“One thing I would like to assure people about the 34th America's Cup,” said Larry Ellison, owner of BMW/Oracle Racing and the winner of the 33rd Cup at a post-win press conference, “[is that] there will be a completely independent jury, there will be completely independent umpires. It will be an independent group which manages the next America's Cup and there will be a level playing field for all competitors.”
Strong words, but after the legal battles that lead up to this February's floating freak show in Valencia, everyone involved simply yearned for the Cup to return to its former splendor of 2007. Questions remained: While Ellison's words were promising, how would post-win euphoria translate to put-in-practice policies for the America's Cup community moving forward?
After last week's press conference, where BMW/Oracle and Club Nautico do Roma—Challenger of Record for the 34th Cup—rolled out their 56-page Protocol of the 34th America's Cup, however, one word more than any other percolates to the surface: Independent.
Gone are the days of a stacked, Defender-favored playing field, replaced instead by an independent body known as the America's Cup Race Management, a Regatta Director, and a five-member Jury, to be appointed by the International Sailing Federation.
Now, almost a week out, the sailing world is still awaiting word of the new boats, the venue, and myriad other germane details that will determine the 34th Cup. Finally, however, there is confidence that Ellison's post-win words are in fact his true intentions. But far more importantly, this Brave New World protocol sets a strong precedent for future Defenders to hold to Ellison's same high standards of impartiality and independence.
All future Defenders be warned: previous incarnations of Cup tomfoolery simply will never be tolerated again.
Hats off to Mr. Ellison for returning some of the gleam to the Cup's public face, and for getting sailing's grandest trophy back to solid ground.
Be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's excellent piece, “The America's Cup Turns the Corner Forever”, prominently featured in this issue, for a much more in-depth look at this evolving story.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Gladwell's Line: The America's Cup turns the corner forever Richard Gladwell, Having just been presented with the oldest and most prestigious trophy in sailing, BMW Oracle Racing team founder, Larry Ellison, promised the world's sailing media that the 34th America's Cup would be quite different from its predecessors. On Wednesday, 23 June 2010 Ellison delivered on that undertaking with the announcement of the draft Protocol for the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
IODA 2010 North American Optimist Dinghy Championship Keith RIchardson, Kingston, ON - CORK welcomes 200 youth sailors aged 10-15 from 21 countries to participate in the 2010 IODA 2010 Optimist Dinghy North American Championships (www.optinam2010.org).... [more] Share this story
Chicago's Mackinac Cup - Looking forward to Chicago's next Cup Christie Denton, Chicago's Mackinac Cup - Chicago has mastered the ice; now it's time for the water. The next Cup on the minds of Chicagoans and thousands of Midwest sailors is the prestigious Mackinac Cup, the perpetual challenge emblem for the oldest and largest freshwater sailing race this side of the world — the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot... [more] Share this story
34th America's Cup video talent competition launched GGYC Media, Calling all young America's Cup movie makers. Do you have what it takes to supercharge the media production of the America's Cup? Yes? Think so? Or know so? See the video posted today on the official 34th America's Cup web site, www.americascup.com, that launches the America's Cup Video Production Competition.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Bertrand Cardis, the man behind the Décision boat yard Alinghi.com, Alinghi.com catches up with Bertrand Cardis, the man behind the Décision boat yard, Alinghi's partner yard during its ten years of America's Cup campaigns: Alinghi put their trust in us and we built their two America's Cup winning boats. We learnt an enormous amount during the 10 year relationship and the quality of production at Décision S.A reached unprecedented levels, something that allows us... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: World Yacht Racing Forum talks to Russell Coutts Bernard Schopfer, The America's Cup debate has traditionally been one of the World Yacht Racing Forum's highlights. The new Defender issued, last week, the long awaited draft Protocol for the 34th America's Cup. The team's CEO Russell Coutts speaks exclusively to the World Yacht Racing Forum and answers some of the questions that many have been asking...... [more] Share this story
2010 Melges 32 Northeast Regatta - Full Throttle wins the event International Melges 32 Class Association, John Porter on Full Throttle and team comprised of tactician Jonathan McKee, Andy Burdick, Fritz Lanzinger, sons Corbet and Vincent Porter along with Kelly McKenna and Matthew Woodsworth are 2010 Layline Oakcliff Northeast Regatta Champions... [more] Share this story
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - The wrap Rich Roberts, The Dark Star skipper from California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey wasn't exactly a longshot coming into the tough Farr 40 competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race, hosted by the Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs over the weekend.... [more] Share this story
China Cup 2010 - only four months away CCIR Media, With only four months to go before the 2010 China Cup International Regatta, preparation is well under way. The regatta is expecting stronger competition, more interesting events on shore, and most of all, your participation!... [more] Share this story
YANMAR Racing win Portimão Portugal Match Cup YANMAR Racing Media, Portimao Portugal Match Cup, the fourth stage on this year's ISAF World Match Racing Tour. Day Five - Finals Day. The first match of the semi-final for YANMAR Racings team of Peter Gilmour was against the reigning world champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing and they won 3-0.With Torvar Mirsky beating Ian Williams 3 - 0 in the semi-finals the stage was set for an all Australian, All W... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 - Emotional Cork crew leads fleet into Ireland Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - At times during the last nine months the crew of Cork might have thought this moment would never arrive but on Sunday evening at 1947 local time (1847 GMT) they crossed the finish line at Kinsale; an emotional moment as they led the fleet into their home port at the end of the final transatlantic crossing of the 35,000-mile contest.... [more] Share this story
Superyacht Cup Palma - Alls well that ends well Norma Trease, Superyacht Cup Palma 2010 day three. The results ended as they started, with Scorpione dei Mari gleefully sweeping in to a cumulative First in Cruising Class and a convincing win overall. Gorgeous Royal Huisman Gliss second.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda 2010 winners celebrate at Government House Talbot Wilson, The silver was polished and sparkling at Government House in Bermuda on Saturday evening. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Peter Shrubb, Cruising Club of America Commodore Sheila McCurdy and their fellow flag officers greeted hundreds of Newport Bermuda racers, guests and event volunteers to the spectacular reception and prizegiving.... [more] Share this story
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - New names on leader board on day 2 Rich Roberts, Campaigning for change won the day at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week Saturday when two new names stole the spotlight in the marquee classes of the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta.... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 fleet Newport - Porter's Full Throttle Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 fleet in Newport, RI - much to everyone's enjoyment, the sunshine and moderate temps prevailed with the breeze building throughout the day to a pleasant 10-12 knots. John Porter on Full Throttle continues to lead.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 National Championship - Field leads Joy Dunigan, Melges 24 National Championship - Conditions started out light, 5-7 knots and built to a pleasant 10-12 knots for the final race of the day, exceeding everyone's expectations. Light air prevailed at the start with many of the event leaders having an intense race.... [more] Share this story
Farr 40 European Circuit - Nerone leads fleet Jill Campbell, Farr 40 European Circuit - Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone continues to lead the Farr 40 fleet. Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Sunday 27th , at 12 midday with 8 - 10 knots of north easterly wind predicted. The Race Committee will hold as many races as possible.... [more] Share this story
Blind Match Racing Championships wins to Italy and Great Britain David Staley, Blind Match Racing Championships. The first IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championship was decided today on Lake Garda, Italy. It was Italy versus Great Britain for the final of the B2 classified sailors competing for an IFDS International Championship.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Stealth mode pays for Team Finland Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10: Race 12, Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Day 8 report from the fleet. Cork's crew are clearly anxious to be first to arrive. Team Finland emerged from Stealth Mode yesterday afternoon having covered some good distance and is now closest of the nine chasing yachts to the Irish entry.... [more] Share this story
Newport Bermuda Race wrap John Rousmaniere, The Media Editor for the Newport Bermuda Race website looks at the race conditions, lists tactics that worked, introduces some valuable people, and discusses editorial policy. Doing it right. 'That's the way it should work,' said a sailor who heard about one of these incidents of owner-stimulated reverse redress.... [more] Share this story
2010 Audi Invitational day one - Only one race Joy Dunigan, 2010 Audi Invitational - The first day of the Audi Invitational has completed with only one race held to commence the third stage of the 2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series... [more] Share this story
Melges 32 Northeast Regatta - Full Throttle takes the lead in Newport Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 2010 Layline Oakcliff Northeast Regatta. A great, yet fantastically challenging day of racing took place in Newport. Three races were held revealing John Porter with tactican Jonathan McKee on Full Throttle in first place... [more] Share this story
Long Beach Race Week - Lots of sailing before its settled Rich Roberts, Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - Not much was settled as a wide variety of some 140 boats fought it out in 20 classes in the first two of seven races scheduled through Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Bermuda race a breeze - J Teams dominate Double-Handed class Stuart Johnstone, J Sailors enjoyed their long weekend sail to Bermuda. Winning/placing in many St. David's Lighthouse and Double-Handed classes. In DH2, the J/35s were 1-2 in class and division! In DH1, the J/46 and J/120 were 1-2 in class. In the SDL Divisions, the J/65 was second in IRC 8, the 'virgin' J/145 third in ORR 7, J/42s DOPLHIN and FINESSE second/ third in ORR/IRC 3 and the J/120 WINDBORN first ORR... [more] Share this story
Kieler Woche 2010 - Perfect conditions for Day 7 Kieler Woche Regatta, Sail as much as you can was the motto for the fourteen international classes when perfect sailing conditions came back to Kiel after basically no racing the day before, when the only Folkeboot, Platu 25 and the J 24 classes managed to have one race... [more] Share this story
IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships semi-finals sailed David Staley, IFDS Blind Match Racing Championships were sailed today in four – six knots of southerly on Lake Garda. It is only at the top levels of this discipline for totally blind sailors that crews have the ability to closely engage with another boat. This is hardly surprising when they are judging the range and bearing of the marks and their opponent by audio cues alone.... [more] Share this story
Charlotte Harbor awarded 2012 World Disabled Sailing Championships Brian Gleason, Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Inc., has been chosen to host the 2012 World Disabled Sailing Championships in Jan. 2012. The regatta board accept the International Association for Disabled Sailing's offer June 24. 'IFDS is delighted to announce the selection of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., as the site of the 2012 IFDS Combined World Disabled Sailing Championships,' said IFDS President Linda Merkle.... [more] Share this story
Britain's Ran takes Onion Patch Series with Newport Bermuda result Talbot Wilson, Ran was the individual winner of the Onion Patch Series in results posted today [Friday]. Niklas Zennstrom scored 2-1 in the New York YC Regatta, 10 in the Newport Bermuda Race. and 3-2 in the RBYC Anniversary Regatta for a total of 18 points and wins the Henry B. du Pont Trophy for the best scoring individual yacht participating in the series.... [more] Share this story
Portugal Match Cup - Leader takes a nose dive Simone Felsberger, Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Day three and a surprising turn of events for Adam Minoprio and his ETNZ/BlackMatch crew. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar had another outstanding set of matches as did Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team)... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Wild ride during Atlantic crossing Zoe Williamson, Clipper Race 09-10 fleet has had a lively 24 hours with some tough conditions for the crews on their final ocean crossing of this 35,000-mile race around the planet. The words of race founder and chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, at the pre-race crew briefing in Cape Breton Island, in which he warned against complacency have never rung truer.... [more] Share this story
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