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America's Cup - old and new - Is the USA on the Rak, was Australia II really a Dutch design?



Clipper 09-10 - Out of Stealth mode and the pressure is on
Clipper media,
Clipper 09-10, Race 2 day 27. Spirit of Australia is really starting to feel the pressure as the teams behind continue to close the gap. Canada's Cape Breton Island is now in third place.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds - Gold and Bronze to British sailors
Lindsey Bell,
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships - Gold and bronze medals have been won by Skandia Team GBR's team members, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the SKUD-18 class and by Helena lucas in the 2.4mR single-handed class.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Front runners retire in challenging conditions
KPMS,
In the Rolex Middle Sea Race after only thirty hours of sailing, it is evident the pressure is on ICAP Leopard (GBR). Bella Mente (USA) and Rosebud/Team DYT (USA) have been the two biggest named casualties to join the increasing list of retirees today.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - Contrasts and disappointments
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket is in Walvis Bay, Namibia. The Sailrocket Team are attempting to break the World Sailing Speed record. As it stands there are no great forecasts coming up. Of course that will change... but now I start to hear the clock tick as day by day options fade away.... [more]
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Solidare du Chocolat - 5,000 miles double-handed
Event media,
Solidare du Chocolat - A 5,000 miles double-handed, non-stop race between France and Yucatan in Mexico. Ten nations will be represented on the start line; France, Ireland, UK, USA, Chile, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Finland.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Day 26 - Stealth mode tactics pay off
Clipper media,
Clipper 09-10 report from Race 2, Day 26 - Its all about tactics. Emerging from Stealth Mode, Qingdao had established a lead of 68 miles over Hull & Humber. Spirit of Australia is beginning to slow down, after gain miles over the past few days on rivals Cape Breton Island and Jamaica Lightning Bolt.... [more]
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Barry Pickthall wades into Australia II design controversy
Barry Pickthall,
Barry Pickthall, former Yachting Correspondent to The Times (UK) was one of the top international sailing journalists, who followed the saga of the Australia 2 design claims and sheds some new light on the statements and background to the controversy which is still alive and well over 25 years later... [more]
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Alinghi begins training in Ras Al Khaimah, 33rd America's Cup Venue
Daphne Morgan-Barnicoat, Alinghi Media,
Alinghi, the 33rd America's Cup Defender, cast off from the America's Cup Island of Al Hamra this morning and set sail for its first training day in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. 'The conditions are ideal here for these boats,' said Brad Butterworth, Alinghi team skipper, 'exactly the building sea breeze that we hoped for which means we can sail as much as six days a week'... [more]
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GP42 Global Cup final day - Consistency pays
GP42 media,
2009 GP42 Global Cup final day and consistency pays. For Filippo Faruffini's Roma 2 (ITA) the prize for their excellent teamwork and good boatspeed throughout the event was first place on the podium. Coming into the final day, Roma 2 enjoyed a nine point lead over nearest rival Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP).... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Spectacular start for the 68 competitors
KPMS,
2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race. A big fleet of 69 yachts departed Grand Harbour today, to begin a 606 nautical mile journey. As yachts start passing the first transit mark of the racecourse at Capo Passero the early stages overall handicap standings will become clearer.... [more]
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ValenciaSailing: Alinghi press conference and sailing in Ras Al Khaima
ValenciaSailing.com,
Alinghi held on Saturday a presentation in Ras Al Khaimah in order to make 'official' its arrival in the emirate and carry out the first 'official' sail There wasn't any extraordinary announcement made this morning in the Al Hamra Golf Club. Both Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi's owner, and Dr Khater Massaad, CEO of RAK Investment Authority, repeatedly stressed the suitability of the chosen venue... [more]
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IFDS World Championship - GBR leads SKUD 18 fleet
Betsy Alison - Paralympic Coach, US SAILING Team,
IFDS World Championship Day 3 report. After a delay of several hours due to thunderstorms, all three fleets took to the water. However the westerly wind died after only two races of the day were completed.... [more]
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America's Cup - Alinghi in RAK
Sail-World.com,
The Swiss Alinghi team begins training in Ras Al Khaimah, possibly the 33rd America's Cup Venue... [more]
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Puma Logic has been awarded the ‘RORC Yacht of the Year' 2009
J2 Communications,
On hearing the news, Philippe, the owner of Puma Logic, was ecstatic to say the least, and also incredibly proud to be associated with such a prestigious group of yachts that have received the accolade before him.... [more]
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PredictWind.com is Forecasting High Wind's for Rolex Middle Sea Race
Nathan May,
PredictWind has generated a detailed Marine Forecast for the 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race. With strong winds hitting the Northern and Western Coasts of Sicily it should make for some very interesting sailing.... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Consistency again pays for Roma
Event media,
GP42 Global Championship - Roma 2 has trebled its lead after another day of consistent racing. Three races are left to be sailed on the final day tomorrow. The day's first race featured a little less breeze than yesterday, with the 9-11 knot easterly giving some of the new teams a better chance at hanging with the veterans.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup Poker: 'Your one and up one'
Richard Gladwell,
What started with a complaint to Justice Shirley Kornreich, by the America's Cup Defender, that the US Challenger had been rather economical with the truth, escalated a few days later with the reply from the Challenger. In their letter Societe Nautique de Geneve claimed 'If the press reports are correct, GGYC may have made false statements to the United States Coast Guard, thereby subjecting it... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Race - Stealth card adds an extra element
Event media,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Key tacitcal moves are yet to be played out as Cape Breton Island considers playing their stealth card. But for some the stealth move has not proved fruitful. 'The introduction of Stealth Mode to the Clipper 09-10 Race has added an interesting extra element for skippers and crews, creating the ability to hide one's movements... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - All efforts to maxxing out the MK1
Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket team on Walvis Bay in Namibia. The team had a few handling issues and I reminded them to stay alert and keep the foil off the sand at all times. These foils need to be in perfect shape... especially the tips. If the nose begins to rise then the top part of the foil will come out of the water meaning that the rest of the foil has to work harder.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Crews prepare for tough conditions
KPMS,
Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 30th Rolex Middle Sea Race, starts tomorrow morning from Grand Harbour, Malta, and the 70 crews have spent their last day readying themselves for what looks to be a challenging race.... [more]
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Dee Caffari receives an Exceptional Achievement award
Kelly Russell,
Record breaking solo round the world yachtswoman, Dee Caffari, was delighted to receive an Exceptional Achievement award yesterday from the United Kingdom Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Australia II - Winged Keels revisited
Blue Robinson - www.seahorsemagazine.com,
Claims that Ben Lexcen did not design the 12 metre Australia II have been cropping up for 26 years. Dutchman Peter van Oossanen in the Sydney Morning Herald and Times Online claims' Ben 'had a flair for shapes, but he wasn't a scientist and he wasn't able to understand the full physics of what was going on'... [more]
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2009 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championship
RYA,
A jam packed schedule for the 2009 RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championship showdown as over 250 races are scheduled for over the weekend... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship
ISAF,
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship. Germany, The Netherlands and Great Britain hold onto the leaderboard top spots after the opening two days of racing in Athens, Greece.... [more]
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High Tech Hot Wheels from McConaghy International
John Curnow,
The 'Toy Shop' is McConaghy's development area at their Mona Vale facility. It's where the functional and structural necessities of Maxi's, Mini Maxi's and Ocean Racing Yachts are turned into carbon fibre works of art - one of the unique and defining factors of all McConaghy boats.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: New America's Cup legal slugfest signaled by GGYC
Richard Gladwell,
The two year plus legal saga, otherwise known as the 33rd America's Cup, took a new turn today with the release of a letter from the Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club saying that they were considering filing a new complaint with the New York Supreme Court. This concerns an alleged breech of fiduciary duty, by the Defender and current Trustee, Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Roma 2 leads the way
Event media,
GP42 Global Championship - The change in today's performances was due mostly to the change in conditions: the first race of the day featured a brisk 16 knots, the most seen yet here in Lanzarote, and the seasoned players from the Audi MedCup were able to break free on the upwind legs with just enough margin to get to the front and stay in front of the pack after the 1.8-mile windward legs set by r... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - ICAP Leopard's quest for historic treble
Pitch PR,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC Chief Executive Mike Slade, will once again take centre stage this weekend as she competes in the prestigious Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World race - Light winds defeat California
Clipper event media,
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland is another day and a few hundred miles closer to Rio de Janeiro and it can't come soon enough for the crew onboard. They know this race is not in the bag yet though - the final stage of this race is hotting up and the leading five yachts are getting closer as each hour goes by.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Two's Company
KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted its share of characters over the years and more often than not in the double-handed division.... [more]
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SNG and Ras Al Khaimah file against America's Cup venue challenge
Alinghi Media,
Societe Nautique de geneve, the defending America's Cup yacht club has filed its opposition brief regarding BMW Oracle's latest legal challenge (the seventh from the American team; this time against the venue). The papers state the absolute legitimacy for Ras Al Khaimah to be the venue as per the Order and Judgement of 7 April 2009... [more]
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Australia II - John Rousmaniere reflects on that winged keel
John Rousmaniere,
The issue of who designed Australia II has come to the forefront once again (and more angrily than ever, it seems). It last arose four years ago when I wrote an article for the American magazine Sailing World titled 'Who Designed Australia II?' The story was stimulated by a particular question by a particular group, the America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee.... [more]
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Southern's Foiling Moth rig explained
Brenna Pringle,
During the recent CST Moth Worlds held in Oregon, Southern Spars new rig design was put to the test. Results are in, and 10 of the top 20 competitors were using Southern Spars kit. So what makes up the Southern Moth rig?... [more]
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World Masters Games - Sailing gets underway
Event media,
World Masters Games. After two days of postponements due to inclement weather competition finally got underway yesterday in the Tasar class at Woollahra Sailing Club.... [more]
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Southern Spars EC6 Hybrid has it covered from Foilers to J-class
Brenna Pringle,
Southern Spars' Composite Rigging department has been hard at work developing an innovative EC6 superyacht rigging solution. Following a cautious and calculated process, an exhaustive R&D programme has been carried out including full sized fatigue testing. The result? EC6 Hybrid.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds - British sailors aiming for glory
Tanya Denton,
IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships. Paralympic classes prepare to do battle in Athens. Buoyed by their recent podium performances at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, and in the overall ISAF Sailing World Cup series, British crews in the three Paralympic class boats are determined to continue their winning ways along the road to 2012.... [more]
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RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2010 – it's more than just a show!
RYA Press Office,
An Essential date for your diary, if you're a dedicated dinghy sailor or taking your first tentative steps in to the dinghy sailing world then a visit to the world's only show designed exclusively for dinghy sailing is a must, the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2010... [more]
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GP42 Global Championship - Consistency wins the day
Event Media,
GP42 . Through a great display of consistency not yet seen in this year's racing, Jose MarĂ­a van der Ploeg's (ESP) Turismo Madrid (ESP) has taken the early lead after three races in today's Day One of the 2009 GP42 Global Championship.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket - The Beast is back!
Paul Larsen,
Update from the Vestas Sailrocket team. After a big crash like the last one we need to spend some time just dialling the boat back in and making sure it is calibrated. This generally involves getting the steering system in sync with the foil alignment. We have a system of jigs and lasers to get it within fractions of a degree on land.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea warm up Race
Event media,
2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race - 23 yachts took part in a 15 nautical-mile warm-up race. For a variety of reasons, not least of them the weather, this short race proved a good shakedown ahead of the main-event.... [more]
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B14s at Mayflower Sailing Club
Mark Watts,
B14's at the Final Fling. Eight B14's joined the legendary Final Fling to enjoy fantastic racing at one of the top pieces of sailing water in the country.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race:
Clipper Event media,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: Race 2, Day 23 report. It hasn't been a trouble free night for Team Finland's skipper and crew. A snap shackle (a small stainless steel shackle with a quick release mechanism) that was being used to attach one of the lines controlling the spinnaker failed, causing the end of the spinnaker to fly free and flog behind the mainsail. 'No drama really,' says Eero.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia announced
OC Events,
The first year of the Asian series will include events in Hong Kong, Singapore and Oman with the possibility of a fourth venue to be confirmed, and with a plan to grow this to a six-event series by 2011/12. Bids have already been received for the future series from a number of other venues across Asia.... [more]
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