Yesterday's showing on Wall Street no doubt sickened any investor who still has the stomach to actively watch the markets. With the S&P500 suffering its lowest closing of 2010 (thus far), there are plenty of us who are ready for a serious lifting cycle to begin. For sailors at least, there might be some help on the way: Jimmy Spithill and the BMW/Oracle Racing Team are ringing today's opening bell on the NASDAQ market.
Which brings up an interesting historical coincidence: Both the Cup and the market experienced their most recent halcyon days in 2007, before both taking massive beatings. And while I'm optimistic that both have seen their darkest hour, it's still pause for thought to consider how much both of theses worlds have changed in three short years.
But you never know—maybe some of Spithill's masterful prestart mojo might just spur a rally; afterall, it worked with the Cup. Love or hate 2010's Deed of Gift Challenge, there's no question that BMW/Oracle Racing has ushered in a new era of Cup sailing, with only one clear direction forward: Up.
In another interesting America's Cup plot twist, www.americascup.com, the official website for the 34th Cup, recently launched a talent search for a young media professional to help supercharge the next Cup. The America's Cup Video Production Competition, as it's called, is open to anyone under the age of 28; all that's required is vision, creativity and a video clip of any length showcasing your talents.
“Transforming television is the single-most important change we can make to this magnificent competition,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, winners of the 33rd America's Cup, about the competition.
Look for BMW/Oracle's next on-the-water appearance during the second half of the RC44 Championship Tour 2010, slated to start in Valencia, Spain on July 27. Currently, the Americans are sitting in second place in the series overall, and will clearly be using this as an opportunity to keep the skills sharp, as the tour features both fleet and match racing.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
BMW Oracle Racing to open NASDAQ stock exchange Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing team, winners of the 33rd America's Cup in February, will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell on Wednesday June 30th at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square.... [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
ICAP Leopard World Record verified by WSSR Council WSSR Council, The World Sailing Speed Record Council announces the ratification of a new World Record for ICAP Leopard. Record: Monohull. 24 hours under rule 21.c.... [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
The busiest boating day of the year and alcohol's influence Boat US, The July 4th holiday is expected to bring record numbers of boaters, sailors and anglers to the water. Along with hot dogs and apple pie, alcohol will be on hand for many on this national day of celebration. Boat Owners Association of The United States(BoatU.S.) has three tips that can help ensure it's also a safe holiday for everyone aboard.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Luna Rossa will not be entering the 34th edition Valencia Sailing, America's Cup update: The news that came from Italy on Monday evening is certainly a big loss for the sport of sailing and the America's Cup. Patrizio Bertelli, the owner of Luna Rossa, has decided not to take part in the 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
A-Cat World Championships: Australian Glenn Ashby leads Sail-World.com, A-Cat World Championships are being sailed in Cesenatico, Italy. Race one was sailed in six to seven knots of easterly breeze, building slightly for the second race of the day. Australian Steve Brewin led the fleet after day two by now the 'old master' Glenn Ashby is back on top of the table..... [more] Share this story
The success of the Lake Ontario 300 Yacht Race continues Val Matison, The Lake Ontario 300 is nearing capacity again this year as over 165 boats have already registered. Demand for off shore racing in Lake Ontario continues to grow with record participation in The Susan Hood Race and LOSHRS shorthanded racing. The Lake Ontario 300 has attracted many new racers, a large multi hull fleet and a large contingent of solo racers.... [more] Share this story
Pensacola's Subway® SailFest, sailing as planned Talbot Wilson, Subway® SailFest South Regatta will be sailed as planned on July 2-4 at Pensacola Yacht Club in Pensacola, Florida. The oil in the Gulf of Mexico won't spoil sailing on Pensacola Bay this Independence Day weekend.... [more] Share this story
Sardinia Cup - Italy 2 leads Jill Campbell, Audi Sardinia Cup. The three windward leeward races held off Porto Cervo today were sailed in approximately 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze which lightened and became fairly shifty during the last race of the day.... [more] Share this story
Tension rising ahead of the RC 44 Valencia Cup Bernard Schopfer, RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 - The second half of the tour will start in Valencia, Spain, on July 27. No less than eleven teams, including Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and all the teams involved since the beginning of the season, will participate in the event.... [more] Share this story
PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup – 2010 Event Preview PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Costa Teguise, Lanzarote World Cup 2010 is set to leave you holding into your hats as the world tour launches into action on its infamous Canary Islands leg. Kicking off with men's and women's freestyle in Lanzarote, be sure to keep an eye on the water as the freestylers explode into a myriad of mind boggling moves.... [more] Share this story
SF NOOD 2010: THe Year of the Cat Erik Simonson, Beach cats, have made great strides in the past 20 years and have gained popularity world wide, yet San Francisco Bay has remained a tad bit of a black hole for the twin hull set. Cold water, adverse currents, large commercial traffic and a lack of user friendly, white sand beaches seemingly the primary culprits.... [more] Share this story
Images of Palma: Superyacht Cup 2010 by Chris Cameron Chris Cameron, Top international photographer, Chris Cameron was on hand as 22 of the world's finest superyachts raced in the Superyacht Cup, Palma ESP. He presents this image gallery of the action on and off the water:... [more] Share this story
Aruba Heineken Regatta now taking registrations Aruba Regatta Media, Aruba Heineken Regatta begins in November and after a very cold week on Texel summer is now starting. November is some time away yet, but if you want to take part in the event, you need to get your registration in!... [more] Share this story
F18's - Multihull Champion chasing Lucky 13th World titles Media Services, In a sport where bananas, anything green, starting a voyage on a Friday and even whistling are onsidered 'unlucky' on boats, dual Olympic medallist Darren Bundock said he doesn't have a superstitious bone in his body ahead of his campaign for a 13th world sailing crown.... [more] Share this story
Sardinia Cup 2010 preview Jill Campbell, Audi Sardinia Cup 2010 - The first edition of the event was held in 1978 and since then teams from around the world have travelled to Sardinia to compete for the coveted Sardinia Challenge Trophy. Eight teams representing seven nations - Germany, Italy (two teams), Malta, Monaco, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States - are ready to compete.... [more] Share this story
2010 Audi Invitational - Melges 32 Porto Cervo pictures Sail-World.com, 2010 Audi Invitational - Melges 32 Porto Cervo pictures... [more] Share this story
2010 Audi Invitational Melges 32 - Double The Success In Porto Cervo Joy Dunigan, Melges 32 Three days of scheduled competition, fun and entertainment on the docks of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda were aided by warm temperatures. Everyone anxiously awaited the outcome of the event, in addition to Saturday's challenge with guests onboard, for awarding the silver Audi Invitational Trophy.... [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
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
Clipper 09 -10: Cork leading the fleet home Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09 -10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 12 Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. The irish entry Cork has been flying along and looks as though they will lead the fleet into their home port. Cork is expected to arrive in Kinsale later this .evening where they will be rewarded with a huge Irish welcome... [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
Swiss 5.5 nationals in Black and White Juerg Kaufmann, Top international sailing photographer, Juerg Kaufmann put together this new view of the Swiss 5.5 Nationals with a sequence of still images converted to YouTube and with a great soundtrack added.... [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
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
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
Portugal Match Cup - An epic day of match racing WMRT, Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the World Match Racing Tour. Twenty five matches were raced today with wind speeds peaking at 15 knots for mouth watering match racing. Fireworks flew today when Bruni met Williams and every match was fought to the death. Bruni will be regretting his choice of left on the final beat as Williams' right hand strategy won the deciding match.... [more] Share this story
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