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America's Cup – Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014   
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record, has decided not to proceed with its Challenge for the 35th America's Cup. The intention of the Australians to make the Cup affordable and put the emphasis back on sailing skills was apparently not realistic, and the estimate of the costs of competing were well beyond the initial expectation. The details in Sail-World.
America's Cup – Friday, June 13, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014   
The registration period for the 35th America' Cup lasting until August 8th has been running for 4 days now, and the reactions of potential challengers re the Protocol have been very varied. Last Monday, Ben Ainslie GBR presented officially the participation of a British Team with pomp and circumstance in presence of the Duchesse of Cambridge. Here the report and the video with the highlights of the presentation. Yesterday, the Italian 'Luna Rossa' syndicate confirmed the participation presenting the team on its website. Here the report. Neither the Brits nor the Italians have paid the entry fee of one million US$ up to now. Much criticism for the Protocol comes from New Zealand. Financed partly by the New Zealand Government, the Team deplores that the venue is not yet known, a very important factor when canvassing for the vital sponsor money to assure the financing of the Challenge. The Emirates Team New Zealand has only 17 days left to find sufficient finance to stay alive. The team was given a modest advance by the NZ Government's Trade and Enterprise division, however the $5million advance runs out at the end of June. It has been used to pay team costs, and retain key team members while the twice winner of the America's Cup is restructured. The comment in Sailworld with a link to a very open interview by Grant Dalton NZL. Many critics mention that the rules favor the Defender 'Oracle Team USA' massively as never done before. Read also the critics of Jochen Schümann GER.
Russell Coutts confirmed yesterday, that San Francisco has been deleted from the list of four possible venues. With Chicago, another candidate is shaky, as according to the Deed of Gift, the Great Lakes can hardly be confirmed as 'Arm of the Sea' and correspond to the request to 'sail on the Open Sea'. It therefore boils down to the Bermudas and San Diego as possible organising locations. The report.
America's Cup – Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
With a three months delay, the Cupholder 'Oracle Team USA' and the Challenger of Record 'Team Austalia' released the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, which defines the rules, format and commercial regulations for the event. The entry period is June 9 to August 8, 2014, the entry fee is US$ 2 mio. Highlights of the Protocol include a new AC62 catamaran, a foiling, wing sail boat for an 8 person crew, at least two of them to be nationals of the country of their challenge. At least six America's Cup World Series (ACWS) events per year in 2015 and 2016 to be raced in the AC45 class, used to seed teams for the America's Cup Qualifiers. The best four teams will qualify for the Playoffs (earlier the Louis Vuitton Cup). All details on the America's Cup Website.
America's Cup – Thursday, May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014   
The flying America's Cup AC-72 catamaran prompted the designers of the GC32 cat launched last year to upgrade the multihull by integrating foils on four of them as well. They will be in action at the second edition of the Austria-Cup on the Traunsee AUT, shared by the eight teams on the entry list, some of them from America's Cup syndicates, seizing the opportunity to experiment with foiler cats. Tom Slingsby AUS from the 'Oracle Team USA' (among others joined by the Austrian Olympian 49er team Delle-Karth/Resch) and 'Luna Rossa' with Chris Draper GBR/Francesco Bruni ITA will participate. Other prominent helmsmen such as Sébastien Col FRA, Jes Gram-Hansen DEN and Paul Campbell-James GBR are also present. It will not be easy for Flavio Marazzi SUI and his team to repeat the previous year's results.
Leader after day one is Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Chris Draper GBR and Laurent Lenne FRA. The ranking list and the event website. Races can be followed live on the Internet as from 10 a.m. UTC.
America's Cup – Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014   (Image © Beau Outteridge)
There are rumours spreading, that the Protocol for the next America's Cup Challenge will be published next week at the latest with details on the equipment to be used - foiler catamarans (hopefully) less expensive as the AC-72's used in 2013 - and the venue - with San Diego as favorite. The Protocol was promised for March, but apparently, the negociations between the Cup Defender Oracle (with Russell Coutts NZL) and the Challenger of Record 'Team Australia' (with Ian Murray AUS, former AC Director in San Francisco) took longer to sort out all the opinion differences. The two teams are actually training jointly on AC-45's on Sydney Harbour. Here the report with video. The winning AC90-trimaran of Larry Ellison USA (Valencia 2010) was decommissioned and dislocated by helicopter as a 'monument' on the pond in front of the Oracle Headquarters. The video.