Sailing is a gentleman's sport, even at the high-end, right? Of course, but in today's Brave New World of ultra high-tech boats, handsomely paid skippers and crew, state-of-the-art sail (or wing) development programs, multiple boats, huge shore-side commitments, not to mention the broad-audience marketing efforts (if applicable), high-end sailing is rapidly becoming big business, with the America's Cup topping all scales.
While most Cup-obsessed Left Coasters (myself included) have efficiently eliminated most of our fingernails as we await the decision as to if the next Cup will be contested on San Francisco Bay, a report released this week revealed some interesting statistics about the big business that has become the Cup.
The report, which was obtained and released by the San Francisco Chronicle, claims that a SF AC could infuse $1.4 billion into the city—and the state's—economy if it takes place in 2013 or 2014. That's the rough equivalent of hosting three Super Bowls, or so the report claims.
Ours may be a gentleman's sport, but, provided the winds of change blow from the right direction, this doesn't mean that sailing can't help bolster local economies and put on one hell of a show for match-racing fans the world over.
And speaking of the Cup, three initial winners and seven finalists have now been selected as the 34th America's Cup Video Competition early entry process draws to a close. (Don't panic if you think you lost your chance to enter — the contest will remain open through September.) This competition, which is open to media professionals under the age of 28, is designed to help draw more mainstream attention to the next Cup...wherever it may take place. California's Ricky Lesser was one of the winners, with his piece, 'A bit of Hawai'i'. Hopefully Mr. Lesser's home-state locale will put him in prime geographic position to help shoot the 34th Cup.
Switching gears from carbon fiber to wood, photographer Mark Lloyd has prepared an awe-inspiring gallery of classic-yacht images from the opening day of the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta. Trust us when we say that these stunning images are the perfect cure to the mid-week blues.
Fair winds and following seas,
America's Cup in San Francisco a $1.4 billion anchor SF Chronicle, America's Cup could increase Bay Area's economy by $1.4 billion! Sailing may not be as popular as football in this country, but hosting the world's premier regatta would pack at least three times the economic punch for San Francisco as a Super Bowl.... [more] Share this story
Plastiki says no Distress Call: 'It was an arranged charter escort' Natalie Laharnar/Nancy Knudsen, The crew of the Plastiki were all smiles on arrival into Mooloolaba. Contrary to earlier reports, media representatives for the The Plastiki have denied vehemently that the catamaran was rescued as it approached Mooloolaba in Queensland. This conflicted with news earlier received and published in local media that the yacht had made a distress call picked up by Brisbane Water Police... [more] Share this story
See what's brewing in 'Hurricane Alleys' live online, via GOES Project Rob Gutro, NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Project scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. have developed continually updating 'movies' of satellite imagery that allows on-line, iPhone and iPad viewing of any cyclone's movement in the Hurricane Alleys of the Atlantic Ocean or Eastern Pacific Ocean.... [more] Share this story
USODA Layline Girls National Championship – Report and results Jon Deutsch/Lina Scott, USODA Layline Girls National Championship was held today in Deltaville Virginia. Eighty of the best girl sailors from around the country sailed three races to determine the girls national champion.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race winners Sail-World.com, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron. All have now completed the race.... [more] Share this story
2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships Day 1 David Wells, The 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships and Formula North Americans Kicked off July 20th in San Francisco California.... [more] Share this story
Leading sparmakers Southern Spars and Nordic Mast to merge Southern Spars and Sail-World, The Directors and Shareholders of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars have announced the merger of Nordic Mast and Southern Spars. The merger will create a combined entity with over 350 staff that will be better equipped to compete on the world stage, supplying a comprehensive range of high quality carbon fibre masts, booms and carbon rigging to meet the demands of all market sectors. Taki... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week to host Rolex US-IRC Nationals Barby MacGowan, While many sailors in the One Design portion of New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex head back to the office today, some are busy planning their strategy for the second 'half' of the regatta.... [more] Share this story
Christopher Sands reports his ISAF World Championship experience Thierry S Huguenin, Boys Laser Radial division at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul had sixteen year old Christopher Sands proudly represent The Bahamas. He is now back from Turkey with plenty of souvenirs and the good feeling to have learned a lot and built up his sailing experience.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Video Competition- three selected as early winners Tim Jeffery, 34th America's Cup Video Competition early entry has closed with three winning videos selected from 10 excellent finalists.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Audi A1 reign supreme on Practice Day Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit practice day, update: TeamOrigin lead on the water from gun to gun chased by Emirates Team New Zealand but both chose to hook the wrong way round the finish line leaving the finish gun to AudiA1 powered by All4One.... [more] Share this story
MacMan Challenge 2010 this week! Dave Naples, The seventh Annual MacMan is this week and things are coming to a head. Skippers are polishing, cleaning and preparing their boats for 127 miles of racing. This weekend boats will be leaving Little Current, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Saint Claire to reach Mackinac by Thursday the 22nd. In the mean time, the race committee deals with late entrants, new information and a thousand last min... [more] Share this story
A Lake Ontario 300 to remember! Guy Perrin, Most of the fleet is in and the stories have started to flow! Racers are relating their tales of hurricane winds, high seas and resulting damaged sails and equipment. A record number of retirements, over 55 as I write this, most of them associated with the series of line squalls that went through the fleet a few hours after the start on Saturday afternoon.... [more] Share this story
Race to Mackinac - West Marine Tether Recall Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Committee received the following notice and a request that we relay this to all of our competitors and friends. Please note that we are relaying this information as a service to our sailors and to West Marine and have no affiliation with the product being recalled or with West Marine's decision to recall the product.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Match Racing Tour announces latest TV schedule Media WMRT, ISAF World Match Racing Tour - If you haven't been lucky enough to see the teams in action, we have all the details of where you can watch exclusive footage in the highlights programmes, news shows and of course live action at future events on TV channels around the world.... [more] Share this story
Images from Cowes: British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta Mark Lloyd, Mark Lloyd presents a beautiful gallery of images from the opening day of the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta racing in idyllic conditions on the Solent.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Race Center's Summer Classic B Regatta - Barkow wins CMRC, Chicago Match Race Center's (CMRC) Summer Classic B Regatta competitors and race officials had their patience tried. US Olympic veteran and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphic member Sally Barkow, sailing with crewmembers Genny Tulloch (Main)‚ Katie Pettibone (Jib)‚ Jenn Chamberlin (Floater)‚ and Stacey Jackson (Bow), weathered the difficult conditions to win the event.... [more] Share this story
CYC Race to Mackinac - Details for tracking the 102nd edition Chicago Yacht Club, CYC Race to Mackinac will provide satellite-based tracking of boats in the race as they progress up Lake Michigan in partnership with IonEarth. This note is to provide you with several important details on how to follow the race. Please forward it to friends, family or anyone who's interested in watching the racing unfold.... [more] Share this story
BVI Spring Regatta - Nanny Cay Resort and Marina pledges support Broadsword Communications, BVI Spring Regatta (BVISR) has been hosted by Nanny Cay Resort and Marina for the past eight years and they have just committed to supporting the territory's largest regatta for an additional five years. Miles Sutherland-Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay, met with Bob Phillips, chairman of the BVISR committee, to sign the agreement last Tuesday.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Stormy conclusion for one designs Barby MacGowan, New York Yacht Club Race Week finished yesterday for seven classes. racing has also finished for five more one-design classes after a storm prevented further racing.... [more] Share this story
Lake Ontario 300 pictures dockside Lake Ontario 300 Press Committee, At the docks by 7:30 this morning proved to be fairly quiet yet. Final prep was in progress and last-minute loading taking place. By 9:00 the scene had definitely stepped up. The docks were full of skippers, crew and an assortment of equipment.... [more] Share this story
Chicago to Mackinac - Sailors from Maine to Hong Kong set to compete Christie Denson, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Sailors from 15 different U.S. states as well as Ontario, Switzerland, and as far off as Hong Kong, are preparing for the race of a lifetime – the 333 mile Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot.... [more] Share this story
Bids being accepted for 2011 Road to Rolex Clinics and 2013 Rolex IWKC Jake Fish, US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship Committee is pleased to announce that bids are now being accepted from sailing organizations around the world to host clinics for women sailors in preparation for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (IWKC). The 2011 event is hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club (N.Y.) from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1.... [more] Share this story
International 14 Prince of Wales Series - Win to Pink and McGrane Ian Roman, International 14 Prince of Wales Series - After two days lost due to too much wind and the PoW race yesterday, the series races for the International 14's were reduced to three short races on Sunday in Hayling Bay. After a delay for a broken down rescue boat the fleet set out into 18kts of wind and a typical Hayling Bay chop, though there were fewer big waves than the day before.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Mackinac Race update - 136 finished to date Sail-World.com, A total of 206 sailboats in 20 classes raced in the 2010 Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race that started under blue skies and a light 12 knot breeze and ended with a rainstorm and 20-knot gusts on Saturday in Lake Huron. 136 sailboats have now completed the race.... [more] Share this story
And they are off...the Lake Ontario 300! Pictures from the start Lake Ontario 300 Committee, And they are off...the Lake Ontario 300! Enjoy these pictures of the start.... [more] Share this story
Ben Ainslie and the University of the America's Cup Ben Ainslie, Team Origin and the America's Cup update comes from triple Olympic Gold Medallist and Britain's Team Origin skipper Ben Ainslie.... [more] Share this story
SB3 World Championships 2010 - Burlton leads on a perfect day Katie Ashworth, Volvo SB3 World Championships 2010 racing went underway today at Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy. Three races were scheduled on two race courses, Course Alfa 'Torbole' (yell0w) and Course Bravo 'Riva' (blue).... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Warming up in Barcelona Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit, Barcelona: From the Vieux Port to the Port Vell, from the Mistral to the Garbi, exactly one month after the 2010 Audi MedCup finished in Marseille, racing begins tomorrow off Barcelona where the atmosphere around the Audi MedCup Circuit village is a mix of great excitement and building anticipation.... [more] Share this story
Barkow leads CMRC Summer Classic B Regatta CMRC, The waterfront of Chicago's Belmont harbor offers many things: convenient access for competitors and organizers, a beautiful view of the spectacular city skyline, and a convenient amphitheater for shoreside spectators. It also offers a tremendous diversity in weather conditions for match race sailors... [more] Share this story
Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week - Day one images from Carlo Borlenghi Carlo Borlenghi, Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week - Carlo Borlenghi provides day one images... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing World Championship –Closing ceremony marks the end ISAF, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship officially came to an end with the Closing Ceremony held at the poolside of the Sheraton Hotel in Istanbul. Over the past week close to 350 sailors representing 59 nations have battled for the eight Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship titles at the 40th edition of the Youth Worlds.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race 2010 draws to a close Mark Gray, The Vic-Maui race began with the usual beat out Juan de Fuca Strait and some of the fleet taking a full day or more to transit Duntze Rock at the western end. But the excitement started from there.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Winners in the spotlight Barby MacGowan, Seven classes concluded competition today in the first half of the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. For anyone viewing the racing held north of Pell Bridge (some classes sailed on Rhode Island Sound), it was an extravaganza of vintage boats— Classics, 12 Metres, 6 Metres, and Herreshoff S Boats—battling for regatta titles.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup boats slug it out in middle divisions Pacific Cup, Pacific Cup - Limit has finished and moved off to the other side of the island, where her length and draft can be accommodated. Pegasus MotionX-50 has finished and is on the way to our docks for a well-earned maitai and lei welcoming.... [more] Share this story
Mackinac Race Championship regatta announced by Bayview Yacht Club Bruce Babiarz, Winners in each sailing class of the Bayview Mackinac Race in July will be invited to an invitational regatta in Detroit in September.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship 2010 - a thrilling finale Extreme 40 Worlds, Extreme 40 fleets were pushed to their limits in an exhilarating finale to the first ever World Championship. With winds gusting up to 20 knots blowing through the bay at Portoroz, Slovenia, the fleet proved exactly why these boats are called 'Extreme'.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series Champion is Luca Lalli Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series 2010 Champion is Luca Lalli, aboard his B-Lin Sailing Melges 32, with tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew of Federico Michetti, Flavio Favini, Carlo Zermini, Luca Faravelli, Stefano Nicolussi and Lorenzo Del Rio. He also delivered an astounding last day performance to win the Malcesine edition of the four-part series.... [more] Share this story
Conditions significantly improved after challenging start to LO300 Lake Ontario 300 Committee, After a great start followed by a very challenging six to eight hours of squalls and very unstable weather, a large percentacge of the fleet is now past Cobourg heading towards Prince Edward County. This has been a fast and extremely tough race, with at 22:00 hrs. over 33 boats officially retired, and another seven unconfirmed.... [more] Share this story
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