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Louis Vuitton, America's Cup, Clipper drama and much more

A lot of European news this week.....

At the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland the Italian team Azzurra, from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, is doing exceptionally well in that stiff competition.

Groupama 3 continues its quest to beat Orange 2's record, Vincent Riou's new PRB is due for launch on Thursday, Claire Leroy (France) has returned to the top of the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings and the Audi MedCup is gearing up for its 2010 season.

In World news the America's Cup continues to be surrounded by controversy, Hull & Humber's skipper (Clipper Round the World Yacht Race) has been airlifted off the yacht after breaking his leg and the Puma Moth Worlds are continuing in the UAE.

So read on and enjoy all the latest sailing news.


Sail-World.com Team



America's Cup: Nitro on trimming the WingSail
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Sail-World's Richard Gladwell interviewed Noel (Nitro) Drennan, on the Sail-World stand at the Auckland International Boat Show. In this audio interview, Drennan, who was with North Sails discusses the trimming issues between the soft sail and wingsail on BMW Oracle Racing, how the sail design and trimming crew interacted, and what was required to get the hull flying on USA-17 plus much more.... [more]
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Mauri Pro Sailing – The global online chandlery from Texas
John Curnow,
These Dallas based international, online chandlers are anything but cowboys. Mauri Pro Sailing has been around since 2003 and was the brainchild of South American sailor Juan Mauri. There is a dedicated and passionate band of multi-national sailors behind the brand and online shop who can assist you find the right clothes to wear, arrange your deck gear and virtually anything in between.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - BUSTED!
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture this sequence as Artemis (SWE) dropped their spinnaker pole in the water on the hoist at the first mark in their Round Robin match against Azzurra (ITA)... [more]
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2010 PUMA Moth Worlds -Day 6 Report - Another Payne-less day for Simon
Brigiid Murphy and Lisa Richards,
The 2006 International Moth World Champion, Simon Payne (GBR) holds his lead after five days of racing at the 2010 Puma Moths Worlds.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Tough race for Artemis
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Artemis had a tough race against Azzurra. We called for the right at the start and Terry got it. We worked the shifts and built a 165-meter lead at the first mark. In the first race of the day, Team NZ beat All4One rather easily, in the second race Origin won the race but there was a collision, which may cost them half a point for damage.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia rejoin the race
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Team Finland's new mast has arrived in Qingdao and the team assembled there to step and rig it are confident that they will be able to send the crew on their way early next week. Hull & Humber skipper, Piers Dudin, has arrived in hospital in Japan where he has received surgery on his broken leg. Out on the water Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia have rejoined the race.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Groupama 3 takes it step by step
Cammas-Groupama,
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupam 3 attempt. Positioned 430 miles from the line separating the South Atlantic and the North early this afternoon, the maxi trimaran is now performing as she should now that she's done with the rather unfavourable tack changes, which she'd been linking together since rounding Cape Horn on 4th March.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Team Origin scores vital win
TeamOrigin Media,
TEAMORIGIN scored an important point on the score board today by beating the French Aleph Team. The pre-start action was dramatic with a hard contact collision between the boats as Aleph illegally altered course in the tight pre-start manoeuvring and was awarded a penalty by the on-the-water umpires. In the other races today, Emirates Team New Zealand added to their undefeated record with a wi... [more]
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America's Cup: Peter Montgomery talks with James Spithill
Peter Montgomery,
Top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, caught up with winning America's Cup skipper, James Spithill in at the Auckland International Boat Show in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. Spithill has become only the second Australian skipper to win the America's Cup - the first used a winged keel, the second a wingsail.... [more]
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Fisher's View: The best seat in the house!
Bob Fisher,
Imagine sitting behind Jason Button in his McLaren as he laps the Bahrain circuit during this weekend's Formula 1 Grand Prix; it's the same as being behind Ben Ainslie as 18th man on TeamOrigin in a match with Bertrand Pace and the Aleph team. Maybe the corners don't come up at more than 300 kph, but it sure as hell feels like it.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Azzurra Team makes it three
Azzurra Team,
The Azzurra team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda today conquered its third win in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland. Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS and President of team Azzurra, today watched the race as 18th man.... [more]
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America's Cup: Russell Coutts - the Full Monty
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
Rumour control has been out of control over the past few days, as comments made by BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, have been taken out of context, or given an unintended spin - creating some unwarranted headlines. On Wednesday, Coutts talked with Radio Sport's Peter Montgomery, and we can now present the full and unedited version of that interview.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's Zenith
Cammas-Groupama,
Jules Verne Trophy. At 15°S, Groupama 3 is 900 miles from the switch of hemispheres, but the sun is at its zenith as the crew approach the boreal spring. The beat finally seems to be at an end! This is certainly the case for the southern hemisphere and probably true of the northern hemisphere.... [more]
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Bacardi Cup action images from John Payne
Sail-World.com and John Payne images,
John Payne presents these action images from the Bacardi Cup in Miami, USA.... [more]
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PUMA International Moth Worlds Day 5 Payne (GBR) holds the lead, just
Brigid Murphy,
Just six of a maximum scheduled fifteen races remain in the ultra-competitive PUMA Moth World Championship 2010, and 2006 Moth World Champion Simon Payne (GBR) retains a slim lead over Brad Funk (USA) and Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI).... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Hull & Humber injured skipper heading for Japan
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht race 09-10. After sustaining a fracture to his right leg on the tenth day of Race 7, Piers Dudin, Skipper of Hull & Humber has been safely medivac'd by the Japanese Coastguard. With two medics on board, Cape Breton Island, along with Spirit of Australia, was initially called upon to rendezvous with Hull & Humber to provide assistance if needed.... [more]
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Alinghi and SNG RC talk about 33rd America's Cup at Multihulls conf.
Jean Philippe Jobé,
At the recent Multihull conference in Geneva, Alinghi's builder, crew and Race Commitee talked about the Swiss boat, the AC33 series and Harold Bennett... [more]
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Winning skipper on the Opening Stanzas of the 33rd America's Cup
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
On Thursday, the opening day of the Auckland International Boat Show, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with James Spithill on the Sail-World stand close to the Halsey Street entrance. In this first part of a two part interview, we cover the opening stanzas of Race 1, of the 33rd America's Cup; alarms on the super multihulls; the areas of strength of USA-17; scariest moment... [more]
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Spithill explains BMW Oracle Racing's winning America's Cup moves
Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com,
On Thursday, the opening day of the Auckland International Boat Show, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell spoke with James Spithill on the Sail-World stand close to the Halsey Street entrance. In this second part of a two part interview, we cover the management of BMW Oracle Racing, Larry Ellison's leadership style, the gains from the technology used and more... [more]
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ISAF confirms receipt of 33rd America's Cup Report Forms
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today confirmed the receipt of the Regatta Report Forms from the ISAF Race Officials appointed to the 33rd America's Cup Match.... [more]
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New PRB to be launched on Thursday
Vendee Globe,
The new PRB is set to be launched on Thursday. The 60-foot IMOCA monohull, the fifth to be decked out in the colours of PRB, will be lowered into the water in Port La Foret before undergoing her righting test immediately afterwards.... [more]
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Audi Medcup Circuit 2010: Two months to go
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
It is two months before the start of the first regatta of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit season, the Portugal Trophy which will take place on the testing Atlantic waters and winds off Cascais, raising the curtain on what promises to be a fascinating and exciting year for the world's leading regatta circuit.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Artemis images from Sander van Der Bor
Sail-World.com,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of images of Artemis Racing at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series in Auckland.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: TeamOrigin forced out of vital Match
TeamOrigin Media,
Hotly tipped to be the race to watch of the Round Robin phase of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland – Ainslie v Barker; TEAMORIGIN v Emirates Team New Zealand, all eyes were on the Waitemata Harbour. With streaming sunshine, visibility clear as a bell, wind direction 235, wind speed 15/16 knots, the talk was of a building breeze so the aim was to get all four flights done by 15:00.... [more]
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Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World
Richard Gladwell,
Update: No racing today, Friday due to strong winds - watch the replays here. In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World will be offering live coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The live TV coverage featured on Sail-World will consist of a mix of Virtual Eye graphics and video from a range of cameras and positions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sail-World interviews James Spithill
Richard Gladwell,
This afternoon at the Auckland International Boat Show, 33rd America's Cup winning skipper, James Spithill spent 30 minutes on the Sail-World stand, with Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, reliving the key moments of the 33rd America's Cup, including the start of the first race, and the next 20 minutes, plus the technology behind USA-17... [more]
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Fisher's View: Louis Vuitton Trophy - Can it get any better than this?
Bob Fisher,
Can it possibly get any better? The Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta's third day in Auckland came close to approaching perfection. The 15-20-knot wind, funnelling down the harbour, provided an ideal race track for the equally matched Version V ACC yachts of Emirates Team New Zealand. The flat water, glistening in the late afternoon sunshine, is what gives the Waitemata its name..... [more]
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Majan A100 Trimaran leaves Cape Town
OC Events,
In breathtaking style the giant A100 Trimaran ‘Majan' shot across the Cape Town start line of the third leg of the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race just off Table Bay harbour's breakwater at exactly midday (12:00 Local time) today to track a course down south to the treacherous seas of the Southern Ocean for her next stop in Fremantle, Australia... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: They say fortune is blind...
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team,
The say fortune is blind...But bad luck sees just fine. Today Lady Luck brutally turned her back on the crew of Mascalzone Latino Audi Team. During the second upwind leg, after having led the entire race, a titanium halyard clip at the head of the jib broke, forcing the inevitable defeat for the Rascals who showed the ultimate in sportsmanship by finishing the race without the jib.... [more]
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Twin town named as Volvo Ocean Race finish venue
Volvo Ocean Race media,
Following the huge success in Galway when it was the finish of the transatlantic leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, Ireland, will again feature in the new route for 2011-12. The fleet will race from Lorient in France back to Galway on Ireland'?s west coast.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Christophe Favreau's view of Day 2
Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau was on the water for the second day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and presents this gallery of images.... [more]
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Next Gen. Moulded Laser Foils - greater durability at standard price
Trevor Griffiths,
Some quiet changes have been happening on the Laser scene in recent times with a new range of Laser foils bring joy to sailors across the Asia-Pacific.... [more]
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Gear failure puts finish to a close Kiwi vs Italian encounter
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
American-based Kiwi Gavin Brady and his largely international team of Latin Rascals took the fight to host Emirates Team New Zealand in their Louis Vuitton Trophy race today, only to lose after a gear failure. Brady, with American tactician Morgan Larson calling the shots, pulled off a risky pre-start strategy against skipper Dean Barker on the New Zealand boat, pushing ETNZ deep into the start... [more]
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Magic Marine RS 500 World Championship 2010, Netherlands, NOR online
Golly Tucker,
The Magic Marine RS 500 World Championship will take place this summer 15th – 20th August at Aquavitesse, Bruinisse, in the Netherlands. Registration has just opened and boats have already registered to benefit from a 40% reduction in entry fee before 14th April.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Heavy weather and another problem for California
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10: Fatigue is setting in across the fleet after prolonged heavy weather. The teams are starting to position themselves for the run into the scoring gate as the crews look forward to some fast downwind sailing conditions. If things weren't hard enough already, the Californian crew were further tested when their steering wheel became stuck, much to the dismay of the helmsman at the time... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: The Maestro stops the Rascals
Mascalzone Latino Audi Team,
No one on board Mascalzone Latino Audi Team thought that the first race would be easy. The French-German team, All4One, led by Schuemann, a three time olympic gold medallist and one time silver, and with the 'enfant terrible' Sebastien Col at the helm, won the race by choosing the right side of the course.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Christophe Favreau's view of Day 1
Christophe Favreau,
Christophe Favreau was on the water for the first two races on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, and presents this gallery of images.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland - Azzurra defeats TeamOrigin on Day 1
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
Azzurra, the Italian boat with the old name and the young crew, defeated Britain's TeamOrigin in the closest of four hard-fought races on the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland... [more]
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Team Petra Kliba on the hunt for Olympic Gold
Iva Grubiša,
Croatian Women's match race skipper Petra Kliba has launched her quest for Olympic Gold in the 2012 London Games. Kliba's team of Gea Barbic, Nikolina Dakulovic, Jelena Prekalj, Ute Wagner and Sanja Zuljevic has even more events planned to race than last year's eight, a decidedly aggressive schedule.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: California repairs mainsail in tricky conditions
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco - Day 7. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital is chasing the pack in some very wet conditions as a low pressure system delivers strong headwinds across the fleet. Qingdao's skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, believes the worst is yet to come and if he is right the already tired crews will need to dig deep to find that extra bit of stren... [more]
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Cruette Is 2010 Miami Grand Prix Melges 32 Champion
Joy Dunigan,
Another glorious day of Melges 32 racing at the Miami Grand Prix has concluded leaving Jean-Francois Cruette (La Rochelle, France) on Teasing Machine as Champion of the Melges 32 division. Of the ten races completed, Cruette won four and never scored worse than an eleventh.... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta: Competitors prepare for final showdown
Sue Pelling,
On the penultimate day of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2010, competitors were treated to superb conditions for the Marigot Bay race. A lively southerly breeze topping 20kts this afternoon made for some exciting, classic Caribbean racing which led to more than a few thrills and spills within the 240-boat fleet.... [more]
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Historic 18s provide wonderful contrast
Lisa Ratcliff, Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta,
Australian entrepreneur and rugby league patron Mark Foy introduced to the historic 18 foot skiff class the innovation of handicaps being applied at the beginning rather than at the end of the race.... [more]
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Moth Nationals in Dubai (UAE) Day 2 pictures
Thierry Martinez images,
Thierry Martinez has supplied this gallery of images from Day 2 at Moth Nationals in Dubai (UAE). The winner was Chris Graham ( UAE) .... [more]
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