The America's Cup Trials in Newport: A Low Sodium Diary



The 45 cats. which is the new racing boat until the larger 72 foot cat

 arrive for the Cup, anchored at Fort Adams

Monday, Opening Day of the  Village:

The opening of The America's Cup Village at Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island was marked by ceremony, crowds, and excitement. It was an opportunity to see the competing vessels up close, peruse the Oracle store, see the engineers. James Spithill's "Oracle" was hoisted into Narrangsett  Bay by a giant crane, stopping -- and enthralling-- pedestrians in their tracks. The credentialing tent was a beehive of photography and on-the-spot badge creation.


In a small ceremony within the Fort, the President of Sail Newport  Dave Read welcomed visitors and young participants in the Youth Challenge, which was sailed on that very day. State Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, Peter Martin, Naomi Neville, and Newport's Mayor Steve Waluk were on hand, as was Terry Nathan, President of IYRS. In full 1790 Colonial uniform, Sgt. Brando Aglio and Lieutentant Colonel Michael Pine, of the Newport Artillery Company,  fired the cannon that officially began the The America's Cup Trial event (could we say sailing circus?) in Newport, the first time since 1983. Music played, and food stands sprouted. A brilliant series of billboards giving the history of The America's Cup and its sailors was mesmerizing.

                                                                                             -- L.P.



The fence boasted the Trials

Oracle being assembled in the USA tent


A nautical sign post directed visitors

Admiring the sleek catamarans

The accreditation center hummed, serving all involved

Entering the tent for the welcome

Representative Peter Martin

Naomi Neville, (then) Mayor Steve Waluk, Senator Teresa

Paive Weed, and incoming Mayor Harry Winthrop

Brad Read, President of Sail Newport

Terry Nathan, President of IYRS, with friend

Mr. Nathan

A grotto for the water eager

Sergeant Brando Aglio & Lt. Michael Pine manned the cannon

The fort's's interior, with stalls

A sailing history wall

Young sailors hear from Anderson Reggio about the
upcoming Youth Challenge race

Now, are you clear on the rules?

The vista to the Pell Bridge

The Napa Valley Lounge

The contenders advertised on Fort Adams

Oracle's booth

An early 12 meter sailing yacht

A  series of historical tablets of sailing

Sailors of another era

And current sailing history

Oracle is hoisted by crane

Above the heads of onlookers

Waiting for Oracle to to pass overhead

She's in the water!



Ready for the races!

Wednesday, the actual beginning of the Cup Trials:

The America's Cup opening ceremonies for the races themselves attracted racers and racing experts from around the globe, local sailing aficionados, and of course, the anticipated throngs of spectators from far-off places, all congregating at Fort Adams in Newport's "America's Cup Village."

Governor Lincoln Chafee
addressed the crowd with welcoming remarks, along with Mayor Steve Waluk and well-known America's Cup sailing veteran Gary Jobson. The towering, shimmering silver cup itself was proudly revealed for public viewing. Each of the various teams was introduced, their spirits high and anticipatory. The Island Moving Company also performed as a tribute to the races. Before and after the ceremonies, Newport's own "Ravers" reggae band performed.


The Cup

After all the fanfare and media attention of the ceremonies, the event turned more relaxed, low-key, and fun. The champagne, wine, and beer tents stayed open until close to sunset, with revelers mixing and mingling by the water to a laid-back reggae beat. We caught up with many friends like Emlen & Liz Drayton, Elizabeth Tiedemann and John Sawicki, Michael Hayes, and more. It was the perfect way to gear up for the America's Cup Trials, which went on for four days of heated competition.

                                                                    --Amanda M. Grosvenor



Comings and goings at Fort Adams

Bean bag toss

Newport Artillery Company members


All lined up

Posing for a shot

Aggie Perkins & Liz Drayton

Charlie Hayes & Bob Edenbach smile for the camera

Always a beautiful view at "The Fort"

Michael Hayes chats with friends

John Sawicki

Friends Elizabeth Tiedemann & John Sawicki

Michelle Shevlin & Lynne Wieder in really cute scarves

Charles Hayes & Maggie Drayton watch the Ravers from afar

Newport's favorite reggae band, The Ravers, perform

Judy Knowles & Susie Hardy

Alex Egan (far right) and friends

Lovely clouds at sunset

Bernadette Heydt & Max

Puma display

America's Cup Newport 2012

Harbor at sunset

A custom (and very large) bottle of Moet



Wednesday evening, Gala Louis Vuitton Party at Marble House:

At a $1500 a ticket, an America's Cup celebration at Marble House honoring the America's Cup Hall of Fame members, hosts Dyer Jones, former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club, and Yves Carcelle greeted elegant Newporters and foreign guests. The event, sponsored by Louis Vuitton, one of the sponsors and an entrant in the trials, drew 350 people, including designer Miuccia Prada, photographer Brigitte LaCombe, Kimberly Skeen-Jones, Bruno Troublé, founder of LV Cup, Russell Coutts, most winning skipper in Cup History, Gladys Szapary and a healthy representation of Vanderbilts.  Patrizio Bertelli, CEO of Prada,  was honored along with Gerard Lambert, Sr. and Jonathan Wright.


Bruno Trouble & Russell Coutts

Meanwhile, an oh-so- private cocktail party in the Music Room just preceding the party included Russell Coutts and Bruno Troublé toasting with a glass of Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 1983, which was hand carried over from the House’s cellar in Epernay, France in celebration of the first time the America’s Cup has come to Newport since 1983. Newport Mayor Steve Waluk was on hand to toast with Moet & Chandon Vice President Ludovic du Plessis.

                                                                             -- L.P.



Ludovic de Plessis, Russell Coutts & Mayor Steve Waluk












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