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Jimmy Spithill was tooling along on the 90 footer and the mast came down - not a good day for the BMW Oracle team. South Australian AC Jurist David Tillett confirmed to Sail-World today he is heading for New York on Friday to chair the special three man jury to provide some sailing advice for Justice Shirley Kornreich on Saturday. We are close to the action and will keep you updated.

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Meanwhile in front of a home computer, we heard a conversation, rather like this, a few minutes ago, as a sailing family caught up on the days news...

Yes IS is true Penelope, only 10 years ago sailing magazines used to provide ALL the latest sailing news, only a month or two after it happened.

Bull...t Dad.

Young lady! Do not use words like that in front of your mother. Its really true, sailors used to wait months for their news...

...the sail-world team

America's Cup challenger BOR90 dismasting - pictures and news updates
Earlier today BMW Oracle Racing's 90ft multihull was dismasted while sea trailling off San Diego. The first pictures are coming through and will be updated on this this image sequence.... [more]
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Entries now open for the 2010 Australian Laser Championships
Adelaide Sailing Club,
2010 Australian Laser Championships - The Adelaide Sailing Club and the South Australian Laser Association is pleased to announce the opening of entries for the 2010 Australian Laser Championships.... [more]
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Melbourne to Stanley - What the...
John Curnow,
...Fog. During the recent Melbourne to Stanley race, the season opener of the 2009/10 McConaghy Melbourne Offshore Championship, a deep fog set in over Bass Strait.... [more]
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SB3 Oceanburo leading the standings - Queensland Championships
Ian Grant,
Team Noosa sailing Coach Kai Timm has continued to show his experience and tactical strategy in the demanding discipline of one design sports boat racing in the clone SB3 Dart class. Timm, a principal member of the Mooloolaba based Oceanburo racing team, has combined with Chris Annear (Noosa) and Gregor Macallansmith (Mooloolaba) to lead the 2009 Queensland championship series... [more]
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OC Events launch two new professional events in Arabian Gulf - Asia
OC Event Media - Sail-World,
The growth of competitive sailing in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean has today taken a further step forward as the sailing events company, OC Events (Asia), launches two new premier racing circuits, the Tour of Arabia and the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Perseverance pays off
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Despite chasing hard, both Uniquely Singapore and Cork were unable to catch Hull & Humber before the gate, crossing at 0819 and 0911GMT respectively to take the final points. Failing to make the gate in time, but more determined than ever to score a hat trick by taking a third consecutive victory in Clipper 09-10, is Team Finland.... [more]
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A few minutes ago this message went out via the ether - SailWorld News Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego Immediate Sailing News just became even more so as, the largest online marine network has just begun its Twitter service... [more]
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Newsflash: BOR 90 has dismasted off San Diego
BMW Oracle Racing have just advised that their 90ft trimaran has dropped her rig while trialling off San Diego. The statement from the team says that no-one as hurt in the incident and all crew are safe. The incident happened four hours ago Support craft were with the race boat at the time and are currently working to salvage the rig and get the boat back to shore.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Its a wrap
Justin Chisholm,
Melges 24 World Championship wrap report. Fifty-one entries from across Europe and the US, with teams from the USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Ukraine congregating in Annapolis. In the main eleven-race Championship series, it was Annapolis resident Chris Larson who eventually overcame the strength of the European squad, to claim the 2009 Melge... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta - TeamOrigin announce sailing line-up
Henry Foster,
TeamOrigin announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d'Azur which commences at the weekend. The team includes eight sailors from Great Britain, four from New Zealand, three from Australia, and one each from France, Denmark and Poland.... [more]
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French sailing icons make long term commitment to the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
Groupama Insurance Group confirmed today that it will enter the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race with its long term French skipper, Franck Cammas, a commitment that will last until 2015. The chosen designer for Groupama's new boat is Argentinean Juan Kouyoumdjian, the designer of the winning boats in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Justice Shirley's America's Cup questions answered
Richard Gladwell,
On Friday 6 November at 0930hrs the New York Supreme Court will reconvene once again to hear submissions from lawyers representing the America's Cup Defender and Challenger. But centre stage will be three expert Jurors appointed following Justice Shirley Kornreich's remarkable decision of just a week ago. Here we look at the questions and the likely answers...... [more]
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Images of San Diego: The Big Bird flies + Video
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget provided this gallery of images from BOR90's latest test sail off San Diego. Make sure you catch the incredible video at the bottom of the gallery... [more]
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2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - one week to go
2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced on Tuesday, 10 November, Busan, Korea. This year four female and six male nominees have been shortlisted for the Award, based on their achievements during the qualifying period of 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009.... [more]
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Optimists in Noumea - Training Day 1
Brian Haybittle,
Eight parents got down to the club at around 9am to sort out the boat charters and suss out the lay of the land. All the boats were in good condition.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe - A Double for vintage yacht Sanyo Maris
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Classic yawl takes its second successive IRC handicap victory in the ocean race across the northern Tasman Sea. The crew were so confident of victory they dropped the headsail before they even crossed the finish line.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta images from Carlo Borlenghi and Carlo Borlenghi images,
Carlo Borlenghi is a 'Master of the Lens' as his images from the China Cup International Regatta reflects.... [more]
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Clipper 09- 10: Battle to the scoring gate
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Having reaped the rewards of their tactical decision to head south from the outset, Hull & Humber is now fighting to hold on to their narrow lead as the fleet approaches the Race 3 scoring gate.... [more]
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Black Swan Racing wins Trapani International Match Race 2009
Black Swan Racing,
Black Swan Racing has won the Trapani International Match Race 2009. ' We choose Jacopo Pasini from Italy as our opponent in the semi-final. Leaving Linberg (Finland) and Orel (Slovenia) to fight it out in the other semi.' Black Swan Racing... [more]
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Swiss to appeal decision on Ras Al Khaimah for 33rd America's Cup
Alinghi Media,
The Defender of the 33rd America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG), is to appeal New York Supreme Court Justice Kornreich's decision of 30 October rejecting Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates as the venue for the 33rd America's Cup. SNG has applied for an expedited appeal to avoid any delay to the February 2010 Deed of Gift Match.... [more]
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Ocean Racer of the Year Awards - Nominations open
Jennifer Crooks,
Ocean Racer of the Year Award - CYCA welcomes nominations from fellow yacht clubs that have suitable candidates that they feel would be eligible for these awards. The 2009 Ocean Racer of the Year Awards will be announced on Wednesday 16 December 2009.... [more]
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Lüderitz Speed Challenge - Day one to Caizergues
Lüderitz Speed Challenge,
November 1st was the first official racing day of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed Challenge. Most riders were using their larger kites (10 to 11m2), but still managed to get well over 40 knots (which was a major achievement in perfect conditions only a few short years ago). Alex Caizergues, Rob Douglas and Christophe Prin Guenon led the field with 43.11, 42.92 and 42.10kt respectively.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Book Launch
Lizzie Green,
Spanish Castle to White Night, an award-winning story by Mark Chisnell launched. Eighty-eight men set off from beneath the ramparts of Alicante's Castle of Santa Bárbara, but only 36 would journey the full 37,000 miles to finish in the White Nights of St Petersburg. Japan's Black Tide, brutal weather, injuries, and even the credit crunch all took their toll.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta - South African team's victory
Andy Robertson,
China Cup International Regatta - Peak windspeed today was a muscular 26 knots but most of the time it was a settled 21-22, to produce some blissful racing conditions, imprinting great memories for the crews of the 30 First 40.7 Beneteau One Design fleets from 13 different countries and regions.... [more]
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Lord Howe Race - Queensland yacht takes line honours
Peter Campbell,
Queensland yacht Ocean Affinity has taken line honours overnight in the Hempel Paints 36th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race. Ocean Affinity, a Martens 49 skippered by Stewart Lewis from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, crossed the line at 9.12.08 last evening.... [more]
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New Zealander nominated as expert Juror America's Cup hearing
Alinghi Media and Richard Gladwell,
Société Nautique de Genève has nominated Graham McKenzie (NZL) as an expert witness for the New York Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday 4 November. McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America's Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure in New Zealand on a wide range of yachts. McKenzie was a member of the 32nd America's Cup Jury and has sailed both competitively and for leisure... [more]
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Maritimo launches sail boats - for a good cause
Denby Browning,
Maritimo, Australia's premier luxury boat builder, has completed a new range of boats of a very different kind - a fleet of 15 Sabot junior training dinghies for the Moreton Bay Boat Club in Brisbane.... [more]
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2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Fleet of 116 yachts nominate
Lisa Ratcliff/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
In 2004 116 yachts sailed south for the 60th anniversary edition and prior to that 115 made it to the start line in 1998. It's likely that this year's fleet will finish up the second largest in more than a decade.... [more]
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WMRT: Tour heads to Perth for Sunseeker Cup prior to Monsoon Cup
World Match Racing Tour News,
With final Tour positioning and considerable prize money at stake, skippers are keen to fine tune their crew skills and experience at the Sunseeker Australia Cup just one week prior to the final round of the Tour being the Monsoon Cup held in Malaysia. All racing will be on Foundation 36 One Design yachts, the same design for the final showdown in Malaysia.... [more]
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The Works say - 'We did not bring the rain with us'
Chris Bland,
Our version of Heaven Can Wait 2009, and despite the accusations we did not bring the rain. After spotting the Heaven Can Wait event, in the SA forums it was decided that it was something we should attempt. Crew were signed up a couple of days were aranged off work and we headed north for thrills and adventure, along with the lure of good company and a worthwhile cause to support.... [more]
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Images from San Diego: More close-ups of BOR90 gear
Rob Wagner,
More images taken today of the US America's Cup Challenger BOR90/USA tied up to the dock in San Diego... [more]
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Garde dominates Parramatta River Championship
Skiff Ed,
Brett Hobson and Alex Johnson aboard Garde sailed to Victory in the Parramatta river championship on Sunday. Handicap Honours went to Hey Charger Nick Bernard and Glenn Farguahar.... [more]
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Long distance mariner returns to Airlie Beach
Ian Grant,
Whitsunday mariner Laurie Gubb added another long distance cruise to his log book when he recently sailed the comfortable sloop Tropicali into her home port of Airlie Beach. No doubt he has further cruises drawn on the chart with a list of notes already on file in the navigator's nook but they will be placed on hold until the end of the monsoon season.... [more]
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Olympians focus on 2009 Sail Sydney
Di Pearson,
Five Olympic sailors, including a Beijing gold medallist, are early entries for Yachting NSW's 2009 Sail Sydney (previously known as the Sydney International Regatta), which will again be held on Sydney Harbour from December 5-8 off the host venue, Woollahra Sailing Club.... [more]
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Vintage yacht on track for another Lord Howe Island win
Peter Campbell,
At the fine old age of 51, the wooden yawl Sanyo Maris is on track for a second successive IRC win in the Hempel Paints 36th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race.... [more]
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More China Cup International Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi is in Shenzhen at the China Cup International Regatta and presents a gallery of images from day 3 of the event.... [more]
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China Cup International Day 3 images from Carlo Borlenghi,
Carlo Borlenghi, world renowned photographer is in Shenzhen at the China Cup International Regatta and presents this gallery of images from day 3 of the event.... [more]
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China Cup International Regatta – Whiskey Jack, giant-killer
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Star of the show all day was Nick Southward's J/109 Whiskey Jack, scoring 1-1-2 in IRC B, and leading the combined A and B fleets over the line in the second race of the day... [more]
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The Showdown of Tasmania's young sailing talent
Peter Campbell,
The River Derwent has been a showcase of sailing talent this past weekend, with an extraordinary fleet of more than 200 off-the-beach sailors. In total, 147 off-the-beach boats entered The Showdown, with several classes using the regatta as part of their interclub season. For example, it has been the final selection series for the Tasmanian team to go to the Sabot Nationals.... [more]
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La Solidaire du Chocolat - Second week at sea for fleet a brutal one
Oliver Dewar,
The La Solidaire du Chocolat fleet, after one week at sea, were approaching the Azores. By Tuesday 27th October, the Low Pressure system had shifted east leaving Tanguy de Lamotte and Adrien Hardy on Initiatives-Novedia with a 55 mile margin over Damien Seguin and Armel Tripon on Cargill-MTTM in second.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - The South pays for Hull & Humber
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 3 Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town. Day 6. This isn't the kind of race where the team with the biggest budget does best - the boats are identical, all of them have the same kit, the same sail wardrobe, the same budget and the rules are there to ensure that the racing is as fair as it can be.... [more]
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Golden Gate YC announces expert Juror ahead of NYSC Hearing
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has announced that Bryan Willis will be its expert Juror for the speacial Court Hearing to be called next Wednesday at the New York Supreme Court.... [more]
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Transfusion wins the 2009 Farr 40 Pittwater Regatta
Sam Crichton,
The Australian Farr 40 fleet kicked off the 2009-2010 season this weekend with the annual Farr 40 Pittwater regatta hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney's northern beaches. Transfusion, owned by Guido Belgiorno Nettis and helmed by Matt Allen in Belgiorno Nettis's absence won the event with an impressive scorecard of six first places and two second places in the eight race series.... [more]
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Legal decision brings America's Cup feud closer to resolution
Stuart Alexander. The Independent,
Stuart Alexander writes optimistically in The Independent of the latest moves to resolve the long running America's Cup dispute and has a critical look at the role the International Sailing Federation has played in the affair: 'By thinking outside the courtroom box and doing something which ISAF felt it could not do, Judge Kornreich may have found a way of taking an axe to the Gordian knot... [more]
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