Posts Tagged ‘ACWS’
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