The 35th America’s Cup
Crews of the challengers & defender in "AC35" included Olympic sailors. The peaceful gathering between people of many countries at this global sporting event further engendered the ideals of the Olympic Truce.
In keeping with its mission, the Foundation decided to culturally and humanistically elevate the story and sensibility of the 2017 America’s Cup sailing races in Bermuda...
...with a unique offering of commissioned written, spoken & visual poetry, a "poetorial," by the Foundation's poet laureate Colin Goedecke.
This included awards of individual poems ~ dedicated to each of the competing boats and teams, and others, who in our eyes embodied the essential spirit of the Truce.
Also here: a link to the larger poetorial, Ultramarine, honoring not only these participants but also the spirit of the sea, our relationship to inner & outer nature, and the island & islanders of Bermuda.
The AC35 tribute poems are
Seamounted, for America's Cup Bermuda Limited
Quo Fata Ferunt / Where the Fates Carry, for the island & islanders of Bermuda
Learning to Swim, for Aotearoa & Its Team & the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
Strength in Numbers, for the USA's 17 & Its Team & the Golden Gate Yacht Club
Into the Wild Blue Wonder, for Sweden's Magic Blue & Its Team & the Royal Swedish Yacht Club
Flashes, for Japan's Hikari & Its Team & the Kansai Yacht Club
Our Natural State, for the UK's Rita & Its Team & the Royal Yacht Squadron Racing
Together, for France's Groupama & Its Team & the Yacht Club de France
On an Island, for the America's Cup Race Management
The Tropic of Cancer, for the Conquer Cancer Foundation
I've Seen a Country That Floats on the Sea, for the America's Cup Event Authority