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Sail-World USA: 8 March 2010

Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, New Zealand from March 9th - 21st 2010--Skipper's press conference at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.  Outside Images
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 8 March 2010.

Today the Auckland Festival of Sail continues with the flagship event, the Louis Vuitton Trophy, due to get underway.

Auckland's weather looks set to give the party a swerve, with light winds predicted. See what PredictWind has to say, in this edition.

With eight teams competing, this is the first event following the conclusion of the 33rd America's Cup. Yes, the new Defender, BMW Oracle Racing (USA) will be missed, as will Team Alinghi. The Auckland round of the Louis Vuitton Trophy is going to inevitably be a scene setter for the 34th America's Cup - with the teams keen to turn in a good performance both for potential sponsors, and their own credibility.

Louis Vuitton Trophy, practice session on board TEAMORIGIN.  Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN

A good showing in Auckland will also help the teams in their recruiting for the 34th America's Cup, as many of those from BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi have been released from their contracts. While it is too early for the teams to seriously bulk up - enticing top sailors, designers and technologists is vital at this early stage. And top talent generally looks to stay with top performing teams.

We detail Sail-World's coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in this edition. You will be able to see the racing live and with full length replays, here at Sail-World.

Ninkasi - 2010 Miami Grand Prix Melges 32 Division (Photo Sharon Green UltimateSailing.com)  Sharon Green

We'll be carrying all the other sailing news as well, including Groupama 3's progress in the Jule Verne Trophy, the Moth Worlds in Dubai, UAE, plus all the local news.

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Moth Worlds, Dubai, Slalom race   ThMartinez / Sea & Co - Copyright

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Follow the Louis Vuitton Trophy live on Sail-World
Richard Gladwell,
In partnership with SailTV, Sail-World will be offering live coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. The live TV coverage featured on Sail-World will consist of a mix of Virtual Eye graphics and video from a range of cameras and positions.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Live aboard Team Origin with Ian Roman
Team Origin' s Ian Roman takes you aboard with the British America's Cup team as they prepare for the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland.... [more]
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Cruette Is 2010 Miami Grand Prix Melges 32 Champion
Joy Dunigan,
Another glorious day of Melges 32 racing at the Miami Grand Prix has concluded leaving Jean-Francois Cruette (La Rochelle, France) on Teasing Machine as Champion of the Melges 32 division. Of the ten races completed, Cruette won four and never scored worse than an eleventh.... [more]
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Defending champion predicts tough racing at Louis Vuitton Trophy
Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA Media,
Louis Vuitton Trophy teams drew for race pairings at a press conference and cocktail evening at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron tonight, ahead of the first day of competition tomorrow. The draw, before a packed house in the Squadron's Westhaven clubhouse, also decided which teams will enjoy the preferred starboard entry before their starts.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy – PredictWind Forecast - Day One
Jon Bilger,
PredictWind.com is forecasting light and challenging winds for the first two days of the Louis Vuitton Series. Thursday and Friday are showing moderate Southwest winds with 10knots building to possibly 20knots on Friday.... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta: Racing over but the party never stopped
Sue Pelling,
The final race of the three-day St. Maarten Heineken Regatta this morning may have lacked one special Caribbean ingredient – sun – but there was certainly no shortage of action for the 240-boat fleet in the extremely lively northerly breeze which allowed the big raunchy yachts the opportunity to really strut their stuff on the 27nm race from Marigot Bay back to Sint Maarten Yacht Club.... [more]
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E.E. Manning Regatta - New kid from Connecticut on the sailing block
Rich Roberts,
A flock of familiar names topped the winners' podium Sunday afternoon following the Southern California Yachting Association's annual E.E. Manning Regatta, organized and hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.... [more]
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Images from Training Day before Moth Worlds
Thierry Martinez,
Thierry Martinez presents this gallery of pictures from the last day training (Slalom races) in Dubai before the start of 2010 Puma Moth Worlds.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - For most a parking lot
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco Day 6. Its a parking lot for most of the fleet but not for everyone. Spirit of Australia, on a more northerly course than the others, has been dealt a different hand. The last 24 hours for California's crew have been frustrating as they find themselves with totally different conditions.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 cleverly fighting on
Jules Verne Trophy. On a perfectly rectilinear course since rounding Cape Horn, Groupama 3 is continuing her ascent of the Southern Atlantic by cleverly limiting the haemorrhage of miles lost in relation to the Jules Verne Trophy champion.... [more]
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Four different countries in line to qualify for Youth Olympic Games
Nevin Sayre,
Three more races today, Day 2, in excellent 6-15 knot conditions. Four different countries stand to take the four available slots for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta: Competitors prepare for final showdown
Sue Pelling,
On the penultimate day of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta 2010, competitors were treated to superb conditions for the Marigot Bay race. A lively southerly breeze topping 20kts this afternoon made for some exciting, classic Caribbean racing which led to more than a few thrills and spills within the 240-boat fleet.... [more]
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2010 Miami Grand Prix - Melges 32 racing at its best
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 racing at Premiere Racing's 2010 Miami Grand Prix just doesn't get any better than this. Light breezes, sunshine and a slight chop greeted the fleet for race one. The second start of the day resulted in a massive number of OCSs including Porter, Kilroy and Stephen Pugh (San Francisco, Calif.) on Taboo.... [more]
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Historic 18s provide wonderful contrast
Lisa Ratcliff, Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta,
Australian entrepreneur and rugby league patron Mark Foy introduced to the historic 18 foot skiff class the innovation of handicaps being applied at the beginning rather than at the end of the race.... [more]
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2010 Melges 32 Miami Grand Prix day two pictures
Joy - Melges 32 Class Association,
2010 Melges 32 Miami Grand Prix day two action from Joy Dunigan.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Patient concentration for Groupama 3
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is continuing her ascent of the Southern Atlantic in weather conditions which are not enabling her to battle on equal terms with the current Jules Verne Trophy champion. Rounding Cape Horn for the seventh time, both in solo and crewed configuration, Thomas isn't of the view that the most difficult section of the course is in Groupama 3's wake.... [more]
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Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta-Enthralling final battle for title
Warren Douglas,
Omega Auckland Match Racing Regatta - The best was definitely left to last as ben Ainslie (TeamOrigin) battled Dean Barker (Emirates Team New Zealand) in the final. Adam Minoprio (BlackMatch Racing) and Torvar Mirsky (MRT) contested the Petite Final.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Battle of the titans
Sue Pelling,
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. Tom and Dotty Hill's custom Reichel/Pugh 75 – Titan 15, managed to hold off George David's Reichel/Pugh 90 Rambler and Irvine Laidlaw's Wally 82 Highland Fling to take top spot in the St Maarten Round the Island Race.... [more]
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2010 Miami Grand Prix - Tacticians rule day two
Bill Wagner,
At the 2010 Miami Grand Prix on day two wind shifts and velocity changes tested the best. A northwesterly wind that ranged from 7 to 20 knots and shifted as much as 50 degrees during the day forced the boys in the back of the boat to take some risks and hope they guessed right.... [more]
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Techno 293- Racing tightens to ahead of first Youth Olympics
Nevin Sayre,
After the first two races of the Techno 293 North American Junior Windsurfing Championships, there is a tight race to see which countries will qualify for the first IOC Youth Olympics Games this summer in Singapore.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Delivering the goods
Bill Canfield,
It just arrived on a yacht carrier in St. Thomas: Austin and Gwen Fragomen's Judel/Vrolik 52' Interlodge, a newcomer to the International Rolex Regatta, which this year is scheduled for Friday, March 26 through Sunday, March 28. Sailing in IRC class will give the Fragomens a chance to show that their class third and top TP52 finish at this year's Key West Race Week was no fluke.... [more]
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2010 North American Racing Continentals - Farley and Bridge lead
2010 North American Racing Continentals - Sean Farley (MEX) has taken the lead in the mens fleet while Steph Bridge (GBR) is now clearly leading the womens fleet.... [more]
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Transpac Race 2011 NOR published
Transpacific Yacht Club,
Officers of the Transpacific Yacht Club have published the Notice of Race for the 46th running of the Transpac Race, beginning July 4, 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup - Did Race 2 happen in the 33rd series - Maybe not????
An amazing defence from Fred Meyer of the SNG, explaining the Committee Boat Mutiny. We challenge you NOT to drop your jaw!! Read the Open letter from Société Nautique de Genève vice commodore Fred Meyer 25 February 2010... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 has one ocean left to devour +Video
Jules Verne Trophy. Groupama 3, rounded Cape Horn at 1830 UTC this Thursday 4th March, and has retained a lead of 175 miles over the Orange 2 reference time. However, there is still 7,000 miles to go before they reach the finish line off Ushant: Bruno Peyron and his crew took over eighteen days to climb up the Atlantic.... [more]
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US Sailing launches Racing Rules of Sailing iPhone application
Jake Fish,
The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information on the Racing Rules of Sailing application including screen shots of different features, visit US Sailing's application website.... [more]
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Ida Lewis Distance Race announces Youth Challenge
Barby MacGowan,
Ida Lewis Distance Race. Junior sailors from Narragansett Bay and the surrounding region will be able to extend their summer sailing season this year by 150 miles. To qualify for the Youth Challenge, more than 50% of the crew must have reached their 14th birthday but not their 19th birthday prior to August 20, 2010. Boats may have junior crew members outside those parameters; however, they will n... [more]
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Hydroptère project - Two new boats and around the World
Hydroptère project,
The Hydroptère project is not limited to the performance of the 60-feet trimaran which has beaten two world speed records at an average speed of over 50 knots in 2009 in the Mediterranean.... [more]
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Box of Rain and Annapolis Community Boating Rock & Roast Fundraiser
Clare G. Vanderbeek,
The Box of Rain Foundation, an Annapolis organization that was established in 2002 to serve disadvantaged Annapolis youth, is holding its annual fundraiser at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on April 10. The event, co-chaired by world-class sailor Terry Hutchinson, and Regan Weaver, will feature live music, an open bar, and a traditional Chesapeake Bay oyster roast.... [more]
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA to host Grand Final of 2011 ISAF Nations Cup
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is delighted to announce the selection of Sheboygan, in Wisconsin, USA as host venue for the Grand Final of the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup.... [more]
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