C-Class catamarans are out in full force this week for the Little America’s Cup (I4C), with all six wings hanging in the tent at the waterfront of the NYYC waiting to be unleashed on the world. The excitement has been insane here, with America’s Cup teams, media and onlookers coming from all parts of the globe. Every wing has been measured in and in some cases cut to fit. Steve Clark’s new platform, Aethon, made its debut when it flew into the harbor at a confident 24 knots this afternoon. Most other teams cautiously sailed from Newport to the host club not risking damage, except Ashby and Spithill who ripped around on Alpha, now AUS1, in the 15-20 knot easterly.
Will the Defender’s sheer technological masterpiece known as Canaan be enough to defend the Cup? Will the trusted wing of the U.S. team on a never before seen lifting foil platform called Aethon return the Cup to Steve Clark? Then there is the light air speed machine Orion in the mix, as well as the heavy air French contender Patient Lady VI. How fast is the British Airbus inspired wing of Invictus? Can Spithill and Ashby make unprecedented history on Alpha by capturing the America’s Cup and the Little America’s Cup in the same year? Finally, after all the hype six winged C-Class catamarans will line up tomorrow to fleet race for the finals of the I4C, the most anticipated catamaran racing event of all time. To catch up on all the action to this point check the forum thread with more pictures, videos and inside information from the teams than you can handle.
Like the very successful D-Cup coverage, OTWA will have sailors mic’d up so you can hear the action LIVE. The HD cameras will roll, with live commentary, Mer’s fabulous shots, cocktail hours, interviews and a hell of a lot more. Tomorrow and all week it’s time to pull up justin.tv on your computer or iphone for a full frontal sensory overload assault by On the Water Anarchy! Racing starts tomorrow at 11 AM. Here is the full schedule. – John Casey