Loss of Tradition and Audience:
A lawyer by trade and Star boat sailor by passion, J. Joseph Bainton is wondering if the America’s Cup is evolving toward extinction. Here he observes.
While New York Yacht Club held the America’s Cup after World War II until 1983, it wisely had the presence of mind to have on board the Signal Boat a representative of a friendly “Challenger of Record” to challenge for the next Cup.
As a consequence, from 1958 through 1987, the Cup was sailed in 12 Metres by agreement between Defender and Challenger of Record. And while NYYC obviously did not begin the 1983 Cup expecting to lose, when it did, it had the good sense to immediately challenge…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Loss of Tradition and Audience, Editor
Bruce Ayres wins Melges 24 Pre-Worlds:
The 2018 Melges 24 Canadian Championship was held June 2-3 in Victoria, British Columbia. The 42 boat fleet enjoyed 5 races off the beautiful Victoria waterfront with 8-12 knots of breeze, variable currents, a stunning mountain backdrop, and everything from sunshine to rain. The event proved to be a great lead-up to the 2018 Melges 24 World Championships to be held at the same venue on June 5-9. Visiting US boats helmed by Bruce Ayres and by Alan Field were first and second, with Richard Reid in third overall and top Canadian boat. Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Bruce Ayres wins Melges 24 Pre-Worlds, Editor