By far, the coolest aspect of the 33rd America's Cup was the technology: two massive multihulls, the sizes, speeds, and loads never before seen, plus an airplane wing that was substantially bigger than a 747's wing section. Stir in two acrimonious billionaires, high-profile attorneys, the New York State Supreme Court and a world-class ethics violation aboard the RC boat and this is practically the stuff of urban legend—just the sort of thing to draw in John Q. Public.
If it had been on prime time TV, maybe it would have been. Instead, screen time was limited to way off-peak hours and snide, passing commentary from most mainstream sports reporters. Given the vast sums of time, money and technology involved, this clearly isn't the media outcome that anyone envisioned.
Those days, however, are over. BMW/Oracle, Defenders of the 34th Cup, have just concluded four intensive days of on-the-water testing to determine the best media platform for drawing John Q. Public into the next Cup.
Dubbed 'the America's Cup television trials', the Defender spent two days evaluating multihulls and monohulls, loading both yacht types up with onboard technology capable of capturing jaw-dropping HD images.
While these trials don't tell us anything more about what type of boat will next contend the Cup, it does at least speak to the fact that the Defenders understand that another in-the-dark America's Cup is simply not a possibility in today's world of new media.
'I'd have to rate the trials an unqualified success,' said BMW ORACLE Racing CEO Russell Coutts. 'We plan to do this again in the coming weeks and months, but I think we found some things that work that we'd like to explore again down the road.'
Meanwhile, at the Audi MedCup, the AC legend Paul Cayard skippered Artemis to victory in the hyper-competitive TP52 class. Emirates Team New Zealand finished second, and Terry Hutchinson's Quantum Racing finished in third. Be sure to check out Sander van der Borch's stunning photography from the event in this issue.
And at the Laser Radial World Championships, held this year in Largs, Scotland, US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) member Erika Reineke, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sewed up an impressive victory after six days of hard-fought racing. 'After the second day when I got two firsts, I said to myself, ‘I can definitely do this. I'm in the running for gold, so I have to execute well,' said Reineke. Look for more impressive results from this impressive USSDT member in coming years.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup television trials conclude with bang Tim Jeffery, A strong sea breeze on the final day of the America's Cup television trials concluded what has widely been regarded as a highly successful evaluation. Over the past four days two high-performance monohulls and multihulls have been loaded with a plethora of cameras and microphones and put through match racing maneuvers to help find new camera angles and test surround sound format.... [more] Share this story
Letter from the Defenderland: How the America's Cup could be run Dick Enersen, Dick Enersen shares his perspective of the latest happening in the America's Cup world: 'I have written that it will be very difficult to conduct an old school America's Cup on San Francisco Bay and, frankly, nothing has changed on the Bay to alter that thought, since the tides still rip, container ships, tankers and ferries still come and go, and it's not as big, or as deep, as it looks.... [more] Share this story
Governor's Cup win to defending Champions from New Zealand Nancy Mellon, For the final day of one of the best Governor's Cups ever, it was another cool, overcast day with light, erratic breeze. In the semi-finals, the first team with two wins moved on to the Finals. The final races between last year's defending champion team from Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron of William Tiller, Harry Thurston and Shaun Mason, and the almost unbeaten team of Chris Segerblom, Connor... [more] Share this story
Chicago - Mackinac 2010: a little bit of news Sail-World.com, 102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac,presented by Veuve Clicquot. Line honours leaders Karl Kwok's Beau Geste the Farr 80 from Hong Kong beat Dick and Doug DeVos' Z86 Windquest by 36 minutes, the two boats finishing last night at 21:43 and 22:19 respectively.... [more] Share this story
Plastic bottle yacht Plastiki on view at National Maritime Museum Shirani Aththas, Plastiki, the remarkable ocean-going yacht made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, will be on view at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, for a full month after its arrival in Sydney today.... [more] Share this story
Santana 20 Class Championships – Winners announced Santana 20 Class, Santana 20 Class Championships has been won by Team Disaster Area, skippered by Bruce Golison (Long Beach, CA) and crewed by Andrew Kerr (Olympia, WA) and Willem van Waay (San Diego, CA).... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Reggini conquers all Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Despite an early 9:30 start, only one race would be possible on the final day of the inaugural Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup. With the overall victory in the balance, and tight grouping among numerous boats further down the standings, it would be an exciting one.... [more] Share this story
US Optimist National Championships Event summary Lina Scott, Fishing Bay Yacht Club has been the host yacht club for the 315 sailors, their coaches, and their families. The championship regatta included Team Race Nationals, Girls Nationals, and Open Fleet Nationals.... [more] Share this story
Cal 25 Regional Championship at Long Beach Yacht Club Rick Roberts, Art Melendres' One Time team is a family affair with four out of the six crew members related. Art, son Scott, daughter Monica Oviedo and nephew Chris Lopez. The team is rounded out with longtime friend Pat Graham and the newest member James Yano.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth World Champion is USSDT's Erika Reineke Marni Lane, US Sailing Development Team member Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) continued her successful sailing streak this month by becoming the 2010 Laser Radial Youth World Champion today.... [more] Share this story
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Albeau dominates day two PWA/Paul Griffiths, Albeau annihilates the world's fastest fleet in Fuerteventura with an awesome display of skill, determination, and absolute domination, to claim a perfect score.... [more] Share this story
International Laser sailors competing in Oz -PSA Summer Transport Deal Trevor Griffiths, With a well established Laser racing circuit and in the lead up to the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth with upcoming test events, the Australian Laser builder Performance SailCraft Australasia offer of $2000 in appearance money, will make the the appeal of trip down under even greater. Now local transport package between major events for the fastest to book a boat and place.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Team Artemis digs in for impressive win Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the final day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: 'The breeze was late to fill so we knew it would be just one race. We knew it was a 'who beats who' with Emirates Team New Zealand, as they were just one point behind us. It was for all the marbles.'... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World, Day 6 - Champions crowned Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship - After a highly charged day's racing on the Clyde in some of the trickiest conditions of the week, Giovanni Coccoluto (ITL) and Erika Reineke (USA) have been crowned the new Laser Radial World Youth Champions.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: superb sailing performance determines Barcelona winner Audi MedCup Media, Artemis led the TP52 section of the regatta, by a single point, going into the one and only race of the final day. Soon after the start of the race, the odds looked suddenly to be stacked against an Artemis regatta win when they picked the wrong side of the first beat and rounded the top mark in eighth place, with their main rivals Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) in second.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac - great start to running Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, got off to a start of smooth sailing Saturday July 24, 2010. Storms in the Chicago area, made way from prime conditions at start line with winds of up to 20 knots out of the southwest - west, making for a nice spinnaker start for many boats.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Regatta (ITA) - Cold breeze blasts fleet International Audi Melges 20 Class Association, The storms that forced a race's abandonment yesterday and nearly ended the raging One Sails dance party last night left an unexpected gift on the mountains to the North of Lake Garda this morning - six cm of snow!... [more] Share this story
Governor's Cup 2010 - Day four and down to the final four Nancy Mellon, Governor's Cup 2010 - Day Four - Day four of racing brought another beautiful day for sailing in Southern California with sunshine and good wind. Don Becker, PRO, and the race committee started the races at 1130 and were finished with the double round robin early. They continued with the beginning of the semi-finals and the pairings for the final standings.... [more] Share this story
2010 PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Moussilmani explodes Paul Griffiths, 2010 PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam, Day One - Cyril Moussilmani sailed flawlessly in the tough conditions and claims an early event lead, whilst the long-standing legends fall by his wayside after three action packed rounds of Sotavento style slalom.... [more] Share this story
NYYC Race Week at Newport 2010 - Vela Veloce named overall winner Media Pro Int'l for Rolex, Southern Cross 52 Vela Veloce was determined the best performing boat and was named the 2010 Rolex US-IRC National Champion. Its owner and skipper, Richard Oland (St. John, New Brunswick, CAN), was presented with a specially engraved Rolex Yacht-Master at this evening's Rolex Gala and Awards Party held at Harbour Court.... [more] Share this story
Internet Images Rules for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia, Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more] Share this story
GP42 class adopt improvements for 2011 ORC Press, The International GP42 Association announces today several innovations to the class rules that for the 2011 season and beyond will reduce operating costs while not compromising on the high-performance nature of the world's fastest offshore-capable 42-footer. These include some structural changes to the boat as well as new limits on crew, sails, and outside assistance.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Barcelona - Cayard reports a tricky day for Artemis Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Cayard reports: Another solid day for Artemis with scores of 1, 5, 1 on a very tricky day here in the Med. A light seabreeze filled in at noon and the first two races were sailed in 11-13 knots from the southeast. The first race went really well as we led from start to finish. We pulled a bit of a rabbit out of the hat on the last run... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Day 3 FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: Third day of Gov's Cup. Today was a great day for racing with a consistent 10 knot sea breeze. We had a good day winning all of our races except two leaving us on 15 wins going into the final four races of the round robin. This puts us in second with the leader on 18 wins.... [more] Share this story
British Classic Yacht Club Paneri Cowes Regatta 2010 - final day Justin Chisholm, British Classic Yacht Club Paneri Cowes Regatta 2010 - final day. Although light airs prevailed on the final day of the British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta, there was just enough wind for the single scheduled race to be started on time at midday.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup: Artemis bounces back on Day 4 at Barcelona Audi MedCup Media, After an uncharacteristically disappointing regatta in Marseille last month, finishing eighth, Paul Cayard and the crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist's Swedish flagged Artemis have bounced right back ahead on the penultimate day of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth Worlds Day 5 - American and Italian go for gold Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship 2010 Day 5 (Largs, Scotland, Saturday 24 July) With 12-13kts of breeze kicking in from the south this morning, the conditions on the Clyde for the penultimate day of the Laser Radial World Youth Championship, could not have been better.... [more] Share this story
102nd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac- Severe weather Chicago Yacht Club, The 102nd Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, kicked off today despite the torrential rain that plagued the Chicagoland area for the last 12 hours.... [more] Share this story
Marblehead Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta - Day two images Leighton O'Connor, Marblehead Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta - Day two images... [more] Share this story
Sun shines on the Governors Cup Nancy Mellon, Governor's Cup 2010 - Day three of racing brought improved conditions with good wind, less surf, and sunshine. The sun came out at 1430, bringing additional wind. The good conditions made it possible to complete eight flights for a total of forty-eight matches.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Day three tactically challenging Regattanews.com, After a brief postponement on shore by the New York Yacht Club Race Week Race Committee while the wind filled in, it was back to the ocean track for the 35 boats competing in New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex.... [more] Share this story
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam – Registration Day PWA/Paul Griffiths, The scene is set for five days of world class racing, as sixty-three men, including many past and present world champions, sign up to battle round the buoys off the white sands of Sotavento... [more] Share this story
Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Governor's Cup - Day 2 FMJ Racing, Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Governor's Cup, sailed from the Balboa YC, in Los Angeles: The second day of Gov's cup produced some very light winds and exciting racing for FMJ. We ended the day with 4 wins and 1 loss to last year's runners up Andrew Mason. In our race against Andrew we held the lead around the majority of the race track... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Barcelona - Cayard reports for Artemis Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Quantum who led going into the day had a 1, 11, 1 today. Emirates Team New Zealand had scores of 3, 1, 2 and are now leading. Artemis is second, 5 point backs and Quantum is third, 1 point behind us.... [more] Share this story
SAP 505 World Championships, Denmark, 24 July to 5 August Preview Dansk Sejlunion, SAP 505 World Championships - Predicting a winner from a fleet as tough as the 505 fleet is never easy, especially when the entry has climbed to more than 120 teams from 11 different nations... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup day two cut short by thunderstorms Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - a line of thunderstorms raced up the valley, forcing abandonment of all racing in the middle of the second race of the day. The single race saw second-place Benedetto Giallongo's Value Team cut Reggini's lead over them in half.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010 - Big entry for Olympic preview Lucy Harwood, Just a few days remain until entries for the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta close on Monday 26th July. Currently over 800 competitors from 53 nations have entered the fifth installment of this ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Many World, European and Olympic champions are entered..... [more] Share this story
World & European Championships Sailing - Yngling World title to USA Diana Bogaards, On the final day, Friday July 23, a lack of wind determined the podium positions of the World & European Championships Sailing 2010 in Lelystad/Netherlands. The breeze did not want to fill in.... [more] Share this story
AudiMedCup: Last place kills Quantum Racing on Day 3 at Barcelona MedCup Media and Sail-World, A day of late, but fresh breezes, gave good racing but played games with the points table, breaking the tight grouping at the top of the table after Day 2 of the series. when three races were sailed. Three more races were sailed today in the third round of the Audi Med Cup being sailed in Barcelona, Spain. Two wins weren't enough for early leader of the round, Quantum Racing (USA) today, a... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Youth Championship - wind at last Sue Pelling, Laser Radial World Youth Championship 17-25 July 2010, Largs, Scotland -Day 4: Sparkling day on Clyde as qualifying series comes to a close... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit: Consistency pays on second day of Audi MedCup Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, With a consistent scoreline across three races today Emirates Team NZ now lead the Camper Regatta - Conde de Godó Trophy - Barcelona. The reigning champions won the first race after leading round each mark, finished third in the second race and chased Quantum Racing (USA) across the finish line of the third contest for a second place.... [more] Share this story
Audi Med Cup TP52 pictures Sail-World.com, Audi Med Cup 2010 - Camper Regatta - action pictures from Stefano Gattini and Guido Trombetta... [more] Share this story
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - Delisser claims title Connie Bischoff/US Sailing, U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship final day of racing was canceled due to Tropical Storm Bonnie approaching Miami. Miami's Arielle deLisser won her second USJWSC in three years with a come from behind win.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race: Camper announce build, crew and workup for VOR70 Warren Douglas, CAMPER, in association with Emirates Team New Zealand have made some key announcements in their project for the Volvo Ocean Race Construction of the VO70 yacht will start in the first week of August. Crew selection is also well advanced and CAMPER said today that experienced Spanish round-the-world yachtsman Roberto Bermudez de Castro has signed on.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup - Team Artemis has a good opener Paul Cayard and Sander van der Borch, Team Artemis skipper Paul Cayard reflects on the first day of racing at the Audi MedCup. Sander van der Borch provides the great images: The breeze was in from the East and the racing was on. Artemis had a good day with a 7, 2, 4. But it wasn't without a lot of fighting with the other boats as the fleet is incredibly even.... [more] Share this story
Day 3 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships David Wells, Day 3 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships see Long Distance and Slalom racing on the agenda... [more] Share this story
US Optimist Fleet National Championship day 2 racing abandoned USODA Fleet Nationals, Racing on day 2 of the 2010 USODA Fleet National Championship was abandoned. The sea breeze never managed to come in and there was never more than six knots of wind all day.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship - DeLisser leads Connie Bischoff/US Sailing, U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2008 champion Arielle deLisser (Miami, Fla.) posted three bullets out of the four races. Today's racing proved that great sailors can always recover. In race five, deLisser capsized on her first downwind leg. However, she scurried back to finish in seventh place.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup - Three races on Lake Garda Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup opening day. The first two races saw Benedetto Giallongo's Value Team serving notice to the fleet that they were the team to beat, with two first-place finishes in as many starts. The strong Garda winds left two teams with damaged bowsprits after the second race.... [more] Share this story
Governor' s Cup 2010 - Round Robin completed Nancy Mellon, Day two of racing included completion of the first round robin. The wind was light, the temperature mild with overcast most of the day, but the racers were able to complete thirty-six matches in time to return to participate in the BeerCan racing in big boats in the evening.... [more] Share this story
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Perfect day for a distance race Regattanews.com, It was a perfect day for NYYC's Race Committee to send the fleet, all sailing under the IRC handicap rating, on a distance race starting in Newport Harbor, then out on Rhode Island Sound toward Block Island and finally finishing on Narragansett Bay near Quonset Point.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac is here Mackinac Committee, Chicago Yacht Club's 102nd Race to Mackinac. This year all the boats participating in the Mac are equipped with tracking devices.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Youth World Championships - The wind has arrived Sue Pelling, Laser Radial Youth World Championships. The wind arrived on the Clyde a little later than predicted today causing yet another long postponement, but thankfully a light south-westerly made its way up towards the race course area. After today's racing, a pattern is clearly starting to establish itself but there is one day of qualifying races remaining so it is still ‘early days'.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Match Race Rankings - 21 July 2010 ISAF Media Unit, The leaders of the current ISAF World Match Race Rankings remain unchanged but the chasing pack are applying pressure and closing the gap. Current Open World Match Race Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) has had his lead narrowed as has Lucy Macgregor (GBR) in the Women's Rankings.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - 84 entries, 17 nations Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010- With anticipation building ahead of the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship, taking place in Estonia from the fourth - 12th August, eighty-four crews from seventeen nations are very soon set to converge on the 1980 Moscow Olympic Regatta venue in Tallinn.... [more] Share this story
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