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09 Jul 2007

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Welcome to the Newsletter

As one door closes another door opens.

With the stunning win for Alinghi in the America's Cup last a week after a top class event, the scene changes size to the ISAF Olympic classes Worlds in Portugal.

Size in respect of the boats and for most the budgets - some are more equal than others in the Olympic arena. Many of those racing in Portugal have come from the AC event and most likely some will be taking part in the next, once the political and financial maneuvering is completed. But for the present all is purity and light in the Olympic spirit as individuals battle each other and the elements for glory.

Plenty of other news and other events across the sailing spectrum.

Gerald New
UK Editor

Medal races for Team GBR Star and Tornado
Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson are within touching distance of Great Britain’s first medal at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Cascais, Portugal, heading into the final day of racing in the Star class on Monday in bronze medal position. Leigh McMillan and Will Howden will feature in the medal race for the Tornado class, also on Monday... [more]

Images from the wild Finn racing Saturday
By Robert Deaves,
Day 3 of the Finn Worlds proved to be a day of strong winds and big waves. Images from the wild Finn racing Saturday by Robert Deaves... [more]

ISAF Sailing Worlds move to Medal Races
By José Sacavém,
The Cascais winds gave an almost perfect day's racing for the sailors in nine of the eleven classes competing at the ISAF Sailing World Championships. The first classes to hit the water were the RS:X Men & Women, 470 Women, Tornado and Laser Standard. And the final Medal competitors for the Tornado and Star class races on Monday were decided... [more]

Tough Day at Star Worlds at ISAF Worlds in Cascais
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
A long afternoon and long evening on the water for the 2007 Star World Fleets. Going into the final day of racing two-time Star World Champions and Olympic Gold medalist skippers, Mark Reynolds and Torben Grael sit in 12th and 13th place with 80 and 83 points, respectively. Weather forecast is for consistent heavy breeze on Monday.... [more]

Basilica back in business - iShares Cup
By Myrrh Walker,
On the first day of competition, Basilica, skippered by Rob Greenhalgh were forced to bow to pressure put on by Franck Cammas skippering Groupama. Not happy being out of the limelight the British team came back today to stamp out the French opposition and take a three point lead after five more action packed races... [more]

Unpredictable conditions prevail: Races 4 & 5 RS:X Worlds
By Hugh Sims-Williams,
Racing continues to be held on the inner courses where shifty and unpredictable conditions prevail. Strong planning conditions combined with vast vacuum like black holes provided a spectacular game of snakes and ladders. There is hope that the windsurfers will be moved onto the outer course where the swell is larger and wind is cleaner in the next few days.... [more]

Emilios Papathanasiou - world champion in waiting?
By Robert Deaves,
For many sailors here,Greek sailor Emilios Papathanasiou is highly tipped to take the title this week. As the most experienced and medalled sailor in the fleet one would already have expected him to have won a world title but it has continued to elude him time after time. However, he is undoubtedly the best sailor in recent years never to have won a world championship. Could this be his year?... [more]

Action packed ISAF Sailing World Championships
A jam-packed Saturday in Cascais brought more contrasting conditions with gusts up to 35 knots making for a spectacular day on the Finn course. Meanwhile the Stars struggled in very flukey conditions further inshore, the 470s completed their first races, whilst the 49ers launched into action at 10:00.... [more]

World Cruising Club founders Yacht for Sale
In 1986 Cruising author Jimmy Cornell launched and organised the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean. As a result of the success of the first ARC he founded the World Cruising Club, which specialises in international sailing events. – now his famous yacht Aventura Trois is for sale.... [more]

Postama (NED) strikes at Finn Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
A double win for Pieter-Jan Postama (NED) in his favourite conditions moves him up to second overall, although Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) re-takes the lead after placing third and second today. Rafael Trujillo (ESP) is in third place overall... [more]

Images from the ISAF Worlds in Portugal
By Steve Arkley,
Images of the first week of the ISAF Worlds in Portugal, including the 49er, Finn, Yngling and Star classes - Steve Arkley... [more]

Brits overcome tough Cascais conditions
Brits were put to the test in tough Cascais conditions on Saturday. Big breezes swept across Cascais Bay on the fifth day of racing at the ISAF World Sailing Championships on Saturday, with British sailing’s Olympic hopefuls enduring mixed fortunes amidst the testing conditions. Morrison and Rhodes extended their lead over the 49er fleet - Sarah Ayton also lead in the Yngling... [more]

Groupama lead Extreme 40 iShares Cup
By Media,
Circuit rookie Franck Cammas and his team Groupama took an early lead after the first day of racing in home waters at the iShares Cup, Marseille. With four races completed on the first day of the three-day series, in a variable and shifty 5-10 knots, the French team topped the leaderboard with only a few hours practice in the high-performance Extreme 40... [more]

Spanish smash J80 Worlds in La Trinité
By Denis van den Brink,
It first came as a surprise but the astonishing superiority of a strong spanish contingent at the beginning of the week turned into a close to complete triumph.... [more]

Quarter finals in Match Cup Sweden
By Yvonne Reid,
All but one Quarter Final pairing went to three matches in the first-to-two point series, with all four winning teams hailing from Scandinavia to advance to the Semi-Final Round.... [more]

2007 Dragon Edinburgh Cup - Final Day
By Fiona Brown,
National Championship. Whilst David Palmer, who had won the regatta with that day to spare, enjoyed a relaxing cruise around the course the battle for second and third places produced one of the closest and most exciting races of the series - This morning there were three boats that could take second place - Len Jones, sailing GBR708 with Jamie Lea and Philip Catmur, who lay second on 19 points and the Irish teams of Andrew Craig, sailing IRL192 with Don O'Dowd and Aidan O'Connell; and Neil Hegarty, sailing IRL176 with Peter Bowring and David Williams, both on 21 points... [more]

Swan European Titles settled - Worlds still in doubt
By Media,
With strong performances on the penultimate day’s racing, Sir Peter Ogden’s Swan 601 Spirit of Jethou (GBR) and Richard Balding’s Swan 41 Philippides 2 (GBR) wrapped up the European titles in their respective fleets. Both yachts hold unassailable leads, with only one race left in the regatta tomorrow... [more]

A 'Go' For Youth Olympic Games in 2010
The Youth Olympic Games will become a reality. The IOC members have approved, at the 119th Session in Guatemala City, the project that foresees the first editions for the Youth Olympic Summer Games in 2010 and for the Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2012... [more]

Line honours for J/105 in RSYC Solent-Santander
By Kirsty Apthorp,
The first RSYC Solent-Santander race was in 2003 and is run on a biennial basis in collaboration with the Real Club Maritimo de Santander. Taking line honours just before 2000 on Tuesday was the J/105 Only Just. Owner Andy Hill and 2-handed partner Matthew Lathoud were delighted to be in the Real Club Maritimo after what had been a tough voyage... [more]

Early start in J80 World Championship
By Denis van-den-Brink,
The competitors divided into two fleets 'yellow' and 'blue' of 62 boats each started to compete with a wind of 17 knots coming from the West. While suddenly changing in direction and coming from to the North West, the wind also strengthened again and last race was achieved with more than 24 knots.... [more]

David Palmer wins Dragon Edinburgh Cup
By Fiona Brown,
Britain's David Palmer, sailing GBR700 with Mark Pettit and Kasper Harsberg, won today's fourth race by an impressive margine at the Dragon Edinburgh Cup in Weymouth to take the championship with with a 1, 2, 2, 1 score line and a day to spare... [more]

Jonas Hogh-Christensen leads Finn Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
Day two of the Finn world championship in Cascais brought very tricky wind conditions and a few upsets. Only one race was sailed today with wins going to Daniel Birgmark (SWE) and Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). Defending world champion Jonas Hogh-Christensen placed second in his race to take the lead overnight... [more]

GBR 49ers off to a flying start at ISAF Worlds
49ers off to a flying start - Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, the European Champions, notched up a win in their opening race of the regatta and quickly followed it up with a second in their subsequent race, behind Ukraine’s Rodion Luka and Georgiy Leonchuk... [more]

The Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes Combined Clubs, the organisers of the world’s longest-running and largest annual sailing regatta (August 3-11 2007) announced that Artemis Investment Management, one of the UK’s leading investment companies, is staging the inaugural Artemis Challenge at Skandia Cowes Week... [more]

Day 4 ISAF Sailing World Championships
By José Sacavém,
Another light weather day in Cascais Portugal for Day four of the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The Finns, 49ers, Lasers, Laser Radials,Ynglings and RS:X sailed.... [more]

Quarter finalists determined in Match Cup Sweden
By Yvonne Reid,
Eight skippers and their teams will advance to the Quarter Final Round tomorrow, as light air cancelled the last six matches in Group A of Match Cup Sweden.... [more]

Ernesto Bertarelli - views on the America's Cup
By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
Ernesto Bertarelli, syndicate head of Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup gives his views on the 32nd edition in an interview. . . . . 'The thought behind this new format is that we are trying to keep the teams alive in between editions. We wanted to make sure everyone stayed current and not only in terms of being able to sail, but also . . . . .... [more]

Scheidt leads Star Worlds in Cascais
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Consistency continues to be the theme in the Star Class at the ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007 in Cascais, Portugal. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson, Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau sailed two first, two second and two third place finishes, respectively today. Scheidt/Prada lead the regatta with 8 points following their discard.... [more]

90 Footers for the 33rd Cup:
By Andy Rice,
So, the rumour was true! New boats after all: 90 feet long, lifting keels to get in and out of harbour, 20-ish crew, designed to a box rule and possibly limited to one boat per team. Plenty more was said, but few facts came out of today’s announcement.... [more]

Breeze for Round 2 Match Cup Sweden
By Yvonne Reid,
With three flights remaining for Group B and four for Group A, there are only a handful of sure winners who will advance to the Quarter Final round. For several more, there will be all to play for tomorrow in the remaining battles to qualify, with tie-breaking inevitable among this highly competitive field.... [more]

Pass Me Another Superlative -
By Mark Chisnell,
Finals are so often a disappointment. I’ve sat through more than my fair share of dreary America’s Cups, but I’ve also sat through a bunch of dreary soccer World Cup Finals, Test Matches and Rugby World Cups. But every now and again, a couple of teams come along and produce a classic.... [more]

Top spots for British Finn and Ynglings in Cascais
Day three of racing at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Portugal (Thursday 5 July) saw a number of Skandia Team GBR team sailors up move up the leaderboards, as well as the start of competition in the Finn and Yngling classes... [more]

Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE) leads Finn Worlds
By Robert Deaves,
The 2007 Finn World Championships – and the first opportunity to qualify for the 2008 Olympic regatta – started in near perfect conditions in Cascais, Portugal with race wins for Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE), Chris Cook (CAN) and Ed Wright (GBR)... [more]

ISAF World Championships - Day 3
By Gerald New,
Day 3 and two more classes took to the waters off Cascais, Portugal at the ISAF World Championships. The Yngling keelboat and the single handed Finn joined the Tornado, Star, Laser and Radial classes. And it was a stunning start for the two British Yngling teams - Shirley Robertson won the first race with Sarah Ayton second. In the other class starting out today, the Finn, it was a double win for Emilios Papathanasiou of Greece to put him top... [more]

J/80 World Championship beats the gales
By Sail-World,
The 124 boat J/80 Worlds fleet is split into four flights for a qualifying series, before being sorted into gold and silver divisions later in the week. Surprise leader is Ignacio Camino of Spain, with another spanish entry, Jose Torcida in second place... [more]

Wet and Windy for day 2 of Dragon Edinburgh Cup
By Fiona Brown,
The second day of the International Dragon Edinburgh Cup regatta at Weymouth was wet and windy, but despite this the competitors were able to enjoy one closely fought race before the Race Committee were forced to send them home as the forecast gale began to make itself felt... [more]

RS800 Fat Face Open at WPNSA
By RS media,
For round 7 of the Fat Face circuit, 27 entries braved the constant downpour driving to WPNSA and were rewarded with a ‘gourmet’ 15 to 18 knots blowing from the south southwest. Final podium place went to Ian Martin and Guy Fillmore with Ben Schooling just a single point behind in fourth... [more]

They seek them here - They seek them there
By Media PR,
Boat tracking device manufacturer Traxu will provide live tracking of the inaugural 'Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes at Skandia Cowes Week' regatta on Friday 3rd August 2007... [more]

New 90ft class announced for 33rd America's Cup
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
The Protocol for the 33rd America's Cup has been announced in Valencia today. Features of the next Cup will be a new 90ft sliding keel yacht, and a 2009 regatta date if held in Valencia, or 2010 or 2011 if there is a bid process for other venues.... [more]

Dual World Champions lead their third Star Worlds
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
France's Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau sailed a stellar 1, 2 today during the third and fourth races of the 2007 Star World Championship in Cascais, Portugal. Sunny skies, a four to five foot short swell, chop and a shifty race course didn't stop the pair from continuing to rack up impressive results.... [more]

Letter from Valencia: The Final Daze
By Penny Roberts,
What a day yesterday was but I will back track for a while with some more experiences of life in ValeNZia. It’s Race Day 7 and all around there has been talk that this could be the last race. We try to ignore the hype, the hordes of Alinghi supporters waving flags and the obvious preparations for the cup presentation later in the day. The barge is already in position.... [more]

Fisher's View: It's over. Let it be.
By Bob Fisher,
'The 32nd America’s Cup is over. The Societe Nautique de Geneve’s defender triumphed over the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s challenger by five races to two.' That is how history should record it. But the game has changed.... [more]

Josse, MacArthur join Extreme 40 fleet Marseille
By Myrrh Walker,
Based out of the Vieux Port and racing off Le Roucas Blanc beach, close enough for spectators to get a close up view of all the action, the iShares Cup, Marseille will see top international sailors Sébastien Josse and Ellen MacArthur join the six-boat foray from 7-9 July.... [more]

Finn Worlds - The elephant in the room
The expression 'elephant in the room' refers to a situation where something major is going on, it's on everyone's mind and impossible to ignore. Robert Deaves looks at the Finn class leading competitors and assess their chances in the World Championship starting Thursday. One will be missing, but be sure that his name will feature in the media . . . if not on the water... [more]

Day 2 at the ISAF World Championships
By Gerald New / Event media,
Day two at the ISAF ISAF World Championships in Portugal and conditions ranged between 10 to 14 knots with some gusts of 18 knots and a bigger swell than yesterday - 1.8m. The Laser and Laser Radial joined the Star and Tornado classes and the Black flag caught out some top names... [more]

Strong second day for Skandia Team GBR sailors in Portugal
Strong opening performance from Laser world number one Paul Goodison, while Leigh McMillan and Will Howden made up for a disappointing opening day with a 4, 2 from their two races in the Tornado class Wednesday. And Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson improved their standings in the Star class to fourth place overall after a 2nd and 5th... [more]

Tricky Day in Marstrand - Match Cup Sweden
By Yvonne Reid,
Lingering showers, light air, and massive wind shifts tested competitors, race managers and umpires today on Day Two of Match Cup Sweden. The tricky conditions meant no lead was safe, and in numerous matches those who looked clearly out of contention managed to claw back and even pass their rivals when blessed with a favorable shift or fortuitous puff of breeze.... [more]

David Palmer leads after first day of Dragon Edinburgh Cup
By Fiona Brown,
The 2007 International Dragon Edinburgh Cup, the class's British National Championship, hosted by Yacht Clubs of Weymouth, got underway today with twenty four boats from the UK, Ireland and Belgium competing. In the overall standings David Palmer now leads on three points with Len Jones and Neil Hegarty sharing 10 points in second and Eric Williams fourth on 11 points... [more]

RS Feva Fat Face Racing Circuit event
By RS media,
The Lizzie’s – Brown & Adams – organised a fantastic, informal and hotly contested event for the RS Fevas at the Royal Burnham despite a truly horrendous forecast... [more]

Inaugural Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship
By Dana Paxton,
The inaugural Farr 40 Open Nordic Championship will take place July 5-8 at Hankø, Norway. Hosted by the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening, KNS) with support from the Hankø Yacht Club and the Farr 40 European Fleet Association, the regatta is the third stop on the Farr 40 Class European Circuit... [more]

Bartercard Twelve Foot Skiffs at Datchet
By Alan Atterbury,
The 12 foot skiffs arrived at Datchet water last weekend to be greeted with heavy rain and a distinct lack of wind. Now having huge sails is one thing but there is a point where no matter how big they are if there’s no wind then you’re going no where... [more]

Outsider first home in HSH Nordbank blue race
By Event media,
It had taken the German-New Zealand crew 14 days, 20 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the course from Newport on the US-American East Coast to Cuxhaven (Germany).... [more]

Tour de France a la Voile Regatta updates
By Anatole Lucet,
Over the past three days, competitors have experienced sailing in a vigorous offshore leg, La Réunion at ease in the breeze and a regatta in the Bay of Seine!... [more]

Brady and Radich lead Match Cup Sweden
By Event media,
Gavin Brady (NZL) and his team from Oracle Racing and Jesper Radich (DEN) from Desafio Espanol managed to emerge with unbeaten records in the first day of racing at Match Cup Sweden. The two are ahead on three and four wins each to lead their respective groups of eight in the first day of round robin racing.... [more]

Images from Prizegiving - 32nd America's Cup
By Gilles Martin-Raget,
Images from the Prizegiving - 32nd America's Cup... [more]

Stars leads Stars at Cascais Worlds
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
After the first day of racing at the 2007 Star World Championship in Cascais, Portugal, the 2005 and 2006 world champions are tied for the lead. Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams, the reigning world champions, and Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau, the 2005 world championship team, each have 4 points following two races in a split fleet... [more]

Quotes of the Day: America's Cup Match Race 7
By America's Cup Media,
Brad Butterworth, on the last run: 'Downwind turned a little bit into a minefield. I was a bit in denial that the breeze wasn’t going to hold, but Warwick Fleury did a good job of coaxing us to get the jib up on deck and get things going, and in the end the penalty was worth it. If it hadn’t been for the shift we would have won by over a hundred metres. It was great crew work.'... [more]

Craftinsure Wilsonian Grand Prix
By Tony Hunt,
Boats from as far away as Hayling Island and Chew Valley were entered in the Craftinsure-sponsored Wilsonian Grand Prix on 1 July, with 13 different classes in the Two-of-a-Kind element.... [more]

Fisher's View: They don't come any closer
By Bob Fisher,
Just one second separated the two boats in the final race of the 32nd America’s Cup after a massive wind shift in sight of the finishing line that almost turned the tables and would have done but for the penalty that Team New Zealand incurred earlier.... [more]

Besson and Arnaud (FRA) lead Tornado opening day
By Patricia Kirschner,
Day 1 of racing started quite unusually for the Tornado fleet. The shifty and challenging conditions of course 4 saw some different teams holding the top positions for a change after two races. Left or Right? That was the big question of the day... [more]

Percy-Simpson win opening race at Cascais Worlds
Britain's Iain Percy – the gold medallist in the Finn class at the Sydney 2000 Games – and new crew Simpson won their opening race of the Star event, crossing the finish line with a minute’s lead over nearest rivals, Robert Scheidt-Bruno Prada of Brazil, before posting an eighth in their second race to end the first day in fifth place overall.... [more]

International Dragon British Southern Area championship
By Fiona Brown,
The International Dragon British Southern Area Championship, hosted by Yacht Clubs of Weymouth from Sunday 1 to Tuesday 3 July, attracted 20 competitors from the UK and Ireland. Ivan Bradbury was the most consistent performer in the regatta with a 1, 4, 6, 3 scoreline, and he and his crew Martin Payne and Will Willetts become the 2007 International Dragon British Southern Area Champions... [more]

Valencia saves the best till Last - dramatic scenes in AC
By ACM / Sail-World,
In an America’s Cup series that has been one of the best for years, Valencia, the much-maligned venue, played their Joker on the final leg of race seven and set-up a heart stopping finish... [more]

Ericsson takes gun in Eurocard Gotland Runt
By Ola Rembe,
Ericsson Racing Team was the first boat in their class over the finish line in Eurocard Gotland Runt. On the last half of the race Ericsson passed all its competitors to cross the finish line in Sandhamn under spinnaker in 16 knots of boat speed.... [more]

Pindar's new Open 60 tests the waters
By Kate Fairclough,
Leading British print and electronic media company Pindar this week launched its brand new Open 60 in Auckland, New Zealand. A radical new design, which incorporates many cutting edge features including a rotating wing mast and hydraulically adjustable outriggers, this boat will be capable of breaking boundaries, setting records, and winning races... [more]

America's Cup 2007 Final Day Images
French photographer Gilles Martin-Raget presents a selection of images from the final race of the 32nd America's Cup as the Swiss Alinghi team triumph over Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]

Alinghi take the most amazing race in America's Cup history
By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World NZL,
Emirates Team New Zealand entered from the starboard, or Committee Boat end, with Alinghi coming in from the port end. Conditions are stronger than forecast with a breeze of 15 knots from 136 degrees (SE) on the course. Alinghi luffs, NZL-92 dives deep and then comes up underneath Alinghi who can't gybe in front of NZL-92 who has control of the start. Boats are below the startline heading past the Committee boat, both on port.... [more]

Fisher's View: He who dares wins?
By Bob Fisher,
Las Provincias, the daily newspaper of Valencia, carried a front page picture of the crowds around the action at the America’s Cup Port under the main headline that there had been 210,000 visitors in three days... [more]

Letter from Valencia: Wild times in The Woolshed
By Penny Roberts,
The Woolshed is aptly named – it is hot and crowded and there is a lot of bleating. But it is good natured as the crowd watches the large screen to see if the race will begin on time. At the 5 minute gun, the crowd erupts into a loud and enthusiastic rendition of the national anthem and my spine tingles... [more]

Stamm withdraws, first Spanish entry received
By Event media,
The Barcelona World Race will start in Barcelona on the 11th November and for the first time will see the best professional sailors from both solo and fully crewed disciplines competing against each other in teams of two, in high performance Open 60 monohulls, non-stop until they return to Barcelona... [more]

Stars as Far as the Eye Can See
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
With seventy boats, one hundred and forty sailors, numerous sailing legends and awesome conditions, sailing history will be made this week. It is 6:00 pm in Cascais, Portugal and the boat yard is empty except for trailers. In the marina, Stars are lined up for as far as the eye can see.... [more]

Star and Tornado to open ISAF Sailing Worlds
By Gerald New,
As always the Star class is full of champions and top sailors from within the class and from other classes, this means that the greatest names can struggle at times and the weather conditions will play their part in what is bound to be an exciting event. Britain's Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson will be hoping to get up to speed quickly. The partnership was only recently formed and Percy has been heavily involved in the +39 America's Cup campaign... [more]

B14 Worlds in Falmouth - Preview
By Mark Barnes,
With the Worlds fast approaching and the entry list now firming up, the event looks as if it is going to be a good one. With the Ashes up for grabs, the question on all the European boats minds is how fast are the Antipodean boats going. Last time around in Sydney, they were the king and queens of the breeze and the Brits led in the medium to light airs... [more]

Humphreys wins Hunstanton SC RS700 Open Meeting
By RS media,
A close event between the four leading crews came down to the final race and after a combative start to the final race was sorted out, Matt Humphreys from Weston SC was the winner of the Hunstanton SC RS700 Open Meeting.... [more]

Brits target 3 medals at ISAF World Sailing Championships
RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park put the Team GBR target at three medals - 'It’s an interesting regatta to consider medal outcomes – we would hope to be coming away with three medals across the classes but it’s certainly going to be a very tough event... [more]

Letter from Valencia: Vocational Training Center
By Ralph Roberts,
Each day I wander down to Port America's Cup and I ponder who will win the day’s race, the Kiwis or the Swiss; how will the various exchanges go, the pre-start, the first beat, the runs and all those sailing thoughts that make up a race. And I walk I past three old warehouses with young people, boys and girls making sails and repairing boats. One day I thought to myself I must call in and see what they doing, the laughter and enthusiasm always catches my attention. This is what I discovered…... [more]

ValenciaSailing: 33rd America's Cup in Valencia?
The rumour mill has been firing up on all cylinders today in Valencia and the absence of any racing made it even worse. The word earlier this morning was to watch out for the guests aboard 'Vava', Ernesto Bertarelli's private yacht. Bertarelli is of course Alinghi's head and since his team was leading the America's Cup match 4-2 it was all too obvious, Sunday could very well be the last day of the 32nd America's Cup.... [more]

Fisher's View: The 33rd America's Cup
By Bob Fisher,
Before Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio sounded three hoots and hoisted the Answering pennant over Code Flag 'A', there were arrangements being made ashore to celebrate Alinghi’s successful defence of the Cup. Those responsible should have known that Mr. Sod would have his say and put an end to their plans.... [more]

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