Etter å ha gått på tidenes smell i Americas Cup-finalen var det lenge usikkert om Grant Dalton og Emirates Team New Zealand var klare for å jobbe mot et nytt forsøk på å vinne Americas Cup. Etter å ha hatt møter med sponsorene har signalene fra laget blitt stadig mer positive og nå har Emirates Team New Zealand sikret signaturen til to av de mest lovende seilrene i landet. Ikke bare det, men Dalton sier også at laget vil ha to AC45 i Americas Cup World Series som seiles i 2015 og 2016.
Emirates Team New Zealand tar en ny runde!
Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it had signed Olympic 49er silver medalists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.
The 2013 49er world champions won the youth America’s Cup regatta sailed in AC45s at San Francisco last year. Last weekend they won the New Zealand 49er championships.
Managing director Grant Dalton said the team needs to bring young New Zealand sailors up through the ranks if it is to stay at the forefront of international sailing. “Peter and Blair have performed with distinction internationally and have earned the chance to sail with us.”
They will combine the America’s Cup campaign with their Olympic bid to win gold in the 49er skiff at Rio 2016.
Dalton said the team will race two AC45s at world series events in 2015 and 2016. The America’s Cup World Series fits neatly into their Olympic campaign.
“They are well aware that the transition from Olympic sailing and making their own decisions to being part of a large, structured sailing team will not be easy. Their job will be to soak up the knowledge and the experience within the team and push hard for a place on the America’s Cup boat.”
Peter Burling said he was “really proud and excited to be joining Emirates Team New Zealand. I know a lot of team members from our Youth America’s Cup campaign last year and it is great to be joining such a united, focused team.
“It will be a massive challenge to balance doing an Olympic campaign and this campaign, but I believe our Olympic plan is solid with a great team around us.
“I am really looking forward to helping Emirates Team New Zealand bring the Cup back to NZ.”
Blair Tuke,: “To be able to combine America’s cup sailing with our Olympic campaign is fantastic – our expectation is that sailing at the highest level in our 49er as well as with Emirates Team New Zealand will complement each other and make us stronger at both types of sailing.”
Danske Christian Kamp seilte for Luna Rossa i 32. Americas Cup og har siden den gang seilt i flere store prosjekter, deriblant på Ben Ainslies Team Origin. Derfor kommer det ikke som en kjempeoverraskelse at Kamp nå har signert med det svenske Artemis-laget og det virker som lønnen monner. Det skal bli spennende å se om Artemis henger bedre med denne gangen…
Borgermesteren i San Francisco har sendt et brev til Golden Gate Yacht Club der han kommer med forslag til hvor 35. Americas Cup kan holdes. Det er tydelig at man har lært av denne høstens seilaser: man utelater eiendomsutviklingspakker og tunge investeringer fra byens side i forkant av seilasene.
Alt tyder på at San Francisco satser på å holde kostnader og risiko nede i denne runden. Mindre investeringer, mindre eiendommer til arrangørene og gjenbruk av infrastruktur fra årets seilaser skal sikre at den neste seilasen ikke bare blir en utgift for byen…
The America’s Cup Event Authority has received a letter from San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee, proposing venue sites within the City that would be used to host the next America’s Cup in 2017.
The letter reads, in part: “The 34th America’s Cup generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, created thousands of jobs and showcased our spectacular waterfront, the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the sport of sailing to millions of spectators around the world.
“Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup, that we propose the venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2017…”
The City is suggesting the use of Piers 27-29 for the America’s Cup Park and Team Bases as well as Piers 19.5, 23, 31 and a section of Pier 80 for team use. A portion of Marina Green, including the Peninsula area, would be used for public viewing and bleachers. A significant change for this next America’ s Cup is shifting the team bases to the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.
The teams, who found San Francisco Bay to be an ideal racing venue, welcomed the good news.
“As someone who is working hard to put together a new team, it’s critical for us to get the details of the next America’s Cup finalized quickly and the venue is a pillar for the whole event,” said Ben Ainslie, who was a critical member of the winning ORACLE TEAM USA crew this past summer.
Ainslie, who is now working to build a new British challenge for this Cup, continued, “Everyone saw what a great arena San Francisco Bay was for the racing this summer and I hope we’ll soon see an arrangement that brings us back to San Francisco as soon as possible.”
Iain Murray, who ran the racing program for the 34th America’s Cup as Regatta Director and is now the CEO of Team Australia, the Challenger of Record, agrees: “We all saw what a fantastic venue San Francisco was for the racing this summer. The conditions, the natural amphitheater, and the enthusiasm of the people made for one of the best America’s Cups ever.”
Following the proposal from the Mayor, the City and the America’s Cup Event Authority will now work towards a comprehensive Host City agreement for the 35th America’s Cup, in San Francisco, in 2017.
Årets Americas Cup i San Francisco skulle bli tidenes største seilevent og definere en plattform for regattaen som ikke bare skulle få orden på sjøfronten til San Francisco, men også virke som en økonomisk motor for byen. Sannheten ble dessverre at regattaen ble en liten skygge av det som ble lovet.
I forrige uke publiserte byen en rapport som viser at regattaen alt i alt har blitt en betydelig kostnad for byen. Skattebetalerne i San Francisco har med andre ord endt opp med det de fryktet aller mest: å måtte plukke opp regningen etter festen til Larry Ellison – en av verdens desidert rikeste menn..
Americas Cup endte med å tiltrekke seg 700.000 tilskuere over en periode på tre måneder, noe som skal ha resultert i en økonomisk effekt på byen som tilsvarer en omsetning på 364 millioner dollar. Tar man med byggingen av ny cruiseskipterminal, som regattaen bidro til å få fortgang på, øker effekten til 550 millioner dollar.
Den økonomsike effekten på byen er en brøkdel av det man hadde sett for seg i utgangspunktet – så sent som i mars estimerte man en effekt på 902 millioner dollar, og da man solgte inn regattaen i 2010 var den estimerte økonomiske effekten 1,4 milliarder dollar. Hadde det sistnevnte estimatet truffet blink ville regattaen vært verdens tredje største idrettsarrangement målt i økonomisk effekt, kun overgått av sommer-OL og fotball-VM. Nå som tallenes tale er klare er det mange som har begynt å murre i Americas Cup-byen. San Francisco viste seg å være en fantastisk arena for en Americas Cup – en regatta man nå står i reel fare for at byen ikke vil holde igjen.
Slik ble det dessverre ble fikk man en regatta som underleverte på alle områder med unntak av den spektakulære Americas Cup-finalen. Da kan man kanskje spørre seg om man er på rett spor?
Vakumet mellom avgjørelsen av Americas Cup, til offentligjøring av protokollen er som oftest preget av mer eller mindre kredible utspill fra lag som melder sine intensjoner om å stille i regattaen. Så langt har det vært relativt stille på denne fronten, med Australia Challenge og Ben Ainslie Racing som de eneste tilskuddene som har meldt sine intensjoner offentlig. Nå ser det imidlertid ut som et nytt sterkt lag kan være på trappene.
I går annonserte Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux og Olivier de Kersauson at de grunnlegger Team France med mål om å stille lag til 35. Americas Cup. Med seg på annonseringen var flere av de store kanonene fra fransk næringsliv, media og seilmiljøet. Det ser umiddelbart ut som et “dreamteam”, men uten penger på bordet er det dessverre fortsatt et stykke å gå:
This Wednesday 11 December, at the Nautic Paris Boat Show, Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson presented Team France, which is dedicated to the next America’s Cup as well as the training up of young engineers and racers. A number of personalities from the economic, institutional, sporting and media world came along to show their support for this pioneering trio and for the club of founder members.
The stand for the French Nautical Industries Federation boasted a full house this Wednesday at 1400 GMT with the presentation by a prestigious trio, who had come along to announce that they were going to be flying the French flag under the Yacht Club de France colours in their bid to participate in the upcoming America’s Cup, scheduled for 2017. The elements of the Protocol, which governs this star event of international sailing, are yet to be confirmed (boat type, nationality rule, date and venue for the America’s Cup selection rounds…), the aim of this announcement was to demonstrate that France could be a legitimate pretender to the silver ewer!
A unifying group
In this type of challenge, funding is a prerequisite but it’s not enough on its own: what matters most is the gathering together of maritime, technological, sporting and economic talents. The Club of founder members that make up Team France thus boasts some illustrious patrons. Bruno Bich, the son of Baron Bich, who was the first French boat owner in the America’s Cup back in 1965… Thierry Martel, Managing Director of Groupama, who confirms his support to Franck Cammas for the sporting element over the next two years. Bertrand Meheut, President of the Canal+ group, which is committed to following the sporting event, the preparation and the mounting of Team France with its various broadcasts. Stéphane Kandler, who was the last French representative during the 32nd America’s Cup and is taking up the post of General Manager of the Team. Yves Lagane, President of the Yacht Club de France, who will lodge the challenge with the Americans from the San Francisco Yacht Club, holder of the silver ewer. And finally Jean-Pierre Champion, President of the French Sailing Federation, who will be bringing his prudence and support to this new, far-reaching, sporting challenge.
Indeed, when the ambition is great, you need great men: Franck Cammas, elected French Sailor of the Year a few days ago for the second time running, Michel Desjoyeaux, one of France’s top French solo specialists as well as the person behind Mer Forte, a Research and Development stable in Brittany’s Port-la-Forêt, and Olivier de Kersauson, boat owner and former title holder of the Jules Verne Trophy, who has been an America’s Cup enthusiast for decades, have thus pooled their respective skills and expertise to create Team France, which has two clear objectives: to prepare for and then participate in the next America’s Cup by training a team of 80 sailors, engineers, technicians and logisticians… as well as discovering and training young talent from all the different sectors of sailing to participate in the major sports events both inshore and offshore.
Franck Cammas: to create a perennial team
“I’m very proud to present this new challenge which will take Michel, Olivier and I on a long journey. It’s already been a year since Groupama and I spoke clearly about the aim of taking things as far as the America’s Cup: the project has matured and it was evident that it was necessary to train up a team so that we could all head out together into the nautical, regional, national and economic playing field. The three of us are motivated, sincere and complementary in our quest to convince others that Team France can pull off a performance worthy of this name in what is one of the toughest competitions to win. France boasts maritime talent, technological experience and a collective desire and this is another reason why this is a long-term project to train young racers and engineers within a developing sporting network. The example set by Team New Zealand is a good reference for outlining our aims and this challenge: I believe that we can create a similar, lasting group.”
Michel Desjoyeaux: merging cultures
“There is no antagonism between solo and crewed sailing: I’m passionate about the America’s Cup technology; that’s where there’s the most development and innovation! It’s par for the course in a technological sport like sailing. I don’t want to be aboard, because there are more competent sailors than me for that, but working on the technical aspect has massive appeal for me: when Franck came to see me, I joined up immediately… We’ve known each other for 18 years (we did a transatlantic together) and combining our experiences with those of Olivier was an obvious step. We can be proud in France of our technological skills in the America’s Cup with a number of engineers, designers, architects and technicians, who worked with the Americans and the New Zealanders during the 34th America’s Cup! There are three egos coming together here in an ultimate, collective objective.”
Olivier de Kersauson: encouraging the synergy of skills
“I’ve been familiar with the America’s Cup for years and the latest boats are totally derived from French offshore racing… We have such technical potential, knowledge and skills with regard multihulls that it is imperative that French sailors are there for the next edition. The latest generation of sailors represented here by Michel and Franck deserve to be encouraged and supported: what has always been tough individually becomes easier when men join forces with a common objective. The goal is exciting and the result can only be on a par with the ambitions of these youngsters brimming with talent. It’s a pleasure and an honour to add my little contribution.”
Bruno Bich: demonstrating our multihull expertise
“Since 1965, we’ve been analysing how the Americans have managed to hold onto and conquer the America’s Cup again and again. As Michel Desjoyeaux said, they have technological strength but they also have a unique way of grouping together talent from the Olympic Games or a Round the World within the same team. Franck has the necessary charisma to unite a crew and the French have huge qualities in sailing and in the multihull in particular. It will do our country good to show our skills to the world at a time where we have economic difficulties.”
Thierry Martel: in keeping with continued progress
“With Franck Cammas, Groupama has had some exceptional results over the past eighteen years! In keeping with this progress in terms of the size of the boats and the sporting challenges, we wish to remain alongside him in this challenge for the next America’s Cup. In 2014, Franck and his team will once again be competing in the Tour de France à la Voile and on the Extreme 40 circuit, as well as in the Semaines Olympiques (Olympic Weeks) in the Nacra 17 and in the Little America’s Cup with the C-Class.”
Bertrand Méheut: rallying together France’s energies
“The suspense of the last America’s Cup and these incredibly spectacular catamarans bowled the public over. To support this new French challenge represented by this talented trio of sailors, who are known to the French public, is a logical step for Canal+. Franck has the aura to rise to this challenge and rally together the energies that are emerging across all of France’s coasts. He’s a leader who is charismatic, discreet, efficient, incisive and motivated: the French need to be inspired and for that, Team France is capable of embodying this approach.”
Stéphane Kandler: Going beyond the challenge
“When I see the infatuation that this challenge drums up here, at the Nautic Paris Boat Show, I can’t help but observe that this project goes far beyond a sporting and technological challenge. When the sailing environment as a whole, as well as the entrepreneurs, enthusiastically support this initiative that proves that something new is happening here! There are three strong personalities who are capable of joining forces: it’s the first steps which are the most important, because this is about taking the America’s Cup from the hands of the Defender and that’s no mean feat… You need energy, willingness and consistency in what needs to be an exceptional effort: the approach is innovative, the coherence is intact, the combination is great! The ingredients are there: all that’s needed is to unify all France’s other energies around Team France.”
Yves Lagane: sporting the values of commitment and solidarity
“The primary reason for our support is that Team France has a bankable asset with these three high-flying sailors. The second is concomitant with this approach for excellence in the racing domain. The third is that this challenge is a fantastic springboard for a community project: the sea carries the values of commitment, responsibility, solidarity and respect for one another and the environment. The America’s Cup is the embodiment of this spirit and as Peter Blake was for the New Zealanders, Franck, Michel and Olivier carry this passion and this personal and collective investment.”
Jean-Pierre Champion: developing the inshore sports network
“There is no conflict between the solo and crewed networks: they are complementary! These three sailors prove that with their objective of the Holy Grail that is the America’s Cup. The group that we’re putting in place for 2014 already gathers together 90 applicants who hail from sports dinghies, keelboats, cruisers and multihulls… The French Sailing Federation can but give its full support to this project, which also aims to encourage the development of this inshore network.”
Nå som Americas Cup-miljøet er i ferd med å fordøye erfaringene fra den 34. Americas Cup tidligere i år, begynner fokus for mange å rette seg mot hva man kan forvente av protokollen for den 35. Americas Cup. Mange spekulasjoner har svirret på alt fra båttype til lag og hvor den neste cupen vil holdes.
I et intervju med Yachtingworld kommer Russel Coutts denne uken med noen drypp til hva vi kan forvente oss i den neste protokollen:
- Kostnadene må balansere bedre med inntektene. 34. Americas Cup var et kostnadssluk og nesten ingen av lagene hadde nevneverdige inntekter. Det eneste laget som klarte seg uten en milliardær i ryggen var Emirates Team New Zealand.
- Vil ha kvalitet fremfor kvantitet når det kommer til lagene. Alle lagene som var med i 34. Americas Cup betegnes som lag av høy kvalitet selv om Emirates Team New Zealand i praksis var eneste lag med orden i sakene. Artemis klarte knapt å stille til start. Med den australienske utfordreren har man da 5 lag som ventes å stille til 35. Americas Cup. Klarer Ben Ainslie å stille lag har man seks.
- Både Challenger of Record og forsvarer ønsker nasjonalitetsregler, der flere alternativer fortsatt vurderes.
- Vil ha en Americas Cup World Series der alle lagene som stiller til start er vert for et event, for å skape entusiasme i hjemlandet. Vil gjøre det skikkelig og tror ikke det blir noe før i 2015.
Etter at Oracle Racing vant den 34. Americas Cup i katamaraner er det ingen som ser for seg at de går bort fra denne båttypen. Det skal også bli spennende å se om de gjør noen reelle fremstøt for å kutte kostnader. Det ble snakket mye om dette i opptakten til 34. Americas Cup men det ble fortsatt den desidert dyreste Cupen noensinne. En streng nasjonalitetsregel vil også rasere mye av det Americas Cup-laget Oracle hadde i den 34. runden av seilasen, så regleen blir neppe for streng.
Før protokollen ligger på bordet vet vi lite – det skal bli spennende å se hva rammene for den 35. seilasen om Americas Cup vil bli!
Det første trekket til utfordreren fra Australia er kanskje ikke helt uventet, men lover allikevel godt. Ian Murray som var regattadirektør under 34. Americas Cup er valgt til å lede laget og bringer dermed en innsikt i formatet og båtene som man forventer at vil benyttes til den 35. Americas Cup.
Det er kanskje litt urovekkende at man først nå ansetter direktør, for hvordan ligger man an med designer og seilere da?
Iain Murray, who has competed in the America’s Cup three times during his decorated sailing career, has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Team Australia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
Bob Oatley, who filed the challenge on behalf of HIYC to become Challenger of Record shortly after ORACLE TEAM USA won the 34th America’s Cup in September, said Murray was the only man for the job.
“Iain knows what it takes to win an America’s Cup, having competed in three Cup’s over the years including Australia’s victorious 1983 win. We’ve had the great pleasure of being able to work closely with him over the last three decades, and have found him to be a consummate professional and also now a dear friend. I have a huge amount of respect for him, and we’re overjoyed to be able to officially announce his appointment as leader of our great challenge.”
“I have long been an avid supporter and ally of Bob Oatley,” Murray said. “When I received the invitation to lead Australia back into the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club, there was only ever going to be one answer.”
Murray held the role of Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup. Now, he is responsible for building a top Australian team and, as Challenger of Record, for working on the rules of the next event with the defender.
“This is good news for the Australian challenge,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of ORACLE TEAM USA, the current champion and the defender of the America’s Cup. “In hiring Iain Murray, the Oatleys have a man of great ability and character to lead their team. We look forward to working with Iain and the Oatleys in developing the rules and format for the 35th America’s Cup.”
With over forty-five years of sailing experience, Murray has competed in three America’s Cups (1983, 1987, 1992). He is a champion 18ft Skiff skipper with a record six consecutive world titles under his belt from 1977 to 1982 and has represented Australia in the Olympic Games. He has also been a regular on the Oatley’s Wild Oats for the famed Sydney-Hobart race, racking up six line honors wins as well as the race record.
Tom Slingsby er definitivt en av de desidert mest meriterte seilerne i verden og nå går han for en Americas Cup til – for det sikreste kortet man kan i Americas Cup; nemlig for forsvareren Oracle Team USA.
At Slingsby nå har signert for Oracle er nok en stor skuffelse for australierne som hadde håpet å se Slingsby seile for den australske challenger of record som er dratt i gang av Oatley-familien. Mye tyder på at garantien med å være i Americas Cup-finalen ble for fristende – og det samme kan man antageligvis si om lønnen. Signeringen er også et mulig tegn på at man ikke vil se så strenge nasjonalitetsregler som mange hadde håpet.
At Slingsby nå signerer for det amerikanske laget kan være første tegn på at utfordreren fra Australia kanskje ikke er så sterk som man kunne ønske. Mange så tidlig for seg muligheten at man under strenge nasjonalitetsregler kunne se et lag bestående av Australias fremste aktører i Americas Cup, som James Spithill(rormann Oracle), Kyle Langford (vingetrimmer Oracle), Tom Slingsby(strateg Oracle) Grant Simmer(driftssjef Oracle) og Glen Ashby(vingetrimmer ETNZ). Alle var blant de største profilene i årets Americas Cup og kunne gitt en ny Australiensk utfordrere den nødvendige pondusen. Nå er Slingsby utelukket – det skal bli spennende å se hva som skjer med resten..
Selv om Emirates Team New Zealand snublet fra Americas Cup etter at de tilsynelatende hadde full kontroll med en ledelse på 8-1, har laget blitt hyllet for den fantastiske innsatsen de gjorde. At de kom så langt som de gjorde er nesten et under: Oracle hadde to og en halv ganger så stort budsjett og tre års teknologiforsprang.
Grant Dalton og alle de andre på laget var innstilt på at dette ville være den siste utfordringen for laget, for ingen så for seg at det ville være mulig å samle penger til en ny runde med Americas Cup på bena. Responsen laget har mottatt etter denne cupen har imidlertid vært formidabel og få lag har hatt den verdensomspennende støtten som Emirates Team New Zealand har fått den siste måneden.
Nå ser det ut som om Emirates Team New Zealand kan være klare for et nytt forsøk og første utbetaling fra New Zealands regjering er på lagets konto:
Emirates Team New Zealand today welcomed an interim Government investment of $5 million towards the team’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the bridging funding would enable the team to retain designers, sailors, support crew and administration for the next challenge.
Managing director Grant Dalton said the team was working on the challenge almost from the last race day in San Francisco. ‘The extent of the enthusiastic reception when we arrived back in New Zealand was both unexpected and encouraging and an incentive to challenge again.
‘We have been talking informally to existing and potential sponsors. We will begin to develop a business plan and sponsorship proposals so that we can start calling on them from next month.’
He said the team, and sponsors, looked forward to the announcement of the rules for the 35th America’s Cup early in the New Year.
‘Decisions by Oracle on venue, dates and class of yacht are fundamental to the way ahead.’