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Post 6 May 2010 Announcement
Frankly, I was disappointed in the announcement yesterday since I knew that Russell Coutts (BMW Oracle's CEO) has been talking to all the teams at the Louis Vuitton Trophy races and I expected some core decisions. Maybe the issues are just too complex in the short term. Here is a brief summary and a link.

Next America's Cup: 2013 or 2014
Location: undecided
Monohulls or multihulls: undecided, will be studied by experts, a "new class" of boats is contemplated that will be on the water by 2012
Entries: opening on 1 Dec. 2010 and closing on 31 Jan. 2011
Protocol (basic rules): published in August 2010, all other details to be determined by 31 Dec. 2010
Goal: "the avoidance of disputes, the reduction on the rules emphasis that has dogged the event, and a need to make the game simpler and more understandable to the fans." To reach this, all aspects of the race will be mutually agreed upon by all the participants.

Click Here for the press conference details.

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Fri May 07, 2010 10:11 am
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34th America’s Cup

Since the contentious and litigious 33rd America’s Cup took place, some progress seems to be made toward a more democratic 34th race. Of course, the proof will be with a race that does not bring shame on the Cup or upon any of its participants. Time will tell.

Shortly after the last Cup race, BMW Oracle met separately and as a group with all potential challengers and solicited comments as to what they wanted. There were a number of things that ended up in the draft Protocol that has already been issued. Once all teams have studied the draft, the final Protocol will be issued by 31 August, 2010. The design rule should be released by 30 December 2010. Race rules should be out by 30 December. Challenges should be accepted from 1 October 2010 to 31 January 2011.

The Protocol includes a neutral race management body, wide-ranging powers by the jury, cost cutting measures, initiative to transform television and media output, etc.

Rating rule authorities in America and Britain have been commissioned to draft the rules for the next generation of the America’s Cup yacht. The goal is to select a non-partisan rather than a defender’s yacht. Something a number of teams can afford to build and sail.

The site (or sites) of the races have not been selected yet but the sense of the information seems to be leaning toward the preliminary rounds being sailed in several different places in the world.

Some tests were recently conducted this month off Valencia to see if monohull or multihull designs would make a more exciting race (during the pre-start for example). Goals are to have high-performance and close racing, a wide wind range capability, ease of shipping and transportation, and an overall length of 22 meters.

One additional goal would to make it more understandable and easier to follow for fans both at the race site and on television.

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Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:49 pm
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13 September 2010, Valencia, Spain

Three of the four major components of the 34th America's Cup were announced today.

Year: 2013
Class of boat: AC72 (new)
Rules: Protocol was released (copy available at link below).
Venue: under negotiation at present but should be decided well before the end of this year

The new class of boat is a 72' long catamaran with wingsail (both boats in the last race were 90' long). The wingsail will be a version of the one on the BMW-Oracle trimaran but only 40 meters tall (compared to 60 m). Only eleven crew members (17 in the last race). Able to be disassembled and flown anywhere in the world (the BMW-Oracle trimaran had to be shipped via cargo ship). The AC72 can be sailed in wind conditions as low as 3 knots and as high as 33 knots since the wingsail can be shortened to suit the higher wind speeds (reducing cancellations). Construction costs will be 20% less than the same size monohull. The overall lower costs are expected to attract a number of new competitors. As it was before the last America's Cup, a series of races will be conducted among the competitors to select the Challenger.

The courses are supposed to be shorter and more action-packed since the trailing boat should be capable of catching and passing the leading boat. There will be an independent race management and a fully-empowered international jury to avoid disputes. There will be an on-board cameraman to improve viewing for TV audiences.

One big surprise was the announcement of the new AC45 boat class. A 45' long version of the AC72 which will allow sailors to gain experience through a series of regattas around the world crowning a World Series champion each year. The first AC45's will be used for training of the crews that will be racing the AC72's in the next America's Cup but afterward the new AC45's will be used to train younger sailors.

CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:15 pm
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Post Re: America's Cup race
Key appointments to America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) were just announced. Iain Murray (Australian) was named Regatta Director & CEO. Andy Hindley (UK) was appointed COO.

"This is the first time in the event’s 159-year history that the defender has divested management of the competition into the hands of a neutral body, a central part of its vision to move the America’s Cup into the future."

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Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:59 pm
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Details of the new AC72 boat design were announced yesterday. These rules were delayed to allow additional time for comments from potential challengers. I cannot wait to see one of these boats actually sailing.

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Post Re: America's Cup race
After discussions with cities around the world, San Francisco, California, USA is the site of the next America's Cup. Not a big surprise, really.

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Post Re: America's Cup race
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After discussions with cities around the world, San Francisco, California, USA is the site of the next America's Cup. Not a big surprise, really.

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Not a surprise at all. A good choice, I think.


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Post Re: America's Cup race
The entry period for the 34th America's Cup race, to be held in 2013, closed yesterday (3/31/2011).

There are 15 teams currently involved: the Defender (Oracle-USA) and 14 Challengers from 12 countries. Of the Challengers, seven have been accepted and have made public announcements, five others have been accepted but have yet to announce themselves, and two additional teams are being vetted to see if they meet the entry requirements. One notable absentee is the Swiss Alingi team (prior winner in 2003 and 2007 and loser in 2010) who announced they would not be participating in 2013.

There appears to be a greater interest for the 34th America's Cup compared to recent races. There were nine challengers from six countries in 2003 and eleven challengers from nine countries in 2007.

To see the list of teams, click the link below and then click on the Teams tab. As the teams announce, this list will be more specific.

34th America's Cup official website

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For Don:

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Oracle boats by weeboopiper, on Flickr

Saw them in San Francisco Bay last month.

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For Don: Saw them in San Francisco Bay last month.

Lucky You! I assume that this is Oracle Racing 4 and Oracle Racing 5 doing a little water dance as a tune-up for the next AC World Series event to be held in Naples 7-15 April 2012. Both are the smaller AC45 boats.

Currently Emirates Team New Zealand has a slight lead (55 to 54 points) over Oracle Racing 4 in the World series.

NBC/NBC Sports recently announced that they will be broadcasting the America's Cup LIVE starting 7 September 2013. They will also be covering the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series to determine who will race against Oracle in the final.

Can't wait!

Susan, thanks for the photo.

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timoneer wrote:
Lucky You! I assume that this is Oracle Racing 4 and Oracle Racing 5 doing a little water dance as a tune-up for the next AC World Series event to be held in Naples 7-15 April 2012. Both are the smaller AC45 boats.


They just happened to be there when my friends and I looked up. We were on board Balclutha at the time.

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Currently Emirates Team New Zealand has a slight lead (55 to 54 points) over Oracle Racing 4 in the World series.


Today (15 April 2012) the Naples regatta of the America's Cup World Series ended with Oracle Racing 4 (Spithill) now with a slight lead (67-66) over Emirates Team New Zealand. Looks like this series of the AC45 boats is going down to the wire!

Venice is the next venue during 15-20 May 2012.

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Post Re: America's Cup World Series
The Venice AC45 regatta just finished. While Oracle 4 (USA) and Emirates (New Zealand) remain atop the leader board with 84 and 80 points respectively, other teams are starting to win the Match and Fleet races. Artemis (Sweden) won the Match races at Naples and Venice. Luna Rossa Piranha* (Italy) won the Fleet race at Naples and Energy (France) won the Fleet race at Venice.

The next regatta will be at Newport, Rhode Island (USA) during 26 June -- 1 July 2012.

* One of two new Italian teams that only began racing at the Naples venue.

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The next regatta will be at Newport, Rhode Island (USA) during 26 June -- 1 July 2012.

For American fans of the AC World Series, don't forget to tune in to NBC on Sunday July 1 to watch the finals of the 2011-2012 series at Newport, RI. This will determine the trophy winner of the first six venues of AC45 racing.

Once the 2011-2012 series ends, the trophy quest for the 2012-2013 World Series will begin in August this year and includes 4 regattas in San Francisco(2), Venice, and Naples.

Then, of course, the REAL America's Cup race takes place in 2013. Yeah!

For a quick look at the current standings, CLICK HERE

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For American fans of the AC World Series, don't forget to tune in to NBC on Sunday July 1 to watch the finals of the 2011-2012 series at Newport, RI. This will determine the trophy winner of the first six venues of AC45 racing. For a quick look at the current standings, CLICK HERE

Oracle 4 USA (James Spithill helmsman) won the overall trophy for the 2011-2012 AC World Series. Separating the WS into fleet and match racing: Oracle 4 won the Fleet races for the six venues and Sweden's Artemis won the Match races.

Several teams have retired from the WS but there is a notable addition: Ben Ainslie Racing representing the United Kingdom’s Royal Cornwall Yacht Club will begin competing in August. Welcome.

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