Andrew Jowett


America's Cup visits the Great Lakes

First on the Fresh

The America's Cup has been around longer than a century. For all those years the series has never raced on fresh water, that all changed when the 2016 series raced on Lake Michigan in Chicago. I was lucky enough to get on a photo press boat for the Saturday race and got to document up close some of the most intense sailing in the world.

The Windy City didn't live up to the hype as the day had low wind that changed directions frequently. It was hot and sunny though and Navy Pier filled with people for one of the first great weather days of the summer.

The race got under way around 1:30 with 3 races planned. After the boats got into the water it was clear there was going to be a bit of a wait as the wind wasn't cooperating. We didn't know we'd be out on the water for 3 hours before the only race of the day was going to start.

With the lack of wind and time running low, race officials made the decision to hold a reserve race and that took the one design AC45 foiling catamarans around the harbor with the crowd finally getting a look at the racing action. Emirates Team New Zealand took honors and crossed the finish line first.



It was amazing to watch the boats and crews up close in their environment. The speed and precision that goes into sailing these is an impressive sight to see.