ORACLE TEAM USA

ORACLE TEAM USA sailors posting top results

Following a remarkable America’s Cup victory just under a year ago, ORACLE TEAM USA sailors have spent much of 2014 competing individually at various events around the world, looking to keep their skills sharp against top-flight competition.

The results have been impressive.

“We made a conscious decision to encourage our guys to get out there on the various circuits and compete as much as possible this year,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We knew there would be limited opportunity to race as a team, so we decided to push the guys to race on their own instead.”

“The idea has been to spend time in different classes, sail with a different group of people and come back to our team refreshed and with new ideas and new skills.

“I’ve been really pleased to see the results the guys have been posting.” FULL STORY AT http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/en/news/87_ORACLE-TEAM-USA-sailors-posting-top-results.html

SIX LINE UP TO BATTLE FOR SAILING’S GREATEST PRIZE

Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup:

ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), the defending champion
Artemis Racing (SWE)
Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA)
Team France (FRA)

“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.

“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”

The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.

Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.

Under the rules of the event, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the America’s Cup organizers.

FULL STORY AT http://www.americascup.com/en/news/110_Six-line-up-to-battle-for-sailings-greatest-prize.html

ORACLE TEAM USA introduces sailing crew

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and tactician/sailing team manager Tom Slingsby have introduced the crew who are participating in the team’s first training camp of the new America’s Cup cycle.

In addition to Spithill and Slingsby, ORACLE TEAM USA opens training camp in Sydney, Australia this week with sailors Andrew Campbell, Kinley Fowler, Rome Kirby, Kyle Langford, Joey Newton, and Joe Spooner.

Philippe Presti will be returning to the team as coach.

“I’m excited that we’ve managed to assemble this group,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Most of the guys were on board for the last America’s Cup, so they’ve been battle-tested and know what to expect. Andrew Campbell joins us as a very talented, motivated, American sailor who has proven he knows how to win in the Olympic classes. I think we have a good combination.”

Campbell, 30, is a 10-time national champion who represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Laser class. This will be his first America’s Cup team.

“It’s a thrill to be joining ORACLE TEAM USA,” Campbell said. “The talent level and experience on this crew is second to none. This is a group of guys who have been together through some serious obstacles and they’ve won the ultimate prize in our sport. For me these first days will be about learning the systems, getting some hours in on the boat and spending time with the guys to form those bonds that are so important as a team.” See more at http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com/en/news/70_ORACLE-TEAM-USA-introduces-sailing-crew.html

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BREAKING NEWS - Spithill looks for 3-peat€™ with ORACLE TEAM USA

Jimmy Spithill will return to ORACLE TEAM USA as the team re-builds with a focus on winning its third consecutive America’s Cup.

The youngest skipper to ever lead a team to victory in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport, Spithill says the lure of working with team principal Larry Ellison and CEO Russell Coutts again was too strong to ignore.

“There were some very good offers out there, but at the end of the day, Russell and Larry, I wouldn’t be here without them…” Spithill said.

Spithill has made the America’s Cup his life’s work, beginning as a 20-year old skipper of the Young Australia team in the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Cup. He’s raced in every event since then, making steady progress towards the victory in 2010, when he became the youngest skipper to win the trophy.

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City of San Francisco proposes venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup

The America’s Cup Event Authority has received a letter from San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee, proposing venue sites within the City that would be used to host the next America’s Cup in 2017.

The letter reads, in part: “The 34th America’s Cup generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, created thousands of jobs and showcased our spectacular waterfront, the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the sport of sailing to millions of spectators around the world.

“Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup, that we propose the venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2017…”

The City is suggesting the use of Piers 27-29 for the America’s Cup Park and Team Bases as well as Piers 19.5, 23, 31 and a section of Pier 80 for team use. A portion of Marina Green, including the Peninsula area, would be used for public viewing and bleachers. A significant change for this next America’ s Cup is shifting the team bases to the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.

The teams, who found San Francisco Bay to be an ideal racing venue, welcomed the good news.

READ FULL STORY on: americascup.com

City of San Francisco proposes venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup

The America’s Cup Event Authority has received a letter from San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee, proposing venue sites within the City that would be used to host the next America’s Cup in 2017.

The letter reads, in part: “The 34th America’s Cup generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, created thousands of jobs and showcased our spectacular waterfront, the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the sport of sailing to millions of spectators around the world.

“Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup, that we propose the venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2017…”

The City is suggesting the use of Piers 27-29 for the America’s Cup Park and Team Bases as well as Piers 19.5, 23, 31 and a section of Pier 80 for team use. A portion of Marina Green, including the Peninsula area, would be used for public viewing and bleachers. A significant change for this next America’ s Cup is shifting the team bases to the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.

The teams, who found San Francisco Bay to be an ideal racing venue, welcomed the good news.

READ FULL STORY on: americascup.com

#OracleTeamUSA, winner of the 34th #AmericasCup, and #Boeing [NYSE: BA] are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America’s Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled.
READ FULL STORY: oracleteamusa.com

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

#OracleTeamUSA, winner of the 34th #AmericasCup, and #Boeing [NYSE: BA] are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America’s Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled.
READ FULL STORY: oracleteamusa.com

Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget

Backstage with @JSpithill and Stephen Colbert before tonight’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central. 

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Backstage with @JSpithill and Stephen Colbert before tonight’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

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Watch #OracleTeamUSA Skipper @JSpithill this Monday night, October 7 when he joins Stephen Colbert on #TheColbertReport on Comedy Central at 11:30/10:30c.

Watch #OracleTeamUSA Skipper @JSpithill this Monday night, October 7 when he joins Stephen Colbert on #TheColbertReport on Comedy Central at 11:30/10:30c.