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 anchored fleet watching.
Oracle Team USA blasting along Chicago’s waterfront –
Land Rover BAR showing off to the Navy Pier crowd –
Next they gave us a show on the photo boat –
Larry Ellison of Oracle Software giant, possessor of the America’s Cup was in town for Chicago ACWS. He kept a low profile, stayed off the stage so the spotlight was kept on sailing, the boats and the skippers. And Chicago is his birth town, welcome back Mr. Ellison.
The start of Race 1 and they’re off flying away-
Just a few seconds later and they’re gone –
With no hull in the water, and foils underneath at the high speeds they travel, they don’t kick up a wake –
The second race start, all up on foils and taking off –
Some very memorable shots with the tall buildings of Chicago in the background, and Navy Pier’s brand new Ferris Wheel –
Finally, a picture of Groupama (France), to the right –
All taking off for the third race start –
And at the third race finish line, this is how close the dogfight was for 2nd place –
With Illinois Governor Bruce “Silent G” Rauner presenting the awards, Skipper Nathan Outteridge with Team Artemis Racing from Royal Swedish Yacht Club took first place in the Chicago America’s Cup World Series. And I guess, your majesty, there is no second.
Thanks for the show boyz, and come back soon.
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