02 October 2013

Next America's Cup, Australia Challenger, More Frugal Competition

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the City of San Francisco and the America's Cup (video above)

Australians pushing for thrifty America's Cup | Reuters: " . . . The 34th Cup that wrapped up last week had only three challengers, with the costs of the campaign, which was raced in super-fast AC72 catamarans, put in excess of $100 million and cited as the main reason why so few teams went to San Francisco. As the Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island (Australia) will help shape the rules for the next regatta with Oracle, whose software tycoon owner has also talked of the need to contain costs after being criticised for the complexity of the hi-tech AC72s. Sandy Oatley praised Oracle and the beaten Team New Zealand for putting on a thrilling regatta in San Francisco Bay after raising the technology stakes but said lower costs would help attract more challengers for the next incarnation, set for 2016. . . ."

America's Cup: Australian yacht club 1st to challenge Larry Ellison - San Jose Mercury News: "Australia is back in the America's Cup for the first time since 2000 after a challenge by winemaker and sailor Bob Oatley was accepted by software billionaire Larry Ellison. The challenge by the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, was announced Monday. It was received by the Golden Gate Yacht Club on Wednesday, right after Ellison's Oracle Team USA retained the America's Cup by completing a remarkable comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay. . . ."

Sailing in Marin: Jesberg chasing a podium place at Melges 24 Worlds
Marin Independent Journal
Heading into his eighth world championship in the Melges 24, Belvedere's Don Jesberg, who sailed in the first Melges 24 Worlds in 1998 in Torquay, England, is hoping to improve his performance over last year's race in Lake Garda, Italy, where the fleet ...

Sailing real winner in Cup rivalry
Auckland stuff.co.nz
David and Sue Barker are among novice sailors taking to the Waitemata Harbour with the Richmond Yacht Club's Friday Night Special summer series. The club hopes the attention the race has brought to sailing will encourage more potential sailors, young ...

Sailing: Thailand dominate on day one in Qatar
Peninsula On-line
Hassan Abdulla Mohsin (right), Assistant Secretary General of Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation (QSRF) officialy opens the Match Racing Cup and Sail Qatar, the twin events are part of the Qatar International Sailing Regatta at Doha Sailing Club in...

Sailing-Australian club confirmed as America's Cup challengers
Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht club have been confirmed as the Challengers of Record for the next Americas' Cup regatta, organisers said on Tuesday. The club, from the northern Australian state of ...

UPDATE 2-Sailing-Australia returns to challenge for America's Cup
We've been watching the 34th America's Cup and watching the catamarans racing around San Francisco Bay and seeing some of our fellow Australian sailors participating and seeing what a shame it is that Australia doesn't have a team to compete in this ...

An icon of women's sailing in Arabia
Oman Daily Observer
This young Omani woman remains unfazed at the maelstrom of nature and when the tough seas continue to challenge her willpower she holds to her unswerving belief in herself; she contains her composure while being aggressive and retains her calmness ...

Olympic dream filling Aussie sails
Gold Coast Bulletin News
AUSTRALIA'S gold medal-winning sailing team might have its eye on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but for the next three years the pair will have views of the Gold Coast as it works towards the goal. Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, who sail in the 470 Class ...

Peter Burling already eyeing his next challenge
It has been a busy year of sailing for Peter Burling and it's not over yet. After helming Team New Zealand to victory in the Youth America's Cup, he and Olympic crew-mate Blair Tuke have won the 49er skiff class world championship for the first time ...

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