Sailing: New York Yacht Club commodore Philip Lotz says they want the America's Cup back

Sunday, 08 October 2017


The NYYC last backed a challenge in 2002-03 with Team Dennis Conner. Photo / Supplied

For 34 years, a metaphorical space has existed in the New York Yacht Club's trophy cabinet.

That dates to when the John Bertrand-skippered Australia II defeated the Dennis Conner-helmed Liberty to whisk the America's Cup out of the United States for the first time in 132 years.

Conner led the seventh and deciding race off Newport, Rhode Island, but failed to cover Bertrand on the penultimate leg. He paid for his error with the Auld Mug.

The NYYC's commodore Philip Lotz told Radio Sport's Mark Watson they want it back, after confirming their first challenge since 2002-03 this week.

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"It [the America's Cup] has been part of the club's history. Everybody's aware of it. It is always a topic of conversation.

"We're confident and looking forward to it. It's a chance to showcase some of the better US sailors, both in Olympic and non-Olympic events.

"Before it was not something we could participate in and we had no way of planning anything. If Oracle kept winning they'd represent the United States, and we wouldn't have an opportunity."

In a nod to tradition, the 36th America's Cup will be contested in 75-foot monohulls.
As a result, the NYYC challenge will be led by John Fauth and Doug DeVos, who are considered racing experts in that format.

Terry Hutchinson, who has sailed for four America's Cup syndicates including Emirates Team New Zealand in 2007, is also expected to join. He has dealt closely with both Fauth and DeVos, and is a NYYC member.

Lotz would not be drawn on who might be approached from overseas, but was happy with what they had generated locally.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 October 2017 )