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Aristotle Amadopolis and Monty Burns million-dollar wager - photo © The Simpsons

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One of my favourite Simpsons episodes, from 1992, is where Homer creates a 'Wonder Bat' from a fallen tree branch, leading to a revival of the Springfield nuclear plant softball team's team fortunes. Plant owner Monty Burns has a million-dollar wager with Aristotle Amadopolis, owner of the Shelbyville nuclear plant, as to which of their teams will win the championship.

The story features several baseball legends as Mr Burns loads his team with ringers to try and win the game. Being the Simpsons, things don't exactly go to plan and Homer ends up being the final hitter after a bizarre sequence of unrelated mishaps prevent eight of the all-stars from playing...

Monty Burns is happy to go to any lengths to win his wager, and we've seen many tricks pulled in the battle to win the America's Cup. Spying, courtrooms, deceit, gamesmanship and cheating have all featured in years gone by. Winning the Auld Mug becomes an obsession for the uber-rich yachting fanatics.

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Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America's Cup - photo © ACE / Studio Borlenghi
Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America's Cup - photo © ACE / Studio Borlenghi

We've recently enjoyed watching the AC75s racing in Auckland, New Zealand, but while the trophy is being hoisted aloft by the winning team in front of the fans, the wrangling is already well under way as to how and when the next America's Cup will be contested. The Deed of Gift, which defines the rules for the match, was originally written in 1851. The crux of the document is to allow a Club to challenge the holder to a race, and then mutually agree the terms under which the racing is held.

The 36th America's Cup was remarkably free of shenanigans, which on the whole kept the event confined to the sports sections of the mainstream publications. This reflects the current tranche of team supporters who tend to avoid the limelight. They are Matteo de Nora, the Team Principal of Emirates Team New Zealand, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Founder and Chairman of INEOS who sponsor the British team, Patrizio Bertelli the CEO of Prada, which backs the Italian team, and the trio of Hap Fauth, Doug DeVos & Roger Penske who fund NYYC American Magic.

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Larry Ellison lifts the America's Cup in San Francisco - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA
Larry Ellison lifts the America's Cup in San Francisco - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget / ACEA

Larry Ellison of ORACLE and Ernesto Bertarelli of Alinghi are rumoured to be considering reigniting their Cup campaigns, but imagine if the likes of Elon Musk decided to get involved? I can't imagine anything about a Tesla or SpaceX branded campaign would be understated or free from controversy...

So far, all we know for certain is that INEOS TEAM UK is the Challenger of Record for the 37th America's Cup and that the AC75 will remain the class used. This puts the British challenger in a strong position, working with the holders to decide on the rules and venue. There are rumours that a Deed of Gift match, only involving the Brits and the Kiwis, will be held from Cowes in 2022.

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The America's Cup Trophy in front of the New York Yacht Club's Newport Club House - photo © Carlo Borlenghi
The America's Cup Trophy in front of the New York Yacht Club's Newport Club House - photo © Carlo Borlenghi

This could merely be a tactic to persuade the New Zealand government to back the holders and keep the event in Auckland, but the idea has already met with ire from the New York Yacht Club Commodore Christopher J. Culver, who wrote: "...a Deed of Gift match off the Isle of Wight . . . would be a huge step in the wrong direction. The two previous Deed of Gift matches, in 1988 and 2010, were distinct low points in the history of the America's Cup. Regardless of the conditions, the New York Yacht Club will not support a Deed of Gift match or an America's Cup competition that, due to the schedule and rules for competition, is effectively open to only the Defender and Challenger of Record."

I recently re-watched the 1988 and 2010 Deed of Gift matches and Commodore Culver is right - the events were dire. Yes, the technology was cutting-edge at the time, with Michael Fay's giant monohull taking on the American catamaran, and the giant solid-winged trimaran of ORACLE Team USA versus the soft-sailed catamaran of Alinghi, but the races were mismatches and positively pedestrian compared to today's yachts.

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BMW Oracle with Alinghi in the background off Valencia - photo © BMW Oracle Racing Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
BMW Oracle with Alinghi in the background off Valencia - photo © BMW Oracle Racing Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Both American Magic and Luna Rossa are keen to be involved in the next America's Cup and it would be a great shame to have them excluded. The America's Cup need to build momentum if it is to be taken seriously outside of the world of sailing and be regarded as a great sporting event alongside the likes of the football (soccer) World Cup, Olympics or Superbowl.

A Deed of Gift match carries the risk of team backers not invited to the party simply deciding to pull out of the sport altogether, and who can blame them if they are snubbed in this manner? Sailing needs the decision-makers to be inclusive. The America's Cup isn't to everyone's taste, and the high-speed foiling AC75s - and the 50ft foiling catamarans which preceded them - divide opinion, but the event drives forward innovation in sailing and employs many in the marine industry both directly and indirectly. The more teams the better in my opinion. Better for the spectacle, better for the industry and ultimately better for sailing itself.

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PRADA Cup Semi-Final Day 1 - Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team vs. New York Yacht Club American Magic - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi
PRADA Cup Semi-Final Day 1 - Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team vs. New York Yacht Club American Magic - photo © COR36 / Studio Borlenghi

The third paragraph of the Deed of Gift states, "This Cup is donated upon the condition that it shall be preserved as a perpetual challenge Cup for friendly competition between foreign countries." This is an ideal which is at times pushed to the very limit, but we certainly saw mutual respect between the Kiwis and Italians in Auckland. Both teams sailed at the top of their game, recognising the skill of the opposition. Let us hope that as many nations as possible can compete in the next America's Cup Challenger Series, showing sailing in as good a light as possible on the world stage.

Sail-World's Australian Editor John Curnow recently unearthed the story of Australia's unsuccessful America's Cup defence in 1987, where Iain Murray wanted to lengthen Kookaburra II and use her to defend the Cup against Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes 87. The all-time great had identified that waterline length was key, but events conspired against him as described in John's great article Sliding Doors.

12 Metres - Australian America's Cup Defender, Kookaburra III sailing off Fremantle - 1987 America's Cup - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget
12 Metres - Australian America's Cup Defender, Kookaburra III sailing off Fremantle - 1987 America's Cup - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget

Homer Simpson had his Wonder Bat, and at the end of the day the focus of all the potential challenging teams is to design and build the fastest yacht. After all, that is what wins the America's Cup.

Mark Jardine and Managing Editor

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Marlow Ropes UK Youth Ambassador Programme
The Ambassador programme is an opportunity for the rising stars of the Class Associations to work with a global Leisure Marine brand who work with some of the top sailing and racing teams in the world.

2021 Lanzarote International Regatta - Day 2
The gusty winds have tested the sailors' ability to read the Lanzarote regatta course, so strategy has prevailed over speed, with the debut of the Bocaina being a challenge to advance towards Tokyo.

America's Cup: Sliding Doors
If the 2021 America's Cup proves one thing, it's that design and innovation reigns supreme. It would be easy to focus on large catamarans, even bigger monohulls, perhaps even seeing the Kiwis start foiling the AC72 cats, or their cyclors of Bermuda.

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Sail Fast, Save Money - 10% off Boat Insurance with Soak Marine Insurance and Cyclops Marine
Innovator in sailing technology Cyclops Marine has received a resounding endorsement from specialist marine insurance brokers Soak who are bringing a visionary insurance solution to market.

Water Footprint Implementation helps to further sustainability goals
Pulling out all the stops in their quest for a water neutral campaign, 11th Hour Racing Team has established a new partnership with Dutch organization, Water Footprint Implementation.

SailGP and Kuehne+Nagel set the course for Net Zero Carbon events logistics
SailGP today announced Kuehne+Nagel as its official logistics partner for the next three seasons, through 2024. Both partners aim to set a new standard for major event logistics, minimizing the carbon footprint of the sail racing league's transport.

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West Country Boat Repairs to sponsor 25th Anniversary RS200 Nationals
West Country Boat Repairs' Pete Vincent has been associated with the RS200 class since its launch in 1996 and incredibly has sailed in 20 RS200 National Championships!

Allen Product Feature - Pad-Tii
Pad-Tii's are a great choice if you are looking to add an attachment point to a surface. They offer minimal protrusion yet are easy to thread rope around and give a strong, solid fixing point for any fitting.

The Dream of Exceptional People
It has been an intense and emotional campaign, that started over three years ago - with a blank sheet on which a new class of boats took shape, with a new and technologically advanced hull concept - and ended just a few days ago.

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Whispering Jack
Unabashedly, this title does wholeheartedly refer to the Aussie singing icon, John Farnham. Not that our subject does in any way whatsoever warble in the same category.

UK Cadet Class 2021 Season Preview
Just over a year ago the UK Cadet Class was looking forwards to some cracking activity through the summer and this correspondent was foolish enough to confidently write it all up as a preview for Yachts and Yachting...

2021 Lanzarote International Regatta - Day 1
The Irish, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove, have been the first to take first place in the 49er, while the French Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois are positioned in the women's 49er FX.

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2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego - Overall
Etchells sailor Argyle Campbell won the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta overall title today in San Diego, winning his fleet by a narrow margin and being selected among the regatta's other class winners to represent San Diego at the NOOD Caribbean Championship

It's time to #RockUpAndRace - The British Keelboat League 2021 is now open for entry
The British Keelboat League is roaring into 2021 with some fantastic locations and venues that promise racing will be bigger and better than ever.

18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour
In a thrilling finish, Tatiana Cardoso became the 18ft Skiff Queen of the Harbour when The Kitchen Maker-Caesarstone team of Jordan Girdis, Lachlan Doyle and Cameron McDonald came back strongly over the final lap of the course.

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New York Yacht Club Commodore congratulates Emirates Team New Zealand on 36th America's Cup win
On behalf of the membership of the New York Yacht Club, I want to congratulate the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand for winning the 36th America's Cup.

2021 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta cancelled
The Chairman of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, Carlo Falcone and the committee have decided to cancel the 2021 ACYR and hope that everything will go back to normal in 2022.

All NEW Rooster Thermaflex & Supertherm
New generation Thermaflex® 1.5mm perfect for temperatures ranging from 12-20 degrees, or can be layered up in colder conditions. Improved fit, with shaping to body and arms and legs to give additional comfort.

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Seldén Sailjuice Spring Series to encourage Covid-compliant competition
Sailors around the UK are being invited to enter a brand new event called the Selden Sailjuice Spring Series (SSSS) this April and May. If you want to find out more, there's a Facebook Live presentation at 5pm GMT this Monday 22 March.

Celebrating 50 years of the ILCA and the Laser - UKLA publishes Yearbook 2021
UKLA Publishes a very smart Yearbook 2021 celebrating 50 years of the ILCA and the Laser. Articles by Tim Law, Alan Davis, Wendy Fitzpatrick, Jon Emmett and Steve Cockerill, Chris Gowers interviewed by Mark Lyttle and loads more...

QTS Group helps East Ayrshire disability sailor set sail
A champion disability sailor from Stewarton, Scotland will benefit from a sponsorship deal as he joins QTS Group's Youth Athlete Programme. The Scottish rail infrastructure contractor will sponsor 19-year-old Rory McKinna throughout 2021.

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Working on the Water: What do employers want?
This week, Josh talks to Owner and Principal of Aqua Sports, Sam Smithson about what employers are looking for in an instructor and some hints and tips about working at a training centre.

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust receives £450,000 award from People's Postcode Lottery
Every young person living through and beyond cancer will be able to benefit from the support of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust in 2021, thanks to a new £450,000 award from People's Postcode Lottery.

505 World Championships return to Cork in 2022
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is proud to announce that it will host the 2022 5O5 World Championship, which will take place in Cork, Ireland from 1st-13th August, 2022. More than 120 crews from over 15 nations are expected.

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Kiel Week 2021 postponed to September
Free, outside and for everyone - that's how Kiel Week wants to present itself again this year. Therefore, it will not take place at the end of June again, but will be postponed to the date 4 to 12 September.

RYA charts an equal, diverse, and inclusive course for the future of boating
RYA announces the launch of the RYA Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2030, Charting an Equal, Diverse and Inclusive Course for the Future of Boating cementing the sport's commitment to developing a culture that celebrates diversity.

America's Cup: Royal Yacht Squadron Racing and INEOS Team UK confirmed as CoR for AC37
INEOS Team UK and Royal Yacht Squadron Racing have confirmed that their Notice of Challenge for the 37th America's Cup (AC37) has been accepted by RNZYS and have become the Challenger of Record for AC37.

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America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand confirm Royal Yacht Squadron as Challenger
The Defender for the 37th America's Cup the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in conjunction with its team, Emirates Team New Zealand have confirmed the Royal Yacht Squadron as the Challenger for the 37th Match.

America's Cup: Race or not, Cup support team worked through every night
First of S-W's "Better Late than Never" series on the America's Cup. Here's Suzanne McFadden's excellent story from Sunday. "Racing or no racing, the lights still burned through the night in Emirates Team New Zealand's shed."

Round the Island Race 2021 open for entries
Entries for the world-famous Round the Island Race opened at 00.01 this morning, 19 March. The Round the Island has always been one of the UK's largest participation sporting events and regularly attracts over 1,500 boats.

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Club Zone Update: 18th March
In this week's Club Zone update, Gareth looks at the latest news and updates for clubs as well as upcoming events for your members.

Hamble Warming Pan at Easter
HRSC's 2021 Hamble Warming Pan is scheduled for the Easter weekend with junior dinghy class racing on Saturday followed on Sunday by the 59th edition of the club's famous 'open' featuring all non-trapeze dinghies rated PY 970-1244, RS400s and Foxers.

What size electric sailboat winch do I need?
When choosing an electric winch, there are four main factors to consider: speed (1, 2 or 3), motor placement, drum material and size. In this article, we'll focus on size.

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St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association's 2021 season preview
Preparations are in hand for the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association's 2021 season, which will now commence at Lackford Lake, 5 miles NW of Bury St Edmunds, on Monday, 29 March.

PlanetSail 36th America's Cup Analysis: The Big One
Every America's Cup match is special, but from this day forwards every one is unmissable.

2021 J/70 European Championship postponed to August
The KDY Organizing Committee and the International J/70 Class Association had a meeting to go through all options for making the 2021 J/70 European Championship a success.

Did You Miss It? National 12 Virtual Talk: How to get the best out of your N12
With fully adjustable rigs, personalisation, and unique setups, the National 12 can often appear daunting for first time helm and crews. In this online session, some of our class experts discussed 7 main areas to focus on to improve your sailing.

Stokes Bay Sailing Club's Administrator retires
Stokes Bay Sailing Club's Administrator, Debbie Wood is retiring after 25 years of loyal and resolute service.

Phenomenal Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America's Cup
Both crews headed out to the Hauraki Gulf today looking to keep it simple, and stick to what they had trained for years to do. That was the plan - and then Emirates Team New Zealand lifted the intensity.

36th America's Cup Prize Giving Photo Gallery
New Zealand is celebrating today as Emirates Team New Zealand have retained the America's Cup with a 7-3 win over Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. Here are a selection of great photos from the prize giving.

Emirates Team New Zealand win the 36th America's Cup
Once again Emirates Team New Zealand has entered the history books and won the America's Cup for New Zealand for the fourth time.

Pushing the boundaries
When the AC75 boat concept was revealed back in November 2017, we all looked on it with a sense of incredulity. Would this gecko-like monohull actually fly? Would the sailors be able to control it? Would they be able to match race?

Harken Product Focus: The CLR Winch
An uncluttered deck is the goal of every yacht owner and boat captain, and Harken are constantly innovating to help them achieve that goal. The CLR Winch provides a new option for yacht architects to maintain form without compromising on function.

RYA meets with HMRC and HM Treasury to discuss the end of red diesel in NI for recreational boaters
RYA, together with British Marine and the Cruising Association met yesterday with representatives from HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury to discuss the difficulties for private pleasure craft in Northern Ireland.

Rolex Fastnet Race: Classic fantastics
As the Rolex Fastnet Race approaches its 50th edition and the 100th anniversary of the RORC two years later, so we can expect to see more classic yachts taking part with ancient associations to what has grown into the world's largest offshore yacht race.

World's most remote yacht club has busy pandemic
The St Helena Yacht Club had a busy time last year and the heightened activity has rolled over to this year. As the pandemic took hold across the world, the word lockdown became a new and regularly used word on everyone's lips.

Salcombe Gin announced as title sponsor of the RS Summer Regatta
We all know that there is nothing better after a thrilling day's racing on the water than a perfectly mixed gin & tonic sundowner whilst looking out to sea, and thus a perfect partnership has formed.

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