jueves, 16 de diciembre de 2010

James Spithill keynote speech at the 2010 World Yacht Race Forum

Wonder who wrote that!!

King Ben

Britain's Ben Ainslie in full flight in today's Finn class.

One champion who has found form is three times Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie. After a steady rather than spectacular start to the regatta, he won all three races today to lead the fleet by a single point over Zach Railey from the USA. Two Frenchmen, Jonathan Lobert and Thomas Le Breton are third and fourth.

Ainslie has had a long time away from the Finn, competing in the Louis Vuitton and World Match Race Tour events. He wrapped up the World Match Race title two weeks ago at the Monsoon Cup.

“I'm getting more comfortable in the boat, and starting to get the feel back,” he said. With a limit of three races a day for the heavyweight dinghy, there are just four more races to sail.

In the other single-handed dinghy, a major upset is on the cards. An Australian is in the dominant position and his name is Tom. But it isn't International Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby.

Sail Melbourne 2010 - Highlights from Day 3

Tom Slingsby receives ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award plus latest from day 3 of Sail Melbourne 2010

New Year, New Route - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12

Camper shows us (or doesnt!)

Thomas Jundt and Mirabau

Following the success of the foiling monohull, Mirabaud LX, the Geneva-based
engineer and sailor now plans to develop a wing with the aim of breaking new
Geneva, the 10th December 2010 – Geneva-based sailor and designer Thomas Jundt
plans to develop a wing mast for his foiling monohull, Mirabaud LX.
Since the radical boat hit the water in April 2008, Mirabaud LX has undergone constant
improvement including new floats, sails, foils and continuous fine-tuning to the structure in
World renowned and the subject of heated discussion in the International sailing community,
Mirabaud LX has had considerable success on both salt and fresh water. In particular Thomas
Jundt, Antoine Ravonel and Eric Gobet blew off the 200-strong fleet in the Genève-Rolle-Genève
2009 race, winning the monohull category and breaking the event record.
The same year, in May 2009, Mirabaud LX sailed for the first time without any floats, flying solely
on her foils.
This autumn, Mirabaud LX won the yacht category of the prestigious Weymouth Speed Week with a
run over the 500m course at an average of 23.24 knots and a top speed of 25.8 knots.
“I visited Newport (Rhode Island, USA) this autumn to take part in the Little America’s Cup and to check
out the latest rigid sail developments,” explains Thomas Jundt. “I’ve been watching the evolution of wing
sails for many years, but this time I was really struck by the amount of new technology on show, their ease
of use and the associated performance. I was convinced that we needed to add this development to the
Mirabaud LX project.”
Mirabaud LX will only be the second yacht with a wing on Lake Geneva, after Philippe Stern’s catamaran Altaïr
XII that caused a stir in the early 90’s.
“We have supported Thomas Jundt’s projects for the past three years and have keenly followed the successive
developments of Mirabaud LX,” comments Mirabaud Associate and CEO Antonio Palma. “Thomas has a unique
and innovative approach and his projects are professionally planned and implemented. We are delighted to be able
to support this new development.”
Mirabaud LX’s wing is currently in the conception phase and will be completed before the major racing circuit begins
on Lake Geneva
A glimpse of the future: Mirabaud LX 2011 will break the mould of what we consider a racing yacht to be.

martes, 14 de diciembre de 2010

Wild Oats XI

Wild Oats XI out on Sydney Harbour for the Solas Big Boat Challenge

domingo, 12 de diciembre de 2010

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.

Coupled with their sixth-place finish in the match racing portion, BMW ORACLE Racing placed fourth overall in the event. They also won the RC 44 Austria Cup in April and the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup in June and finished with a 2-point advantage over Artemis Racing in the season championship.

“We knew the season was hanging in the balance,” said Ellison. “Everyone was intense, but Russell did a great job of calling tactics and the whole crew did a fantastic job. We didn’t make any cataclysmic mistakes and we used our opportunities to pass boats. We did OK.”

The RC 44 World Champion yacht 17, with guest helmsman William “Doug” Douglass and tactician James Spithill, won the fleet racing portion of the regatta with the low score of 39 points.

“Today was a little windy and we saw how the boats could get wicked up and go,” said Douglass, a veteran of the Farr 40 and Melges 32 one-design classes. “We were a little asleep today.”

The crew – including Jonas Hviid Nielsen (trimmer), Kyle Langford (grinder), Joe Newton (trimmer), Philippe Presti (mainsheet), Bryce Ruthenberg (match racing trimmer), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and Matt Von Bibra (pit) – led the fleet racing throughout the three days.

They survived today despite a couple of mishaps in the final race, including an early start, twisted spinnaker and the temporary loss of van Nieuwenhuyzen overboard on the first downwind leg. He was recovered without incident.

“I think it was impressive for Doug to come in the first time and win,” said Spithill. “It took us time to get him up to speed, but he did a great job. Full credit to the guys for hanging in there.

“Today was very shifty and hard to read,” Spithill continued. “It was also a bit warmer, so Piet went for a swim. We kind of broached and he fell off. It took forever to get him back aboard.”

Like 17, BMW ORACLE Racing, which also won the 2010 Fleet Racing Championship, had an early start, but the crew was able to dig its way out of trouble to prevent the points from accumulating, especially on the downwind legs.

“We probably won it downwind today,” said Coutts. “We didn’t make any big errors and were able to pass boats because of the shifts and puffs. That was the winning factor.”

RC 44 2010 Season Championship

1. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts – (8)-1-1-4-2-4 – 12 points

2. Artemis Racing (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson – 1-(8)-4-2-5-2 – 14 points

3. 17 (USA) William Douglass/James Spithill – (11)-3-5-3-1-3 – 15 points

4. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies – 2-2-3-5-3-(6) – 15 points

5. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton – 4-6-2-1-(8)-5 – 18 points

6. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser – 3-4-6-7-6-(9) – 26 points

7. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard – 6-5-(8)-6-4-8 – 29 points

8. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis – 5-7-7-(9)-7-7 – 33 points

9. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni – 11-(12)-12-11-9-1 – 44 points

10. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce – 7-9-10-8-(11)-11 – 45 points

11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder – 9-10-9-10-10-(14) – 48 points

12. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov – 11-12-12-(13)-13-10 – 58 points

13. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner – 11-12-12-(13)-12-12 – 59 points

14. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams – 11-12-12-13-(15)-13 – 61 points

ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami Final Standings

(Boat, match racing-fleet racing – total)

1. Mascalzone Latino, 3-3 – 6 points

2. Artemis Racing, 2-5 – 7 points

3. Yacht 17, 7-1 – 8 points

4. BMW ORACLE Racing, 6-2 – 8 points

5. Team Aqua, 1-9 – 10 points

6. No Way Back, 8-4 – 12 points

7. Ceeref, 10-6 – 16 points

8. Katusha, 9-7 – 16 points

9. Sea Dubai, 5-11 – 16 points

10. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 4-12 – 16 points

11. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 13-8 – 21 points

12. Peninsula Petroleum, 12-10 – 22 points

13. Ironbound, 11-13 – 24 points

14. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team, 14-14 – 28 points


Do yacht clubs really matter in the America's Cup?

According to the Deed of Gift, the basic set of rules that govern the America's Cup, "any organized yacht Club of a foreign country, incorporated, patented, or licensed by the legislature, admiralty or other executive department, having for its annual regatta an ocean water course on the sea, or on an arm of the sea, or one which combines both, shall always be entitled to the right of sailing a match for this Cup". In the 32nd edition of the world's oldest sailing event, a few exceptions were granted. The Spanish challenged through their national sailing federation, the Chinese through the newly-created Qingdao International yacht Club....
Have we seen this all before? Check out the good article written by Pierre at Valencia Sailing. I think he has a point. All seems a bit silly!

BMW ORACLE Racing on threshold of RC 44 season championship

Ellison and tactician Russell Coutts scored an eighth and a fifth in today’s two races and now have 34 points. A top-three finish in the fleet racing, coupled with the sixth they scored in the match racing would be enough to secure the overall championship they led coming into the final event of the season.

Points are easy to come by on the racecourse, however, and the crew’s win is far from certain.

“We’re not there yet,” said BMW ORACLE Racing mainsail trimmer Dirk de Ridder. “There are a lot of boats out there and it’s easy to rack up the points. The key is to get a free lane. When you get near other boats you tend to slow down, so it’s almost worth it to sail extra distance and get a clear lane.”

Ellison and Coutts trail the RC 44 World Champion yacht 17, led by helmsman William “Doug” Douglass and tactician James Spithill, by 20 points. Douglass and Spithill scored two bullets today and have 14 points in 6 races.

“I’ve got a good crew and a great tactician in Jimmy Spithill,” said Douglass. “He’s putting me in the right place and the guys have the boat tuned great. It’s easy to go well when the boat’s fast.”

For the RC 44 World Champion crew of 17, Douglass represents the third fleet racing helmsman this season. The lack of continuity is far from ideal, but the crew has adapted.

“It’s difficult getting a new helmsman every regatta because the communication from one to the next is always different and basically you’re starting over again at every event,” said 17 crewman Kyle Langford. “But because we’ve had so many different guys we’ve been able to figure out what to focus on to make it work.”

The ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami and 2010 season conclude tomorrow with the first warning signal scheduled for 12:00 pm.


ORACLE Miami Cup, 2010 championship hang in balance tomorrow
In a season that has seen a number of newcomers to the RC 44 Class, it's yet another newcomer that's dominating the fleet racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

jueves, 9 de diciembre de 2010

Appleton lead’s Bake’s entry to match racing season championship

Team Aqua’s owner Chris Bake celebrates with his boys. “I am proud of this title”, he said. “It’s a great testament to the team and the work Cam has done.” Photo: Copyright Nico Martinez / RC44

405: Class Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, with Cameron Appleton at the helm, left no chance to Artemis, helmed by Terry Hutchinson. Photo: Copyright Nico Martinez / RC44

MIAMI (9 December 2010) – Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, led by New Zealand skipper Cameron Appleton, today won the match racing portion of the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami.

The close victory over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing, led by American skipper Terry Hutchinson, also gave Team Aqua the season championship under the match racing format.

“It’s a great testament to the team and the work Cam has done,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since its inception. “He’s been consistent all year, especially on the match racing side. It makes me proud to see them win today.”

Hutchinson and Artemis won the start of the race, but Appleton was able to get to the right side of the racecourse and then used the advantage of starboard tack to gain control of the match near the first mark.

Team Aqua then fended off repeated challenges from Artemis to grab the double championship.

“Terry did a nice job in the pre-start and won comfortably, but we broke free and took advantage of a right shift the guys saw, and that was the difference,” said Appleton.

“Winning the match racing championship is a big highlight of the year. We feel we sailed well all year and the guys on board have done a fantastic job. It’s a strong crew to sail with,” Appleton said.

Hutchinson, known for his succinctness, summed the final up in one sentence: “We won the start, let him get to the right, and that was that.”

With the finish Artemis moved into second place in the match racing season championship, leap-frogging BMW ORACLE Racing, which placed sixth today and fell from a tie for first to third overall.

“We’re out there trying to do the best we can each race and whatever happens happens,” said headsail trimmer Ross Halcrow. “It was unfortunate we made a couple of unforced errors at the start of the round robin and that’s put us where we are.”

In other racing today Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino finished third with a victory over Synergy Russian Sailing Team, which placed fourth. Team Sea Dubai placed fifth by beating BMW ORACLE Racing in a close match.

RC 44 World Champion James Spithill guided the yacht 17 to a win over No Way Back to place seventh and relegate No Way Back to eighth.

Katusha beat Ceeref in the race for ninth and 10th, class newcomer Ironbound finished 11th with a win over Peninsula Petroleum, and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned from a broken mast on the first day to defeat AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team to place 13th.

Although Bake watched his crew win the title from off the boat, he’ll be at the helm for the upcoming fleet racing and finds great pleasure in setting aside his day-to-day worries for a brief time.

“For me, with limited time away from work and great passion for sailing, I can’t think of a better format to come out and test my skills,” said Bake, who’s been in the class since Day 1. “I have a challenging time on the water and a sociable and enjoyable time off it. We all have a lot on, but when I step on the boat I park my day-to-day things and focus on the boat and getting into gear, and that feels great. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s got me hooked.”

ORACLE RC 44 Cup Match Racing Final Standings
1. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton
2. Artemis Racing (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson
3. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov
5. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser
6. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts
7. 17 (USA) William Douglass/Jimmy Spithill
8. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies
9. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard
10. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis
11. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams
12. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner
13. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce
14. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder

RC 44 Match Racing Season Standings

1. Team Aqua – 10 points
2. Artemis Racing – 12 points
3. BMW ORACLE Racing – 14 points
4. Team Sea Dubai – 22 points
5. No Way Back – 23 points
6. 17 – 24 points
7. Katusha – 30
8. Ceeref – 33
9. Mascalzone Latino – 45 points
10. Islas Canarias – 45 points
11. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team – 48 points
12. Synergy Russia Sailing Team – 52 points
13. Peninsula Petroleum – 59 points
14. Ironbound – 61 points

RC44 - ORACLE RC44 Cup Miami 2010 - Day 2

[Source: RC44 Class Association] After yesterday’s wet and wild start to the ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami, the regatta ground to a virtual halt today with a lack of wind.

After waiting all day for the wind to build, Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio was forced to abandon the day’s schedule at 1520 hours with insufficient breeze on the racecourse.

The loss of the semifinal round today sees the event advance to the match racing final tomorrow morning where Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, led by Cameron Appleton, will square off against Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing, with Terry Hutchinson as skipper. The two crews won Group A and B, respectively, with 5-1 records.


Onboard ALL4ONE in Dubai! As mentioned by Sailing Anarchy - this from a very dull event. We still find the dinosaurs sexy, but there was something suprisingly dull about the last event. I am sure ORACLE didn´t make a big effort to change that.
Produced by Keith Brash , Video filmed by Olivier Douillard (Headcam)

Huge sale!

Big sale on at the Alinghi team base - great offers on for xmas presents!

Ver Sin título en un mapa más grande

miércoles, 8 de diciembre de 2010

IMOCA Open 60 Central Lechera Asturiana dismasts

The safety gates are established to limit the descent of the yachts into dangerous areas, perhaps because of floating ice or because these areas are too far away from maritime rescue services in the southernmost countries.

The zone borders will depend on the evolution of the ice caps (floating polar ice), and as such, won't be made known until the 1st of November 2010, two months ahead of the start.

Any stop ahead of 140ºE will not be penalised. That is the longitude for the extreme Southeast of Australia, before the island of Tasmania. From thereon until the finish in Barcelona, any stop on land will be of an obligatory 48 hours in length.

Speed Trophies
For this edition of the Barcelona World Race, legs will be marked out between the longitude of natural points of passage. For each of these natural legs there will be a speed trophy, which means a ranking in terms of the time each entry has taken to complete the distance, independently from the overall ranking in the regatta.

The following Trophies will be given:

•North-South Mediterranean Trophy: Barcelona - Gibraltar.
•North-South Atlantic Trophy: Gibraltar – Cape of Good Hope.
•Indian Ocean Trophy: Cape of Good Hope – Cook Strait.
•Pacific Trophy: Cook Strait – Cape Horn.
•South-North Atlantic Trophy: Cape Horn – Gibraltar
•South-North Mediterranean Trophy: Gibraltar - Barcelona.

Central Lechera Asturiana was dismasted while on delivery passage to Barcelona for the start of the Barcelona World Race. The crew are safe, not injured and are making to Cascais, Lisbon.
The IMOCA Open 60 Central Lechera Asturiana of co-skippers Juan Merediz (ESP) and Fran Palacio (ESP) suffered a dismasting in the early hours of this morning off the Portuguese coast while they were on delivery from Sanxenxo to Barcelona.

The crew are uninjured and in good health and are making towards Cascais, by Lisbon as are the team’s shore crew by road from Galicia. Once there they will further evaluate the situation and assess their options.

Despite this setback the entire team are united in their drive to be at the start of the Barcelona World Race on 31st December.

The competing teams and the Barcelona World Race organisation have already pledged to do all they can to try to ensure that Central Lechera Asturiana makes the race start.

Central Lechera Asturiana was dismasted very early this morning while on delivery passage to Barcelona for the start of the Barcelona World Race. The crew are safe, not injured and are making to Cascais, Lisbon.

The IMOCA Open 60 Central Lechera Asturiana of co-skippers Juan Merediz (ESP) and Fran Palacio (ESP) suffered a dismasting in the early hours of this morning off the Portuguese coast while they were on delivery from Sanxenxo to Barcelona.

The crew are uninjured and in good health and are making towards Cascais, by Lisbon as are the team’s shore crew by road from Galicia. Once there they will further evaluate the situation and assess their options.

Despite this setback the entire team are united in their drive to be at the start of the Barcelona World Race on 31st December.

The competing teams and the Barcelona World Race organisation have already pledged to do all they can to try to ensure that Central Lechera Asturiana makes the race start.

Hugo Bossing!

Yacht ultrasound done afloat

Ultrasound NDT testing was conducted to the top sides of a 63 foot sailing composite yacht in Marina Real, Valencia by the Valencia Yacht Management team with ATISAE technicians. The test proved positive, showing that the topsides laminate and hull was in good condition. Possible further tests may be conducted to the underwater body when she comes out of the water. A relatively cheap process that was completed in one morning, eliminating any doubts about a potentially dangerous problem. For further information on such services contact info@vlcym.com.

Americas Cup 2013?

Sailing cartoons

New Zealand cartoonist Mark O'Brien's cartoons, caricatures and characters have made a name for themselves over the years. We even enjoyed their fun perspective when things got out of hand between Oracle and Alinghi in the last Cup.

I met Mark years ago when he was starting out with the 93 Whitbread and the guy really has a gift for the things he draws.

Caricatures for gifts
LIve caricaturing at events
Cartoons for websites, publications, events*
Characters for councils, companies and campaigns
Illustrations for manuals, books, Christmas cards
MONSTAmurals for events, walls, backdrops

email Mark at mark@markob.co.nz or phone 0800 666782 (in NZ) for some ideas and a quote...

He is taking Christmas caricature and card commissions up to December 17

Some of his work includes:
*Official Cartoonist 1993/94 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race
Swedish Match Team Cartoonist 1997/98 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race
Freelance cartoonist America's Cup Auckland 2000 2003
Luna Rossa Team Cartoonist America's Cup Valencia 2007
Alinghi Team Cartoonist 2008/9 /10

WSSRC Ratifies Outright World Sailing Speed Record

The World Sailing Speed Record Council has announced the ratification of a new world record for Rob Douglas (USA).
Record: World Sailing Speed Record
Venue: Luderitz, Namibia
Name: Rob Douglas USA
Equipment: Kitesurf. Mike Zajicek custom. Kite Cabrinha Switchblade 9 sqm
Dates: 28 October 2010.
Course length: 501M
Current: Nil
Start time: 14; 10; 25.12
Finish time: 14; 10; 42.62
Elapsed time: 17.50 seconds
Speed: 55.65 knots
Corrected for current: N/A

Comments: Current record: Sebastien Cattalan FRA 55.49 kts, 28 October - 14 minutes earlier.
There are no claims at present to exceed this record.

World Sailing Speed Record Council - http://www.sailspeedrecords.com/

Salt Water Shower - Wet and Wild Footage from PUMA Ocean Racing

If you want to sail with the PUMA Ocean Racing team, you better get used to being soaking wet for days at a time. Life on a Volvo 70 not dry- but the sailing must go on.

New challengers for the 34th America's Cup?

According to Valencia sailing, there is a new Korean challenger for the next Cup. Checking the official web page we found nothing!

Rumours have also started to surface of another Canadian challenge.

As far as the Defender´s website is concerned, we only have ARTEMIS as an officially announced challenger. We know Team New Zealand are working for the moment, but still nothing official has surfaced on any of these entries. If you were a potential sponsor, it doesn´t look good at present. Who will be sailing where come 2013 (or even next year)?

Sourced from the defender´s webpage:
The oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup has become an obsession for some of the most famous, powerful, and exceedingly eccentric characters in the world. The America’s Cup transcends mere sport; rather, it is a story of adventure, ambition, technology, innovation, creativity, and competition.

It is a story that begins a long time ago. To put the history of the America’s Cup in context, consider that when the first Games of the modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896, it had already been 45 years since the yacht America had bested the British fleet in 1851.

That first race around the Isle of Wight, on the Solent off the south coast of England, was for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Guinea Cup. The winning boat, America, was built by a syndicate from the New York Yacht Club, led by commodore John Cox Stevens. America was designed to be sailed across the Atlantic, to participate in the Universal Exhibition, and then race against the best of the British fleet, for ‘gentlemen’s wagers’.

But Stevens and his colleagues tipped their hand too early, blasting up the Solent on the final delivery from across the English Channel, and dissuading any locals from taking bets against the radical looking cutter. Eventually, after significant pressure from the press and the general public, America was allowed to sail in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Guinea Cup, winning the race, and claiming the trophy to take home.

In 1857, Stevens and his syndicate donated the trophy through a Deed of Gift to the New York Yacht Club, declaring the Cup should be held in trust as a “perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries.”

Thus was born the America’s Cup, named after the boat, rather than the country.

The America’s Cup, still true to the Deed of Gift, is a challenge-based trophy. The Yacht Club winning the America’s Cup becomes the Defender, and must race against eligible challenging yacht clubs to defend the trophy.

In the early years, the defending New York Yacht Club could boast several advantages that it wielded to keep the Cup safe in its trophy room. Challenging boats had to be built heavily enough to sail to New York (often across the Atlantic) but then were competing in the light conditions of the US East Coast in summer.

This, among other advantages, allowed the New York Yacht Club to keep the America’s Cup for 132-years, often described as the longest winning streak in sport.

The streak lasted through two World Wars, eventually coming to an end only in 1983, in the 12-Metre class. For most of the history of the America’s Cup, the Defender would accept just one challenge, but in 1970, with several clubs from different countries interested in the Cup, the New York Yacht Club accepted multiple challenges, the challenger candidates first racing each other to determine who would sail against the Defender in the America’s Cup Match.

Many Cup historians see this as the beginning of the end for the dominance of the Defender. The evidence certainly supports that conclusion. From the time Louis Vuitton began supporting the Challenger Series, creating the Louis Vuitton Cup in 1983, the Challenger has beaten the Defender in the America’s Cup Match four out of seven times (in multi-challenger editions). Up until that point, the Challenger had never won in 24 attempts.

The team to end the streak was Australia II. The ‘Men from Down-Under’ sailed with confidence, thrashing the other challengers en route to the Match. Boasting a radical keel designed by Ben Lexcen, and skippered by the sure hand of John Bertrand, the upstart Australians beat legend Dennis Conner and his crew in an electrifying Match, the outcome in doubt right up until the end of the seven-race series, 4 – 3.

Conner was able to exact a measure of revenge by claiming the Cup back in 1987, bringing the trophy to San Diego, before Team New Zealand again took the Auld Mug to the Southern Hemisphere in 1995.

32nd America's Cup - Final Match - Day 2
After a successful defence by New Zealand in 2000 (the first successful defence outside the United States), in 2003, the Swiss-based Alinghi came to New Zealand and won the Cup. Alinghi became the first team to win the America’s Cup on its first attempt, bolstered by the vast Cup experience of many of its crew.

For the 32nd America’s Cup, Alinghi, brought the competition to Europe for the first time, selecting Valencia, Spain as the venue. Against what may be the strongest line-up of challengers to ever assemble in the America’s Cup, Alinghi eventually defeated Emirates Team New Zealand 5-2 to successfully defend the trophy.

The 33rd America’s Cup will be remembered for both the legal acrimony that preceded the racing, resulting in a one on one Deed of Gift Match, as well as for the two incredibly sophisticated, cutting-edge, high-tech multihulls that each team built for the race.

After numerous court challenges, the event took place in February, 2010 between Alinghi, with its enormous A5 catamaran and BMW ORACLE Racing with USA, its trimaran powered by a towering wing sail.

The American challenger, driven by the largest wing ever built, was too powerful for the Swiss defender and swept the Match 2-0, winning the trophy for its San Francisco based Golden Gate Yacht Club. Shortly after the victory, it was revealed that the Club Nautico di Roma and its Mascalsone Latino Audi Team was the challenger of record for the 34th America’s Cup.

ed With so little known to date, let us hope this Cup gets the respect that those crazy eccentrics have come to love and given it over the years.


Year Defender Challenger Score

1851 Aurora, England America, USA 0-1
1870 Magic, USA Cambria, England 1-0
1871 Columbia, USA Livonia, England 4-1
1876 Madeline, USA Countess of Dufferin, Canada 2-0
1881 Mischief, USA Atalanta, Canada 4-1
1885 Puritan, USA Genesta, GBR 2-0
1886 Mayflower, USA Galatea, GBR 2-0
1887 Volunteer, USA Thistle, Scotland 2-0
1893 Vigilant, USA Valkyrie II, GBR 3-0
1895 Defender, USA Valkyrie III, GBR 3-0
1899 Columbia, USA Shamrock, Ireland 3-0
1901 Columbia, USA Shamrock II, Ireland 3-0
1903 Reliance, USA Shamrock III, Ireland 3-0
1920 Resolute, USA Shamrock IV, Ireland 3-2
1930 Enterprise, USA Shamrock V, Ireland 4-0
1934 Rainbow, USA Endeavour, GBR 4-2
1937 Ranger, USA Endeavour II, GBR 4-0
1958 Columbia, USA Sceptre, GBR 3-1
1962 Weatherly, USA Gretel, Australia 4-1
1964 Constellation, USA Sovereign, GBR 4-0
1967 Intrepid, USA Dame Pattie, Australia 4-0
1970 Intrepid, USA Gretel II, Australia 4-1
1974 Courageous, USA Southern Cross, Australia 4-0
1977 Courageous, USA Australia, Australia 4-0
1980 Freedom, USA Australia, Australia 4-1
1983 Liberty, USA Australia II, Australia 3-4
1987 Kookaburra III, Australia Stars & Stripes 87, USA 0-4
1988 Stars & Stripes 88, USA New Zealand, NZ 2-0
1992 America 3, USA Il Moro di Venezia, Italy 4-1
1995 Young America, USA Team NZ, New Zealand 0-5
2000 Team NZ, New Zealand Luna Rossa, Italy 5-0
2003 Team NZ, New Zealand Alinghi, Switzerland 0-5
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MIAMI (7 December 2010) – The RC 44 class made its debut in American waters today in conditions that make Miami a renowned racing venue: a northwesterly breeze gusting over 20 knots and the boats planing around the racecourse north of Government Cut at speeds of 17 to 20 knots.

The ORACLE RC 44 Cup Miami commenced today with the 14-boat fleet split into two groups of seven for preliminary match racing. If time permits by mid-Thursday, semifinals and a final will be held for the top two from each group.

Wintertime racing off the southeast coast of Florida has long been a sailor’s playground. The sun is brilliant, the water is warm and the conditions usually challenge the best of crews.

Although the Northern Hemisphere winter is still officially two weeks away, chilly temperatures this morning had the sailors thinking it came early. The passing of a cold front helped stir up the strong northwesterlies, and the fleet completed eight flights of five matches for 40 races in total.

In Group Alpha, Cameron Appleton has Chris Bake’s Team Aqua tops in the group with a 5-1 record, followed by Harm Müller-Spreer and Markus Wieser in Team Sea Dubai. Sea Dubai actually posted a 6-0 record, but had penalty points applied by the umpires.

In Group Bravo, Terry Hutchinson guided Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis to the top of the group with a 5-1 record. Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino enjoyed its best day since returning to the class and is second at 4-1 with one flight to complete the round. BMW ORACLE Racing, with Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, is third at 4-2.

The conditions taxed many of the crews, who were sore from being thrown about the light-displacement yachts, but none other than Daniel Calero’s crew aboard Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. The Spanish crew from the Canary Islands was forced out of action with a broken mast before morning had turned to afternoon.

Islas Canarias had just completed a jibe in its Flight 1 race when the mast broke about five feet above the gooseneck, where the boom attaches to the mast, and the spar went over the port side.

“We had just completed our jibe when we heard a big crunch," said Calero. “There wasn’t much we could do to save the mast."

Crewman Carlos Hernandez jumped into the warm Atlantic Ocean to help the crew recover some of the sails and disassemble the rigging so the mast could be brought back aboard the yacht for the motor to the harbor.

Islas Canarias Puerto Calero returned to shore where the crew began stepping a spare mast that the RC 44 Class Association has available at each regatta for just such an incident.

“This is the good side of this class, there’s a mast ready to go and we’ll be ready to race tomorrow," said Calero. “We were enjoying the great conditions today and can’t wait to get back out tomorrow."

ORACLE RC44 Cup Miami Day 1 Quotes

Cameron Appleton, Team Aqua: “We came off the water with one loss and that was good on a day like today. It was very shifty. Wind started out with puffs up to 28 knots or more, we saw the first rig come down in the class, and everyone seemed to be handling the conditions in different ways. It was a good test for the crews. A really good crew was rewarded today by sailing the boats well. Today was tricky because of a little cross swell and change in pressure. It kept us all on our toes.

Francesco Bruni, Mascalzone Latino: “We’re very happy, obviously. We had four good starts. We’re making big progress from Valencia to here and are now starting to win some races. We’re learning the boat more and more. It’s normal to struggle in the beginning, but now we’re learning again. We had 20 knots, sunny and breezy. It was puffy, shifty, a very nice challenge. It was just a bit too cold, but everything else was brilliant."

Pieter Heerema, No Way Back: “Today was exciting, a beautiful wind but tough. Lots of people had problems in boathandling. That makes the sailing exciting. We had an up and down day. We sailed well, no problems with the boathandling, but we didn’t always grab the opportunities we created for ourselves. At a certain point you just have to nail it."

Terry Hutchinson, Artemis: “It was an incredibly difficult day. Our guys sailed very well. This was our first regatta since Dubai where we had any training prior to the first day of racing and it showed. Sailing north of Government Cut (the channel leading to Miami Harbor) was pretty good. The course gave options for both sides to work."

Harm Mueller-Spreer, Team Sea Dubai: “We had six wins, good boatspeed and very good starts. We had a bit of bad luck in the second to last race because we hit the Russians (Synergy Russian Sailing Team). But our boathandling is good, the maneuvering is good and the feeling for the pre-start is good. I feel very comfortable. First off we had not so much wind and then it increased to 25 knots or more and slowly decreased all afternoon."

Ian Williams, Ironbound: “The boat’s fantastic. The best thing is that you only have eight guys and lots to do. Everybody needs to pull their weight and be aware of what’s going on, doing right things at the right time. It makes it a great challenge as a team to do well."

ORACLE RC44 Cup Miami Provisional Results
(Through 8 flights)
Group Alpha
1. Team Aqua (UAE) Chris Bake/Cameron Appleton – 5-1, 5 points
2. Team Sea Dubai (UAE) Harm Müller-Spreer/Markus Wieser – 6-0, 4 points*
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS) Maxim Logutenko/Evgeniy Neugodnikov – 2-3, 2 points
3. No Way Back (NED) Pieter Heerema/Ray Davies – 4-2, 2 points*
3. Katusha (RUS) Guennadi Timtchenko/Paul Cayard – 2-4, 2 points
6. Peninsula Petroleum (ESP) John Bassadone/Inaki Castaner – 1-4, 1 point
7. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) Daniel Calero/Jose Maria Ponce – 0-6, 0 points
(* penalty points applied)

Group Bravo
1. Artemis (SWE) Torbjorn Tornqvist/Terry Hutchinson – 5-1
2. Mascalzone Latino (ITA) Vincenzo Onorato/Francesco Bruni – 4-1
3. BMW ORACLE Racing (USA) Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts – 4-2
4. 17 (USA) William Douglass/Jimmy Spithill – 4-2
5. Ceeref (SLO) Igor Lah/Rod Davis – 2-4
6. Ironbound (USA) David Murphy/Ian Williams – 1-4
7. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team (AUT) René Mangold/Christian Binder – 0-6