Entries by Paul Cayard

America’s Cup 35

A proud nation! Bermuda It’s done and dusted.  The Kiwis were a force too strong to be reckoned with.  They innovated and backed themselves! The Cup now returns to New Zealand where a nation that is passionate about sailing and will embrace it with gusto. Today’s race was just a rerun of the other 8. […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda This cake is pretty well baked.   There are people remembering the comeback of all time in 2013.  Same teams, same situation with ETNZ on match point and Oracle with a very steep hill to climb.  But the situation is much different.  There is no “low hanging fruit” this time.  The boats are very […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle and New Zealand crossing tacks. Photo by Richard Smith Bermuda Races 5 and 6 of the 35th America’s Cup were held today on Great Sound in Bermuda in 10 knots of wind.  The question on everyone’s mind was: Did Oracle Team USA find some speed to make this Cup competitive?  The answer is yes! […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Races three and four were run today on Great Sound and the result was the same. He KIWI dominance in this wind range is impressive. The Kiwi foils and wing combine to generate 7-10% more speed around the race course over the American boat. The questions are; do the Americans know what to do […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle vs ETNZ start of race 2.      Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda The first two races of America’s Cup 35 were held today on Great Sound in Bermuda.  The conditions were on the lighter side of the spectrum with east winds at 8 knots.  This meant that the wind was blowing over the […]

America’s Cup 35

Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda The final race of the Challenger Playoff Final was held today on a cloud covered and squally day on Great Sound.  There was an abandoned race that featured the Kiwis leading at mark 1, 2 and 3 and then the wind completely shut down and the time limit ran out. […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Races 4, 5 and 6 of the Challenger Playoff Final were held today in winds from 16 knots to as little as 11 knots.  The big factor for the day was that the teams both changed their daggerboards in opposite directions.  The Swedes went for the small, high speed boards which are best suited […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Today was the first day of the Challenger Playoff Final featuring Artemis of Sweden against ETNZ of New Zealand.  This event used to be known as the Louis Vuitton Cup.  Three races were held in a building breeze that started out at 7 knots and finished up around 12 knots from the southwest. Artemis […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda One race was held today between Artemis and Softbank Japan in 20 knots from the south.  Japan hit something underwater about an hour before the start.  There didn’t appear to be significant damage to their boat but the investigation by the shore team definitely through the Japanese off their pre game program. In the […]

America’s Cup 35

Artemis goes 3-0 when it counts.   Photos by Richard Smith Bermuda Six races were held in the Challenger Playoff Semifinal today on Great Sound in 12-14 knots from the south.  With yesterday’s races lost to winds in the 30 knot range, Race organizers were keen to try to catch up on the schedule today. […]