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The teams involved in the Louis Vuitton and the America's Cup are limbering up for the grand finals in Valencia, Spain.

The final series for the selection of the challenger will start in less than two weeks.

Sail-World will be covering the final races and bringing the news to you as it happens.

With Ben Ainslie cup-tied Ed Wright, with a win in the Finns the pre worlds in Portugal, has a chance to stake his claim to the Olympic spot.

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Emirates Team NZ the Bookies favourite
By Gerald New,
With just days to go, the Bookmakers are gearing-up for a record America's Cup. With the Cup in Europe for the first time, betting on the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup is expected to break all records for a yachting event... [more]

Battered Skandia finishes Audi Sydney Gold Coast
By Bindy Lockhart,
At 17.53 today Sunday March 25 2007, nearly 30 hours after leaving Sydney Harbour Grant Wharington and his crew aboard super maxi Skandia crossed the line at Southport YC to finish in second position in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2007.... [more]

St Thomas Rolex Regatta - Day 2
By Media Pro Int'l,
Cruise ships against the backdrop of St Thomas' dramatic hills created a spectacular canvas for today's 10-mile Harbor Course race at the International Rolex Regatta. After a finish inside the harbor, the fleet - including three spinnaker racing classes and a class each for spinnaker cruising, non-spinnaker, one-design IC-24s and Beach Cats - started a race in the reverse direction and returned to its starting point... [more]

Omega Smeg wins 18footer Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy
By Frank Quealey,
Daniel Phillips, Jim Beck and John Valtwies gave their best performance of the season when they brought Omega Smeg home a comfortable winner of the Cordukes Clubhouse Trophy race on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]

Qingdao entry for 07-08 Clipper race
By Clipper Ventures,
Qingdao Clipper will, once again, be competing to win the prestigious Clipper Trophy in the same year the city of Qingdao hosts the 2008 Beijing Olympics.... [more]

Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week - Day 1
By Media,
Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week opened on Saturday with more than 200 crews from 31 countries. The Port Fòrum was the scene of the action today, until Tuesday 28 March - the III edition of the Pharo Olympic Regatta - Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week... [more]

Ed Wright wins Finns at Cascais International
By ISAF media/Sail-World UK,
In the build up to the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships over 50 sailors competed in the Cascais International Regatta last week, with the Worlds venue demonstrating its near-perfect sailing conditions. Victory in Cascais went to the Dutch 470 teams and to Great Britain in the Finn... [more]

Star South American Championship Results
By Media/GJN,
Gastao Brun and Marco Lagoa (BRA) led from the opening day of the ISAF Grade C1 Star South American Championship, with Brazil occupying the top two spots in Mar del Planta, Argentina. Seventeen crews from four nations contested the championship... [more]

SAGA Insurance in Bermuda Triangle
We are now north of the Windward Islands and entering the area known which has become known as the Bermuda triangle, notorious for unsolved disappearances, if you want to believe that nonsense. There are far more mysterious disappearances within 15 miles of Dover... [more]

Images from the 2007 Audi Sydney Southport race
By Sail-World,
Photographer Peter Andrews was on the startline of the 2007 race. here is a selection of his images, You will find more on his web site.... [more]

Audi Sydney Southport start pictures
By Sail-World,
Australia's Andrea Francolini was on the water today, photographing the start of the 2007 Audi Sydney to Southport race.... [more]

Unai Basurko of Spain is third in Norfolk
By Justine Ozoux,
Spanish skipper Unai Basurko has crossed the finish line of the VELUX 5 Oceans in Norfolk, Virginia - USA at 19h 20m local time (23h 20m GMT). Basurko completed the second leg onboard PAKEA after 68 days 11 hours, 20 minutes... [more]

Wild and Windy for St Thomas Rolex Sailors
By Media Pro Int'l for Rolex,
Opening day of the International Rolex Regatta served up fast and furious fun for some, broken boats for others when 15-18 knot breezes whipped up a testing chop on the Caribbean Sea south of St. Thomas. The event, which has been a staple of the islands racing scene for 34 years, is hosting 87 boats in seven classes. For five of the six handicap classes that completed three around-the-buoys races each, the event is half over, and leads may be tough to topple with only three distance races left on the weekend schedule.... [more]

Measuring in for Louis Vuitton Act 13
By America's Cup media,
With racing for Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13 just 11 days away, teams are busy training and testing and perhaps most importantly, measuring in. Measurement is a critical part of America’s Cup racing, as it ensures the boats are ‘in class’, and thus that racing is fair.... [more]

SAGA Insurance picks up speed
SAGA Insurance covered 302.3 miles since 09:00 yesterday, the best 24 hour run to date and is currently on the same latitude as Antigua. According to the computer weather maps I should have the wind just north of East, in fact it was North East by North, which would allow me to lay Norfolk if I went harder on the wind... [more]

Ben Ainslie in Olympic Qualifying Bind
Ben Ainslie, Britain’s treble Olympic medallist, admitted in a recent interview, that if London had not won the Games for 2012, he would - 'have knocked the Olympics on the head and concentrated on the bigger boats'.... [more]

Beijing 2008 Olympic products released
A commemorative gold piece priced at 8,800 yuan (£579) is the most precious product in the new Olympic licensed products which will be unveiled on March 27 to mark the 500-day countdown to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced Thursday... [more]

Graham Dalton (NZL) refuses to throw in the towel
By Justine Ozoux,
Graham Dalton, in Fortaleza, Brazil, has lifted his boat out of the water and surveyed the keel fin. His mission now is to locate his lost keel bulb, which he believes is on the floor of the marina. - Unai Basurko (ESP) and his green Open 60 Pakea still eating up the miles towards the finish line, due to arrive in Norfolk Friday... [more]

Rusden and Saxton (GBR) win opening 29er Eurocup
By Ovington media,
Real Club Nautico Denia was the venue for the first round of the 2007 29er Eurocup. Their hospitality and organisation is legendary and as usual they lived up to expectations... [more]

Thinking of a career change?
By Southern Cross Yachting,
Southern Cross Yachting, based in magnificent Moreton Bay, is desperately short of instructors to cater for the overwhelming demand for RYA courses. The success of the RYA training scheme in Australia has created an unprecedented shortage of qualified instructors. The Queensland Coast from Moreton Bay to the Whitsundays’ offers a unique sail training experience truly unequaled anywhere in the world. With its swirling tides, endless sunshine (particularly over the dams unfortunately) and incredible natural beauty, Moreton Bay has become a major destination for foreign visitors, coming here specifically to gain the internationally recognized RYA Qualifications.... [more]

Big Boats and Sportsboats for Warsash Spring Series
By Flavia Bateson,
The Raymarine Warsash Spring Series is well underway and Sunday racing will soon be augmented by Saturday events for Big Boats and Sportsboats. The Big Boat Series starts on 31 March and involves two weekends, with ten races in all, over 31 March/1 April and 21/22 April... [more]

Gitana 13 Record Attempt Abandoned after collision
By Media,
As a result of an impact with an unidentified object around 10:30pm on Tuesday night, Gitana 13's rudder blade has been seriously damaged, bringing to an end the catamaran's attempt to beat Steve Fossett's Discovery Route record... [more]

Graham Tourell joins Artemis Ocean Racing
By Pitch PR,
Artemis Ocean Racing, the sailing team sponsored by leading UK investment company, Artemis, today announced Graham Tourell as the latest addition to their team. Graham, known to everyone on the circuit as 'Gringo', will be boat captain and Jonny Malbon’s co-skipper aboard the Artemis Open 60... [more]

RS Vareo training weekend - Loch Venachar
By Richard Haylock,
At the RS Vareo training weekend at Loch Venachar SC, sailors attended from all five corners of Scotland, two deciding they weren't up to scratch for venturing out in F6 (gusty) on the Saturday; white horses everywhere... [more]

Skandia pulling out of Cowes Week sponsorship
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
After a 14-year tenure as title sponsor of Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight, UK, long-term savings group, Skandia UK, has announced it will not be renewing its sponsorship once the current contract expires in August 2008.... [more]

Bullimore ready to go for record
By Team Bullimore/Sail-World,
British Round the World sailor Tony Bullimore has started final preparations for his attempt to break the 70 day barrier for sailing solo around the world, sailing out of Hobart last week to test new sails and equipment on his 102ft catamaran Doha 2006.... [more]

Dalton looking for keel in Fortaleza Harbour
By Tim Kelly,
Graham Dalton (NZL) looking for his keel bulb - Unai Basurko (ESP) wins an award - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) not hopeful of beating Basurko - Graham Dalton is convinced that the lead keel bulb, which has separated from his boat can be found in Fortaleza Harbour and has commissioned some local divers to help locate it... [more]

35 knots for Contender Travellers at Datchet
By Stuart Jones,
Seventeen Contenders descended on Datchet for the first round of the 2007 travellers trophy series to find the wind about double the strength forecast and increasing - No problem, as the boats are pretty bomb proof, so just question marks over the helms then!... [more]

Technical alliance for Dee Caffari and Mike Golding
By Media,
For the first time in solo ocean racing two British teams, Aviva and Ecover, have agreed to develop and test their boats against each other in the search for optimum performance for the 2008 Vendée Globe... [more]

Steve Bolland wins opening RS300 Fat-Face event
By RS media,
New season, new Fat-Face racing circuit but some things stay the same. So Sir Barrington Steel started the 2007 Fat-face circuit off at Bough Beech on 17 March with his trademark port-tack start and so successful was it that come race 2 there were a gaggle of boats loitering at the pin end striving for that perfect start... [more]

Did they steal the bulb too?
By Tim Kelly,
Disaster has struck again for Graham Dalton during his ill fated stay in Fortaleza, Brazil. 'I think my bulb has gone. It was blowing 8 knots and the boat fell over and I tried to cant the keel and I couldn't see it. So I dived down, the visibility was exceedingly poor but I could see that the bulb has gone.'... [more]

Loop keels? Not loopy at all..!
By James Macnaghten, HMT Marine,
Howes-Macnaghten Technology Ltd in the UK has patented a radically new keel design that is said to offer significant benefits in both speed and seaworthiness. The 'Loop Keel' is a new form of keel that creates a faster, safer, more seaworthy yacht, but with the added advantages of a kinder motion and greater comfort at sea.... [more]

BVI Spring Regatta Follows Volvo Ocean Race Lead
By Linda Phillips,
The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, presented by Nanny Cay and held this year March 26 – April 1, 2007, is taking a cue from some of the well-established one design classes and providing on the water umpiring for the very competitive IC24 class.... [more]

Classics Sail 4 Cancer this July!
By Cathy Jenkins,
Some great images of the classic Metre class yachts that will be in the Solent this July. Cowes will be the focus for a resurgence in the UK’s interest in classic yachts; for two weeks the Solent will be a spectacle of classic yacht racing with three regattas held in conjunction with each other... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series - Week 2
By Flavia Bateson,
What a difference seven days make! After the light breeze and spring-like conditions for the first race of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series, the second Sunday 18 March arrived with forecasts of gale force winds, when a dramatically low pressure system affected most of the country... [more]

Wintry conditions for Olympic Classes Spring Series
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Rutland Sailing Club welcomed the second event of three in the 2007 RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series last weekend for the 49er, Finn, 470, RS:X and the Paralympic 2.4mR and SKUD-18, although blustery and unseasonably cold conditions meant an early end to the weekend’s racing... [more]

Dalton set to leave Brazil despite robbery
By Media,
Despite all his electronic equipment being stolen while he was in Fortaleza, Brazil, Graham Dalton is set to continue in the Velux 5 Oceans race. Graham Dalton spoke with the Velux HQ race office today and confirmed that he was still planning to leave Fortaleza, Brazil this morning, local time. He has managed to get hold of GPS system, an iridium phone and has an onboard laptop but will still be sailing the remaining 3,000 miles without any computerised weather or electronic charts... [more]

2007 Australian Etchells Mid-Winters
By Rod Jones, amended by Sail-World,
The 2007 Etchells Australian Winter Championships Notice of Race is now available. The Winters will be conducted off Mooloolaba, Queensland from 8 to 11 June 2007.... [more]

Andy Davis wins Solo Winter Championships
By NSCA Publicity,
Having been postponed from 3 February due to an absence of wind, the rescheduled 2007 Solo Winter Championships got underway in rather more wind on 17 March at Northampton SC.... [more]

Gales hit Illusion fleet racing at Bembridge
By Rupert Holmes,
Fifteen intrepid Illusionists enjoyed superb close racing in bright spring sun over the weekend of March 17/18 at Bembridge SC. Sunday saw a reduced fleet of eight boats braving blustery conditions, with gusts hitting 35 knots... [more]

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