I am so pleased to be back on a regular sleeping pattern, particularly after a frustrating week of getting up very early only to find out the much anticipated America's Cup was delayed or cancelled for various reasons. In the end, the racing was excellent, with all the excitement we have come to expect from this match racing format: start sequence penalties; a yacht stuck in irons before the start; awesome chases on the water; and amazing boat speed in light air. In a short, two-race series, BMW Oracle was quickly able to demonstrate their superiority on the water in relatively light conditions; this is particularly interesting as Alinghi 5 was originally developed as a light air machine for the original venue in the Persian Gulf.
The America's Cup is now back at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Diego and the new Defender, BMW Oracle, is already entertaining the media with comments about the future of the America's Cup. Russell Coutts commented yesterday that the event would be run independently from BMW Oracle; he also explained that they would avoid repeating errors from the past and have an open dialog with all participants. This bodes well for the future of ‘the Cup'.
Yachts positions are constantly changing in the East China Sea where the Clipper Round the World fleet is now heading North towards Qingdao; in the meantime Team Finland is now docked in Taiwan assessing damages to the top of their rig. Come and visit the website over the next few days as we get caught up with the Cape Breton Island crew stories and photos.
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The America's Cup is coming back to the United States Jane Eagleson, On Sunday afternoon, on the waters off Valencia, Spain, BMW Oracle Racing became the first American challenger in 23 years to win the America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Jane Filbee Jabe Filbee, One thing about being out on a long ocean sail - there is a lot of time to think and get quite introspective both during quiet on watches and during off watches. Today more so than most, hard to believe that twenty-one years ago today my life took a big directional change. Today is the 21st birthday of my twins Paul and Karen.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Team Finland loses part of its rig Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore to Qingdao Day 14 report. Positions have been changing constantly and unfortunately for Team Finland, who had moved into the lead yesterday, the race to Qingdao was brought to a sudden end by the loss of part of their rig. On Sunday evening (GMT) Team Finland reported all the crew were safe and well and they were heading towards a Taiwanese port... [more] Share this story
34th America's Cup: Club Nautico di Roma will be Challenger of Record Jane Eagleson, A challenge has been received from the Club Nautico di Roma. Golden Gate Yacht Club is pleased to confirm that the Italian club will be the Challenger of Record for 34th America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Cape Breton Island Crew Diary - Elisa Jenkins Elisa Jenkins, After an exciting stopover in Singapore, the Cape Breton Island crew is now racing towards the icy waters of Qingdao, China. We had over a week to explore the multicultural and friendly city of Singapore. Every day was a new adventure, with highlights including a night-time safari, a monkey in the hotel room with me, and many new foods to sample.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Team Finland makes progress Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht race - Singapore to Qingdao Day 14. Team Finland is making good progress with repairs in Taiwan. A diver has also completed a full hull check to ensure there was no damage while the folded rig was hanging over the side of the 68-foot yacht.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 in the thick of it and behind record Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy. Conditions are harsh for Groupama 3 but this shouldn't continue for long and the trajectory towards Tasmania is likely to be very straight and fast. Groupama 3 had to reposition herself slightly to the South just before crossing the longitude of Cape Agulhas, in order to avoid a zone of confluence where the breeze was light. However this zigzag hasn't proved disadvantageous.... [more] Share this story
Images of the America's Cup - Final race by go4image.com go4image.com, Top international photographers, Juerg Kaufmann and Daniel Forster of www.go4image.com were on the water and in the air for the Final Race of the 33rd America's Cup, and present a selection of images from Race 2. For their full America's Cup gallery go to www.go4image.com... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Presentation Images and Audio Richard Gladwell, The America's Cup was presented to the winner of the 33rd Match, the Golden Gate Yacht Club and their team BMW Oracle Racing. Here are some images from the ceremony and the audio - recorded in the audience.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Thierry Martinez images of BMW Oracle team with the cup Thierry Martinez, Thierry Martinez captured the moments when the BMW Oracle Racing (USA) team held the America's Cup aloft after defeating Alinghi (SUI) in Valencia 2010.... [more] Share this story
33rd America's Cup to BMW Oracle Racing Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi put forth a tremendous effort today in its attempt to defend the 33rd America's Cup. Team president and principal helmsman Ernesto Bertarelli congratulated his competitor after the race: 'Congratulations to the BMW Oracle team. The boat was faster, there's no question about that.'... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Wild Wing Triumph Bob Fisher, On board the committee boat, the members of the SNG refused to handle the flags. It was left to the Golden Gate YC representative and a chase boat driver to assist Harold Bennett. The reason for the SNG spat was unclear, but it has been suggested that they would have preferred not to race. The GGYC representative said: 'I will not comment on it, except to say that it was the most disgraceful beh... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Jamacia Lightning Bolt pulls off a surprise Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In a surprise change to the position table overnight, the team on board Jamaica Lightning Bolt has secured their first Scoring Gate points of the race - crossing first at 0716 GMT to claim the maximum three points on offer.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing has won the 33rd America's Cup - USA's Wing is King www.Sail-World.com, In 2003 Ernesto Bertarelli and his New Zealand tight five led by Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth sailed a monohull Alinghi to beat the New Zealanders to win the 31st America's Cup. In 2007 the Swiss syndicate won the 32nd series. Today the Golden Gates Yacht Club's challenger, Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle Racing USA-17 blasted to victory in the 2010 series.... [more] Share this story
Images from the 33rd America's Cup: The Cat versus the Tri Gilles Martin-Raget, Top international photographers Guilain Grenier and Gilles Martin-Raget were out and about around the race course for Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup. Here's how they he saw the action, as USA-17 took on Alinghi 5:... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Tension approaching the Scoring Gate Clipper Ventures, Clipper 09-10: Singapore to Qingdao day 11 report. As the Fleet concertinas, the race for the gate is wide open. It's nail biting edge of the seat stuff today as the boats concertina in their final approach to the Scoring Gate.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 losing ground on reference time Groupama - Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 record attempt. The introduction hasn't been completely in line with the usual exploits in the Indian Ocean: Groupama 3 has endured an overly peaceful night in a zone of confluence with little wind. It will take more than that to destabilise such a group though!... [more] Share this story
America's Cup to head on new course + Video Sail-World and valenciasailing.com, Details, such as they are of the 34th America's Cup were revealed in a Media Conference yesterday at 4.00pm local time in Valencia. ValenciaSailing.com was there and reports: BMW Oracle held a press conference to talk about the sailing and technical aspects of the winning campaign but, more importantly, shed more light on the future of the world's oldest sports trophy.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Final race images Richard Gladwell, Sail-World's Richard Gladwell was on the water for the 33rd America's Cup and presents a gallery of images of the historic final race.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Media Conference: BMW Oracle - Quotes, Images and Audio America's Cup Media and Sail-World, Tonight's Media Conference was the usual double act. Second group to take the stage were the winners of the Match for the 33rd America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing represented by team boss, Larry Ellison; Skipper, Russell Coutts; Tactician, John Kostecki; and USA-17 helmsman, James Spithill.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Media Conference: Alinghi - Quotes, Images and Audio America's Cup Media and Sail-World, Tonight's Media Conference was the usual double act. First up was the Defender, Alinghi represented by team boss, Ernesto Bertarelli and skipper, Brad Butterworth. Brad was his usual laconic, relaxed self, with some great side comments at times. Ernesto was slightly more tense, clearly not that happy about the turn of events, but still gracious in defeat.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 33 - Alinghi's view of the day www.Sail-World.com, The Alinghi team of photographers were on the water and in the air to document the last day in 2010 that the Swiss held the America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
Mascalzone Latino to be Challenger for the 34th America's Cup? Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, BMW Oracle Racing team boss, Larry Ellison was coy, at the Media Conference tonight, as to who the next Challenger for the America's Cup would be. Initially he confirmed that a Challenge had been received, but would not say who it was from, except that it would be announced at a Media Conference to be called for tomorrow.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - some Video highlights from final day of 33rd America's www.Sail-World.com, An historic day, when BMW Oracle becomes the first Deed of Gift Challenger to win the America's Cup. Video Highlights... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - BMW Oracles Racing view of this afternoon on water www.Sail-World.com, America's Cup - a dominant display by BMW Oracle - here are more images.... [more] Share this story
Clipper Round the World Race - Sail repairs for Qingdao Clipper Ventures, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Singapore to Qingdao, Day 13.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 against the front Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is approaching the Indian Ocean and the passage offshore of the Cape of Good Hope is still scheduled for this Sunday night.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Onshore moving beyond the public arena Lorraine MacIntosh, The Valencia crowds were happy with a mild sunny day in the America's Cup Park on Sunday, but there are those that can move beyond the public areas and look behind the scene. Family, guests, and media get the chance to have a closer look at what is happening on the bases.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing wins the 33rd America's Cup Jane Eagleson, BMW Oracle Racing, the American challenger, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, won the 33rd America's Cup Match on Sunday in Valencia, sweeping past the Swiss defender, Alinghi, to a 2-0 victory.... [more] Share this story
Alinghi looks to even 33rd America's Cup Match Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Another chilly day is expected on the water today when Alinghi heads to the race course looking to even the best-of-three 33rd America's Cup Match at 1-1. Today's course is the 39nm equilateral triangle as per the Deed of Gift and is due to start at 12:06. CET (global times in story)... [more] Share this story
America's Cup Race 2 - Start time & Race 1 Highlights www.Sail-World.com, Could this be the end for Ernest Bertarelli or an amazing come back, find out on Sail-World.com Here are Race 2 start times and highlights from Race 1... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Alinghi facing Match Point America's Cup media/Sail-World.com, After losing Race 1 in the 33rd America's Cup off Valencia on Friday, in the best of three race series, the Swiss defender Alinghi is in a do or die situation as they head into the second match race , the 39 nautical mile triangle course now scheduled for Sunday midday . (local time)... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Ticking off the miles Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is tracing an impressively straight wake at an average speed in excess of 30 knots....The longitude of the Cape of Good Hope is around just 800 miles ahead of the giant trimaran now. At this pace, she will have passed the Greenwich meridian between 2100 and 2300 hours UTC this Saturday.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 Pictures from Race 1 - Gilles Martin-Raget www.Sail-World.com, America's Cup 2010 Race 1 pictures from the BMW Orace Racing USA-17 viewpoint. More fine images from Gilles Martin-Raget... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Race 1 - Images from the finish Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the first race of the 33rd America's Cup and took these images of the finish... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Race 1 - Images from the beat and mark rounding Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the first race of the 33rd America's Cup and took these images of the first leg and windward mark rounding... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Race 1 - Images from the pre-start Richard Gladwell. Sail-World.com, Sail-World's America's Cup Editor, Richard Gladwell, was on the water for the first race of the 33rd America's Cup and took these images of the Pre-Start and before.... [more] Share this story
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 in for a lively weekend Groupama-Cammas, Jules Verne Trophy - It promises to be a lively weekend aboard the giant trimaran Groupama 3: the albatrosses will find it difficult to keep up with Groupama 3, which is finally on track again powering across the Southern Atlantic... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 Race 1 Images from the Alinghi team www.Sail-World.com, Glorious light weather sailing conditions off Valencia today for the first race of the 33rd America's Cup. Here is how the Alighi team photograhers saw the day.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup images from Thierry Martinez Sail-World.com and THMartinez images, The long awaited race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup has taken place in the waters off Valencia. Thierry Martinex supplied these images of the day's exciting racing.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: Quotes of the Day after Race 1 33 America's Cup Media, At the Media Conference following Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup, the Challenger, BMW Oracle Racing team appeared first, followed by the Defender, Team Alinghi. Here's the best of what was said by both teams:... [more] Share this story
America's Cup - Alinghi looks to Race 2 but work cut out Daphne Morgan Barnicoat, Alinghi lost Race 1 of the 33rd America's Cup, a best-of-three series, today after a hard fought pre-start and a 40nm race. The Defender from the Société Nautique de Genève took an early lead onto the course, but didn't hold on to it.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup BMW Oracle team surprised by down wind speed Jane Eagleson, Larry Ellison, team founder and after guard member, on what he saw today: 'Russell and I decided to get off the boat, to sail with as few sailors as possible. So we were watching and that's always more stressful than actually sailing... We thought we'd be good in strong breeze, but it shocked us to do this well in lighter wind.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: First blood for USA 33 America's Cup Media, Challenger BMW ORACLE Racing Team (USA) scored the vital first win in the best-of-three race series that is the 33rd America's Cup off Valencia, Spain. The American team, sailing under the flag of San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, were quickly able to overturn an early mistake when they were caught flat footed on the wrong side of the start line.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 2010 - watching the racing from dockside in Valencia Jean Philippe Jobé, The race followed from the onshore AC set up in Valencia. The races are displayed on a giant screen in Valencia and hours before the start the best places were taken. Later as it was so cold we followed the action inside a local bar.... [more] Share this story
Paul Cayard - Finally and different to what we thought Paul Cayard, Well, we finally got some racing and it was completely different than all of us thought. At least upwind. I am off to Dubai for some RC 44 sailing with Artemis and Katusha and my Eurosport buddies are off to Vancouver.... [more] Share this story
Fisher's View: Finally, a race Bob Fisher, Wow – so that was it. Who'd have thought it? It wasn't exactly over in the blink of an eye, but it might well have been. There hasn't been anything that one-sided since Dennis Conner decided to use a catamaran to take on Michael Fay's 132-foot monohull in 1988.... [more] Share this story
Kiwiprops - an innovative new propeller for sailing yachts Kiwiprop media, The Kiwiprop™ is a unique cost effective feathering propeller that eliminates gears, aligns the blades with the streamlines, not the shaft; minimises corrosion potential from the lightweight composite blades and offers users easy variable pitch adjustment... [more] Share this story
America's Cup 33 Race 1: BMW Oracle wins - the Wing is King www.Sail-World.com, After more than 30 months of fighting in the courts, this Deed of Gift America's Cup series at last turned from being a legal battle to a battle on the water off Spain's Valencia coast between the defender Ernesto Bertarelli's gossamer spider catamaran Alinghi and Larry Ellison's BMW Oracle heavier trimaran with her giant rigid wing sail USA-17 . A single leg windward leeward race in the 2010 A... [more] Share this story
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