America's Cup returns to USA!
The 33rd America’s Cup was won by American challenger BMW/ Oracle Racing (BOR) in their giant trimaran. This bitterly contentious match spent far more time in the courtroom than on the water, but when they finally did sail, the defender Alinghi (SNG) was soundly defeated by software tycoon Larry Ellison’s BOR 2-0 in a best of three “Deed of Gift” match.
Although the competition was not very close or interesting, the vessels were absolute marvels of engineering and design. These multihull monsters had a waterline length of 90’, an overall length over 100’, and a beam of 90’. The rigid wing sail on BOR was much larger than that of a Boeing 747. The boats routinely sailed at three times the speed of the wind, traveling to windward at 20 kts. and downwind at times over 30, in wind speeds of 6-10 kts.
Although details have not been decided upon at this time, Newport has been mentioned as a possible sight for The Cup, or perhaps as one of the stages in what is expected to be a multi venue competition. Mr. Ellison bought the former “Astor’s Beechwood” estate on Bellevue Avenue here in Newport, so we must assume that he has some plans for the “City By The Sea”!
America’s Cup Charters will be happy to see Cup racing back in Newport in whatever type of yacht is chosen, continuing the storied history of racing here in the “J” and 12 Meter Classes. So, although you might not have a chance to go sailing in the next class, we’re sure that you will love chartering on our classic Twelve Meters. They are comfortable, elegant and durable, and they have a “head”!