America’s Cup 2013 – Incredible!!!!

January 14th, 2014

It has to be one of the coolest events I was able to attend and photograph last year, the 34th America’s Cup held in San Francisco Bay, California. Starting in 1851 and held only once every 4 years, this event brings together the best sailors and the fastest sailboats on earth. The majestic AC 72 catamarans lift out of the water and ride on a small dagger board and narrow rudder foils, add to that a 13 story wing sail and the boats take off to hit speeds up to and over 50 miles per hour! It looked like some of the power boats in the event were having hard time keeping up once the boats turned the buoy marker and headed down wind.

As if all that were not enough, these boats are a new generation of sailboats with both teams needing a steep learning curve just to control these monsters. It was obvious that team New Zealand had learned how to run their AC 72 first as they jumped out to a 8-1 lead against Team Oracle. Then the story no one would have bet on or predicted happened! The Oracle sailing crew worked late every night with engineers and designers to somehow find a new high gear when racing. Race by race they came back showing a control over their new found speed that team New Zealand just could not respond to. In the end, Team Oracle won 8 straight races to beat New Zealand 9-8. Get ready for America’s Cup 35 in 2017, it is going to be big!








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