|America's Cup newsletter for 22 August 2011
|Celebrating the America's Cup
22 August. It was 160 years ago today, on August 22nd, 1851, when the yacht America
triumphed over the pride of the British fleet in a race around the Isle
of Wight, off England's south coast, winning the trophy that came to
bear the yacht’s name.
At 160 years old, the America's Cup is
often called the oldest trophy in international sport. To give some
context, consider that when the first Games of the modern Olympics were
held in Athens, Greece in 1896, the first chapter in the America's Cup
story had been written a full 45 years earlier.
It began in the early summer of 1851, America
sailed across the Atlantic from the east coast of the United States for
a season of racing against the best that Britain could offer.
But her owners had tipped their hand. On arriving in British waters, America had left its welcoming committee in its wake, making races (and the profitable wagers that accompanied them) difficult to find.
was able to enter the Royal Yacht Squadron's £100 Cup (also referred to
as the 100 Guinea Cup); a race around the Isle of Wight against a fleet
of British boats, with the winner on the water taking the trophy - no
time allowances would be made.
The boats started, arranged
under anchor, in two rows off Cowes. As the start gun fired at 10:00am,
the yachts slipped anchor in the light breeze and made their way to the
America actually started poorly, and was in fifth place when the yachts passed No Mans Buoy.
But after slipping inside the Nab Lightship, she passed Culver Cliff in a dominant position and would never be overtaken.
America finished the race at 8:37 pm, 12 minutes clear of Aurora. The last boat to finish, Brilliant, cleared the line at 1:30 am the next day.
The owners of America
briefly considered melting down the trophy they had just won to create
medals. Fortunately, they had a change of heart and donated it to the
New York Yacht Club under a Deed of Gift that still governs the
America's Cup competition to this day.
That day in August was
notable too for giving us perhaps the most famous quote to be associated
with the America's Cup - 'There is no second'.
This is how it came about.
Of that first race in 1851, The Times newspaper reported: "Off Cowes…was heard the hail, Is the America first? The answer, yes. What is second? The reply - nothing."
In his history of the America's Cup, An Absorbing Interest, Bob Fisher
recounts this and continues: "This almost certainly gave credence to the
apocryphal story that the Queen (Victoria) had asked a signalman, on
being told that the America was first, 'Who is second?' And the signalman was said to have replied, 'Ma'am, there is no second'."
To this day, 160 years later, it still represents a fine description of the sporting contest of the America's Cup.
Photo: Beken of Cowes/Louis Vuitton
|All eyes turn to Plymouth
15 August. As
the first event ends, all eyes turn to Plymouth, the second event in
the America's Cup World Series. To be held September 10-18 in Plymouth
Sound, thousands are expected to pack the world-famous Plymouth Hoe and
the surrounding shoreline to catch sight of the best sailors on the
fastest boats. Read more
|AC World Series Plymouth Fan Zone
18 August. The
Plymouth Hoe will come alive with the America’s Cup experience when the
America’s Cup World Series kicks off in Plymouth 10-18 September. The
nine-day international sporting competition will see fast action on the
race course, while off the water, thousands of fans will enjoy local and
international live music, access to sailing stars and, interactive
displays in a fun-charged festival on shore at The Base. Read more
Photo credits: ACEA (2011)/ Photo R. Pinto
|America’s Cup to Bring AC World Series Action to USA
Fans on VERSUS
Network to Air America’s Cup World Series Highlights Program for
each 2011 Event. The very first America’s Cup World Series has now
concluded after seven spectacular days of close racing off the coast of
Cascais, Portugal. Event organizers have realized months of preparation
as America’s Cup Television (ACTV) delivered its first broadcast
featuring a whole new viewer experience. And to bring that action to
fans in the United States, VERSUS will broadcast an America’s Cup World
Series highlight program for each of the 2011 AC World Series events. Read more
|Getting Technical: The Death Zone
For the novice sailor, learning to sail on a ‘reach’ is one of the
first things they learn to do. Reaching - sailing in a direction with
the wind blowing at right angles to the boat - is one of the most basic,
predictable aspects of sailing. In a normal boat, that is. Read more
Photo credits: ACEA (2011)/ Photo R. Pinto
Seeing the smug grins that some of my fellow journalists have been
wearing as they swagger back into the media centre after a ride on an
AC45 as a guest racer - well I just had to have a go. Andy Rice tells
his experience as Guest Racer onboard Team Korea. Read more
|The latest from the teams
Larry Ellison at ACWS Cascais
Racing founder and afterguard member Larry Ellison took part in the
grand finale race of the ACWS – Cascais and expressed exuberance after
the thrilling 40-minute race. Read more
Cayard comments on the ACWS - Cascais
first racing of the new America’s Cup is now in the record books. In
yesterday's only and final race, there were three lead changes, the top
boat speed was 24 knots, the course had 6 legs, and the race took 40
minutes and was within .5 miles of the shore. Everything that had been
promised was delivered. Cascais delivered perfect conditions all week
with wind between 8 and 18 knots. Read more
Aleph Équipe de France
The big race
Pacé took the helm of ALEPH today, his second day ever steering the
AC45 and he put some muscle and close contact racing spirit into the way
the team handled the race. Read more
Part ways with its skipper
Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, has decided to
part ways with its skipper Mitch Booth after the first AC World Series
in Cascais, Portugal, last week. Read more
Emirates Team New Zealand
Finish with a flourish at Cascais
Team New Zealand finished the Cascais AC45 World Series regatta with a
flourish on Sunday, wining the final fleet race. Read more
See you in Plymouth
taking part in the first event in the AC World Series in Cascais
(Portugal) from 6th to 14th August, Energy Team will be present from
10th to 18th September in Plymouth (Great Britain) for the second
confrontation scheduled on the calendar for the AC45s. At this event,
the French team will be determined to confirm their pleasing results
from Cascais where they found themselves up there with the top teams on
several occasions, ending up in 6th place in the first event of the
circuit. Read more
Green Comm Racing
Incredible Green Comm Racing finishes 5th in America's Cup World Series Cascais
With just 8 days sailing on an AC45, Green Comm Racing's Olympic champion score an incredible 5th overall in Cascais. Read more
Team Korea - ‘surprise of the week’ at America’s Cup World Series
first of the 2011-2012 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events drew to
a close in Cascais, Portugal today, having set a new format competition
on the way with style, excitement and huge promise. Team Korea have
enjoyed their introduction to the competition with fantastic success,
and are regarded as the ‘surprise of the week’ given their stellar
performance, but it wasn’t quite the champagne finish in the last race
that people had started to expect from them, taking seventh in the fleet
race on ‘Super Sunday’ – the big finale to the event. Read more
Photos © ACEA (2011) / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
About the America's Cup
Nearly 160 years old, the America's Cup is
the oldest trophy in international sport. Initially a one-on-one
competition between foreign teams, the America's Cup has evolved into
one of the world's leading sporting competitions – featuring the best
sailors on the world's fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72
catamarans. The new America's Cup World Series begins its inaugural
season August 2011. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America's Cup begins
with the Louis Vuitton Cup July 4- September 1, followed by the
America's Cup Finals September 7-22.
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