Thursday, August 25, 2011

Spithill Shows Off America's Cup At Hamilton Island

Some of Australia’s best known offshore sailors were treated to a unique Audi Hamilton Island Race Week layday activity with the America’s Cup defending skipper James Spithill.
James Spithill holds the Auld Mug Photo: Belinda Rowland
James Spithill, 32, from Sydney has competed in five America’s Cups, and was the winning skipper of the 33rd edition on BMW ORACLE Racing. He’s experienced the Cup’s changing technology first hand, describing the AC45 catamarans being used for the current World Series as “the most athletic, physical boats I’ve ever sailed”.

Spithill believes the new Formula 1 style series will attract a younger generation because of the speed, excitement and “cool factor”, which is being conveyed by multimedia at a level never seen before. He also stressed the importance of providing a clear path for young sailors to reach one of the sport’s pinnacles, the America’s Cup.

The Auld Mug travelled to Hamilton Island with Spithill who heads up one of two ORACLE Racing teams owned by Larry Ellison.

The America's Cup, which turned 160 on Monday has only visited Australia three times and this week is appearing alongside the Admiral’s Cup trophy last won by an Australian team before the long running series was put on ice.

Lulu Roseman

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