Simmer and Spithill reveal all on 33rd America's Cup...Groupama slash record and break 50day mark...Kiwis scoop double in Auckland


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Sail-World USA: 21 March 2010

Groupama 3 arrives in her home port of Brest, France after the record circumnavigation  Groupama - Franck Cammas ©
Welcome to Sail-World.Com's US newsletter for 21 March 2010.

Emirates Team New Zealand have added the Louis Vuitton Trophy to the Omega Cup won a couple of weeks earlier, concluding a great period of racing by the team in front of their home crowd.

In both events Emirates Team NZ were very fortunate to qualify for the Semi-Finals, and could well have missed the cut. If so, there would have been some furrowed brows around the Auckland waterfront today, instead of wide grins of self-satisfaction.

In the Omega Cup, Emirates Team NZ qualified by the barest of margins in a tiebreak to determine the top four. In the Louis Vuitton Trophy a margin of just one metre was all that got them through to the next phase of the regatta.

The Kiwis get all emotional as Dean Barker and Grant Loretz shake hands as Emirates Team New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton Trophy 2 - 0 against Mascalzone Latino.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

However in both regattas, once given that hurry up, Dean Barker and his crew seemed to find a new life. They never really looked like missing a race in the semi-finals and finals of the Omega Cup. And it was a similar story in the Louis Vuitton Trophy. In both cases, they proved to be masters of their class.

Although there was no US crew sailing in the event, with America's Cup Defenders BMW Oracle racing electing to sit out the event, there were a good sprinkling of US sailors through the teams, with the Swedish Artemis being skippered by Paul Cayard (US) and with three US sailors in her afterguard, the body of her crew was dominated by those of Kiwi nationality.

The next regatta is in May, when BMW Oracle Racing will be competing - and are expected to have some work ahead of them.

Emirates Team New Zealand Dean barker and Grant Dalton receive the Louis Vuitton Trophy from LV CEO Yves Carcelle.   Chris Cameron/ETNZ

In this edition, we have full coverage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. We also talk to Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton about the future for the America's Cup team. Replay the racing, by clicking here.

We are also carrying four stories covering a unique session at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, who put on a little soiree for a number of its members who were part of the 33rd America's Cup - these included James Spithill, skipper of BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17 and Grant Simmer, Design Coordinator for Alinghi. Needless to say the discussion was wide ranging and candid, given that the 33rd America's Cup is past tense, and if you'll excuse the pun, the cat can now be let out of the bag.

Rob Brown, Grant Simmer, Jummy Spithill - reveal all on the 33rd America's Cup  Simon Reffold

Sunday morning, New Zealand time, the French trimaran Groupama 3 completed her circumnavigation of the globe - knocking an incredible two days and eight hours of the race record. She also and broke the 50day barrier, romping towards the finish line at speeds at speeds of around 28kts.

That is an amazing achievement when you consider that it wasn't that long ago that getting around the planet in 80days was a big ask, and it was almost sixteen years ago that Sir Peter Blake and Robin Knox-Johnston set a new mark of just under 75days - Groupama has cut almost four weeks off that mark!

We have the reports from Groupama of the final hours of the record circumnavigation, plus video and images.

Groupama 3's crew in her home port of Brest, France after the record circumnavigation  Groupama - Franck Cammas ©

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Artemis (SWE) versus Azzurra (ITA), petite-final. Auckland, New Zealand, March 20th 2010. Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland (8-21 March 2010)   Sander van der Borch / Artemis ©

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