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Sail-World USA: 15 November 2009

33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - Wing maintenance  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
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In the Atlantic Franck Cammas and friends abroad Groupama 3 have stubbed their toe dodging fickle winds in an endeavour to quickly reach the Tradewinds in their world circumnavigation attempt for the Jules Verne Trophy.

Emirates Team New Zealand also stubbed their toe, dropping one race in the first round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, however have come back onto form in the opening race of Round 2. Not so well placed is the US team BMW Oracle Racing which has its work cut out to make the semi-finals.

Night shift - 33rd America's Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - Wing trials, Day 2  BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

We also take a look at the current state of play in the America's Cup Legal saga, after Societe Nautique de Geneve lodged its papers on two matters under Appeal with the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. Like with most things from the America's Cup - all is not what it seems - and Valencia is not yet confirmed as the venue for the 33rd Match.

In San Diego, BMW Oracle Racing continue to work up their wingsail, we have some image galleries of this incredible piece of sailing technology in this edition.

Louis Vuitton Trophy, Day 8, TEAMORIGIN vs TFS - PAGES JAUNES, TEAMORIGIN lead TFS on the first beat.  Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN

Meanwhile in Ras al-Khaimah, Alinghi have not exactly been idle, clocking up 400nm in training in the past week. we have images and a short report from these sessions.

For updates on all these events and more, keep a regular check on our website

Alinghi 5 clocks up a 400nm mile week in training off Ras al-Khaimah (UAE)  Alinghi Team

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U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship win to Tulloch
Carol Bareuther, St. Thomas Yacht Club,
U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship - Tulloch upset fellow USSTAG teammate, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), and her crew of Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer (Redwood City, Calif.), Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.), and Alice Manard (Charleston, S.C.) in the finals.... [more]
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Swiss will race America's Cup in Ras al-Khaimah if Appeal successful
Richard Gladwell,
The current Defender of the America's Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, today revealed that it wants to return to race in Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) to contest the 33rd America's Cup in giant multihulls. Far from trying to get the heat turned down on the legal action, the Swiss club have appointed a new firm of lawyers to represent them on the various actions, engaging Sullivan & Cromwell... [more]
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Image of the Louis Vuitton Trophy by Christophe Favreau
Christophe Favreau,
Top international photographer, Christophe Favreau presents a gallery of images taken yesterday, Sunday, at the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Nice, Cote d'Azur... [more]
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The Best of BTS: Video from the Louis Vuitton Trophy at Nice
BTS Broadcasting,
Keith Brash & Matt Carkeek of BTS Broadcast have been producing some tremendous video from the Louis Vuitton Trophy at Nice. You can catch the full video playlist at Here we present some of their video clips from the last few days.... [more]
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U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship update
Carol Bareuther,
Brisk breeze in the morning was followed by dead calm conditions by late afternoon for the eight elite teams competing on the third day of racing at US Sailing's 2009 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship (USWMRC).... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - One win and one loss for Artemis
Paul Cayard,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Nice, France. Paul Cayard reports on the day's racing from onboard Artemis.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race - California in Cape Town
Clipper Ventures,
California, the American entry in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, has arrived in Cape Town at the end of an extremely challenging race across the South Atlantic. For Cape Town-based skipper Pete Rollason and his crew it was an incredible feat of seamanship and their safe arrival at the Royal Cape Yacht Club is testament to the sailing skills they have developed.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Hugo Boss 'taking on water' after collision
Lucy Harwood,
At approximately 18:20 GMT yesterday (15/11/09) Hugo Boss crew Alex Thomson and Ross Daniel, reported a collision with an unidentified object in the water.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Trio profit from excellent conditions
In the Transat Jacques Vabre the breakaway trio, Safran, Mike Golding Yacht Racing and Groupe Bel continue to profit from the excellent conditions through Sunday... [more]
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Solidaire du Chocolat - First three home
Oliver Dewar,
Solidaire du Chocolat - the 15 remaining boats encountered volatile conditions as the Caribbean delivered a new dimension to the race. Squalls, tropical storms, dead calm and weather information that rarely reflected reality turned the final 1,500 miles to the finish line into a contest where maximising boatspeed by just a fraction of a knot could mean crucial gains for the boats in close contact.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Calm before acceleration
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy - For Groupama 3 the wait has been long and the change of pace brutal. Blocked at times making less than five knots until last night, Groupama 3 has found her wings again and is powering away at an average of thirty knots this Sunday afternoon!... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Synergy takes two wins
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy - Emirates Team New Zealand scores two wins to wrap up round robins. Synergy completed a wire-to-wire win over TeamOrigin. Synergy today won two races and now occupies fourth place on the leaderboard with a 5-4 record.... [more]
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Interview with Bruce Kirby – the designer of the Laser - Part Two
Rob Kothe,
This is part two the in depth interview Sail-World recently did with now 80 year old Bruce Kirby, the Canadian born Olympic Finn sailor who designed the Laser in 1969, in collaboration with Montreal based industrial designer and boat builder Ian Bruce. 40 years on the numbers of Lasers built is closing on 200,000.... [more]
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Images of San Diego: Lowering the Wing on BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
The wingsail on BOR90, BMW Oracle racing's challenger for the America's Cup, is not straight forward to raise and lower, and requires a special technique and equipment, while she is on her mooring. In this sequence shot by Gilles Martin-Raget, we show the lowering sequence of the almost 200ft tall wing, without the use of a crane.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Auckland Champs - tight racing in winds up to 25kts
Scott Kennedy,
One point separates the top three boats in the 18ft skiff Auckland Champs which got underway with the fleet leaving the ramp, hoisting the number 2 small rigs. Two races were sailed in a NW breeze, building to 25knots by the end of the day. Race one was sailed in a puffy 10 - 15 knot NW breeze. Yamaha were over the line early, being called back. The fleet were close around the track with numerous... [more]
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Tunnicliffe into US Women's Match Racing Championship semi finals
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the US Women's Match Racing Championship. 'We entered the first race of the semi finals today and won it, after wrapping up the third round robin.'... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - A tough demanding week
Transat Jacques Vabre crews can look back on a very tough, demanding first week en route from Le Havre to Costa Rica. Pepe Ribes of W-Hotels reported that they had crash tacked twice with the keel on the wrong side of the boat and waves crashing over them.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Advantage Artemis - Sander van der Borch images
Paul Cayard/Sander van der Borch images,
Paul Cayard onboard Artemis reports from the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice. We had a good day today and we never got on the water! Our Russian friends on Synergy did nice work beating BMW Oracle so we ended Round Robin 1 in fourth place thanks to the fact that we beat TeamOrigin.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur - TFS: PagesJaunes takes win
Louis Vuitton Trophy media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d'Azur France's TFS – PagesJaunes scored its first win. A new wind direction blew across the racecourse on the Baie des Anges, northeast, but the strength remained light, between four and eight knots. That put a premium on getting to the right side where there seemed to be more pressure. One knot difference in windspeed can add 10 degrees of heading.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy - Not a good day for Azzurra
Azzurra media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice - Italian team Azzurra hit a bad patch in today's first match races of Round Robin 2. The team sits behind leaders Emirates Team New Zealand in the provisional standings, and are on equal points with Team Origin (GBR).... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3's 300 mile loss
Jules Verne Trophy - It's probably the worst day that Franck Cammas and his crew will have to experience as they sail around the world... As far as Franck's concerned, this Saturday will remain engraved in his memory as a long (overly long) break! 220 miles in 24 hours, which equates to half the distance on a calm day and three times less than on a normal day...... [more]
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