In the world of the America's Cup, secrecy has always been paramount, be it the skirt that surrounded Australia II's mysterious winged keel in the 1983 Cup, the 'black' sails that Alinghi developed prior to the 2007 Cup, or the wing sail that BMW/Oracle built for the most recent Deed of Gift farce (well, perhaps that wasn't the best kept secret). When it comes to the Cup, it seems as if there's always something brewing...but oftentimes, it feels as if there's as much information in circulation as there is disinformation.
This next Cup is shaping up no differently. Take, for example, the all-important 'when' and 'where'. In the past week alone all sorts of rumors have circulated claiming that the next Cup will be sailed in Italy in multihulls.
There have also been all sorts of reason why San Francisco is both the best place and an impossible place for the 34th Defense.
And to make the plot even thicker, well-known yachting journalist Peter Montgomery recently sat down with BMW/Oracle CEO Russell Coutts to 'sort out' any misunderstandings. And while Coutts was careful not to tip his hand, he did signal that official word on the 'where' and 'when' for the next Cup could very likely be handed down 'earlier than we've anticipated'.
Be sure to check out the full interview in this newsletter, and stay tuned for the breaking story on Sail-World soon.
And speaking of high-level sailing on San Francisco Bay, the Melges 32 class enjoyed typically breezy conditions at the Melges San Francisco Race Week. Thirteen boats gave a great preview to on-shore audiences as to what the Worlds and the San Francisco Big Boat Series — with 32 boats signed up — will look like. Erik Simonson's images from this weekend's racing are fully worth several minutes of your day. And while you're at it, also check out his great work from the Finn Silver Cup, which was also sailed on the Bay.
And for the truly optimistic on a Monday morning, try to picture AC racing—rather than sport boats and Olympic classes—near Alcatraz Island. If you believe in the rumor mill and good luck, now might just be a good time to light a candle for a Stateside Cup.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
America's Cup Audio: Peter Montgomery talks with Russell Coutts Richard Gladwell, This morning, Sunday, top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery talked with Russell Coutts on the top rating Sportsworld show on Newstalk ZB. After a few days of rumour surrounding the 34th America's Cup options, BMW Oracle racing CEO, Russell Coutts attempted to set the record straight.... [more] Share this story
Coutts and Bennett to sign the Signature moment of 33rd America's Cup Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com's America's Cup Editor took a sequence of images of what is now regarded as the signature moment of the 33rd America's Cup as USA-17 flew two hulls before attacking the Swiss Defender. This image is offered for auction - in a large size print of 1200mm by 850mm, gloss finish (smaller size if requested in these proportions).... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 Worlds Womens & Youth Championships - Aussie Champs Paul Pascoe, In a convincing display of smart consistent sailing, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin from Australia today won the Hobie 16 Youth World Championships in Weihai, China.... [more] Share this story
Ida Lewis Distance Race - Shortened courses Barby MacGowan, Ida Lewis Distance Race shortened courses deliver overnight challenges and satisfaction. Arthur Burke's (Dartmouth, Mass.) Andrews 70 Shindig also took home three trophies, one each for best corrected and elapsed time in PHRF Division 1--in which 11 boats sailed--and one for overall best corrected time in PHRF (a second division hosted 12 boats).... [more] Share this story
International Moth Europeans - Overall Sandra Mudronja, Two superb races finished a splendid week today, with Bora Gulari winning the first one and Nathan Outteridge the second one. Nathan Outteridge explains his day: 'I was not very good in the first race. I was winning, but I made a mistake on a tack and Bora and Simon took advantage of it and overtook me.... [more] Share this story
Melges San Francisco Race Week - Samba assumes top spot Erik Simonson, Samba Pa Ti took control of the M-32 leader board on Saturday at the Melges Race Week, leading current World Champs Bliksem by 9 points with just 2 races remaining. Conditions were perfect yesterday on the Olympic Circle with great breeze and brilliant sunshine. The 13 boat fleet provided ample thrills and spills for spectators and participants alike.... [more] Share this story
Detroit Cup 2010 - What a difference a day makes Luiz E. Kahl, In contrast to strong winds on Friday afternoon, competitors sat through numerous postponements today before an eventual abandonment ended racing for the day. While light conditions during the morning did allow the completion of the initial round robin matches, the becalmed afternoon conditions and resulting abandonment forced the race committee to consolidate the elimination rounds.... [more] Share this story
Detroit Cup 2010 – Everything to sail for tomorrow! Team Tunnicliffe, Detroit Cup update from Team Tunnicliffe: With rainy skies and fickle breeze, only the last three flights of the round robin were completed today at the Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup. Because of this, our team could only sit and watch and hope for the right people to win races to secure us a high enough ranking at the end of the round robin.... [more] Share this story
Finn Silver Cup - Perfect day for Luke Lawrence! Corinne Mckenzie, Finn Silver Cup's second day saw two victories for Miami sailor Luke Laurence, who now takes the lead of the event. Josip Olujic (CRO) conserves his second place while Australian sailor Oliver Tweddell gains two places to third overall.... [more] Share this story
Finn Silver Cup - Day two images from Erik Simonson Erik Simonson, Finn Silver Cup - Day two images from Erik Simonson... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Audio: Tony Veitch talks with Grant Dalton Richard Gladwell, After a rumour filled Friday with reports circulating in the New Zealand media that the key decisions had already been made in the 34th America's Cup, Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch, talked with Emirates Team New Zealand's Grant Dalton on the team's current focus and reaction to the current America's cup revelations.... [more] Share this story
Qingdao might spell the Future of Sailing Marine Business World, As Kjell Borking, the Vice President of EUROSAF, the peak European sailing body commented today at the 2010 International Sailing Forum in Qingdao ‘'The explosion of sailing in Asia is both a joyous and a sad time for this European dominated sport.'... [more] Share this story
18ft Skiff International Regatta - All fired up in San Francisco Rich Roberts, Australia was their birthplace but San Francisco is a pilgrimage for the 18-foot skiffs. John Winning Sr., a longtime winner on the world circuit, has been spreading the word for years. This year New Zealand will be represented for the first time by three boats.... [more] Share this story
Cork OCR international sailing regatta - Day 1 Marianne Davis, 200 boats started racing in the Cork OCR today, Saturday August 21st. Today, the sailors raced in medium breeze (eight knots) and completed racing on all four race courses. The largest class is the Radial class, where the 90 boats are split into divisions for the qualifying rounds.... [more] Share this story
Moth Europeans win to Nathan Outteridge Moth Europeans, Australia's Nathan Outteridge takes the event win. The British Simon Payne is the European Champion before the two Swiss sailors Arnaud Psarofaghis and Matthias Renker... [more] Share this story
Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 - Ireland claims victory in blustery finale Trish Jenkins, Rolex Commodores' Cup 2010 - Ireland has done it. After mounting multiple teams, considered favourite going into both the 2006 and 2008 events but failing to win either, so the Irish boats Antix, marinerscove.ie and Roxy 6 today secured the Cup for the emerald isle.... [more] Share this story
Detroit Cup - High temperatures equal the intensity on the course Luiz E. Kahl, Challenging conditions test the world's best match racers in second day of round robin racing at Bayview Yacht Club. With daytime highs that grew to 90F (32C), the gradient winds on the Detroit River ranged from an early postponement for lack of pressure to multiple course changes as the breeze grew and oscillated. Racers finished the day on a cross-current course on the Detroit River.... [more] Share this story
Melges Race Week 2010 - Images from San Francisco Erik Simonson images, Melges Race Week 2010 - Images from San Francisco from photographer Erik Simonson.... [more] Share this story
Detroit Cup 2010 - Cross currents and close races on day two Team Tunnicliffe, Detroit Cup's second day was filled with great races, but not as many wins as we had hoped. We finished the day 2-4 to take our overall record to 7-4. We are currently tied for first, but six teams have to finish their full complement of races tomorrow to finalize the final round robin scores.... [more] Share this story
Finn Silver Cup - Paine leads Corrine Mckenzie, With a second and a third, South Californian Caleb Paine takes a narrow lead in the first day of the Finn Silver Cup. The European Junior champion and the current World champion are the obvious favourites for the title but newcomers like young German Lennart Luttkus, winner of the first race could also create the surprise.... [more] Share this story
Team Chicago sets sail for China Cup 2010 CCIR Media, The 2010 China Cup International Regatta is delighted to welcome a new challenger to the Beneteau First 40.7 OD Class — Team Chicago, representing the Chicago Yacht Club. This is the first-ever USA entry in the China Cup.... [more] Share this story
Verve Cup 2010 - Day 1 race report Christie Denson, Verve Cup 2010 - End of day 1 race report - In PHRF 3, Eagle leads with 3 bullets and the current leader in PHRF 2 is Scout. Circle B is dominated by the 17-boat J105 Fleet, led by Striking, owned by Blane Shea. Close behind are Sealark and Vytis who are all within 1 point of each other. The J105s are tuning up for their North Americans which will be held at Chicago Yacht Club in September.... [more] Share this story
OK Youth & Junior Championship, West Oxford SC Adrian Walker, OK Youth & Junior Championship Race 1 got underway with Richard Burton, one of the home sailors taking the lead from the start. Midway through the race, the wind dropped off, allowing Sam 'Half Pint' Blocksidge to take the lead. Places changed constantly for the next lap, but Half Pint managed to hold his lead to the end.... [more] Share this story
31st Annual Classic Yacht Regatta sails in Newport Cynthia Goss, Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge returns to Newport, RI, for the final leg of the American circuit with the Museum of Yachting (MoY) Classic Yacht Regatta on September 4th and fifth. The highly anticipated annual event brings enthusiastic vintage and classic yacht owners and skippers to Narragansett Bay for what promises to be one the most exciting classic yacht regattas ever held in the U.S.... [more] Share this story
Moth Europeans - All tied up Sandra Mudronja, Syz & Co Moth Europeans' ranking is still open with the suspense unbearable. The conditions are fantastic on the lake and the competitors sail their boat to the extreme, at speeds regularly exceeding 25 knots!... [more] Share this story
Knickerbocker Cup preview Andrea Watson, Knickerbocker Cup, hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, is just a few days away. With teams hailing from New Zealand, Russia, Denmark, Virgin Islands, Brazil and the US, viewers from around the world will be watching the action as 12 ISAF top-ranked teams go head-to-head to vie for a podium finish.... [more] Share this story
J24 Worlds - Healey new champion J24 Worlds, Tim Healey (USA) is the new champion of the J24 class. This crew mastered the various conditions in Malmoe and won convincing. Ian Southworth (GBR) sailed good at the end for the silver medal and Andrea Casale took the bronze. Best swedish boat was Per-Håkan Persson finishing eight.... [more] Share this story
Offshore Verve Cup 2010 fleet preview Christie Denson, Offshore Verve Cup Regatta 2010 is underway! There are 149 boats on three racing circles on Lake Michigan off of downtown Chicago this weekend. And, for the first time, Offshore Verve will hold a separate distance race for cruiser-racers, which has 9 boats competing. The Verve Race Week, including the Inshore Verve next weekend is the largest course racing regatta in the country this year.... [more] Share this story
Etchells Worlds - Tim Patton takes on champion sailors Colin Thompson, Etchells World Championships will include Bermuda Sailing Association president Tim Patton among the star-studded crew in north County Dublin, Ireland next week.... [more] Share this story
Etchells Worlds to start in Ireland August 23rd Graham Smith, Etchells World Championship starts at Howth Yacht Club (Dublin, Ireland) on Monday next 23rd August with 44 boats from nine countries confirmed to contest the nine-race series.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Cartagena, ready for action Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit, Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy. The Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy was presented today at the Cartagena Town Hall. The scheduled racing starts next Tuesday, but the Public Village opens tomorrow (Saturday) on the dockside of Cartagena, offering free access to all of the excitement and information which supports the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.... [more] Share this story
18's on the Bay restrospective - Erik Simonson images Erik Simonson, 18ft Skiff images from photographer Erik Simonson - http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/content.php?579-18-s-on-the-Bay-Looking-Back... [more] Share this story
Monsoon Cup provides incentive for next generation of sailing stars Audrey Lakai, A ground breaking initiative announced today by The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) will ensure that young sailors have the chance to compete for a place in the WMRT's prestigious season ending finale, the Monsoon Cup. Sailors aged 25 and below from outside Asia can compete at the Asian Match Racing Championship.... [more] Share this story
Toyota Detroit Cup - Good start for Team Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, an open Grade two event here in Detroit saw its first day today. We had a great day finishing our five races with a 5-0 record.... [more] Share this story
Clagget Memorial Regatta - The Clagett expands again! Jan Harley, Clagett Memorial Regatta - This is not the first time the event's organizers have made a move to be more inclusive. Since its inception, The Clagett, which is hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, has grown from offering racing in just the Sonar (2003-2004), to include the 2.4 Metre (2005), and the two-person SKUD-18 (2006) – all classes selected for the Paralympic Games.... [more] Share this story
Finn Silver Cup - Alcatraz start for Practice race Corinne Mckenzie, Finn Silver Cup today saw sailing in the world renowned San Francisco Bay become a reality for the Junior Finn sailors, competing today in the practice race for the Junior Finn World Championship or Jorg Bruder Silver Cup. Alcatraz provided a dramatic background for the starting line along with the Golden Gate Bridge aligned with the top mark.... [more] Share this story
Ida Lewis Distance Race - High Noon start for 36 boats Barby MacGowan, At high noon tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 20), the sixth annual Ida Lewis Distance Race will see 36 IRC, PHRF and Doublehanded boats on the line for what organizers expect to be a 150 nm course out to Block Island and back. With winds forecasted at 6-12 knots, the Race Committee has banked on the smallest boat finishing before 1800 on Saturday night, just before a full-on Finish Line party—for competit... [more] Share this story
Aethon Wing at Little America's Cup, statement from Steve Clark Barby MacGowan, Aethon, the new wing for the C Class catamaran was revealed, trialed, and withdrawn this week. Control system problems caused damage to the wing's airfoil surfaces. These were too extensive to be repaired and tested before the start of the International C Class Catamaran Championship on August 22. The team has therefore decided to scratch the entry of Cogito, and use her wing on Aethon.... [more] Share this story
Boat names forever Sail-World Cruising, There's always some wag who can come up with a name to set you chuckling - have you seen these on the water?...... [more] Share this story
J24 Worlds 2010 - USA team leads championship J24 Worlds, Tim Healy and crew lead the J24 Worlds 2010 with two races remaining. Eight races so far - two races to sail. May the best crew win but after a week with hard winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning all crews and skippers are heroes. Good luck to all.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans - Two revamped Eco 60s hit water ahead Sarah Hames, Velux 5 Oceans - They have spent the last few months hidden away in boatsheds undergoing major transformations – but now two Eco 60 yachts have emerged from their makeovers and have been lifted into the water.... [more] Share this story
SLAM Kiwi Match – Detroit Cup Logan Fraser, Stage two of SLAM Kiwi Match's American tour kicks off this week as the team rolls into Detroit for the Detroit Cup. Hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club this is the third annual running of this grade 2 event. Raced on the Detroit river in the heart of the city right in front of the yacht club, this is sure to be another first class event run by a truly hospitable and friendly club.... [more] Share this story
TP52 World Championship 2010 - Valencia to host in October Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, TP52 World Championship 2010 will be hosted by Valencia from 5 to 9 October. The regatta fleet will be based from the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and will compete in up to 10 races, including a Coastal Race. The organisers expect around 10 teams to fight for the world champions title.... [more] Share this story
Invitation to the Solo Valcour Race on Lake Champlain Marius D'Eschambeault, Solo Valcour on Lake Champlain was born in 2008 by a group of sailing enthusiast. To our knowledge, it is the one and only sail race done solo on scenic Lake Champlain in upper state NY & VT. It is called Solo Valcour because essentially it circles the Valcour Island just south of Plattsburgh, NY. The race is approximately 12 miles l... [more] Share this story
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