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Both the summer of sailing and Marin Magazine’s Race for the Cup — the ultimate
guide to all things America’s Cup — have arrived. For those who don’t know
much about sailing or don’t understand what all the hoopla is about: The next 56
pages will make you a sailing fan and inspire you to tune in to the races or find
a spot along the shore. And salty sailors who know all there is to know on the
topic can find articles and photos by some of sailing’s best journalists; even the
diehards will doubtless learn something new. PULL IT OUT. Get the cover signed
by your favorite sailors and enjoy the guide — and the 34th America’s Cup.
WHO? The work of award-winning
writers and photographers grace these
pages. America’s Cup photographer
Gilles Martin-Raget shares his top five
America’s Cup moments.
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the Louis Vuitton Cup round-robins, semifinals and finals in July and
August on marinmagazine.com/americascup. The championship schedules are listed below along with September’s Red Bull Youth America’s
Cup in September. And those brave enough to guess the outcome can
enter our Race for the Cup contest and win a dinner at a local restaurant:
submit your picks to marinmagazine.com/cupwinner by August 1. S.M.
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The month of July features an opening ceremony and fleet racing event
(July 4 weekend) and the warm-up series for the LV Cup main event.
LOUIS VUITTON CUP FINALS
WHAT TO EXPECT The final series of the “play-offs,” the Louis Vuitton
Cup finals reveal which team’s investment of two years of design,
testing and training ultimately pays off. This series will feature two
30-minute races a day, over seven days.
STRATEGY CALL Take the first seven wins and you are headed to the
America’s Cup finals. The winner will get a week to rest up, recover
and repair if necessary, before taking on defender Oracle.
AMERICA’S CUP FINALS
WHAT TO EXPECT The granddaddy of the summer of sailing, the
America’s Cup finals will feature two 30-minute races per day until
there is a victor (future dates will be announced). Expect tight, tactical
racing in the more moderate September breezes.
STRATEGY CALL Time for the teams to leave it all out on the water.
This is where two competitors will need to find the edge, without falling over it. The first to register nine wins will sail away with the trophy.
September 7 (live on NBC)
September 8 (live on NBC)
RED BULL YOUTH
September 1– 4
WHAT TO EXPECT A new event
for the Cup, the Red Bull Youth
America’s Cup will see future
stars of the sport competing in
AC45s in what promises to be
some of the most exciting racing
of the summer. Featuring some of
the world’s top 19- to 24-year-old
sailors, it includes national teams
from Australia, France, Germany,
Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland
and two teams each from New
Zealand and America (San Diego
and San Francisco).
STRATEGY CALL Teams will all be
competing together, fleet-race
style, with a low-point scoring sys-
tem, so it’s all about finishing at the
top, as consistently as possible.
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WHY? It’s all about the trophy,
considered the oldest in sports.
Learn the details of its history.
withRussellCouttsasskipper. • •
2 1991, Sète, South of France. This was
the first circling between two International
America’s Cup Class (IACC) yachts, which
at the time was mandated by a new rule
specifically designed for the America’s
Cup. Paul Cayard is steering Il Moro di
Venezia and Marc Pajot is skippering
France 1. Both teams decided to have a
joint training session to check progress
before shipping the boats to California. It
turned out that maneuverability was one
of the big improvements over the previous
12-meter class, as shown by the sharp
curve written on the sea surface by the
wake of the white boat.
3 2000, Auckland, New Zealand. Another great
moment in the modern history of the America’s
Cup was the Louis Vuitton Cup finals. Never had
we seen such a closely contested racing series
than this one between Luna Rossa in Francesco de
Angelis and Paul Cayard in America One. This is
match racing at its best, with the two boats and
crews morphing into one instrument in the hands
of two ferocious skippers, each using every
bit of their tactical skills to sail faster than the
opponent. Luna Rossa finally won this race, but
was eventually defeated by Team New Zealand
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4 2011, Marin County, Calif. To be
an America’s Cup photographer,
whether working for a team, for the
event organizer or for the media, is a
very demanding job. Not only do you
shoot sailing, but you also shoot all the
ambiences, the people and the behind-the-scenes moments, and, of course, the
America’s Cup trophy. I must say it is an
absolute privilege to be allowed to have
a private photo session with the trophy.
For me it is always very emotional to
see it arrive in a new place. With all the
names of the competitors engraved on
the Cup itself, it carries all the ghosts
of those skippers, owners, designers
and crew who have been fighting for it.
On this day, we had the opportunity to
photograph the Cup in various places in
San Francisco and we finished the day
across the Golden Gate Bridge in the
Marin Headlands. What a moment.
5 2009, San Diego, Calif. It’s been fantastic to
be able to witness the birth of USA- 17, the giant
trimaran that won the 33rd America’s Cup in
Valencia, Spain. Day after day, we watched the
evolution of what was already a huge trimaran
into an even more powerful monster equipped
with the biggest solid wing ever built. When the
wing was set for the first time in San Diego it was
amazing to see this boat, which had previously
been merely tacking, sail through the sea,
turning and accelerating like a Formula One race
car. The observers from Team Alinghi were a bit
concerned to see the sudden increase of strength
in the American challenger. It was great to be
part of this America’s Cup winning team.
WHEN? Events kick off in July with an opening ceremony and fleet racing. We’ve included
the important dates all the way through to the
championship racing in September.
1848 Made of ornate sterling silver, the
Cup is one of several off-the-shelf trophies
crafted by Great Britain’s Garrard & Co.
1851 The Marquess of Anglesey Henry
William Paget buys the Cup and donates
it for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 1851
annual regatta around the Isle of Wight.
The yacht America — and the namesake
country the boat represents — becomes
the Cup’s first winner.
1857 The members of the America syndicate name the trophy after the winning
yacht and donate it to the New York Yacht
Club via a Deed of Gift that provides a
structure for all future Cup races.
1857–1980 Famous Americans such as
Harold Vanderbilt, Ted Turner and Dennis
Conner fight hard to defend the Cup, keeping it in the U.S. for more than a century.
1983 With growing interest from multiple
countries, the Louis Vuitton Cup is created.
The country that wins that series earns the
right to challenge the defender for the Cup.
1983 Australia delivers New York Yacht
Club’s first loss in 132 years and 26 challenges, taking the Cup down under.
1987 Dennis Conner stages one of the
greatest comebacks in sports history,
winning back the Cup he lost. The Cup
stays in San Diego through 1992.
1995 Russell Coutts and Team New
Zealand defeat Conner in a 5–0 victory
and take the Cup to New Zealand. The
Kiwis successfully defend in 2000.
1997 A Maori protester takes a sledge-hammer to the Cup, pulling it from its
trophy case within the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron. The damage is so severe
that it is feared that the Cup is irreparable, but Garrard & Co. is able to restore
the Cup to its original condition.
2003 Swiss challenger Alinghi, sponsored
by Ernesto Bertarelli, with Russell Coutts
and most of the former Team New Zealand
sailors on board, wins the Cup and brings
it to Valencia, Spain. The Alinghi team successfully defends the Cup in 2007.
2010 BMW Oracle Racing wins, bringing
the Cup back to the U.S. after a more than
15-year absence. San Francisco Bay is
selected as the next home for the Cup.
2013 Led by Skipper Jimmy Spithill, the
American defender Oracle Team USA
Racing attempts to retain the Cup against
a team from New Zealand, Sweden or
Italy. The race will take place on San
SINCE 1851, ONLY four countries (Australia,
New Zealand, Switzerland and the United
States) have won the America’s Cup, making it
arguably the toughest trophy in sport to win.
Here is a timeline of major milestones in the
history of the Cup. KIMBALL LIVINGSTON
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Clockwise from top: Dean Barker helms the final race for the Kiwis' win, 2000; Paul Cayard and Italy's Il Moro take the LV Cup, 1992; Russell Coutts' first Cup victory for New
Zealand, 1995; Larry Ellison's USA- 17 wins for the Golden Gate Yacht Club, 2010; Dennis Conner brings the Cup home, 1987.