The weekend has come and gone and there is still no word as to where the 34th America's Cup will be contested. San Francisco's submitted proposal is heavily rumored not to be sweet enough; rumors also persist that sweeteners are possibly being added. The biggest news is that Newport, Rhode Island—long the Cup's home—is now back in the hunt. High-level talks between the BMW/Oracle Racing and various city and state officials have taken place over the last few days (and are likely still taking place), casting some serious shadow on whether we will see SF AC34.
Given that the Protocol calls for an announced location for the next Cup no later than December 31, 2010, time is clearly running out. Stay tuned as more on this high drama unfolds.
Speaking of BMW/Oracle Racing (BOR), be sure to check out the interview with Brad Webb, BOR's longtime bowman, to check out his thoughts on the next Cup and also gain some insight into this team's inner dynamic. For example: 'The one thing that both Russell [Coutts] and Chris Dickson do really well is surround themselves by brilliant people,' says Webb. 'The difference perhaps is how you get the best out of those people.
Russell really has that ability to allow people to be creative, to work and perform and get the best out of themselves. He's good at leaving them to it. He's a good listener, and at understanding the global picture. At the end of the day he's a brilliant yachtie. We wouldn't see him for weeks in San Diego and he'd come out and go yachting one day and pick up on something that no-one else had seen, and further, that everyone had missed – he's brilliant like that.'
Meanwhile, work continues in earnest in Warkworth, New Zealand, on the new AC45 catamarans, the 'little' hard-wing sail cats that will be used during preliminary AC34 racing, starting in 2011. While the next Cup will be determined in the yet-to-be-built AC72 cats, AC45 racing is intended to help other teams get up to speed on hard wing-sail technology and sailing, a learning curve that will be steep, especially given the Defender's level of expertise. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of the build process in the issue.
And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens, aboard Five Oceans of Smiles too, has had to restart the second sprint after encountering rudder problems last Friday that forced him to head back to Cape Town. Back ashore he was met with local volunteer help that enabled him to resume racing yesterday. Bullens, as readers will recall, had a particularly tough first leg with precious little recuperation time in Cape Town—hopefully his fortunes improve as he sails towards Wellington, New Zealand.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
America's Cup: Interview with Kevin Reed, head of Canada's AC drive Valencia Sailing, Red Maple Racing, led by Toronto financier Kevin Reed, is the project that embodies Canada's drive in the America's Cup. The last time Canada was present in the America's Cup was in Fremantle in 1987 when a combined project from Secret Cove Yacht Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron challenged the Defender from the Royal Perth Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Newport to update on America's Cup venue status Richard Gladwell, Rhode Island's Economic and Development Corp has announced via a media alert that their Executive Director will present an update on the State's bid to become the Venue for the 34th America's Cup after San Francisco had the status of its bid reduced. BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman, head of external affairs for the America's Cup Defender will also be present.... [more] Share this story
RS100 is Sailing World's 2011 Boat of the Year winners Michael Weiss, Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Christophe Bullens set to restart Sprint 2 Velux 5 Oceans, After an amazing effort by a team of volunteers on the dock in Cape Town working to fix his yacht Five Oceans of Smiles too, Belgian ocean racer Christophe Bullens is set to restart sprint two of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The 49-year-old was forced to head back to Cape Town on Friday with rudder problems, just over 24 hours after starting the 7,500 nautical mile sprint to New Zealand.... [more] Share this story
Orange Bowl International Regatta - A perfect formula Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami's 2010 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta will combine 665 sailors on 562 boats in 6 classes racing on 4 circles into one of the most popular youth sailing events in the USA.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Brad Webb looks ahead to AC34 Michelle Slade, Brad Webb is one member of America's Cup defending team BMW Oracle Racing (the Team) who would be thrilled if the AC 34 is sailed in his hometown, as it should be. In this, the second part of the interview, Webb looks at what the future holds for BMW Oracle Racing, and gives some advice to those looking to break into the new America's Cup... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Update from Warkworth on AC45's America's Cup Media, Work on the AC45 catamarans, which the America's Cup teams will use to race in the 2011 America's Cup World Series events, is continuing at pace in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland, New Zealand, in the BMW Oracle Racing facility home to Core Composites.... [more] Share this story
The Farr 30 Worlds are coming to San Francisco Farr 30 Class Association, Farr 30 International One Design Class Association is pleased to announce that the prestigious St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California will host the 2011 Farr 30 World Championship in conjunction with the renowned Rolex Big Boat Series, September 8th to 11th.... [more] Share this story
Ainslie back on top as Brits score Melbourne World Cup hat-trick RYA, Triple Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie saw a return to winning ways on Saturday, (18 December) claiming one of Skandia Team GBR's three gold medals at the opening event of the 2010-11 ISAF Sailing World Cup series in Melbourne.... [more] Share this story
Sail Melbourne - Exciting finishes and upsets in medal races Craig Heydon, ISAF Sailing World Cup opening round Sail Melbourne has come to an end. Nathan Outteridge reported that the wind shifts were swinging through 55 degrees at various times during the race. The second class away was the Finn, the heavyweight dinghy that features the big men of sailing, and triple Olympic Gold medalist and current World Match Racing champion Ben Ainslie was the one to beat... [more] Share this story
Sail Melbourne - Gold for Ainslie, Dell Karth Nico and Resch Sail Melbourne, Sail Melbourne decided the first Sailing World Cup events, with Austria's Delle Karth Nico and Nikolaus Resch winning gold in the 49ers, and Olympic champion Ben Ainslie following suit in the Finns.... [more] Share this story
Barcelona and the media bids 'Bienvenidos' to the skippers Barcelona World Race, Barcelona World Race skippers lined up today for the first obligatory press conference with the sailors taking part in an official photo call before informal media interviews.... [more] Share this story
World Yacht Racing Forum - Change, modernity and new ways of thinking Chris Trainor, Change, modernity and new ways of thinking were at the heart of the World Yacht Racing Forum's third edition. 'The sport of sailing needs to adapt to a changing world': This year's World Yacht Racing Forum saw discussion on new media, host cities, sustainable development, the America's Cup and even the Olympic Games.... [more] Share this story
IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship - New format debuts Hayden Swanson, New Format for Blind Match Racing debuts in Perth, Western Australia. Royal Perth Yacht Club has now released the Notice of Race for the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship, 2011, Homerus Blind Match Racing. The event will be held on the Swan River from March 19 to 26 next year.... [more] Share this story
470 Junior World Championships Event Preview Luissa Smith, The sailors are ready, 40 brand new 470s are lined up in the boat park, the Championship has been officially opened and racing will get underway tomorrow, Friday 17 December, for the teams gathered in Doha, Qatar ready to do battle for the 2010 470 Junior World Championships.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian Derek Hatfield leads fleet in second sprint Sarah Hames, Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has reclaimed the lead less than 24 hours into the second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans. Keen to make up for a slow start at the beginning of sprint one in La Rochelle, the veteran solo sailor was the first of the international fleet to cross the start line of the second leg in Cape Town on Active House.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Trophy 2010 - Hooligan maintains lead after long day out Di Pearson, It was a long day on the water for the reward of just one race in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Trophy Rating Series today, where Marcus Blackmore and his ‘Hooligan' crew sailed into third place to maintain their series lead-... [more] Share this story
Sail Melbourne - Great day for Great Britain until squall hits Craig Heydon, Earlier today, British sailors Nick Thompson and Ben Ainslie virtually assured themselves of Gold medals at Sail Melbourne in shifty, overcast and very English conditions with only the medal races left to sail. However, the opening round of the ISAF Sailing World Cup was thrown into chaos when a severe rain squall accompanied by 40 knot winds came out of nowhere and spread-eagled the fleets.... [more] Share this story
OK Dinghy World Rankings - New number one Robert Deaves, OK Dinghy World Rankings final release for 2010 brings a familiar face back to the top. This release includes results from the Europeans in Medembik, as well as the Danish, British, Polish, German, Swedish, Belgian and French national championships.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Venue discussions progress well in Newport, RI Richard Gladwell, Friday 17th December is the deadline set by BMW Oracle Racing's lead negotiator Stephen Barclay to the City of San Francisco to have a signed agreement in front of the team, before they make their decision on the Venue for the 34th America's Cup. Sail-World understands that a bevy of America's Cup negotiators have variously been in Newport RI, this week.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - An international outlook Susan Maffei Plowden, Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a race conceived some 65 years ago, has become one of the world's most famous and challenging ocean races which is hard to imagine that a race since it was conceived some 65 years ago by a bunch of adventurous yachtsmen in a Sydney yacht club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Today, the race ranks among the top headline grabbing events of the year.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta will see Rothmans back in action Lizzie Ward, Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Rothmans, skippered by Britain's Lawrie Smith in The Whitbread Round the World Race1989-90 (the forerunner of the Volvo Ocean Race), will sail from Sweden to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race Legends regatta and reunion.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Sprint 2 sets sail from Cape Town Velux 5 Oceans, The second sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world yacht race got underway from Cape Town today bound for Wellington in New Zealand. With the iconic Table Mountain providing a stunning backdrop, the fleet of five international ocean racers crossed the start line beginning a gruelling 7,000 nautical mile sprint across the Southern Ocean.... [more] Share this story
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