American skipper Rich Wilson crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race off Les Sables d’Olonne on the west coast of France this afternoon (Tuesday 21/02) at 1250hrs UTC. From the fleet of 29 boats which started the 27,440 miles singlehanded race from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday November 6th, Wilson and Great American IV secure 13th place in an elapsed time of 107 days 48 mins 18 secs.
7th Nov: Replacement of a batten car on the main mast track, sailed with conservative sail selection not wanting to make a mistake while tired. Hydrogenerator propeller pitch control pump leaked all of its hydraulic oil into the box.
12th Nov: In a squall the boat took off, and then the autopilot decided to stop. So the boat turned up toward the wind, and lay over at about 45 degrees, with both sails flapping. I rushed into the cockpit and grabbed the tiller. Unidentified autopilot problem fixed.
17th Nov: First part of the Doldrums further north than was predicted. Sudden squalls.
19th Nov: At 0450, Great American IV crossed the Equator. 12th crossing under sail for Rich.
24th Nov: Getting to know the boat well. Gained miles on those ahead. Nice chat with Tanguy de Lamotte.
1st Dec: Peak speed of 24.7 knots. “I don’t understand how the leaders can deal with the speeds, and the stress that comes with them”
6th Dec: Entered the Indian Ocean. More Work on the Hydrogenerator
9th Dec: Chats with Alan Roura, and with Eric Bellion. ‘The three multi-generational amigos, me at 66, Eric at 40, and Alan at 23’13th Dec: “Pushing very hard to get east across the top of the Kerguelen Shelf before the big depression gets here in 36 hours. Our plan is to then head southeast to get to where the strong winds will be. Eric has chosen a north route, Alan and Enda look as though they are working on a similar plan to mine.”
15th Dec: Average of 45 knots wind for a 16 hour period, and our thundering sprints of boat speed from 10-12 knots into the mid-20s, ricocheting off waves
20th Dec: “Interesting encounter last night with Enda O’Coineen”
21st Dec: “Fantastic encounter today when my friend Eric Bellion came roaring up from behind us and passed us close aboard”
25th Dec: “We are a long way from home, and have a long way to go. Usually in my voyages, I haven’t gotten too lonely. But today I did. I’m sure it was exacerbated by the big depression that is forecast to develop ahead of us.”
31st Dec: Crossing the International Date Line
1st Jan: “We are in the gale. We have 35-40 knots of wind now and it looks as though this will last for another 18 hours. The violence that the sea can heap on a boat is not describable.”
5th Jan: “the nicest day of sailing that we’ve had in one might say months”
7th Jan: Exactly halfway
13th Jan: “We were in the bulls-eye of the strong winds for the depression. Solent to staysail to storm jib, and 1 reef to 2 reefs to 3 reefs in the mainsail.” Autopilot malfunction.
17th Jan: Cape Horn
18th Jan: “We went west of the Falkland Islands, behind Alan Roura, who followed through the Lemaire Strait”
22nd Jan: “A very bad night last night. We had 35 knots of north, steady, up to 38, which created a big wave situation, with cresting seas 12-15′ high. This went on most of the afternoon. And then suddenly, nothing. The physicality of this boat is beyond description, and I am exhausted and, frankly, demoralized.”
25th Jan: “We just got clobbered through the night, with 30 knots of wind, upwind, into the big building seas, and crashing and crashing and crashing. The conditions are just chaotic. There is really nothing you can do on the boat, because you just have to be holding on at all times.”
29th Jan: “Latitude of Rio de Janeiro. Southwest winds, 2 – 3 knots, very bizarre. The boat went in circles for 3 hours, and it was very frustrating.”
5th Feb: back into the Northern Hemisphere
7th Feb: finally into the NE’ly trade winds
16th Feb: sailed close to Faial in the Azores.
21st Feb: finished
“It’s great to be back. To see France and all the French people here. It was great to see Eric (Bellion) and Alan (Roura) here. They were my brothers in the south. We talked almost every day by e-mail. In this race I think there was a lot more communication between the skippers than in 2008-2009 – Koji, Fabrice, Nandor, Stéphane and Didac who was chasing me. We talked about everything in the world. It was a little bit harder, because I’m older. The boat was easier because of the ballast tanks. You can use the ballast rather than put in a reef all the time, which is what I had to do on the other boat. What distinguished the race for me was that it was grey all the way. Across the south and then all the way up the Atlantic. Grey. Grey. It was so depressing. Four or five days ago, the sun came out for twenty minutes and I leapt out and stuck my face and hands under the sun. It was grey and just for so long. That was hard.”“I found all the calms that exist in the Atlantic. It was never-ending in the Atlantic. Eight years ago, I said never again. But now it’s too difficult. This is the perfect race course. The most stimulating event that exists. My goal was to finish this race and to work for SitesAlive, which has 700,000 young people following. What is fantastic about this race is the support of the public with all the people here. I remember the first time, someone said, if you finish the race, you’re a winner. I think that is correct. I could give you a quotation from Thomas Jefferson. When he was ambassador to France, he said everyone has two countries, their own and France and I think that is true.””The Vendée Globe is two Vendée Globes. It is very long. The oceans, the capes. It’s all very hard. But the other Vendée Globe is the one ashore. The welcome that our team and I have had here. It’s incredible. I felt older. I am 66! My thoughts go out to Nandor who finished two weeks ago at the age of 65. We sent back data each day concerning me and the boat. Each day, I did an average of 12,000 turns on the winch. But it was hard.””The worst thing was it was so grey. I had a map of the stars with me but I couldn’t use it. The best thing was communicating with the others. We’re a real community.”
Thursday, 19th January French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h has today won the Vendée Globe, setting a new record for the solo non-stop round the world race in the process.
Le Cléac’h, 39, from Brittany, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, at 1537hrs UTC after 74 days, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 46 seconds at sea on his 60ft racing
His time sets a new record for the race, beating the previous record of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes set by French sailor Francois Gabart in the 2012-13 edition by 3 days, 22 hours and 41 minutes. Le Cléac’h, the runner-up in the 2008-09 and 2012-13 editions of the Vendée Globe, covered 24,499.52 nm at an average speed of 13.77 knots during the race, which began from Les Sables d’Olonne on November 6 last year. The Vendée Globe, which was founded in 1989, follows the ‘clipper route’ around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, Australia’s Cape Leeuwin and South America’s Cape Horn. Second-placed Alex Thomson is expected to cross the finish line on his boat Hugo Boss around 12 hours behind Le Cléac’h. The arrivals are being streamed live online. For more information about how to follow the finishes see
Thomson revealed yesterday that in order to stand a chance of overhauling French skipper Le Cléac’h before the finish of the solo round the world race he must get to within 50 miles of him in the next few days. At the 1400 UTC position report yesterday Thomson’s Hugo Boss was 216 miles adrift of Le Cléac’h’s Banque Populaire VIII as the pair passed to the west of the Cape Verde Islands. At the same time today that deficit was down to 131 miles as light winds forced Le Cléac’h to slow to just one knot compared to Thomson’s eight knots. Thomson too will see speeds drop as he hits the dead spot but with several days of light-wind sailing ahead before stronger south-easterlies fill in near the Azores even the smallest of gains were welcome.
Thomson was not the only one with reason to celebrate. Crossing the Equator yesterday 13 days, three hours and 59 minutes after rounding Cape Horn, Jean-Pierre Dick set a new race record for the passage. Incredibly he shaved almost 16 hours off the reference time of Vendée 2012-13 winner François Gabart of 13 days, 19 hours and 29 minutes. In fact, Dick was just the first of four skippers to beat Gabart’s time. Thomson posted a time of 13 days, five hours and 30 minutes, Yann Eliès took 13 days, seven hours and 20 minutes while Jean Le Cam was just 37 minutes behind. In stark comparison, race leader le Cléac’h was almost 32 hours slower than Dick over the same distance, but his woes did not stop there. His losses caused by a painful crossing of the Doldrums were today laid bare. Fifteen of the race’s remaining 18 skippers made gains on Banque Populaire over the past seven days. Frenchman Eric Bellion has been by far the biggest winner in the last week, pulling back 641nm on Le Cléac’h, with Jean-Pierre Dick was next in line making back 388nm. Only Thomson and 17th-placed Pieter Heerema lost ground on Le Cléac’h, Thomson dropping 26nm to the leader and Heerema losing 10nm.
The Vendée Globe finish line is now within 1,800 miles of Le Cléac’h, and his ETA in Les Sables remains Thursday January 19th. Race HQ has now moved from Paris and is set up in Les Sables ready for the opening of the race village tomorrow. Doors to the village, at Port Olona, open to the public at 10am local time and visitors can enjoy an exhibition on the race, shop for official Vendée Globe merchandise or relax in the race’s legendary bar and restaurant, the VOG. A huge screen will show the arrivals live from the finish line to the pontoon, and skippers will then be interviewed on the main stage.
Tune in to the Vendée Live show tomorrow on the race website at 1200 UTC for the latest news from the Vendée Globe.
In a prelude to the Sunday start of the inaugural Transat New York – Vendée Race 12 of the 14 competing IMOCA 60’s assembled on the Hudson River to compete in the Currency House Charity Race. Paul Meilhat and crew on SMA took lead from the start and continued to hold their lead up to the very end securing a win. Meilhat donate the US$ 5,000 prize to the Surf Rider Foundation, for which Meilhat is ambassador.
The fleet filled the Hudson River with brightly colored sails and some of the best of the ocean racing skippers currently on the circuit to show their boats off to New York in the shadow of the Freedom Tower and the iconic New York skyline.
The racing started upwind just off North Cove Marina and skirted down the Hudson past the Statue of Liberty towards Staten Island before turning and raising their spinnaker’s for the downwind run to the finish.
With 8 knots or so at the start knots of wind the conditions provided a comfortable upwind leg and built about 12 knots toward the end giving the spectators along Battery Park a spectacular view of the boats filled with press and guests cruising with filled spinnakers.
The fleet was filled with a mix of many seasoned circumnavigators with years of Vendée Globe races under their belt as well as some skippers new to the race out to prove their metal in unquestionably one of the world’s toughest ocean races. In 5 months they will leave out from Les Sables d’Olonne, France in a quest to solo circumnavigate the globe non-stop and unassisted.
Meilhat commented about the racing after his win. ““We had a good start and after that it was easier. We were in front and we needed to control Maître CoQ and she was maybe 50m behind us at the top mark. So it was really close, really hard. But we made a good choice of spinnaker and Maître CoQ didn’t, so then it was easier because we were much faster downwind.”
“I am happy to have won for our association [charity],” said Meilhat. “The Surf Rider Foundation protects the environment, principally the sea and the shore. They have projects to clean beaches and to educate children. It also tries to control the pollution from maritime traffic such as oil spillages.”
Among SMA’s crew was two time Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux.
And is the result of the Currency House Charity Race likely to be reflected in next week’s transatlantic race? “I hope so. We’ve been working towards that!” says Meilhat.
Enda O’Coineen, Chairman of Currency House commented: “Starting here in the heart of New York, berthed at North Cove, alongside Wall Street, the fleet which today competed in the Currency House Charity Race and which will be heading to France on Sunday is iconic. Today was the most incredible spectacle. We had the Big Apple to port and the Statue of Liberty to starboard and Sunday the fleet will head for France out into the fierce Atlantic Ocean, which is never to be underestimated.
“At Currency House, as leading-edge Forex company, we take pride in supporting the most advanced ocean racing fleet in the world, which this year is pushing the boundaries of yacht design with the latest in foil technologies. For us, also as the most advanced trading platform – and relating directly to the lone solo skippers (as a lone Forex trader is at their desk) this is a brilliant event for Currency House to get in behind. We wish all team fair winds and safe sailing and trading….”
Sunday will mark the start of a new race and a new tradition of racing for New York as the racers will assemble every four years to compete in the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York – Vendée Race.
For more images of the Currency House Charity Race by George Bekris visit www.georgebekris.com
Currency House Charity Race Results:
2. Yann Eliès – Groupe Quéguiner – Queguiner Leucémie Espoir
3. Jérémie Beyou – Maître CoQ
4. Vincent Riou – PRB – Vendée Globe
5. Morgan Lagravière – Safran Sailing Team
6. Sébastien Josse – Edmond De Rothschild
7. Alex Thomson Racing – HUGO BOSS
8. Jean-Pierre Dick – StMichel Virbac
9. Fabrice Amedeo – Newrest-Matmut
10. Armel Le Cléac’h – Voile Banque Populaire
11. Tanguy de Lamotte – Initiatives Cœur
12. Kojiro Shiraishi – Spirit of Yukoh
DNS. Pieter Heerema – No Way Back
DNS. Conrad Colman Ocean Racing – 100% Natural Energy
Fourteen IMOCA 60s will set sail from New York this Sunday in the last major singlehanded race before November’s singlehanded non-stop round the world marathon, the Vendée Globe.
More than half of the Vendée Globe fleet is taking part in the New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race presented by Currency House and SpaceCode. This, the fourth event in the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship 2015-2016, will see the solo skippers and their boats leaving set sail from New York on a 3100 mile course across the North Atlantic, bound for the Vendée Globe start-finish port of Les Sables d’Olonne on France’s Atlantic coast.
The fleet, currently berthed in Manhattan’s North Cove Marina close to ‘Ground Zero’, includes the six latest generation IMOCA 60s. These futuristic-looking machines represent the cutting edge of offshore yacht racing technology, fitted with retracting J-shaped foils that enable the boats at times literally to fly.
Among the six are Armel le Cleac’h and Banque Populaire, recent winners of the Transat bakerly. Runner-up in the last two Vendée Globes, Le Cleac’h is favourite for the race to the Vendée. He will be up against Hugo Boss skipper, Britain’s Alex Thomson, who finished the last Vendée Globe in third and who now also has a new generation design and Sébastien Josse on Edmond de Rothschild, stand-out winner of December’s Transat St-Barth – Port-la-Forêt.
Other leading French entrants include Barcelona World Race two time winner, Jean-Pierre Dick on his new St Michel-Virbac, while leading the charge on ‘conventionally’ foiled older generation boats will be PRB’s Vincent Riou, winner of the 2004 Vendée Globe, and Queguiner-Leucemie Espoir’s Yann Eliès, a three time winner of the ultra-competitive solo offshore race, the Solitaire du Figaro. Another triple Solitaire winner racing is Jérémie Beyou, skipper of Maître CoQ, unique in the fleet for being an older generation boat, retrofitted with new generation foils.
Beyond Alex Thomson, there are three other non-French skippers competing.
The US home crowd will be rooting for Conrad Colman, the half US/half New Zealand skipper of 100% Natural Energy. Colman has spent the last eight years serving his apprenticeship to compete in the Vendée Globe, which has already included two round the world races.
Colman is proud to have his own campaign: “I’m proud to flag the flag for the United States and New Zealand. I went to high school not far away from NYC, so it’s great to return to my old stomping grounds. I hope to give local fans a friendly face to cheer for. I think these races have universal appeal and can attract a new American audience.”
Coming from furthest away is Japan’s Kojiro Shiraishi for whom competing in the Vendée Globe is a 30 year old dream. Of his ability to compete, there is no doubt: the Vendée Globe will be his fourth solo circumnavigation.
The New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race presented by Currency House and SpaceCode will be Shiraishi’s first race in his new boat (ex-Hugo Boss) and the first solo: “It is fantastic. I really love it. It is the newest boat I’ve ever had – very stable and more powerful,” says Shiraishi.
Approaching his campaign from yet another angle is Pieter Heerema. The Dutch businessman is an highly experienced yachtsman who’s sailed all his life, in dinghies and keelboats, where he is best known for his successes in the RC44 and Dragon classes.
However his new No Way Back, a powerful, new generation design IMOCA 60, is very different to the one designs he has previously raced. And sailing it solo is even more challenging: All Heerema’s previous boats he has raced with crew.
“It is a piece of the puzzle of sailing that I haven’t done yet and one of the boxes that I have to tick,” says Heerema.
The New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) Race presented by Currency House and SpaceCode sets sail at 1100 local time on Sunday May 29th, from a line immediately off Manhattan’s North Cove marina. This will be preceded on Friday, May 27th by the Currency House Charity Race.
(Photo: Thierry Martinez)
Entry list for the New York- Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne)
- Fabrice Amedeo – NEWREST Matmut (France)
- Jeremie Beyou – MAITRE COQ (France)
- Conrad Colman – 100% NATURAL ENERGY (New Zealand/USA)
- Tanguy de Lamotte – INITIATIVES COEUR (France)
- Jean-Pierre Dick – StMICHEL VIRBAC (France)
- Yann Eliès – QUEGUINER-LEUCEMIE ESPOIR (France)
- Pieter Heerema – NO WAY BACK (Netherlands)
- Sébastien Josse – EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD (France)
- Morgan Lagravière – SAFRAN (France)
- Armel Le Cléac’h – BANQUE POPULAIRE VIII (France)
- Paul Meilhat – SMA (France)
- Vincent Riou – PRB (France)
- Kojiro Shiraishi – Spirit of Yukoh (Japan)
- Alex Thomson – HUGO BOSS (Great Britain)
Facts and figures
- 1st edition of the New York-Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne)
- 14 entries
- 3100 nautical miles
- 4th leg of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship
- Start on 29 May at 11.00am EST (16.00 BST)
- Estimated Arrival : from 5 June 2016 in Les Sables d’Olonne
- Official event of the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship 2015-2016
- 27 May: Press Conference and Currency House Charity Race on the Hudson River:
- 29 May at 11.00 EST: New York-Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) start – on the Hudson River off North Cove Marina.
- Position updates during the race: Every 15 minutes, with a blackout between 23.00 and 04.00 BST
- from 5 June: Arrivals in Les Sables d’Olonne – the Vendée Globe home port
IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship 2015-2016
- Rolex Fastnet Race (double-handed), Cowes-Plymouth (UK), winners Vincent Riou – Sébastien Col (PRB)
- Transat Jacques Vabre (double-handed), Le Havre (FRA) – Itajaï (BR), winners Vincent Riou – Sébastien Col (PRB)
- Transat Saint-Barth / Port-la-Forêt (FRA) (single-handed), winner Sébastien Josse (Edmond de Rothschild)
- IMOCA Ocean Masters New York – Vendée (Les Sables d’Olonne) (single-handed), Starts on 29 May 2016
- Vendée Globe (single-handed), Starts on 6 November 2016
IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship Rankings after 3 legs:
- Vincent Riou (PRB) 69 points
- Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Matmut) 63 points
- Yann Eliès (Queguiner-Leucémie Espoir) 62 points
- Thomas Ruyant (Le Souffle du Nord) 61 points
- Armel Le Cléac’h (Banque populaire) 57 points
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The AC Endeavour Program has created a weekend of educational fun for New York area youth programs, sailing schools, and fans of all ages visiting the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York. Friday, May 6, has been designated AC Endeavour Youth Day, and activities from local community partners will engage kids in the Event Village at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza during the weekend of racing, May 7-8.
AC Endeavour has been operating in Bermuda, host venue for the 2017 America’s Cup, since last year, introducing technical concepts of sailing to school curriculum, as well as teaching water safety and other life skills. Now the program is coming to New York. Area students will participate in STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – education, then put those learnings into practice on the Hudson River in AC Endeavour boats.
“Sailing is the ultimate tool for delivering STEAM curriculum. From learning about buoyancy and wind currents to conservation and teamwork, the sport provides a unique educational experience,” said Tom Herbert-Evans, Community Sailing Program Manager for the America’s Cup. “We’re excited to bring AC Endeavour and this curriculum to young people in New York. With the support of Harken, North Sails and Magic Marine, along with local community partners, we have the opportunity to engage and inspire students in a hands-on learning environment.”
AC Endeavour Youth Day
On Friday, 100 students ages 13 years and older from around the New York City area will participate in AC Endeavour Youth Day as part of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York. Students representing the New York Harbor School, Success Academy and nearby Battery Park City area schools will be part of a special STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education program and experience sailing taster sessions in Hobie Wave boats on the Hudson River.
Students will begin their day with a combination of interactive activities both on shore and on the water. On shore in the Event Village, they’ll test their strength and knowledge with the Harken Grinder Challenge and Simple Machine Scavenger Hunt. Both activities will take place in the Harken STEAM Classroom supported by the US Sailing Reach Initiative. In the classroom, they can also learn about marine debris and how to live sustainably with help from the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean.
On the Hudson River, the students will take out the fleet of eight uniquely identifiable Hobie Wave catamarans. The boats feature bright yellow sails – donated by leading sailmaker North Sails – and branding to reflect the iconic New York taxi cab. Following the weekend AC Endeavour programs, the Hobie Waves will be donated to local youth sailing programs, along with legacy funding to help run the programs going forward.
Mid-day on Friday, students will trade in their Magic Marine helmets, lifejackets, and drysuits for lunch aboard the boat Valiant to watch the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series practice races. STEAM activities held onboard Valiant will feature representatives from Hobie Cat and North U who will educate students on everything from sail trim to foiling technique. A fun AC45 race boat design competition will also allow students to learn first-hand about the innovative design and cutting edge technology pivotal to the America’s Cup.
Following racing, participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with America’s Cup sailors from all six teams. The entire group of students, along with the sailors, will participate in a special Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York ribbon cutting to officially open the Event Village and kick off the weekend activities.
When the Event Village officially opens at 3 pm, the students will rotate between exploring the wide range of community educational exhibits and a second sailing session on Colgate 26 boats with the Offshore Sailing School.
On Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, Rocking the Boat and Hudson River Community Sailing, both partners of the AC Endeavour Program for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, will each bring a group of youth participants sailing on the Hobie Wave catamarans on the Hudson River. The kids will also join an AC Sailor Lifestyle Talk to learn more about what it’s like to be part of an America’s Cup team. Both groups will participate in Harken STEAM Classroom and Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean activities, and they will join local youth sailors to be part of the Dock Out Shows.
Visitors of all ages can stop by the Harken STEAM Classroom all weekend to participate in the Harken Grinder Challenge and Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt.
Local community partners will also offer educational opportunities for all young visitors throughout the day in the Event Village, open from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm both Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8.
Community partner exhibitions include hands-on activities focused around STEAM curriculum, from learning about weather to points of sail. All exhibitors will also have information on youth and community sailing programs. The organizations represented:
- New York Harbor School
- Rocking the Boat
- Hudson River Community Sailing
- Off Shore Sailing School
- South Street Seaport Museum
- Battery Park City Authority
- Downtown Alliance
- Waterfront Alliance
America’s Cup sailors will be signing posters for fans of all ages on Saturday, May 7 from 4:30-5:30 pm in front of the main stage in the Event Village.
#SayNo Sustainability Activities
In conjunction with the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, the #SayNo photo booth and sustainability programs will educate children about marine debris and ways to protect the oceans. At the photo booth, all visitors can snap photos, tagging them with the hashtag #SayNo, and sharing their commitment to help eliminate single-use plastics and keep the oceans clean. The Rozalia Project will also lead a fun beach clean and recycling activity throughout the weekend in the Event Village. All visitors are encouraged to stop by for the opportunity to win a prize.
All AC Endeavour Program participants will receive a reusable water bottle, and water refill stations will be located in the Event Village. In the Harken STEAM Classroom, students will also participate in a sustainability activity – “Reducing a Sailor’s Environmental Impact – Start with Lunch” – facilitated by the US Sailing Reach Program.
Friday, May 6
9:15-11:15 am — AC Endeavour Youth Sailing & Activities – Event Village
11:15 am — AC Endeavour On Water STEAM Activities & Media Boat – Valiant
2:30 pm — AC Endeavour Ribbon Cutting & Photo Moment – Event Village Main Stage
3:00-5:00 pm — AC Endeavour Youth Sailing & Activities – Event Village
Saturday & Sunday, May 7-8
11:00 am – 6:00 pm — AC Endeavour Educational Activities – Event Village
AC Endeavour Youth Day Partners
North Sails are a dedicated partner of the AC Endeavour Program, not only providing authentic pink branded sails in Bermuda and iconic yellow sails for New York, but also supporting educational programs. The North Sails partnership includes programming for the AC Collegiate Sailing Intern Program and AC Endeavour Youth Day activities during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events. Their support is enabling youth to learn about sail trim and technique, and developing the next generation of sailors.
Harken, a partner of the AC Endeavour Program, has teamed up with the US Sailing Reach Program to donate equipment and facilitate hands-on learning activities in the Harken STEAM Classroom, located in the Event Village. The classroom will feature the Harken Grinding Challenge, where visitors can test their strength and agility, and will be home to the Simple Machines Scavenger Hunt.
Magic Marine generously supports the AC Endeavour Program by supplying helmets, lifejackets, dry suits, and more, helping youth experience the joy of sailing while staying safe and dry.
ABOUT THE AC ENDEAVOUR PROGRAM
The AC Endeavour Program is a youth-focused community sailing and educational program in connection with the 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton. The mission is to provide unique sporting and educational opportunities through sailing for youth across all socioeconomic backgrounds. It highlights three pillars, including a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educational component, the youth sailing initiative, and an internship opportunity for US collegiate sailors and coaches. Partners include Harken – Boat Hardware, North Sails – Sails, Dynamic Dollies – Racks and Dollies, Versadock – Drive on docks for rescue craft, Magic Marine – Sailing Apparel, RS Sailing – LDC Sailboats – RS Feva, Bic Sport – Open Bic, Hobie Cat – Hobie Wave, VSR – Coach Boats, Blokart – Land Sailing Karts, as well as local partners in Bermuda – Appleby, Butterfield, PwC, Hamilton Insurance and Orbis.
More about the AC Endeavour Program HERE
America’s Cup racing will return to New York for the first time since 1920 with Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing on May 7-8, 2016.
The New York event is one of six events planned during 2016, each featuring thrilling, high-speed competition, as six America’s Cup teams, with the top sailors in the world, vie for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
This year, Emirates Team New Zealand’s star helmsman, Peter Burling, the youngest in the fleet, led his team to the top of the standings over current America’s Cup champion Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA, and the highly touted Land Rover BAR team led by Olympic hero Ben Ainslie.
But the competition was close. In fact, the opening three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in 2015 featured three different event winners, and four different individual race winners. The 2016 calendar promises more hard-fought racing on the foiling AC45F catamarans that fly above the water.
“Everyone is going to want to start the New Year off well,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. “But all the other teams have been out training with the same goal in mind, so nothing will come easy this year.
“The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit. New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”
Practice racing in New York is on May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.
Four events on the 2016 schedule have been announced to date:
Muscat, Oman – February 26-28, 2016;
New York, USA – May 6-8, 2016;
Chicago, USA – June 10-12, 2016;
Portsmouth, UK – July 22-24, 2016;
Two additional Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events are anticipated to complete the calendar, likely in Europe in mid-September and in Asia in mid-November.
“With six events around the world in 2016 our fans will have more opportunities to enjoy America’s Cup racing and follow their favorite teams and sailors as we build towards the finals in Bermuda in 2017,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup.
“We’re excited to be able to add the new venues of Oman, New York and Chicago to the calendar, giving more fans a chance to experience the America’s Cup in person.”
The New York event is an historic milestone of sorts. America’s Cup racing was held in New York harbor and environs for 50 years, representing the first 13 challenges for the oldest trophy in international sport.
From 1870 through 1920 racing took place off New York. Beginning in 1930, the competition was moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where it remained until the United States finally lost the Cup in 1983, ending the longest winning streak in sport.
Since that time, racing for the America’s Cup has taken place in Perth (Australia); San Diego (USA); Auckland (New Zealand); Valencia (Spain); and San Francisco (USA).
In May/June 2017, the next America’s Cup will be raced for in Bermuda.
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings (after three events):
Emirates Team New Zealand – 122 points
ORACLE TEAM USA – 112 points
Land Rover BAR – 109 points
Artemis Racing – 105 points
SoftBank Team Japan – 100 points
Groupama Team France – 82 points
About the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York
This event will take place from May 6-8, 2016, with official practice racing on the Friday and point-scoring races on Saturday and Sunday.
The Event Village will be in the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, while the racing will be on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City Esplanade (between the Pier 25 basin to the north and The Battery to the south).
The technical areas for teams, race management and America’s Cup TV production will be based at Liberty State Park and Liberty Landing Marina, across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
About the America’s Cup
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it’s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A.. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.
On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.
The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.
The America’s Cup is also proud to be supported by BMW, Bremont, ORACLE, Sail Racing, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s and XL Catlin; as well as: Appleby, BF&M, Butterfield, Butterfield & Vallis, Moët & Chandon, PwC and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
America’s Cup updates are also available on your mobile device. Go to the App Store to download the official America’s Cup App.
For more America’s Cup and Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series racing visit The America’s Cup Website