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Extreme 40s


All eyes are turning south this week as the Louis Vuitton Trophy kicks off in Auckland. All the big names are there – except BMW Oracle and Alinghi – and we can expect the competition to be just as edgy as it was last time in Auckland, and in Nice. And hopefully just as good-natured. You can watch it all on Sail-World thanks to our arrangement with SailTV.
Our good friends over at Scuttlebutt are running a reader poll asking whether Larry Ellison should drop the present court cases vs Alinghi/SNG concerning Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Constructed in Country. At present the overwhelming majority say ‘No', and are suggesting that the former defender of the America's Cup be hung out to dry. Some are even suggesting having a go at the SNG ‘mutineers'. Interesting.
Groupama is sill hanging on to her lead in the attempt on the Jules Verne Trophy, but it's turning out to be a tough trip up the Atlantic, and it's going to be a squeak at the finish line. But look behind you – the L'Hydroptere programme is starting to build ocean-going editions of the record-breaking trimaran, with a view to circling the globe on 40 days. It seems like only five minutes ago that we were all thinking that 80 days was a tough call... what would Jules Verne have to say about that?

The Moth Worlds are presently running in Dubai – that's ‘Asia' by ISAF demarcation. And the regatta with the infinitely variable dates, the Borneo International Yachting Challenge, has announced dates. This is the only regatta we know that actually pays people to turn up – draw your own conclusions.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Hot Racing for the Singapore SB3 fleet at the Tiger Trophy
Chris Holmes,
The first regatta of the year for the Singapore SB3 fleet saw 80% of all the SB3s in Singapore take to the water for the Tiger Cup Trophy over the weekend of 6/7 March. With a planned 11-race series, it was going to mean long days on the water. Overall results showed how tight the racing had been with just three points separating the first three boats...... [more]
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Moth Worlds - Australian Andrew McDougall leads the fleet
Lisa Richards and Brigid Murphy,
Day one of the Puma International Moth Worlds conditions proved to be diffcult with the fleet spreading far and wide across the horizon. The event is shaping up to be a battle of wits, weather and worldliness. During the beats the pressure was favoured on left however most sailors to took the right.... [more]
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Team Azzurra eager to race in Louis Vuitton Trophy
Team Azzurra,
All is set in the stunning venue of Auckland, deemed by many as a true sailing paradise, for the start of the Louis Vuitton Trophy, scheduled to run from March 9th to March 21th, 2010. Team Azzurra, which became a national sporting legend during the Louis Vuitton Cup of 1983 as first Italian America's Cup challenger, was re-launched in October of 2009 and made its debut on the international circui... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: California repairs mainsail in tricky conditions
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 7 Qingdao to San Francisco - Day 7. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital is chasing the pack in some very wet conditions as a low pressure system delivers strong headwinds across the fleet. Qingdao's skipper, Chris Stanmore-Major, believes the worst is yet to come and if he is right the already tired crews will need to dig deep to find that extra bit of stren... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 is zigzagging northward
Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 attempt. Very attentive to the slightest wind shift since this weekend, Franck Cammas and navigator Stan Honey are remaining concentrated to exploit these rotations. 'In high pressure conditions such as these, there is always a discrepancy between the grib files and the actual situation on the water: at the moment, we've fallen into a zone of light winds, probably d... [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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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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Jewel of Muscat expected to arrive in India in a week
S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia,
The Jewel Of Muscat dhow, which has travelled more than 1,454 kilometres (960 miles) from Muscat, has around 805 kilometres (500 miles) to go. If current winds hold up, she could be in her first port at Cochin, India in a week's time. The dhow set sail from Muscat on February 16 for Singapore, where it will be given to the people of Singapore as a gift from the Sultanate of Oman.... [more]
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Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2010
BIYC Media,
The long-awaited dates for the seventh annual Borneo International Yachting Challenge have just been announced. The event will start at Miri Marina on 24th July and finish at Sutera Harbour Marina, Kota Kinabalu on 31st July. The provisional program includes inshore races both off Miri and Kota Kinabalu plus passage races from Miri to Brunei, Brunei to Labaun and Labuan to Kota Kinabalu.... [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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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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Bahraini Olympian Sami Al Kooheji in 2010 GCC International Cup
Gulf Daily News,
Ten of Bahrain's finest sailors will spearhead the national sailing team in Abu Dhabi in the 2010 GCC International Cup starting today. Bahrain's Olympian sailor Sami Al Kooheji, competing in the Laser Standard class, will lead Bahrain's hopes as he makes his second appearance... [more]
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Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race: Sidney Gavignet joins Majan
OC Events,
Sidney Gavignet will be joining Majan's crew in Cape Town and will sail onboard the new A100 for the final three stages of the Indian Ocean 5 Capes Race. A very experienced offshore sailor, Sidney has just been announced as the skipper of Majan for the next edition of the solo Route du Rhum, starting from Saint-Malo in France this November.... [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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