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.



The big man of Midwest Sailing took the stage in rare form, none other than Buddy Melges, winning America’s Cup skipper in 1992 (plus an Olympic Gold Medal, World’s Champion, etc.).  He teased Jimmy Spithill a few times like mentioning that last time he saw him he was capsizing Scows up in Wisconsin, just like he capsized his AC45 today!


Teams lined up on the Stage –



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