AC34 San Diego, some good photos

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Dennis O'Connor says:

    The technology is just “wow”… The boats are like science fiction…
    Yet, I am not impressed that these Americas Cup winners are what was intended – the racing of ocean crossing yachts…
    Were I empowered to make the rules the boats would qualify by first making an Atlantic crossing, then compete in the Cup races with the same crew, the same equipment, and the same sails they used on the crossing… A bit closer to the real world that you and I sail in…
    Now having said that – I continue to be keenly interested in the races…

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    “Intended” by who, Denny? Hasn’t it been over a century since a Cup boat could cross an ocean? Meanwhile, hasn’t ocean racing evolved pretty nicely, both at pro and amateur levels?
    The weird thing about the America’s Cup is that it is organized by its last winner (though hopefully with cooperation from the challengers). That’s often led to too much emphasis on competing lawyers, money, and design technology… and boring races. By contrast, AC34 seems to be putting its money and technology into establishing a form of pure around-the-bouy racing that’s fair, exciting, and very accessible to fans.
    I enjoyed watching NFL football on Sunday, and it’s definitely that combination of technology and competition that’s inspired AC34, not 19th century yacht racing.

  3. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Having joined a chartered boat (with catering) for AC33, I have first hand experience with the logistical nightmare of attempting to casually watch a race on the water and on another day from the shore.
    With all the extra sailing rules, I can appreciate the AC34 could seem like an unholy combination of obstacle course and drag race, very much unlike the original AC.
    But, it seems like a necessary evolution to bring the boats close to shore for the fans, plus other fan and media friendly changes so the event can be enjoyed all over the world in real-time and sponsors can be found by teams to support this great sport.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    AC34 does not mess around. Now they’re building 12 meter wing extensions for the AC45’s to use in light air. Mind you that the carbon cats only displace a little over 3,000 pounds and their main wing sails are already 21.5m (70.5 feet)tall and a little over 900 square feet:

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