“The Golden Gate Bridge is as iconic as the Statue of Liberty is to New York or the Opera House is to Sydney. The difference is that if you wrote the spec for a perfect sailing venue you’d end up with San Francisco Bay. The wind is funneled in the gap spanned by the Bridge and the direction is parallel to the shore so that the racing is right in front of the fans”—Russell Coutts, CEO, ORACLE TEAM USA
A circuit that travels the globe, the movement of the AC World Series is made possible by the 125 containers that store every bit and bob. From desks and chairs to sail repair equipment to workshops to the AC45s themselves, the containers also do double duty as the event and team bases for the duration of the competition.
“It’s a long way between now and 2013, the competition out here is formidable. While we’ll savour these 2 minutes the next race will be equally hard and we just keep having to fight the fight.”—Terry Hutchinson, skipper Artemis Racing upon winning AC World Series Venice Match Racing Final
Emirates Team NZ skipper Dean Barker on the physical demands of an AC45:
“The boats are so physically taxing on the guys, it is literally a flogging. You can’t but help but feel sorry for the other guys. At the end of the race their tongues are hanging out and they’re completely spent”
Darren Bundock, skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock, on having Russell Coutts join his crew:
“I wouldn’t say it’s pressure. Russell is a true legend in the America’s Cup and a great addition to our boat tactically. Russell has been thrown in at the deep end. He’s up front, pulling ropes and seeing how physical he’s made these boats! We think it’s great. How often do you get to boss the boss around?!?”