The Waiting Game- news from the AC and sailing from the US and beyond
Last week, the Defender of the 34th America's Cup, the Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW/Oracle Racing, delivered an ultimatum to San Francisco City Hall to iron out an acceptable deal by December 17—this Friday. Today the plot thickened substantially as it has been reported that the Supervisors of the City of San Francisco have now submitted their proposal to the Defender for hosting the next Cup. For SF AC34 fans, myself included, this is huge news: After months of granular politicking in San Francisco, the proposal has now officially changed hands; all that remains is an answer from the Defender.
Maybe, the tortuous wait will be over soon: The Defender has until December 31, 2010 to announce the venue, as governed by the Protocol.
(For those not super up to speed on the drama, earlier this week there is/was a serious threat that the Cup might not be raced on San Francisco's fabled Bay—now, chances have improved appreciably, well maybe, depending who you and the City is listening to. For those interested in the workings of this deal, be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's very well informed pieces, in this issue.)
Be sure to stay tuned for more information on the unfolding drama with the location of AC34, as it becomes known.
Also Cup related, last week Aleph, the French syndicate headed by Bertrand Pacé and Alain Gautier, was confirmed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club as an official challenger for the 34th America's Cup. 'Representing one's country is a huge privilege, and one more reason to be at the top of our game and not disappoint,' said Pacé. 'In line with its strategy, Aleph – Equipe De France will continue to bring together French talent focussing on performance-oriented team players.'
And since the Cup is this week's topic du jour, check out the transcript of Jimmy Spithill's speech at the World Yacht Racing Forum. No one knows better than the winning skipper of AC 33 what match-racing multi-hulls in the America's Cup is all about, and his thoughts are both insightful and revealing.
And lastly, be sure to check out John Payne's eye-popping image gallery from the RC44 Cup Miami for some mid-week sailing inspiration.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup: Supes pass San Francisco's best bid for Venue Hosting Richard Gladwell, Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco have passed the recommendation from their Finance Committee for the Hosting of the 34th America's Cup. That plan, which was claimed by City officials to have been re-negotiated with BMW Oracle Racing since the weekend is for the so-called Northern Alternative, involving a set of Piers and infrastructure more to the north of the City.... [more] Share this story
James Spithill's speech at World Yacht Racing Forum BMW Oracle Racing Blog, BMW Oracle Racing skipper James Spithill gave the Opening Keynote Speech this morning at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Estoril, Portugal. Here is a copy of the speech.... [more] Share this story
RC 44 Cup Miami images by John Payne John Payne images, Photographer John Payne presents this gallery of images from the recent Oracle RC 44 Cup in Miami. Enjoy.... [more] Share this story
Sail Melbourne 2010 - Asian nations pump to the top in RS:X Craig Heydon, Sail Melbourne, the first leg of the 2011 ISAF World Cup - The light conditions on Port Phillip Bay suited the Chinese and Hong Kong windsurfers, who completed almost a clean sweep of the RS:X men's and women's events today.... [more] Share this story
National Sailing Programs Symposium 2011 US Sailing, National Sailing Programs Symposium 2011 is presented by US Sailing and LaserPerformance, the NSPS is the premier event for sailing education in the United States... [more] Share this story
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured Craig Heydon, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year - Slingsby finally honoured - ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Tom Slingsby, has finally received his trophy, Rolex watch and the accolades of his peers after he was prevented from attending the official ceremony in Athens last month.... [more] Share this story
RC44 Championship results - Good news for Artemis and Katusha Paul Cayard, RC44 Championship Tour 2010 results update. The good news is that results were actually under-reported regarding Artemis and Kathusa.... [more] Share this story
Gladwell's Line: Gavin, you've got mail... Richard Gladwell, The last bets are being placed in the final rounds of America's Cup Venue Selection. Having spent four months in negotiating what the America's Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing described as a 'winning bid', their negotiating team were caught aback when a revised deal was sent through by email, some weeks later.... [more] Share this story
Jordy Walker Match Race legend passes in Bermuda Brian Billings, by Brian BillIngs on behalf of the executive of the MRA Jordy Walker receives the 2008 Llew Gibbons Trophy for outstanding effort and service to the sport of sailing in Bermuda.... [more] Share this story
Sail Melbourne preview - US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics first stop Dana Paxton, Sail Melbourne preview - US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics first stop - While the Northern Hemisphere is gripped in icy temperatures and thoughts of holiday shopping, many of the world's Olympic hopefuls are in Melbourne, Australia for the first stop on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2010-2011 series.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing clinches RC 44 season championship - The crew – including Russell Coutts (tactician), Dirk de Ridder (mainsheet), Ryan Godfrey (bow), Ross Halcrow (trimmer), Revelin Minihane (pit), Colin Orsini (grinder) and Chris Schirmer (trimmer) – placed second in the fleet racing portion of the Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami.... [more] Share this story
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1 - Kiss wins Joy Dunigan, Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series Event No. 1 - Kiss wins - 2010 Audi Melges 20 USA Sailing Series Champion Michael Kiss, from Holland, Mich. and crew comprised of Chris Rast and Jamie Kimball on Bacio took the 25-strong Miami Winter Series fleet by storm winning all three of Sunday's races and the event by a substantial 8 points.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: BMW Oracle negotiators 'exasperated' by San Francisco Richard Gladwell, After a covers were lifted, late last week, on the Venue negotiations for the 34th America's Cup, it would now seem that even if San Francisco's Board of Supervisors meet a deadline imposed by Defender, and signs an agreement, approved by the America's Cup Event Authority, that will only now get the City into a position where its offer to host the 34th America's Cup will be compared to others on t... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: High Noon for San Francisco over Venue wobbles Paul Oliva, Paul Oliva writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Following is an unpublished report on the America's Cup venue stand-off which has appeared on the US sailing website www.pressure-drop.us Oliva spent Wednesday through Friday in Miami grilling sources involved in America's Cup hosting negotiations. Miami is also hosting the RC44 Worlds, and several key AC players were present... [more] Share this story
2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race - Online entry available Sail-World.com, The 2011 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race Notice of Race is posted and the online entry is now open.... [more] Share this story
Annapolis to Newport Notice of Race posted Annapolis-Newport Race Committee, Annapolis to Newport Race - The Notice of Race has been posted on the race website. Also posted is the Category 2 Offshore Regs Compliance Checklist which includes both the US and Annapolis-Newport Race prescriptions. The Crew Sign-Up List is open for those seeking a berth in the race... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Second sprint delayed due to adverse weather Velux 5 Oceans, The start of ocean sprint two of the Velux 5 Oceans has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions off the South African coast. Gale force winds and huge seas led to the race committee taking the decision to delay the start because of concerns about the safety of the skippers and their yachts.... [more] Share this story
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race 2011 - Notice of Race available Paige Brooks, Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race January 12 - 14 2011 - Notice of Race... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: 'Sign by Friday' San Francisco given ultimatum on venue Richard Gladwell, The well connected America's Cup correspondent for the Associated Press, Bernie Wilson, is reporting that San Francisco City Hall has been given until next Friday, 17 December, to sign an acceptable agreement to host the 34th America's Cup. He reports that 'a letter was delivered to Mayor Gavin Newsom and other officials informing them of the deadline.... [more] Share this story
The following program, Sydney GTS 43, is classified RGF John Curnow, It contains, strong adult themes, sexual references and occasional coarse language, too! Now the RGF stands for really good fun, which sums up the owner, just as much as it does the vessel itself. Additionally, another rating that the Sydney GTS 43 is bound to receive as well, is A+++ for keeping jobs in Australia.... [more] Share this story
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