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America’s Cup. It’s a MUST Watch

    by Richard Crockett I have been astounded by the number of people who have not yet worked out how to watch the Louis Vuitton Series unfold, or are bitter that they have to pay for the privilege! Firstly, all one has to do is download the America’s Cup app FREE, and if you want to watch the live coverage as a video, you have to pay R59.99 for the privilege. Or watch the Virtual Eye free. What you ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 2 Close & Unpredictable Racing

Day two of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers fell on America’s Cup Endeavour Day, a celebration of the America’s Cup Endeavour Programme, the America’s Cup’s youth education and sailing initiative. Six races were scheduled and the day started perfectly for Groupama Team France who clinched their first win of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers with a thrilling and morale-boosting three second victory over Artemis Racing in the first race of the day. Groupama Having suffered back-to-back defeats on ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup day 1. Oracle Team USA is the form team

It’s still very early days, but with two wins in two races, Oracle Team USA has to be the form team – for now anyway. But no-one should ever write off Emirates Team New Zealand as they had blistering pace yesterday and only lost to OTUSA by 6 seconds, and may well yet prove to be the form team. On a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon skipper Jimmy Spithill as his team took a convincing win off Groupama Team France in the ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup Day 1. The Ups, Downs and Bangs of America’s Cup Racing

The first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers started with extraordinary drama as Land Rover BAR defied all the sceptics and the pundits that had written the team off. They beat the pre-regatta in-form boat, Sweden’s Artemis Racing in the opening contest. It was a wire-to-wire victory for the British challenger, with the lead yo-yoing from ten to twenty seconds, but Land Rover BAR were never threatened after taking control at Mark One. No sooner had ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton Cup Day 1. ‘That’ Collision in Detail

SoftBank Team Japan opened the America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda today with one win and one loss despite a hairy pre-start collision with Land Rover BAR. With 25 seconds to go on the start clock, SoftBank Team Japan Skipper Dean Barker took advantage of a wind shift that slowed the British team and accelerated the Japanese boat to over 39 knots to gain an overlap and hook the Brits into a penalty. However, as Land Rover BAR Skipper Ben Ainslie ... Read More »

Louis Vuitton up Qualifiers – A Smashing Start

  Sir Ben Ainslie was forced to explain a highly dramatic collision in the first day of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Having already seen some thrilling and action-packed racing in the first five of the six races that were run on day one, particularly from Oracle Team USA who claimed back-to-back wins, the drama really unfolded in the final race of the day between Land Rover BAR and SoftBank Team Japan. In what proved ... Read More »

South African Shaun Carkeek wins International Superyacht Award

  His Vision of the Future After receiving the prestigious Concept Award at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2017 less than a week ago, Shaun Carkeek has confirmed that plans to build the world’s largest composite sailing superyacht are already advancing. At 300ft, the Carkeek C 300 will be easily the largest boat of its kind ever constructed. It seems destined to herald a new age in sailing superyachts. The glitter at the Design et al Awards at the ... Read More »

The 35th America’s Cup – The Time Has Come

  The 35th America’s Cup is finally here. The greatest race on water starts in Bermuda with six teams battling it out for the oldest trophy in international sport against the backdrop of the stunning island of Bermuda. So what is different about the America’s Cup in 2017? The answer is nearly every element of the competition is brand new for the 35th America’s Cup, with the boats, the racecourse and the sailors themselves all going through a transformation since ... Read More »

America’s Cup – Will it Be A ‘Three-Peat’?

Oracle Team USA’s Quest for A ‘Three-peat’ Begins The two-time defending champion of the America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA, scheduled to open its title defence with a race against Groupama Team France in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers on Friday, will now need to wait a further day. Gale force winds and heavy rains are forecast to buffet Bermuda on Friday and organizers have decided to postpone racing until Saturday. “I think it’s the right decision to make this ... Read More »

America’s Cup – A Damp Squib Start!

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 ... Read More »