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The future of the America’s Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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04 Jul 2017

The future of the America's Cup—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

26/06/2017 - Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup Bermuda 2017 - America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton - Emirates Team New Zealand, Emirates, New Zealand Prize Giving  ACEA / Ricardo Pinto
Grant Dalton and Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) have some big decisions to make as the new custodians of the America's Cup, which they decisively won in a first-to-seven (OK, so the Kiwis had to win eight races, but that's a different story of America's Cup “fairness”) race series that concluded on the waters of Bermuda's Great Sound on Monday, June 26. Not only does this bring the Auld Mug back into Kiwi hands for the first time since 2003, but it also means that a whole new set of minds and values will get to (strongly) shape the Protocol that will govern the 36th America's Cup (AC36).

So, with the Cup en route to Auckland, skipper Glenn Ashby (AUS), helmsman Peter Burling (NZ and a Gold medal winner at the Rio 2016 know, in his spare time from Cup sailing), Dalton and the rest of ENTZ will be returning home to a much-deserved hero's welcome.

Emirates Team New Zealand Peter Burling (helmsman) and Glen Ashby (skipper) with the America's Cup  Daniel Forster ©

As team boss, Dalton will be working closely with Circolo della Vela Sicilia, the Challenger of Record for AC36, and its representative team, Luna Rossa Challenge, to determine the Protocol in the months (and year) ahead.

This comes as tough news for the other five teams that competed for AC35, as these teams had signed a framework agreement that would have determined many of the particulars governing AC36 and beyond, but, since the winner of AC35 was the lone team not to sign this framework, everything that was determined at a high-level meeting of the teams in London is now out the window.

Emirates Team NZ crosses the finish line to win the 35th America's Cup - America's Cup 2017, June 26, 2017 - Great Sound Bermuda  Richard Gladwell

Instead, ENTZ and Luna Rossa Challenge get to determine everything from the type of vessel to the nature of each crew, and everything in between. Here, I for one am seriously hoping that ENTZ moves to enforce a strict nationality rule (or one that governs a large bulk of their crew selection), as this would return Cup sailing to the days of yore when American fans would cheer for an American boat that was red, white and blue in more ways than just the entry flag.

Dennis Conner, who won more than his fair share of Cups, has a famous line about always betting on self-interest in the America's Cup as it's always running. When thought of in this light, the Kiwis should love a nationality rule, as every one of their sailors where New Zealanders, sans Australian Ashby, who has lived on the island nation for years. Moreover, a census of every Volvo Ocean Race team, Olympic winners and Cup sailors quickly reveals that Kiwis are easily some of the world's best, toughest sailors. So, it makes sense that ENTZ would bet on self-interest there. (Former defender Mr. Ellison and his Oracle Team USA sure as heck didn't, but again, that's a different story.)

35th America's Cup Match - Day 4 - Emirates Team New Zealand  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi

There's also been a lot of dock talk about the looming decision as to what kind of vessel will determine AC36, with some Cup stalwarts wanting to see a return of the J-Class era, and others wanting to continue to embrace hydro-foiling. Again, when thought of in light of Mr. Conner's wisdom, it's important to remember that the Kiwis were the first team to foil their AC72 catamaran prior to AC34 (SFO, 2013), and they were clearly the team with the best systems and controls in AC35. From my vantage point in Seattle, it sure looks as if they have cracked the nut on foiling, so it makes sense that Dalton and company will at least give heavy consideration to foil-borne raceboats for AC36.

As for location, you can bet your last roll of duct tape that AC36 will be contested on New Zealand waters, likely right off of Auckland, making Cup racing super accessible to millions of Kiwis and international visitors.

35th America's Cup Match - Day 4 - ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand  © BMW | Studio Borlenghi

What's a lot less known is whether there will continue to be a series of run-up regattas (the America's Cup World Series) leading up to AC36, when AC36 will unfurl, and whether Larry Ellison, the Golden Gate Yacht Club and Oracle Team USA will stay involved in Cup sailing.

The Kiwi government has already announced a $5M (New Zealand dollar) cash infusion into ENTZ's usually cash-starved coffers to retain key staffers, so the wheels of progress are clearly turning. So, for Cup fans everywhere, now is the time to employ some patience and see if Mr. Dalton and company can restore full international luster to sailing's loftiest prize.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

The Bridge – MACIF trimaran expected in New York during the night
Trimaran MACIF,
Just under 100 miles from the Big Apple on Monday Morning, the crew led by François Gabart has a 150-mile lead on IDEC Sport and is ideally placed to win this first Ultim only transatlantic race.... [more]

Race for Water hosts first JPI Oceans scientists in Bermuda
Race For Water,
From the reception for Mr. Mickael Dunkley, Prime Minister of Bermuda, to the reunion with many of the committed people from the island that the Race for Water Foundation met in 2015 during the first Odyssey, this first stopover was notable for some great new encounters.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Countdown to Liverpool
Kathryn Foulkes / Clipper Ventures,
This unique challenge is the only event which trains everyday people to become ocean racers, and final planning is underway as it prepares to return to Liverpool for the first time in a decade.... [more]

America's Cup - Kiwi Government tips initial $5million into Cup champs
Richard Gladwell, NZ,
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, has announced that the New Zealand Government will make an initial investment of $5million (USD 3.65million) into America's Cup champions, Emirates Team New Zealand. As with the investment of the same amount, at the same stage of the 2017 campaign, the funding is labelled as being required to 'retain key staff'.... [more]

Star World Championship – Perfect sailing conditions on Day 1
Mette Heide-Jørgensen,
After a general recall of all boats, the black flag was raised to mark a new start, and all boats were heading upwind toward the top mark. Lars Grael was leading the fleet rounding the top mark.... [more]

Star World Championship - Day 1
Paul Cayard,
The 2017 Star World Championship kicked off today with the first race in 15-23 knots of wind and cloudy skies. The conditions got a bit gusty as the race progressed and 7 boats lost their masts. Unfortunately for us, we were one of them. We submarined near the end of the second downwind leg and the mast simply imploded. Yes, that is expensive.... [more]

SAP Sailing Team takes its second Act win of season in Madeira Islands
Extreme Sailing Series™,
It all came down to the final nail-biting double-points race of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Madeira Islands, which went the way of Danish-flagged SAP Extreme Sailing Team.... [more]

The Bridge - Macif on course for victory on Monday
The Bridge,
Barring a technical failure or incident, Macif is expected to win the race of the trimarans and could cross the finish line of The Bridge Centennial Transat under the Verrazano Bridge in the late afternoon or evening (New York time) of Monday, July 3.... [more]

The Bridge - Crewman suffers head injury on Sodebo Ultim
The Bridge,
Thomas Colville, the skipper of the Ultimate-class trimaran, Sodebo Ultim' contacted the CCMM in Toulouse (the Maritime Medical Consultation Center) at 21:30 (French time) to inform them Thierry Briend, one of his teammates, was injured after a violent fall while sailing in choppy seas 180 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in The Bridge Centennial Transat race.... [more]

Alonso Collantes of Peru wins the 2017 Sunfish North Americans
Sunfish Class,
No one could take the 1 spot from current Sunfish World Champion Alonso Collantes of Peru who led all three days. Paul-Jon Patin, the second place finisher and Top Master (40-49 yrs of age), said, “I didn't beat myself; Alonso beat all of us” recognizing Alonso as a true champion.... [more]

Ludde Ingvall's CQS makes a spectacle in Stockholm
John Roberson,
Ludde Ingvall and his team created a spectacle today as they trained close to the Stockholm waterfront, in preparation for tomorrow's start of the Gotland Runt race, now known as the AF Offshore Race.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 – SAP Extreme Sailing Team maintains lead
Extreme Sailing Series,
The leaderboard remains unchanged, as shifty conditions and winds blowing from opposite directions prevented further racing. This leaves the rest of the fleet only tomorrow to catch current leader SAP Extreme Sailing Team.... [more]

Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York to win The Bridge –Centennial Transat
The Bridge,
Anna Boissier, born Sentman, was raised in Fawn Grove, a small town of 500 people in Pennsylvania. She studied in France and later married a Frenchman – Alexis, the son of the family she had stayed with in Paris. She is 42 and has spent 21 years living in France, now, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, a southwestern suburb of Paris.... [more]

Argo runs away with the GC32 Villasimius Cup
GC32 Racing,
The breeze started around 10 knots from the west and built to 18 knots by the end of four windward-leeward races that saw the fleet charging downwind at speeds approaching 30 knots.... [more]

Youth RS:X World Championship - Nicolo Renna is the new World champion
Elena Giolai,
Among men Sil Hoekstra,Tom Reuveny Daniele Gallo, Luca Di Tomassi, Andy Brown,Zhaoguan Dong, Geronimo Nores, Yoav Cohen, Nicolo Renna, Aleksander Przychodzen, Fernando Lamadrid Trueba reached the final race and will compete for the top ranks. It was another exciting day for the 200 athletes hailing from thirty nations, who have been striving to conquer title of Olympic class Rs:X Youth champion... [more]

2017 Sunfish North Americans - Day 2
Sunfish Class,
Alonso Collantes, Peru, has held his first place standing followed by Paul-Jon Patin in second, Doug Kaukeinen in third, Rich Chapman in fourth place and Dan Hesse in fifth.... [more]

SAP Extreme Team stays ahead but battle heats up in Madeira Islands
Extreme Sailing Series™,
SAP Extreme Sailing Team continued its impressive podium-finishing form on the second day of Stadium Racing in Madeira, further extending its lead in the third Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™.... [more]

Queen Mary 2 approaches New York finish followed by three-horse race
The Bridge,
It is almost official, the Queen Mary 2 should cross the finish line off New York in the early hours (local time) of Saturday morning to win The Bridge – Centennial Transat and deliver her 2,500 passengers safely under Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at 04:45, past the Statue of Liberty before docking into the Brooklyn Terminal.... [more]

GC32 Villasimius Cup – Argo extends as Realteam and Mamma Aiuto tie
GC32 Racing,
Mamma Aiuto! was the early leader, Naofumi Kamei continuing to prove that often the Owner Drivers can be the equal of the professional drivers. Realteam was only fifth around the top mark but as crewman Lucien Cujean explained, they adopted a different tactic on the downwind leg.... [more]

Hobie Junior Wave Regatta – Hobie Waves make a splash in Bermuda
Stephanie Locher,
While having the opportunity to compete in the regatta of a lifetime was the main draw, these sailors quickly found that teamwork, making new friends, learning about other cultures and feeling the excitement of the world was more important.... [more]

M32 Series Porto Venere – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi,
Max Ranchi provided this gallery of images from day two... [more]

2018 Golden Globe Race – One year to start from Plymouth
Golden Globe Race,
The Race marks the 50th anniversary of the original Sunday Times Race and the remarkable achievement of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in becoming the first man to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation.... [more]

Ludde Ingvall and CQS arrive in Stockholm
John Roberson,
Ludde has pulled together an all-star line-up for the event, including world famous New Zealand sailor Chris Dickson as a helmsman and his compatriot Rodney Keenan.... [more]

National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2017 inductees
Jan Harley,
The members of the class of 2017 join 57 previously-recognized individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.... [more]

A look back at the America's Cup in Bermuda
Nic Douglass,
Enjoy a full recap of the 35th America's Cup Re-Cap with the Nautical Channel! We run you through the highlights of the qualifying, challenger and match rounds, all the way to the final result with racing footage and commentary!... [more]

2017 Sunfish North Americans - Day 1
Sunfish Class,
Alonso Collantes, Peru, leads on Day One of the Sunfish North Americans at Sayville Yacht Club, Blue Point, NY. Take 72 registered Sunfish competing at one of the most beautiful yacht clubs, Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, NY, and you already have the start of a magical Sunfish North Americans.... [more]

America's Cup - Peter Burling on the key factors behind the Cup win
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
A lot of attention has centred around Peter Burling, a double Olympic medalist, a multiple world champion and now an America's Cup champion - all by the age of 26 years. Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell caught up with him at the fence around the Emirates Team New Zealand base and asked what he thought the key factors were in the team's win?... [more]

America's Cup - Glenn Ashby - How the Lone Wolf won the America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Late in 2016, when they refused to sign an agreement on how the next two America's Cups would be conducted, Emirates Team New Zealand was cast in the role of being a 'Lone Wolf'. The moniker has stuck with the team since then and has been the hallmark of a campaign that has struggled financially and has been forced to eke the most out of the resources that it does have.... [more]

A tricky start for Oman Air at Extreme Sailing Series
Oman Sail,
What a difference a couple of races can make in the Extreme Sailing Series. After three opening results without a podium finish the crew of Oman Air might have been forgiven for thinking the Madeira venue was not going to prove a friendly place.... [more]

SAP Extreme Sailing Team sneak ahead on opening day in Madeira Islands
Extreme Sailing Series,
SAP Extreme Sailing Team took an early lead on the opening day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, as the international fleet of seven GC32s raced against the stunning backdrop of the Madeira Islands capital, Funchal, in front of a packed Race Village.... [more]

Trimaran tweets after Queen Mary 2 enters ice zone
The Bridge,
Sodebo Ultim laid a penalty on leader Queen Mary 2 on Thursday for entering the ice exclusion zone of The Bridge - Centennial Transat. It was a joke, or it came in form of a tweet at least. But sleep deprivation deepened by a fourth night at sea spent making many manoeuvres on multihulls in light shifting airs meant it was a comment not without feeling and it immediately found resonance in fleet.... [more]

Jason and Argonauts seize the early advantage in GC32 Villasimius Cup
GC32 Racing,
Iker Martinez was looking to make amends for a disappointing showing at the GC32 Riva Cup at Lake Garda a month ago. The Spanish double Olympic medallist was fast out of the blocks and steered Movistar-Ventana Group to an early lead and won race one.... [more]

Bella Mente takes on uncharted waters for Inaugural Corfu Challenge
Kirsten Ferguson,
Every year the Maxi 72 owners pull in top sailors to race onboard and continually invest in structural and design changes to give their respective yachts the competitive edge on the racecourse.... [more]

Gladwell's Line - America's Cup returns to its new home and thinking
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZ,
Emirates Team New Zealand's win in the 35th America's Cup ends 17-years of wandering in the AC wilderness and will open a new era of America's Cup, New Zealand and World Sailing. A rookie crew won the most prestigious trophy in sailing, and one of the most difficult to win in any sport.... [more]

A QandA with Jeff Robbins about AIS fences and the 35th America's Cup
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Sail-World interviewed Jeff Robbins, CEO of Vesper Marine, via email to learn more about the work the company performed using AIS technology to help make Bermuda's Great Sound safe for everyone during AC35, from the cruising boat full of Cup tourists to the Cup sailors who were rocketing by at 40-plus knots.... [more]

Welsh skipper to lead Greenings in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Julia Fry / Clipper Ventures,
His distinguished career included serving as Chief of Staff for the Metropolitan Police's Public Order Branch and was the Operations Manager for the Public Order Branch... [more]

Skiff and Cat Europeans – Outer fjord becomes a high speed course
SVG Verlag,
Among them are the Olympic winners from Rio in the 49erFX. The Brazilian Martine Grael and Kahene Kunze have already won everything in their career, have been awarded as World Sailors of the Year 2014 and definitely belong to the favourites in the fleet of 55 registered skiffs.... [more]

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to Whitsundays
Morgan Kasmarik / Clipper Ventures,
The fleet will arrive in Airlie Beach in the vibrant World Heritage Listed Whitsunday region in January 2018, with the race's international crew members and the fleet of twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts once again being hosted at Abell Point Marina.... [more]

Extreme Sailing Series - Team Extreme on a mission
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Madeira Islands will see the regular fleet joined by Portuguese-flagged wildcard Team Extreme, which is supported by The Magenta Project. The crew is unique in that it features four female sailors, who are on a mission to prove that females have a place in high-performance sailing regattas.... [more]

The 'hands' of the America's Cup 2017
Carlo Borlenghi,
Studio Borlenghi provided this gallery of images from America's Cup 2017.... [more]

U.S. Youth Sailing Championships concludes in Corpus Christi
US Sailing,
The sun cascaded upon Corpus Christi Bay this morning for the fourth and final day of competition at the 2017 U.S. Youth Championships, hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club.... [more]

Volvo Ocean Race - Seventh team announced with returning sponsor
Volvo Ocean Race,
Bouwe Bekking, the most experienced sailor in Volvo Ocean Race history, will return to skipper the seventh confirmed team in the 2017-18 edition – and give himself another chance at claiming an elusive first victory at the eighth attempt. No one has sailed more miles in the Volvo Ocean Race than Bekking, who made his first appearance as a crewmember on Philips Innovator back in 1985-86.... [more]

A Few Rays – Sunscreen with no preservatives – brilliant-
Sunscreen with no preservatives, why this is great? If your sunscreen has no preservatives in the formulation it will be much more skin friendly than traditional screens. However, the vast majority of sunscreens are water based and require the addition of preservatives in order to keep them microbe free and usable for longer.... [more]

America's Cup - Southern Spars has third America's Cup win
Ben Gladwell,
Southern Spars, builders of Emirates Team New Zealand's winning America's Cup Class catamaran, has congratulated the team on their outstanding performance in 35th America's Cup. The Auckland based company, who has had a strong bond with the team since building their rigs for the 1995 winning challenge, took on a different role in this cycle – becoming the builder of the entire boat package.... [more]

The Bridge Centennial Transat – British sailor reveals change of tack
The Bridge,
As the crowds lined the harbour walls of St Nazaire – and the decks of the QM2, to see the boats cross the start line, Davies, the navigator on board the 30 metre-long trimaran, Actual, and the four other crew, had to perform a last minute manoeuvre to avoid being run over by their vast rival.... [more]

Big Wednesday stops play at GC32 Villasimius Cup
GC32 Racing,
The Marina di Villasimius is situated on a peninsula that lies in a north-south axis, with Capo Carbonara being the south-eastern corner of Sardinia.... [more]

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta returns to Marblehead Race
Evily Giannopoulos,
The annual four-day event features one-design racing, where teams compete in races against identical boats. Points are accumulated based on finishing position in each race, and the team with the fewest total points at the conclusion of the regatta wins its class.... [more] to debut in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Morgan Kasmarik / Clipper Ventures,
As an Official Team Partner, will use the global reach of the Clipper Race to increase brand awareness, particularly in key destinations across the six continents visited on the eleven-month duration race route.... [more]

An interview with Peter Bresnan about OneSails and the 2017 ORC Worlds
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
The 2017 ORC Worlds (June 30 to July 8) are unfurling on the Gulf of Trieste and have attracted some of Europe's fastest sailors. OneSails was named the exclusive sailmaker for the 2017 ORC Worlds, so I caught up with naval architect Peter Bresnan, founder of ONE Palma and a member of OneSails Group's Technical Team, via email to learn more about OneSails' involvement with the ORC Worlds.... [more]


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