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The Jury is out on the Jury, back to Valencia?



Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup Jury may be flawed
Richard Gladwell,
The move to appoint a panel of technical experts by Justice Shirley Kornreich, to help her resolve five technical questions relating to the 33rd America's Cup might not be the great idea it seems on first blush. The simple reason being that finding the technical experts, who fit her criteria may be a little more difficult, let alone get briefed and into her Court Room on 60 Centre Street,... [more]
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America's Cup E-Mailbag - latest correspondence
Various correspondents,
More letters as the life is slowly choked out of the America's Cup. Sail-World is happy to publish our readers' views an opinions on the America's Cup: Please address your contributions to nzeditor@sail-world.com. Here Skip Lissiman (Australia II) comments, plus a letter from Spain, and now comment on the latest decisions from the New York Supreme Court... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship images - Leighton O'Connor
Sail-World.com and Leighton O'Connor images,
Photographer Leighton O'Connor presents these images from the final day of competition at the Melges 24 World Championship in Annapolis.... [more]
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J/24 European Championship overall
Sail-World.com,
The J/24 European Championship, was sailed on Souda Bay in Crete. Twenty eight crews competed in the series held from October 24 to October 30 2009.... [more]
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Latest America's Cup court rulings might not bode well for Alinghi
Eric Sharp, Free Press Sports Writer,
After months of circling and jabbing, America's BMW-Oracle sailing team landed some legal body blows this week that bode ill for the Swiss Alinghi team's efforts to avoid racing for the America's Cup at Valencia, Spain, on Feb. 8. The latest ruling came Friday afternoon, when New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said that the rudders ...... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat - Reaching conditions at last
La Solidaire du Chocolat,
La Solidaire du Chocolat - Overnight, the breeze shifted southerly and in the 0800 GMT position poll this morning, the boats are picking up the pace with Tanguy de Lamotte and Adrien Hardy on Initiatives-Novedia furthest south in second place making the best average at 10.5 knots.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - The bets are placed
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. The bets have been placed and now it remains to be seen which of the tactical gambles will pay off as the ten teams competing in Clipper 09-10 race from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.... [more]
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New York Supreme Court appoints its own America's Cup Jury
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich has empanelled her own International Jury to consider key questions on the 33rd Match for the America's Cup. In a second batch of rulings issued today, she has invited the Challenger and Defender to nominate one technical expert, who must also have sat on an America's Cup Jury to advise the Court on five key technical questions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Supreme Court decisions just announced in New York
Richard Gladwell,
The Decisions of the New York Supreme Court have been announced in response to several Motions pleace before the Court, and heard on 27 October. The decisions confirm rather than elaborate on the verbal decisions handed down from the Bench. All were handwritten by Justice Shirley Kornreich and stated that they were as determined in Court and referred to the general Transcript of that hearing.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Season finale
RC 44 Cup,
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the final showdown of the season. Ten RC44 teams will take place, as the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup is the season's most important regatta: four titles will be awarded at the end of the regatta and the points count double.... [more]
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Sailrocket World Speed Record Sailing attempt - 52 knots and the wall?
Sail-World.com and Paul Larsen,
The Vestas Sailrocket Team have been in Walvis Bay Namibia on their fourth and final attempt to break the Outright World Sailing Speed Record. 'Soon we will be packing up Vestas Sailrocket for the last time on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. Yesterday I felt pretty choked up at the end of our last run. We topped 50 knots for two of yesterdays three runs despite average winds of only 22... [more]
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Business as usual for Alinghi post America's Cup venue decision
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Defender, Alinghi, have confirmed that they are continuing to run their development program in Ras al-Khaimah, despite the adverse decision handed down from the Bench of the New York Supreme Court yesterday. In a statement posted on their website, the Swiss two time winner of the America's Cup said: 'Alinghi continues with its training plan towards the 33rd America's Cup scheduled... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: A rough week for the Cup at 60 Centre Street
Richard Gladwell,
Justice Shirley Kornreich's decisions, handed down from the Bench of the New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street, New York, should have surprised no-one. The words 'America's Cup' have now become a byline for long run litigation in sport, that benefits no-one.... [more]
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Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 - Skipper sails past destination
Sail-World.com and Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat,
La Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50. On October 26, 2009 an alert was raised after Alexander Scrizzi (Phoenix) passed the latitude of Salvador de Bahia in the second stage of the race from Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) to Brazil. The yacht continued at 90 degrees from the route to Salvador at seven to eight knots.... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss retire
SailWorld.com and Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat update from Thierry Bouchard and Oliver Krauss (Mistral Loisirs - Pole Santé Elior). Unfortunately they have been forced to retire from the race after damage to their mainsail attachment was worse than initially thought.... [more]
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America's Cup venue in Ras al-Khaimah ruled invalid by Court
Richard Gladwell,
In a Hearing in the New York Supreme Court today, Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled that any venue arbitrarily selected by the Defender of the America's Cup for the 33rd match had to be Deed compliant. The decision from the Bench surprised many, and means that the only valid venue for the 33rd Match is Valencia, Spain; or a Southern Hemisphere venue; or a venue determined by mutual consent between... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - Some relief for the fleet
Solidaire du Chocolat,
Solidaire du Chocolat - northern group have reached less harsh conditions south of the Azores as they race into lighter breeze. Fanned-out behind the race leader 100 miles separate four of the boats chasing Initiatives-Novedia: in fifth place Bruno Jourdren and Bernard Stamm on Cheminées Poujoulat hold the right-hand, windward side of the race track.... [more]
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Student Yachting World Cup - Team URI/USA reports
Team URI/USA,
Epic conditions at the Student Yachting World Cup. Temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, cloudless, sunny skies and a solid NNW breeze between 8 and 15 knots provided for great racing. Race Committee scheduled three races, starting off with an inshore race, as the breeze was forecasted to die as the day went on.... [more]
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America's cup Challenger re-launched in San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
On Sunday afternoon, the BOR 90 returned to its natural habitat as it was lifted by crane from its workspace into the harbour. It's been nearly five weeks since the trimaran was last on the water as the BMW ORACLE Racing team shifted into modification mode. The work onshore has been intense and required a full commitment from the boatbuilding team, supervised by Mark A. Turner (NZL).... [more]
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David Boies fronts up on America's Cup issues in TV interview
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of tomorrow's Hearing in the New York Supreme Court, Golden Gate Yacht Club's counsel, David Boies, has appeared in a short interview on CNBC discussing the case and the key points, with which GGYC is taking issue. There is as yet no announcement of the lodgement of the Breach of Fiduciary Duty action against Societe Nautique de Geneve, in its role as the current Trustee of the America's Cup... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 preparations
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 to Cape Town starts Tuesday 27 October. The yacht club has been a hive of activity all week as the teams prepare their yachts for the 3,385-mile race to Cape Town. Some have also taken to the water as Race 2 winners Team Finland along with Spirit of Australia, Jamaica Lightning Bolt and Cork took VIPs from the city out racing in Guanabara Bay.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo smashes race record en route to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Edward Rowe,
Neville Crichton's super maxi, Alfa Romeo, is leaving a trail of smashed race records across the Pacific as she heads towards a head to head battle with Australian maxi ‘Wild Oats' in December's Rolex Sydney Hobart,... [more]
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America's Cup Spycam: Images of BOR90 - San Diego 24 October

Images of BOR90/USA after she emerged from the builder's tent in San Diego - some idea of the modifications undertaken are visible - reduced main hull length and removal of grinding stations. Plus a lot of work underway all over the main hull.... [more]
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Sailrocket: Over 51 knots - so near but not quite and with problems
Sail-World.com and Paul Larsen,
Latest news from the Vestas Sailrocket Team - Twice on Sunday they hit over 51 knots, but an unexpected problem caused Larsen a bucket load of problems.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing gets ready for a return to the water
BMW Oracle Racing and Sail-World,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team is putting the final touches on the latest modifications to its trimaran, the BOR 90, before it returns to the water to resume testing ahead of the 33rd America's Cup Match. John Kostecki (USA) is the team's tactician and he's excited by the prospect of returning to the water next week as the team continues its preparations for the February Match.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race prizegiving concludes 2009 race
Sail-World.com and KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race prize giving is always emotional and is held in the majestic Sacra Infermeria, which dates back to 1574 and was originally built by the Knights of St John as a hospital to care for its sick and injured.... [more]
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