Running the America's Cup Media Boats

The America's Cup Event Authority chartered three of our boats to carry media to the front lines of the race course for its world series in New York Harbor. 

After two days of little wind, gloomy skies, and cancelled races, Sunday turned out to be sunny with gusts up to 25 knots -- the upper limit of what the foiling 45-foot catamarans can handle.

Pro sailing photographer Onne van der Wall came aboard to capture the AC45Fs battle it out in front of the Manhattan skyline, as did New York Times photographer Richard Perry -- you can see his slideshow here -- along with the Associated Press, Reuters, NBC, and others. 

Due to variable winds, the course was changed a few times between races. Each morning all VIP, stake, and press boats attended a briefing given by the organizers that covered safety, expected weather, possible courses, and the areas in which we were allowed to operate. The rules were strict and we were required to stay on the perimeter of the actual race area -- much to the dismay of some of the photographers.

Emirates Team New Zealand was the big winner for the weekend, with ORACLE TEAM USA a close second. 

All the boats are now packed away and the race village at Liberty Landing Marina is broken down -- only to be resurrected in Chicago for more racing next month!