The oldest trophy in international sport arrived at the AC Village in San Diego – a sneak preview ahead of the America’s Cup World Series which begins with preliminary racing on Saturday.
Wednesday afternoon, the Cup was the center of attention during two ‘Cupdate’ shows hosted by the Vice Commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, Tom Ehman, who is currently involved with his eleventh consecutive America’s Cup campaign.
The first show was for local junior sailors and their parents, with a standing room only crowd approaching 200 in the Pavilion at Broadway Pier.
The enthusiastic crowd of youth sailors demonstrated great knowledge of the America’s Cup, as special guests Terry Hutchinson, the skipper of Artemis Racing, along with ORACLE Racing design coordinator Ian Burns and Louis Vuitton’s Bruno Troublé, each ably assisted Tom Ehman in his compelling presentation, which carried the audience through 160 years of the America’s Cup story.
After showing a video of ORACLE Racing winning the Cup in 2010, Tom asked the kids in the crowd who among them would like to be featuring in a video like that in a few years time. Every hand in the crowd shot up.
Then, when Terry Hutchinson came on stage, he admitted:
“When you asked that question, ‘who would like to win the Cup’, I was quietly backstage putting my hand up – me, me, me!!
“When you’re involved in the Cup, you are eating, breathing, and living it every day. That’s why it means so much to win and why it hurts so much when you lose.”
For the second showing, open to the public, Regatta Director Iain Murray joined the panel.
“The America’s Cup represents everything that sailing has,” Murray told the audience. “It attracts the best sailors, it brings technology to the fore and it’s that mixture of sailing and technology that’s so attractive.”
Ian ‘Fresh’ Burns agreed:
“It covers everything. If you’re interested in the technical side, there’s plenty of opportunities. If you love sailing, the physical side of it, anything you want to do, you can do it in the America’s Cup. There’s marketing, there’s computers, there’s graphics, just about every industry is represented in an America’s Cup team so you can get involved in it. I highly recommend it!”
When asked to identify a good memory from his days as an America’s Cup skipper in 1977 and 1980, Troublé said, ‘It’s not about a single memory. Every day involved in the America’s Cup is a good day.”
More good days are coming up in San Diego – racing starts on Saturday November 12.
UPDATE: The local organizers estimate a crowd of 600 came down to Broadway Pier last night for this sneak preview, to hear the Cupdate shows or stroll along the pier looking at the AC45s at their moorings.
The 34th America´s Cup consists of three main stages – the America´s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America´s Cup Finals. Each AC World Series regatta will be a combination of practice and championship racing, with additional practice sailing on-site ahead of each event.
Photos / Videos: Americas Cup & © GILLES MARTIN-RAGET / ACEA
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