Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 - Timmmmberrrrr

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 - Timmmmberrrrr
On Friday I was scheduled to be on a Press Boat, five minutes before it was time to go, I was upgraded to a Photo Boat.  Ya baby!  Front row seats don’t get any better than this.  It turns out the Photo Boat is owned by a friend I haven’t seen in 20 years –... Read more »

ACWS Chicago Sunday June 12, 2016 Funner Times

ACWS Chicago Sunday June 12, 2016 Funner Times
What a perfect day for foiling AC45’s.  Steady breeze, and strong winds had the boats flying.  Three fleet races were run, in  very quick time with the speeds they were making.  In the final race, they stretched the course out to the maximum (moving the marks South and North) which brought the boats closer to the... Read more »

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Kids in the Endeavor Program
Herbert-Evans from Wales (British Isles) spearheads the Endeavor program and shared the experience with me at the Dark and Stormy deck on Navy Pier. Surprisingly, the word “Endeavor” didn’t come from the famous J-Class America’s Cup 130′ long 1934 America’s Cup boat that came close to taking the America’s Cup away from the U.S. It... Read more »
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ACWS Chicago Saturday June 11, 2016 Fun Times

ACWS Chicago Saturday June 11, 2016 Fun Times
Groupama Team France Skipper Franck Cammas is an engaging obviously friendly guy, being having circled the globe on multihulls, our Chicago conditions Saturday of winds twisting through the buildings right before getting to the race course, shifty and puffy, he found to be “Not good conditions,” and didn’t have “Not good tactics,” as a result.... Read more »

Chicago's Louis Vuitton ACWS Opening Ceremony

Chicago's Louis Vuitton ACWS Opening Ceremony
Friday evening in the Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier Tucker Thompson introduced the Six Teams to a thrawling crowd with a combination of video, music, smoke, and crisscrossing spotlights.   Chicago’s Mayor made a 30 second remark and left. There’s no need to adjust your screen, I just think very little of the little man.  ... Read more »

Chicago Delivers Best Louis Vuitton ACWS Hands Down June 10, 2016

Chicago Delivers Best Louis Vuitton ACWS Hands Down June 10, 2016
Wind is the gasoline for the sailboats.  As the LVACWS has been in Oman, England, New York, and other places, the winds have been light.  Bammo, the breeze was on ni Chicago, the boats were foiling in the practice races today, and two of them capsized: Team New Zealand and Team Oracle.  Ya, the crews... Read more »
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Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 Splash Day

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10, 2016 Splash Day
AC45 boat launching was postponed until this morning with perfect weather.  The mast comes out first. The wing mast hinges, this is the bottom and the mechanism to change the shape of the wing – Top of the wing mechanism to change the shape of the wing – Next, the boat comes out.  Leadership by... Read more »

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 9, 2016 - Press Conference

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 9, 2016 - Press Conference
It was great to see the Chicago Press with their video teams, and reporters lined up in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier as the six team captains came on stage with the America’s Cup. Left to right: Franck Cammas, Nathan Outteridge, Dean Barker, Louis Vuitton Carrying Case, America’s Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie, Glenn Ashby,... Read more »

Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago June 8, 2016 - Navy Pier Set Up

Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago June 8, 2016 - Navy Pier Set Up
I made it in as the first credentialed “Press” for ACWS Chicago.  Here’s how things are coming together at Navy Pier – All boat are moored North of Navy Pier, South of the Water Filtration Plant in the slip.  Race Marks and chase boats are moored together – All of these hard boat cutoff Pyramid marks have... Read more »
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Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10 - 12, 2016 - Part 1

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago June 10 - 12, 2016 - Part 1
Alright race fans, we’re a week away from the big action.  Amatuer sailboat racing all around Lake Michigan agreed to shut down, so all could see the big pro’s come in and race foiling catamarans, leading to the America’s Cup Finals in Bermuda in 2017. Copyright ACEA 2015 / PHOTO RICARDO PINTO They’re racing identically built... Read more »