco as soon as possible.'

Iain Murray, who ran the racing program for the 34th America’s Cup as Regatta Director and is now the CEO of Team Australia, the Challenger of Record, agrees: 'We all saw what a fantastic venue San Francisco was for the racing this summer. The conditions, the natural amphitheater, and the enthusiasm of the people made for one of the best America’s Cups ever.'

Following the proposal from the Mayor, the City and the America’s Cup Event Authority will now work towards a comprehensive Host City agreement for the 35th America’s Cup, in San Francisco, in 2017. The four year gap between events, for a Defence, has only been done once since the modern era of the Cup restarted in 1956. That was in the mid-70's, causing many to question whether interest will be able to be sustained for that period.

The Protocol is expected to be announced sometime next year - originally February, but now spoken of as happening in March or April, or later. Both the head of America's Cup Regatta Management, Iain Murray, and the head of America's Cup Events Authority, Stephen Barclay, have departed the organisation, and as yet no new structure, or management appointments have been announced.

Effectively the offer by the City proposes that the (Challenger) teams cluster around the existing Media Centre (destined to become a cruise ship terminal under the original agreement for 2013) and the adjoining piers. Pier 80 used by Oracle Team USA and located well away from the central location is also included in the proposal.

Negotiations between the Defender and Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island Yacht Club are understood to be spirited, with the Australian club not being the easy beats that drafted the 34th Protocol. The contentious issues being that of genuine cost reduction - aside from fiddling with boat size; Nationality of sailing and other team members; and genuine spending restrictions.

One design is also being proposed as an option for some parts of the boats, however that takes the event away from the concept of the Deed of Gift, and also opens new avenues for cheating which marred the 2013 America's Cup and its preliminaries. Hearings are still continuing into the matter over the use of non-standard one design parts by Oracle Team USA's two AC45's, and another maintained by them for Ben Ainslie Racing, in four America's Cup World series regattas.

Interviewed for the New York Times, Team Australia CEO, Iain Murray commented ahead of the announcement:

With team budgets exceeding $100 million in the last Cup, cost-cutting remains the goal, and Murray said Coutts seemed genuinely committed to do so.

'It’s going to be real this time,' Murray said. 'This is about people, numbers of people and what people get paid.'

Tentative plans include reducing crews from 11 members to 9; reducing the size of the foiling catamarans from 72 feet to something in the low 60s, and approving the use of one-design wing sails and platforms, which would trim labor and development costs and leave the hulls and appendages as the primary innovation grounds.

'You won’t have 35 designers creating 200,000 hours of boat-building work,' Murray said. 'That’s where the money is.'

For the full interview click here
Wildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

America's Cup - Teams participate in organised racing in Bermuda
The four America’s Cup teams based in Bermuda began a “formal-informal” practice race period last Friday The four America’s Cup teams based in Bermuda will begin a “formal-informal” practice race period today, with the America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) team on island to conduct the racing. Iain Murray, the Regatta Director, has come out before to set up the race courses, continue to learn more about the venue and the weather, and conduct racing that gives the teams an opportunity to line up ag
Posted on 22 Jan
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA - Tech Tuesday - Structural Platform
Learn more about the carbon fiber structure of OTUSA's America's Cup class catamaran with Oracle Team USA. Learn more about the carbon fiber structure of OTUSA's America's Cup class catamaran. How does the fact that the boats are airborne for most of the race affect the hull design, structural engineering - structural engineer Kurt Jordan explains in this video.
Posted on 11 Jan
America's Cup - Ashby confirms that Kiwis will sail AC50 in Auckland
Glenn Ashby has confirmed that Emirates Team NZ will launch their AC50, in Auckland and will do a substantial build up Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Glenn Ashby has confirmed that Emirates Team New Zealand will launch their AC50, in Auckland and will do a substantial build up on the Waitemata harbour before shipping to Bermuda. Speaking on Newstalk ZB, Ashby said the Emirates Team New Zealand AC50 had been assembled and was having hydraulics, daggerboard systems and electronics being installed at present.
Posted on 8 Jan
America's Cup - Team NZ has a re-think on launch after Protocol change
As a result of the Protocol amendment, Emirates Team New Zealand, like all of the other teams, face a strategic decision Emirates Team New Zealand is back hard at work this week as 2017, the year of the 35th America’s Cup, kicks off at the frantic pace. As a result of the Protocol amendment, Emirates Team New Zealand, like all of the other teams, face a strategic decision of when to launch their America’s Cup Class race boat
Posted on 4 Jan
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ win 28 day sailing blackout- Updated
The Protocol for the 35th America's Cup has been modified to institute a 28 day blackout sailing period In an deal, apparently brokered by the anonymous Arbitration Panel, the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup has been modified to institute a 28 day blackout sailing period, beginning January 9, 2017. The move follows a Hearing by the as yet unnamed Arbitration Panel for the 35th America's Cup, over the removal of the sailing of the America's Cup Qualifiers from New Zealand.
Posted on 3 Jan
America’s Cup accelerating into 2017
The oldest trophy in int'l sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound 2017 is the year of the 35th America’s Cup. The oldest trophy in international sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound for the ultimate prize in sailing, and, arguably, the hardest trophy to win in sport.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
America's Cup - Oracle Team USA on the significance of a botched tack
Softbank Team Japan were the first of the America's Cup teams to perform a successful foiling tack in their AC45S. In this video from Oracle Team USA, the team traces the history of the foiling tack and claim that a missed foiling tack could be the difference between winning an America's Cup race - same as a missed foiling gybe had major repercussions in the 34th America's Cup sailed in AC72's.
Posted on 29 Dec 2016
America's Cup - Kiwis put some coaching spine into team
Over the past two weeks Emirates Team NZ has announced the signing of two members to join their non-sailing team Over the past two weeks Emirates Team New Zealand has announced the signing of two members to join their non-sailing team. The roles of each have not been clearly spelled out in media releases. Both have represented New Zealand at Olympic level and in that regard come from a common heritage with several members of the Emirates Team Team NZ sailing crew.
Posted on 24 Dec 2016
America's Cup - Rod Davis returns to sharpen Kiwi Match-racing skills
Long time Team New Zealand coach Rod Davis has rejoined Emirates Team New Zealand as Match Race Coach Long time Team New Zealand coach Rod Davis has rejoined Emirates Team New Zealand as Match Race Coach as the team transitions from testing to training in the coming months in preparation for America's Cup racing in Bermuda starting on May 27, 2017. Davis left Emirates Team New Zealand in August 2014, after ten years with the team, saying that it was time for a change.
Posted on 15 Dec 2016
Oracle Team USA - Tech Tuesday - science of the sails on an AC50
Oracle Team USA's JB Braun presents a very interesting look at the design issues surrounding sail-design for the AC50 Oracle Team USA's JB Braun presents a very interesting look at the design issues surrounding sail-design for the AC50 class and wingsailed multihulls, using graphics and video plus expert commentary. There is plenty that is relevant to general sail design, and also an explanation of how the endplate effect works with the pod on the AC50, plus how the sail designers get a jib to get flatter.
Posted on 13 Dec 2016