what dreams may come
Well, the day has come: Rumors from both inside the major teams and out are confirming that the 34th America’s Cup will indeed be in wing-sailed cats. Sources in Spain and England agree that Mark Turner, the OC Events chief and the organizer of a portfolio of big events and series – most recently, the Extreme 40 series – will be named head of the new America’s Cup Management group, some Defender lobbying is said to have gotten ETNZ excited by the prospect, and Newport is literally crawling with designers from every corner of AC land, including much of the team that designed USA17’s wing (remember meeting them on this Cocktail Hour?) And they’re here on the company clock.
So while another month will tick by before the official announcement, it’s safe to say that a brave new world at the top of the sport is about to emerge, and the cards are about to get shuffled in a big way. Let’s just hope they do it right, and in the process, get millions excited by the art of designing and racing sailboats.