Posts Tagged ‘ACWS’
A YUUUUGE thank you to the more than 300 of you who attended the 9th Winter Anarchy drunk-a-thon at the Bottom Lounge last weekend, and to the dozens of volunteers, sponsors, and of course Morgan Kinney for putting it all together. We’re proud of the roughly $7000 you all raised for the Skin Cancer Foundation, and we’re even prouder that we found a way to help an important cause a little bit while having a good time with great people and giving away some creative and awesome prizes. We’ll have important news for the 10th Anniversary of Winter Anarchy in the next few weeks; whether you’re a sponsor or a partygoer, you most definitely will not want to miss it.
There are still a few Special Edition 2016 Winter Anarchy tees left; if you pick one up before Monday, Morgan will throw in a new SA alloy buckle belt with it. All profits go to Skin Cancer Foundation.
Key West and Chicago’s Strictly Sail show were the industry’s ‘must attend’ winter events for years. The boat show, though, wishes it only contracted by the third that Race Week did over the same period of time. Plagued by America’s general move away from boat shows and an expensive show at logistically difficult Navy Pier, Chicago’s big event moved last year away from downtown, becoming the tiny third wheel in the ironically named ‘Chicago Boat, RV, and Strictly Sail Show‘ at the huge McCormick Place convention center.
The sailboat industry was, quite literally, a side show, and few vendors had any optimism at all about making any kind of money there. It remains a convenient spot for many industry workers to work out deals and check in with far-flung friends, but with fewer exhibitors than ever, there aren’t many out-of-towners coming in anymore.
For locals, it’s another story; a great excuse to break up the coldest part of the winter with a few drinks and a peek at the few interesting things there; the full J line up, relatively new dinghies from Melges and RS, and a few bits of hardware and software scattered around. Area Yacht Clubs were looking for members and promoting their races, while a few MCSA university teams showed up to find supporters and recruit sailors. But the show was dominated by the ACWS Chicago booth that was loaded with the baubles and trinkets to suck almost any sailor in. VR goggles with the full AC45 onboard experience loaded in, a one-on-one match race game complete with carbon wheels, and even a long line to take your selfie with the real America’s Cup, which somehow managed to look gaudy even against the backdrop of a tiki bar set on a fake beach under a plastic palm tree to the sound of a live Jimmy Buffet impersonator.
Don Wilson’s ACWS organizing group included a diverse mix of volunteers doing their best to spread the message, and heavily discounted tickets seemed to be selling at a brisk pace. It’s a very different place from Newport, but the pride amongst many local sailors that an America’s Cup(ish) event was coming to town reminded me of Rhode Islanders just before the Volvo. Will the windy city turn out 130,000 fans for the ACWS like Newport did for Brad Read’s Volvo? Not a chance. But if the weather doesn’t make a complete mockery of the silly two-day format again, the event could easily hit her smaller targets and be considered a home run by AC teams, hospitality sponsors, and the City. There’s also another reason to go: It could be the last time anything like it sees freshwater. Alternatively, it could be the pioneer event that opened Chicago to inshore racing’s upper echelons. It’s no secret that Wilson has big aspirations in the sport, and both his passion for racing and his bank balance are both off the charts. That’s a potent combination that’s brought the billionaire commodities trading genius plenty of success on Melges 24s, Farr 40s, and match racing boats, and last week Wilson helmed his M32 cat to victory in Bermuda against three pro helmsmen. Could we see a Chicago America’s Cup team some time in the next decade? Sure. And you can say you knew them way back in 2016.
My trademark Mr. Clean shaky cam footage of the boat show is below.
January 22nd, 2016 by admin
If one crash video replay is great, it’s logical that a dozen of them are spectacular. Here’s a little montage of all the possible angles of the Artemis vs. clueless umpire boat crash in Bermuda, set, of course, to German house music. Just because.
November 2nd, 2015 by admin
With the conclusion of yet another one-day sailing event, the 2015 America’s Cup World Series is a memory, with the most memorable moment of the season coming Sunday when yet another incompetent America’s Cup worker bee (a judge boat) crashed headfirst into Artemis Racing. The crash removed the Swedish-flagged boat’s bowsprit, unintentionally helping them to an event victory in a nice, non-gennaker Sunday breeze. If that was Shirley Robertson, it would’ve been Nathan’s fault. Anyone still think Russell’s 2-day, 4-race format is a success? Bueller?
There’s no reason to search for footage of Sunday’s ACWS action, such as it was – just watch the crash linked above and the excellent ETNZ video in the player for all the flavor you need. You won’t be alone, either – the piece of shit live viewing App being touted by the America’s Cup has pulled a grand total of between 5000 and 10,000 installs on Google Play, with the IOS app page showing even less action, and with an average rating of 2/5 stars for the primary communications platform for the AC (and more than half of reviews at 1-star), it’s no surprise that the world’s interest in the America’s Cup has been dropping precipitously. Here are a few reviews, but we really encourage you to head over and read some of the 100+ nasty ones for some afternoon fun.
too expensive Paid for app then found they want more $ to be able to watch the Bermuda replays.
Absolute cr4p… Typical of the ACEA… $7.99 and no racing… lol can’t even see the leader board. .. Oh well one day they’ll get it right.
This is terrible for the sport…. shame on you.
Bad experience overall. Continually freezing during video. Sits on authorization screen (checking location) forever.
October 20th, 2015 by admin
We opened our Youtube digest this morning and saw this video pop up, and it took our breath away. Not because it’s great – though it is – but because it’s the sailing media’s version of a unicorn: An AC promo that doesn’t suck! When we did some digging, we found out why: Rather than the budget-cut shit from the AC media folks that occasionally floats across a Facebook timeline, this one comes from Don Wilson and his CMRC team, and they tapped the talents of the overall 2015 Volvo Ocean Race OBR winner Matt Knighton to produce it.
It’s a sign that Chicago won’t let the incompetence of the ACEA get in the way of what we predict will be the shining gem in the otherwise snoozy and unfollowed ACWS; the 2016 qualifiers in Chicago. Wilson doesn’t fuck around, and neither does his crew – now they just need to pray for a big June wind.
When the ACWS inevitably disappears, we’re glad to know that Chicago has seen the sowing of the seeds of its high-performance cat fleet…just don’t let Chris drive.
- Tags: ACWS, amercia's cup, Chicago, chris poole, cmrc, don wilson, M32, Matt Knighton, Taylor Canfield
October 8th, 2015 by admin
Team BAR heads down the mine as they practice for what should be a massively attended AC World Series event in Portsmouth in this awesome shot taken wednesday by Artemis photographer Sander Van Der Borch. City councilors predicting as many spectators as the sell-out Formula 1 Grand Prix of Silverstone last week. Who’s gonna be there, and who’s gonna win? Trash talking always welcome in America’s Cup Anarchy over here.
July 15th, 2015 by admin
AC34 Challenger of Record Artemis Racing has had a rough year of it; first losing Bart Simpson, then blowing some $100M of team owner Torborn Tornquist’s cash in what turned out to be the a completely uncompetitive bid for the America’s Cup and the weakest in the fleet.
Artemis boss Iain Percy has been busy building Tornquist’s team for AC35, with helmsman Nathan Outteridge signing up again and a design team rapidly coming together, but Russia’s military action in Ukraine may throw a wrench in Tornquist’s money machine if a Reuters report yesterday is a sign of things to come.
Reuters (via BusinessInsider) says that the US Government’s latest round of economic and travel sanctions names Gennady Timchenko (on the right in the image above), Tornquist’s partner and the co-founder of oil and gas business giant Gunvor, writing that “Timchenko’s activities in the energy sector have been directly linked to Putin” and that the Russian President “has investments in Gunvor and may have access to Gunvor funds.” Timchenko’s US holdings are immediately subject to an asset freeze and the oligarch can no longer travel to the US or its territories, and he ‘sold’ his 44% stake in Gunvor yesterday to Tornquist to prevent the turmoil from effecting the monster company he built.
With Europe in strong solidarity with the US and Russia showing no signs of backing down from its occupation and annexation of Crimea (and making strong moves now in Latin America), could Tornquist be next, potentially losing the ability to sponsor his Cup team or even attend any US-based events? Almost as importantly, the Russian annexation and its consequences certainly crush any hopes that Russian gas giant Gazprom had for getting their own Cup team off the ground this year. That could kill two well-funded AC teams off before the Protocol for AC35 even hits the mailbox, and the rumored Russian ACWS venue negotiations are not going to go well.
Nice work, Vlad!
March 21st, 2014 by admin
With both of their AC72s on a San Francisco-bound ship, ETNZ’s “A-Team” is out for blood in Napoli, and yesterday they drew some, winning a non-points, 21-mile Coastal Race in preparation for the ACWS event later this week. This pic ain’t from that light-air reach-around; but it’s sick and it’s from Napoli, so enjoy it. We think it’s a Chris Cameron/ETNZ credit, but correct us if you know better. Video from yesterday’s win here. Find video of their win here.
April 16th, 2013 by admin