The photos and reports coming out of Naples for the first day of racing at the America's Cup World Series are incredible! Wind estimated up to 25 knots, and a good, solid chop, made for some exciting action, including a pitch down the mine by Artemis Racing which severely damaged their wing. AC Organizers estimate the crowds at 50,000, a huge step above the paltry crowds seen at the ACWS in San Diego last November.
Artemis wasn't' the only team with damage, Bundy had a little trouble too, from his FB, "" Hopefully the America's Cup Composite (ACC) team can get them sorted!
The America’s Cup World Series kicked-off off with an event called the Port Cities Challenge. Saturday, the first day of racing, saw fierce rain and hardly any wind, but the hardcore crowds, estimated around 21,000, endured. The ends of the piers and the surrounding shoreline were covered with colorfull umbrellas, and my informal poll of the spectators showed that they were into the racing.
The Port Cities Challenge was an interesting event, and was used as a way to politically involve the 5 cities that make up the Port of San Diego, with the America’s Cup World Series. ETNZ, who did not have an associated port city, was awarded a stainless steel model of an AC45 for their overall win by an amazing 7 points. Oracle Racing’s Spithill, sailing for Chula Vista, filled the second slot; followed by Artemis, who was sailing for National City.