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It's getting serious - for the four final teams in the Louis Vuitton Cup - as they head into the semi-finals this Monday.

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The Melges Worlds finished with a buster and crowned the oldest ever winner, 61-year-old Dave Ullman, while 68-year-old Sir Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into a heros welcome at Portsmouth after his round-the-world finish in the Velux 5 Oceans race.

Grey power is alive and well - if a little grumpy - in top class sailing.

Enjoy your sailing
Gerald New, UK Editor

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Louis Vuitton Cup - Getting Serious
Now it's getting serious, really serious - there are now just four challengers in contention for the Louis Vuitton Cup, where the Semi Finals are scheduled to begin on Monday afternoon. Today we learned the Kiwis and Luna Rossa will come in to the start box from the favoured starboard side for the first match after winning a coin toss. The teams will then alternate starboard entry for each race... [more]

RYA Eric Twiname Championship goes South
The rain poured in Rutland on day two of the 2007 RYA Eric Twiname Championships, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of some 330 junior sailors who were fighting it out on this final day of the ‘Battle of the Zones’... [more]

More images from the Melges 24 Worlds - Santa Cruz
By Erik Simonson,
Top international sailing photographer, Erik Simonson had his camera on the water at the final day of the Melges 24 World Championships in Santa Cruz... [more]

Ullman wins Melges as Monterey Bay bares its teeth
By Rich Roberts,
How tough was it on the last day of the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship? So tough, with Monterey Bay cranking up 30 knots of howling chaos, that Dave Ullman, the winner, said, 'We weren't racing at the end, just surviving.' Four or five other dismastings, a few blown-out spinnakers, one man overboard. Those were the prices paid for sailing when the wind hits Force 7, with gusts to 35 (gale-Force 8) and five-foot seas form stair-steps up 10-foot swells... [more]

Sir Robin is Home - Arrival in Portsmouth
By Camilla Green,
Solo sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, on board SAGA Insurance, today sailed into Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, returning to British shores after making history in the VELUX 5 Oceans round the world yacht race. Sir Robin was escorted from the Needles by the Clipper Round the World Race Fleet, the Royal Navy, the Queens Harbour Master and a large flotilla of spectator boats... [more]

Team Basilica sign 2nd Volvo Ocean Race Winner
By Vicki Prince,
The Extreme 40 Racing Team ‘Basilica’ today announce the addition of Volvo Ocean Race winner Justin Slattery to the team. Justin will join fellow VOR winner and new Basilica Skipper Robert Greenhalgh, on board the 40ft cat alongside Peter Greenhalgh and James Grant for the forthcoming iShares cup series that will take place throughout Europe this summer... [more]

List of Olympics Classes for 2012
By ISAF/Sail-World,
The ISAF Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, met over the weekend of 5-6 May 2007, preceded by meetings of the ISAF Executive Committee and ISAF Events Committee. The ISAF Council issue reformed Olympics Classes list for 2012 and agreed a second dinghy evaluation event.... [more]

420 & 470 Combine for Youth Europeans
By Diana Bogaards,
From August 8 until 16 2007, the combined Youth European Championships 420 & 470 will be sailed in Medemblik / Netherlands. Worldwide, the 420 is one of the most important youth training boats and the 470 has an Olympic status. Many of today’s 470 top sailors learned the tricks of double handed boats in a 420... [more]

Spring Series final at Warsash
The RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series wings its way to Warsash Sailing Club this weekend (12-13 May) for the final event in its three-stop tour for 2007. With competition tight across several of the classes, the stage is set for an exciting final showdown, with British talents across the Olympic classes ready to battle it out for a place at the top of the final Spring Series rankings... [more]

Gabrio Zandona (ITA) adds a 1 - 2 at the Melges Worlds
By RICH Roberts,
Italy's Joe Fly team faces a bittersweet ending Saturday to the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. That's how it is when the hottest team has little chance of winning... [more]

Sir Robin Homecoming - Portsmouth Saturday
By Pitch PR,
Following his solo circumnavigation of the world, the 68 year old sailor returns to Portsmouth, Saturday 12 May. Having completed The Ultimate Solo Challenge, the VELUX 5 Oceans, Sir Robin Knox - Johnston on board SAGA Insurance will be escorted back from the Needles by the Clipper Round the World Racing fleet to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth... [more]

Skandia Cowes Week offer Competitor Cards
By Skandia Cowes Week,
Cowes Combined Clubs is once again offering each Skandia Cowes Week competitor a Competitor Card, which entitles them to a number of privileges and discounts throughout Cowes for the duration of the Event. The card will be issued, exclusively to competitors, from the Regatta Information Office.... [more]

Bullimore stops record attempt
By Team Bullimore,
Bullimore said earlier today, ‘If the pin had pulled out completely, the rig would have fallen down and I would have been left adrift. When I found it during a daylight check of the rig a few days ago, my heart almost stopped. With the rig under so much tension, there is no way of banging the pin back in place. In fact, it is the tension that has stopped it from falling.'... [more]

Ageless Ullman leapfrogs into first in Melges 24s
By Rich Roberts,
At 61, Dave Ullman has discovered the secret of sailing longevity: one win a day keeps the younger dudes away. At least he is making it look that easy in the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. With a first and fifth Thursday and tossing his 18 from the first race Tuesday, Ullman, of Santa Ana, Calif., leapfrogged three rivals to assume first place by four points over Brian Porter, Winnetka, Ill.... [more]

Images from the Melges 24 Worlds - Santa Cruz
By Erik Simonson,
Top international sailing photographer, Erik Simonson had his camera on the water at the Melges 24 World Championships in Santa Cruz... [more]

Quotes Of The Day: LVC Semi-finalists
By America's Cup Media,
Dean Barker, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand, on the dangers of choosing: 'It’s always tough in any match racing event when you have the opportunity to choose, because the top four teams are there because they’re fast. You choose your poison, and we’ve made the choice to race Spain.'... [more]

Images from Valencia: The vanquished bid farewell
By America's Cup Media,
The teams that were eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Cup give their own salute as they re-enter Port America's Cup for the final time in the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup... [more]

TackTick Sponsor J/105 National Championship
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The J/105 Class is delighted to announce TackTick as the sponsor of the 2007 National Championship. The event is due to be held over the weekend of 12/13 May at Hayling Island Sailing Club, with seven races scheduled... [more]

iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series
By Myrrh Walker - OC Events,
The iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series for 2007 was officially confirmed today when Ellen MacArthur sailed up the River Thames onboard an Extreme 40 catamaran. The iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series will comprise of four premier regattas and will showcase some of the world’s most exciting racing, at Europe’s leading sailing venues. The Extreme 40 crews are studded with past, present and future Olympians.... [more]

National 12 Open at Salcombe YC
By Zoe Ballantyne,
Nineteen National Twelves travelled to Salcombe for the third event in the 2007 South West series. The first race saw Salcombe virgins Sam & Fiona Mettam starting first. Not believing that the second leg could really be three miles back up the estuary they lost their bearings.... [more]

Porter leads Fullpower Melges 24 Worlds
By Rich Roberts,
As inconspicuous as one can be at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds and with the class’s namesake calling tactics, Brian Porter and his team from America’s heartland have moved into first place on day two of the Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz YC... [more]

Bullimore back on course
By media,
After spending two days heading northwards to repair damaged rigging on his 102ft catamaran Doha, British round the world yachtsman Tony Bullimore resumed an easterly course towards Cape Horn overnight... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes
By Julie Turner,
Volkswagen Touareg King Of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week Regatta Announced - - - Top Helms are Invited to Compete Head to Head to win coveted title and brand new Volkswagen Touareg... [more]

UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2007 – Round 2: Breeze On!
By Alec Mckinlay,
After a weekend of high wind, high drama and high speed the Fat Face 18ft Skiff sailed by Tim Penfold Matt Alvarado and Henry Clarke emerged worthy winners of a very demanding Grand Prix... [more]

Editorial: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
By nzeditor@sail-world.com,
Welcome to Sail-World.Com’s America’s Cup newsletter for Day 24 of the Louis Vuitton Cup... [more]

From the Blogs: SailJuice - Barker gives Dickson a detention
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
Did you know Dean Barker and Chris Dickson both hail from the same school in Auckland? Neither did I, until today when I received a timely press release from the Westlake Boys High School. Actually Desafio tactician John Cutler is also from Westlake, but he’s standing on the naughty chair after his Kiwi salute to Vasco Vascotto a few days ago.... [more]

Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix: Round 1
By Clare Molloy,
The 2007 Volkswagen Touareg Laser SB3 Grand Prix Series started for most with a trip north to Sunderland over the Bank Holiday weekend. The 23 entries made the event truly international, with three boats travelling over from Ireland to join others from Scotland, Wales and England... [more]

OK Dinghy World Rankings - April 2007
By Robert Deaves,
In a bizarre twist of mathematics, Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) has taken the top spot on the OK Dinghy World Rankings, knocking double and reigning world champion Nick Craig (GBR) off the number one position for the first time since the list was created two years ago... [more]

Emirates Team NZ picks Desafío Español for Semis
By America's Cup Media,
Skipper Dean Barker, representing the Round Robin leading Emirates Team New Zealand, has elected to race against Desafío Español 2007 in the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. That means BMW ORACLE Racing will face Luna Rossa Challenge in the other pairing. 'We looked at the different teams. We’ve had good racing with the Spanish, they’re a fast team, sailing well and we’re looking forward to racing them in the Semi Finals.'... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing to face Luna Rossa in semi-final
By Ivor Wilkins, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing will face the Italian Luna Rossa Challenge team in the best-of-nine semi-final of the Louis Vuitton Cup starting on Monday, May 14. The draw was announced at a media conference in Valencia today after BMW ORACLE Racing completed the round robin phase of the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2nd place overall following the final day match against Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]

NZL 92 has emphatic win over BMW Oracle Racing
By Warren Douglas,
It was the match everyone was waiting for. The two teams heading the leaderboard going head-to-head. The money was on Oracle to win. NZL 92 finished the round robin 2 unbeaten. USA 98 was beaten twice – by China and New Zealand.... [more]

Emirates Team New Zealand finish on Top
Emirates Team New Zealand finished Round Robin Two of the Louis Vuitton Cup at the top of the table, with a win over BMW ORACLE Racing capping an unbeaten run in the second round. By finishing as the top challenger, the Kiwi team now has the right to choose its opponent for the Semi Finals. Shortly after racing finished Emirates NZL announced they would race Desafio Espanol in their semi final starting Monday... [more]

National 12 open meeting at Solway YC
By Zoe Ballantyne,
The second meeting in the 2007 Lairwell series took place over the weekend of 5 and 6 May, hosted by Solway Yacht Club. Bernard Clark and Elaine Ross reveled in the conditions claiming two firsts, with Stewart Miatt and Kathryn Kelly claiming 2 seconds and, making it a 1, 2, 3 for Yorkshire Ouse with Ian and Margaret Purkis with two thirds... [more]

Ian Williams is World Number One match racing sailor
By Kate Fairclough,
Ian Williams, who is sponsored by print and electronic media company Pindar today became the World Number One match racing sailor. This is the first time any British sailor has led the ISAF World Match Race Rankings in the history of the classification, crowning Ian as the nation’s most successful match racing sailor... [more]

Gul to support Topper Worlds 2007
By Paul Swanson,
UK technical dinghy and sports boat apparel company Gul International, today announced its sponsorship of the 2007 Topper World Championships. From 25 to 31 August, over 150 Toppers are expected to compete at Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy for the title of Gul Topper World Champion... [more]

Interview with Hamish Pepper
By Harken/McLube,
Kiwi Speed Team sailor Hamish Pepper has rocketed to fame in the Star class— Becoming Star World Champion in his rookie year, followed by wins in the North American’s and Bacardi Cup. Today, he holds the top spot in the 2007 ISAF World Rankings. Hamish says he like the challenge of a tactical race as it can make or break a regatta. Exactly the conditions he'll find at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao.... [more]

Rome joins World Match Racing Tour
By World Match Racing Tour,
A new stage on the World Match Racing Tour, the Latium Match Cup, was announced at a press conference in Rome.... [more]

Images from the 18ft Skiff Event at Datchet SC
By Steve Arkley/Sailshots,
Images from the 18ft Skiff Event at Datchet SC by Steve Arkley... [more]

RS Feva Open Meeting at Chichester YC
By RS media,
Twenty Fevas came to Chichester Yacht Club on 5 May for their Open where conditions were tricky for sailors and race officials. The racing was close, with places being snatched on the finishing line at times, and although one group was usually at the front of the fleet, there was not a very wide separation between first and last... [more]

Simon Payne wins opening Moth event
By S Payne,
A great turn out of 16 foil borne Moths gathered at Weston SC on Southampton water over the bank holiday weekend for the first real test of 2007. The workout this weekend was pretty revealing and with the World and European Championships, in Lake Garda starting on the 25 June... [more]

RS Feva Open at Emsworth SC
By RS media,
Twentyseven Fevas at Emsworth met challenging conditions for novices and utterley exhausting for the experienced as four fast back to back races were held... [more]

Brenac & Celon tied at Melges 24 Worlds
By Rich Roberts,
France’s Francois Brenac’s 2-4 at the helm of Benjamin Cohen’s entry left him atop the leader board in a tie with the defending champion, Italy’s Nicola Celon.... [more]

Luna Rossa Cuptoon: The Swedish Cover
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]

From the Blogs: SailJuice - You Lose, You Schnuss
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
When the Kiwis made that disastrous start, the door briefly flew open for the Swedes to shut Spain out of the Semi Finals. However the Swedish gybes always looked ragged (not to mention hard work for bowman Pepe Ribes who shimmied up to the end of the spinnaker pole after every gybe) and maybe that’s why they gybed away from the right-hand side down the run with three minutes of sailing still left to do.... [more]

From the Blogs: Tack by Tack - Mark Chisnell
By Mark Chisnell,
The CupinEurope website has picked up an interview from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which Vincenzo Onorato says he will go forward with another Mascalzone Latino Challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup. Vincenzo would like to see changes though, ‘I am sure that everybody agrees that spending limit measures should be taken - only one new hull, two mast per boat and a quota of hours on the sea.’... [more]

Cervantes Trophy Race - Iromiguy again
Jean-Yves Chateau with his Nicolson 33, Iromiguy, looks set to have another successful season. The 2005 Rolex Fastnet race winner was delighted with his overall win of the first offshore RORC race of the season... [more]

Images from today's Flights Louis Vuitton Cup
By Ingrid Abery/Sail-World.com,
Images from today's Flights of the Challenger Series, Louis Vuitton Cup including Emirates Team New Zealand's defeat of Victory Challenge.... [more]

Bullimore reports rigging problems
By Bullimore media/Sail-World,
British round the world yachtsman Tony Bullimore reported today that rigging problems aboard his 102ft catamaran Doha have forced him to slow right down while he effects repairs... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing still leads Louis Vuitton Cup
By Ivor Wilkins, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing continued its winning momentum with a strong performance against the home team of Desafio Espanol in Valencia today – and in the process continued to hold the top position on the Louis Vuitton Cup leaderboard.... [more]

Quotes of the Day: LVC Round Robin 2, Flight 10
By America's Cup Media,
Tony Rae, Runner, Emirates Team New Zealand, on a bad start but an eventual victory over Desafio Español 2007: 'Deano wasn’t very happy with himself today but it was a judgement issue and he realised that the timing was out and it put us a long way back, but we chipped away to get as close as possible at the top mark. I’m sure the Spanish weren’t very happy with us with that start. You are always after the perfect manoeuvres all the way round the course and any little mistake can be costly... [more]

Emirates: NZL 92 still unbeaten after catch-up
By Warren Douglas, Emirates Team NZ Media,
Emirates Team New Zealand pulled off a come-from-behind win today to remain unbeaten in round robin 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. Overcoming a deficit brought about by a bad start, NZL 92 beat Victory Challenge by a comfortable 34 sec. NZL 92 retains its second place on the leaderboard with 36 points, one behind BMW Oracle. Luna Rossa is third on 33 points with Desafio Espanol fourth on 29.... [more]

Lose Some . . . Win some - Desafio Espanol in Final Four
They did it the hard way, but despite losing to Victory Challenge yesterday and then BMW Oracle today, Desafío Español 2007 joined an elite group; the Spanish are the fourth team to qualify for the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. When Emirates Team New Zealand beat Victory Challenge, the Swedes chances of advancing were erased... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup - All to play for in final races
By Sail-World,
Will Desafio Espanol fall at the final hurdle? Loosing to the Swedes yesterday has put them on the back foot. They now have to beat BMW Oracle or Luna Rossa or hope that Victory Challenge go down in one of their two remaining races, to either New Zealand or Mascalzone Latino... [more]

Brits shine at 20th Eurocat
By Julia Huvé /Sail-world,
Over 300 multihulls from eight nations gathered in Carnac, France for the latest edition of the Eurocat. Whilst light winds predominated, the finial day brought good racing conditions with 9-10 knots across the courses. In the long distance Grand Raid, Hugh Styles and Ryan Crawford were top placed GBR with a fifth place finish of 277 entries... [more]

Troubled waters in the America's Cup
By The Independent, London,
New dictatorships always take a little time to bed down and are bound to ruffle some feathers along the way, but the brave new world of America's Cup racing, on the water at least, is in good heart. Ashore, it is no surprise that the £1.5bn first staging of the event in Europe has led to conflict... [more]

505 Northerns - Win for Jim Hunt and Norman Byrd
By Charlie Walters,
Sixteen crews arrived at Carsington for the annual 505 open meeting with the Javelins, to witness a perfect spring morning - with no wind. This was a shame, with some teams travelling from as far as Scotland, so sensibly the PRO canned proceedings before too long, and the fleet settled into the familiar non-sailing activities that you would associate with such athletes... [more]

Rudyard Lake SC Solo Open Meeting
By Dave Ernest,
All week the forecast had been promising a wet day with the wind from the southwest, not Rudyard’s best direction, but as the bank holiday weekend progressed it became apparent that the rain would be delayed and the wind would be westerly Force 3 to 4... [more]

Dave Ullman and the Melges 24 Worlds
By Rich Roberts,
The 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, starts five days of competition Tuesday amid some intriguing confusion about the conditions and the competition... [more]

From the Blogs: SailJuice - No Excuse to Lose
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
The way Brady puts it, the boat is almost an extension of skipper Chris Dickson. Remember, Brady walked away from the team a couple of years ago because Dickson moved him off the wheel. Now that Brady’s back, he seems more than happy to operate in the tactician’s role while Dickson continues to steer.... [more]

From the Blogs: Tack by Tack - Mark Chisnell
By Mark Chisnell,
The CupinEurope website has picked up an interview from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which Vincenzo Onorato says he will go forward with another Mascalzone Latino Challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup. Vincenzo would like to see changes though, ‘I am sure that everybody agrees that spending limit measures should be taken - only one new hull, two mast per boat and a quota of hours on the sea.’... [more]

Solos at Wraysbury
By Tony Lord,
The fourth round of the Guildford Marine Thames Valley Series attracted 18 Solos to Wraysbury Lake SC on May 6. In ideal conditions the fresh Force 3-4 wind from WSW enabled the Race Officer to exploit the whole length of the lake for the beat to the first mark... [more]

Quotes Of The Day: LVC Round Robin 2, Flight 9
By America's Cup Media,
Ian Walker, Tactician, +39, on discovering their boat: 'I think we are definitely better off now than we were before, at the start of this series. The biggest thing that makes a difference to our boat is the wind speed. We are definitely more comfortable when it’s windy, but it’s no good finding that out now. We needed to find that out six months ago. I know why as well but it’s too late now.'... [more]

Iain Percy and +39 Team defeats Shosholoza
By +39 media,
The tactics by Ian Walker were immaculate in the four legs, and ITA85 crossed the finishing line with 250 metres and 50 seconds advantage. A very exciting race and at last a much longed for success for +39 when they beat the Italian/South Africans from Shosholoza with a final delta of 50 seconds.... [more]

BMW ORACLE Racing retains Louis Vuitton Cup lead
By Ivor Wilkins, BMW Oracle Racing Media,
All the action was in the pre-start, with skipper Chris Dickson making a hair-breadth judgment to hook USA 98’s bow behind the transom of the Italian yacht and force them over the startline early. By the time Mascalzone Latino Capitalia had circled back to re-start the match, USA 98 had leaped away into an unassailable lead.... [more]

Fisher's View: Not yet Desafio
By Bob Fisher,
Victory Challenge showed no signs of allowing themselves to be rolled over by Desafio Espanol and handing the last available semi-final place to the Spanish on a plate. Rather, Magnus Holmberg took the fight to the Spanish in a characteristic manner for the former world match racing champion.... [more]

Desafío Español falter - Victory Challenge gain
By ACM/Sail-World,
Desafío Español started the day needing just two more points to tie-up the fourth spot in the semi-finals but Victory Challenge put that on hold with a seven second win over the Spanish.... [more]

Fareastsails.com Spring Series - Race 6
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the sixth race of the Fareastsails.com sponsored Spring Series on Sunday 6 May. Thirteen yachts took part in the three IRC classes.... [more]

Louis Vuitton Cup - Monday - Can Desafio clinch it?
By ACM/Sail-World,
Desafío Español can confirm their place in the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup today when they face Victory Challenge. A win here and the Spanish are assured that no team can collect enough points to unseat them from the top four... [more]

2nd for Britain’s John Gimson in Melges 24 Pre-Worlds
By Rich Roberts,
Britain’s John Gimson, driving for owner Eamonn O’Nolan finished second in the Melges 24 Pre-Worlds, just one point behind winner Chris Larson of the USA. 58 competitors will now catch their breath Monday before plunging into the 2007 Fullpower Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club... [more]

Families give up the Ghost
By Rob Kothe,
The last theory seems tragically the most likely. Perhaps Kaz II had run around on a tidal sandbar and the three sailors got off to push? Did a gust of wind power her away, leaving them to drown as the five metre tidal surge swept them south?... [more]

Storm forces Bullimore north
By Team Bullimore/Sail-World.com,
British round the world yachtsman Tony Bullimore has been forced to divert north east to climb out of the way of a vicious low pressure system sweeping up behind his 102ft catamaran Doha.... [more]

America's Cup could bring fair winds to Valencia
By Mark Mulligan / FT.com,
Most people in Valencia had never heard of the America's Cup before November 2003, when Spain's third-largest city won the rights to host the world's oldest yachting challenge... [more]

From the Blogs: Tack by Tack - Mark Chisnell
By Mark Chisnell,
If Round Robin 2 didn’t have something of the air of a dead rubber about it at the start of yesterday’s Flight 7, then it did by the end of the day. Once again, only Shosholoza put up any resistance to the order demanded by the leader board. But their opponents, Desafio, were slicker with their crew work and jumped them on the gybe on the first run... [more]

From the Blogs: SailJuice - Andy Rice
By Andy Rice: www.sailjuice.com,
Gavin Brady was on typically chatterbox form after today’s race against +39 Challenge. Brady is always good for a quote. 'I think it’s pretty important. Both teams are going to be full on in that last race, because we’ve only raced them once with our best equipment. We’ve raced them in flat water in 8 knots of wind. So it would be interesting to see some different performances in maybe more wind and choppier water.' From what Brady said this afternoon at the media zone, he’s more interested in racing the Kiwis to be able to compare boatspeed rather than gaining that top spot in the Semi Finals, which would give the winner the option of picking their opponent.... [more]

Luna Rossa Cuptoon: Sailing fourth into battle
By Sail-World,
Mark O'Brien who was a feature of the Louis Vuitton and America's Cups in Auckland, with his Monsta series, is in Valencia as part of the Luna Rossa team. We will be presenting Mark's latest Cup carton when available, either as a separate feature of as part of the Luna Rossa story of the day.... [more]

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