Green Comm, in support of sustainability, joins challenger field
By ORACLE Racing Comms // June 23, 2011
Spain’s Real Club Nautico de Valencia made a splashy return to the
America’s Cup today when it announced collaboration with the Green Comm
Challenge of Italy.
The announcement comes one week after the official 34th America’s Cup
press conference in San Francisco, at which eight teams (challenger and
defender) from seven nations were presented. The addition of Green Comm
increases those numbers by one.
Click here to watch the video of the press conference (1:22:00)
With Sydney Olympic silver medalist Luca Devoti managing the sailing
team, Green Comm will have a strong Finn class theme. American Zach
Railey (2008 silver medalist) and Briton Ed Wright (2010 world champion)
were among the names mentioned by Devoti.
The team’s objective is to promote and manage the “Green Revolution”
by leveraging the media impact of international sport’s oldest trophy.
The aim is to give visibility to the challenge of sustainability on a
global scale by promoting the development of new technologies and new
endeavors in the field of Green Tech.
The new team will be based and train in Valencia. It is expected to
build its AC72 there, taking advantage of the cost-savings of the Shared
Design Program initiative.
"This is not just about Valencia, though we feel at home here, not
just about Spain but about Europe," said the team's founder Francesco De
Leo. “And we hope to build a bridge to California and Silicon Valley.”
In announcing the team’s budget of approximately 40 million Euros, de
Leo (former Manager Director of Telecom Italia, former Director and
Head of Strategy and International Operations of Wind and 1999 Global
Leaders for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum) showed an open
demeanor. He said that the team is more than 50 percent of the way to
“Our budget is due to the fact that ACRM has done a great job to
change the format of the Cup to reduce budgets,” de Leo said. “They
recognize we are not living in 2007 or 2008. We are living the first
America’s Cup in the post-economic crisis. So if you want to build a
sustainable sports event for the next 10 years we cannot afford to have
huge budgets. We can save a lot of money because ACRM has developed a
great design package. We have a young team. The goal is the new reality,
the new normal. That’s how we get our budget.”
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Wright to compete in America’s Cup
America’s Cup Event Authority chairman Richard Worth (back row, 2nd
from right) joins members of the GreenComm Challenge in announcing their
entry in the 34th America’s Cup (Pierre Orphanidis).
Monterey Bay sailors notice uptick in sailing ahead of America's Cup race
By Danny Funt, The Herald // June 27, 2011
Still two years away, the America's Cup race has already made a
splash in San Francisco and, according to many in the sailing community,
the ripple effect is already being felt in Monterey Bay.
Some who saw television footage of one of the boats going through
tests on San Francisco Bay, and capsizing, "rushed down to the
(Monterey) harbor," said Joe Headley, commodore of the Monterey
Peninsula Yacht Club. After the public got its first glimpse of the
latest high-tech craft capable of speeds up to 50 mph, Headley heard
comments like, "Boy, I'd sure love to try something like that."
One of the largest sporting events in the world, the America's Cup is
expected to attract millions of spectators and pump more than $1billion
into San Francisco's economy between now and the end of competition in
September 2013. Such excitement about a sport that traditionally
receives little publicity has the local sailing community buzzing about
what it could mean for the popularity of their pastime.
"We're anxious for lots of enthusiasm about sailing to sweep through
the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay area," said Terry Russey,
commodore of the Stillwater Yacht Club in Pebble Beach. "There's an
increased awareness already. I think people are getting more interested
in sailing, and I think that is going to build between now and 2013."
Link to full article: Monterey Bay sailors notice uptick in sailing ahead of America’s Cup
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The thrill of danger, subsequently broadcast around the world, has
drawn the attention of casual boaters (Guilain Grenier/ORACLE Racing).