Finally the 35th America’s Cup is underway on the waters of the Great Sound. One day after Mother Nature had her say, 36 sailors who are put in a position to afford the boats and everything along with it hit the water.
Oracle Team USA and Groupama Team France competed in Round Robin Race 1 Qualifiers. Oracle Team USA take the win finishing ahead of Groupama Team France by 2 minutes and 11 seconds.
Race 2 saw SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis Racing take to the course, for what many thought would be a good contest.
Despite trailing SoftBank Team Japan at the 4th mark by 17 seconds Artemis Racing would take the win by 13 seconds.
Race 3 saw Emirates Team New Zealand make a big statement as they finished well over 2 minutes ahead of Groupama Team France who have lost their first two races of the 35th Americas Cup.
Land Rover BAR won the fourth race of the day when they defeated Artemis Racing.
The fifth race was a highly anticipated one between Oracle Team USA against Emirates Team New Zealand, a 34th America's Cup final rematch, it was Oracle Team USA who would prevail by just 6 seconds.
The sixth and final race of the day brought racing to a conclusion, with SoftBank Team Japan overcoming Land Rover BAR in a dramatic race. Land Rover BAR were punished with an early penalty.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Americas Cup Day One Postponed
The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), and America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), have announced that the strong winds in Bermuda have meant that day one of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup have had to be postponed.
Forecasts indicate that winds may gust over 30 knots during the afternoon and evening, so with the safety of the sailors and spectators as the key priority, ACEA and ACRM have decided to postpone Friday’s events. Saturday 27th May and the days following are all forecast to have significantly improved weather conditions, so the four races scheduled to take place on Friday 26th May will now be added to the race schedules for the subsequent days.
The Official Opening Ceremony of the 35th America’s Cup will now take place on Saturday 27th May, starting at 8.30pm, following the three time Grammy Award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean’s performance on the Main Stage in the America’s Cup Village which starts at 5.15pm. The America’s Cup Village will close at 9.30pm. Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday 27th May, with racing due to take place between 2pm and 5pm.
Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of the ACEA, said, “We are obviously disappointed that the strong winds mean we have had to postpone day one of the 35th America’s Cup. This is clearly a decision we have not taken lightly and appreciate the inconvenience caused to the sellout crowd. Our primary concern however, is always safety for everyone involved in the America’s Cup. We are adding an hour to the race window on both Saturday and Sunday to run extra races with the aim of getting back on schedule. There are still tickets available at the weekend, although not in all categories, so we are hoping Friday’s ticket holders will still get the chance to enjoy what should be an incredible opening weekend.”
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Americas Cup Skippers Press Conference
The America's Cup will be holding a Press Conference with the America’s Cup Skippers.
Jimmy Spithill, Nathan Outteridge, Peter Burling, Franck Cammas, Sir Ben Ainslie and Dean Barker will all be on the Stage.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Team New Zealand Hit Bebris In Great Sound
Debris in the waters of Bermuda has provided Team New Zealand with another setback just days out from the start of the America's Cup.
The Kiwi syndicate was forced to cut short their practice session, with media reports saying the crew had felt debris strike one of their boat's expensive foils.
They pulled out of a race against British outfit BAR as a precaution, although there were no reports of damage.
The curtailed session came two days after returning to the water, having spend four days repairing their AC50 catamaran following a pre-start collision with the same BAR rivals.
The last of six syndicates to arrive in Bermuda, in early May, Team NZ have encountered other problems including a broken rudder.
They have nevertheless been pleased with their speed, having had the better of Team France and BAR in practice jousts.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Antigua Bermuda Race Concludes
The Antigua Bermuda Race organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week is a new fixture in the offshore sailing calendar. Supported by Bermuda Tourism and Gosling's Rum. The race course is 935 nautical miles as the crow flies, but most teams covered 1,000 miles of the Atlantic to complete the challenge.
Stephen Murray Jr.'s American Volvo 70, Warrior finished the 2017 Antigua Bermuda Race on Tuesday 16 May 2017 just after 8:30 ADT, taking Monohull Line Honours and setting the new race record for the Antigua Bermuda Race of 3 days 20 hours 32 mins & 41 secs. Warrior crew for the Antigua Bermuda Race: Stephen Murray, Jr, Ben Bardwell, Jackson Benvenutti, Dann Cahoon, Jesse Fielding, Karl Funk, Christopher Lewis, Ben Lynch, Jan Majer, Will Oxley, Tony Pearce, Ralf Steitz and Chris Welch.
Jeremi Jablonski's American Hanse 43, Avanti were delighted to take second place for the race in CSA and IRC.
Meanwhile a drama was unfolding 200 miles offshore. The Antigua Bermuda Race Committee were informed by RCC Bermuda Radio on Wednesday 17 May that Les Crane's Farr PH 56, Monterey had been abandoned after taking on water. The crew were all safe and well having transferred onto the Volvo 60, Esprit De Corps IV from Québec which was close by and also competing in the race. The schooner, Spirit of Bermuda and Whitbread 60, Challenger from Nova Scotia were also monitoring the situation.