If you're a Cup fan, a Brit, a BMW Oracle Racing hater or any combination therein, you'll likely be thrilled to hear that TeamOrigin drubbed BMW/Oracle Racing two-nil in the first day's racing at The 1851 Cup, a one-off match-racing event that's part of this year's Cowes Week.
The objective of the event, of course, is to reenact the race in which the Royal Yacht Squadron Cup became the America's Cup. Both teams are using V5 America's Cup Class sloops, and, today at least, both teams had an excellent opportunity to test their heavy-air match-racing skills.
While legendary Cowes Week certainly needs no introduction, this historical-AC plotline twist is new and refreshing, especially at a time when our prospects for any high-end match racing, AC-style, still seem eons away...
But if the point of the event is to recreate history, things were not looking so hot for our Yank heroes, led by 31-year-old skipper James Spithill (AUS). Adding drama to the already exciting regatta is the much-anticipated showdown between young Spithill and British phenom Ben Ainslie (33), a three-time Olympic Gold medalist and skipper of the Sir Keith Mills' syndicate. As match-racing fans all know, Spithill and Ainslie are both considered two of the hottest skippers anywhere, and, while the two are mates, the air at Cowes Week is no doubt pregnant with competitive energy surrounding this much-anticipated duel.
Tough times for us Americans, but given the amount of work that Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, Spithill and the rest of BMW Oracle Racing team have been putting into the logistics surrounding the 34th Defense, the initial upset was understandable...especially if it—like The 1851 Cup—is a one-off performance. But all is not lost yet, the US team has fought back in the last few hours, we will bring you more news on that shortly.
Speaking of the Cup, one of the big discussion points in recent weeks has been BMW Oracle's quest to make the Cup more media-friendly.
Olympic sailing is another place where sailing's media performance sets it firmly astern of more mainstream sports. In this issue, Richard Gladwell presents an interesting look at how some big-picture thinkers are reconsidering Olympic Sailing's coverage and mainstream-media impressions in his excellent piece, 'Lifting the Olympic Sailing Television Game' (N.B., this article is part two of a two-part series).
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
SailTV: 1851 Cup - Live and Replay of this historic event Sail-World, See live and replay coverage of the 1851 Cup being sailed off Cowes, IOW. The event is now being covered with video and we are seeing some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of the World Match Race tour, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays. Have a look at the new VirtualEye Interactive - run your own replays and angles... [more] Share this story
Royal Hamilton Hosts 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships Colin Jacobs, Starting on Sunday August 22, young sailors aged from 8 years to 15 from Canada, France, Bermuda and the United States will be competing in the 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril –Top line-up of Speakers confirmed Bernard Schopfer, World Yacht Racing Forum 2010, the third edition of the event has already received confirmation that more than 30 top-level speakers from the yacht racing industy and other sports will attend.... [more] Share this story
Campbell Sailing – From Harbor Springs to Weymouth! Campbell Sailing, Campbell Sailing update: Back on the race course this past couple of weeks. I spent last weekend racing with Team Ninkasi at the shorter-than-expected Melges 32 Nationals in Harbor Springs Michigan. We had one stellar day of training and two nice days of racing before Lake Michigan decided it had had enough and shut down the windmaker for both Saturday and Sunday.... [more] Share this story
Images from Cowes: 1851 Cup, Day 2 Ian Roman, TeamOrigin's photographer Ian Roman, is on the water for the 1851 Cup, an updated reenactment of the events that led to the creation of the event now known as the America's Cup. He present this gallery from Day 2... [more] Share this story
Coast Guard Foundation honors U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska Amanda Cohen, The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Biennial Alaska Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Youth Sailing Championships - Elite sailors earn top honors Jake Fish, The best-of-the-best were on display at the 2010 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships. Three of the four fleets were won by US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) members.... [more] Share this story
Copa Del Rey - Alegre and Matador stretch the gap Copa Del Rey Audi Maprfe, The compensated time classes (IRC and RI) faced today's traditional coastal race, a thirty miles long course which scored double, in twelve to fifteen knots wind which shifted from the southwesterly to the easterly.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin leads America's Cup Defender after second day in Cowes James Coyle, Despite a 180 degree wind shift prior to proceedings getting underway at the 1851 Cup today, causing the race committee to move the course just to the east of Cowes, fans were treated to one of the most spectacular displays of match racing with protests galore and a large chunk of each team's play books being enacted, in winds that built to over 20 knots.... [more] Share this story
Team Origin leads 4-1 in the 1851 Cup Tim Jeffery, Racing in late day sunshine and a puffy northerly wind, America's Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing got on the scoreboard today in The 1851 Cup versus TeamOrigin of the U.K.... [more] Share this story
Canadian Takes Second Overall in Chicago Mac Race Ken Forsyth, 'Smokum Too' from Thornbury Yacht Club in Thornbury, Ontario takes second place in Section 7 and second place overall in the Mackinac Cup, 2010 Race from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Skipper Pete Mather and crew finished just 19 seconds behind 'Lady K' (J110) owned by Mike Stewart from Muskegon Yacht Club after 54 hours of racing.... [more] Share this story
SAP 505 World Championship - The title with a race to spare Dansk Sejlunion, SAP 505 World Championships - It didn't matter what the Aarhus weather threw at them, Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner's team work coped with the most extraordinary conditions to win with a race to spare.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Match Race Rankings - 4 August 2010 ISAF, ISAF World Match Race Rankings leaders remain unchanged in the current release of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.... [more] Share this story
PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 – Event Summary PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Sotavento, Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 - Reigning World Champions, Antoine Albeau and Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo stamp their authority on their respective fleets after ten days of spectacular competition in Sotavento.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing - Rebuild complete BMW Oracle Racing, Louis Vuitton Trophy event in La Maddalena, Italy, in late May 2010 was the last time our two V5 ACC sloops USA 87 and USA 98 were on the water together.... [more] Share this story
Frustration surfaces with America's Cup consultation process Stuart Alexander and Sail-World, Stuart Alexander writing in the Independent (UK) has revealed a level of discontent within the Challenger ranks over the consultation process being adopted in the lead up to the 34th America's Cup. The interview with TeamOrigin skipper, Ben Ainslie, touches on the vexed issue of whether a multihull or monohull will be selected by the Defender and Challenger as the boat for the next America's Cup... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin get off to useful start in 1851 Cup, Cowes James Coyle, Under dramatic skies and with the wind at the upper end of the range permissible for sailing, so the 1851 Cup got off to a fine start, at Cowes, Isale of Wight. With two races held today, quadruple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie and his crew on TEAMORIGIN ended 2-0 up over the America's Cup champions BMW ORACLE Racing, led by Australian James Spithill.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Youth Sailing Championship – Fierce competition continues Jake Fish, U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club saw fantastic sailing conditions again in the Port of Los Angeles for day two. The standings remain close atop the leaderboard in three-of-the-four fleets, which bodes well for a climactic conclusion to the championship on Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293 Windsurfing Worlds 2010 - Challenging for all! www.bicsportwindsurf.com, Windsurfing World's 2010 update: Cercle de Voile de Martigues (CVM), France, last week hosted the largest windsurfing championships in recent memory. The entry, 435 competitors, exceeded the previous record established at last years Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships in Weymouth, UK.... [more] Share this story
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre - Few changes on day two Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre 2010 Day 2 - The ideal conditions of the opening day of the 29 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre didn't accompany today's races, and the shifty breeze only allowed one race per class in the Alpha and Bravo areas.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup defender trounced in opening day of 1851 Cup at Cowes Tim Jeffery, BMW ORACLE Racing dropped two heats today to TEAMORIGIN on the first day of The 1851 Cup, a one-off match racing regatta between the teams in BMW ORACLE Racing's two V5 America's Cup Class sloops. In Race 1 BMW ORACLE Racing skipper Jimmy Spithill of Australia took the right side of the racecourse and won a tacking duel up the first leg to lead at the first windward mark after a leg of 1.2 naut... [more] Share this story
SAP 505 World Championships, Day 5 - Hunger kept at bay Dansk Sejlunion, SAP 505 World Championships had the most tactically challenging conditions yet, but Jorgen and Jacob Bojsen-Møller sailed a magnificent day in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more] Share this story
PWA Women's Slalom World Tour Final confirmed for Almanarre, Hyeres Vivienne Masters, PWA is pleased to be able to confirm the 2010 Almanarre, Hyeres, Women's Slalom World Tour Final.... [more] Share this story
Ida Lewis Distance Race preview Barby MacGowan, Ida Lewis Distance Race, less than three weeks away, is making an all-call for early entries with discounted fees (through this Friday, Aug. 6) and is preparing for its sixth running on Friday, Aug. 20, starting at noon off Ft. Adams in Newport, R.I. In June, the event was named one of Sailing World magazine's '14 great events' in its guide for 'The Ultimate Summer.'... [more] Share this story
Sailing World Cup medals will go down to the wire in Weymouth ISAF, Skandia Sail For Gold regatta promises to offer a fitting finale to the ISAF Sailing World Cup season with an official entry of over 700 boats and almost 1000 sailors from 57 nations all challenging to claim the ultimate prize of the Sailing World Cup in each of the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.... [more] Share this story
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