The America's Cup, the pinnacle of yacht racing, is exclusive to multi-million dollar sailing teams and rich CEOs. More so at the the 33rd event, when the two large multihulls of the defender Alinghi and the challenger BMW Oracle Racing engage in a clash of the Titans.
For the 34th event, the Anarchy Challenge wants to change things. It will allow the rest of the sailing world the chance to closely relate with a team, one full of everyday citizens. But when the time comes, the team transforms into a professional level sailing team worthy of competing with the best the world has to offer. The team, composed of members of the Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club, is the first America's Cup team in many years that does not consist of professional sailors. Instead, we are a group of people sailing together for the enjoyment of the sport and for the thrill of chasing after the most prestigious of sports trophies.
Anarchy Challenge was created in the "underbelly" of the sailing community, the website Sailing Anarchy. Originally a tongue-in-cheek idea of Alan Block (CEO) and Scot Tempesta (Commodore of SAYC), two of the site’s creators, it now has become a serious endeavor.
Although international in flavor, Anarchy Challenge represents the California-based Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club, registered in Carlsbad, CA, USA, and will compete under the Stars & Stripes.