SAN FRANCISCO – Confirming the news the we broke in a world exclusive on our live webcast, "Tuesdays with TFE" earlier this week, a story has just gone out on the AP wire written by the esteemed Bernie Wilson of San Diego, who interviewed Mike Buckley (USA, New York City, and also a New York YC member). Mr Buckley is leading the initiative. Excerpt:
A group of professional sailors, industry leaders and financial backers is working to put together an all American challenge for the 2021 America's Cup in New Zealand. The unnamed group would become the second American challenger for the 2021 America's Cup in New Zealand. The New York Yacht Club, which once held the Auld Mug for 132 years, announced in October that it would challenge for the first time since 2002-03. Its crew has several sailors from New Zealand. The all American effort gained traction last weekend when some of its principals helped crew US One Sailing Team, skippered by Taylor Canfield, to victory over the New York Yacht Club's Team American Magic in the prestigious Congressional Cup in Long Beach.
Read the full story here via the SF Chronicle, though it is also appearing on media websites and papers across the globe.
Mike Buckley (USA, second from left) was tactician for the US One Sailing Team skippered by Taylor Canfield (USA/USVI, wearing the crimson blazer center), that won last week's Congressional Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club. Mr Buckley is leading a potential second, all-American, America's Cup team.