By Kimball Livingston Posted November 24, 2014
Apparently, it’s easy to cast stones at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, sixth trustee of America’s Cup, as we confront the prospect of a 35th defense to be sailed (apparently) outside US waters.
What? Not in the Alcatraz Channel, the spectators’ grand arena? With the big winds, the mountains and the backgrounds that the cameras just love? Right under the windows of GGYC? What are they thinking?
I’m pretty sure they’re thinking
Remember, GGYC back in the day had finance problems and —
GGYC in its moment of distress glommed onto the only lifeline in the water.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted September 17, 2014
Want to host a foiling AC45 regatta in 2018, the year after America’s Cup 35?
Bidding is now open, but you needn’t sharpen your elbows. The real goal for America’s Cup developers (notice my phrasing) at the moment is setting venues for a racing circuit between now and 2017, the year of the next Cup match, which will be sailed in some kind of boat or other and not an AC45, presumably, In today’s announcement that existing AC45 one designs will be retooled to foil with the intent to continue a circuit beyond 2017, we can read an attempt to “normalize” the game by looking beyond the next match for the Cup.… Read More
G’day. As many of you know, there was a press conference last night (I mean, today) in London (London?) regarding plans for the next competition for the alleged America’s Cup, allegedly held in trust by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.
The affair was attended by the skipper of the defending team, Jimmy Spithill, and the skippers of five challengers representing Italy, France, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK. Apparently the organizational structure of the event does not presently support someone who could deliver a summary of events. Meanwhile, I have other matters on my plate and little interest in sitting through a video of the proceedings.… Read More
Where will Rod Davis pop up next? The word from Artemis—
STOCKHOLM, August 19, 2014 – Today, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests were treated to a rare chance of seeing the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the heart of Stockholm’s proud maritime history.
Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team.… Read More
Posted July 25 by KL
The announcement that the America’s Cup Challenger of Record, Australia’s Hamilton Island Yacht Club, will withdraw from further participation shook things up and unloosed an avalanche of negative press.
That stirred up a counter-push that is now under way, and it is being led by other challenging teams.
The joint statement reproduced below affirms a commitment to race, and if I read it correctly, holds open the likelihood of some serious horse trading yet to come, behind closed doors, shades drawn. But where in the “joint statement” is Team New Zealand?
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE TEAMS LUNA ROSSA CHALLENGE, ARTEMIS RACING, BEN AINSLIE RACING AND TEAM FRANCE, WHO WILL BE CHALLENGING FOR THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted July 22, 2014
There’s a movie I’ve seen too many times.
Scripts vary, but in movie-talk, the “arc of the story” is the same.
First, there is an America’s Cup match that is riveting, thrilling, inspiring and enthralling to a huge audience. It can’t get any better than this, you think. The sequel will be just as good, meaning great.
Then everything goes to hell.
In 2013 we went from (former San Francisco Supervisor) Aaron Peskin’s assertion that, “There is no record of a crowd showing up for a sailboat race” to race seventeen on September 25, when so much of San Francisco tried to pour out onto Pier 17 to watch the finish that the fire marshall closed the gates.… Read More
AND THE AUSSIES WERE THE CHALLENGER OF RECORD
By Kimball Livingston
Let’s start here.
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club/Oatley family issued the following release on Friday, July 18, 2014:
Hamilton Island Yacht Club today announced its withdrawal from the 35th America’s Cup.
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club became the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup upon the completion of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2013.
In commenting on the decision not to proceed with the challenge, Sandy Oatley said “When we entered the Cup we had the intention of trying to change the Cup in many ways.… Read More
Stuart Alexander, writing in The Independent, recounts a weekend meeting in Los Angeles between Oracle Racing and the six committed, or would-be committed, challengers for America’s Cup 35. The challengerslaid down a number of peeves.
The lack of an announced venue.
The lack of San Francisco.
The lack of an announced PRO.
The plan to split the venue, possibly between hemispheres.
The absence of (my words) adult supervision of the process, with a deadline for entries mere weeks away and all the above making planning and fundraising harder than they have to be.
Stuart is a consummate veteran of Cup matters, and his information comes by way of his contacts at Ben Ainslie Racing.… Read More
By Kimball Livingston Posted July 8, 2014
If you’re shocked, you’re probably from Chicago.
The America’s Cup Event Authority today announced that it has winnowed its AC35 venue candidates from three to two, with Chicago out, Bermuda and San Diego still in the running.
That’s Bermuda in the pic above. San Diego below . . .
The release did not include a pic of Chicago.
San Francisco partisans who wonder if this might be, perhaps, strong-arm negotiating toward an eventual deal with the 2013 host city will no doubt continue to wonder.
Please do not call.
I’ll let the official voices pick it up from here.… Read More
Posted June 15, 2014 – Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA, slightly edited at BPT
Many moons ago, Tom Blackaller declared, “If we ever get the America’s Cup to San Francisco Bay, we’ll show the world how good sailing can be.”
Tom could not have imagined how right he was.
Looking forward, Mayor Ed Lee enthused, “This will be remembered as the San Francisco America’s Cup.”
For reasons he did not exactly foresee.
And neither imagined a followup to the triumph of AC34 in which negotiations for AC35 would be summed by the San Francisco Chronicle with a quote from an unnamed San Francisco city official, “They didn’t want the hassle, and neither did we.”
I hope the dog has beautiful puppies—Kimball… Read More