This column comes out on Thursday, so the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup is now in the sports history books. As I write on Tuesday afternoon, having just watched the first three days of this regatta, I can honestly say this kind of racing is what we've been waiting for all along. The AC45s are fast and agile; the sailors (aged 19 to 24) are excited and skilled. The regatta is being blessed with perfect weather; it makes watching from anywhere a real pleasure. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: America's Cup youth races begin
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This abandoned tug is one of several items to be pulled from the water during an upcoming Estuary cleanup. Photo courtesy of CalRecycle.
It was a busy couple of weeks around the waterways! Read more >> about The Maritime Report: America's Cup finals coming
Artemis Racing foils on San Francisco during the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals. Photo by Dave Bloch.
A CURVE TOO STEEP
Artemis Racing ended its campaign for the America's Cup last Saturday with their fourth loss to Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge. It was the best race of the lot, and might have turned out differently if not for some penalties assessed against the team. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Artemis out of Cup competition
Artemis Racing has invited the Alameda community to come over to the Seaplane Lagoon each race day around 9:15 a.m. to see the crew off. (I'd suggest going a little earlier; today they were halfway across the lagoon by that time.) The next scheduled race days are this Friday and Saturday. Since this is a best-of-seven event, a sweep by either team would end this round after those races; if not, they continue next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: America's Cup update
ARTEMIS TO RACE AUGUST 6
Since last week, Artemis Racing has been out on the Bay in their new AC72, "Big Blue," and even got up and foiling the very first day. They're working incredibly hard to make up for the fact that the other teams have been on their AC72s for months and have had many runs on the course itself. They're starting with Day One. (Helmsman Nathan Outteridge pointed out that this is the first time he has ever sailed a yacht with a wheel - as opposed to a tiller - so he had to figure out which way to turn it.) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Artemis set to race
THE AC ACCELERATES
Good things are starting to happen around the America's Cup races. The event is getting past the "billionaires behaving badly" stages and actually becoming a sports event that is really worth watching. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: America's Cup continues
Photos by Dave Bloch.
WATCHING THE RACES AND THE "RACES"
The Louis Vuitton Cup, also known as the America's Cup Challenger Series, is actually underway. As you've heard, the 15 round robin races pitting New Zealand, Italy and Sweden against each other shrunk to five races because Sweden's Artemis Racing, which like Italy is based at Alameda Point, is still building their boat after the first one was destroyed in the May accident. (More on that in the next item.) Read more >> about The Maritime Report: Off to the races!
Artemis Racing offers the media a tour of their Alameda Point home base. Video courtesy of Artemis Racing.
LOTS of America's Cup-related news this week.
GREAT ARTEMIS TOUR VIDEO
On Saturday, Artemis Racing held a long-awaited media tour of their base at Alameda Point. No photography or video was permitted, but their own staff had cameras all over the place. On Tuesday, Artemis released a 15-minute video of tour highlights, including some really good comments by CEO Paul Cayard and Helmsman Nathan Outteridge. Readers of this blog know that I'm partial to Artemis - they're our (original) Alameda Home Town Team, after all - and I'm happy to say that I heard nothing but pride and determination from all the team members who spoke with us. Read more >> about The Maritime Report: For July 11, 2013