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America's Cup – Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015   
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For a long time, the situation about the French America's Challenge has been doubtful. Admittedly, the entry form was well received and confirmed by the America's Cup Events Authority but nobody had a confirmation, that the French Syndicate with Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson had the funds needed for a succeesful particiption. With the change of the format and equipment - a 48-foot catamaran instead of the 72-foot multihull - the cost should be cut by more than half, and yesterday, 'Team France' was formally confirmed with 'Groupama' as prime sponsor and government help especially by the French Navy and is - no doubt with the necessary funds available - a contender to seriously challenge the defender 'Oracle' on all levels, be it multihull racing experience, technology or national support. Franck Cammas FRA, winner 2013 and defender 2015 of the C-Class Catamaran 'Little Cup', has even racing experience with foiling cats and wing-sails.
The report (in French) and the promotion video.
America's Cup – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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As mentioned between the lines at the presentation of the Japanese America's Cup Challenge three weeks ago, Dean Barker NZL will be the skipper and CEO of the newly launched team. Barker has a 15 years America's-Cup experience on his CV, including a right-from-the-start involvement in the development of foiler catamarans.
The report.
America's Cup – Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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After the retirements of the Australian and Italian challengers, and the shaky situation with New Zealand, there are now for once positive news from the America's Cup, as the 'Softbank Team Japan' confirmed its participation yesterday. Dean Barker NZL, having left 'Team NZL' after his demotion as helmsman, will be steering the Japanese challenger. The news.
America's Cup – Friday, April 3, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The result of the vote proposed by the Event Authority with the agreement of the Defender of the 35th America's Cup of last week has overturned, with a majority vote, the America's Cup Class Rule for the boat with which this edition will be held; this happened notwithstanding the fact that such rule had been previously adopted unanimously by the teams and was in force since June 2014. Following a careful evaluation of the serious implications of this unprecedented initiative, Team Luna Rossa confirms that it will withdraw from the 35th America's Cup.
The communiqué.
America's Cup – Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015   (Image © John Navas)
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The America's Cup Events Authority has announced that the majority of the America's Cup teams (3 to 2) have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America's Cup by changing to a foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet. The two most senior Challengers in the competition, 'Luna Rossa' ITA and 'Team New Zealand' seem to be opposed. It is doubtful whether the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup could be changed. Will this become another case for the New York Supreme Court ? The other option for disaffected teams would be to withdraw from the regatta.The news in Sail World..
America's Cup – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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Considering the high cost of the AC65 catamarans under development and the first experiences of the now flying smaller AC45 catamarans, teams as well as the organisers seem to be open to discuss the size of the multihull for the coming 35th America's Cup. In the next day - before end of March - a poll shall take place with the defender and the challengers.
The report.
America's Cup – Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015   
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Speaking on behalf of Emirates Team New Zealand, Chairman Keith Turner yesterday confirmed that Dean Barker has decided not to accept the position of Performance Manager/Coach and Executive Team Member offered to him following a four month period of restructure at ETNZ. Dean Barker NZL has been helmsman of the Kiwi AC boats for the past 14 years. It remains open whether he will join another AC Challenger.
The news in Sail-World.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015   
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Lawyers acting for the aggrieved former Oracle Team USA crewman, Joe Spooner have advised that the AC45 #4 has been arrested by Marshalls in San Francisco. Spooner was one of the technicians punished and fined for manipulations at the Oracle AC 45 cat. He insists to have acted on behalf of Oracle management and claims indemnifications. The AC45 #4 of 'Team Oracle' will be arrested until the matter is resolved through the normal litigation system. The news in Sail-World.
America's Cup – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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To bring several speculations re the participation of 'Team New Zealand' - major sponsor up to now the New Zealand Government - to an end, a Communiqué is to be released informing on the Challenger's plans up to the 2017 America's Cup on the Bermudas. The budget, not yet fully covered by sponsoring commitments, had to be reduced and saving on the human resources side had to be made to keep cost under control. Most important will be the announcement that Dean Barker NZL, three time helmsman replacing Russell Coutts in 2000, has been offered the job of Performance Director and Head Coach, taking the role of Rod Davies who left for 'Artemis'. Designated helmsman will be Peter Burling NZL, 49er and Moth World Champion, winner of the 2013 Youth America's Cup. Glenn Ashby AUS has been appointed Sailing Director.
The report.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Ben Ainslie GBR and his BAR-Team has already started with some tests and trainings on the Bermudas to get familiar with the special conditions on this Commonwealth Island. The Cup Defender 'Oracle Team USA' however is - as 'Artemis Racing' - concentrating in this phase on tests and trainings with the modified AC-45 equipped now with foils, not only the boat of the America's Cup World Series starting in June 201t, but also considered a test vehicle for the AC-62 Cupper under development.
A video from Frisco Bay.
America's Cup – Sunday, February 8, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015   
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Two races for the 47-boat-fleet on the opening day of the third round of the J/70 Winter Series. On equal points, Allan Terhune USA and Cole Allsopp USA with their teams are on top of the rankings with Marty Kullmann USA just one point back on third. See the complete results.
America's Cup – Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The next America's Cup will be raced in Bermuda in June of 2017. The host venue was confirmed at a press conference in New York on Tuesday by Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America's Cup. Present at the Conference were the Bermuda Prime Minister and also key persons of all six Teams on the entry list.
The second edition of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup was also confirmed in New York. In the inaugural edition, over 40 national youth teams (aged 19-23) applied to enter the qualifying phase. The top ten teams raced on the America's Cup course in the same AC45 catamarans the pros had used in the America's Cup World Series.
The communique and the one-hours' video of the presentation.
America's Cup – Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014   (Image © Bermuda Tourist Office)
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The America's Cup has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday December 2 at 11:30am EST (16.30pm UTC) in New York. Watch live on the Internet as Commercial Commissioner Harvey Schiller announces the host venue for the 2017 America's Cup. According to a pre-announcement of the Bermuda Premier Minister Michael Dunkley, the 2017 Challenge would be held on the Bermudas. One of the reasons mentioned was the nearness to Europe to attract a higher TV attention.
America's Cup – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
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The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
 
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