Out Now: SportsPro Issue 79 - Martin Whitmarsh and the America’s Cup
The America's Cup is the longest-surviving contest in the history of sport and no team from one of sailing's most powerful territories, the UK, have ever won it. Now, fresh from his decisive role as tactician in Oracle Team USA's successful defence of the 'Auld Mug' in 2013, the great Sir Ben Ainslie aims to change that with the help of Martin Whitmarsh.
Whitmarsh is the chief executive of Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team, and he speaks to Mike Kennedy in the August edition of SportsPro about the challenge of putting together a winning outfit on and off the water. That interview is just one part of a wide-ranging look at the business of sailing, alongside features on the Extreme Sailing Series and a Jersey-based attempt at an emission-free Vendée Globe entry.
Elsewhere in the issue:
- It is just over a year since controversial reforms were pushed through at the ICC and cricket, facing difficult choices in its most financially successful era, seems to sit between opportunity and crisis. SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly walks back out into the middle.
- Meanwhile, Caribbean Premier League chief executive Damien O'Donohoe shares his experience of business and cricket in the West Indies as the T20 competition enjoys its third edition.
- Modern pentathlon has been trying to live up to its name in recent years through a wide range of updates. James Emmett heads to the world championships in Berlin and speaks to leading practicitioners and key figures at the UIPM, the sport's governing body, to find out how successful it has been.
- A year away from a Rio Olympic Games where beach volleyball will surely be a major draw, Adam Nelson is in The Hague to take in its world championships.
- And as the Rugby World Cup looms in England there's an update from one of the country's most celebrated club sides, Wasps, a season into their move from London to Coventry.
The new issue is available now and you can get your hands on a copy here.