Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius - Fixed Value

35th America’s Cup - Names to look for as teams start assembling

by America's Cup on 6 Oct 2013
America’s Cup - Oracle Team USA Tracy St John © http://www.stjohnphoto.tv/
This year's America’s Cup opened up opportunities for a new breed of America’s Cup sailor. Fitter, younger, new to the game, but bursting with accomplishments in dinghy classes where going fast, and sailing on the edge were the daily routine.

Plenty of young sailors played prominent roles in this America’s Cup, including Kyle Langford, at 24 the youngest sailor in the event, who was thrust into a starring role as the wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA.

Langford (AUS) will be sought after as teams begin recruiting for the next Cup. And here are five other names to look for as teams start assembling talent for the 35th America’s Cup:


Nathan Outteridge (27) burst on to the America’s Cup scene with Team Korea at the AC World Series in 2012. The Olympic gold medalist (49er) immediately made an impression for being calm, cool and most importantly, for driving fast. And because of that, he was quickly scooped up by Artemis Racing and promoted to their primary helmsman. Will he remain with Artemis Racing, or be scooped up by the Australian team?


Draper (35) was with Team Korea before Outteridge, and like his successor, he was pulled in by one of the big teams – Luna Rossa. Also an Olympic medalist in the 49er (bronze, 2004), Draper used his skills to great effect in the AC World Series, winning the first event Luna Rossa participated in. But it wasn’t always easy fitting in as part of the anglo-saxon contingent on a primarily Italian team. Will he come back? Or would he find life better with a new British challenge?


At 36 years old, Ainslie wouldn’t count himself among the youngsters in the game. But the four-time Olympic gold medalist is one of the biggest names in sailing and his achievement as tactician for Oracle Team USA in September has only ratcheted up his value. His stated goal is to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain. Is this the time he gets a team to help him realize that dream? If not, he’d be at the top of the list for any team looking to win the Cup.


Another Olympic gold medalist (Laser, 2012), Slingsby was one of the young guns (29) on Oracle Team USA who helped to bring the average crew age on the defender down by about 10 years compared to the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand. Slingsby was in the strategist role for Oracle Team USA and formed a brilliant, nearly unbeatable, pairing with Ainslie. Again, there may be a tug of pressure to come home and play a leading role with an Australian challenge.


At 22, Burling is the youngest on our list. He sailed in one event at the AC World Series, for Team Korea (again) but he really distinguished himself by winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup for New Zealand. If the Kiwis challenge again and make good on a promise to renew with younger talent, Burling is sure to be near the head of the recruitment list. A silver medalist behind Outteridge, at the 2012 Olympic Games, Burling would be an asset to any team looking for young talent.

(S-W: The above assumes that there will be a free market for crews, where if a nationality rule comes in that has any meaning, then sailors will be generally sailing for their home country, or maybe seeking a few places available on other teams. An announcement on the Protocol is not expected until February 2014, and until then there is likely to be little recruiting of non-national sailing crew by an America's Cup Americas Cup

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted on 2 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
Kosinska to hit out against the Hyeres heavy metal in 2016 Olympic bid
Natalia Kosinska (NZL) will face a star-studded field in the Womens RS:X event at Hyeres later this week. 2016 Olympic aspirant, Natalia Kosinska (NZL) will face a star-studded field in the Womens RS:X event at the third round of the Sailing World Cup Hyeres.
Posted on 26 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Rio2016 - Winther hits ball firmly into Olympic selectors' court
2012 Olympic representative, Sara Winther has made a strong bid for inclusion in the 2016 NZ Olympic Sailing Team 2012 Olympic representative, Sara Winther has made a strong bid for inclusion in the 2016 NZ Olympic Sailing Team finishing 11th in the 2016 Laser Radial World Championships in Mexico. Running a self-funded campaign which took in the Princesca Sofia Regatta in Palma, Spain followed by the World Championship on Banderas Bay, Mexico, Winther placed 11th overall and 10th country.
Posted on 21 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Kosinska flies out in RS-X Olympic bid
Women's RS:X Windsurfer sailor, Natalia Kosinska (NZL) flew out of Auckland today for the Sailing World Cup Hyeres Women's RS:X Windsurfer sailor, Natalia Kosinska (NZL) flew out of Auckland today for the Sailing World Cup Hyeres, in her final attempt to gain NZ Olympic selection. Kosinska has been training in her own program in New Zealand with the 2015 Women's World Champion, Chen Peina (CHN) in the RS:X Windsurfer, and Zhichao Zhang the Men's #4 at the 2015 Worlds in Oman
Posted on 18 Apr
Laser Radial Worlds - Winther makes top three in final Qualifying race
2012 Olympic Representative, Sara Winther continues to improve at the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds 2012 Olympic Representative, Sara Winther continues to improve at the 2016 Laser Radial Worlds and has moved up the leaderboard to be in 12th place at the end of the shortened Qualifying Round. She placed third in the only race sailed today and continues to improve as the regatta progresses, and her confidence builds.
Posted on 18 Apr
Laser Radial Worlds - Winther scores three single digit places - Day 3
New Zealand 2012 Olympic representative, Sara Winther has advanced three places up the points table New Zealand 2012 Olympic representative, Sara Winther has advanced three places up the points table at the 2016 Laser radial Worlds being sailed in Mexico. She now lies in 15th place overall after three days of racing. She achieved single digit scores in the three races sailed today, despite hitting marks in two races and having to perform penalty turns.
Posted on 17 Apr
Harken and Fosters -  Harken WinchesThe Water Shed - RonstanBarz Optics - Kids range