Mule a speedy workhorse for American Magic sailing crew
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Out on Pensacola Bay, the combination of a fantastical-looking test boat called the Mule and technology from aviation giant Airbus is giving the New York Yacht Club's American...
High-tech SailGP series hits the water on Sydney Harbour
SYDNEY (AP) — Boats skippered by Australian Olympic gold medalists Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby are among the favorites in the inaugural SailGP races starting on Sydney Harbour on Friday.
A fleet of six super-charged F50 catamarans capable of reaching speeds up to 90 kilometers per hour (55 mph) will represent different nations in the two-day, six- race event, with Slingsby leading the Australian boat and Outteridge the Japanese entry.
America’s Cup helmsman Canfield joins US SailGP Team
SAN DIEGO (AP) — In an interesting crossover, Taylor Canfield of the America's Cup challenger Stars & Stripes Team USA has joined the U.S. team in the fledgling SailGP league just two weeks before the inaugural regatta in Sydney, Australia.
The U.S. SailGP team announced the addition of Canfield as flight controller-tactician a day after launching its 50-foot foiling catamaran on Sydney Harbor.
The opening regatta in the six-country league is Feb. 15-16.
Stars & Stripes Team USA plans to sail with a coed crew
SAN DIEGO (AP) — America's Cup challenger Stars & Stripes Team USA says it will have a coed crew when it competes for the oldest trophy in international sports in New Zealand in 2021.
As well as opening its recruiting process to women, Stars & Stripes Team USA is seeking athletes from a cross-section of sports who can fill out the all-American crew aboard its physically demanding 75-foot foiling monohull.
Ellison’s new SailGP sailing league set to hit the water
SAN DIEGO (AP) — SailGP, the new sailing league founded by tech billionaire Larry Ellison and five-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts, will leap from concept to reality next month when six souped-up catamarans hit the starting line off Shark Island in Sydney Harbor.
Dutch syndicate becomes sixth challenger for America’s Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A sixth challenge has been accepted for sailing's America's Cup which will be contested for the 36th time on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf from January to March, 2021.
The Dutch challenge, from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club Muiden and Royal Maas Yacht Club, was accepted Friday by defender Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.
Stars & Stripes Team USA launches all-American cup challenge
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted as a challenger for the 2021 America's Cup, promising to have an all-American squad in a competition where nationality has mattered little in recent decades.
The name is a nod to Dennis Conner, who won the America's Cup four times, the final two with boats named Stars & Stripes.
Stars & Stripes Team USA was co-founded by professional sailors Taylor Canfield, one of the world's top match-racing skippers, and Mike Buckley.
Malta becomes smallest nation to challenge for America’s Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mediterranean archipelago of Malta has become the smallest country to challenge for the America's Cup, adding an intriguing element to the competition for sailing's biggest prize even if it faces extremely long odds to win the oldest trophy in international sports.
The Royal Malta Yacht Club's challenge has been accepted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, making it the fourth challenger for the 36th America's Cup in 2021 in Auckland.
8 late challenges received for America’s Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defender Team New Zealand could face as many as 11 challengers for sailing's America's Cup when the 36th contest for the trophy takes place off Auckland in early 2021.
Eight new challenges were received before the cutoff for entries at 5 p.m. New Zealand time on Friday, joining the previously accepted challenges from Italy's Luna Rossa, American Magic and INEOS Team UK.
France’s Riou is 1st female sailor in new SailGP league
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Olympian and round-the-world sailor Marie Riou of France is the first female crew member to be announced for the new SailGP global racing league, which will begin competition next year in fast, foiling 50-foot catamarans.
Ex-Cup champ Kirby to lead US team in new SailGP league
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former America's Cup champion Rome Kirby has been named skipper and helmsman of the United States' team in SailGP, the new global league that will be sailed in foiling 50-foot catamarans beginning next year.
Kirby, 29, of Newport, Rhode Island, won the America's Cup with Oracle Team USA in 2013 and has also sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race. He is the son of Jerry Kirby, also a former America's Cup champion and Volvo Ocean Race veteran.
Ex-America’s Cup champs Coutts, Ellison launch SailGP league
SAN DIEGO (AP) — New Zealander Russell Coutts is moving past the America's Cup to help launch what he hopes is a commercially sustainable sailing league using supercharged foiling 50-foot catamarans capable of zipping across the tops of waves at 53 knots (60 mph).
Coutts and American software tycoon Larry Ellison announced their SailGP global racing league Wednesday in London.
AP Source: Ellison, Coutts to launch SailGP using catamarans
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former America's Cup holders Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts are set to announce a new sailing league called SailGP that will be contested in an enhanced class of foiling 50-foot catamarans, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details won't be announced until Wednesday night in London.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Olympians Caleb Paine and Bora Gulari are on the initial roster of 17 sailors announced Monday by American Magic, the America's Cup challenger backed by the New York Yacht Club.
They are joined by veteran America's Cup helmsman Dean Barker of New Zealand and Paul Goodison of Britain, an Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion in the foiling Moth class.
Group eyes all American effort for 2021 America’s Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of professional sailors, industry leaders and financial backers is working to put together an all American challenge for the 2021 America's Cup in New Zealand.
The unnamed group would become the second American challenger for the 2021 America's Cup in New Zealand. The New York Yacht Club, which once held the Auld Mug for 132 years, announced in October that it would challenge for the first time since 2002-03. Its crew has several sailors from New Zealand.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A large infusion of cash will give Britain its best chance ever to reclaim the America's Cup, which it lost in 1851 and hasn't come close to winning back.
The America's Cup team headed by Sir Ben Ainslie has been rebranded INEOS Team GB with a commitment of $153 million (110 million pounds) from the petrochemical company based in London.
America’s Cup skipper Spithill joins Italy’s Luna Rossa
SAN DIEGO (AP) — America's Cup star Jimmy Spithill is headed to the Italian syndicate Luna Rossa, leaving the future of Oracle Team USA in doubt.
Luna Rossa, backed by the Prada fashion house, announced Tuesday that Spithill, an Australian, has rejoined the syndicate after 11 years away. He was helmsman in the 2007 challenger trials, when Luna Rossa reached the finals before losing to Emirates Team New Zealand.
Brit Ben Ainslie not resting in pursuit of America’s Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sir Ben Ainslie isn't taking any time off from his pursuit of sailing's greatest prize.
The British sailing star is back in San Diego for the second time in four months, this time with top crew members to begin a new season of sailing to help stay fresh in the long, somewhat uncertain buildup toward the 2021 America's Cup.
Cup champ Team New Zealand unveils radical foiling monohull
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The next America's Cup will be contested in radical, single-hull boats that will rise up on hydrofoils and speed across the tops of the waves.
America's Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand, always bold in pushing the envelope of yacht design, has unveiled the concept for a fully foiling monohull for the 2021 regatta in Auckland.
America’ s Cup winner John Bertrand offers to help Slingsby
SYDNEY (AP) — America's Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand has offered to help Tom Slingsby in his bid to get Australia into the prestigious sailing regatta for the first time in more than 20 years.
Bertrand guided Australia II to victory in 1983, breaking the United States' 132-year monopoly of the competition. Australia hasn't had a boat in the America's Cup since 2000.
Young Kiwi sailors Burling, Tuke go for Triple Crown
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Together, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand won Olympic silver and gold medals, and then the America's Cup.
Separately, they will try to win the Volvo Ocean Race, the round-the-world race that starts Sunday from Alicante, Spain.
Burling is a helmsman and trimmer with Team Brunel, a Dutch-backed squad led by VOR veteran skipper Bouwe Bekking.
British star Ainslie mentors next generation of sailors
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sir Ben Ainslie is so keen to win back the America's Cup for Britain that he'll spend the weekend sailing with and mentoring a crew of young countrymen who one day could be competing for the oldest trophy in international sports.
Ainslie, one of the world's most accomplished sailors, will serve as helmsman of Land Rover BAR Academy in the seventh stop of the Extreme Sailing Series, which will be contested in foiling 32-foot catamarans on San Diego Bay from Friday through Sunday.
New York Yacht Club to challenge for America’s Cup
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The New York Yacht Club is returning to the America's Cup after an absence of a decade and a half, perhaps the ultimate nod to tradition as sailing's marquee regatta is reshaped following Emirates Team New Zealand's stunning victory in June.
The NYYC announced Thursday that it will challenge for the 36th America's Cup to be held in early 2021, most likely off Auckland. Teams can file challenges beginning Jan. 1.
Next America’s Cup to be sailed in 75-foot monohulls
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The America's Cup is ditching fast, foiling catamarans in favor of 75-foot monohulls with crews of 10 to 12 governed by a stricter nationality rule than in recent regattas.
America's Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record, Italys' Luna Rossa Challenge, announced the protocol for the 36th America's Cup on Friday morning in Auckland, with more specifics to come during the next several months.
Team NZ likely to defend America’s Cup in 2021
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Team New Zealand has indicated it will likely host the next America's Cup regatta and challenger selection series in Auckland in early 2021.
In a statement Wednesday, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Italy's Circolo della Vela Sicilia — representing team New Zealand and challenger of record Luna Rossa — said the protocol governing the 36th America's Cup regatta will be issued in September.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Team New Zealand will receive $5 million from taxpayers to allow it to retain key personnel in the immediate aftermath of its America's Cup win over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda.
Prime Minister Bill English said the government would support the team "boots and all" as it began preparations to defend the oldest trophy in sailing. But he said Team New Zealand could not expect an open checkbook and would have to find additional funding.
Designer of 2 America’s Cup-winning yachts dies
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Doug Peterson, who helped designed two yachts that won the America's Cup, has died after a long illness. He was 71.
The San Diego Yacht Club confirmed that Peterson died Monday.
Peterson helped design America3, which Bill Koch sailed to victory against Italy in 1992, and then helped design Black Magic for Team New Zealand in 1995, when the Kiwis beat Dennis Conner.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — When the post-race formalities ended, feisty Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton picked up the America's Cup and carried it the few hundred yards to the team base.
Dalton, 59, seemed to struggle at first with the weight of the big silver trophy.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For thousands of New Zealanders who four years ago watched their sailing team crumble from a seemingly unbeatable position, a win in the America's Cup brought as much relief as it did elation.
Emirates Team New Zealand clinched a 7-1 victory over Oracle Team USA, winning back a trophy the South Pacific nation lost in 2003 and helping erase memories of the team's catastrophic 9-8 defeat to Oracle in 2013 in a match they once led 8-1.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Redemption for a gutty crew of five New Zealanders and one Australian came on the turquoise waters of Bermuda's Great Sound, four years and 3,000 miles removed from one of the most brutal collapses in sports.
With a mixture of ingenuity and national pride, Emirates Team New Zealand got back up after taking a gut punch for the ages, came to the Bermuda Triangle and ripped the America's Cup right out of tech tycoon Larry Ellison's hands.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand's Peter Burling wheeled his 50-foot catamaran into controlling position in the prestart of Race 8 of the America's Cup and then gave a quick wave with his right hand to Jimmy Spithill and the boys on Oracle Team USA.
Burling said later he was merely pleased that he nailed the maneuver that allowed the Kiwis to sail away to its second win Sunday on the Great Sound and reach match point in sailing's marquee regatta at 6-1.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill has his swagger back, meaning it's game on in the America's Cup on the Great Sound.
Spithill skippered two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA to its first victory of the regatta, taking a thriller in Race 6 to earn a split Saturday and slow the momentum of Emirates Team New Zealand.
America’s Cup reaches crossroads as Kiwis near win
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The first and perhaps only America's Cup sailed in the Bermuda Triangle could be over as soon as Sunday afternoon, bringing champagne showers to the Great Sound and changes to sailing's marquee regatta.
That is, unless Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have any comeback magic left.
That'll be a big ask, considering how fast and dominating helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand were in routing Oracle in the first four races last weekend.
Kiwis pedaling toward possible America’s Cup upset
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The America's Cup has never seen anything like this.
When Emirates Team New Zealand's 50-foot catamaran speeds around Bermuda's Great Sound, four of the six crewmen are hunched over, furiously pedaling away.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA might need to start tapping out an SOS from the Bermuda Triangle.
The two-time defending America's Cup champions are foundering badly against hotshot young helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand, who are threatening to sail — and cycle — away with the oldest trophy in international sports.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — In light, shifty winds on the turquoise waters of the Great Sound, Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand made fewer mistakes than Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA and won the first two races of the 35th America's Cup.
It wasn't the cleanest start to sailing's biggest regatta, leaving more questions than answers as both teams headed back to their bases to pore over data and figure out where they need to sharpen up.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Jimmy Spithill isn't afraid of a fight.
The 37-year-old Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA will take on all comers, whether it's from behind the wheel of his fast catamaran in the America's Cup, in a boxing ring or via lethal mind games at news conferences.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The #battleofbermuda is on, mates.
The America's Cup has jumped fully into the 21st century, from the space-age catamarans that lift up on hydrofoils and fly across the waves to the use of social media for some smack talk between sailors in the days before two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand meet in the 35th America's Cup starting Saturday on the Great Sound.
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — It just wouldn't be an America's Cup match without Emirates Team New Zealand on the starting line.
Representing a small, sailing-mad island nation of 4.6 million people and led by seemingly unflappable 26-year-old America's Cup rookie helmsman Peter Burling, the scrappy Kiwis have reached the final round for the sixth time in the last seven editions of sailing's marquee regatta dating to 1995.
It's on again, mates.
The 35th America's Cup match will be another showdown between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, a rematch of the epic 2013 regatta that was decided by one of the greatest comebacks — and collapses — in sports.
Emirates Team New Zealand earned its spot in the finals of sailing's marquee regatta when it sped away from Sweden's Artemis Racing on Bermuda's Great Sound on Monday to clinch the challenger finals at 5-2.
The heart-stopping moments keep coming for Emirates Team New Zealand in the America's Cup eliminations on Bermuda's Great Sound.
The Kiwis overcame a mistake by helmsman Peter Burling and barely held off Sweden's Artemis Racing in a drag race to the finish line of Race 6 Sunday to reach match point in the challenger finals.
Emirates Team New Zealand won two of three races Sunday to take a 4-2 lead in the best-of-nine series.
Artemis Racing of Sweden is the comeback syndicate of the 35th America's Cup so far.
Artemis skipper Nathan Outteridge aggressively sailed into the lead on the third leg Friday en route to a fourth straight victory over SoftBank Team Japan on Bermuda's Great Sound to clinch a spot in the challenger finals.
Emirates Team New Zealand rebounded nicely from a heart-stopping capsize two days earlier on Bermuda's Great Sound to clinch a spot in the America's Cup challenger finals.
Britain, meanwhile, still hasn't bounced back from its loss in 1851 to the schooner America.
Led by 26-year-old helmsman and 39-year-old skipper-wing trimmer Glenn Ashby, Emirates Team New Zealand won two of three races Thursday against British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie to win its semifinal series 5-2.
Racing in the America's Cup challenger semifinals was postponed Wednesday due to wind exceeding the 24-knot limit and big waves on Bermuda's Great Sound.
The postponement came a day after Emirates Team New Zealand capsized at the start of a race against Britain's Land Rover BAR, throwing three sailors into the water and causing serious damage to the 50-foot foiling catamaran.
Race director Iain Murray said Thursday's forecast is for lighter wind and good conditions.
Emirates Team New Zealand capsized Tuesday at the start of an America's Cup challenger semifinal race against Britain on Bermuda's stormy Great Sound, throwing three crewmen into the water and extensively damaging its 50-foot catamaran.
Chase boats immediately converged on the catamaran and confirmed that all six crew members were accounted for, including three who remained in the cockpit in the starboard hull. Skipper Peter Burling said there no major injuries.
It's been a rough spring for British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie in the lead-up to the America's Cup on Bermuda's Great Sound.
He's struggled for speed on his 50-foot foiling catamaran and been involved in three crashes, including a spectacular one on the first day of the qualifiers that almost sank his boat.
The opening races in the America's Cup challenger semifinals on Bermuda's Great Sound were postponed Sunday because the wind didn't reach the required six knots for the foiling 50-foot catamarans to race in.
Regatta director Iain Murray says the forecast looks better for Monday.
Two races are scheduled in each of the matchups, between Emirates Team New Zealand and Britain's Land Rover BAR, and Sweden's Artemis Racing and SoftBank Team Japan.
As if it needed any more of a boost, two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA will start the 35th America's Cup match ahead 1-0.
Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison and skippered by Australian Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA sailed a masterful race on Bermuda's Great Sound on the final day of the qualifiers Saturday to beat Emirates Team New Zealand and earn a bonus point in the 35th America's Cup match that starts June 17.
A mad dash around the turquoise waters of Bermuda's Great Sound by heavyweights Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA on Saturday could have a major impact on the 35th America's Cup match that starts in two weeks.
If two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA gets its 50-foot, foiling catamaran across the finish line first, it will carry one bonus point into the first-to-seven match that starts on June 17.
Emirates Team New Zealand, determined to atone for its soul-crushing loss in the 2013 America's Cup, took a big step forward Thursday when it clinched a spot in the challenger semifinals on Bermuda's Great Sound.
Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain also earned a spot in the next round, but only after a humbling moment in which technology failed one of the world's best sailors.