Fresh off the AC World Series’ worst-ever broadcast and best-ever local turnout, The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV), which Green Comm Racing represented, announced today that they were out of the series. Francisco De Leo’s campaign started off with a bang, shaking up the staid AC scene with an unconventional group of racers coached by an unconventional sailing manager, and they made a great underdog team with moments of brilliance. But poor results and disorganized management saw GCR’s program get weaker and weaker, and when De Leo’s rumored $50M sponsorship deal disappeared, the writing was on the wall. Judging from the language of the press release, there’s no love lost between De Leo and RCNV right now either. Hey; it was a good run while it lasted!
The America’s Cup trophy itself will shortly be in its First-Class seat on a plane to Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week, where it will make its first-ever visit to the Palmetto State. Organizers have been working for months to get the AC to town, and they tell us that GGYC has bent over backwards to make it happen – so show up and check it out. It’s another of the little things that GGYC is doing to grow support for the 34th Cup.
GGYC something-or-other-Commodore Tom Ehman will be delivering two of his popular “Cupdate” multimedia presentations on the beachside stage in the CRW race village on Saturday the 21st, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a listen. Ehman’s got some sweet videos to share and stories to tell, as well as to give attendees the latest inside info about what to expect from the rest of the ACWS and the 2013 Cup. The first show begins at 1 PM, free for the general public, while the 6:30 PM show, while also open to the public, is more for the nearly 2,000 racers in town and requires entry into the race village ($20 for adults). The Cup will be on display from noon on Saturday until the end of the Cupdate.
Anyone surprised by the huge turnout in Naples (one correspondent told us the waterfront was three deep with spectators for more than a kilometer) should ponder the fact that Italy has something like 48 different monthly sailing magazines, many of them thick, gorgeous affairs. There’s so much interest that after one Italian event, we’re already on our second Italian lampoon of the Cup. This one, pictured above, from acoppamerica.it, takes aim at the Liveline graphics and the fact that the broadcast was all but unintelligible to many of the spectators on the ground and in front of their TVs. It made us laugh…