What do the Transpac and the America’s Cup have in common? Read on to find out.
A California America’s Cup Team?
In Monday’s CupExperience newsletter, Jack Griffin passes along the rumor that a new proposed America’s Cup team hails from Long Beach Yacht Club. The New Zealand Herald speculates that Taylor Canfield’s USA 21 challenge has been accepted. The 29-year-old US Virgin Islands sailor currently tops the US match-racing rankings (he’s #8 on the world list). We’ll of course let you know when the team makes an official announcement.
The late-entry deadline of November 30 has passed. The late fee? A mere one million dollars. The next milestone in the America’s Cup 36 odyssey will be March 31’s announcement of 2019 America’s Cup World Series venues and dates. That is also the date when teams are allowed to launch their first boat. Auckland, New Zealand, will host the actual America’s Cup in 2021. See www.americascup.com.
Record Entries in 50th Transpac
A record 82 teams have signed up to race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in the 50th edition of the Transpacific Yacht Race, coming up in July 2019. The previous record of 80 entries was set way back in 1979!
The connection with the news item above? Among the entries is the 139-ft schooner America, a replica of 1851’s original winner of the silver ewer that henceforth became known as the America’s Cup. (The ‘Auld Mug’s original name was the Hundred Guinea Cup.) America sails out of San Diego; her skipper, Troy Sears, offers charters aboard the beautiful yacht.