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The Louis Vuitton challenger series has struggled with the lack of wind at Valencia. Only two days of racing have been completed.

Bob Fisher explains the problems that have beset the Cup series and just where it is going.

In France the Hyeres Olympic regatta started Sunday, and again the light winds have produced some surprises.

While over in the USA the remaining competitors in the Velux 5 Oceans race have started the final leg back to Spain.

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Light winds and surprises at Hyeres
By SOF media,
Light and shifty conditions provided for tactical racing for the first day of the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères. The difficult conditions created some surprises in some classes where the usual favourites didn’t perform as expected... [more]

Fisher's View: A little is better than nothing
By Bob Fisher,
Aeolus returned briefly from his holiday and provided two hours of breeze; enough, it seemed, to hold one flight of racing on both courses, but it was readily apparent that there was not going to be a second flight when the progress to the finish was slower than it had been on the first run in each of the five races. Within minutes of the finish, further racing was abandoned... [more]

Kiwi skipper misses Velux deadline
By Tim Kelly,
At 12:20 local time (16:20 GMT) today, Sunday April 22, New Zealand skipper Graham Dalton had not arrived in Norfolk. By not arriving in Norfolk within this timeframe he is theoretically unable to start leg three and at the same time respect the rules of the VELUX 5 OCEANS.... [more]

Mixed day for GBR sailors at Hyeres
By RYA/Lindsey Bell,
Amidst light 5-9 knot conditions, the 39th French Olympic Sailing Week got underway on Sunday (22 April) with a promising start for the British sailors on the first day of racing at Hyeres. The British Yngling trio made their mark on first day with Victoria Rawlinson, Emma Rawlinson and Sue Monson topping the board... [more]

Day 1 results from Hyeres
By Gerald New,
Leading results after day 1 at the 39th French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Sunday 22 April. Leaders after first races: Dan Slater (Finn), Avi Sur (Sonar), Chi Ho Ho (RS:X Men), Blanca Manchon (RS:X Women), Patryk Piasecki (470 Men), Guilia Conti (470 Women), Iordanis Pashalidas (Tornado), Jo Aleh (Radial), Thierry Schmitter (2.4mR), Victoria Rawlinson (Yngling), Julio Alsogaray (Laser), No 49er results... [more]

Fisher's View: What a way to run a Regatta
By Bob Fisher,
'We did analysis of the [weather] statistics and Valencia was always the best,' said America’s Cup Management CEO, Michel Bonnefous at a press conference this morning, and stuck to that line through intensive questioning. 'We have done precise research and have good numbers – the worst case in April was losing four days.'... [more]

Skandia Team GBR: Gold medal in Marketing
By Corinne McKenzie,
Skandia team GBR are sure to get first prize for PR and sponsor servicing. They have claimed prime location in Hyères between the competitors tent and jury room, in a comfortably converted van used for sponsors hospitality... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup - Flight 3 completed on Sunday
The light conditions prevailing at the Louis Vuitton Cup continued on Sunday but the gradient breeze proved just strong and stable enough for fair racing. One flight of racing was completed in front of a large spectator fleet eager to see America's Cup action... [more]

Louis Vuitton - Results first flight Sunday
By Sail-World.com/uk,
Louis Vuitton - Results first flight Sunday - Wind 7 knots on north and 9 knots on south. RH side paying on both courses. Winners: Lunna Rossa - Victory Challenge - BMW Oracle - Areva - Emirates NZL - Racing finished for the day... [more]

RKJ getting grumpy with the lumpy seas
I am getting very tired of headwinds and lumpy seas. We have had them solidly since the start in Norfolk and now they are going to push me to within 200 miles of Halifax Nova Scotia... [more]

Further race Schedule Changes agreed by Challengers
By Challenger Commission,
The Challenger Commission for the 32nd America's Cup ('CC') met at the call of the Chair, Alessandra Pandarese (ITA) of Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team, at the ACM offices in Valencia from 1800 to 2030 last evening, Saturday 21 April. Representatives of ten of the eleven Challengers were present. Apologies were received from +39... [more]

Coutts RC44s being built in the Middle East
By AME Info,
V1 Technologies in Jebel Ali (Dubai, UAE) are building RC44s. Designed by Olympic Gold Medallist Russell Coutts and renowned naval architect Andrej Justin, the RC44 is a high performance racer constructed from advanced composite materials and carbon fibre.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup - Sunday
By Sail-World.com/uk,
We are into day seven of the schedule and so far only one days racing has been completed. Today, Sunday, racing has started after postponement. Breeze out on the two courses is showing 6 knots plus at 14:15 local time... [more]

With boats becalmed, sponsors grow restless
By Doreen Carvajal. International Herald Tribune,
With placid sea winds transforming the America's Cup competition into a pleasure cruise for the fourth straight day, corporate sponsors are fuming and impatient television broadcasters are pulling the plug on planned live coverage.... [more]

4 kilometres of boats for Olympic event in Hyeres
By Corinne McKenzie,
To give an indication of the scale of the Semaine Olympique Française 2007 event, all the boats put back to back would take up to 4 kilometres. The total sail area for all boats competing represents up to 1.3 hectares, the equivalent of 2,5 rugby fields. A great potential for advertising!... [more]

Shaky start but Basurko sticking to game plan
By Velux 5 Oceans media,
With 2,700 miles of hard North Atlantic racing ahead of him, Basurko is sticking to a game plan: 'I had no doubts about a slightly more conservative approach in these first days of sailing until I can get closer to the ideal course. There's a lot of this leg remaining and I must conserve the boat.'... [more]

Corporate hospitality at the Louis Vuitton Cup
By Sail-World,
While the racing might not have been a strong feature thus far at the Louis Vuitton Cup, the corporate hospitality continues unabated. BMW Oracle Racing are very well organised in this regard, and we present this image gallery from Day 6 on the water at Valencia.... [more]

Fisher's View: The return of El Nono
By Bob Fisher,
It’s the time that the first race of Flight 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup first round robin should start, but out on both courses, the northern Romeo and the southern Juliet, only the faintest zephyrs were present to ruffle the surface of the Mediterranean, not enough to stir action into the race officers, Peter Reggio and Harold Bennett... [more]

Team GBR sailors in France
Great Britain’s Olympic sailing hopefuls have flocked to the French Riviera ready for the start of racing at the 39th French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Sunday 22 April... [more]

Here's Larry - Larry Ellison hands-on BMW ORACLE boss
By Jo Gawith,
All the way through its 156-year history, the America’s Cup has been a story written by powerful and ambitious people caught up in the passion of an event that offers no prize money, but enormous prestige. Now Larry Ellison, CEO of the software giant Oracle and owner of the BMW ORACLE Racing team goes hands-on in Valencia . . .... [more]

Women’s High performance dinghy evaluation complete?
By Corinne McKenzie,
The members of the ISAF evaluation panel present in Hyères for the women’s High performance dinghy evaluation trials declared to be satisfied with the trials organised earlier this week.... [more]

Hamble River SC opened by Rod Carr
By Barnaby Smith,
Following a three month renovation programme, the new changing rooms at Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) were officially opened today by Rod Carr OBE, Chief Executive RYA. The new facilities were celebrated by more than 100 Club Members and Guests who attended the ribbon cutting and ‘First Flush’ ceremony... [more]

Sir Robin - Bailing for England
The wind is showing signs of easing but the seas are still high so very bumpy still. This has a number of effects not least that the satellite system has trouble obtaining a link. Bailing continues, about 100 pumps every 2 hours... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup Saturday - Racing Abandoned
By Sail-World,
Louis Vuitton Cup Saturday - Racing Abandoned at 16:15... [more]

Ian Walker on +39 races and mast problems
By +39 media,
Ian Walker discusses the first races and the continuing mast problems for the +39 Challenge team. After ten days and nights work, the classical unexpected technical problem arose and the team from +39 were forced to re-step the Alinghi’s generation 4 mast on ITA85 for Fridays opening races - as they lost both matches against Areva and Desafio Espanol... [more]

Allianz hosts Cup video launch and a birthday
By Tom Ehman, BMW Oracle Racing,
We've often said that one the best websites for an inside perspective on the AC 2007 is the BMW Oracle Racing weblog. Tom Ehman who produces this excellent weblog took a day off official duties to launch a new Cup video and a birthday celebration for Sail-World Correspondant, Bob Fisher... [more]

Images from the ISAF Dinghy Trials in Hyeres
The ISAF Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event continues in Hyères, France, with day three of testing in bright sunshine and 6-8 knots. The Evaluation Event is being held in advance of the decision on the ten sailing events for the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]

Tacktick wins Queen’s Award for Innovation
By Media,
Marine electronics manufacturer Tacktick has been selected as a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its Micronet range of wireless, solar powered electronics used by top yachtsmen around the world including the GBR Olympic Sailing Team... [more]

Quotes of the Day: Louis Vuitton Cup - Day 5
By America's Cup Media,
Gavin Brady, Tactician, BMW Oracle Racing on their two walk-overs today: 'It was one of those days when you were trying to sail really conservatively, and sometimes when you sail that way you sail your best. Our weather team nailed it today and got all the shifts dead right before the start. We just wanted to get 98 out in front and then just stay between our opposition and the mark, because today was definitely a day not to take any risks otherwise.... [more]

Emirates: Racing starts but not the way we wanted
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team New Zealand,
Racing finally got underway today with NZL 92 losing its first race to the fast improving Italian challenge of Mascalzone Latino. Mascalzone Latina was second challenger behind Emirates Team New Zealand in the Act 13 fleet regatta earlier this month.... [more]

Fisher's View: Oops - Racing has begun
By Bob Fisher,
At last! After four interminably long windless days, racing began today in the Louis Vuitton Cup and in the scheduled first match of the first flight of Round Robin One came the first shock - a defeat for Emirates Team New Zealand by the ‘Latin Rascals’, the ebullient Mascalzone Latino team.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup - A fresh start and upsets
First day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup and first upset when Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team beat Emirates Team New Zealand. Mascalzone leading off the line and going right, Team NZL had no answer and the Italian team finished 15 seconds ahead at the line... [more]

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - Brits On Top
Great Britain stay ahead of the game in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings released 18 April, with the leaders consolidating their positions across all 11 Olympic Classes... [more]

Unrelenting Stamm pushes hard in big seas
By Justine Ozoux,
47 miles separate the entire fleet - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) tracking Bernard Stamm (SUI) - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) back on the podium - Graham Dalton (NZL) in Bermuda... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup gets underway to opening shock for Kiwis
By Richard Gladwell,
The first race in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup has got underway off Valencia on the Juliet course, with BMW Oracle Racing sailing against United Internet Team Germany.... [more]

Hi-jacked? – the mystery ship?
By Rob Kothe,
Do her fenders provide the clue to what happened to the three sailors aboard the 12 metre catamaran founding drifting abandoned in the coral Sea?... [more]

America´s Cup is Rebooted
After loosing the first four days of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup because of no wind, the schedule has been revised to restart the regatta from today (Friday 20 April). A meeting this morning between Regatta Director Dyer Jones and representatives of the eleven teams competing in the Louis Vuitton Cup agreed to 'reboot' the regatta, starting today with Flights 1 and 2... [more]

Mystery Deepens - Second Ghost Ship in Six Months
By Sail-World Cruising/Courier Mail,
In September last year, the schooner Bel Amica was found drifting off the Italian coast with a half eaten meal, charts of the Mediterranean and piles of clothes abandoned. While the owner has since been found, no satisfactory explanation of the incident has ever been recorded. Now, the Courier Mail reports, a ghost yacht has been found drifting off the north east Australian coast with computers running and even food on a table ready to eat - but no crew.... [more]

Gavel acquires Vanguard Sailboats
By Vanguard Sailboats,
Gavel Securities Limited (the holding company of Performance Sailcraft Europe Limited - PSE and Laser Sailboats Limited - LSB), has acquired Vanguard Sailboats which includes Seitech Products Inc and all three Vanguard owned retail stores in Chicago, California and Rhode Island.... [more]

2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Before the Youth Worlds gets underway, an action-packed European summer of sailing is set to provide the perfect demonstration of the Championship’s consistent ability to give the sailing world a first glance of its future stars.... [more]

Images from the start of the Velux 5 Oceans
By Media/GJN,
The Competitors in the Velux 5 Oceans started the final sprint across the Atlantic from Norfolk, USA to Bilbao, Spain which is expected to finish at the end of April... [more]

RKJ and Images from the start of the Velux 5 Ocean
By RKJ/Onedition,
Sir Robin's thoughts on the start of the Velux 5 Oceans from Norfolk and lots of Images - After 26,400 miles of sailing single-handed round the world in the Velux 5 Oceans yacht race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the other competitors have just 3,500 miles to go... [more]

Images from Valencia: The Beautiful People
By Sail-World,
While there might not be a lot of action in the racing, the Louis Vuitton Cup has certainly attracted the glitterati to Port America's Cup.... [more]

Measurer Ken explains the Public Interpretations
By America's Cup Media,
Question and Answer session with Chief Measurer Ken McAlpine as he explains the process behind Public Interpretations.... [more]

18ft Skiffs first event of 2007
By Alec Mckinlay,
The first event of the 2007 season kicks off for the UK 18ft Skiff fleet this weekend at Draycote Water Sailing Club. The event will see the fleet’s usual format of six short windward leeward races on Draycote’s smallish water, which for this year is to be shared with the 9er’s AND 12’ Skiffs, which should make for a pretty spectacular sight... [more]

Fisher's View: Darkness Invisible
By Bob Fisher,
What was billed as a 'Press Briefing' with the Technical Director of the ACC Rule, Ken McAlpine, attracted many more of the syndicate lawyers and a broad swathe of the hierarchy of Luna Rossa, together with a handful from the design teams, than the interested journalists.... [more]

Pit Stop for Kiwi skipper in Bermuda
By Media,
The run of bad luck continues for Graham Dalton who has been forced to make another pit stop in the second leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans. A Southern Man AGD has now reached the Atlantic island of Bermuda and officially suspended racing at 07:00 local time (11:00 UTC).... [more]

Rolex Fastnet Race attracts diverse fleet
By Trish Jenkins,
Entries are streaming in for the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race; the 608-miler considered one of the world’s classic ocean races. The RORC Committee have agreed that entries for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2007 will be limited to 300. Competitors intending to enter should submit entry forms as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Final date for entries is Friday 27 July 2007... [more]

39th Semaine Olympique Française
By Corinne McKenzie,
The 39th SOF is ready to welcome the World’s best sailors during a week of intense in Hyères: intense by the number of classes and countries represented, the expected level of competition and by the stake of the event, selective for many... [more]

America´s Cup Day 4 : - Oh! So Close . . . .
By Gerald New,
The fourth day of insufficient wind for the America´s Cup teams waiting to start the round robin series of the Louis Vuitton trophy. Not unexpected as that was as forecast. Friday looking like a real chance with a reasonable breeze and maybe some cooling showers later if the inland thunderstorms reach Valencia - Weekend looking good... [more]

Wind prospects not looking good to Sunday in Spain
By BMW Oracle Racing blog,
The BMW Oracle Racing blog reports on the weather prospects for Day 4 of Round Robin 1 of the Louis Vuitton Cup... [more]

Images from the Gul RS Sprint Championships
By Martin Hollingshead,
Images from the recent Gul RS Sprint Championships from Martin Hollingshead... [more]

America´s Cup: Three strikes and you're Out
By Gerald New,
Would that it were that simple - The player walks and on comes the next, the game moves on. But Sailing is unique in requiring the co-operation of a natural force in order to take place, not just to vary the conditions, but to provide the motive force. And the weather refuses to come out and play at Valencia... [more]

All talked out …
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
Most of the teams competing in the America’s Cup have large enough sailing squads to allow for crew rotations in the case of burn-out or injury during a crammed schedule of racing. But, without any racing yet in the Louis Vuitton Cup, crew changes are being considered for a different reason – to provide fresh topics of conversation as the yachts drift about waiting for wind.... [more]

Fisher's View: Three in a row
By Bob Fisher,
Three complete days were lost during the first round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup in Auckland in 2003 for a variety of reasons, but they were not, like the situation in 2007, successive, and certainly not all for a complete lack of wind.... [more]

Delayed Velux 5 Oceans gets underway
By Media,
At 12:20 PM (16:20 GMT) on Wednesday April 18, the start gun for the final leg of The Ultimate Solo Challenge fired in the waters off the Virginian coastline. After a postponed start in Norfolk due to severe weather conditions created by the large storm on the Eastern seaboard of the United States, the fleet of four Open 60 yachts began the final sprint back to Bilbao... [more]

America's Cup: Day 3 comes and goes, without racing
Light conditions continue to wreak havoc at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia. After three scheduled race days, no matches have been sailed in Round Robin One... [more]

Laser SB3 Spring Championships
By Clare Molloy,
Last weekend saw fifty-five Laser SB3s compete in the first half of the Raymarine Warsash Spring Championships. Both days saw very light and testing conditions for both competitors and the race committee, though the PRO did a fantastic job to get any racing underway, and four races were run in the hazy spring sunshine... [more]

Shanghai and Qingdao vie for Volvo Ocean Race
By Xinhua - China Peoples Daily,
The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) will bring one of the top around-the-world sailing competitions in the world to China in early 2009; it was announced at a press conference jointly held by the race organizers and China's yachting governing body.... [more]

Download the latest Musto Screensaver now
By Sail-World,
Musto have an outstanding set of 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean race images on their latest screen saver. You can Download it now at http://www.one.sail-world.com/register_File.cfm?flid=12&sf=n... [more]

America's Cup - The Spanish solution
By Gerald New,
The Spanish Metro, a free newspaper, had this cartoon Tuesday that catches perfectly the way a Spaniard will always have a contrary opinion. No decision in Spain is reached without considerable, often animated, discussion... [more]

Women's High Performance Dinghy Trials underway
The Women's High Performance Dinghy Evaluation Event is underway in Hyères, France, with some of the world’s top women sailors putting the six-boat line up through their paces - The 29er, 29erXX, RS800, Cherub Daemon, Carbonology GT60 and International 14 are being evaluated... [more]

New RS800 accepted by class members
By Gerald New,
An updated version of the RS800 asymmetric, two man trapeze dinghy has been doing the rounds to find out the reaction of the present owners. The owners had presented a number of points of contention to the builders, LDC, and the builders responded with a revamped hull... [more]

Fisher's View: Crime pays - for someone
By Bob Fisher,
The Valencia police are clamping down on crime, or making an effort to make its own presence felt. But rather that tackling the muggings and the thefts, the protectors of the law have turned to the team members riding bicycles, and finding them an easy target.... [more]

Solo Open Meeting at Colemere Sailing Club
By Dave Ernest,
The first of the Solo Northern Area Travellers’ Series - sponsored by Boon Boats - took place at Colemere SC on Sunday 15 April. Where last season went out with a bang, this season began with a whimper!... [more]

Commodore's Cup Race - Jersey to St Malo
By W Harris,
Very light south-westerly winds greeted the seventeen boats that came to the line on Good Friday morning for the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club’s annual race from Jersey to St Malo... [more]

BSC Illusions: Vernon’s Easter Cup
By Barnaby Edwards,
Sunshine and silverware drew out the crowds for the Illusions, Vernon’s Easter Cup. There were 22 entrants over the weekend, over ten percent of them were from the Simonds family!... [more]

Slow, Slow, Stop - The AC no-wind shuffle continues
By AC Media/GJN,
Another false start for the Louis Vuitton Cup: for the whole afternoon the challengers waited, in vain, for the wind to appear on the race course. Only 3-4 knots, changing in direction, not enough to start any race... [more]

9er Worlds for Sail Melbourne 2008
By Loudy Wiggins,
In 2008, Sail Melbourne will be the biggest regatta in the southern hemisphere and the competition is expected to attract close to 3000 competitors from around the globe. This will be a vital opportunity for competitors from all competing nations to hone their skills and concrete their world ranking in the lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games.... [more]

VELUX 5 Oceans starts Wednesday April 18
By Tim Kelly,
Having reviewed all the latest weather models, and following regular consultation with the skippers and their teams, Race Director David Adams today set a new start date and time for the final leg of the VELUX 5 Oceans. Leg three of The Ultimate Solo Challenge to Bilbao (Basque Country) is now scheduled to commence at 10:00 AM local time (14:00 GMT) on Wednesday April 18... [more]

America's Cup - Standing on the outside looking in
By Gerald New,
British sailing journalists have been reduced to listing the numbers of 'Brits' involved in the AC regatta races over the last three years, everyone from top players, such as helms Ainslie and Percy, to umpires and gofers. And morphing this into a golden dream team that could do what no other British team has managed, compete successfully in the America’s Cup... [more]

Does it cant? Interpretation 22 and the Keel Rule
By Sail-World,
Over the past couple of days rumour control in Valencia has it that one of the competitors in the 2007 America's Cup has developed a so-called canting keel.... [more]

Team Germany wins premiere of the BMW Sailing Cup
By BMW Sports Communication,
The Mediterranean metropolis Valencia in Spain is currently the centre of activity for both the best professionals and the most ambitious amateur sailors... [more]

Firefly Thames Weekend - 14/15 April
By Assoc media,
Eighteen Fireflies competed in a challenging series of races around Kingston on the River Thames over the weekend. The format of this rather quirky event involves a tow from Tamesis club to Thames SC on the Saturday morning, three races at Thames SC, a race back (under two low bridges) to Tamesis on Sat afternoon, a party at Thames on Sat night and three more races at Tamesis on Sunday... [more]

Fisher's View: It is fish-shaped and bright red
By Bob Fisher,
The America’s Cup harbour is abuzz with speculation about swinging, or canting, keels following the unearthing of a number of Public Interpretations of the ACC Rules.... [more]

Raymarine Warsash Spring Series
By Flavia Bateson,
Conditions for the Raymarine Warsash Spring Series, Spring Championships and Big Boat Series have certainly run the whole gamut - from gales to barely a whisper across the water. The weekend of 14/15 April saw the start of the Spring Championships for sportsboats on Saturday, followed by the Spring Series on Sunday... [more]

Sussex Yacht Club Spring Series - Race 4
By Kirsty Apthorp,
Sussex Yacht Club run a seven race Spring Series at Shoreham. The Sussex Yacht Club IRC Class is a mixed fleet and this year the series is being dominated by three J Boats, in particular the J/109 WOW (Jill Burnet & Tony Cross), the J/92 Mojo (Jill & Robin Stevenson) and the J/105 BoJangles (Derek Copeman)... [more]

Fareastsails.com Spring Series at Liverpool YC
By Richard Baldwin,
Glyn Sheffield in his newly acquired Prima 38 Dynamite Tee took his first class victory when the Liverpool Yacht Club held the third race of the Fareastsails.com sponsored Spring Series on Sunday 15 April... [more]

First Day of Racing at Valencia Postponed
By Sail-World,
The Valencia wind jink hit competitors on the the first day of scheduled racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series in Spain. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day but on the water, the wind needed for fair racing never materialised with a very light and unstable sea breeze teasing race officials and sailors alike. Race Officers Peter Reggio and Harold Bennett held station until 16:50 when racing was called off for the day... [more]

John Lennon, imagination and the new Boon Solo
By Gerald New,
John Lennon once said, 'The trouble with reality is it leaves a lot to the imagination' - and in dinghy design imagination has run riot. Now a new epoxy FRP version of Jack Holt's classic Solo design brings a sense of reality and quality that is a world away from the early plastic horrors that now crumble away in dinghy parks across the country... [more]

Sir Robin ready for start
The start has had to be delayed as the weather here in Norfolk, Virginia, is appalling. 40 - 50 knots of wind are something we sailors got used to in the Southern Ocean, and worse in the hurricane in the Bay of Biscay at the start of the race, but that's not the point... [more]

Luna Rossa's Bertelli speaks frankly about new Cup format
By Luna Rossa Media,
Patrizio Bertelli, Head of the Luna Rossa Syndicate, gave his views on a number of America's Cup related topics, this morning at the press conference. ''I am totally against a version of the America’s Cup held every two years; it is too short of a time span to put a team together and create a project which holds any vision.'... [more]

Fisher's View: On the Brink
By Bob Fisher,
Early morning, Sunday April 15th, and all is calm around the America’s Cup harbour. It is a Grade A grey day, promising drizzle, but it is the day before the first round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup. It should be a sparkling day, but it isn’t. And there is no promise of improvement in the weather for a few days.... [more]

German supermodel to be 18th 'man' aboard USA-98
By BMW Oracle Racing Media,
The BMW ORACLE Racing team is eagerly awaiting the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup, in the course of which the challenger of the America’s Cup title defender Alinghi will be determined. And they are expecting Tatjana Patitz - the native of Hamburg is due to go aboard with BMW ORACLE Racing in Valencia on Monday, 16 April, and will be experiencing the fascinating 'Formula One of Sailing' live and up close in the official race.... [more]

RYA names Team GBR for 2007 Youth Worlds
As the 2007 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials drew to a close on Saturday, selectors for the 2007 RYA Team GBR Youth Worlds Team unveiled the ten sailors who will compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Kingston, Canada, this July... [more]

Everyone a Winner at RYA 2007 Youth Championships
By Richard Langdon,
Everyone a Winner at RYA 2007 Youth Championships - After five days of tricky competition, the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials drew to a close Saturday at the Hayling Island Sailing Club... [more]

Images from the RYA Youth Championships
By Richard Langdon,
Images from the RYA 2007 Youth Championships at Hayling Island from the lens of Richard Langdon.... [more]

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