America’s Cup Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Published on July 20th, 2016

The 2016 inductees to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame will be Mr. Ernesto Bertarelli, two-time winner of the Cup in 2003 and 2007 and runner up in 2010, and the late 4th Earl of Dunraven, Cup challenger in 1893 and 1895.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum (Bristol, RI) by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America’s Cup defender and grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Over eighty legends of the Cup have been inducted into the Hall.

Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are persons intimate with the history and traditions of America’s Cup and committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.

The 2016 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in New York City on October 21 at the New York Yacht Club. Previous inductees here.


Ernesto Bertarelli

Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) b. 1965
As founder, owner, and crewmember of the first Cup boats from Switzerland, all named Alinghi, Bertarelli won the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, and defended it successfully in Valencia, Spain in 2007. In 2010 at Valencia, in the first Cup match between two multihulls, Alinghi’s winning streak came to end.

Bertarelli sailed aboard his Cup yachts continuing the Cup tradition of owner-sailors that have included Harold Vanderbilt, T.O.M. Sopwith, and Ted Turner. Bertarelli competed in all the races in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd America’s Cup matches in several roles, including navigator, afterguard member, backstay trimmer, and, in 2010, as helmsman.

Bertarelli’s vision for the America’s Cup clearly broke boundaries. The first Cup winner from continental Europe, he took the Cup back to Europe and produced the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, which was among the most successful events in the competition’s post-war history. That event hosted more challengers than any other, Fremantle excepted.

Bertarelli also organized the first Acts (now called the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series), a series of regattas for the challengers and the defender which toured venues in Europe.

The 33rd Match in 2010, beset by legal challenges, was eventually decided on the water by gigantic multihulls, the fastest Cup yachts ever built up to that time, with the Alinghi team losing the Cup to BMW Oracle Racing.

Alongside his achievements in other highly competitive circuits, Ernesto Bertarelli shows a depth of ability to build talented teams and a remarkable determination to win. He has created a new winning tradition in Swiss sailing and has both inspired and invested in the next generation of his nation’s sailors.


Lord Dunraven

Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (GBR) (1841-1926)
Lord Dunraven was an Oxford graduate, cavalry officer, war correspondent, adventurer, big game hunter, politician, racehorse owner and yachtsman. He was also a great lover of the United States and her people, investing in land in Colorado and hunting elk with Buffalo Bill Cody in Nebraska.

A fully qualified yacht captain and helmsman in his own right, he did much to encourage yacht racing and the advance of yacht design. He was also a prolific yacht owner with myriad small racing yachts, Big Class racers, cruisers, and power yachts.

In 1893, Lord Dunraven challenged the Cup’s holder, the New York Yacht Club. During the negotiations over the conditions of the match, Dunraven achieved the concession to drop the Inside Course (a notorious course, riddled with shoals and strong currents, that favored the defender) from the menu of courses used up to that time for the Cup races. From that point on, only the Ocean Course, free from headlands, and largely free of shoals, was used for the races, benefitting all future challengers.

For the match, Dunraven hired the brilliant George L. Watson to design his contender, Valkyrie II. While she was out-sailed by the defending Vigilant, the first Herreshoff Cup defender, the races attracted vast crowds and increased the popularity of the Cup as a sporting spectacle. The last race in the series was one of the most exciting in America’s Cup history, with Vigilant trailing for many miles until finally overtaking Valkyrie II near the finish, winning by just 40 seconds on corrected time—the closest Cup race up to that time.

Having caught “America’s Cup fever”, Dunraven returned in 1895 with the Watson-designed Valkyrie III, a pioneer of the modern challenger, which was better adapted to local racing conditions and more professionally managed than any previous challenger. But the race series descended into acrimony by misunderstandings and disagreements between the competitors.

The spectator fleet had grown to unmanageable proportions and was perceived as a major problem by the challenger. A minor collision in the second race for which Valkyrie III was found to be at fault led Dunraven to withdraw from the series. Thereafter he made increasingly intemperate accusations, and yacht racing made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Dunraven was one of the leading yachtsmen of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His two campaigns for the Cup raised the level of Cup racing and were directly responsible for ushering in the Cup’s classic golden age from Sir Thomas Lipton’s challenges to those of T.O.M. Sopwith.

Source: Herreshoff Marine Museum



Bruno Troublé: This is definitely NOT the America’s Cup

from scuttlebutt.

Bruno Troublé, a 2007 inductee to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, has immense passion for the event.

After skippering two French challenges in 1977 and 1980, Bruno identified the opportunity to enhance the importance of the challenger selection series of the Cup. In 1983, he worked to create the Louis Vuitton Cup series, which continued until 2007, to select the Cup challenger.

But shifting sands has seen the Louis Vuitton brand lose interest, and while Bruno continued to work tirelessly to maintain the magic and tradition of the America’s Cup, he no longer recognizes what it has become. Here he comments…

I am away on my boat in Venice, enjoying spring in La Serenissima, far from the boiling controversy of the America’s Cup. All those witches and sorcerers trying to do good to the America’s Cup are instead slowly killing her. There have been so many mistakes over the last couple years!

Golden Gate Yacht Club, and their Oracle Team USA, are great sailors but hopeless guards of the Myth. They managed to kill the style and elegance which prevailed for decades, those unique aspects of the America’s Cup for which was our main aim at Louis Vuitton for 30 years.

They have discouraged the high level partners and put an end to the exclusive positioning of THE Cup. They have betrayed the long saga of incredible personalities who made the Cup so special. And they are now organizing a one design catamaran contest with no style and anonymous people beyond the sailing circles.

What we have now is a vulgar beach event smelling of sunscreen and french fries. This is definitely


America’s Cup sailing Hall of Fame inductees honored

America’s Cup sailing Hall of Fame inductees honored

By Evan Borders –


Some 200-plus of the who’s who of the America’s Cup gathered at the De Young Museum at Golden Gate Park to honor this year’s inductees for the Cup Hall of Fame.

Established in 1992, the America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals within the sport of sailing and in particular the America’s Cup competition.  On a regular basis, several personalities are identified by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to be inducted.

The first person to be inducted this year is an American woman, Lucy Jewett, who has been active in the America’s Cup almost continuously since 1974. She is the second woman to enter the Hall of Fame.

The next of the three 2013 inductions is made posthumously to Australian Noel Robins, who was active over the period spanning 1977 through 1987 initially as a sailor and lastly as an organizer. The final inductee is fellow Australian Grant Simmer, who has won the America’s Cup three times over 30 years.

The black-tie affair hosted by Louis Vuitton was attended by members of the teams currently competing for the Louis Vuitton Cup as well as of America’s Cup Defender ORACLE TEAM USA. The semi-finals for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the Challenger Selection Series for the America’s Cup, begin August 6th on San Francisco Bay where Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa Challenge go head-to-head


The America’s Cup Hall of Fame for me is more about who is left out rather than who is included. Everyone who participates in the America’s Cup makes a contribution that moves the sport forward.

A prime example is Gerry Driscoll. His participation in the cup spanned several decades.  Never made it to the “final dance”, by that I mean he never was a defending skipper. His contributions were genuine and made the cup racing better, in the 12 meter era.

Ken Read, Gary Jobson and others are all in San Francisco as the Cup season gathers momentum.


The following link is to a review of a book about Joshua Slocum.  It is interesting on a number of levels. The story, the judgment,

It led me to reflect on The America’s Cup Hall of Fame. There are stated parameters, but how do we interpret them? Is suitability judged on merits, ability and contributions to the America’s Cup Alone? Is there more  and is it subjective?

The obvious example is Pete Rose. It seems he will never be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, despite his accomplishments. I do not follow baseball and only know this story from it’s newsworthyness (a word?) If the criteria is solely on the merits of his accomplishments in baseball it seems a foregone conclusion.

Back to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame; Alan Bond was inducted despite several stints in prison. If he was judged solely on his accomplishments in the America’s Cup, he was indeed deserving.  Simon Daubney accused and banned from sailing and subsequently reinstated, all for supposed drug use.

A number of people chose not to attend Simon Daubney’s induction, remaining unconvinced of his innocence. I do not have an opinion, I don’t know enough.

What I do question, however, Is that I can think of a number of people, who, in my opinion, merit induction, and to date have not been considered. So, what are the parameters?

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame Enigma

stephen lirakis and gerry driscoll 1979

 I am pursuing a thread I started concerning inductees of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Why isn’t this man (Gerry Driscoll) already in the Hall? He never defended the Cup, but his contributions are evident, starting in 1964 through 1979.
    Additionally, the four young inductees on Saturday night were part of the tight 5. I am certain they were deserving, however the crew of “Intrepid” in 1974 made such a strong and profound contribution to the defense of the Cup, sailing a slower boat above it’s ability, against all odds. They merit acknowledgment.


jeff neuberth wins a rolex

re-visiting the america’s cup

peter bowker, ted turner, robbie doyle

starting line 

dennis connor

hans isbrandsen trimming the spinnaker

Today was a full day, starting with breakfast talks about the past, present and future of the America’s Cup. Followed by boat assignments for the “legends” race; after a general recall, “Freedom” with Dennis Connor won the next start and the race.
    The America’s Cup Hall of Fame took place in the evening inducting 6, five of which were from the “new” generation of America’s Cup sailors. While I am certain they were all deserving; I think the selection committee should have considered the weekend and chosen from the 12 meter era 1958-1987.
  tomorrow, Sunday is the last day of the event and another panel discussion is scheduled before we all go our separate ways; which is the reason this weekend took particular importance for me. I am not likely to see many of these people ever again.

12 meter prize giving

A rainy day in Newport,for the awarding of prizes for the 12 meter world championship as well as the north american championship. The final day of the” legends” forum. full of recognizable faces of those who have contributed not only to the America’s cup but sailing as a whole.

Next week the twelve meters will sail in North Harbor on the Hudson in New York City, for those who were not able to view them sailing here in Newport.