Cup legal action continues...Torrid times at Omega Cup...Groupama close to the Horn


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Sail-World USA: 3 March 2010

The wing sail wins the 33rd America's Cup  Mark OBrien/Alinghi
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 3 March 2010.

The Omega Cup has begun in Auckland with many of the world's top match racers competing in this inaugural event, which has launched the Auckland Festival of Sail, running through the month of March. Racing was called off today due to strong winds.

In this edition we feature reports and images from the first two days - a full day yesterday, and two races from the second day of the Qualifying Round sailed today.

In the Southern Ocean, Groupama 3 remains ahead of the Jule Verne circumnavigation record, however their margin has been severely reduced. They are expected to round Cape Horn within the next few hours.

Torvar Mirsky gets one over Adam Minoprio. RR1. Omega Auckland Match Race Regatta. 4/3/2010  Chris Cameron/ETNZ

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Racing in Suthern Soiland Team Regatta, Novmber, 2009 - Southern Nichols Team Regatta  Bob Maher

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