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How to watch the America's Cup this evening: it MIGHT be on satellite/broadband/cable/whatever, but it WILL be on Sail-World - if there is racing, that is!

You are still dying to see those Big Bad Cats actually DO something, aren't you? For the last two years the common theme amongst sailors everywhere has been ‘I've lost interest in the America's Cup. All that legal stuff is boring.' But story after story, month after month, there has been a morbid fascination with the legal shenanigans. detailed stats show that like it or hate it, sailors just keep reading everything being written about the America's Cup, and Sail-World has been running lots of news and images.

The fact is the two biggest baddest multihulls, Larry Ellison's trimaran with the 200 foot high solid wing sail USA-17 and the lightweight 90 foot catamaran Alinghi 5 will be fighting over the coming days and that has certainly drawn a giant audience.

Sail-World has again wheeled out the big guns, with the iconic British yachting commentator Bob Fisher adding his observations to Sail-World New Zealand's Richard Gladwell's perceptive analysis.

Additionally Sail-World is running the official TV feed, courtesy of BMW Oracle Racing, who are adding their own preview and post race commentaries.

Once upon a time, this was the stuff of sailing magazines, and you got to read about it a month or so after it was all over, but not any more. On Monday when the first (abandoned) race was scheduled, the web went into meltdown - with the official America's Cup site amongst those that fell over. recorded twice the traffic of the Sydney to Hobart Day 2 - the traditionally largest day each year - in just six hours on Monday night. And we could easily see 35-40,000 unique visitors when racing actually happens.

‘We had massive traffic on Monday, and are expecting even larger spikes when racing actually starts. We've been working hard to increase our capacity,' explained TetraMedia's IT guru Daryl Krasu. ‘We did a server upgrade last week and we've been improving our load balancing between the servers ahead of the rescheduled racing.'

And here's the rest of the news...

Guy Nowell and the Sail-World Team

Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2010 – a sight for sore eyes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There have been a number of tags assigned to this event over the years – 'a series of parties with some sailing in between', 'a party on the move', 'the most scenic regatta on the Asian racing calendar', 'the FUN regatta'. You'd better enjoy the scenery as there's plenty of it to appreciate, and you're going to see a great deal of it as you pass (slowly) by. Look at the pictures...... [more]
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Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2010: 'just one more...' (picture)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After our recent trip around Phang Nga Bay there were a good deal more than 12 images to show off - so here are a few more picture postcards from Fiddler's Green...... [more]
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Watch the America's Cup Race 1 third attempt via,
Race 1 scheduled again for Friday 12 noon (CET) 11am GMT, 6am US EC time, 3am PST, 10pm AEST, midnight NZL Sail-World will be streaming the official event feed.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - All change
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore to Qingdao Day 10. All change as light conditions mix up the fleet. The Canadian team has slipped back into third place and their distance to leader is now in double figures as they watched Hull & Humber pull away from them.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 face problematic conditions
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 record attempt. In the atmosphere there are plateaus and craters, anticyclones and depressions... Between the two are cols and valleys. Currently approaching the Roaring Forties, from Friday morning Franck Cammas and his nine crew are likely to reach some very light, problematic conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: The alternative to sitting around and waiting
Bob Fisher,
I chanced across Gavin Brady in Valencia, but he was soon to be on his way to Antigua to take part – that means actually sailing – in the Caribbean 600, one of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's comprehensive calendar of races this year. He is to skipper Karl Kwok's Bruce Farr designed Beau Geste.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Weather related
Bob Fisher,
Five days from the projected start, the 33rd America's Cup remains stagnant. The sun shines in Valencia but the wind has a cutting edge to its iciness that is matched only by the idiocy of holding the pinnacle event of the sport in frail craft more suited to the flat water sailing associated with a European lake when the regulations demand an ocean course free of headlands.... [more]
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America's Cup: Friday start delayed
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Friday start delayed, today in Valencia, the poster says 'YA ES HORA' or 'It's about Time!' Too true it's about time we saw some races. However it's in fact another rest day. Both boats stayed put, USA 17 with the wing up even though gusts must have been higher than 20 kts. For tomorrow, we have more of the same and we just got the news that the start is again postponed a couple of hours.... [more]
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New partnership between Qingdao Sailing Week and Beneteau
Beneteau China,
Qingdao International Sailing Week Committee and Beneteau are delighted to announce an ambitious Partnership signed on 08 February 2010, to accelerate the development of sailing in the People's Republic of China.... [more]
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ISAF Match Rankings 10 Feb MacGregor GBR to 1, Minoprio NZ holds 1
Great Britain's Lucy MacGregor has finally toppled Claire Leroy (FRA) who has enjoyed a four and half year unbroken run at 1 in the Women's ISAF World Match Race Rankings. Adam Minoprio (NZL) maintains his position at the top of the Open Rankings.... [more]
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America's Cup: Harold Bennett fronts on Race 2 cancellation - Audio
Richard Gladwell.,
Principal Race Officer for the 33rd America's Cup, Harold Bennett, faced some hard questions at the Media Conference today following the difficult decision to cancel the second race scheduled. As always Bennett was direct and honest with his answers.... [more]
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GBR Match Race Girls are on top of the world
Lindsey Bell,
They've proven themselves as one of the teams to beat in the newest Olympic sailing class, and now Britain's Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin have had an added boost to their 2012 campaign as the ‘GBR Match Race Girls' have stormed into the world number one spot in the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Rankings.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: Is this a Deed of Gift Match, or not?
Richard Gladwell.,
For the past 31 months the three most common words all sailing fans around the world have heard in respect of the America's Cup are 'Deed of Gift'. Two other words 'Mutual Consent' have been very absent. Now that we are three days into the most prestigious trophy in racing, the words 'Deed of Gift' are treated with an air of almost dismissive disdain... [more]
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Fisher's View: Boys and Girls, come out to play.
Bob Fisher,
The mandatory rest day after the cancelled race provided a wonderful opportunity for a decent lunch. None of the sandwich-on-the-fly that is so usual at regattas, but a thoroughly civilised sit down to napery and cutlery with fine food and good company – an opportunity provided by that King of hosts, Bruno Trouble, in order to purvey information about a yacht racing event.... [more]
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Hong Kong Etchells Nationals Showdown - all down to the last race
Jamie Mcwilliam,
Hong Kong Etchells Nationals Showdown - all down to the last race... [more]
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NO Subic–Boracay Race 2010
Boracay International Organizing Committe,
Race cancelled - following from the Subic-Boracay Organisers: In the best interest of the event and participants the organizers have decide that the Subic to Boracay race should not take place in 2010. Full statement here... [more]
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RC 44 Championship Tour ahead of a new and exciting season
MaxComm Communications,
The fourth edition of the RC 44 Championship Tour will begin in Dubai on February 22 with the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Terry Hutchinson and Adam Minoprio join the Class for this event.... [more]
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All at Sea in the Andaman
Maggie Joyce,
The Southern end of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Malaysian Langkawi offers warm safe water, spectacular scenery, fiery cuisine, friendly folks and some great sailing.... [more]
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Paul Cayard in Valencia - Less than 24 hours to go
Paul Cayard,
Paul Cayard reports from Valencia - I had a chance to talk to Skipper James Spithill while the boat was being rigged. James had some very interesting insight to the wing and the foils and how they are used on the boat. It made me think back to 1986 and our radical 12 meter USA and all that we sailors learned from that project.... [more]
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UAE National Sailing Championships Round 4
Sharon Allison,
Khalid wins the UAE National Sailing Championships Round 4, ahead of Smith on equal points. Suhail Ali Rashid Al Ghilani, from Emirates Sailing School took first place in the Optimist Class ahead of James Griffin from Abu Dhabi International Marine Sailing Club and Harry Bone Knell from Dubai Offshore Sailing Club took the honours in the Optimist Junior Class.... [more]
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Local Sailing News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.'... [more]
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Hong Kong Etchells Showdown Race Day 1
Marty Kaye,
Hong Kong Etchells Showdown Race Day 1. 19 Etchells lined up for what was to be truly fantastic racing on Hong Kong's 'Gage Roads' Lamma track... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Oman Sail Masirah on top
OC Events,
European champions, now Oman Sail Masirah is crowned champion of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia. This event was billed locally as 'Oman Sail versus The World' and they came out on top in style.... [more]
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Alfa Romeo uses new product to preserve hull weight and design shape
The name Alfa Romeo evokes sensuous lines, One of the major concern on any race boat is unnecessary weight. Any excess weight will create performance penalties that de?ne the difference between victory and defeat. When it was time to redo the anti-foul paint from Alfa Romeo's hull, the requirement is that 36 kg of old Anti-Foul needs to be removed, and precisely 36 kg be put on again.... [more]
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Qingdao Weta Sailing - 2009 Autumn Regatta
Jeppe Mortensen,
The 'Qingdao Weta Sailing - 2009 Autumn Regatta' was recently held on Fushan Bay, outside Qingdao's Olympic Sailing Center. The regatta was in several ways a first: -the first ever Weta trimaran regatta in Qingdao. -the first ever dinghy regatta in Qingdao with boats exclusively owned by private individuals. -the first ever one design dinghy regatta in Qingdao with non-Olympic class boats.... [more]
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Indian Ocean Five Capes Race: Majan about to set off on a trace route
OC Events,
On Saturday, 6th February, Oman Sail's new A100 ‘Majan' alongside their 75-ft multihull ‘Musandam' will depart Muscat [Oman] to begin a new chapter in ocean racing as they embark on tracing out the route of the future Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race.With a total distance of 16,300 nautical miles (30,200km) this new course will take the new 105-foot multihull via the Indian Ocean's five great Capes.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia lives up to its name
OC Events,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia - On the water, boat handling and precision gennaker hoists and drops proved crucial... The six boats raced with a reef and for the first two races without their massive gennakers, but the race committee finally gave the nod for the sails to be used in the remaining races.... [more]
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UAE National Sailing Championship
Sharon Allison,
UAE National Sailing Championship at Mina Seyahi. Already in its eighth year the championships brings together the sailing communities of the UAE in a regatta designed to encourage national competition and develop the sport. he majority of the fleet over the weekend will be juniors sailing single-handed with some as young as eight years old.... [more]
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