Nearly three years ago, in late 2013, Bob and Sandy Oatley of Wild Oats XI fame became the official challengers of record for the 35th Americas Cup to be held in 2017. Unfortunately the challenge never eventuated, and sadly Bob passed away in January of this year. Now another contender may be on the horizon. A trio of Queensland entrepreneurs Steve Ackerie, Rodney Longhurst and his brother, two times Bathurst 1000 winner Tony, have launched an ambitious bid to bring the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series to the Gold Coast in 2020. All three members bring considerable business and sporting acumen to the table. Ackerie is CEO of hair salon chain Stefan, and an offshore powerboat champion, while the Longhurst’s brought us Dreamworld. Currently Rodney is owner and CEO of boat builders Riviera Australia, while Tony runs The Boat Works. While it isn’t the Americas Cup itself, according to the consortium it is a step in the right direction of putting Australia back in the … [Read more...] about Commonwealth Games one day, America’s Cup the next?
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Forget your four majors, the Players Championship and all the numbers-crunching gurus who will try and sell you “strength-of-field” data. We have come across what we feel will be the most impressive gathering of 2013. The fact the public won’t be part of it matters not a bit, because what will take place Feb. 3 at The Floridian Golf & Yacht Club in Palm City, Fla., is a testament to the bottomless well of goodwill that exists in golf. As pro-ams go, the one that Hollis Cavner has helped organize not only will resonate with star power, but it will raise impressive dollars to help Dana Quigley and his former wife, Charlotte, to continue the care for their son, Devon. Consider who’ll tee it up: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, Larry Nelson, Nick Price, Steve Elkington, Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Kite, Dave Stockton, Mark Calcavecchia and Jeff Sluman. “They keep me posted about the … [Read more...] about Golf’s superstars line up to help
There will be amazing performances and memorable scenes all overBritain this summer. And only some of them will involve medals.Many of the world’s top athletes will compete in the Olympicsthis summer, and there will be plenty of action away from thetracks, fields and arenas. Alongside the sporting contest is anentertainment extravaganza that will bring stars and celebritiesfrom Paul McCartney to Brangelina to London during the Games.Britain is organizing a banquet designed to demonstrate – asCulture Secretary Jeremy Hunt put it – that ”culture is to Britainwhat the sun is to Spain.”Culture is a $177 billion a year business in Britain, and musicis one of the country’s biggest exports, so it’s no surprise thatthe Games will be accompanied by a melodic soundtrack of summerconcerts.On July 21-22, the ”River of Music” will feature six stagesalong the Thames – each named for a different continent – withmusic from artists … [Read more...] about Feast of arts, galaxy of stars for Olympic Games