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Desjoyeaux's change and continuing sponsorship, America's Cup and more

Welcome to this week's edition of our Europe newsletter.

Michel Desjoyeaux announced his continuing sponsorship by Foncia and that he has joined the Multi One Desgin circuit and Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria from Switzerland finished second at the Star Worlds.

In World news, the latest on all the America's Cup happenings including the TV schedule and the Umpire Team announcement. The Clipper prize giving for the Singapore leg has taken place and the Rolex Miami OCR is underway.
And the final round of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia is set to get underway in Oman.

Happy reading! Team

Multi One Championship: Desjoyeaux and Foncia enter
Multi One Design S.A,
'The multihulls are spectacular, exciting and fast boats. I hope that many international teams will decide to come and sail these fantastic boats.' Michel Desjoyeaux has made his mind; he will be part of the Multi One Design 70' international circuit - an international fleet of 12 one-design trimarans for an offshore and inshore crew racing programme starting in 2012.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Storm threat shortens first day
Marni Lane,
All but two of 13 classes were told to stand by on land this morning at US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR. According to Principal Race Officer Ross Wilson from Australia, only the race courses for the 49er class (Men's Two Person Dinghy - High Performance) and Elliott 6ms (Women's Match Racing) were deemed close enough for racing to begin, as the sailors could be called home safely, ahead of the s... [more]
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Images of Valencia: Alinghi training and Media Day
Alinghi Media,
George Johns and Luca Botta of Alinghi present these images of Alinghi training off Valencia and also from the Media Day held last week in Valencia... [more]
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America's Cup Umpire team announced
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today announced the Umpire team who will officiate the races on the water of the 33rd America's Cup Match. The Umpire team for the 33rd America's Cup will follow the racing on the water and immediately adjudicate in a racing rule infringement raised by one of the teams... [more]
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Television coverage of 33rd America's Cup announced
33 America's Cup Media,
The Société Nautique du Genève (SNG), trustee of the America's Cup, has delegated the responsibility for organising the media and event activities for the 33rd America's Cup to Consorcio Valencia 2007. The 33rd America's Cup promises to be a regatta unlike everything which has been seen so far.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Asia - Muscat countdown
OC Events,
In just ten days time the final of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia will kick off at The Wave, Muscat. Six teams, racing radical 40-foot catamarans, started their battle for the inaugural title in Hong Kong at the end of November, before heading to Singapore mid-December.... [more]
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Rolex Miami OCR 2010: 630 of the world's best sailors get ready
Media Pro Int'l,
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. That's what 630 of the world's best sailors are counting on as they prepare for tomorrow's opening day at US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Miami OCR... [more]
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Foncia signs with Michel Desjoyeaux through to 2014
Team Foncia,
Having been involved for 10 years in sponsoring sailing, Foncia has renewed its commitment with Michel Desjoyeaux through to 2014. The next four years will be devoted to the launch of two innovative and ambitious projects: 1) the construction of a new 60-foot Imoca to participate in the Route du Rhum and the Barcelona World Race, and 2) entering the 2011 Multi One Design 70 circuit... [more]
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America's Cup: USA-17 hits the fast lane in Valencia
Peter Rusch BMW Oracle Racing,
Once at sea, the plan was for some upwind work, and that's exactly what they did. With the wind hitting 22 knots, it was a day to see what the USA, and it's wing sail, could do.'The wing, upwind, is a beautiful thing,' said main trimmer Dirk de Ridder (NED) after sailing. 'It's so much easier to trim. Everything gets easier when it's windier as the whole head just lays off.... [more]
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BMW Oracle USA 17 vs Alinghi 5 - Comparison Chart
Saild Blog,
Now that we're only a few breaths away from the 33rd Americas Cup Saild thought that having looked at the skippers they could get out the tape measures and look at the stats of the two most advanced sailing yachts ever built.... [more]
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Interview Transcript: Russell Coutts meets the Media + Video
CEO and Skipper, Russell Coutts held a relatively impromptu Media session in the BMW Oracle Racing base last Wednesday. Following is a slightly edited transcript of that session.... [more]
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335 Boat start at Australia's Audi Victoria Week,
335 boats started this morning in the 34 nautical mile Williamstown to Geelong race. This is the 165th annual Royal Geelong Yacht Club regatta, now called Audi Victoria Week. A selection of images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger responds to Swiss assertions, Match on hold?
Richard Gladwell,
Golden Gate Yacht Club has, not unexpectedly, refuted the claims made by the Defender of the Americas Cup, Societe Nautique de Geneve, in the Swiss club's response filed in the New York Supreme Court on Friday. The depth and disparity between the parties on the issue could put the proposed Match for 8 February 2010 on hold, until this fundamental issue is resolved.... [more]
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Alinghi ups ante in America's Cup origin of construction dispute
Richard Gladwell,
The America's Cup Defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve have upped the stakes in the simmering Constructed in Country dispute, to the point where both teams could now be ineligible to compete in the 33rd Match for the America's Cup.... [more]
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Images from Valencia: USA-17 and Alinghi 5 line up for the first time
Alinghi and BMW Oracle Media,
The two protagonists in the 33rd America's Cup lined up off Valencia yesterday, here are the first images of that encounter. Unfortunately the wind failed to arrive, and the hook-up was in name only. However this was the first chance to see the two giant multihulls side by side. BMW Oracle Racing now have more sponsors on the wingsail... [more]
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Stars Worlds 2010: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson take gold in Brazil
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Iain Percy and Andrew 'Bart' Simpson (GBR) are crowned the 2010 Star World Champions. The reigning Olympic Gold Medalists continue to add treasures to war chests. Percy's sterling collection of championship titles includes the 2002 Star World Championship and an Olympic Gold Medal in the Finn in 2000... [more]
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Lights and Moths! There's more than Mach 2's at McConaghy's in China
John Curnow,
In talking with McConaghy co-owner, Jono Morris recently, a lot more became apparent about how they got into China in the first place and what they're up to, now that they're fully established. Since 2000, which was when Jono and Mark Evans took stewardship of the McConaghy brand, it became apparent to them that the cost structures they were dealing with wouldn't make some things cost effective.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - A highly competitive international fleet
Louay Habib,
With only weeks to go to the second edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, a highly competitive international fleet are assembling to take part in an ocean racing spectacular. Two high performance Maxis are top contenders for line honours and mounting a strong challenge for ICAP Leopard's mono-hull record.... [more]
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ISAF publishes Qualification System for Perth 2011
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the qualification system for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the principal qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 to leave Lorient bound for Brest
Franck Cammas - Groupama 3,
At first light tomorrow morning, Thursday, the maxi trimaran Groupama 3 will be leaving her home port of Lorient bound for Brest. From here she will set off on her latest attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy as soon as a favourable weather window presents itself.... [more]
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2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe open for Official Entries
Extreme Sailing Series,
The Notice of Race for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe has been issued, effectively opening the official entry period for the European series - closing date for entries is midnight on 15th March... [more]
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Alinghi countdown to the 33rd America's Cup and claim USA is French
Alinghi Media,
With less than three weeks to the first race of the America's Cup, Alinghi held an open day at its base in Valencia for international media to come and learn about the racing and what to expect just 19 days from now. Too much wind prevented Alinghi 5 from sailing, but it gave people a chance to have a closer look at the boat.... [more]
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ISAF publishes 2010 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today published the 2010 Supplement to The Case Book for 2009-2012, which contains interpretations of The Racing Rules of Sailing.... [more]
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J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race entries to open
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Online Entries for this year's J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are open from Thursday 21st January.... [more]
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America's Cup: Alinghi 5 and USA-17 sail off Valencia - Video
The America's Cup Challenger and Defender have commenced sailing off Valencia ahead of the 33rd America's Cup in two and a half weeks time. Check out these two videos and see which you think is the fastest.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2010: Another Gold within reach for Percy/Simpson?
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Iain Percy and Andrew “Bart” Simpson continued to dominate the 2010 Star World Championship.With today's first place finish the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists stretched their lead to 19 points over 1989 Star World Champion, Alan Adler and Guilherme Alemeida (BRA) by winning Race 4... [more]
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Les Voiles De Saint-Barth: Regatta details and new partners
SeaClear Communications,
With three months to go to the start of this new event on the international sailing calendar, everyone in the Voiles de Saint Barth organising committee is hard at work sorting out the racing details, but they are also looking at the entertainment and festive features of the event.... [more]
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America's Cup heads for the International Jury Room
In a first for the 33rd America's Cup one of the protagonists have taken a compliant to the International Jury rather than the New York Supreme Court. In a statement just released, spokesman Tom Ehman has outlined a number of issues BMW Oracle racing have with the latest edition of the racing documents published by Alinghi and their club, event organisers, Societe Nautique de Geneve.... [more]
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Groupama 3 in standby mode for Jules Verne Trophy attempt
Franck Cammas-Groupama,
Latest news from Groupama 3 skipper Franck Cammas. The trimaran is now in 'standby mode' for another attempt at the Jules Verne Trophy... [more]
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BMW ORACLE Racing takes maiden sail in Valencia as 'USA'
BMW Oracle Racing Media,
BMW ORACLE Racing, with its trimaran and towering wing sail, made its debut on Spanish waters Tuesday afternoon. It's the first time the American team has sailed its America's Cup boat at the venue of the 33rd Match. When the boat took to the waters off the Port of Valencia, it was sporting USA emblazoned on its stern, the name designated for the boat by the Golden Gate Yacht Club... [more]
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Images of Valencia: Raising the Wingsail on America's Cupper
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing today raised the wingsail on the America's Cup Challenger ahead of planned testing session off Valencia today. Gilles Martin-Raget was there to record the event:... [more]
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Alinghi fail to accept America's Cup agreement, Court action expected
Richard Gladwell,
It would appear from the tenor of a media release under the name of Tom Ehman, Head of External Affairs fro BMW Oracle Racing that Alinghi have not responded to the deadline set to accept the Singapore Agreement negotiated by the two teams last week under the oversight of the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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Jabin Leads The Melges 32 Fleet In Key West
Joy Dunigan,
Annapolis' Rod Jabin comes on strong in Key West to take an early lead in a very competitive Melges 32 fleet in Key West. It was a really beautiful day on the water in Key West. Plenty of sunshine, a nice moderate 8-10 knots of breeze and flat water set the pace for the two-race day.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans: Clocks ticking, nine months to the start gun
Velux 5 Oceans,
Only nine months remain until the start of the Velux 5 Oceans and the various pieces of the jigsaw continue to come together. All the ingredients are being put in place for the eighth edition of the classic singlehanded round the world race, which should create one of the most successful events in the prestigious twenty eight year history of The Ultimate Solo Challenge.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week 2010 - Battle of the Big boats
Antigua Sailing Week,
Antigua Sailing Week - With the likes of Niklas Zennstrom's 72-footer Ran, Tom Hill's custom Reichel/Pugh 75 Titan 15, Austin Fragomen's JV TP52 Interlodge, and Mike Slade's 100ft super maxi ICAP Leopard all toning up for 43rd edition of Antigua Sailing Week (24-30 April 2010), competition is expected to be exceptionally challenging for this annual Caribbean extravaganza.... [more]
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Hublot launches commemorative watch 'King Power Alinghi'
Alinghi Media,
Alinghi sponsor and prestigious Swiss watch maker, Hublot, launched the King Power Alinghi last night at a celebration on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. This exclusive and limited edition watch commemorates and carries the colours of the Swiss Defender of the 33rd America's Cup. The King Power Alinghi represents the savoir-faire and precision of Swiss technology, in common with Alinghi 5... [more]
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