sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Brit's Golden Team turn their back on America's Cup

Brit's Golden Team turn their back on America's Cup

'Britain’s Golden Sailing Team will set their sight on more Gold in 2012 than trying for the America’s Cup in 2013'    © Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

TeamOrigin, the yacht racing team established by Sir Keith Mills, and skippered by triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Ben Ainslie, have announced that it will not be challenging for the next America’s Cup scheduled for 2013.

The team, which was set up in 2007, has been waiting for three years to enter the America’s Cup, which was delayed when the US team, BMW Oracle Racing, took the Swiss team, Alinghi, through the US courts.


Ben Ainslie helms TEAMORIGIN to Victory. Sir Keith Mills TEAMORIGIN Team Principal (sitting) has the 18th Man Position. -  Ian Roman?nid=75319  
The British team was set up to challenge for the 33rd America's Cup when that was being touted by the then Swiss based holders, Alinghi, when they were running the America's Cup as a multi-challenger, mutual consent event at one stage of the Appeal process in the US legal system. Up to 20 teams were involved at that stage, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, in the Swiss-style process.

The US team won the court battle and won the 33rd America’s Cup Match to become the America’s Cup Defender in February this year.

TeamOrigin competed in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series of regattas - events designed to keep teams honed while the America's Cup legal process worked its way through bowel of the New York Supreme Court and then into the Match itself.

They launched a TP52 and competed with some distinction on the Audi MedCup circuit this year.

In late August, the new US Defender announced the format for the next America’s Cup, including the rules and type of boat to be raced. TeamOrigin has also been briefed by the Defender and has made numerous comments on both the regatta rules and class rule. This included a meeting with the US team hierarchy during the special 1851 Cup staged between TeamOrigin and BMW Oracle Racing, sailed between America's Cup Version 5 yachts supplied by BMW Oracle racing and re-liveried for the occasion including a sponsorship by car-maker Jaguar.

Ben Ainslie, TEAMORIGIN (foreground) vs Bjorn Hansen, Hansen Global Team. St Moritz Match Race 2010. World Match Racing Tour. St Moritz, Switzerland. -  Gareth Cooke Subzero?nid=75319 Images-Monsoon Cup ©   Click Here to view large photo

The media statement issued by the team says that having now had a chance to analyse the race format, the proposed fixed wing catamaran boat, the timetable, rules and costs, Sir Keith has concluded that the 34th America’s Cup is neither viable commercially, nor an attractive sporting contest for TeamOrigin. Therefore he has decided that the team will not submit a challenge when the challenge period opens on 1 November.

Sir Keith Mills, TeamOrigin Team Principal, 'After three years of waiting in the wings to enter a British team in the America’s Cup I am bitterly disappointed that we will not be competing. However, the format and timetable decided by the Defender, BMW/Oracle, is simply not viable for TeamOrigin. We have assembled an outstanding team, led by Grant Simmer and Ben Ainslie, and I am personally very sorry that they won’t now get the chance to race for a British team in the next America’s Cup'.

Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, Challenger Quarter Final, TEAMORIGIN vs Damiani Italia Challenge, Sir Keith Mills TEAMORIGIN Team Principal, 18th man on board TEAMORIGIN -  Ian Roman?nid=75319   Click Here to view large photo


Over the next couple of months TeamOrigin say they will be considering whether it will compete in other yachting events over the next few years.

Clearly the 12 month gap between the 2012 Olympics, in London, and the 2013 America's Cup regatta is a big factor in the withdrawal of the team from the 34th America's Cup cycle.

Sir Keith Mills Photo: Ian Roman / TeamOrigin -  Ian Roman?nid=75319  
TeamOrigin's glittering afterguard of Olympic Gold Medalists showed flashes of promise in their transition onto the big boats, however they also clearly had work to do, and have showed the maturity so lacking in many others, to pull back rather than try a half-effort and hope.

In the end, time was against the British, whose first priority always had to be a home Olympics and a chance to write a final golden chapter on several already stellar sailing careers.

Recently TeamOrigin released their founding Director, Mike Sanderson (NZ) a former America's Cup competitor and winner the Volvo Ocean Race, replacing him with Grant Simmer, former design director with the twice winning Swiss America's Cup team, Alinghi, in an apparent move to up the ante for the 34th America's Cup.

However all that is not to be, and the 34th America's Cup will be the poorer for the non-appearance of the British Team. It is not known, or expected that other teams will make similar announcements ahead of the opening of the entry window on 1 November.

TEAMORIGIN vs Emirates Team New Zealand, TEAMORIGIN appeal for a penalty against ETNZ. - Louis Vuitton Trophy - Nice -  Ian Roman?nid=75319  


PORTUGAL, Cascais, AUDI MedCup, 12th May 2010, Portugal Trophy, TEAMORIGIN. -  Ian Roman?nid=75319   Click Here to view large photo




by Richard Gladwell

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=75319

5:47 PM Fri 1 Oct 2010 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup

Related News Stories:

09 Aug 2014  America's Cup: Former Artemis crew member says danger is being ignored
27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
01 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tonight
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World























Soling North American Championship concludes on Lake Erie by Canadian International Soling Association,






































Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,






Bart's Bash: First event in at Wakatere in New Zealand
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander 2014 - AUS Laser and 470 Medals + video
2014 Patriot Regatta - U.S. Coast Guard team wins
2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 9 highlights
2014 Etchells North American Championship – Day 2
Chicago Match Cup - Top four tour teams tackle tomorrow in semi-finals
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 49er and Nacra 17 world titles claimed
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Caleb Paine through to Finn medal race + video
ISAF Worlds - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 Rio 2016 spots taken
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Women's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Scott all set to lift Finn world title
ISAF Sailing Worlds - 470 Men's medal race images by Thom Touw
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Aussies and Austrians claim 470 gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: 470 awards images by Sail-World.com
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - 470 medal race images by Jesus Renedo
Annapolis-to-Newport Race - 'What to Expect' Seminar to take place
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off   
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1   
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight   
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight   
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded   
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT