In between this summer's America's Cup finals and the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton Cup (Sept. 1-4), a fleet of lesser known, but no less motivated, youth sailors will take to San Francisco Bay, competing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. This new race includes nearly a dozen national teams composed of sailors ages 19 to 24 aboard agile AC45s.
Andy Warhol famously said "Don't pay attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches." But if all publicity is good publicity, surely there'd be a lot more excitement in the air about the 33rd America's Cup, which finally gets underway next week in Valencia, Spain. It's likely that more money, more time, and more ink has been spilled on the way to this start line than in all the other America's Cups combined.
America's Cup XXXI, just under way in New Zealand, has evolved into the private playground of brash, new-money billionaires eager to participate in the on-water proceedings to a degree unprecedented in modern times. Stories about high-profile syndicate leader Larry Ellison depict him smiling about his $85 million investment and pointing out that, unlike the owner of the New York Yankees, who can't play on the team, he can take the wheel of his America's Cup yacht at the snap of his imperious fingers.