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31 Mar 2008

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Alinghi overturns in America's Cup trimaran battle
Richard Gladwell,
Both Alinghi and BMW Oracle Racing are following similar buildup programs. With ironically both being in the same hotel on Lorient, France, and both sailing ORMA 60 trimarans which are generally a 2/3rds model of the 90ft x 90ft dimensions of the 'keel yacht' given in the Notice of Challenge by Golden Gate YC.... [more]

Martinez and Fernandez 49er European Champions
Event media,
It was a Gold and Silver day for the Spanish on the final day of the 49er European Championship in Mallorca. Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández were crowned European champions for a second consecutive year, with the silver going to the Alonso brothers. Third place on the podium went to the Ukrainian sailors Rodion Luka and Geogiy Leonchuk... [more]

Internet changing Marine Industry
Rob Kothe,
News Ltd's Rupert Murdoch said more than two years ago ‘Companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and fall. A new generation of media consumers has risen demanding content delivered when they want it, how they want it, and very much as they want it.... [more]

l'Hydroptère ready for new record breaking season
l'Hydroptère came back to La Trinité sur Mer marina Thursday 25 March after a pure-speed configuration period of six months in the shipyard. The Hydroptère team took the opportunity of a quiet weather period to put the flying trimaran back in the water and to remast her. The rigging, the platform and the external parts have been finely modified to bring the boat's speed potential over 50 knots... [more]

Alinghi Sale!
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Alinghi t-shirt sale. Buy early for Christmas.... [more]

Subic Centennial wins President's Cup 2008
Asian Yachting, ed Sail World Asia,
After an hour and a half wait for the sea breeze to come in, the two remaining races to decide this years champions could get underway. Some crews took the rare opportunity to cool down with a quick dip and swim around the boat. It was all worthwhile, as the building breeze produced some great sailing conditions that settled the intense rivalry developing between competitors and provide a fitting... [more]

President's Cup: Jelik takes IRC daily double
Captain Marty Rijkuris,
Ray Ordoveza's Andrews/Excel 53 Karakoa expertly helmed by Steve Benjamin managed to sneak into third place as only two minutes separated first and third places in race two Frank Pong's 76ft R/P Jelik has led the fleet at every mark and is constantly sniffing around the podium places, nailed the accelerator down on race three to take out the daily double of line and handicap honours.... [more]

Singapore Win IFDS Worlds
David Staley/IFDS,
Singapore qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in thrilling fashion by winning the IFDS Two-Person Keelboat World Championship on the final day of racing. After some indifferent form in the last two races held on Tuesday, the host country team of Jovin Tan and Desiree Lim (SIN) capped off the championship... [more]

Strong HKG Team for 9th Commodores' Cup 2008
Janet Grosvenor/,
The initial idea to enter a Hong Kong challenge came about a year ago from a team of like-minded sailors. After gaining the early support of the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, this group has been working closely together... [more]

How to save the America's Cup
Vincenzo Onorato,
I have received numerous requests to intervene, also in the light of the ruling passed by New York Supreme Court. Over the past few years I believe I have been quite restrained in commenting on the difficulties facing the Cup. You'll have noticed that I wrote Cup with a capital 'C', and this is indicative of my respect and my passion for sailing and for the America's Cup in particular.... [more]

President's Cup day 1, ed Sail-World Asia,
The sea breeze arrived right on cue for the 1030 hrs start, and as it continued to build in strength it turned the opening proceedings for this years Presidents Cup into a majestic day for racing sailboats. PRO Jerry Rollins chose to send the IRC Racing and Cruiser/Racer Classes off on a 22 nautical mile passage race and the Performance Handicap Class on a 14nm point to point course which took the... [more]

Countdown to Rolex Commodores' Cup 2008
With three months to the start of the 9th biennial Rolex Commodores' Cup on 29 June, team preparations are beginning to really heat up. Whilst prospective French team-members were engaged in dodging wintery conditions at the Spi Ouest regatta in the Bay of Quiberon over Easter weekend, a number of their Irish and British counterparts were struggling with extreme weather conditions on The Solent... [more]

Back to court for America's Cup Defender
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat - Alinghi,
Following an unsuccessful meeting on Wednesday between representatives from the SNG and the GGYC. SNG filed a letter with the New York Supreme Court requesting a hearing to determine the date for the 33rd America's Cup Match, in a bid to accelerate the process of returning the 33rd America's Cup to the water... [more]

Fedor requests 'water, no ice please',
Fedor is making his way north-east to skirt the icebergs predicted to the south of his track across Sectors 11 and 12 of the South Atlantic Zone of the Racetrack. after learning of icebergs as high as 45°S that are threatening his route across the South Atlantic.... [more]

America's Cup - Ernesto, DC did it, why can't you?
Rich Roberts,
With Justice Kahn ruling against him again. Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli is on the back foot. Now he complains he just can't get a multihull built in time to meet the 10-month deadline for billionaire Larry Ellison's America's Cup challenge. Rich Roberts wonders why not... [more]

Class 1 organising China Grand Prix for 2009
The City of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province looks set to host the first Class 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Peoples Republic of China in March.... [more]

IOC president Jacques Rogge rejects boycott call
Gerald New,
IOC president Jacques Rogge rejects talk of a boycott - It is rare for global politics to intrude on the sailing world, but the recent events in Tibet are threatening to break through the natural easygoing attitude of the sporting community. The heavy-handed crackdown by the Chinese authorities in Tibet has raised the prospect of the 2008 Olympics becoming a political football once again... [more]

Alinghi statement on eve of crucial meeting
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
The America's Cup Defender, Switzerland-based Alinghi, tonight issued a statement expressing hope that outstanding issues between its team and BMW Oracle Racing will be resolved at a high-powered meeting in Geneva.... [more]

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