America’s Cup racing returns to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly 100 years

America’s Cup racing will return to New York Harbor for the first time in almost a century this May.
America’s Cup racing will return to New York Harbor for the first time in almost a century this May. photo: America’s Cup

America’s Cup sailing is coming back to New York Harbor for the first time in nearly a century — but don’t expect your great, great grandfather’s yacht race.

Six sailing teams will hit the harbor on May 7 and 8, but the ships and the sport have come a long way since 1920, the last time an America’s Cup race was held in New York City.

Gone are the days of old-fashioned wooden boats and calm sailing. This is “NASCAR on water” with high tech boats flying by at speeds up to 60 mph, Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill told the Daily News.

“When you see these boats, they stop you in your tracks,” he said of the large carbon-fiber catamarans. “These races are a quantum leap from where we started.”

Races for America’s Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy, were held off of New York from 1870 until 1920 before being moved to New Port, R.I., where it remained until 1983, when the U.S. finally lost the cup — ending a 132-year winning streak that dated back to 1851. Since then America’s Cup has taken place in waters off of California, Spain and Australia.

This year, the boaters will converge on lower Manhattan for two days of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series races.

The points earned during the matches will count toward the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, which will bit reigning champ Oracle Team USA against the winner of the multi-city lead up series.

More than 20,000 people are expected to watch the races — which are free to watch and will run from the Statue of Liberty to the World Trade Center — at any given moment, event organizers said.

Six international teams — from the United States, New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Japan and France — will square off in as many as six races over the two days. Weather will determine the exact race course and the number of races.

Team USA is already guaranteed a spot in the 2017 finals — but they’re still counting on plenty of fans to pack the shoreline and root for the home team.

“We can hear the fans cheering. It’s like having a home game. It gives us a big advantage,” Spithill said.

Viewers can watch the action from Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza and the Hudson River waterfront between Battery Park City and Pier 25, as well as in New Jersey from Liberty State Park and the Jersey City waterfront.

Spithill said racing in the New York Harbor poses some unique challenges: Currents are strong in the area and the city’s skyscrapers can affect wind flow and direction. But the competition would be tough in any waters, since all six teams are some of the most elite in the world.

“There can be crashes. Boats get extremely close. It’s very exciting racing that’s right in front of you,” he said.

A month after the races in New York Harbor, the teams will square off again in Chicago. At least three more races are planned for the year, leading up to the final next summer. Great Britain already won the first race of the year, held in Oman last month.

And if the two-day New York race gets you hooked on the sport?

“Bermuda is just a two hour flight away,” Spithill joked.

source:  nydailynews.com

ORACLE TEAM USA and Dassault Systèmes Renew Partnership for 35th America’s Cup

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Team Seeks Third Consecutive Win Using the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to Design Technologically-Advanced Racing Catamaran

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that it has renewed its partnership with ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of the 33rd and 34th America’s Cups, for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 in Bermuda. ORACLE TEAM USA will work to defend its title and seek its third consecutive America’s Cup victory on a new boat designed with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“Making boats fly is one of the wildest technical challenges and a wonderful human adventure, and Dassault Systèmes is proud to renew its support for ORACLE TEAM USA in pushing the boundaries of sailing performance”

 

ORACLE TEAM USA and Dassault Systèmes Renew Partnership for 35th America’s Cup

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrates powerful composite design, simulation and manufacturing applications in a collaborative virtual environment. ORACLE TEAM USA can leverage the skills of its global teams and rapidly develop, test and perfect a technologically-advanced racing catamaran before it ever touches the water.

“As Defender of the America’s Cup, we are reaffirming our confidence in Dassault Systèmes as we set out to design and build the fastest boat possible for the 35th America’s Cup,” said Scott Ferguson, Design Coordinator – Senior Wing Designer for ORACLE TEAM USA. “Competitive sailing requires us to anticipate multiple factors and situations—from speed and stability to weather conditions and crew safety. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform lets us virtually determine what will or will not work on the boat, make changes throughout the development process and seamlessly share information among team members. These are ‘must-haves’ to optimize our boat’s performance.”

“Making boats fly is one of the wildest technical challenges and a wonderful human adventure, and Dassault Systèmes is proud to renew its support for ORACLE TEAM USA in pushing the boundaries of sailing performance,” said Alain Houard, Vice President, Marine & Offshore Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform connects ideas, people and applications to virtually transform sailboat design and racing. As we saw during the 34th America’s Cup in 2013, this combination of imagination, action, designers, builders, sailors and supporters creates unprecedented holistic racing experiences that bring the sport closer to the public and inspire a new generation of sailors.”

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British Team wins fourth event in America’s Cup World Series

America's Cup boats in Bermuda for the World Series Event.
America’s Cup boats in Bermuda for the World Series Event.

MUSCAT, Oman (Log News Service) — Former Olympic star Ben Ainslie of Britain led his Land Rover BAR team to victory in the fourth event of the America’s Cup World Series.

Ainslie’s crew finished second, third and fourth in Feb. 28’s races. It had two firsts and a third on Feb. 27.

British Team wins fourth event in America’s Cup World Series

Emirates Team New Zealand finished third to retain its place atop the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard with 192 points, although Oracle closed the gap to just 6 points.

Ainslie sailed with Oracle during the 2013 America’s Cup, when the American-based team rallied to beat Emirates Team New Zealand.

Feb. 27 marked the first America’s Cup racing in the Middle East. In 2009 Oracle kept Alinghi of Switzerland from defending the America’s Cup in the United Arab Emirates by raising the safety issue.

Four more events are scheduled in 2016 with the next two scheduled in the United States — New York, May 7-8, Chicago, June 11-12. The final two include Toulon, France Sept. 10-11 and a yet to be announced race, which is expected to be held in Asia in November.

After the four World Series events (Portsmouth, Gothenburg, Bermuda and Oman) the overall standing in points of the challenging teams and the defender are:

Emirates Team New Zealand 192
Oracle Team USA 186
Land Rover BAR (Britain) 185
SoftBank Team Japan 161
Artemis Racing (Sweden) 161
Groupama Team France 150

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is not a pure exhibition. The racing results will have a minor effect on the America’s Cup regatta itself. Overall ranking positions will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda in 2017.

—A report from The Associated Press was used in this story.
– See more at: thelog.com