America's Cup Trophy in Chicago Report

America's Cup Trophy in Chicago Report

The focus of this America’s Cup 34 in 2013 is to make it attractive to the young and make it TV and audience friendly.  Between using boats that are wickedly fast going 30 to 45 miles per hour, racing on a course between 30 – 40 minutes long, done in front of a stadium, with grid-lines and other displays (similar to the yellow 1st down line in football) on the TV screen, sailing will be made understandable in a way never imagined before.  These catamaran 72′ long, carbon fiber, “wing sailed” powered by nothing but the wind boats, on hydrofoils, should be jaw dropping.

Here’s a little video to give a perspective of what these boats will be doing


Glenn T. McCarthy, The America’s Cup, and Thomas F. Ehman, Jr. Director, of External Affairs for Oracle Racing in Chicago June 20, 2013 with the trophy’s first trip to Chicago, we look forward to it coming back!  Ehman made a very passionate, eloquant and funny talk on the America’s Cup to an audience of 100 at Chicago Yacht Club.


Julian Guthrie, Author of “The Billionaire and the Mechanic” writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Glenn T. McCarthy.  Julian discussed her new book with the audience during the America’s Cup Trophy visit. It’s about Larry Ellison (Team Oracle) needing a “yacht club” to host the America’s Cup, and approaching Golden Gate Yacht Club whose Commodore Norbert Bajurin is a mechanic. Buy the book ‘The Billionaire and the Mechanic” by Julian.  To see how Team Oracle won the America’s Cup 33 in Valencia, Spain, buy the movie “The Wind Gods”.

It was a pleasure and an honor to bring the America’s Cup to Chicago, having played a small part in it happening.  It stands up right next to the Stanley Cup, World Cup, Super Bowl, World Series and other major sporting trophies.

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