The America’s Cup regatta director has released 37 recommendations made by a group of sailing experts intended to increase safety in the race nearly two weeks after a practice run on San Francisco Bay turned deadly.
The group unveiled the proposals Wednesday evening, hours after the head of Artemis Racing said his team would compete in the America’s Cup only if conditions are deemed safe on the wind-raked bay this summer. Read More
As the hulls of his 72-foot catamaran dug into the waves on San Francisco Bay and the boat began to tumble stern over bow, America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Racing thought only about his mates and how they’d come out of the scary crash.
Spithill had capsized a 45-foot version of the fast catamaran before, but the 72-footer that flipped Tuesday is more powerful and carries a bigger crew. Read More
A 72-foot catamaran being sailed by America's Cup champion Oracle Racing capsized on San Francisco Bay on Tuesday afternoon.
While some of the crew members were thrown into the water, all were accounted for and there are no serious injuries, according to a statement released by the syndicate.
The boat was being skippered by Jimmy Spithill, who led Oracle to a two-race sweep of Alinghi of Switzerland in 2010 to bring the America's Cup to San Francisco. Read More
Oracle Team USA finished off a dominating week with a sweep of the week’s two America’s Cup World Series events as Russell Coutts’ team edged out teammate Jimmy Spithill in an all-Oracle final match race and Spithill finished the final fleet race in second place to earn the fleet-racing championship.
Spithill needed to finish in at least second place to stay ahead of Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa Piranha boat. Read More
Oracle Team USA Spithill made a dramatic comeback in the final race of the weekend to claim the fleet race championship, but if not for a last-minute penalty on Team Korea, Spithill may have been left in the cold.
The infraction came when Korea did not yield the right of way to Team Oracle as the two teams approached the finish line. Read More
The first controversy of the Bay Area’s introduction to the America’s Cup World Series stemmed from technical difficulties on the umpires’ boat.
The officials use a digital text-messaging system to communicate with the skippers of the competing teams — a system that crashed during the second race between Team Korea and Ben Ainslie Racing. Read More
Although thousands of tourists from around the globe were expected to attend The City’s first America’s Cup World Series regatta, Day 1 of the races didn’t appear to attract as many visitors as anticipated.
Organizers had predicted that the 34th America’s Cup would have a $1 billion economic impact from out-of-town visitors, but few of Wednesday’s audience members seemed to have traveled very far to watch the event. Read More
Spend a few minutes talking to Jimmy Spithill, skipper for Oracle Racing Spithill, and you will quickly learn two things: he loves competitive sailing, and he wants everyone else to love it as much as he does.He gave many reasons why he was looking forward to the America’s Cup taking place in San Francisco, but one came to mind before the others.“I think it’ll really showcase to people how cool the boats are and how cool it is to watch,” he said. Read More
With only two races to go in the World Series run of the America’s Cup, the Oracle Racing Spithill team is sitting atop the standings after a strong finish in Naples, Italy a couple of weeks ago, but is still looking to improve.
“We learned a lot in Naples. Our team did relatively well,” Oracle tactician John Kostecki said. “We’re really working on getting both teams on the leaderboard in Venice.” Read More
America's Cup champion skipper Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Racing swept the French Energy Team in two races Saturday to win the match racing portion of the America's Cup World Series on San Diego Bay.Spithill, who skippered Oracle Racing's trimaran to victory in the 2010 America's Cup off Valencia, Spain, steered his 45-foot, wing-sailed catamarans to wins of 9 seconds and 1:07 in the best-of-3 series. Read More