Saturday, November 06, 2010

End of an era

While a new America's Cup class, AC72, will become reality in less than two years and her small sister, AC45, will be sailing in less than two months from now, the sun is setting over the ACC at the Dubai International Marine Club.

The last 4 yachts, from a class that started in 1992, to be taking part in official racing are getting ready in the Arab emirate for the upcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy. The event's photo editor, Carmen Hidalgo, just arrived at the venue and shot a few nice shots of the remaining "dinosaurs" a couple of days before they are launched for their last regatta.

One of the four ACC yachts to be used in races, getting ready for the Dubai Louis Vuitton Trophy. Dubai, 6 November 2010. Photo copyright Carmen Hidalgo

The sun sets over the ACC yachts. Dubai, 6 November 2010. Photo copyright Carmen Hidalgo

The sun sets over the ACC yachts. Dubai, 6 November 2010. Photo copyright Carmen Hidalgo

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12 Comments:

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is BMWOracle racing in that event? It's a very dangerous area for americans. It'a right across from Iran!

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depends what you mean by racing

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaaaahhhhwwwwnnnnn!
The racecourse will be just off the coast line of Dubai and more than 100 miles away from the Iranian border. Alinghi wanted to set a racecourse in AC 33 that virtually touched the Iranian border. Big difference in terms of risk assessment. Also recent political turmoils in RAK confirmed that RAK was an inappropriate choice for an AC.
Man, it is time to finally let go and to move on...

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LISTEN TO THE BULL SHIT. Can someone dig up some quotes from 2009 and lets all listen to BMWO reasons for not wanting to go to the UAE. I think they even had the judge going along with them. What the hell are they doing in Dubai? 8:49.. of course you would like everyone to move on. You can just hear the crap.. " Ok everyone, we got away with that now lets hope everyone forgets what we said and do exactly what we want. Amazing that the idiot sailing world actually believed our crap but they did so lets take full advantage."

 
At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if there is money, there is coutts and vuitton.

That is all they are interested in anyway.
Let it go, it will be a pityful event, like Nice, like Maddalena,...

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that the idiot sailing world believe their crap,it's that the idiot sailing world has decided that they had better shut the fuck up about their real opinions just in case there might be a free lunch out there somewhere for them.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:26 AM anon
I listen to YOUR bullshit. The court case was not about RAK being a dangeruous place but RAK being an ILLEGAL venue according to the DOG

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:00 AM

Whats your problem with money?? I wish I had an income comparable to Russel Coutt's.

 
At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE READ THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM NOVEMBER 2010 SAILING MAGAZINE

THANKS GOT I FOUND SOMEONE THAT TELLS WHAT MOST FLING STONES LIKE ME THINK ABOUT THIS CRAP AC

http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/10/1107/

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodbye to those old dinosaurs, bring on the the future. Dubai can keep them

 
At 4:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DINOSAURS ARE THE CATS WHEN TACKING MATE ........ AND THE AC IS A MATCH RACE COMPETITION

 
At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matie, a 72 ft cat with a wingsail tacks faster than a 72 ft monohull slug...
and who the fuck is Chris Caswell who looks (and talks) like a prehistoric fossil. Why should anyone give a damn what he seems to have to babble??

 

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